Someone told me last week that it would do me good to watch Casablanca. I told them that I owned the DVD, and that my calendar at work was currently showing Casablanca. January is Casablanca month, which is pretty damn ironic.
I watched it again on Friday night. I sat in the dark and watched it until it finished at 2am. (Which could explain my weird dream on Saturday morning.) The film teaches you how to be truly noble, how to be strong when you are feeling your weakest. It is a shame that these attributes are so hard to pull off in real life. When it comes to the crunch and your true feelings are on the line, it's almost impossible to let go of something so fragile and precious, even if it is your only choice.
I hope none of you have to make that kind of decision.
On the lighter side, we put together 62 feet of bookcases this weekend and installed most of our books in it. Finally I have a library, I hope Yoyology approves.
Good luck on your interview today Lauren!
There are 27 messages for this day.
|<David Byrden> Thanks to the great Spike Milligan for the first panel.|
|<Lauren> The film teaches you about loving and letting go. How to live afterwards, you have to learn on your own.|
|<shininglion> Mort you are a hopeless romantic. This is why I am in love with you. |
*shininglion plots devious ways to get C out of the picture...
|<Carol> Lauren, we want you to get the job and be happy, but what will become of us if you have less captioning time? It's just like Casablanca!|
|<guyPaulo> Of all the web sites in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine....|
|<yoyology> It's not a library without a cataloging system. How can you know what you've got otherwise? :-)|
We currently have about that many books packed onto three bookcases that size (no room for knickknacks on our shelves!). Plus, we have 15-20 liquor boxes full of books in my mother-in-law's basement waiting to be looked through. It's a sickness.
|<Lauren> Last time I moved, I got rid of 60 boxes of books. Most I put on a shelf at work and marked them as free. It started a trading library that was really cool. I gave some to the library and some I gave to a homeless shelter. I still have three bookcases and several boxes.|
|<guyPaulo> That's a good idea Lauren. I think I'll donate my collection of Ferrari repair manuals to the local homeless shelter...|
|<yoyology> A note from the librarian:|
Be aware that items donated to the library rarely make it to the shelf. Unless they are very recent (within the last two years or so) and in excellent condition (no writing in the margins!) the library will probably place them in a book sale or simply discard them. In particular, don't try to give a public library your old college textbooks. They are rarely useful for a general audience. Shelters, coffeehouses, domestic violence centers, etc. are good places to take books you don't want and can't sell, but in a lot of cases, hard as it is to say, it's best just to take them to a recycling center.
|<mypalmike> If you happen to live in the San Francisco area or don't mind paying shipping charges, the "Bridge to Asia" program wants college textbooks.|
|<Ilsa> Casablanca is one of my favorite movies. So bittersweet.|
|<Mort> I like my movies like my chocolate and my women.|
I should have guessed that everyone who regularly posts here would have a huge collection of books.
|<Ilsa> I like my movies and chocolate like my men; deeply rich, foreign, with well developed story line/flavor (and hopefully not too confusing or filled with pesticides).|
|<Mort> I think I know of someone rich, foreign with a well developed story who could feed you valrhona while you watched Amelie.|
|<apple juice is a verb> I am so happy that hip-hop has made its way to the Vatican. Now I can say to my parents, "See? God likes it."|
|<Lauren> Well, I didn't NOT get the job... it's just that no one who was supposed to interview me made it in today because of the weather. Hey, *I* made it in, that ought to be good for something....|
|<3Suns> Ah, well now you can get your suit back in time. Keep us posted, Lauren.|
|<Mort> They ought to just give you the job after treating you so badly. Just give me their phone numbers, an Image Gorilla has a lot of sway in this world.|
|<guyPaulo> ....sigh....I'm just not feeling very funny today....|
|<Mort> Whats up guy? Tell uncle Mort your woes.|
|<Mountaineer> It is hard to be funny with so many troubles, I know how that is.|
|<Mort> I also know how it is. You need to be the happy clown, smiling on the outside, crying on the inside.|
|<Mountaineer> ...biting your nails down to the quick while trying to remember your name after intensive deprogramming.|
|<Mort> Juggling pins, each one reminds you of the shape of the woman you once loved -- the one you had to leave behind when you left the Island of Tonga. No wonder you always drop the pins! |
Your heartbreak is a high cost for the circus audiences' laughter.
|<apple juice is a verb> "Laugh, clown laugh...even though your heart is breaking."|
|<yoyology> "But Doctor, I am Pagliacci!"|
|<guyPaulo> Let's see, I have stress...stress...oh yes, and more stress....(being a professional caption-monkie is hard work!)|