June 12th, 2005

little review

Poem for Sunday

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My younger son's team lost their final soccer game of the year by a score of 2-1, though if the team in second place also lost, they will retain possession of the league title; we haven't yet heard whether or not they did. It was 88 degrees and very humid, Code Orange weather, and the kids were wilting in the sun long before the end of the game (as was I, and I wasn't even running around). So I've had a bit of sun headache for the rest of the day, when we picked older son up from a bowling birthday party and took everyone to get haircuts -- Cartoon Cuts still has the best family plan around, so I get my hair cut watching SpongeBob and Ice Age. Then we went to the aquarium store that's in the same complex and looked at the salt water fish, crustaceans and sharks for awhile, and headed to Toys R Us so younger son could pick out the super-blaster water gun he wants for his birthday...which is not until July, but we always have the party right before the end of the school year, because otherwise all his friends end up being at camp or out of town on vacation and very few people are around to come. So the rest of the day was spent in getting organized at the food store and at home with the supplies. Unfortunately this meant I could not go to the pride parade downtown.

Having learned my lesson from my Enterprise reviews, I have not been reading what anyone is saying about me or my original Star Trek reviews at the TrekBBS, but I was braced for a certain amount of hate mail after writing a pro-slash review of "The Naked Time." To my surprise all my mail has been very positive -- not agreeing with me, and in one case feeling very strongly that I did a disservice to the series and its ideals by bringing up K/S without properly exploring how Kirk and Spock "came from two different places and dealt with [their experiences] in very different ways, but they fundamentally understood each other as only lonely wanderers can." This is a good point, though I thought it would be difficult to try to explore the relationship in that kind of depth in a review of the series' fifth episode, and I wanted to make it clear that I was slash-friendly and if I'm going to look at certain themes as they developed over the course of the series, I felt it important to mark a crucial moment in subtext-watching. I got into an interesting conversation with this guy which just brings home to me the extent to which different viewers have such different interests in what's important on Star Trek, we could almost be watching different shows. I wonder if this is why Enterprise was such a dismal failure, for me in particular when it started trying too hard to become the original series prequel more than on its own merits: the things I valued in the original series were almost completely absent even during the Coto Administration, while things I couldn't have cared less about, like Orion Slave Girls and futuristic weapons, were hailed as wonderfully nostalgic.

Anyone else here buy frequently from half.com? Anyone else ever received an item that was substantially different than what was described/ordered? How many days do you give the seller to respond to your complaint before you fill out a complaint form and leave negative feedback, since if there's one thing I've noticed on eBay it's that everyone leaves negative feedback in exchange for same even if the complaint is entirely justified, and there goes a perfect feedback rating? Is it stupid to worry about this, and after a week is it fair just to launch the complaint? Perhaps I am just sun-fried; I must sleep and be ready for the party in the afternoon.

Chasing the ball at the soccer match.