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So, have been sans 'net since last weekend due to yet more arguments with then 'rents. Which, also, can be blamed for why I am at home on New Years' Eve rather than out shin-digging (if that can be considered a word) at kashmir_ki_kali's house. Happy fucking New Year, everyone, may yours be better than mine.

In the past week, I finished reading The Historian (v. good vampire novel; more of an emphasis on the history than anything else; everyone should read), puttered around museums for a day with the 'rents (the mammal exhibit at Natural History is v. pretty, badly labeled, and v. pro-evolution; only the second fact is a problem), and saw Brokeback Mountain with Mum at Bethesda Row. Beyond the fact that it's fecking weird to see a movie about gay cowboys with one's mother, it was fantastic! Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal were perfect and convincing and every time they looked at each other the screen caught fire. The movie was beautiful and yet rough and gritty, just like it had to be, and perfectly true to the short story. Think of the short story as the outline of the story and the movie the fleshed out version: bits that were glossed over were appropriately expanded without going too far afield (the time on Brokeback itself, what Jack does during the following 20 years); bits taken from the story were spot on (the first time they have sex up on Brokeback Mountain, the last time they get together before Jack's death); bits that were added (Jack's in-laws subplot, Alma Jr. subplot) fit into the original story without any rough edges or obvious out-of-place-ness. I had a little bit of an issue with the secondary romantic interest they added to Jack's plotline, but I understand why they added it, though I personally didn't think it was necessary. Gyllenhaal was just fantastic, both emotionally needy and yet strong, and Ledger was wonderfully conflicted. They were able to portray two men in love with each other in a heart-rendingly believable fashion. Good time all around, though I was amused to note that Heath Ledger is a young Tommy Lee Jones. Not sure if that's a good thing or not. Think it is.

All in all, everyone should go see it. And, if you want it, the original short story. A good read as well.

12 people
1. Shagun Raina
2. Samuel Evans
3. Gordon Cook
4. Eliza Farrell
5. Tommy Berry
6. Laura Felley
7. Jane Calvert
8. Lauren Clark
9. Chris Lysak
10. Rachel Antonoff
11. Evan Naugle
12. Stephen Downey

11 songs
1. "Hallelujah" - Rufus Wainwright
2. "Ironic" - Alanis Morissette
3. "Jealous of Your Cigarette" - Hawksley Workman
4. "Night and Day" - Cole Porter
5. "Scarsborough Fair" - Simon & Garfunkel
6. "The Lighthouse's Tale" - Nickel Creek
7. "Kiss to Build a Dream On" - Louis Armstrong
8. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" - Green Day
9. "Forever Young" - Rod Stewart
10. "Mouth" - Merril Bainbridge
11. "It's Not the Fall That Hurts" - The Caesars

10 albums
1. Autumn's Monologue - A Scarves 'n Hats Mix (mix)
2. Cartographer's Craft (mix)
3. Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
4. Cyrano (musical)
5. The Lunch Group Moves Out - Music for the Madness (mix)
6. Zumanity - Cirque du Soleil (soundtrack)
7. Late Night Radio - Tom Rush
8. Jane Eyre (musical)
9. Monty Python's Spamalot
10. Waking Hour Vienna Teng

9 readings
1. Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu
2. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
3. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
4. Phoenix and Ashes, Mercedes Lackey
5. Across the Wall, Garth Nix
6. The Riddles of Epsilon, Christine Morton-Shaw
7. The Autobiography of God, Julius Lester
8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, JK Rowling
9. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova

8 movies
1. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
2. Troy
3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
4. But I'm a Cheerleader
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
6. Rent
7. Chronicles of Narnia
8. Brokeback Mountain

7 classes
1. Fundamentals of Theatre Performance
2. Fundamentals of Theatre Craft
3. Introduction to Archeology
4. Art of Asia
5. East Asian History
6. IB History 2B
7. IB Theatre 1B

6 shows
1. Rent (Feb)
2. Jane Eyre (Oct)
3. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (Nov)
4. Rocky Horror Picture Show (screening) (Oct, Dec)
5. Hiroshima Maiden (Nov)
6. Horizon (Nov)

5 dates
1. 13 Apr - National Day of Silence
2. 19 Apr - Legality!
3. 10 Jun - graduation
4. 22 Aug - diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia
5. 29 Aug - first college party

4 things acquired
1. laptop
2. fishnet stockings
3. strapless dress
4. IB diploma

3 places visited
1. NYC
2. Platinum (club in DC)
3. College Park, MD (heh)

2 things learned
1. always have at least a 1:1 male:female ratio when out clubbing, no matter who's dating whom
2. how to work the stagemanager's cabinet, including the light board, at work

1 idea
1. "We're actors! We're the opposite of people." - Tom Stoppard

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