Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A New Faucet and a Movie Review

Nothing lasts forever. 

We've been in this house for almost 34 years, so things are bound to wear out.  Monday while cleaning out under the sink I noticed some corroded metal chunks and a fitting.  I assigned Tom to check it out.

He discovered that the kitchen sink faucet was deteriorated and needed to be replaced.  We bought a new one yesterday.

This morning Tom began dismantling of the old one and the installing of the new.  At one point he called me to hold something while he struggled under the sink, trying to get the new fitting threaded.  I felt bad for him.  It must have been very uncomfortable.

Then of course, more parts were needed to fit new parts with an old system.  That involved two more trips to hardware stores.  

 Finally the new faucet was installed.  Unfortunately there is now a drip under the sink.  We went out to a movie this evening, and quite a bit of water had collected in the drip bowl, so Tom has shut off the hot water valve until he can get back to it.
In an effort to see all of the Academy Award nominees, we went to see The Artist tonight.  I knew quite a bit about it and really hoped to like it.

I didn't.

Oh, it was a beautiful movie.  The black and white cinematography was gorgeous.  The sets and costumes were wonderful.  The acting was very good.  The dog was delightful. 

But just as it lacked color or dialogue, it lacked dimension.  The main character, while charming, became tiresome and finally pathetic.  And it was ALL about him. There was very little  story to get involved in and the other characters were shallow.  All were stereotypical.  As we watched the old actor struggle through the change from silent to talking movies, Tom and I finally just wanted him to go ahead and shoot himself already so the movie could end! 

The music, at first dynamic and expressive, became repetitious and annoying.  Finally, we just wanted to, like the faucet, turn it off!

Yes, in the old days, silent, black and white movies were wonderful entertainment, because that's all we had.  But like I said before, nothing lasts forever. Change happens, often for the good.

Words are important to me.  The expressions of thoughts and emotions in words is a beautiful thing.  Story matters.  I want my characters to be rich in feeling and meaning, multi-dimensional. 

I don't want to go back to the old days, whether it's in politics or technology.  Move forward.  You really can't go back again anyway, can you?


  1. Thank you for this review. We so very rarely go to movies so we make each one count. We'll skip this one.

    We are really feeling for Tom. Believe me! We KNOW how it feels to deal with a leaky sink. Arrghhh... Art just got through fixing ours.

  2. I always call A-1 Budget Plumbing, and they send a plumber over the same day. They have all the parts and never have to leave the scene to buy extra parts. Less hassle for us!

  3. I'm sorry you didn't like it. My friend Judy didn't either, but I just loved it and hope it does well at the Academy Awards. It's not everyone's cup of tea, though, I know.

    I have now seen all the movies nominated except for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. After the disappointment I had over War Horse, I will probably not see it. But if you do, I'd love to hear your take on it.

  4. okay, now I know one movie not to see...good your hubby is so handy-plumbers are expensive.

  5. I've heard so much about the dog I want to see it just for him :)

    good luck with the sink!! it's always something
    your kitchen is wonderful

  6. Tom is the handiest fella I know of. No, you cannot go back and I wish Repulicans could get that through their heads. 'Margaret &Helen' have a post today and it's a good one.

  7. I saw commercials for The Artist for the first time yesterday during the NCIS marathon I was watching. I asked my roommate about it and he didn't know anything. I did make the comment "Why would I want to watch a black and white movie. I'm not color blind." I was still a tad intrigued by it. Now that I know there are no spoken words, as my dear roommate would say "F**k that Noise!"

    Have a good day.

  8. We have just recently started going to the movies again, so reviews from real people are always welcome! "The Artist" was on our potential list, so thanks for the review. We saw "Sherlock Holmes" on Sunday, and it was pretty good. We loved "Red Tails"

  9. That is always the way with home repairs, it seems--trips back and forth to the hardware store. It is nice to have a handy husband, though.

  10. The hardware store expenses on our credit bill all come in clusters. Yep, it was when he was fixing something.

    I'm very glad he can do that. And, in spite of the muttering as he works, I think he likes it.

  11. Nothing is worse than plumbing problems. It seems one thing lead to another.

    Now, as far as that movie goes, I think we would feel the same way about it. I've been tempted to go see it just to check it out, but I'm pretty certain I would also be done with it and wish to walk out before the thing was over. Thanks for your review.

  12. I guess I will skip that one then.. Hope you get the drip fixed soon

  13. The closest the spouse and I ever got to divorce was over plumbing. Now when he works on anything plumbing related I don't stick around.

  14. You are too funny in your description of wanting it to end!!


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