November 21st, 2005


Zzzzzzzzzzzzz ....

Oh, wow ... I fell asleep at the keyboard last night (after having fallen asleep in the living room watching the tape of the BEARS game), so I didn't get the rest of the stuff posted that I had wanted to post. Dang! Somebody opined that I'd probably trashed my adrenals with my "both ends burning" schedule over the past decade or so ... all I know is that I'll fall asleep any time, any where, and no amount of coffee will stave it off anymore ... bleh!

So, why did I miss the BEARS game yesterday? I was off seeing Zathura with the family. Now, I never saw Jumanji (the predecessor movie), so I can't "compare and contrast", but this was pretty good. There was a lack of consistent tone which made it feel like at times it was trying to emulate art-house dream-space films, but, unfortunately, I don't think that was intentional. The film is best excused as being "a dream", yet the internal context negates it being some sort of dream-world happening, as the three main players all recall it at the end ... stuff happens, seems to make sense within a limited "scene context" (like the meteor shower only effecting the living room and the space above it), but then don't make any sense beyond that scene (right after that the robot manifests from outside of the room and has no spatial constraints as far as the house goes ... and, speaking of the robot, if neither of the boys "have a robot", why does it first show up as a wind-up toy?). Obviously, one needs to give them a pass on all questions of physics from the get-go (why does the spit not freeze as it's drifting off towards Saturn?), but there are situations where a closed door works way too well to isolate a threat! I did pick up at least one glaring continuity error (the red button on the game only pops up when the next player turns the key far enough ... in one turn the game had the button up when it was being handed over for the next turn), but I'm neurotic in noticing those sorts of things. Now, I think everybody else (The Wife and The Girls) liked it better than I did, so maybe it's just "a matter of taste", but from my perspective, this would have been a much better movie to see in an, uh, "altered state of consciousness" (pity that I no longer indulge in anything along those lines)!

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Oh, yeah ...

You would think that, living down in the Gold Coast, surrounded by dozens of ritzy hotels, that we'd see celebrities more often than we do. This dearth of celebrity sightings could, of course, be due to the fact that I'm always at home, and nearly always on my computer, but still, when I'm outside I should (just by proximity) run into The Famous. Well, on our way back from seeing the movie yesterday, we're walking up Rush St., and just as we're approaching Chicago Avenue, I see a familiar face. Do I know this guy? Oh, wait (brain clicks through some rusty memories) ... that's Brian Setzer walking down the sidewalk towards us! How cool! Once he's past us, I lean over to The Wife and say "Wow, that was Brian Setzer of the Stray Cats!" to which she responds "Who?", and I have to spend the next 15 minutes trying to explain the neo-rockabilly phenomenon that rode the coattails of New Wave "back in the day". I'm sure if I dug out the old albums she might recognize at least "Stray Cat Strut", buf figured at that point I'd let her stay blissful in her ignorance of that particular slice of American pop culture.

Anyway ... I'm putting this up here hoping it will amuse somebody. He's currently on a tour which is taking him throgh a lot of House Of Blues locations, and I assume that was where he was heading when we saw him yesterday afternoon.

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Oh, MY GAWD!!!

Monday Night Football ... the Minnesota Vikings at the Green Bay Packers ... and what tune do they use for the into into the second half (behind the 1st half highlight reel)?

The Stooges ... RAW POWER!!!!!!!!!

Can you imagine Iggy ever thinking that any of his tunes would end up on TV like that back when they were recording them???

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O.K., so there's all this stuff happening. The guy came up to do the last bits of sealant on the new windows, which allowed me to move the one bookshelf that I had to move to let them get to the windows back to where it belongs. SInce I had to take all the books off of it to move it, I decided that I might as well try to log in the books as I put them back.

Unfortunately, the bookcase in question was my big "scifi" bookcase, which had books in some cases quadrupled up on each shelf. Also, a lot of the books on that shelf date back to the 60's and it seems that folks didn't start using ISBN numbers until the 70's, which means that I either have to scroll through a lot of editions, or manually enter the info. It is, needless to say, taking me a LOT longer than the "newer shelves" did!

I also had to figure how to "log in" these with a system that would work with the others, given the "overloaded" nature of the shelves, so I've gone to something like C5-S4a-B01, with "a" being the base row of books in back, "b" being the row of books in back on top of "a", "c" being the row of books in front of "a", and "d" being either the row on top of row "c". Yes, my neuroses are in full flower!

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