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The End Of A Series And How Silent Bob Saved A Movie.

THe other day, I finished reading Book 7 of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle. It's abundantly clear C.S. Lewis was tired of writing this series as it's very short, ends abruptly and, instead of a typical plot, he dumps everything he possibly could into this book. I mean it's the literary equivalent of one of those TV reunion specials where past castmembers return and reminisce. I really don't want to give anything away but I'm pretty sure he implied dear Susan Pevensie is in Hell for being a stereotypical teenage/young adult woman.

Because I once promised to give a final ranking of the books, here you go:

7. Book 5: A Horse and His Boy
6. Book 7: The Last Battle
5. Book 2: Prince Caspian
4. Book 6: The Magician's Nephew
3. Book 3: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
2. Book 4: The Silver Chair
1. Book 1: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I think the fact the BBC never made movie specials of the last three books tells you something...

Sports interlude: The UConn men&#…

Potpourri

Recently, I finished reading Michael Crichton's Next. While I thought his last book, State of Fear, was at least one of his best books, this has to be counted as one of his worst. The major problem with this book was there really wasn't one, or two even, central storylines and I think this really hurt him. Now if he just structured the book as a collection of short stories, it might have turned out better. I loved the the stories of Dave the transgenic chimp and Gerard the transgenic parrot (Although Gerard's storyline could have ended better.) but the rest of the plotlines were rather hohum.

I now officially done with orthopedists and have been medically cleared for my move. Unless my physical therapist has other ideas, I'll be done with PT this week. Woo Hoo!

In sports, I point my "Evil Monkey" finger at those darn Patriots. They had the Colts on the ropes and couldn't close the door. I know they had some injuries and the Colt offense is a good one but th…

The Moving

Last night really, the preparations for my move to Portland has commenced. We've decided February 1st and 2nd. I've already figured out how much a bus pass would cost and and I believe I know how to get to my grandmother's apartment.

As you may already know, it seems like a simple process to transfer to my temp agency's office up there so I will have some work. It may not be enough at first we'll work it out. Even though my attempts to contact other agencies have been apparently ignored, I'm hoping they'll be more receptive when I actually move. We worked out a budget this morning and I'll still need financial assistance from my parents for the time being if the job situation isn't drastically different up there.

The new complication is that my bank isn't in Maine. (Coincidentally, my bank in Maine before the move down here isn't down here.) So I think I've found a suitable replacement although there seems to be some confusion as to what …

More Aniston?

On New Year's Day, my parents and went to see The Queen. For those who're confused by which queen I'm refering, this was the movie with Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II during the time of Diana's death. The movie does make you think about whether the Royal Family was actually justified not making a fuss or not. I'm really not sure where I fall on the subject now although I admit I did think there should have been a public statement prior to seeing this film. The Queen, which also features James Cromwell hilariously accurate in his portrayal of Prince Phillip, has the seriousness of an art house film but is the most fun I've seen since The Good Girl.

Speaking of Jennifer, I received Along Came Polly from my aunt so we watched it last night. It was a really funny movie but no way in hell should these two be together. I'm sorry but no... I didn't know Phillip Seymour Hoffman was in this movie but especially after seeing him in Capote last week, his character Sa…

2007

Here's a blow by blow account of my recent Christmas and subsequent vacation for you all to peruse.

Christmas Day-I woke up rather late as my cat decided to spend the night before with me and that is difficult for many reasons. We had our stocking and presents and then hit the road for Maine. When we arrived, we had a present exchange.

Tuesday- My aunt, who arrived at my grandmother's just before we did the day before was down and a cousin came over so there was a Christmas party of sorts. The downside was that my intestinal thing from Thanksgiving returned but more on that later.

That night, we watched the movie The Upside of Anger. I really can't say you should definitely see this movie or that you definitely shouldn't. Overall, it was very well acted and isn't about time Kevin Costner put out a movie that was at least Tin Cup good? The best line came from the writer/director:

"Who should I sleep with, Terry? Women like you? Your age? My age? I don't. You …