Suitcase and World: Is it Clint Eastwood or is it Lei?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Is it Clint Eastwood or is it Lei?

hen I was kid, I used to watch a lot of movies with my dad. A typical guy, he's a huge fan of Western movies - particularly the "Spaghetti Westerns" that Clint Eastwood made famous. I think I've seen all of Clint's Spaghetti Westerns including the trilogy that got him on the map as an actor - "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", "Fist Full of Dollars", and "A Few More Dollars". The trilogy centered around a character simply known as "The Man With No Name", an anti-heroic gunslinger for whom money is the only motivation and the villains are merely obstacles to be removed. I was too young to remember any of the stories - probably a good thing since all three were pretty violent movies for the day and I was an impressionable young child :-)

However, I did remember one thing from the trilogy and that was that Clint Eastwood's "Man With No Name" character always wore a poncho.

On our first day in Cappdocia, I realized it was a wee bit colder than I was prepared for. I was particularly concerned about keeping warm on the ballon ride the next morning. I decided I needed to buy some item of warm clothing and so Lei and I went shopping in Göreme. The first shop we walked in, I found a poncho - not the prettiest thing but it felt warm. Though Lei already had a sweater, she's such an impulse shopper, she couldn't resist so she bought herself one as well.

The moment she put it own, I had a flashback to Clint Eastwood and the Spaghetti Westerns. I started to chuckle to myself. You have to admit, there is an uncanny resemblance between the two of them. I had an even bigger laugh (albeit to myself at first) when she added the hat. I kept thinking all she's missing is the cigarette that would hang from one side of Clint's mouth. I think she caught me giggling at her once so I had to fess up and tell her the story. She had no idea what I was talking about so I had to Google and show her a picture of Clint Eastwood as "The Man With No Name". She then got it and luckily for me, she has enough of a sense of humor to laugh at herself!