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10092016-02


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Last night I took myself to see Lion and I really liked it. The title, which has to do with the main character's name, tells you nothing about it: it's based on the true story of a 5-year-old boy from central India who got stuck on a train in 1986, which whisked him over 900 miles east to Calcutta, where he did not speak the local language of Bengali, and wound up getting adopted by a couple in Tasmania. 25 years later, he used Google Earth to find his birth place and his mother. It really is an extraordinary story, and I was rather surprised I'd never heard about it.

The boy is played as a grown young man by Dev Patel. His Australian mother is played by Nicole Kidman. Both of them are nominated for SAG Awards, which means there's a fair chance they'll get Oscar nominations -- although I would say that among all the nominees, these are the ones with the highest chance of diversion with the Oscars. The SAG Awards and the Oscars usually overlap pretty closely with the acting awards (because nominee voters for both awards are essentially the same), but sometimes there are differences.

The story itself in this case is far more interesting than the actors anyway. IMDB's trivia page for the movie has a lot of fascinating stuff on it. Apparently the original title of the movie was to be the same as the memoir on which it's based: A Long Way Home, which frankly makes way more sense than Lion but whatever.

I don't know why it didn't occur to me to talk to Karen about this movie until I was leaving it. I texted her as soon as the thought came to me: KAREN! You HAVE to see the movie LION!

Karen is herself the adoptive mother of a child from India. There's never been another movie more closely aligned with her own family experience. So, I really should have known: her reply was, Saw it! Amazing and heartbreaking! Indeed.

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06122016-18


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Rain, rain, rain! I keep thinking about how often we get heavy rain in Seattle. It's happened several times each year the past few years, and it didn't really used to happen at all. We were Drizzle Central over here. Okay, there were exceptions -- my first winter in Seattle was 1998-9, and that year was a deluge. But back then it was an anomaly and now it seems to be increasingly normal. Yesterday we got 1.63" of rain and the normal for that day was 0.19".

I walked home from the movie last night in pretty heavy rain. Then I walked to work from the bus stop downtown this morning in even heavier rain. I must have walked under some spot with even heavier drippage/pouring because the water made it through my jacket sleeve and soaked parts of my shirt. Nice. It's all dry now, at least.

We're in a dry spell at the moment. It's expected to last, like, two hours. Back to 90% chance of precipitation on my way home, according to my Yahoo weather app. I do love my new umbrella, though. That picture makes it look bigger than it actually is. It curves down at a steeper angle than most umbrellas, but since it's clear, I can just look through the plastic material if need be.

I got home last night and, since the movie had been at 6:45, I barely had enough time to write the review before bed. I'd had a veggie hot dog for dinner while home for about an hour before the movie. Shobhit still often has my dinner ready for me to eat when I get home, which is very sweet. I shan't get too used to that, if I want him to get a job. But it sure is nice while it's lasting. Part of it I think is just that it gives him something to do.

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06122016-24

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