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Movies In My Head

I had the pleasure of seeing two excellent movies this weekend. Friday night, I took in Brokeback Mountain at one of our local theatres. As the lights came blazing up in the theatre at the end of the movie, I noted that most everyone was trying to wipe their eyes without it looking like they had been crying. A powerful, beautiful movie. I was a little amazed that it was even showing in the Jamestown-area, but I like to call this the "Golden Globe effect." It seems that after the Golden Globes come out, some of the favored winners suddenly appear on our movie screens. We don't usually enjoy a wide selection of "indie films" the rest of the year unless you head out to Chautauqua Institution or the Reg Lenna. Which brings me to my next film...

On Saturday night, Matt and I headed to the Reg Lenna Civic Center along with a rather large crowd to see Good Night, and Good Luck. Some of the people we talked to after the movie, including the Mayor, concluded tha…

Don't Mess With Me When I Haven't Had My First Cup of Caffeine in the Morning

You are a Black Coffee
At your best, you are: low maintenance, friendly, and adaptable

At your worst, you are: cheap and angsty

You drink coffee when: you can get your hands on it

Your caffeine addiction level: highWhat Kind of Coffee Are You?

A Friday Meme on Saturday

Four jobs I've had:
1. Amusement Park Ride Operator
2. Radio News Reporter/Anchor
3. Executive Assistant to a County Executive
4. Public Relations Specialist

Four movies I can watch over and over:
1. When Harry Met Sally
2. Sleepless In Seattle
3. You've Got Mail
4. A Christmas Story

Four places I've lived:
1. Rochester, NY
2. Berea, OH
3. Buffalo, NY
4. Jamestown, NY

Four TV shows I love:
1. CSI
2. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
3. House Hunters
4. Designed To Sell

Ten highly regarded and recommended TV shows that I've never watched (added category courtesy of kottke.org:
1. 24
2. Lost
3. The Sopranos
4. Arrested Development
5. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
6. Battlestar Galactica
7. 30something (I know, that goes way back)
8. Deadwood
9. 8 Simple Rules
10. The Wire

Four places I've vacationed:
1. London, England
2. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
3. New Orleans
4. Washington, DC

Four of my favorite dishes:
1. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
2. Basil Chicken Curry
3. Nick Tahoe's Garbage Plate
4. Sushi from Cali…

Along The Wall

Linda had asked me in comments to tell you all what I thought about The Wall exhibit.

A little personal art history first. I've never been a big enthusiast of modern art. In my early teens, I was all about Monet, Cezanne, Degas, and other French Impressionists. I think I've seen about 5 different versions, if not more, of Degas' Little Dancer. Even as I got older, I leaned more toward the easy styles of Maxfield Parrish, Georgia O'Keefe, Tissot, Van Gogh, and Hopper. Then on a visit to NYC in November '03, I saw a James Rosenquist exhibit at the Guggenheim. For the first time, I not only "got" Modern Art but enjoyed it as well. Like some foods, I think you can learn how to enjoy the bizarre.

And that's the mind-set I had going into The Wall exhibit. Matt and I really enjoyed it. We were fascinated by the screens of human hair at Albright-Knox. We marveled over the Buffalo sky-line that was recreated using imported stainless steel pots and pans…

Life One Page At A Time

I got turned onto Library Thing by Heidi. It's quite a useful tool. You can use it in a variety of ways, including using it to catalogue books you own or books you've read. I'm choosing to do the latter since I borrow from the library more than I actually buy. The only dilemma is whether I should keep to books I've read in my "adult" years (which include some children's and YA lit) or include everything I've read.

My growing catalogue can be viewed here.

Wiling Away a Friday Night

Since Matt and I are getting up early tomorrow to take in The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art at the Albright-Knox, we're hanging in tonight. Matt's mom had given me the tickets for the exhibit for my birthday back in October. Junk Store Cowgirl has a review up from when she went a couple weeks ago. As for tonight, Matt is crashed out on the sofa and I've snagged the computer. Here's the past five songs flowing through my eardrums courtesy of iTunes:

"Detachable Penis" - King Missle
"Love At First Sight" - Kylie Minogue
"Sweet Soul Revue" - Pizzacato Five
"Super Sex" - Morphine
"Cherry Coloured Funk" - Cocteau Twins

The weather continues to blow my mind and lift my spirits. Naturally, the fantasy world outside will come crashing down as rain, then snow sweeps in from the south and west. Still, I got a few moments tonight to stand outside without a jacket and smile at the moon.

January Thaw

Our January thaw is at its height right now. As I write, it's already 52-degrees in Jamestown. Last year, I remember an early January day making it near 70-degrees in the Dunkirk area. Not bad for Western New York. And well deserved after a colder than average December. I'd link to the article if I could find it, but not even Google News seems to want to cooperate.