April 26th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

The Heat, The Play, and Me

We had frost here in Manassas on Thursday morning, and today it was 92F in the afternoon. Just a bit of a change. We're also having lots of pollen and I wondered if I would be covered with it, and not just the van. It's supposed to be hot again tomorrow, but down to the 70's by the end of the week, and that's closer to normal.

I went to the matinee of our Little Theatre's presentation of Noises Off, a British slapstick play-within-a-play, where lizzibabe was doing props, and quite enjoyed it. The actors were very good at showing the character changes during the play and there were some points where the audience laughed convulsively. My favorite was when two of the female characters are mad at each other and do that bounce their chest off the other's, which you usually see men do.

It only takes a couple of minutes to get to the elementary school where the play was, and I parked in one of the handicapped spots only to find out that the accessible entrance to the school itself (I vote in the gym, which is accessible, but locked today) is rather far away and when I got up that ramp, the door was locked. I banged on the window, but nobody came so I was down the ramp when someone important (large young woman in black, but there were several of those) came down the open entrance (stairs, not even handrails) and said that was the entrance. I said I couldn't use it and she said she was sorry. I was halfway back to the van when she called to me from the end of the ramp -- she'd found out how to open it (a double bar that pulls out and up and releases the door) and I trekked back. I paid and went in to sit on the aisle in the last row just in case I had to leave.

I've been having some positional waist-high back pain so I'd taken some acetaminophen before I came. At the first intermission, I needed some water and got up to get some, but as I went into the hall, suddenly the world went around (I emailed lizzibabe when I got home that I hadn't told them I knew her since I was trouble) and the important person took my hand and steered me to a chair (generally, you bring the chair to the person, when you can, because they're less likely to fall down). Someone else asked if I needed water and I said "yes." So I had the water and when I felt more stable, went over to donate for it and a packet of Nutter Butter, then walked back in. I stayed in the chair for the second intermission and at the end, stood in front of the chair for a bit instead of just walking, and then walked to the other end of the row to make sure that was okay.

The important person unlocked the ramp door for me and after getting to the van, I took a DVD to the post office and then indulged myself by getting lunch from Popeye's: fried spicy dark chicken, a biscuit, mashed potatoes and gravy, plus six onion rings. When I got home, I changed to at-home clothes, poured a glass of milk and settled down in the recliner to watch my tape of today's Meet the Press. I'd planned to then do online, but the back pain became too much so I had some acetaminophen with codeine and napped in the recliner.
20111112, Marilee

Million Dollar Baby

This was a difficult movie to watch. Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a boxing coach. His mind is still in the last half-century in a lot of ways, including that he won't coach a woman. When Maggie (Hilary Swank) shows up and insists that he coach her, he gets more and more annoyed. His cut-man, cleaner, general assistant, Eddie, is played by Morgan Freeman, and Eddie narrates the movie.

It's Eddie who finally gets Frankie to take Maggie on and she turns out to be a really good boxer. We see a number of contests and she moves up. During this time, she buys her mom a house and goes back to Texas with Frankie to give it to her. Her mom laughes at her -- says she can't take it because she'd lose her welfare (*not necessarily -- MJL*) -- and says she should just get married and have kids (*that worked so well for her -- MJL*).

Maggie gets to the point where she's playing for the welterweight championship and the existing champion hits her illegally several times and gets fined, but the last time she's made Maggie's head hit the rails and Maggie becomes paralyzed from the neck down. She still gets her share of the money, but Frankie feels guilty and is almost certainly contributing, too.

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There are other things she says "no" to and her life changes.