March 14th, 2004

krazy koati

Call up and just say hi

Steady rains, which cancelled my plans to see the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (it's said they have pangolins). Just as well; the first day of Spring Break Weekend on Spindizzy was plenty of fun.

My real name is odd; it's only five letters, but Polish, and obscure -- I haven't found a book on Polish family names that lists it -- meaning everyone who reads it mispronounces it, and anyone who only hears it spells it wrong. Makes a good way of separating out telemarketers from people I might talk with. It also means I grew up knowing anyone with my name was a relative, whether in the South/Perth Amboy, Utica, or Detroit enclaves, and I still haven't really internalized that this isn't true for every family.

So today I got an e-mail -- flagged as possibly spam, though the subject line making wordplay with my name showed it couldn't be a spammer; they're not that bright -- from someone wondering if there might be a relation. My family name, sure. From ... South Amboy. Her grandfather's name was ... my great-uncle's. Her great-grandfather's name was ... my great-grandfather's. Father used to work at the butcher shop ... the sign from the (long-closed) family butcher shop is in my father's garage. This is exciting, and I've told my father.

Otherwise ... picked up Looney Tunes: Back In Action on VCD. I saw the movie in the cinemas in November, by accident when other plans fell through. I had expected from the commercials it'd be a horrid, cynical manipulation of beloved characters for a joyless march through the Laws Of Cartoon Physics, with all trace of whimsy and imagination squashed out for a corporate-approved ``Zany? You're Soaking In it!'' script. I couldn't have been more wrong. Everyone who didn't see the movie did themselves a disservice, punishing a good movie for the sins of Space Jam.

Trivia: Today is Foundation Day; it will be on March 14 in the year 12,069 of the Galactic Era that Encyclopedia Foundation Number One establishes itself on the backwater world Terminus. Source: Foundation, Isaac Asimov.

Currently Reading: Expendable, James Alan Gardner.