December 14th, 2008

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YuleTube: _The Nightmare Before Christmas_

I saw _Nightmare Before Christmas_ when it first came out, loved it, bought the VHS, bought the Jack figurine, and figured it would remain a cult classic.

But in the last five years it's exploded and there's toys and clothes and books and lunchbags and you name it. Now it seems like it's more about the marketing than about the movie itself. No surprise there. But don't forget the movie which is an astounding feat of stop-motion animation with a unique style. Here's three selections comprising a Sunday triple-header.

"What's This?" ("There's children throwing snowballs, instead of throwing heads")



The Town Meeting ("A box?" / "Is it filled with a pox?")



"Making Christmas" (love those skeletal reindeer)

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the one-day-later Post-Dad-Football-Game Report

Saturday morning was the "Neighborhood Dad Flag Football Game". A bunch of 30something and 40something guys playing flag football, 8-a-side, for a couple of hours.

First and foremost, everyone was able to walk away with the body parts intact. That's an achievement right there.

As for me, here's the Post-Game Report:

- Strained Right Hamstring. I felt the twinge about 3/4 the way through the game when running across the middle. I did briefly think "maybe I should stop" but instead kept playing and kept playing left side wide receiver and cutting to the outside. Turns out that was a bad idea, and the "argh" pull occurred late in the game.

The most serious injury, and I'm limping around today. But not too serious: it should be fine within a week.

- Sprained Right Thumb. Mostly likely earned either blocking the big guy who is built like a bull, or falling to the ground on pass receptions and coverage.

My thumb is stiff at the last two joints (near the wrist and near the hand). But I can still type and drive and do all that stuff. It just hurts.

- Sore Right Shoulder. From either throwing the ball a lot during warmups, or from falling on the field. Or both.

- A few pass receptions, and one touchdown scored on a jump ball in the end zone. I could pull a Terrell Owens and say "throw to me more" but hey it's just for fun.

- Many Advil taken since the game. Keeps the inflammation and pain down.

Overall, I had a lot of fun and I'm sure I'll do it again next month!
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 07:44 The home Internet is back, after being down for a day. Hello, world! What happened while I was gone? #
  • 07:45 woke up at 7 and knew, once again, not going back to sleep. Maybe a walk will do me some good (I'm hurting from yesterday's football) #
  • 10:27 heading out to have lunch with mom and bake cookies. should be fun. #
  • 17:14 back home from successful cookie making and hanging with mom. Now we do some work. Oh boy! #
  • 20:23 the power went out earlier, so we're at the in-laws sponging heat and Internet. #
  • 20:24 I tell you this now - tomorrow has high potential to be a Not Very Fun At All day. #
  • 20:56 @jay_lake yyy? #
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