The Daily EO: June 21st, 2013

In Gastown tonight there was a music festival that shut down Water Street.  150 independent musical acts in about 15 different pavilions.  This was a dream come true for Emile – a large group of people, late evening light and music.  His camera and he were anxious to get going.

It ran from 5-10, and I arrived home at 6 frazzled due to ridiculous traffic.  And I didn’t want to go out, I wanted to rant about something that upset me earlier in the day.

He listened, wisely took my side and waited patiently while I spewed forth.

June 21st, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  A Husband that will listen to me even when he’d rather be doing something else.  Anything else.

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The Daily EO: May 18th, 2013

I remember watching Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back with my dad at the drive-in theatre.  I remember very little except when Luke had his hand cut off.  (um, spoiler alert).  It was pretty horrifying for me.  But then he had a hand again – it looked good as new and I was wholly confused.   Afterall, I had watched my PSA on TV and thought this was not the case.

But Dad was a science fiction fan.  He loved Star Wars, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Star Trek.  The terrifying hand removal not withstanding, I too began to enjoy science fiction, reading his old books and watching his old shows.  Some I just didn’t get.  Some I just didn’t like.  But Star Trek – I got.  I got it a lot.  And after many years of reflection, I think that I gravitated to it because it was a vision of what could be, what we coud strive towards – the end of hunger, poverty and world wars.  The end of a planet destruction, the beginning of a joined life.  Not free from problems and struggles, but better than now.  Much of other science fiction features post-apocalypse worlds, worst than today, terror, horrible things have happened.

So, I watched the old Star Trek episodes and enjoyed the stories.  Watched them again when I was older and better understood and recognized the social commentary.  And watched with my brother when Star Trek: The Next Generation came out.  Celebrated a move forward with a female captain on Voyager.  Would they get home!?  And then Enterprise, trying to stem delight when they decided they should come up with an “Alert System”.   And of course all the movies in between – some terrible, some okay.

I had planned to attend opening night for this second reboot movie, but I had other plans.  Instead, I was there Saturday night.  I’d read nothing – purposely avoided trailers, didn’t check reviews – I wanted to save it all for the movie.  And I am glad I did.

All in all – I loved it.  The ONLY complaint I have is the need in action/adventure movies to at some point have the hero hanging by their finger tips.  Then somehow, they let go with one hand and catch a person falling by to save them too.  Then someone cames along and hauls them both up.

Please find me a person that can catch 200 pounds in one hand while holding their weight with their finger tips.  Not to mention, this usually occurs right after a fight which I have to assume their hand is either sweaty, bloody or both.  And if you can find such a person, then find me a different person who can pull 400 pounds of dead weight up onto a platform while no one in the dangling chain of people lets go.  I cannot suspense my disbelief on these scenes anymore.  Build railings and floors people!

So, if that is my biggest complaint, I can live with it.  Absolutely loving this new series – geek, yes, I suppose.

May 18th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Star Trek:  Into Darkness

 

The Daily EO: March 6th, 2013

A “Shanty Town” – Film set for “Continuum” filming on top of the parkade across the street from our place:

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Cleaning up the next day
Cleaning up the next day

March 6th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  I know the reality of filming is much different than the outsider’s view, but to me, it is interesting and exciting to see the different filming in Gastown.

The Daily EO: January 26 & 27th, 2013

I went to see The Hobbit for the second time this weekend – this time in 2D with my grandma.  Nobody else wanted to go with her, so Emile and I said we would go even though we’d seen it before.

The Hobbit does not seem to be getting the sincere love that the Lord of the Rings series got.  Reviews call out the 48 frames per second and the lack of action and hodge podge presentation of the stories.  I enjoyed the movie the second time.

And there you go “I enjoyed the movie”.  Why is it that I hesitate to tell you the truth – I loved the movie.  I love the Lord of the Rings and I love this movie.   Perhaps Peter Jackson is drawing perhaps more than he should on the appendices and and unused material from the Lord of the Rings.  Perhaps the Hobbit is supposed to be lighter.  Perhaps it doesn’t need 3 films to tell.  But there are few movies that I actually pay to rewatch.  I love the “moments”, the score, the scenery.  (the rock giant fight I could have lived without really).

January 26 & 27, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Admit I love something – who cares if someone else doesn’t agree.

And thank goodness, that it wasn’t my storage unit that burned down – it was just right beside the vacant warehouse that did.  Talk about a clutch in the heart driving up that day.

 

 

The Daily EO: October 16th, 2012

I started watching Downton Abbey and though I enjoy the show, and the peek into society 100 years ago in England, I find myself distracted by the actress who plays Mary Crawley.  According to IMDB, the actress is Michelle Dockery, and I think she plays the naïve, aloof and self absorbed Mary well.  But it is her eyebrows that garner all of my attention.  The lift like wings above her eyes and provide such an aristocratic look to her that I cannot help but consider them every time she enters a scene.  Glorious, really.

I have been long in love with sharp and well done eyebrows.  Overplucked – too short or too narrow – horrify me.  It is my great consternation that I cannot see properly, nor have the skill with make-up to create such masterpieces.  Oh, I covet.

October 16th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  I have a crush on Lady Mary Crawley and she’s not even nice.