I spent most of yesterday re-reading Watchmen, and while I found I remembered a great deal of it ("there is a circulatory system walking through the kitchen"), there was much I'd forgotten and a LOT of it sailed right over my barely-twenty-year-old-head back in '85, including the significance of Dr. Manhattan winning Vietnam for us and Nixon being re-elected for a THIRD term (making the assumption that Watergate either didn't happen or they were never caught; there's a throwaway line about Woodward and Bernstein somewhere in there) -- and as I'm fascinated now with well-done alternate timelines, I found myself far more interested in THAT aspect than the overall story. That said, the overall story DOES hold up well. I wonder what changes have been made for the movie (we haven't seen it yet) to make it relevant, as of course the spectre of Vietnam and the Cold War are long history now. From what clips I've seen and capsule reviews I've read, it sounds like they've done a bang-up job, so I'm very much looking forward to seeing it. Probably next weekend, I'm imagining, if we get organized!
I has cricket:
Stalking the wily cricket:
Soon, the hunt will end and there will be nomming.
Unfortunately, the flash wouldn't go off (somehow it's set to "no red eye" so there's a delay; I still need to figure out how to operate this camera) and I missed a great shot of said nomming. But the cricket battle was won.
Here's what you're supposed to do...and please do not spoil the fun. Copy, paste in your notes, delete my answers and type in your answers. Then tag a few good friends! The theory is that you will learn a lot of little known things about each other.
Three Names I go by:
Three Jobs I have had in my life:
1. Data processor
2. Word processor
Three Places I have lived:
1. Phoenix, Arizona
2. Tucson, Arizona
3. Zuni, New Mexico
Three TV Shows that I watch:
3. Doctor Who
Three places I have been:
1. Belize City, Belize
2. Chicago, Illinois, for a WorldCon
3. Orlando, Floria, several times
People that e-mail me regularly:
1. The DNC (maybe it doesn't count, but most of my emails seem to come from political groups)
Three of my favorite foods:
1. Italian food (just about everything)
2. Thai food, especially mi krob and red curry dishes
Three friends I think will repost:
1. Really, no clue
Things I am looking forward to:
1. Having the closet finished
2. June 1st, when my vacation days kick in
3. Next trip to Vegas
Speaking of Vegas, I'm watching the episode of 20/20 that shows Siegfried & Roy's final performance at the Bellagio this year, after Roy's rehabilitation. I never got a chance to see them in in their heyday, or at the Mirage, but the work they did and continue to do with animals makes me very fond of them, and the fact that the tiger they chose to share the stage with at this return performance was Manticore makes me even more fond of them. I never do like those who blame the animal, and I'm so glad Roy never did; and in fact he maintains Manticore was just trying to help him.
The last time I was in Vegas it looked like the Mirage was finally tearing out the last vestiges of Siegfried & Roy, the little "tiger habitat" along the walkway out to Caesars; it looks like just another bar was being put in its place. I hope they keep the "Secret Garden" in the back, though. The Mirage without the tigers loses a lot of its themed ambiance; the tropical jungle isn't set up to be nothing more than a place for Beatles memorabilia (the Circe show that opened there is the Beatles' "LOVE," and while an awesome show, the two themes sort of clash). It was like the facelift they gave Treasure Island; taking away the pirates has made it very bland and ordinary, without anything to give it its own personality. It might as well be an overpriced Motel 6.