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Well, I think I've finally settled into this "really freaking busy" groove a little bit better now. I'm not totally flipping out at all the stuff I've got to do for various clients, and I think stuff is actually getting done some. I'm sure the people who are lined up to pay me for that stuff are mightily relieved, as are the people who expect to get some of that pay for various services, like heat and electricity.
And the dentist. I went in yesterday for my (hopefully) penultimate visit to the Cowboy Dentist. I thought I was just getting my last cavity filled, but it turns out that I was getting drilled and filed for another crown - which costs a bit more than a filling. Did I mention that I don't have dental insurance? Yeah, well, we sat down and did some math, and figured that just paying for toothwork straight up was cheaper in the long run than getting individual insurance, but I think I'm really pushing the boundaries of that particular calculation at this point. But, one more visit in a few weeks to glue the damn thing on, and I'm good for a while. Well, except that he had to take, mmmm, a lot of my rotten tooth out to get the temporary on, and it's sore as hell. I checked in with him to make sure that this is normal, the super-sensitivity to cold stuff, and the feeling like someone's trying to find out if it's safe any time I put any pressure on the tooth, but apparently, it is, so I'm just diving head first into the ibuprofen and whatnot, and wait for it to calm down in a day or three. Which, it seems, leads to a lot of heavy napping. Fine by me, but, not fine for my schedule. Bah.
To avoid doing too much moving around or thinking, I finally sat down and took a crack at the Netflix movies that have been sitting on the TV for a few months now. Holy crap, have I been missing out. So, there's this Japanese movie, Versus by Ryuhei Kitamura - I think I can say without fear of contradiction that this is the best samurai-yakuza-zombie-kung-fu movie ever made. The direction and editing remind me a lot of early Peter Jackson films (like Dead Alive or Bad Taste) - or maybe it's the insane horror/action/comedy scenes with the gallons of fake blood and body parts and bits of guy everywhere. All they need is a lawnmower, and they'd be all set. The plot isn't... well, it's not really important. There are a few nice touches in there, though. They seem to have the whole "if you show a gun in act one, you have to use it by act three" thing totally down. They don't let any little bit piece go to waste - even that severed hand you see at the beginning of the movie eventually makes its way back home by the end. Anyway, if you like that sort of thing, or if you like movies at all, get it now, and watch it now. I think I'm gonna go back and watch it again, myself. Right now.(March 25, 2005 11:34 PM)