Week Two at an end: Bondage, James Bondage

You Only Live Twice Mr. Mac

The last few days I have taken a professional beating from Eric. Usually no one can dare stand with me when it comes to James Bond Trivia. I have found many an opponant dismayed and yelling “You cannot possibly know THAT!”

But I do.

Now I am yelling at Eric.

This is the minutiae. We are arguing about the “correct” temperature of the sake that Tanaka serves Bond in You Only Live Twice.

This is major league ball and Eric is like the “Freak” (Lincecum) who throws heat and wins Cy Youngs. I am like Matt Cain…an extremely good pitcher who just cannot quite compete.

So I asked Eric last night what the “correct temperature” for sake was that Bond names in the film, and follow it with a question about Tanaka’s response.

Yes, new levels of utter Geekdom.

At first Eric says 98.6. I say “no, it’s 98.3”

Then we argue over what Tanaka says in response. I says “Westerners” he says “Europeans”. I say it ends with “B0nd-san” he accepts this at first, then later says “No”. Later he goes 50/50.

It’s up to me to research as I have the notebook.

At first I am satisfied because we are both wrong on the temperature. On source has it at 98.6, which was my first instinct.

Then I did a Google on Tanaka’s response and got this verbatim:

James: Domo arigato.
Servant: Dozo.
Tanaka: Do you like Japanese sake, Mr. Bond, or would you prefer vodka martini?
James: Oh no, I like sake. Especially when it’s served at the correct temperature, 98.4 degrees Fahrenheit, like this is.
Tanaka: For a European, you are exceptionally cultivated.

Damn the man!

You Only Live Twice

I got a wonderful email from an old friend this morning who expressed his appreciation for my writing about this time in life. He said that he was reading both with a sense of “horror and admiration”. Well that works for me, though the horror part is hyperbolic.

He’s an empathetic man, so it makes sense, but I am actually rather well…far better than most would think. I owe this both to the County system here in Marin and also to the solicited and unsolicited simple help I have received from the friends who are of my Tribe.

But there is a larger story. I will bracket it with two quotes: one from Hemingway, and one from Peter Berger (and yes, like the Bond trivia everything must now be done by memory).

Hemingway: “All stories madam, if taken to their conclusion end in death, and he is no gentleman who would keep that from you.”

Berger: “Given the resurrection nothing is ultimately tragic.”

As unpopular as it is with many, I personally believe that Jesus was raised from the dead, is alive today at the “right hand of the Father”  and so shall I be raised.

So like Wylie Coyote, I may be toast in one scene, but I am back in the next replete with fur.

All stories end in death, but there is the very real possibility that we only live twice. We yearn for this as we groan and know deep down that this is not possibly all there is (unless you are Chris Hitchens…boy does he have a surprise waiting him…and by that I do not necessarily mean Hell).

Given the very real possibility of the resurrection of Jesus (all the – aside) we may be found and alive again in a new way.

Simple as that.

Now I have to go and find a really complicated Bondage question for Eric. That is what we do as a species…create a bunch of really complicated questions and trivia that keep us from the very direct and simple question of life, meaning, death and resurrection.

Bondage,  James Bondage.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Colette
    Jul 04, 2010 @ 04:26:58

    More fabulous insight, Chris. It is a brave man who is willing to testify to his life. I look forward to your posts. I would like to share this blog with some of my friends who write and seek. I know your focus is Christian, but your journey reminds me of a part of the Dhammapada regarding the Seeker.

    “How will you become free?
    With a quiet mind
    Come into that empty house, your heart,
    And feel the joy of the way
    Beyond the world.
    Look within –
    The rising and the falling.
    What happiness!
    How sweet to be free!
    It is the beginning of life,
    Of mastery and patience,
    Of good friends along the way,
    Of a pure and active life.
    So life in love.
    Do your work.
    Make an end of sorrow.”

    Reply

  2. wadesmith
    Jul 04, 2010 @ 12:56:32

    Best Mac quote of late:
    “So like Wylie Coyote, I may be toast in one scene, but I am back in the next replete with fur.”

    Reply

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