April 19th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Strange Kites

Okay, strange people standing in our parking lot playing with kites. I keep wondering if I should go out and ask them if they've moved here in the last few days because otherwise they're trespassing. People do come through the lot pretty quickly.

I'm washing sheets, as usual on Sunday, and printing out the instructions I need for the MRI tomorrow.
20111112, Marilee

Asimov's June 2009

This is the 25th year that James Patrick Kelly has had a story in the June issue and there's a series of small complimentary essays about that and him. His "On the Net" column this issue covers the generation and gender gaps on the web. For me, his novelette Going Deep had the wrong ending.

The two stories I liked were the other two novelettes:

1. Controlled Experiment by Tom Purdom -- a man who killed a police officer is placed in a public environment with people paid to live near as an experiment.

2. Sails the Morne by Chris Willrich -- a cargo ship with three hostile ambassadors hauls them and a portion of The Book of Kells to an exposition on another planet. The BoK is wanted by many people and must be preserved.
20111112, Marilee

The Harvey Girls

I got my Netflix account in 2003 and am up to near where I put DVDs from the end of 2004, so when I got the Netflix email notice that The Harvey Girls would be here yesterday, I was really surprised. I have The Harvey Girls on video tape and can almost do it by myself. (I have a lot of musicals on tape.) But I was working on some beading last night that required a lot of attention, so I decided to watch it before I sent it back.

This is a time in our history when there's finally a railroad across the country and the wild, wild west becomes a bit more mild because of the Harvey Houses. They were placed at train stops where people could eat quickly and get back on the train before it left. They needed waitresses and had high standards. In our story, Susan Bradley (Judy Garland) takes the train out to get married to a guy she's never met and gets hoodwinked. She goes and works for the Harvey House there, taking actions when needed. The other two well-known actors were Angela Lansbury as Em, the leader of the whorehouse, and Ray Bolger as Chris Maule (also in Oz).

The rough town with a bar and whorehouse gradually changes because of the Harvey Girls. This happened in many western towns in real life, although I doubt the singing and dancing was as good. There's a good bit of mild romance, common to that time of musicals, and the new dance "all the way from Kansas City" was a lot more reasonable than the new dances in the Drake I reviewed yesterday. o/~ Round and round and round and...o/~