Views of Life from the Beach on the Morning after the First Snow of the Year

Let me say this, we aren’t appreciating USC enough this year. What they’ve done and how they move the ball on offense is just amazing. It’s one of those things that has to be seen to be believed like the acting of Thomas Ian Griffith in “Karate Kid: Part 3”. Words and descriptions don’t do it justice. From Leinart doing things that makes him look more like a bigger Tom Brady and Reggie Bush being… well Superman. I’ve never seen a player like Bush, he’s just jaw dropping amazing and should dominate in the NFL just because he’s so… good.

And this is exactly what I mean. I’m doing a horrible job at even trying to describe how great this USC team is and I’ve yet to read anything that even remotely describes how good they are. The best I can do is comparing them to the 1999-2001 St. Louis Rams. No matter, I think part of the reason we aren’t over loaded with USC information is that USC plays all the way in SoCal in the Pac Ten and ESPN has some sort of hatred towards everything in Calli and Seattle (and Portland) which I haven’t been able to figure out. (But isn’t it weird? If you watch SportsCenter it seems like you get twice the number of Texas and Big 12 coverage than the PacTen. Maybe it’s because ESPN only has Shelley Smith covering the West Coast and she brings little to the table in terms of sports reporting (ie she’s not Sal Paolantonio)).

It finally feels as if winter has come, and that’s a welcomed development to VFLOAB. It began snowing here in DC yesterday afternoon and continued on all night. This morning, with the sun out and the temperature hovering around 32 degrees (0 for yous Europeans), the walk to the Metro this morning was peaceful and, bizarrely, warming. The quite beauty of the snow put me in a good mood and I’ve been loving every second of the day today. Sometimes you wish every day was like this, a fresh snow, a good night of sleep, and the Beatles on in the background while reading about the NBA. And maybe if I moved far enough north (Maine? Minnesota? Quebec? Alberta?) it would be.

But I also know that the snow is going to get dirty, gray, and melt and the wind will knock it off the trees and it will lose a lot of its beauty, but there aren’t many things better than a fresh snow. So I hold up my cup of coffee to the snow.

For lovers of Paris, cars, and everything cool watch this 10 minute short film. It will take a while to download even with DSL, but it’s really cool.

On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris.

The film was limited for technical reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine, through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.

No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit.

The driver completed the course in about 9 minutes, reaching nearly 140 MPH in some stretches. The footage reveals him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians, and driving the wrong way up real one-way streets.

Upon showing the film in public for the first time, Lelouch was arrested. He has never revealed the identity of the driver, and the film went underground until a DVD release a few years ago.

Now, thanks to the miracle of the Internets, you can watch it in your browser.

This comes from Jerry Kindall via Jason Kottke via Listgod. Thanks to them for this fantastic film.

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