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How are you? + Oscars

January 27, 2009

I’m currently making a concentrated effort to avoid having bullshit conversations.

At least 2-3 times a day someone (mostly co-workers) will say “Hey, how are you?”. Most of the time they either a) don’t even wait for the response or b) don’t actually care about my answer but they just want to acknowledge my presence in *some* way.

So I’m trying to avoid the whole “Good and you?” or the “Fine, thanks”- by actually considering their question and answering in an honest tone, genuinely how I am at that moment. “Not so good man, incredible gas.” or “Pretty shitty because people like you don’t know how to do their job.” etc.

I’m kidding.

I actually have no idea how to solve this. The only thing that I know of that you can do to on your own part avoid this is to never ask someone “How are you?”. Suggestions?

In other news I’m trying to watch most of the films that are nominated for Oscars this year. When I was a kid I’d love doing this mostly because I worked at a video rental store and it was free. (This also gets me thinking about how most of the Oscar nominees aren’t released on DVD yet. hmmm. This seems to be the general shift…)
I don’t know why I care so much about the Oscars, sure one of my majors was Film, but they don’t always make the best choices. I just dig them I guess, in my own little way.

So far I’ve watched The Reader- which was fantastic. Revolutionary Road which I had high hopes for, but found blarg. I love Sam Mendes, I love Kate Winslet- I don’t love a plot line that tries to fit every single problem in 1960s suburban families into one marriage. I watched Milk and also found it fantastic. I hope Sean Penn gets best actor. Finally, I watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I didn’t really know what to expect because it’s directed by Fincher who did Seven and Fight Club- but written by the same person as Forrest Gump- weird combo. I found it meh. I didn’t really connect with Brad Pitt’s character. It’s beautiful- but I dunno. Am I alone on this? Anyone else watch it?

Next up I’ve got Doubt, Frost/Nixon and Slumdog Millionaire. I’m pretty stoked for Slumdog because Danny Boyle makes me smile.

So it goes.