escape a kentucky winter #1

Ideally, I would prefer to be in this situation right now:


Unfortunately, I am not.  I have no beach, no pool, no hot tub, no money to travel to somewhere closer to the equator- and for the last 4 days my home has not had power!  All I seem to have is  a bunch of ice and snow.  So instead, I must be a little more realistic and resourceful. Here’s one idea:

Rent the movie, Three Women, by Robert Altman, starring Shelly Duvall and Sissy Spacek.  It’s extremely bizzare and takes place in warm and sunny, late ’70s California.  The theme of water runs throughout the film– the beginning of the film takes place in a therapy pool at a convalescent home.  The scenes of the aquatic therapy are both creepy and compelling.



Now, go visit the beautiful, brand new YMCA of Southern Indiana, right across the I-64 bridge from Kentucky in New Albany.  Go workout on their fancy new machines, or play a pickup game of basketball.  Your individual Y membership will allow you to use any of the YMCAs in the metro area, no extra charge.  After you have a nice workout, go sit in their therapy pool, which is warm and has spa jets and skylights.  Close your eyes and pretend that you are in the photo above (I meant the beach photo, but maybe you want to imagine that you are in the black and white water aerobics one?)   Or pretend you are Shelly Duvall in Southern California in the 70s.  That ought to get your mind off the winter for an hour or so, anyway.



2 Responses to “escape a kentucky winter #1”

  1. 1 William Faulkner
    February 1, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Your latest makes me want to be in a warmer clime, as if I didn’t already want to be! Especially like the liquor store sign and phone covered with icicles. Seeing them makes me imagine being from some ice-thawing future and making this amazing discovery of ancient artifacts.

  2. 2 Brian
    August 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Just watched “Three Women”, partly on your recommendation. While it had the feel of a foreign arthouse film (diffuse character development, seemingly non-sequiturial dialogue/actions), I hadn’t anticipated how FUNNY it would be and I’m fairly certain the humor was intentional. The film is littered with inexplicably hilarious lines (“this is my parking spot… it’s the best one”). Like some of his other work (“Nashville” comes to mind) it’s maybe a little peculiar and frustrating at first, but if you’re patient, you start to appreciate the film’s internal logic. I especially enjoyed the painterly composition of the cinematography and the creepy, quasi-horror vibe of the modern classical score. The film is a rather disparate, seemingly incompatible collection of elements, but the pervasive dream-like tone pulls it all together nicely. That dream-like quality reminded me of Ingmar Bergman’s “Cries and Whispers”, which I very highly recommend if you haven’t already seen it, although there aren’t too many laughs in that one…

    take care

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