Friday, January 07, 2005

"Sanctuary! Sanctuary!"

The Movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1939 (Bruno Frank, screenwriter, from the novel by Victor Hugo; William Dieterle, dir.)
Who says it: Charles Laughton as the hunchback, Quasimodo
The context: Quasimodo desperately seeks protection for himself and the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda (Maureen O’Hara), as villagers storm the cathedral.
How to use it: When seeking refuge.

My flight from Philadelphia left at 7:45 this morning and landed a little after 12:30 local time, for a total of about eight hours in the plane. We had to land in Kansas City to refuel, because of major headwinds and bad weather at LAX.

And what bad weather it is. I didn't even try to rent a car; water is four inches deep on the roads in some places, and no one (including me) knows how to drive in Los Angeles in the rain. I used to think it was some collective incompetence or neurosis, but the truth is that the accumulation of dust and oil on the roads makes them unusually slick in the rain, and the roads don't drain, especially on the west side of town.

But I got to Gary's, where there was a fire burning in the fireplace, and a soy latte and a peanut butter sandwich and two joyful dogs. It's weird to be here without Dizzy.

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