Wednesday, December 27, 2006

This is the last week of the holiday break, and it feels like I've been sick and on the mend for months. Yesterday, for the first time, I was able to sit down and actually do some work. I have a couple of projects that I told people I would try to finish over the break, and I'd like to get them done before it's over so I don't have to worry about it in the New Year when things REALLY get busy. I've had a lot of problems motivating myself to start working on these projects, but I finally got off my ass yesterday, and it felt good to sit in front of the computer for a couple of hours and actually accomplish something.

Last night, I went to see The Good Shepard with some friends. I didn't know what the film was about before I showed up, which for me, is the best way to see a film. I enjoyed it well enough, although I thought it was WAY too long (2 hrs 40 min), and there was so much going on it was at times very hard to follow. Like I said, it was an enjoyable experience, but I'm not sure I can truly "like" a film when I had no idea what was going on for most of the first act. Today, another friend and I are going to see We Are Marshall. Hopefully, it will be much easier to follow. I don't like having to think that much when I go to the theatre.

So, my cell phone is not working. Well, the phone itself is working fine, but after having it for only 2 months, the Bluetooth is not activating. Since I paid a lot of money for the phone, I think it would be swell if ALL of it worked, so I set about trying to get it replaced or fixed yesterday. You would think since it's so new, T-Mobile would just replace it. But no. Not that simple. I had to call T-Mobile, not just go into the store. They, in turn, told me I had to contact Samsung, the manufacturer. I spent a total of about an hour on the phone with Samsung and talked to literally 5 people before I was able to arrange for repair of my phone. As they were finalizing my repair documents, the guy said, "And they told you it would be 14-21 days to get it repaired, right?" Um, no. They most certainly had not told me that. So, I had to mail my phone in yesterday, and am praying they will get it fixed and back to me in a reasonable amount of time. I think next time, I'm getting the $30 phone. I've found that no matter how much you pay for them, they're broken or obsolete within a year, so why bother paying extra for a stylish phone?

I forgot again that it's Wally Wednesday. It's hard to know what day it is when you're not working. Here he is playing in Big Bear lake to cool off after a 5 mile hike we had taken. Boy, did he smell when he got out of that lake! I had to take him back to the cabin and hose him down before letting him into the house.

The song for today is "Baby Jane" by Rod Stewart. Again, I'm not particularly a Rod Stewart fan, especially all the crap he released in the 70s. But I did like some of the stuff he released in the 80s, including this song, from his 1983 album "Body Wishes." Remember when saxaphones were cool? This is one of those songs that MADE them cool, with the great riff at the beginning of the song. Stewart sings on this piece with energy and emotion. This is no "Maggie May." And you've got to see the video. It is so completely 80s, from the hot pinks to the makeup, to Rod's big blue sports jacket with shoulder pads. Here it is:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better. :-)

While I was not terribly fond of Rod's material from the 70s, his work in the 80s was awesome -- this song included. It's funny when I look back at all these old videos and see how weirdly they (and I) all dressed, with the shoulder pads, spandex pants, huge belts and big hair. I'm starting to see these trends back in the stores again, God help us!


11:37 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I'm working today at home even though it is a "day off" too! I'd love to take the dogs to Big Bear - did you have a tough time finding a cabin that would take Wally too?

To make a long story short, I was once in the front row of a Rod Stewart concert - circa 1981 or 1982, and he handed me the mike to sing!

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw "The Good Shephard" on Christmas night. The place was packed, I guess a lot of people wanted to take a break from the festivities :).

The movie is nice and enjoyable. The flashing between three time periods was a bit weird, especially since Matt Damon pretty much looks the same age through the three time periods. The movie took its time. I enjoyed that. I did not feel I was overstaying my welcome.

There was a rumor that the movie cost $90 million to make. If that is the case, then the investors can bid adieu to the dough, as there is no way in hell they can recoup it!.

Gald to read that you are feeling better.


12:10 PM  
Blogger EditThis said...

Kelly - You should check out my earliest posts for some photos of my stellar rock band from the 80s.

Diane - No problem finding dog friendly cabins in Big Bear. Check out They have a whole pet friendly section of homes. :)

9:04 PM  

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