Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Interesting And The Serious

Ok, what I consider just serious and not interesting is what you all would find most interesting so we will start with that. Last night, I had plans to go to the movies with JRRyan and others. These plans changed when I get a call from my mother that my father had fallen and hurt his arm while they were ice skating and she was taking him into the hospital. It turns out that his wrist is "partially fractured."

The other thing I wanted to discuss was that I finished my other birthday book the other day. Armageddon's Children, by Terry Brooks, reminded me a lot of Dark Angel if created by said Brooks. No, it wasn't about a genetically created super soldier turned bike messenger per se but a good chunk of the book took place in post-apocalyptic Seattle. This series, I'm unsure how many books it'll be, is a continuation of the Knight of The Word trilogy which I didn't read. Aside from maybe three references, it doesn't matter. Not to ruin anything, but, there's a surprise for Shannara fans as well which begs a few questions that may or may not ever be answered.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Because You Knew I'd Do This Eventually...


To review:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend your cool...

And yes, I've done it a million times before too. And I'm posting a lot. So what? :p

Opening Credits: "After The Goldrush"- Natalie Merchant (That just rocks...)
Waking Up: "Once Around The Block"- Badly Drawn Boy (If you don't listen to the lyrics, not a bad song for this scene really.)
First Day At School: "Your Song"- Elton John (Ok, this makes no sense...)
Falling In Love: "Things Have Changed"- Bob Dylan (::spittake::)
Fight Song: "Can't Stop Loving You"- Van Halen (Yeah, that sounds like a fight I'd get in...)
Breaking Up: "Play Guitar"- John Mellencamp (Why does this song keep popping up?)
Prom (Perhaps Grad Walk?): "Like a Ship"- The Traveling Wilburys. (I wish...)
Life Is Good: "It Must Have Been Love"- Roxette (This is me happy...)
Mental Breakdown: "Long May You Run"- Neil Young (Doesn't make much sense.)
Driving: "Badge"- Cream (Well, it is in the first line of the song...)
Flashback: "Now I Can Die"- Nina Gordon (I do actually have flashbacks from this song...)
Getting Back Together: "As Tears Go By"- The Rolling Stones (I assume this plays at the beginning of the scene...)
Wedding: "I'll Stand By You"- The Pretenders (Best answer yet.)
Birth of A Child: "If You're Gone"- Matchbox 20 (I don't get it...)
Final Battle: "God"- John Lennon (Theological debate apparently.)
Death Scene: "As Long As You're Loving Me"- Vitamin C (That's touching...)
Funeral Song: "Little Black Backpack"- Stroke 9 (This would have been a better fight song.)
End Credits: "Survivor"- Destiny's Child (That's kind of cool actually...)
2nd try: "Truly, Madly Deeply"- Savage Garden (Somehow I don't think this works...)

Overall, that's a awesome soundtrack. Producers should consult me...

Monday, December 18, 2006

Super Christmas Post

On Friday night, my parents and I went to see a production of A Christmas Carol at Hartford Stage. It was really well acted. This version had some interesting aspects to it. One: Scrooge's housekeeper was a transvestite. In fact, the same actor played Jacob Marley... Two: While the Ghosts of Past and Present were how we have come to expect them to look, the Ghost of Christmases Yet To Come wasn't a Grim Reaper type. He was a guy in a top hat and sunglasses riding a funky tricycle. My mother accurately described it as "Tim Burton-inspired."

Yesterday, we had the Christmas Pageant at my church. We did the traditional Nativity story this year after letting the kids write something different last year. The best part of the play was watching was watching our preschool kids as sheep. The best part of the whole experience, however, was not having to be in it myself...

Yesterday afternoon, my father and I went out to get the tree. It's now up and decorated! Woo Hoo!

Last night, we watched, for the first time, The Santa Clause II. Um, what can one say about this film? The whole dupicate ruining Christmas angle was not needed at all and should have been removed to allow more time and beleiveablity to the main storyline. Also, his son acting out because he can't tell people his father is Santa makes me want to smack him upside the head with a bag of toys...

Bah Humbug.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The "Knee"-tivity Story

So today at PT, I was put on the bike. No weight and we weren't sure I could do a whole rotation. I was able to do it, however. I was peddling pretty slow at first but, once I got going, I was peddling at a pretty good clip considering. I've been experiencing popping first the on the underside of my knee now on top. I was told my my orthopedist this is just the scar tissue breaking up. Anyway, I experienced a big pop on the bike so this is a good thing I guess. A new stretching excercise was added: while on my stomach, I pull my leg towards my head, holding it for 10 seconds then repeating. This makes a complete ten excercises now but this new one goes into the "just twice" catagory instead of three times. (Making 3 of those now.)

Just like when I went to PT this morning, I didn't wear my brace to the movies last night when I went with my mother. We pondered sitting in our usual spot on the first elevated level but we decided I need more space so we sat in the seats up against the fencing. I think it was still good I wasn't wearing my brace. Anyway, we went to see The Nativity Story with Whale Rider Keisha Castle-Hughes. (I almost typed Keisha Knight-Pullium...) The dork in me found it amusing having Alexander "Dr. Bashir" Siddig as the angel Gabriel but the movie was very good and made me surprised that all the Christians that elected Bush and pushed The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe and The Passion of the Christ to the top of the box office didn't do the same for this one. The best part of the film for me was that they spent more time with Mary and Joseph's journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem than the Bible does which gives the non-biblical scholar a chance to get to know Joseph a little. Harod was deliciously paranoid and the Magi were actually the comic relief of the piece. (Well, not as much as if they were played by say Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld and Bob Saget cuz that would have sucked but you get the point, I think.)

Middle Man
You are 45% White
Ok so you did pretty good on the test. Your score says you appreciate different cultures, but you cant hide your true self. Just like the pic, you roll with the cool crowd, but you still go home to your mommy and eat macaroni and cheese.

Link: The How White Are You Test written by alleyandbrandon on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Holiday Boredom

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?: Depends if I want something hot or alcoholic...

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?: Santa didn't used to wrap the gifts but then he started to and still does...

3. Coloured lights on tree/house or white?: Currently white lights on the tree.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?: What would be the point?

5. When do you put your decorations up?: We've started to but still no tree yet.

6. What is your favourite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?: cheese smokies or Chex Mix.

7. Favourite Holiday memory as a child: Hmm the only memory I have at the moment is having the flu one year and throwing up on my gifts from Santa...

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?: I received a teddy bear one year labeled "From Santa" but then I was told it was from a family friend. It unravelled from there...

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?: I used to but now my mother gets so many presents from her office we run out of presents for me...

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?: With decorations? And lights of course. No tinsel crap though.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?: I could do without it...

12. Can you ice skate?: I have terrible balance so no.

13. Do you remember your favourite gift?: Recently, it was a bottle Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog...

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?: Seeing family.

15. What is your favourite Holiday Dessert?: I don't really have one. I like everything.

16. What is your favourite holiday tradition?: drinking...

17. What tops your tree?: An angel made by a former baby-sitter.

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?: Though it sounds selfish, I enjoy receiving more...

19. What is your favourite Christmas Song?: "Father Christmas" by The Kinks.

20. Candy Canes?: I prefer chocolate but I eat them...

Sunday, December 10, 2006

6 Weird Things About Moi

Ok, this has been going around the blogsphere like a virus and I have finally been tagged by JRRyan. She is my only reader who has a blog so I tag no one but invite whomever is bored to do this in my comment section if they so choose. You can always get a blog too...

1. I'm not fond of onions and peppers but do love salsa. I also do not like coconut but do really like brazil nuts.

2. I hate wearing shoes but I also really don't like being barefoot either so I am frequently in socks. (Well, rarely in sandals...)

3. I'm left handed but use scissors with my right hand.

4. I frequently sprinkle television or movie references into everyday conversation. By the same token, I frequently make bizarre references. This is very Dennis Miller of me which I suppose is a weird reference in itself...

5. I imagine whole future conversations with people; most of which never do really happen.

6. I'm hardly ever wearing a watch but frequently look at my wrist as if I was.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Knee Recovery Update: The Next Generation

I saw the orthopedist this morning. He pulled out the last stitch and told me not to wear the brace around the house and only when I go out. I also have to remember to tell the physical therapy people they can be more aggressive. Yay me! Did I mention I can bend to 108 degrees now? This has been the limit for a few days now so, hopefully, it will improve soon.

I'm sure there was something else I wanted to say but I'm drawing a blank so here's a quiz:

You Have Your Sarcastic Moments

While you're not sarcastic at all times, you definitely have a cynical edge.
In your opinion, not all people are annoying. Some are dead!
And although you do have your genuine moments, you can't help getting your zingers in.
Some people might be a little hurt by your sarcasm, but it's more likely they think you're hilarious.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Blog Post Royale

First, let me tell you about seeing Casino Royale with my father on Friday. I really must say that this was the best Bond film ever and I'm afraid it will never be duplicated. Like the early Sean Connery films, it has more emphasis on plot than fancy gadgets and, with the exception of two or three scenes, unbelievable stunts. Unlike those films, however, this one doesn't drag. They actually allowed Daniel Craig to act in this film. It's this aspect I think that will be one of a kind as Bond has now learned the consequence of getting emotionally involved. (Of His Majesty's Secret Service seems to suggest otherwise but that story hasn't taken place yet...) Of course, I think Craig is the first Bond actor, since Connery anyway, who actually can act we'll have to see...

My two main complaints have to do with the experience not the movie. These new fangled movie theaters still don't have enough leg room if you can't bend your knee unless you sit in the floor seats in front of the raised seats where the teenagers walk back and forth in front of you because they're there to hang out and not watch the actual movie. Given ticket prices, this seems like a colossal waste of money but maybe it beats getting shot or visiting your family at the prison on visiting day...

Yesterday, was the official start of Advent at my church with the annual Advent Workshop. We had soup and sandwich for lunch after several years of ordering a sheet pizza. I think it was a nice change though two of the three teenagers in attendance voiced their displeasure at this change. Understandable, I suppose, since these events may be the few times they get pizza over sandwiches but that's life.

I should briefly mention that I watched a tape of the new Librarian movie this morning as I think I'm required to as a librarian. Overall, it wasn't bad but very predictable...
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