Waking Finnegan

“We are such stuff as dreams are made of, and our whole life is rounded with a sleep” ~ Shakespeare

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Yul Brynner Dream

Standing at the railings on deck of some sort of junkboat tug with a troop of bare-chested sailors wearing tourniquet loincloths. Advertisement banner-sails are breezily flapping commercial war cries "Drink Coke", "Canon ", "Burger King", and a chromatic dragon mascot up front is howling military orders in curious Sino-Anglese through its megaphone maw. In the harbor is an armada of littler junks surrounding our huge chugging skiff. They're simultaneously dipping their own rows of festooned streamers, and it is dazzling---like a vast synchronized Busby Berkeley curtsy in this harbor of dreams.

The man standing at my left looks familiar. I try to strike up a conversation about the proceedings, half there about what I want to say to him. He utters something shrouded in a secretive sort of whisper, and I can't understand. Cacophony. "Do you know who I am? Take a look boy, I'm Yul Brynner! I died from a 5 pack a day habit long ago, but I'm here again. And this is my resurrection".


Blogger superflywebpimp said...

"heaven nor earth, hath exhalted such armed beasts as that of finnegan's skiff. Man shall never know of it's chuggery, nay I say unto you, thou canst not dip thine intellect into such a thick batter of churning dream waters, least ye be keel-hauled in the blackened murk of ignorance."

superflywebpimp 1429.

in his address to the indian nations before the battle of coney island.

5:39 PM  
Blogger Anil said...

Yul Brynner sailing the globalized high seas and talking of 5-pack deaths..what next? Madonna annoucing/preaching abstinence and becoming a nun at the Missionaries of Charity?

One never knows what to expect next from your dreams!

5:49 PM  
Blogger Zataod said...

"tourniquet loincloths" -- a somewhat painful image.

1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow - this was way out there, but anchored nicely by the tourniquet loin cloths! did i ever mention that you evoke a modern day ferlinghetti?

5:28 AM  
Blogger gulnaz said...

i like the picture you have created and also the one you have posted. there is such a cacaphony in one and a stillness in another.

1:55 PM  
Blogger _Soulless_ said...

a troop of bare-chested sailors wearing tourniquet loincloths

This reminds me of half-naked minions charged eternally to man boat rides to the netherworld. Hmm. Must be the sleep-deprivation. Heehee. On second thought... must be that picture -- those hues make me wanna curl up and summon a nightmare to play with. Eh? Haha. ^_^

1:57 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Thy paragraph comment soundeth like Moby Dick's second coming.

Come to think of it, Yul Brynner would have made a terrific Ahab.

Actually Madonna was once a virgin. (Sorry 'bout that Virgo). I just hope I don't start getting spammed by fetishists with a habit.

That's maybe where I got the "tug" part of the boat from.

The Beat poet is still "modern day".
Here's recent proof:

The reason for silence is to hear something.

You've got it dead on.
Sleep deprivation is the netherworld. When you leap from the gangplank of insomnia and enter the netherworld of REM, it will be the perfect time for a game with the dream muse.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I was getting hot visualizing those loin cloths.

4:25 PM  
Anonymous CounterSpy said...

"... and a chromatic dragon mascot up front is howling military orders in curious Sino-Anglese through its megaphone maw"...

Where on earth do you come up with this? Wonderful vision.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yul brynner lol, I forgot about him.. thanks for bringing him back;).. now is his head covered or not , I thought he was kinda sexy being bald..( remember him only in the King and I) although some western's come to mind but I slept through those or can't remember the titles..:)


9:54 PM  
Blogger Perfect Virgo said...

Yul Brynner and his 5-pack, what a phenomenally eclectic mind you have Finn. Why in the name of all that's sensible would he crop up in your somnolence?

The "tourniquet loincloths" are enough to make the pips of the "bare-chested sailors" squeak I fear!

Superfly, I see you are still dining out on the old "Coney Island" routine! Your "thick batter of churning dream waters" made me chuckle long ago and now it makes me guffaw!

(Excuse the aside Finn)

11:02 PM  
Blogger Grafxgurl said...

yul brynner!?!! yeeks!

did he have that Thai accent he tried to fake in "the king and i"?..lol.. did he ? did he?.. ETC ETC ETC ETC?!

10:00 AM  
Blogger rhein said...

great blog, love the photos, the observations, the dialogue.

1:19 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Perfect Virgo
Yul Brynner cropped up cropped with his gleaming pate like he's done in the past. He's one of those iconic figures that seems to, willy-nilly, keep popping his skull into the matters of my dreams.

The "tourniquet loincloths" are enough to make the pips of the "bare-chested sailors" squeak I fear!

Sqeaking secretively no doubt.

The comment left by Superflywebpimp yodels hilarity from the top rungs of Coney Island coasters.

Yeeks! That's the sort of sound I'm speaking of regarding Superflywebpimp.

Glad you enjoy the scenery. Your name would suggest why you do. I happen to live near it.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Queen Neetee said...

Yul is back to his old haunts in the memory of commercial warfare. The jealous king chides you and calls you a light weight by using his heavy habit as a scepter. He seemed to be saying that you should not fancy, with an easy eye, a habit that you can't bounce back from. Fizzy sweet drinks, and soul stealing camera contraptions, and burgers, OH MY!

11:45 PM  
Blogger Queen Neetee said...

By the way finnegan, I absolutely LOVE the link banner! Thank you!

7:32 AM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Tenderloins make your mouth water do they?

Thanks for stopping by.

I get the images from "Cerebellum" discount shopping center.

misreflection (aka anonymous)
bald like a billiard ball. "The King and I" bored me to tears. Couldn't even finish it. Not so "The Magnificent Seven", which is where Yul first etched himself in my early boyhood mind.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

"a troop of bare-chested sailors wearing tourniquet loincloths"...ah, half-nAAked Thursday is pervading your dreams!

5:38 PM  
Blogger luz de la luna said...

Upon reading your blog I always wish that I could have such interesting dreams!

Yul Brynner? hahaha :-)

- Martin

6:05 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...

PerV-irgo next Half-nAAked with a checkered tourniquet dishrag and a buccaneer bowie knife between his teeth?

luz de la luna
You surely have interesting dreams lurking on any given night. Stay tuned.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Perfect Virgo said...

Now where did I put my "buccaneer bowie knife?" Ah, there it is at the back of my sock drawer! All I need is the right mood lighting, slip my Canon on the tripod, set to self-timer and FLASH there's another pic ready for thursdAAy.

Heck no! I forgot to wind on my "tourniquet loincloth!" They'll close me down or at the very least flag me as objectionable...

10:09 PM  
Blogger . : A : . said...

This one takes the cake!

5:38 AM  
Blogger finnegan said...

You can always do a few minor alterations in Photoshop---make the loincloth into a peek-a-boo shutter via .gif animation---which you can reserve for "members" only (;-P)

Oh, and don't forget the .gif extension.

Pineapple upside-down for sure.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

Ha ha, PV will be shut down for sure!

10:44 AM  
Blogger gulnaz said...

there you go again, forgetting that you have blogs to visit, comments to make, ufff!
now look be a good boy, take advantage of the weekend and hop over to my blog and leave a comment or two!

12:27 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Wouldn't matter if they shut him down, as he is as unsinkable as Molly Brown herself. A Titan aboard the Titanic he is.

You kill me girl! I've just started up and entered your URL in
"Blogarithm": http://www.blogarithm.com/
index.html whose name I entered after receiving an email from Perfect Virgo. As soon as I got my registration and put your address in, you send me this.

Needless to say, my distracted mind will now be sound-klanged whenever you put up a new post. If that fails to do the trick, my email will tell me the same.

1:42 PM  
Blogger superflywebpimp said...

"And one more thing, never trust a sino-anglese junk boat salesman with your loincloth, it can only lead to cacophony."

superflywebpimp in addressing a loosly assembled band of organ grinders at liverpool's "healthcare for monkeys" convention at finnegan's pub on
June 9, 1812.
*Bonus* historic weather note:
mildly overcast with chance of showers, slight breeze from the west.

4:17 PM  
Blogger gulnaz said...

sorry finn! :)
i like the idea of that link i'm going up to sign up too.

7:20 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...

The damp zephyr which drizzled these cutting brain drops onto this comment parchment has also wafted away the shroud of mystery surrounding the last known autographed copy of "Ahhh, That's Fresh!".

Several eye-witnesses claim to have spied a group of simian creatures lurking behind nearby a pile of banana crates. "Aye seen 'em wif dere 'airy arms makin' like dey' was preparin' somefin. Yea, ay 'aird 'em makin' wif slurpin' sounds an' yellin' out "Ahhh, That's Fresh!" So 'elp me God".

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a terrific site this is. I love these commenters and your responses. Too funny!

8:28 PM  
Blogger Perfect Virgo said...

Finn - ha ha, I thought the blogarithm reference might flummox you! As for the touching-up and gifing you suggest, I fear any password may fall into the wrong hands so I'll stick to real clothing rather tham virtual!

Grace ~ they would indeed close me down! And did you notice the mighty Finn signed himself as Finnannegan on his last comment on your blog? Identity crisis I fear...

Finn - now you reveal a cunning knack for English regional dialects. I take it you were writing in the style of an Irish Docker with a dash of Liverpuddlian. Very convincing!

10:58 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

As I have just posted on my blog PV I suspect Finn might morph into "Finneganbeginagain"

11:37 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Grace, don't listen to Virgo. I'm playing the toilet slots these days. I call it the "incontinental misery blues". That's how I'm so easily flummoxed and leave half-blind "Finnannegans" like "shenannigans" in my wake.

I've left a token of this adult diaper rashness under "Trimax" at Mottled Memories: http://www.arthedains.com/blog/

The regional dialect detection comes from my working with mostly Brits, one of whom grew up Liverpuddlian and is Northern Irish by blood. Superflywebpimp's honour!

I'm going to do my Pete Best to get my colleague to this site---see what he makes of all this. I'm sure he'll be flummoxed.

11:56 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...

I was wondering what you were sorry about, and after re-reading my response, I realized how curt it sounded. Mea culpa! No, I merely wanted to point out how well-timed your invitation was!

Finneganbeginagain?! Bar-har-har! I need a blind stick when I try entering my vitals at your comments! Makes for merriment, and so I'll see what I can invent next time in. Finneganflummoxed. That sounds just about right for my next blog site. You've seen it here first.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

It just makes me think of the song, thats all! Am not sure about the contrast on my comments boxes as I use Firefox too and I am bound to be at least if not more visually challenged as you? What colour background do you think would help?

12:14 AM  
Blogger . : A : . said...


Lets cut it and eat it then.

3:14 AM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Any color that would contrast with the bright text. As things look so visually nice at your site, I'm not going to offer up any more suggestions.

"You can't have your cake and eat it too, but if it's pineapple upside down, I'll definitely reconsider". -The Nordic Monk

9:11 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

Finn, I am glad you are 'seeing red' on my site though dearly hope that is with respect to the hue rather than the emotion! I love the quotes, especially the last one! I have a particular interest in making websites accessible for people with visual impairement. I once tried to navigate a website blindfold using a speech browser to experience what it was like. A VERY scary experience to be blind in cyberspace, I cant imagine how it would be in the real world.

11:02 AM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Keller kills me too. That's why she got the book-end quotes.

Down the street from me is a restaurant called: "Die Blinde Kuh" or "The Blind Cow",
where guests eat in total darkness and are served by blind waitstaff. I kid you not:

11:18 AM  
Blogger floots said...

commented earlier but it was a no-show
(maybe a week offline has addled my brains)
or maybe it was the thought of those tourniquet loincloths
trouble is there are no kevlar-cricket-box shops around here so my nuts are running scared
(maybe if you call yul he and the guys will come and save me)
incidentally - he also liked a genital support as can be seen in his film the sling and i
(forgive me
it's a cold wet day)

12:57 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...


"The Sling and I"
Har har. I was entering all my commenter's URLs, and when I put in yours, I got a jingle in my mail ---notifying me that you were back in action.

Good to see you here swashbuckling the action with your wit.

1:51 PM  
Blogger rusty said...

Yul brynner....sigh !! He was there in 'the ten commandments 'too...First time here....liked your verbal imagery better than the picture....

3:02 PM  
Blogger gulnaz said...

hey its ok! :):) i know you werent really angry with me. :)
and that pinapple cake is making me hungry!

12:59 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...

the 10 commandments sucked, both in the movie and in real life. Go check out George Carlin's revised Commandments list.
Thank's for stopping by and enjoying the verbal imagery better than the picture ;-)

You curious about trying a recipe Gulnaz? I tend to like my pineapple upside down cake with vanilla ice cream on the side.

1:20 PM  
Blogger gulnaz said...

i'm trying not to think of food and this conversation is getting creamier. :)
am off to your next post now. :)

1:30 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Ta ta

8:36 AM  
Blogger transience said...

yul, eh? brings me back to his kingly, singing-and-dancing, bare-chested barbarian days. what a trip.

9:32 AM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Oh, he was a "barbarian" only in how he tormented the ladies.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Tugboat said...

This is a highly original blog!

7:43 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Thanks. But it can be pretty lowly at times too.

7:45 PM  

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