I finally watched the Passion of the Christ. It certainly was gritty, gory and unrelenting… at the same time I found it moving and honest. Religion aside, it is a gripping dramatic film. I saw the Jewish elders as bloodthirsty, afraid and unrelenting in their quest for crucifixion. Symbolic of corrupt authority and mob (human) mentality. The Romans unwillingness to intervene, leave Christ’s judgment to the mob, human apathy and indifference. I liked how the devil made appearances throughout the film, as if tempting all the actions of man. It was eerie. The abandonment of Christ by his followers (and nearly everyone) show more human flaws. The utter callousness of the Roman solders (just following orders) is a dramatic reminder of the savagery humans are capable of. This is reinforced by the constant glimpses of his family and friends agonizingly watching as Jesus is killed. The flashbacks give more substance to the characters and to the man, if anything making for a more sympathetic character. Jesus is depicted as a man, an exceptionally devoted and spiritually strong man. I can see how some might think it was ‘too violent’… but humans are violent, often brutally so, this is what we do to each other… Not always to this extreme of course, but this type of brutality does happen. Anyway, talk about a bad day at the office. Phew, taking the sins of the world indeed. My favourite line is spoken by one of the criminals beside Jesus to the Head Elder who is mocking Jesus telling him to come down from the cross. ‘Listen, he prays for you…’ Ouch.
While walking the dog today I slipped and whacked my head on some ice. At first it hurt – not a lot – but some noticeable discomfort. I’ve had a nasty headache since (about 6 hours ago). It is ironic. I could see the ice and said ‘boy, that looks slippery’ to the other dog walker I was walking with…Sigh. Nice one.
The Canadian Juniors aren’t looking stellar. Sure, they are winning but they are lacking pose and often look lost on the ice. We will know if I’m wrong after Canada meets the U.S..
Well. It is that time between Christmas and New Year (if you’re lucky enough) to have it off it is usually a pretty slackass time. B. and I want to paint the office. Not sure if we’ll get to it. Something must have fallen on her head. She is letting me pick the paint color. (No not black…) So far the leading choice is a light purple gray colour.
Yesterday B. and I met with one of the breeders we are trying to pick between. (There are two Viszla breeders we are looking at. Both well qualified. Both having great dogs.) The get together was for one of her older dogs who turned 12. There must have been 10-15 dogs there for the ‘party’. We went for a nice walk. It was good to get some air.
Today we are going over to her sister’s for a fish fry. Yum.
- would you rather:
- never have access to the internet again OR never use a phone again?
- never drive (or be driven) again OR never fly again?
- never taste sweet again OR never taste sour again?
- never say the word “the” OR never say the word “you”?
Ha. The easiest choice in the world for me. I love the Internet and hate the telephone. Next.
update: chooseday link is gone.
Last night was Christmas at my parents with my Dad’s family. It was a lot of fun. Everyone was in character. My outspoken aunt was outspoken, my uncles were mostly invisible and my cousins ducked away and played with our dog. The dog was a big hit with everyone. She absorbed love like a dry sponge in an ocean drinking deep from person to person. One of my uncles (6’5ish easily 250) must have creeped the dog out a bit as she became very submissive around him.
Today B. and I had my parents and my brother-in-law over for dinner. The food was great and in spite of everyone being very tired… we had a good time.
I got some neat stuff as prezzies. Sweaters, a 4G USB drive (mmm storage), tons of candy, Sabres v. Leafs ticket at the ACC (Jan 26 2006) which I’ve never been to for a hockey game so it should be fun – especially I’ll be with a Leafs’ fan, also interesting was tix to see Blue Man Group in January as well. Their material is interesting, rock/percussively based theatrical performance. I’m expecting a cool show. What a nice surprise B! I’m soooo looking forward to a few days of down time to sleeeeeeep, game and chill out.
Title basically says it all. Nearing the end (or am I??!) of a project at work. The hours have been ridiculous. I left today after midnight. I’ve been ok with it for awhile… but today started to feel like crap. I haven’t spent a relaxed moment at home with B. for ages. Either she is running around working or I am. I know things will get back to normal at work soon but… gah… with properly planning these insane project end all nighters could (and should!) be avoided. It is so frustrating putting my exisitance on hold for what? Money? I’m not getting anything extra for my time. I feel why should I bother. Sigh…
Puppy would wish you a Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings but she is zonked. Must be all that eggnog. Me? Just working.
Yes, blog. Well past few days have been a daze. Thursday was Christmas party day. Both mine and B.’s. Fortunately they were spaced out and close by. My work’s party was a lot of fun. It was at a Dave & Busters (picture an adult Chuck E. Cheese). We ate, drank, played games, goofed around and let off a lot of steam. It was a good time. I work with a great bunch of guys. B.’s party was just around the block, google maps said 2 minutes away. Well normally. In a snow storm it took close to 30 minutes, then even longer to find it since it was a business NOT on the plaza sign. Sigh. Anyway dinner was very filling and decent for the most part. It was a fancy Italian place. I prefer more casual. Friday worked all day. Saturday went to see the Sabres with my Dad! Sabres v. Penguins. It was cool to see a game with my dad. I’m not sure it will happen again. His mobility is seriously hampered. We has wings and pizza afterwards at Mister B.’s in Niagara Falls N.Y., as usual it was yum. I finally spent my gift certificate from Summit as well. I got a more powerful power supply for my new box and a cd/dvd rom drive. I’m hoping to get games and backup movies and data onto DVD instead of CD. 4G v. 700M… Today we shopped then chilled. I feel like I could sleep for a year.
Ahh yes, in case you were wondering what you would get if you mixed a guitar heavy 80’s metal band, Christmas, a string section and a narrated story together (and really, who hasn’t?) you would probably end up with… chaos? Well probably chaos. But if it wasn’t chaos it would likely be something like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Four of us saw them tonight at the ACC. Overall the show was impressive. The production, lighting, sound and theatrics were top notch. The show seem divided in two halves. The first half was based on a narrated Christmas themed story played to music. It was the weaker half of the show. At times I found it pretty dry. The 15 minute acoustic guitar ballad was hard to sit through. In the true metal tradition most of the vocalists were ‘over-the-top’… It was like Canadian Idol ~ METAL ~ edition… None of the vocalists impressed me that much. The narrator and Jay Pierce having the best voices in my option. The others seemed to be lacking something. Especially the women who seemed more suited to singing 80s hair band tunes. Fortunately the show was about music and that is where TSO shined the brightest by far.
Most of the second half of the show jumped around between various vocalist (and one opera singer) but focused mainly on instrumental music. When the boys got going they rocked pretty hard. They showcase the talents of each musician in some way. I enjoyed the drum solo. As soon as I arrived I was hoping they were going to let the drummer go. And they did. What a crazy drum set he had. Fun! It seemed to me that the core musicians must have played together awhile… or just that they are simply so good that they can be dropped into any band seamlessly. The show took advantage of nearly every metal cliche available but the band seemed to be having so much fun with it that it could hardly be held against them. A fun, energetic show that brought the rock.
Whoa. This is going to be a crazy week. First off… entering into crunch time for work on the current project… so 10-12+ hour days will be the norm. On top of that… Tomorrow I’m seeing trans-siberian right after work, Wednesday I (hopefully) will get to hockey, Thursday is B.’s work X-mas party, Friday could be my work’s X-mas party, Saturday is the Sabres’ game (got tix for my birthday)… So gah. I should get to bed.
Determined today that steeping Herbal and Chai teas for 4-5 minutes instead of *leaving the bag in* makes for a much better cup of tea. Maybe following directions on some things has some merit after all. 😛
P.S. I plan on fixing the RSS feed so the links work and it is more compatible. It isn’t quite there yet…
Phew. A long weekend for sure… Driving to Ottawa (Killaloe) always seems to take forever. In spite of having slept most of the way I still felt lethargic most of the weekend. We ate well and exchanged a round of presents. I got some cool stuff. Chocolate, clothes , tea! We found some time to get in a little shopping and got our Christmas tree on the way home. It is so much extra work with a real tree. I often wonder why we bother. It is fun finding it. The rest gets tiresome quickly. The tying it to the car, the unloading, cutting, spiking, trimming etc. bah.. Anyway I guess it looks alright. It certainly smells like we brought the outdoors indoors.
Downloaded another anime series, Cowboy Bebop. I hesitated on this series because I thought the name was gay. After watching the first episode my opinion was sooo wrong. It seems really slick and well done, more like what I’m looking for in Anime. Not the freakish big eyed lovey dovey anime but more realistic stuff geared towards adults (no not hentai :P).
Hehe. My puppy made it into the Vizsla Rescue Calendar for 2006. Miss November. *Blush* Gah, not like she needs more attention. I hope Vogue and Cosmo don’t call. I’ll post a pic shortly. Not tonight. I’m exhausted and this is all you get.