Good Morning French Connection

By Glenn 

Good morning. Last night some friends and I watched the French Connection on a big screen TV in Bryant Park. I had never seen this film before, even though I have been told it was "directly applicable" to my life. As it turns out, it is an allegory for both the War in Afghanistan and search for the Book of Secrets in National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. Gene Hackman is a take no prisoners police officer, much in the same way Stanley McChrystal was a no-holds-barred-say-anything type of commander. In the French Connection, the search is for drugs and justice - neither of which are found. I assume that is like NT2:BoS though I have not seen it and can only guess the plot from the trailer and promotional posters that have been defaced on the New York City subway.

Today's Weather

There are no euphemisms to discuss how hot it is. Today's high will be 99 fucking degrees. I grew up in a very hot jungle not unlike the picture above, so I do know about heat. But this is a concrete jungle and that's something altogether different. Lying on the ground watching the French Connection when the stench of sweat and the heat from human bodies all around you really puts things into perspective. Also, the sun is unrelenting. Children are melting on the sidewalks, and white Americans like myself are getting sunburnt. My roommate Stephen made the point that it was hotter here than on the sun but my other roommate Stephanie pointed out that it is 150 degrees on the sun which is 1.5 times as hot as New York. So the sun is hotter than here - case closed!

Today's Indie Rock Band

I love Wolf Parade! There I said it and I don't expect to get a bunch of hate mail from anti-Canadian bigots and classical music fans. Their first album Apologies to the Queen Mary is one of my favorite records of 1991 and their second album At Mount Zoomer was pretty good too. I saw them in concert 606 days ago and had a lot of fun, which was partially do to me ingesting angel dust before the show. Their new album Expo 86 is also the name of a Death Cab for Cutie song.

Today's Prediction

I'll get tickets to see Wolf Parade on July 13th at Terminal 5 (with openers The French Connections) but that day all the buses will melt and C.H.U.D.s will take over the subways at long last. [C.H.U.D.s are Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers for those who don't know.] Popping his head out of a sewer cap a C.H.U.D. will take a shot at me and I will chase it through the catacombs of New York City until I shoot it unarmed in the back like Bernard Goetz did to those black kids in 1984.


  1. This is not the first time you'll be hearing about C.H.U.D.s.

  2. I've heard about CHUDS in that documentary film about them.

  3. WOlf Parade has a new album!@(I think~?~). NT2:BoS is an even funnier acronym than CHUD!! I'm glad to see your Bernie Goetz obsession spill into OYIT

  4. I don't think my comment from earlier made much sense. I meant that the movie CHUDs is a documentary, not a fantastical film about monsters living in the sewer. Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies go to College is also a documentary but 1,2 and 4 are farcical tales.

  5. I watched C.H.U.D. last week and let me tell you: there IS such thing as monsters. Scariest docu-thriller ever!