Thursday, February 24, 2005
Cloudy and cold
Yesterday, the meteorologists said it wouldn’t be much of a storm; suddenly, they’re saying it’ll be one of the biggest of the winter. Go figure.
Whatever. I’m tucked inside safe and warm today. If it’s bad tonight, we’ll reschedule class. No point in anyone putting themselves in danger. The assignment will be to create the time and space where ever they are during those hours at the time.
I’m deeply saddened that the remains of 1,161 of the missing from the collapse of the World Trade Center will not be identified. The Medical Examiner’s office has been amazing and certainly achieved far more than anyone could have hoped. But the sorrow . . .I cried for quite awhile. We will never get over 9/11. We will merely learn to live with it. And those who didn’t live through it and didn’t lose anyone better stop the scoffing. I’m sick and tired of people saying New Yorkers and Washingtonians should “get over it”. If you didn’t live through it, you don’t know what it was like. Anymore than I could know what it was like to live through the Oklahoma City bombing or the tsunami. And I sure don’t expect those survivors to “get over it.” I want to help them learn to live with it, because that’s the best we can do. And just when you think you’re handling it, something else comes along that brings it all back. It doesn’t get easier – you simply become more adept at handling the fallout.
Lost was disappointing last night. Once again, the flashbacks were too heavy-handed in conjunction with the island scenes, although the scene between Jin and his father was lovely. The rest of it – far too predictable, and I kept saying, “will you get on with it, already?” I was also angry at the way Kate’s character was handled – not at the actress, but what she had to do. There is no way Kate would have turned away from Sun after Sun revealed she could speak English. Not in the friendship that the previous episodes established. It was a chokingly discordant moment. If it is a true indication of Kate’s character, that means she’s chosen the men over the women, and the women would do well to distrust her even more than some of the men do. I felt the moment was completely out of character for her. She’s shown too much compassion for other people’s failings in previous episodes to behave that way towards Sun at that moment.
Going back to the Jack-Sawyer connection from last week – Sawyer’s realization that it was Jack’s father he met in the bar sent up a red flag for me. A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I could see several directions in which the show could go, many of them unsatisfying. His realization sent up a red flag for me in one of the ways I hope the show will not go. I don’t want to start any rumours, so I won’t detail what I see coming. I hope I’m proven wrong, and if and when the moment passes, I hope I can admit, “I was afraid x, y, z would happen and that would have upset me, but I was wrong.” I want to be wrong in this case.
West Wing was a little uneven last night, but ultimately, satisfying. Toby has always been incredibly complex and committed. It was good to see that CJ and Leo can accept him for who he is, no matter what. It was good to have an episode focus on Toby again, and the way he channels any personal anguish into the bigger picture. The ensemble cast on that show is simply stunning. Studying West Wing should be a prerequisite in every acting program.
Tying West Wing to Lost for a minute – I’ve watched West Wing reruns on cable whenever I could to catch up – one thing about working 8 shows/week is you don’t see TV for years. Terry O’Quinn’s work on West Wing is every bit as strong and grounded and honest as it is on Lost. The characters are markedly different, but the integrity is there 100%.
Class was good. We’re working on Thomas Mallon’s A Book of One’s Own, and the different types of diaries – the Chroniclers and the Travelers chapters in this session. I think my diaries combine all the different aspects Mallon talks about – sometimes I’m a chronicler, sometimes I’m a traveler, sometimes I’m an apologist, sometimes I’m a pilgrim. It depends on what I’m doing and where I am. That’s why Progoff’s approach to diaries doesn’t work for me – his way leaves me feeling fragmented, and the point of a diary, in my opinion, is put one’s whole life into perspective. Mallon’s tome is a wonderful book – anyone who’s interested in diaries should read it. Everything I’ve ever read of Mallon’s is worth reading.
A neighbor lent me the tape of last night’s Crossing Jordan, where the medical examiners tried to identify all the remains in a plane crash. Seeing that on the same day that the Medical Examiners announced closing the attempts to identify the World Trade Center victims just set me off again. So it was an emotional night.
Twelve new pages on Ransagh. Interesting conversations come up between the characters as to what drives them, and what they believe. Scenes popped into my head during breakfast this morning, and I hope to have a chance to write them down later today.
I want to finish the tarot column today, work on the hockey article, and finish up the outstanding episodes of Charlotte. My appetite’s come back a little, so here’s hoping.
There’s an interesting job I came across on the site. It pays well; I’m just not sure if I can pull it together to do a package.
I’ll work on the grant package as well – I’d like to get it out by Saturday, or Monday the latest.
And I’m prepared for the storm.
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