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With A Shrug And A Smile

Saturday afternoon I found myself flying solo, but at least I was able to see The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’ll admit, I’d peeked at a few reviews. Most warned me to expect something…well…uneven. They weren’t totally wrong. But as a long time fan (of the radio series, books, BBC television series, etc.) I’m glad it was brought to the big screen, and still think it’s worth seeing. There are so many individual elements I fell in love with. Sam Rockwell captured Zaphod’s zaniness perfectly. There couldn’t be a better voice for Marvin than Alan Rickman. Stephen Fry was fabulous as the narrator. And holy flurking snit, Bill Nighy as Slartibartfast was just pure genius. As a whole though, there was something…hmmmm, a little hollow. While Martin Freeman did a fine job, Simon Jones will always be Dent, Arthur Dent, to me (definitely appreciated his cameo). I think a repeat viewing is necessary, for me to get a better feel for it. Or something.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
A very gloomy Grandview Theater

My new motto should be never try, never fail. This year I signed up for the May 1st/CSS Reboot…hoping, in vain, that working under a deadline would be just the thing I needed. It worked for me during NaNoWriMo after all. But I didn’t count on two variables 1) my son’s medical/dental emergencies 2) the new job. The combination of crisis management mode with gainful employment created a sort of synergistic energy suck, one that thoroughly kicked my ass. So no more deadlines = no more excuses. Guess I’ll have to whip this site into shape only when the time is right, and I won’t be letting on when that will be.

And finally, we may have wussed out, due to the inclement weather, but other, more intrepid locals made it to yesterday’s May Day celebrations. Photos here and here.
Bonus: An article sent to me by the husband…which includes so many excellent quotes from some of our favorite authors, I couldn’t pick just one to highlight. You’ll have to read it for yourselves: Science Fiction writers savage Star Wars
Plus: Haven’t picked up New Order’s Waiting for the Sirens’ Call yet (it came out last week), but I think tomorrow will be the day to do so, in lieu of attending their Chicago show.

snowy chair in spring