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I've thought for some time now that my cat is the reincarnation of Howard Hughes. I think this, because whenever I ask him if he was Howard Hughes in his last life, he stops, looks up at me, and winks. Anyway, last night I had this dream about moving to Massachusetts.

I dreamed that my feline companion was driving my uncle’s truck. My cat often appears in my dreams in human form as Howard Hughes -- as how he looked when Hughes was alive and handsome and still relatively sane. The truck was piled high with all my stuff. "Hughes" was driving very slowly while I ran along behind, snatching up things that kept falling off the back (of the truck). Just as we were passing a sign that read "Welcome to Massachusetts" we were stopped by a state trooper. Instead of asking for my license and registration, he asked for my resume and three letters of recommendation. I panicked because everything was packed, and I had no idea where I had put all of my office related stuff. The trooper was about to arrest us when he took a long look at my cat (in the form of Mr.Hughes) and said...

"Hey, aren’t you..."

"Why yes," said my cat without hesitation "Yes I am."

The trooper blushed and let us go.
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“Cine- schism”

When I heard that “Freddy vs. Jason” was in production, I remember thinking to myself, “Interesting. I didn’t know that they were still doing that much cocaine in Hollywood.” Having seen it, I have to admit that it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. It’s sort of like rice dream; it’s delicious in its own way, but if you expect it to taste like Haagen-Dazs, you might be disappointed. This phenomenon applies to many films currently being released. If you go in with the expectation that a film should have a plot, be decently acted, thoughtfully directed, and brilliantly edited, you might be disappointed.

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to “Alien vs. Predator.”
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Complications

So far the "Where would you live..." poll responses include: Chicago, Cambridge, Portland, and Vancouver BC.

I'd welcome suggestions for communities that deal with these towns -- or any of the towns listed in the poll. Yes, I have tried searching, but heavens! There are zillions of lj communities out there that are related to these places!

So...Active communities that would give me a sense of what the denizens (of the towns on the poll list) are like, and what it would be like to live there, would be most welcome.
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Top Seven "Which Side the Bread is Buttered On."

Hats off to the following journals. Each may not think that they have their life in order, but as far as I can tell, they really do. If you're on my friends list and aren’t mentioned here, it isn’t that you're not wonderful, or that I don't think that you have a great life too, I simply think that these seven are making lives that they find personally fulfilling most of the time. For those not listed, expect to find yourself in future lists (such as "top seven evil geniuses in training") Oh, and as to why I chose top seven... I’m bored with top fives, tens, and multiples of fives and tens.

1. "E" – Has a job with medical and dental benefits, is regularly promoted, in a serious relationship, is shopping for real estate of his very own, has accomplished all this before the age of 25, and in spite of all of his responsible behavior, has yet to become boring.

2. “Fallen” –Has friends that call at 2am and cares enough about said friends to answer the phone, has stayed true to self, is stunningly insightful, and never puts a foot wrong (grammatically speaking).

3. “Ms.Maus” – Undoubtably the most prolific and entertaining writer on the net. Ms.Maus never fails to surprise me with her unusual beauty, wit, and charm. She also works at a museum, is an artist, tiki hostess, and throws curry parties. I hope she is finally finding someone to appreciate, love, and value her, or I shall lose what bits of faith I have left in humanity.

4. “WD” A person of no less than 131 interests, I really can’t tell you why I think that she is living her life well...You’d just have to read for yourself. The best I can do explicatively is say that I think she has a dozen lucky stars spinning around her at all times. This condition is probably due to being frequently bowled over by providence (who, like a big happy dog wants to knock her down, lick her face, and play fetch).

5. “Is”(and jp –guilt by association)—Young, married, employed, generally happy – I don’t actually believe a person can be more successful than she is. This is a great picture of her dog: http://www.livejournal.com/users/iseebi/349342.html?mode=reply

6. “BCC” – Someone that actually didn’t have time to write in her journal on the occasion of her wedding anniversary! Now that deserves SERIOUS respect! If I ever get started on regularly playing “pimpwar” to the ruination of my teaching prep time, I’ll have her to blame.

7. “Evil” – Though not content, she is listed here because she always surprises me (in a good way), and does stuff like travels to India to avoid Thanksgivings with her family. I noticed this link at her most recent post: http://photo.stamps.com/learn-more/
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Best Places

Poll #331504 Best Places to Live Poll

Given these options, where would you most want to call home?

Bellingham (Washington)
0(0.0%)
Portland (Oregon)
1(20.0%)
Chicago
1(20.0%)
Cambridge (Massachusetts)
1(20.0%)
Las Vegas
0(0.0%)
New York
1(20.0%)
San Francisco
0(0.0%)
Vancouver BC
1(20.0%)
Montreal
0(0.0%)
Hollywood
0(0.0%)
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What to do...

This is the old address -- I don't remember where I put the new one, and all I have is the old one!
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It's just a letter, and it will probably find its way to where it should go.
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Sick of holding my breath.

I just can’t stand it anymore!

I need more than 14”x 38” of floor space! I’m sick of sideling through my bedroom door!

Well, on the bright side, the current conditions of my living space create a splendid alert for times when I’m gaining too much weight.
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The Village

The ending gives away too much, too soon, spoiling what little suspense there is in an overall decently crafted film. If you promise the audience monsters, give them monsters. Don’t solve all the mysteries with voiceovers. Rather than flatly delivering all the answers 20 minutes before the end of the feature, let the audience come to a realization of what’s going on.

Platitudes that come to mind:
Sometimes it’s best to leave the audience laughing. Sometimes it’s best to leave them wondering. It is never a good idea to promote the heck out of a story and then disappoint audience expectations.

I suggest a revised director’s cut be released into DVD with an alternate, less anticlimactic and predictable ending.
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Morbid thoughts.

What would you do, if you found out that you had approximately two years left to live? Would you change anything about your life? Would you finally learn how to play the accordion? Would you quit your job and move? If you could live anywhere, where would you choose (to live)? Would money be a factor? Would family dependents be a factor?

What kind of funeral do you suppose you would have? Would anyone visit your grave? Would it bother you if nobody showed up to your wake, or left flowers on your grave at Memorial Day?

Would you want to be embalmed and such, or just cremated?

Do you think we go anywhere after we're gone?

I saw "Kissed" recently -- very disturbing film...I felt oddly compelled to keep watching it, even when I didn't really want to.
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