The Lost Art Of Easy Packing

I’ll have to make this quick- I’m in the middle of a fairly intense tidying-up/packing away session in order to sort everything I need before moving on Saturday morning. This, naturally, is a task that’s far larger and more irritating that first assumed.

Like any other child of the 1990s, I played my fair share of Tetris- not as much as Sonic The Hedgehog, but that’s not useful in this scenario. Therefore, like most teenager/twentysomethings of the 2010s, I’m trying to apply the same physics into real life scenarios. Usually, this works- there’s something fairly triumphant about sneaking back to where you live after a night out, acting like Solid Snake…or at least, I hope I do.

Anyway, most of the stuff has been sorted into boxes, so I’m now left with:

  • 1 Laptop
  • 1 Printer
  • 1 Record player
  • 2 Record boxes
  • 1 Portfolio folder, filled with posters and more records
  • 1 Box of books
  • 1 Guitar
  • 1 Amplifier
  • 2 Bags of clothes
  • Some bedding
  • 1 Nerf gun
  • Numerous pairs of shoes, coats and whatever else may be required.

There’s probably even more than that, but this is what came to mind straight away.

So, with two days in advance, I’ve already tried planning in my head where everything will go…

That’s the plan, at least- Tetris-ify the car space. Hopefully everything will work out OK, and we can get over to my new place with minimal fuss.

Now, the main reason I wanted to blog today isn’t just to talk about moving. I wanted to repeat one of my favourite Hollywood anecdotes that I first heard years ago, heard again at the Edinburgh Fringe- during 10 Films To See With My Dad, to be exact, and was thinking about it for no real reason yesterday:

During the filming of the 1965 film  The Greatest Story Ever Told, the final scene involved iconic (if a little miscast) actor John Wayne as a Roman guard watching the crucifixion. He had one line, the last line in the movie- “Truly, this man was the Son of God!”

Wayne turned up to the set, fully dressed as a centurion, and when it came to his line, he said it…in his usual Midwest monotone.

Several takes were done, all of which ended with Duke speaking his line in the exact same way, until the director, George Stevens, had to stop him, bring him to one side and explain the problem he was having with Wayne’s acting with this short line.

“Duke, you’re watching the Crucifixion of Christ. You need to put more emotion into this- you need to look at this man up on the cross, and give us some awe!”

John nodded, completely understanding. The George Stevens calls for the next take, which goes smoothly up until Wayne spoke- this time, in the same flat monotone, he said his line: “Aaawwwwww…truly, this man was the Son of God!”.

I have no idea whether this is true or not, but it’s a pretty good story. Not the Greatest, but not bad.

(Dial Tone)

One last though- I think this blog needs some restructuring. I might get on that…


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