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May 18th, 2003

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capsule reviews

Friday night:
Down With Love: lots of style making up for not a lot of substance. Due to overcrowding at the Cloud Room, we had post-movie drinks at Von's. None of us spun the giant happy hour wheel.
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Yesterday:
I met Ellen & Flash on the Burke-Gilman and we walked around at the U-district street fair. I think the main enjoyment of the street fair is all of the the random people and their animals (giant dog next to tiny pug! what more can you hope for?), since I can't imagine wanting to buy many of the goods being sold. There's also the fair food being sold, which is a definite enticement to attending.

At first, the crappy music overstimulated Flash, but soon she was the hit of the fair. People are really excited about dogs in general, and basset hounds in particular. Later, while having lunch at Shultzy's, Tim explained the competitive advantages of the basset hound to some other diners who were accompanied by a retriever.
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After a return home to recover from the fair through napping and exercising, a large group met at Rachel's and went to Cyclops. A few brave souls (Jon, Charles & Elena) went to the Cinerama to stake out a place in line while the rest of us finished our food & drinks (/ avoided the cold weather). When we arrived, the line for the movie wrapped around the block, but thanks to the efforts of our advance forces, we were able to secure a row of pretty decent seats.

My one sentence review of The Matrix: Reloaded: a few interesting ideas about free will glued together with some massive entertaining action sequences and a lot of nonsense.

Good food items: Cyclops risotto filled with giant vegetables, frozen York Peppermint Patty Bites.
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sleeping in

It was another great, sunny day; so when Carole called to say that she and Kate were going to check out the street fair, I decided to join them. I didn't have any other plans for the good weather, and was still in need of an elephant ear.

We walked down the Ave and met up with Rachel. After we'd completed the circuit, we stopped at Bulldog News for lemonade and a New York Times. With our beverages and entertainment, we retreated to the UW lawn and spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out, reading, and repositioning to avoid the oncoming shade.

It was really kind of a picture-perfect, publicity material type of afternoon.
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unrelated links

After the movie last night, I was talking to Ellen about how it's so difficult for me to reconcile the high percentage of Americans who believe things that are pretty clearly untrue (something like 70% believe that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the September 11th terrorist attacks). In this week's comic, Tom Tomorrow presents a possible explanation for this: the republican matrix.

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It must be a slow news cycle. Last night at dinner, John was asking about LiveJournal after hearing a story on NPR about "blogs" and today's New York Times featured this story, "Dating a Blogger, Reading All About It".