October 25, 2009

"Super Entertainment Guaranteed."

One of the many things — former bookmarks? — tacked to the bookcases at a used bookstore in Madison:

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I love the drawing... and the way it makes a collage with the postcard behind it. The discotheque, we're told, is "on the harbour's right dock" — in Crete, I assume — and there is the sailboat, which seems to be somewhere else, maybe China, maybe in search of dock. Look at these people who supposedly create a "friendly atmosphere," in a place with the deliberately — though unconvincingly — elitist name "VIP's."

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Those spindly legs! Those extravagant hand gestures! A pant-suited woman is sandwiched between traditionally masculine and feminine dance partners. There's a thigh in every crotch. Shoes fall off. A mustachio'd man flings the 2 women's hands triumphantly into the air. Surely, this is super entertainment... somewhere in Crete, long ago.

ADDED: Enlarge and see that the boat is not in China. It's in Japan: "The fresh sight of Lake Chuzenji with a refrection (sic) of the setting sun on its surface...."

31 comments:

traditionalguy said...

Cretans sure have fun. This threesome dance looks a lot more fun than The 81.

AST said...

You do realize that's clipart don't you. When I ran a print shop I used to get big catalogs of that stuff to clip out and put in layouts.

Off Topic: I just realized that I could start a blog using your layout and typography and substitute "rpe" for the last three letters. Combining my first name and last, I'd get Althorpe. It it lead one person a month to my blog by mistake, it would be an improvement.

Penny said...

Is it just me? Cannot enlarge.

edutcher said...

When it comes to male sexual performance, particularly with multiple partners, the Japanese have always been optimists.

WV "repoing" When one must poing again.

Penny said...

The girl in the pantsuit intends to "outperform" both her male and female partner. She's definitely leading.

MamaM said...

Blame it on the "merry tunes". They'll get anyone dancing, especially those who are not weighed down with cares.

kentuckyliz said...

The guy has a lecherous, slimy look on his face; and the women can't even bring themselves to look at him.

This was all pre-AIDS of course.

EDH said...

I think he looks like Dick Tracy.

Jason (the commenter) said...

The models have been made to look artificially thin! Scandal!

EDH said...

Speaking of entertainment, I’m also pleased to report that U2 has officially recognized Boston concert maven The Cow Man!

wv-"doutfulu" = that look on a date's face that says "doubtful you are going to get laid tonight"

Fred4Pres said...

I am going to defer to Titus on this one.

Penny said...

The disco age looks totally smarmy in retrospect, liz. John Travolta was a sex symbol after Saturday Night Fever, but in reruns? It falls totally flat.

Penny said...

And I thought he looked like a disco version of Clark Gable in the Misfits, EDH. lol

Chip Ahoy said...

Is that the harbor's right when you're on a boat approaching the harbor, or when you already on the harbor looking out to sea?

Erik said...

Amusingly enough, I think I have a picture of the building that used to house VIPs.

The photo is of a boat on the right side of the harbor in Agios Nikolaus. The largest sign on the building in the background is for a snack bar, but if you zoom in you can make out the door of the "Porto Music Club." It's been a while (the photo is from 2001), but I don't recall many other buildings in the vicinity.

MadisonMan said...

Not Super Entertainment. Super Entertaiment.

Fred4Pres said...

Penny--I agree about the disco age in general, but disagree about SNF. That film is actually pretty decent and holds up for later watching. Yeah it is predictable, but for what was a low budget teen film (that was an unexpected blockbuster) it is actually fairly well made. It is not one of my favorites, but I can watch it every now and again and still enjoy it.

There is definitely some bad acting (mostly by Karen Lynn Gorney) but they managed to capture something about Bayridge in the 70s.

And don't even get me started on The Spike of Bensonhurst.

David said...

Penny said...
"Is it just me? Cannot enlarge."

Penny storms out of the closet, revealing self as transvestite.

(Ha, ha, just kidding Penny.)

wv (I kid you not)=trandoms "Transvestite condoms."

David said...

I think the disco is still there: VIP Crete

In any event, all things supposedly luxurious are defined as VIP in Crete. It's good to see that the concept has not died.

Penny said...

* Turns too quickly, accidently knocking David down with her right breast *

I'd give you a hand, David, but I'm typing right now.

David said...

Probably with just one hand, if I know your type.

Penny said...

Actually, David. I am a two-handed "touch" typist.

I try to avoid sensitive spots as best I can...sometimes.

Was it my thumb or my little pinky that piqued you?

Penny said...

Or perhaps it was Althouse who piqued us both?

""Super Entertainment Guaranteed.""

William said...

It is so wrong that the world has characterized these sun blest, fun loving people as cretins just because they like a goot time.

Fred4Pres said...

Penny, Penny, Penny. There are always surprises at Althouse's place.

Penny said...

Yes, Fred. And I like that, Fred.

Fred? I assumed you did as well.

No?

Mr. Forward said...

VIP Crete sounds like it would be useful for entombing famous vampires.

s1c said...

Ah, La Femme Althouse,

You assume it means Very Important Person, but might it not mean Very Intimate Pleasures! After all we are living in a time where up is down and down is up.

miller said...

All Cretan are liars, or so I've heard.

David said...

""Super Entertainment Guaranteed.""

I love it when a woman understands proper punctuation.

Darcy said...

Perceptive, David.