Quiet Biking at Night

Last summer I bought an old van with enough space in the back for my bike, which I started taking with me to work this semester, so I could ride it across the UNLV campus on the days I teacher there. It has saved me a lot of the rushing and running I’ve had to do from parking to classroom for over a dozen years, but even better, it has allowed me to simply spend more time on my bike.

One of my favorite things about the fall semester is the atmosphere on that beautiful campus on any November night–most everyone else has already gone home by the time my evening classes get out, and the trip back out to my car was always very quiet, cool, and pleasant. Now, getting to do that on a bike, it’s even better.

One night last month, I did that ride while listening to the soft, luminous Lou Reed track, “Revien Cherie.” Bikes rides have rarely been sweeter.

Speaking of, I spent one afternoon in October riding my bike home across town from my day job, listening to the live stream of Celtic music from Thistle Radio. That was also an enjoyable time, and a little memory worth having.

Life is really good.

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Serendipity Strikes

I’ve been in the mood for some foreign film lately, so I decided that today I would watch a couple.  I picked the Vietnamese film, The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000), and the American-made but French-language film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007).

Strangely, both movies featured the same American rock song: 1969’s “Pale Blue Eyes,” by the Velvet Underground.

What are the odds of that?  That two non-English movies would use the same old American song in their soundtrack?  That I would pick both of those movies to watch?  That I would watch both of those movies on the same day?  That I would be familiar with the song and recognize it in both films?

And yet, here we are.

Below is the opening scene of Vertical Ray.  YouTube doesn’t have a clip for the Diving Bell scene–that one was just instrumental anyway.  Then here it is with lyrics.