(Major) Housekeeping Matter #10: Say Hello to Stephen Cooke


Since starting this blog back in October of last year, I don't think there's ever been a time when I've felt the soft gaze of fortune smiling upon it as I do now.

I want to take this opportunity to officially welcome my friend Stephen Cooke to "If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger . . . " as co-blogger with full, equal standing. In point of fact, you may now consider this his blog as much as it is mine. Some of you have no doubt seen Stephen's comments over the last few months; he's also been exceedingly generous in contributing photos. I've known Stephen for a few years now through our mutual involvement in Usenet, and I have not a doubt in my mind his wit and his intelligence will only do this blog honor.

Stephen can take the introduction from here (if we're lucky, he'll hold forth one day on the wonders of Moxie). Suffice it to say, I'm lucky to have him join me in this effort. There's no one I know who I'd rather have as a co-pilot for this vehicle, and it pleases me more than I can say that he's agreed to join these pages.

11 comments:

Brent McKee said...

Congratulations! I'm sure you two will be very happy together, and if you're happy I'm happy. Seriously, Stephen knows his silent films and movies in general so it'll work out well.

swac said...

Imagine my shock when I hit the refresh button and saw the Moxie Man staring back at me (let's just say that this is a defining image in my life...but more about that later) and Tom's glowing words (as well as Brent's). I'm honoured and enthused.

Having never blogged before, bear with me for the next little while as I get the hang of this. My approach to film and pop culture is a bit more on the side of the wide-eyed cinevore and my responses are more from the gut than the grey matter, and it'll take a while to figure out my yin to Tom's yang. Or vicey versy.

Needless to say, it took me a half-hour just to figure out how to post that image from The Jungle Book, and while I have the Hello software, it didn't really work for me off the bat, so I went with the ol' html tags, just like grandpa used to use. (And yes, I am fishing for hints here.)

So, I'm gonna go open a cold can of Moxie and figure out what other kinds of nonsense I can come up with for this here portal. Wish me luck!

Bob Keser said...

Huzzah! Stephen is the wittiest and most cheerful person I've encountered in my years of Usenet habituation, so it's great that Tom has made room for him in his blog cabin.

Not to change the subject, but there's a scene near the opening of "Story of Floating Weeds" where Ozu's hero is considering using "moxie" for the treatment of an ailment. I'm guessing that's not the *same* Moxie honored here, or is this brew actually medicinal?

swac said...

Moxie was initially marketed as a "nerve tonic" but when the government started cracking down on quack medicine, it deftly made the switch to "refreshing beverage".

But it's entirely possible that's what Ozu was referring to. It was pretty well known during Prohibition (when it initially became popular) and in the years immediately afterward, before its popularity waned after WWII, when Coca Cola came into dominance.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

Needless to say, it took me a half-hour just to figure out how to post that image from The Jungle Book, and while I have the Hello software, it didn't really work for me off the bat, so I went with the ol' html tags, just like grandpa used to use. (And yes, I am fishing for hints here.)

*****
I didn't see this last night, otherwise I would have posted this right away, co-blogger.

I only use the Picasa/Hello software to post images. Picasa is the better of the two once you get the hang of it. I use it to make small corrections in images; clean them up a little should they require it. I'm such a naif when it comes to HTML that I'd essentially be lost posting images if that was all I was left. Let me know off-line what your problems are with Hello, cause it's a decent enough program all by itself and I know its ins and outs fairly well.

Tom Sutpen said...

Brent wrote:

Congratulations! I'm sure you two will be very happy together, and if you're happy I'm happy.

*****
Thanks, dad.

Jeez, you make it sound like we're gonna be picking out furniture together over the weekend. I can assure you, it ain't that kinda partnership (not that there's anything wrong with that, though).

Seriously, thanks Brent. Stephen's coming aboard is the shot in the arm, the kick in the ass, the torrential rain of inspiration this blog needed.

Tom Sutpen said...

Bob Keser wrote:

Huzzah! Stephen is the wittiest and most cheerful person I've encountered in my years of Usenet habituation, so it's great that Tom has made room for him in his blog cabin.

*****
Huzzah indeed, Bob. I think his cheerfulness and wit make a fine compliment to my often dour, depressive nature.

Not to change the subject, but there's a scene near the opening of "Story of Floating Weeds" where Ozu's hero is considering using "moxie" for the treatment of an ailment.

*****
I wondered about that myself. The two times I've seen that Ozu I thought it was a subtitler taking liberties (I've seen numerous examples of that over the years; the most egregious being a subtitled print of Truffaut's "La Nuit Americain" which had built-in some of the most awkwardly phrased American-isms you ever did see). I guess they have that stuff over in Japan, then.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

Moxie was initially marketed as a "nerve tonic" but when the government started cracking down on quack medicine, it deftly made the switch to "refreshing beverage".

*****
You think I'd know this, but is Moxie still available? I drank it a bunch of times when I was a kid (for some reason our corner delicatessen was often bereft of Coca-Cola and Pepsi, but always seemed to have plenty of Moxie on hand) and I remember liking it. But it's been ages since I've even seen a bottle of it.

swac said...

Moxie is still available, largely in Maine, but it does find its way into New Hampshire and Vermont, and I've heard of it turning up in Massachusetts. For a while, a bottler in Pennsylvania was making it, and it was even showing up in New Jersey as a result. But for the most part, it's a Maine-only thing.

I stop at a place in Lisbon Falls, ME called, of course, The Moxie Store, where an aging Moxie fan operates his grandfather's old general store, complete with marble-and-wood soda fountain. He sells Moxie, and recently-made memorabilia (I have the t-shirts and sweat shirts to prove it) and even makes a Moxie ice cream that is surprisingly delicious (even I had my doubts about that one).

I usually buy a couple of flats of Moxie when I'm passing through, and I'm down to just one, so it might be time for a road trip.

Rob said...

I get Moxie here in San Diego now. I used to see it in Wally Wood drawings in "Mad" and wonder waht it was, and only had to wait 30 years to sip some. An aquired taste, and I hear it was a right of passage back east. "You got Moxie, Erie" Harold Gould said it just right.

BCNU

swac said...

Yep, Mad Magazine is where it started...but this really is the making of a post about Moxie, which I swear I'll get around to in good time.