Friday, August 12, 2005

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbor. Hood.

I left my apartment early today to run some errands before catching the subway. I couldn't help but notice it was a beautiful morning, but perhaps I was over-appreciating it because I knew that in just a few hours the temperature would rocket to 95 degrees. For the first time, I went to the Dry Cleaner's around the corner from my house. The kid behind the counter was very nice. He told me that they would be closed on Monday for the holiday, so if I needed my clothes I should be sure to pick them up tomorrow. Confused, I asked, "What holiday?"

"Korean Liberation Day."

"Oh. Okay. Thanks."

The other night I was lectured by the guy at the Laundromat for leaving my clothes in the washer too long, but we made up after I apologized profusely. He asked me if I was a new tenant across the street and I confirmed that I was; we chatted a bit. I like his Laundromat because it is clean and you can tell they take pride in keeping up with the machines. He and the other guy who run it alternate between the ball game and some big band music which I like, but when they switch over to FOX News I duck back across the street. I like meeting people in my neighborhood. I figure this way, if I get stabbed on my stoop, I won't just be faceless white girl victim; I'm pretty sure the people at Heights Coffee at least will mourn, "Damn, that girl was a good tipper."

I stopped at a mailbox and dropped in my first Netflix DVD, with about 2% confidence that it would get where it needs to go. My first two DVDs arrived yesterday and last night I watched Dead Like Me Season One Disc 4. Is anyone watching this show? I think it airs on Showtime. First of all, Mandy Patinkin is brilliant and is exactly the tough-love kind of boss/father figure you would want to have if you find yourself undead at 18. I love this show because I am both comforted by the idea that someone releases your soul in the moments before you die and then shepherds you to your next place and yet horrified by the thought that I could remain on Earth after I die and have to get a day job temping. Purgatory = collation.

Already it is clear that Netflix will change my life. Please keep submitting suggestions for what I should rent next.

16 comments:

Leah said...

I am all over Dead Like Me - too bad it only lasted two seasons. I had issues with my netflix and that DVD series, at least one of the episodes on each CD wouldn't play, maybe I just have a crappy DVD player (I do). You might want to also rent Entourage if you haven't gotten into that one yet. We should be netflix friends.

Cupcake said...

Cool, that would be great. Um, how do we do that?

Leah said...

go to the friends part of the website and then click "invite new friends" and plug in my email address
ghstwrldgrl@aol.com

p. said...

i've heard that another excellent strategy to prevent becoming dead white girl (possibly stuck in hellish cycle of collation) is to pretend to be crazy alive white girl. maybe instead of chatting it up w/ the neighbors you should be shouting random salutations and obscenities while ticking wildly.

at least, that works here in iowa.

clever wordsmith, you are. :)
patresa

p. said...

i meant to leave a link to my blog.

www.spaces.msn.com/members/chrisandpatresa/

for some reason, it comes up on its own on some blogspot blogs but not on others. hmmm...

patresa

Beans said...

im going to ask for Monday off because of the holiday.

Linda said...

My blog is one big movie recommendation, enjoy!!! Have fun on the Netflix website, as you rate movies you've seen, they make recommendations for you based on your ratings, fun stuff!!!

Cat Furniture said...

I like your blog, the layout, the content, the overall feel of it. I bookmarked you... I will check back pretty often to see whats new :-)

Cupcake said...

Somehow, I highly doubt it, "Cat Furniture".

Cupcake said...

I don't know Mrs. S, I hear you've been pushing the penguins pretty hard. I don't know if I can trust your recomendations.

Everyone I know is pushing the penguins! People have told me they've cried during this film. Now, if you want to see a film with a penguin, may I suggest Five Corners?

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Linda said...

I'll take your Five Corners, and raise you a Mad Hot Ballroom! It has somehow become the summer of the penguins!

daveawayfromhome said...

Have you seen the show "Wonderfalls"? produced and written by Brian Fuller (of "Dead Like Me"). Very good show which Fox killed off after only four episodes.

Cupcake said...

Thanks for reminding me about Mad Hot Ballroom! I just added it to my waiting to be released list.

Actually I did see one episode of Wonderfalls and liked it. They killed it after four episodes? I put it in my Netflix queue. It shall live on!

Carissa said...

Ohhh! I was going to recommend Wonderfalls! I'm still sad that they cancelled that show. And not just because I like to look at her bartender friend.

Anonymous said...

Ok, I followed the link... I'm here... What do I win? Cat Furniture?