All right. I guess I have no excuses now. I have time, a camera, the connecting cable, internet . . . I guess I’ll post some pictures. Today’s main event was a trip to a castle in the Czech Republic. It dates back to the 13th Century, and was involved in quite a few battles. Unfortunately, the place burned down in the 1800s, so all that’s left is ruins. Still, we had a great time exploring, and my son thought it was all the bees knees. Gorgeous weather and a nice picnic didn’t hurt, either. Don’t you all wish you were me? Oh–and I got over 1,500 words written today. Nice.
And because my life isn’t always just about Slovakia, I’m also going to throw out a challenge to all you movie buffs out there. AFI just released its top 10 lists for 10 genres. Here are my totals for how many of them I’ve seen:
Romantic Comedy: 8/10 (missing City Lights and Roman Holiday. I’ll fix this when I get home.)
Western: 7/10 (missing The Wild Bunch, McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Cat Ballou)
Sports: 7/10 (missing Bull Durham, Breaking Away and National Velvet (National Velvet?!? Where’s Chariots of Fire?)
Mystery: 8/10 (missing Laura and Blue Velvet)
Fantasy: 9/10 (missing the original King Kong. I know–travesty. I publicly apologize. However, did you all see what landed on the list? Groundhog Day continues its inexorable rise to the Number One Movie of All Time)
Sci-Fi: 8/10 (missing The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Invasion of the Body Snatchers)
Gangster: 5/10 (Yikes! Missing White Heat, Bonnie and Clyde, Scarface: Shame of a Nation, Public Enemy and Little Ceasar.)
Courtroom Drama: 4/10 (Even worse. I’m such a slacker! Missing Kramer vs. Kramer, The Verdict, Witness for the Prosecution, In Cold Blood, A Cry in the Dark and Judgment at Nurmeburg)
Epic: 7/10 (missing Titanic (almost a badge of honor at this point), All Quiet on the Western Front and Reds)
Total: 73/100 (assuming I did my math right, which isn’t a given.)
So that’s a C-. Not too bad I suppose. In the past I’ve been a lot worse at these top 100 lists, and I’ve been working on fixing that over time. Getting there. Can any of you beat me? I’d love to see your totals if you have time to look over the lists and post.
And that’s all I have time for now.