Friday, January 24, 2003


The first rule of book club: no one talks about book club.

Did I mention I'm in a book club? Katrina's friend Audra (who I met in Las Vegas at the World Series of Poker) decided she wanted to have her own book club, and she was kind enough to invite me to join.

We are reading

It's the autobiographical tale (by Imre Kertesz) of a Hungarian teenager forced into a concentration camp during WWII. Certainly not light reading, but very interesting nonetheless.

Sunday, January 19, 2003

I hopped a Midwest Express flight to Boston on Friday to see Laura & Trevor for the weekend. If you haven't flown ME, it's wonderful. The leather seating is all first/business class, champagne is complimentary, and they serve warm chocolate chip cookies for dessert. I really hope ME and other regional airlines like Jet Blue (with satellite tv on all flights) are here to stay.

We had a great time, and it was very relaxing to be away from work for a few days. One of the highlights (aside from the fact that there is a Dunkin' Donuts on every block) was the trip to see where Laura works, McLean Hospital. This is really an amazing place.

McLean was founded almost two hundred years ago as a treatment/caretaking facility for the very wealthy. Famous patients have included Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar is based in part on her experiences at McLean), Susanna Kaysen (Girl, Interrupted), John Nash (A Beautiful Mind), and James Taylor (I've Seen Fire and I've Seen Rain).

We had seafood at The Summer Shack twice, and it was great each time. You have to love a place that serves $40 lobsters AND corn dogs. We had another great meal at the East Coast Grill. Absolutely the best chowder (with sweet potatoes & chiles!) and scallops I've ever had.

Saturday, January 11, 2003

I just saw My Life as a House on dvd (Thanks to Laura & Trevor for the Netflix subscription). I enjoyed it. It's definitely a Triumph of the Human Spirit (TOTHS).

The main character finds out he is dying, so he decides to tear down a decaying house his father built so that he can build his dream house. I thought the performances were good, even Hayden Christensen's. I'm not sure what I would do if I only had three months to live, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't waste it hammering.

My favorite cinematic TOTHS include:

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