November 4th, 2008

20111112, Marilee

The Local Election News

All I did today was take a DVD to the post office. I did swing by my precinct to see if there were lines and there weren't, but it's raining/drizzling today and the Republican volunteers (50 feet from the poll) had a tent while the Democrats were dealing with umbrellas. However, the news reports that almost all precincts in the DC Metro area had long lines when they opened, calmed a bit during the day, and are starting to have long lines again. In DC, a 97-year-old black woman voted for the president for the first time, and they brought her ballot to the car (a lot of the DC polls are in places with steps).
20111112, Marilee

The Sea Inside

This was a very moving movie, based on a true story. A Spanish man who became a quadraplegic as a young man fights for 38 years to be allowed to die with dignity. The courts accept suicide, but he has no way to kill himself. We meet his brother's family, who care for him, a woman who runs an organiation called Right to Die with Dignity, a lawyer working pro bono for him, and a local woman who sees him on TV. The way these relationships change, advance, and retreat is a major part of the movie.

He broke his neck when diving into shallow water, and he wishes he'd died then, that someone hadn't pulled him up at the last minute. Even though he can't see the beach from his bedroom window, many of his ideas and remembrances encompass the water.

There's a bit where a quad priest comes and yells back and forth up and down the stairs about God owning life, which brings again the point that quads can have valuable lives. In fact, our protagonist turns out to be very good at designing equipment that his nephew and father make. But no matter how happy he is at any point, he still wants to die. He has a chain of friends worked out, where each friend does one small, legal in itself, part, but he's looking for someone who will do the final step.

It's a hard movie to watch, but a really good one.