I had company at the bus stop this morning, and I'm guessing she wondered why I waited across the street from the stop. I wanted to yell, "You don't have cooties or anything, it's just shady and cooler over here." Actually, that's just a fantasy—the part about her wondering about me—she was totally into her gadget:
The temperature on the bus was perfect to me, which to some meant, "Time for a coat":
I've mentioned this lady in the past, not often, and nothing derogatory. I remember mentioning that she had a bag that said St. Timothy's School on its side, which she had today, although it's hard to read that in the picture.
We had our weekly department meeting this morning from 9:00-10:00, about which I'm only going to say that probably the thing I have the least respect for in a work colleague is moodiness. Reacting differently to the same thing one time and completely differently another time just makes me want to keep my distance all the time, as opposed to playing Russian roulette.
I got so totally into formatting some charts out of some Excel data that before I knew it, Robert pinged me and asked if I was going to see Alice In Wonderland. Ah, the beauty of keeping an online calendar and making it available to people in your life.
Since I was still at work, and the movie was playing at the campus cinema, which incidentally is the very same place I've been going to for all of the New Student Orientation IT presentations I've been talking about, and is within walking distance of my office, I scooted on over there. Thanks, Robert!
I have to say that if this movie weren't free, and convenient, there's no doubt I wouldn't have seen it. I'm not a big fan of animation—in fact I'm not at all a fan of animation. However, Tim Burton's reputation is renown, and the book by the same name is studied in literature courses both in high school and in college. So for all those reasons, I thought I'd give it a chance.
Overall, surprisingly, I found it entertaining. Not great, and it would have been no big deal had I never seen it. I, of course, recognized Johnny Depp right away, but for the "White Princess," I started off thinking she was Sandra Bullock, but then said, "No, that's actually Sela Ward." Turns out it was Anne Hathaway.
For the Queen of Hearts ("Off with his head!") at first I thought she was Madonna, but then I settled on Cyndi Lauper. Turned out she was neither, and whomever she was, I'd never heard of her.
During the free movie, I enjoyed a large bag of popcorn and a 20-ounce bottle of Diet Coke for $3.75. You can't beat that.
I caught the 9:15 city bus home and while I waited a couple came by with the cutest white dog, actually walking them, yanking desperately on the leash to come up and say hi to me.
A young, shirtless student came jogging by me, and he had a contraption on his head that held and blinked a red light in the middle of the back of his head, and it held a bright, narrow-beamed headlight that emanated from the middle of his forehead. He looked more like a bike than a person.
The bus was surprisingly crowded for the hour, and among the many people, there were two interracial couples sitting across from each other. The one on my side was a hetero couple and the one across from them was a Lesbian couple. All kinds of diversity up in there.