November 23rd, 2006

It feels strange on foreign holidays

I don't know about anyone else, but when I was teaching, I think my brain got trained to think in certain ways. I still break things down into hour long chunks and, I never spend too long doing one thing.

I also tended to think in terms of when holidays should be too. So coming here and having holidays in "all the wrong places" is a little odd. In addition, with this being thanksgiving, I can see why the Americans celebrate it, but I'm not sure how much "good taste" it's in. As I understand it, it was a way of giving thanks to the Native Americans initially for keeping the Pilgrim Fathers alive after the first winter.

If that is at least part of why it's still celebrated here, I'm not sure how much good taste it's in. If it's giving thanks to the Lord for a bountiful harvest, what ever happened to church and state? If it's about being thankful for family, why bring up the founding fathers at all (oh and also does that mean we done have to be thankful the other 364 days for the year)?

Oh and by the way, about Christmas.

Oh and by the way, I'm dreading Christmas. Because I'm a student who got indirectly affected by the 9/11 thing, I can't leave the country till I have a job (and so a good reason to return). So if I don't get a job pretty soon, I'm going to be away from my family over Christmas for the first time in my life.

That's going to be extremely weird, given I don't really know people here (even though Ive been here over 3yrs).

I went to see "Stranger than Fiction"

I went to see the Will Ferrell (sp?), Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman movie Stranger than fiction this evening. This actually wasn't all that bad, being about a writer (Thompson) who starts writing a character (Ferrell) who actually turns out to be alive (and able to hear what she's writing in his head). When she starts writing about his imminent demise, Ferrell, unsurprisingly, feels moved to contact her to save his life.

Don't get me wrong, however, the film isn't perfect. There's one section where the Ferrell character becomes so "dorkily bookish" that he started to really irritate me (no one is that bad, trust me). In addition, Will Ferrell's love interest is played by Maggie Gyllenhaal. During the movie, I assumed there was a big age gap between the two and that always sort of strikes me as peculiar in films (surely they can find women who are closer to the guys age).

As it turns out, the age gap was only 10yrs (Ferrell isn't yet 40 and Gyllenhaal is almost 30 according to imdb. I assumed he was older and she was younger), but to me big age gaps seem odd to me (no offense is meant to anyone who's involved in such a relationship, but I can't help but do a mental 'double take').
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