Friday, April 29, 2005

Cost-efficient marinades and Barry Levinson misfires!

So I called the student loan police, and once I typed in my SSN was INSTANTLY whisked away to a real life living and breathing customer service rep, rather than being presented with the electronic system as originally promised. My SSN apparently triggered some sort of "holy shit" mechanism in the phone system. The woman was serene enough, although I could tell in her voice that she wasn't reading anything encouraging on her computer screen. All I ended up doing was updating my information (thus ensuring that they start calling me all the time and ruining my seemingly boundless leisure time), and finding out how to allow my mom to access my student loan information. I'm hoping Mom can use her Mom powers to get me some kind of lowered payment deal. I cannot deal with people at all. "May I pay less?" "No." "Great, thanks. In fact, I wanted you to say no. I don't like it when I benefit from situations." Dickering is not a quality I possess even a molecule of. I don't have the patience or skill required for wheeling nor dealing, nor any combination of the two. Well, anyway, I'm sure my mom can figure out my financial problems for me, as I am both disinclined and ill-equipped to do so. I wish it didn't still feel good to hand off a problem to my parents, but somehow it still does. How very, very, very, very sad!

I took care of our garbage and recyclables situation, which was getting really out of hand. We tend to drink a lot of purchased beverages, and when we are done, we tend to take their now-empty containers and stack them on top of our refridgerator until it gets to the point where cans and/or bottles are falling off the fridge every time we shut the fridge door, falling loudly onto the stove and scaring us badly. It felt good to get all that crap out of our house. It's crazy the amount of shit that gets left behind simply from the act of getting through the week alive.

For dinner I made this meal where I marinate steak pieces in Caesar salad dressing and eat them with instant mashed potatoes and corn. It's delicious and it makes me proud that I have mastered a recipe that makes both my girlfriend and I full and content. I can only guess at the irreperable harm this meal has done to our bodies, but it tastes good so who cares if we get fat and everything in the world thinks we're disgusting? Whoopee for eating unhealthy shit!

Barry Levinson is really weird. I really like it when he makes comedies, because quite often these comedies are critical punching bags and box office disasters, and it's always very interesting to me when a movie is really viciously attacked, and becomes the target of endless late night talk show jokes. "Toys", "Jimmy Hollywood", and "Envy", which I just watched today, made hardly any money and were roundly despised by almost every critic there is, but all three are intriguing in their own very singular ways, and not without genuine laughs. There aren't usually any out and out jokes in them (i feel sorry for the poor bum who had to cut enticing trailers for these movies; in fact, that probably has a lot to do with why they do so crappy in the theater)but there are a lot of good little moments, and there's always a feeling that the people involved were really excited to be making this movie, and felt like they were taking part in something worthwhile. I wonder what goes wrong. I don't think it's entirely a case of critics viciously ganging up on a movie, because "Envy", considered from a distance, doesn't hold together as a film. I would have felt pretty nervous about impending test screening, had I directed or written or acted in this film, having viewed it once. There's so many exquisitely unnecessary scenes and impossible-to-deliver-with-any-conviction bits of dialogue. It actually had kind of a "Punch-Drunk Love" feel to it, for me anyway. It's also way too long, and feels like a first draft excitedly typed up by a drunk-though-not-unintelligent wiseass in some efficiency somewhere. I would be pretty hesitant to recommend it, but part of me would like to see it again. It's always interesting when a guy gets ahold of an expensive camera and just starts taping stuff. Make more not-good films, Barry!

I'm always tempted to buy Halloweed-sized bags of candy, but after a couple days you never want to eat that kind of candy again, no matter how much you originally enjoyed it. There is a limit to how much Laffy Taffy I can eat, it turns out. Hey, I found something out: If you are eating a spicy meal, and you accidentally eat a hot pepper and it's burning your throat in a scary and painful fashion, you should grab a whole bunch of Laffy Taffy, should you happen to have some lying around, and just start eating it. It helps a lot.


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