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Adventures in Engineering - A fun weekend with the Devil's Double.
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2011-08-29 11:43
  Subject:   A fun weekend with the Devil's Double.
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No doubt I've been working too much. This weekend was the most fun I've had in two months at least. Let's name and praise!

Saturday Chuck invited me to come see an Impulse Theater show. This is the improv group that performs in the basement of the Wynkoop Brewery. Afterward we dropped by Watercourse Foods (near 17 & Emerson) for some of the best vegan food I've ever had.

Sunday during the day I got to help Simon move. ("Friends help you move - real friends help you move bodies.") There's no shortage of interesting people around Simon, and it was cool to meet everyone. I was actually disappointed how many people showed up - I didn't even get to do any heavy lifting. After how hard I worked Simon during my move, I was ready to move mountains for him.

Sunday evening I hooked up with j_b, Morgan and Shawn. Bailey and I got dinner at a little Chinese place down at Alameda and Logan in Wash Park. It is evidently under new management and the food has taken a major turn for the better. I was literally licking my plate (for real, ask Bailey) after I was done with my shrimp & vegetables. The food is excellent, and it isn't expensive either. You may have noticed I haven't named the place - that's because I'm not sure I remember the name right, and I don't want to give you the old name, as the food didn't used to be as good. (I'll try and find out what the name of the place was, and toss an edit in here.)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1270262/

After dinner we went and saw The Devil's Double at The Mayan. This is a movie about the life of Uday Hussein, Saddam Hussein's son. This is an amazing movie, and it's a damnable shame that it will never be shown in mainstream theaters. The reason is simple: it's completely unflinching and it pulls no punches. Torture, rape and endless drug use were Uday's weekly routine, and the movie shows all of it in graphic detail. Dominic Cooper turns in an incredible performance as both Uday AND his body double Latif Yahia. Top it off with a budget of $24 million and direction by Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day, Along Came A Spider), and you have what really should be the movie of the summer - if anyone even knew it existed. GO SEE THIS. You're missing out on what may be the best movie of the year if you don't.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2011-08-29 17:39 (UTC)
  Subject:   On a personal note...
You ever have one of those times when everything seems to remind you of an ex? This weekend kept reminding me of Pa-chan. She liked improv, I was thinking how much she probably would have enjoyed the Impulse Theater show. Then about the time I'd managed to forget that, wrapping up the move at Simon's the next day, Green Day's "Time Of Your Life" came on the radio. And took me right back to how much I still miss her.

Eight years. I put her on the plane in 2003. And now it's 2011 and I still can't get over her. Some days I wish Cupid would die in a fire. ;]
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2011-08-29 17:51 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: On a personal note...
> Eight years. I put her on the plane in 2003. And now it's 2011

She was 19 when she left. She's 27 now. The same age I was when I was going out with her. Ye gods, am I fucking old.

One of my largest regrets about her leaving was that the years from 19 to 25 are so incredibly significant in a person's life and the formation of their personality. When she left, I knew that she wasn't going to be the same person the next time I saw her.

It's been bittersweet to hear about her life in Sydney. There were some bad times, but all in all I think she's doing well. If you saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine or Legend of The Guardians, you saw some of the CG that she helped created.

I happy that she's found a good life. But I still miss her. My own attempts to make it to Australia have been thwarted by a combination of a shitty economy, and a belief that I really should let her go and move on. I sure wish that latter bit was easier...

Boy, I'm really cranking up the emo here. Easy subject for me to get maudlin on, I guess.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2011-08-29 17:53 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: On a personal note...
They say a good way to get over someone, is to get under someone else. This, too, is evidently a lot easier said than done... :P
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Willow: Not So Easy
  User: willow_red
  Date: 2011-08-30 17:29 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: On a personal note...
Keyword:Not So Easy
Having been the "someone else" once or twice, I will say two things. First, it doesn't work. Second, she will know you wish she was the ex you can't get over.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2011-08-30 23:05 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: On a personal note...
> First, it doesn't work.

Not ever? This is 8 years we're talking about here...

> Second, she will know you wish she was the ex you can't get over.

What if she turns out to be better than the ex?
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Willow: Stars
  User: willow_red
  Date: 2011-08-30 23:24 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: On a personal note...
Keyword:Stars
My point was that you can't use someone else to get you over an ex -- you have to do that yourself, be it 8 weeks or 8 years. Better doesn't matter too much when you're hung up on someone else.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2011-08-31 18:43 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: On a personal note...
> Better doesn't matter too much when you're hung up on someone else.

I'm still skeptical. Pa-chan was my rebound off Nievie, and it worked out about as well as a rebound possibly could. I realize rebounds are generally not good, but there are rare exceptions.

BTW, my condolences on you being someone else's bad rebound. Not fun, I know.
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Willow: Stars
  User: willow_red
  Date: 2011-08-31 19:09 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: On a personal note...
Keyword:Stars
I'm still skeptical. Pa-chan was my rebound off Nievie, and it worked out about as well as a rebound possibly could. I realize rebounds are generally not good, but there are rare exceptions.

No comment.

BTW, my condolences on you being someone else's bad rebound. Not fun, I know.

I'm not saying I was someone else's bad rebound (frankly, that's up to them to decide). But all I've ever been was either something to temporarily alleviate boredom or a reasonable second choice when the first choice didn't work out (occasionally, I was worth stringing along so the guy could copy my notes or get a peek at my homework, but I never got so much as dinner out of any of those).

Enough about me and my emo. The point I'm trying to make is that your issues are exactly that -- yours -- and if you try to make someone else fix them for you, they can tell they're being used. Whether or not they're okay with that, well, that's the other person's issue.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2011-08-31 20:59 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: On a personal note...
> No comment.

Well, you're no fun at all. ;]

> The point I'm trying to make is that your issues are exactly that -- yours -- and if you try to make someone else fix them for you, they can tell they're being used.

I think that's an overly simplistic take on things. And I don't think it squares with what I'm advocating. My take on the "getting under someone else" phrase is it's all about taking responsibility for yourself, and doing what you need to do in order to fix your own internal problems. The old "pick yourself up and get back in the saddle."

It's not about expecting the other person to fix you. I don't even believe that's possible. It's about me taking actions to fix me. Yes, those actions involve another person. But that doesn't make it inherently evil or exploitive. Not any more than taking a dog for a walk in order to get some exercise and have some quiet time is inherently evil or exploitive towards the dog.
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