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14 June 2005 @ 11:23 am
 
CAR:
So. Riding in the car with RQ yesterday, she noted that the funny noise my car is making is the same funny noise it was making last year or so, when it took me like four days and over $1000 to fix. This means the litany of current car problems now reads:

* The wheels take a second to 'catch' when turning, now and then.
* The air conditioning is buh-roken. Let me tell you how much that rules right now.
* Flat tire (I'm running off the full-sized spare.)
* I'm pretty confident the brake pads need replacing.

And quite honestly, I'm not sure I want to dump another $1000+ into the car again this year. RQ thinks it'd be a good idea to dump the car now, while I might still get like $27.85 in trade-in value. I'm beginning to think she's right, but goddamn I can't afford a new car now, not when I'm gonna need a new place to live in a couple months or so and what have you.

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*And* the mouse on my home machine is acting up again, and cleaning it out didn't seem to help. Grr.

ONE EXCITING MORNING:
Allow me to go into detail on how awesome my morning was.

* Left for work late (entirely my fault, here. And certainly not complaining. :} But still, already behind schedule.)
* As a consequence, get stuck in traffic. Which I normally never get stuck in, on the ride in. So, later than late.
* Have to park on the freakin' far side of the Metro lot. Later still, thanks to the hike.
* Somehow, I picked the train that stopped for a few minutes, for no discernible reason. Twice.
* And when I get to work? *Then* I remember I forgot to bring in my badge.

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Feh. Anyways. As we had a surprise afternoon off, RQ and I caught Howl's Moving Castle. As with all the Miyazaki works, it's visually beautiful. (Also, like his other works, it's got a freakin' hippie message in it, but hey.) It was good, a little rambling, and the plot was, well, I'll go with contrived, but forgivable for a kids movie. Also, IMHO, Billy Crystal was too recognizable for a main character voice. But no, I did enjoy it.

I think I liked Spirited Away better, but I also haven't seen Porco Rosso. Also, Miyazaki really has a thing for hideous, oversized old women. Seriously, it's a little weird.

Only new trailer was for Herbie, this one with more Michael Keaton. Uh, OK. Muvico seems to now only be showing two trailers in front of movies, and let me tell you, I have my letter of complaint half-written already.
 
 
Bette Davis Eyesprakriti on June 14th, 2005 08:27 am (UTC)
you're moving? how come?
PMMJ: Camel (named Buspar)cheetahmaster on June 14th, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
The time has come for me to get my own place, is all.
salami_salome: seeheresalami_salome on June 14th, 2005 08:34 am (UTC)
I am against car problems. I am against anything that causes one to have to spend a lot of money and or time simply to maintain the status quo. In my vision of utopia, any expenditure leads inevitably to an improvement.
MsCongeniality: Calcifermscongeniality on June 14th, 2005 08:46 am (UTC)
Car Trouble = teh suck.

Mouse Trouble = fixed for under $20 at your local computer shop.

Morning Issues = Bleah, sorry.

HMC = As I've said elsewhere, any plot issues are (IMHO) the result of a mishmash of book/movie plot. As for the Witch of the Waste...part of that was DWJ's original description so he's got an excuse there. I thought Billy Crystal got the right tone of 'aggrieved' for Calcifer so I wasn't unhappy with that, I don't think I'll ever be sold on Christian Bale as Howl, though. Ever.

I definitely preferred HMC to Spirited Away, but then I also preferred Princess Mononoke to it as well.
PMMJ: Marvel: The Thing - it's clobberin' timecheetahmaster on June 14th, 2005 10:26 am (UTC)
Mouse Trouble = fixed for under $20 at your local computer shop.

Right, but I just replaced the mouse a couple months ago. ang0r!

As I've said elsewhere, any plot issues are (IMHO) the result of a mishmash of book/movie plot.

I never touched the book, so that wasn't my concern. I just want a good movie out of it.

I thought Billy Crystal got the right tone of 'aggrieved' for Calcifer so I wasn't unhappy with that

He did a good job of the tone, I just couldn't get past the voice reminding me of him, not the character.
MsCongenialitymscongeniality on June 14th, 2005 11:03 am (UTC)
No...I just meant that I believe that's where the plot falters. Not that the book is any less contrived, or that they somehow have done something wrong by not following the book to the letter, but the issues and awkward spots in the movie come from where the two plots don't mesh.
mediaprophetmediaprophet on June 14th, 2005 08:50 am (UTC)
How old is the car? I bet it's not worth fixing anymore.
PMMJ: DC: ZODcheetahmaster on June 14th, 2005 10:23 am (UTC)
Eleven years, so we're about at that point.
paleotheistpaleotheist on June 14th, 2005 08:58 am (UTC)
I totally sympathize with the lack of car AC. Mine works, but the car starts to overheat if the outside temp is above 75. So basically I'm screwed for the rest of the summer. We are also looking into a new vehicle soonish for me.
Capncaptain_boots on June 14th, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
Out of the large number of movies which Miyazaki has created, the only two with freakish oversized old women would be Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle. I can't call that 'having a thing' for them. ;)

I don't know that I have an absolute favorite. I like Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa, and Spirited Away more than others though. I think. Porco Rosso is just a fun story with some flying and a tint of pulp adventure thrown in.
PMMJ: Memento: the Factscheetahmaster on June 14th, 2005 10:28 am (UTC)
Out of the large number of movies which Miyazaki has created, the only two with freakish oversized old women would be Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle. I can't call that 'having a thing' for them. ;)

OK, so it was just two back to back, whew.

And as RQ put it: at least there wasn't a freakish oversized baby in this one.

I think Nausicaa is next on the list.
Lalaangela_la_la on June 14th, 2005 11:09 am (UTC)
There is a freakish old woman in Totoro, but she's not all that oversized. And Totoro is one of my favorite animated movies ever.
Andy: jackcastironskillet on June 14th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
Get a $20 used tire for now, please!

Sounds like you've got worn out bearings in your belts and axles. Beat! My air-conditioning really only works if I do 60+ for more than 5 minutes steady, and stops cooling as soon as I slow down. I feel you, brother!
Strange Detractor: squidprofessorbooty on June 18th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
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When I saw Howl's Moving Castle, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Shirlington theatre (down here in Arlington) was showing a subtitled print! So awesome.