June 21st, 2010

Good Omens

Meme, Day 29!

Day 29 - A movie from your childhood
Behind the Green D... kidding. REALLY kidding.

I no longer remember the very first film I saw in the theaters, but there's a good chance Star Wars (during a staggered re-release in 1978) was it. It's likely at least among the first three. Another probably-among-the-first-three was Mary Poppins.

My family didn't have a VCR until 1984 soon after we moved into our house in Vienna, VA, but we'd had HBO in our previous homes. In Camarillo, CA, where we first had cable, I saw The Final Countdown quite a lot. Set on the ship (the U.S.S. Nimitz) that Dad would later serve on, pretending that it was stationed in the Pacific Ocean (it was stationed in Virginia Beach at the time and only later moved to the Pacific), and the film threw science fiction into my dad's job. I was already a budding fan of science fiction and time travel stories, and I ate that film up. Mom and Dad were very careful to keep me from getting into swearing after watching it. They actually appreciate well-used profanity -- they later absolutely loved Deadwood -- but me swearing at that age was a bad, bad idea. I'm still really careful about my swearing.

Oh, and I was also a budding film music fan, and I can STILL hum John Scott's Final Countdown theme. In fact, for a time I could recite the entire very long opening credits sequence, complete with music cues and sound effects. ("Russian trawler." "What's it doing?" "Ain't doing much fishing.")

Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
I'm still processing what I think about Lost, even after the grand finale. Also, last week I finally finished my slightly backwards watching of it by reaching the end of Season 5, after I'd already seen Season 6. I hadn't had a chance to watch the fifth season before watching the final season, and certain things clicked into place and (by Lost standards) semi-coherence thanks to that viewing, though I'd understood Season 6 well enough. Still, more stuff! Especially time travel stuff!
NCC-1701 Regula

A day off, not an off day

I was off from work today. I will be back in the office tomorrow, so it's not "off from work" in that way.

It's also not an "off day," either. Friday: that was. Had stuff to think about (he said vaguely) that made it not the best day, even though I was reasonably productive. I just didn't feel productive, or completely right. And that sucks, but that's usually a phase.

Honestly, seeing the blast of ridiculousness that was the World Naked Bike Ride was a GREAT mood resetter, I'm telling you. I was laughing, and laughing a needed laugh.

I'll post in a bit about why today was good. Want y'all to have reading material later. But: I'm doing okay.
  • Current Mood
    relieved relieved
Cartoon Chris

I Was a Consumer Whore For Good

To badly rephrase Yogi Berra, you can find a lot of stuff by looking.

Taking advantage of a day off from work, I ran errands and shopped:

* I dropped off donations at the Inner SE Goodwill, then got a couple shirts, a new-to-me pair of jeans, the third and fourth War Against the Chtorr books by David Gerrold, and a DVD on the making of the symphony based on Howard Shore's music from The Lord of the Rings.

* I next stopped at Grendel's, an East Burnside sandwich and coffee shop I like (local writer-performer David Loftus does readings there each first Monday of the month, which is how I found out about the place) and had a late lunch. Ah, the satisfaction of a good soup-and-sandwich meal, plus a Mayan Hot Chocolate. (Though I'm guessing true Mayan Hot Chocolate would be as hot as chilies...)

* I then braved the construction along East Burnside (re-aligning the diagonal Sandy Boulevard so its intersection with Burnside is no longer so scary and complicated) and got up to Music Millennium. My reason for going there gets its own bullet point...

* I bought a ticket to my first-ever "Weird Al" Yankovic concert! Finally! He'll sing Tuesday, Aug. 3rd at the Roseland Theater in downtown Portland. This'll also be my first time in the Roseland. FINALLY I'll see him. Can I now be sure to not miss my next chance to see Mark Knopfler?

* Also at Music Millennium, I bought a used copy of the DVD of Die Hard -- I try to buy DVDs of films I'm likely to watch more than once, and Die Hard's a damn good candidate for that -- and the CD of James Horner's score, from early in his career, to Brainstorm (1983). Never saw the film, but had heard worthwhile things about the music, and was not expecting to see it for sale so I thought Why not? I'd only ever heard that music before in the trailer for 1990's Darkman. Now I have a fuller music collection. Then I hung out at the library for a bit before heading home, and that concludes the exciting part of this day. For a certain value of "exciting."

So: I spent money at good businesses that deserve patronage. I can keep using my money for good!