1. Friday night was spent at jongre's new place, which I guess I ought to call "Padgre"; his apartment is huge and awesome and has a number of great features, the most important of which is jongre himself. I can't stress enough how great it is to have him back in NYC, even if his new place is kind of a pain in the ass to get to from Astoria.
2. Both of the following players are on my fantasy team. Needing to shake things up a bit, I benched one of them and gave the other one some playing time. Here are their lines from Sunday, April 16.
Player A: 0/2, 1BB, 1 RBI
Player B: 3/4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
Guess which player I benched.
3. We got DVR installed on Saturday afternoon; Kath was out and about at the time but when she got home she WENT TO TOWN. When we woke up this morning there was SO MUCH STUFF on it, it was like a little mini-Christmas.
3a. Wonder Showzen might be the must fucked-up show in the history of television.
4. The shows we'd programmed for DVR hadn't yet occured, so we were still flipping around on TV late Saturday night when I stumbled across Jesus Chainsaw Massacre, which I hadn't yet seen. Kath was in the other room when it started and when she came in, she got confused, thinking she was watching The Last Temptation of Christ and wondering where the Peter Gabriel soundtrack was and why there was so much blood. Being that this was Easter weekend, I thought I'd give it a shot; I may be a Jewish atheist but I'm still interested in this stuff, and since it was on cable I didn't have to spend $10.50 on it. Anywhoozle, it is indeed as graphic and violent as I'd heard - good ol' Mel didn't hold a damned thing back. Rivers of blood. Chunks of flesh being ripped out. But also - I'm not terribly familiar with the New Testament, so I was kinda shocked to see that Jesus's apostles/disciples were total pussies and nowhere to be found during the crucifixion; we see Peter denying Jesus 3 times and it was really kinda pathetic, and some other apostle/disciple was lurking in the back during the interrogation and basically biting his knuckles, and so they basically left Jesus out to dry, which is fucked up. I've seen most of Last Temptation and it shouldn't come as a surprise that I liked it quite a bit - it was great to see Jesus as a real person. The Jesus in Mel Gibson's movie is NOT a real person but is, in his own words, the Truth and the Light and the Way - and also very mellow and stoic, and if he was a blasphemer in the eyes of the Jewish clergy he probably didn't make a lot of noise or cause lots of uprisings, which makes the Jewish clergy's rabid need to destroy him seem a little over-the-top. But. The movie isn't necessarily about Jesus, it's about his last hours and the utterly agonizing pain he was in. The resurrection gets probably 15 seconds of screen time, and then the film ends.
Kath was on the phone with her mom yesterday and her mom gave her a quote from the church service she'd attended that morning: "Let us be Easter people in a Good Friday world." Having finally seen Passion, I have a much better idea of what that actually means, and I think it's a marvelous sentiment.
5. Sunday we ran some necessary errands and did some not-as-necessary shopping; there's a Skechers down on Steinway and they had a pretty awesome sale, and I wound up with 2 very cool pairs of shoes for not that much money, considering. Found a new Italian restaurant, also, which is where we ordered dinner in preparation for The Sopranos. But first:
6. We finally got around to watching Good Night and Good Luck, which was incredible. David Strathairn is fantastic, as is the rest of the cast; Clooney did a great job directing and his script is great. I was obviously born after Edward R. Murrow's career ended, but if he did in fact say and do the things he did, he ought to be an American hero. At the very least, it's an UNBELIEVABLY relavant film in this King Bush era.
7. The Sopranos... kinda sucked? Waaaayyyy too much time spent on the gay dude's story - it's an interesting story line, to be sure, but it's not the most important one, and its pacing was sooooooo slow. I guess I've realized that I should just ignore the post-episode teaser for the following week's show, since it NEVER has anything to do with what the actual episode is about. (After last week's show we watched the teaser and I remember being totally stoked for this week's show... and I'm not sure there was ANY footage from that teaser that made it in this episode. As for next week... Chris in Hollywood... meh.)