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April 17th, 2005


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10:52 pm - Go go tricky style!
Tired. Going to bed tonight at a decent hour, I think.

I just got home from my cousin Caleigh's birthday party. She's seven and my sister and I got her an enormous dry erase board with all the accoutrements (16 markers and an eraser -- fancy, indeed). It was either that or books, but she reads at a fourth grade level and is probably picky enough that we'd risk offending her sensibilities with the usual Judy Blume/John Bellairs fare. Everybody else gave her the expected clothes and toys, but she played with the dry erase board more than anything else while we were there, and that made me think of how my parents used to half-jokingly tell our relatives that my sister and I would like a cardboard box for Christmas. Nobody ever did it of course -- that's tacky -- but most kids get more mileage out of a good refridgerator carton than the newest Guys With Guns™ action figure. 'specially after it breaks.

Anyway, parties at that house are always a combination of both sides of the family, which is a little weird for my sister and I. My aunt Bobbi's family is very upper-middle class, and though Bobbi is very down-to-earth and socially progressive, her family fits very squarely into traditional "gee whiz, pop!" stereotypes. At its very worst, it's like having dinner with the Cleaver family -- little league games and church picnics and "our pastor recommended So-And-So's Lawn and Garden for our crabgrass problem..." We got cornered and interrogated by a couple of these people and a neighbor who probably greets her husband at the door every night with a string of pearls and a martini, so you can imagine the reaction (or complete failure to summon one) when my sister casually announced that she was going into welding.

For what it's worth we survived, and my uncle Casey is a better cook than just about anybody in the history of history itself, so we ate well.

This post is in danger of becoming really long, so I'll be more brisk in describing the rest of the weekend:

I took half a day off on Friday and used my free time to take a nap, close an old savings account, and move the money to my current bank. Then I went to Monica's house where we were supposed to have a My So-Called Life marathon. Thankfully uh, "tragically" (snicker) that didn't happen. We watched But I'm A Cheerleader! and Shaun of the Dead, but two episodes of My So-Called Life proved enough for Monica. evil_jim was there, along with Lindsay, Caleb, Ahnika, her roommate B-- B something, Shannon and somebody cute named Beth whom Lindsay and Shannon work with. Beth left early (by which I mean 11:30 or so) and I took off around 1:45, but I gather that everybody else spent the night and didn't really get any sleep.

On Saturday evil_jim and I got together, had lunch at Ella's Deli, got into a fight with my flash drive, and got talked into purchasing a thrice-discounted VHS copy of Leonard Part 6 at Half-Price Books (that only happened to me, it didn't happen to Jim). Between this and recent conversations with angelic667, r3507, fuzzyinthehead, and agaysexicon, I get the feeling that my artistic judgement may be in question.

Oh well.

On Saturday night, Ellen and I got together, and I watched The Fugitive for the first time which apparently makes me some kind of freak. I went to Rocky Horror later where I bumped into Craig, Alice and Michael (and other people whose names I don't recall). We were loud and raucous and shouted a lot of obscenities, and about halfway through the show I noticed a girl I work with sitting a few rows ahead of me. I don't know if she noticed me or recognized my voice, but Monday may be interesting, since she knows me as the quiet, ineffectual United Way guy -- until last night, at least. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that I haven't become the ineffectual United Way guy who makes Andrew Dice Clay look like Oscar Wilde. Wait, make that Oscar F'n Wilde -- we are talking about The Dice Man, after all.

Post-Rocky it was pancakes at Country Kitchen, in bed at 5:00, and up at 8:30 watching episodes of Bo-Bobo, hence the title of this post. I think I need to go to bed. Pickle can't watch.
Current Mood: soresore
Current Music: Super Mario Kart -- Trippin' On Rainbows (Overclocked Remix)

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From:matt_william
Date:April 18th, 2005 11:58 am (UTC)
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Oh God...oh God no...not Leornard Part 6!!!

I actually remember talking my aunt into taking me to see that in the theatre when it came out O_O. I'd kinda like to see it again, just to remember WHY Bill Cosby doesn't make movies anymore (Fat Albert doesn't count).

Matthew
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 18th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
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I have never seen Leonard Part 6, but it has a reputation (not a good one, either). I'm probably going to watch it on my own tonight, but it's hard to find a movie that I'm completely unwilling to sit through a second time in case you want to get together for mutual self torture. As for Mr. Cosby's movie career, I don't know what else he's been in, but I did see most of Ghost Dad on TV once... Ever wonder why Sidney Poitier is an actor and not a director? There's your reason.
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From:evil_jim
Date:April 19th, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
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As I recall, parts 1 through 5 are still classified and will hopefully will remain so.

I have this disturbing memory of talking my mom into taking me to see Ghost Dad when it was in theaters. Altho' I liked it then and haven't seen it since, I don't think it would be the same.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 19th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
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The problems I see in Leonard Part 6 are the same problems I see in the Captain Spleen games: the jokes were really funny when they were written, but in retrospect most of them don't work. The difference is that my friend Robert and I were writing together at the age of 16, and we didn't really have anybody else's input into CS2. Leonard Part 6 probably had expensive Hollywood script editors, and it still didn't help much. There are a handful of really good jokes, though (for some reason the guy who keeps saying "kill him!" cracked me up). I think I would have found it more enjoyable if I'd been watching it with other people.

I never saw Ghost Dad all the way through, but as I recall the story was sloppy, the jokes were generally mediocre, and the rest of the movie was unremarkable. Ghost Dad came out in 1990 so you were what, about 13? 14? Your standards were probably quite a bit lower (I know mine were...). If you watched Ghost Dad now, you'd probably either dislike it or have an enjoyable 90 minutes and then promptly forget about it.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 18th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)

Becky

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Ok Colin, she's come to two things now, she may eventually become Ahnika's permament sidekick. Say it with me now...BECKY> I mean you remebered Beth's name! You missed a great flick by the way, "Better than Chocolate" Everyone was asleep and then it's four, i look around the room at what used to be a pile of Caleb Goessling and the scrunched almost corsp-like resemblence of Ahnika Jones anbd Becky whatever and they had transformed into completely wide awake and alert movie viewers. So Lesbians do that apparently. I shound find some way to utilize them as an alarm, beats the BEEEP BEEP BEEP. Anyway bye ~lindsay
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 18th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Becky

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Becky. Becky, Becky, Becky. I'm really bad with names, and I think I might remember this one now. Of course I remembered Beth -- she's hot.

I keep hearing that I should see Better Than Chocolate, but I needed the sleep I got so it's probably better that I left. If you ever figure out your lesbian alarm clock, let me know -- I'll design your advertising campaign. Just don't make them beep -- that would freak me out.
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From:evil_jim
Date:April 19th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Dude, that movie has naked chicks in it! Unless you're gay, there's no other reason to see it. (By "gay" I mean: one who is able to appreciate the viewpoint of those who made the movie, not: not interested in seeing naked chicks.)

You can fast forward through the drag-queen parts.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 19th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
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Gotcha. Let me rephrase part of my comment:

I keep hearing from Monica and other lesbians that I should see Better Than Chocolate.
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From:tlhinganhom
Date:April 18th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC)
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So.. wait, you got up early to watch Bo-bobo?

What is wrong with you?!
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 18th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC)
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It's more like I couldn't get back to sleep, so I got up and could think of nothing more productive to do than watch Bo-Bobo.
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From:tlhinganhom
Date:April 19th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
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By the way, the MP3's of the month on your site right now are wonderful! :)
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 19th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
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Thanks! They've been garnering really good reviews from the people whose opinions I worry about. In your face, me trying to be in a bad mood tonight!
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From:angelic667
Date:April 20th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
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I never said you had bad artistic judgement. I like bad movies too. :-) I've watched the first 3 episodes of Bo-Bobo, and I like it so far.
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