Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,

Odds and Ens Part 2

I did Part 1, went to take a dinner break, and that was last Monday. The odds and Ens keep piling up.

Chicago Tribune crossword 10/13:
62A Goes after (5)
49D Endeavor to obtain (4)
No, it couldn't be. But yes, the answers are SEEKS and SEEK.

Oy, the economy. Mainly, I'm sitting tight. At one low point I reinvested cash dividend money into more Microsoft and two other stocks. We'll see if that was stupid or not.

With my assets rapidly shrinking, I probably should not have turned down a 200-hour job. But it sounded tedious enough to drive me crazy, even if split among other people (which was a possibility). As it is, I tend to agonize over jobs that end up taking only 3-5 hours - like the one sitting here right now.

Last week, there was a notice that the hot water would be off Tuesday-Thursday 9am-6pm, for boiler repairs. This was annoying since I normally shower during that time, so I had to set the alarm for 8:30, take a shower, and go back to sleep. Every time I checked during the day, there was hot water, so I'm not sure if existing hot water lingered in the pipes, or they didn't actually do the work. The latter theory is bolstered by another notice, saying they're doing it again this Monday-Wednesday. So back goes the alarm for early showers.

On Thursday, I was able to sleep late and shower at 6pm, since I didn't have to be anywhere until a 7:30 IFP screening where we didn't have to line up early. I got to the SONY building at 7:25, only to find people milling around in the lobby. Then a guard told us the screening was NOT canceled (guess they first said it was) and let us up to the Sky Lobby, where we were quickly given tickets and rushed up to the screening room.

The movie was "Synecdoche, New York." This was my first experience with Charlie Kaufman, and I don't really get him. Cineastes might say my taste is too lowlife to appreciate true high-concept craft. Philip Seymour Hoffman (a fine actor, though not physically appealing) plays a Schenectady theater director who receives the world's most generous MacArthur "genius grant" and spends years mounting a living theater-type play in a huge warehoused microcosm of New York. It's all very meta and often disturbing. Things start getting weird early on when a character matter-of-factly moves into a house that's perpetually on fire.

As we were leaving, the lobby guard from before asked how it was, and the others gushed enthusiastically. I'll just say it was "challenging." The next day, there was an e-mail apologizing for the mix-up, with an offer to see the movie again next week (apparently, some people left thinking it was canceled). I told them, thanks but no thanks. This probably needs to be seen again, but I don't think I can take it so soon.

On the other hand, I also don't get mainstream fare like "Pride and Glory" whose NY premiere I attended last Wednesday (through Gofobo.com). The red carpet was out, barricades were up, paparazzi waited, and my group was herded into lines along the side. We got tickets with assigned seats in the big AMC Lincoln Square theater, putting me in row B and my guest Helene in the nonexistent seat, Row A HC. Apparently it was a handicapped seat, but no one could find it. She sat in an empty seat next to me, but someone soon claimed it. The organizer then was nice enough to gave us 2 seats in row E, denying requests to sit next to Ed Norton or on Colin Farrell's lap.

Yes, the stars were all there (their pix were on Getty Images) but no announcements were made, and I didn't see anyone except the director. I only knew this because I walked by as someone congratulated "Gav." I was not about to congratulate anyone, because I found this saga of family and ethically challenged NY cops depressing and relentlessly violent. I'm not sure who the intended audience is, but it's not me.

I'm definitely in the demographic for "Hair" which I missed this summer in the park, didn't see originally onstage (but had the cast album), and saw in the movies only recently. So I was up to see the documentary "Hair: Let the Sun Shine In" at NATAS with the filmmaker, Pola Rapaport. She has great enthusiasm for the production, and convinced the surviving creators to participate in this film. There's a nagging dark side to all the drugs and free love, and this was addressed. The doc is available on DVD and in talks to air on cable. Maybe I'll see the real thing when it comes to Broadway.

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