July 15th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Hair Horns

So driving with the windows open and short wet hair brings hair horns. I'll have to travel with water to slick them down. Wouldn't hurt to drink some, either. I took the trash and recycling out today, dropped a DVD at the post office, and had my pulmonary function test. Not surprisingly, it was very different from the one I had in 1986 when I was first diagnosed with lung damage. It was in a negative pressure room and for part of it, I was in a cabinet without air. I wasn't sure I'd fit, but the tech said he'd had a 400-pound man in without problems, and it was just my knees I had to move.

I stopped at a Thai restaurant on the way home -- the curry puffs were a little sweet, but I liked the beef pho. I have to remember, though, that just because I feel pretty good sitting down doesn't mean I'm going to feel pretty good when I stand up and walk. I've started working on some BFAC things -- it will help if we can get stuff ready for the folks who have tighter schedules.

And the washer just beeped to be emptied. I'd been having trouble with the dryer -- it kept beeping and lighting the clean lint screen button when there wasn't lint in the screen, so I took a tiny crochet hook and pulled a mass of cat hair out of the lint sensor. I suspect I'm going to have to keep a tiny crochet hook in the utility room.
20111112, Marilee

Mister Roberts

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Think of this with sailors, and you get what happens when they get leave.

I was putting new movies on my queueue a few days ago and I got a notice that this one had been moved to my Saved queueue. I moved down to look and saw A Town Called Alice that has been there for years, so I deleted that, and what do you know, this movie popped up to the bottom of the regular queueue. Not wanting to lose it again, I popped it to the top.

I've seen this many times and been happy and saddened every time. During WWII, a cargo ship moves around the Pacific delivering necessities to bases, ships, and subs. The cargo master would really like to be in battle, and his constant battle with the mean and nasty captain endears him to the men. But when he really needs to get the men some liberty, he makes an agreement with the captain that he will never argue with him again.

He finds that not arguing and following the captain's orders with the men makes him mean and nasty and he does something that angers the captain. The men manage to get Mr. Roberts away to battle, where he really wants to be.

This has always been a great movie. It doesn't have the big bombs and giant ships, but it gives us snapshots of the regular guys out at sea and how they can work together.