So, here I am again after almost two weeks. I've not been absent, really, but just reading and commenting in the LJs that make up my (tiny in comparison to some of you) flist seems to gobble up all the time I can steal from work for LJ activities. Am I the only one trying to operate this way, I wonder? Do all the rest of you do your LJ work in the wee small hours of the morning sitting cross-legged on your beds dressed in jammies with bunny slippers on your feet and a nice cup of cocoa (or maybe a brandy) on the bedside table within easy reach ...?
Of course, the benefit of my system is that I'm accustomed to only being able to access LJ M-F 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., with the occasional opportunity on the weekend if I'm free and can get over to the library. That means that when LJ went dark last Friday afternoon I was mildly annoyed but didn't think any more about it until I logged in on Sunday and found much wailing and gnashing of teeth coming from those of you who are used to 24/7 access. But the LJ wizards worked their magic and all's calm again in LJ-land, true? At least I learned about greatestjournal.com, so if everyone disappears again I'll know where to look for you lol!
I'm on holiday this week (vacation days from 2004 that I couldn't use before the end of the year and so had to carry over). The weather's been gorgeous -- blue sky, balmy breezes, and temperatures in the 80's (F). It's hard to believe that last week the rain was coming down faster than the ground could absorb it and rescue workers were still looking for survivors/bodies in the wake of the mudslide in La Conchita.
I haven't done much of anything this week, which is a treat in and of itself. Lunch with my sister one day, a couple of movies, and the rest of my time spent sitting at a library computer composing a few lengthy e-mails on Oz-related matters, or reading a couple of new Oz fics. For the record, I've learned that if an author ( catheights this means you) warns of angst, the prudent thing to do is print the story out and wait until I'm in the privacy of my own home to read it. It's a little difficult to weep without anyone noticing when the other eleven computer stations in the room are occupied .... And I wasn't even going to try to explain about Season 4 Chris and Toby and a stolen moment in a prison laundry room to the preteen girl sitting on one side of me doing her homework, or to the elderly gentleman sitting to my left. I just didn't want to go there, lol!
About those movies. It was Million Dollar Baby on Monday, and Hotel Rwanda on Tuesday. Hotel Rwanda was hard to watch, and the PG-13 rating surprised me a little. The film was every bit as graphic and brutal as 1984's The Killing Fields, and I don't think kids belong in the theatre. On the other hand, I think every politician in America and Europe who stood back in 1994 and did nothing while the Hutus were slaughtering 800,000+ of their Tutsi neighbours should be tied to a chair and made to watch it. The film made me feel ashamed.
Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby was just as affecting in a different way. It's a chamber piece, not a symphony, and it reaches out and grabs your heart when you least expect it. Don't worry -- no spoiler from me -- just a recommendation to go out and see this film. It's much better (I think) than last year's Mystic River; Eastwood should always have a place in front of the camera as well as behind it, IMO. I hope that the Golden Globe wins (Best Director and Best Actress) are repeated next month with Oscar statuettes, and I hope there'll be a Best Picture Oscar accompanying them.
Finally, a question for the Oz veterans in the audience. My DVD retailer tells me that Season 4 is to be released on Feb. 1st. My question for all of you is this: should I watch the episodes slowly, rationing them to one a week to draw out the pleasure, or should I have a marathon viewing session and watch them all one right after another? I was going to watch the first three seasons at the rate of an episode a week -- in the end it turned out to be a season a week, which is part of the reason I had all those extra months to discover Oz fanfic and various other things. So, is it Chris and Toby with a whole uninterrupted night ahead of them (an episode a week), or is it Chris and Toby in the storage room with a hack just down the corridor (as much and as fast as possible)? Let me know.