One of my goals for Spring Break (and for 2009 in general) is to complete the ongoing video project I have been working on called Rotten Dock. It is the kind of project I could fuss over for years, and which could stretch on for hours when finished. I would just as soon neither of those things happened.
The movie concerns my grandparents' house on Harbor View, Marblehead, which was sold in 2007 and demolished in 2008. The House (caps intentional) played an enormous role in the life our family, and the movie is meant to pay tribute to that, and also to preserve its memory for those too young, or yet unborn, to get a sense of its quirks and pleasures.
I will continue to post new bits here and on YouTube as they become completed.
I am getting used to a new laptop. I don't want to say "breaking in," because of the damage that implies to something we can barely afford or justify. One expects a new computer to arrive, trailing clouds of glory, solving every problem that had become so irksome about the old machine. It doesn't really work that way, however. The new MacBook has many excellent qualities, mind you. But it is also a little bit like moving into a new house. It takes forever to unpack, to get used to the new appliances, to figure out how to configure the furniture relative to the electric outlets and so forth. Every ten minutes, it seems like it is time to make another trip to the hardware store.
It is the same with a computer. This external thingy needs a different adapter. That application's license doesn't transfer to the new machine. There is an uneasy period of being neither in the old world nor the new...
But the electric ukelele sounds UNBELIEVABLE in the new version of GarageBand. Oh, yeaahhhh. Clouds of glory. Uh huh.
Taco Bell has special menus for Lent. That makes it the first fast food chain I am aware of to demonstrate any awareness of the potential for a spiritual life on the part of its customers. I am still in awe. I was trying to imagine the MacDo' Lenten Menu for instance. That also reminds me that Oliver was musing today on the subject of fast food, and he said that when he was in preschool (ancient times, in his book), he thought that Burger King was a restaurant where "people sneezed a lot," "burger" being preschool-cognate with "booger."