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15 March 2009 @ 11:03 pm
Minor Laments and Musings  
I almost cringe when I go to my LJ info-page these days, because I'm afraid I'm going to find still another person on my f-list with a strikebar through her name. Don't leeeeave!

The other pang is that a few of you are using LJ styles that are incompatible with my Internet Explorer (version 6.X something, because Version 7 has a sucky interface). I can no longer comment on huggenkiss' or brynwulf's journals, nor ready anything below an LJ-cut. All I get when I click is a big, blank box. *cries*

Lauren's team lost their playoff game today, which was a shock because they should have won it easily. The players were crushed and frustrated, and the parents are angry. We had two referees who decided not to call violations, and as a result our girls got mauled by fouls and zone-defense violations. The coach spoke up at halftime (I and another parent did too), and it hacked the refs off, who said they were then going to call everything—traveling, 3-second violations, the whole bit. But they were supposed to be doing that already—that's how this age-group works! Lauren thought the refs were biased, but it wasn't that. Ours is just the only team that doesn't relentlessly reach over/around/hang-on/etc., and if you don't call fouls for that then we're going to suffer. So frustrating, and the girls felt robbed. The coaches are going to write a letter to the league organizer and request a rematch (I doubt that'll work, but we'll see). I'm glad the opposing coach is joining in, though—you can talk to your players endlessly about fouling, but if they don't get called for it then they're not properly motivated to notice it and stop doing it. :(

Christopher's team won their game, after a nail-biting first quarter, so that part of the day was a yay.

This weekend, I finished the Tony/Rhodey story that's been dogging me since January, and posted a Sam/Dean fic that finds a happy ending out of S4. I'm very satisfied on both counts.

On the movie front, we watched Gone, Baby, Gone last night. Really, really good. A little hard to watch in spots (child endangerment is stressful for both of us), but what a fascinating story, and what interesting twists it had all the way through. Great cast—by the end, you understand why Morgan Freeman was brought in for this one.

Desperate Housewives: it's possible that I dislike every cast member on this show now, to a certain degree. Last week I muted the show during some awful Lynette and Tom scene where they were getting overly competitive with each other, because it was just too ugly. As for Brothers And Sisters, I'm mostly down to the boykissing parts and I still kind of wish Kevin hadn't ended up with Scotty. I've been muting the Sally Fields character most of the time since S1, and always when she and Calista Flockhart are onscreen together. Then it was Justin, and dimestore Liev Schreiber, and the lisping Patricia Wettig, and now even Sarah. I could actually enjoy Rob Lowe's character (Republicanism aside) if Kitty weren't in so many of his scenes. Seriously, there's not much left that I'm actually watching—neurotic characters wear me down sometimes, but when they're ALL neurotic? My patience dies. :(

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 16th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Both my older PC and new laptop are work computers, where I've been lucky to hang onto Windows XP and not get dragged into VISTA.

I'll see if Firefox is supported, but I may be stuck. :(
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on March 16th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Oooooh-- excellent suggestion! Thank you, Claire! :D
Izzie: Rachel & Ryan - Are Lovelady_iz on March 16th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
ha ha... I love how you still tolerate watching these shows by muting. That's a tactic I've never used.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 16th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
:D It's during my writing time, where I kind of like parts of the show enough for it to be on, and my husband's in bed so there's no need to search for worthwhile TV.

Eventually, the whole thing will be dead to me, though. I can feel it. ;)
post-apocalypse shenanigansbrynwulf on March 16th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
*sobs*

I second Gin's suggestion to dl Firefox, sweetie.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 17th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
I'll try the style=mine, if I can only remember the syntax, and then Firefox as a last resort.

Darn technology! :(
tyricaltyrical on March 17th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
Hi Hon,

It's been a long minute.
I've been slowly getting back into the mix.
I've got so many of your stories to read! :is excited:
Might I suggest Firefox. I converted a year ago and have never looked back!

Edited at 2009-03-17 02:10 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 17th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
I've sure missed you, and it's SO nice to have you back. :)

Here's something you'll want to check out, and there's been some Iron Man slash written while you were gone. Don't know if that appeals, but knowing our mutual tastes I don't see how it couldn't!

I'll see whether Firefox is an "approved" browser for Windows at my office (all my PCs are office PCs). It's approved for Linux, but I'm not running that on my PC!

*hugs* *is excited to see you again* :)