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Review-o-rama [Jun. 8th, 2004|07:03 am]
Zoethe
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Such a busy weekend, I'm completely behind on everything, and everyone, having to do with LiveJournal. On top of that, I am now in competition for use of my computer with the teenager in the house. This is actually not a bad thing; if it means that I read more in the evening or spend more time gardening or otherwise engage myself in ways that keep me away from the monitor, I will less likely feel like summer has disappeared in a puff of smoke.

But in the meantime, here are my opinions of all kinds of events!

Thursday night was the Velvet Tango Room with tessbelle, grailquestion, justbeast, and non-lj users Jeff and Keira. We took over the couches in the lounge area and ordered champagne and chocolate. Thursday was chosen after Paulius, the owner, raved to us about the musicians who play there on Thursdays. "It's a violin and an accordian, and it works!"

Part of the reason it works is that both musicians are brilliant. Part of the reason is that they are playing music of Eastern European origin and the instrument combination is ideal. There were no polkas, but plenty of tangos, and justbeast, who is originally from the Ukraine, engaged in a couple impromptu duets with Paulius, singing with spirit in a language that the rest of us could only appreciate as clearly passionate. They were no match for the group of Serbs in the who sang song after song. It was sort of a roving piano bar that night, and delightful.

When we left we asked the group whether we had oversold the place, and there was a rousing chorus. "No! It was wonderful! We loved it!" There shall be more VTR this summer.

From there we went home, collapsed, and arose early to head for Massachusetts. We'd hoped to see Harry Potter Friday evening while the kids wre busy with grandparents on the dinner train, but that hope was dashed when traffic came to a stop on the turnpike. We weren't very far back from whatever was happening, because I could see the front of the line and the flashing lights. After a couple minutes I noted that there was no traffic headed in the other direction, either. At last AM radio came in handy because I was able to find the prerecorded announcement: a water main had broken and closed traffic in both directions. Detours were set up at the preceding exits.

Except we were stuck in the middle, beyond all exits. So, we did what any sane person would do in such a situation.

We made a three-point turn, negotiating between other cars, and drove back down the shoulder until we got to one of those places where cops can make U-turns, crossed over to the other side of the highway, and went back to the exit.

For the sake of full disclosure, I must admit that we were not the first ones to do so. The whole crowd was starting to get the idea that this was going to be a long while, and we took inspiration from others. Nevertheless, it did feel a little "action movie" like.

Instead, we saw Prisoner of Azkhaban with the kids on Saturday after graduation. It was beautiful, and the hippogriff amazing, but they shot past so many of the most important and complex parts of the book that I wondered if anyone who hadn't read them would be able to comprehend whatwas going on. But I spoke to a co-worker who saw it this weekend, has never read any of the books, and said that it was her favorite thusfar, so it appears to be working for those unfamiliar with the depth of detail.

Finally, last night we went to see Super Size Me, the documentary about the man eating nothing but McDonald's for a month. It can be truly described as funny, entertaining, and horrifying all at the same time. Everyone should see it, but I don't know if it will make a difference in the way people live; we regularly engage in activities that we know are very bad for us and yet we do them anyway. The deadly combination of TV and fast food is having an appalling effect on children, however. It's worrisome.
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[User Picture]From: call_me_harmony
2004-06-08 12:21 pm (UTC)
Sharing my computer with teenagers is the only thing that keeps my use to a reasonable limit. Keeps life far more balanced :)
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[User Picture]From: absoleil
2004-06-08 12:53 pm (UTC)
The small Dendy cinemas here in Melbourne, who are showing it (art-house style) was amazed that the show is turning over 3-4 times more than it anticipated.
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[User Picture]From: fieryfae469
2004-06-08 02:40 pm (UTC)
I completely understand your behind and can relate to the teen using computer as the reason! ACK it is crazy!


weaning from McD's can be difficult in the fast paced life of ballgames and practices and work and no time to spend fixing a real meal. It is a delema i am facing at times.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-06-08 03:06 pm (UTC)
It's definitely tough at times. We do well for a while and then Ferrett gets busy and we fall into a pattern of too many take-out meals. We're there now, and need to get ourselves righted and back into healthy eating.
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[User Picture]From: fieryfae469
2004-06-08 03:25 pm (UTC)
me too.


OH when are we all coming up to watch a movie on the big TV? :) I'd like to meet you. Dunno if that was a possibility or not, but i would LIKE to anyway.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-06-08 03:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's right, you are sort of in the area!

We will have to arrange something soon, though at this point I have no idea when. Keep bugging me, and we will try to get something worked out soon!
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[User Picture]From: fieryfae469
2004-06-08 03:33 pm (UTC)
well i don't want to be a bug. I'm starting that new job in 2 weeks so i was wondering...


NO worries. We all do have VERY busy lives. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-06-08 03:43 pm (UTC)
No, no, bug away! I can't keep my own name straight these days, let alone other activities. Too many balls, not enough eyes.

I will talk to the Ferrett this evening. What works for you right now?
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[User Picture]From: fieryfae469
2004-06-09 03:02 am (UTC)
actually life is so chaotic right now i have no idea!
I think weekends will work for a while. Then who knows. I am starting my new job the 21st on days, then heading to 7 a to 7p days, and finally go to 7P to 7A shift mostly on weekends sometime in August. LOL
chaos reigns!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-06-09 11:19 am (UTC)
7 to 7?! My god, how many days a week?!
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[User Picture]From: fieryfae469
2004-06-09 12:32 pm (UTC)
12 hour shifts 2 to 3 times a week. NOt bad really, usually a little OT and you end up with 37 to 38 hours in a work week on full time. i use to work this shift all the time... Go in at 6:45 PM and get off work at 7:15 am. :/ yeah. Sucks. But most places work it as 36 hours = full time. Some places have you pick up an 8 hour shift sometime in the 2 week pay period to compensate, and others have workers work 3 shifts one week, and 4 the following, putting them OVER the typical 40 hour work week by 4 hours.

No matter how it's done, it makes for a nice week of time off really, since you cram the hours worked into 12 rather than 8 in a day...


That's the medical field for you. Most hospitals I have worked at do that with Nursing staff nowaday.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-06-09 12:35 pm (UTC)
Actually, if I could cram in my work week into three days I would take up the chance in a heartbeat! I'd dearly love 3 or 4 days off per week.
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[User Picture]From: fieryfae469
2004-06-09 01:06 pm (UTC)
yeah it is nice. I spend the first day recovering. LOL. Then have 2 more totally devoted to messing around and having fun. Then that last one is gearing up for the next adventure in working. Or so it use to be. It was nice. Usually though work was not 3 in a row, but 1 her and 2 there. But still 4 off was nice!
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[User Picture]From: cathouse_blues
2004-06-08 03:15 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you caught it or not, but last week NPR interviewed a man who ate the exact same diet as Morgan Spurlock, with one substantial change_ he exercised. Over 5000 calories a day this guy took in, and he exercised (a combination of weight and aerobic training) for one hour every day. Not only did he not suffer any of the negative health effects of Spurlock, but he actually lost weight.

I think the bigger picture here isn't the diet, but our slug-like failure to take care of ourselves overall. Spurlock's film, while horrifying, is a very distorted, one-note comment.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-06-08 03:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, exercise makes a big difference. Spurlock's point, though, was that people don't. People eat this food while sitting in their cars and in front of TVs.

He discusses the need for exercise and activity, and does not put the blame entirely on fast food, but it is all empty calories, very little nutritional value, and we are feeding it to our children.
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[User Picture]From: iyarwein
2004-06-08 08:00 pm (UTC)
You are now the third person to mention "Super Size Me" to me within the last week. Now I DEFINATELY have to go see it. Is it still at Cedar Lee? Looks like I'm setting up an outing Sunday (hopefully) to go see it! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-06-08 10:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's there and will definitely be there. The theatre was full last night.
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