Post weekend wrap-up….
Weekend was pretty low-key. Friday night we went to go see V for Vendetta. We went to the Neshamnity Mall to go see the movie. Let’s start with the mall. First off, it’s nothing but high school students in the mall on Friday night. Apparently all of the chunky high school girls go to the Neshamnity Mall, and all of the thin, hot girls got to the Oxford Valley Mall. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t ugly girls. Just girls who were average or a little more chunky. I mentioned to Suze and even she mentioned or affirmed it for me.
The second thing is that apparently hair has gone back to the 80s. I saw one guy who had a traditional 1980’s Mohawk. I was staring, not because he was such a freak, but more that I haven’t seen it in 15 years. Then another girl had a full gelled up, spiked hair. I mean total locks of hair that stick straight up in the air, in a antler like pattern. Once again, I’m cool with kids acting punk, but to see that old style hair come back into style was a bit of a wake up call. Yes, there’s a bit of a ‘yer all a bunch of poseurs’, but we all were a bunch of ‘poseurs’ at that age, so is fine.
V for Vendetta was pretty decent. It’s tough for me to be objective, because half of me is a purist, who thinks that the heart of the story didn’t need to be changed. But, the other part of me is a realist when it comes to these things, and you have to be able to convert an original source to a “Hollywood” style screenplay. So… it was what it was:
What the movie got right, it got really REALLY right. The transformation of Evey Hammond was spot on! You totally believed that she changed into this new person. The reading of Valerie’s note, was excellent. A great adaptation, and great acting by Natalie Portman. The domino scene was great. The quirkiness of V was handled well enough.
The main problem was that they humanized V. And that was the whole missed point. Whatever hormonal or chemical experimentation was done to the residents of Larkhill, changed the man from room five. Made him into not just a super-human, it gave him powers of precognition and perception. It gave him tremendous self-awareness. It did not make him a fighter of the people. He needed to complete his vendetta, and he had a good idea what that Vendetta would entail, and what would happen. They played V as if he was a man on a personal crusade, where he would become the martyr of the people. No No No. V did what he had to do. This V was too active. More of a protagonist, rather than a catalyst.
But, that is a matter of opinion. I didn’t like the aspect of making him ‘fall in love’ with Evey. He was everything to her. He was her father, her uncle, her teacher, her mentor, her tormentor, and her lover. There was a cheesiness to the ‘love’ he had for her, which was outside the scope of what was originally written.
Finally, to not have Evey become V kindof rings wrong to me. In the movie, he more inspired the population, in fact invited them to join him. As I said, too active.
The rest is pretty much window dressing and hollywooding. It wasn’t awful in what they did with the rest, it just was what it was. Regardless, a very satisfying movie experience. Suze liked it well enough which is good.
The Elephant in the Room
So, Suze and I talked more about the fact that she has not had her period yet. She’s not freaking. And I told her that it’s cool, because it’s just a thing that happened, and that would be cool. She’s taking it in stride. We talked about what we had before about miscarriages, about mothers being too motherly, about what she will do what she won’t do, how’s she’s going to hate stopping coffee, how we’re going to deal with it, whether we’re ready for a kid or not (which we aren’t, but we both don’t think we can wait, lol).
I mean, we both went over our recollections, and we both are fairly confident that she has never been this late with her period, since I’ve known her, and never in her memory (save for once). And it’s not mimicking what she wants to happen, because she said that she had it pretty much out of her mind after she took the test the first time. She’s had no cramping, no bloating, none of her usual period symptoms, so that’s why we are where we are.
It was good to clear the air and talk about things. Neither one of us are nervous, because we don’t really believe that it is true. We believe it could be true, but the circumstances are about a 5 or 6 on the everyday miracle scale. (with 1 being your favorite song coming on the radio when you’ve had a shitty day, and 10 being cancer going into remission w/o chemotherapy or radiation). We don’t believe it. However when confronted tonight, that will be the true test.
Basically, the plan is that Suze is going to take the test tonight or tomorrow morning. My Dad is coming over, and we wouldn’t want to influence the emotions of the evening by taking the test, regardless of the result. So, she’s going to try and take the test tonight, we think. And regardless, she has to make a doctor’s appointment. If the test is negative again, she needs to find out why she isn’t getting her period, whether she’s pregnant and the test is flukey, whether her body is changing in her mid 30s and skipped periods can happen, or whether there’s a real problem. And obviously, if she is pregnant, then she needs to go to the doctor for a variety of reasons.
I’m at the point where I don’t believe that she’s pregnant, but I think she is. My heart says she isn’t, but my head says she is. Talk about role reversal. I mean there are too many signs to ignore: her stomach is a bit queasy, her breasts have started to hurt. All of these things can be natural occurrences or even psycho-semantic, but combined with the big clue… it just fits.
So, we shall see tonight.
Forthysia… Forthissleia…. Those Fucking Yellow Bushes
Well, after talking about it for years, we finally bought some forsythia bushes for the backyard. I planted them on Sunday. Two at Home Depot for 15.00 a piece and a new shovel. Kindof cool. Also went to Barnes & Noble, IHOP, JoAnn Fabric, and a few other stores. That basically filled up my entire Saturday morning/afternoon.
Suze’s folks came over on Saturday to go to the Kimmel Center. I had suggested to Suzanne that we go to Liberties Restaurant. Liberties was kindof good, but I worry about her parents’ reaction to places like that. First off, it was very loud. Louder than Liberties has been in a while. It wasn’t smokey or beer stinking, but definitely a presence of a bar crowd. The waitress, who was an extreme hottie, wearing a belly shirt, showing off her tattoo on her back, just fucking awesome, was dumb as a stump. The manager/bartender/owner (who knows) named Trout (from his last name, my guess would be Troutman) was very cool, the type of person who should always b e in the food service industry. Just a jovial, nothing’s a problem, type of guy. Really cool
Of course, the food at Liberties delivered very well. I had crab cakes, only because I didn’t want pasta and I really wanted the garlic mashed potatoes. Suze had Filet au poivre, which was AWESOME. Just wonderful stuff. Nana had crab cakes like me, and Pop had Swordfish with Basil Pesto sauce. Everyone enjoyed the food. Maybe not the best place to take them, but was fine, I think.
Then we went to see Stephen, Justin, and Joel in their youth orchestra performance at the Perleman Center in the Kimmel Center. It was pretty good, I must say. The strings were very good for that age. The horns (honestly couldn’t tell about Stephen) were not as good. But, overall it was quite enjoyable. Had a rainy drive home, but other than that a decent night.
Sunday morning, amazingly enough, we did get up and went to Meeting for Worship. That was fine as always. There’s a showing of Good Night and Good Luck at the Newtown Theater in April, so Suze and I may try to go to that. It looks like a really good movie, and is only 10 bucks for the show and a discussion. And it’s a donation, so….
We went to Moish & Itzies for breakfast. I had Nova Lox on a bagel, which was wonderful. Suze had Chipped Beef on Biscuits, which was decent. She doesn’t like the place as much as I do, but she likes it.
Then we contacted Brian & Kara to see if they wanted to come over. Suze decided to make the scallops in the burnt butter & garlic sauce with risotto and green beans. And we decided to use the placemats along with the stainless flatware and Suze’s Fiestaware. I mean, this is basically the table we set when we eat a nice dinner during the week.
They really got thrown off by the nice spread. Like well past the point. And we had toned it down. We could have done the china & crystal. But still we had a very nice dinner with them. We think Kara enjoyed the scallops, but can’t truly be sure about that.
So that was the weekend… lol
We shall see what tomorrow brings.