Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K.: Best Movie Ever

Friday, May 20, 2005

Best Movie Ever

So I went and saw Star Wars Episode III today. It was fucking fantastic. I have to commit a geek heresy here, and say that I think it was probably even better than the original three movies. Most everyone else I've talked to agrees.

So, I don't really have much else to say about it, as I don't want to spoil anything. But it was fucking great. The first 15 minutes alone were better than Episodes 1 and 2 combined. One thing I thought was really funny, that a lot of people may not have even noticed, is that as the movie went on, the interiors of ships started getting simpler, and by the end of the movie, they looked like the ships from the original movies. Big fake-looking switches and buttons everywhere, instead of computer screens and stuff.

What wasn't cool was the fact that by the time I got out of the theatre, it was 100 degrees outside, and then I had to drive home with no A/C. My car's been acting weird the last few days, but maybe it's fixed now. Several days ago the heat and A/C stopped working very well, and the car was kind of sputtering at times, like it was going to die. Then yesterday me and my dad were looking at it, and we checked the radiator fluid, and couldn't see anything at all in there. And the little side reservoir thing was empty too. Even though I just filled both up a month or so ago. So we put some in, and it ended up taking the whole gallon of antifreeze/coolant. And then we let it run for a few minutes, so it would suck the fluids around the system, and then checked it again, and it was almost empty again, but seemed to be working just fine, the A/C and heat started working again even. So we thought it was fine for now. I was still going to buy some more coolant to put in it today, but we'd thought it would be fine until then.

Today I drove up to the theatre, which is like 25 miles away, and it was fine the whole drive up there. Also, it was only like 80 degrees at the time, as it was like 11:00 am. The car was fine, until I got there. I got to the theatre about 30 minutes before the movie was supposed to start, so I sat there in my car for a while reading a book about JavaScript I bought yesterday. After ten minutes or so, the A/C started blowing out hot air. I looked and the car was starting to get hot. So I killed the car and just sat there with the windows down. Then when the movie ended, it was 100 degrees outside, and I could barely drive home, because my car kept trying to overheat. I had to drive home with the A/C off. I picked up another gallon of coolant on the way home, and then after I got home, and let the car cool off for a couple of hours, I went out there to put it in. Both the reservoir, and the radiator looked completely dry again. I put about half of the gallon of coolant in the radiator and then part of the other half in the reservoir. Then I turned the car on, and let it run for a minute or two, then checked again, and it has sucked half of what was in the reservoir out, and the level in the radiator was a little lower again, so I put the rest of the gallon in, and it was full. Then I went over to my parents' house and me and my dad looked at it again. When I got there, after the drive there, it hadn't went down any more. And we let it run ten minutes or so, and checked it again, and it still hadn't gone down any, so maybe it was just bone dry and took a lot to fill it, and now it's full. My dad can't see anything wrong with it anywhere. We can't figure out where the fluid would be disappearing to. I don't have a leak or anything. I've parked in the same spot the entire year+ I've lived in this apartment, and there's not so much as a tiny oil spot there. Certainly no puddles of antifreeze.

So maybe my car is fixed now. I'm still taking it to the shop Tuesday morning to have the guy look at it. Even if he doesn't find anything wrong with it, I do need to at least get a new belt put on.

It's not just my car. It seems like everything I own is falling apart. The other night I wrote how I was going to watch Episodes 1 and 2, but I didn't get to, because my DVD player broke. That was my fault though. I watched Episode 1, because it's on VHS, and then I went to put the DVD of Episode 2 in. I wasn't paying attention, and, because my DVD player sits up on a shelf that is almost above eye-level, I wasn't looking at the tray when I put the DVD in. It wasn't until I closed the drive, and was wondering why the movie wasn't playing, that I remembered, there was already a DVD in the tray. So I tried to open the drive, and it was stuck. It just sat there making a whining noise. I fiddled with it for at least 20 minutes, and never could get it to open. So I had to take it up to Best Buy the next day after work. It wasn't under warranty, so I was prepared to pay a lot of money, even though I didn't figure the repair would take no time at all. I could've done it myself probably. I figured, correctly, that all it would require was taking the cover off and opening the drive by hand. So I went up to the help desk, and they said that yes, I would have to pay, and told me to take it over to the technician guy at the other end of the desk. He opened it up and got the movies out in about three minute's time. But then, he did something that surprised me. Actually, it was something he didn't do that surprised me. He didn't charge me. He told me, "It didn't take five minutes, and we all make mistakes sometimes." I thanked him profusely, and then left.

Then later that night, part of the vent work came un-duct-taped to my A/C unit in my apartment, so I had to tape that back up myself.

Also, the DVD drive in my computer stopped working a few weeks ago. Just about a month after the extended three-year warranty I bought ran out. It still plays and reads CDs just fine, but it won't play DVDs, even though it's the same drive. I've always had trouble with my DVD drive in this computer, for pretty much as long as I've had it. Used to it would just sometimes stop in the middle of the movie and say "DVD Player has encountered an error it cannot recover from. The disc may be dirty or scratched." But now, when I put a DVD in, it just sits there and reads the disc forever. Eventually the computer will completely lock up, it won't let me do anything. I can still move the mouse around, but it's the "thinking" symbol, and I can't do anything. I have to hit the eject button, and then wait like five minutes before it ejects the disc. Sometimes the DVD Player program will actually start up, but the movie won't play, and it will just sit there thinking again, until I end up having to command+option+escape (the Mac version of Control+Alt+Delete) to close down the program. Then other times, after it thinks for a couple of minutes, the program will start up, and the movie will actually start playing, but after maybe two minutes of jerky playing and skipping, it will give me that same error message it used to give me, and then shut the program down.

I'm having trouble with my body too. I can barely talk today, my throat is almost swollen completely closed it feels like. The last few days my throat has been feeling kind of scratchy. Not really sore, but scratchy, and it would sometimes hurt a little to talk. But it's gotten a little worse every day, and then today, it wasn't much worse than it was yesterday, but then while I was watching the movie, it got worse. By the time the movie was over, I could barely talk. I think I've figured it out though. I think it's the gum I've been chewing. I've hardly ever chewed gum in my life, but the last week or so, I've been chewing it pretty much constantly. Mostly because I'm on a diet, and it keeps me from eating so much. But my throat problems started a few days after I started chewing the gum. My parents both said chewing gum has always given them sore throats, but most of the people I know chew it constantly, and it never bothers them. I'm going to quit chewing it for a couple of days, and see if it gets better. It may just be the kind of gum I'm chewing too. I may be allergic to something in it, or something like that. I'm chewing Ice Breakers gum, which has got these tiny little capsules in it, which are filled with a liquid mouthwash-like substance. Maybe that is what is irritating my throat. I'm pretty sure it's something to do with the gum though.

I wonder how long Episode Three is supposed to be? The Yahoo movie listings say 2 hours and 26 minutes, but I wasn't even there for two hours barely. The movie was scheduled for 12:15, but then there's probably 15 minutes of commercials and previews, and I was out of there by 2:25. Melissa said her brother went and saw the movie, and he said it was about two and a half hours. My sister says all her friends said it was over three hours. So I don't know. All I know, is I was only there for barely two hours. Maybe they cut something out?

Also, the whole time I was watching the movie, I was thinking "Bush is the evil Emperor!" seriously, the way Palpatine rose to power is very similar to what Bush and the republicans are doing since 9/11. Palpatine is like, "There's a war going on, you've got to give me more emergency powers, so I can stop this threat!" And then, in the end, he declares himself Emperor, and everyone stand up and cheers. And Padme says, "So, this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause."