March 15th, 2008



Ain't It Cool's Quint interviews actors Kal Penn, John Cho, and Neil Patrick Harris about their reunion film, Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. (Yes, that's the title.) R-rated, slightly vaguely spoiler-y, and funny, with tidbits/hinty hints about Star Trek (where Cho's playing Sulu) and suggestions that possibly maybe NPH could get his own spinoff film:
Quint: One thing I wanted to bring up with [Harold and Kumar co-writers] Jon and Hayden, and they even beat me to it… They were talking about “We want to keep making these movies and we were talking about doing spin-off movies…” and I was like “NPH movies!” What would you think about that? It’s a unique situation… because it’s you, but it’s not you… at least I’d imagine…

Neil Patrick Harris: Part of me thinks that would be really hilarious just to make up this fictitious back story of my family and that makes me think of Steve Martin in The Jerk, just going really outlandish, and then part of me thinks that is just truly jumping the shark, so I don’t know. When you are spinning off a character that’s based on a real person, but not real… I don’t know, it might be too much, but if anyone can write it…

Quint: It worked for John Malkovich.
I like these guys, and I roared at their first film together, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. (The dream sequence with the bag of pot might have made me laugh the hardest laugh I laughed all last year.)
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Good Omens

The weather didn't blow them away!

I talked this morning to my friend aoniedesade. She was fine after two cells of heavy weather moved through her part of Mississippi, the first of which then hit metro Atlanta, possibly with a tornado. (I saw the damage at the Georgia Dome and the CNN Center on the news last night.) She actually slept through the second cell. That made me think of how Neil Gaiman once claimed he could sleep through earthquakes...

Caitlin (greygirlbeast) and Kathryn (humglum) are fine in Atlanta, too; they weren't near downtown, and mainly got the thunderstorm portion of the weather; enough for a power outage, but no damage. (Good news in that entry, too, on Caitlin's short story "The Ape's Wife" getting selected for The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror (#19). That story is an alternate version of King Kong where Ann Darrow stayed on Skull Island.)
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Housekeeping Post

One good way to get rid of stuff: MAIL IT TO PEOPLE. I've had stacks of things I've wanted to send to friends and acquaintances, and today I'm finally packing a bunch of it so I can mail it Monday.

Good day for this: intermittent rain, probably good jogging weather were I in the mood for jogging. But staying dry is very easy to do inside...
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Words have power!

So when I wrote my last entry and mentioned that we had "probably good jogging weather," I then thought You know? We do. So I got on a sweatshirt with pockets, grabbed my keys and HeavyHands, and walk-jogged.

Walk-jog: To alternate between walking and jogging based on how you feel at the moment. I should at least define the terms I create.
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Hoop Dreams

Next basketball season, I'm gonna watch me some basketball.

Yes, I plan this in advance. And no, I don't feel like plunging back in yet, this close to the end of both the college and NBA seasons.

I drifted away from basketball around when I moved into this apartment five years ago. TV-less and burned by the Blazers (who broke my heart first on the court, then off of it with jackassery and other bad behavior), I didn't feel like following the NBA. (During this time I happened to listen on the radio to one particular game, followed by the famously awk-warrrrrd press conference with then-Blazer Rasheed Wallace, who answered every single question with "Both teams played hard.") And college ball was dauntingly broad; I didn't know any program anywhere near well enough to feel I could root for one. (Oregon Duck basketball when I'd been in college at UO was competent but non-spectacular, at best, though I join many Ducks in my love for old and funky McArthur Court, where you're almost on top of the court and you almost feel you need to be strapped to the wall, you're so tilted in the stands.)

I was vaguely curious about the attempt to resurrect the American Basketball Association, whose team the Portland Reign played (when competing teams showed up) at Warner Pacific College, so my jones wasn't going away. I just usually ignored it.

It hit me about two years ago that Hey, I am kind of missing it. Then I forgot that I missed it.

But after the draft when the Blazers picked Greg Oden, I decided OK, it looks like the Blazers are becoming a team I can root for again, like it was in the Nineties, plus they've cleaned things up to try and get the bad taste out of our mouths. But...I'm gonna give them a year before I start rooting for them again. I think they need a shake-out year.

They're in that shake-out year. And I've watched with some amusement as a lot of Portlanders have gone frickin' bipolar about this team: the Blazers can do no right. Then (in December, with the 13-game winning streak and some great squeakers of wins) the Blazers can do no wrong. And now, again, the Blazers can do no right. A lot of Portlanders are weathering the ups-and-downs, and bitching in the process; I've tried to remain detached from that, dipping into basketball coverage at most. (And I think some people want the Blazers to suck, like it's some karmic payback for choosing Oden who then had the knee injury that benched him for this season.)

I'm waiting because I want to follow from season's start. I don't want to be all fair-weather about it. Part of me's wanted to root for or at least follow the Houston Rockets -- I've always kind of liked coach Rick Adelman -- but to do so now, when the Rockets just reached the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, would be fair-weather. But I'm willing to be there through whatever the Blazers weather.

As for college hoops, next season -- to brush up -- I should get advice from my family members who watch lots of it: Mom, Dad, Aunt Nancy Walsh up in Olympia, they can teach me stuff.

Oh, and my best basketball-rooting experience so far? High school hoops when my cousin Jeff was playing for Dayton (Oregon) High in 2001, along with future Duck and NFL player Dante Rosario, their team going to and winning the state championship. And I was there for that season! Not for the finals, because I couldn't spare the time away from work to go with the family to Pendleton, but for the games in the Willamette Valley. Good times, and good wins by good kids. Fun. Which is what sports should be.

(This entry was brought on by seeing some highlights of March Madness and thinking Whoa. Good shots!)
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