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Aug 13th
11:46 pm
More pics from Zac's MTV-Japan trip  

Efron brothers navigating the seas of Japan #sneakpeek

*sigh* finding the "you are here" in Japan.

Catchin' frogs in rice fields #Wakayama

this is a super traditional sushi spot serving fermented river fish and mackerel. Some of it aged for up to 30 years.

Last moments in Katsura. #fireworks phot credit @shusakukakizawa

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cologne66: pic#125827339cologne66 on August 14th, 2016 06:49 pm (UTC)

Can't wait to see where this is going.

countessm3countessm3 on August 15th, 2016 11:58 am (UTC)
I love these pictures, though the words "fermented" and "fish" should never appear beside one another, especially after having re-read "The Shadow over Innsmouth".

It makes me happy to know that Zac has a good, strong relationship with his brother and that Dylan really grounds him. Wish I could thank Him (Dylan) for it.
kleth on August 15th, 2016 03:36 pm (UTC)
I can't think of anything more suitable than fermented fish for a snack while reading The Shadow Over Innsmouth, except perhaps fermented fish-people.

But beware of the Deep Ones. Since they can breed with human females, you should take precautions whenever near the sea.
countessm3countessm3 on August 15th, 2016 06:39 pm (UTC)
True, but since I have no intentions of calling them up from the abyss, or spending the night at Innsmouth, I'm not terribly worried.

Suffice it to say I am content teaching about them as part of my "De-Evolution: The Monster Within" class, which also includes Conrad's The Heart of Darkness and Algernon Blackwood's The Wendigo.

kleth on August 16th, 2016 04:30 pm (UTC)
"Dylan really grounds him"

We can only hope. My greater worry is that Zac might set bad examples for Dylan, such as remaining single and not siring offspring and thus depriving mom and dad of grandchildren.

Probably an interesting relationship. Zac has the celebrity, wealth, and success, but his little brother is several inches taller, which must gratify Dylan and irk Zac no end. And of course Dylan admires and emulates his big brother, but at the same time they are rivals for their parents' attentions and approval.

Maybe a good trick for Dylan would be to get married and produce some winsome grandchildren; Dylan, though younger, would be first at something and attract a much bigger share of parental attention and approval.
countessm3countessm3 on August 16th, 2016 06:16 pm (UTC)
Actually, Dylan is the one who actualized his father’s dreams. Mr. Efron, like my dad, values intelligence and education and it is Dylan who went to college and got a degree in economics (if I remember).

Dylan will also be the first to marry and to produce those intelligent and hot offspring, I predict.

Dylan is Isaac to Zac’s Ishmael, Jacob to his Esau.

Zac, though first born, has always been the different one. I can relate, because I am also first born, and I am different.
It’s my brother who got his Ph.D in theology, went to Boston, planted a church, grew it to hundreds of people, and spends his time communing with and talking to the brightest minds at M.I.T., Boston University, and sometimes Harvard. He got married and had two children.
My parents wanted me to major in engineering, but I wanted to major in English because I wished to write like Shakespeare. My parents told me English is a waste, there are no jobs and I will die poor, but like Zac, I was not deterred.

Dylan doesn’t have to work for his father’s approval because he already has it. Zac is the one who has to work to please him (I know this feeling well), probably feels he’s disappointed his father, and maybe even hates himself for his failure to live up to his father’s ideal. Thing is, if his dad is like mine, he doesn’t love Zac any less than he loves Dylan, he just has to reach farther to do it. It’s easy to love people just like ourselves, but with people who are different, we have to work to understand them, to try and bridge the gap in values and viewpoints. In fact, sometimes the reverse occurs. I am thinking now of the prodigal son who, when he returned home, was cause to slaughter the favorite calf. Then it was the brother who stood by his father, the brother who was most like his father, who didn’t understand and was jealous. Sometimes this work endears people in a way that easy love can’t. Anyway, that’s my take.
kleth on August 16th, 2016 08:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think your take on this situation is very much on target. Dylan scored points when he outgrew Zac. He can't take credit for that, but he did go to college, which his parents very much desired, and if he completed his degree, that's another one-up on Zac. Now, if Dylan gets married and produces progeny, he will become a fully mature adult, while Zac is still hanging back. That would be another big score for Dylan.

All this assumes, of course, that the two brothers are each separate but equal personalities. If, however, Dylan has completely subordinated his personality to his big brother's, that's a different story. But I don't think so, or there wouldn't have been so much brawling as the two were growing up.
countessm3countessm3 on August 17th, 2016 11:26 am (UTC)
...If, however, Dylan has completely subordinated his personality to his big brother's, that's a different story. But I don't think so...

I agree with you here. I have a feeling Dylan is his own person. He clearly looks up to Zac, but there are times when he doesn't condone his actions. I remember a picture where Zac was tore up from the floor up, and the look on Dylan's face was one of horror. He was really worried then, poor guy. I felt his pain.
countessm3countessm3 on August 16th, 2016 06:19 pm (UTC)
...but his little brother is several inches taller, which must gratify Dylan and irk Zac no end.

This same thought has occurred to me, lol.
countessm3countessm3 on August 16th, 2016 06:42 pm (UTC)
Though I don't believe a word I read about Zac unless its here, if he's lonely he's welcome to come to Mississippi. Longleaf Trace is a 41 mile paved biking trail with half-a-dozen mountain biking trails 4 miles out (It runs behind the university and I live across the street). Lots of stations with water/bathrooms, etc. Most of the riders are your older, pro-cyclists with their Lance Armstrong spandex and narrow tires, but there are some mountain bikers. There's also a bicycle rental place at the start of the trail here.

I think he'd enjoy it, even if it isn't with me, lol.
kleth on August 16th, 2016 09:01 pm (UTC)
But it's so damned hot and humid in Mississippi. It's the armpit of America. But still a step up from Louisiana, right?
countessm3countessm3 on August 17th, 2016 11:20 am (UTC)
It is very hot and humid in Mississippi, lol, but it's also incredibly beautiful. New Orleans is an hour/hour-and-a-half away, and I have to say that while I appreciate / find fascinating the cultural differences, I much prefer Mississippi.
Bee: Zac - EW - Lying on grass 1jeezbee on September 30th, 2016 07:24 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of glad they didn't pick Tokyo for this episode. As fascinating as it is, this seems to be much more interesting and beautiful.