This is it again, the last day before another business trip. Be warned that a new strip will not be coming out until next Friday. I would like to talk more about what these trips are about but I can’t really get into that yet. As before it’s another work trip to the corporate office in Orlando. For the last two years there hasn’t been a single work day that’s gone by without my communicating with someone down there, usually someone in IT. I will be spending plenty of quality time with IT again, but this time I have some different co-workers than I usually travel with going along with me. To that end I’m setting up reservations for our arrival night at Spoodles, an old stand-by I tend to choose when I’m looking for a nice restaurant that’s local, on property and not outgrageuously expensive. The atmosphere around the Boardwalk tends to impress everyone and I like to head for Bluezoo and Kimonos afterward. Enjoy yourselves this week and we will see you again on Friday.
So this was an Oscar night without a lot of groaner moments, which is nice for a change. Anyone catch those acrobats forming movie titles? Just when you thought the Academy had surpassed the cheesy nineties they bring in the shadow puppet people. I was a little annoyed by how many times the announcer kept characterizing it as an evening of surprises, I saw very few of them. One award that was not a surprise but was nonetheless a huge disappointment was the Best Animated Feature Oscar going to Happy Feet; it was an Oscar handed out for a popular idea to a movie that was in no way a contender for Cars. Was anyone really surprised by the winners for Best Actor and Actress? Every magazine had them as the front runners. The big relief was the win for The Departed, because as much as I was mildly amused by Little Miss Sunshine, had it won, it would have ranked up with The Greatest Show on Earth as one of the least worthy Best Pictures ever given the honor. It was cute, the ending was hysterical, but if you’ve seen just one family road movie from National Lampoon to The Daytrippers you’ve seen this one. Thank goodness they finally gave something to Scorsese in a year he made a decent movie before they had to give him one for a dog just to make him feel better. Don’t put it past them.
I actually did this last weekend. I have a friend that is nigh impossible to scoop on celebrity gossip, but I just happened to have the news on early Saturday morning and there was Britney, shaving her head. That was surprising but not as interesting as hearing that she did it because she was incoherent and wanted everyone to stop touching her. Of course there was video, and of course her hair is being sold on eBay. Maybe the best part about this news is how it knocked Anna Nicole Smith out of the headlines briefly. Briefly.