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Another sleepless night. The constant hum of three fans blowing on me as I toss and turn in bed... cracking knuckles and toes... staring at the dark reflections on walls and ceiling... wondering whether the experience of a four-dollar-and-seventy-five-cent Chicago Superdawg is worth an eighty-dollar car rental... wondering which movie I should download to my ipod for the plane: "Koyaanisqatsi"... "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"... or "The Big Lebowski".
Then it happens... my mind somehow goes on a train-wreck-of-thought...
What movie was Johnny Depp best in?
I loved 'Donnie Brasco'. Depp and Pacino together... an awesome combination.
I was surprised at how well he sang in "Sweeney Todd".
(Johnny Depp, I mean. Not Pacino. Pacino wasn't in "Sweeney Todd". That would have been interesting though.)
Helena Bonham Carter did a fantastic job too.
I used to be annoyed by her... but I've been liking her these past five or ten years.
She's married to Tim Burton. Well... not really. They've been together for almost a decade... and have kids and such... but aren't technically "married"... yet.
Helena Bonham Carter was NOT in "Boxing Helena". That was Sherilyn Fenn who played Helena. She was in "The Wraith" with Charlie Sheen. I loved that movie. Well... I mainly loved the car. I hated that one character though... "Packard". He was an asshole!
But regardless... Helena Bonham Carter was NOT in "Boxing Helena". Which was also an awesome movie. I love Julian Sands movies.
Wasn't there some controversy over that movie? Yeah... there was. A famous actress was supposed to play Helena... but backed out. Then the studio sued her - and won - and she had to file for bankruptcy.
Who was that actress?
She was the same actress who played Vicki Vale in the Michael Keaton Batman movie. And she played Holli Would in "Cool World". And she was married to Alec Baldwin... and last year there was that whole thing about him leaving horrible messages on her answering machine and stuff.
Who the hell was that actress!?!
And so... for the next two hours I sat there in bed... desperately trying to figure that out. I knew that I knew the answer... I just couldn't "remember".
Almost 3:00am and I find myself sitting in the kitchen... eating a bowl of cereal... my computer on... staring at the "Yahoo! Movies" web site, so I could find the answer.
And there it is... "Kim Bassinger".
Good. That's settled. I can go to sleep now.
I head to the living room... turn on two fans... (one, a large box/window fan... put on the coffee table... so it can blow directly on me on its highest setting)... I collapse on the couch... turn on the TV to one of the "Music Choice" stations ("Soundscapes"... the "New Age" station) turn off the lights... and try to drift off.
Then it happens again...
Wait. There was one more. Lisa Bonet's character. What the hell was Lisa Bonet's character's name?
I had the biggest crush on Lisa Bonet once. Remember those photos of her in Rolling Stone back in the late 80s? Yeah... that was nice!
Lisa Bonet. What the hell was her character's name? And what's Lisa Bonet's new name? Didn't she change it like 15 years ago? It was "something Moon"... but not "Sherri Moon"... that's Rob Zombie's wife... and she's really hot too... but she wasn't on "The Cosby Show".
(THAT would have been cool too though! Rob and Sherri Moon Zombie as two of the Cosby kids. Maybe there can be some sort of a re-make or something. I don't know.)
WHAT THE HELL WAS THE NAME OF LISA BONET'S CHARACTER ON "THE COSBY SHOW"!?!
And so I get up again...
It's almost 5am now... and I haven't slept a wink. I'm sitting at the computer... looking up "Lisa Bonet" on Wikipedia.
There. That's it.
And yes... she legally changed her name to "Lilakoi Moon" in 1995... but apparently still uses "Lisa Bonet" as her professional name.
OK... Now can I sleep?
Back to the couch. Back to the fans. Back to the glow of the TV. Back to "Soundscapes". Back to my pillow. Back to having my legs tucked between the cushions and the back of the couch. Back to trying to stretch on a couch that's too short.
If I end up not liking the Superdawg, I'm going to feel like crap.
Kerouac was in Chicago. I think it was in Chapter 3 of "On The Road"... when he was on his way to Denver. He was in Chicago... back when Bop ruled the American Night... back when Bop was somewhere between "Charlie Parker and Lester Young" and "Miles Davis". (Or something like that)
Where did Kerouac go while in Chicago?
Do we really need to rent a car?
Isn't there an EL that goes from O'Hare to Superdawg?
I don't know. I'm NOT getting up again. I'm NOT turning the computer on again. I'm NOT. I'm NOT!
And thoughts like those kept coming... on through the final hours... where night meets morning... and skies brighten... and birds spend an hour or two being "annoying" rather than "beautiful"...
Until the faint smell of coffee filled my nose... announcing to me that Holly was up and getting ready for work...
... and "Thursday" had arrived...
... without "Wednesday" ever ending.
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