Boy’s Weekend In: High School Movies, Baseball & More
Cecile went with her friend Sarah to Santiago for a long weekend, leaving us boys behind to PARTY. Haha, you can stop rolling on the floor laughing now. We had thought about going, but I had some work I wanted to try and get done which wouldn’t happen with traveling and Joel was still traveled out having gotten back from La Serena on Sunday and the trip up happening on Thursday. Plus my parents are coming into town this week (Yay!) and we’ll be traveling to Easter Island (Rapa Nui) next week. So they got a girls weekend in the big city and we got a boys weekend at home.
High School Movies Through the Decades
Taking full advantage of our Amazon Prime account before it runs out in May (we’re not paying the new $99 price, doesn’t seem worth it) we notched 3 1/2 movies for the weekend, two of them high school-based classics. First up was Clueless, a movie both Cecile & I really like. Sad that it was the pinnacle of Alicia Silverstone’s career, as she did a great job in it, plus Wallace Shawn makes any movie he’s in better. Some slightly questionable content for a 12 year old, but he’s got to be exposed to it some day. He enjoyed it, the stuff he understood anyway; some understanding will come with time and age, but some references are simply dated, and while I filled him in on some, others he’ll just never understand. With that realistic depiction of 1990s high school complete (</sarcasm>) we moved on.
Actually I’m telling the story out of order to try and keep a narrative flow, so bear with me later. Moving on, backwards, we went to an 80s classic. Yes, I’m of course talking about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. This one he really liked, I guess it’s more timeless although I’m a bigger fan of Clueless; never been much of a John Hughes fan, and this is the only one I find even slightly bearable. Mathew Broderick and Alan Ruck are both great in it though, as is Jennifer Grey. A fun movie, even though we ended up watching it over two days.
Why two days, you ask? Well I’ll tell you. We didn’t start off with Ferris Bueller, and Clueless wasn’t our first movie. Friday night we watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and we both highly recommend it. Very fun, good script and acting, especially the effective use of comic relief, which I think is what sets an action movie on a higher level. With that excellent experience under our belts, Joel wanted to watch other MI movies, but the only other one available on Prime was MI:2 (no link given for reasons given below; really it’s for your own good). Despite it’s low rating, lowest of all the MI movies, we decided to give it a go. We lasted about 30/45 minutes and decided to move on. It was boring, both the script and the action sequences, and the whole love thing was likewise boring. Best to move on, and we did, to Ferris Bueller. And that’s why we had to finish this morning, as it was late when we started.
Baseball, Cardinals Baseball
Well this was really for me, as Joel isn’t as interested and the night games, well I only got to see the end as we were watching movies early, see above. Interesting series against the Washington Nationals, and a great series if you love absolutely horrendous fielding. I missed much of the lousy fielding that gave us the lead in game one, but came in in time to see us pile on late and watch some of Wainwright’s amazing performance, alway fun. Came in late to game two, just in time to see us flail impotently at the ball for one at bat and then watch in stunned horror as Yadi cost us a game. That’s notable in its own right as it happens so rarely, but he definitely should have caught that pitch and all would have been right.
Lucky for me, the weekend was day games, so I got to watch. Well, lucky on Saturday anyway, as the Nationals again took over the Keystone Kops routine in the infield while our bullpen did its best to send me to an early grave, which looks like a theme for the year. And then today’s game. Guess I should have anticipated it was our turn again, but they looked so good for so long. But then two botched double play balls two innings in a row cost us that one. Ah well, at least I got to watch.
The biggest problem trying to watch baseball down here is that we’re still an hour ahead of East Coast time, so even the games that start at 7:00 or 7:30 Central time are at 9:00/9:30 here. With our weekday schedule, that gives me no more than three innings to watch before it’s time to go to bed. Oh how I suffer. At least MLB.TV doesn’t make me jump through hoops just to watch down here, they’re actually happy I’m 5,000 miles away, as far as viewing areas are concerned.
The Rest of the Weekend
Well those were the highlights. As you can see I was very busy and that’s why I couldn’t blog. Ha ha, more humor. I did get some useful work done, we spent some time cleaning this morning before Cecile got back, took a couple of walks to enjoy the beautiful weather (although looks like the spring weather has finally sprung in the states), and ate food both healthy & junky. Joel’s stomach was bothering him, something which seems to happen with regularity on the weekends; we suspect it has to do with sitting around doing nothing all day. So we didn’t go through that much food, but I did treat him to sushi last night as I wanted him to get a decent amount of food into him and I knew that would do the trick.
And now Cecile is back, all is right with the world, and I need to get back to laundry, shopping and preparing for parent’s arrival.