August 8th, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Pushing Even More Forward

The newspaper came right after my last post, so I made the grocery list and watched two TV shows I'd taped and a DVD and I didn't go out until about 10:30am. I'd measured myself and ordered a top and pants to see how accurate my measurement was in smaller clothes. They came Friday and the top is fine (I ordered a few more) but the pants are just like all manufacturers pants -- too small in the butt and the thighs were twice as big as my thighs -- so I packed it to return. When I went out I got money from the ATM, dropped the pants package into the box-thing near the ATM, dropped the DVD at the post office and stopped at the Taco Bell in the same shopping center as the grocery. The coupon package had one for a free Limeade Sparkler from there and I decided to try it. I think it would have been more successful if the staff had stirred it. It had lime syrup and a lime half-slice at the bottom, then fizzy water and ice above. They gave me a straw with a scoop at the bottom, so I was able to stir it. It shows 150 calories on their nutrition page, and I ended up not eating anything else until I got up today. I just forgot.

I got everything on my list yesterday, partly because it was a fairly small list, then picked up Friday's mail on the way in. I put perishable food away and went to rest in the semi-recliner with Spirit while I looked at the mail. Most of it went into the mixed-paper recycling bin, of course.

I read Saturday's paper and then went to bed to read about 3pm. I didn't make it to 7pm, I was nodding off right before 6pm and just turned the light off and went to sleep. I had to use the bathroom once and for the first six hours or so, Junie jumped on me to wake me up. But I slept until 8:30am today -- 14.5 hours -- which is a long time. I'm going to try to keep getting up at 8am for a few days because I need to have the four-week labs on Tuesday and trash & recycling out on Wednesday. It means I'll have to go to bed at 9pm to read, but I'll try it.
20111112, Marilee

Blackboard Jungle

This stars Glenn Ford as the teacher and Anne Francis as his wife. The two primary students are Sidney Poitier and Vic Morrow.

Before the movie starts, there's a note on the screen -- this movie was made to show that we don't have to have juvenile delinquency. Richard Brooks, the writer & producer, wasn't quite right. Plus, he says the reason the kids are so violent is because their fathers were in the war and their mothers went to work.

The teacher gets a job at an inner city school where he teaches very unruly boys in English. All the school is unruly and on the way home the first day, this teacher and a colleague are beaten up by our teacher's students. When the other teacher comes back to work, he brings a record player and rare records. His students break it all.

The wife starts getting phone calls and letters telling her that the teacher is having an affair and she starts worrying. She's had a miscarriage before and is sure she'll have another because of the stress.

Our teacher is attacked by Morrow's character with a knife and after he fights Morrow, the other students, including Poitier, help keep Morrow in hand on the way to the principal. The teacher tries to get Poitier to continue school instead of being a mechanic -- he says he'll never get a job from college because people don't hire blacks for that. When the teacher gets home, his wife has been taken to the hospital because she's having cramps. The letters from Morrow are on the floor and their neighbor picks them up and shows them to the teacher. The baby is born, but in danger because of the prematurity. He tries to tell his wife that all the bad things said about him were false and she finally believes him. The baby comes out of danger and they listen to a Christmas song on the radio.

I liked this movie, but it isn't the bright light intended to change teenagers.