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Kick-Ass Weekend

It was an outstanding weekend for Kung Fu. I had bought Kill Bill Volume 1 earlier in the week because I wanted to watch it again before seeing Volume 2. So Saturday was for the original Kill Bill and Sunday found me at the new Premier Theater for Kill Bill Volume 2. This two-part film has jumped to near the top of my list of all-time favorite movies.

If that weren't enough martial arts excitement for one weekend, I was doing some web surfing when I discovered that the first season of the television series Kung Fu just came out on DVD last month. Laugh if you like, but that show was a life-transforming experience for me. It was my introduction to Taoism, and after I learned about the Tao Te Ching, I immediately tracked down a copy in Pattee library. We are talking dark ages, my friend, many years ago before you could find a half-dozen different versions of the Tao Te Ching at your local bookstore. I was so taken and transformed by the book that I knew I must have a copy of it. In these ancient days, one had to search long and far for a Xerox machine (no Kinkos on every corner), and I was too poor to afford to copy the book anyway, so that left me one choice: copying it by hand. I did so on a manual typewriter, and it was a real labor of love.

I had always dreamed of owning copies of all of the Kung Fu shows, and thought seriously about the Columbia House offer to sell me one tape a month (with two shows) for something like $15-20 per tape. With 62 shows, that would have been a mighty expensive proposition. Even though I had a job at that point, I also had a family and could in no way shape or form afford to be spending that much money on videos, even if they represented a life-transforming experience for me. I dreamed about buying the series eventually. Turns out that this wouldn't have worked out anyway, as Columbia House released fewer that the full 62 shows.

But, now, finally, we have the first season on DVD, and I bought it at Best Buy on Sunday. The reviews I read nit-picked about certain aspects of this project, but the bottom line is that this is way better than no Kung Fu at all. I look forward to watching these shows with enormous anticipation.


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Apr. 27th, 2004 04:17 pm (UTC)
Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I noticed you added me, and I've added you back. :)
Apr. 27th, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC)
Mucho gracias! I enjoy reading all sorts of online journals, and I mean ALL sorts, because I find human variety fascinating. But I take a special interest in writings that are thoughtful, open, and creative, and that is how your dialogs on ethics impressed me. Then I read your bio and some of your LJ entries and thought, this is one interesting guy that I can really respect. So there you are!
Apr. 27th, 2004 06:37 pm (UTC)
I've read your bio too and I found many of your interests to be... well, interesting! And Transcendentally Tempted Anonymous sounds like a group I might like to join.
Apr. 29th, 2004 05:23 pm (UTC)
In May of 2000 I had a short but interesting email exchange with Ted Schultz, author of of the book, Fringes of Reason. Schultz is another guy who "converted" from mysticism to science and is currently (or at least the last time I checked) a research entomologist for the Smithsonian Institution. He laughed and said, "Why not?" to the suggestion of a Transcendentally Tempted Anonymous. He confided that he thinks it is okay to "get transcendental" on occasion. As May 1st approaches, I must admit to listening in on the chatter of local pagans who are planning a get-together for this holiday. Maybe I need TTA. Maybe I'll start a Yahoo group. Why not?
Apr. 29th, 2004 05:26 pm (UTC)
There's always LiveJournal communities! I'd join!

And oh, I'm sorry I haven't commented on your response yet. I should get to it tonight or tomorrow.
Apr. 27th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)
Howdy! I just wanted to mention that I read your Real Utilitarianism essay, and I've made a filtered post in my journal for you with some observations and questions about it. And by the by, I thought it was very well written!
Apr. 27th, 2004 08:41 pm (UTC)
I believe that the mood of one who is anticipating would be... 'anticipatory.' ;o)
Apr. 28th, 2004 08:38 am (UTC)
Ah, of course! Thank you for coming up with the word that I was too lazy to locate. [I was about to say "too lazy to think of," but I didn't want to end a sentence with a preposition. ;-)]
Apr. 28th, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC)
Heh, I'm not so pedantic that I would criticize someone for ending a sentence in a preposition... or criticize someone's grammar in general, unless the errors are too egregious and numerous to ignore. But the 'don't end a sentence in a preposition rule' is fairly arbitrary, or so I've heard. ;o)
Apr. 28th, 2004 10:11 pm (UTC)
Er, that would be "the 'don't end a sentence in a prepostion' rule." And I also need to to stop ending my posts with winky faces. *sigh* What can I say, it's late.
Apr. 29th, 2004 11:28 am (UTC)
A non-pedantic member of grammar_whores?! Is that allowed?
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