Archive for January, 2010

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant
31 January, 2010

We had to have one of our canine companions put to sleep on Monday. He was twelve-and-a-half years old. His arthritis had got very bad but whatever was wrong on the inside (I suspect stomach cancer) finally got the best of him. We are sad beyond words.


Like a Missile?
11 January, 2010

I often see a car with a bumper sticker that says “Divinely Guided”. Based on the purple color and script font, I presume that the person who applied it intended it to signify a more spiritual attitude on the part of the driver. But the nutters who flew planes into skyscrapers may very well have considered themselves divinely guided, too.

Is it so wrong to be guided by reason when operating a vehicle?

We’ll Miss You, Crafty
7 January, 2010

Yesterday we found out that a friend of ours died in July. He was young, only five years older than me, and the obituary did not mention a cause of death. We traded Christmas cards and emails but I had not talked to him for probably a decade. The last time we talked I was in a pretty bleak place; I wish that was not the last conversation we ever had.

(500) Days of Summer
2 January, 2010

(500) Days of Summer came highly recommended but I did not make it past the halfway point.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel did good jobs bringing their characters to light. The story crippled the film for me. Perhaps because casual heartlessness plagued my first quarter-century, perhaps because of the non-linear narrative, perhaps because the film tried too hard to be hip and indie, but I neither believed that the characters would get together nor cared if they did.

I recommend skipping (500) Days of Summer.