Thursday, July 2, 2020

Poindexter's Swan Song


Hey!   Howdy!

Thanks for taking the time to find me.  My name is Poindexter and I was a member of the Johnson Pack for 10 years.  Talk about a life!  Whew, it was wild and crazy and fun!  





Let me tell you a little about myself since you went to all the trouble to get here. 

I don't recall much of my first days.  I remember getting lost and being alone in Phoenix, Arizona one night in a strip mall parking lot.  I sort of assumed that was the end.  Life had been good up to that point, but I was still just a puppy, so I didn't really know much.  

On that  dark night with cars whizzing by I first caught a glimpse of the pack leaders.  They saw me huddled in a doorway, looked at me, and started having an intense conversation.  I didn't know what they were going to do, but they were huge.  Finally, the big one, who I will call HIM (apparently the pack leader), reached down, put out his hand and scooped me up.  I was so tired and weak that anyplace would have been better than that parking lot.  

HIM and HER carried me to a huge truck and drove away.  I was just hoping that they wouldn't hurt me.  I was clueless.  Looking back, it was the BEST day of my life. 


They brought me to the pack den where I was surprised to find out that they had other pack members as well.  THREE of them and one was HUGE.   I had never seen another dog that big.  They kept calling her 'Dane' and 'Chella'. 

The leaders let me sleep in their bed with them that night.  There were other small creatures there as well, not dogs, but small animals that purred.  I curled up and went to sleep.  It was the first quiet place I had known in days.  

I later found out that HER had stated that if I barked to much, they wouldn't accept me into the pack.  I am glad I kept my mouth shut that night.  



So started my life with the Johnson Pack.  Many others came and went.  Some stayed for a few days, others are still there.  It was always a busy a pack den and there was always something to do. 

I can't recall all the pack-mates I had; Bacchus, Max, Chella, Thunder, Lightning, Peanut, Moxy, Ava, Henry, Iris and those were just the dogs.  I didn't interact with the non-pack purring crowd much.  They were sort of aloof. 

It took a few days to learn the pack routine and pecking order.  We all got along pretty well most of the time. I quickly learned that Chella was my buddy, since nobody messed with her.  I also learned where to go and not to go and what not to do.  Teething on power cords was one of things not do.  120 volts going through a small dog is not fun!



The pack initially lived in a park where all of us would run and frolic each morning and we would wrestle on the living room floor each night. 

Then there were trips to other pack dens, huge forests, the beach (ow the smells) and long car rides. One of the perks of being the smallest dog was 'Lap Time'.  I always got the front seat, while the rest of the pack had to sit in back....SWEET!. 

After a few years, we moved far south to the mountains.  Different smells and different trees and plants.  There was always something new and different in the Johnson Pack.   And I gotta tell ya, the FOOD was excellent.  I don't how other dogs survive on what they get.  But HER made the best food twice a day.  Needless to say, I was never really a 'thin' dog. 

This lasted for almost 10 human years.  I was pushing 70 dog years at the end.  It was a wild ride.  One that I am so glad I got to go on and I hope you all get a similar chance.  My time with the Johnson Pack taught me a few things: 

  • Don't loose hope, it is usually darkest before the dawn.
  • Size really does not matter, its the size of your heart that matters. 
  • Big dogs aren't as tough as they look 
  • Big dogs get big bones, little dogs get the passenger seat and the bed
  • If it is a good pack, they will NEVER leave you behind. 
  • ....and don't chew on power cords. 

Hope you all have a wonderful life!  I know I did.  Good Luck!




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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Cinema Cycle - National Geographic: Miniature Miracle, The Computer Chip

National Geographic
Friday, 03.20.2020



Media
Laserdisc

Attendees

Bruce Johnson

Notes

Miniature Miracle: The Computer Chip

  1. Alexander Scourby could narrate the phone book and I'd listen
  2. Computers, pre internet
  3. Early early pioneers, historical
  4. Many of these people aren't around to see what their work became.
  5. Totally missed the internet and it's quantifying multiplier
  6. Focus on biomedical potential, not Surveillance / A.I.
  7. Ni eve, they ONLY saw the good.

Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 14 miles
  • 57  minutes
  • Odometer =  11806.8 miles  


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Cinema Cycle - The World At War / Volume 5 / Pincers

The World At War - Pincers
Thursday, 03.11.2020



Media
DVD

Attendees

Bruce Johnson

Notes

  1. Seen this many times, but always a great documentary
  2. The series focuses on the tragedy of war, not the glory. 
  3. The best laid plans…...


Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 9.5 miles
  • 52 minutes
  • Odometer =  11803.3 miles  


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Cinema Cycle - Sex and the City / Season 2 - Episode 4 (They Shoot Single People Don't They?)

Sex and the City
Thursday, 03.9.2020




Media
DVD

Attendees

Bruce Johnson

Season 2 / Episode4

They shoot single people don't they?
  1. Good looking wealthy women and the pitfalls of faking relationships / orgasams
  2. If I had a 12 year old son, I would require him to watch this series.  So he knew what to expect in his future. 
  3. A somber episode, with Cynthia Nixon as a quasi-porn star, but it is funny. 


Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 5.6 miles
  • 25 minutes
  • Odometer =  11798.4 miles  


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Cinema Cycle - Horowitz in Moscow

Horowitz in Moscow 
Thursday, 03.6.2020





Media
Laserdisc

Attendees

Bruce Johnson


Notes

  1. Apparently, Vlad only plays a Steinway
  2. Vlad...Moscow rock star
  3. Very, very somber opening, you could hear a fart in this music hall.
  4. Horowitz, eyes closed, all the notes from memory.  EGAD. He is in his 70s here.
  5. At about 30 minutes he really starts tinkling those ivories 
  6. Vlad needs a bathroom break, Audience says NO WAY.
  7. Based on pans of the audience,  uni-brows were pretty common on women in the old Soviet Union.
  8. In the interview sections Vlad is pretty hard to understand.
  9. I can't believe that anyone can have that much dexterity in their fingers at the age of 70.

Cinema Cycle Notes
  • 20.7 miles
  • 100  minutes
  • Odometer =  11,813.5 miles  


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Cinema Cycle - Lena's Holiday

Lena's Holiday
Thursday, 03.4.2020





Media
DVD

Attendees

Bruce Johnson


Notes

  1. Odd opening, thrown into a foreign situation.
  2. Apparently star vehicle for the lead actress, who I have never heard of.
  3. So far ignorant foreigner lost in 1990s L.A.
  4. Emphasis on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the liberation of East Germany.
  5. It appears that Lena wears less and less clothes as the film progresses.
  6. This movie has flow issues, follow on scenes are not plausible. 
  7. Chis Lemmon is a dead ringer for his father.
  8. Less clothes is right!
  9. Sort of like Dorothy from East Berlin, visits Ozziewood.
  10. There is good production value here.
  11. I could use a bit less stock footage with music overlay.  
  12. Definite fantasy, no one in LA lives like this

Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 19.8 miles
  • 100 minutes
  • Odometer =  11,812.6 miles  


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Cinema Cycle - Scenes from a Mall

Scenes from a Mall
Thursday, 02.28.2020



Media
BluRay

Attendees

Bruce Johnson

Notes

  1. Life in 1990 Los Angeles
  2. Woody and Bette dialogue can be hard to take.
  3. In the time before cell phones, every phone has a cord!
  4. Malls don't look like this anymore.
  5. So far I am underwhelmed.  To much fast Woody dialogue and personal issues. 
  6. Not movie escapism, more like movie therapy.
  7. Not enjoying this.  Tedious / not funny.
  8. Woody takes profound films by foreign directors and puts an American slant on them. 
  9. It's a sort of plagiarism. (Scenes from a Marriage)
  10. Sex scene in the theater...Really?
  11. The best thing about this film is the Mime.
  12. All the franchise mall stores that are no longer in business.
  13. Fabio in the elevator!
  14. Ideal movie for folks going through a divorce.


Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 17.4 miles
  • 89 minutes
  • Odometer =  11792.8 miles