Friday, May 27, 2005

Things to do while everyone avoids that crane guy.

* See Daniel Craig in LAYER CAKE, playing locally at the Tara. Or you could see Sam Peckinpah's MAJOR DUNDEE at the Landmark.
* Read the first chapter of THE HISTORIAN, which is being touted as the summer's biggest non-HARRY POTTER book. It comes out June 14, but you can read an excerpt on Amazon. It's supposed to be some scary, DA VINCI CODE-like take on DRACULA.
* Pay tribute to the late Ismael Merchant by watching A ROOM WITH A VIEW, which is a fantastic movie adapted from an E.M. Forster novel. The Merchant-Ivory production features, among other things, nudity, beautiful Italian scenery and an early performance from Daniel Day-Lewis as a stuck-up, foppish nerd.
* Buy Kacoon's baby shower present at Babies R Us.
* Finish doing the stuff off last week's list, and continue telling people to see OLDBOY.
* Connect with an old friend, like my old bookstore co-worker Vicki. Vicki, it turns out, just returned from Indonesia, where she and other missionaries helped tsunami victims with medical aid and clean-up.
* Do laundry.
* Wash the dishes.
* Take out the garbage.
* Update your resume. Work on getting a new job, just for the fun of it.
* Go to Atlanta Jazz Fest.
* Go out of town. It's Memorial Day.
* Heck, because it's Memorial Day, visit a cemetery. Pay tribute to the war dead. Find a flag, and say the Pledge of Allegiance.
* Visit me in the music department at Barnes & Noble in Buckhead, if that guy ever comes down from the crane, because we're having a Buy Two DVDs, Get One Free sale there. And, if you're that linen-shirt-wearing guy named Colin who talked to me this week, come back to visit. Let's get coffee.
* Place bets on how the situation with the crane guy is going to end.
* Finish watching John Huston's THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE. Bogart's cool.

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