Tess and I were up early this morning, and on the road to Atlanta and Macon. It’s a sad day for me — I am again Tessless. It’s going to be a long 33 days until we are reunited.
Needless to say, my request to pack the back with water and MRE’s and stow away for the trip was not approved.
To get home, I hopped a cab o the Greyhound station and took the bus back to Ft. Gordon. It’s been a couple of years since I took Greyhound — 2004, I think. The only thing that has changed is that now I make sure no crazies sit next to me or try to cut off my head. I think it’s a pretty good rule of thumb. To pass the time, I played with my iPhone.
I watched an absolutely brilliant episode of Top Gear. It was truly perfect, having just spent my romantic weekend away with Tess, driving through mountain roads at breakneck speeds. How good was the episode? It featured the race between the Bugatti Veyron and the RAF Euro Fighter (go on — watch it here). It also had their review of the Audi R8, which was described simply as being perfect. Not a bad review, I should think. And no, my love for Tess did not wane.
I also watched Napoleon Dynamite. I’d seen it before, but I had it loaded and it was worth the time to watch. It’s a cute and humorous look at those awkward teenage years, without making you squirm in your chair from the pain they’re all going through.
Our hero is Napoleon. He’s a pretty sad case. Back in my day, I’m not even sure what label we’d slap on him. He’s a pretty simple guy, I suppose, with not many friends. The movie tracks him growing a bit, making some friends, and getting on with his life.
And it’s funny. Not ha ha funny, not hold you side funny, but novel and funny. He has to eat quesadillas, but the llama gets ham and casseroles. His 32 year old, still-lives-at-home-with-Grandma unemployed brother uses a dial up internet connection to find love on the net. His uncle goes online to buy a time machine, to travel back to his glory days, only to sadly find out it doesn’t do anything other than run electricity through his nuts.
It’s a low tech, low budget film by a first time movie maker, shot on location in Idaho, and it’s a good little film. Don’t rush out to buy it, don’t jump it to the top of the list on NetFlix, but to plan on seeing it.