How had I never heard of the Jimmy Buffett living in Brookings connection before? I feel like I have wasted my life until now because this is new to me.
For some reason, the cloudy, rainy weather has made me think of the movie “Private Benjamin” a lot lately.
It’s the scene where Judy Benjamin, a spoiled, rich girl played by Goldie Hawn, and her entire platoon are forced to march in the rain as punishment.
During the march, she says, “My name is Judy! J-U-D-Y Judy and I’d like somebody to call me by my name! Oh, okay I took my life in my own hands, I made a mistake fine I’m sorry! I’ll never do it again! I wanna wear my sandals… I wanna go out to lunch. I wanna be NORMAL again!”
With a few changes, that could be me:
“My name is Jill! J-I-L-L Jill and I’d like somebody to talk to me without a mouth filled with rain. … I wanna wear my sandals and not get them all squishy. I wanna go out to lunch and sit outside. I wanna be DRY again!”
I had several days off and have a puppy with lots of energy so I walked more than usual earlier this week.
The routes in my neighborhood get boring, since there are so many obstacles that make for a limited number of routes (Sanford, First Baptist, VA/Spellerberg), but I’m not inclined to drive to a bike path. Driving to go walking seems a bit stupid to me.
As I walked one day, I envisioned this exchange taking place among city councilors:
“Madam Chair, I make a motion that the VA be required to put sidewalks on 26th Street. It’s a busy street, and it’s unsafe to make people walk in the street. But walking on uneven ground also has its pitfalls.”
“I second the motion.”
“All in favor?”
“The ayes have it. Sidewalks will be poured on the VA grounds. Next agenda item?”
“Requiring Riverview Heights home owners to install sidewalks.”
Well, you get my point.
There’s only one movie opening this weekend, but for Star Trek fans, even if a dozen movies were opening this weekend there would be only one movie opening this weekend.
What I’m saying is, Star Trek Into Darkness has opened with a midnight showing, and all indications are it’s going to be SRO at any movie theater that carries it.
The review on Wired calls it “a disposable summer movie,” but I’d see it if it ere just the phone book being read backward because I like Benedict Cumberbatch so much (yes, I basically like his name. And his Sherlock Holmes).
I do have to admit, I can’t tell the actors who play Spock and Kirk apart in real life (thank heavens for pointy ears).
One viewer is upset because this Star Trek leaves out the philosophy that made the TV series and some of the movies stand out.
Me, I’m in it just for the Tribbles.
There was a time when The Office was must-see TV for me. Never. Missed. An. Episode.
In fact, when it started airing on cable, I would spend a whole evening watching three hours of The Office in a row.
But I gave it up several years ago when I just didn’t enjoy it anymore. Story lines were repetitious, Michael was gone, characters like Gabe didn’t interest me.
To be honest, it was Pam and Jim’s relationship that I relished for so many years. I didn’t mind that they got married (it would have been ridiculous to keep them apart forever), but as they settled into married life and had a baby and Pam became a saleswoman, well, yawn, have a good rest of your life, but without me (plus, I worried The Office would break them up, at least temporarily, and if I want real life I’ll go look at my own divorce papers thank you very much).
So I’m not going to watch tonight’s finale. I think. There really would be no purpose to it since I’m so out of touch with what has happened. I’ve read a few things on social media (am I right that Dwight is finally office manager?), but it’s basically a muddle.
I’d kind of like to say an official goodbye.
Maybe watching this clip of The Office farewells will be enough.
In just 50 minutes (or 5 p.m. CDT for those of us who don’t like math), the South Dakota Music Education Association will release a video of a virtual choir.
It is, the SDMEA page assures me, the “world premier.” (I’m just being snarky because I would assume that of all people to know the difference between premiere and premier, it would be artsy folks who HAVE premieres.)
Anyway, what is a virtual choir? “The SDMEA Virtual Choir is a state-wide project to create a user-generated online middle school choir. From October 29th, 2012, you have until 12:00am on January 15th, 2013 to record yourself singing your part of the track “Stand Together” by Jim Papoulis and upload it to YouTube.”
You can hear the bass* portion, for example, here.
Wait, the basses are boring. Try the alto version instead.
*Middle school choirs have basses? Who knew?
So you don’t have to. Thereby saving you time and angst. No need to thank me.
* Here’s a story on how Hollywood dresses women in movies. (It reminds me of a TV commercial I heard today where the designer kept talking about how he creates wedding dresses for girls.)
* Don’t just listen to Angelina Jolie’s words filtered through TV. Read what she wrote for herself. I’m not a big fan, but I wouldn’t wish that decision on anyone.
*Saluting teachers who make a difference: A story about Sioux Falls woman Julie Ashworth and a boy named Colton.
* And I’m seeing quotes from the book The Afterlife of Billy Fingers all over Facebook. Someone needs to read it and tell me if it’s any good.