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Weekend Update

Posted on 2006.11.19 at 13:20
Current Location: 63114
Current Music: James Horner - All The King's Men
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Watched The Da Vinci Code this weekend and found it a solid adaptation of the book. As has been the case with the last several Zimmer scores I've heard, this one was much better with the film than a standalone score. I saw Ron Howard's signature right off the bat but then had to wonder why James Horner didn't score this one? Either way - it was a great flick.

Then we watched BSG. How do they continue to crank out such fantastic episodes? This one was pure magic. I laughed throughout it - the dialog was superb.

Earlier this week when galinda822 was getting her hair done, she inquired into a more exact location of Chipotle. I drove there today and much to my dismay found that I had made my u-turn last week about 200 feet from the shopping center it was in. Unfortunately, I need to notify the people who lay down the ground rules of a Chipotle location (excellent visibility and access) as this one is in the state of Missouri, and they make access all but impossible. Still, I now have photographic proof:



There was no indication of when it might open, or other locations they may be building in.

I took my daughter and a neighbor kid to the park. I made them walk around the circuitous walking trail with me, then chased them around the playground playing 'Monster." Daddy's always the monster. When we left I thought I had a flat because of an odd thump-thump coming from the vehicle, but only when I was driving slowly, approaching a stop sign or just beginning to accelerate. I pulled over and discovered a half-inch bolt protruding from the center of the tread of the passenger front tire. $135 dollars later, I had a new tire. What a waste.

As it turns out, however, I've learned something new. You see, this was a very rare occasion indeed, as it afforded my wife the opportunity to drive the Cav. I was listening to Elmer Bernstein's STRIPES soundtrack, and she didn't like it, so she ejected it and blindly grabbed another CD. This one was Lisa Gerrard's album Duality which she discovered she liked. She stole it out of my vehicle and listened to it in its entirety last night, and listened to The Mirror Pool today. Once could say it cost me $135 to learn that my wife likes Lisa Gerrard.

I was reading The Theologian this morning and he listed the five toughest questions a woman could ask a man:
   1. What are you thinking about?
   2. Do you love me?
   3. Do I look fat?
   4. Do you think she is prettier than me?
   5. What would you do if I died?

And in all honesty, I never found the first question difficult. For example, we were laying in bed this morning and my wife asked me, "What are you thinking?" She had just told me a story about when she was a child living in a 'house' in the Arizona desert with no running water and an outhouse. I told her the truth. I told her, "I was thinking, damn, I grew up in Dallas. So close to downtown, my friend and I would take a bus downtown after school and visit his mother. I always wondered how he could find her office in midst of all those skyscrapers. This lead me to think about the movie Independence Day and I wondered which building the aliens would have parked over for maximum effect of a blast radius, which reminded me of Jeff Goldblum telling the President, 'It's a countdown - they're using our own satellites against us. That made me wonder how the Chinese place satellites in orbit without getting in the way of any of ours. Surely we don't publish that information."

Whipped up some pancakes for the kids for breakfast. Then beat the shit out of five eggs & a tablespoon of olive oil and poured it into a frying pan on a medium-hot flame and once it was about half cooked (still slimy in the middle) I added the spinach & garlic which had been saute'ing ajacent and a good portion of raw mozzarella cheese. I was able to fold it over, and five minutes later flip the entire thing for my first omelette since I've started eating again. I split it with my wife for breakfast. It was very nice.

I hope your weekend was as fantastic as mine was (minus the whole new-tire thing, of course...)



Stolen from swashbuckler332:
Who Should Paint You: M.C. Escher

Open and raw, you would let your true self show for your portrait.
And even if your painting turned out a bit dark, it would be honest.
What Artist Should Paint Your Portrait?

Comments:


CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-11-19 20:07 (UTC) (Link)
I am very happy for you that you found a Chipotle in St. Louis!!!!

Loved, The Theologian's listed of the five toughest questions a woman could ask a man!

One should never answer #1 and #5 with this answer:

I'm thinking about which one of your friends I'm going to sleep with after your funeral.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-19 23:16 (UTC) (Link)
Good answer though! But I agree with you on the timing.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-11-19 20:14 (UTC) (Link)
Also I am happy for you that you are having such a good weekend!!!!!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-11-19 21:16 (UTC) (Link)
LOL
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-11-19 21:15 (UTC) (Link)
Great post! I would like to make various comments.

Watched The Da Vinci Code this weekend…
I know you're a late adopter, but damn! I go to the theater because the experience will never be the same for me. What I mean by that is at this point in my life, I do not have the money for neither house nor in-home theater. The screen is so big and the sound is so perfect…I hate being young.


…found it a solid adaptation of the book.
I was discussing this with a buddy of mine. Now granted, I haven't read the book, but he was saying that it wasn't as faithful in that in the book, Langdon was all gung-ho for the theory to be true. Any thoughts on this?


As has been the case with the last several Zimmer scores I've heard, this one was much better with the film than a standalone score.
While you think that Zimmer is milquetoast for whatever reason (I think you say this because his scores are ubiquitous) at least we agree that he delivers for the movie at hand. Right off the top of my head, I can't recall a movie he scored where his work didn't flow with the movie.

You should check out the Matchstick Men score. It is great both as a standalone and fit the movie rather well. Granted, the score is out of order (and it is better when re-orderd) but it is a delight and worked well with the OCD motif. I'm listening to it right now.

I think I miss vinyl.


I saw Ron Howard's signature right off the bat…
Would you elaborate on this comment?


but then had to wonder why James Horner didn't score this one?
I think we were all scratching our heads over that one.


Then we watched BSG. How do they continue to crank out such fantastic episodes?
You know I hate the sci-fi genre. But I wonder, would you go so far as to say that BSG is the new Star Trek?


…drove there today and much to my dismay found that I had made my u-turn last week about 200 feet from the shopping center it was in.
I do this all the time when I am trying to find a new place. Thankfully, I've lived in the area long enough that I know where everything is.


Still, I now have photographic proof:
I see you grew your beard back. I take it that the wife is much, much happier now?


Daddy's always the monster.
Better to learn this lesson early in life.


I had a flat…
Life sux!


Once could say it cost me $135 to learn that my wife likes Lisa Gerrard.
I am familiar with Gerrad's work with Zimmer on the various Scott brother's films. Could you provide me with a sample of her work?

I'm sorry that it took such desperate lengths to learn a like of your wife. But then again, that's why we call this thing life. If you hadn't got that flat tire…


Once…
One…


…five toughest questions…And in all honesty, I never found the first question difficult.
I never did either. Dad always asked us that one. Here's my thoughts:

1. Enumerate everything on my mind.
2. If I didn't love the woman, she wouldn't be living in my house.
3. This question has only one answer: NO!
4. This question has only one answer: NO!
5. What do you care? You'd be dead.

Cooking…
I need to learn not just how to cook, but how to do so in a manner that is visually pleasing too.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-20 01:45 (UTC) (Link)
I go to the theater because the experience will never be the same for me.
I watch DVD's in my home because I hate people and dislike leaving my home.

Any thoughts on this?
Read the book.

(I think you say this because his scores are ubiquitous)
Ubiquitous? No. Milktoast? Yes.

You should check out the Matchstick Men score.
Will do, thanks for the tip.

I saw Ron Howard's signature right off the bat…
Would you elaborate on this comment?

There were two points in the movie which screamed 'RON HOWARD' and though I don't recall the second point, the first one was fairly early in the movie when Robert Langston was trying to decipher the anagram and the letters highlighted in his mind and popped out at him ala John Nash style.

You know I hate the sci-fi genre.
It's a drama. Drama is the genre. Do you hate drama? If not, shut the fuck up. Sci-Fi in this case is simply a vehicle in which to deliver the drama. Sorry if that seems crass, but you know how I feel about someone forming an opinion on something they have no knowledge of.

But I wonder, would you go so far as to say that BSG is the new Star Trek?
If you watched the series, you'd realize what a stupid question this is.

Thankfully, I've lived in the area long enough that I know where everything is.
That's called stagnation.

I see you grew your beard back. I take it that the wife is much, much happier now?
I started growing the beard back the day after I shaved it. It took a week. She is.

Daddy's always the monster.
Better to learn this lesson early in life.

Its a role I'm comfortable in.

I had a flat…
Life sux!

Life is only a reflection of the attitude you display during trying times. In this case, life is grand. I'm sorry your life is shit.

Could you provide me with a sample of her work?
I'd be happy to, once I'm familiar enough with her work myself that I'm comfortable handing out what I consider are tracks representable of her art.

I'm sorry that it took such desperate lengths to learn a like of your wife. But then again, that's why we call this thing life. If you hadn't got that flat tire…
I think you just paraphrased what I said.

5. What do you care? You'd be dead.
And you base this on what, exactly? When was the last time you actually spoke to an air-breathing creature of the opposite sex?

I need to learn not just how to cook, but how to do so in a manner that is visually pleasing too.
Why don't try culinary school until you get into film school?
snapper521 at 2006-11-20 06:37 (UTC) (Link)
I also thought that that part of the movie screams Ron Howard. As a whole, I think the movie left much to be desired. it was mediocre and after a time it became monotonous. I was disappointed in it, not only because of the false story line, but because I had expected more from Tom Hanks. Little wonder. Next time I won't be so foolish.

Yes I am playing the part of the critique.

The movie deserved it.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-20 14:48 (UTC) (Link)
Did you read the book?

I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish, and had goosebumps upon the conclusion of the film - AND I READ TH BOOK! There were no 'surprises' for me, I even knew how it ended. So for me to have had those reactions to the film, again I say, "WOW!"

Of course I went into the movie with an open mind - actually, that's not true, I probably went into the movie thinking that it would be a horrible adaptation of the book. Boy was I wrong.
ximo
ximo at 2006-11-20 01:02 (UTC) (Link)
Ok, you're stalking me. I just watched the da vinci code like wednesday and read that exact same 5 question thinger. Gratz on the chipotle tho, about damned time you got tex-mex better than taco bell.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-20 01:45 (UTC) (Link)
I'm across the street.

Did you enjoy the movie as much as I did? Did you read the book?
galinda822 at 2006-11-20 05:12 (UTC) (Link)
Glad you found the "Chipolte" this time around! What a coincidence that I drove right past it later that evening! I was thinking of pulling over to take a photo for you...glad I didn't now.

I really enjoyed the movie - of course now I'm wanting to read the book.

Here's hoping your fantastic weekend continues throughout the week...especially since I won't be at work. Good luck!

Who Should Paint You: Pablo Picasso

Your an expressive soul who shows many emotions, with many subtleties
Only a master painter could represent your glorious contradictions
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-20 14:59 (UTC) (Link)

Only a master painter could represent your glorious contradictions

I was thinking of pulling over to take a photo for you.
Thanks for thinking of me!

...of course now I'm wanting to read the book.
Read Angels & Demons first. Its a far better book, and the first in the series. If I can make a suggestion you won't want to miss, they make an illustrated version which I wish I could have read when I went through the book. As it was I got a book on 'Rome' afterwards.

...especially since I won't be at work.
I fail to see the connection between the two.
galinda822 at 2006-11-21 15:01 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Only a master painter could represent your glorious contradictions

The connection is...that since I won't be at work to help, I hope you aren't super busy. If you're really busy your fantastic weekend might not extend through the short work week.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-21 15:14 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Only a master painter could represent your glorious contradictions

And it all becomes clear.
galinda822 at 2006-11-21 16:20 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Only a master painter could represent your glorious contradictions

And once again I didn't explain myself properly enough for you to understand my meaning - Sorry!
My bad!
snapper521 at 2006-11-20 06:26 (UTC) (Link)
*laughs* Good to know that you never find the question "what are you thinking" to be difficult. Most guys do find it difficult. My ex never did... or if he did would always cover with "I'm not really thinking anything, or I wasn't till you asked me, but now I'm thinking about "such and such" or "you".

I'm sorry you had to get a new tire. :-( That kinda sucks. But... least you now know that not all thump thump thumps are flat tires... sometimes they are bolts stuck in your tire! *laughs*
And... at least you werent in a semi and had to buy a new tire for 3-400 dollars! *grins* See? It could be worst my friend.

Laters. :-)

P.S. Photographic proof does nothing for me, other then to prove my point that you look like a young version of Frank/pamilvr. *grins*
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-20 14:59 (UTC) (Link)
Frank and I were separated at birth.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-11-20 23:15 (UTC) (Link)
That's too funny sir.
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ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-20 23:24 (UTC) (Link)
Like a larger, more swollen version of !EL TACO!
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