October 23rd, 2007

Whale fluke

Hoping for Better

Inspired by puppetmaker40's post:

Right now, things are tough for lots of people. Among the people I know, one's been in the hospital since the weekend. Another has an ailing cat whose prognosis looks troubled. One friend is about 30 miles from the Southern California fires; he's OK so far, but (Later Edit: his father is a firefighter trying to stop it and also he) knows some of the areas that have burned. Hell, I know some of the areas; I grew up in Rancho Bernardo and near Poway, which both have been hit, and I'm wondering if the places I knew there have been damaged. I'm worried, and I'm at 26 years' remove from the age when I actually lived there. I can't imagine what it's like for those who've had to evacuate.

And there are other dramas and difficulties for others I know.

For all of you going through troubles right now: you're in my thoughts. And, as always, I hope we get to Better. I hope we get there really damn soon.
  • Current Music
    The Cure, "Pictures of You"


(Written during an early lunch:)

Figuratively speaking, I'm picking at a scab.

I checked and found out that the house I used to live in is within an evacuation area in Southern California.

I lived on Palacio Place in Rancho Bernardo from age 2 1/2 to 7. Fires are at least near there. Near my first elementary school, too, Westwood Elementary a little bit north of there.

There's nothing I can do about it, and it's a place I'll likely never see again, and my weird feelings about the fire can't compare to those of the people who are EVACUATING their HOMES, and the firefighters fighting it, so I shouldn't be dwelling on it.

So the best I'll do is say that I hope the firefighters can finally contain it.

Maybe there needs to be a wall. A huge extendable wall that rises up (maybe out of the San Andreas Fault or something) to the east of Southern California to block the Santa Ana winds.
  • Current Music
    The Rick Emerson Show
Whale fluke

But in good news...

...the friend I mentioned who was in the hospital will be going home today. I just heard from her husband via LJ (he's been posting to her journal), and he sounds and is relieved.

OK. That's better. Can more stuff be better now?
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"There are no esoteric clues in there. No Da Vinci Code."

Sopranos creator David Chase says the show's infamous finale was not as complicated as many people thought, and even analyzes people's theories that the blackout was due to Tony Soprano getting whacked:
[Tony] had been people's alter ego. They had gleefully watched him rob, kill, pillage, lie and cheat. They had cheered him on. And then, all of a sudden, they wanted to see him punished for all that. They wanted "justice"...

The pathetic thing -- to me -- was how much they wanted HIS blood, after cheering him on for eight years.

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Doyle!

Film composer Patrick Doyle -- who's scored almost all of Kenneth Branagh's films, as well as Gosford Park, A Little Princess, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire -- is one of the talented guys and one of the good guys. Emphasis on "is"; ten years ago he almost died from aggressive leukemia.

He talks about it here. If you have issues with Medical Ick, don't read it, but he also talks about how his friends -- many of whom went on to star in the Harry Potter films -- kept his spirits up during his treatment. It's actually a lovely story in its way, and (boom!) it has a happy ending.