October 17, 2002
Feeling Better

It's Thursday night and I'm still awake. I've slept more in the last two days than in the last month. My internal clock is fuxxored.

Michele cooked up some homemade matzo ball soap today. Delicious! I've only eaten soup for the last few days due to my sore throat and the Matzo Ball soup was a treat. Sitting at the table with the girls for dinner was a nice break from sitting on the couch all day.

Oh yes, FUCK Delta Airlines. Due to my throat, I can't fly to New York for my Alumni Weekend. It is quite a disappointment. I called Delta to tell them I couldn't make the flight. They said I could postone the exact flight up to a year from when I made the reservation. This doesn't work since I made the reservation in Sept. and Alumni Weekend '03 will be in Oct. She siad I could turn my ticket back into frequent fliers miles. Sounds great, right? Then she said I had to pay $100 for the priviledge of not flying on Delta. So it was either pay $100 or lose a frequent flyer flight. Bastards. Go bankrupt on your stupid as fees and nonsensical fare system. I hope Southwest ends up running your stupid asses into a Chapter 11.

On a lighter note, I watched two movies today. I watched The Hidden Fortress and The Last Castle. The Hidden Fortress is one of the Kurosawa films that I haven't seen. I had heard that Lucas based some of Star Wars on the film. I could see a few ideas, but overall it's quite a different story. I do think the idea of the lightsaber duel does come from this film. I enjoyed the film, but like many subtitled films, you need to be paying a lot of attention to avoid missing anything. I have to rewind a couple times to catch what was going on. The second film, The Last Castle was good, but not great. Imagine Braveheart taking place inside a prison. The film is well acted but some of the scenes telegraph the plot way in advance.

The rest of the day was filled with weak daytime TV and naps.

Here's the Friday Five for your amusement:

1. How many TVs do you have in your home?

Two. The 27" in the front room and the 13" in the bedroom.

2. On average, how much TV do you watch in a week?

Maybe an hour per weekday and perhaps 2-3 hours per weekend day, depending on what sports are on.

3. Do you feel that television is bad for young children?

Nope. There are television programs that are wrong, but television in itsself isn't bad.

4. What TV shows do you absolutely HAVE to watch, and if you miss them, you're heartbroken?

I'm not really heartbroken over TV shows. I don't like to miss the Sopranos or Good Eats, but if they spend a couple days on the Tivo, it's no big deal.

5. If you had the power to create your own television network, what would your line-up look like?

Hrrm. Junkyard Wars, Insomniac, Jeremiah, Sopranos, The Wire, Good Eats, Call for Help, Antique Roadshow, The Daily Show.

Posted by michael at October 17, 2002 11:33 PM