February 14th, 2010

20111112, Marilee

No Mucho Melting

The weatherguy said there would be mucho melting today, but there wasn't. It was 39F and very sunny, but I guess there was just too much and it was too cold. The roads had snow mountains on the sides, but no water on the streets.

I planned to go out to drop the DVD at the post office since I don't expect to get out tomorrow, but when I thought about it, I ended up getting money at the ATM and then going to the Giant to get wet kitty food. I'd noticed they'd put in a lot of the cans we use when I was there on Friday and when I got into the aisle, I knew why. They increased the price from 3/$1.00 to $.35. Not a big deal, but all the older cans had the older price in the stripey thingie.

I took all there was -- nineteen -- and was able to convince the checker to try the multiple checkout for those cans. The ones who I haven't convinced will just say it can't be done and then put one of the cans across the reader nineteen times. The ones who will try are always surprised. It's a lot easier to put in 19 and then put one of the cans across the scanner.

Remember my recent post about the Virginia Republican Congressman who thinks we should be protected from microchips? A letter to the editor yesterday had a great comment saying that if he said for this bill that we should each have the right to control our own body, he should think the same when he gets the bill about abortion and pregnant women.
20111112, Marilee

Murderball



The real name for this is Quad Rugby but it looks like a cross of basketball with bumper cars. Just a little more violent. The chairs look like they were built for Mad Max. Each player is assigned a number depending on his abilities and you can't have more than the number eight on the floor at the same time.

This is a documentary that came out in 2005, so I'm sure the winners have changed since then. But in the world quad rugby and paralympics quad rugby, there's a big contest between the US team and the Canadian team. We see in the beginning that an older guy named Joe doesn't make it into the US team for 2000 world quad rugby because he's lost the edge and others still have it. That year, the US wins. Joe goes to be the coach for the Canadian team and at the paralympics quad rugby, Canada wins. The 2004 world quad rugby is also won by the Canadians with Joe as coach.

I didn't care much about that, it's what's shown in between. Joe is a really awful guy. He abuses his son in language and clearly says he would do physical abuse if he could. He tells his wife that he's not nearly as bad as his father, and that doesn't really make her feel good. At the end, he does get back from that last match in time to see his son play violin in a concert.

Mark is a younger guy and we see a lot about him -- his family & girlfriend, his feelings about the bouts, and a bit of how quads manage. He also recruits both in NYC and at Walter Reed.

A lot of the players tell us how they became quads, and for many of them, it was drunken driving (not usually them driving).

I liked this, but I kept being mad at Joe. I suppose it's a way to show they're not all angels.