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my weekend

I don't think I did anything exciting on Saturday, so long as 'shopping at a different grocery store' doesn't count as exciting. :) Did some cleaning, laundry, stuff like that. When Rob got home, we watched the first several episodes of Panyo Panyo Digi Charat. This series, unlike pretty much every other anime movie and series that we've watched, is targeted at kids. Very cute, no violence, funny villain. I like it enough to rent the rest of the series, although the fourth and final DVD won't be released (in the U.S., anyway) until next week. I don't think that'll be a problem.

Rob's dad came to visit yesterday. We decided to take him to the renaissance festival, so we got all costumed up, except for the absence of Rob's homemade leather shoes, which he thinks he left at the lake. But we got in the car anyway and headed toward Annapolis.

Until we got to Interstate 97, whereupon traffic was at a standstill. I thought there must be a wreck or some nasty construction ahead, but as we inched along, it became clear that the backup was due entirely to a long line of cars exiting to get to the renfest. Now we figure it was a combination of nice weather bringing people out and really poorly timed traffic signals between the exit and the event. We bailed out and returned home.

So we cued up another rented DVD: the documentary Atomic Journeys: Welcome to Ground Zero. It's basically a tour of places in the U.S. where the government has set off nuclear explosives, narrated by William Shatner. It doesn't get into controversy, and it's quite level-headed, except for the music. From the very first scenes, the music dives into its blood-and-thunder drama: Doom! Mushroom clouds! Mass destruction! The thing is, this mood is totally different from every other aspect of the documentary, which features lots of interviews with engineers about peaceful experiments with nuclear explosives.

We went out to dinner and then hung out at the bookstore, where I was unable to resist the temptations of Kyoto: Sevens Paths to the Heart of the City. I count it as travel planning, but the truth is, it's just gorgeous to look through.


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Oct. 5th, 2004 04:02 am (UTC)
Rennfaire time again
So I guess this would be the one year anniversary of me smacking the crap out of my car door against the car next to us. :P I still need to get that fixed, but at least I think it didn't crack all the way down to the metal, since it hasn't rusted. That day started what turned into a six month bender on me accidentally beating the crap out of my exterior. Blah, always more money to spend.

But good to hear you've found such good anime lately. :D

Oct. 5th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)
Wow, a guy just brought that DVD into our shop and asked me if I could cut a clip of it out for him to use in a presentation! (First time I've been paid to rip a DVD... *grin* )

He also brought in an Atomic Propaganda VCD that was a pretty fascinating look at the 50s views of atomic power. I copied the movie files from that one and I think it maybe public domain...
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