March 13th, 2006

little review

Poem for Monday

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This morning the kids had Hebrew school, and afterward we met up with them at the synagogue Purim carnival. Unlike previous years, they didn't have slides and a train set up in the parking lot; they had two moon bounces inside and more show-oriented entertainment. Older son was working at the carnival for community service credits for both Hebrew school and public school, and looked very out of his element when we first got there; he and a couple of confirmation-year kids were at the booth where you try to throw ping pong balls into hollowed-out floating candles in a tub of water. *g* But once the older kids went to lunch and he actually ran the booth himself for awhile he looked happier. And we had pizza and hamantaschen. Purim is one of my favorite Jewish holidays -- it's very goddess-oriented despite the revisionist mythmaking (Esther/Ishtar, Mordechai/Marduk) and one of the happier "they tried to kill us, we triumphed" stories. Even if I am often appalled at the story as told to youngsters about the king, his disobedient dead first wife and the pretty Jewish girl-for-sale who saved her people!

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When the carnival ended in the afternoon, we took the kids to a friend's house for awhile, and then this evening after dinner we watched the inevitable How William Shatner Changed the World. (Note to editor if you are reading this: I know I did not finish the news bullets but I was doing Star Trek work! How could I not watch How William Shatner Changed the World? *g*) Collapse ) After that we watched the Everest: Death Mountain rerun on the Discovery Channel -- I hadn't seen images of the fate of some of people documented via the IMAX and Into Thin Air, just read about them, so that was really interesting -- and then The West Wing. Collapse ) Here is my review for GMR of Snake Eyes, a very underrated Brian DePalma movie. And now I must sleep!