April 14th, 2003

MilwAPA Collation 223:

Things were calm on the fannish front through the week until Saturday the 12th when we got busy again. Collation for MilwAPA #223 was held in the afternoon at the residence of Trinlay Khadro’s uncle, who graciously allowed her to host there. The collation went briskly due in part to a lower than usual number of submissions (due to pending con deadlines) but volume of the issue remained up because of the annual April “Mayhem Illustrated” section. This part was more somber than years past due to an actual ongoing war, but we tried to find some bright spots. The event was enlivened by Trinlay’s presentation of awards for her contest to guess the origin language of her zine title “Dewachen.” I won the prize for closest guess (Chinese) and was presented with a very handsome small origami dragon clutching an origami rocket ship. Mike Vande Bunt also got a prize, who’s foray that “dewachen” was the opposite of “watchen’” and “made (Trinlay) blow tea out her nose.” Mike also got an origami dragon, this one holding a paper tea cup.

Bardic Dinner, 04-12-03

The monthly Bardic dinner was held that same night at the residence of Bob and Judy Seidl. The theme was Spanish, and the readings for the evening from the Poema Del Cid.
Appetizers consisted of some tasty tapas, and the main course was a spicy pork en brochette, with saffron rice. I was the “skald” for the evening, and read the first and third Cantars of the Poema in English translation. The listeners were quite interested by the character of the Cid and his strategies.

Visit from Minneapolis

On Thursday night, we were surprised to return home and find a message on our answering machine from Minneapolis fan Lisa Freitag. It seemed that her sister Ruth was going to be in Milwaukee for the weekend attending the conference of the American Archeological Society, and Lisa was driving down Friday to see her. Ruth would be flying out again early on Sunday, so Lisa would have time to hang out before heading back to Mpls, and did we want to get together? We contacted her back with an enthusiastic affirmative and plans were made. I had a previous appointment to take a quick look at a trade show at State Fair Park with another friend Sunday morning, but I made that a quick trip while Georgie stayed home to receive Lisa. They took a walk around the neighborhood and were enjoying a cup of tea by the time I got back. We had more conversation and then took Lisa to Kopp’s for lunch, where we initiated her into the delights of the famous “Frisbee-burger” and the frozen custard, which Lisa admitted was pretty good, although she is not a custard fan.

Film Review: Bend it Like Beckham

Sunday evening, we went to the Oriental Theater to see Bend it Like Beckham, which is not SF or fantasy, but was a thoroughly charming movie. The protagonist, Jess, is a girl of Indian family, born and raised in England. She is mad for soccer (“football”) and has a splendid natural talent, which she has honed playing in the parks. She is recruited for a local women’s league, but runs into heavy resistance from her traditionalist mother, her father who was soured on the British sports establishment when he was refused admittance to any cricket club years before due to his ethnicity, and her sister, who is against anything that may jeopardize her impending marriage. The ‘Cinderella’ plot has a surprising number of complications. These include the hyper-feminine mother of her teammate Jules who can’t understand her tomboyish daughter, and the emotional entanglements of Jess, Jules, and Joe, the coach of the women’s team. One of my favorite lines from the movie occurs after Jess has been thrown out of a game for getting in an altercation: Jess: “She called me a ‘Paki’! I don’t suppose you know what that feels like!” Joe: “Of course I do. I’m Irish.” Wonderful performances by Parminder K. Nagra as Jess and Keira Knightly as the English Jules, and supported by a very able supporting cast. An interesting note on the evening was that, after we were seated in came about forty teenaged girls and some adults, evidently a local soccer team or league. They were quite rapt through the whole thing, and stood around the lobby discussing it animatedly afterward with evident enjoyment.