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~Friday~  I took a "mental health day" from work today—taking eight hours of leave time, and sleeping a glorious eight hours.

I caught up a day of my blog, did some laundry, and got through my pile of mail from last week.

Robert came over after work, and we went to see Sandra Bullock's Academy Award-winning performance in The Blind Side at the Campus Cinema. I had $4.00 (in change, just call me a piggy banker) ready to pay for the tickets ($1.50 for me as a student, and $2.50 for Robert as a non-student), but the girl said, "That'll be $3.00."

"Oh? I thought his was $2.50," I said indicating Robert.

"Nope. You get to buy two tickets at the student price," she explained.

Cool. And they had two sizes of popcorn—Small: $.75 and Large: $1.50. Cheap night out at the movies.

I thought this movie was okay, nothing great. I thought a lot about our reflections on privilege last week during our week of service to the Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity during our Alternative Service Break trip. Overall, this movie came across to me as mostly contrived.

And while I thought Sandra Bullock looked great—the best I've ever seen her look, actually—and her performance was notable, I'm not so sure it was at the level of deserving an Academy Award. But, I suspect the criteria has slowly been slipping if Jeff Bridges' award for Crazy Heart (which I talked about here) is any indicator.

With all that said, it was entertaining enough and a value at the price, that's for sure, and I'm glad I saw it. Mostly, I wondered what has taken me so long to see movies at this price on campus.

Oh, one other thing. I didn't know Tim McGraw and Kathy Bates were in this movie, which were both pleasant surprises. Seeing pictures at the end of the movie, I thought when seeing the real-life father of the family on which this movie was based, "How cool would it be to have Tim Fucking McGraw playing you in a movie?"

Although he's extraordinarily good-looking, people have told me that I favor George Clooney a little, which I take as an enormous affirmation. Robert said he'd be better playing me than Tim McGraw. I'd so let him. :-)

John MartinGeorge Clooney

As you can see, it would be quite a stretch," but we do have similar bags and wrinkles around our eyes.

We went over to The Borough afterward, where there were fewer gay people tonight than I think I've ever seen there. Not that there's anything wrong with straight people being there.

We both had soup—Robert, their Ma's Matzo-Ball, and me, their Jalapeño Potato Corn Chowder. Mine was absolutely delicious to me.

At home, we worked on an Indy crossword puzzle together, which we haven't done in a while and I miss, but we didn't work on it too long as we were both beat and ready for sleep within a half hour.


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Mar. 27th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
Looking at those two photos, I just can't tell who's who!
Mar. 28th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)

LOL! Thanks for reading and commenting, dancecub!
Mar. 28th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
Love the photo of you! I'm always a sucker for salt and pepper.
Mar. 28th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)

Thanks, Tom! And thanks for reading and commenting. I hope all is well in your world!
Mar. 29th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Tim McG....
A number of years ago, while I was working my 'corporate career' and did a lot more travel, it seemed like I was colliding with Tim McGraw on a frequent basis.
The first I recall was in the early 90's when Tim McG was a relative unknown. He'd just had his first hit song "Welcome to the Club". I'd seen it on CMT and thought the dude was hawt.
We had a corporate meeting at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville that happened to coincide with a big country music convention. A lot of radio stations were there and the music stars were out in force to record promos and such.
Making a long story short, imagine my surprise as I was in the check-in line and found Tim ahead of me! (he was a emerging artist and didn't have managers and an entourage hovering around). He wasn't alone, however. A white-trash trailer park chick zeroed in on Tim and they got into intense pre-hookup action in line! I thought "damn... they need a room, and SOON, and how I'd love to be in the adjacent room!" Chickiepoo was hawt for some Tim McG action and I'm sure it was on like Donkey Kong when they got behind a closed door.
The other thing about him is how incredibly tiny he is. I don't think he's 5'6" at the most and was probably 130lbs soaking wet (again, at that time).
When I saw him later, such as when he, Faith Hill (and brand-new baby) were boarding the same Delta flight as me from Phoenix to Atlanta. They were both big stars by then and I was surprised they were traveling relatively normally on a Delta flight.
No one seemed to treat them much different than anyone else, and the flight attendants spent a lot of time cooing over the adorable infant they'd sired.
I noted by that time Tim added about 5 inches to his height, presumably with those tall boots with heels and lifts.
Mar. 29th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Speaking of Tim McG....

Wow! Lucky you, Dan!

I saw Tim in concert (several years ago, here, at Walnut Creek), and he just exudes sexuality to me. I remember a couple of times during the concert, he just put his hand to his waist/belt buckle as if he might undo his pants or lift his shirt and the crowd (well all women and gay men) just went bonkers with the mere possibility even though we all knew darn well he wouldn't do it. HAWT.

Thanks for reading, and sharing your stories by commenting!
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