Saturday, 30 April 2005: Sorry about the lack of updates. Not that a lot hasn't been going on. Just that my CruzerMicro thumbdrive, on which I store all the files for this website, crashed yet again. Not to worry, I have since disposed of that (two crashes in four months time is more than enough convincing) and picked up a new one. Must've been a glitch in the drive itself. The new one seems to be working well. So now it's time to play catch up.
Wednesday, 27 April 2005: It's been a while since I've updated you all on the status of the master bathroom. Well, most of the patchwork is done on holes and just about all the glue and caulk has been cut off the wall. Katie has sanded down most of the drywall mud and I'm going to put one last coat on the big hole tonight as well as power sand off some more of the glaze from the final wall. The last thing I'm doing tonight is to clean all the crap off the floor and wash down the walls a bit so I'm not priming over dust. That would be a bad thing.
Sorry, no pictures. What we've been doing is actually quite boring and not that interesting to look at. I'll probably take some as I'm priming later on in the week.
Tuesday, 26 April 2005: You want to hear something weird? Katie opened up a piece of mail yesterday and in it were our Home Depot credit cards. Now I truly feel like a homeowner. Kinda funny when a Depot card trumps a house key in that regard.
I guess we're official.
Or maybe just officially nuts for tackling home repair jobs ourselves.
Apparently, we are not the only ones who felt this way. I showed it to a guy from the gym who I know works part time at the Depot and he laughed and said he completely understood what I was feeling.
Monday, 25 April 2005: Oh yeah, Scott (my brother in law), Nate (my friend from the gym), and I are on for midnight on Wednesday, May 18.
For what, you may ask?
The midnight premiere of Star Wars - Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith, that's what.
Yes, we're geeking out and daring falling asleep the next day at work to see the movie when it opens.
And we have Katie to thank for it as she picked up the tickets for us today. Thanks, hon. I love you.
Sunday, 24 April 2005: I realize that for the sake of children and overly sensitive adults, many broadcast television networks and even some extended cable outlets must edit movies and TV shows for content. I have come to, begrudgingly, accept this as something I cannot control.
However, today, it went just a little too far...
Katie and I were watching Mel Gibson's The Patriot on TBS tonight when I saw what could possibly be the worst piece of editing ever. This is aside from all the blatant slicing out of film, mind you. Yes, a lot of the blood and gore was edited out because it did tend to border on the gory side of reality from time to time. However, there are some scenes that could not really be edited out entirely because they are so crucial to the continuity of the movie.
For example, the scene in which Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) and two of his younger sons run into the woods to intercept a company of British redcoats who have his eldest son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), in tow set for execution as a traitor. This scene is 100% critical to the film and is necessary to understand what happens throughout the rest of the film. However, it is also quite bloody as Gibson shoots several soldiers and hacks the rest with a tomahawk. When he emerges from a creekbed after slaughtering the final soldier, he walks up towards the camera covered in mud. Funny thing is, I distinctly remember him emerging from said creekbed covered in blood.
Yes, the two rhyme... blood... mud. But they are two completely different things.
I could not believe that TBS actually digitally colored Gibson to make it look like mud instead of blood. I was in complete shock. It was terrible. I wanted to cry. It was so sad. I wish I could find photos that show the actual scene and the edited version. Alas, I cannot.