September 4th, 2005


Transporter 2

Yesterday, Jason and I headed to the Meridian 16 downtown to see The Transporter 2. This time around, Frank Martin is doing a favor and driving the son of the U.S. drug czar to and from school in Miami. A routine job turns into mayhem though when the Columbian cocaine cartels hire a bad guy to kidnap the kid in order to derail an upcoming conference on cooperaiton in the drug war. Now, normally Jason is the person criticizing me for not suspending disbelief. In this case, our roles were reversed. See, this movie is just so over the top unbelievable that it's enjoyable. For instance, Frank Martin has a bomb attached to the undercarriage of his car at one point. In order to remove the bomb, he launches his car into the air spinning it in the process. While in the air and spun so the bottom of the car is facing outward, he clips a crane so that the hook of the crane snags the bomb and pulls it off the bottom of the car. Which he then lands.

And that, I think, is all I need to say about the movie.


King County Sheriff primary - Greg Schmidt

There are three people running for Sheriff.

  • Sue Rahr - She was appointed to the position of Sheriff after Dave Reichert won election to congress. She's got a ton of endorsements, but her web site has only bland positions that say nothing. Still she's performed adequately as Sheriff so far.
  • Jim Fuda - He's a hostage negotiator with the Sheriff's department. However, a couple of days ago news organizations revealed he got a pay raise for receiving a degree from an online university. He claims he thought they could grant degrees for life experience. I call bullshit. The Seattle Times has the story.
  • Greg Schmidt - Greg Schmidt is a Seattle Police Lieutenant. He's had a long running battle with the Sheriff's ever since he was arrested in a domestic violence incident in the mid-90s. He was acquitted, and ever since then he's been waging a battle the change policies over how men are treated in domestic violence incidents. He believes that too often men are gender profiled and under Washington's mandatory arrest policy, that means they are often victims when they shouldn't be.

    I think that incident is what's driving Schmidt to run for Sheriff. His positions are less bland than Sue Rahr's though.

Based on their positions, I think I'll vote for Schmidt in the primary. However, more information might show up in the voters pamphlet. I suspect that both Schmidt and Rahr will make the general election, and a tighter race might bring out better formed positions from the two of them. I might change my mind by then.


Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No. 1 - John Creighton

This race has three candidates:

Wen Wu Lee
This is a representative section from Ms. Lee's statement in the voters pamphlet:
Wen Wu Lee has academic credential, finance/budget skills and service experience. She is familiar with both West and East culture/languages. She volunteers within Bellevue school district. She is on the board of Director of Wings Financial Credit Union ($1.5 billion asset, serving 100,000 members in air transportation).
Ms. Lee sounds very very bright, but if she can't be bothered to have someone proof-read her statement for correct grammar, I can't vote for her. It's a trivial thing, but I expect more from someone who is going to represent at this level. They need to cover both the details as well as the big picture. On top of that, she offers no specifics of her platform.
John Creighton
John Creighton appears to be running on essentially two planks: fiscal responsbility and environemental protection. He mentions worker protection as well, but his position is to help it through trying to change things that are driving shippers to other ports.
Lawrence Malloy
The incumbent's main planks are the environment, worker protection, and diversity issues. Judging from his endorsements though, he's got the backing of the lefty progressive caucus.

I'll probably vote for John Creighton, particularly if I can find out that he supports the diversity issues that Malloy also supports. Particularly ones requiring port contractors to give same-sex couples benefits. If he doesn't, it'll be a closer call.


Rebel Without a Cause

This is the first time I've ever seen one of James Dean's three movies. I'm impressed. I'm used 50s movies portraying youth very superficially. None of the characters in this movie seemed one-dimensional to me. The three main characters, Jim, Judy, and Plato are all kids starting to rebel from their parents. Jim (James Dean) feels like his father isn't much of a man and kow-tows to his mother too much. He wants to know how to be a man. Judy (Natalie Wood) doesn't relate at all to her parents. And Plato (Sal Mineo) comes from a broken home, the father long gone and the mother leaving him in the care of a housekeeper. Jim is new in town, and the local toughs that Judy has fallen in with decide Jim is their target. Jim doesn't want to fight mostly, but feels he has to to be a man. And he can't get the guidance he wants from his father. I think the themes were handled with a lot more tact and with a lot more care than you see in comparable specials of the week shown in the 80s. They shoulda just played this movie. I did think the scenes running around the mansion were a bit long and overdone. And I question even a high school girl who proclaims true love after less than a day after meeting someone. Particularly when the boyfriend she had in the morning is dead by nightfall. Who moves on that fast? I suppose you gotta take some license though.


Tonight's plans

I don't particularly feel like going out tonight. I kind of do and kind of don't. On the side of going out, I feel like flirting, and some folks I like to flirt with will be out. On the side of staying in, I don't feel up to small talk in noisy clubs.

The latter wins out today.

My plans for tonight will be to watch DVDs in bed on my laptop, killing thousands of sperm through ill-advised placement of said laptop on my lap.

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Matt on my mind

One last entry before I crawl off to watch DVDs. For the first year plus after Matt's death, and on the two year anniversary, I broke down and cried a lot. Usually pretty randomly. That's not happening much anymore. But I tear up almost every time I think of him, and some pretty random things will make me think of him. The conundrum for me is that I don't want to stuff the emotion, or play the stoic. I'm accused a lot (though not really with regard to my feelings about Matt) of being too reserved and not open with my feelings. In a sense, people are right, though I do show my feelings. You just gotta know me well enough to recognize them. But how I feel about a lot of things is a pretty subtle read. And I don't want that to be the case with respect to my feelings about Matt.

On the other hand, I've watched some folks milk their personal tragedies for sympathy, money, and sex. Dragon's just one person who play's on people's emotions, even supposing Mylea did die at the World Trade Center. So I'm constantly asking myself whether I should hide it or show it. Dinner with a girl I like, and the conversation turns to Christmas ornaments. My grandparents get each grandkid one every year. And Matt was bringing ornaments to the family Christmas morning when he flipped his truck. And I think about this and I start to tear up. I don't know what to do: stifle it because I don't want to play up the sympathy, or just let it out because I need to change my natural tendency to be stoic.

I pretty much went with stoic, though I couldn't completely hide it.