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Darth President - The Literary Exhibitionist
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08202016-02


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During the inaugural ceremony in 2009, at the old office, we were all invited to watch on TV screens in the conference room. I went and joined them. It was history in the making and it was very exciting. We all saw Aretha Franklin's hat. I mentioned this again in my journal entry on Inauguration Day 2013 -- but that day, like today, it was pretty much just business as usual.

For some reason I was thinking we had all watched the inauguration at work in 2013, but nope, it was just 2009; I just checked my archives. Still, at this new office, out of mere curiosity, I went over to the lounge area with the TV (which gets used occasionally) to see if anyone was over there watching Donald Trump get sworn in. Nope. I seem to be the only person paying much attention, and even I have only been looking at Twitter. I did look at the EarthCam live feed of the National Mall, showing how much smaller the crowd was than during either of the last two inaugurations. Tomorrow is the Women's March, though, and at least 200,00 people are expected then. It's going to be a very different thing, one day later.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I have little patience for the liberals who are literally grieving over this like their fucking mother died. Resist, push back, get active -- yes. Stay in bed all day wallowing in self-pity? Wear yourself out literally crying? What fucking utility is there in that? Donald Trump, yes it's true: he is now our president. The Earth keeps turning. (Granted, it would do that even after a nuclear holocaust but whatever.)

I thought of something the other day, a rather useful point, I think, about all the liberals comparing Trump's America to a Nazi regime. There are shades of that, yes, absolutely. And yes of course, we should be vigilant and work to prevent anything even remotely like it. But you know what? Adolf Hitler actually united the vast majority of his country, against a single minority. Donald Trump doesn't have a prayer of coming close to the same sort of accomplishment. That man would not unite this country in a million years -- if anything, he's further dividing it. I'm not saying that's a good thing. But I am saying that as much damage as I fully expect him and his garbage cabinet to inflict, he'll never be a modern Hitler. He's too much of a narcissistic moron, and far too much of this country is very much against him, whether he wants to acknowledge it or not.

Granted, I'm wrong about things a lot. I just read an old entry of mine from January 2008 in which I said "at this point, Barack Obama is just wasting everyone's time." Uh...

On the other hand, every time I think we'll get through something . . . we do. We'll get through this too. Hopefully sooner than later. Few things would make me happier than seeing Donald Trump get impeached, even if it did result in Mike Pence becoming the president. (And it still might not: Clinton got impeached, remember, and he remained the president.) But, whatever. Right now our greatest hopes are the Democrats in Congress, minority party thought hey might be, and the Supreme Court.

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07022016-24


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I spent the evening last night watching movies with Shobhit. We watched both the discs I had from Netflix. It has probably literally been years since I watched two discs on the very day they arrived in the mail. For some people, it's a redundant waste to pay for disc delivery on top of streaming accounts, but I will insist on having both unless or until they make all their titles available via streaming. We watched The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Postcards from the Edge and getting them on actual Blu-Ray (or DVD) was the only way we could watch them. (I could downgrade my account to one disc at a time, but I often do double features so I'm keeping it at two at a time.)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown was . . . interesting. The first half was rather slow, so predictably one again Shobhit declared, "This is kind of boring." He wasn't entirely wrong but I wanted to finish it so I could at least say I've seen it. Even though Harve Presnell, in his debut film role, had a singing voice that was a little hard on the ears. (Also, I figured out that that's the same actor who played William H. Macy's father-in-law in Fargo.)

The movie has some bad editing transitions. Some not so great songs. A couple of actually pretty great dance sequences. Debbie Reynolds is indeed pretty good in it; it was apparently her single Oscar nominated role -- but she rightfully lost that year to Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins.

The movie is odd all around, though, in that it's about a woman who is obsessed with marrying rich. The basic bullet points of the story are taken from the real-life story of Molly Brown, though, and as we all know, she did indeed wind up rich. Once she's loaded, the movie, while still strange in its way, gets far more interesting. The second half is much better than the first.

Shobhit was rightfully far more impressed with Postcards from the Edge, though. I had seen that a couple of times before but didn't have that much familiarity with Debbie Reynolds those previous times. And I only mention that because they make Shirley MacLaine look rather like her in the movie. Meryl Streep doesn't look anything like Carrie Fisher, of course, but she sure did write a keenly observed script when it comes to being part of a famous Hollywood family. Shobhit was specifically impressed with the script, which he mentioned even before I reminded him that Carrie Fisher wrote it (based on her novel of the same name). The movie overall is hardly what I would call a masterpiece, but it does have masterfully written dialogue. There's not a lull to be found in that movie, and it's thoroughly engaging mostly because of the writing, but also because of the performances.

That was four hours of movie watching, though, so by the time we were done it was already time for bed.

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I had an interesting, brief conversation with Scott this morning. I had pasted a meme as a response to an email from one of the store Grocery Coordinators -- he wanted me to add case upc codes, and when Kevin said no, I responded to said Grocery Coordinator with a photo of Judge Judy that said "MOTION DENIED."

I guess I should be mindful of sending stuff like that to people I don't really know because they might, as in this case, turn out to be bafflingly humorless. The guy evidently complained to the director of my department, who then had a little chat with Scott, who then had to come to me this morning and ask me not to send stuff like that to this guy anymore. Scott was pretty cool about it, to his credit, saying sending stuff like that in email to him and Noah and the like here at the office is still fine. But to that other guy: no more "meme type things" and instead "just short, polite emails." All righty. Whatever. I mean, Jesus Christ.

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07042016-31

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