“After all that wonderful gamut of emotions, and after Henry V’s military triumph over all odds, he died of dysentery at age 35! I must look it up. E-coli, probably? After surviving a hard-fought military battle and wounds, he died of diarrhea? No bananas or guavas available, I guess. How ungallant.”
“Do you get to see The Great British Baking Show*? It’s now in its second season on PBS although it might have had more seasons in the UK. It’s addicting! I LOVE the show. It’s all so civilized compared to US cooking competitions. Everyone seems very nice! I only noticed one person who seems to have a little chip on her shoulder– and she’s Welsh. I suppose she shares some of the American Indian experience of being conquered and subjugated.”
*The Great British Bake Off is called “The Great British Baking Show” in America because the term “Bake-Off” is trademarked by Pillsbury.
“We watched Saigo no Chushingura (The Last Ronin) which was an excellent movie. Very Japanese, very slow-moving, but packed with lovely cinematography and great acting. Very spare movie. It’s subtitled well. I don’t think [your husband] would like it because it’s SO Japanese but you might. It’s set in samurai days.”
“I’m watching Poldark on PBS and UGH, I got so angry when someone died!!! I actually prayed to Jesus he wouldn’t but HE DID!! […] It made me want to write my own TV show!!”
“[Your father] and I saw the special 25th anniversary celebration performance of Phantom of the Opera at Royal Prince Albert Hall again last night. Now that I have gotten over how the Phantom seemed to move his hands around more than the other performers (which was very distracting for me the first time I saw it on TV), I appreciated his performance a great deal more. I think he openly emotes more too, which was bothersome at the time because it was out of sync with everyone else. I thought he was overdoing it. Now that I was no longer distracted by that because I expected the difference, I was very much taken by him and found that he was really good!!
It’s amazing how being annoyed takes away the enjoyment of the experience. This time, I really appreciated how he portrayed the Phantom’s torment and need for love. He probably was a victim of bullying and cruelty because of his deformity. The interaction between Christine and him was amazing! I didn’t really appreciate all of the emotions that each of them experienced with each other before. It was heartbreaking for both of them. I cried and cried at the end during the confrontation between Christine and him.
I was thinking how, if he were born today, he probably would have done very well with some cosmetic surgery and hair implants.”
“Have you seen Desolation of Smaug yet? We saw it again, and it’s even better the second time around. We took Jon and Sandy with us. I don’t think they’re Hobbit fans the way I am but they thought the movie was pretty good. I LOVED it. Legolas and Tariel are super cool. Legolas is even more elven-cool now compared to LOTR times.
The Dragon is great. On this second viewing, I’m realizing that the dragon looks like Benedict Cumberbatch.”
“You know how a samurai sword isn’t straight — it’s bowed at one end? Well, he was holding it with the wrong end up! He wouldn’t have been able to cut that handkerchief so fast! What a boo-boo.”