Monday, August 14, 2006

It's strange to sit here...

with thunder and lightning all around and be writing a post instead of worrying about a lightning strike! I'm on the laptop, Dottie went to bed a bit ago, and I'm heading for the shower when the lightning slows a bit.

We did an "us" weekend, 2 movies in the theatre yesterday, then one last night off DVD after we got home. Today we slept late, stuck a turkey in the oven and went to another, then came home and ate and watched a second, then watched the 2nd episode of "3 Moons Over Milford".

The worst "discussions" of our 30 years have always been over gay rights and women's rights; the events of the last month have added a 3rd to that list. She of course, has no idea about my friend in Beirut and her family. She also thinks that as long as a single missle lands in Israel they have a right to target the entire population of a country instead of just the ones firing them...

Perhaps I've offended some of you as well over this last few weeks as well as my wife; if so I'm sorry for that.

Somehow the idea of "killing the patient to cure a boil" bothers me!

We saw Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center" on Saturday. I had heard interviews last week with some of the people who were there, and they had good things to say about it. It was a good movie, well done. Apparently the events of last week made it poor timing for it's release, as people seem to be avoiding it. Maria Bello is always stunning, and it's really a very good ensemble.

That afternoon we finally got to "An Incovenient Truth". This one needs to be seen in all the schools when it hits DVD, and I hope it is. This might be one more time when the kids can help save the parents!

On the way home last night I stopped and rented "Brick". I had wanted to see it at the "art house" but it only stayed a week, and those are really hard to get to on my hours. I had read about it somewhere (USA Today, maybe) being a Raymond Chandler "Sam Spade" type of yarn, set in high school. It was, it was good, and has me digging for my copy of "The Maltese Falcon". Chandler and Hammett have been on my reading list for a long time, just to see how they compare to those old movies I love; sometime I'm going to have to get to them.

Today, after the turkey found it's way into the oven, we went to see "Prarie Home Companion". I love the radio show, my wife is bored by it, but I really wanted to see the movie, so we went. I liked it a lot, and love having faces to go with the voices I've treasured for so long now. Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly slipping in as the cowboys didn't jar me as badly as I had feared, and Meryl Streep can sing! This may not be ranked with Altman's "MASH" but it's a really good movie! Dottie still doesn't care for the radio show, but laughed pretty hard during parts of the movie. I had hoped it might draw her into fandom, but no such luck.

We came home, I did chores while she made gravy, then we ate and watched "Failure To Launch", one we had missed in the theatres and had been looking forward to. We both enjoyed it very much, and the interviews with McConaughey and Bradshaw in the making of stuff are a riot!

Hope you all had nice weekends!


alan

18 comments:

Jen said...

Alan,
sounds like a nice week-end. You speak from your heart, that is always best.

Nikki said...

Alan,
You guys are an inspiration to me.
I hope my married life turns out like yours.( i know married life has its ups and downs...but isn't that a part of life?)
Just wanted you to know I was thinking about you this week.I look forward to being able to share pictures with you later in the week!
gotta go see Mom off to the hospital...talk to you soon

stay safe

I n g e r said...

Alan, I feel affirmed and comforted by your take on the geopolitical scene--not ever offended.

Glad you had a flick weekend: my favorite kind!

xo Inger

kath said...

"killing the patient to cure a boil"

me too..


Sounds like a mostly enjoyable weekend.. glad to know you had such a good time!

take care...

k

Barbara said...

Hello my friend.
I haven't been offended by any of your insights or opinions. I don't feel I know enough about the situation in the Middle East to really express an opinion. I can only wonder who benefits from allowing such violence?

If there is a god/allah/buddah/creator (I highly doubt it), surely she/he/it did not mean for things to be so.

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Wow, two movies and the theater?!?!? That's fabulous!

RC said...

wow, sounds like a great movie weekend.

With a great combination of different films to watch and enjoy.

--RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

MB said...

I have no problem with someone speaking what they feel.

I enjoyed PHC too!

Heidi said...

Sounds like u had a great weekend together ;)

annie said...

your wife sounds SO much different than you. bizarre.


my mother married a republican, her second time around. i never understood that union, ever.

i am with you, re: your views in the middle east. in my mind, a life is a life, no matter what church you subscribe to, including no church whatsoever.

Patricia said...

movie weekends are great! i love PHC, too, and have yet to see the movie but it's on my list.

sleeping late and roasting a turkey... now that just makes everything better.

alan said...

Annie, 30 years ago we agreed on many more things in life; when she had children she picked up her Bible again, and immediately started "shifting to the right". Sometimes, if I really sit down and think about it, I'm not sure I know her in a lot of ways now.

But she's put up with a lot from me over the years as well, so I'm not throwing them away...

Every now and then I screw up my courage and tweek her just a bit on some of them, but not "too often"!

alan

NINANINA said...

hey alan.. thanks for checking out my site and art.. I post new art every sunday :)
I was married for 12 years and to a total opposite.... didn't last.... been single 8 years and happy but its can be tough financally, since I am a homeowder and do all the maintainance myself,
Glad you are happily married! After being single this long my friends have become like family!
have a good week...
NINA

NINANINA said...

hey alan.. thanks for checking out my site and art.. I post new art every sunday :)
I was married for 12 years and to a total opposite.... didn't last.... been single 8 years and happy but its can be tough financally, since I am a homeowder and do all the maintainance myself,
Glad you are happily married! After being single this long my friends have become like family!
have a good week...
NINA

CrackerLilo said...

Well, I agree with what you've been saying.

My wife and I have our arguments over gun control. Also, she's more straightforwardly libertarian than I am.

Sounds like a nice weekend, too.

cherish said...

You have a great marriage!

Awesome post Alan!

Von Krankipantzen said...

Sounds like you spoiled yourselves with good films and good food. You guys deserve it.

Lori said...

Hi Alan!

Just wanted to check in and say hello. Sounds like you and your wife had a great movie weekend. And agreeing on everything isn't the key regarding your "discussions". It's respecting each other's opinions and feeling secure enough to lovingly disagree.