Well, it's a done deal: I'm going to Prague for the month of November. I've sublet my house, paid my tuition and bought my plane ticket. My little monkey will stay here with friends and go to school while I'm away, and that filthy little dog will stay with him. I have a few details to sew up, but phase 1 of my master plan is in motion, and I am pleased to announce that I will not be driving a car EVEN ONCE during that entire glorious month.
Also, I will be in Prague. Whoo hoo!
In other news, between Thursday's first Presidential debate, in which George W. Bush looked like a petulant, smirking chimpanzee with no brain, and John Kerry could actually form sentences in the English language, and this film, which, for my Hollywood compatriots, is playing right now at the Arclight, I really have to say that in the upcoming election, I will be voting not only against George Bush, but emphatically and enthusaistically FOR John Kerry.
Watching Going Upriver: John Kerry's Long War really gave Kerry's comments in the debate on Thursday a new resonance and force for me. Of course I had heard about his service in Vietnam, and his subsequent involvement in Vietnam Veterans Against the War, but I didn't know the half of it. Taking the two together, I saw a man who is not only consistent in his thinking now, but who has been consistent in his thinking since his youth. I saw a man with passion, conviction and integrity, who is political in the best sense: prudent, but purposeful, and dedicated to a life of service. Kerry's plainspoken eloquence in his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971, when he protested the continuing Vietnam War, was truly heroic; and with all of the incredible parallels, even just on a linguistic level, between now and then, it made me feel like John Kerry isn't just the lesser of two evils, he's the perfect person to lead this country now. For the first time, I felt worried about this election not just because the wrong man could win, but because the right man could lose.
The bottom line is this: John Kerry had my vote as soon as he received the democratic nomination, such is my feeling of revulsion for George Bush, his administration, and his policies; but this film has made me feel actual uncynical enthusiasm for a presidential candidate. I never imagined I'd be saying this, but it's going to be an honor to vote for John Kerry.
Moreover, I learned that for crissakes, the guy had an exemplary hairstyle in the 70's. Check it:
And seriously, GO SEE THAT AWESOME FILM!