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This Open Thread Is Movin’ Out

Friends, I am in the middle of moving chaos and it is not all that fun. But you know what is? Listening to songs about moving! And who doesn’t love a little Billy Joel?  I just realized as I was typing this that Billy Joel also did the song I chose last week for my Dance Party OT. Huh. Apparently, I am at a Billy Joel place in my life. Just roll with it.


Chat with us and sing along to a little Billy Joel tonight! I’ll be over here, trying to sort my way through boxes and bags.

By Luci Furious

There are no bad times, only good stories.

58 replies on “This Open Thread Is Movin’ Out”

Ooh the History Boys is definitely worth a rewatch. And yeah, I spent most of yesterday bored out of my skull. The problem is I haven’t done enough to go to sleep regularly, but I can’t get anything done because of the migraines, so I’m just sort of lying around feeling sorry for myself, ha.

I will take TV shows too =x

The History Boys is always worth a rewatch. Goodness, I hope it passes and you’re able to get back to something like normal again before long.

TV shows? Hmn. I can usually be found watching Friends, I have to say!

Oh! Another entirely not obscure film but a delight nonetheless: Sense and Sensibility.

I love Into the West. I have some very fond memories of watching that movie as a kid.

My recommendations:

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. This isn’t super obscure, but I am forever amazed at how many of my friends have never seen it. And ok, Joel Grey would not be my ideal choice of actors to play a Korean man, and yes the movie is super pulp. But I love this film.

The Giorgio Moroder cut of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. A science fiction film from 1927 scored with 1980s pop music. It is amazing. The super ultimate extra restored version of Metropolis that came out in 2010 is also worth a watch as it has most of the missing footage replaced.

Last Year at Marienbad: Art film with a capitol A. Enigmatic plot? Check. Cinematography so beautiful you could hang it as pictures on the wall? Check (Coco Channel did the costumes!) Had to write papers about it for my Philosophy of Art class in college? Check. Added bonus for boredom killing, if you are anything like me you will want to watch it several times because you didn’t figure everything out the first time through.

I saw the remastered Metropolis, but the 80s pop music one sounds amazing.

I will add “Last Year at Marienbad” to my list of “films to watch when lucid”. I tried to watch Inception with a migraine and the only thing I took from it was “Leonardo DiCaprio gets hotter as he gets older”.

To be fair, “that movie was really pretty,” was all I got out of Marienbad the first time I saw it, because I was loaded on cough syrup. (and then I panicked because I was supposed to be writing a paper, and I didn’t think that “Pretty Movie was Pretty’ was gonna pass as a topic for philosophy class paper)

And “Here She Comes” by Bonnie Tyler is the robot Maria’s theme in the Moroder Metropolis, as a sample of the epic.

Bright Young Things! It’s on youtube too, for easy viewing.

Other than that? Bringing Up Baby, A Philadelphia Story, Funny Face, HANNA, It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Harvey, Arsenic and Old Lace (Cary Grant version), His Girl Friday, My Man Godfrey, The Thin Man, Fly Boys, The Importance of Being Earnest, Everything is Illuminated, Death at a Funeral (British version, obviously), Four Weddings and a Funeral, Son of Rambow (yes, I did spell that correctly), Ms. Pettigrew Lives for a Day, October Sky.


I really don’t like moving, especially the packing and transport part of it. I brutely ignored bf’s hints when he moved for the seventh time in five years to come help him. I already know our relationship can survive moving house, because I was there for the previous move.

I have spent the entire work week in an intensive Kaizen (Lean philosophy – continuous process improvement) training and it has been really good.  This entire training is about facilitating small, incremental changes in your place of work that over time have a great impact on the whole organization. Now I, as the youngest and least experienced member of the senior staff of my unit, get to go back and tell everyone in the office that I’m going to help them work better.  This should go over well.

On another note entirely, I promised three things would be shared with the community once we were officially up and running again.  I have so far delivered the video which I’m now calling: “Carl, the dickhead penguin.”  I now give you the description of the greatest sandwich I have ever eaten:  BBQ beef brisket (I got the really bark-ey end!) thick cut smoked bacon, caramelized onions, Fritos corn chips, kaiser roll, tons of spicy BBQ sauce.  Magic people – this sandwich was so good, I could see into the future.  There’s lots of BBQ in the future.

Anyone who feels like it, or has an inkling that it will help, please join me in praying that some good will come from this. Light a candle, tell her story, send thoughts of peace to her family. This sucks. The only thing that would suck more is if the story ended here.

I saw it.  And I am having a tough time this morning.  I am grappling with how it is possible that she lived through such torture, such horrific torture, and amputations, and surgeries, and being blamed for the crime, and for nothing.

Not for nothing.  I know that it’s not for nothing.  I am going to put together a post about what comes out of this, but it’s going to take me awhile to get there.

Good luck with your move! Moving sucks even though new places are awesome. :)

On a side note, my Bible Study group did the most amazing thing for me tonight. I’ve been having real issues feeling like I belong and should continue with school, especially after failing one of my finals And tonight they brought me a care package full of coloring books and candy and notes. They are so awesome, and I didn’t even know they were paying attention to how much I’ve been struggling and hurting lately. And I’m so grateful that they have been. They are amazing. I just needed to share that because I’ve had you guys for my sanity for over a year now and now I know I have people here too. Y’all are all so awesome.

Billy Joel is wonderful.  Moving, not so much.  I’ll probably be moving sometime in two-three months, and I am not excited.  Except for getting closer to an actual city with actual people and actual things to do besides drink beer in a field with cows.  But the packing up of all of my stuff and transporting in to a different place and then unpacking it…yuck.

I met Billy Joel once! I’ve been contemplating writing it up for publication here or elsewhere, but it’s mostly a story in which I come across looking like a crafty badass (BECAUSE I WAS) and bragging on the internet is not something I’m good at? (Whining on the internet. That I am good at.)

I’m sick, and have so far missed three days of the first week of the quarter. And I’m doing better – I had a 104 degree F fever off and on for a few days, went to the ER (briefly)… and we still don’t know what I actually have! Fun times.

And then I went and got into grad program #2 (yay!). But with no funding (boo!). I kind of expected the no funding (professional program and all) and I’m excited for it, but they’d want me to start in the fall, and – literally – the US Dept. of Agriculture is off killing my current research subjects as we speak. I kind of want to do two seasons of study to look at seasonal variability, so I have to make frantic calls the second my mind is focused enough to see if I can delay a year. But then I kind of want to do a PhD with my ideas from program #1, so everyone’s asking me what I want to do with my life and I honestly have no freaking idea right now. Especially as my major advisor said that he’s no longer taking PhD candidates.

On the plus side, I have pretty pictures! And my professors are generally being awesome about my illness, and I got three people to offer me notes once I’m alert for more than five minutes at a time.

I had been searching for an apartmentmate, but one of the grads in the lab next to mine was also looking for someone. So I looked at her place, and liked it, and will be moving there in the summer! :) It’s not a very big move…she lives in the apartment complex behind mine. But yay I know where I’m going to live next year! I don’t have much furniture, since I moved into my boyfriend’s apartment, and it was fully furnished. But it all belongs to him, so I think he is taking it when I move. So I should have an easy moving time. I’m excited to not have to worry about that anymore! :)

I move to TV shows. Music just doesn’t cut it for me. I found Angel, The Last Airbender, and Gilmore Girls to be very helpful. Oh, I also pack slowly so I need more time for each ’round.’

But good luck! I hate moving. Since college I haven’t lived in the same place for more than 18 months. Hell. I will never move again if I can help it.


This is my favorite moving song. It doesn’t strictly apply in your case, but it’s still fun. (Though I’d never actually seen the video until just now and somebody needs to tell the cinematographer that ladies have heads; there are a lot of close-ups of booty- and booby-shaking.)

We just put together Lexie’s new train set and Matchbox garage ramp toy, and I put together the tricycle my parents got her. She’s gonna be such a happy birthday girl tomorrow! Even if she did refuse to eat the cookies I made her today. Little weirdo.

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