Okay. Time to distract myself from this absolutely horrible baseball game (Giants down by 4, stupid anemic offense) by posting about my weekend.
amybang stayed a few days after the concert; she met me Friday after work and we went to see Pirates. Since it's been reviewing so poorly I went in with very low expectations -- I sat back, turned my brain off, and settled in to enjoyed a fun ride. Not long into the film, I found myself sitting forward and turning my brain back on. In the end, I found that I liked it rather a lot. Certainly better than the second film; it took all the threads that the second and even the first had left hanging, tossed a few more balls in the air, and then tied everything up in a way I found quite satisfying.
Interesting (if long) Henry Jenkins blog entry on Pirates 3 and why the critics got it wrong here. Some spoilers in there.
Yesterday ended up really busy. My mom had asked a few weeks ago whether she could come down and spend a day with me in the City. Then my new boss announced a retirement party for my former boss that same night. And then I learned that concertinette was flying into town, and Saturday afternoon might be my only chance to see her. So I choreographed my day carefully: after a quick breakfast, amybang and I picked up my mom, we spent a few hours hanging out at the Ferry Building and at home, and then I dropped her back at the bus station just in time to head for the airport. Then we did the Berkeley thing for a couple more hours (including crepes, a dangerous bead store, and wandering campus a bit), after which they gave me a ride to the party at my new boss's (huge, gorgeous, oh-i-am-so-jealous) house in the Berkeley hills. A fun day, but so busy.
So today, after dropping amybang at the airport this morning, I get my lazy sitting around the house day. With laundry. And poorly-played baseball. (But at least that part is finally over, and I can stop cringing at the television.)