Where the hell have I been?

Well, O-Town for one 🙂 This weekend Lickety Split went to Orlando in an attempt to be one of the three out of 16 teams in the nine-state South Region to continue on to the 2005 Club Championships (conveniently being held right here in Sarasota). We got destroyed (maybe I should have written that in CAPS), getting knocked out of the two day tournament after only three games, but that didn’t keep our team from winning the party (i.e. being the last ones standing Saturday night). I didn’t partake because I was already to worn out from the day and the festivites at the hotel — 13 of us were throwing a disc around the outdoor pool, I’m kinda surprised hotel security didn’t kick us out, though it could be because we included everyone at the pool in the game 🙂 Hah. Goodtimes, goodtimes. Got up to an early start on Sunday and headed over to the fields to cheer Tampa men’s club team Bulge on. Whee!! So much fun to watch the game at that level. Gratuitous layouts everywhere, gigantic hucks, man. Excellent stuff if you’re a spectator. It was amazing to watch, everyone left themselves on the field that day.
Pictures from the festivities can be viewed here.

I’d like to share an email that arrived tonight, from my friend Daniel. Daniel tried to get me into Firefly two years ago. At the time, I thought the concept was ridiculous. I finally came around in June, and now I can’t get enough.
From: Daniel
Date: October 6, 2005 7:46:27 PM EDT
To: me
Subject: You must see this movie!
Hey guys,
I don’t know if you’ve seen (or even heard of) “Serenity” yet, but I aim to make you come around and see things my way. It’s the spawn of a great little cancelled TV called “Firefly” (all of 11 episodes on Fox) and it deserves to be seen. If you have, then, well, you know what I’m talking about. 🙂
The premise? It’s a space western. The heroes fly around on their spaceship to dusty planets, carry six-shooters, and have a ship’s prostitute. If that doesn’t sound good I don’t know what does.
Anyway, brilliant DVD sales (you can buy the whole series–well worth it too, especially for $30-$40) convinced Universal to give Joss Whedon $40 million with which to continue his little space opera.
So if you haven’t seen the film yet (opened at #2 in the box office last weekend), you must see it soon, because the fate of the sequel is resting in the next five days. Need to see some trailers? Go to www.apple.com/trailers and look for Serenity. Or better yet, go to this Austrailian site (I believe) for the first nine minutes of the film: http://video.vividas.com/CDN1/3929_Serenity/web/index.html Then go out and see the movie. Twice. Bring all your friends. Heck, bring me. I’ve only seen it twice myself so far.

So, there you go. Someone else’s opinion 🙂
Update: Oh yeah.. not to mention this: 50 Reasons You Should See “Serenity”

Finally, in other news, Cam and I played against each other tonight in the Manatee County Ultimate league, and my team won handily. But not before Cam put a full layout-two-handed-D-block on a throw of mine. Oof. That hurt. Nice work Cam.

Serenity – Opening Day

Well, /that/ was fun. Saw the 3pm screening of Joss Whedon’s Serenity today with seven others. What can I say? The movie was great. Tons of fun, breathless action sequences, high drama and plenty of zippy dialogue to boot. Something for everyone.
Part of me almost wishes it hadn’t seen Firefly, so I could get to know the characters again for the first time. Watching Serenity was like relaxing with old friends. If that’s possible while things are exploding around you. That’s not to say there aren’t surprises for the experienced Firefly fan. There are. But I couldn’t help but wonder what other people thought. On the way home from the movie today, Yawen volunteered some of that: “The movie sucked you in, into the characters.” Now, she’s going to go watch the Firefly DVDs I loaned her three weeks ago 🙂 And the critics seem to like it too: currently the tomatometer is sitting at “78% Fresh” after 103 reviews over at Rotten Tomatoes.
A quick note on attendance: For a mid-afternoon matinee I was surprised to count about 50 people by the time the trailers had finished. I was completely expecting to share the theatre with 10, maybe 15 others. Everyone was respectful (just as I’d read) — no-one talking on cell-phones, no-one kicking my chair, no-one having their own conversations. The movie was the centerpiece of everyone’s attention. What a pleasant change of pace. Almost restores my faith in movie-theatre-going.
On with the pics!

L to R: Mark, Kemp, Melissa, Cam.

L to R: Yawen, Louis, Nkosi, me.

Joe up to no good.
After lunch we headed next door to the movie theater. Here’s what Serenity is up against.

The competition. L to R: The Constant Gardener, Flightplan, [Serenity], A History of Violence, Into the Blue, Corpse Bride, An Unfinished Life, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Just Like Heaven, Oliver Twist

Joss Whedon to Firefly fans on Serenity: “Instead of the Alliance we’ll be fighting viewer apathy, fear of something new, the urge to wait for DVD, and Jessica Alba in a bikini. (Although I have it on good authority that she spends 90% of the film in a huge wooly parka. Make sure that gets out.) “