Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt
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Surprisingly Full Day Today

There is a ritual in my family. Whenever one is finished with a particular stage in one's life, one puts one's head underneath my grandparents' television and shouts. I have distinct memories of this occuring throughout my childhood (one of the most memorable being my grandfather doing it when he retired), and now that I have my undergraduate degree, it is my turn to do it once more. The last time I did it was when I graduated from high school... thirteen years ago.


"Exercize your right to vote..."


My first day back at work was kind of a bust work-wise - which was fine, I recieved disc two of Tanner '88, which has redefined what I thought of Harry Judge Stone Anderson from a short but powerful turn as a supercharged coordinator in the episode "The Boiler Room." Holy shit. Anderson's Billy Ritenour comes on for a brief but pivotal sequence during the (actual) 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta and completely takes command of the show... overriding even Pamela Reed for a time. It was certainly a shock to see an actor with whom I am so familiar show such a different side of him. The program really evidences Altman's keen eye for casting; Kevin J. O'Connor (Beni from The Mummy, among other things) quietly defines his character over the course of the series. It's a shame that he isn't given more serious work.

Afterwards, I met up with Tim and we took a ride over to his new house in Rockland. It's in the sticks, but it's a really nice place, with a killer backyard. No, really. I think there are bears back there, so when I say killer backyard, I mean it. We then went to Greek Disneyland, which is a strange diner in Rockland like no other. It really has to be experienced to be believed.

I also returned the Annoying One her materials this morning.


...however...

While I recieved many congrats on my diploma, not one of you commiserated with me about the problems I've been having with my car stereo.

You're all so insensitive.
Tags: cinema, family, robert altman
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