Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Playing Catch Up

So many different things to talk about, so little time...


I wrote a letter to my alderman, Tunney, this morning requesting a stop sign at the Cornelia and Ashland intersection. I have crossed at this intersections probably once or twice a week for the last five years - I live right off of Cornelia, my sister lives right off or Cornelia, the closest way from point A to point B is in a straight line, you do the math. Anyway, now that my train stop is closed, I am now crossing at this intersection every morning. This morning was particularly fun as it is slushy outside. It probably won't happen, but at least I tried right?

- Of course, I only have to deal with crossing this street for another 12 days, because, as I mentioned the other day, Mr. H. and I are moving and I no longer will be taking the same route to work. This is obviously good because I won't have to cross Cornelia at Ashland any more, but bad because change is hard, and learning a new route to work, along with all the other things that go along with moving, is a pain in the butt.

Mr. H. and I watched The Day After Tomorrow last night. I had seen it before, but felt like basking in the young Jake G., so watched it again. Overall the movie is your basic end of the world movie. Humans screwed up the Earth and now we're paying for it. Some of the scenes and characters seem kinda unnecessary. Like when the chick that Jake's interested in gets blood poisoning from the cut on her leg and Jake goes out to the huge ship that happens to be docked outside of the library because he knows there will be penicillin aboard. The only reason that whole scene is in the movie is so we get the thrill of seeing Jake and his friends (a) band together to save the girl and (b) get chased by and then outsmart the wolves that we've seen have escaped from the zoo earlier in the movie. Everything in this movie happens for a reason, it all gets tied together. Which in one way is nice, since there are so many movies out there that things seem to happen for no reason whatsoever (and not in a David Lynch weird things happen that probably mean something you're just too stupid to know what it is way but in a generic action/adventure/scifi flick kinda way). Unfortunately, it tends to wrap things up just a bit too neatly, but then again, what can you expect from a end of the world movie? In addition to the cool special effects (and Jake) I did find one part pretty interesting, the scene of all the Americans crossing the border into Mexico. So not only do we need to start paying way more attention to the climate, but we better figure out our immigration policy pretty quick, because soon we might need them more than they need us. Overall, I'd say it's worth a watch - sure, An Inconvenient Truth is probably a better movie about climate change, but this one is more fun.

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