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...the obligatory "What I did over the holiday weekend" poll:

- Mercifully brief but enjoyable Thanksgiving meal with my mom, aunt, and cousins. I was instructed to bring a green salad, which is the only thing I make that my family does not consider too ‘exotic’. Deciding to be a smart-ass, I included some duck-breast prosciutto and Salers cheese, which were devoured by my 12-year-old cousin but ignored by everyone else. Missed the old days of the Expatriate Thanksgiving.

- Finished off all of my laundry, completely cleaned my apartment, and donated some extra junk to the local Goodwill. The place is so different when it’s clean and organized that I almost forget that I have an inconsiderate asshole neighbor who keeps me awake every goddamn night.

- Got a rather crazy amount of writing done, which made me feel better about being a deranged alcoholic hermit. No announcements yet, but 2009 is gonna be a good year for my particular brand of scribbling, I think.

- Shored up details for my Christmas trip back to the AZ, and shuffled around some plans for further voyages next year: NYC for the first time, Paris for sure (maybe with some side trips while I’m in Europe), and at least one long road trip. This is in addition to whatever trips I take for freelance work, and contingent on my not getting laid off and losing the fat vacation package we get here.

- Talked to a few friends via various electronic means, made plans to do some radio shows this week, and generally didn’t feel as lonesome as I often do down here in South Texas. Still, I missed those of y'all that I missed.

- Treated myself to lunch at a great Mexican joint down the street, and then later had lunch at this alleged Chicago-style pizza place on the Austin Highway, which ended up being less of a treat than a punishment.

- Saw many, many movies, both for my own amusement and for reasons of professional obligation, including Two Lane Blacktop, Stroszek, Bob le Flambeur, The Lower Depths, Burn After Reading, and Revolutionary Road.

And what did you do, my pretties?


Dec. 1st, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Ate. Drank. Smoked. Re-read some stuff that made me reconsider a story idea (in a bad way.) Drew less than I had planned. Hung out with friends from far away who were briefly close by. Killed rats.
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
accidentally logged out of lj at my office computer
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Have you read Revolutionary Road? How is the movie? I am very curious because that is my favorite book ever and I think it's going to be a horribly depressing film.
Dec. 1st, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
I haven't read the book. The movie is good, but not as good as it wants to be. It is pretty depressing, but it's nothing compared to Stroszek.
Dec. 1st, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
i lunched at popeye's and watched man on wire. the end.
Dec. 1st, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Apparently, your twelve year old cousin is the one to watch in that family.

Also, vis-à-vis the noisy neighbor: have you tried simply running an electric fan in or just outside the door of your bedroom at night? This is how I finally dealt with my noisy upstairs neighbor, who granted probably isn’t as bad as your guy, but I find it’s worked remarkably well.

Finally, you know the futon/sofabed in my apartment is still available should you need it when your NYC travel plans solidify.
Dec. 1st, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Ah, you 'Merkins and your wacky "month late Thanksgiving".

Good that it was productive, in an alocoholic hermit way.
Dec. 1st, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Two Lane Blacktop

How does it compare to Vanishing Point, if you've seen both? If not, see both and then tell me.
Dec. 1st, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
I have never seen Vanishing Point. I will add it to my queue and let you know, but I have doubts it will be better than Two Lane Blacktop, which is a damn good movie. (Wikipedia makes them sound quite similar, at least thematically and structurally.)
Dec. 1st, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Vanishing Point is remarkably dated (he just wants to live his own way, but the MAAAAAAN won't let him!), but still excellently done. One of the few movies I think might merit a remake.
Dec. 2nd, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Be careful what you wish for
There already was a remake of Vanishing Point. It starred Jason Priestley.

I saw Transporter 3 at 10:15 AM on Thanksgiving. It was enjoyably brainless. Other than that, I sat on the couch, tried to finish reading Nixonland and got started on Anathem. Did absolutely no writing.



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