Friday, December 19, 2003
Trilogy Tuesday - Looking Back

So from 1:15 PM-ish until 1:15AM-ish I found myself, along with hundreds of others, in North Haven, CT willing and able to watch ALL three (3) Lord of the Rings films. Looking back is always interesting because of that memory leak thing. Fortunately I was pretty awake through it all so I remember most of it.

Disclaimer - most of it not all of it. = P heh heh

Today is Friday the 19th. Why am I writing this today? Honestly, I just have not had any time to write. Work has been WILDLY busy and my evenings have been full as well. Okay... to the point before I start writing about the fact that something will land on Mars X-mas day.

Interesting things to note about the day:

1. I did NOT fall asleep! - This susprised me as I have seen the 1st two PLENTY of times to know that a rest before the conclusion would probably help. Especially since RotK is 3 hours 20+ minutes long. Alas, I did NOT sleep at all. I tried during TTT but couldn't do it.

2. Picnics happen everywhere! - I sat on the floor along with a couple other people and ate my dinner right in the theater. Grinders, cookies, drinks. All that we needed was some bird calls. Faramir and his group already had chirped their chirps so it was left up to us to make any nature like noises. Nobody did. But we did eat hearty!

3. Group films rock! - It's such a rush to watch films with people. Especially LARGE groups of people! The audience was laughing together, cheering together, and crying together. After a few years of midnight openers I think I've become a 1st showing attendee. There is really no other way to experience a flic than with others just as or more excited than you already are!

Those are just a few observations about the day. Regarding the movie... I enjoyed it. I cried. I cried lots. It really is a sad film, yet uplifting at the same time. Sam reminds me of a character from one of my favorite animated films - The Fox, from The Fox and The Hound. Sam's friendship is so pure that anyone fortunate to have a friend with half his purity has a friend for life.

I found myself caring more for Sam than Frodo, despite the fact that Frodo struggles so long and keeps his wits about him for almost the entire journey. Both are amazing characters, I just find myself associating to Sam more so. He's so drivin to help.

Shifting gears a bit.. One thing that I think detracted from my opinion of the film was the reason I was in the theater - the first two films. I honestly think they drained me emotionally to a point where the third film affected me, but not as much had it been the only film I watched that day. This may seem strange to many of you, but I've actually read a few reviews that said the same thing.

So, at the tim of this writing my LotR standing is as follows...


This will probably change as I've only seen RotK ONCE. So keep in mind this is not etched in stone. Alright I'm off to enjoy my vacation. Or as I should properly title it... my holiday. HAHAH! Lon-don here I come!

12-19-2003 05:28 pm

Thursday, December 18, 2003
UK Trip - Schedule as of 12/01/03

Here's the tentative schedule I'll be following as of 01/02/04 over in London! HAHAHAHA!
LONDON TRAVELERS SCHEDULE as of December 1, 2003

Friday Jan 2
NOON Tour of the Royal National Theatre
EVE Les Liaisons Dangereues by Christopher Hampton

Saturday Jan 3
MAT Betrayal by Harold Pinter
EVE The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh

Sunday Jan 4

Monday Jan 5
EVE Jumpers by Tom Stoppard

Tuesday Jan 6
EVE Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'Neill

Wednesday Jan 7
EVE A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde

Thursday Jan 8
MAT After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber
EVE The Secret Rapture by David Hare

Friday Jan 9
EVE Jerry Springer, the Opera

Saturday Jan 10

Sunday Jan 11

Monday Jan 12
Christmas by Simon Stephens

Tuesday Jan 13
Honeymoon Suite by Richard Bean

Wednesday Jan 14
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

12-18-2003 10:17 am

Monday, December 15, 2003
Europe sang it best

It's the final countdown!

0 days 23 hours 51 minutes and 47 seconds till Trilogy Tuesday.

Nuff said.

12-15-2003 01:24 pm

Friday, December 12, 2003
The Cleaning

First off, there are only 4 days 3 hours 46 minutes and 19 seconds left until I begin an adventure of a lifetime with eight (8) friends of mine. (giddy little laugh)

Last night, unlike most nights this week, I was able to focus on a task. Actually not a task but many tasks. I'm surprised by this because I have been unable to see through anything this week to a resolve. For three (3) nights my comics sat scattered around my room while I attempted to sort them. I failed at miserably for two nights, but last night. I don't know what got into me.

I went to the gym, did my quick Thurday work out, went home, ate, and then TORE THE FLOOR UP with accomplishments! WHOOO! It felt so good! Of course I took a few breaks during it all - such as watching some clips of LotR: RotK on Yahoo! Movies. Oh man that movie is going to make people cry. Heh.

I'm so happy with what I completed. Ah yea! It felt so nice to have the entirety of the floor visible. Finally!

Okay... I've been out and about working and realized I forgot to post this so I'm going to before I forget and lose all that I've written. Now only... 4 days 1 hours 33 minutes and 54 seconds. heheheh.

12-12-2003 11:40 am

Sunday, December 07, 2003
A snowy weekend in NY

Heh heh hehe "You better!"

I'm going to back track a little bit to Friday and Saturday before I explain what that means. lol. Other than it's pathetic and funny.

Friday eve I got to chill in the city with someone from the NEW ZENITH company - Lindsey O. We watched PI - rockin flic which was released in '97. For some reason it feels like an older film to me but that could just be because I gradutated Uni. that same year. Hmm. So we were up till 330 ish or maybe it was 4, then again 430 sounds familiar too. Needless to say... it was a LATE night/seriously EARLY morning. Totally the way a weekend should start.

Saturday was snow filled, just as Friday had been snow filled. Oh yes... forgot that it took me about 45min + to get home from work. Mind you that's all of 1.8 miles. Traffic was HORRIBLE, but I found a back way that took all of 15 min through Bronxville. = O

So Saturday I sat around at home, watched the Hulk, and experimented with LotR:Risk. Then... in a wild fit of passion... I went to sleep.

LOL, okay so I went outside to shovel out my car. LOL, so while I'm shoveling I was putting the snow onto a larger pile of snow. If you've ever seen the one way streets of NY you'd know that there is NOWHERE to put the snow except for 2 places. 1 - the street and 2 - between the sidewalk and the street. #1 makes little sense as putting snow in the street would make it hazardous for drivers to safely cruise down the road and #2 is limited with space.

I went with option #2 because there are no clear indicators that plows would be by anytime this week to move the piles of snow that are between all the cars. So I'm shoveling and shoveling and shoveling. I'd say I was about 70% done with the shoveling when some guy pops his head out of his door and yells to me. The conversation went something like this:

Angry Older Man - Hey! You don't shovel the snow onto the sidewalk you put it in the street!

Me - If I may sir...

AOM - You don't....

Me - If I MAY sir... If I put the snow into the street it will either cause a problem for other drivers or be put right back on the side by the plows.
AOM - Well you don't put the snow onto the sidewalk that we shoveled.

Me - Sir, I had every intention of shoveling off the little snow that is there.

AOM - (slightly hesitating, then with frustration/anger) Well you better!

Me - Thank you for the argument sir.

And with that he went inside all flustered. I laugh because all he had to say was: "Hey there, would you mind cleaning off the sidewalk after you finish shoveling out your car?" To which I almost certainly would have replied "Oh, definitely, sorry about that." Even though I seriously had planned on cleaning it off. Ahhhhh yes (shaking head), the worries we all have. LOL

Okay, I'll end with a rediculously awesome note that is only relevant at THIS moment in time. Only 8 days 21 hours 52 minutes and 30 seconds until Trilogy Tueday starts!!!! HAHAHHAAHHA

12-07-2003 03:22 pm

FL - pronounced (NY) Part 2

Ok... so my train of thought was depleted and I didn't know it. At least I don't think I have anything to add so this happens to be a filler entry. Hope you enjoyed reading the cream filling. = P

12-07-2003 02:54 pm

Thursday, December 04, 2003
FL - pronounced (NY) Part 1


That's the approximate number of the temperature in Fahrenheit I was BLESSED with upon my arrival to good ol LaGuardia Airport.

Is this sarcasm? No... not at ALL! I was so happy to be in the cold. I felt good. I felt clean. Ahhhh. It was so refreshing. Once again being away from the New England area has taught me how much I love this part of the country. As every part has its short comings I don't mind it here. I really like this part of the country. There are probably other parts that I would love just as much, but, well, to be frank, I haven't LIVED there yet so I dunno.

FL... it was a nice week. Very relaxing and climactically cool. There was a cold front that went through the area so the temps were ONLY in the high 60's. So rough. Hell, I sat outside for 2+ hours reading the coldest evening I was there until 10:30 and I was finally cold enough that I needed to go inside. Outside until 10:30 in December! Yea, it was nice.

Damn... I have more thoughts but I need to get some work done. Part 2 of FL - pronounced (NY) is soon to follow.

12-04-2003 10:32 am

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