July 11th, 2010

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Thursday revealed

So what did I do on Thursday and Friday? Thursday I went and saw Knight and Day, which I was mostly expecting to give me a couple of hours of air-condtioned mild entertainment until I met faintheart for dinner. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. It reminded me of Elmore Leonard's Get Shorty in tone, if EL could write female characters.

Is it sad that my favorite thing about Knight and Day was that the female lead was competent and skilled without being an exception (i.e. super-spy, femme-fatale grifter, etc.) or an anomaly? Perhaps. But my other favorite things were how well-written the story was, and how it didn't need to hit you over the head with obvious plot resolution moments. It assumed an alert and intelligent audience without being overly coy or obtuse. That is a rare thing these days, and was immensely refreshing as well.

It's gone now from my local cinema, making way for Predators (saw yesterday, liked, more later) and Despicable Me (which I really want to see but will choose a showing less packed with children than opening weekend matinees are likely to be). If it is finished with its theater run, there's always rental. But I'd love to see it make enough box office to make it easier for Patrick O'Neill to have a chance at getting more screenplays considered.

Either way, it's worth seeing, IMuHO.
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following Friday

Friday was more like a regular day. The main difference was playing tag with the FedEx delivery folks. Frustrating...

I went out to go for what is becoming my regular walk to the library. I read fast, and I like to read, so the library is wonderful. I don't have the wherewithal to buy all the books I want to read, so I am grateful to have a library branch in walking distance. I can log on, put in a hold request, and they will bring the books to me! I love browsing shelves too, but I really like the small satellite library model since it allows me access to library books from all over the system without having to go all the way to a central branch. Which I wouldn't do nearly as often.

I walked home thru the Crossroads park behind the mall. This is becoming my regular route; it's a nice park and a nice walk of about 40 minutes round-trip. There is a community p-patch, a golf course, community center, and lots of older trees. The topography is gentle and the paths are designed to be accommodating for people with mobility issues or assistive equipment. It's bigger than it looks - that golf course, for one thing - and I have come to really enjoy walking thru it on my home leg of the library trip.

The FedEx fiasco was just one of those things that illustrates my amazing sense of timing. I came home from the walk to find a sticker on the door, saying they needed a signature and due to the nature of the delivery had not left it at the office. I called my brother to let him know that I had missed the package, but that I was home for the rest of the afternoon. I sat and read my book for the next few hours, waiting. Then, when I opened the front door to go out and check the mail, there was another delivery attempt sticker. Apparently during the one time I stepped into the bathroom, the delivery person came by again. Sigh. My brother didn't really care; he wasn't expecting the package until Monday anyway, but still.