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4:44

I watched an interesting movie today:  4:44 (R-rated, um not for the kiddies and, no, the picture above is not from the movie – I just liked it!).

It is an apocalyptic movie.  I love those.  It stars Willem Defoe and Shanyn Leigh.   You know by now that I don’t like spoilers, so I will not tell you the end at all.  As for the rest, you would have to watch it and then there might be spoilers, but it is like that.  You just don’t know what you might get out of it and what you might concentrate on while you watch.

The movie is about Al Gore (wow!) being right.  The ozone layer falls completely apart, basically, or will, at 4:44Am.  The movie is mostly about Willem and Shanyn, a Bohemian couple who learn a lot about themselves and each other as the time approaches.

What fascinated me was the concept that, not only did we know within seconds when the world would end, but it was almost totally accepted.  No major person was denying it.  It was what it was and couldn’t be stopped.  Therefore, everyone did things knowing there was no tomorrow.  Oh, there were some in denial, Willem’s ex-wife, for instance.  However, almost all people had this aire about them that just said, “Tomorrow is not coming for me.”

It was not a horribly fast-paced movie.  That wasn’t what this was about.  I had trouble focusing on it a lot because I kept thinking about what I might do if I truly knew.  I mean, think about it, we are done.  There will not be tomorrow, so just live for this one day.

What would you do?

What would you do differently?

Who would you want to be with?

What would you say?

All of this kept going through my head.  Once acceptance to a certain death sets in, I think you have an entirely different perspective.  You know, so there is no escaping it.  I wonder if you live more or less.

I know I would deal better with it now than I would have before the stroke.  I understand death better than I did then and I am not, particularly, afraid of it.  I don’t want it to come, but if it was coming, I would hope I could handle it better.

It is a 2012 movie, but seems older.  The filming looked older.  I give it 3 1/2 stars.  I enjoy a bit more action in a movie.  This one was almost straight drama.  Good, but not totally my cup of tea.  If you like a good story plot and development as well as thought-provoking scenes…watch it.

Namaste,

Scott

A bit of a Finish to the Computer Drama

Well, Christmas was officially over about 4 minutes ago.  I made it through and all things are pretty good.  My Dad ended up in ER Christmas morning about 5.  He was having trouble breathing, so prayers please!  He is home and is better.

As for me, however, my computer and I nearly parted friends.  As you know if you have been following, I have been trying to put in a bigger hard drive, backup my stuff, and get my email working.  Christmas Eve found me working on it.  I also needed to cook my special pumpkin pie for diabetics.  Easy recipe is to follow what is on the Libby’s brand pumpkin can but substitute Splenda cooking sweetener for the sugar and I leave out cloves and add pumpkin spice.  It goes from about 60 carbs a slice to about 14 carbs a slice.  I know the calories have to be dropping, too, I just don’t count them.

Anyway, I mixed up a double batch.  Now, I had already spent almost an hour trying to figure out if I could use the condensed milk I had that said “Best if used by Nov 12, 2012”.  I called Mom; she called the grocery store while I looked on Google.  Grocery and Google concurred that condensed milk is good for a very long time if not opened.  When I opened it, the smell was only as nasty as normal for condensed milk – lol.  I mixed it all up really well and went to the oven, which was on preheat.  When I checked it the broiler was on.  I worked and worked and could not figure out why the temp knob kept turning on the broiler.  Finally, I understood that my cleaning person had taken off the knobs to clean them well and had put them on backwards!  Switched them and all was fine.

I went back and worked on my computer and again after the Christmas Eve celebration.  This time I got it working!  It booted and all I needed was to get email working…but wait!  as I was checking it out, the monitor blew out!  I checked, reset, then replaced it with one that is very, very old (weighs about 50 pounds and is 13 inches).

Very very late (or early – depending), I and Google managed to get my email working.  I would put an exclamation on that sentence, but it was still glitchy and I did not have a “sent items” folder.  I found out that Outlook 2000 is not to be used on Vista without many problem.  So, today (Christmas Day) I switched it back to the old hard drive.  The new one is my backup for now and works well enough.  My plan is to buy a new copy of Windows 7 and a monitor and replace both, putting the software on my new hard drive.  It should work.  That is my project for the next 2 weeks.

Finally!  Christmas is over and I am told that we are expecting a blizzard this morning in about 2 1/2 hours.  I have food and your wonderful company, so I should be happy for the most part.  I really needed my cleaning person to be able to get here though and help me get the house ready for everyone on New Years Day!  What a holiday!

Still, I hope you all enjoyed your time with friends and family and pets.  It has been a glorious year so far and I am looking forward to the next one.  How much better could it be?!  After all, we outlived an apocalypse!!!

Love you all,

Scott

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