Well, there’s not much for me to write about today. My plans didn’t exactly work out the way I wanted yesterday afternoon.
Right after I wrote up my blog, I got a call from Weather Dave. We needed to go out to the Greensboro Coliseum and test the equipment for a live 1075 KZL broadcast happening Thursday night with our man Tripper.
We met up with the lovely Jenny from the GYC who was a little miffed that Weather Dave wasn’t handling the festivities on Thursday. Dave is going to Cancun with the Two Guys Named Chris crew.
Jenny said, “I can’t believe that you would rather go to the Cancun than spending time with me.”
Since I wasn’t going and because of my dislike of all things sand, sea, and sun I piped up with, “I would stay with you.”
As Jenny showed us where we could test things, someone wasn’t feeling too well out in the parking lot where they were setting up for the GYC Carnival. They called an ambulance. And for some reason, I found it a little funny that “the Greensboro Coliseum” wasn’t enough of an address to the emergency operator on the other end. Unless you’re under the age of 8, you know where the GSO Coliseum is… Am I right here?
I had received two movies from Netflix yesterday and had planned on watching both of them before heading into work. That way, I could have them back in the rotation with more flicks on the way. The “turnaround” is very important with me. But when duty calls, those babies will have to wait.
I watched Shine starring Geoffrey Rush and Jarhead starring many people with hard to spell names. That is except for Jamie Foxx and Chris Cooper.
Shine is about a musical genius / prodigy who didn’t have the greatest of a domestic life. His father was a callous man who pushed and pulled with the unknown fact that he was afraid that his family would be torn apart. After surviving the Holocaust, he couldn’t let go of his fears of losing those he cared about deeply. And as .38 Special has taught us… If you cling too tightly… You’re gonna lose control
And he did.
The prodigy learned, practiced, and gave his own interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s 3rd something or another. Apparently, the song was too much for the young man and the little switch in his head switched to the crazy position.
The film has some beautiful music in it. Right now, I’m fighting the urge to find some of the piano concertos that I have on CD. I know that I have some, but I wouldn’t be able to point them out even if there was a gun at my head.
I’m giving it 5 stars on the Netflix grading scale.
Before I sat down to write this entry, I watched the other DVD… Jarhead.
It’s about the Iraqi conflict known as Operation Desert Storm from the perspective of a cat by the name of Swofford. I say conflict because it wasn’t much of a war from what he saw. Sure, there were little moments of horror and glimpses into hell, but overall it was nothing compared to Vietnam, Korea, and the two big ones.
Swofford and crew enjoyed long bouts of boredom mixed with the ever-present fear of that wife/girl back home enjoying affection from someone else. And when some action is about to break up the cycle… i.e., kill something… The mother of all wars was over.
Christine pointed out the best possible revenge that a woman could ever have in that film before I watched it. She didn’t tell me what it was, but she told me that I would know it when I saw it.
The Marines all sit down at a television and VCR to watch The Deer Hunter delivered from overseas and during the opening credits, there’s a homemade porno taped over it. The one Marine realizes after a few pokes that his girlfriend was on the friendly stick of another man and enjoying herself.
He had to be carried out as the rest of the Marines watched the tape. And after they finished up their “doggy duties” for the camera, she walks up and fills the screen with her face. She tells her faraway familiar that he isn’t the only one that can cheat. And the watching Marines go wild.
I didn’t really see what was so great about it… After spending six years in a relationship with someone that was constantly under the impression that I wanted to screw around, I can easily take the Devil’s Advocate position. Maybe he wasn’t cheating and her imagination got the best of her. Therefore, she gladly accepted the nookie of the neighbor.
But, it was a funny scene.
I highly recommend both Shine and Jarhead because of the good filmmaking and because they have one word titles.