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This Day in My History


It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capabilities.

- Eric Hoffer

Yesterday's Entries

2000:  Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String
2001:  The Bride was a Real Bitch
2002:  Here We Come A-Caroling


Breakfast:  Raisin Bran and toast

Lunch:  Chicken Mango Curry salad

Dinner:  Garlic chicken breasts, potatoes, salad, and amaretto cheesecake (all WeightWatcher recipes)


No reading today...this was a DVD day.


* A Broadway Christmas
* Christmas World Music
* John Denver & the Muppets Christmas
* A Saxophone Christmas


The Sopranos, Season 1, Disks 3 and 4 (I am now in Sopranos withdrawal!!)




Rain, Rain, Rain.



20 December 2003

There was a private movie screening in our living room this evening. It was promised to be a gay porn movie. We all sat around the screen, just the family--us, the in-laws, the kids--and we watched it.

The family that watches gay porn together...

In truth, it wasn’t exactly gay porn. Well...sort of. It was a movie Ned and Jeri and their friends made on a recent trip to Los Angeles to play a rock concert. The plot grew out of a book which Joe had found while remodeling his house and in between the fight scenes and chase scenes were groups of people reading aloud from this book–which was, indeed gay porn (or, more accurately, lesbian porn).

Our kids began making movies back in the days of 8 mm silent movies. They consisted of corny stories which were used as an excuse to get into the fight scenes and the chase scenes. In the early days there was a lot of super hero stuff.

Their movies always had a plot that got you from start to end. They usually involved a cast of whoever was in the vicinity that they could get to participate. Familiar locales formed the background.

"The McKinley Plant Disaster," one of their early VHS taped movies was filmed at the high school. I don’t know why I remember that one so much, except maybe it was better than most. "Ned & Greg Investigators" was filmed all over town, including a scene in a night club which let the crew come in and film before they opened. There was a fight scene in the alley behind the police station and they had to make arrangement with the police so they didn’t come out and arrest them for disturbing the peace. The movie also started with "Ned’s Dad" being tossed off the roof of one of the University buildings.

Their version of Star Wars ("Star Warts") was one of their better efforts; unfortunately they never finished it.

When Lawsuit began taking road trips, the trips always included the making of movies. I have long since lost count of how many movies they made throughout the years.

Now the kids are approaching middle age, most of them are married, some with children; most of them are developing middle-age paunch or grey hair (or NO hair) or both, but they’re still making the same movies, with variations. Now they can add background music, film scenes out of sequence and splice them together using computer technology, and burn them on DVD’s, but they might just as well be making "The McKinley Plant Disaster" again.

It’s nice to know that there is some consistency in life. It’s also fun to see how excited Ned gets about these projects. I love it when there is something about life that he is happy about.

We were gathered this evening to host a dinner for Marta’s parents. More technically, her father and stepmother.

The year Paul died, her family, realizing that Christmas was going to be difficult for us, invited us to join them for dinner on Christmas Eve. We’ve gone back each Christmas Eve since then and I’ve always felt guilty that I have not reciprocated.

But I couldn’t reciprocate because I was embarrassed by the appearance of the house. Now, however, I have no embarrassment. The house is remaining clean. I’m following the Fly Lady’s cautions to check my "hot spots" several times a day and so far have avoided creeping "pile"ism around here.

"I can’t believe it’s so calm around here today," Walt told me this afternoon as I sat watching "The Sopranos" around 1 p.m. Where was the frenzy? Where was the panic? Where was the mad dash to hide things in my office? The house was clean, the dessert (amaretto cheesecake, which was delicious and a Weight Watchers recipe) was made and in the fridge. The chicken breasts were marinating. Hors d’oeuvres were all prepared and ready to be heated up. I could spend the afternoon finishing the final episodes of the first season of "The Sopranos" and then take a nap.

It never occurred to me that if you de-clutter you actually have more leisure time!

It took just a few seconds to finish up the bathroom, vacuum the family room and living room, dust, and clean off the counters (washing all the preparation dishes from dinner, leaving an empty dishwasher ready to accept the dinner dishes when we were finished).

I could actually get into this business.

While the dishes washed and the kitchen counters gleamed again, I got to sit down and watch lesbian porn with my son, the movie maker. (It may be the only lesbian porn movie ever made where most of the actors are male and where nobody gets naked!)

(I'm wondering how many disappointed Googlers are going to find this entry when they're out looking for "lesbian porn." Sorry, guys!)



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