October 2013: The African Queen
An old movie about a drunk gets his attention before and after his own river of booze
One night, sitting drunk and alone in front of the TV, the classic movie, The African Queen came on. All I really remembered of the film that night was that I thought it was great that the main character, Charlie Allnut, played by Humphrey Bogart, lived alone on a broken-down little river steamer in the middle of Africa with case upon case of gin. The rest of the story was lost to me, as was the rest of the night, but from that point on, that was what I aspired to. That became my dream. I wanted to disappear to live on a boat in some far-flung wilderness with cases of gin and live out a...
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