Monday, June 02, 2008

day +286

I've been having some problems with my Internet connection during the past couple of days, so this post was delayed a bit. I'm hoping to get this intermittent problem solved very soon. At the same time, I must confess that since I'm usually online for hours each day, it's quite refreshing to have a reprieve from the some times frightening grip that my laptop can have over me. Though I enjoy blogging and staying informed, having all that information (and distraction) at my fingertips can be a bit much at times. The pulsating urge to be online can feel addictive some times. In this regard, I can relate to the adoption of the term "CrackBerry" by both its lovers and haters.

It's very nice to spend fruitful hours doing other activities as well, which have been become more plentiful as my doctor's restrictions have been eased and spring has arrived.

Anyway, this past weekend went pretty well. Su and I watched two films that I had requested from Netflix weeks ago, but watched for the first time this past weekend. One is The Slanted Screen, a one-hour documentary that examines the history of how Asian-Americans have been portrayed in Hollywood. I found it to be a remarkably insightful look at answering the question why so few Asian-Americans are in prominent roles in both film and television. Anyone interested in the history of film and/or race in America will, I think, find this documentary very compelling.

The other Netflix film that we watched is Martin Scorsese's 1976 thriller, "Taxi Driver." A very interesting film, but I am still unsure what we, the audience, are supposed to take away from it. I felt confused afterwards. A lonely, marginalized guy turns vigilante, who tries to assassinate a presidential candidate while trying to rescue a young Jodie Foster from the ills of society and then, is praised by her parents before almost dying in a horrific scene of violence. If anyone can help to explain the message of this confusing plot, please help me.

Frida was the last film we watched. I appreciated the film a lot after having learned about her remarkable work and life story at the art exhibition in Philadelphia a few weeks ago. I thought the film was great and I especially liked how samples of her paintings (many of which I saw in Philadelphia) were interweaved beautifully into the story.

With regards to my health, after nearly two weeks the tightness in my left jaw has abated. I still am not sure what caused it in the first place, but it's gone. I'm thankful about that. Another recent development has been that the very corners of my lips have become so chapped that very fine cuts have formed. This has continued for at least a week now. The cuts become most irritating when I eat something acidic like oranges.

Today I reduced my Tacrolimus dosage to 1.1 ml. Only ten more weeks remain until I'm finished with the Tacrolimus altogether.

Tomorrow I have a number of things to do in Manhattan, such as pick up a number of drug refills from Sloan. But late tomorrow afternoon, Tim and I are scheduled to attend a taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Show. I have no idea who the guests will be, but I'll post about it.


Comment Anonymous Frank the Tank said...

Dude, Taxi Driver is one of the truly great movies ever. DeNiro's performance is amazing, frightening and unsettling at the same time. I do however understand why you feel a bit confused afterwards. The movie is open to much interpretation, but I tend to think Travis Bickle is basically a nice guy who feels lonely, depressed, and kicked around by society and lets those feelings fester until he explodes into a violent psychopath. I enjoyed the characters journey. lol
That said, how are you doing???
Frank the Tank

3:25 PM  
Comment Blogger Candace Kuchinski said...

I've never seen taxi driver, but I watch the Daily Show all the time. Your so lucky to attend a taping. That's what i want to do the next time I'm in Manhattan, if I can stay up that late.

I also viewed your flower pics and they are beautiful. You have an eye for flowers as well as bridges.

Take Care and enjoy the warm weather that's on the way!

9:11 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

FRANK THE TANK!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm going to email you buddy.

10:00 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Many thanks, Candace. Yeah, photographing flowers has been a real treat for me. I'm loving it.

Thanks for the kind comments. ;)

10:00 PM  

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