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The World Line of the Horizon Star

Some would say I was a lost man in a lost world

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Montecristo Captain Quixote

Good times, noodle salad...

I just watched "As Good As It Gets" for the second time in two days. I've been told by several people that the movie is good and that I would like it. Surprise, I do. Melvin Udall is the Devil. He is the milk of human kindness, flowing from a font of chaos and discord. That movie is so crazy, but I like it, and I'm not exactly sure why. Perhaps I should think on it after sleeping on it. The dialogue in that movie was completely off the wall and yet it told a moving story. Case in point:

"I might be the only person on the face of the earth that knows you're the greatest woman on earth. I might be the only one who appreciates how amazing you are in every single thing that you do, and how you are with Spencer, "Spence," and in every single thought that you have, and how you say what you mean, and how you almost always mean something that's all about being straight and good. I think most people miss that about you, and I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me."

That was a brilliant line, not because it gets Melvin laid, but because it is a concentrated encapsulation of human complexity, in all of it's three-dimensional simultaneous absurdity, offensiveness and beauty. It's miles beyond what most everyone else who's seen that movie thinks is the best line: "You make me want to be a better man." Granted, the popular line is good, but the one I quoted is profoundly blunt, grotesquely self-absorbed, and yet, at the same time, ingenuously sincere. That's got to be one of the greatest left-handed compliments of all time. Who writes this stuff? That character was so embarrassingly, humiliatingly twisted and yet so eloquently poignant, and yet, I know him. I have been him. Perhaps it was not on such an epic scale, but I have been in his country. I have been ashamed to have been caught slumming there. It amazes me that someone who could actually know Melvin, could actually write Melvin.

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Yes, it's a crazy movie, but it's a good crazy movie because at the end, it gets you right where it should.

What I like about it is that it shows even people like Melvin have a good side to them and I like the way Carol stands up for herself.

I'm not the kind of person who love every movie, actor A or B has done. But of the Nicholson stuff I have seen, he is good at what he is asked to do.

I've seen large swathes of the movie, but never all of it. And never the ending, oddly enough. Still, the parts I saw I loved. I definitely empathized with Melvin, but at the same time I never quite got the 1-to-1 synch with it, ya know? Probably because I have seen it so piecemeal.

Need to put "Watch that Movie!" on my to-do list, I guess.

Oh, PS. Just finished NaNoWriMo. What emerged is far from a complete work and far from 'good,' but you've had glowing compliments for my work in the past, which leads me to think you might just like it. Wanna copy?

NaNoWri sounds like such a cool thing to do

Sure. Heh, one of my other LJ friends is doing NaNo as well. The woman has been a machine this year. She managed to crank out over 100,000 words and has been putting it online in chunks. NaNo is an interesting exercise, and a good way to build discipline for getting things onto the page, I should think. I don't know how people do it and also work. It just wouldn't seem to me to be enough day to create anything substantial like a 50,000+ word piece. I suppose that is what distinguishes those who can write as a career. Congratulations on hitting your goal.

Re: NaNoWri sounds like such a cool thing to do

Actually, if you have a decent typing speed and you know (roughly) what you want to say, you can knock it out in about an hour a day. If something slows you down (I started the month doing it longhand on a legal pad), you can still do it in about 2 hours a day. And think about it, you have alot more time on weekends to write than you do during the week. 50k words SOUNDS like alot, but when you divide that by 30, your talking about under 2000 words a day. A long LJ entry is longer than that!

As for mine... don't expect much. This was definitely more of a long-form writing exercise for me than anything else. I didn't even get to the SHOCKING ANNOUNCEMENT at the end. Still, I had alot of fun with a few scenes and think I got some decent dialogue in there. I'd love to hear what you think about anything and everything in it, though. Good and bad.

I haven't seen it yet, but it's on my to-be-viewed list. That is a brilliant line.

The dog down the trash chute...

Great movie and you describe it so well. *sigh*

The other great line?

'I'd be the luckiest man alive if that did it for me'

I know I've slaughtered it, but I've actually used it a time or two when approached by other women. :)

Re: The dog down the trash chute...

Yes, I know you've used that line before. This has come up in your journal before. ; )

I love that line! I think I have known too many people like this!!! Although that seems not possible! lol

"Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here."

i'm going to make that a sign, enlarge it and put it at my place of work...

what is wednesday or thursday like for you?

Well, I thought I posted this comment this morning, but LJ ate it!

Thursday sounds good to me.

Re: Well, I thought I posted this comment this morning, but LJ ate it!

did the previous comment say what you said now?

and thursday is fine w/me cuz i'm sick home today...

which reminds - i have to take some pills so i won't die...

Re: Well, I thought I posted this comment this morning, but LJ ate it!

Well, that's good, because coffee with a zombie is just so awkward, and stiff.

I hope you're feeling better.

feeling w/my hands, actually...

but yeah - on the mend...

slept a bit...

and you?

You can't kill the Boogie Man

I'm as hale as an ox, and always have been. The last time I was at the doctor was three or four years ago, for a checkup.

i don't have a pic of an ox, i have one of a dinosaur - does that count...

as for you being as hale as an ox -

i'm just gonna leave that alone...

There's a new idea. Heh.

how do you tolerate my sass?



call me at work tomorrow...
that number i gave you is my private line...

i'm looking forward to hearing from you...



i don't have a car - so doubtful that i will be able to make it...
would you like to post-pone or what?

i leave it to your discretion...

Sure, no problem, we can try next week.

hence why you are the babe and a half...

are you having issues w/lj today - yesterday - last nite - this past several weeks/months?

Not particularly. Why?

i now have to go thru some weird ass way of responding/replying/commenting to posts...


i am not pleased...

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