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Day 17, a real post this time

Seeing Betty White always pleases me. I wonder if I should start trying out for more plays. I'm reaching the age at last when a character actor's career actually begins. (Of course, if I weren't so lazy to begin with, maybe I'd have made something of myself more than a cube monkey in a mailroom job...)

This morning I got up and headed out to the gym, fixed up my stuff, and headed out. When I got there, I realized my water bottle was missing. How odd, thought I, it must have fallen out in the car. After workout, found nope, not in car. Okay, must have left it in the yard. When I got home, nope -- not in the yard. Not in the foyer. It was, in fact, on the sofa. Fortunately NOT chewed up, and only a little spilled. I think some dog stole it out of my workout bag. Must remember NOT to put it down there until I actually leave.

I have only two episodes left of Deep Space Nine. I never did watch very much of Season 7, and missed the ending completely, and I'm really wondering how they'll wrap everything up. I believe they knew they were cancelled and had to finish, so I'm pretty sure it won't end on another cliffhanger, but man, S7 was good. Much better than I'd been led to believe. I even like the much-maligned Ezri Dax (who really was not to blame that Terry Farrell left the show). I watched 12 episodes this last weekend, and would have finished it up except it was getting late Sunday night. But the main thing I remember about that final season was feeling somewhat sorry for the actor Armin Shimmerman, because as DS9 was cancelled, his role as Snyder in Buffy the Vampire Slayer was ending, as well... (not that Snyder didn't deserve to be eaten, but still--if I remember correctly, the final ep of DS9 was broadcast on the same day as the season 3 finale of BtVS in Phoenix, as they were both in syndication.)

I also finished reading Great Expectations, and while I realize it was considered one of his finest works, it left me sort of... meh. As always, excellently written, brilliantly conceived, but somehow, all those lovely Dickensian coincidences and twists and turns didn't really go anywhere, and I was left very down by the ending (and I have an edition that had both Dickens' original ending, and the somewhat more "heartening" one his buddy Bulwer-Lytton told him to change it to; I do think, depressing as it was, his original ending was probably better than the "less depressing" one was).

A couple of days ago, Michael McKean (of Spinal Tap) was tweeting a number of humorous asides about Arizona, mostly about Jan Brewer but at least one about the state itself, and I had to tweet back, begging him not to judge us all by the wingnuts who appear to represent the state -- and he tweeted me back! (I don't usually expect the celebrities I follow to actually, you know, talk to me or anything.) Then it occurred to me that McKean may be one celebrity I've known and liked longer than most; I was a fan way back in his Lenny days (Laverne & Shirley).

I have to admit a certain fondness for Twitter. I don't tweet much myself, but I enjoy reading a number of the folks I do follow, and it's been very nice to have up-to-the-minute tweets from CNN. Enough that I almost (almost) want to set up my phone so I can receive tweets through the day. (It's a true sickness.)

We've watched all three seasons of The Guild (short episodes), and it's fun. It makes me want to try some online games, and now that people are talking about how LOTR Online has gone free... (fenchurche is an enabler!)

Of course, right now "free" is the only thing I CAN afford -- this month is car insurance, property tax, and next month is homeowners insurance. And the truck is acting up (the "check engine" light came on this morning, but it turned off again and I'm hoping I can ignore it for a few months).

As I drove up the ramp in the parking garage this morning, I saw a rather sizable flock of grackles hanging out on our building across the driveway:

Bonus Photo:

And they were also playing in the trees:

I have the new sound system set up, and I need to get an HDMI cable and I can finally hook in the DVD-R, as well. I can't figure out how to hook in the VHS/DVD combo, though (and I'm not ready to just stop having a VHS, not yet), but I hope I can eventually, even if only to run it through the DVD-R and then to the TV. The Blu-Ray player is an AMAZING step up from the old DVD player; the clarity and crispness of the Deep Space Nine DVDs was remarkable (especially the mid-90's CGI, rather impressive for the time). The DVR complicates things in ways that the "how to" charts don't configure yet... (The "how to" for Tivo itself allows for one extra machine, but not two.)


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Sep. 16th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
fun grackles.

i liked Ezri too
Sep. 16th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
Grackles are always fun. I could watch 'em for ages.

Poor Ezri, she had big shoes to fill, but really, the actress did a bang-up job of being herself while still being the DAX we all knew. It was really a very impressive piece of acting.

Sep. 16th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
I always thought so. And it was natural that Dax be replaced since the human shell was just that, the person who carried the parasitic being. that's what made Dax interesting. she had been male and female for hundreds of years. she would have been a very interesting character to explore
Sep. 16th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, indeed. The Dax symbiant should have been able to move from one to another with no problem (although probably had the Dax moved to a male Trill, he wouldn't have been as compared by fans as Nicole Deboer was...).

There was a marvelous episode in S5, Children of Time, where a runabout with several members of the crew were flung back in time 200 years and were forced to stay there, with no way of rescue. Their descendants were there to meet Sisko and the crew 200 years later, and they have to make a hard choice to actually try and escape, or go through with the crash that started the circle. The Dax of that time is wonderfully played.
Sep. 17th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
I remember that episode with the older Dax. it was good.

Of course if it had gone into a male this time Worf would have had even more issues adapting (not that he really did)
Sep. 17th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
That is true... I think if they'd had another season with Ezri they may have explored more of that. Her background was interesting.

I liked a lot of the Dax episodes -- the one in S3, when all the former hosts "came out" of the symbiant and into other crewmembers was extraordinary. Good acting all around.
Sep. 17th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
Oh that was a really good episode
Sep. 16th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
I wish I lived closer so I could come help figure out how to hook up all your many components. There's always a way. *g* (Actually, I need to switch TVs in my living room and get all my own stuff hooked up the way I want it again, too.)
Sep. 16th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
I know there is! If it weren't for the Tivo, it would be easier; it's trying to figure out how to thread things through there that complicates matters (in pre-DVR days, it was a snap to do this stuff!). But I THINK if I bypass Tivo with the other two players, I might be able to do it (although I'd like to get the DVD-R hooked into the DVR somehow, since of course I want to burn discs from Tivo... hmmmm).
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Sep. 16th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, good! I was going on shoddy memory of the time; I thought there had been a cancellation and then they were given time to wrap up.

I adored the show when it was on, but because of syndication scheduling, and the fact that, at the time, it was on that old "UPN" network (Paramount), which in Phoenix had been picked up by a local station which was also the one and only place that showed Suns games, it meant everything and anything that UPN was showing got knocked for basketball games (and I think that same year the Suns even went to the playoffs, so it got REALLY annoying). Therefore, I missed a LOT.

It's been more than well worth re-watching. Brilliant, brilliant show.
Sep. 16th, 2010 10:27 am (UTC)
Hugs and joys (and maybe new online games soon)!
Sep. 16th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
I have to think about that one! HUGS!
Sep. 17th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
I wasn't that fond of Great Expectations, either.
Sep. 17th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, good, it's not just me! I mean, as compelling as all Dickens stories, but... meh.
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