June 20th, 2004

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder

I miss Deb. 'Nuf said about that.

Worked yesterday. I quarterbacked devs for the prop on the second shift. I probably will never do that again. I just am not able to distinguish and sort through multiple layers of sounds well enough to function in that role. I'm good at making decisions extemporaneously, but with 4 to 8 conversations in the room at all times, I get lost. My gut instinct is to prioritize and cover the high priority items first. I juggle well. But I don't do well with the extra-sensory (mostly hearing) input. I work much better coordinating cruise from my office.

Felt like being social, but was just lethargic enough after work that I decided against Mercurizing. Instead, I had dinner with Deirdre, and then watched 28 Days Later which was a great end of the world/zombie movie. I liked this movie on a lot of levels.

Books

Mystic River, Dennis Lehane

Yep, more reading. Looks like this is going to be a good year for clearing off my too read list. Who am I kidding though? Iam buying them faster than I am reading them, even at the 1+ a week clip I am going at.

I saw Mystic River in December when it was in the theaters. I thought it was a good movie although I thought Sean Penn over-acted some. Turns out not so much. Looks like Clint Eastwood stuck pretty close to the book, including the parts that I thought had been over-acted. So I suppose I can't blame it on Penn.

Dennis Lehane's book, Mystic River is also pretty good. Definitely better than your run of the mill mystery novel. As kids, Jimmy Marcus and Sean Devine watch as their friend Dave Boyle is abducted by fake cops who later molest him. Years later, Sean Devine is a cop and Jimmy Marcus is an ex-con who owns a convenience store. Dave Boyle lives in the neighborhood and is married to Marcus' sister-in-law. Except they are no longer really friends. They see each other every once in a while in the neighborhood. Marcus daughter Katie is murdered the same night Boyle comes home bloodied after a supposed mugging. Devine is a detective assigned to the case.

What I liked about the book is similar to what I liked about the movie. None of the characters are stock good guys or stock bad guys. The book explores the guilt Devine feels over letting Boyle into the car. It shows how Marcus is alienated from those around him, but manages to straighten himself out from the path he was on and become a loving father and husband. Boyle is permanently down on his luck, but because of the molestation has a core that is hard and dangerous. The best part of the book is how the murder and other events around each forces each to face the demons.

Lehane, Dennis.
Mystic river / Dennis Lehane.
448 p. cm.
ISBN 0-380-73185-1
1. Police—Massachusetts—Boston—Fiction. 2. Male friendship—Fiction. 3. Boston (Mass.)—Fiction. I. Title.
PS3562.E426 M97 2001
813'.54 212001-273012