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For what it's worth - my random opinions
Thank you, Billy, for giving me TiVo because this weekend, when every station was the Reagan Channel, I was able to catch up on the Tarzan marathon from TCM, two Joan Of Arcadia episodes, and a nasty little potboiler with Van Heflin from 1942 titled Kid Glove Murder, also courtesy of TCM. I also started reading Augusten Burrough’s Running With Scissors, a book I wish was living up to its reputation. I do like that he tells his past in the present tense but I’ve yet to find the craftsmanship that warrants the book’s adulation. On a daily basis, I find pieces that are better written on Live Journal. (Stage whisper to Sedaris – you have nothing to worry about).

Joe and I saw The Day After Tomorrow at the Uptown, DC’s premier big house movie palace, and it has a stunning curved screen. We sat about ten rows back with our periphery encased. I couldn’t care less about the movie’s iffy science. I appreciated its adherence to disaster film conventions, and I love that Roland Emmerich always saves the dog. After dinner, we obliterated any save-the-world-feel-good vibes with Interiors, arguably Woody’s best film. I hadn’t seen it in several years and I was stunned by its timeless, quiet power.

Finally, I was no fan of Reagan’s, believe me, but I’m even less a fan of the shrill, whiney finger wagging in the wake of his passing. Jeez. Re. Lax. Where was the active outrage at a time when it was useful?

The inventory of his presidential misdeeds
· Iran-Contra
· Creating an underclass larger than that of the Depression.
· Allowing the AIDS crisis to languish.
· Dumping hundreds of thousands of mentally ill onto the streets, without aid.
· Undermining our schools with extreme budget cuts and defining ketchup as a vegetable.
· Tripling our national debt.
· Initiating a drug “war” that values punishment over treatment.
is long. But he did say, in a speech, one of the most beautiful phrases I’ve ever heard a president speak. In his address to the nation in the aftermath of the Challenger tragedy, he said the astronauts "slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.”

He may have borrowed the quote. I don’t know but it’s one I’ve always remembered. It has gained resonance for me.
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backawayslowly From: backawayslowly Date: June 8th, 2004 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)

saving the dog.

Oh man! I miss the Uptown. I used to go to DC to visit my sister maybe 5 times a year and I'd always see a movie there!

there's nothing quite like it!
ladycakes From: ladycakes Date: June 8th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been pissed at Reagan since he beat my beloved Jimmy Carter when I was just a wee little girl. How I loved that goofy ole peanut farmer.
quuf From: quuf Date: June 8th, 2004 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)

"High Flight"

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds -- and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of -- wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (1922-1941)

-- The poet, an American, served with the Canadian Air Force. He was killed in the Battle of Britain at the age of nineteen.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: June 8th, 2004 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: "High Flight"

Thank you for the full quote. It's quite an elegant piece for a nineteen year old soldier, or anyone, for that matter. At least Reagan borrowed well.
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ladycakes From: ladycakes Date: June 8th, 2004 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
and Proposition 13 destroyed the most progressive school system in the country and sent me and my mom back to Minnesota.

guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: June 8th, 2004 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)
an anti-Reaganite with a red mohawk - Come on. Just between us. What was more fun? The anti-Reagan part or the mohawk? Was Reagan anti-mohawk, too?

I've been dancing on the bastard's grave for years, he's just finally had the courtesy to occupy it. That's an ugly, mean-spirited statement. I hope no one says that about me. Or you.

loving eulogies running 24/7 - Thank you again, Billy, for TiVo.

And you left one thing off your list I am certain there are several things off this list.

lapalomita From: lapalomita Date: June 8th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Hello dear! The Day After Tomorrow sounds like a bit of a disappointment. Is it worth shelling $10 out for? I still haven't seen Shrek 2, but will this weekend. I don't like seeing films on opening day anyway. Too crazy!

I agree, that Reagan quote is lovely. I learned about his death on my return flight to NYC from P.R. I was personally saddened to hear of his death. I think this is the first time since I've known you that we have disagreed. =o)
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: June 8th, 2004 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, no. We don't disagree at all. I, too, was saddened for Nancy and his kids. I used to rep Patti in her crazy hippie days, and I've met Ron on more than one occasion and he seemed genuinely nice.

Someone had written a response and then deleted it, and I'm afraid you were stuck with just my answer to his comment (his in italics, mine are not). While there were many of his policies I detested, I thought he was an enthusiastic optimist.

So, see? We're still battin' a thousand.
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