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I had a pretty good day on Friday. I slept in, then slowly got myself together in time to go to lunch with mom. We went to the Mexican place and had chimichangas and margaritas. Then I went to the library to see if any of my ILLs were in (they weren't, but I have plenty to read).

I went home in the afternoon in time to meet Gregory and Chris at my house. B called to wish me happy birthday, which was fun. We hung out and played Magic until my grandparents showed up for dinner, when we had Dad's homemade pizza. There were some presents presented, among others: Got a gorgeous Blue Willow tea set from mom, as well as an iHome. Greg got me The Child Thief by Brom -- yay! Chris got me a nice hefty external hard drive and a cover for my iPod (which he got me for Christmas). Then there was The Greatest Birthday Cake in the World, which we consumed with mighty amounts of ice cream.

Then Gregory, Chris and I went over to Chris's to watch The Shawshank Redemption, since Chris works in a prison and he's never seen it. Only I wanted some wine, and there was no bottle opener, so we went to Walmart for that, a new lightbulb, and I found a copy of Tropic Thunder at a buy-myself-a-birthday-present price.

We watched Shawshank Redemption with wine for me to drink and pizza bites for us all to eat... and then decided to rock out with some rock band. Only... we didn't have enough batteries for the guitars. So another trip to Walmart and a $5 copy of Super Troopers later, we were back in the warm apartment rocking out.

Overall, it was a little too much Walmart for my birthday. Oh well.

Finally came home and crashed around 5, a little after Gregory headed back to Manhattan, where he had to be late in the morning to help a friend move.

It was an awesome day.

And NOW the holidays are over.

GI Joe

Aug. 12th, 2009 02:03 pm
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This is sort of a review. Sort of.

My mind is just boggled by the negative reaction to GI Joe. Mostly because it doesn't seem to be, "Ehh, it wasn't my thing/I didn't really like it," so much as the people who didn't like it really HATED it, reviled it, thought it was the worst movie ever, or reacted in some other way to convey a disappointment so extreme that it evoked in them an emotion better reserved for genocide or ex-boyfriends.

Okay, so this movie wasn't life-changing for me. The plot was fairly predictable, the love stories lacked originality, the bad guy had some cheesy lines. The physics occasionally visited the realm of gross improbability. The special effects were shiny, the explosions were big, the Baroness wore leather, Channing Tatum looked ripped, the best buddy had some funny lines, the... ice sank in water? All the kinds of things that I expect from a summer action flick. Well worth the price of a matinee for a couple hours of mindless fun.

So my question is, what were these people expecting? Seriously, if you want an intellectual thriller, a tightly woven plot, deep and original characters... Why are you going to see a movie made by HASBRO? But, as my friend Gregory said:

"Well, the original cartoon was one of the most intellectual sci-fi/action/toy commercial cartoons of all time...I can see how they might be disappointed."

80/20

Aug. 7th, 2009 09:32 pm
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I'm on vacation. Sort of. I'm on break from school for last week and next week. I have some stuff I need to do but I don't need to drive back and forth to class every day and I'm pretty well setting my own schedule, which is nice.

The comic has been a lot of work and a lot of fun lately. Aaron went to ConnectiCon last weekend and had a blast, passed out tons of cards and sold a lot of t-shirts (which are now available in our store, check out our designs: http://www.nearandfarcomic.com/products-page/ ), and shmoozed with some of the coolest names in webcomics. (Yes, you've heard of them.)

Tues, Wed, and Thurs, Chris and I went up to Manhattan (the little one) to see Annamarie, Greg, and Brandon, and some of their significant others. It was a lot of fun: we ate out too much, stayed up too late, played a lot of Rock Band, and watched too much TV. Now, this is starting to sound like an ideal vacation.

So for the next 9 days I am planning to just stay home, spend very little money, and do whatever I can within a ten block radius. (Or I might go for a long walk sometime, depending on if they wind ever comes from the north.)

Chris said to me: "One of these days, soon, you should write a novel."

I said I'd get right on that.

He said: "You read so many. I'm sure you can write a good one."

Well, one thing's for sure, I need to write more. I'm starting to... feel the burn. Ta da, blog entry! About life and stuff! So that's ... a start?

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