called the landlord of the duplex yesterday evening and spoke with him at length about it. He is willing to work with me on a 6-month lease and he informed me that he thinks he can have it ready for us to move-in by the first of May. I'm going to touch-base with him around Easter and see if that anticipated vacancy date is still realistic. In related news, my youngest brother recently swallowed some pride and moved home with my mom and dad for a little while after unexpectedly being downsized out of a job. He's going to let me borrow some of his furniture (that's sitting in storage at the moment) for this little "trial period" to which welfy and I have agreed. He even has a washer and dryer I could use if I fee like moving it.
he forthcoming weekend should prove to be fun. I'm visiting Welf in Pennsylvania, but we won't be there very long. We're taking a road trip up to Rochester, NY to spend the weekend with stormodacentury and dsptchrgal. Saturday will provide me with an opportunity to finally see Stormo and his band The Emersons play live. There's also a big adventure planned for the weekend as well. Rochester has a small subway system which was closed in 1956. Only 2 miles of it was truly subterranean, the rest of it an open causeway below street level. A lot of the old causeway sections have yet to filled and the 2-mile tunnel is supposedly still accessible. It should be fun!
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Set in the era of the Women's Lib movement of late 1970's, Will Ferrell is San Diego's top anchorman who begrudgingly has to work with *gasp* female newswoman Christina Applegate. Funny and entertaining with a respectable ensemble cast including ample cameos from the usual suspects (Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Fred Willard, Tim Robbins, Steve Carell). The rumble between the network news teams is worth the whole movie. Priceless.
By now, most people are familiar with Cameron Crowe's story: at the age of fifteen he published freelance articles for Rolling Stone magazine (as chronicled in the film Almost Famous) then went on two write/direct not one, but two, definitive 80's teen flicks (Fast Times and Ridgemont High and Say Anything) as well as a definitive 90's love story (Jerry McGuire). Oh yeah, somewhere along the way, he managed to marry a rock star (Nancy Wilson of Heart). His latest offering, in a career as a film-maker which has been sporadic and quirky to say the least, has a semi-autobiographical edge to it as well. The title of the film refers to the city of Elizabethtown, Kentucky which for me made the film immediately interesting as there are few films set in my home state, particularly ones with this sort of budget. I knew Crowe was going to give serious attention to detail when Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst first meet, and Dunst gives Bloom a lesson on how to pronounce Louisville. Crowe admits that this film is one big love letter to the state of Kentucky, the birthplace of his real-life father, and his recognition that while he may not have lived here himself, its influence on him through his father is undeniable. The film is full of things only someone who has lived in here can fully appreciate: Bloom standing in the kitchen drinking an Ale81, Dunst slouching around her apartment in a Maker's Mark T-shirt, references to the Bluegrass Parkway, Lexington, and Bardstown, scenes shot at the Brown Hotel, and the accents - OMG the accents! It's refreshing to watch a film dealing with my home state which doesn't resort to convenient caricatures and hackneyed stereotypes a la Next of Kin. Crowe intelligently captures the essence of Central Kentucky; it is not Midwestern, nor Southern, nor Appalachian but an eclectic blend of it all and so much more. It is in this way that Kentucky is the real star of this movie reducing Bloom and Dunst to supporting roles and Alec Baldwin (who has a delicious role) and Susan Sarandon to cameos. It would be amazing that this movie was made at all except when you consider that Tom Cruise (who spent a few formative and destitute years growing-up in Louisville) served as an Executive Producer on the film. Story-wise, it is typically Croweccentric, teeming with the pith of real life and honest emotion. As director, it is typical Crowe faire as well with extended music montages and his trademark: someone singing in a car. Overall it is a touching and moving film that is an obvious labor of love, even if it will never enjoy the "definitive" status of some of his other films. Although if you've ever spent any amount of time in Central Kentucky, you might just find it a little on the definitive-side afterall.