Eavesdropping: Downtown Redwood City Century 20, Christmas Day

WOMAN:  “I saw The Interview yesterday.”

MAN:  “Did you?”

WOMAN: “And that was the stupidest, most asinine . . .  The idea that North Korea was threatened by it . . . ” (eye-roll)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

From Des Dillon’s SCUNNERED

Des Dillon is a Scottish writer and a stand-up comic. Self picked up a copy of his book, Scunnered: Slices of Scottish Life in Seventeen Gallus Syllables, when she was doing a residency at Hawthornden in 2012.

Here’s a piece called ATTITUDE:

Treating every time
Like it’s the very last time
feels like the first time.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Fan Fiction Quote of the Day

This is so embarrassing but, really, self has nothing better to do right now. Other than think of excuses to run to See’s or to read fan fiction.

She was going great guns with the fan fiction she started writing (In October, in Chicago, in the house of Angela Narciso Torres. Thank you, Angela!) until she got to Chapter 12 and a reader left a rather pointed comment: “Are we going to see any genuine Katniss/Peeta interaction soon?” Well, self finds it hard to answer that question. In her fan fiction, Katniss is happily married to Gale, and Peeta is off licking his wounds in Victors Village. And darn, she should have thought it through more, but when her story was only at Chapter 1, she didn’t think she’d end up so lost, she thought she’d surely figure out a way to create Everlark, but she didn’t realize that Everlark takes a lot of strategizing and planning, and 10,000+ words later, most of the scenes have been of Peeta solo.

See’s is closed. Doesn’t stay open as late as 8 p.m. Not around here, anyway.

That leaves . . .

Dear blog readers with the fan fiction quote of the day!

Context: Katniss bought a Christmas tree from a lot near her office in Manhattan, and Peeta worked at the lot, and he carried the tree home for her, but he didn’t ask for her name and Katniss didn’t offer it. Ever since then, Katniss has been buying pastries from every bakery in Manhattan, because she remembers Peeta told her he worked at a bakery during the day, though she forgets the name of the bakery.

Katniss and Johanna are friends.

Johanna glanced at another box. “What’s with all the pastries?”

Katniss snatched it from her grasp and set it on the counter. “Nothing!”

“I’m starting to worry about you. You don’t have a blog, do you?”

And that, dear blog readers, is it! All that self cares to quote!

Why does it feel so disappointing that after almost a week of no lost followers on Twitter, she lost one this evening? She wasn’t even sure if it was her Tweet about North Korea or her Tweet about the two slain NYPD policemen. All she knows is, she has one less follower on Twitter than she had a couple of hours ago, and it tastes almost like failure.

Stay tuned.

The Daily Beast “Mockingjay, Part 1″ Quote

There are times when all self wants to do is stay in pajamas all day and read Hunger Games fan fiction. And that is the honest truth.

Wait, that IS what you did all day today, self! You stayed in your sweats — one step up from pajamas, at least — and read a new fan fiction you’d just discovered, written by c_r_Roberts.

But you also saw Mockingjay, Part 1 for the second time, which means you did get yourself out of the house, even if it was just for two hours.

The Man wisely opted to see some other movie, the one starring grungy Jake Gyllenhaal as an ambulance chaser.

Self has decided that critics who dislike this installment of the Hunger Games movies are Team Gale. Because those like self who are Team Peeta just loooove Mockingjay, Part 1.

And, as if to back up her point, here’s a quote from The Daily Beast, which self likes to read on a somewhat regular basis:

Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins Mockingjay, Part 1

A lot of people die in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. Unfortunately, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne are not among them.

In a nutshell:

When the books were being adapted into movies, that romantic element turned the casting of Peeta and Gale into its own Hollywood Hunger Games, with every young actor in Tinseltown clamoring to be the next Robert Pattinson and every fan of the franchise ready to set tracker jackers on any casting that wasn’t up to snuff.

Self has read articles where Team Gale professes to be absolutely crushed by Mockingjay, Part 1, when it becomes clear who Katniss really loves. They feel betrayed. Furiously betrayed.

Actually, this second viewing of Mockingjay, Part 1 started to bring Gale forward more in self’s mind. To the point where she could actually hear herself saying, “Maybe so-and-so has a point, there is something rather appealing about that Gale.”

Self always loved book-Peeta, and to tell the truth she was not enthused with J-Hutch in the first Hunger Games movie. But that beach scene in Catching Fire? Never mind how ridiculous — even tacky! — it is that Peeta shows a picture of Gale to Katniss on a beach the night before they are to engage in what is supposedly a fateful fight-to-the-death. J-Hutch and J-Law sold that scene and turned self into an avid fan of the Katniss/Peeta pairing, ever since.

So she really loves Mockingjay, Part 1.

Stay tuned.




“Mockingjay, Part 1″ — Redwood City Century 20, 4th Sunday in November (2014)

What self will say about the third (or penultimate) installment in the Hunger Games franchise is that it is very fleet. Hardly a wasted word or line of dialogue anywhere. Kudos, Director Francis Lawrence. You are genius.

All the important parts are there. To wit:

  • The Pearl (BTW, not a single reviewer from any of the major dailies mentioned this. If you don’t mention the pearl, you don’t really “get” Read the rest of this entry »

Movie Quote of the Day: Saturday, 22nd of November (2014)

From Carla Meyer of the Sacramento Bee:

Team Peeta members will be disappointed that Hutcherson, who is such a reassuring presence in these movies, appears infrequently in “Part 1.” Hemsworth appears more often. But not only is Gale the less compelling love interest, Liam is the less compelling Hemsworth brother.

Speaking of Hemsworth brothers, yesterday, at Palo Alto Square off Page Mill Road, self watched Eddie Redmayne play Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” His performance was very, very good.

Before “The Theory of Everything” began, there were six previews, two of which featured People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, Chris Hemsworth.

In Preview # 1 Chris Hemsworth is a raw sailor on a whaling ship (The movie of course is In the Heart of the Sea, Ron Howard’s attempt to channel Peter Weir, which to self appears an unwinnable task LOL), and in Preview # 2 he plays a hacker. With the casting of Hemsworth in the latter movie, hackers of the world have with one stroke been elevated to the sexy. Bravo!

The final question is: Who is James Marsh?

She knows he directed “The Theory of Everything,” but who is he really?  Has he directed other movies that self has already scene? Indubitably. Good thing self has time on her hands today, Saturday. And it is raining. So she can spend time on the internet doing research on this fellow.

Stay tuned.


Oh Michael Phillips (Movie Critic for The Chicago Tribune) You Are So Witty!

Michael Phillips deserves major kudos for wit in his review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (Self was about to put a hyphen after Mockingjay, good thing she decided to double-check because the split in the movie title is accomplished with a comma — and why self should find that detail so significant is currently beyond her capacity to explain)

From the opening sentence, self found herself chuckling:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is a worthy third movie in the Suzanne Collins franchise — destined to satisfy the legions of filmgoers willing to swing with a lot of scheming and skulking in an underground bunker resembling the world’s most frightening Marriott, in order to get to the revolution.

Jennifer Lawrence is “a crier, but also a fighter” LOL

He digs deep and comes up with the best quote ever from Effie Trinket:  “I’m condemned to this life of jumpsuits.”

And he even manages to find a way to avoid saying how the film ends:  “Much of the film is pitched at a conversational hush, so it’s doubly striking when Katniss and Peeta reunite and the results . . .  well, spoiler, so . . .  I’ll shut up.”

Kudos, MP. Major kudos.




At Ontario International Airport: Self Won’t Lie

Self won’t lie: she finds it very dispiriting to be in an airport terminal and realize her free internet time is about to run out.

She’s spent most of the last hour reading fan fiction.  And she’s just found a really funny one (the best fan fiction are soooo clever).

Peeta/Katniss fan fiction, of course.

(Only 9 more days till the official opening of Mockingjay Part 1!  In the last few weeks, self has seen so many leaked film clips, she knows almost exactly which scenes from the book are staying and which have been left on the cutting-room floor. And awwww Josh Baby just looks so cute in his suits. The one he wore to the London premiere of Mockingjay Part 1 was — in self’s humble opinion — particularly fine. And Everlark shippers keep replaying the highlights of the past week’s J-Law and J-Hutch interview antics. Self is so energized by J-Law’s buoyancy. J-Law raises the temperature of any interview by at least 10 degrees.)

Without further ado, dear blog readers, here’s an excerpt from the fan fiction self started reading about half an hour ago. It’s set in LA, Modern-Day AU (And if you don’t know what those acronyms stand for, then you have no business reading this post BWAH. HA. HA!)

Apparently, Peeta is opening a bakery just down the street from the apartment Katniss and Prim have recently moved into.

Katniss and Peeta have a prior romantic history, but everything got all angst-y and the fluff ended.

In the real world, Katniss would start looking for another apartment to take her as far away from the bakery as possible.

But this is not the real world. This is fan fiction. And the tag is Everlark. So, naturally, Katniss walks over and starts a conversation with Peeta, which unfolds thus:

Mr. Mellark:  I’ll give the two of you some privacy.

Katniss and Peeta grin awkwardly at one another.


Katniss (to herself):  “Damn shippers.”

It was only to lighten the mood, but it seemed to have the opposite effect. He stared at her bewildered for a moment, his smile fading before he said, “What?”

“It’s this word for people who really want a couple to be together . . . ” she began to stammer.

“No, I know what it means. I’m just surprised that you do.”


Stay tuned.

Refraction 3: House of Humor, Redwood City

Since yesterday, self has been taking a lot of pictures around her neighborhood, all with the theme of REFRACTION firmly in mind.

She went into a local costume store, House of Humor, and took a couple of pictures. She hopes they fit the theme this week. They’re not so much about light as about the unexpected. More like the refraction that happens when you expect 2 + 2 to = 4, but it doesn’t.

That’s Halloween for ya.  The whole holiday is about refraction.  The kids around the block turn into ghosts and goblins. At least for a few hours.

Self gets to try on a new disguise.

That’s why she loves it.  She loves Halloween. She mourns when she can’t personally hand out the candy.

The House of Humor on El Camino Real in Redwood City: What an achievement, self hasn't stepped inside in about 10 years.

The House of Humor on El Camino Real in Redwood City: What an achievement, self hasn’t stepped inside in about 10 years.  She was hoping to find a good selection of Hunger Games wigs, but she only saw one Hunger Games thing, and it was Katniss Everdeen’s arena suit in Catching Fire.

Look at those giant bugs!

Look at those giant bugs!

Who is that supposed to be in the rocking chair? Frankenstein?

Who is that supposed to be in the rocking chair? Frankenstein? She finds it really eerie that his gaze is directed upwards, towards the ceiling.

Here's her "Effie Trinket" wig, which admittedly is a pretty lame imitation . . .

Here’s her “Effie Trinket” wig, which admittedly is a pretty lame imitation. Someone told her she might be able to get the curls to stay up if she used a lot of hairspray. Paging Cinna!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


Today, self is indulging in her favorite pastime (fan fiction, DUH).

She happens to read a scene that takes place in a jeweler’s shop:  Peeta is hunting for an engagement ring to present to Katniss.

He finds one with carrots.  24-CARROTS, to be exact.

These CARROTS will undoubtedly look fabulous when wound around a finger of Katniss’s right (or possibly left) hand.

It is so distracting to think of salad/nutritious food suddenly materializing in a jeweler’s shop, for no reason whatsoever . . .

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