December 19th, 2009


I'm glad I went to Avatar.

Any response to Avatar more in-depth than "I was wobbly leaving the theater" will have to wait.

Oh, and I almost forgot to take off my 3-D glasses. Maybe that tells you a little more, too.

I'm glad I went. But, soon, sleep.
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Writer's Block: Winter wonderland

Do you long for snow during the winter holidays? Would you prefer to spend your holidays in the tropics or in a winter wonderland?

(Random opening: there is no snow in space...)

Last Christmas wasn't a White Christmas, it was AN ICE CHRISTMAS. Portland got hammerblasted with an ice storm right before Christmas. Got treacherous. For days and days it was treacherous. I was extra aware of this because I was temping at the time at TriMet, the area mass transit system, and hearing the reports of all those buses stuck in the ice and snow. (One especially bad day over 300 buses were stuck.) On the one hand, I live four blocks from the TriMet offices so I could get there on time each day, and I could be useful while there, but on the other hand -- oh, dear word, the phone calls. VERY, and understandably, unhappy people, especially on the days when conditions got worse as the day went on and service was stopped in the afternoons.

That Christmas? Not my kind of White Christmas, particularly when it quickly became an Icy Gray Christmas. Dishwater Christmas doesn't give the same nice visual.

May my next White Christmas (which won't be this year) be a gentler White Christmas? I could get behind that.

That said, I figure at least one Christmas I should be in Hawaii, or somewhere else nice and warm. Just to experience that tropical Christmas at least once.
Cartoon Chris

Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays!

Birthday roundup today!

Happy birthday to writer/ battle-ready ninja/ professional blunt person girlyengine! I cherish our long chat at 2008's Pi-Con about Maggie Gyllenhaal. ;-)

A delayed happy birthday to girlyengine's partner coebird! I hope the both of you aren't snowed in for over a week, like last year, and that you keep each other warm only for good reasons, not "trying not to dieeeeeee" reasons. (I exaggerate. But they did experience a really long power outage last winter.)

And an also-on-this-day birthday (I'm not too late! Woo hoo!) to New Yorker and increasingly world traveler coyotegoth!

Stay warm, y'all. (All of them are Northeasterners preparing for that big-ass storm brewing in the East.)
Whale fluke

And so this is Christmas, and what have I done??!

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Tuesday I bought porn for briansiano (10 points). In August on a flight to Pakistan, I stole the emergency flight information card (-40 points). Last Sunday I caught a purse-snatcher who stole shadesong's purse (30 points). In April I invaded Iraq, broke it, and couldn't glue it back together before Mom got home (-1012 points). Last week I signed my organ donor card (28 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-984 points). For Christmas I deserve a moldy sandwich!


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My room's distaff decoration

My friend leonardpart6 wrote
It'll be obvious if you're ever in my apartment: Me likes girls.

For some reason, this sentence makes me think your pad is plastered with bikini babe-and-muscle car centerfolds, like some teenage jock. Which is an image that makes me giggle.
This made me decide that a survey of the bits of decoration I have in this apartment (clippings, mainly) that celebrate the cuteness/hotness/sexiness of women was in order. Here we go:
  • Audrey Tautou, from a junket promoting A Very Long Engagement
  • Performance artist/actor/writer Miranda July, in a still from her film Me and You and Everyone We Know
  • Nicole Kidman, pretty hot in black clothes and hat in the otherwise terrible film version of Bewitched
  • Singer Joanna Newsom
  • Former Oregon Ballet Theater dancer Tracy Taylor in an image from OBT's production of The Nutcracker (yep, I have often had a thing for ballet dancers)
  • a vintage French-language poster with a happily dancing woman painted on it
  • two Varga girls, one red-haired and one black-haired
  • Julie Delpy from An American Werewolf in Paris
  • Jennifer Garner in a publicity shot from 13 Going On 30
  • Keira Knightley in woad-wearing action in King Arthur
  • Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Milla Jovovich in one of the ads for the second Resident Evil movie (not the ad of her in the towel, the one with her in her fighting clothes)
  • miscellaneous ad babes
  • Amy Lee of Evanescence
  • Norah Jones
  • a drawing of former Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss (pictured with her Quasi partner Sam Coombes)
  • Charlize Theron, from Head in the Clouds. It's a shot of her taking a bath in, apparently, milk.
  • Sarah Polley, from Guinevere. (I feel a little weird about having such a thing for Polley, as I first saw her when she was age 8 in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen -- but I can remind myself that she's only five years younger than me. And she, um, grew up well. But part of the point of Guinevere is that her character is, um, a little young for the man pursuing her... Crap, now I'm uncomfortable again...)
  • This list doesn't mean there are also images of Edward and Jacob from Twilight over my bed or an extensive Patrick Dempsey photo collection or fanfic about Sam and Dean from Supernatural. They are all handsome guys, but they're not my type; they're guys. :-) In other words, NO COMMENTS FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY.