Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Take a Break Week

Has it only been 11 days since my last update? In all honesty time has been moving in slow motion lately.

In my last post I mentioned an idea for a short story, but the closer I got to sitting down and writing it the more unappealing it got. So no dice on that one. The day before I came to Hamilton, I had some time to kill and ended up writing a few pages of dialogue between two characters based on Rockwell and I. That one lost its flare pretty quickly too though.

Last Friday the 16th I packed my things and got picked up from my place in Guelph. Later that night, after grabbing a bite to eat at home, Pete and I met Sarah (who came home from Waterloo the same day) at Jackson Square. The three of us went to see Pan's Labyrinth. This film deserves more of an explanation than I will likely give it here, but let me say that it is a wonderful film. One critic, if I remember correctly, described it as a fairy tale for adults. That's a pretty good explanation. There's a well-balanced mix of fantasy and realism in the film, so you can feel like you've enjoyed a fairy tale, even though the main characters are all human. The visuals are also very nice, and the acting above par. All three of us loved it.

The next night, the same 3 plus Sara PJ met at Skyline to shoot some pool. I'm out of practice. We hung out at my place afterward, and after Sarah left, Pete and Sara and I lazed around until around 2 in the morning. The movie Beethoven was on TV. (That really old one about the Saint Bernard.) After they left I watched Angels in the Outfield, which came on after. I think I still have that one on VHS somewhere, and I've seen it about a million times. The scene near the beginning where George Knox loses his temper and knocks over a rack of bats is absolutely priceless.

Sunday night I took it easy - walked over to the store and rented The Quiet and Little Miss Sunshine. The Quiet was terrible. I think people my age, especially those of us who aren't avid 24 fans, are still reeling from Elisha's drastic change from this to this. Granted, we probably missed some stuff in between, but who can blame us? As for Little Miss Sunshine, I don't need to talk about it. It was as good as everyone said it was. I got both my parents to watch it, and even my dad laughed a lot, which I didn't expect. I award the host of the beauty pageant The Creepiest Dude Ever Award. If you haven't seen this one yet, I highly recommend it, obviously. Despite a bit of off-colour language, this is a good one to watch with the family. (If my dad liked it, just about anyone would.)

Monday night was Poker night at Rockwell's. We were joined by Paul and Katelin. All I can say is, it's a good thing we don't play for real money. Paul won. Tuesday: nothing to report.

Today Pete and Sara and I went over to Westdale to make our rounds visiting old teachers and friends. We saw Mr. Queck, Mr. Spree, Ms. Baboudjian, and Miss Dickson. (Among others, actually, but those are the ones I talked to.) It's always nice to do that. I think people appreciate knowing that you haven't forgotten about them. Of course, half the fun is feeling like a big shot as you stroll around, as if you never left. Afterward we had lunch at the Snooty Fox and went back to Sara's, who helped us continue our little trip down memory lane. She had some tapes that were recorded of our class in Grade 1. We were singing (in French!!) and dancing in the gymnasium for our parents. Very cool. It's funny to see how we looked when we were 6 years old, and pretty mind blowing to think about how far we've come. I wonder if our teachers ever imagined that the same friends would still be together many years later, home from our pursuits of higher education to watch in amusement our former selves doing a dance number to Frere Jacques.

Tomorrow I'm going around to a bunch of places with copies of my resume, and hopefully buying a new pair of shoes somewhere along the line. I'll let you know how that goes, but for now I'm calling it quits because I realize I should probably work on finding something more interesting to discuss than my life. Agreed? Agreed. Ok.


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