October 20th, 2002


In which I inquire: "Have you ever had an Egyptian Feast?"

I meant to write about this weeks ago, but never did. So how about now?

When my friends K & T went on vacation to Florida, K phoned Herschell Gordon Lewiswho he'd never met, and told him how much he liked his films. I guess this doesn't happen to Herschell that often, and he was very flattered by the praise and invited K & T to his (apparently opulent) house for a short visit.

The story has a nice ending, of the "famous person turns out to be a nice guy, charming, and polite/accomodating to his fans" type. He posed for a few pictures, and Herschell autographed K's copy of the "Eye Popping Sounds of Herschell Gordon Lewis" CD. I believe he also gave them directions to the hotel where the infamous "tongue scene" in Blood Feast was filmed- the hotel is still standing, btw.

But my favorite part of this story is the oh-so-stalky way that K got HGL's phone number:

He looked in the phone book. High tech, eh?

I just tried it online, and found an "H. Lewis" in the proper town, and the little mapquest map included in the listing shows the address is on the edge of a country club, so I guess that's the correct one. K. had used the "dead tree" phone book, since he somehow knew ahead of time which community HGL resides in, but I think its so damn cool that someone with as huge a cult following as HGL is still in the phone book, answers his own phone, and invites strangers over to visit.

Also, "Blood feast 2" has apparently premiered in Europe and was well received (or at least, thats what HGL reported to K). I'm looking forward to it, even if it sucks, and not just because John Waters has a small part in it.

And speaking of Herschell Gordon Lewis:

Everytime I 'wish list" something at half.com, I get the feeling that their matching algorithim is dependent on giving blindfolded monkeys crack and darts and turning them loose in Barnes and Noble. With music, I don't think it's ever picked anything I'd even listen to, much less buy.

For example, I was trying to track down a copy of this long out of print book about HGL, and here's what half.com had to say about that:

If you like "The Amazing Herschell Gordon Lewis & His World of Exploitation Films" you may also enjoy:

The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells
The Red Tent- Anita Diamant
The Lord of the Rings- J. R. R. Tolkien
Bridget Jones- Helen Fielding
The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran


Unless there's some sorta crossover between chick-lit (the majority of the suggestions) and splatter films that I have yet to notice, I think these must be random, or based on popularity/sales among shoppers in general . The best I can do here is that 3 of these books were made into movies, and the book I want is about a filmmaker, ergo, half thinks it's a good suggestion.

They might as well suggest that I might also enjoy mint chip ice cream or driving barefoot; they'd have just as much likelihood of guessing right.

I have a new compulsive behavior...

10/15- lara7 forms TacoCaco email list at yahoo groups.

10/18- lara7 adds T. as member and moderator.

10/19- 1:53 am - Our first two members have joined! List has now doubled in size!
Are they pals of T., and she added them, did they see anouncement on PDX-caco list, or did they see the flyers I distributed tonight? I don't recognize the email addresses, so it's anyone's guess.

10/20 2:06pm- check TacoCaco membership roster- Am astonished to see -2 more- members have joined in the last 12 hours. Again, I don't recognize emails, but first name on one email might be a Java Jive regular. Start musing on the "viral" nature of email groups and wonder how long it will take us to get to 20 members. Might be only a matter of days, especially if this rate of 2 members every 12 hours is typical.

So, now I have a new compulsive computer behavior. For some people, it's refreshing their ebay auctions/bids or LJ friends list to see what activity has transpired in the last hour. For me, I'm checking my yahoo groups page something like 3 times a day to see if the flyers/emails are actually reaching anyone, or at least, reaching people willing to subscribe to our list to see what we're up to.

Damn, this seems to be actually working. Unless it's all PDX and SEA shills, there might actually be enough people in Tacomatose to make this viable.