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September 16th, 2004


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11:49 am - Garden State, my friend Robert, and why I don't like the "parties" my friends throw.
Tom came up to Madison for the Kerry rally yesterday, so we hung out last night. Tom was unable to attend the rally because he was carrying a backpack. His plan had been to stash it in one of the pay-per-use lockers at the Union, but apparently they've been removed. I never used them so I've never noticed. Anyway, he was upset about that. We had dinner at Ian's By The Slice and I finally tried macaroni and cheese pizza. The verdict? Meh. 's okay. It's pizza topped with macaroni and cheese. There's not much you can do to make it fantastic.

After dinner we headed over to Westgate for a movie. Once again our plans to see Napoleon Dynamite were thwarted, this time by the schedule of the bus taking Tom home. We ended up seeing Garden State which I was less interested in seeing, but is probably the better movie. The story is one you've seen over and over and over, and the direction is a little inconsistent (sometimes deliberately, sometimes not), but the overall presentation is good. I'm not otherwise familiar with Zach Braff who wrote, directed and starred in the film, but it's exceptionally impressive for a freshman effort. He'd be worth keeping an eye on. I loved the soundtrack but would probably not listen to it outside of the movie, which is an extremely positive review. You should probably see Garden State which, for the record, is the best film I've ever seen Natalie Portman in. I still don't understand your obsession with her.

Anyway, from Tom I learned that our friend Robert is coming in to town this weekend. Robert has probably been mentioned in conversation (and on this journal) before, but you probably wouldn't remember. He's a great guy, but he hasn't been employed in... I don't even want to think about it. Maybe four years? At least? The man is twenty four. He's living in Iowa with his girlfriend who is employed, and he's coming home for the weekend to alleviate some of the tension that's been building up because of this. Robert -- who spent one semester in college, and "didn't feel like" attending his classes -- believes that most non-tech jobs are below him. At one time his skills might have been enough to get him a job, but with four years of arrogant unemployment and no formal certifications, it's probably hard for employers to take him seriously. The last job he worked was at a Pick 'n' Save grocery store in (I think) summer of 2000. His parents were sick of him being unemployed, so he applied, was hired, and then fired after three days for working so slow.

"Could you have worked any faster?" we asked him.

"Well yeah," he said, "but it wasn't worth my time."

I can understand not wanting to take certain types of jobs. I've never worked in fast food, and would like to keep it that way. After a couple of weeks of unemployment, however, I'd like to think that I'd swallow my pride and hock tripe for Lips 'n' Tips™ while I search for another job. If Robert had a college degree his "too-good-for-the-job-market" attitude might be enough to get him an upper management position. He doesn't though, and the gap on his resume between June, 2000 and September 2004 pretty much contains Lucasarts games.

Incidentally, I hope very sincerely that Robert isn't reading this.

Anyway, Rob is home this weekend. I'd like to see him, but it would be a drive all the way to Janesville for what? LAN gaming. I don't game. Period. I know what these parties are like. There'll be some action movie full of explosions and nudity on in the background, and nobody will really be watching it. If I manage to wrest somebody's attention away from the game, I'll be perceived as an annoyance. At some point they'll want to eat, but given the financial state of those involved it'll be a quick run to Taco Bell, after which they'll reglue themselves to their PCs. On Sunday a larger group will assemble to role play. I don't care to take part in that.

Now that I think about it, I probably won't see Robert this weekend. I'd like to, but it's not likely to happen.
Current Mood: gloomygloomy
Current Music: Waste of Steak -- Candle on the Walter

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From:sacredspud
Date:September 16th, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that's the Robert I'm talking about. I think you'd probably enjoy Garden State. Definitely a better way to spend eight bucks than Resident Evil which I'd kind of like to see, but I hate to admit it. I'll wait until Sean buys it (he will).
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From:angelic667
Date:September 16th, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)
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I saw Resident Evil, and I enjoyed it. It was also about what I expected it to be, which was a whole lot of zombies and killing.

Who is Natalie Portman? You don't have to answer if you don't want to. I'm just very bad at actresses names because I usually don't give a crap. You could probably list all the movies she's been in, and I might remember one or two of them.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 16th, 2004 08:53 pm (UTC)
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That's kind of what I expect from Resident Evil. No intellectual stimulation, but a lot of dead things and guns. Maybe a lawnmower blade.

As for Natalie Portman, she's been in plenty of stuff, but she's probably most recognizable as Queen Amidala in the new Star Wars movies.
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From:angelic667
Date:September 16th, 2004 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Ah so that's who that is. She's okay. She looks better with the weird makeup on though. Otherwise she looks too normal.

As for Garden State, I have a coworker that needs an intervention I think. She's seen it in the theater four times, and she's going to see it this weekend. She bought the soundtrack. She reads Zach Braff's blog and has a Garden State background on her computer.

She feels guilty for seeing it so often. She's gone cold turkey for most of this week though (no movie, music, blog, or background). I suppose it hasn't gotten bad enough yet that she's watching it alone. But I think she'll keep seeing it, and go watch it again and again at the cheap theaters, possibly in a row.
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From:fuzzyinthehead
Date:September 16th, 2004 09:17 pm (UTC)
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I'm interested in seeing Resident Evil. Would you want to go sometime next week?
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 19th, 2004 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Sure! Can Ellen come too? Any night but Monday and Friday is good for us.
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From:agaysexicon
Date:September 16th, 2004 06:10 pm (UTC)
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I like Ians. BUt not for their mac and cheese pizza. It's bland and it's essentially pizza dough, with pasta and cheese. I don't know, but sauceless pizzas always seem a little bland, no matter the quality of the cheese. You have to get some of their other alternative style pizzas to give them a fair shot. Liz did, and she didn't think too much of them (pizza is ok, but not spectacular to her, I believe, but she can correct me on this) which is ok by me. I pestered her enough. I'm still going to like the BBQ chicken pizza. Oh, and the bacon cheeseburger pizza, so long as it isn't frozen, apparantly.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 16th, 2004 06:25 pm (UTC)
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I had two pieces. The other was Philly Cheesesteak, which wasn't too bad. I imagine there's plenty on the menu that I'd really like, but people have been raving to me for months about the mac & cheese pizza, and when I finally tried some, it was anticlimactic. I'll have to go back and check out some of their other options though -- they looked good.
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From:fuzzyinthehead
Date:September 16th, 2004 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. I had a "salad" pizza which was mostly sun-dried tomatoes and uncooked spinach. It tasted pretty good, but it had some sort of oit dressing on it that mad my stomach very unhappy. I think I only got two or three bites in before I had to stop eating. I've been scared of Ian's ever since.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 16th, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC)
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No, I haven't seen it yet. Actually, I was gonna ask when you wanted to go. That weekend would work though. Ellen wants to see it and she's gonna be out of town, but I'll probably end up seeing it more than once anyway.
Garden State, my friend Robert, and why I don't like the "parties" my friends throw. - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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