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Snowy Holiday Musings

1. It's been awhile. I'll begin with a week ago this past Friday when I went down town to hear a band. A friend from high school plays drums. A couple other people from high school were there. It was a great time and welcome change of pace.

2. Finally had the Davis family Christmas party this past Saturday. Ugh. So boring. Only two presents for me as everyone else had already given theirs to me. Of course, I needed a calendar and another gift card is always good. Still not sure what I want to use it for. There was two kinds of apple pie.

3. Our movie loving cook friend spent the night before last. She makes some awesome nachos. Everything but the kitchen sink.

a. That night we went down to see Up in the Air. Overall a great movie with great story and acting but the ending, which I shan't reveal, was unsatisfying. Even an unrealistic ending would have been preferable. I can't really go into more detail without revealing much. I will say though that corporations that outsource to fire their employees are such wusses...

b. Watched The Skeleton Key. Above average acting. I'm a fan of Buffy and Angel but I'm not really a fan of the supernatural suspense. Overall the movie was watchable but the ending was right out of left field...

c. Finally we watched Suburban Girl with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alec Baldwin. It was billed as "May-December" romance, this set in the book publishing industry, but I'd argue it was more a "June-November" thing which did make it more realistic to me. You're probably wondering why you never heard of this movie. Apparently, it wasn't released in theaters. I have no idea why. The ending of this one, theme unintentional, wasn't great either but was the most satisfying of the three.

4. The release date of Spring Thaw, given to me by the publisher's PR department was January 5th. This date came and went with no sign of the book at the three major online sellers. I sent 2 ignored (OK maybe not ignored but unacknowledged at any rate) emails to the publisher and Friday I finally saw a glimpse of it at Amazon. It's still not available to buy anywhere except through the publisher's site yet but I now have hope it will be fully available within the month. More details as I come across them.

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