I remember many years ago when I used to go to a lot of movies, a friend of mine raved about the English movie Chariots of Fire. According to him, it had all of the drama of Rocky, but it was a much better film. At the time I saw it, the movie was nominated for the Academy Award for best picture, an award that it would eventually win. I went to the movie theater expecting to be wowed, but never quite made it there. The story was about Olympic runners, but the pacing of the film felt glacial to me. I remember looking at my watch at one point, thinking it must be close to the end of the movie, and discovering that it was only 45 minutes into it. The movie, with a run time of over two hours, still had a loooooong way to go. It wasn't that long after that point that I fell asleep, snoozing soundly through until the merciful end of the movie.
After Chariots won the Oscar, I resolved to give it another chance. I thought maybe I was just tired the first time around, although I was in my early twenties and not prone to dozing off. (Nowadays I can sleep through even a great movie.) That time around I didn't make it past the first half hour of the movie. When I woke up I looked at my watch and saw that the movie had another 45 minutes or so to go. Thinking to myself, life is too short for this, I got up and snuck into another theater and rewatched Indiana Jones. Steven Spielberg's epic may have lost out to Chariots of Fire for best picture, but it kept me awake and entertained.
I resolved to give Chariots one more chance when it showed up on HBO after it left theaters. I didn't last 20 minutes that time, and never bothered to attempt the movie again. Lots of people loved that movie, but it was pure Sominex to me. Just hearing the theme music for the movie, which inexplicably managed to make it all the way to #1 on the U.S. pop music charts in May 1982, makes my eyes get tired.
Waiting for the Bauer sweepstakes to play out has taken on a Chariots of Fire vibe for me. If the thing doesn't wrap up soon I'm just going to ask Lisa to wake me up when it's over. I'm at the point where I believe I'd rather try to watch Chariots again then have to hear about one more Rachel Luba appearance teasing a conclusion. Honestly, I think I'd rather watch cheese age than have to sit through too much more Bauer drama. The Mets should really consider moving on if it doesn't resolve. For what it's worth, Jon Heyman and others are teasing a resolution to all of this:
Mets are engaged with Trevor Bauer. They expect to hear something — one way or another — in the next 24 hours or so. Situation is fluid but there’s hope. @ByRobertMurray tweeted that the sides are talking.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 4, 2021
There does seem to be a growing consensus on a decision being made. While it's not over until it's over, of course, there's at least real hope that this thing can end before it puts me into hibernation. God help us all.
For those of you who, like me, live in the northeast and have Comcast for an internet provider, there's some good news. Comcast was planning to implement data caps starting in March. After some bad publicity for price-gouging during a pandemic, they've agreed to push that back until July. We've cut the cord in my house for tv service and, due to ongoing health concerns, Lisa needs to conduct her business as a professional counselor completely online. Zoom calls use a lot of bandwidth, as does streaming tv, and we go over the 1.2 TB limit Comcast planned to impose by quite a lot.
At least until Lisa goes back to seeing her clients in person, we were faced with some unpalatable choices:
- Stream tv in lower quality
- Go back to Cable for tv
- Pay almost double for internet with the cap overage fees
- Move up to an unlimited plan from Comcast