...but I just watched the 2002 BBC adaptation of Daniel Deronda, completely forgetting that I'd read the book until about 1/3 of the way thru the last episode, when I suddenly remembered the whole ending and promptly felt slightly ill.
Yes, I know I'm supposed to think he did the right thing. But I don't. Really rather vehemently, in fact. I was hoping to have something coherent to say about this, but it turns out I can get surprisingly angry at fictional characters--angry enough that all I can do is sit here and seethe.
Thus concludes my impromptu review of a novel nobody reading this has ever read.
I've been to the damn DPS office three times trying to renew my stupid driver's license, which is now expired.
The first time I went, after I waited for 3 hours, they turned me away because I didn't have proof of my Social Security number. So I go back this morning with Social Security card (I don't carry it around with me because you're not actually supposed to, even though everybody else apparently does), wait another 3 hours, and get turned away because I didn't bring my proof of registration inside with me (it was in my car, outside in the parking lot). So I go outside, get it, come in again, only to be told I have to wait in line again. Around 2 hours into this second wait, they announce that the computers have gone down statewide and they cannot do any more driver licenses or ID cards until it comes back up. The room empties, since most people can't be bothered waiting. I keep waiting. I wait another 2 hours. It's still not up. The lady behind the counter is yelling out about every 5 minutes that the computer system is down, because people are still coming in. Somebody asked her how long is it usually down, when it goes down. She said sometimes as little as a few seconds, but sometimes 4 or 5 days. Somebody else asked her when is a good time to come, when are the shortest wait times. She said now is the best time, because everybody in line ahead already left; normal wait times are 3 to 5 hours.
1. The State of Texas has no backup database server. 2. I'm going to have to have another day off work to do this, or camp outside the office one morning. 3. In a county with 800,000 people (estimated), there are only 2 drivers license offices, each with maybe 5 employees on staff. 4. In order just to renew a license I already have, I have to show them: my old license, proof of citizenship, proof of Social Security number, proof of vehicle registration, and proof of vehicle liability insurance (I don't know what they do if you don't own a car...). I think this is ridiculous.
"I hope somebody eventually explains why every new regeneration, the Doctor keeps getting younger and younger... And I hope it's an appropriately sensational explanation, too." - Me, on Facebook; maybe one or two friends will actually know what I'm talking about, if I'm lucky.
I can't actually say I've been busy, because I really haven't been. Well, not in the traditional "too busy to sit at the computer and open a browser window and type things" sort of way, anyway. I have in fact been doing lots and lots of sitting at the computer in the past few months, just not usually with browser windows open to anything but Hulu.
Somebody kill me, I've been playing a MMO. Not WoW, though. Heavens no. I'm hooked on Aion (catch Calyanare on Lumiel (Elyos) sometime if you like). At least I was until somebody showed me Dragon Age Origins. And then I was hooked on that. Though I get the feeling that at some point I'm going to have to do something besides play video games. I'm sort of feeling like I need to come up for air, between the sitting at a computer all day long at work, and then coming home to sit at a computer some more. It's an odd feeling, since that is exactly what I've done for the past 10 years or so, spending most of my waking time sitting in front of a computer, to the point where I get a little restless and nervous if there isn't a keyboard and an internet connection somewhere nearby, even if I don't plan on using it.
Oh, and Dragon Age Awakening, the expansion for Dragon Age Origins? Buggy as hell.
Also I'm up too late. As usual. I never know when to go to bed. Or when to wake up. Or anything, really. I suck. And I got toothpaste on my shirt.
Apparently the Republican primary debates for the Texas Governor race was tonight. I only know this because my local NPR station, which my car radio is tuned to, was playing highlights of the debate during the 10 minutes it takes me to drive from work to home.
And honestly, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Rick Perry (certifiable nutjob who makes secessionist remarks) was misrepresenting his performance (as all men and all incumbent politicians are wont to do), and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (not quite as much of a nutjob, but a US Senator, so any claims to absolute sanity are shaky at best) and Debra Medina (Tea Party, so arguably the Queen of Those Who Have Lost Touch With Reality) just kept interrupting him. Sometimes they bothered to actually refute his statements, but more often just screeching "No you didn't! I'm telling! Mooooom!!" or something pretty indistinguishable from that.
Of course, the Democratic primary debates won't be nearly as entertaining (are they even bothering with a debate?), mainly because practically everyone has dropped out on that side. This would be because a Democrat's chances of becoming Governor of Texas are actually worse than the proverbial snowball in hell.
So, yey. Another alternate November, another chance to throw my vote into the toilet and watch it disappear. Thanks.
I will elaborate when I have time on all of the crazy happening to me right now, but I just have to share that the song listed above (or below, depending) is the best song I've heard in a really long time.
Maybe I'm the only one this happens to, or maybe my hormones are out of whack again, who knows.
I threw a few folders worth of random in a playlist and was listening to it in the background while I did stuff, as you do... And this one older song I know super well comes on, and I start singing along, and suddenly I'm crying.
WTF, y'all. WTF.
The song, in case it means anything to anyone, was ひまわりになったら by aiko (Here's a low-quality video, but that's the best one I could find. The song is that old). And no, it didn't have any sort of special meaning. Actually, in the past it mainly produced giggles as I tried in vain to sing really fast in a language I don't speak very well. Yeah, it's kinda schmaltzy, but if you know anything about aiko, pretty much all her songs are schmaltzy.