Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hours of Wealth

Wow, long time, no update.

I'd like to say I've been busy, but I really haven't been all THAT busy. And anything prior to the 18th or so I don't really remember. Suffice it to say, I'm alive, I feel fine, so most likely nothing awful happened between the 10th, and the 18th. Or if it did, I'm over it now.

So, weekend of the 19th I went to pick up my brother from Queens with my dad (mom was at Grandmas in Kingston), which is about a 2 1/2 drive from Ottawa, I believe. So we ring him up 10 minutes or so before we get to his room/dorm, and it turns out he'd slept all day (it was around 11 when we reached him, he had two exams the previous day) and didn't pack anything, and he and his room-mate had a huge party in their room the night before so it was messier than usual. So if we wanted to get out, we were going to head to Grandmas after, in good time, we'd need to help him.

Which, to be honest, was fine by me. I'm not adverse to cleaning. I wouldn't call myself a clean freak, or a germaphobe, or anything like that, I just like things neat looking, and in order. So tasks like vacuuming, sweeping, cleaning a room, don't bother me. And like all things, if I set out to do something, I'm damn well going to do it absolutely perfectly (which is either a positive or a negative depending on who you ask). So 1 1/2 hours later we were done. And in the mean time I got to meet some of his other friends, see the house he's living in next years, etc.

And then for the last week or so, it's been hanging out with Mike at home or friends houses doing a number of things, though mostly party gaming. Sometimes we play Rock Band, which is so fun, and sometimes Smash Brothers Brawl, also a lot of fun.

Plans for the next little while are get my G2 finally, continue to work on my courses, and buy GTAIV on Friday. Also, my dear friend Kate is coming home from Amsterdam finally, so I'm sure we'll be hanging out frequently, and relatively soon.

Also went to the Library the other day (biked in fact, and wish I had taken into account that I needed to carry books back in my backpack before taking out the heaviest set of books in the world) and took out some summer reading;

Bram Stoker's Dracula, which I've taken out so many times, but never read

A number of film history books (all that I could find) including a history of movies in general, history of the Academy Awards, and history of the Friday the 13th series

Longitude and Attitudes - Exploring the World After September of 11th, a collection of articles from Pulitzer winner Thomas Friedman

Should be interesting stuff I think. Speaking of interesting, maybe next time I'll have some grand stuff to write of. It's my brothers birthday, as well as his best friends, in the next couple weeks (the big 19) so I'm sure there will be some wild stories to share.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Guilty Pleasure

For the constant readers/friends, you know what kinds of films I love. I love horror, I like semi-pretentious and artsy stuff, and most importantly I like 'mature' films. It's not often that I like 'wimpy' movies. And I don't mean good girl/guy films like The Breakup, Chasing Amy, The Fountain, Eternal Sunshine, etc, either. I mean lots of new 'family' friendly films, or the majority of romantic comedies, all that sort of stuff. I enjoy Disney classics, but honestly, anything Disney since Toy Story has been mostly a disappointment or just plain annoying for me. It's not because I'm a manly man however (ha!), but I often find softer films predictable, not very well written, and just too soft for lack of a better description. However, there are exceptions like Mean Girls, because while I hate Lohan, I love Tina Fey.

A couple weeks ago I for some reason felt the urge, and I do say urge because I acted upon it immediately, to see the film Enchanted. Honestly I have ZERO idea why. It is so far from my type of film, and it contains no actors that I have any sort of attatchment to either, ie. I watched the arguably mediocre to crappy Terminator show simply because Summer Glau in it, or I've seen a number of David Duchovny pet projects as well. Though, as I said there was nothing tying my interests to Enchanted. Patrick Dempsey? No, never seen an ep of Greys Anatomy. Amy Adams? I know her from Drop Dead Gorgeous and Psycho Beach Party, plus shes a redhead so that's like automatically top tier attractiveness, but still.

Anyways, long story short, I loved it. It was wimpy to the extreme, in cleanness of language and themes, but I thought the humour was great. Too often 'kids' films dart back and forth too much between kids humour, and adult humour, trying to appeal to everyone. It often means for me that the adult humour is jarring, and the kids humour is nauseating. But this movie was just across the board funny and in a way that made it seem like they weren't trying to cater to one demographic with each joke. And the songs were great, and the acting was great, etc. It felt like a real Disney Classic to be honest.

And tonight I was tasked with babysitting, and having some extra money, saw this as a perfect chance to buy the film, and have a good cover story, in case my manliness was questioned of course. My friend Alex, whom I was with was absolutely aghast. But the cash girl and I had a good chat about it. Sadly, I didn't get around to the film with the babysitees, so I guess I'm stuck watching it by myself. I think I'll have to wait till the house is empty and dark before I do, for fear of being caught humming/tapping along to the music. One day I hope to be able to shout from the rooftops (or something less dramatic) that I love this film, but until that day I'm perfectly capable of keeping it my little secret. So don't tell anyone!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Concert?

Hmm wow, nothing much has happened lately.

Still feel healthy, positive, and all that jazz. I love the weather lately, which is rare for me, to actually want to just spend all day outside, regardless of what I'm doing. So it's been nice for my daily runs, and walks, and soon I'll get the bike out.

Also, I'm thinking of going to Toronto for a concert. Feist, whom devoted readers know I love, is going to be there in May and November. May, while having the better venue, also has limited and expensive tickets, and it's fairly close. However, the concert in November I'll have my pick of the litter so to speak when tickets go on sale, and it's a while away so I'll have time to prepare rides, who to go with, where to stay, etc. Not to mention it'll be the second largest event in my life in the last couple years. I'm trying not to let the little things (like getting a good seat, having the best possible time) get in the way of just doing it.

Hell, by November I may be totally cured.