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Wednesday, 02 June, 2004

So it was a pretty quiet weekend. Gary was on call the first half of the weekend and on back-up the second, so we weren't able to go far. We did make it to Target on Monday - bought beach towels and stuff for the shore condo and the DVD of "The Return of the King". Ran into Anne, Jeffrey and Amelia while we were there. It poured rain most of the day Monday, so the weather at the beach wouldn't have been very good anyway. Sitting at home watching the movie was a pretty good way to spend the afternoon.

Actually, it was pretty much a movie weekend. The hospital's on-call room has limited TV selections, so we brought Gary's laptop and watched DVDs on it. The full tally:

American Wedding (sequel to American Pie) - cute and typically raunchy, but quite a few funny bits for a second sequel.
The Bourne Identity - Matt Damon as a government assasin who develops amnesia and has to figure out why people are trying to kill him. Not bad.
The Princess and the Warrior - subtitled German movie about a nurse who is hit by a truck and saved by a mysterious man who comes out of nowhere. After her recovery she becomes obsessed with finding him but he doesn't want to be found. He and his brother are planning a bank heist and . . . sorry, that's as far as I got with it before I turned it off. I have such pedestrian tastes in films.
The Matrix Revolutions - unfortunately I'm just as confused as I was when I saw it in the theater. The special effects are, of course, amazing.
The Two Towers - as we were planned on watching "ROtK", I figured I had better watch the last half of "TT". Since I'd fallen asleep on the couch watching it the week before, of course.
The Return of the King - I commented that I'm not sure that this movie - in and of itself - was truly up there in the "Best Picture" realm, but it really was the reward for a marvelous nine-hour long epic. And *that* was definitely deserved. Peter Jackson's ability to tell this story in a way that was both exciting to watch and true to the book is amazing.

[Now when are they going to make low-carb popcorn?]

Found a funny website today (Via Instapundit) that is following the National Spelling Bee. The man takes his spelling bees seriously:

Mainland rules! Alaska and American Samoa out in the first five.

Maryland bloodbath. First-round massacre - 3 0f 7 Marylanders sent packing in first round!

Horror! The NC Gang goes down hard in a first round bloodletting -- 4 of 9 blown out of the w-a-t-e-r. Burlington - gone. Dunn - gone. Shelby - gone. Washington - gone. In the words of Yoda, "undaunted, we are!" The remaining five will carry on and be victorious!

OhiOhNo! Six consecutive Ohioans -- 178 thru 183, are mowed down in order. The stench of midwestern death fills the air.


Finally, another very touching story (Via Blackfive) of an American soldier killed in Iraq and his family. Get the Kleenex ready, but go read it.

Quote du jour:

"My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."

-- A. A. Milne (1882 - 1965) English humorist, children's author
Winnie-the-Pooh, in "Winnie-the-Pooh"

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