November 28th, 2003

Coraline

ARRR!!

Right now I don't feel the best. Last nite's medication has finally been used up and I am now dry. I have to wait until tomorrow morning for a refill which will take even longer because when I called in the refill the automated service informed me that it has expired and the pharmacist will have to call it in to renew it. This is possibly the worst timing I've had on a prescription yet. It's frustrating that these need to expire because I'm not going to stop needing it any time soon. It's yet another inconvenience, like how health insurance always goes up. But I don't want to talk about that crap. Forget I mentioned it.

Thanksgiving was more different than usual this year. Right now I should still digesting a big home-cooked dinner. Instead, since we did all that last Sunday, my folks and I went out to see Master & Commander: The Far Side of the Earth. But don't be fooled, Gary Larson had nothing to do with it. [WARNING: There are no spoilers ahead. You have been warned.] Once I got over that I still enjoyed the movie. Really enjoyed it. Positively gripping. Not too thick on plot but it kept me riveted to the screen with ... well, to my chair, but I was watching the screen... And I wasn't really riveted, I just sat there. Anyway, where was I? Something about sailing ships at war. In 1805 Napolean is on his way to conquering the world and the only thing that stands in his way is Russel Crowe who has been sent by England to "sink, burn or take as prize" the French navy's only ship. Or something like that. I'm not online so I can't check the character names or book series on which this film is based. I figure, if you're still interested after reading all this, you'll have the energy to check it out on your own. There's really not much more than that. There's a little bit of character development with Captian Jack and his close friend, the ship's surgeon, but you don't get much of a chance to remember everyone's names. It's fine as long as you can remember faces.

Speaking of faces, I saw Merry from the new Lord of the Rings films in there. For those of you who have read the unabridged version of the trilogy you'll recall when Merry went off sailing on his own adventure later in the story. It's nice to see that the director of Master & Commander is working with Peter Jackson to fill out even the smaller details of LotR.

I did really enjoy the movie. I'm fascinated by the time period and technology of the day. All the engineering that went into building, maintaining and operating those ships just amazes me. You get some good views of what it's like on deck and inside. At 6'3" I would not be comfortable at all. There's no room for anything that doesn't have a place, ceilings are low, you're shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the crew and it does not smell good. Fun! Well, maybe not but it makes a good flick.

One last thing about M&C (not macaroni & cheese) before I stop boring you with the subject is that before we arrived I declared that I would be very disappointed if no one says "ARRR!" in this movie. Granted, it's not about pirates but it's almost obligatory in films of battle on the high seas. Well, I was only half disappointed. Someone did say "ARRR!" but it was a seal in the Galapagos islands. I suppose my next viewing should be Treasure Island. Is that still playing in theaters? Anyone wanna go with me this weekend?

What else? ... I spent another hour or so experimenting with origami tonite. I want to make a D20. If you don't know what that is, tough. Like I said, I can't go looking up everything for you. You're on the Internet right now, look it up... (and if you find out, lemme know. I forget the proper term for a 20-sided geometric figure made up of right triangles.) Anyway, it didn't work. I ended up with an eight sided figure with four right triangles per side. It's nice, but doesn't look as complex as it actually is. I guess I'll have to go back to reading the instructions, but the only ones I've found for such a shape are rather not of the sort I prefer. Hmm... looking at the D8 I made tonite, I'm wondering if I can invert some of the folds since most are laying flat to form the individual sides. We'll have to see.

Another write-off day so far. At least tomorrow I have to take some responsibility with cashing my paycheck and NOT using it for anime. I have groceries, softener salt and water filters to get. This may not seem to difficult but tomorrow is the day after Thanksgiving. The absolutely WORST day to go anywhere near a store of any kind. I worked in retail for 5 years (uncontrollable shudder) and let's just say it's a good thing I didn't have access to the gun cabinet in Sporting Goods those days. The only day that is near comparison to that for shopping hell is the day before the accursed (shudder) christmas. And people wonder why I'm an atheist. At least the grocery store shouldn't be too bad and I only need one item at the other place. It'll be a surgical strike midday. They'll never know it's coming. "Sir, can I help you with...?" SHOOM! Kaching! Later, as she recovers in the manager's office: "I... I don't know how it happened. The filters just flew off the shelf and vanished." The manager comforts her with a swig from her hip flask, "There there. Now get back to your register before you have no register to get back to!" Yep.. Uh huh..

Um, I think I'd better stop now.
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Coraline

Better than Waterworld

I have me Rx filled and drugs soon again to be flowing through my system so THAT drama is finally over. The whole morning went smoothly and was actually enjoyable. Granted, I only faced about an hour and a half of it but nevertheless, it was pleasant. Got everything I needed as far as groceries and even the surgical strike went well. Gear!

As for this afternoon, I managed to grab Matt and drag him to Pirates of the Carob Bean: The Black Pearl or Something. It was a lot of fun for a movie based on a 30-year-old Disney World animatronic "ride." About a hundred times better and cheaper, seeing as how I paid full price for a park ticket nearly four years ago and only two dollars today. I also found the trailer for Master and Commander before the movie rather appropriate. There may be similar movies out there at the moment but for now I can't think of any.

Speaking of poor segues, I changed the water filter for my water softener today. Here's an easy 12 step program how:

a.) Put off changing the filter for as long as possible while waiting for a day where you aren't too busy to have three consecutive minutes to get the job done.

2.) Finally decide to do it whether it's been long enough or not.

d.) Discover you don't have any new filters.

IV.) Wait two more weeks until you remember to buy the new filter.

5.) Call the water softener company to ask how often to change the water softener filter. Be sure to argue that you (sortof) remember the rep who explained the procedure months ago when you moved in say that it's every month, and then add that the filter box says three.

5.) Hang up, relieved that the call was anonymous.

6.) Go to the closet where the water heater and softener is kept and turn off all the valves you can find, "just in case."

7.) Press the pressure release button, thankful once again that the house's previous owner tipped you to hold a towel over it so you don't get sprayed.

i.) Using a towel -- "just in case" -- unscrew the reservoir container holding the old, brown, filthy water filter, trying not to think about drinking the water that's gone through this.

IX.) Once unscrewed, carry the reservoir to the bathroom and dump the contents into the tub, old filter and all, making a mental note to rinse out the tub when this is over.

IXX.) Turn the tub faucet on to rinse the mineral silt from the bottom of the reservoir.

IXX -b.) Remember that you've already turned off the water pressure.

12.) Insert the new filter, screw back in and turn on the watta!

(I know that last one was three steps. Shut up.)

That's it! Now all I gotta do is remember when to change the filter next. Which is... when it turns brown.

So I gotta get up at four in the morning to work overtime on Saturday. I may post again before I leave. You have been warned!
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