Sunday, March 14, 2010

The great White Plains power outage, 2010...

Here's the good news: 'The Brother's Bloom' is a fantastic movie.

The bad news came yesterday, when the power went out as i was watching it. 20 minutes left, and so many unanswered questions, then-- zip! Darkness.

Not the longest power outage in the history of mankind, but it felt like it. 25 hours straight. And last night was a bit scary. The howling wind kept the fire engines blaring throughout the evening, and the big honking tree in the front lawn sounded eXACTly like the cave troll from the first 'Lord of the Rings' movie, right before he died. "URRRRRRRR..." Like Legolas and Gimli were outside killing my tree. "URRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!"

I managed to put that out of my head before going to sleep, thinking instead of the real possibility of ABC news going on the air with a story of the various power outages across the region, and saying something brilliant like, "if you are currently unable to watch this program because of a power outage, please call this number..."

All in all, it was a drag, but, it got me out of the house, and forced me to do some more writing and reading. Finished the classic Jim Bouton book 'Ball Four' and developed something of a crazy idea for a controversial screenplay that will probably never ever see the light of day. Lotsa fun, that one, even if it turns out to be nothing.

Thought about that, though, this afternoon. Sipping on a hot chocolate at a crowded starbucks, sharing a table with a stranger, i thought, "wouldn't it be funny if i was developing this screenplay that did, somehow, turn out to be kind of a big deal. And i was sitting across from a woman who was also writing the next big thing? Like the new Harry Potter or Twilight or something?

Then i stole a glance at her paper and realized that she was just writing the name "Laura" over and over and over and over again, in one gigantic loop.

Not quite as creepy as my Lord of the Rings cave troll tree, but almost.

the five things i fell in love with today...

1) J.R.R. Tolkien.
2) I'm doing rather well with this new year's resolution of reading books, by the way! Ball Four was actually my fourth one of 2010, which is more than a little shocking to me! I've also read and very much enjoyed 'tuesdays with morrie' 'about a boy' and 'seabiscuit'. Next up is Donald Miller's latest, 'A million miles in a thousand years'.
3) Hot chocolate. Or rather, the "Signature" hot chocolate they used to serve at starbucks. Now they're back with just the regular hot chocolate. Which tastes like watered-down ovaltine. Like, if you researched the ingredients, you'd find something that said "chock-o-lettes" or "cocoa-lites" or "chock-o-lette-alites."
4) Mark Ruffalo.
5) It was such a bad storm, over the past 24 hours, i have seen no less than 13 seperate broken umbrella corpses after they've been thrown down to the sidewalk in disgust. Although, it was so windy that i couldn't exactly swear that they weren't, in fact, the same umbrella carried off to 13 different places. BUT! here's something i'm happy to report: My Chris Rock/Good Hair umbrella stood tall, and is still in my possesion!

song of the night...
"here comes the rain again" by the eurythmics

movie of the night...
'the brothers bloom' --well worth the wait.

1 comment:

  1. It was indeed a bad day for me and my broken umbrelletheren.