An eventful weekend…

Good Morning everyone, As I said above, it has most definitely been an eventful weekend. First I need to say that it is extremely cold out here. It hit 29 degrees last night, and even snowed a bit (it melted on impact).
For the most part it was quite relaxing. Even once the bombing started and I got my fix of news, life’s pace returned to almost normal. K had to work on Saturday so I just relaxed at home and went to the gym. It was wonderful to lounge around and read all day. Sunday, we slept in and then went out to run the weekend errands. The weather was pretty odd all day with sun showers and a cold front moving in. We were on our way home and only a few miles away when we drove through a patch of heavy HAIL..!!! I was stunned. It was a few minutes after that when we turned on the radio and first heard about the bombing raids over Afghanistan. We watched the news for awhile after that and then decided we would go to the movies with some friends.

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We decided to see “Hearts in Atlantis”. First of all it was a great book. Written by Stephen King. This book falls far short of the Horror genre and is more of along the lines of “The Green Mile” and “Stand by Me”. The book and the movie vary in a number of ways, but the most important is that the book is in fact 5 novellas loosely tied together through common characters. The movie is really only the first novella in the book. The book was one of the most enjoyable selections of Stephen King that I have ever read, and if you see the movie and enjoy it, know that you are missing a lot. The other 4 novellas serve to enhance and expand the story of Bobby Garfield and his friends and follow them through the lives that you can only imagine are ahead of them if you have seen the movie.

The movie itself was excellent, but if anyone tells you that the movie itself is similar to “Stand by Me”, ignore them, the only similarities are that it is about a kid and his friends and the movie is not a Stephen King horror movie. It was more slowly paced and loosely bound than the other Stephen King non-horror movies. (which include: “Stand by Me”, “Shawshank Redemption”, and “The Green Mile”) By loosely bound I mean that it did not encapsulate the feeling of the book and the entirety of the story quite as well. But it was still an excellent movie. The actors were quite believable and Anthony Hopkins was in great form, and it was very nice to see him as a strong, kind role model that in a way cleansed my palete of his role as Hannibal Lecter in “Hannibal”.

If any of you are Stephen King Fan’s, you probably already know of the “Dark Tower” series and know that through that series ALL Stephen King books are linked and are in some way one story. But for those of you who are not aware of this, I suggest that you start reading because what Stephen King has done with his writing is beyond the scale (at least as far as I know) of any other author. His style may not be your favorite, but he will be studied for years to come.

As we drove home from the movie, I was struck yet again by how happy I am to be out here. It is turning out to be a great decision.

I hope you all are well, and I apologize for any of my rambling. Talk to you all soon…

~ by David on October 8, 2001.

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