Saturday, September 26, 2009
Shut Your Eyes, Marion. Don't Look at it, No Matter What Happens!
Muffled sounds were the first bits of sensory input to disturb the stillness in the chamber. Voices, followed shortly thereafter by slow, steady banging. A pair of minutes crawled by until the sound of a small cascade of stones and a ray of light announced the breakthrough. They had breached.
Another 30 seconds of widening the initial breach, and it was wide enough for a flashlight to enter, with just enough space on the side to allow a pair of eyes to peek through, tracking the circle of light as it swept through the darkness.
"It's a chamber, alright. A big one, too. I can't see the far side of the space, at least not with this flashlight." The flashlight withdrew, and more chipping began.
"What did you see?" a second voice inquired.
"On the near wall, there was writing. Hieroglyphs of some sort. We'll need to get the light stands, the video camera, and our notebooks. Fire up the generator and string more cabling while I work on the opening."
The sound of receding footsteps were heard briefly between the steady chipping. Within 15 minutes, the opening was large enough for a grown man to crawl through. While supplies were being passed down the tunnel, the professor made his way into the chamber, trembling with the simmering adrenaline rush of discovery. He carefully stood up, turned on his flashlight, and pivoted, taking in the room. His eyes were drawn to the writing on the wall; the symbols were instantly familiar to him. Row upon row of neat, hand-carved hieroglyphs; a message from antiquity, and of all the members of the crew, he alone would be able to translate it.
"Where are those light stands?" he called out over his shoulder, without taking his eyes off the writing. He moved closer, went to the first line, and began to slowly, uncertainly read it aloud...
"Greetings, everyone! It has been a beautiful, mellow Saturday. The highlight so far has been a nap, and a pretty good movie..."
Greetings, everyone! It has been a beautiful, mellow Saturday. The highlight so far has been a nap, and a pretty good movie... the movie was the Ron Howard film Frost/Nixon, which was at once fascinating and boring. That's quite an accomplishment, if you ask me. The only other example of such an accomplishment that I can recall is, in a grand stroke of irony, the 1980 TV series done by Michael Palin (of Monty Python fame) called Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days. Ironic, obviously, because of yesterday's post. Literally, when I paused writing this sentence, and went to search out the name of that Michael Palin show, I had no clue that the title was such. I just remembered the concept and that I had written a review of it last year - that's what I went to dig up. I doubt you'll believe it was a coincidence, but it was...
In any case, Frost/Nixon. Good acting, but not great, I thought. Frank Nangella got a couple Best Actor nominations from the various industry glad-handing awards shows, but I'm not sure I'd say it was nomination-level. Don't get me wrong, it was good, it just didn't blow me away. But it was an interesting watch, I think I lean toward recommending it. And it has Oliver Platt in it, and you can't go wrong with Oliver Platt. Loved him in Diggstown.
If you're afraid of heights, or have ever unpleasantly dreamed that you are plummeting to the earth from waaaaay up in the air, you might not want to watch this clip... please, sit down before you fall down.
here's their site if you want to read more about it and look at some pics.
Other Boring Tidbits: Had lunch with mom today at Panera. Always love eating there, and my mom is my favorite. Got some book covers done for a couple of Pastor's books. Worked on the camp slideshow but didn't finish it. Was going to get my hair trimmed tonight, but that didn't happen because I was too into the Frost/Nixon flick. Decided to try and ween myself off of caffeine again. Will it stick? Doubtful, but hey, I'm going to give it a shot. Here's to persistence! I know... "Dave, your persistence surpises even me. You're going to give mercenaries a bad name..."
And now, for your general betterment and philosophical enrichment, I present: Steampunk R2D2:
I am nothing if not random.
I was thinking about my statement in yesterday's post about planning a trip out to New York City, just so I can get a pastrami sandwich at Katz's New York Delicatessen. Insane, I know. But then I thought, "you know, you're turning 40 next August. Why not celebrate by planning a trip out to NYC?" And it struck me as both plausible and sensible! So, who knows, maybe I'll just do it! I've got almost a whole year to plan, I should be able to secure travel and lodging for a decent price this far out... we have top men working on it now.
I'm still hesitant to unload my theological angst that has been rumbling in me since Wednesday. I pondered launching into it tonight, but I think I'll get a Sunday behind me first. Putting in some quality time at the altar tomorrow at church might yield better fruit than unloading here and possibly saying things that will need to be edited out. I thought I'd be over it by now, but I'm not. If I speak out of turn on this, it will not please Tutor Kitty.
I think I'm going to run for now. Gotta prep for Sunday school class in the morning, and read more of The Well of Ascension. After that initial rough start, the book has blossomed nicely, much to my relief, and has officially hooked me. Zane = cool.
Perhaps we'll meet again under better circumstances. Until tomorrow, remember, you Americans, you're all the same. Always overdressing for the wrong occasions.
Upon finishing the initial reading of the wall writings, he looked up with a start, noticing for the first time that his assistant was next to him.
"Professor, can I ask you a question?"
"Of course, of course," he replied, dabbing his brow with a handkerchief.
"How did they embed video into the wall like that?"
He paused for a moment, tucking his kerchief into his back pocket. "Well, it appears the civilization we're dealing with here was far more advanced than we realized..."