Now let me apologize for the following. You probably waited many precious minutes for this entry to appear, and it's just a lot of me talking about movies. Sorry.
Finally. Over the past few days I watched the first nine episodes of the series, I, Claudius. I might have to buy the set of DVDs, I'm pretty sure I'll want to watch it again as soon as I'm done. I think when Skip was talking about poor production values he was referring to the icky makeup and the weird soap-opera look of the camera work? And I guess there's no grand Gladiator-y coliseum scenes, either. Nothing but a fantastic flow of perfidy and depravity, acted to jaw-dropping perfection. I am in awe. Sorry I kept putting off watching, but it is well worth the couple of months of unused Netflix dues I wasted.
My dad wanted to take all of us out to see a movie in a theater. All of us meaning me and the kids, including Victoria. She has watched the Shrek video happily several times, so we figured Shrek 2 would be a good bet. But not a safe bet--her behavior is unpredictable and we were ready to abort the theater experience at the first hint of trouble. Thanks to a perfect confluence of seating design, timing, and abundant snackage, the operation was smooth right through the final credits. I loved the movie! It was very funny and I think the animation was even better than the first one.
I wasn't going to run right out and see Fahrenheit 9/11 in the theater. But this morning the clockradio morons were waxing hysterical over it (I don't touch anything on Brian's radio except the alarm-off button, so I wake to the yapping cacophony of WMAL) and I decided to give it a whirl. It looks like it's playing around the clock at the Loews in Georgetown, so I should be able to see it in the wee hours when babysitting is most readily available.
Oh, this isn't a movie thing: I met a nice lawyer a few weeks ago. I just talked to her this morning about writing a will, since I was supposed to do that about twenty years ago. It shouldn't take long and I know I will be happy to have it done and over with.