I spent most of today online on Twitter, following news from Boston. And if not Twitter then various news sites. Barely touched TV news, but I got a better handle of things.
I was predisposed to do this of course — was looking for a day of doing little and spending nothing — so it was easy. We did go down to a local park for a walk for a while, which was good, but otherwise it was news junkie central.
Little point talking about the details, except that the Internet got it wrong at least as much as TV, but it was a live ongoing event, and a bit nuts at that. A lot to think about.
A day exactly as unexciting as you would imagine. Which isn’t the worst thing in the world of course, since it meant entirely routine test and appointments. But so much waiting!
The view from our window at Royal Far West, Manly..
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Fun day in Manly — after just one half hour appointment we had the whole day free otherwise. Will went on a group excursion, Alex stayed with me and we went to Max Brenners for a drink.
We all saw The Croods in the evening–really very good! I knew so little about it, but it’s part family adventure part animated “Clan of the cave bear”. Some beautiful scenes and great action.
And ended the night with this:
Mmmm… Ben and Jerry’s. Shared with Alex.
(Of course saw all about Boston horror today. What could I add?)
It’s always great when you tune in for an historical result. Being on holidays this morning, I got a Twitter tipoff that the US Masters golf was getting exciting, so I watched the last hour and saw Adam Scott’s victory. Nice work from the Aussie, and great to be able to see it live as it happened!
A bit overcast, but always fun. Some appointments, some beach walks.
Off to Sydney again for a few days at Manly and Royal Far West, then at Epping and a Westmead visit. Long trip, so much mountain traffic!!!
Went down to Dubbo tonight with Sallie for the Triple J One Night Stand concert — big crowd, big night. Phone reception was terrible so no live updates, but we saw Seth Sentry, Ball Park Music and local band People’s Palace. Backed out before the end and had a nice dinner for two, which is a rarity
A good concert, though always some obnoxious crowd types, and couldn’t believe the smokers… Hadn’t that stopped. Don’t want to say I felt old, but we may have been oldest without kids there!
Also started watching season two of Veronica Mars again. With all the talk about the upcoming movie from the successful Kickstarter project (yes, I did contribute!) I thought it might be good to go back and watch the show.
Starting with season 2, since I haven’t completely watched it, but it’s been so long since I saw any of it I think it’s easy to just start the season again.
Good start so far. The first episode is particularly good — the way two separate stories are told over two separate timelines in the past and present, leading to the catalyst bus crash, is particularly well done.
While I’ve watched most of the season, it will be good to watch it again, especially the unseen season ending. Then on to season three — by the time the movie is done I don’t want to have missed a thing.
Finally got up to watching the last episode of Leverage season 5, also the last episode overall, the series finale. I’ve been a big fan of the show since it began (despite its lack of easy Australian airdates), and I’m the only person I know who’s ever been into it, so it seems like an obscure fandom. But I don’t care and have never cared about that.
Leverage has always been such great fun, so cleverly written and well acted, with such appealing characters and actors, a great variety of stories. Along with Sons of Anarchy it’s been my favourite show of the last five years, and also one of a handful of shows that I’ve never missed an episode of. And this finale was a great way to go.
It was one of those “summing up the series” kind of episodes, combined with a story that still looks to the future for the characters. There’s a great scam that at first seems really grim (and very final) but then gives way to a great way to end the series anyway.
As with all great series, sad to see it go, will collect as much as I can on the DVDs for the future. I admit I’d love to see some more of Parker somehow — definitely my favourite character!