Monday, January 30, 2006


Continuing with my post from last week about Detroit not getting a fair shake, I had to share this with you.

And here is a St. Louis sportswriter's take. I read the St. Louis paper regularly and know that they are very similar to Detroit, except in terms of national reputation, so I would expect them not to be too harsh.

Okay, I'm over that for now…I'll keep you posted of any particular article that pisses me off.

I have some new assignments for work and I have to tell you that one of them sucks so badly that I can't even contemplate starting it. At first, I didn't think it was any big deal as I had done something similar for the previous Big Boss. Then the New Big Boss sent me a spreadsheet saying: "I want it to look like this." I almost cried when I opened it up. It's going to be a NIGHTMARE to do. My way? Doable and easy to read. His way? Hell on Earth and a bitch to find the data amidst all the colors and shapes he wants me to include. So, instead of doing it, I figured I'd write a post!

I need a massage so badly, it's not even funny. I held off, obviously, while I didn't know if I'd have a job and then last week one of my co-workers gave me TWO $50 gift certificates to Very sweet of him, but my massage therapist doesn't work at any of the locations. No, I'm really not bitching about this. I looked up all the day spas in the Detroit area and printed up the first ten within 15 miles of home. Now, I prefer not to drive long distances to a massage because driving home in Detroit traffic would eliminate the relaxation effect of the massage. Time to call and see what's out there. I'm just worried that I’m going to get one of those wimp-ass massages where the person is scared of hurting you, so they don't put any real pressure into it and then I'll be all annoyed at the waste of it.

And now that the axe is no longer hanging over my head I have no excuses and my butt will be back at the gym this afternoon. I was here by 5:15 this morning, so I'm gone by 1:45 and at the gym by 2:15, so I hope I won't have to fight for an elliptical machine. And then joy of joys, going for Indian food tonight with Ursamajor. It's been SSSSOOOO long since we've been! And my friend Pamela told me yesterday that she heard our Indian restaurant is closing! I will be so so so so bummed if that's true.

My weekend was nothing to write home about. I ran a bunch of errands on Friday and was just dead exhausted by the time I got home. I went to bed at 10:00 p.m. Damn, I am a partier! Saturday was laundry, a little knitting, watched The Aviator (Leonardo DiCaprio does NOTHING for me) and then decided to read a book. I started and finished S is for Silence, the latest Sue Grafton book. Sunday was Mass, then the post office where I got a thank you gift off to Smed for the really cool CDs he sent me, from there it was on to the Farm Market for some fresh fruits and vegetables. Then I watched Lost in Translation which I, quite surprisingly for me, liked, followed by the reading of another book, Bloodsport by Dick Francis. I picked it up Friday night and it was amazingly a Dick Francis book I didn't have and even more amazingly, hadn't read before! He hasn't written a book in years and I'm very sad, because I desperately love his books, and it makes me wonder how much longer he's going to be around as he's pretty darn old (actually, only born in 1920, so he's not that old). He is one of less than five authors (also Jack Higgins, John Sandford, Sue Grafton) whose books I'll pick up the second I see them, hardcover cost be damned! Shoot, I just read this which says that although it was Dick's name on the books that it was a collaboration with his wife and she died in 2000 and afterwards he said he'd never write anything longer than a persona letter again. I guess I don’t need to look anymore.

Back to Lost in Translation. I watched this movie fully expecting to hate every second of it, but a number of friends loved it and so I gave it a chance. I'm really glad I did. I even liked Bill Murray in it! *gasp* I'm sorry, I know he's pretty popular and all that, but I have had Bill Murray issues since living in SF where Julius made me watch Kingpin (okay, he didn't make me, but I had no clue it was going to be as bad as it was) with Bill Murray and I realise that it's probably a testament to his acting ability that I couldn't stand him in it, but that character coupled with the fact that a co-worker had him on her List of Five was really more than I could handle. Viewing Bill Murray as a sex symbol just didn't work for me. Maybe I'm ready to give Bill's movies another chance – although nothing will ever induce me to see Kingpin ever again! God, that movie was bloody awful!!!

And I guess I better get back to contemplating the Nightmare Project. Have a good one!


At Monday, 30 January, 2006, Blogger Clarity25 said...

I love Dick Francis books too. Well.. thanks to you:)

I had Bill Murray issues as well and I didn't expect to like "lost in Translation" all that much. I hate when he breaks out into song, He seems to think he can sing all great but he really CAN'T. It's obnoxious and he does it in EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HIS FILMS. When he starts, I plug my ears shut and groan.:)

But he WAS really great in Lost in Translation. I have to give him that, and kind of sexy in "Ghostbusters" ;)

At Monday, 30 January, 2006, Blogger Glen said...

I love the sweet nature of Lost In Translation...the fact that they don't sleep together...that they have a connection and reasons but don't act on them. I also like the last scene where he whispers to her but we don't know what he says. Bill isn't the same guy who made Meatballs, that's for sure!

At Monday, 30 January, 2006, Blogger Jason said...

I am an affirmed member of the "Bill Murray Fan Club" and have been for years. "Kingpin" is certainly not a great film, but indeed funny in its own genre. "Scrooged", "Groundhog Day", "Lost in Translation", and "Broken Flowers" attest to his skills better than most of his films. Being an "immature guy" I love "Meatballs" and of course "Caddyshack", but it's his role in "Lost in Translation" that really makes one think (as it did with you). Bill Murray's sweet, subtle, nuanced performance in "Lost in Translation" is one for the AFI to consider. "Lost in Translation" is a flawlessly directed beautifully acted masterpiece in minimalism. The amazing soundtrack doesn't hurt either. Great, great film.

At Monday, 30 January, 2006, Anonymous Urs said...

Oh Dear Lord - RUN, don't walk, to OM Spa for a Vichy shower massage before I steal your freakin' Spa Finder gift certificates!

At Tuesday, 31 January, 2006, Anonymous Smed said...

His classic turn in "Caddyshack" makes up for "Kingpin". But I think his best and most demented work was on SNL, as the lounge singer, the game show host, and Todd, the boyfriend to Lisa Loopner. Oh, and the best improvised skit ever (with Steve Martin) - "What the hell is that??"

At Tuesday, 31 January, 2006, Blogger MJW said...

Wow, one of Kathleen's actor biases has been shot all to heck. ;-) Now it should be less difficult for you finally to take my advice and watch "Groundhog Day."

By the way, "Kingpin" was truly a disgusting movie. It's too bad that was the first Murray movie you ever saw (an amazing feat in its own right, since he's been in the movies for 26-plus years). Also, I enjoyed "Lost in Translation," but I didn't love it the way I thought I would.

Finally, all that remains is for you to give Streep a chance in "Bridges of Madison County." ;-)

At Tuesday, 31 January, 2006, Blogger mr. schprock said...

I read a Dick Francis book once (the main character was an artist) and remembered enjoying it but forget almost all of it, except that it had horses in it, of course. And I LOVE Indian food. If you ever come out to Boston, I'll take you to a good Indian restaurant with a buffet in Cambridge.

At Wednesday, 01 February, 2006, Blogger Kathleen said...

Clarity - Yay! A Convert! ;-) I didn't have trouble with the karoake scene in LiT since I think the idea behind Karaoke is to suck.

Glen - EXACTLY!!! I loved that they just connected on some other level and didn't feel the need to go further. I loved Meatballs.

Jason - I'd argue that Kingpin was NOT funny at all - gross and disgusting, yes.

Urs - You're funny. I'm going to Silk Spa for a nice regular massage. I have no clue what a Vichy shower massage is and I don't think I want to know.

Smed & Welfl - I should have said that I loved the movies Meatball, Stripes and Caddyshack. It was just Kingpin killed all good feeling I had for Bill Murray. And no, nothing will get me to see Bridges of Madison County, Welfl. ;-)

Mr. Schprock - Sounds like "In The Frame." I highly recommend all of his books. They're not great literature, but they're fun, eay reads.


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