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"Low bridge, everybody down ."

It's sunny today, and the temperature is currently 76˚F. This appears to be the first day this year that the house will be uncomfortably hot. It simply doesn't breathe, and there's no AC, and a day doesn't have to be sweltering for the house to become a sweat box. Currently, it's 80˚F in the middle parlour (where the thermostat is located). We'd head for South County and the shore today, but I'm months behind.

Today, Harlan Ellison turns 81.

I was going to write yesterday. But I didn't. And that was likely a wise decision. Yesterday was the best birthday I've had in years, almost certainly the best since I've come to Rhode Island, and when compared to the nightmare that was last year, it was one of my best ever. We went out for breakfast at the Classic Cafe, and then I opened the gifts people had sent (Spooky gave me two Neko Case T-shirts and the Decemberists' The Hazards of Love on vinyl). After deciding it was too warm in the house to make lasagna, we got cold cuts at Eastside Market. Back home, I listened to music and read. We played a little Guild Wars 2. After dinner, there was cake and two movies.

The first film was Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler 2014, the sort of film that probably falls under the ill-defined "neo-noir" umbrella. A truly splendid and disturbing piece of cinema. Jake Gyllenhaal's performance was both unexpected and unsettling. I was pleased to see that the screenplay was nominated for an Oscar. The second feature was Kevin Macdonald's Black Sea. I love submarine movies. I'm a submarine movie geek. As a submarine movie, I found Black Sea very satisfying. If you take Das Boot, Alien/Aliens, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and combined them into a single film – minus aliens – you'd have something not very different from Black Sea. MacDonald hasn't made a great film, and I think the ending flinched, but it is a very enjoyable film, especially if you're into submarine movies. Starring Jude Law.

My thanks to the five hundred or so people who, via Facebook, wished me a happy birthday yesterday. The future is fucked up.

Today would have been my Grandma Mary Ramey's 101th birthday.

Last night, I skipped the Seroquel and slept for shit.

Today, I have to try and work. Please have a look at the current eBay stuff.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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sovay
May. 27th, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
Yesterday was the best birthday I've had in years, almost certainly the best since I've come to Rhode Island, and when compared to the nightmare that was last year, it was one of my best ever.

I'm very glad. Happy post-birthday.
Marc D. Goldfinger
May. 27th, 2015 05:32 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed your birthday.
dipsomaniac
May. 27th, 2015 06:48 pm (UTC)
Yesterday was the best birthday I've had in years

This is wonderful. Glad to hear it.
aarongp
May. 27th, 2015 09:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, happy after birthday. To you and Harlan.
Glad to hear you had a splendid one.
pisceanblue
May. 28th, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
I love submarine movies. I'm a submarine movie geek.
Me too, I'll even watch cheesy submarine movies because I'm such a geek. If you and Spooky haven't seen Phantom, you might enjoy for a future Kindernacht. But I thoroughly enjoyed Black Sea, I thought it was very well-paced with solid performances.
ladyblue56
May. 28th, 2015 03:37 am (UTC)
Yesterday was the best birthday I've had in years, almost certainly the best since I've come to Rhode Island, and when compared to the nightmare that was last year, it was one of my best ever.

So pleased to hear you had a wonderful birthday this year. I wish you many more birthdays and good times.

By the way, how is Harlan Ellison's health? I had not heard an update as to how he is doing after the stroke since close to the holidays.
desperance
May. 28th, 2015 06:09 am (UTC)
Hey, your grandma was a neat twenty years old when Harlan was born...
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