So we went and saw The Matrix: Revolutions this weekend. Not the ending I wanted or would have predicted, but in a way, it fits. I think to appreciate the ending of Revolutions, you have to appreciate anime. I can see the influence of anime and manga on the Wachowski Brothers with that ending. I don't want to say much more, because I hate to give away the ending. Anyway, despite the bad reviews, I liked it. Too much Zion getting attacked and not enough Neo and Trinity, but the Neo we got was spectacular. I'm sad it's over and done with. It feels like a huge chapter has closed in our movie-going life. Sigh.
BUT! We still have LOTR: The Return of the King to look forward to. Don't anybody spoil the end for me! I never read the books, so I anticipate being pleasantly surprised.
We are wanting to go to one of the shows where they run all three movies together in one day, one after the other. Imagine seeing all three of the films consecutively on the big screen. What an opportunity. It opens on Dec. 17, but I am crossing my fingers they will do a showing like that on the weekend, otherwise I will have to call in a sick day or something, LOL.
Let's see, what else.. Oh. We are going to let some cats go. Mom gave away Bandit to my aunt (who just lives down the street, so it's okay) last night, and a few more are going to go to the SPCA for new homes. Don't think bad of me! We're not terrible, we just got in over our heads with kitties. The SPCA is DEFINITELY no-kill, and they are really nice, so my guilt level is lower than when we had to let go of Chiri over a year ago. When all is said and done, there'll be five cats around the house instead of nine. I'm still sad, though, because I'll miss them. They just deserve more room than we have, and more attention than we have time to give them.
In other news, I can't wait for Christmas, not because of the presents or the holiday spirit or whatever, but because of all the time we're getting off work. We'll be off for ten days in a row, from Dec. 25 through January 4. No work for ten days. They're going to have to drag me back.
And... Oh! Last but not least, we got a practically-free laptop!
Yes, a practically free laptop.
See, we bought a laptop at Best Buy back in February '01, and got the 3 year service plan on it (you pay $220 and if anything goes wrong, they fix it for free, or replace the computer). Well, I called to verify that we were still covered a few weeks ago because the floppy disk drive broke. We were, yay, so we took it in to Best Buy. While we were there, we also showed them some hairline cracks that developed along the back of the screen by the hinges. They said, as normal wear and tear, those were covered too. So off the lappy goes to the service center.
One week later it comes back, floppy drive fixed, but screen still cracked. Off it goes Back to the service center.
It comes back.
The cracks are gone.. but the back of the screen is NASTY! It's all scratched up with pen marks and rubs everywhere. We informed them that it looked way worse than when it left, and that was just not right.
The guy we talked to was just a regular tech-guy employee, so he has to talk to his manager. Long story short, they send us home to bring them the power cable and the battery, and we're getting a new laptop.
So now we have a brand new laptop. It's basically at $1300 laptop that we got for free. No, not free, exactly - we purchased the service plan (price went up to $250) on this one so that in another three years..