Crash

I had to watch this movie for my class at school. I thought ahead and had my notebook available to take notes, because my final paper is on the film. I only wish that we had the full assignment instructions posted already so I could get started on the paper.

The movie was old, but it was great for a discussion on intercultural communications, which is a good thing, because that’s what my class is about.

There are several plots in the movie, and most of them revolve around race. It’s interesting to see how each of the characters are racist in their own way.

This was a tough movie to watch, but it had some good points. I don’t know that I would have watched the movie if it hadn’t been assigned since it was released so long ago. It was a good movie. I think the paper will be interesting to write.

40 books

40 books before you die

I’ve read a lot of these books mentioned in the above linked article. Some are on the TBR list, and a few I haven’t heard of. I may be working on some of them soon. I hope the library opens for checkouts soon.

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾, Sue Townsend

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

1984, George Orwell

Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee 

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray

Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

Beloved, Toni Morrison

Brideshead RevisitedEvelyn Waugh

Dune, Frank Herbert

The Code of the WoostersPG Wodehouse

The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K Dick

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

The Secret History, Donna Tartt

Dracula, Bram Stoker

Middlemarch, George Eliot

The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Dangerous Liaisons, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Trial, Franz Kafka

The Leopard, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

The Bling Ring

This was a movie that popped up on the Netflix movie list I posted a while ago. I am checking them off one by one. The movie was not very thought provoking. It just was a movie about spoiled high school students who ran a robbery ring in the homes of celebrities. From what I understand, it was part of a true story.

The movie was entertaining and didn’t take much thought. It was good to watch when I had finished homework and had enough thinking for the day.

45 Best Books

45 best books

I have most of these books, but I haven’t read most of them. Some of them, yes, I have read them. Some of them I look forward to reading. Some will remain unread for a while.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Beloved by Toni Morrison 

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller 

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin 

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

The Shining by Stephen King 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Ulysses by James Joyce

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

1984 by George Orwell

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Harry Potter: The Complete Collection by J.K. Rowling

The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor

Middlemarch by George Eliot

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Have you taken swim lessons?

I managed to find an outdoor pool that is open. I have been working on my lap swimming after a long time away from the pool. Unfortunately, the pool is a public pool and one has to make reservations in order to use it at a certain time, and there is a limit to the number of people allowed in the area at one time.

I went one afternoon to find a family of four in the pool area. Two children in the pool and one parent on either side of the pool, supervising. I settled in a safe distance from all of them. I figured that if I was patient, I may be able to get my laps in.

Suddenly, one of the children announced that she was hungry. Yay! My opportunity! I hopped in and did my laps while the children were eating.

As I got out, the children’s mother asked me if I had taken swimming lessons. I said yes, of course. She told the children that she knew that would be my answer. I looked at her, puzzled. She said that she’s been trying to convince the children that there was a good reason to take lessons, and they were impressed by the evenness of my stroke and that I could go back and forth so easily. I was being used as an example.

As I was putting my swim stuff away, the woman said, “Oh! I should have known that you knew what you were doing. Anyone who has a case for her goggles must be serious about swimming.” I guess so. I use the case to keep my goggles from getting scratches. They are much easier to see through without scratches.

She also commented on my swim watch and earplugs. Well, if I am doing laps, they help. I didn’t use my swimcap this time, though. I guess I am looking for that green chlorinated look?

I am just happy to be back in the pool. I use hand sanitizer after using the rails to get out of the pool. Everyone uses those to get out.

Let’s Talk About Swimming

Let’s talk about swimming

I am so disappointed that pools aren’t open yet. I was so thrilled when my gym opened, but then I found out that the pool wouldn’t be open for a long time, still. Here’s a little pep talk from some swimmers and unfortunately, their pool is a little too far away for me to swim in regularly. I can’t wait to get back in the pool.

I swam with Susan Helmrich for Swim Across America a few times. I was so excited to see that she was speaking with the author of a book about swimming, Why We Swim, Bonnie Tsui. I look forward to getting a hold of the book.

Hamilton, the movie

We got Disney Plus specifically to see Hamilton when it was released. I had seen it at the theater when it was here a year ago or so. I found it hard to follow at the theater, so I turned on the Closed Captioning to watch the movie. It wasn’t easy to follow even with the closed captioning.

I did enjoy the story, but, because I was watching at home, I had the distraction of the internet. I was able to look up facts that weren’t clear in the story. I now know a lot about Hamilton and his family.

Watching it on Disney Plus was definitely a lot cheaper than watching it at the theater. The theater was a much better experience, though. It was still informative, though.