August 1st, 2008

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Working Toothgether for a Brigther Future

1. Yesterday, bethje and I went to see Les Miserables in Philadelphia. It's Beth's favorite musical, and this is the fourth time she'd seen it. It was the second time for me, and I did enjoy it both times, although not as much as she did. At the end of the play, the guy playing Jean Valjean asked us to donate money to the theater, but neither of us did.

2. Did you know that Chili's (well, the Chili's that we go to, anyway) no longer serves mozzarella sticks? Isn't that a rather odd menu item to discontinue?

3. I had a dream that I got a package for renewing my membership to the International Wizard of Oz Club (and I really DID renew my membership recently), and it contained an old, beaten-up notebook with no cover. I didn't understand why they'd sent it, but the note with it explained that it was Eric Shanower's old notebook.

4. It might not be quite the right time of year for it, but I finally watched the movie adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather. I found it to be quite faithful to the book, which is a good thing in my mind. Teatime wasn't really like I imagined him, but I think he worked pretty well. I do wish they'd based the wizards more closely on the descriptions in the books, though. Ridcully was all right, although he seemed a bit more stodgy than the old-but-active character in the books. Most of the faculty, however, was too thin, and not really distinguished very well. And where was the Librarian? Some of the others, like the Auditors and Nobby, weren't quite how they're described in the series, but it didn't bother me too much. Nicholas Tennant got Nobby's mannerisms down, but Death almost calling him a dwarf was a little odd when the actor wasn't even very short. Most of the more significant characters and events were done very well, though. I especially liked Michelle Dockery as Susan.