Mar 31, '09
Prologue to the Drac 25: The terms "the Drac" and "the Drac-Man" were nicknames given to me by my friend Lin Ross a very talented New York City writer and poet whom I met at another blogging site.
The Drac 25:
1. Ever since Sazzy tagged me
I found a new place to dwell
down at the end of Random Street
in a place called Hell.
-And speaking of Hell, Dante's Inferno is one of the Drac-Man's favourite pieces of literature.
2. One for the money
TWO (2.) for the show...
-And speaking of shows, the Drac-Man's favourite TV show is Smallville- a show about the young Superman and the young Clark Kent and the young Lana Lang and the young Lois Lane and the young Chloe Sullivan (who alas doesn't show up anywhere else in the Superman canon).
The Drac-Man has had dreams about kissing the actresses who play all these women.
In fact, Allison Mack who plays Chloe Sullivan was the inspiration for Dracul Van Helsing's
next door neighbour Carmen in the opening chapters of the Drac-Man's novel entitled
Dracul Van Helsing.
3. THREE to get ready
and four to go...
-Before you GO, get READY for the next random fact about the Drac-Man...
(the Drac-Man likes to tease... ;)
4. You gotta rock around the clock tonight
You gotta rock rock rock in broad daylight
You gotta rock around the clock tonight
-And speaking of rockin' and music,
the Drac Man's 4 favourite pieces of music are-
Beethoven's Song of Joy, Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Vivaldi's The 4 Seasons
and Mozart's Ein Klein Nachtmusik.
The Drac-Man's 4 favourite male singers are-
Josh Groban, Richard Marx, Sir Elton John and Harry Belafonte.
The Drac-Man's 4 favourite female singers are-
Moritaka Chisato, Aya Matsuura, Nelly Furtado and Belinda Carlisle
The Drac-Man's 4 favourite bands are-
The Beatles, ABBA, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, and The Irish Rovers.
5. The number 5
doesn't that jive?
And speaking of Jive, the Drac-Man is a big fan of 1940s Swing music.
6. Six, six, six...
And speaking of 666, the Drac-Man doesn't think Barack Obama is the Antichrist like a few nuts in North America do.
7. Seven, seven, seven
ain't it Heaven...
Love is heaven
L- is for the way you Look at me
O- is for the Only One i see
V- is Very Very extraordinary
E- is Even more than anyone that you adore
The Drac-Man has loved (or more accurately had crushes on) the following women in his life:
Merle Oberon, Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, Aishwarya Rai, Ziyi Zhang, Gong Li, Beyonce Knowles, Nelly Furtado.
And most recently, Rita Hayworth (interestingly enough once married to the Drac-Man's moviemaking idol Orson Welles) whom the Drac-Man first encountered in a video clip posted here at Fropper in which Rita was dancing with Fred Astaire. The Drac-Man smitten with love (in the same way a police detective was smitten with love after seeing a portrait of a woman in the 1944 film noir movie Laura that starred Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews) wishes he could go back in time to meet Rita Hayworth. He has since watched the Rita Hayworth movies Gilda and also Affair In Trinidad. He'd watch more if they posted more Rita Hayworth movies at YouTube.
8. Eight, eight, eight
ate, ate, ate...
And speaking of 8 and ate, the Drac-Man has once eaten octopus (which as we know is an eight legged creature). The Drac-Man rather enjoyed it.
9. Nine, nine, nine
Behind, behind, behind...
The Drac-Man has to admit he enjoys looking at a beautiful woman's tight skirted behind if she's wearing a tight fitting skirt or dress.
10. Some enchanted evening
you will meet a stranger
a very special stranger...
The Drac-Man's perfect 10 in his mind is that enchanted evening he will meet that special stranger who will become the special woman in his life.
11. The Harry Potter books started with Harry Potter at the age of 11 (Harry Potter and The
The Drac-Man is a big fan of the Harry Potter books.
12. Twelfth Night is the name of a play by William Shakespeare.
William Shakespeare is the Drac-Man's favourite playwright.
13. The Drac-Man must confess that he has that phobia where one is afraid of the day Friday
the 13th. I believe there's a name for that which is long and unpronounceable.
Perhaps a doctor will write a prescription in iillegible handwriting for the Drac-Man's problem
and the pharmacist will hire a psychopath wearing a hockey goalie mask to bump the Drac-Man off which is what the Drac-Man fears will happen to him on Friday the 13th.
Shock aversion therapy at its most extreme!
14. Larry King: Ladies and gentlemen, our guest for tonight is Dracul Van Helsing also known as
It has always been a dream of the Drac-Man to appear on the Larry King Show.
15. Larry King: How did you get the name Dracul Van Helsing?
Drac-Man: Well, Dracul Van Helsing is the same name as the lead character in my vampire
novel. Dracul Van Helsing's mother in the novel was a Romanian Communist and since she was a Communist, she naturally believed in the concept of Hegelian synthesis. So she named her son Dracul Van Helsing because Dracula (thesis) + Van Helsing (antithesis) = Dracul Van Helsing (synthesis).
Larry King: So you just adopted the same name as your character in your writing.
Drac-Man: Exactly. There was a writer back in the 1930s who called himself by the same name as his detective character, Ellery Queen. Although in my opinon, the name Ellery Queen would be more suitable for a male Tina Turner impersonator than it is for a detective.
16. Sixteen candles...
And speaking of 16, Dracul still remembers with great fondness a girl he met when he was 16. The girl was named Darien.
17. Larry King: So how did you become interested in vampires?
Dracul Van Helsing: Well, I think the more proper question to ask is how did the Drac-Man become interested in vampiresses. When the Drac-Man was about 10 or so, one of the late shows on TV used to run Hammer Studios' horror films. And the vampiresses who used to appear in these films were all quite sexy and gorgeous and used to wear classy and beautifully coloured low-cut dresses and had great heaving bosoms- all these vampiresses. So the young Dracul would go to sleep at night dreaming of being bitten by all these lovely vampiresses in their elegant low-cut dresses with their heaving bosoms.
Larry King: And did they have vampiric fangs when they bit you?
Dracul Van Helsing: Yes, the Drac-Man finds vampiric fangs on a beautiful woman in a beautiful low-cut dress with heaving bosoms to be a sexual turn-on.
Larry King: Well, if you don't mind me saying so, Dracul Van Helsing, I think that's a bit weird.
18. The Drac-Man enjoys reading the witty dialogue and banter of Oscar Wilde- a great writer of the EIGHTEEN-hundreds (1800s).
19. Larry King (lying on the floor and moaning and groaning) : Dracul Van Helsing, you just kicked me in the balls.
Dracul Van Helsing: That's because you called me weird.
The Drac-Man has a short fuse at times.
20. The Drac-Man's favourite motion picture director is Orson Welles. He'd like to direct a motion picture someday.
21. Larry King: So Orson Welles is your favourite director? Have you seen all his movies?
Dracul Van Helsing: No, I haven't. I've yet to see The Magnificent Ambersons.
Larry King: The Magnificent Ambersons. That was about a family that was still clinging to horses and buggies- even when they were living well into the age of the automobile.
Dracul Van Helsing: That's right.
Speaking of people like the magnificent Ambersons who might be living in the 21st century, neither the Drac-Man nor his father George have ever owned or carried a cell phone with them in their lives.
They have never had and still do not have cable or satellite television on their TVs.
If the Drac wants to watch a special event that's only available on cable or satellite, he'll walk up to the neighbourhood pub to watch it.
22. The Drac often likes to hum songs. One of the songs he hums is ABBA's The Dancing Queen.
The lyrics go,
You know if you add to 17 to 22 (the number of this current random fact), you'll get 39.
There was once a movie called The 39 Steps which was made by Alfred Hitchcock.
Alfred Hitchcock is the Drac-Man's 2nd favourite motion picture director.
23. Canadian comic actor Jim Carrey once starred in a film called The Number 23.
And the Drac-Man's favourite actor of all time was another Canadian comic actor- John Candy.
Drac is a really big fan of John Candy movies.
24. Dracul would like to mention he finds his furry friend with big floppy ears who hangs out in his yard- Jack O' Hare as Drac calls him to be a tremendous inspiration to his short stories and poetry.
25. Travelling in an antique land
across a stretch of burning sand
a caravan came into view
Among the destinations Dracul would like to visit over the next couple of years are
Tokyo, Rome, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and surprisingly Fresno, California (although to those who know the Drac-Man well, that might not be such a surprise).