Rent. Plus nice people in Pittsburgh.Walking up the hill after Rent on Forward, I couldn't stop musing about the abuse of CG in the outdoor scenes. So many overt wispy breath vapors that didn't match realistic singing exhalations! (Underlying message not so subtly conveyed: It's cold. These people have no money. But they love each other enough to sing for three minutes in sleeveless lycra and patterned green tights on snowy East Village sidewalks, frostbite be damned!) But otherwise, the movie was an enjoyable complement to the stage version.
Sean and I wandered into 61C, where met his friend Jason. Jason later wrote in his blog, "CMU is behind some sort of conspiracy to draw into the pittsburgh city limits exactly the kind of people I find most awesome and brilliant." I couldn't agree more. (Sorry, Berkeley!) I love how you can meet someone briefly and then learn all about their fascinating life from their blog--Margaret is an excellent case in point. Wish we'd exchanged more than twenty words the first time we met. And David, too. Life lesson learned: Talk to people more face to face. You can learn how great strangers are the way people used to learn these things, pre-Web.
Disclosure begets disclosure. And consequently, trust. Lots of psych literature says this. So, at least blogs offer a way to reveal your inner thought processes (convoluted, of course) without fear of rejection by new friends. Which leads to further reciprocity. Sometimes I want to draw all of my favorite bloggers into a big room and get everyone to talk to each other. But I fear we'd be all awkward and quiet in person. So, at least the web offers an alternative way for us to be garrulous and candid. Maybe one day we'll all be singing sleevelessly on streetcorners for each other, too.