Thursday, June 22, 2006

New Day, New Movie

The other movie I got out of the library, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, was watched yesterday. It doesn't not need to be said but I'm going to say it anyway: definitely not the best film I've seen with Bill Murray or Willem Dafoe and probably not the best film I've seen Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum or Anjelica Huston in either. (Yes, even The Addams Family could be better than this.) Murray should stick with real comedies. He really should have been in Charlie's Angels II. The David Bowie songs translated into Portuguese started to get monotonous fairly quickly. It was cool the first time but... I guess I may have liked this film better if I watched it at another time but it really isn't a movie one should watch after, or before for that matter, watching a really good film because it will pale in comparison.

Tomorrow I leave for Maine to spend a week in the woods with my parents. I hope for minigolf and cheap CDs...Oh, and I have a lunch date on Sunday...

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I Guess I Have To See Nacho Libre Now...

Two days ago now I think it was, I borrowed The Good Girl from my branch library as I seem to doing a lot of recently. As people who read my blog know, I was hesitant to see it as Friends with Money was frankly hit or miss. I'm glad I did however because this movie rocked. This may be the first "art" film I may add to my DVD collection. (Then again, I don't own Bubba Ho-Tep which was also a really enjoyable film so we'll see...Um, I am definitely not suggesting that was an art film...) Jennifer Aniston is actually a pretty good actress who doesn't get enough credit. I can see why she was cast in that Friends with Money role although she doesn't pull it off as well there.

Three more things make it worth watching: First, Zooey Deschannel is in this. Her role here reminds me of her role in Failure to Launch although the only real similarity is she's hilarious in both movies. Second, John C. Reilly is also hilarious as Justine's stoner husband. They make a pretty convincing couple which I'm sure had to do with his acting as much as hers. Thirdly, the movie was written by Mike White who later wrote School of Rock and the new Nacho Libre. As you know, I love, and own, the former and have wanted to see the later simply because of that. White's character here of Bible-thumping security guard Corny is very amusing as well.

I have good news. No, I didn't save money on my car insurance since why the hell would I need that anyway but I did receive my first real assurance that I would be paid for that the MAY photocopying job by early next week. The woman at my agency felt so bad that it happened to me again she said, and I'm quoting here, "take care of me." Assuming she didn't really mean "kill me" and she's even half as attractive as the two women in the office that I've met in person, I would definitely let her...

Monday, June 19, 2006

Home Alone

My parents have started their vacation and I've started my vacation from them. I realize my last post may have been a little too geeky even for me. It is possible I just have a quirky sense of humor that's easily ignored. We shall see although, I admit, there are times I do not like being ignored.

In other news, the Sox-Braves game last night gave me fits. And they won! They're trying to kill me, I swear! One more word on this topic: will it be a good thing to put a pitcher on the mound that the royally sucky KC Royals dumped? I mean if they aren't willing to use him, and I'm sure they need pitching, he has to really suck. I think it was Francona who suggested he may pitch better on a contender. That's not my personality at all. I wouldn't say to myself, "We suck so I'm going to feel free to suck." Then again, I see the glass as half-full only half the time...

We went to a joint graduation party for neighboring high school graduates we know. The music variety was awesome. The girls and their parents must have combined their catalogs. The food was also very good. My father commented that the grads must have picked the menu as there were chips, cheese balls, mozzarella sticks. My thought on this, besides that I love mozzarella sticks though more hot and gooey, is that, if it was my party, I'd pick the menu too.

Yesterday was a busy day; at least by my standards. It was Children's Sunday so the children ran the service. Honestly, I think that was the best one we've had in awhile. As a teacher's assistant, I received a Border's card from my father the pastor and a box of chocolate crayons from one of the kids. It was cute.

My cousin from Oregon flew in for lunch as she's doing a mission trip thing in Western Mass. I'm guessing it had been over three years since we saw her last as the war began while were out there. So she wouldn't feel out of place, we celebrated Father's Day on Saturday instead.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Amusing Lyrics

Has anyone actually listened to the lyrics of Rhianna's new song "Unfaithful?" OMG! It is one of the most hilarious things I've ever heard. Why doesn't she just leave?

I was also reminded today how the new song by Fort Minor, "Where'd You Go?" also is another funny song. The video gives an example of someone going to Iraq then the next example is someone playing baseball and therefore not around during the summer. Are these examples really that comparable?

One final comment about music related stuff: "Promiscuous", which also has amusing lyrics, is advertised as a Nelly Furtado song but, if you listen it, I swear she just singing backup to Timbaland. WTF?

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Better Than A Diary Or Tape Recorder

First, let us give a cheer of rejoice as I have finally been fully paid for that APRIL mailroom job. I haven't been paid promptly for my photocopying job but this time I didn't wait. I called to check up on it today. No one answered the phone but it's better than leaving it alone for a month.

Last night, two things of note were on the telly. Since my Sox were off, I watched a little of the PawSox game. It's kinda weird knowing so many of the players but it was even stranger for me to me be happy that Enrique Wilson hit a grand slam. There's a lot of talk when Sox go to the Yankee organization but no one really discusses the other way around. (I'm still convinced Ramiero Mendoza was still on the Yankee payroll when he played in Boston) John Flarety retired instead of playing for the Sox but we may not have gotten Doug Mirabelli back if he didn't so I think that was for the best.

The other thing I watched was The Amazing History of Superman. I thought it was quite interesting but a couple things bothered me. One: they could have spent more time on the syndicated Superboy TV series as I remember watching it in my youth. Two: they could have spent more time on his Rogue's Gallery. I know it's small but there was more than just Lex Luthor, Doomsday and gangsters. This is not about the special but about the upcoming movie instead: it was revealed Bryan Singer refuses to read a comic book. Could this be why X-men wasn't as good as it could have been? One thing about the special did amuse me though: in discussing the upcoming movie, Kevin Spacey the narrator refers to himself in third person! Why? I have no idea unless he wasn't the first choice to host the show...

Monday, June 12, 2006

It's Like I Should Post Every Hour...

Saturday night, we went to see The DaVinci Code. I liked it. One: the book is a work of fiction so everything in it isn't necessarily true anyway so the Catholic Church should just shut the hell up. It is true that they also don't acknowledge Jesus had a brother, an early leader in the Christian Church, which has been recently proven, because it destroys their belief Mary never had sex. Ever. Could have Jesus gotten some with Mary Magdalene and knocked her up? Why not? I mean there are several places in the Bible where he acted like a normal human...

As to the movie itself, acting by the supporting players impressed me more than the main actors. Sir Ian McKellan rocked as did token French actor Jean Reno. (If a movie needs a French actor, there he is.) Paul Bettany did a remarkable job as Silas considering what a wiseass he is in real life.

Tom Hanks was fine and it was good to get the old Tom back after such films as Road to Perdition, which was a good film but you know what I mean...My big problem with him here was he never proved to me why he in particular was needed for this role. Langdon is described as Harrison Ford in the book and the movie reminded me a lot of National Treasure, with a religious connotation, so they could have cast Nicolas Cage as well and it would have been the same movie.

The other thing I wanted to discuss was that I've been reminded of my geekiness lately and how it may hurt my chances of finding love. Recently, I realized I can't change this about me nor do I want to. Does this mean I have to settle for celibacy or getting involved with women I may or may not find attractive? Society suggests so but, at the moment I still have hope.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

More Concert Going

Yesterday afternoon, one of my church school "co-workers" had a concert at one of the local high schools as part of their Freshman Chorus. They performed showtunes both classic and more modern. Three or so of the musicals featured I haven't seen and two or so I've never even heard of. I've wanted to see Wicked for awhile and haven't had the opportunity yet but someday...

These were very talented kids. Even the guys who I frankly assumed in this day and age of homophobia joined up just to meet chicks. If you saw these girls you'd think the same thing. Having two of them perform "What Lola Wants" didn't help.

The following scene from Two and a Half Men came to mind as I watched this concert:

16 Year Old Prudence: Could you put some lotion on my shoulders?
Alan hesitates.
Prudence: If you don't, I'll burn...
Alan: If I do, I'll burn...

Ah, but it was great fun...

Tomorrow afternoon, my mother's church has their Church Picnic at a local park. A member and local deli owner is in charge of the grill again this year so the food should be good. The games afterwards usually suck but what can you do?

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Experiences, Educational And Not

Yesterday, my family and a went down to New York with a couple of my mother's colleagues to the Jewish Heritage Museum. It was quite an experience from two men quoting whole episodes of M.A.S.H. and Mork and Mindy on the drive down to seeing Heinrich Himmler's personal copy of Mein Kampf. I, of course, knew that the Nazis persecuted Jews, homosexuals, and non-whites but I was unaware until yesterday that Jehovah Witnesses were also persecuted. (Insert your own politically incorrect joke here.) There was a few other things I was not aware of as well. I highly recommend you all go down to see it.

This week, I got two more movies out of the library. The first I watched was Serenity. I'm sure I mentioned somewhere how much I couldn't stand Firefly as a TV show but I'm happy to report that the concept works so much better as a movie. I attribute it to a bigger budget but maybe that's too obvious an explanation. I just so love Joss Whedon's dialogue. Given that he was writing an X-men comic last I heard, I think they should take him seriously in taking over the franchise if the series is indeed not over.

I also saw the updated Manchurian Candidate. Wow. The acting in this was incredible. I still don't know what they were implying having Meryl Streep look like Hillary Clinton but she was deliciously evil. Obviously, there was only so many ways to advertise this movie so the mystery was way too obvious but I think the little twist at the end was still acceptably unexpected. Anyway, the acting is so good I don't think you'll care; I didn't.

In employment news, I received a letter to take another employment test at a nearby library. It's at one of the libraries I took a test previously but not in a town beginning with B or G. The position this time is for a substitute reference librarian as opposed to a permanent one so I find it hard to believe the level of expectation will be as high though it will be high enough I'm sure. The test will be at the end of the month.

Speaking of libraries I want to rant a bit about my library's Interlibrary Loan Policy. According to their website, You can't use ILL for "entertainment DVDs." I understand they may be worried about them being damaged in the mail but the phrase above implies to me that they will request DVDs from another library if it isn't entertaining. So, if I want to locate a movie on "How To Perform Colonoscopies at Home" that's worth risking damage but if I want to get out the first season of a TV series, hell no!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Doll House Shingle Painting and Concert Going

Link: The Personality Defect Test written by saint_gasoline on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
Spiteful Loner
You are 57% Rational, 14% Extroverted, 57% Brutal, and 42% Arrogant.
You are the Spiteful Loner, the personality type that is most likely to go on a shooting rampage. In high school, you were probably that kid who wore all black and who sat alone in a corner of the lunch room, drawing pictures of dead babies. You are a rational person and tend to hold emotions in very low-esteem; not only that, but you are also rather introverted, meaning you probably bury any emotions you feel deep inside yourself, like all of the bodies in your backyard. Combine these traits with your dislike of others and your brutality, and it seems that you would be quite likely to shoot innocent people in a rampage. Most likely, you also have low self-esteem. Hell, I get low self-esteem just looking at you. This is only yet one more incentive to go on a shooting rampage, because you wouldn't care if you died as a result. Granted, you probably haven't gone on a shooting rampage and probably never will, but all the motivations are there. All you need is for someone to push you over the edge, calling you names and belittling you. Like me. But don't shoot me. I have a 101 mile-long knife, you know. In conclusion, your personality is defective because you are too introverted, brutal, insecure, and rather unemotional. No wonder no one hangs around you, you morbid, cold-hearted freak!

To put it less negatively:

1. You are more RATIONAL than intuitive.

2. You are more INTROVERTED than extroverted.

3. You are more BRUTAL than gentle.

4. You are more HUMBLE than arrogant.
Be sure to take my Sublime Philosophical Crap Test if you are interested in taking a slightly more intellectual test that has just as many insane ramblings as this one does!

There was a Tag Sale at our church recently so crap was stored in our garage. After it was cleaned out my mother found various items for her doll house like a staircase, doors and shingles. Saturday I spent most of the day painting said shingles. It was a nice change of pace I think.

Last night my parents and I went to see Jewel and Rob Thomas in concert at one of the casinos. It had been awhile since I saw a concert and even longer since I went to see one at the casinos. (Ironically, I think the last one was Jewel at the other casino like 3 years ago.)

I went mainly to see Jewel as everyone who reads this could guess even after a lobotomy. After all, I think Rob Thomas said it best when he said, "I fucking love Jewel." She did not disappoint. Definitely the best versions of "Hands", "Down So Long" and "Intuition" I've ever heard. I'm unsure why she felt the need for the full band to join her on "Foolish Games" as I think a solo acoustic treatment as she did on "You Were Mean For Me" was called for here but that was really my only complaint about her set. Oh and that it was too short...

When Rob Thomas played my favorite Matchbox 20 song, "If You're Gone" third in his set, I was worried it was going to be all down hill from there. I'm surprised myself to report that was not the case. He played all my favorite Matchbox 20 songs and "Smooth" but the best parts of the night were the covers. His cover of David Bowie's "Let's Dance" was probably the best cover of a David Bowie song I've heard with the exception of Natalie Merchant's "Space Oddity" and maybe the Wallflowers' "Hero". (I probably should point out I can count on one hand the number of Bowie covers I've heard in my life but that shouldn't diminish the accomplishment.) The biggest complaints I have with his set was, towards the end especially, almost every song was played like it was his last song. You don't waste the jam! You aren't the Allman Brothers or Cream. The other problem I had, and this maybe was due to where we were sitting, the distortion seemed worse on songs I was not familiar with so the concert really didn't make me like him that much better.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

More Fairly Random Musings As It Is My Primary Thought Pattern...

I did not have to go into town to pick up the check. (No, this is good news.) It was deposited directly into my account yesterday. I checked and money was indeed deposited! Woo Hoo! This was pay for the uncontested Tuesday through Thursday only but it's a start. When I asked about that controversial Monday pay, I was told next week. I'm worried she thought I was referring to "Photocopying Thursday" but we'll be depressed about that bridge when we come to it...

Also yesterday, we went to the library where my mother wanted to get out a movie and my father wanted to check out a book. I came along for the hell of it. Neither could find their library card so I used mine. This of course means that all late fees will be charged to my record. How nice of me. I considered checking out the movie The Good Girl for myself as I've only seen a scene here and there but, as Friends with Money is still fairly fresh in my mind, I wasn't sure if I could take another serious Jennifer Aniston movie right now...

The movie we did get was Royal Wedding a light-hearted romp of a movie starring Fred Astaire that's about as far from a serious Jennifer Aniston picture as you can get...

During the movie the three of us shared one of those 100 Calorie Packs of Doritos. Do you know why a whole pack is only 100 calories? One chip is small enough to fit up your nose; or at least I'd imagine as trying something like that is dangerous...

Can you believe that Sox game last night? Holy crap! I thought the Tigers would win as, this year, they're gr-r-reat!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Paycheck Update

I was told today on the phone that the check will be FedXed to their office for me to pick up tomorrow. Yay! My agency was working through a middle man and not directly with the insurance company itself and these other two companies weren't talking to each other. Don't you just love bureaucracy? I'm just so glad it's over. (And it better be over...)
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