It Was A Dark And Stormy Night...
A Not Too Scary Story
Of Two Very Different Blog Post Ideas
It Was A Dark And Stormy Night... Not exactly. As good an opening that may make for a story but that isn't the case this time: in fact, it was not dark nor stormy. The first days of Fall were beginning to make their presence known with somewhat cooler Southern California temperatures(you know in the low 70 degree Fahrenheit range)but my mind started to wander last Sunday afternoon. No surprise. I wondered too. How can I put together two diverse subjects that were floating around my mind into one post?
Recently on a visit to the theater I saw the film The Irishman(please note: Spoiler Alert). It is about a subject I had some knowledge. Maybe you have as well. Jimmy Hoffa and The Teamsters. There's more than that covered in the film but gives a clue of the "mess" that can happen. Crime and union bosses. Shenanigans of all kinds. Yeah, I was interested. But wait....it's a long movie...three hours plus. This is a real commitment. I might digress if time permitted. The film kept my interest so any extra pondering was definitely limited.
Although this is not a review per se, I will say I did enjoy the film. But as my movie-going companion and I headed away from the theater we talked about the film, crime, unions and more. I can't say there was any great mystery solved but I did wonder about the appeal of such a subject so many decades removed(no pun intended). I went to sleep that night and the next day arrived. No nightmares with "rat-a-tat" disruptions but I do understand how that could happen.
There was nothing unusual about that next day. It's amazing how ordinary life can be. And the film shows a certain ordinariness in the life of a union boss and the inner-workings of organizations.
This brings me to the second topic. Pomegranates. Not well-known or widely available. For the uninitiated here is a definition of a pomegranate if you are unfamiliar and curious. Merriam Webster defines it as an orange-size fruit with a tough skin and sweet flesh containing many seeds. The tree is native to North Africa and western Asia. It hasn't been a longtime favorite but it is one that has become quite likable. Okay...now finding a comparison between the two.
But missing links of all kinds can be found in the most mysterious of places. As far as eating pomegranates, it is not an easy task or is it clean. I guess you can say the same when it comes to the elimination of certain people in the days of Jimmy Hoffa. Eating a pomegranate is messy business some might say.
I ate a half of a pomegranate for dessert the day after seeing the movie. After the meal, my shirt looked like it could have been used in one of the scenes of the movie as my formerly crisp white shirt looked somewhat blood-stained after the incident(I am not a particularly messy eater mind you). Some things make miraculous appearances after a spin in the washing machine or a trip to the cleaners. Some other things are better blood-soaked in appearance I imagine. For "proof" they actually occurred.
Anyway, as for the movie The Irishman and pomegranates - I like them both. But be warned. We're talking some rather messy stuff. Just a warning. And that's as much as I will "give away" about the film or pomegranates.
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It Was A Dark And Stormy Night...