Now, not to be cantankerous, but I'm hoping some of you have better intel than me. What happened to the finale of Eleventh Hour? "Harper's Island" started to run in its timeslot, and the regular season is over now. Did the finale air, and just not feel like a finale? Did the show get pulled? Also, what about the remaining episodes of Pushing Daisies? Are they web-available? I don't understand not airing episodes you've already packaged up. It's not as if, in general, I'm watching much on ABC these days. I gave up on Desperate Housewives and Brothers And Sisters. There are too few likable characters on both, and the latter is SO neurotic and soap-opera-like. I don't care for the soap-opera format in general-—it tries my patience. For ABC shows, I'm down to Castle (which I don't really pay attention to—it's just on for Nathan Fillion) and Better Off Ted (which I love, so it's surely marked for death!)
I rode home last night without incident. No flat tire! Though a muscle in my right calf bothered me most of the day, and I didn't sleep that well (same thing last week). I was just in time to shower, rush through dinner, and go to Christopher's Open House. This included a recorder concert that lasted nearly an hour (gah!), and featured about 10 songs. There were about 32 "solo" performances of the limited repertory of songs (6 trips through "Auralee," for instance). It was musical torture. I don't think the recorder teacher understands the balance between displaying what kids have learned and making the audience nuts. :(
From visiting Christopher's future fifth grade class, I see that they'll be reading Where The Red Fern Grows next year. I have very mixed feelings about that book. A cousin gave it to him when he was seven, and we immediately hid it. My aunt gave it to me when I was about 9-10, and while the setting is really vivid, the story disturbed me greatly. I was and am very anti-hunting, and that's the least of the bad that happens in that book. Christopher is fine with the "bloodless" violence of his Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings video games, but I think he's going to have real issues with the book's content. IDK. Times have changed. In my part of the country, hunting wasn't mainstream when I was growing up, and prevailing attitudes toward it have grown even more negative since then. Hunting animals for fur instead of for food? An abomination. I realize the message of the book comes around at the end, but the gory details that cause the character to get there are utterly sickening.
ETA: Surprisingly, no-one has mentioned the subject title yet. I thought surely someone would have recognized it!