This year, having endured a week and a day of metro track work extending my commute by half an hour in the morning and much more in the evenings, on hearing it was still going on this Monday decided I would take the afternoon off and go with my sister to the Citi Open, to at least escape half the ordeal. When we agreed on this, there were storms predicted for today, with some chance they would hit yesterday instead. But if one wants to go on a certain day, one will always subject oneself to the weather of that day.
In the thirteen years since Finding Nemo was made, Pixar’s animation has advanced considerably. We got a reminder of that before Finding Dory even started playing, in the form of the short in front of it: Piper, a charming little movie about a sandpiper chicklet, which uses the newest techniques to make CGI birds look so realistic, you have to remind yourself they’re computerized, especially they’re wandering through sand and waves that look like they came straight out of a live-action movie. The story is one that might have just carried an obviously animated short, but the filmmaking turns it into an awe-worthy one.
Seriously, when I saw this on the long bus detour home this evening, I was suddenly back in grad school and loving these two boys so much:
— Stéphane Lambiel (@StephaneLambiel) July 13, 2016
And really, boys, we need all the joy we need right now. I don’t know if you’ve noticed(the Swiss guy might not), but things are pretty miserable in the world right now(just like they were back in the Bush era). We need you to finally to a proper number together, with costumes and full length and everything. Please?
Although my three-day vacation in New York was initially decided on so I could spare myself three of the 9 work days during which part of the metro route I take to work was shut down due to track work, I then decided my full day in New York would be Wednesday, so I could see a #Ham4Ham show, especially after I realized I’d be there for the final week before Lin-Manuel Miranda would leave the show. By the time I was there, Leslie Odom, Jr and Phillipa Soo were also confirmed as off to hopefully reap some benefits from their newfound fame, although I also became aware of how early I’d need to get there, and started to wonder if it was worth it to stand in the heat for hours for a five-minute show. But it was what I came to the city for, so Wednesday morning after breakfast off I went to the Richard Rogers.
Ran away from the world for three days, and after one day back, I’m too tired and sad to do much writing tonight. But I have some photos from my walk in Central Park Wednesday evening:
Tomorrow I run off to New York City for a short holiday, so meanwhile, have some Muppets.
…anyone else want to now see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s take on the Second Continental Congress?
But instead I’m in mourning. Was it only a year that Joshua Farris and Jason Brown were going to be the next great two and the next great rivalry? Like Evan and Johnny, except better, and more dignified. Now we’ve lost a skater who could’ve accomplished so much. You just hope this isn’t going to damage Joshua’s health permanently. Jason’s farewell to him on twitter yesterday was both heartwarming and heartbreaking.