Archive for December, 2003
Dateline, Washington and Paris: Air France canceled several flights to the United States after U.S. officials, on heightened alert for terror attacks over the holiday, passed on “credible” security threats involving passengers scheduled to fly to Los Angeles on flights from Paris, U.S. and European officials said Wednesday. That from the Associated Press.
Dateline New York: With the nation on high alert and the city at orange plus, LaGuardia Airport has placed all departing flights on hold due to concerns about a passenger. Aiport officials say all passengers will be re-screened before flights are resumed. At about 5:30 p.m., security officials began clearing portions of the airport so passengers could be sent back through security checkpoints. That from New York One.
Meanwhile as I sit here blogging overlooking Manhattan, I can hear the sounds of jets. They do not sound like the disctinctively meanacing Air National Guard or Air Force F-15s flying combat air patrol that were ever present in the hours and days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. They sound like typical commercial airliners. I wonder if any of them are carrying any special presents.
Have a Merry, and a Bright, and all that.
So what the heck is this suppossed to mean anyway? Here’s a few things that happen here in New York. Tomorrow will be a bad day for fare-jumping at the subway gates. It’ll be a bad day for subway commutes period. Head to work early.
Reuters has a dispatch on a record-setting drunkard.
RIGA, Latvia (Reuters) – Latvian police said a drunk picked up with around twice the blood-alcohol level considered deadly had probably set a world record but would wake with a hangover to match.
The unidentified middle-aged man was unconscious but stable after a blood test showed 7.22 parts per million of alcohol, police spokeswoman Ieva Zvidre said.
He must have been heading home from an office party. I wonder who it was?
I never did fully explain what happened on Tuesday night so I’ll just sum it up. Just before “Return of the King” was to begin, Elijah Wood (Frodo), Sean Astin (Samwise), Dominic Monaghan (Merry) and Andy Serkis (Gollum/Smeagol) showed up to say hello to the troops sitting through 10 hours and 35 minutes of film. I’m not usually all that impressed with being in the presence of celebrities, but it was awfully nice of them to come and show their appreciation to the Rings fans. The New York Times has the rundown. (Free registration required.)
A quote from the Times peice:
“Oh, my God,” Mr. Wood said. “You people just sat through one and two?” (“YAYY!!!”) “The extended versions?” (“YAYY!!!”) Then he uttered a warmly enthusiastic but entirely un-hobbitlike obscenity. As he went on excitedly, I was torn: delighted to seem relaxed and expansive, dismayed to see this radiantly smooth-skinned cherub with the curly tresses talking like a sailor.
So what do I think of the film “Return of the King”? Everyone who knows I saw it has been asking. All I can say prepare yourself for three hours of carnage, puncuated by what has to be one of the longest and most drawn-out conclusion sequences ever put to film. Don’t get me wrong — I loved this film and will see it again. But after 10 hours and change, the end of ROTK reminded me an old sketch from “Space Ghost Coast To Coast” — the one about the song that never ends. After 10 hours, ROTK was the film that wouldn’t end.
Big boxes bearing WETA logos just appeared at the front of the cinema. Its probably t-shirts or something.