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I know it will please your dear little hearts that in a remarkable lapse of judgement I've scheduled the extracurricular activity we've talked about, for Saturday.

Specifically, an early showing of Clash of the Titans, followed by dinner at Pylos Taverna and lively discussion of the mythological and historic allusions plus, as an added bonus, the sight of your long-suffering teacher weeping tears of agony into his domatokeftedhes.

I can see Perseus shares my opinion of this movie.

Meet outside the theater at two-thirty sharp; any stragglers will be fed to the Kraken.

You all owe me.

Date: 2010-04-21 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Adrian, I hesitate to say anything, but are you feeling well?

Have you completely lost your mind?

Date: 2010-04-21 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[brightly] Oh, I'm quite well, Laurel, never fear. I simply realized that I was falling behind on my exhaustive self-flagellation routine, and this was the quickest way to catch up. [matter-of-factly]

[sighs, deflates] The movie I don't mind so much as the inevitability that some student or other will take it as canon and have to be argued with. It never fails.

Care to come along? Pain shared is pain lessened, as they say.

Date: 2010-04-21 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[lifts a brow] Well, we can never have that. Are you sure sure that Clash of the Titans with young Adrian is enough to make the quota?

[looong stare] You just want another chaperone to halt the inevitable makeouts.

Date: 2010-04-21 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, young Adrian I'm not worried about, as he'll be suffering right along with us.

[blanches] I didn't even think of that. It's confirmed; I've entered my dotage.

Still, that's really not so hard to manage. The trick, I've found, is to position oneself in the row behind-- it's good exercise for the Iron Hand of Doom, and if that fails, I've got an entire arsenal of ardor-dampening factoids, just perfect for whispering in tender young ears. If they get up to anything after that, I salute their persistence and ingenuity plus, you have to admit it's one hell of a spectator sport.

Date: 2010-04-21 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Excellent point; I forgot.

It might actually be amusing. They teach us techniques in library school. They don't, really, but you get lots of practice in work-study.

Date: 2010-04-21 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's very easy to do so. Especially if Nelly and Rolf tag along, then there goes his concentration. Sigh.

Oh, really? [interested] I can see how that would be helpful. I'm sure your arsenal of methods puts mine to shame.

Does this mean you're in? You can't exactly hint at reinforcements and then fail to deliver-- it's bad form. If you have something more enjoyable planned, though, like a root canal, I understand perfectly.

Date: 2010-04-21 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think that can be arranged. Sadly, even this beats the laundry. Should I meet you there, or should we medicate ourselves with a martini lunch show up together in solidarity?

Date: 2010-04-21 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. My gratitude is truly unbounded.

As much as I approve of the self-medication display of teacherly unity, sadly I think it's better if we meet there. Say, two-fifteen? I have a few errands to run first.

Now, to see which of the students are actually in...

Date: 2010-04-22 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh. Oh dear.

I hate to say it, but is this really wise?

Date: 2010-04-22 06:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not at all wise, but [mildly] you know, Adrian, we're allowed to do unwise things on occasion. Sometimes it's even liberating.

You are in, right?

Date: 2010-04-22 06:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, I am all in.

And I'm bringing spanakopita.

Date: 2010-04-22 06:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sublime! That is a bit like bringing coals to Newcastle, though, unless it's meant to be consumed during the movie. I'd take spanakopita over popcorn any day. Pity this particular theater isn't enlightened enough to serve it.

Date: 2010-04-22 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also, Adrian...I understand that the mechanical owl from the first movie puts an appearance in this one, albeit briefly.

[meaningful look]

Date: 2010-04-22 06:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2010-04-22 07:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[smiles] Oh, hello, Dan. Does this mean you're coming along? The more, the merrier (or at least the more insane).

Yes, there was a mechanical owl in the first movie: Bubo, belonging to Athena and made by Hephaestus. Often referred to as the Jar-Jar Binks of Clash of the Titans, but, well.

Date: 2010-04-22 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sure, why not? [Grins widely.] I love going to the cinema.

Oooh. Well, see, I haven't seen the first one. Should I, y'know, watch it before we go? Personally, I thought Jar-Jar Binks was hilarious, so now problems here on my end.

Date: 2010-04-23 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[Veidt smiles; the use of the term "cinema" is so Dan.]

That's entirely up to you. I toyed with the idea of having a showing at school, for comparison but there are limits to the depths of my depravity, believe it or not.

You poor, poor boy. Lamenting the trials and tribulations of today's youth is a millennia-old pastime, but really now, the prequels were below the belt.

Date: 2010-04-23 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I, uhh, I take it you aren't seeing the film for cinematic value then, are you? I mean, that is, since you sound so excited. [Cheeky smile.]

Hey, now, I didn't say that the prequels were any good. [Adjusts his glasses.] I'll have you know I really disliked them and don't really even consider them as, y'know, a part of the series. But Jar-Jar still made me laugh.

Date: 2010-04-22 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I LOVE THAT OWL. I remember it from my sixth grade mythology unit. I'm coming, if only for horrible comparison.

((I feel you should know that Mr V regularly turns into actual teachers I've had. My Ancient Greek History prof showed us 300 and critiqued it hilariously :D))

Date: 2010-04-23 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, another attendee with the proper attitude and a well-developed sense for sarcasm. Glad to hear it, Ursula, and welcome!

((Mr. V is based in many ways on actual teachers I've had, although the snark is entirely him. Really, he just writes himself.))


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