Went on a Spanish movie marathon and watched both Volver and Pan's Labyrinth in the span of a week. Where did they get "Pan" for the title of the movie??? The original title is "El Laberinto del Fauno". Anyway, I found Volver quite hilarious (gotta love Pedro Almodovar) and PL quite entertaining and a definite must have. The Castillian accent is like music to my ears! (I'm such a nostalgic fool...) Maribel Verdu was outstanding in PL and the little girl (new comer, obviously) is also quite an actress.
The Spanish Civil War theme got to me. I find it incredible that my grandparents lived through that. It's even more chilling to know that my grandmothers were both imprisoned by opposite sides when they were young women (Wow! Both my gramps are POWs!). It makes my life so mundane and meaningless. The Fascist vs. Reds aspect of the movie made their stories all the more real. My grandfathers also rocked, of course. One fought in the Spanish Civil War with the Reds (just because they were on the losing side of the war, that doesn't mean it was the wrong side), and the other one was part of the US Air Force during WWII. He was not very happy with his wife's political affiliations. Yeah, Franco was a touchy subject while growing up. I have quite the interesting family tree, although given the choice I would have stood up for the Republic. Dictatorships suck. Fascist dictatorships suck even more. Ultra religious fascist dictatorships make me physically ill.
Mental note: call grandma first thing tomorrow. :)
I finally watched Unleavened... sort of. Someone (bless his/her heart) put it on Youtube but stupid page freezes right at the Blacks vs. Jews bit. I had listened to the audio and laughed my ass off, but watching it is a whole other level of hilarity. Unfortunately, Youtube did not get to "the Judas egg" segment (I literally cried laughing at that when I first heard it -- the wine coolers and my friend and I being goofballs at the time probably added to the moment).
Still, what a find! *does happy dance* :) (It is the little things in life)
Takes the edge off being stuck at home buried in paperwork and surrounded by contractors for a week.
I think I'm going to order Dispatches from the Edge from Amazon. I usually order books in threes, so I need to find two other books to get excited about. Any good books out there any of you guys can recommend?
And since I'm already here, let me go off on a tangent about UN interpreters -- they have it so fucking easy! Court interpreters on the other hand...
Mental process for a UN interpreter: 1) Listen 2) Translate 3) Regurgitate
Mental process for a Court interpreter: 1) Listen 2) DECIPHER! 3) Retain 4) Translate 5) Regurgitate
I cannot stress enough how much HARDER that second step is than any of the others. Interpreting for well spoken diplomats and interpreting for people who barely know how to speak their own language is a completely different process. Plus simultaneous interpreting? Please! So much easier than consecutive!
So, I think I am going to apply for a job as a UN interpreter. They seem to be in high demand and I have more than enough experience and education (MBAs are rare in the field and will for sure give me an advantage). I can get excellent recommendations as well.
Moving P to NYC... that might be an issue given that a) he does not like big cities, and b) his job just gave him an awesome promotion (about damn time too). But that will not stop me from applying. I think it's time. :)