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Sun, Dec. 21st, 2003 11:59 pm
Academy '99, Where Are You?

Todays' entry is somewhat lengthy, so I have split it up.

Today I headed out for the annual Mass Academy reunion. While there I ran into Chris, Mike, taranhero, Rae, and Moussa. sirroxton was notably absent. We talked for most of the three and a half hours of the reunion until rgfgompei and pezzonovante arrived. We informed rgfgompei we were mutinying again her wish to see Lord of the Rings: Return Of The King on the grounds that we had all seen it. So, we decided that we would delay further planning while wreaked righteous retribution on the deserter and organized a redeployment to sirroxton's base of operations. There, we took both sirroxton and verrucaria into our unit, and moved out for the Wedge.

In the Wedge we played card games (using cards salvaged from sirroxton's house). rgfgompei, sirroxton, and verrucaria all still wanted to see Return of the King. However, refueling was becoming necessary, so a taskforce of myself, taranhero, sirroxton, verrucaria, rgfgompei, pezzonvante, and Moussa all went to Tech Pizza for dinner. Afterward, sirroxton, verrucaria, rgfgompei, and pezzonovante all moved to Showcase Cinemas Worcester North to watch the 2005 showing of Lord of the Rings: Return Of The King. Following that, taranhero and I decided to see the 2015 showing of The Last Samurai. We moved to the theater, stopping to drop off Moussa on the way.

Now, it came to pass that taranhero did not know the way to Showcase Cinemas Worcester North, so he followed me to the theater. All went well until we reached the proper exit from 190 to the theater, where taranhero was forced into an improper lane and unable to follow me through the next-to-last turn of the voyage. As a result I successfully reached the objective without my wingman. I was faced with something of a quandary; do I depart the theater and attempt to find him, or wait on the hope he could find his way to the theater alone? I decided that the chances of both locating and correctly identifying taranhero's car were far less than that of him finding his way here alone, so I came on station near the main entrance of the theater and waited. Some time later, taranhero came charging up the way, and we went into the movie.

The Last Samurai was a reasonably good film overall. Although its plot and character archetypes have been done a thousand times, I found the individual events of the movie fascinating. The case study of the Japanese culture was, of course, the primary focus of the movie, but I found the actual battle scenes more interesting, as they represented what amounted to mini-movies themselves. The climatic battle of the movie follows barely two companies of swordsmen and archers defending against an assault by two regiments of infantry, with a dozen artillery pieces in support. Tom Cruise's character compares the engagement to the Battle of Thermopylae, an oft-cited skirmish in literature. The difference, of course, was that there was no Greek army left to devastate the remnants of the hero's last stand. However, the film does provide a handy deus ex machina at the end.

So after the movie, taranhero and I went into the movie our friends had gone into earlier. We found them, along with purly, mikecap, Justin, shogunhb, and lalaithpigeon. After briefly conferring, the rest of the group retreated to Heywood, while myself, sirroxton, and verrucaria retired from the field. Tomorrow I meet with Kate again, and perchance introduce her to some of my friends from about here.

Current Mood: geeky

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taranhero
taranhero
Taran
Mon, Dec. 22nd, 2003 07:35 am (UTC)

Fun.

That is all.


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