Yes. I am still alive. Been awhile, hasn't it?
I want to thank everyone for the kind words, the emails, the Facebook comments, the phone calls, the cards, etc, since my last post. I think I'll let this suffice as a thank you for all of them. I can't begin to tell you how much it all meant to me.
I'm still a bit numb. Don't think I've made my peace with it all yet, but I expect that that is something that takes a lot of time.
Life goes on.
What I really want to do right now, is spend all my time reading. I love to escape into stories. I don't read fast, so there's always far more that I want to read than time to read it in. I only mention this because I'm in a headspace where, if left to my own devices, I would be doing nothing but read. I hadn't realized how much I use that to escape. Life gets bad/sad/whatever, and I want to read.
Or go to the movies.
Sky and I went to the midnight showing of Pirates last Thursday. I loved it. I adore Jack as a character, but this was my favorite Jack yet. My spoiler free review: There were places in the movie when I had no idea what was going to happen next. That rarely happens to me, I usually can predict where things will go. I could predict many things, but there were places where I could see it going different ways and didn't know which direction they would head and there were times when I just didn't see THAT coming. I like being surprised. I saw it at midnight. There was one scene when I found my self drifting and was afraid that I would fall asleep, but it was a fight scene early on, and shortly after that it got interesting and I wasn't close to dozing again. We got home after 3am and I was still awake and thinking about the movie.
For those who've been to the Disney ride many times, yet again, there is stuff for us to get excited about. And, like the others, you should stay until after the credits if you want to see everything.
Scott was just getting back from NYC on Thursday night, so he opted out. He's still not seen the third movie and decided that he should see it first (we own it, but, somehow Scott's not seen it). Which means that I get to see it again with Scott. I will see if I like it as much the second time.
The whole Pirates saga is cowritten by Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot. I've met Terry a few times. He's a friend of a friend. I figure I should mention that, since it could be considered a conflict of interests. It isn't. I like him, but I don't know him all that well. And besides, I'd never say I liked something I didn't because I knew the author. I would be much more likely to not say anything then lie. Luckily, I really like Terry's work so no problem there.
I know lots and lots of writers. I thought, when I was younger, that I would know lots and lots of actors and directors and things, but, no, not really. I mostly know writers. This is because of Scott, not me, of course. I do know a lot of writers and directors in local theatre. I go to the theatre and there's a good chance someone involved in the show in someway will know me. But that's all community theatre. Not as well known as the people I know because of Scott.
I mention this because I've been thinking of my geek status lately, and whether I have one or not. I think it was Heidi who did a piece not too long ago about actresses talking up being geeky because it was now in fashion. It got me thinking. One of the things that they were making fun of was people claiming geek status because they were a fan of Star Wars. I've frequently claimed that, so it made me worry.
Okay, I know this is silly, but I've been thinking of this a whole lot lately. I think I qualify for geek status. Fist of all, when I say that I was a fan of Star Wars, I don't mean that I saw it in the theatres three times like most of the world did. Everyone saw it at least three times that year. I saw it 15. In the theatre. First time I saw it was the day it opened in Washington DC when it was still in the limited release. I swear (I've argued with people who worked on it, but I still say they're wrong and I'm right) that the version I saw that first time was not the same as the one I saw the next week when it went into wide release. I know for a fact that what we saw then, in 1977, is not what is available now. There have been all sorts of changes. I not only saw the movie 15 times, I read the novelization and at least another book after that. I loved that movie. I had t-shirts, buttons, posters, you name it.
I don't think I've ever enjoyed a movie as much. Didn't love the sequels. Any of them really. Saw them all anyway.
Today is the anniversary of that first showing. Wow. I saw it for the first time 34 years ago today.
But my geekdom doesn't end there. Today is also Towel Day. It commemorates the life and death of Douglas Adams. He died 10 years ago. Which means I saw him a little over 10 years ago, since I had seen a lecture of his a few months before he died. I was a fan of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy back when no one in America had heard of it. I was living in England when the second book came out. The albums were being played on the Pirate Radio and I fell in love. By the time I'd left London, I owned both books, both albums, had seen the TV show(? not sure about the timing on that) and had met Mr. Adams twice at two different signings. Maybe it was three books by the time I left. All of my copies are the British editions since that's how I started, and I hated that tongue sticking out thing on the the American books.
Have I earned my Geek credit yet? Or should I bring up Who. See, I was a huge fan of The Good Doctor way back in the '70s. My first doctor was Tom Baker. Watched the show religiously. In college a group of us would watch together. It would be years before I realized that Douglas Adams was writing some of the episodes that I was loving.
And now, I know someone who just wrote one of the best Dr Who episodes ever. You all did see Neil (Gaiman, for those of you new to my blog)'s episode, right? It was awesome. I am so loving Matt Smith's Doctor and his companions have won my heart many times over. And Neil's episode was funny and creepy and sad and thought provoking and heartwarming and just a little scary. It could only have been written by someone who loved the show as much as we do. I am so lucky that when people I know write things they are really good at it. I don't have to lie or pretend, I just get to enjoy! Then I get to say nice things about people I like. Win win.
And what would an Ivy post be without mentioning Sherlock, the newest show I'm obsessed with: Kudos to them for winning two BAFTAs! Martin Freeman is so my hero. And you know he's going to be The Hobbit, right? (and omg, just look at who else is in that movie!) I've seen every LotR movie the day it hit the theatres. I am so very excited to see The Hobbit when it comes out next year!
(And if you haven't seen Sherlock yet, WHY NOT?! Haven't I told you you should enough times yet?)
So, what do you think? Can I call myself a geek?
And does it hurt or help that one of the movies I'm most looking forward to for this year is the new Muppet Movie? (which, as far as I'm aware, is NOT written by anyone I know)