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By georgeha (Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 09:32:40 AM EST) planet-arium, sleep, TGIF, hcr, tired (all tags)
desperately tried to sleep with other women (and men).

Plus, The Girl with the Curious Hair, American Gigolo, Steel Victory, health care reform, sick kids are no fun, crappy pci boards and less.

Back when I frequented Pynchon-l, there was a lot of buzz about David Foster Wallace and his upcoming opus, Infinite Jest. I got caught up in it too, and read it, once (cue the Supposedly Fun Thing quip), but he didn't do it for me. I had heard good things about his short stories, so this summer at a literary type of porch sale, I gladly paid 50 cents for a copy of The Girl with the Curious Hair. I read it, and found some of the stories funny, but in general, it didn't do it for me. DFW is not my cup of pomo tea.

In other book news, I just finished Yeide's Steel Victory: The Heroic Story of America's Independent Tank Battalions at War in Europe. It's about American independent tank battalions assigned to infantry divisions in WWII in Europe. It was a mish mash of a lot of things, worth reading once, but not twice.

Mrs. Ha is on a Richard Gere kick, so when I saw that American Gigolo was available at the libary (not the cool one I always go to, but one in a neigboring burb that has a generally lackluster film selection, I hightailed it over there (after dropping off eight year old at an early morning Halloween playdate) to get it. After watching it, spread over two nights, I'm going with Meh. It didn't make a lot of sense, and there wasn't much chemistry between Gere and Hutton. Off looking for better Gere films.

Eight year old was sick most of the week. She was sent home Monday (Mrs. Ha came home), stayed home Tuesday (thirteen year old had off) and threw up, and we kept her at my parents on Wednesday. She went to school on yesterday, she wanted to because she has a sleepover at the Planetarium (related to her expedition) and she chose me to stay with her. You can imagine how thrilled I would be to spend all night lying on the concrete floor of a planetarium. It's unlike my primary school experience, but they have overnight expeditions in the higher grades, maybe one night in 3rd, two in 4rth and 3 in 5th and 6th. We probably don't pay the teachers enough.

As an update, I didn't get much at all. So, despite only having a ridgey camping pad over a cold concrete floor last night, in a room full of people, I know I slept a little, because I remember some odd dreams. But not a lot, an hour or two? I'm taking a vacation day to recover.

They separated us into three groups, girls and moms, boys and dads, and parents with opposite sex kids. I ended up in the latter with a few other parents I knew, I was way too beat to be very socialable, they must think I'm stuckup, or Aspie.

My wife went to bed Wednesday night around 9, a bit too early for me, so I stayed up and kegged my stout. Thanks to kin in the business, I had two 1/8th bbl kegs, tiny little things, each one holds 3.8 gallons. So now I have an almost full one, and one with maybe 1.5 gallons in it. I figure I'll let the full one carbonate over the winter and tap it in the middle of March. The other one I'll hook up and bring a growler to Buffalo with us, my inlaws appreciate my intoxicants. We'll see if 24 hours under CO2 is enough to carbonate it.

I finished my health insurance, going with the high deductible option. I had hoped that I would be spending about $100-$150 less a month in 2010 on health care, since no crowns are planned and the braces will be paid off, but it doesn't look like it. Then again, maybe I don't need to redirect $6k into a health care account, I'll revisit the numbers and see if $5k or $5.5k would do.

In other work news, we're saddled with using poorly debuggable propietary crappy PCI boards for our main products, and one customer's issue is making me crazy.

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high deductible.. by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 10:17:03 AM EST
do let me know how that comes out .. I have been too lazy to run the numbers ..

Over all, with lots of appointments and labs by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 10:19:08 AM EST
and meds, it was cheaper than coinsurance by a few thousand, odd.

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better Gere films ... by BlueOregon (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 02:14:21 PM EST

What I consider the best Gere film is Terence Malick's amazing Days of Heaven.

It's worth pointing out that as for as (arche)typical Gere performances go, this is not it; this isn't Mr. Relatively Suave. But this is a Malick film, and it's about images and atmosphere, and I find that Gere acts beautifully with his eyes (and body) while saying little with his mouth. In a way I think of Malick doing to/for Gere here what Gilliam did to/for Willis in Twelve Monkeys.

A bit of overstatement, of course.

I liked Gere in King David by lm (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 08:02:20 PM EST
Other than that, I've yet to watch a film with Gere in it that I thought worth the time it takes to watch it.

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