Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Oncoming Headlights Do Not Bother Me As Much

I've recently started drinking kombucha, thanks mostly to Carol's homebrewing. (Seriously, I greatly appreciate it, Carol.) Since I've been carrying around jars of the stuff, people have been asking me about the gelatinous jellyfish thing floating in my tea.

Thus, I have to explain kombucha. ("It's fermented tea, made with a live bacteria culture, blah, blah, blah. It's really good for you, blah, blah, blah.") Still, people don't understand why I'd want to drink vinegar flavored-tea with bacteria growing in it.

So Carol sent me a list entitled The Benefits of Kombucha, compiled by a Yahoo kombucha group. All the benefits are testimonial and not backed up by medical science. With some consideration to these dubious origins, here are my favorite "benefits":
  • Has brought me into contact with some very caring people
  • Addictive taste
  • Makes a good hair rinse
  • Shrinking large fatty tumor
  • Oncoming headlights do not bother me as much
  • I can see the pupils of my eyes again without glasses
  • Good underarm deodorant
  • For some people; eliminates desire for alcohol, & helping to relax
  • People begin taking responsibility for their own health
Hippies and their homeopathic cures... I will say this: Kombucha has made a significant difference with my digestive health. As for eliminating the desire for alcohol and seeing the pupil of my eyes, I'll let you know.

Watch the Taking Woodstock Trailer Here

You Tube once again disabled a video. So you can watch the Taking Woodstock trailer here. Plus, this one has a good Demetri Martin intro.

I still haven't seen the movie. If you have, let me know what you thought.

Friday, August 14, 2009

In Other Families, This Would Be a Big Fuckin' Deal

First watch this trailer:

The motel featured in this movie is the El Monaco. My grandfather bought the place two weeks after the events of this movie took place. He owned it for 35 years after that, selling it in 2004. He died in 2005, and in 2007, the town tore part of it down to build a clocktower.

I always knew Woodstock took place at Yasgur Farm, close to the El Monaco, but I never knew the extent of the restaurant/motel's role in the logistics of festival planning. In fact, when I first saw this trailer, I thought "Wait, did he just say 'El Monaco'? Could it possibly the same El Monaco that belonged to my crazy Italian family?"

Sure enough it is. And for the record, it looked nothing like the place in the movie.

And sure enough, my crazy Italian family never told me about the place's unique history. I just knew it had a vague connection to Woodstock, nothing my family played up. Crazies. I shake my head.