Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Grab Bag

Here is the LiveJournal “Fans of Emma Thompson” page. If you read it in the next couple of days you will find her latest (supposedly) dashed off missive to Finch’s Quarterly. (I don’t know what Finch’s Quarterly is but she makes reference to men’s upscale fashion. So maybe it’s a tasteful British Gentlemen’s Quarterly equiv.? Fashionable men who like to read Emma’s reflections; where can I get one?) Down further is a piece from the Orlando Sentinel about her movie busy-ness in the next year or so. The next Nanny McPhee starts shooting sometime soon with ET and Maggie Gyllenhall and who knows who else. It’s all very exciting. Did I miss Harvey already? Dang.

Whiskey, love?
The Danish told me that she is cultivating her whiskey connoisseur side. The lovely Jezebel told me about a big annual whiskey tasting on the SS Balclutha in the Bay Area. I wasn’t able to find any info on that one for this year. But here’s a link for Whiskey Fest 2009 in San Fran this coming fall.

Kansas to DC... or not
As the Obama wave swept in, our governor was rumored to be on the short list for everything from V.P. to Secty of Agriculture (I guess she should know her wheat/corn/soy). Now she’s being talked up as a strong possible for Secty of Health and Human Services (by no less than the NYTimes). (The phrase “Health and Human Services” makes me think of Clinton’s appointee: Donna Shalala. I don’t know a thing about her accomplishments in office but I like to say her name.)

I might prefer Sebelius to stay here in Kansas and be our democratic face. I like her performance as governor (barring an excessive fondness for gambling money -- more casinos!)and we hate to lose even one democrat in this state. She and the Republican reps have been squabbling over the state budget and there was some loud wondering whether state employees and state tax refunds would be paid come the end of this week. They resolved that Wednesday so I am excused from being an unpaid serf. I am really hoping that the Obama team can make some substantive strides toward universal health coverage during these four years. I don’t know whether Sebelius is dynamic enough to rely on in this area. Good luck, Gov. S., whatever happens.

Plans for Fun
The kids each have a birthday party to go to this weekend. And I have a friend to go with to see Slumdog Millionaire. That's the one Oscar nominated movie I want to see before the awards. I don't know if I'll watch the awards but they have successfully imparted an urgency to my desire to see it. So the weekend is shaping up. Hopefully Nod and I will get lucky and then it'll be perfect. Have a good weekend yall.


Nimble said...

And Slumdog was good. I kept thinking, these people will have PTSD for the rest of their lives. Gruesome and icky in parts but what a great ending. I clapped when the credit sequence started!

One other thing I noticed was that I didn't get every word of this film. It was a bit annoying but I think it was appropriate. Subtitling the whole thing would have been weird and intrusive.

Bee said...

I was just thinking, "I wonder if she liked Slumdog," and YEA -- your comment. It was an exhausting, albeit uplifting, experience to watch.

My second thought is that I hope that Obama and team can do something about universal health care.

My third thought is that I read a long article about Emma Thompson in the Toronto airport on Saturday night . . . and it didn't even mention her upcoming movies!