monday morning update, february 23, 2009

the weekend that was: oh, what a wonderful weekend. my kids had last week off school, so thursday night my family took off and drove 20 minutes to the mexico border, and 30 minutes past it, to the beach front cabin of some people from our church. it’s certainly not a fancy place, but it’s right on the water, and the weather was perfect. we brought all our own food, and didn’t leave for anything other than walks on the beach. we played lots of games, read books, slept, sat on the deck looking at the ocean, and basically chilled. there is no internet at this place, so i was pretty disconnected (i checked email once a day on my phone, but otherwise kept it off): no blogging, no twitter, no internet surfing (only watching real surfers, right out in front of our place). perfect.

where i am at the moment: back in the saddle. i have no travel for a couple weeks, and am in the office every day this week. i’m overdue for a week like this.

on my to-do list this week: it’s budget time, so i’ll be spending a good deal of time on that. otherwise, i hope to get caught up on email, and spend time with ys staff processing stuff.

procrastinating about: nuttin’, really.

watchmenbook i’m in the midst of: finished dave gibbons’ the monkey and the fish, started and finished the watchmen (which i’ve owned for a couple years, but thought i should read before the movie comes out), and made some more progress on the know it all. i’m also still somewhere in the middle of the short collection of humorous essays called are you there, vodka? it’s me, chelsea.

music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: i made a playlist of all my 77s music this past week, and played it continuously. the 77s were my undisputed favorite band about 15 – 20 years ago, and i’m amazed by how well the older stuff holds up.

next trip: nothing for a couple weeks.

how i’m feeling about this week: glad to be around.

12 thoughts on “monday morning update, february 23, 2009”

  1. did this one come up?
    I can be a president
    I can be a pawn
    Slither, slither, slither, slither
    I’m crawling in your TV
    Crawling on your lawn
    Slither, slither, slither, slither
    I’m crawling up your bedpost
    Crawling thru your door
    Slither, slither, slither, slither
    I’m crawling out your bookcase
    And right across the floor
    Slither, slither, slither, slither

  2. What’d you think of Watchmen? I couldn’t put it down. Some really great twists. Obviously loved thinking about the regular lives side of super heroes. I can’t wait to see the movie, but more excited to get the DVD with all the extras, like the pirate cartoon, etc.

  3. I’ve been on a 77s kick lately as well. The two releases that sound the most aged are Ping-Pong Over the Abyss and All Fall Down, but they still sound good to me.

  4. rooster: yes! dang, what a great song!
    geoff: yeah, you can tell they’re not current, but they still hold up amazingly well for being 20+ years old!

    ken and kevin i: well, i loved it in most ways; but i thought it was pretty subversive to christianity in other ways.

  5. Nice. I’m a 77s fan (since Ping Pong… arrived from my brother’s record club in 1982), and I am currently reading Watchmen. Since I vacationed with the kids last week, too, I guess that puts me in some Marko-parallel universe or something.

  6. I’d be interested to hear how you felt watchmen was subversive towards Christianity.

    I mean I’m not surprised, the author worships a snake puppet and is often against anything and everything as a rule.

    But out of all his works, I don’t remember anything out and out subversive to Christianity about it (as opposed to say V is for Vendetta where it seems to be a strong theme of it.)

  7. kevin i: no, not blantently. but there were all kinds of speeches that seemed to be the author’s rantings, and i felt there was a thread against theism.

  8. 77’s ROCK!! Roe and Co. are the undisputed soundtrack of my life! Their newest is pretty fun if you haven’t checked it out – Holy Ghost Building – a seven’s slant on some old gospel and blues standards.


  9. Weird. I’m just finishing up Watchmen myself, and I just don’t see the big deal. I actually found it a little tedious after a while. I only finished it because I started it.

    Don’t get me wrong – I’m a total superhero geek –
    but Watchmen wasn’t cutting it for me.
    CAN’T WAIT for the movie, though.

  10. Marko,

    You have owned Watchmen for years and are just reading it? Wow. The geek that I am, I probably revisit it every year or 2 (it is the great graphic novel/ comic book ever). I own the collection that has never been opened and the trade paperback which I let people borrow all the time.

    Needless to say, I am a geek and very nervous about what Zack Snyder will do with it (300 was a simple story needing visuals but not the complex story of Watchmen).

    As for JT- Wow. I don’t know what to say. tedious? What do you like?

  11. The only tedious part was the little extra magazine articles and “files” at the end of each chapter. Could have done without the mini pirate comic book too, but I still really enjoyed it.

    And what is up with all of the watches after the “alien” blows up the city? There is a scene with a couple dead people and like 6 watches. Symoblism overload or a watch fetish?

    I need to hurry up a re-read it befor the movie!

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