Quote of the Day

Sarah: “Field Trip!”
John:  “I call shotgun!”
Cameron:  “I call nine millimeter!”
~Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Yes, I’m catching up on old television shows.  And I replayed that scene five times I was laughing so hard.  What a hoot.

Thank heavens I can get some work done now! (aka Olympics week two recap)

I think it’s a sign of bad things to come.  I kept the TV off for two weeks, then the Olympics started.  I, of course, had to watch every minute possible.  I had to clean space off my Tivo (!) to allow recordings to occur.  I had to sit and watch all of it.

Now, the Olympics are over.  I can turn off the TV and get back to work.  Only I can’t–thus far, I have finally watched the entire season 3 of Prison Break (13 more hours on my Tivo), the first two episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (haven’t yet determined if I like it or not), the season premiere of The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency (can’t explain why, really), and a Biography special on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I have tried to turn off the TV, really I have, but it’s like a drug.  I must watch.  I must veg.  I must get cramps in my back from awkward angles on the couch.

But that being said, I am still reeling over the Olympics.  They always lead me down the path of awe and inspiration while simultaneously thinking that there needs to be some way that normal people can do that sort of thing (air rifle! It’s an Olympic sport!).  But there were, as always, moments that stood out for me.  Be it good or bad, noteworthy or inconsequential, these are the thoughts I had on the last week of the games as I was watching them. Continue reading

“Blame Canada! Blame Canada!” (aka Olympics Week One Recap)

Or in this case, “Blame Chi-i-na!  Blame Chi-i-na!”  I recently heard Robin Williams’s version of the South Park theme song, and it’s been playing in my head for the last week.  Change Canada to China, and it’s apropos.

I did really well, actually, the first two weeks I was unemployed.  Then the Olympics started.

I am an Olympics junkie.  A HUGE Olympics junkie.  The kind of girl that Tivo’s every minute she can and includes extra time so in case of exciting run over I don’t miss a minute.  And sad to say I actually watch it all.  Even if I’ve seen spoilers on the web that tells me who won the sport, I still watch it.

My friend S tells me that I have a problem.  She was living on my couch during the Athens games in 2004, and thought it was weird that I was still watching them a week after they were over.  Hey, a girl had to work, right?  It was the only time I had to catch up.  Everyone has a vice, this is mine.

So without further ado, here are the things that stood out for me, that brought tears to my eyes, that made me laugh out loud, or that had me shouting at the top of my lungs at 1 am for the athlete to “move your ass” in order to cross the finish line first. Continue reading

Top 25 Documentary Films

I’ve done movie lists before, from the top 1001 all time to the top 100 modern day must see movies.  This is the first list of documentaries that I have seen.  Interestingly enough, only one or two of them appear on the other two lists.  Many of these are in my Blockbuster queue, ironically enough!

Again, I have marked the ones I have seen and have some of my comments next to a few.  I’m really not surprised with what showed up, most of them are very well known.  The only exception is #19 which was never released and is only available for educational purposes to schools and the like.  I also wish that Mad Hot Ballroom had made the list, but alas no such luck.  And I understand, it was a great film, but not quite the same caliber as the ones listed below.  Oh well.  The complete list of IDA’s “25 Best Documentaries” is included below:

25. “Woodstock,” directed by Michael Wadleigh Continue reading

News of the Odd and Absurd

Sometimes I think that my life is absurd.  That things just aren’t right.  That there just couldn’t be anyone else that has this much of a soap opera of a life.

And then I read the newspapers.  I mean, good grief, my life is downright boring.  Family dysfunction, unemployment, life in general is nothing compared to how things are going around the world.  There are some truly messed up things going on out there.  The apathy and ignorance shown by society is a hoot.  Here are a few things that caught my eye.  Some are hilarious, some are sad, some are historic, some are just interesting.  I stuck to my no more than ten rule, but I’m afraid that one of them is a bit long.  Enjoy reading:

  • Roger Ebert has long been an icon in the entertainment industry.  With his original partner, Gene Siskel, the two could make or break a movie based on a simple hand movement.  With the recent revamping of their TV showAt the Movies, both Ebert and Siskel’s replacement, Richard Roeper have voluntarily decided to leave.  Ebert wrote a wonderful eulogy of sorts for the show, and you can read his bittersweet farewell here.
  • I cannot believe that Continue reading

Random stuff

Here are a few of the random things going through my mind.  It has been a crazy week, and there are just a few things I’ve bookmarked to talk about.

Part I: Update on the week thus far:

So this week has been interesting.  Never been unemployed before, never had to find another job right away–it was always something I could take my time with and not rush into anything.  Thus far I have managed to stick to my self-imposed requirement of five contacts/resumes out per day, and some of it has paid off.  I have had several ‘networking’ meetings, and I had my first interview today.  I am vastly overqualified for it, and he recognizes that I am vastly overqualified for it, but who knows.  Not what I want but it pays well and we can see what might happen with that.

So in addition to the five-a-day rule I have also seemed to be visiting a lot of people this week.  I spent Saturday at the movies with the girls, Sunday at the movies with the girls, and saw the girls briefly at Taco Bell on Monday before having dinner with my nana.  I saw my great friends R&C on Tuesday afternoon and spent the afternoon watching movies and catching up.  (For the record, C picked Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay for our first movie, and R decided to go for the uncut version.  Attend a frat party.  The beer’s usually free and you’ll have more fun.  Dumb, dumb movie!)  Wednesday was supposed to be my first day at home to do laundry and stuff, and instead my neighbor called around 1230 and said come swim in the pool.  We took a break around 330 to get some food, call B to come over for a cookout, etc., and then stayed out until after 8.  I was sunburned, my sides hurt from laughing, and I had a great time. Thursday after the networking meeting I had an invite to go to my cousin’s house.  I hadn’t seen the house yet or the baby since he was born, so I went.  Stayed six hours, had a great time catching up with my cousin’s wife.  Today I had an interview, then my friend H had free tickets to go see Guys and Dolls at the Empire Theater.  That was probably one of the best productions I have seen locally in a long time!

The good thing is that Continue reading