Today was my last day in Fort Collins before heading off to the bitter North and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Last night I went out to eat with my grandparents while Parker oversaw the last of the Terminal Philosophy shooting. We had dinner at a nice nearby Thai restaurant and went back to my grandparents’ house for dessert—a French silk pie from Perkins. “Special circumstances call for special pies,” my Grandmother said. She’s an amazing woman. Any secular Mennonite who’s willing to dress up as a nun for a movie is good in my book. She also gave me a box of homemade cookies and zucchini bread to take with me.
After pie and coffee and a lot of talking (but not enough) I said goodbye. On our way out we finished a puzzle they had sitting in their sun room. There was a piece missing.
This morning I woke up way too early with nothing to do. I forced myself into a sixth hour of sleep before I got up to finish packing. I folded up all my clothes and picked out a few books and movies to take. Incidentally, the nine movies I’d have to have if I were stranded on a desert island (or barren, windswept sub-Canadian wasteland, as the case may be) are apparently: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil, Dazed and Confused, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Garden State, Bowling for Columbine, Dr. Strangelove, A Fish Called Wanda, and Waking Life.
I ate Thai leftovers, then called up Arin and planned to go see a movie. Little Miss Sunshine. I’ve heard very good things about it. While I waited for the movie, my dad and I loaded up the van for the drive to Minnesota and I started shuffling files around on my hard drives so I’ll have all the data I need when I get my new laptop on Sunday.
4:something swung around on the clock and Arin picked me up for the movie. We stopped and grabbed Evan on our way to the theater. We were a bit on the late side. Luckily, the advertised start time in Colorado theaters is actually when the ads start, or we would have been REALLY late. As it was, we just missed the first couple minutes.
Although I may never get around to writing a full review, let me just say that Little Miss Sunshine may be the best film to come out of anywhere in the past five years. It’s the first film since The Life Aquatic to get my five-star rating. Regarding my Snakes on a Plane rant: if you saw SOAP and want to cancel out your bad movie karma, go see this film. There may be hope for modern cinema yet. And Steve Carrell, who I’m always a bit wary of, is REALLY GOOD.
Anyway, after the movie we stopped to get a couple frozen pizzas and headed back to my house. Parker, Ethan, Ruth and Aubrie also stopped by. For lack of anything better to do, we watched Fear and Loathing.
Then people left.
I have to say that leaving here has to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Making a feature film with no money and unpaid actors doesn’t hold a candle to saying goodbye to everyone I know.
I leave at 6:30 in the morning, and then I’m off in a foreign land until Thanksgiving. That’s a scary thought.
So call and write lots. I promise to do the same.
I’d also like to note that computer things may be wonky for me server-side and client-side for the next few days until I get my laptop running smoothly. E-mails may bounce around several servers and perhaps even get lost, so maybe the best way to reach me for the next 5-7 days is by phone.