Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A couple of days with GFJ, followed by a day as Marian.

The highlight of my weekend was some film footage shot over 100 years ago.  Seeing this documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, reminds me of the horrors of war and how our elites fail to respect the lives of the average person when diplomacy among the elites fail.

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Saturday was my first session of speech therapy at Mercy College.  The student clinician was a pleasant woman, but did not know how to control a session.  So I'll have to watch my tendencies to talk when working with her in the future.  Because this was a first session, the routines hadn't been set and I forgot to leave my payment with either her or her supervisor. (This forced me to visit Mercy on Monday....)

Upon leaving Mercy, I went to The Avenue and picked up a birthday present for GFJ.  It is a nice sweater with attached scarf that I picked up on closeout. Yet, it is the perfect gift for GFJ, as she tends to wear a lot of black in her day to day wardrobe.  The sweater is one of those rare times that by adding black and white, one can add color to an outfit....

GFJ came to my place around 7 pm, and we immediately went out for dinner.  For the first time in ages, neither of us had dessert with our meals - and that was just as well, because neither of us needed the sugar rush and the resulting spike in our blood sugar levels.

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Neither of us had much energy when we woke up the next morning, and we didn't get moving until 1 pm.  There was a 3 pm showing of the movie at the Drafthouse, so we picked up a quick bite to eat before the movie, and then went to see the documentary.

It's amazing what Peter Jackson did with archival material from the Imperial War Museum. After experimenting with a cleanup of 3 minutes worth of film, he committed to doing this film using only materials contemporary with the war era and interviews with veterans of that war (recorded in the 1950's and 1960's). Using computer restoration technology, not only were 100 year old images cleaned up, but film speed was adjusted to display realistic motion AND moving images were stabilized retroactively.  Add to this colorization with historical research, with occasional adding of speech based on lip reading, and you have a film that feels like it could have been shot yesterday instead of 100 years ago.

On the way home, GFJ wasn't feeling that good.  Neither of us knows whether there was a problem with her blood sugar level or not.  But we made sure that she got something to eat as soon as we reached Croton - and she was back to normal later on that evening.

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Monday morning came, and GFJ had to leave for home.  This allowed me to get back into Marian Mode and go to Arts Westchester.  While there, I volunteered to help at a comedy show being performed later on in the week.  And after that, I drove over to Mercy College to pay for Saturday's speech therapy session.

Later on in the evening, Lili called to find out what meetups she should join.  I didn't want to be the person taking care of her electronics tasks.  So I told her which meetup groups she could join, sent her a few links, and let her take care of the rest.

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