Friday, June 02, 2006

Céline May Outlast the Boat...

“Someday the Titanic will collapse upon itself.”

I was watching a documentary on the shipwreck (no, Dad, I was not watching the Leonardo movie) which followed an exhibition to explore the theory that the ship’s bottom was scraped as well as the side of the hull, ensuring its doom.

I’ve always had a fascination with the Titanic. In the fourth grade, I was in a drama club that met at lunch hour. One day, my teacher had us reenact the sinking of the ship. She read us a short story about the iceberg and the lifeboats, and then we flung ourselves madly across the portable, screaming for help. I’ve been a little obsessed ever since.

And now I’m being told that the ship might fall apart? What? If anyone out there reading this happens to have access to a submarine, let me know. I don’t have money to give you but you’ll make me very happy, and the thrill of generosity should be a reward in itself. I’ve always wanted to see a shipwreck. Without actually being on a sinking ship. And without having the ship being brought to land. I want to meet one in its habitat. Preferably the Titanic.

I think the appeal of being a writer is that I can justify exploring my interests as research. So I’m thinking, in the spirit of the sequel obsession, I should write Titanic II: Still at the Bottom before there’s nothing much left to work with.

10 comments:

Ben said...

Nadine

I don't really have a specific comment on your post, except for that I felt like watching the Titanic took 3 hours of my life that I will never get back.

Also, seeing as you posted on my blog, I now found yours and would like to tag along if that is cool. I just didn't want to 'stalk.'

Ben

nadine said...

Tag along, my friend. My blog is your blog. No, I take that back. It's my blog. But feel free to hang out here as much as you want :)

Anonymous said...

celine outlast the titanic... please say it isn't so...

Beth said...
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Beth said...

oh, titanic. oh, celine dion...

'diners - if you're looking for another writer of the sequel, count me in. although no movie i help write is going to be 3 hours long. or star leo-boy.

(ha ha - last comment was me. i hit enter before i was done and it didn't make sense...handy thing that i can delete it instead of looking like a moron.)

nadine said...

I've deleted many a comment myself to keep myself from appearing moronic. Or more moronic than usual...

Good thing Leo died in the first one. We won't have to worry about studios pushing him at us.

michael lewis said...

Three things:

# 1 - I believe that it is Céline, not Celine. Big difference. Plus, I don't care if you like her or not, you've got to respect her for the simple fact of having Caesar's Palace build her a $350 M USD theatre in which to perform a show which was choreographed and produced and performed by the stellar and brilliant Cirque du Soleil. I realise that it's not cool for a Canadian to become accomplished south of the 49th (wait, don't you live south of the 49th?), but dammit! I saw the Oprah special where she went to visit Céline and give her fans a backstage peek at the then new Las Vegas show. Since then, I've always wanted to go!

# 2 - Haul is to pull or drag with effort or force. Hull is the main body of a ship or other vessel, as well as the former city now known as Gatineau, in la belle province, Québec, not Quebec. (Hey, what can I type? I'm currently taking french classes.)

# 3 - I understand that there is justifiable deference or indifference towards Leo. But just remember, long before Jack Dawson, there was Arnie Grape.

nadine said...

Three things:

1. Céline it is. And I'm just jealous. I'd totally be in Vegas singing my brains out if I had those pipes. I'd like to think my choice of husband would be different, but the rest I'd do the same.

2. Correction noted. See edited post.

3. Hey, I would have given him the Oscar for "The Aviator." Maybe even an Emmy for "Growing Pains."

michael lewis said...

Aviator was good. Didn't see Growing Pains. Oh wait. Now I remember. I thought that was one of the Phoenix kids?




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michael lewis said...

Anyway, so I don't sound like a Bill 101 snob, Celine and Céline are pronounced differently.

Like that time when I said:

"J'ai mangé la putain à Longueiel."

When I wanted to say:

J'ai mangé la poutine à Longueiel.

pew and poo. How did I know what I was saying? Hmmm.. Who would have known that what I did say was so funny to my québecois friend sitting beside me in Chapters.