Dishcloths: Arrow Point & Bachelor’s Puzzle

There are some good points on this Arrow Point dishcloth

I’ve just spent 15 minutes trying to figure out why the Bachelor’s Puzzle is called that, and have come to no conclusions, other than one quilter being amused that the Bachelor’s Puzzle makes a ring.

By making the ends four rows shorter on the top and bottom I can now easily get two dishcloths out of one skien of yarn.

Three sentence movie reviews: Wind River

Initially, I stayed away from this film because I was annoyed that a movie set on the Wind River Indian Reservation starred two white people.* I’m glad I watched this story of a tracker and an FBI agent searching for clues to the murder of a young Indian woman.  The story is as bleak as the snow-covered Wyoming landscape, and the performances are excellent.

Cost: Netflix subscription
Where watched: at home

*I relented because I like Taylor Sheridan’s work a lot.

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Three sentence movie review: Dude

On the one hand, a movie about high school girls written and directed by a woman! On the other hand this movie suffers from the same thing that irritated me about Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!: The main characters are so confident and are loaded with so much good self esteem, that I wasn’t super interested in their stories. The quantity of substances used and sexual intercourse had was something I associate with well-adjusted late-twenty-somethings, not high school seniors.

Cost: Netflix subscription fee
Where watched: at home

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OHS Civil Rights Exhibit

Matt and I had a date at the Oregon Historical Society to see Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years.

It was a good exhibit.  Both of us were left with the depressing feeling that not much has changed since the 1960s and 1970s.

An example: This is from the October 1966 Black Panther Party Platform and Program.  The Black Panthers were talking about police brutality 52 years ago.  How much has changed on that front?

Here’s a picture of houses and businesses in the thriving Black community in the Vancouver/Williams area. The 188 shaded houses and several businesses were claimed through eminent domain and torn down for the expansion of Legacy Emmanuel Hospital, an expansion that never came.  The Oregonian featured one woman’s story on July 6, 2017.  “City policy cost 98-year-old black woman her home. Here’s why she won’t get it back.”

We learned about the tense relationship between police and the black community including police officers taking part in racist harassment, being fired and the police taking part in a “Cops Have Rights Too” rally. The officers were reinstated.
An observation by Avel Gordly

Instructions for what to do when stopped by the police which are still the same instructions given today. Point #12 was interesting advice about how to sit in the police car more comfortably.

Also this great letter from the chairperson of the Black Justice Committee, who opens with an apology and acknowledgment that putting together the monthly mailing is “a big drag.”  This made me laugh.

The exhibit ends with ways to work for change.

Three sentence movie reviews: Blue Valentine

Guess who didn’t see this movie in 2010 because she didn’t think she could deal with how sad it was?* I was more able to deal with the sadness and was rewarded with this most excellent, mostly improvised film. It was interesting to note the expansive feeling of the “before” sections of the movie in contrast to the claustrophobic feel of the current story.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home

*Did you guess me?  You are correct.

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Three sentence movie reviews: The Band Wagon

While the setup of this movie was similar to Singin’ in the Rain, the story and the songs didn’t gel like they perhaps should have and most of the movie fell flat for me. The “Dancing in the Dark” sequence was great, and I enjoyed the excesses of Jack Buchanan as pretentious director Jeffery Cordova. Some of the numbers were terrible such as “Louisiana Hayride”* and “Triplets” which was fascinating in it’s creepy earworm structure.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home, part of Filmspotting’s Minnelli Marathon

*Too bad, because Nannette Fabray was great.

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Three sentence movie reviews: Outside In

It’s one of those movies where not a lot happens, but the actors convey a lot of emotion and plot through what’s going on with their faces. Overall, it was an uncomfortable watch–nothing really goes terribly wrong, but everything is on the precipice of crashing and burning. The characters are awkward and likable and it’s always about to rain.

Cost: $10.00
Where watched: Kiggens Theater

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Three sentence movie reviews: Queen and Country

Hey look, it’s the story of a white guy coming of age, this time in 1950s England in the army!* I watched this for Callum Turner, who was fine, though I found that Caleb Landry Jones** tended to overshadow him. It wasn’t a bad movie, but by the end I found myself wanting my 114 minutes back.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home

*What a novel and not-at-all-overdone concept!  Meanwhile, he’s got this vivacious older sister and where is her story? Also, the quantity and location of brother/sister kissing in this film was weird.
**That guy–I know him as the psycho brother in Get Out–can really steal a scene.

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SKS Postcard: Mystery postcard

Sara writes that this postcard is being written while her computer is not behaving itself. More than a few postcards have been traded between us this year while our computers updated and restarted. She will be getting a new one.

This is a mystery postcard because the painting is from the Art Institute of Chicago, and Sara has never been there. It’s also not really Sara subject matter, so I’m sure she didn’t buy it.