Cody forgot to wake me this morning! (Sure, blame the dog.) (But it's true.) Now I'm a little pressed for time, so I'll be brief.
We watched Rick Mercer again last night. What can I tell you? You folks bring the warm glow of a shared history. I come to the show with the cold, hard eyes of a stranger. First everyone said The Mercer Report was hilarious. Then when I didn't find it very funny, everyone said, well, it's not that he's so funny, it's that he's so trenchant and witty, and he tells it like it is. Well, to my ears, he's not trenchant and he's not even especially witty. He's mildly amusing at best, and mostly states the obvious.
Tuesday nights, however, might bring me back to a network. The movie we had planned to watch sucked, and I remembered that I've wanted to see "Commander In Chief" - you know, Geena Davis as the President of the US, Donald Sutherland (Canadian) as the neo-conservative Speaker of the House. I've caught little bits of a few episodes, but never saw a show all the way through, and have wanted to. Excellent timing on my sporadically functioning memory: it was a repeat of the series opener.
I really enjoyed the show and I'd like to watch the whole season in re-runs. I could use a new TV drama. I watched ER for many years, then Law & Order, and now it's time for something new. I think the serial dramas are what network television does best; the writing and acting are often stellar. Here's hoping ABC is re-running the whole first season.
Swimming is going great. The Mississauga Y is fabulous and I am loving hopping in the car and being there in 15 minutes. I used to schlep on the subway to swim - unheard of in New York, where everyone walks to their health club from either home or work, but there was no pool in our old neighbourhood. My current arrangement is a huge improvement, as are the pool and facilities themselves. Imagine that a YMCA is nicer than a private health club on Manhattan's Upper West Side! Ah, suburban life.
I'm thoroughly enjoying reading about Canada in the late 1860s and early 1870s, although I should put "Canada" in quotes, as it was more idea than nation at the time. I don't have a lot of time to read, so I'll be working my way through these books for a long time, but I'm really getting a lot out of it.
Weather watch: this morning when I walked Cody it was bright, sunny and -8 degrees Celsius (17 F). A little cold. I'm not complaining. Just observing.
I have a few other scintillating tidbits (sarcasm) to impart, but now I must get to work. We are spending the afternoon with some friends of wmtc, and I promised myself I'd work for a couple of hours before I left. Details tomorrow.