Sweating bullets

$10 (until Cal-Cobra runs out in 17 months). Care to guess how fast I ripped this bottle open just now?

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Drinking days are over

Going back on cancer drug Tarceva today, which is liver intensive.  Not to mention the side effects (GI and otherwise).  Kudos to the onc for sending an early Rx in response to a slight panic I felt after going to UC Davis and deciding not to enroll in a study there.

Well at least I drank a bunch of wine in Monterey this weekend.  And, I'm feeling increasingly worse, so I'm ready.  I just hope it works as well this time as last, and I hope the facial rash won't be worse (tho I don't know how much worse it could be).  
I guess I better hurry and get that haircut/wax/massage!!

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a slow movie month

***** 
Brilliant, really well done.  Even the hubs was drawn in, though this happened before he was even born.  I know, right?  But I think he could see the parallels with the recent republican administration.
This reinforces the idea that 2008 was a phenomenal year for films and outstanding performances.  It was unfortunate for Langella to be up against Penn for the Best Actor Oscar.  What an emotional performance…I think perhaps he deserved it.  Anyway, fantastic film.
****
…plus maybe a half?
I saw the Maysles Brothers documentary in school, and was so intrigued, my classmates and I rewatched it a number of times.  It's stranger than a Bunuel film in that it's true.
This version fills in all the questions left unanswered by the documentary.  Terrific performances by Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.  The house didn't look as filthy as in the original, where you could "see" the stench.  As expected, the hubs didn't get it at all, but was drawn in towards the end.  (He thinks I'm weird)
****
This was strange and amazing.  Completely imaginative.  Reminded me of something along the lines of Metropolis and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.  Great for sci-fi geeks everywhere.
****
As expected, I liked this very much.  Strange, dark, fun to watch.  Perfect for those budding goths.
Old movie, says the hubs.  It was on cable.  I've not seen the others nor the game, so don't know the original premise.
This is sort of Matrix-y…sci-fi aliens and some metaphysical-quasi-scientific way to defeat them…it was alright.  I wouldn't go to the movies to see it.  Not bad television though.
** 1/2
Three usually means I like it, but since when does a Harry Potter movie not get its own post?  Oh, woe is me and the franchise, starting with #5, OOTP (Order of the Phoenix).
This was slower than most, with some good special effects, if only they were actually related to actual events (or even likely events) from the book.  I'm baffled by what is included and what isn't, and what they choose to contrive (which isn't consistent with the spirit of HP).  The characters were weak in THBP, and the whole thing seemed sort of flat and bland.  It was good to see Ron get some airtime again, but other than that, bleh.  I planned to see it in IMAX 3D until I heard that only the first 20 minutes were actually shot in 3D…so what's the point.  I saw OOTP 3 or 4 times, and paid 13 pounds to suffer in the 2nd row at the Odeon in London, just to find that indeed, I just didn't like it.  So I doubt repeated viewings would render a different opinion of THBP.  Bummer!

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In contrast (to the fixer in previous post)

Here's the rancher in far-off Martinez, CA, which doesn't need much fixing, would cost about $400/month less, may not have the character of a pre-war bungalow, and is located in proximity of an oil refinery and the Kaiser I use.  This was a bank-owned property that had 9 offers, including ours.  We're still awaiting news as to who "the winner" is.

It has all the amenities one might need when stationed in a hot and distant suburb, like pool and outdoor kitchen, fruit trees, boat parking and room for expansion.
Also, there's the ubiquitos ranch-style open floor plan.
If only the gods would smile upon us and grant us this home, we could choose a paint color, install a pizza oven in the outdoor kitchen, send out housewarming party invitations, and move on with our lives.
If only.  Sigh.

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