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20 August 2009 @ 03:33 pm
Carpal-Tunnel Thumb  
Sounds like a line from a Gregory Corso poem, doesn't it?

My left thumb has been bothering me since the first bike ride I took post-vacation. I think I leaned too hard on the handlebar "horn" and stretched the joint out over that ride (when you take a break from cycling, those triceps are the first thing to go and your arms get weak). I thought it was getting better last week (when I biked twice), but this week I've gone three times and clearly it is NOT better. I've had nerve-pain in the left hand before from biking, but this is a new.

Still stressed over needing to sell that Vancouver SPN Con ticket, OR book the travel. The expense and suckage of travel from here to Vancouver are part of why I put that off to begin with, and now that I'd rather sell the ticket I'm confronted with it again. I see that there are non-stop flights from LAX to Vancouver-- the CW alone must populate at least one daily flight-exchange. :0

In other news, we finished up several TV series and watched a movie over the last week. We loved Tin Man, and several of you wondered how we'd feel about the ending. I was watching the last part, thinking, So far, so good right up until the sudden roll of the credits. What?!? It was an ending, but the pace was wrong. The story needed some "dwelling time" and possibly some closure with DG's traveling companions.

The final season of The Shield was as good as ever, and I loved how each of the stories closed for Vic, Claudette and Dutch. Such good writing and such great acting throughout. I particularly love CCH Pounder's work (she caught my eye in "Bagdad Cafe," and I was thrilled to see her show up in Millenium), as well as the contrast in the interrogation styles she and Dutch use. They make such a great team-- he manipulates the perp into a corner slowly and unthreateningly (the perps are later surprised at what they've given away), and Claudette persuades and soothes, ready to pull out the iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove technique if the perp doesn't succumb to her first approach. I loved the friendship between the two of them, loved Claudette's unwavering competence at increasing challenges and responsibility, loved that Dutch's cluelessness about dating had nothing to do with his incredible capabilities as a detective (I loved that the show allowed him to be both those things at once). And Vic... slipping into so many shades of gray over the years with wanting to do larger good with corrupt methods until his soul was nothing but ash, yet still loving his kids to the end. *sniffle* Damn, I'll miss this show.

We finished Season Two of Doc Martin, and apparently there are at least two more seasons. Not available via Netflix yet, though. :( It's a fun show, both because of the village "characters" and the impossibly stuffy, dismissive and unbending doctor himself. Looking forward to more!

Also saw 17 Again, which I'd had Netflix send for Lauren's slumber party but was forced to hide after discovering it was PG-13 (and why). :0 It was fun, and Zac Efron was wonderful in it. I do pity him growing up to become the going-to-seed Matthew Perry in the end. However, the rich nerd-best-friend who gets co-opted into playing the character's "Dad"? All of the scenes with the two of them together were consistently the best parts of the movie for me. :)

Oops, almost forgot - genius web ad for "Certified Pre-Owned Cats!" :D

brigid_tannerbrigid_tanner on August 20th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
The "Pre-Owned Cat" ad is awesome. I'm more of a dog person, and all of them, except the one I got as a puppy when I first got a house, have been from shelters or friends who couldn't keep them anymore. I don't think I'll ever go through housebreaking again! I like adult dogs who know where to go potty and don't chew.

Better get the thumb checked out. Although, what are they going to do? Tell you not to move it or stress it for a few weeks.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 20th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
Some of the comments on the add crack me up too-- the subset under the guy who asked about the "Cash for Clunkers" program was great (he has an idiot cat), and someone else has a cat that thinks it's a person.

I prefer grownup cats myself-- the Whale was a shelter kitten (because the kids wanted a kitten), but our other cat is a rescue kitty who was living in a tree about a mile from my office. I found her while out on a walk, near some other offices and a good 2 miles from the nearest apartment. She'd been dumped, and BOY did she want a home. Such a sweet cat, too-- she was a lucky find!

Although, what are they going to do? Tell you not to move it or stress it for a few weeks.
EXACTLY. And who wants to hear that? ;)
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 21st, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
i love that cat ad. already detailed and inspected! hee. i hope it works. i'm not a cat person and having already lived with two (consecutive) cats guarantees i never will again, but if i ever live somewhere i can have a dog, i plan to go to a shelter.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
You have to wonder what the "detailing" entails. Collar? Microchip? Or worse?

I am so much a cat person and not a dog person, but we have two cats already that love us... but don't like each other. Though they're making progress-- used to be only one could be on the sofa at a time. Then both, far apart. Now... sometimes, their backs are touching. :0
devon99 on August 21st, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Growing up we were always a cat family. Our first cat was a mistreated stray that we chose at the shelter. He was a mess, he had been mistreated, but over the years was the most affectionate loving cat you could ever wish for. When he passed we were heartbroken.

After a while we went to the shelter for another cat. We literally had it in the house for one night and had to take him back. My sister had some sort of allergic reaction to him that triggered a really bad asthma attack. We felt really bad. They let us choose another short haired cat like our first cat. He was a tiny little kitten that had just been bought in, he had been left in a box outside the shelter. We called him Skye, which fo some reason that we don't even remember, turned into Skyebucket and my mum still has him. He's old now and I am dreading the day when he goes.

Edited at 2009-08-21 04:40 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
My parents were more dog people. We had a series of neurotic Great Danes all the years I was growing up, and now they have a neurotic standard poodle. Other than the Siamese kittens they chose for us when I was about 4 or 5 (who became the dog's cats), all our other cats wormed their way into the household and we had to beg to let them stay. I so much prefer cats (quiet, cuddly, and low maintenance), and mutt-kitties on top of that. The Whale is half-Siamese, and it shows in his love of talking and his belief that when he's had enough petting it's okay to nip you. All our other cats have either gotten up and left (assuming they COULD get enough petting), or shrunken down away from your hand until you got the hint.

I love the name Skyebucket! There's someone on my f-list who has been adopted by an orange tomcat that apparently has ridiculously fluffy-furred legs. She calls him "Marthapants," and it never fails to crack me up!