|Subject: Hallmark Hell (The Masses Against The Classes)|
Posted May 16, 2001 by Chemical Smelly
The Hallmark Channel's (God rest their merry heads) remake of the 1956 "classic" "On The Beach" - Armand Assante and friend saunter into an Anchorage irradiated by a nuclear war. Duo find coke bottle tapping against morse code thingie - hence, no life found where such was expected. Tapping through the nearby computer, duo discover leggy blonde exchange student sent out the received SOS until she died a Gamma Ray suicide. Now the question is - "why Anchorage?"
It's cold, it jumps around like a squirty thing, oh American territory bought from Russia for a handful of beans (or something). I went there, I liked it. Just didn't "like" it, if you know what I mean. If the cinema needs the archetypical remote city for a quick bivouac, Anchorage is their Weapon of Choice. Bless the city named after a heavy bit of a boat.
I must concur. But I must admit... Anchorage is a rather bizarre choice for the film. If they want an arche-type remote city, they should look to Juneau, where there aren'te ven roads leading away.
By any chance, did you come up on one of those nasty cruise ships??
Tell the truth, I know so little about shipping that I wouldn't know a trawler from a nuclear submarine - even when I'm on a coastline I try to keep the sea out of my view (that's what comes to pass when you're a born Midlander). I found those bloody horn-klaxon-things ships tend to "sound off" the most annoying - I remember walking through some %&%&!! cold rain when the sudden sound of one of these hoooornns blew my pancreas out of my back.
At least the ships in Anchorage know what they're doing. Try the ones circling Africa - Their cruise ships can't tell the difference between dry land and tsunamis. Never been to Juneau, Although I did venture near Hudson Bay once. Remoteness? Whoooaaa!!
Whoa... Now my interest is piqued.... why on EARTH would you go to Hudson Bay? I think it's simply marvelous, but it *is* somewhat... out of the ordinary...to say the least......
So, if your weren't on an evil cruise ship then how did you manage to find your way up here? Did you just decide one day that "Oh, hey, I've never been to Alaska. Let's take a plane!!"? Ot was it more interesting? Please tell!!!
Perhaps it's because I live here, but I still have trouble trying to figure out why people come, unless it's for the moose, Denali, and the puffins.
shanana (grumbling about tourist traps run amok)
Tell the truth, I have this penchant for going to places other people wouldn't normally go. I just got back from Zambia on Thursday - poor African country (the kind most First-Worlders talk about with disdain) and one of the most fascinating places I have ever visited. The people are fantastic - if I had never gone, I would never have discovered this. The same goes for Anchorage. You never know what you may be missing out on!!
I'm currently saving up for an excursion to Indochina - another ignored region. Who knows what I may find? Open spaces here we go!!
How do you afford to travel so much?? I have to scrape and scrounge just to travel domestically!! And I stay with friends to advoid hotel costs!!! I'm much impressed, I do say, though.
So, I know you say you're going to Indochina (which I thought to myself was a rather odd way of saying it), but what part, exactly? Vietnam? Cambodia? Thailand? Or all?
Does your job require you to travel and *that's* how you afford it, or were you heir to a fortune? Or are you just very frugal and savvy with your spending?
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