Print Story A weekend not so much like a weekend
By lm (Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 03:59:54 AM EST) (all tags)
Airport purgatory. Interesting reinterpretation of the Dracula myth. Painting the WC. Radio musical oddities. Bored game night. Look for it in your grocer's freezer.

Airport purgatory

The weekend started off with the slow, arduous process of picking my two daughters up at the airport. Their flight was supposed to come in at 12:30pm. I arrived at the airport at 11:30 and went to ticketing to get a security pass to meet my daughters at the gate. The ticketing agent informed me that the plane was delayed and wouldn't be there until 1:30. I was given a gate number but was told that it may change. So I went through security, walked down to the end of the main building, took the shuttle bus to the infamous concourse which was far and away. Once at concourse C, I discovered that they don't have arrival information on any the screens, only departure information. After wandering through the entire concourse looking for this information, I took the shuttle bus back to the main building, found a screen and was amazed and astounded to find that the gate number had changed. Armed with this new information, I hopped a shuttle bus back to concourse C and arrived just in time to meet my daughter's plane.

Well, I would have had it been there. In the span of time it took me to view the arrival information on the board in concourse A and then ride the shuttle back to concourse C, the flight information had been updated to reflect that the flight wouldn't be arriving until 6pm. Of course, this information was not easy to find. I had to ask two different counter monkeys and both seemed utterly confused about why I might be concerned about when a plane arrives. So I hopped back on the shuttle bus to the main concourse, walked back through security, went out to the parking garage and drove home.

Come five o'clock my daughter called to say that the flight had been delayed until morning but that they were putting her and her sister on another flight. Let's just say that finding the right gate was just as difficult but at least this time there were no more delays. We picked up some burritos on the way home, had a late dinner and then everyone went to bed quite exhausted. Or something like that.

Interesting reinterpretation of the Dracula myth

Actually, what I did on Friday was stay up far too late watching bad horror movies on AMC. The latter, John Carpenter's The Fog, is entirely unworthy of comment. But the first Wes Craven's reworking of the Dracula myth, Dracula 2000.

The movie itself wasn't all that good. It wasn't extraordinarily bad, just fairly bad. But the premise was interesting. The modern tendency is create vampire stories that rework the legend in terms of biological and scientific explanations of vampirism. This film goes the other way and reworks the entire myth with religious themes. In fact, ``Dracula'' is far older than ``Dracula'', which is just one of his many names. He turns out to be none other than Judas Iscariot which explains his aversion to silver (the infamous 30 pieces) and crosses (where Jesus died). He's also hellbent on bringing eternal life (and eternal hedonism) to earth and remaking it in his image and likeness. And at the end of the film, he repents of his wickedness and dies. I can't ever recall a Dracula movie where he repents and receives forgiveness and, thus, is allowed to finally die.

With a better script, better actors and a decent budget, this could have been a great film. As it is, it's just south of mediocre. I don't recommend watching it unless you're bored out of your mind and have absolutely nothing better to do.

Painting the WC

The painter I paid to finish painting The Headache House didn't paint the bathroom. So this project fell to me. Two different couples wanted to look at the house to possibly rent it so I decided that it was time to bite the bullet. Saturday afternoon I put down a coat of primer and one top coat. When the people came over to look at the house, I discovered that the electrical circuit that the fridge and the basement lights are on had died at some point in the past. The second couple to look at the house went to the bank to cash a check and put down a deposit. For good or for ill, the house will soon be occupied again.

I went up Sunday afternoon to put a finish layer of paint. It looks so clean and bright with the high gloss white paint. Being lazy, I didn't clean up very well after finishing the painting. I have to drive back up this coming Friday to get the first month's rent and hand over the keys to the new tenants.

Radio musical oddities

Believe it or not, I've never heard Wall of Voodoo's Mexican Radio before. Stan Ridgeway has a haunting voice. But more importantly, the musicians in the band remind me vaguely of early Joy Division.

I also heard Metallica's cover of Green Hell while flipping through the channels. First, I'm a bit surprised any midwestern radio station would play any version of Green Hell. Second, while The Misfits and Metallica do share a certain attitude, their musical styles are quite different. The pop influenced punk rock song writing of the Misfits just sounds plain retarded when reworked in Metallica's trademark speed metal delivery.

Mostly, though, the radio just irritated me. I spent quite a few hours in the car and I grew tired of hearing the same songs over and over.

Bored game night

On Saturday night my wife had arranged a `game night' with some of her friends. She'd also invited Sonechka and Miss E, both of whom I'm always glad to have over. I suppose the evening was pleasant enough. It started with me cooking hamburgers and sausages on the grill. Then I blankly stared into the fire for a good amount of time before steeling myself up to enter the house for the party. It didn't go as badly as I feared but I still didn't really want to be there.

On the other hand, Xanthippe got completely soused. By morning she was simultaneously still tipsy and completely hung over. She felt like crap almost the entire day on Sunday.

Look for it in your grocer's freezer

Sunday night, other than being all to busy, was a nice quiet dinner. Sonechka came over but Miss E did not. I wish my brain had been functioning better but after two days of painting and miscellaneous stressors, I wasn't much of a conversationalist. After dinner I drove Sonechka home and went grocery shopping.

After shopping, I came home and did some work for work until I could stand to work no more, meaning that I fell asleep on the couch.

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A weekend not so much like a weekend | 13 comments (13 topical, 0 hidden)
Stan's even better in Camouflage by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 04:21:09 AM EST
his voice works well with that tale.

What sort of bored games were being played? I found two copies of an old freebie, Napoleon at Waterloo, and have been having fun.

Good to hear you have tenants again.

I can't remember the names by lm (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 04:55:58 AM EST
They were party type games.

One was about lists of things. The reader gives a category and wagers whether the other players will name a sufficient number of elements on that list. One list was early Roman emperors. Another was countries that begin with W, X, Y or Z. Another was top grossing films featuring either John Wayne or Humphrey Bogart. Another was classical composers by hours of music composed.

Another was a card game involving numbers. I think I won this one mostly because I was the only sober person playing at that point.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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Sounds boring to me by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 05:05:26 AM EST
no conquest or conflict or building.

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my weekend game by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #10 Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 09:42:15 AM EST
Napoleon at Waterloo by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #11 Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 09:53:36 AM EST
which ends up being about Empires ending.

Plus, it's an old fashioned hex and counter wargame that can be played in about an hour.

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7 ages, on the other hand by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #12 Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 10:07:08 AM EST
And it's not sitting in my attic by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #13 Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 10:09:31 AM EST
and you probably can't play it solitaire, very well.

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is dracula 2000 by cam (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 04:23:26 AM EST
the one on the spaceship? If so, that is an absolute shocker of a movie. Has some relatively big names in it too IIRC.

Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

It's not the one on the spaceship by lm (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 04:43:01 AM EST
That one was so bad that even I didn't finish watching it.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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There was only one good thing about Dracula 2000.. by atreides (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 06:02:44 AM EST
...and that was the Shadowrun-like heist that it started with. Alright, that and the original capture by Van Helsing but, for the most part, once the plane started going down, the movie started sucking...

He sails from world to world in a flying tomb, serving gods who eat hope.

clearly yalls haven't watched many vampire flick by R343L (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 06:32:39 AM EST
Because Dracula 2000 is actually good .. when compared to many other vampire flicks (like, shudder, Modern Vampires).

Also, Dracula is played by Gerard Butler and you can't go wrong with him.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

The last vampire movie I watched was Night Watch by lm (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 06:37:57 AM EST
Russian vampires fighting for good!

Okay, some were on the side of darkness too.

Actually, I've watched a large number of vampire movies. I don't think that bad vampire movie to good vampire movie ratio is much different than any other genre of film. Sturgeon's Law applies across the board when it comes to cinema.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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No Mexican Radio? by Arbeit Macht Pie (4.00 / 1) #9 Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 08:16:52 AM EST
How very, very odd.

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