May 17, 2006

Yet Another Narnia Quote

Posted by Scott at 09:58 PM

Weather - Argh! What is that golden orb up in the sky?! Could it be… oh, what is it called again… the sun? Indeed, after at least 10 days of rain, the sun came out today. How much nicer it made the commute to see sunlight against all the greenery the recent rains have jump started. Hopefully New England can begin to recover.

Narnia - I finished "The Horse and His Boy" on my commute in this morning. My favorite line from the ending:

Aravis had many quarrels (and, I'm afraid, even fights) with Cor, but they always made up again: so that years later, when they were grown up, they were so used to quarreling and making up again that they got married so as to go on doing it more conveniently.”


Vacation - With the upcoming approach of Mom and Suzanne's visit, I decided today might be a good day to catch up on lawn work that was way past due thanks to the recent endless rain. Occasionally during the morning I'd peek at a live Doppler to make sure that no rain was in sight. At lunch time I told my boss my plans.

This afternoon I took half a day of vacation so that I could run home and trim the grass. I didn't want to put it off until the weekend and waste time on a tractor when I would rather spend it with visiting family. This early in the season I'd ordinarily mulch but the grass had so overgrown that bagging was necessary. I hate throwing away clippings because they would do the lawn so much good — especially with the poor soil we have. Instead those clippings are decomposing in the conservation area, where I'm not as concerned with soil quality. How ironic that it'll be the beneficiary of all those nutrients. I really must study more about composting…

The other nice side effects of taking the afternoon off were that I got to eat dinner with the kids (a rare thing on weekdays), I got to practice my piano duet portion, and I took Claire to her piano lesson.

Michelle and I wrapped up the evening watching MythBusters after the kids went to bed. The engineer in me really enjoys that series. After Michelle saw an episode, she recommended we TiVo future episodes. You don't have to twist my arm on that one…

Just before going to bed, I saw the trailer for the DaVinci Code. Doesn't it bother people that the website that they refer you to is I'm not sure whether they mean to imply 'the con' of the Church or the con of the moviemakers into fabricating such a wild story that some will take seriously. As an antidote, may I recommend "The Norman Rockwell Code Trailer"?

Parody - Before I wrap things up, I wanted to add a link to a hilarious video parodying a movie trailer based on the 1950's Ten Commandments. Having just watched this Charlton Heston classic at Easter, this YouTube video entitled "10 Things I Hate About Commandments" really made me laugh.


Instead of Suz and your Mom coming to see you, maybe you guys should come here, I've started building an ark.


P.S. I loved the Commandments preview.

Posted by: Tom at May 17, 2006 11:05 PM

Hi Tom,

When I look at the Doppler this morning, it appears that there's one more large mass of storminess between Chicago and NH that will have to work its way through soon. Argh! First we were in a bit of a drought... now we need to dry up a bit.

Glad you liked the video. After having endured "The 10 Commandments" last month, it was nice to see it poked fun of. I could have done without the bit of swearing near the end of the trailer, but otherwise...

Posted by: Scott at May 18, 2006 06:05 AM

Great video! And I guess I was only mildly bothered by the swearing (and even then, only because of the visual context it was in to the original premise, in which the burning bush was not a school principal) -- until the kids came in when I called Kristen to see it. Then I only just remembered to turn it down at the end so they wouldn't hear the F word and walk around the house repeating it for who knows how long. They both have a natural instinct for scatological humor and I don't need to add any fuel to that fire!

And yes, the lovely shock of waking up to the sun yesterday really reinforced just how long it had been raining!

Posted by: Ernesto at May 18, 2006 07:16 AM

Hi Ernesto,

Yep, the video link was going around our office yesterday. Plenty of movie buffs caught the parallels to so many other movies. I didn't realize the burning bush comment was from Pulp Fiction (since I've avoided that movie). I've avoided showing it to my oldest who watched the 10 Commandments with me last month. Perhaps I could mute the ending...

Posted by: Scott at May 18, 2006 08:49 AM

Judging by preliminary reviews, it seems that "So Dark The Con of Man" could refer to how many people will be conned into seeing a very boring 2 1/2 hour movie.

Posted by: Scott at May 19, 2006 06:01 AM