Hannibal V Constantine (hannibalv) wrote,
Hannibal V Constantine
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July 12, 2001

One of my readers told me s/he thought these entries were at their best when I got introspective. Welcome to Be-Careful-What-You-Wish-For Land, then.

Where do I start?

I think I've given myself an eating disorder.

Yeah, that's good. I mean, one real meal every two days isn't healthy, right? I think I am losing weight, though. And pushing around that damned wheelchair is helping, too. But I should want to eat, right? I shouldn't decide to go without food for 30 hours, right?

Additionally, I was driving today, singing along with the song on the CD I was listening to ("Low", by Cracker), when I found myself incapable of anything besides nonverbal screams. I did this most of the rest of the way to my destination. I'm not sure why. But it's troubling.

Both of these, taken together, are, to me, indicative of something deeper. I'm not sure what, yet. Deep unhappiness with everything around me? Perhaps.

I need a job. I need a job so I can have money and health insurance, especially health insurance, so I can back on the 'zac.

Emmy nominations were announced today. Follows is a conversation summing up my comments.

HVConstat9: Gah!
Wayne: Hola, amigo!
HVConstat9: How goes the continuing battle against evil?
Wayne: Gah indeed, my friend. Gah indeed. Actually, I'm waging a battle against my brother's flagging AOL connection.
HVConstat9: Like I said, evil. Hey, find out what the name of the major newspaper in the city you're visiting is, willya?
HVConstat9: (I mean, when you get there. Not right now.)
Wayne: I see. So, howzabout those Emmy nominations? I'd be outraged if I had seriously expected too much different from the bastards. (Although I am reeling from the "Buffy's Mom dies" writing omission.)
HVConstat9: The only thing I really wanted to see--and it didn't happen--was a nod for Stacy Keach's work on "Titus". Think "The Sopranos" can take it this year?
HVConstat9: (But nooo, they had to nominate Peter MacNicol AND Robert Downey, Jr.--from a show I'm still not entirely convinced should be described as a comedy)
Wayne: Nope, still too busy dealing with character disintegration this season. Big, big downer. West Wing had a dark season, but Bartlet's MS scandal pales in comparison to what went on with Paulie Walnuts in the last few episodes, and Tony's women all fared pretty badly as well.
MacNicol has had much better seasons before, but Downey was spectacular last season, which made his perpetual arrests all the more frustrating. The man was poised to save Ally from complete obsolescence.
Wayne: Next season, they're giving Ally James Marsden (as in, Cyclops). Hardly a good replacement.
HVConstat9: True. Of course, I've never been a fan of the show, and hope, on some level, that it goes bye-bye sometime in 1999. (And yes, I realize the paradox.)
Wayne: And again, "Buffy" was screwed in a manner most unceremonious. There was NO better hour of television on any network on any time this season than "The Body". Joss Whedon takes the second shift as my God when Aaron Sorkin goes home for the day. Or goes to rehab.
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July 12, 2001

One of my readers told me s/he thought these entries were at their best when I got introspective. Welcome to Be-Careful-What-You-Wish-For Land, then.

Where do I start?

I think I've given myself an eating disorder.

Yeah, that's good. I mean, one real meal every two days isn't healthy, right? I think I am losing weight, though. And pushing around that damned wheelchair is helping, too. But I should want to eat, right? I shouldn't decide to go without food for 30 hours, right?

Additionally, I was driving today, singing along with the song on the CD I was listening to ("Low", by Cracker), when I found myself incapable of anything besides nonverbal screams. I did this most of the rest of the way to my destination. I'm not sure why. But it's troubling.

Both of these, taken together, are, to me, indicative of something deeper. I'm not sure what, yet. Deep unhappiness with everything around me? Perhaps.

I need a job. I need a job so I can have money and health insurance, especially health insurance, so I can back on the 'zac.

Emmy nominations were announced today. Follows is a conversation summing up my comments.

HVConstat9: Gah!
Wayne: Hola, amigo!
HVConstat9: How goes the continuing battle against evil?
Wayne: Gah indeed, my friend. Gah indeed. Actually, I'm waging a battle against my brother's flagging AOL connection.
HVConstat9: Like I said, evil. Hey, find out what the name of the major newspaper in the city you're visiting is, willya?
HVConstat9: (I mean, when you get there. Not right now.)
Wayne: I see. So, howzabout those Emmy nominations? I'd be outraged if I had seriously expected too much different from the bastards. (Although I am reeling from the "Buffy's Mom dies" writing omission.)
HVConstat9: The only thing I really wanted to see--and it didn't happen--was a nod for Stacy Keach's work on "Titus". Think "The Sopranos" can take it this year?
HVConstat9: (But nooo, they had to nominate Peter MacNicol AND Robert Downey, Jr.--from a show I'm still not entirely convinced should be described as a comedy)
Wayne: Nope, still too busy dealing with character disintegration this season. Big, big downer. West Wing had a dark season, but Bartlet's MS scandal pales in comparison to what went on with Paulie Walnuts in the last few episodes, and Tony's women all fared pretty badly as well.
MacNicol has had much better seasons before, but Downey was spectacular last season, which made his perpetual arrests all the more frustrating. The man was poised to save Ally from complete obsolescence.
Wayne: Next season, they're giving Ally James Marsden (as in, Cyclops). Hardly a good replacement.
HVConstat9: True. Of course, I've never been a fan of the show, and hope, on some level, that it goes bye-bye sometime in 1999. (And yes, I realize the paradox.)
Wayne: And again, "Buffy" was screwed in a manner most unceremonious. There was NO better hour of television on any network on any time this season than "The Body". Joss Whedon takes the second shift as my God when Aaron Sorkin goes home for the day. Or goes to rehab. <Cough.>
HVConstat9: Yeah, there's a lot of spitting going on about the perceived Buffy-screwing. But I'm not as upset about Buffy because I haven't watched the show since the third episode.
Wayne: Also, the acting nods are out of whack, again. I love Rob Lowe's work, but how is he not just as Supporting, occasionally moreso, as Schiff, Janney, Whitford, Spencer and Moloney?
HVConstat9: I think that's actually something the show's producers determine. So your beef is with Sorkin and Wells, there.
HVConstat9: BTW--I'm pondering starting a fictitious newspaper so I can get Emmy Award press credentials.
Wayne: And Michael Imperioli had a weak Sopranos season...again, it's a year too late. (Which also brings up Braugher, who has the distinction of receiving his latest Emmy nod a full SERIES too late.)
Wayne: I guess my beef is with Sorkin and Wells, then. It seems fishy to me, is all. I would have kicked off Rob Lowe and put Joe Pantoliano in his place (Is he up for guest star? He certainly shouldn't be, he was there all season.)
Wayne: I don't watch NYPD Blue...how was Franz this year? Not that it matters, he gets the nod on principle, but I'm curious.
HVConstat9: I'm looking at the full, 31-page list of nominees right now. And remember, Stockard Channing was nominated for Supporting even though she was in less than half of the eps in either season.
HVConstat9: Hurm. I never watched much "Ed", but I liked what I saw. Was "Ed" a screwee?
Wayne: Ed was indeed screwed, but it's young yet. From what I've heard, the exact same applies to "CSI" and "Gilmore Girls".
HVConstat9: I have yet to see anything on "Gilmore". Which was incapable of being screwed, as it deserved everything it got. Which, as of yet, is nothing I've found.
HVConstat9: God, I'm talking like Mojo Jojo.
Wayne: And Mojo Jojo is who you are talking like. As you are speaking in the manner of Mojo Jojo, it can be said that Mojo Jojo is most representative of your manner of speech.
HVConstat9: Exactly, to be exact. For the exactitude of what is being said.
Wayne: I thought you liked Gilmore Girls.
HVConstat9: Something to melt your mind: Imagine Sorkin writing Mojo Jojo.
HVConstat9: I love "Gilmore Girls". What I mean is that if a show is as deserving as "Gilmore" is, it can't be considered a...was the opposite of a screwing?
Wayne: Josh: What are you saying?
Mojo: I am saying that this is the problem?
Josh: The problem?
Mojo: The problem is this.
Josh: This is the problem. This very thing.
Mojo: This is the very thing that is the problem.
Josh: Uh-huh. Donna?
Donna: Yes?
Josh; Draft a memo.
Donna: A memo?
Mojo: A memo must be drafted by you.
Josh: Write down that this is the problem.
Donna: What is the problem?
Mojo: The problem is this, that you are taking a memo on. The memo that must be taken is on the problem.
Josh: Which is this.
Wayne: I ask, because you said it deserves what it gets, but it gets nothing. That, to me, is screwage.

Reading the full listing, I discovered that "Wayne" was correct-"Gilmore Girls" was sadly unnominated.

For my politically-based readers, I'll be commenting on the Sun-Times's Paul Vallas report tomorrow. I've run out of time tonight.

Today's Link Of The Day is another from the "only on the Internet" file. Delivery in 30 minutes or we commit Seppuku. That's right, it's http://www.ninjaburger.com

JHR
7/13/2001 3:50 AM
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