September 17th, 2004


From the pits of the water retention pit

Coworker E. and I had quite a laugh on our way into work today as we passed by the water storage pit next to our bus stop (a major park and ride stop known as "Eastgate," though near no known gate and east of nothing). It's been created as a kind of artwork, with odd, futuristic lighting structures rising from it. However, something about the drainage or circulation of the pit is really off, as it is contantly filled with green slime. Thus, instead of looking futuristic, it looks menacing (or just gross).

Thanks to the tons of rain we've received in the last three days, the pit is now quite full, which serves to disperse the slime more widely across the surface of the stagnant water. I said it looked like the home for the Creature of the Black Lagoon, but E. one upped me as he suggested the Beast of Eastgate. Suddenly we were describing a short movie (a la "Bubba Hotep") in which unsuspecting commuters are pulled to their deaths in the bubbly pool.

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"Has anyone seen Janice?"
"She was just waiting to catch the 554 back to Seattle ..."
(Cut to bubbles coming up from within the pit.)

I voted that the monster be aquatic and human-esque, E. wanted a flesh eating bacteria. We both envisioned an apocalyptic final scene, as the Saviors of Mankind attempted to sneak up to the pit and install an appropriate drainage system. As they slowly lower the hose into the pool ...

"You suck on it!"
"No f**ing way! You suck on it!"
"Dude, I'll just let that magic thing called gravity do the work for me ..."
(A Roto-Rooter truck then pulls up, saving the day ...)

Yeah, anyway, looking forward to a busy day at work for me, then a movie tonight, class tomorrow afternoon, and somehow work over the weekend ... most likely Sunday. I have got to sign up for personal Pilates lessons as I am NEVER going to get any classes in with this stupid schedule I'm keeping!
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Back from Silver City

"Silver City" was pretty good, not brilliant but full of zeitgeist. It seems kind of odd that I didn't hear more about it, but I haven't really been keeping up on the entertainment news this last month (except for reading about Hero and that new SF movie that looks like Metropolis meets City of Lost Children). I went with Stef, my old friend from high school, who was nice enough to pick me up at the bus stop and get Indian food with me before hand. It was she who suggested it, and since I liked Men with Guns I was most certainly game.

Anyway, it was really odd to see a Canadian skewer everything that's so fucked up in America right now, just one right after another: our verbally challenged president; the bills that get names completely contrary to their purpose (the Healthy Forest Defense act?); the purchase of the media by rich companies eager to protect their own interests by gagging news outlets; the (oh, shame, shame, shame!) fact that most Americans are so dulled by things like the last Presidential election being rigged that we can't really get a head of steam worked up about anything; the casual abuse of (illegal) migrant labor, who are pursued just because they can be abused; the fact that rules on worker safety are being written by companies who want to save money rather than save lives.

I felt so ... scathed, embarassed, like all of the world just said, "Hey! You over there in America! Do you realize you're NAKED???" I mean, Jesus, as long as you stay in the nudist camp where no one says anything about it it's hard to feel too embarassed, but now I'm ready to go reaching for a fig leaf. That probably will mean another wad of cash to the Kerry campaign - I just don't know what else to do.

Anyway, I'm home, and Friday is over. I'm going to sit down either with the book I started last night or the book I started today (the last in the Garden of Iden series by Kage Baker) and happily call it a night.

(Interested in the rest of the movies I've seen or books I've read this year? I've finally put this information on line. It's linked to off of the webcowgirl page. Feel free to chat with me about any of it.)
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