Interlude: A beer, in Bohemia, with you

So this is just random free association, I think.

I haven’t abandoned vertigo, part 2, I promise. Still working on it, and still packing. Today was an awful day, so I think that I’m going to devote tomorrow mostly to writing, because Sunday I’ll be finishing the apartment up, and Monday and Tuesday will be stressful as I get out of there.

Went to Kung Fu Panda 2 tonight with good friends at our favorite local cinema. A low-key farewell; Servetus’ motto remains “no tedious goodbyes.” (Did my crying in the afternoon.) I’m not letting go of them. This wouldn’t have been our normal choice, though we like children’s films, but really there is nothing of note to see at the moment. Something like half the screens in town are playing Hangover II. It got a little unthrilling toward the end — does anyone else here not find action, no matter how sophisticated, especially interesting if you know it’s all being done by computer programmers as opposed to stuntmen? — but the message was good. Wounds heal, scars fade, who you are, it’s up to you. Look for inner peace. They start out early tomorrow morning, driving to Louisiana, taking a few days out before they reach their new destination. They’ve got their cars loaded up already and the only remaining dilemma is whether there’s room for the beer. I reassured them that you can get beer pretty much anywhere in the U.S. these days.

On the subject of how much analysis of trivial topics is too much, I loved this discussion of Kate Middleton’s last pre-wedding photo op. Old now but still worth it.

Didn’t cry when saying goodbye, but I did burst suddenly into tears this afternoon when I saw this photo, courtesy of Русскоязычный Cайт Pичардa Армитиджa, h/t

Richard Armitage, photographed by Joe McGorty, before September 2010.

I’d just gone out and rented storage. They ask for all kinds of information about you so they can track you down if you stop paying. I had to sign a release saying I wasn’t in the active duty military, for instance (special laws prevent places like this from foreclosing on the stored items if the soldier forgets to pay because he’s serving abroad). The lady asked me how long I wanted the storage for. Don’t know, at least three months. She asked me what my contact address is. Well, it’s in Wisconsin, but my employer is technically still here, and I wasn’t going to say I was about to become unemployed. Billing address on the credit card also still here. She asked me for a phone number. Weird to be writing my childhood phone number on a form like that now. She asked me for the names of three people who I know locally who could be authorized to enter the storage unit. Not that it’s a problem, but of course it put me in mind not just of all the people who are leaving in this wave, but also of those who are being left behind.

And gosh, Mr. Armitage just seemed so darned nice in this photo. A little curious, a little concerned, a little friendly. “What’s wrong, darling?” There’s something about the way he often holds his arms, just slightly away from his body, that signals incipient motion, as if he’s about to come up to me and comfort me. I know if Richard Armitage were here to support me, I wouldn’t be stressed. Or rather, I wouldn’t be stressed about the move (snort). I’d be stressed that Richard Armitage was here!!

I also really, really liked this one:

Richard Armitage, photographed by Joe McGorty, before September 2010.

Something about those crossed arms and the way they show his upper arm musculature. And the slightly mysterious half-smile. And that long expanse of left thigh. And the way that the crease in his jeans folds over the upper part of his right thigh. Yes, Mr. Armitage, finally some jeans I approve of. And that thick belt. Mmmm.

And then, to wrap up my Armitage day, Mr. Armitage emerged as the spokesvoice of Pilsner Urquell, which is only my favorite European beer (h/t, as usual). Yup, true to form, Servetus likes it bitter.

It seemed like a sort of providential sign. Of what, I’m not sure. But it made me wonder if he likes it. And then it made me wonder whether he’s ever been to Plzeň. (I have, astounding cathedral and synagogue there, in case you’re going to visit. I didn’t go to the brewery, unfortunately.) And then I thought I could volunteer to take him if he hadn’t, just to show him why Pilsner Urquell is such a great beer. And we could drink a beer together. Which for some strange reason made me think of this song:

Which I thought we could rewrite to go like this:

“A Beer in Bohemia” (freely pirated from Sting)

My sisters and I
Have this wish before we die
And it may sound strange
As if our minds are deranged
Please don’t ask us why
Beneath the sheltering sky
We have this strange obsession
You have the means in your possession

We want our beer in Bohemia with you
We want our beer in Bohemia with you

The young man didn’t say
He would satisfy our need
But we squeed in pure pleasure
With a joy you could not measure
We will wait for him here
The same place every year
Beneath the sheltering sky
Across the world he would fly

Beer in Bohemia with you
Beer in Bohemia with you

He was too busy on set
To get his throat wet
He ignored their need for hops
And stuck to his Hobbit film props
Though he’d never return
All the sisters would burn
As ours eyes searched the screens
For a glimpse of his jeans

Beer in Bohemia with you
Beer in Bohemia with you

Beer in Bohemia with you
Beer in Bohemia with you

Then I thought I could record myself singing it. Then I realized I am crazy and need to go to bed. Thanks for your patience and warm support at this difficult time, Armitageworld, and Armitage. Catch you again tomorrow.

~ by Servetus on May 28, 2011.

26 Responses to “Interlude: A beer, in Bohemia, with you”

  1. I love your version of that song and would love to hear you sing it! Thanks for the beer commercial — I just know I will develop a taste for it if I can get my hands on some. You must be feeling very lonely now. Moving is difficult on so many levels. I hope you will find it was a positive step in your life. Here’s a toast to you, Servetus, preferrably with that special beer — Prosit!


    • I didn’t “get it” the first time I tried it. It’s pretty much the most bitter beer you can get out of that kind of hops.

      Thanks for the toast! Right back at you!


  2. You know, I’ve never been a beer fan–but then, I’ve never really had any of what’s supposed to be really good beer (as opposed to what I experimented with in college). Yet I could imagine Mr. Armitage’s voice massaging me into a new appreciation for it (his Smirnoff commercial makes me crave vodka).

    As Phylly said, moving is tough any way you slice it. Leaving friends behind, dealing with a lot of changes, including one in career; it all has to be daunting. But you know what? I bet a beer in Bohemia with RA would indeed help you through the angst. He looks like such a nice, empathic chap, besides being so beautiful to gaze upon.

    I wish you all the very best, my friend. And I love your new lyrics to the song. 😀


    • Most widely available beer in the U.S. doesn’t taste very good, or rather, doesn’t taste like much at all.

      I’ll tell myself a bedtime story about beer in Bohemia with Armitage.


  3. Best of luck with the move …. it can be a very heart wrenching time. I haven’t a taste for beer at all, wine is more my sort of drink, but thanks for posting the clip. Will be thinking of you at this tough time. Take care!!


    • Thanks so much for your support, mulubinba.

      Wine is great, too, of course. I’d love it he’d become the spokesperson for Sancerre wines, for example …


  4. All the best for your move, Servetus! Good luck!!! I keep my fingers crossed, that all turns out well for you!
    And also thank you for the beer commercial with RA’s voice. It is the first time that he gets my aversion up, but that is, because with Pilsener I just remember the long lasting lawsuit about name and original recipe. I have family at both sides and my Bohemian connections bring Pilsener Urquell every time they visit (I think to annoy my father.)
    By the way, what pronunciation does RA use for the name? It is not Bohemian or German and does not sound very English to me either. The name is German, but his way to pronounce it sounds quite exotic ;o)


    • That’s right, you’ve got Bohemian family. there was a similar lawsuit in the US over Budvár, which is sold in the U.S. as Czechvár, and somehow doesn’t taste as good as the real thing.

      He says it the way I’d guess an Englishman would say it. We don’t realize that that “U” is more of what sounds to us like an “o” sound, and we pronounce “qu” as “kw” and not “kv”. His “U” is a little more of a “u” than mine would be in English (mine would sound more like a schwa — Erquell). This is probably really confusing …


      • Oh yes, the sound really is confusing. As he says it, I would write the word like “irk well” and that is really not, what the word, more or less ‘primary source/wellspring’, means ;o)
        If it were possible to send you some bottles so that they reach you in one piece and with the interior intact, I would. Please let me know, if you know of a way that might work. I will try to find “Pilsener Urquell” here for you. Here in Bavaria, the best deemed beer of connoisseurs is “Augustiner”. In my home village there is a small private brewery doing different beers and my favourite, some very bitter dark beer. (Otherwise I am not the big beer fan, as I do not like the yeasty taste of white beer, so can really understand your taste for the clear flavour of bitter beer.)


        • Pilsner Urquell is exported to the US — I’m not sure who makes it, but it’s pretty good in the version we get here. It’s my go to beer for guests and parties when I want something a little nicer. Thanks, though for the offer 🙂 I also love a good Bock or Doppelbock, and I’m ok with Hefeweizen, although it doesn’t like my stomach as much as I like it.

          I really like the beer that they sell in Andechs. Definitely makes the climb up the hill worth it!


          • That is good to hear. I only know that our local brewers do export to the U.S., but brew special beer for the export (which by the way our local beer experts do not touch, so it must say something about the quality.) But the special is, as far as I know, necessary because of export and U.S. import regulations and perhaps also out of necessity to make a longer transport possible.
            So you climbed up the holy hill to Andechs. Prost … ;o)


  5. Vaya con Dios, my friend. Hope you come to my neck of the woods sometime in the future.


    • I’m gonna try, but I looked at where you live and it’s serious detour. So not this time … hope you’re feeling better.


  6. Moving On is never easy, is it? Thank goodness it’s transitional, and with all the instant communications, and travel, we never really leave the good friends behind.

    Love that Pilsner ad! So beautifully crafted.


    • really great animation in the ad, I agree.

      I’m always fine once I get all the stuff squared away. I need less STUFF.


      • My Mom had a theory that we should move every three years in order to get rid of said “STUFF”. When I see how much I have accumulated after only a couple of years in this house I am beginning to see the wisdom in her words!!


        • you have to be on top of it constantly. What’s weird is that I really don’t buy things in the amounts friends of mine do. I guess I just don’t throw them away, either …


          • I think that may be my problem too!! Perhaps it’s because I was brought up during the Second WW when things were scarce. Well, that’s my excuse for being a bit of a pack rat and I’m sticking to it! 🙂


  7. Change, alife transitions are never easy no matter how you dice it and seem to be more challenging with each year that passes. But know that you have us. 🙂


    • Why is that? Why does it get harder as you get older? It seems counterintuitive to me.

      Thanks as always for your good thoughts, @Rob. I really am going to have Armitageworld and you guys as a constant through this transition.


  8. My first thought after seeing the beer ad was, – “I HAVE to buy that”!! Obviously the companies that use him to do their ads know that he not only has a fantastic (and sexy) voice, but that his voice is instantly recognizable. I’m sure it would talk me into buying all sorts of stuff that I wouldn’t normally – within reason of course 🙂

    When you are packing up Servetus, try to imagine that he moves towards you out of that picture, says those words and before you know it those strong hands, arms, shoulders and thighs are helping you to pack and lift boxes and things! Later, he pours you a nice cold Pilsner Urquell when you take a break and enjoy a lovely conversation with him while you sip. I think he’d be the perfect antidote to any sadness you would be feeling. I also think he could be VERY comforting 😉 On the other hand – do you find this whole scenario FAR too distracting to even contemplate??

    BTW – I am so happy that you have finally found a pair of his jeans that you approve of!! I always knew you would 🙂


    • This is a fairly upmarket product, too, in my opinion. You want a “rich” voice from Richard Armitage to sell that kind of things.

      That’s a wonderful story, I’m going to tell it to myself as I fall asleep tonight.


  9. There *was* room for the beer! And nous laissons les bontemps roulez. Saw 16 alligators today, as a starter, at the amazing Avery Island. Tu me manques, mon amie…


    • Moi aussi.

      I assume it was Shiner you took with you? Brewed in the best Bohemian tradition, of course.


  10. Beer and Mr. Armitage being two of my favorite things, this post made me smile. I like Pilsner Urquell well enough–drank lots of it when I lived near a Czech beer garden in NYC–but I don’t think it’s my favorite pilsner. But anyway: I loved the animation and of course RA’s voice in the ad. Thank you for sharing it! I just listened to him read Sylvester while driving cross-country and now I feel the need to get all the RA-read audiobooks.

    Best of luck on your move, Servetus!


  11. […] when I lived in Germany, I learned to enjoy Bohemian beers like Budvar and Pilsener Urquell — remember my thrill when Armitage did that ad? — but I didn’t pine for them if I couldn’t have them. I enjoyed some of the […]


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