Monday, July 27, 2009

A History Lesson Into My Family

Oscar Fellows had two sons Frank and Raymond. The descendants of these two branches gathered this past Saturday on a lake in mid-coast Maine. Frank, my great-grandfather, had more children so, naturally, more of them where there. It may have been tough for many but still being introverted, I found meeting relatives I've never met and then others who I haven't seen since some family funeral a decade ago quite overwhelming. That's in addition to everyone I knew of course... As befitting the occasion, there was tons of food...

I drove up and back with my grandmother, uncle and little cousin, who is even more annoying in a small car. On the way back, we saw a moose by the side of Route 1. It was still far off in the distance so we didn't get a great view.

I get home and realize my glasses case, with my glasses in it, was still in the car (I was wearing my sunglasses) so that added even more excitement...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Meh Day

Yesterday morning, I went to a funeral for a well-respected churchgoer. It was very touching. Though I knew the man well enough to want to pay my respects, I wouldn't say I knew him all that well. Yet, I cried twice. One of the hymns they'd played makes me weepy anyway as perhaps I will always subconsciously connect it to when we moved away from my hometown. (That's my explanation for that but hopefully there's a better one.) I realize now there was transference as well. Many things the two of his children who spoke related to us my own father would do/does. And then I discover he had the same cardiologist as my grandfather...

As I was preparing dinner last night, I blew up the microwave which caused the whole apartment to fill with smoke. Just before I had to go back to work... I had followed the directions on the package and never had a problem withthe product before save for water leakage but something wasn't right. I couldn't possibly have cooked it for more than two minutes over what it should be. I'm not convinced there wasn't a power surge of some kind. So now, I'll have to keep an eye on my cooking. No more checking the email in the other room. Hopefully, the smell will go away...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Let's Go To The Videotape!

After going to see the latest Harry Potter film, I had to re-read my reviews of both this book and The Deathly Hollows. Interestingly, the biggest peeve I have with this movie was that they left out the "Half-Blood Prince" explanation that didn't make much sense to me in the book anyway but, still, some explanation on why this person went by the name in the first place would have been good...

People have complained the end falls flat but I pointed out, in my review of the book, the death wasn't surprising to begin with. Yeah, the final battle(s) in the book was better but that would have added another half hour at least to the movie which is really not the way to go. That's what the director's cut of the DVD is for. (Actually, the only thing if you ask me...)

With the opening scene in the movie, it's established Harry is a playa which makes his infatuation with a certain young lady make more sense than it does in the book. My mother, who only read the first 2 and half books and saw maybe the first 2 movies, pointed out to me the young lady has always been interested in Harry since they met...

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Of Dentists and Death Stars

Tuesday, I was supposed to go to the dentist. I call for a taxi as I didn't want to risk being late on the bus. They said they'd send one right out. I wait outside and when the taxi arrived, the fun began. Another person in my building apparently called the exact same taxi company not 5 minutes before I did! I realize now that this confused them. It became too late for my appointment so I had too call and reschedule for next month. Hopefully, the penalty for a missed a appointment isn't too steep...

Wednesday night at work, I finished reading Death Star by Micheal Reeves and Steve Perry. The book was good all the way through but had no central plot until the last third in my opinion which was a downgrade. In that last third, we basically get a "Lower Decks" retelling of most of A New Hope. I did like how they were able to incorporate what we now know about Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin into it though...The question I now have is, if Millennium Falcon is written the same way, how is that not 1500 pages?

Went to dinner last night at my grandmother's. It was a good two minutes before my little cousin descended upon me so I thought I was safe but no. He had a new alien invasion game. At one point he asked me what "probing" meant. I debated whether to tell him and decided I might as well. I don't think he understood anyway... Keep in mind a frequent question of his is "Is this funny?" If you have to ask...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Simply Because I Haven't Posted This Month

I've seen a lot of family recently. This has been good. Went with my parents to spend the Fourth visiting my father's, and my "upstairs aunt's" sister in New Hampshire. This was a nice change of pace. The weather wasn't too bad but it wasn't good swimming weather so boo to that! Now that he's 10, that little cousin is not the annoying little kid he used to be.

They themselves came here to Portland to visit my cousin this past Thursday and we went out to lunch. Nothing exciting happened.

Today, another mutual cousin and her husband, who have rented a house up near my parents, stopped here for lunch. It was good to see them as I don't think I really had since their wedding. Maybe...

Going to the dentist tomorrow. I'm not expecting terrible news; just the usual "floss more" stuff. I'm just not looking forward to it. Like haircuts, it must be done...

The weather has been nice finally after days upon days endless rain. Living in an apartment in the city, we really don't have a yard. It's days like this I just want to sit out with a book and a drink but that's not going to happen...

It's the All-Star Break. At this mid-point of the season, I really can't say there's currently any real glaring holes for the Red Sox. We'll know soon enough if Mike Lowell just can't recover. I still don't regret keeping him to start the season, however...The way I see the pitching situation is Smoltz, even with only one win, is pitching better than Dice-K was earlier this season so...Big Papi has recovered from his slump. And look! It coincided with the weather heating up! He and Manny have always been like that. I wasn't worried.
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