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By georgeha (Mon Apr 30, 2007 at 08:21:06 AM EST) Sabres in five, dementia, my Czezh please (all tags)
kind of sucks.

Plus, Mississippi Masala and The Secret Lives of Dentists, communism and right wing hardware store owners, payoffs and playoffs and less.

Poll closed in mourning.



A good weekend, if not very relaxing.

Saturday morning I got up bright and early and headed over to the girls' school. They ask each family to contribute 20 hours of work a year, and this year we're going to have trouble meeting that goal. The family association does have dual career parents in mind, and they schedule Saturday work days to clean up the classrooms. So, I signed up, and went there and was assigned a classroom to clean top to bottom.

It's a measure of how much better I am feeling that I was able to do this. Cleaning can be a lot of work, with the bending down and picking up and lifting and moving stuff (the classic rock station helped, though who ever thought the Talking Heads would be on a classic rock station, I guess I'm getting old).

Halfway through the room a mom came up to help, her daughter was actually in the class (our girls' rooms were already picked when I showed up), which made the thing go easier, we were down in three hours. Later we had pizza for lunch, and I got to meet the dad of the newest kindergarten girl, and talk with another dad who's son went to preK with five year old. It was nice to have manly chats about hardware stores (note to people running hardware stores in the city, blaring Rush and disparaging the UN won't go over with your typical city customer) and such, and he promised to email me some pictures of five year old at the latest exhibition (I'll spare the obvious Mussogorsky pun).

In some ways, the school is very communistic, which also works well with the liberal tendencies of most of the parents (then again, most city residents are liberals) We're expected to all pitch in, poorer students get help financing trips, we can make jokes about Dubya but not minorities.

Mrs. Ha was also going on a cleaning frenzy at home, she was hoping Irish_girl would stop by with her baby. Five year old's friend also came over for a playdate, which the two had been planning for a week (in cute but manipulative ways, $friend says I can come over for a playdate, call her mommy). I got home in time to run the vacuum cleaner and pick up dog hair.

Irish girl eventually showed up (she's the most functional one of her family, so she has to do a lot for her other family members) and brought her 7 month old, I even held her for a while, I haven't held a baby in a long time. While she was over, five year olds friend's mom came by, I think she's Canadian, so we had a virtual UN at our table.

Sunday we went to Buffalo to see Mrs. Ha's mom in the dementia ward, it was pretty sad. I would say Mrs. Ha's mom is the most lucid and sane one there, though I did raise an eyebrow when she talked about her dad and her Aunt stopping by to visit (both have been dead for decades). Sadly, being the most lucid in a dementia ward doesn't get you any prizes.

All of Buffalo was listening to the game, a shame about the loss, I'm too heartbroken and lazy for a poll.

I'm seeing some payoffs for Mrs. Ha's job, she bought a six of Pilsner Urquell on Friday night (she wanted to drink something better than the Old Milwaukee I've been buying), she filled the van, and paid for lunch on Sunday.

We watched The Secret Lives of Dentists this weekend, I found it a mixture of unappealing hyperreality and appealing surreality. It's the story of a married pair of dentists, and the husband suspects his wife of having an affair. It's also about the lack of communication in their marriage. The husband comes off as an overworked barely likeable sort (who makes a dentist a protagonist, I don't know any dentists socially, and I don't care to) who ends up being the mom at home, the wife is probably having an affair with someone in her opera group. Denis Leary walks away with the movie as the husband's alterego, and provides the funny surreal bits. As far as hyperreality, once you've experienced a bratty clingy toddler throwing up all over you, do you really need to see it on the screen? Nah.

Orthodontists on the other hand seem more sensitive, at least ours know how to seduce the bill paying parents. Ours has a coffee machine with 12 different single serving brewpaks, an internet connection, a biometrics check in that ten year old likes, and young attractive hygienists. They are pricey, but I think ten year old's teeth are pretty bad. But then again, I don't know any orthodontists socially.

Last weekend we watched most of Mississippi Masala, an interracial romance between a young Denzel and Sarita Choudhury, involving tensions between their prospective clans. It was okay, we didn't finish watching it.

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sabres by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Apr 30, 2007 at 09:19:35 AM EST
I have to root for 'em b/c I dislike the rangers, but they can't win the cup. That's the curse of buffalo sports teams, you know.. Always falling short, second best, etc.

I know, I don't feel so bad about not starting by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Apr 30, 2007 at 09:43:14 AM EST
a playoff beard.


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Sorry I'm late, kids. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Apr 30, 2007 at 10:00:35 AM EST
I was up half the night, after choking on a pretzel.

Also, I've worked for the UN, and they really do suck.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

There's no room for you at the hardware store by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Apr 30, 2007 at 10:06:26 AM EST
they closed down, and the space is now being used by the Pride store to run a coffee shop called Equal Grounds. They must not be as kinky as the gay gift shop in the converted factory, since their website isn't blocked.


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Gay. Coffee. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Apr 30, 2007 at 10:37:51 AM EST
Wow, you really can learn something new each day!

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Four blocks further into the city by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Apr 30, 2007 at 10:44:15 AM EST
lies the Coffee Connection, formerly known as the Women's Coffee Connection, dedicated to helping women learn business skills.

A few blocks south and a few years ago was a vegan cafe where straight men were tolerated. I heard it was good, but I never bothered to go there, though having "married" lesbians, I had the alterna-cred.


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You married a lesbian? by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Apr 30, 2007 at 12:06:24 PM EST
That's quite progressive of you, George.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Linux users response... by dmg (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Apr 30, 2007 at 11:05:31 AM EST
note to people running hardware stores in the city, blaring Rush and disparaging the UN won't go over with your typical city customer

If enough people don't like it, it will go out of business and you are still free to start your own hardware store, playing whatever music you like...
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It's horribly inaccurate, oddly biased, and to top it all off they misspelled Linux.

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