August 21st, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Not Quite Right


I read the paper early yesterday so I taped Eureka and watched it after I watched a DVD. I went to bed to read at 1am and finished at 4am when I realized that I was really hot. My temp was 100.2F and I don't have any febrifuges in the house. I drank lots of water and got cool enough to go to sleep at 6am. I had the alarm set for noon and figured I could manage, but then some young scrawny boy knocked on my door. I brought the paper in and told him I didn't want to buy whatever he was selling and changed the alarm to 12:30pm and went back to sleep.

We had another book where everybody liked it, which is not common, and one of our regular guys is moving (sniff). They're moving back to their home, Ohio, which works out particularly well because when they bought the house, they found out they're pregnant -- plenty of babysitters! Then ten of us went out to dinner afterwards.

Near the end of dinner, I was having trouble with words and getting sleepier and sleepier so I took the DVD and a coupon thing to the post office, gathered three days of mail on the way in, and sat in the recliner to sort it out. The restatis is costing me $37 more per month so I'm about $16 from the donut hole. I expect to get there next week. Medicare is supposed to send me $250 and then continue other months for the rest of the year.

After I had things put away, Spirit and I napped for two hours in the recliner. Junie woke us up by falling off the movable arm. Fortunately, only one remote went with her.

Back in 1990, the new nephrologist thought I was going to die because the previous nephrologist hadn't diagnosed my new renal failure. He found a study in Germany that was trying cyclosporine on people with lupus. It didn't work for that, but it saved my life. Now the FDA is giving HGS' new lupus drug a priority review. I hope it works.
20111112, Marilee

Advise and Consent


Otto Preminger directed this to show how evil the Senate is. The president has nominated a new Secretary of State so he's (Henry Ford) being interrogated in committee. Committee has let a non-committee person, the senior senator from South Carolina (Charles Laughton), sit in and interrogate, too. We see that Laughton has put in someone as a witness (Burgess Meredith, who in real life was named by HUAAC) who is lying, except for one thing. Ford goes to the president to tell him that when he was in college, he was in a Communist cell for a short time. The president keeps him in nomination.

Then Laughton found something bad about the committee chairman (Don Murray, playing a Utah senator with first name Brigham) and has someone calling his wife and scaring her before there's info on someone she doesn't know. Murray dashes to New York where he gets more specific info and when he gets there, it's a gay bar. The guy he was with in Hawaii is there and is trying to catch up with him.

Murray comes back to his office and kills himself in the bathroom. The committee takes the nomination to the Senate but Laughton has managed to change some votes that were expected and the vote is even. The president dies (why he wanted Ford as State -- he needed someone who knew what they were doing when he was dead) and the vice president decides not to vote, which means the nomination is dead.

Deciding not to vote is an interesting choice because it's not evident whether Preminger thought the vice president was automatically moved up to president (has to be sworn in, he could have still voted) or if he meant the vice president to strike out on his own ideas. He hadn't had his own ideas before.

This was a really good movie, as far as the plot and the actors. The pretend pictures of DC weren't so good.
20111112, Marilee

The Price of the Stars by Debra Doyle and Jim Macdonald


This is the first book in the Mageworlds series, and their first book. It's also one of the very few books that everybody in the bookgroup has liked.

The past is set with a fight against mages and Beka's dad was the big general who made our side win. Beka's mom, who is the leader of their society, is assassinated, and her dad will give Beka\ his spiffed up warship if she brings the names of the people who killed mom to him. She adds on helpers and they swashbuckle through a lot of planets and plots. They find all the assassins (kill some) and bring them back to dad. The warship has to go into the docks and you know the next book will continue with more.

This is a very light space opera, the kind of thing where I was the only person who complained that space ships lifted directly from the planets, but I really liked it. The library has the rest of the series and when I finish the Richard Jury series, I'll read these.