October 31st, 2010
Although the day started out slow, forestcats and I ended up with something of an adventure late in the day.
She'd found that the closest food truck scheduled to be somewhere on our route to the party of themodeinliz and axelicious was going to be somewhere off Highway 2 in apparently Eagle Rock in a bar's parking lot. We got there just on time, but the truck (The Flying Pig Truck) was almost fifteen minutes late. Once they were up and running, we ordered dishes from them, including a duck taco, a carne asada taco, their version of sliders, and a deep-fried crab dish. We liked what we had so much that we reordered, and got the smoked chicken taco and the carne asada burrito. All-in-all, it was very good.
Then, we were off to the party. From Eagle Rock to North Hollywood wasn't very far at all, and so we were early, but we volunteered to help with whatever needed doing, and things progressed. The first half hour was quiet, but things exploded by ten PM. Among other things, themodeinliz had set up a game where she stuck a tag on your back with the name of a villain of some genre or another, and you had to guess who you were from questioning other guests. This only worked if the other guests had a clue who the character was. However, it turned out to be pretty fun. forestcats was the HAL 9000 computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey, while I was General Zod from one of the Superman movies. (2?). It was also pretty cool scoping out what the costumes were...I was decked out in a costume that forestcats had made me years ago of a Zouave NCO from the Civil War. I've had the cap for that for longer than I've known forestcats, having purchased it at King Richard's Fair in Wisconsin when I was still in medical school, so it was nice to have something of a uniform to go with it. forestcats went as a pirate, and her garb looked good. themodeinliz was Harlequin, while axelicious was The Joker from Dark Knight...when I didn't recognize the character, he insisted on lending me his DVD of the movie, so I guess we'll watch that soon. Tonight?
The party was in full swing by midnight, with a DJ in the kitchen, and folks spilling out into the backyard, but the two of us were beat, and we headed home. A very nice time, and I'm sure that they've only just gone to bed after a successful party.
Yes, General Zod was in Superman 2, having had a brief appearance in #1. Not what you'd call one of Superman's big time foes.
I thought it might be #2, because that was the last Superman that I've ever seen. The hard part was remembering his name. I knew it was a single syllable, and "Krom" came leaping to mind, but I also knew that was Conan's diety. I then tried to start by guessing the first letter of his name (I remembered "General"), and the woman who was letting me question her said, "Start from the other end of the alphabet" and I immediately remembered Zod.
I remember seeing number three, but I don't remember what it was about. You could tell where they were going after the first two, and when they turned Lex Luthor into a buffoon it was obvious it was no place good.
Captain Nemo, Professor Moriarty, Lex Luthor, one of the great villains in fiction and they made him a fool. The fools.
And then they make the antagonist of Superman 2 General Zod, a non entity with no personality. Brainiac has more emotional range. That leprechaun with the weird name would've made a better villain.
I mostly gave up on superhero films after that for a very long time.
Now, of course, it's all different...
Yep, now it's people who grew up on superheros like Wolverine and Iron Man who are doing it, unlike the first Superman films, which were done by outsiders with no real understanding of the character or the genre.
I suspect that the old films were written by committees who were building blockbusters, but nowadays the films are written by people weaned on the characters, and so these are more character-driven, which is more interesting to watch than old formulas would be.
Sounds like you had a really good day. I'd love to do the truck thing with you guys.
Nowadays, their placement is findable through a number of web sites, which would be more useful if either one of us were carrying a smart phone, which we're not. However, we searched for the geographical positions of the various food trucks the day before through the 'Net without any trouble.
The truck I really wanted to try was way off from our path, as was the second choice. This one was found via Roaming Hunger website
If you want to join us, you'll have to set a date and time with forestcats
, because we often don't know that we're going to try until we are suddenly stricken by the desire. Planning ahead happens slightly more rarely.