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Friday's Accomplishments

June 10th, 2011 at 05:06 pm

1. Vacuumed the downstairs
2. Mowed the back lawn
3. Put the 1st coat of clear shellac on the wood threshold by my kitchen door.
4. Scraped, sanded and caulked above kitchen door, in preparation for painting. This was damage caused by winter ice dams in the gutters.
5. Made some cereal.
6. Sent invoices to 2 clients, including the web developer guy, based on your input! (Got a check for $95 from a client in the mail today.)

Otherwise, I enjoyed reading my local paper tonight. It covers exactly one town (mine!) and has 3 sections and is extra wide. I'm convinced this is the winning model in an industry that is seeing newspapers go out of business left and right. It's the model used by Patch online, micro-coverage of single towns.

I picked some lettuce from the garden and enjoyed a salad, also made another salad with chick peas, chopped cucumber, feta cheese and cherry tomatoes with a salad dressing poured over it.

I also ran out to a local garden nursery/gift shop that's sadly going out of business. They had a 75% off everything sale but it was extremely picked over. I bought nothing. On the way home, I used a coupon at Dunkin Donuts good for a free frozen hot chocolate.

Tonight I'll be watching Slumdog Millionaire on DVD.

That's all, folks!

3 Responses to “Friday's Accomplishments”

  1. ylibrarylady Says:

    How was slum dog millionaie? give us a review.

  2. patientsaver Says:

    Well, it was an interesting premise for a movie. Basically, the movie's about a dirt-poor, street-wise kid who grew up scrambling to survive in the slums of India and he manages to hit the jackpot on India's version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? The movie takes you through lots of flashbacks showing you his life experiences that allowed him to answer the questions on the game show correctly.

    The depiction of how these kids grow up is pretty brutal and can be hard to take at times. Like a gangster-type guy and his crew luring kids from where they earn a living picking thru garbage at the dump with a Diet Coke, and they put them to work begging for money; then they pour acid in some of the kids' eyes to make them blind, because blind beggars make twice as much money as those with vision. Like i said, pretty brutal, and I don't know where the fact vs. fiction line lies. This is a Hollywood movie, after all.

    Fortunately, the movie has a happy ending.

  3. patientsaver Says:

    If you're curious about India's reaction to the film when it came out in 2009, as I was, here's a quote from an article I read about it:

    "The majority of viewers the small-town moviegoer, the urban, Hindi-speaking market looks for star vehicles, for masala," says Masand. "They won't care much for this one." For many Indians, the film's subject and treatment are familiar to the point of being banal. A lot of Indians are not keen to watch it for the same reason they wouldn't want to go to Varanasi or Pushkar for a holiday it's too much reality for what should be entertainment. "We see all this every day," says Shikha Goyal, a Mumbai-based public relations executive who left halfway through the film. "You can't live in Mumbai without seeing children begging at traffic lights and passing by slums on your way to work. But I don't want to be reminded of that on a Saturday evening." There is also a sense of injured national pride, especially for a lot of well-heeled metro dwellers, who say the film peddles "poverty porn" and "slum voyeurism."

    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1873926,00.html#ixzz1Oylvz1Om

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