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Monday, January 02, 2006

Monday Questionnaire
My, how things change Edition

1. Who used to be good and isn't good anymore?

2. Name something you care significantly less about than you did five years ago.

3. What is the latest indication you've noticed that the culture is going to hell?

7 Comments:

Blogger kStyle said...

Wooo! Optimistic way to start the new year, Eric.

1. Michael Jackson used to be good, but is not so good anymore. At all. Sadly.

2. Five years ago, I was much more concerned with fighting The Man. Now I'm not sure who The Man is. Because I just started a corporation, I suspect that I qualify as The Man, actually.

3. Heidi Fleiss is opening a brothel for women clientele outside of Las Vegas. Men are begging her for jobs. Gross. Like, totally gross.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

1. It would be a wild overstatement to say they aren't good anymore, but both Cameron Crowe and Woody Allen made movies that disappointed me greatly this year, and because that's never happened before, I feel compelled to record it. If those two can make bad movies, I'm not sure there is much that's hopeful that can be said for the prospects of cinema.

2. Being angry at my parents.

3. Away on business this past week, the phone in my hotel room rang. It was room service, asking whether I'd enjoyed the meal I'd ordered two hours prior. So it wasn't enough that I paid thirty-seven dollars for some chicken and a spinach salad: now they wanted me to lie to them about it.

1:21 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Eric--is it "Melinda & Melinda" that disappointed you on the Woody Allen front?

6:03 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

No, I liked Melinda and Melinda. He has another one out, called Match Point; it's playing in New York and L.A. now and will be going wider this month. I saw it in the city this weekend and after reading almost unanimous praise for it, of the sort Allen hasn't had in a while, my hopes were high. I tried hard to get on its wavelength, but ultimately I had to admit that I don't think it works. Very unfortunate.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Jones said...

1. Who used to be good and isn't good anymore? The Minnesota Vikings. (They never were great, but they used to be good.)

2. Name something you care significantly less about than you did five years ago. My reel-to-reel tape recorders. (Can't even get parts for 'em anymore.)

3. What is the latest indication you've noticed that the culture is going to hell? My teenage niece got her first tatoo while on vacation with her mother.

Eric - I'm looking forward to seeing Match Point, and because of the reviews I have high hopes. I believe Woody will be remembered as one of the greats. His personal life has damaged his career, but that will fade and his body of work will shine. (Also, I've had a thing for Scarlett Johansson ever since that opening shot of her butt in Lost in Translation.)

3:07 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

1. My body. I can't remember the last time I did a cartwheel or somersault. That makes me sad.

2. Politics and being hip.

3. Less than subtle product placement. Like when they turned "Great Woods," an outdoor concert venue, into "Tweeter Center." And in the Twin Cities, we have the Target Center and the Xcel Energy Center. It drives me insane.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

1. Brett Favre. Levis, to some extent. (Their "basic" jeans are still okay, I think--I hope so, anyone, seeing as how I just ordered two pair yesterday--but (a) there are WAY too many variations on what should be a simple theme, (b) the variations cost too much, and (c) the jeans aren't made in this country any more.)
2. The company for which I used to work. Five years ago I was working my ass off for them and believing they might be something. Now, not so much.
3. Text messaging and its ilk. It's bad enough that people seem to regard electronic communiques as more important than the people in front of them, but the text-messaging version of spelling, when I see it, makes me want to smack somebody.

9:00 PM  

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