Monday, December 1, 2008

Failure.

Given my ample inclination towards underachievement, few of you will be surprised to learn that I did not, in fact, complete the "simple" challenge of watching 30 movies in 30 days. I probably saw parts of over 30 movies, but given the self-imposed limitation that the movie be one which I'd never before seen (sorry Goldeneye; sorry Deja Vu), the final result was 26.38 new movies watched in 30 days. Basically I earned a B+, except I foolishly opted to do this pass/fail. So I failed.

Turns out I was ultimately felled by a few different factors, the first of which is that I'm not a complete and total loser. Yes, as the slow onset of maturity takes root, I felt compelled at various points this past month to go out; to see people; to do things. Throw in a full time job, family obligations, a national election, routine blog updates, and a strange inability to eat whilst watching movies, and suddenly there's very little time left to knock out sixty hours worth of movies in just one month. Also, oddly, even though the act of watching a movie is an extremely passive act, knowing that watching the movie was purposeful, made me avoid doing it...as though watching The Incredible Hulk was actually an unpaid job of some sort.

Oh, and I also started a full season of Madden 09 sometime around November 3rd, complete with a full 54-round franchise draft, exhibition games and 15-minute quarters. The fact that I'm currently 8-0 in the regular season (3-1 in the exhibition games) most likely has nothing to do with my inability to finish the 30 movies in a timely fashion. Also, Tony Romo is a scrambling god and cannot be stopped. Also, ignore my previous comments about both maturity and the absence of total loserness.

I'll post my remaining film reviews in the coming days. I attempted to keep up with it while in Dallas, but it turns out that a functional computer with a good internet connection is the Achilles heel of multimillion-dollar luxury homes in North Dallas. Oh, sure, the kitchen has a built-in broccoli steamer and the Movie Room has a 107" screen with hi-def projector, but a $299 Dell desktop with internet? No, that's just extravagant nonsense.

2 Comments:

Blogger Vanessa said...

a built-in broccoli steamer?

December 2, 2008 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Kraig Smith said...

Well, it's a general-purpose steamer, so I supposed it's as much a rice steamer as it is a broccoli steamer, but yes, a freakin built-in steamer.

December 4, 2008 at 12:55 AM  

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