Saturday, March 19, 2005

Hello From Buena Park

Howdy from my fold-out couch at the Hampton Inn & Suites on Orangethorpe.

Tomorrow, my mom, brother, and I are going to Disneyland to celebrate Patrick's birthday. What my mom didn't know until after she'd come up with this brilliant idea for a birthday surprise was that the Buzz Lightyear ride opened Friday.

Oh, and, the rain, which might have kept crowds down, is over.

It is going to be flippin' packed.

I wouldn't mind too much, really, except that I have to go to work Monday since our spring break doesn't start until Friday (Thursday afternoon, when we could have left early, our speech therapist invited the assistive tech. people to come and talk to us from 1 to 3...).

If we happen to luck out and happen to get to ride it, I'll post about it.

Otherwise, happy Sunday to everyone.

Meanwhile, I'm going to finish watching Matilda on TBS.

Oh -- and I got my ftp access working. There's a new story at my website.

Monday, March 14, 2005



We haven't had a day like that since the beginning of the year. Eesh.

Of course, the fact that I slept wrong and could barely move my head exacerbated it, along with the popped blister on my ring finger, which is making typing interesting (and therefore making this a short post).

And, in the oh-my-God category, it is now 3 days until Patrick's 18th birthday.

Good grief.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Brief Musings

So, the other day, Sci-Fi showed its...answer to the 50s campy sci-fi (at least, I hope it was intended to be that).

On one night, it showed Battlestar Galactica and both Stargates.

Then, Mansquito.

Yup. I assume it was about a guy who turned into a mosquito...y'know, like The Fly.

See, it's things like that that get rolled eyes when I mention liking science fiction.

But to me, any compelling movie/TV show/book, etc. can't just rest on its setting. You can't have the most exciting setting in the world (2000 years in the future, in a parallel universe where etc. etc.) without compelling characters and an interesting story.

People who've never read Clarke's 2001 (which, honest to goodness, makes the movie make lots more sense); people who've never seen contemplative, speculative fiction like Contact; people who dismissed Buffy and a campy teeny-bopper show never saw the masterful "The Body"; these people have missed out on lots of gosh-darned good storytelling because of the associations they've made with the term "sci-fi."

And that's a shame.