As much a reminder to me as it is to you:

As you know (if you’re Anghold, Marlo, Stuey, Yvonne, or select few others) I have gone to a Paperfolders Around the Lower Mainland (PALM) meeting to do origami. It is organized by a very cool nerd by the name of Joseph Wu. He tells me that “CBC will have yet another interview of me on Friday night. On the Road Again, Jan 9th, 7 p.m.” I was looking at origami with Yvonne in a very kawaii Japanese stationary store (I don’t remember what it was called but Y would) at the Metrotown Mall and I think we can all agree that origami is good. I mean to go to another meeting to fold strange new worlds – hopefully this month.

The Thing, The Ring, And Return of the King
Metrotown burned me out – but I felt immediately refreshed once I got outside. The reason we went was to see Return of the King in the nice seats. I liked it (the movie). There were some things about it I really liked and a few things that I felt “meh” about. I hadn’t read the book so it was all new to me. Keep that in mind when I make my judgments. I’m assuming that I’m the last person in my circle to have seen the movie so I don’t feel the need to say “spoilers ahead.”* I really liked the fact that Frodo just didn’t let go of the ring at the end – that he didn’t conquer it in the end – that if it wasn’t for gollum Sauron might have won. I wasn’t too keen on Sam being able to take on Shelob. In real life spiders are really fast. But of course, they aren’t that big. So there is that. But still. Was she toying with him? I didn’t need Aeowyn (sp?) telling the witch-king and the audience that she wasn’t a man – I think we all knew that. I never thought I’d hear myself type this but I got a little impatient about halfway through the movie. Even though there was a lot of action, I got a good dose of it in Two Towers and I felt a little inundated with epic battle scenes. Or maybe it was the drawn-out buildup to those scenes. Or maybe a combo of both. Otherwise, I quite liked the ending and…well pretty much everything that I didn’t just complain about. I would give it a 7 or an 8 out of 10 I guess. The ending had me leaking water out of my face so it’s a good thing I was with Yvonne instead of all my macho jock friends who would make fun of me. Yvonne made fun of me for other reasons but I won’t go into that here. Besides, I’ll show her one day. One day soon – oh yes.

*”And I don’t need to remind you that I rigged the election. But I did remind you. Well, what’s done is done.” – Scudworth.