greetings from louisville
We're in Louisville visiting my family over the Fourth of July holiday. It's been a good visit, much more low-key than I expected. I just helped my sister with some difficulty they'd been having with their dial-up access (ph33r my m4d m0d3m skillz!), and I thought I'd take a moment to jump online, check my email, and shout hey.
Dinner last night was nice. While I was at the grocery I picked up a little package of fireworks--the legal kind that just "emit showers of sparks." My brother and I lit off a bunch before the girls went to bed (e'd promised them fireworks for the Fourth, but all the shows were way after their bedtime). Cecilia also got to hold, with supervision, a sparkler or two.
This was unexpected, but I got two DVDs yesterday, and without technically violating my pledge about not buying any until our other house sells. My sister and I were in the grocery store stocking up for the visit, and I noticed a rack of cheapo DVDs...I haven't seen any since our local Kmart quit carrying them. I spotted another one of those Beverly Wilshire Filmworks discs, this time of the Chang Cheh/Shaw Brothers classic The Kid with the Golden Arm. I could have passed it up--the Beverly Wilshire discs are pretty obviously dubbed from video, and quality is spotty at best--had I not also spotted the made-for-TV blaxploitation film Get Christie Love. At $5 each, I asked my sister to pick them up and I'd pay her back alter, and she just said to forget it. According to the reviews at The Bad Movie Report, I picked up the wrong disc (there's a better version available from a different company), but it's cool to have and the print is really no worse than the one that used to run on good old WDRB-TV back in the old days.
So I watched Get Christie Love last night (I had to stay up to the end when she says her catch phrase, "You're under arrest, sugar"), and The Kid with the Golden Arm this afternoon during the kids' nap. We'll be heading back home this evening and look forward to chilling out, with the requisite housework thrown in of course, over the weekend.
Update: We're home, and I just got the girls to bed. By the end of the day they were both exhausted, the kind where neither of them wants to go to bed though they both need it desperately. Still, up until the very end they were both very good over the visit. In an upcoming post, I'll describe a cool thing I got Cecilia for being so good yesterday.