Saturday, December 17, 2005

New Decoration

So I played the movie, The Mission, on Saturday night. I instructed Burt to play the movie after dinner, for I knew it was a bit severe. It was a movie based on the Jesuit Missionaries in South America circa 1750s. The Jesuits tried to protect the native peoples from slavery. It is a violent film. Sad film. Beautifully shot. We viewed the film when I was in high school. I guess it was some sort of recruitment tool for the Jesuits, however it was not particularly complimentary of the Church or western civilization.

After the movie one of my sister seemed disturbed that I had shown it. I told her it was reality. I show all sorts of films at the Royale. I have shown some other violent films. Across 110th Street. Resevoir Dogs. Battle for Algeirs. All sorts of zombie movies. The claymation of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.


So I mentioned something to my sister that I had been planning at the Royale for a while. I have been contacting a few people and checking out some ways to install a new piece. I want to put up the current color coded threat level as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. I would put it up right above the map of the city. My partners think it is a great idea. My sister and Allison (a bartender/manager/spiritual advisor), think it is an awful idea. My sis says people come to the place to escape reality. I never considered the purpose of the Royale to be an escape, much less and escape from reality. That is why I never liked the old Real Bar's assessment that it was an "oasis". I feel I am a part of a greater city, a greater nation and a greater planet, or I try to be as great as we can be. We need to try to make the world as great as possible. Hmmm.

I wonder what the people think of this. I would probably make it out of wood and paint it. I would like to do it with neon and turn on the level that was directed. I think it is good for people to be reminded of what is going on. That is why I have newspapers in the place. I have pictures of great people on the wall, not alligators wearing sunglasses or a Bud Ice neon. So post your thoughts on this upcoming new decoration.

And while I have been bouncing around the web looking up resources, I found this. Wow. Uh...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all those "hmmms" you're starting to sound like Belk

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am all for it. If people prefer to ignore current events, they can ignore the sign as well. I don't think you would lose customers because of it. I also think some people would think it's cool...

10:31 PM  
Anonymous matty fred said...

If you made the terror-threat-level sign out of wood and hand-painted it, I think it would look really cool, almost like folk art or something.

P.S.-- There used to be a FEMA "rap" for kids on that site. Is it still there? I remember during and after Hurricane Katrina several blogs linked to it out of morbid irony.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

belk makes this one sound smart

12:51 AM  
Blogger steve scariano said...

By all means Steve, put the threat colors up! You can offer different drink specials/concoctions that coincide with the colors. :)

9:38 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

That is an interesting idea. Perhaps I could run a "free beer" if we ever hit green, and a "free bottled water" if we hit red.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Lu$ said...

The Mission - great film all around. Can't say that the film could be appreciated with out the audio. The music drives the last nail in - probably the best work of Ennio Morricone next to 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.'

12:57 PM  
Anonymous shanghai lily said...

you should post the sesame street version of the terror threat level.
elmo for red
ernie for orange
bert for yellow
oscar for green...

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Becker said...

How about an aquarium or other bubbly water display backlit with the appropriate color? There's something about contrasting the soothing colored bubblewater with the importance of the colors that appeals to me, for whatever that's worth.

2:31 AM  
Anonymous Shit-In-The-Face said...

hey boss,
im all for your idea of the "new decoration" although I could care less about the meaning of the colored levels. and i would be happy to paint it for you. but to add on the this idea you should have a color-coded chart that shows the ratings, violence or sexual scenes of the movies you show, just to let people know what to expect. and perhaps we could add a little chalk board above the chart that says "Now Playing:"movie title here" (ex. the porno my mom stared in in 1978) and (here's my political side) perhaps put a chalk board above the terrorist threat level sign that says maybe "American bombed country of the day" or simply a body count of american troops and civilians americans have killed. that's just my opinion. enjoy your food and spirits at the royale.
Fuck off,
Pete (aka shit-in-the-face)

12:42 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

Wow, he can put together words and create a sentence.

Show some respect for your mother. Now I know why you can't get a date.


10:17 AM  

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