March 26th, 2012

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Poem for Monday, Hunger Games, Aquarium

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Older son's spring break is over and my mother's birthday celebrations have concluded, so my sister and her family have gone back to New York and son is back in College Park. Before we took him there, we took him, younger son, and younger son's girlfriend to see The Hunger Games in the IMAX theater in Silver Spring. It was even better than I expected -- I wasn't sure I'd love Jennifer Lawrence just because I hadn't seen her in much (not an X-Men fan) and I really wanted whoever played Katniss to be perfect in the role, and I thought she was terrific (the sexism of people complaining that Katniss doesn't look "half-starved" enough because the actress isn't anorexic, when the guys look like they've been eating well enough to bulk up, makes me want to scream). I found the film very true to Katniss from the books and in general I thought all the casting choices were great, especially Rue and Cinna. I never cared remotely who Katniss ended up with romantically but having seen this film I'm glad it ended up being who it did.

After the movie we took the kids to College Park, where we stopped in Ikea and had dinner (apaulled wanted Swedish meatballs as a late birthday dinner and the rest of us are all happy to eat cheap there). Then we took older son to his dorm, though he discovered shortly afterward that he left his laptop cord at home. The Terps are happy tonight because the women's basketball team survived a threat from Texas A&M in the NCAA tournament (and I don't think anyone there is sorry to see UNC out of the men's tournament). Son was already making plans to see his former girlfriend before we left, so he was happy too. We took younger son's girlfriend home and chatted for a while with her parents, who were saving cupcakes for younger son; we chatted right through Harry's Law and Once Upon a Time, then came home and watched two episodes of Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr., which like his previous ancestry show is excellent. Some more National Aquarium photos:


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