Saturday, December 03, 2005

King Kong

Last night I watched an interview on Dateline with Peter Jackson, most famous of being the director of the LOTR trilogy. This interview was because of the imminent release of an updated King Kong. It was fascinating to see what inspires people. He talked about being 9 and loving the original movie so much he knew what he wanted to become when he grew up. He said he got a camera and made his own movie, even cutting up his mother’s stole for hair for his King Kong. These days he owns original models from the 1933 King Kong. He was holding this tiny King Kong with a sort of reference that was unmistakable. It made me think he’s kind of a fanatic. That’s good. And, I think it shows in the quality of his work. During the interview he said something about making the movies he loves, not trying to guess what people would watch.

Conversely, I saw Charleze Theron on TV saying she had no idea when she was a kid growing up in South Africa she’d end up in movies. It made me wonder if it is her lack of a deep-rooted drive/love of her craft that makes her movies so unmemorable. If you happen to think she’s a good actress, I’ll allow for the notion that she is improving. Guess I better allow for that because I think she is being nominated for an Oscar. Or at least a hopeful for nomination. I am just stating that her earlier movies that I’ve seen are completely unmemorable. I don’t recall not liking them at the time. If I didn’t like the movies in fact, I’d probably remember them better. Anyway, seeing both these statements, I got to connecting them in my mind and wondering if it is that extra bit of drive that is needed to take something that extra step?

Ah, but you may say that... of course people will know Lord of the Rings because that story is so much more popular to begin with. Okay, true! But, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I enjoyed the Hobbit, and that is the reason that I tolerated watching the LOTR series. I could never get into those books, so I watched the movies because I wanted to know the entire story without the investment of time. Even then, I couldn’t get into the super-duper long and drawn out battle scenes and I felt like smacking Samwise for being such a cry baby. Even though I will not be a devoted LOTR fan, I can still see that something special in these movies. There’s no doubt that Peter Jackson’s love for those stories and movies shows in the finish product. So I’ll probably want to see the new King Kong too.

By the way... even though I believe that Peter Jackson was being honest about working on things that he loves. I also am not so naive as to think that someone (and probably him too) didn't think there would a be a huge payday as a result of the new King Kong. Is this the first movie advertised on credit cards?

To end this long post... maybe the makers and actors in Charleze Theron movies had that drive too, but I just can't recall because of personal preferences. So I Googled her and recall now that she was in Sweet November with Keanu Reeves. He's one of my all-time favorite actors and I still couldn't really recall that movie.

Well, I best leave wondering about drive and passion and how it relates to writing for some other day. I've got to get ready for work this evening. The payday is what motivates that job and I'm not ashamed to admit it. :)

Friday, December 02, 2005

The Commute Excitement

The excitement the night before last was that I was listening to KBUL (country) on the drive to work (which is when everyone else is going home) and they have a contest so I called on my cell phone (I was the passenger). I was the first person with the answer so they played the whooping and hollering track and then asked me something like, "So, what are you going to be doing on Saturday?"

The answer to this should have been something like -- "Go to the comedian that you're giving me tickets to go see!" But, instead my answer was, "I'm working."

The DJ asked, "Then why did you call?"

"I knew the answer."

I had no idea what the contest was about. I just heard the question. Needless to say I didn't win. They HUNG UP on me without saying goodbye. Once in my life I am the first caller with the answer and the DJ hangs up on me. I laughed about that one.

They probably would have hung up twice if they knew that I mostly didn't know what the contest was for because I station hop to avoid listening to them. Nor would they be pleased to know that I've been scoping out the FM-transmitter options for an iPod because I'd rather listen to music than their cheerful voices.

Anyway, the question was, "What can more people do in China than in the United States?"

Though the answer could be just about anything, there was one answer they were looking for that surprised plenty of people. What do you think it is? Any comment on my blog is elligible for this contest. And I won't even hang up on you if you don't win. ;)

The excitement last night was that there was a fire right off the Interstate about 40 miles from home. I heard this morning that the cause was some 80+ year old guy through the ashes from his fireplace out in the yard in 50 mph winds. I could see from the Interstate the flame-enshrouded skeleton that was once his house. The bus riders at work were gossiping that it was a train wreck.

Lastly, take a look at this peacock dress. There are some peacocks that live near here. My avatar used to be a peacock. Then it was a macaw for awhile.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Robbin' Food

I came home from work this morning and read the article in Romance Writer’s Report that there were about 20 people who wrote RWA and said it was unfair that people who hadn’t paid for the RWA conference (but attended anyway) were billed after-the-fact. I might have to stay a member of RWA! I came home pretty crabby and it gave me something to laugh about.

The reason I was in a crabby mood to begin with had to do with more thievery. Someone stole my lunch at work. I went to bed for all of 4 hours (tired today) and woke up and was on the couch watching Robin Hood, the version with Uma Thurman as maid Marian (but wishing I could fall back asleep). I was siding with the Sheriff of Notthingham. This isn’t really normal for me. But, last night I was the rich land baron and the lunch-looter was Robin Hood commandeering my lunch for their poor stomach. I guess that made everything just fine and dandy. They were hungry. Just like someone would justify that not paying for the RWA conference because it’s expensive and they need to save money, yet they also need to be there and mingle with other writers.

Personally I was pretty perturbed! I work a 10-hour shift and it is sweat-inducing work. Pretty much imagine 10-hours of low-impact aerobics and that is what my job is. Luckily last night was an easy night so it was low-low-impact. Also, luckily it was a day that Amazon.com fed us mini-tacos at lunch or I would have died. Probably literally! Call me a wimp, but it is true. I need food to survive these 10-hour workouts.

Come to think of it, I’m pretty perturbed about the freeloaders at the conference too. If one of you freeloaders just happens to pass by and see this and get upset with me for calling you a pilfering idiot, by all means get bugged with me and refuse to buy my book! I figure that writers with these attitudes are the same people who would justify copying eBooks and giving them to friends too.

Alas, people in general are good! Just a few of us who don't have ethics. I also talked with a woman last night who proves that there are other people who work so hard to get by on their own. She works a second warehouse job. I’m pretty much at Amazon.com for 11 hours from finding a parking spot to leaving that parking spot. She’s got two of these jobs. That’s 22 hours. The commute is 2 hours RT out to Amazon.com. When I get all this math taken care of in my head I’m thinking... which car is yours so I can avoid driving next to you on the Interstate?

Leaving things on a lighter note... this is the toy I found last night that I decided I must have. Sea Monkeys on Mars.

I did try to grow Sea Monkeys once. It doesn't work so well. I felt a little guilty at killing all those brine shrimp.

Maybe I should skip buying this and go over to my favorite casino and play the Sea Monkeys theme slot. That works for me! Tomorrow is my night off. I'll undoubtedly spend a few hours relaxing away from my computer. LOL.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Bubbles

Last night at work I saw a toy that sparked the neurons that belonged at one time to the child I once was. Gazillion Bubbles! I love bubbles! At first I thought it was a water bottle, actually. I had the best of intentions of writing a blog post. But, got distracted watching Cellular and missed that window of opportunity. Back to work now. That movie had a cool vanity plate for a lawyer, IL SU YU 2.