Friday, May 21, 2010

The Notion of Whimsy

Random thoughts on the notion of whimsy, from the eyes of Jack Nicholson, Vampire Weekend and me.

From the local Jersey Shore freebie paper: A local woman talked with Jack Nicholson at around 6PM on the Boardwalk at Manasquan, NJ on June 30, 2009. While fans stood at a distance and snapped pictures, Stephanie joined him while he stood alone at his picnic table eating ice cream. She asked him, "So Jack, what brings you to Manasquan?". He replied, "Whimsy". He asked her if she knew what that meant. She said "I don't think so". He said, "You must have graduated from Manasquan High School." (his alma mater)

The woman asked him if she could have a picture with him. He said, "I would love that". She asked if she could put her arm around him. He replied, "I would love that even more. I would put my arm around you, but I am eating ice cream." Another fan then asked if he could have a picture with him and he said "Zero chance, No chance". After finishing his ice cream, he then left in his waiting limousine.

In unrelated news, Vampire Weekend's second album came out a couple months ago. I was down on it for a while, but I've really come around on it. I love that they know they're preppy white kids and they celebrate that life while mocking it at the same time. The videos I've watched (for Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa and Giving Up the Gun) back up that notion. They seem like a bunch of guys who don't take themselves all that seriously. Not enough folks in the music scene these days that embody whimsy so successfully. And that's really something that embodies the mission statement of this blog.

So we salute you, Jack. And you too, Vampire Weekend.

And to atone for my vomit-inducing photos the other day, here's one to make up for that. It's (barely) SFW, and I left it in the hyperlink to avoid offending our female audience. Happy Friday, gents.

33 comments:

The Teej said...

Go to google now. The logo is PLAYABLE.

Teej said...

Who's coming with me?
http://www.teejfestival.org/

Dave said...

whimsy is a talking nose polyp.

zman said...

Happiness is a warm nose polyp.

zman said...

Much like Hasselhoff in Germany, the Teej is huge in India.

Teej said...

Life is like a box of polyps.

d-train said...

seven mary three at "freebird live" which is a little concert venue down the street from my office here.

Dave said...

teej, can't believe i missed that joke in my sentence.

zman said...

I was about to tool on 7 Mary 3, but then I realized that they are still making money by working as ostensible rock stars while I sit in an office for 50 hours a week wearing business casual clothes, sporting a sensible haircut, shaving/showering daily, and sneaking in blog entries.

rob said...

rock stars and financial advisors:

http://www.redcarpetmonday.com/user_profile.php?userid=1139

rob said...

nice work with the picture logos, the teej. that'll be hours of fun. can't wait to see what geoff/danielle comes up with.

Teej said...

I eagerly await drexdrago's image....a steaming pile of poop I assume.

I also toyed with the G:TB twitter page.

rob said...

of course, now my computer gives me a security warning every time i refresh the comments. maybe not so much with the pictures?

rob said...

that kind of timely service is what sets you apart, teej.

d-train said...

the d-train unfortunately was unable to view pics. the d-train is disappointed

Teej said...

AWL:
http://twitter.com/LeBrons_Mom

zman said...

I am so old and out of touch.

http://tinyurl.com/33dpxuu

Teej said...

I have never heard of that.

Dave said...

we do that all the time at school. i got iced third period today. actually helped in teaching james joyce.

d-train said...

ice is nice...brah

Dennis said...

Gentlemen (and gentle women)....if you have not gone to Google yet today, do yourself a great service and go there immediately. No, seriously, stop everything you're doing and go to the Google home page....

Um, hello. You're still not there yet are you?

rob said...

the teej is getting angry

d-train said...

another means by which to bolster my productivity.
happy 30th pacman

zman said...

http://tinyurl.com/2e4f97l

zman said...

I also feel old and out of touch because I just learned that there will be beer pong at my sister's 25th birthday party tomorrow, and I haven't played beer pong in ... maybe ... 14 years?

Mark said...

We have a New Year's Eve Party at my house each year (it's my lady's birthday so it makes things much easier on me and her friends usually come in town). At this party, we have a Beer Pong tournament with a bracket, and trophies (this year it was engraved Beer Steins) for the winner. Adds a nice element of excitement, competitiveness and out of control drunkeness (for some) to the party.

zman said...

I suspect that if I play I'll make more than an ass of myself than I usually do. I'll probably get iced in the middle of the game.

zman said...

Or more of an ass. You get the drift.

d-train said...

where & when's the party z? attire?

Teej said...

Khakis, cardigans and bluchers.

Mark said...

Dale Peterson has my vote.

zman said...

Some dive in the West Village. I can practically guarantee to bluchers and cardigans and I'll set the over/under on khakis at 6.9.

zman said...

I meant "guarantee no bluchers or cardigans."