May 2nd, 2004


Good Saturday

This afternoon was just gorgeous—mid-70s and a light breeze—so I went to the picnic grove in Ida Lee Park to listen the A Mighty Wind soundtrack and read The Shadow of the Lion by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and Dave Freer. Neither was particularly satisfying; I gave Shadow of the Lion about fifty pages, but the story was slow to get started and none of the characters interested me, so I returned it to the library. The soundtrack was somewhat better, but I listened to the whole CD twice through and didn't find any of the songs particularly memorable, aside from Oscar-nominated "A Kiss At the End Of the Rainbow" and the Golden Globe-nominated "A Mighty Wind." Which is odd, because all the songs work well in the context of the movie. They just don't work that well on their own. Go figure.

Later in the day, I walked downtown to see 13 Going On 30 at the Tally-Ho. It's a sweet little movie, Collapse )

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the movie. Having been a teenager in the 1980s myself, I liked the soundtrack, which was heavy on 80s pop. I'm curious as to why they used a remake of "What I Like About You" instead of the Romantics original, though. I was also impressed by the obvious care that was taken in casting the young Jenna and in making her look like an authentic 13-year-old girl circa 1987. I think it helped that they cast an actual thirteen-year-old in the part. I thought Jennifer Garner did a good job too. I've not been overly impressed with her acting in the past, but I thought she did a credible job of acting like a thirteen-year-girl in an older woman's body.

Then when I got home, I found my copy of The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 waiting for me. I haven't read the whole thing yet, but I did take the time to read the strips from 1950 (about three months of strips) and they're great. And the book itself is gorgeous. I can't wait for the next 24 editions!
  • Current Music
    Futurama - "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings"
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Ten random things: May 2

Ten choral works by Lee Hoiby:

  1. For You O Democracy
  2. Galileo Galilei
  3. A Hymn Of The Nativity
  4. On The Mountain
  5. Dona Nobis Pacem
  6. Songs Of The Fool
  7. Where The Music Comes From
  8. A Christmas Carol
  9. The Night-Piece To Julia
  10. Two Songs Of Innocence
  • Current Music
    Dar Williams - "Iowa (Traveling III)

Bad quiz!

I just played that "do you know your states?" game marinwood posted in her journal, and it turns out that not only do I know my states, I know them better than the quiz does. For some reason, the quiz fails to recognize that the Upper Peninsula is part of Michigan. Indeed, it seems not to realize it's part of any state. Stupid quiz!
  • Current Music
    Invader Zim - "Bloaty's Pizza Hog"

Luggage trauma

I was out for a walk this afternoon when, all of a sudden, my backpack fell off. Picking it up, I saw the right shoulder strap, by which I mean the strap that goes over my left shoulder, had separated from the backpack. Which wasn't that mysterious, because it had been in the process of separating for at least six months now. Nevertheless, it really had occurred to me that it might come clear off. I'm not that bright, you see.

Anyway, it still had one good strap, so I slung it over the other shoulder and continued on my way. But it felt very strange. I've been using backpacks for, I don't know, 26 years or so, and I've always, always slung them over my left shoulder (except of course when I used both straps). Carrying it on my right shoulder felt entirely unnatural. I think it's my most disturbing luggage-related experience since I lost my Ernst & Young luggage tag back in 2001.

Other than that, it was a nice little walk. It's been a good weekend, weather-wise. The days have been sunny and pleasant, and the evenings damp and less pleasant. I understand we're in for some thunderstorms tonight. Looks like I chose a good night to stay home. I just wish there was a new episode of Arrested Development. Oh well.
  • Current Music
    "A Mighty Wind"