Saturday, September 01, 2007

I was very excited when I went to the post office this week and discovered that the Postal Service had issued a bunch of cool new stamps recently. I picked up some of the Jimmy Stewart commemoratives, mahogany speed boats and beautiful blooms. I may have to start corresponding with friends and family just for the opportunity to show off these spiffy stamps. I did a bit of stamp collecting as a young girl, and still have a soft spot for good looking stamps.
I also went shopping on iTunes this week. Music: Pretty in Pink by the Psych Furs, and Sympathy for the Devil and Gimme Shelter by the Stones. I also picked up some audiobooks, including Sherlock Holmes and the latest by Jon Krakauer - Into the Wild - a book about a young man who wanders into the wilderness of Alaska, and who's body is found six months later by Elk hunters. His books on an ill-fated climb of Everest (Into Thin Air) and about the killing of a woman by her fundamentalist Mormon brothers in law (Under the Banner of Heaven), have both been excellent.
They are playing a couple of my favorite Clint Eastwood movies this afternoon on AMC - High Plains Drifter - in my opinion, the best of the spaghetti westerns, and Escape from Alcatraz. I'd be happy staying home, knitting, and hanging with the girls, but a friend is dragging me out to a local restaurant/bar to see a band she likes . . . they are pretty good, but the older I get, the harder time I have trading off evening entertainment for being tired in the morning, when Hanna wakes me at sunrise for a walk.
The NFL season is just around the corner. In one pool in which I participate, there is a "33" pool - if your team scores 33 points (as the final score), you win the cash. We draw for teams, and last season I had the Chargers . . . they came close, but not close enough. Actually, through the whole season, no team ended with a final score of 33. This year I have the Patriots, so I hope Brady hasn't injured his throwing arm dating supermodels, and adding to the number of single mothers.
And finally, "EL,EM" (eat less, exercise more), is paying off and I have dropped about 4 lbs in the last 12 days . . .
I hope everyone is enjoying their 3 day weekend!


Blogger EditThis said...

Because I pay everything through BillPay, I can never use a whole book of stamps before the price goes up again.

I have heard great things about both those Krakauer books and need to put them on my to read list.

Boo NFL!

9:28 PM  
Blogger sage said...

Congraguation on your EL-EM! I need to try that philosophy.

I have a lot of things in common with what you posted here: I too collected stamps as a kid and still insist on buying Commentatives instead of plain stamps. I've enjoyed Krakauer's work--especially "Under the Banner of Heaven" (as I lived in S.W. Utah) and also "Into Thin Air" (for the climbing). I also enjoy Eastwood Westerns (I'm not much of a fan of some of his others). When I ran a camp in Idaho, it was just a few miles from where the "town set" was at for Pale Rider. As for football, I'm not that big of a fan (but do root for the Steelers when I watch football). That said, as I will post today or tomorrow, yesterday I was at Michigan's Big House to watch those boys for the NC mountains whip up on UM! I'm still hoarse.

2:53 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

Edit - I do bill pay online too . . . both books are really good

sage - Oh my! you were there for what they are calling the biggest upset of all time - how fun!

I agree about using non-commemorative stamps - it seems like a loss opportunity . . .

I'm a fan of Pale Rider too - some film buffs say the preacher in that film is a continuation of the man with no name character from High Plains Drifter

7:23 AM  
Blogger NY KAT said...

Congrats on loosing some weight!!! I was able to knock off a pound and a half this week, better than nothing!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Sounds like you have a *perfect* weekend planned...ENJOY!

11:32 AM  
Blogger VirtualProducer said...

Love your blog, added it to my list of favorites on mine.

I love the old westerns! I especially like the ones where they have music by The Orb.

Loving the long weekend.

1:23 PM  
Blogger sage said...

Diane, I just posted my piece on yesterday's game!

1:49 PM  
Blogger ffleur said...

Hi Diane,

Very pretty stamps.

I really enjoyed Krakauer's "Into Thin Air". It had "the man who would not die" Beck Weathers who kept being given up for dead yet survived and made it off the mountain.

It was tragic how so many died on that mountain. And for what? Was it worth it? Hardly. I also feel sorry for that mountain. Its littered with oxygen bottles and dead bodies. Its too dangerous to move the bodies so they stay there. How macabre.

6:11 PM  
Blogger GetFlix said...

Stamp fans unite!! I actually have the boat ones, which are quite nice.

As a Stones fan I think those are certainly solid choices. (I still wish I managed to see the Furs when they were together.)

It's been a strange summer for weather here in New England. Mostly cool and wet. But suddenly it's really dry and very warm.

9:04 PM  
Blogger v said...

Not sure if you've already read/heard about this, but Sean Penn directed a film version of the Krakauer book Into the Wild. It should be in theaters on Sept 21.

And I can't wait for the NFL season to start. As well as, the MLB playoffs. A good time to be a sports fan.

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