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August 10th, 2004

Queen Bee...

The weekly TIGR meeting was canceled today, but only after we all connected from the around the world, and agreed that Jennifer had forgotten to send a cancellation notice, as she's on vacation this week. No one had any issues to bring up.

Book club was attended by me, Suzanne, and Janet. Janet arrived close to noon, so Suzanne and I had a half hour to catch up. She told me about her parents' 50th anniversary weekend, and mentioned that Jim Archibald is moving in with his man. We also briefly discussed Eats, Shoots & Leaves, since we've both finished it. Mary, Janet, and Sharon have yet to read it.

When Janet arrived, we learned of her trip last week to Beth's brother's wedding in Portland. We also all briefly discussed Life of Pi. On the way out of the cafeteria, Steve F. called me over, and introduced me to a guy he'd met at Crape Myrtle who works in HR. Unfortunately, I have forgotten his name.

With a cold coming on (from the damn woman on the plane, I'm sure!), I left work at about 2:30. I stopped at the grocery store on the way home. Once home, I worked for about an hour, and then went to bed.

I got up at about 5:30, created the minutes template for tonight's meeting, and fixed some dinner.

The TCW meeting was uneventful, and actually ended before 9:00. Jan was there, and it was good to see her. I took a to-do about making a donation to the American Cancer Society from TCW in memory of Chris' mom, and to send a card to him from the board.

I was going to stop by Flex to check out karaoke, but didn't feel like it by the time the meeting was over. I wish I could have checked my phone messages, but I had left my phone at home. Joe and I had briefly mentioned the possibility of getting together, if only for coffee, after the meeting, but I really thought the probability was low that we would.

Once home, I looked at my three recent film acquisitions from Van and Adam, and picked one of the shorter ones, Queen Bee, to watch. Joan Crawford was deliciously vicious in this movie.

Movie Synopsis: Joan Crawford is at her devious best in this classic 1950's potboiler. She portrays Eva Phillips, a hard-as-nails Southern matriarch uses her imperious nature to control the lives of all who live in her mansion. This includes her husband Avery (Barry Phillips), a wealthy mill owner driven to drink by her insidious ways and blatant infidelities. Things begin to backfire for the queen bee, however, when she learns that Avery's sister Carol (Betsy Palmer) is engaged to Judson Prentiss (John Ireland), a man who also happens to be Eva's secret lover.

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