Saturday, May 21, 2011

Poem for Saturday, Reptiles, The Survivor, Date Night

To Amarantha, That She Would Dishevel Her Hair
By Richard Lovelace

   Amarantha sweet and fair,
Ah, braid no more that shining hair!
   As my curious hand or eye,
Hovering round thee, let it fly.

   Let it fly as unconfined
As its calm ravisher, the wind,
   Who hath left his darling, th'East,
To wanton o'er that spicy nest.

   Ev'ry tress must be confessed
But neatly tangled at the best,
   Like a clue of golden thread,
Most excellently raveled.

   Do not then wind up that light
In ribbons, and o'ercloud in night;
   Like the sun in's early ray,
But shake your head and scatter day.

   See, 'tis broke! Within this grove,
The bower and the walks of love,
   Weary down we lie and rest,
And fan each other's panting breast.

   Here we'll strip and cool our fire
In cream below, in milk-baths higher;
   And when all wells are drawn dry,
I'll drink a tear out of thine eye.

   Which our very joys shall leave,
That sorrows thus we can deceive;
   Or our very sorrows weep,
That joys so ripe, so little keep.


Friday arrived as clear, cool, beautiful day. Unfortunately I had to spend most of it indoors doing various work, like posting a review of the animated Star Trek episode "The Survivor", which I'm pretty sure is not on anyone's Top Ten list though it's a pretty painless viewing experience. I had other chores, too, but I wound up chatting online with Ethel King and Celandine and was slow and lazy all afternoon.

Fannish5: Five fictional beverages you wish you could try.
1. Ambrosia
(Hercules/Xena). Not the fruity stuff, but the nectar of the gods that confers eternal youth and power on those who drink it.
2. Polyjuice Potion (Harry Potter). Why don't they sell this instead of Butterbeer at the theme park? I'd love to be someone else for a couple of hours.
3. Bajoran Ginger Tea (Deep Space Nine). You can buy commercial Romulan ale, but I don't know where on Earth you can buy Kira's favorite drink.
4. Bubble Shock (The Sarah Jane Adventures). I assume that with the Bane gone, it would provide delicious orange flavor without taking over our brains.
5. Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). I just want to try one sip, then have a root beer float to wash it down.

We had dinner with my parents, then came home and watched Date Night on HBO. Despite some predictable dumb jokes about women and not-gay panic, I thought it was pretty hilarious -- Tina Fey is adorable and the supporting players (Mark Ruffalo, Mark Wahlberg, William Fichtner, Mila Kunis, et al) are quite entertaining, while Steve Carell does his usual schtick well. Then we watched Camelot which I liked because Claire Forlani got so much screen time -- she's a much more subtle actress than Eva Green and it's a nice change. Here are some of the reptiles of Lake Whetstone from a couple of weekends ago:

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