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"I don't know why... It makes me sad."

Today, a collection of totally unconnected thoughts.

- Requiescant in pace, Columbia and crew. What happened to the shuttle hasn't affected my everyday life, but whenever I stop and watch something about it on TV (like people putting flowers and cards outside NASA), I get kind of teary. It's not scary and twisted and angering like 9/11; that falling-star footage of the Columbia's demise is almost beautiful compared to the grotesque orange-black-gray collision and collapse at the WTC. I would never wish the astronauts' death on anyone, and would never prefer to die 200,000 feet above the Earth myself (I don't even want to be 200,000 feet above the Earth, ever), but I salute those brave enough to risk everything for the experience.

- Although I no longer detest the Sacramento Valley, and although I now admit that it is not quite the ugliest nor the most boring place in the world, and although good things have happened to me while living here...I still think back on Seattle as this exciting, cool, sparkling wonderland of saltwater, skyscrapers, and evergreen-covered hills, where I used to live until getting thrown out of Eden. Must return to the Northwest after this. I am out of my element here.

- Extroverts torture us introverts, daily. They don't mean to, but they do. And we're so introverted we can't even bring ourselves to complain. I will probably write an entire entry on this alone someday.

- We saw Catch Me If You Can the other night. Quite liked it. It was funny and interesting, and all the actors were good. And, damn it, I have to put Leo diCaprio back on my "pretty" list. He was on it about six years ago, after Romeo + Juliet, but then I removed him in disgust during the Titanic teenybopper hype. (Anyway, he wasn't all that good in Titanic.) But this! He did such a good job, being perhaps the sweetest and most likable criminal I've ever seen. And is pretty, of course. He always was. Damn it.

- Getting a little too sad over the rumored ending of the RotK film. Someone reports that it will be Sam returning alone to Bag End after saying goodbye to Frodo at the Grey Havens. He hugs his little daughter; he probably says, "Well, I'm back"; fade to black. Sure, as a reader of the book I know that sixty years later he goes across the sea and rejoins Frodo. But somehow it seems like if they don't put that in the movie, it won't really happen. Which is a dumb thing to think, and why should I care so much anyway? Just a story. Repeat to self: just a story. Probably should go find another novel to read and get obsessed with. Yeah, like I have time for that.

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sensualchemy
Feb. 3rd, 2003 12:10 pm (UTC)
YOU WROTE:
Requiescant in pace, Columbia and crew. What happened to the shuttle hasn't affected my everyday life, but whenever I stop and watch something about it on TV (like people putting flowers and cards outside NASA), I get kind of teary. It's not scary and twisted and angering like 9/11; that falling-star footage of the Columbia's demise is almost beautiful compared to the grotesque orange-black-gray collision and collapse at the WTC. I would never wish the astronauts' death on anyone, and would never prefer to die 200,000 feet above the Earth myself (I don't even want to be 200,000 feet above the Earth, ever), but I salute those brave enough to risk everything for the experience.

I WRITE: what beautiful imagery to such tragedy....i woke up that afternoon and was told by my mother that the columbia had exploded....i chose not to watch it on television....i understood through my own senses what had happened....and felt the grief of loss, yet again....
i saw the challenger explode, the towers come down...
the ether of tragedy still permeated my soul...without a tangible image in front of my eyes...
and...
there is beauty that eminates from tragedy...
like the words you wrote,
like the image you put in its place for a moment

YOU WROTE:
Although I no longer detest the Sacramento Valley, and although I now admit that it is not quite the ugliest nor the most boring place in the world, and although good things have happened to me while living here...I still think back on Seattle as this exciting, cool, sparkling wonderland of saltwater, skyscrapers, and evergreen-covered hills, where I used to live until getting thrown out of Eden. Must return to the Northwest after this. I am out of my element here.

I WRITE:
i am considering moving to the pacific coast....i need sunshine, the ocean, the power of the earth and air and water all converging...the beauty to fill my eyes and lungs
not to only dream about it in my waking and sleeping hours....but to be there
in the flesh
which is what this earth trip is about...
the flesh following the spirit
and becoming whole
becoming one

thank you for your inspiring shares....
namaste
daya
jedmiller
Feb. 3rd, 2003 02:33 pm (UTC)
He hugs his little daughter; he probably says, "Well, I'm back"; fade to black.

Yes! Yes! Oh jeez that would be so non-enough. Especially if they've scoured the Scouring of the Shire. I just re-read ROTK while in Florida and there is so, so much great stuff in there, not even including all the TTT stuff that they now must pack in.

I'm in an anxious spin over which things will be removed. How much of the Houses of Healing scenes, how much of Cormallen, the trip Back, the White Tree... Ai! Ai! Ai!
mollyringle
Feb. 4th, 2003 01:05 pm (UTC)
It cheers me up just to see someone bring out the Legolas distress call. Though it's really too bad that Orlando Bloom hasn't said "Ai!" once yet during the films.
:)
jedmiller
Feb. 5th, 2003 10:43 am (UTC)
I think "Oi" would be more OB's style.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 6th, 2003 04:10 am (UTC)
gotta agree w/u there. ;)
evil_holls
Feb. 3rd, 2003 04:21 pm (UTC)
*cling!*
"- Extroverts torture us introverts, daily. They don't mean to, but they do. And we're so introverted we can't even bring ourselves to complain. I will probably write an entire entry on this alone someday."

Introversion is not a crime! Vive la introverts!!!

*cough*

~Holly
innersamurai
Feb. 3rd, 2003 11:57 pm (UTC)
*peek*
I feel like a double agent, as in some situations I am an introvert and in others, an extrovert. When I'm with a few people I am comfortable with, or even a large group where I can establish dominance and take control of the conversation, I become at ease and sink into extro-mode. While if I am with people I am not quite comfortable with, or strange groups of people, I tend to keep very quiet, even sometimes when I am comfortable with the people (ie. my roomates) I feel as though I were displaced, and cannot communicate to these people. Oh I do love the fustration that social contact is.
theantrios
Feb. 4th, 2003 08:03 am (UTC)
Re: *cling!*
I must say, you have the most excellent icon ever! I must rewatch the Quest for the Holy Grail now.

I'm not a fan of extroverts either. One day, when I'm King, I'll put all the extroverts in a small room, and they can try to talk over eachother for the rest of their lives. MUAHAHAHAHA... *cough* sorry. Or! I'll put them all in one of those self contained habitations like penguins are in at the zoo. Then us introverts can go watch them interact safely, behind a three inch thick reverse mirror.

*yawns* I think I'll become king after a quick nap.
evil_holls
Feb. 4th, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
Re: *cling!*
Yah for happy iconess. I'm glad you like :)

I like your ideas for extrovert zoos! Does that mean that all the penguins will be out mingling with us introverts?

Become king soon, all these social expectations are killing me!

~Holly
theantrios
Feb. 4th, 2003 11:34 am (UTC)
Re: *cling!*
well, I have nothing against penguins, and they are very much cuter than most extroverts. Sure, they can hang out with us. Maybe they can teach us something cool like how to slide on our bellies! yay!
celticmommy
Feb. 4th, 2003 12:45 pm (UTC)
Re: *cling!* penguins are cool!
Penguins are adorable. I want one to live in my refrigerator, like Pen-Pen the penguin on Neon Genesis Evangelion. Except he is a genetically engineered warm weather penguin, and anime at that. *sigh* Oh the unfairness of it all, that we introverts cannot mingle with penguins, instead of putting up with loud happy bouncy extrovert people.
theantrios
Feb. 4th, 2003 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: *cling!* penguins are cool!
I have a plan. I think there are more introverts than extroverts thanks to the advent of the Internet. If we all take out just one extrovert and lock him in our basement, we will eventually get all of them! Then we can name me King, and we can get a big extrovert migration. They can have Utah, we get the beaches. Then Utah will become the biggest tourist attraction in the US, and we can use the money earned to import and educate penguins. I like the genetic engineering idea. You'll be be in charge of.... all that :) Once the penguins are smart enough, we can have them teach other birds how to talk and stuff. Ducks in particular though, cuz they're just cool!
mollyringle
Feb. 4th, 2003 01:13 pm (UTC)
Re: *cling!*
Does that mean that all the penguins will be out mingling with us introverts?

*snert*

You guys are mad. And it's quite entertaining.

Love the "autonomous collective" icon, btw.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 3rd, 2003 04:27 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm back
For me, the "Well, I'm back" book ending was absolutely perfect. I cried and cried. Sam is the real hero. Darn, I'm crying again.
evil_holls
Feb. 4th, 2003 08:25 am (UTC)
Re: Well, I'm back
*sobs with you* Darn you Tolkien, and your perfect bittersweetness!
wildendeavour
Feb. 3rd, 2003 08:19 pm (UTC)
That is a sad ending. I have not read the books for and age! Will have to re-read.

This extrovert apologises. I have a peculiar problem. I am extroverted and I have a natural aversion to people. I really do not like people but I have to be around them. *grumbles about how it is unfair*

I am not a Leo fan either. I think that he looks good in Catch Me If You Can though. *ponders*
mollyringle
Feb. 4th, 2003 01:08 pm (UTC)
That's okay; you personally haven't done anything to torture me, so far. And I could find a certain twisted respect for a misanthropic extrovert, perhaps. ;)
lordreaibn
Feb. 4th, 2003 05:29 am (UTC)
I agree with you about the Columbia thing... very sad. Not infuriating.. just saddening... :(

And RotK... *growl* they better not! grrr! Peter Jackson needs to be a little more careful about sticking to canon in the next film... oh lord please let him do it right...

I find myself in complete agreement with you again. dang how that happens! ;D
mollyringle
Feb. 4th, 2003 01:09 pm (UTC)
I would tell you that great minds think alike, but I'm sure you're already thinking that.
:)
lordreaibn
Feb. 4th, 2003 01:38 pm (UTC)
Re:
I sure am. :D

You called it! I couldnt have said it better myself. ;)
(Anonymous)
Feb. 4th, 2003 10:43 am (UTC)
Ending...
Well, I'm back"; fade to black.
That's how the Swedish ROTK book ends... You have to read all the extra matereal and such in a separatre book... They decided to move it for some strange reason...
(Anonymous)
Feb. 6th, 2003 04:13 am (UTC)
Re: Ending...
no, swedish girl, it's like that in books in all langs, it's just that what happends later and is written in the appendix, is very sad and beautiful and if would be great if they put it in the movie.
i mean, come on, they put in all that extra stuff about arwen and aragorn from the appendixs!
Sam is hero, definatly!
juliebean
Feb. 7th, 2003 09:53 am (UTC)
Endings
I actually like that ending of the book, but if it were up to me it would never end. I tend to read them in a neverending loop just so that I don't have to put them down. I do that a lot with the books that I particularly like.

I was really concerned that they would cut off the film when Aragorn becomes king, and it is so triumphant. I was afraid that they wouldn't show the bittersweet homecoming and Frodo leaving. So that actually makes me really happy that they'll get as far as the actual end of the book. But maybe they'll do a montage scene at the end explaining what happens to the rest of them.

Hope you don't mind me popping by. I read your condensed Two Towers and have read some other recent journal entries and I was really intrigued. You're an interesting person.
mollyringle
Feb. 8th, 2003 02:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Endings
Thank you for saying so.

Yes, I do hope they'll have a voice-over at the end, or a series of subtitles or something, to tie up the loose ends. But I don't want to get my hopes up yet.
blankdoll
Feb. 8th, 2003 12:27 am (UTC)
Hey, Sacramento valley? Where exactly do you live? I'm just outside of Elk Grove.. I picked your LJ from the LOTR community to follow 'cause you seem top of interesting, but you live close to me too? Whee!
mollyringle
Feb. 8th, 2003 02:17 pm (UTC)
I hang out at UC Davis...pretentious little town, but hey, the crime rate is low. Probably will be returning home to the NW when we're done here in June...
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