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As my night at work slowly became morning, my mood got better and better. Compared to the rest of the week, things were calm and I had some time for personal projects besides my usual work load. Then by the time that I left I felt like myself again. Being able to laugh about things and relax in general is a feeling that I had missed for most of the week.
For almost two hours this morning, Ann and I chatted online. It was the first time we had "spoken" to each other in weeks. She sounded about the same as when we last talked. Basically she says that she wishes that she still worked where I work and that her new job involves too much driving.
There weren't too many personal details about herself so I have no idea if that part of her life has calmed down any since she was here. Most of the time she just wanted updates on the people that we both know and I was happy to oblige.
For the second day in a row I got an adequate amount of sleep before work and even let myself watch some television for the first time in days. After scanning my limited choices I settled back in the couch to gawk at the bloated epic How the West was Won. Not only was it long, but it was a who who's of now dead actors.
When I first started watching there was Jimmy Stewart as a mountain man helping out pioneer Karl Malden and his family. Soon this gave way to Gregory Peck as a card shark and Debbie Reynolds as his love interest. These two performances were followed by John Wayne as General Sherman in the Civil War and Henry Fonda as yet another mountain man giving advice to a young George Peppard.
I can't think of a modern movie that would have the same amount of star power in it that it had and I kept wondering if the movie did well when it was first released thirty years ago.
Putting aside the actors for a moment, there was something else about the movie worth noting. From what I read online the movie was shot in something called Cinerama, which may have been fine in the theater but was seen as a "bend" on my small television screen and was annoying more than anything else. Even in letterbox format, I could see the image warping at times.
Oh, I could also have done without the musical portions from Debbie Reynolds.