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May 26th, 2008


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10:43 pm - They Don't Have Memorial Day in Brazil
It was generally a pretty low-key Memorial Day weekend with a few notable events that should be documented because I haven't posted in six days and my LiveJournal is feeling lonely.

On Saturday, I took my cans to be recycled and reclaim some of my CRV money. I made a whopping $3.12, which I know is bullshit because I had two whole bags of cans. Way more than thirty cans at ten cents a pop, which is what I paid when I bought them. I miss Michigan, where I put each can into the machine so I knew that each can meant something. None of this weird-ass weighing bullshit.

Anyway, I used that $3.12 to buy some sushi from Trader Joe's. Spicy California rolls for lunch!

That evening, I met up with Lisa (danea), Rick (ellric), and Cat (ceolyn) for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at the Grand Lake Theatre. After we got our tickets, we headed over to Lakeshore to have dinner at Spettro, which I had just recently rejected but then been recommended.

The decor was kind of quirky, with lots of Christmas lights everywhere. It was sort of a mixture of Mexican and Italian. This is California, where we're all about fusion!

Cat pointed out the chicken tortilla soup, which led to her ordering it. Followed by Lisa's ordering it. And then Rick's ordering it. And I love chicken tortilla soup, but I'm also really cheap, but I'm also highly susceptible to peer pressure and didn't want to be the only person not enjoying chicken tortilla soup. So. It's a wonder I don't drink. The chicken tortilla soup was amazing, though. It was extremely tasty and full of more vegetables than I'm used to. Cat said it was more like chicken tortilla stew.

For the main course, I got chicken canneloni, which were like Italian enchiladas! Also very, very good.

We walked down to Gelato Firenze for dessert, a Grand Lake tradition since you get a free upgrade with your movie ticket. I decided on super chocolate, pistachio, and cinnamon. The super chocolate was incredibly rich and yummy, and the pistachio was good, but the cinnamon was way too strong. It tasted like cinnamon candy, like a Red Hot.

It was a half hour before the 9:45 showing, so we headed to the theatre, where we...got in line! There was a line outside to get in! Oh, opening weekend. And at the very end of the line, there was a couple who were dressed up! Oh, opening weekend.

The Grand Lake is one of those old movie theatres where you get an organist playing a Wurlitzer before the movie. And, as we had hoped, he totally played the Indy theme right before the show started. We cheered.

Indiana Jones and the Really Long Movie Title was very fun, and there were monkeys. Reactions on my flist have ranged from OMG FOUR THUMBS UP to OMG SUCK, and I found myself in the middle with a positive leaning, which is where I am most of the time, really. It was an Indy movie with great action sequences (and, okay, some gratuitous CGI), but the main plot didn't really hold together for me. Not that it mattered because the movie was so fun in all its throwback glory. I want to watch the old ones now, though.

On Sunday, I did a little apartment cleaning because...I should do that once in a while, right?

Then I BARTed into the city to meet Melanie (grammargirl) for dinner! You guys remember her, right? One of my very first LJ friends (along with foresthouse)! She was the inaugural recipient of the not being a serial killer tag!

She met me in the lobby of the Westin on 3rd, and we walked down the street as she told me of all the touristy things she had done. She craved Mexican food since California could actually do Mexican food, unlike New York, so we went to Chevy's, which was close by. It appeared to be prom weekend or something. Also family time weekend, as we sat next to a table with five kids. One boy was doing helicopter noises for, like, five minutes while we were eating.

Melanie craved guacamole, so we ordered some. They actually did make it fresh right in front of you, scooping out some avocadoes and smashing it all up with the other component parts. Unfortunately, one of those parts was cilantro, so I had to pick around it. The guacamole was good but ridiculously overpriced: nine dollars for a little bowl? Are you kidding me?

For dinner, I decided to try the shrimp and crab enchiladas with a habanero-pesto cream sauce. Because it sounded interesting. They were really tasty, although I only tasted a little bit of shrimp. The crab was hard to taste among everything else. But I think I like crab.

(Two days in a row, however, I paid over twenty bucks for dinner, which I don't normally do unless I'm on a business trip. Eating out is expensive! Is this how real people eat?)

As we left, I noticed that Melanie was carrying a Twilight bag. Jesus, that shit is everywhere. How/when/why did it get so goddamn big? (When I remarked that she was one of those, she explained that she worked for the company that published the books, so she felt like she owed them some free advertising.)

When I got home, I watched City of Lost Children. That is one weird-ass movie. I don't even know whether I liked it. I know I'm supposed to, but it felt like it was more concerned with being weird than being a movie. I liked Ron Perlman and the little girl, though. Ron Perlman is a strange-looking man.

This morning, I had to do some work, as expected. Global safety reporting waits for no holiday!

But, really, the most notable thing that happened today was that I SEWED A BUTTON. It took this YouTube video and forty-five minutes, but I was able to sew a button back onto my pants. And then I DID IT AGAIN. In maybe fifteen minutes, this time.

Now, I am going to watch a yet-to-be-determined movie. Comcast has all kinds of free movies OnDemand! It's awesome! While I do that, I leave you with the following poll:

Poll #1194371 Battle of the Summer Movie Title Characters

Who would win in a fight?

Iron Man
28(65.1%)
Indiana Jones
15(34.9%)

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From:eponis
Date:May 27th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
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Sadly, I'm aware that my vote for Iron Man is total wishful thinking, because even though he really should win (based on physical condition, weaponry, shielding, intelligence, financial resources, political connections, foresight . . .), Indy would scrape through and defeat him anyway. Because he's Harrison Ford.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 27th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
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Iron Man is MADE OF METAL! Indy can't even punch that shit!
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From:obsession_inc
Date:May 27th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
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TONY STARK MADE THAT IN A CAVE! OUT OF SCRAPS!

(Just FYI.)
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From:cofax7
Date:May 29th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
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Indy would manipulate him into a big steel crushing machine in a factory, like Sarah Connor in T1!

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From:squaringkarma
Date:May 27th, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
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Ooh sewing your first two buttons. Polter-Cow ftw.

Looking at the comments of that post about meeting grammargirl was fun. As you and alliterator have met. And I have met persnicketiervm (and you).
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From:the_narration
Date:May 27th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
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It was an Indy movie with great action sequences (and, okay, some gratuitous CGI), but the main plot didn't really hold together for me.
About the same as my feelings about it. Fun movie, but not as good as Raiders or Last Crusade. Jury's still out on how it stacks up against Temple of Doom.

(Two days in a row, however, I paid over twenty bucks for dinner, which I don't normally do unless I'm on a business trip. Eating out is expensive! Is this how real people eat?)
People with money, maybe. I can only recall one time in recent memory that I blew that much on a dinner, and I got a hell of a lot of food out of it. I've spent more than that eating out at nice places on a date, but for a casual dinner? Ten bucks, sure, fifteen from time to time (pretty much only when eating out with friends who are better paid than me... left to my own devices I'd eat groceries or from the cheap eateries here in the U-District all the time). But then, I'm a frugal bastard even when I'm not poor.

Ron Perlman is a strange-looking man.
Extremely strange looking. But badass.

Your Memorial Day weekend was a lot more interesting than mine.

I voted for Indy. Stark may have power armor, but he's never put a Nazi through an airplane propeller.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 27th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
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But then, I'm a frugal bastard even when I'm not poor.
Another thing we have in common.

Extremely strange looking. But badass.
Yes. And it's like he was born to play Hellboy.

I voted for Indy. Stark may have power armor, but he's never put a Nazi through an airplane propeller.
I thought Iron Man would be the obvious winner since, you know, power armor, but it looks like Indy would find a way to kick his ass anyway.
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From:the_narration
Date:May 27th, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
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I thought Iron Man would be the obvious winner since, you know, power armor, but it looks like Indy would find a way to kick his ass anyway.
Don't underestimate the power of the Badass Normal! They are full of surprises.

Rationally, one would probably expect Iron Man to win because of all his advantages, but if comics have taught me anything it's that fights between heroes are largely popularity contests. And only one of these men is played by Harrison Ford. Plus, as eponis noted, he's the master (and namesake) of the Indy Ploy. (Anyway, everybody's beating up Iron Man these days. He's been such a dick of late in comics contiuity that kicking his ass is the current fad among heroes.)
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From:harper47
Date:May 27th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
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I haven't seen Iron Man yet so I can't vote but I pretty much agree with your review of Indy as that was my final reflection. Some things were great, some things were meh and some things sucked but overall it's exactly what most of the critics have been saying. Fun but not great. (I've posted more at my lj)

Your food descriptions are always very descriptive. You should become a food critic. Hee!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 27th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Ha, yes, the world is just dying to hear canneloni described as "like Italian enchiladas." Hee.
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From:daynr
Date:May 27th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
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my compatriots and I agree, Indiana was in the middle.
Bonus points for no vapid Pepper Potts, though.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 27th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Vapid? Most people I know loved Pepper Potts!
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From:daynr
Date:May 27th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
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*shrugs*

She was borderline oxygen thief to me, but YMMV.
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From:harriettheelf
Date:May 27th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
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so we went to Chevy's

oh, SUNIL. Have I taught you nothing???

Chevy's is horrible food. Next time you're looking for Mexican, please please please call me so I can recommend something less, I don't know, crap.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 27th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
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I like Chevy's! And I didn't know any other Mexican places in the area. Or anywhere.
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From:outoffashion
Date:May 27th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
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I only said Iron Man because RDJ is so much more bad ass than Harrison Ford (well, now, at least)

And he can fly.
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From:ethanvahlere
Date:May 28th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
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Ron Perlman is a strange looking man

True story; at our store, we used to have a guy who would paint pictures advertising the movies coming out (as opposed to hanging up posters). One time, it was a picture advertising Hellboy, and Perlman happened to walk by the store one day, came in, and complimented the artist's work (the artist, alas, wasn't there to hear it).
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 28th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
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That's awesome!
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From:glasseseater
Date:May 28th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
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oh, I love City of Lost Children. But I'm an art student and therefore am required to love movies that are disturbing, depressing, and have incredible lighting. I mean, my first reaction to Hard Candy was "what a beautiful movie," so my opinions probably should be taken lightly.

But oh man, the lighting in both that and Delicatessen? I would have sex with it it is so amazing.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 28th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
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I don't think I can really tell whether a movie has great lighting or not.
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From:glasseseater
Date:May 28th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
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why do I feel like most of your replies to my comments have that icon?

You probably can't tell if movies have great lighting because you didn't take "light studies" classes in college. Also, watching City of Lost Children was a homework assignment I had sophmore year.

Jean Pierre Jeunet's films* all have varying tints of yellow or green to add to sort of the "off-beatness" of his movies. Green lighting as a general rule makes people uncomfortable and yellow has the dual effect of being warm (as in comforting) but also seem sort of vintage-y. (See florescent lights, incandescent lights, and faded color photographs from the 60's and 70's, respectively.) He also uses a lot of soft, diffused lighting to get that sort of dreamy quality. It's probably more charming than amazing, but that's what I love about it.

Also I would like to marry Dominique Pinon; he is adorable.

*I don't know whether to credit this to him or not, since he had the same co-director and cinematographer for both movies and I haven't really seen ALL of his movies and I actually don't know what I'm talking about at all. Disclaimer! That is the word I was looking for earlier. All my opinions need disclaimers that nothing I say is relevant to anything, really.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 28th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
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Hee. Disclaimer.

I did read about the yellow lighting. Like, he actually had all the actors wear special makeup so they looked a certain way under the yellow lighting.

I know Amélie is all about the green.
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From:glasseseater
Date:May 28th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
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OH, AWESOME. Do you remember where you read that? I've actually wanted to know how he does his lighting for a long time.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 28th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
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Er, probably IMDb trivia??
To achieve the slightly skewed color scheme of the movie, the actors were made up in white face and the color palette corrected until they were flesh-toned.
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From:glasseseater
Date:May 28th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
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ah, well! if it's on the internet it must be true.
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From:chrismarlowe
Date:May 28th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
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I rented City of Lost Children. I liked it, but didn't love it. I knew it was going to be a weird-assed movie and that's what attracted me to it in the first place. I had heard Ron Perlman had to learn his lines phonetically.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 28th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I was all, "I didn't know Ron Perlman spoke French." Turns out...he didn't! Heh.
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From:cofax7
Date:May 29th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you liked Spettro! Next time, get the blueberry salad: it's justifiably famous. One day I will try the peanut-butter pizza, which has been on the menu forever and I keep scaring myself away from it.

I liked Indy, even if it was seriously flawed. But it was fun!

And Indy would totally beat Iron Man, but it would be really hard and he would be all beat up and bloody and sweaty -- but he wouldn't lose his hat!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 29th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
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Next time, get the blueberry salad: it's justifiably famous.
Thanks for the rec!

One day I will try the peanut-butter pizza, which has been on the menu forever and I keep scaring myself away from it.
Fortunately, it has ham, so I can't even consider it! Peanut butter pizza...the hell?

but he wouldn't lose his hat!
Damn straight!

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