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Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Hell, everybody else is doing it, so why shouldn't I...?

I don't know where Weenie found the link, but it gets me out of having to really organize some entry today, when I'm feeling exhausted...

IF YOU COULD BUILD A HOUSE ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE?
Somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, preferably close to Seattle or Portland. I just really like the area and the climate, honestly.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING?
My long wool socks. I know I'm a weirdo, but foot comfort is a big thing for me.

FAVORITE PHYSICAL FEATURE OF THE OPPOSITE (or same) SEX?
Eyes. Or mouth.

WHAT'S THE LAST CD THAT YOU BOUGHT?
"I, Jonathan", by Jonathan Richman.

WHERE'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO BE?
Under a thick comforter, on a comfy piece of furniture like my bed, on a cold evening.

WHERE'S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE PLACE TO BE?
A Greyhound Station, anywhere.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO BE MASSAGED?
Back and shoulders. Definitely.

WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT, STRONG IN MIND OR STRONG IN BODY?
Mind, if only so you can have a strong body. But good physical health can be underrated, I think.

WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE IN THE MORNING?
Depends. Usually 6 am or so, although it can be later if I go to sleep really late, which happens all too often.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE KITCHEN APPLIANCE?
Coffeemaker. Definitely coffeemaker.

WHAT MAKES YOU REALLY ANGRY?
Inconsiderate behavior. I really don't think it's too much to ask for people to try to be nice to each other.

IF YOU COULD PLAY ANY INSTRUMENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I really don't know. Maybe guitar...

FAVORITE COLOR?
Dark blue or dark green.

WHICH DO YOU PREFER, SPORTS CAR OR SUV?
Neither, really. I'd prefer something smallish with good traction and room.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?
Not per se. That's not to say I doubt the experiences of those who've seen them, but i just don't buy the explanation.

FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOK?
"And of the "Winnie the Pooh" books, by A.A. Milne.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON?
Fall.

WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE HOUSEHOLD CHORE?
Dusting.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I've gotta go with 'Rene and say the ability to read people's minds. Or really cool laser death eye beams.

IF YOU HAVE A TATTOO, WHAT IS IT?
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. No, really. Heh.

CAN YOU JUGGLE?
Not unless you're talking about one item, for a short amount of time.

THE ONE PERSON FROM YOUR PAST YOU WISH YOU COULD GO BACK AND TALK TO?
My dad. Just because there are things I'd like to have said.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE DAY?
Saturday, if I'm not working.

WHAT'S IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR?
No car, ergo no trunk.

WHICH DO YOU PREFER, SUSHI OR HAMBURGER?
Uh, sushi. But I prefer sashimi.

FROM THE PEOPLE WHO READ THIS POST, WHO'S MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
'Rene.

WHO'S LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
The girl.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL?
Turtle.

IF YOU COULD SEDUCE A STAR, WHO WOULD IT BE?
I'm ashamed to admit it, but Ashley Judd. And it's sad, because I hate her movie choices.

WHAT'S THE QUOTE YOU MOST OVERUSE?
"D'oh!"

posted by Skattieboy @ 8:37 AM
Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Oh, and this weekend should be nice, too...

A chance to relax before finals, since my brother and Dylan will be in town. There will be record shopping, disc golf, Elvis Costello, and more, I think.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:34 AM

So I'm feeling a bit better...

It's remarkable what a few days without school can do, although I wish it had been a week. Mostly, I just vegged out, although I went disc golfing twice on Saturday (and got sunburnt, even though it wasn't that hot), played "Golden Tee 2003" twice, tried to watch "From Hell" (wound up fastforwarding because it was soooooooooooooooooooooooo bad), watched some taped "Samurai Jack", and somehow managed to get three homeworks done and the stuff for class today read. Oh, and John and I went to see Jay Mascis play live, acoustic, solo Saturday, which was great (it was even funnier when he was standing by some concertgoers who had no idea who he was).

It was amazing. And I'm feeling a lot better. I'll be feeling even better when classes are over next week, though.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:32 AM
Friday, May 24, 2002

Sorry, so sorry (again)

I was sick with allergies/asthma yesterday (went to see an allergist, which was a fun experience, since his testing made me sick again... At least it kind of illustrated the problem). It looks like we're going to work on an asthma management plan to help things, although I think it's mostly environmental triggers setting things off.

Oh, and it snowed a little bit last night. No joke. Yeah, I know it's a nice lead-in to the weekend, but we needed the moisture. So now it's cool, moist, and gloomy, and I really don't mind.

I think there's major relaxation in my plans for the holiday. Yeah, I have assignments due, but I'm not thinking too hard about them right now.

posted by Skattieboy @ 2:14 PM
Thursday, May 23, 2002

Sorry no real update yesterday

Blogger was being a pain yesterday morning and I was just gonna bitch some more about season finales, anyway (like how come the wrap-up to "Buffy" had to be tied up so neatly, for example? Is it scaring anybody else that "Angel" has been consistently better than "Buffy" for a while now?). And I was gone most of yesterday, either in class or clinic, and then going to see the Dutch interiors exhibit at the Denver Art Museum before it closes.

And now I'm off to class, so y'all are gonna have to wait some more.

posted by Skattieboy @ 8:45 AM
Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Electoral reform on the way?

There's all this fuss in the news that the U.S. will be suing over election peculiarities in Florida (among other places) in the last presidential election, and that's hopeful. But, at the same time, does it mean we won't have an idiot for a president? I think not. So I don't know whether to be bitter or slightly cheered.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:07 AM
Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Well, I did what I said I would

I took the afternoon off, and read some class stuff. It was fairly relaxing, but I wish I could do a whole week's worth of resting up.

Oh, I went to see "Attack of the Clones" again, this time with Jonathan and Kristen, and it wasn't any better. It was nice (?) to have my thoughts echoed back at me, in the form of complaints about the pacing , the acting, and the terrible dialogue. Really, I don't know what Lucas was thinking...

And now it looks like the Manchester thing is turning into a whirlwind tour of Dublin and Manchester. Details are still being worked out, though.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:05 AM
Monday, May 20, 2002

I really have no idea what's up with the archives

They were there for a short time yesterday, and now they're gona again. It's probably the stupid template, but I don't have the patience to look over the code.

As expected, the "X-Files" finale was pretty bad. It just felt kind of tired and forced, much like the series itself has seemed for a few seasons. I'm sad to see it go, since when it came on way back when, it was really quite good. But that was then. I suppose now I'll just have to settle for the sporadic reports of UFO sightings around here (and I'm not kidding, by the way).

I'm debating calling in sick and just taking a day for myself. I could really use it... Catch up on my stats homework, read ahead for class tomorrow, that sort of thing.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:28 AM

Not to be a whiner, but...

I want my Asian Bastard, dammit!

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:05 AM

Anticipating that trip to the UK in September?

e're still working out the details, so I'm still being mum, but this was pretty scary: You could be a little bored with the same old routine, Scott. This doesn't mean you should pack up and move to a foreign country! But perhaps you should consider planning a visit to a culture totally different from your own. This a wonderful way to expand your horizons and gain new perspective on your daily life. Perhaps you should consider taking along your sweetheart, or even going alone, to emphasize the spiritual aspect of your journey.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:03 AM
Sunday, May 19, 2002

Not a bad day, really

I mean, yeah, it sucked that I had to get up early, and that I had to work (testing in the morning, data entry in the afternoon), but I got off by 3. I came home and mowed the front lawn, then showered and went off to Boulder with John. And now I'm back home, in jammies, and watching the series finale of "The X-Files".

No, I'm no expecting much from the latter. But it's nice to relax.

posted by Skattieboy @ 7:29 PM

In all fairness

Yesterday wasn't all bad. We went to the gym and worked out, went to the park for a little pic-a-nic, had a nice dinner (featuring chevre, spinach salad, good baguette, and portobello mushrooms), watched "Trading Spaces" (two Frank episodes, so was there was much mirth to be had with his laughable designs), and watched "Sleeper".

Unfortunately, I also had an awful headache and couldn't sleep too well. Whine, whine.

posted by Skattieboy @ 8:39 AM

Ugh!

Make whatever argument you want about medicating kids with ADHD... But the kids we tested yesterday were awful. It was draining, and it made me feel lethargic all day.

And I get to go back and test more kids this morning. Yippee!!!!

posted by Skattieboy @ 8:36 AM
Saturday, May 18, 2002

And yes, I know the archives haven't been working

I'm working on it.

posted by Skattieboy @ 8:25 AM

If I seem punchy...

It's because I was up until 2, watching the season finale of "ER" (a bit overwrought, but still good, I thought), after "Attack of the Clones". And I have to work Twins this morning. Pity me.

Before "Clones", there was more "Golden Tee 2003", then Taco Bell (since we were being cheap and in a hurry to get to the theater, which wasn't nearly as crowded as I expected). Then the movie.

What can I say? I was bored for the first hour. Completely. I worry that Lucas has lost it, since he seems to have pushed the story of the Jedis and the founding of the Empire in the backdrop, to play up this completely uninteresting story about how Anakin went bad. Feh.

There are good things, like cool special effects, Ewan Mac Gregor, and some Jedi asskicking. And there's just a little JarJar (just enough to thoroughly annoy, I think).

But Natalie Portman. And worse, Hayden Christensen.

*sigh*

I think the people next to us could hear my eyes rolling, or (failing that) my countless sighs and groans at the horrible dialogue and laughable pouting.

Maybe I'm old and jaded?

posted by Skattieboy @ 8:20 AM

Hohohohohohoho

Take a gander at this. I was gonna say "cool!", but I can't even keep a straight face when I attempt to type that. Oh, I can hardly wait until that trailer hits movie theaters.

posted by Skattieboy @ 8:13 AM

Oh so helpful

More heartwarming advice from Astrologers: This is a good day to rest and explore your relationships with others, Scott. You always like to study people and learn what makes them tick. You could play the role of psychologist as your friends or family members open up to you. They could share some of their worries with you, and you might offer some helpful advice to them. Trust your own instincts and reach out with some positive thoughts.

posted by Skattieboy @ 8:07 AM

So I saw "Attack of the Clones"...

I'll have more to say tomorrow, after work, but for now let's just say Hayden Christensen is one godawful actor. I use the term actor lightly in his case.

posted by Skattieboy @ 12:13 AM
Friday, May 17, 2002

Quick recap

Went to class
Got more coffee
Went to other class
Went to store
Went to dinner (Indian food, yum)
Went to other comics store (found stuff I'd missed at the other place)
Watched TV
Read comics
Went to bed

posted by Skattieboy @ 10:13 AM
Thursday, May 16, 2002

Courtesy of Slate

(Personally, I'm not that confident. And I wish I could not be cynical and think that Lucas isn't planting stuff like this. But we'll see. I will see the film, but it feels more out of obligatory optimism than anything sincere, I'm sad to admit. I'm saving my excitement for stuff I want to see, like "Minority Report" and "About a Boy". But I digress)

"A New Hope?
Attack of the Clones is better than you've heard.
By David Edelstein
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at 9:30 AM PT

Having been bored into a near-coma by The Phantom Menace (1999), I was surprised by the first wave of scornful notices for the far less narcotic Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (20th Century Fox). Cut it some slack—it's almost a real movie! It opens with a scary act of sabotage and an aerial-hot-rod chase amid futuristic skyscrapers—a happy reminder of the Saturday-matinee serials out of which this saga was born. It has three or four impressive action set-pieces; it has more Yoda and less Jar Jar; and it features the last of the great horror idols, 79-year-old Christopher Lee, as the lordly separatist Count Dooku. It seems to me a tolerable night out once you accept that: a) the storytelling is hopeless; b) the Flash Gordon giddiness of the first Star Wars trilogy is long gone, replaced by turgid pageantry tricked to life with gargantuan amounts of computer-generated busyness; and c) George Lucas is trying to be Japanese.

Why not call him sensei? Lucas presides over a feudal empire employing thousands of artisans. He makes, in collaboration with his disciples, epic kiddie movies that preach self-mastery and that, in their stiff and formal bearing, maintain a Zenlike detachment from their own narratives. This is not to say his films have no feeling. There is emotion in the design of the aliens and beasties, in the fluid line of the sets, in the elegant compositions and the palette of steel grays and blues. He is discernibly passionate about his digital technology. I doubt a single frame of Attack of the Clones went unaltered in post-production—although labels like "post-production" mean little in this context, since it's clear that for Lucas the "production" (i.e., the handling of humans on sets) is just a precursor to the real work, which takes place in computers after the actors have all gone home.

That work is both dazzling and obsessive-compulsive. Two characters cannot converse in front of a window without scores of shuttle-crafts whizzing by at sundry angles, at speeds so insanely fast that the Force would seem a minimum requirement for a driver's license. Every inch of every frame is crammed with stuff, every color supersaturated, every pixel sprinkled with cyber-MSG by hundreds (thousands?) of talented artists—many of whom must feel that this is their generation's Sistine Chapel, the one they'll be remembered for. For better and worse, the movie is afflicted with a runaway digititis.

For better because: Can you imagine dialogue like this without the whooshy distractions? Consider the admonition of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) to his teen-age charge, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen): "We will not exceed our mandate, my young Padawan learner." This is how characters talk in pseudo-Brit historical epics of the '30s and '40s. Apart from campy interjections during action sequences ("This is why I hate flying!"), the tone throughout is solemnly portentous, the diction public even in private, the characters aquiver with a patrician sense of duty. The love duets between Christensen and Natalie Portman as Sen. Padmé Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, are of a high twittiness. I cannot imagine a crueler thing to do to an actor than give him a declaration like, "You are in my very soul, tormenting me." It could only work in the fey tones of Marlon Brando's Fletcher Christian. It doesn't at all in Christensen's peculiar Canadian singsong—although there's something searching in the young actor's woodenness, as if he's chafing, like his rash apprentice Jedi, against the constraints of his role. His readings are dead (his voice sounds as if it dropped yesterday), but his eyes are angrily alive. And he's all by himself on screen. Portman is madly sexy in her stretchy white, navel-baring warrior get-up (she's unencumbered by the curly horns of her Naboo queenship), but that robotic monotone would ice down the most erotically fevered suitor.

To give Lucas credit, these debates on the subject of duty versus desire mean a lot to him: He seems genuinely engaged by his weighty themes. He believes that politics is rooted in deception, that legislation is the art of subterfuge. We're not meant to trust the chancellor of the senate, Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), who might prove to be the dread Darth Sidious. The parliament, with its floating platforms and freaky representatives, is almost literally a circus. (Sen. Jar Jar Binks, drafted to take the endangered Padmé's place, ends up as a pathetic dupe.) As Yoda might put it, clear your mind you must to see the evil that pulses under the ceremonial surfaces. In these prequels, Lucas is attempting nothing less than an epic saga of corruption, more ambitious than even David Lean's in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). We know going in that the protagonist, Anakin, is the future antagonist, that he will be ravaged by tragedy and seduced by the "dark side of the Force"—which Lucas implies in Attack of the Clones is both an un-Zenlike desire for control and a conviction that a mighty, centralized dictatorship is preferable to a messy and chaotic republic.

The scale of the enterprise is thrilling; it's too bad the movie is so muddled on so many different levels. The political machinations are poorly scripted (you need a dedicated 12-year-old to walk you through the true loyalties of Count Dooku), and Lucas' addiction to cross-cutting among three different story lines kills whatever momentum builds up. In an eerily beautiful series of scenes, Obi-Wan plays gumshoe and visits the stormy, ocean-swept planet Kamino, where stringy beings show him the burgeoning clone army. But what is bounty hunter Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison) doing shuttling off to Geonosis? (No, don't e-mail me, I don't care: I'd rather have gotten it while I watched.) Lucas' plot is predetermined, but his scene-by-scene plotting is on autopilot. Somewhere in the middle, Anakin remembers that his mom was sold into slavery 10 years earlier and takes off for the desert planet of Tatooine, where he learns that Injuns (here called Tusken Raiders) are doing unspeakable things to her; suddenly he's John Wayne in The Searchers (1956), working himself up into a genocidal froth. It isn't always clear what's supposed to be eating Anakin. In one scene Jedi master Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) tells him he'll be a great Jedi knight when he learns to trust his feelings—but I thought his problem was he trusts his wayward feelings too much. Do Jedi self-help books contradict one another?

At least there are a couple of human interactions. Ewan McGregor manages to relax this time out—although he's acted off the screen by Morrison, who played a drunken wife-abuser in Once Were Warriors (1994) and is the only person in the movie who suggests an autonomous existence. (It helps that his scenes are built around Jango's conspiratorial relationship with his cloned "son," Boba.) And Christopher Lee? As a Hammer horror maven, it thrills my soul to see him wield a light-saber in another A-list epic. (He was the towering Saruman the White in The Lord of the Rings [2001].) But he doesn't show up until an hour into the picture, and lines like "You have interfered in our affairs for the last time" don't exactly stretch him. (The ultimate Christopher Lee line is from the 1961 Terror of the Tongs, in which his Chinese warlord asks the hero: "Have you ever had your bones scraped, Captain? It is painful in the extreme I can assure you." Now that was villainous dialogue!)

You come out humming the FX. A chase through an asteroid field has maybe a hundred more elements than a similar sequence in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and there's a stunning effect when torpedos go off: a blue flash, a metallic ker-chung! that shakes the theater, and a shock wave that radiates out and pulverizes anything in its path. A fight on a Droid assembly line has a "top-this!" quality—it's not as witty as the pie-machine scene in Chicken Run (2000), but what could be? A battle in an arena features creatures that would make the brilliant stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen giggle—especially a crablike thingie with lethal stabbing pincers and a trapezoidal head. The climactic light-saber battle, between Count Dooku and a certain syntactically backward Jedi master, is smashingly designed and edited. All the sequence lacks is a decent payoff—which is true, come to think of it, of all the action sequences save that asteroid chase. What should be the picture's biggest punch line—the arrival of the Clone army—gets lost in the shuffle.

None of this, of course, will matter to the scores of millions who've grown up with Star Wars and for whom this installment will be as much a religious as a cultural event. They will find any and all objections beside the point, even infuriating—although the last I heard, the moviegoing galaxy was a democratic republic and not a fascist empire. With all the screaming Lucasoids on one side and all the hand-wringing critics on the other, it might be hard to remember that Attack of the Clones is more or less OK. And not especially important.

Correction: Readers have been quick to let me know (surprisingly politely, in most cases) that I misattributed the line in which Anakin is encouraged to trust his feelings. It is not Jedi Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) but the suspect Sen. Palpatine who plants this un-Jedi-like idea. That's entirely consistent with Lucas' portrait of the future Darth Vader as a young man destroyed by his inability to achieve a state of enlightened detachment. Thanks to all except the abusive types, who should learn to master their emotions."


posted by Skattieboy @ 8:49 AM

Well, I didn't end up seeing "Attack of the Clones"

The passes never arrived (nobody's fault, really, since the promo people probably sent them to my old address). It's okay, really, since I'm hearing poisonous things about it. I pondered buying passes to one of the midnight screenings, but instead opted for other plans.

Instead, I rode my bike out to the comics store (always a relaxing, "feel good" opportunity for me whenever I can ride my bike), went to the bar to play "Golden Tee 2003" (I sucked, but that's not really all that important), went to get bad Mexican food (which is what I get for letting John pick the restaurant), stopped by Twist & Shout (intending to buy stuff for other folks, but instead opting to get stuff for me, like two Jonathan Richmans and the new Weezer, none of which I've listened to yet. Sorry, Dylan, but instead of the gift certificate, I may just settle for taking you to record stores and buying stuff for you there, since I'm not sure what Twist & Shout has that you'd want. And Jeffro, I think those cds may be permanently discounted) and found out Elvis Costello will be doing a personal appearance there June 2nd, then came back here to read a bit, felt horridly nauseous (the girl called me after her yoga class and I had to get off the phone, since I felt putrid), so much so that I put a trash can by my bed for possible yakking.

Oh, the fun.

It's been overcast and cooler the last couple days, and I'm digging it.

posted by Skattieboy @ 8:40 AM
Wednesday, May 15, 2002

This may be a temporary thing, but...

I desired a template change. Let me know what you think.

posted by Skattieboy @ 12:06 PM

Oh, and another thing

(I wanted to post this the other day, but since Blogger was down yet again, I'll settle for doing it today)

I know I owe some of you e-mail. Really I do. Especially Chance and Meredith. I really am sorry I'm such a slacker, honestly. And I will get around to it. Just be patient.

(Others on the "I probably owe you e-mail" list: Kurt, 'Rene, Sherri, Bryan, Susan)

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:54 AM

Oh, and yes, I did fix my "comments" system

I haven't done any tweaking to it, but it's updated (thanks to Dylan for the tip).

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:42 AM

So yes, I am annoyed

Things are just weird, with folks being flaky (and not "flaky" as in "flaky pie crust", but just rather unreliable)... I was supposed to go on neurology grand rounds this morning, to see some neurology patients being diagnosed, but the clinic liaison flaked on us. And it looks like the plans to see the screening of "Attack of the Clones" may not work, since the passes never arrived and the showing is tonight (it's probably my fault for not updating my address with the promotional people, but I like to fork the blame whenever possible). So I may be seeing it in a theater with the rest of the unwashed masses.

I kid.

I watched a little "Samurai Jack" last night and tried to just relax, mostly. And who knows what today will bring. My clinic and class obligations have been falling by the wayside, since I think everyone's feeling kind of burnt out right now. It's nice, but I still have to work this weekend.

Oh, and I just might end up visiting England in September. We'll see. I don't want to jinx it, so I don't want to discuss just yet.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:37 AM
Monday, May 13, 2002

And I didn't get nearly enough done yesterday

I worked, went to see "Spider-Man" again (and yes, I still love it), went to get bad pizza (the second night in a row of unsatisfactory food, as I've let other people make the choice and gotten wholly unsatisfying food. I guess I'm gonna have to be a dictator and just make all dining choices), and got over to Twist & Shout too late to complete the errand I wanted to do. Then back here to watch taped "Simpsons" and "Malcolm in the Middle", read a little bit of comic book, and sleep.

Oh, and I was proud of the girl... She thought I'd be mad at her for trying to be more independent, which couldn't be farther from the truth. So she went back to the opera by herself, bought some clothes for herself, and got a lot done in general, before she came over.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:30 AM

I really have no idea what's up with that...

My comments here and on various sites are so fraught with typos that it makes me despair. And I can't figure out why they occur.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:25 AM
Sunday, May 12, 2002

Heigh-ho...

I'll soon be back off to do testing, hoping I don't have to slog through the rain...

Not much happened yesterday, really. Just did testing, got dinner, watched "Trading Spaces", and went to bed, honestly. Tonight will probably be more of the same, with some report-writing thrown into the mix...

posted by Skattieboy @ 8:39 AM
Saturday, May 11, 2002

Another relaxing evening

It was kind of a slow day at school (sat in on a presentation of a theory of unilateral neglect after stats), which was nice. There was a small wake/toast event for R. at the home of one of the grad students, which was a little somber, but also good for us all, I think.

Then the girl went to go see "Eugene Onegin" (a Russian opera version of the tale) with one of her labmates, which I heartily supported (because I really wasn't into Russian opera and I've been encouraging her to spend more time with folks from school so she doesn't feel so isolated).

And me...? I got Chinese food take-out (homestyle fried bean curd in a spicy sauce) and watched "No Man's Land" (I think my different attitude made all the difference, as the first time I tried to watch it I was pissy and falling asleep. This time around, I really enjoyed it, even if I came away feeling really depressed for the echoes of the current situation in Israel) and "Haiku Tunnel" (even though I kept having to stop it for all the "Brady Bunch" moments {term copyright my twin, which refers to those awkward comedy moments where someone is put into an uncomfortable situation for comedy's sake}). Oh, and i read some more comics and turned in early.

Yeah, I do have to work both weekend days, but I really don't feel bad about it. It'll give me an excuse to stay in and catch up on work and just relax, I think...

posted by Skattieboy @ 8:30 AM
Friday, May 10, 2002

The things I'm looking forward to...

A screening of "Attack of the Clones" next Wednesday night (yes, I'm down on Lucas, but I still want to see it)
Ken Stringfellow at Lion's Lair Thursday night
Jay Mascis on May 25th
Elvis Costello (at last!) at the Fillmore
the quarter being over

posted by Skattieboy @ 10:03 AM

Which brings me to today...

I got up later than usual, which felt lovely. Having a leisurely morning, listening to Guided by Voices ("Bee Thousand"), pondering taking my shower. I have class at 11, then a research group meeting (on unilateral neglect, if you're the kind of person who has to know such details), more work on that report, and then a wake of sorts over at another grad student's place.

I'm not really sure what the evening will bring. Maybe a video, since "No Man's Land" is out, or maybe "Waking Life". Something mellow, since I have to be up early tomorrow.

posted by Skattieboy @ 10:00 AM

Is it awful of me to admit...?

It was nice to have a break from the girl last night, truthfully. We've been spending so much time together that I think it's just coming to be taken for granted.

Anyway, yesterday was a blur. There was the service for R., which was altrenately sad and awkward, with everyone feeling awful and having no idea what to say. It was sobering, and I kind of felt a bit lost in my thoughts for a bit after. I came home and worked on the report a bit, and then ended up going to dinner with John.

Somehow, we ended up at a fish house restaurant, and I got fairly good halibut cheeks (tender and moist, although the concept of halibut cheeks still throws me off). The rice pilaf was just okay, though, as was the wine. Since we were feeling extravagant, I opted for creme brulee, which was the worst I've had. Yet the dinner was nice. Then it was off for "Golden Tee 2003" and a beer, over to the record store, and back here to dry my sheets (I'd thrown them in the washer before I left), a shower to wash the stink of the bar off, and taped "ER" (very subdued and powerful, in contrast to last week's episode). So I went to bed in an odd mood.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:57 AM
Thursday, May 09, 2002

Believe it or not...

I did get a chance to relax for a bit. Stopped by the comics store and picked up some goodies, went to dinner at a different Mexican restaurant (not great, but not bad, either), and came back to watch some "Six Feet Under" episodes my brother taped for me...

I should note that I'm torn on that series. There are things I dearly love about it, and other bits that just seem so tacked on (like this sudden sexual fascination in Brenda, which seems to me be some attempt to portray her as having similar mental health issues as her brother) that bug me. I mean, I watch an episode and smile, but I also find myself wincing and reaching for the remote to fastforward at times.

Anyway, I'll be working on the report some more today. There's also a service for R. this afternoon, and "ER" later. So I may write more or I might not.

posted by Skattieboy @ 8:51 AM
Wednesday, May 08, 2002

Ugh! (revisited)

I'm just telling myself if I can make it through today, I'll be okay... I have to do that long-delayed presentation, and then sit through both clinics, just so I can get home to work on a psych report.

Yes, I need to sit down, take a deep breath, and relax. And I have to work this weekend.

posted by Skattieboy @ 8:33 AM
Tuesday, May 07, 2002

No repeat of the Seattle riots here...

I don't know whether to be happy about this or not...

posted by Skattieboy @ 10:03 AM

Busy, busy

Was stuck at school until later than I anticipated. I did get to watch those Sunday night episodes, and really dug "Malcolm" (nice to feel like it's back on track, after a few flat episodes), then went to celebrate briefly with my officemate (she proposed her master's), read comics, and went to bed. Didn't sleep well, though.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:53 AM
Monday, May 06, 2002

And a little Sunday postscript or two

I came away with 4 more Jonathan Richman cds, which is always cause for celebration. But, on the downside, I missed "The Simpsons" and "Malcolm in the Middle" (they got taped, but I was too busy working).

Oh, and she cracks me up. At midnight, she decided she really wanted to open my old can of Spaghetti-Os and make them.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:53 AM

Is there summink wrong with me?

Three cups of coffee should perk me up, right? So how come I feel even more tired now?

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:53 AM

I really don't mean to give the weekend short shrift...

It was nice, having my twin around and being able to go places. It just always feels rather hurried, because the visits are so short that we try to cram a whole ot into a couple days. But it also gets out of the ruts I sometimes find myself falling into, and it's nice to get out of this place.

So Friday we went to Alexander's (the girl was bummed and didn't join us, sadly), as expected, and went music and comics shopping. Then we came back here and watched "Hard 8" (the first film by P.T. Anderson) on video and I think he liked it more than I did. Nice cameo by Philip Seymour Hoffman, but it just didn't really grab me. Then there was disc golf with John on Saturday morning, with pretty good disc golf weather (a little cool early, with not much wind, although I think we got sunburnt), and a trip to Boulder, then back here for a late screening of "Spider-Man", which we all dug, even sans the "Hulk" teaser that was supposed to run before the film (stupid UA theaters).

After a much too filling breakfast on Sunday and grocery shopping, Evil was off, and I spent most of the rest of the day here in my cave, finishing up the midterm. It's a relief to have it out of the way.

And today...? Well, class was cancelled, and I think there will be some meeting just to talk about R...

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:46 AM
Sunday, May 05, 2002

Sorry I haven't been around much

My bro was in town and I was trying to relax and enjoy (I did, actually). There was disc golf, travel to Boulder, good food, and "Spider-Man" (Yeah, I did like it). And I finished my stats midterm, thank GOD!!!!!

And there was sad news via e-mail: "A close friend of R.'s wanted me to let
everyone in the Psychology Department know that R. died this morning.
I'm sure more information will be forthcoming about services. As you know,
R. was a beloved member of our department for over three decades and
will be dearly missed."

posted by Skattieboy @ 11:37 PM
Friday, May 03, 2002

More of those little trivial bits

I really did like some of "ER" last night, although there were parts that felt really forced. But I saw it as a way to transition to new foci. The brash male African-American doctor has been done to death, though, don'tchathink?

Oh, and I've been listening to a lot of Travis lately.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:58 AM

And in more cheerful news...

I'm sooooooooooo looking forward to the weekend. I have class this morning and am going to try to get some work done on the midterm before Evil arrives, but then I just want to veg out until Sunday afternoon.

Oh, and "Spider-Man" opens today. Of course you knew that. I've been keeping my excitemen very restrained, but there has to be a viewing and soon. Maybe several viewings. It just irritates me that they chose this weekend to open Woody's latest, "Hollywood Ending", too, since I'm also up for that.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:07 AM

A little good news

I was very distracted yesterday, because one of our faculty members had several strokes, and there were various stories floating around about what had happened. But here's the scoop: "R. had surgery to repair the largest of the aneurysms, and it appears to
have been successful. She is conscious off and on and seems to recognize
what is going on around her. There is no paralysis. The doctors are
considering further surgeries, but nothing has been decided yet. They
anticipate that she will remain in ICU for another week or two. Unlike the
story we heard yesterday, there was no car accident involved in this, at
least not yesterday. Apparently R. and M. were involved in a minor
car accident a few days ago and the doctors think this might have been when
the bleeding started. She fell getting out of bed yesterday morning and
paramedics were called to the house and she was taken to Porter Hospital.
She has been moved to Swedish Hospital because of the Neurology Department
there."

It's still very serious and depressing, but it really hit me yesterday. I think partly it was my stress about school, but said faculty member has always seemed to me a rather kind person in my interactions with her. I don't know her all that well, except through our area meetings and a case of mine she supervised, but still...

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:04 AM
Thursday, May 02, 2002

I feel like a 500-pound gorilla jumped off my shoulders

Even though I'll have to revise that report, the draft is away, which is a huge relief. I also got my self-evaluations for the program done, which was also bothersome. And, somehow, the stats midterm doesn't seem all that bad. I managed to get an extension on the deadline, so I can take my time and do a good job.

So we went out to dinner last night, to the Watercourse again. I tried a yummy dish with penne pasta, portobello mushroom chunks, broccoli stems, artichoke hearts, garlic, and goat cheese, and then got back late to read for class today.

Oh, and I managed to straighten things out with the health insurance, so I picked up my presecription for Allegra. That may have something to do with being a bit cheerier, too.

And my brother will be here this weekend. So yeah, things are looking brighter (which is funny, since it was a rainy, gloomy day here yesterday).

posted by Skattieboy @ 8:28 AM
Wednesday, May 01, 2002

And since I know you love the trivial details...

I still haven't really listened to the new Elvis Costello. I've been all over the new Wilco, though, and (in a sign of how catchy some of the songs are) I've been hearing certain tunes in my dreams.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:37 AM

More than you probably wanted to know about my health

Said visit was inspired, by the way, be my worsening allergy symptoms. Seems in going disc golfing these various weekends, I'm finding myself weepy-eyed, itching, sneezing, and dripping goo. And the latter symptom has persisted, to the point where I'm ready to shove Kleenex up my nose to dam it up. Over the counter stuff either doesn't work or makes me so drowsy that I can't even function. So my health insurance better pony up so I can get my Allegra, dammit...

Oh, and inspired by Bryan's adventures in ear-cleaning, I've been using the Otix kit. No blobs sighted as yet, but I'm really hoping to report something substantive.

And the doctor urged me to just keep treating the plantar wart the way I have. I got the feeling they just didn;t want to have to deal with freezing the sucker off.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:34 AM

Well, that was frustrating

It was a reasonable short visit, just to get my prescriptions renewed (although she did warn me that I'm starting to look a little flabby). So I dropped off the scrips and came back later, only to find out that there was a problem with the student health insurance. Seems the carrier dropped all students at the end of last quarter and forgot to re-add us. So I had to call the insurance administrator and left a message which hasn't been returned yet. Ugh!

We ended up having class in a coffee shop because our wacky teacher needed coffee. It was really fine with me, except that the sound of beans being ground was rather distracting.

And I actually managed to get someworkdone early in the evening, before my energy ran out, completing my self-evaluation forms for the department and doing some revising on my neuropsych report. Then I got bogged down by "Buffy" (I watched despite being kind of bored with it. I dunno whether the quality has really gone downhill as much as I think or whether I've just grown tired of the series), since "Andy Richter" wasn't on.

posted by Skattieboy @ 9:28 AM

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