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March 18th, 2011

08:02 pm: Phone Back in the Rice

I had to take a nap last night and got up when my phone alarm went off at 9:30pm. I figured I could watch a two-hour DVD and read the paper before midnight, so I was clearly out of whack with time. I did watch the DVD, but set the VCR to record the news and then read the paper, going to bed to read at 3:30am. I stopped at 4:30am and set the alarm for 1pm. I was awake every hour or so and was so sleepy I slept until 3pm and had trouble getting up from that. I need to be up at noon tomorrow to get to bookgroup on time, so I'm going to try to go to bed as early as possible.

During one of my hot flashes, the phone made the low battery noise and I brought it out to plug into the charger. When I got up, I unplugged it and it was off. Normally, if it's on when I plug it in, it stays that way. I opened it up, turned it on, and the front screen, with time & date, was working but none of the buttons did. So it's back in the rice. I'll check it tonight and if it's still bad, I'll check again tomorrow after bookgroup and if it doesn't work, buy the one I marked.

I took the DVD to the post office, which has a one-way parking lot, and as I was turning in the right way, I had a giant pickup truck try to make me back up into the cars behind me. Other people started getting out of their cars and yelling and showing her the obvious No Exit sign. She finally backed in to a spot and then pulled out the proper way.

I had lunch at Captain D's and my friend from the bookgroup who works there came on duty while I was still there. We had a few minutes of book talk and then he had to work.

The weather is truly wonderful today -- 76F and cloudy so no sunscreen needed. However, tomorrow, we're set for 54F and rain. Oh well.

A judge from Wisconsin has temporarily blocked the collective-bargaining law.

A Democratic Minnesota state senator is Jewish and unhappy with all the daily prayers full of Jesus and Christianity and asked for non-denominational prayers from now on. The Republican Senate Majority Leader says she won't allow it.

A British town which has people standing by the road when dead soldiers come home has had "Royal" added to their name: Royal Wootten Bassett.

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08:26 pm: Lord of War

Nicholas Cage is the narrating protagonist of this story about dealing guns. The packet has Ethan Hawke as second, but he's only in five minutes of the first hour and maybe seven minutes in the second hour. He must have gotten that as a bribe to be in the show.

The show starts with "For What It's Worth" but not by Buffalo Springfield. This is the only entire song in the movie, but there are a lot of right-time songs as the movie goes forward in time.

Cage plays a guy who starts from the bottom of gun dealing in the 1980s and becomes wealthy that way. His wife doesn't know, or doesn't want to know, his job, but she appreciates all the stuff they have. He makes a partnership with the leader of Liberia (appears to be like Samuel Doe and can take his eyes off all the death caused by them. Then the Cold War stops and Cage is grabbing here and there for money. He meets a lot of mean foreign people, filming in the real places, and at the end, when he's caught by Ethan Hawke's character, a highly-placed general lets him go. Hawke is shocked.

Cage tells us at the end that this is how war is made -- from gun dealing -- and we reverse back over a ground covered with bullets.

It was pretty good, Cage did well, but there is a lot of obvious death.

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