From epic to epicurean

Deciding to build a quality hurdy-gurdy is one thing. But where did I get the idea to share the epic experience? In early February, 2010 my wife and I rented the movie Julie & Julia, which we thoroughly enjoyed. The Internet Movie Database does a good job of summarizing it:

Julia Child and Julie Powell – both of whom wrote memoirs – find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends… until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

In 1949, Julia Child is in Paris, the wife of a diplomat, wondering how to spend her days. She tries hat making, bridge, and then cooking lessons at Cordon Bleu. There she discovers her passion. In 2002, Julie Powell, about to turn 30 and underemployed with an unpublished novel, decides to cook her way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in a year and to blog about it. We go back and forth between these stories of two women learning to cook and finding success.

Sympathetic, loving husbands support them both, and friendships, too, add zest.


Columbia Pictures, August 2009

No, I don’t plan to write a book, nor to have a movie made about my hurdy-gurdy! But, like Julie Powell, I wanted an exciting and rewarding challenge, and I didn’t think the professionals should have all the fun. I do hope to eventually savor the fruits of my labor.

The tagline for the film is Passion. Ambition. Butter. Do You Have What It Takes?

I suppose for a hurdy-gurdy, that could be Passion. Ambition. Cotton. Do You Have What It Takes?

We shall see.

Please pass the rosin.