Archive for January, 2006

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Untitled – January 30, 2006

January 30, 2006

The Oscars came out this morning. There were some surprises in the selections and some snubs. I will provide some advice on the movies I have seen:

Brokeback Mountain – You heard it here first, Brokeback Mountain will win best picture. This is a great movie. Every scene is an American painting. Heath Ledger is fantastic and if it was not for Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote, Ledger would win best actor. It makes you wonder why Ledger’s agent ever let him do A Knights Tale. This movie is more than the cliché of the gay cowboy movie. You will not be disappointed if you see this movie.

Capote – This is a great film. I cannot believe how good Philip Seymour Hoffman is in this movie. The movie is based on Truman Capote. Go see the movie and afterward you will want to read Capote’s book.

Good Night and Good Luck – This movie is a commentary on our times – even though it is about the McCarthy hearings. This movie follows Edward Murrow and how he stood up to Senator McCarthy. This is a great movie. At the end of the film, the entire audience in my theatre cheered. This movie has some heavy hitters in it – Clooney, Robert Downey Jr, and Jeff Daniels.

Walk the Line – See this movie. I thought it was great. This movie is about Johnny Cash and June Carter. I cannot believe that Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon did the singing in this movie – it is amazing. Reese Witherspoon will win best actress. See this biopic movie.

Junebug – This film has nominated best supporting actress Amy Adams in it. She gave a great performance as a bright-eyed pregnant country girl. It worth adding this film to your netflix.

I guess my advice is – see all these movies. It will be worth it.

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Untitled – January 29, 2006

January 29, 2006

I am very sorry that I have not written. Seattle has changed dramatically since I last wrote. The rain streak ended at 27 days – while the streak is over, the rain has not stopped. As I type tonight, the rain is pouring down and I can hear the light rhythmic pattern against my front window. The other big news is that the Seahawks are going to the Superbowl. The city is holding its breath for Sunday’s big game.

Life is good right now. Work is very rewarding and it is different everyday. I have been in Olympia advocating on behalf the graduate and professional students. I find it very fun to have meetings with legislators and have 15 minutes to ask for 15 million dollars.

I went to dinner with Paul and Kelli on Friday night. We went to this restaurant called Pair and it was so good. They specialize in European inspired food and bring you small plates. You are supposed to order a whole bunch of items. It is a very formal restaurant and very close to my apartment. I highly recommend it. Check out their website at www.pairseattle.com.

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Untitled – January 14, 2006

January 14, 2006

Today I got the redemption I have been looking for my entire life – the Seahawks won a playoff game. I was one and half when the Seahawks last won their playoff game in 1984. In the past 21 years, they made it to the playoffs six times and lost all six times. The most painful lost was in Green Bay and Seattle won the coin toss in overtime, and Matt Hasselback said, “We want the ball and we are going to score.” Of course, Matt threw an interception run back for a touchdown.

Other teams around me have been successful. When I was in high school, our women’s basketball team was seventh in State. Also, our football team beat Prosser and ended their 75 game winning streak. At EWU, the football team beat Montana who had a 25 game winning streak and the basketball team went to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. And while I am here at UW, the basketball team is great and the volleyball team won a national championship. Even the Mariners and the Sonics have done well. The Seahawks just have to win one more game and they will go to the Superbowl. Lets cross our fingers and hope for the best.

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Untitled – January 11, 2006

January 11, 2006

As I wrote before, last February we saw twenty some days of straight sunshine. It was wonderful. My friend Paul was unemployed, after my classes we would go out and play Frisbee for hours, and then we would have some iced coffees. It was great times. Now Seattle is bordering a new record – consecutive days of rain. The record of consecutive days of rain is 33 and right now we are at 24 days. It would not be so bad if I were in Seattle. However, I have been driving from Seattle to Olympia almost everyday this week.

The 61 miles from my apartment to my office in Olympia is the most terrifying stretch of road when it is raining and when it is dark. There are sometimes when I cannot even see the road. When it is this terrible, I try to get a nice buffer between me and the car in front of me. But whenever I get a nice buffer, another car will cut in front of me. Oh well. Seattle is known for its rain but other cities get more average rainfall than Seattle- Boston and New York for example. I hope that we can break this streak – it is making me depressed.