Fun: Week 6 (February 4-10)

Not exactly fun, but I started of the week still sick. Nevertheless we had to take one of our cars to the mechanics, because it was way overdue for a tuneup. So we went there with both cars, dropped off one of them and Anya drove me home with the other one.  On the fun side though I spent the rest of the day of watching movies and finishing another book, Marina Lewycka’s A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian. In the evening, when we picked up the car, which is fine by the way, thank you, we went out to Crepevine and had a nice dinner. Which ended up not sitting me perfectly well, even though I tried a light fare.

A highlight of the week was when one evening a spammer, I mean telemarketer called and Stella picked up the phone. All three of us was in the living room to experience the conversation which went liek this:

– Good evening, may I speak with…?
– Hi.
– Uh, may I speak to your father?
– What’s your name?
– Is your Mommy or Daddy there?
– What’s your name?
– Can you give the phone to your Mommy or Daddy?
– Yes, but what is your name?

We let it go for a while, while literally rolling in laughter. Eventually we took over the phone but we had so much fun at the expense of the poor caller.

Wednesday we went over to have a last supper with my sister-in-law, before she went off to Israel for three months. It was a nice dinner and we had fun. I tried to give a few last advice and ideas, but I doubt any of them were heard or stick in all the excitement.

Sunday I worked in the garden for an hour clearing up weeds. I filled our big bin of yard waste, to be taken Wednesday. I also worked a bit in the basement. I have been keeping cardboard boxes for the eventuality that I need them for something. But after three years off sitting there they are i such condition that they would not hold anything safely. So I started to break them down and filled the recycle bin with them. I have enough boxes to fill it 3-4 more times. Then the basement will start to look better, but there is a lot more that could be done to tidy it up.

I watched these TV shows this week:

  • Touch‘s second season started off with two episodes and plenty more characters and intrigue and mystery. Lukas Haas acts good as a paranoid genius.He was a good addition to the show.
  • Person of Interests had a few twisted scenes set  in Moscow and a crazy, eccentric, genius billionaire, who might end up being a nemesis or an ally later. Liked the the idea was kept floating.
  • Arrow, the anti-hero worked together with the cop for the first time to free the former’s daughter. That was some real coopetition.
  • The Walking Dead was also back finally for good, old fashion zombie killing.

I watched these movies this week:

  • Broadway Musicals: A Jewish LegacyThe Ballad of the Weeping Spring (Israel): Beautiful music and story, but rather slow. (Synopsis: A legendary Persian tar (lute) player, after not playing for decades, gathers a team of musicians to play at the deathbed of his old bandmate.)
  • Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome: Yeah, more action in the BSG universe. (Synopsis: a prequel to the critically acclaimed hit series, Battlestar Galactica) takes place in the midst of the First Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama, finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica…)
  • Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy: Fun documentary about the Jewish nature, origins and aspects of Broadway musicals. (Synopsis: Why has the Broadway musical proven to be such fertile territory for Jewish artists of all kinds?.)
  • Dr. Pomerantz (Israel):  Excellent movie, but with really dark humor. It is almost pro-suicide. (Synopsis: “Life is a disease with 100% mortality.” Dr. Yoel Pomerantz, 64, an unemployed clinical psychologist, lives in poverty in his 12th floor apartment with his son Yoav, 30, who works as a parking inspector and suffers from severe “ticketomania”. Dr. Pomerantz volunteers at ANA, the psychology hotline, and as an expert on suicide callers, he suggests that they come to his clinic for private therapy sessions. One day, a patient named Shtark is offended when Pomerantz arrives late for a session and jumps off his 12th floor balcony to his death. Shtark’s suicide provides the doctor with a life changing idea – to let his apartment to potentially suicidal tenants for enormous sums of money.)
  • Infiltration (Israel): Drill sergeants are horrible during boot-camp even in Israel, but do we need a movie about it? (Synopsis: This is the story of one platoon at Training Base 4, a three-month boot camp for non-combatants in 1956. The platoon consists of soldiers from cooperative settlements, kibbutzim, towns, Ashkenazim, new immigrants from North Africa and Europe, holocaust survivors, secular and religious men. All the platoon members suffer from afflictions, are physically unfit, or mentally disabled.)
  • Key Largo (USA, 1948): Rather enjoyable old school gangster movie with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. (Synopsis: A man visits his old friend’s hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.)
  • We Are Not Alone (Israel): Cute people separating fantasy from reality with some nice visual solutions and upbeat music. Mall-setting is interesting. (Synopsis: Eddie is a lonesome young man who works as a security guard at a big shopping mall. Eddie strongly believes in an old prophecy predicting the very near end of all human civilization. Just as he is getting ready to embark on a carefully planned escape journey, Eddie meets May, a very intelligent yet anti-social young woman, with a dubious past. As the last days before the fateful date go by, May gradually insert herself into Eddie’s life and heart until finally Eddie must choose whether to stay and abandon his hope to escape the upcoming apocalypse, or leave and lose his chance for intimacy and real love..)

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