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Weekend Update

1. Went to see Revenge of the Sith on Thursday evening with the MovieBears. Saw many a LJer. We both enjoyed the film, and would see it again in the theater, though I missed a few scenes that were cut (I downloaded the script, so I know they were in there). I guess we'll have to wait for the DVD in November.

2. Friday, keanubear and Greg came over to watch A New Hope with us. Inspired by the previous night's movie, I wanted to see the original three, with the added stuff George Lucas threw in for the DVD release. Looked great, and the 5.1 digital surround was awesome (more on that below).

3. Saturday, jeffnuma and pilosus, in town for the Erasure concert, came by for brunch. Later, Steve, Jeff and Tim went out to Amoeba Records while I stayed home, did a bit of telecommuting (I'm on call this weekend), and sunned on the deck. I'm reading Angels and Demons, the precursor to The DaVinci Code. Same breathless Oh-My-God-I-Can't-Believe-It style, but entertaining.

4. In the evening, we fired up The Empire Strikes Back. Midway through the film, we get a phone call. It's our next-door neighbors, wondering what was going on. It seems our subwoofer is on the wall that corresponds to their dining room, and since our houses are adjoining (well, a 1-inch gap), their china was rattling. I told you the digital sound on these DVDs was good (as is our sound system, apparently). So I switched to 2-channel surround and turned down the volume, but bummer! I guess we'll have to watch Return of the Jedi during the day.

5. Today, we're meeting pagerbear for coffee/brunch, then back home (I have a massage appointment). We're making a big whole-wheat pasta lasagna with ground turkey for dinner, because David and Andrea are coming over to eat and to play canasta. Or, we might watch The Brady Bunch Movie, which they've never seen.

6. In spite of all this TV watching and indoor activity, we are getting out and enjoying the beautiful weather. This is what San Francisco should be like all year round--sunshine, high 60's, slight refreshing breeze, low humidity.

7. Next week, all hell breaks loose as animbear, redbeardedblond, and bigsabu swoop into town and our house. We can't wait!!! We always have a blast when they visit, and with the three of them this time, we expect the highjinks and mayhem to increase exponentially. Gotta make sure the tiki bar is stocked!!!

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bearzbub
May. 22nd, 2005 10:47 am (UTC)
And I thought you would be resting up for next weekend. At least do some stretches!
qbear
May. 23rd, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
I plan to be nice and limber!
joebehrsandiego
May. 22nd, 2005 11:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for the update ... good to hear you guys are doing well! Look forward to seeing you over Hairrison weekend, if not before.
qbear
May. 23rd, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks--be sure to let us know if you're up here before then!
bigjohnsf
May. 22nd, 2005 11:20 am (UTC)
I guess we'll have to watch Return of the Jedi during the day.

Would it help to move the subwoofer somewhere else?
dr_scott
May. 22nd, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
It might help to isolate it from the floor by putting it on an absorbant base (like cloth on a table) then limiting the wall behind's uptake by backing it with a hard surface not attached ot the wall, like a bookcase.
qbear
May. 23rd, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll give it a try. It's really in the perfect location for the room, so I'd rather not move it, but reduce transmission.
ciddyguy
May. 22nd, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
As far as your sub is concerned, I'll go along with drscott and bigjohnsf's comments on reducing bass transmission to your neighbor's place.

I love good bass, but man does it carry though.

Otherwise, I'm glad the two of you are doing just fine and dandy. :-)

I'll be anxious to hear about next weekend with the trio from SLC.
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qbear
May. 23rd, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks---we've been here 3 years and never had a complait before, so I have to guess it's the digital remastering to blame. It does sound great!
redbeardedblond
May. 22nd, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
I cannot tell you how excited I am about next week.

Not only do I love hanging out with you guys, but I so need a vacation from work.

*hugs*

I can't wait.
qbear
May. 23rd, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
Me too! The Marcia Brady Guest Room™ awaits; but you three will probably have to take turns. There's room in our king-sizer for one more, and since you're staying three nights, you can each have a turn! *wink*
redbeardedblond
May. 24th, 2005 08:18 am (UTC)
I'll snuggle!
bonkishnurtaz
May. 22nd, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
In your honest opinion, was Episode III better than either of the 2 previous films in the Star Wars Trilogy? Did it meet the expectations of the 4th, 5h & 6th movies? ;-)
qbear
May. 23rd, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
I thought it was better than 1 and 2. The plot was less obscure, although most of the dialogue was simplistic, especially between Anakin and Padme. I thought the two best performances were Obi-Wan and the Emperor, by far.

Thw film does tie up a lot of loose end from the latter three, explaining how and why certain things happen (though not perfectly). The last 30 minutes or so were especially satisfying.
neilbert
May. 23rd, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
Sith-ter?
Hey, Charles and I haven't seen Ep. 3 yet, will try to go this week again, possibly tonight. Any interest in going again? If so let me know!
qbear
May. 23rd, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Sith-ter?
Can't go tonight, but we're possibly going again over the weekend with our houseguests. Let us know if you're interested.
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