Saturday, April 16, 2005

Hats off to Rio

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Taken at the top of Sugarloaf. Nice view, huh?


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Taking advantage of a chance to sit down ... one of my only chances that day.

Nice one, bro

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Taking a break

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Having danced my behind half off, I took a well deserved rest during the reception.

Going to the beach and they're gonna get married....

I finally updated the website for my brother's wedding.

Unity and Flavia's Wedding in Buzios, Brazil

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


Someone told me this was a great movie, at least for a movie of which he had no expectations in the first place. I would have to agree.

What was funny for me about this movie is the way I totally accepted the "eraser" technology, even though the rest of the movie wasn't exactly science fiction. Somehow, the premise worked though.

I felt the movie was a little like Vanilla Sky, but unlike Vanilla Sky, this movie didn't leave me annoyed at the ending. I thought Vanilla Sky copped out at the end.

Another person told me that Eternal Sunshine of the Spottless Mind showed that people should get together and enjoy being together even if it might not work out in the end. I'm not sure I took the movie the same way. To me, it's more about whether you're compelled to be with someone or not. If you are, you'll do it, no matter the consequences. And if someone is trying to convince you, you're obviously not compelled. And if you can resist, maybe you should. Save the consequences for when you can't resist.

Monday, April 11, 2005

The Master Butchers Singing Club

First, I have a problem with this title. I think that it is punctuated wrong. Shouldn't it be The Master Butcher's Singing Club? Or, if there is more than one butcher, it should be the The Master Butchers' Singing Club. But I just can't think of any circumstances under which it would be written "The Master Butchers Singing Club." And yet there it is on the front of the book and the top of every page.

I did manage to get beyond the title (isn't there some saying about judging a book by its cover?). I actually really liked the book, although there were some parts that were a little weird for me.

This book is also by Louise Erdrich. I didn't intentionally read two of her books in a row, I just happened to pick this up in the bookstore when I was looking for something to read on my vacation in Brazil. Actually, I picked up the paperback and then found the hardcover for a third of the price. Not that that matters.

The main character in this story is a woman who doesn't know who her mother is, and ends up mothering everyone else. It's a different type of story for Louise Erdrich, although I learned that it's based on the other side of her family. I guess that's where most stories come from . . . from somebody's life.

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Olã from Brazil!

I'm in Rio de Janeiro! This is my first time south of the equator, which is pretty cool. As soon as I realized that, I decided that I have to visit every quadrant of the globe. Actually, I can't decide if it's every quadrant or eigth or what . . . maybe I should just make it every continent and call it good. I should post that on 43 things.

In any case, it's been a great trip. I'm here for my brother's wedding, so I'll have lots of photos and stories to tell when I get back.

I also got to spend the day with the sister of a friend of my parents, which was great. More stories to follow.
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