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1. I don't know that I would call today's session a "breakthrough", but GODDAMN I learned some pretty fascinating stuff about myself. I was talking about my grandmother's passing, and her history of health problems, which then dovetailed into my mom's health problems, my dad's health problems from a few years ago, my uncle's health problems... and when I later related my experiences from this weekend and all these doctor appointment I've been making, it became apparent that a lot of my anxieties are coming from a self-concept where I'm very physically fragile, even though I don't have any serious health problems. Which was very interesting to hear, and which made a lot of sense. My homework this week is to live my life as if I were a healthy, 31-year-old man, which is something that I actually am.

2. Pitchfork reviewed this James Blackshaw record yesterday, and I couldn't NOT download it after reading about it. It's very, very good; I've never heard a 12-string guitar sound so much like a church organ. I downloaded his other album, also, but haven't gotten to it yet.

3. We watched Munich the other day, which was a movie I had absolutely no desire to see when it was in theaters; I happened to get caught up in it a few weeks ago when it was on cable, but never finished it. I can't speak for Katharine, but I thought it was incredible, and not as emotionally manipulative as some of his recent work. Perfect example of this last point is the very last shot in the film, which I won't bother spoiling if you haven't seen it; unlike the American flags (and, well, the whole present-day prologue and coda) in Saving Private Ryan, which were pretty much just punching you in the face, the last shot in Munich carries many different levels of meaning but doesn't offer any sort of editorial guidance, which is wonderfully refreshing. All the performances are great; I just wish Daniel Craig had more to do.

4. Kath and I have very nearly become obsessed with Ninja Warrior, a crazy Japanese game show that does NOT revolve around people injuring themselves, but rather revolves around people racing through incredibly difficult obstacle courses. There's plenty of video clips online, should you need further convincing. And it's always great fun to shout out "You have brought shame upon your house!" when a contestant fails.

5. I'm so very excited to not have to go to work tomorrow. I don't yet know what I'm doing - Kath and I may end up doing a double feature (Die Hard/Ratatouille, because I'll be damned if I ever pay money for Transformers), or we may end up drinking iced tea on our deck - the point is, there are OPTIONS that do not involve GOING TO WORK.
Makoto Nagano made my list of "heroes" on that myspace thingy about six months ago, I don't regret it a bit. Nobody knows who he is though, so I'm asked about it often, which is when I proudly reply, "He was the second man to complete the fourth stage at treacherous Mount Midoriyama and probably the greatest ninja warrior of all time."

Awesome.