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Great movies

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. :)
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Each player of this game starts off with ten weird things or habits or little known facts about yourself. People who get tagged must write in a blog of their own ten weird things or habits or little known facts as well as state this rule clearly. At the end you must choose six people to be tagged and list their names. No tagbacks! And since my f-list is really short, consider yourselves tagged and, by "yourselves", I mean anyone who is up for the challenge.

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I'm sure there are a gozillian more things, but I barely slept three hours last night and my brain is fried.
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Unleavened!! :)

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.
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Books and Interpreters (not necessarily in that order)

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. :)
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Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West [full-length]

Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West  [full-length]
"Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West [full-length]" on Google Video
This is so scary...

“Obsession is both scary and TRUE! Every one of us is obligated to show Obsession to as many people as we can. Obsession serves as a wake-up call to the free world to confront the threat NOW, before it's too late."
-Joel Surnow: Exec Producer “24”.

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A word from the wise

Time for an update, I guess. I've been so busy with other things I've been neglecting my beloved... my wonderful... this darn journal.

*no offense, babe, it's been one of those days*

The thing is that I've been so submersed in work and writing, I don't really have that much to say. In all honesty, I'm all written out. But I guess this is a momentous occasion for me, so it must be documented.

After years of resisting it, after taking pride in bypassing the lack of seriousness that comes with their presence, after digging in my heels against it for as long as I possibly could... it finally happened. *sigh!* Today, my first wisdom tooth came out of the closet (or so the dentist told me - damn it!) He also said I better have it removed before it starts giving me problems. Problems??? Telling me my wisdom teeth are out is like telling Peter Pan he got his period... (if he were a girl).

So, the option is on the table and I'm debating whether to yank them out (it would have to be the bottom left one and its top counterpart) *cries* He said I could get IV serum (sedative) for the procedure because there will be a lot of noise and tooth chipping and another bunch of stuff I don't even want to think about. Apparently people who get sedated don't even remember being awake through the procedure, how weird is that??

On the other hand, everybody says my smile is my best feature (I think of it as an asset, but whatever... semantics). If the fucking thing starts making my teeth crooked I will personally rip them out myself. >:(

Decisions, decisions... So, yeah, today I woke up a little wiser.

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Quote of the day:

"The more I live in this world, the more I think Earth is just a divine experiment gone terribly wrong" ~ Me.

(You can quote me on that one)

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I really admire Anderson Cooper. He's everywhere the action is. The shit is about to hit the fan in the Middle East, and he just packs and goes. The pair he and the rest like him have!

Working on a fic right now. It is really great to have a beta for a change. It is a very different process that makes the story, imo, much better. I have learned a lot from her also. The fact that she's an editor (she claims to be at the bottom of the chain, but she's really, really good) might be a key factor. She has given me a bunch of valuable feedback too. It is really fun to have her! :)

On the other hand, this gorram story had me tossing and turning all night. My mind kept trying to work out all the kinks--which I have to my satisfaction, but I'm just going to fall asleep in the middle of a depo today, I just know it... It's just fanfic, for godssake! I am getting way too wrapped up in this one. And I thought I wouldn't write for that fandom again. Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in! - that's what happens when you go and accept a challenge.

I should take a break and work on actual writing assignments, they're just not as fun. Not to mention the pile of paperwork waiting for me at the desk... *whimper* :(

ETA: Five years here and the sonic boom of the shuttle enter the atmosphere still startles me for a second.

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