Weekend at the Movies

9 May

Welcome to the second week of May, 2011. Today I thought I’d start a new feature for these daily morning writes of mine, a sort of word of the day—only with 2 words.

The first is from a website called http://www.savethewords.com. This is a site devoted to keeping alive words that are no longer in popular usage, words that (as the site says) “now lie unused, unloved and unwanted.” Today’s randomly selected word is foppotee. A foppotee is a simple-minded person.

My other word of the day source is from http://www.elsajoy.com. This site includes a daily mantra generator. With a random touch of the mouse pointer, I have learned that my mantra on this day will be: Understanding.

One hopes that I will extend this understanding to any foppotees I might encounter today, as sometimes I am not as patient with the simple-minded as perhaps I should be.

I had a good weekend. I walked in the March of Dimes Walk for Babies with a team from work. The walk took us from the Jacksonville Landing, across the Acosta Bridge, down Prudential Drive to Riverplace Blvd, across the Main Street Bridge, down Bay Street and back to the Landing.

I just realized that route means nothing to non-locals. But my point was, we walked across 2 bridges. The police closed the roads, so we got to walk across the bridge, right down the middle of the road. I was midway across the Main Street Bridge, which is a draw bridge, when I looked down and realized I was walking on grating which affords you a view of the teeming St. Johns River below. I have driven across this bridge and not given that grating or the river below too much thought. But walking across it, with the river in plain view beneath my feet was daunting. I didn’t freak out or have a panic attack, but I thought about freaking out or having a panic attack. Since I didn’t want to do that right there in the middle of the bridge, in broad open day light in front of hundreds of people (why were none of them freaking out? Did they not feel the grating beneath their feet and see the river?) I just walked a lot faster.

It was, overall, a nice walk.

After the walk, I rendezvous with my significant other for Chinese food and then the running of the errands. This did include a trip to Lowes, but it was a needful trip, so I won’t carry on about it this time.

Saturday evening we finally got around to watching the acclaimed, award winning movie, The Black Swan. We are both Natalie Portman fans, so I was very eager to see her Oscar winning performance. In case you haven’t seen it, Natalie is this ballerina who spends most of the movie with a pinched expression on her face, looking like she is going to snap at any moment. She has this crazy mother played by Barbara Hershey who has apparently had one of those facelifts that is so tight it makes it look like she has somehow turned Asian. Barbara also seems as if she is going to snap any time now. I really kept expecting Barbara to go full out Piper Laurie in Carrie on Natalie at any moment. Natalie meets this new girl in the ballet company, played by Mila Kunis. Is Mila a friend? Is Mila really a rival out to steal Natalie’s plumb role as The Swan Queen? I won’t spoil it for you in case you want to see it. I can tell you this is one of those movies that I will not be watching a second time. Ugh. I just wanted to slap Natalie, tell her to get a flipping grip and while you’re at it–move out of your mother’s house!  And eat some cake. There’s a scene where she refused to eat a piece of cake and you can just imagine how much that bothered me. It looked like good cake too…

Last night we watched 127 Hours, which starred another favorite of my household, James Franco. James plays a guy who, while exploring a canyon, falls down a crevice and winds up with his arm pinned under a rock. No one knows he’s there, so how will he survive? How will he escape? Since this is based on a true story, you may well know how he escapes. (Youch! That’s all I’m gonna say.) Knowing in advance  how he escapes really doesn’t spoil the movie for you, although watching the scene where he does what it is he had to do to escape is pretty harrowing. I really liked this movie a lot.

When 127 Hours was over, I sort of wished I could go back and throw Natalie Portman and her mother into that big deep crevice.

See if she can pas de duex her way out of that one.

Maybe if they’d had a scene like that, I might have liked The Black Swan a lot better.

I hope your day is filled with Understanding and free from Foppotees.

Happy Monday

2 Responses to “Weekend at the Movies”

  1. Fred Lehman May 9, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    The walk took us from the Jacksonville Landing, across the Acosta Bridge, down Prudential Drive to Riverplace Blvd, across the Main Street Bridge, down Bay Street and back to the Landing.

    I just realized that route means nothing to non-locals.

    Ha! Internet and Google maps are great. I I checked out your route on Google Maps and found it very interesting. Having been given additional information, by you, before I was able to ascertain the proximity to the domicile of you and your significant other was well as your fav Star Bucks. COOL. 🙂 I’m stalking you Cat.
    All I need now is your bike route and I can be there, in spirit. Imagine being stalked by a living spirit. Not likely, but it is a scary thought, isn’t it?
    Take care and I promise I’ll be good.

  2. That Weather Girl May 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    I am with you about the bridge grate! Remember that night we were up on the Main Street Bridge taking photos? Even that freaked me out a little. The whole bridge bouces when a car goes by! I know that is supposed to have some flex, but really.

    And for the life of me I don’t know why anyone would even want to see 127 Hours. Glad you liked it though. Would be terrible to sit through two movies and not like either one.

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