Terrible movie watching continues apace! Last night with Spring Breakdown, which was...fairly rotten. Amy Poehler, Parker Posey & Rachel Dretch couldn't save it, in the end. Well, I mean-- eventually I was wrapped up in their universe, so it wasn't a total failure, but I'd skip it. Jenny & I needed something to watch together. The high points were Mae Whitman & Sarah Hagan-- first off, Mae Whitman is hilarious in anything, since now all I hear is Katara, & also, she's a spunky little person. Hagan's nasally nerd performances I appreciate, I just do. That was about it for yesterday-- well, & I picked up the CSA. Potatoes, onions, kale, bok choy, hull cherries, tomatoes, dill, four pounds of peaches & probably some other stuff I'm forgetting. That is just about it-- besides remembering that a few days ago (Monday?) I actually watched the Leverage season finale. It was a fine episode-- a good one, even, with plenty of Parker being extra double cute, which is how I judge my episodes as it turns out. It just wasn't a good finale. There was no comeuppance to The Italian, no appearance by the Big Bad, no Nate quitting drinking or Hardison & Parker kissing. No external or internal catharsis or climax! So that was a let down. Which, speaking of-- I went to Eataly with Brian & Jocelyn today, that Mario Batali giant plaza of produce. It was still very busy, but I was digging the vibe, especially the standing up tables. I ended up eating an (expensive) panini, which I liked despite its cost-- which wasn't that astronomical. I'm a little nonplussed by it, ultimately-- part of paying through the snout to live in my fancy neighborhood is that there are fancy accoutrement thick on the ground. Cheese & fresh bread & aged meats are well & good, but not new to me. Still, having a source a block & a half away from work could come in handy.
& while I'm randomly expounding on civic merits, I'll expound on another Virtue; today's is Respect. Not hippy-dippy "love thy neighbor" or "let your neighbor be an asshole"-- just the opposite in fact. The jerk neighbor is a jerk BECAUSE they have violated the virtue. I'm not even saying you can't preen & play "who is the alpha?" games. I'm just saying, basic low-level functional respect. When you are walking down the street, & you get to a tight spot, switch to single file rather than fanning out in a group. I get it, your tribe is tough as nail! If you really had power, you'd behave courteously. This goes for kids, too, which is the tricky part. Sometimes adults feel like they can plow through kids, because...well, because they don't respect them. Seriously, I think a big part of the problem with rebellious teenagers comes from disenfranchisement. Heck, I think that is the root of a lot of dumb crimes. The flip side of these will bug you-- when people defect, when they don't act with a bare minimum of manners, you'll feel cheated. What you've got to remember is that by being the respectful one, that puts you in the position of power. That gives you ethical authority. You are superior. They lose by cheating. So keep that in mind. & walk on the freaking right hand side.