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The Wind, the Wiiiind!

I hate windy days like these. I always feel like something bad's going to happen, even if it isn't. That might be due to the excess amount of caffeine I've been consuming lately, though. I try to only drink one or two cups of caffeinated tea a day, but sometimes I slip...particularly when I'm having family trouble. I finally decided to pull myself back from the edge of insanity and replace all but one cup a day with decaf...for the time being, at least. After one day of detoxification, I'm sleeping much better.

My allergies were bothering me last night, so I broke down and took some Advil Cold&Sinus ( I had been rationing it now that it's a restricted substance). I had a little trouble opening the blister pack, and I guess I scratched my thumb. I had really wanted to do some work on rerooting that Marine last night. I got all the necessary paraphenalia out and was about to stick a plug in when I noticed a red smear on the tip of my thumb. I assumed it was dye from the coating of the pill, but after I went into the bathroom and scrubbed it like crazy I realized it was a paper cut that was leaking blood. O_o Not much of an injury, but it's in a bad spot. I probably won't be able to do any rooting for a few days.

And I wanted so much to be able to take pictures of that doll!

So I've watched a few movies and TV shows lately. I am finally, finally, finally nearing the end of the Star Trek: TNG Season One boxed set. Thank God! I only got it because it was on sale and I'm a completist. Considering how bad the first season of TNG was, I'm surprised the show didn't get cancelled after one year. It didn't really get good until Season Three, but even Season Two seems awesome now in comparison with Season One. Maybe Riker's beard had magical powers to change the show for the better?

I watched an old movie called The Red Pony a few nights ago. It was based off a series of short stories by John Steinbeck. It kind of sucked; it was a 2 1/2 star movie, and I only recorded it because Robert Mitchum amuses me. I don't know why I keep watching these animal movies...the animals always meet bad ends and I wind up depressed. If it had only been that, though, I might have liked the movie better. It just wasn't really that great, probably because they shuffled the events of the book out of order and made the whole thing make even less sense.

I also watched a Joan Crawford movie called Susan and God, which started off slow but ending up giving me pretty much what I expect and want from a Joan Crawford movie: bulging eyes and tears and scenery-chewing! I guess it was because she was still a young woman in the movie, but at first I had to do a double-take before I realized that was her in the lead role. Did she not get the huge eyebrows and scary, comic features until later? It's kind of weird that my preconception of Joan Crawford came from Faye Dunaway's portrayal of her in Mommie Dearest. Then again, in Queen Bee she was pretty scary AND had huge eyebrows.


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Oct. 23rd, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
I think I heard or read something about how the early seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation were kind of confused about where they wanted to go. I started watching the series a few seasons in, so for me the iconic battle-of-the-wills is between Q and Captain Picard... but apparently their original plans were for Q and Riker to be archnemeses, and Riker was supposed to be the new Captain Kirk?

I'm kind of glad that they let Riker grow the beard and become his own person. More importantly, I'm glad they let Picard take center stage.
Oct. 23rd, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
...Sorry about that, my Star Trek nerdery got the better of me.

Sorry about your injury... I hope the allergy meds give you some relief, though, to make up for the delay in rooting. I've sometimes had to pause my knitting because of a self-inflicted injury, and it's frustrating since I'm only delaying my own gratification. :p
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, don't worry about that. XD It wasn't much of a cut. It's very rare that I get to talk about Star Trek with anyone on my friend's list, so I welcome the discussion. :D
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
I got the impression from the first season that the writers didn't know what to do with the characters. Apparently the plots for many of the episodes were intended to be used earlier for a spin-off of the original series.

I can see how they originally intended Riker to be like another Kirk (the physical resemblence at the beginning is hard to ignore). I guess that eventually they realized that Picard was a strong enough character to lead the show. I don't think the struggle between Q and Riker in Season One worked at all! I like Riker, but he never seemed a good match for Q. Pitting a mature and dignified character like Picard against an omnipotent jackass like Q was much more interesting than having Q tease the wide-eyed "cowboy."
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