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13 October 2008 @ 02:13 pm
And another week begins...  
Lauren went off to Outdoor School today. A whole week at the coast with the entire 6th grade. I'm pretty sure she's going to love it, unless a lot of hiking is involved. ;)

Do those of you living in other states have Outdoor School? We had it in Oregon, or at least in Portland, when I was in 6th grade (over 30 years ago). Ours was in the forest, which I prefer over the coast. My husband's Bay Area school went to Yosemite for a week! It'd be hard to beat that.

I mentioned last week that we watched Iron Man again on DVD. Saturday, I watched selected parts again while biking in the garage (windstorm). 3 guesses as to what the re-watched parts were:

1. All the Tony/Rhodey scenes
2. All the Tony/robot/testing/inventing scenes in the 'garage.'
3. Some of the Tony/Pepper scenes (hadn't planned on rewatching those, but the dialogue is so snarky)
3B. Too many of the Tony/Yinsen scenes in the cave. I meant to skip past those (they last at least 20 minutes), but I like Yinsen's character so much, and I love how his quiet humanity and soft persuasion wind up changing Tony forever.

I also watched the DVD extras, which included several omitted or shortened Tony/Rhodey scenes I wish they'd kept in (their friendship and rapport are more detailed, as is how Rhodey winds up in the desert again later). There also are two alternate 'final battle' scenarios, one in which Rhodey winds up saving Tony (but the scene goes by thisFast) and another in which there are operatic levels of extended pre-denouement and dialogue that drag...on...nigh...unto...eternity. ;)

They went instead with the middle ground between the pacing of the other two choices, which is quite understandable once you've seen the others.

On a shallow note, I could watch Robert Downey Jr. wander around in that tank t-shirt pretty much forever. I want even more scenes like that in the sequel! *pounds fist demandingly*

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sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Allgoodbadboy_fangirl on October 13th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
I went to outdoor school in 1986! I remember really loving it, and it was in the middle of the forest for me too, but I lived in the Willamette Valley at the time. I'm not sure how far from my hometown we traveled, but it was a ways.

All your talk about Ironman makes me need to rent it again. I liked it a lot, but since I need to see it again to see if I want to own it or not.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 13th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
How did I miss the fact that you once lived in Oregon? I thought you were a native of the Northern California coast!

Hmm, I always wondered whether the Eugene-area kids did this (I moved there in 9th grade). The forest rules-- that's the place to spend outdoor school, in my book! Also, even if you live on the Oregon coast you can easily drive to the forest-- it's practically right there! It's not mountain-forest, but it's forest. Part of it has to do with where the facilities are set up, of course-- all those big cabins and the mess hall and stuff.

I liked it a lot, but since I need to see it again to see if I want to own it or not.
The womanizing parts make me cringe, and the cave scenes and the garage scenes are probably my favorites. Funny, I'm sure everyone else likes the "blowing stuff up" battle scenes, but being an engineer... trial-and-error (including the BIG errors) is the part I enjoy the most. :D
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Atonementbadboy_fangirl on October 13th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Where I've lived:
Blue Lake, CA from 0-9
Lebanon, OR from 9-18
Eureka, CA 18-22
Tennessee 22-24
Eureka 24-to present. :D

I really enjoyed the trial and error scenes, too, but more than anything, I remember just loving that Tony actually changed for the better over the course of the story, and I really believed it. Plus I thought his and Pepper's banter was very Josh and Donna from The West Wing. I look forward to the next movie, for sure. Here's hoping the womanizing will not appear so much in the next chapter!
The Huntresshuntress69 on October 14th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
I loved rewatching it again, especially as I am a comics freak since forever. I thought they did a great job updating the story and yet keeping with the characters. Awesome film, and one that also taught me to not leave the theater until the screen goes black.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 14th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
:D I was warned not to leave early. I usually do, unless HalfshellHusband wants music credits (ALWAYS at the end, long after the "Third Assistant Gaffer" has rolled by).

However, I was definitely in my seat at the end of the theater showing of "Ferris Bueller": You're still here? It's over! Go home. Go...
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: sexy RDJastrothsknot on October 14th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 14th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
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