January 22, 2004: Bellybuttons

This morning I headed up early to a meeting at Empire State College up in Rochester. The weather was awful and so were the roads. The wind was really high and it was hard to stay on the road.

Ok, weird website of the day. All About Bellybuttons. Apparently written by a girl who doesn’t have a navel. I know you all always wanted to meet one, so here is your chance.

I spent the evening getting stuff done for college. I have a ton of work that I need to do and I am trying to get it done as soon as possible. I really want to get my degree this summer.

Min and I watched Road to Bali which is a hilarious and cute old Bing Crosby and Bob Hope movie. I love those old, quirky movies. They don’t make anything like those these days. After Min went to work, I watched Jackie Chan’s Young Master. It is one of the really early and horrible movies that Jackie did before he was very well known. Actually, of the early Chan films, this one is one of the best. It is one of the few films from the era that can be easily followed. The storyline actually makes sense and the fighting scenes are pretty good for the period.

I stayed up really late working on stuff for college. I watched Road to Rio, the prequel to Road to Bali. It is in black and white and not nearly as weird as the second movie. It was cute.

I did a little research and discovered that Crosby and Hope did an entire series of “Road” films. In fact, the series spanned 23 years from 1940 to 1962. The movies that I have are two of the later films. The series started with “Singapore” in 1940 and followed with “Zanzibar”, “Morrocco”, “Utopia”, “Rio”, “Bali” and “Hong Kong” in that order. Here is a write-up that I found on the films – Road Movies. If you are looking to get into these films that did so well for Paramount in the 1940’s, you can start with this collection at Amazon. I found the two that I have at Walmart in the bargain bin for just $6 for the pair!

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