Memoirs Of A Guy

January 24th, 2006

There’s a ton of great movies out right now - (Yeah Brokeback Mountain. Cowboys in love = yum.) - and Angelface asked me about one I’d gone to see with Niccy B.

Angelface: (looking perplexed) “Who the eff is Guy-ee-SHA?”memoirs_of_a_geisha.jpg

Hänni: “What?”

Angelface: “Guy-ee-SHA? Who is Guy-ee-SHA and why does he/she/it get their own movie?”

Hänni: “I think you mean ‘gay-shuh’. Geisha are old skool Japanese courtesans.”

Angelface: (like a light bulb has just come on) “Oh sweet. The movie is all about porno and stuff!”

Well no.

I wanted to tell Angel that actually geisha are *not* cheap, whores of the porno variety. They are skilled artisans, trained to excel in traditional Japanese singing, dancing, flower arrangement, tea ceremony, etc. I wanted to tell my dear husband how these women, once venerated for their skills and beauty, are now dwindling, so that the “geisha” you see on the street in modern Japan are typically just actresses posing for tourists.

I wanted to tell Angel these things, but instead I opted for “Ehhh, something like that.”

Angelface just looked so damn cheerful about the assumed smuttiness. I couldn’t ruin that for him.

I mean seriously, he was all gleeful like a kid who’d just won the spelling bee. His word: “happiness”. His spelling: p-o-r-n.

… But I digress.

Don’t forget, dear hannihaus readers, I’m currently taking guesses for the Randy Jackson What’s Up Dawg Contest. Everyone who enters is a winner - at least in life.

Oh yeah, and as an added incentive, I’ve decided to throw in some boobies (!) of the prize persuasion. Yep, enter my contest and you might just get yourself a booby.

15 Haus Calls for “Memoirs Of A Guy”

  1. gary Says:

    Gee, and I thought ALL your blog readers were winners in life.

  2. Sassy8877 Says:

    The BF and I went and say Memoirs of a Geisha. He said he liked it better than Walk The Line … but he is all like that :) Great movie!

  3. Hänni Says:

    Gary - They are! And because all my blog readers are going to enter (*fingers crossed), it’ll be a highly accurate statement.

    Sassy8877 - I actually never got to see Memoirs - it was sold out, so me and Niccy B saw The Ringer instead. I’ve read the book three times though and it’s one of my favorites.

  4. Dima Says:

    If you like the book, I don’t think you’ll like the movie. Well, I don’t know. I read it first, then went and saw it. It was definitely less graphic than the book, but it was still a good movie. So really, I don’t know how you’d feel. I’m totally useless!

  5. ScottyGee Says:

    I need a geisha. Ziyi Zhang can totally dance and frolic for me all she like. I’ll even let her handle my teabag. My green tea bag! You know, during the tea service. You sickos…

  6. Breckan-the-law Says:

    Hanni, Hanni, Hanni…I am quite dissapointed in you. If you re-read the book, you will notice that it is specificially stated that flower arranging is *not* something that you would normally find a Geisha doing. If I knew how to do the wagging finger emoticon I would; but alas, a techie genius like yourself I am not. Or, I could be wrong about the whole flower arranging business…but I seem to recall that it did say something about flower arranging not being a traditional Geisha art. Care to elaborate?

  7. Erin Says:

    First off… Scott, you are a perv. (I think I have commented on this more than once.)

    Second, I read the book and then went and saw the movie too. As always, the book is better than the movie. But it was damn close to the book. I was extremely impressed. I am mad I didn’t review it. Obviously there were parts left out, but if they included everything then you would have a 5 hour movie.

  8. mrtl Says:

    That would be a perky booby, right? After round two of breastfeeding, I’m going to need all the perkiness I can get. (You know I’m going to win the Dawgfest!)

  9. Hänni Says:

    Dima - Well Rollingstone gave it three stars, so I guess it would be *decent*. There again, it gave the 40 Year Old Virgin four stars and I thought that movie sucked, so Memoirs could actually kick ass. I’ll let you know.

    ScottyGee - Oh my God, you’re into tea bagging?

    Breckan-the-law - Flower arrangment or “ikebana” is a very important art in Japan. I would be surprised if the geisha *did not* practice it. I did a quick search on the Internet and couldn’t find anything supporting your claim. I’ll keep looking though. I am intrigued!

    Erin - lol @ scott is a perv. It’s interesting to see your reaction to the book as well as Dimas.

    mrtl - Perky boobs it is. Yeah I know you’re gunning for the prize. You simply can’t live without Randy’s book.

  10. Deputy Dawg Says:

    Three. Three “dawgs”.

  11. Hänni Says:

    Deputy Dawg - I counted three too. I’ve updated the Randy Jackson Register accordingly.

  12. Erin Says:

    I saw Memoirs last night and it was amazing. I loved the book and the movie is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been in such an anti-movie stage lately because everything has been such crap, but I’ve now had my faith renewed.

    PS: I seriously hate the person who called cauliflower “white broccoli”

  13. Suzanne Says:

    I have the book waiting to be read, but I feel like it will be a hard read. I have heard so many fantastic things about it though. I also want to read the book before I see the movie.

  14. Fil Says:

    Ok…I work at a grocery store…and they just started selling orange cauliflower….(and no i’m not talking about a carrot) the real thing…I will try to get a picture.

  15. Hänni Says:

    Erin - We *love* the person who called cauliflower “white broccoli.” It’s so utterly retarded it’s wonderful.

    Suzanne - If you’ve got it, read it. That book is a hannihaus must read.

    Fil - Dude, I’m counting on you for that pic.

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