October 04, 2003

Last night I said to myself, From now on, whenever I feel like taking a nap, I'm going to go to the gym instead! thinking it would even out my current naps-to-gym-trips ratio, which is hovering somewhere around 5:1. This was as I was exiting the gym, feeling like a million bucks even though I hadn't slept much the evening previous and was on my way to eat and then go to improv rehearsal.

This lack-of-sleep-and-endorphun induced resolution lasted all of 12 hours. I woke up at nine this morning after five hours of sleep, because I had to go to the library and see if anybody found a disk I'd left there in one of the computer labs, which open at nine. This disk had, effectively, my life on it. (Yes, that's right, my life consists of a handful of writing activites, a seven-page essay, a screenplay for a short film, a ten minute play, and a jpeg of Chairman Mao. You, Saavy Reader, always suspected it, and now your suspicions are confirmed. I congratulate you, as does Mao.) I was there when the lab opened, and checked the computer I'd been at when I decided going and getting dinner was more important than remembering to take my disk out. I asked the Nice Lady if they had some sort of lost and found. Indeed they did. She pulled out a bin of wayward homeless disks, all of which were labeled, making me feel not-quite-so-bad for not having the foresight to label mine. Labeless Life-Containing Beige 3.5" Floppy, as I had taken to calling him, was not present. Fuck. I went back to the dorm and slept 'till two.


Long story short: I had saved the two things I really needed (my ten-minute play and my seven-page essay) on the computers where I typed them, because I have developed these sort of idiocy buffers, like an animal that develops sonar because it's blind, only dumber. I remembered this when I returned to the library at two, thinking I'd have to retype the play from a hard copy. I congratulated myself, and saved them on a disk I'd bought at the bookstore.

Then I found the stupid disk I'd been missing. Life was awesome, except for the fact that I hadn't eaten, I was in the library, and all of the day's trials and triumphs had revolved around small beige data storage devices.

I revised my play, printed it out, printed another one out, turned them both in at the Dramatic Writing office for consideration as part of the Undergraduate Ten Minute Play Festival. I sure do hope I get in (they only take about six, and the whole undergrad department can submit, so my chances are less than good. Ah well.)

The rest of the day was spent job-hunting. Then I took my second "trip to the gym" being sure to work out the part of me that reads a bit then goes to sleep in my bed 'till dinnertime.

Seriously, though, I do need to gym it more often. It's not even a health thing, it's a mental welfare issue. I feel so much better after one of my characteristically half-assed workouts, I have more energy, and I see way more naked old men than I would at home in bed. It just hasn't been the same since Ernest died.


Saw Lost in Translation tonight. It did not live up to the hype. Everybody who likes the movies I like has been raving about it, but I was left cold. A movie featuring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson (If I was married to Scarlett Johansson, you would never see me again. You'd be all, "Where'd DC get off to?" and the person you were asking would be like "Do you have to ask?" and you'd be like, "Oh, right, he's off fucking Scarlett Johansson." And I would be, too.) should, for all intents and purposes, be my favorite movie of all time, especially when it also features Japanese hipsters. But I was left cold.

Two years ago, Sofia Coppola was sitting at her Powerbook, thinking, "How can I show that (character who would eventually be played by the girl I'd never stop fucking) is depressed, disillusioned and lost? I know! I'll just show her staring out the window at Tokyo one more fucking time!" Good choice, Sofia. I got it. I got it again and again and again. So much did I understand that this girl was depressed and disillusioned that I was almost wanted you to move on and show something else. And you did! You showed handheld shots of Japan. And just when I thought you couldn't possibly have anymore handheld shots of Japan, guess what I got? Oh, alright, I'll just tell you: MORE HANDHELD SHOTS OF JAPAN! It was a bold choice, so bold that I felt a bit out of my element as an audience member, and was ready for you to bring me back to Scarlett Johansson staring out the window. It sure was a good thing you did.

Don't get me wrong. It was worth seeing, the karaoke scenes were priceless, Bill Murray is a genius, I laughed. It's just that it could've been better served in the hands of say, a Wes Anderson. Or a Wes Anderson's dog. Or a coat in the back of Wes Anderson's closet Wes Anderson hasn't worn in a while.

One more thing, Sof: What was with all the out-of-focus shots, especially in the last bar scene? They didn't even seem like a respectable stylistic choice. When you have Scarlett Johannson letting you put her face on film, that thing better be crisp as a fall morning. ("Where's DC this fine crisp fall morning?" "Dude, do you even have to ask?") Emilie noted the irony, since your production company is called "Focus Features." Pretty sloppy, Sof. I can call you Sof, right?


In Recent Triumph news, I am officially on the Writing Staff of Hammerkatz, two of my sketches are in the show, the other night a thin dorm room wall seperated me and an Olsen Twin, and my Writing the Essay teacher e-mailed us AFTER THE FACT to tell us the criteria she'll be using to grade drafts of essays she ALREADY HAS (I didn't meet about four of the criteria), for seemingly no other reason than just to ruin our weekends.

Oh no, wait, that last one's not a Recent Triumph. It's Bullshit. I was so busy being blinded with rage and using capital letters that I confused the two.

Have a good weekend, kids.
Lauren, formerly of tresbiatches, has a new bloghome Posted by DC at October 4, 2003 01:48 AM
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