Movies Seen This Past Week

Made For Each Other
How Green Was My Valley
Moonrise Kingdom (twice)
Sylvia Scarlett
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Hurt Locker
Demolition Man
What’s Up Doc?
Out of the Past
People Will Talk
A Separation (twice)
The Young Lions
The Family Stone
Also watched the entirety of the series Extras.

I have not been receiving mail for the majority of the week so most of these are in my collection, and I have seen all of them multiple times. Except for Donya, which I will write up once I get back to normal. It was very thought-provoking and quite funny.

Everything is still effed up. It’s quite cold now as well and I am worried about my friends with no heat (and those who aren’t my friends as well). This has been a disaster for our state. The gas situation continues in the same pattern, and everyone has settled into the new normal of 2 hour waits, odd-even license plates (memories of my childhood), police cars around every gas station. I was walking up 11th Avenue today (again: Zone A is not only not recovered, but it’s pretty much a disaster down there), and there was a line for gas stretching up for blocks and blocks, cars completely stopped along the avenue, waiting for their time to pull in to the wee Mobile Station at 11th and 29th. There was a guy on a motorcycle reading a newspaper. That’s not something you see every day.

Had a long conversation with a security guard at the Javits Center that was so fun and open and sweet that I seriously considered marrying him. We swapped stories, we laughed, we commiserated, we talked about our fair city and how good it was that the city had prepared so rigorously. He lives in the Rockaways, which is a byword for “Holy shitballs” these days. Like “Atlantic City”. Amazingly, his house is fine. We talked about how everyone was being nice and helpful and that that was good to see.

Tonight I will watch Broken Blossoms. Still no office open. I’m starting to get frightened. I don’t work, I don’t get paid. But Zone A is a train-wreck. It was heartening to see all of the utility guys down there, working their asses off. They are like celebrities here, like the firemen were post-9/11. Everyone goes up to them and thanks them. They chat, they are the ones with the information about how long all of this is going to take.

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