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Saturday, August 31, 2002


Last night I went to a little lemonade and brie reception with jazz from the Jeff Haskell Trio at the Center for Creative Photography. It's was for the Dreamstreet exhibit of photos about Pittsburgh by W Eugene Smith. I went through the whole exhibit this time and enjoyed it thoroughly. I like urban pictures. Evidently Smith liked jazz which was the reason for the music. There were quite a few people there, even without wine, and it was interesting listening to other people's comments on the pictures.

Afterwards I went to see the movie "All About My Mother" which is part of the International Arts Society Film Series put on at the university. It's been a while since I watched a movie with subtitles but I enjoyed it. It's a spanish film that follows a mother's attempt to locate her ex-husband to tell him about the son he didn't know about after the son's death. That doesn't even begin to give an idea of the story. The ex, who she hasn't seen for 17 years and doesn't know he had a son, is a transsexual and dying of aids but in the mean time has stolen all the money from his friend, another transsexual, gotten a nun pregant, and given her aids, before absconding to Argentina. The theme of "A Streetcar Named Desire" follows the main character, Manuela throughout the film, adding an additional theatrical touch to a theatrical movie.

This is the first time I've been to one of these and the auditorium was full. There were all ages and types of people, many who seemed to be regulars. I was too lazy to ride my bike that morning so I had to take the bus back. The #9 came first just as I got to the bus stop so I took that up to Grant and spent some time in Bookmans rather than wait for the #15 which didn't come till 9:45. The only problem with this is that the bus stop going north from Bookmans is a ways up the street but the area was somewhat lit up and fairly busy, though no foot traffic. At the other end I had to walk half a mile home which doesn't really bother me except that it should bother me.

Gave blood today and my iron was up to 40. Since I'm back on a more omnivorous diet not to mention all brownies at work lately I was pleasantly surprised. That's good.

I was on a movie roll so I then went to see "The Road to Perdition" starring Tom Hanks. It is very good and Hanks is not the usual nice guy he plays but makes a very believable assassin, let's just make that killer, for the irish mob. When Sullivan's (played by Hanks) wife and younger son are killed due to a bit of corruption in the organization (nothing like like corruption among thieves) he heads out with his older son to both stay alive and get revenge. Lots of people die but the interaction between Sullivan and his son are the most interesting part. Paul Newman was also very good as the head of the organization and played the part of benevolent patron and someone who accepts that he is a cold blooded killer very well. Good movie.

I got home and finished reading "Requiem at the Refuge" by Sister Carol Anne O'Marie, a murder mystery starring elderly Sister Mary Helen. A hooker is found murdered at the back door of a refuge for street women run by a nun in Sister Mary's order. The suspects include not only street people but people in the more respectable and rich layers of society. Sister Mary is volunteering when it happens and still getting used to the roughness of street life but rallies to help solve the murder and be a friend to the women she meets. Good book.

It's been a good couple of days.

Rachel Aschmann 2002.
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