Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Well, it's actually TOOsday but it feels like Monday. I went to see a movie over the weekend ("The Prestige") and virtually every preview they showed was for a film in which time-space goes all warpy. One was a sort of action-thriller version of "Groundhog Day" and one was something about deja vu starring Denzel Washington.

There was a similar fad about eight or ten years ago in European movies. For a while every movie was about the past and the future and alternate planes of existence. Since I don't put too much stock in linear time, that's all right with me.

I told you it was like Monday. I have nothing interesting to say.

This is also because of the Santa Ana winds. Some years they never show up. This year we can't get rid of 'em. The are dry hot winds from the eastern deserts and they make your hair flat like Jennifer Aniston's, and they make your sinuses feel stuffy and pressured, and they make fires and fights and eucalyptus tree disasters. They make it difficult to express cohesive concepts. They're making me anxious, and I need a lot more coffee. It's way too clear outside. You can see everything too well. The Hollywood sign is so bright white it looks slightly blue.

Here is some information on Santa Ana Winds from Wikipedia.

Santa Ana winds in popular culture:

* The Santa Ana winds are referenced in the Raymond Chandler short story "Red Wind," in which the author describes the winds as such: "[T]hose hot dry [winds] that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen." Appropriately, this Chandler passage is read by Chris Stevens (John Corbett) at the beginning of the episode "Ill Wind" of the TV series Northern Exposure. This passage is also quoted by Ed Asner in his role as Lou Grant in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" as an example of how to write prose.
* Bad Religion mentions the winds, using their nickname "murder winds," in the song "Los Angeles Is Burning" from the album Empire Strikes First. "When the hills of Los Angeles are burning/ Palm trees are candles in the murder winds/ So many lives are on the breeze/ Even the stars are ill at ease/ And Los Angeles is burning."
* There is also a band named The Santa Ana Winds Youth Band.
* There is a reference made to the winds in the Steely Dan song, "Babylon Sisters"
* The Beach Boys song "Santa Ana Winds" appears on their 1980 album Keepin' the Summer Alive.
* The song LA Woman by the Doors references taking a look around "see which way the wind blows" and contains imagery in which the city's "hair is burnin’ hills are filled with fire."
* The song Summer Rain by Belinda Carlisle has the lyrics "I remember the rain on our skin. And his kisses hotter than the Santa Ana Winds."
* The Santa Ana winds are important to the plot of the book White Oleander by Janet Fitch.
* The song "Catch My Disease" by Ben Lee has the lyrics "She told me about the winds from Santa Ana/And thats the way I like it."
* The Winds were featured prominently in the October 22, 2006 episode of the ABC series "Brothers & Sisters."
* The Santa Ana Winds are referred to in the song "I love L.A" by Randy Newmann Lyrics: " And the Santa Ana Winds blowing hot from the north"
* Rancid makes reference to the winds in the song "Brad" on the South Park Chef Aid album. "...and the Santa Ana winds make me feel alright."
* Several references made in the hit TV show Beverly Hills, 90210

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