KUNG FU WEATHER
Now I have to throw on snow pants and brave the fantastically cold weather -- minus 23 celsius, according to the Net. Ugh. When the weather gets this cold, Lisa likes to quote kung fu movie plots to me, because kung fu movies are often shot in tropical Hong Kong.
Q. "How's the weather?"
A. "He promised his sainted mother he would never fight again. But when the ninja gang moved in and threatened his calligraphy school, he had to break his promise."
A. "Twin brothers, separated at birth. One's a cop. One's a killer."
Lisa points out that kung fu movie plots are often quite similar to opera plots. Which makes sense. Both operas and kung fu movies have the same structure: aria - recitative - aria - recitative. Except the kung fu movies' arias are fights, and the recitatives are explanations: "Let me tell you why I am going to kill you."