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Monday, August 30, 2004

I'm feeling a bit secretive. A bit "woman of mystery". Or possibly "woman of stupidity" as this may all stem from a fall I took Saturday morning. Yup. Just stupidly tripped on a broken bit of sidewalk out front of my house, and went down hard and fast... well, hard and in a weird slow motion kind of state. I hit with my left knee first - the one that's already sensitive to weather changes, and nearly required surgery a few years back. Then I attempted to catch myself with my hands, and jammed my wrists pretty good. And it didn't even help, because my temple slammed down onto the cement anyway, just to the left of my left eyebrow. I'm sure the whole thing took a fraction of a second, but it felt oddly slow and methodical. Didn't break the skin on the knee, hands, or head, and I put ice on my head right away, so no bruising shows, although the area is still very tender, and I've had a headache ever since. Sure, I'll recover from the pain, but the stupidity of falling on my own front walk may haunt me forever.
Stumble
In any event, Saturday I saw Garden State with Nancy. I really enjoyed it, which was a relief, since about ten minutes in I was thinking "oh, I really don't want to hate this I really don't want to hate this."

You see, call me a prude if you want, but I don't consider drugs, or drug use, to be cool at all. At all. Really. And I get very angry when I see celebrities talking about it like it's normal and healthy. I do believe celebrities have a great responsibility and obligation to be proper role models. We talk about a so-called "war on drugs" and then we put it out there all over the place - celebrities smoking pot all over the place, drugs for every condition you can imagine all over the television (and medication absolutely has it's place, but adding chemicals into your body should never be a first choice) and it's no wonder kids think "everyone is doing drugs". This said, I have almost always had friends who used drugs (when I wasn't around) and I don't judge them for it. I don't like it, but I don't hold it against them. But I do hold it against people who present it as popular and glamourous.
Blurry Drunk
And within the first ten minutes of the movie, there's a party with heavy drug use going on. I don't want to watch a movie about doing drugs. But it turned out not to be about drugs, but about feelings, and reality, and how sometimes feeling means pain, but that's not a bad thing. The relationship between Zach Braff's character and Natalie Portman's character is just precious, and I found myself really enamoured of the movie when I left.

So go see the movie if you're feeling a bit contemplative, and introspective, and get past the first ten or fifteen minutes before you make a real decision about it.

And otherwise, I'm working on a few other things in my (aching) head that I may let you in on later this week...

6 Comments:

Blogger Amanda said...

I give you a 10? I hope you didn't do any lasting damange to any body parts. Don't want to have to stay away from knitting too long...not now that I am intrigued by the mystery work!

11:28 AM  
Blogger Elisa said...

Amie, I'm starting to worry about you - first the leashcapade, and now this? I'm glad you didn't break skin, and I'm glad you aren't bruised. Being able to talk about it because you WANT to, and talking about it because someone points at your head and says, "WHAT DID YOU DO?" are totally different things!

Take care!!!

11:54 AM  
Blogger Gracie said...

I am so sorry you fell! But, I am glad that you are all ok. I think the worst part of falling is the embarassment of actually falling. I fell once when I was coming out of the movie theater in front of a ton of people - it didn't hurt of course, but my face was red for a good 5 minutes. Have a great Monday!

1:12 PM  
Blogger Knittens said...

I hope you get to feeling better soon! Falling is never any fun, between contact and how your body gets all tense before contact... ugh!

I'm glad you liked Garden State. I actually brought DH to see it yesterday. He loved it, as did I. I agree with what you said about it 100%. In the beginning Matt was asking me if I wanted to leave, I looked so unhappy with it, but the more I watched, the more i liked it.

have a good day, hope you feel better soon!

1:27 PM  
Blogger caramelknits said...

Sorry to hear about your fall! That's awful! Hope you're feeling better soon.

Glad you liked Garden State, though! It had such a great message and made me very introspective for a while. I want to go see it again, but I'll probably just buy it when it comes out on DVD. We'll see.

8:45 PM  
Blogger erica said...

Oh, Garden State, how I love thee Garden State! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the film. I want to see it over and over. It made me very introspective, too. But it also made me stop and think about what I'm really feeling right now and where I'm at in my life. Never thought a film would make me decide that going to library school is what I need right now.

Glad you're okay. Falls are never good or fun.

I haven't been on Knitter's Review forever and was glad to see your post! :)

7:24 PM  

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