I have done very little pleasure reading for months now, though I have been very busy reading the news.  That means that I have also been very busy writing to my representatives and senators, to my governor, to the White House and the RNC (I get weekly email updates from both of them about what they are trying to do and how).  I got a great and very detailed reply from my senator about TARP and the early bail-out programs; nothing from the White House & RNC except more questionnaires about what they can be doing and crowing about what they both think they have done; and from my governor an empty letter that sounded like a third grader's first attempt at responding to a letter whose contents they know nothing about.  That was very disappointing, to say the least, and will definitely determine my vote two years from now unless something else changes.  I do not expect letters that agree with my viewpoints-I have yet to receive one-but I do expect a response that explains why they are doing what they are doing and acknowledges any concerns that I have as being valid.

Now, on to lighter stuff.  The girls and I watched Race to Witch Mountain a couple of weeks ago.  All through the film they kept predicting when the scientist and second in command of the guys in black would meet.  They believe that they are twins who do not yet know that they are twins or that they are aliens (you'd have to have seen Return to Witch Mountain to know what they're talking about).  At the end of the movie, when the twin thing isn't revealed, they were disappointed-I told them that they just left room for a sequel.

This past week was an insomniac week for me, so I rented Twilight on-demand in the middle of the night.  I really liked it.  It had to be watched when LB was not around because she has read the books and refuses to watch the movie.

I also watched Chocolat, at last.  Juliette Binoche is probably my favorite actress, so that was enjoyable, of course.

Last night we watched Australia.  G went to bed halfway through the film, bored, but I stayed up to watch it all.  Big disappointment.  He doesn't like Nicole Kidman anyway, but I do, and I like Hugh Jackman, and I was thrilled to see "Joe Harmon" from "A Town Like Alice", even if he was the bad guy.  Overall, though, my criticisms are too long to list here.

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    G & Me

    G loves to read history of the American West and loves to watch movies that are western, action, intrigue, comedy.  He doesn't have favorites.  He does not like anything that is musical (though he loves music), romantic, or related to aviation.  His favorite time period is from the Civil War to the turn of the 20th century.

    I am eclectic in my reading but do not like science fiction or police stories.  In movies I like drama best, but also like some of the same things that G does, and I like both romantic movies and those that relate to aviation.  My favorite time periods are probably the 1830s and 1840s, the post-Reconstruction era to the eve of WWI, WWII, and the late 1950s-forward.  My favorite books are Gone With the Wind, My Antonia, All Quiet on the Western Front, A Lantern in Her Hand, and Nigger by Dick Gregory.  My favorite movies are The Memphis Belle, Return to Me, Since You Went Away, Steel Magnolias, Nicholas &  Alexandra, Sometimes in April, and  The Winds of War (there are just so many that this is incomplete) .


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