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Towering Twosters

Taken as hole, nothing works well. Which is not to say that there is no thing that works well. Nothing qua the lack of thing, does work well as a hole. On the whole, the aye's have it.

Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we
must build as if the sand were stone.

-Jorge Luis Borges


Tightening up a notch, I can report that I have seen The Two Towers. My reaction: Wow with a reservation or two.

Gandalf and the Balrog: Freakin' wow!

Gollum: Wow, and extra wow!

The whole Rohan thread, slightly less than wow. Helm's Deep. Wham, pow, flash. Yes, I enjoyed it. Yes, it was a marvel to behold. For some reason, it didn't quite work for me, particularly any time the restored King Theodin was on screen. His character just didn't have the prior screen time for me to take his intense "Where was Gondor when..." speech seriously. Also, I thought some of the digital seams where showing in the big battle shots; places where the gazzilion CGI elements failed to composite absolutely flawlessly. Hopefully, Peter Jackson will continue to polish the films over the coming years. I would very much like to consider the film I just saw as a first draft.

In other news, Logan has been very sick this week. On Christmas night, we took him to the Fremantle Hospital emergency room. He had been throwing up for a day and a half. Everything, including every sip of water he took, came right back up. Normally, when Logan is fighting off the virus of the day, he alternates between his sick self and his rambunctious self. As this illness wore on, his rambunctious self ebbed away. On Christmas morning, he awoke voiceless. His cries, normally so lusty and voluminous, were reduced to plaintive croaks, and by evening, he had ceased all complaint and had become a rag doll. When offered water, he would reach for it, but we had to sit him up and support the glass for him. If he took more than just a tiny sip into his mouth, he couldn't swallow it and would let it fall from his lips. If he took sips small enough to get past his tender throat, the aggregate came back up within minutes. I feared he was growing dangerously dehydrated, and so we took him to the hospital.

The hospital staff asked many questions and took many looks into his ears, mouth, and eyes and many pulse, temperature and blood pressure readings, but in the end, they applied no treatment nor provided any medication. They told us to just keep giving him water and pain-killer for his throat. Because the infection was almost certainly viral, there was no point in giving him antibiotics, and because administering an IV to rehydrate him would cause him (and his mother) so much trauma, it wouldn't really pay to do it unless he grew dangerously dehydrated; something which at that time the highest ranking doctor we saw judged had not yet occurred.

I went away not much relieved. It seemed we would almost certainly be back at the hospital with Logan within 24 hours, but that didn't happen. He didn't throw up again after we left the hospital. The next day, he not only held down all the fluids he ingested, but he had a bit of food as well. Now, on Sunday morning, he's running around, terrorizing every electronic within reach, raising a vocal typhoon, and behaving in typical terrible two fashion. Lara just told me that somebody is clamoring to go oh you tee. Gods and goddesses and strong immune systems be praised.

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carocrow
Dec. 28th, 2002 06:00 pm (UTC)
Wonderful recuperative powers!! Hurrah!!

There is definitely something horrid being passed around, in several areas this winter. Many of our folks up here have had a viral onslaught here around the holiday, no telling why, perhaps it's all the travelling folks seeding it from place to place.

Take good care. Is it summery there? We just got a foot of snow on Christmas.
kmo
Dec. 29th, 2002 05:44 am (UTC)
I replied to this earlier with a message detailing what a gloriously gray day today is, but for some reason that message didn't post. Alas.
carocrow
Dec. 29th, 2002 01:27 pm (UTC)
Re:
I've been very pleased to see the sun, pale as it is, lately. I really, truly don't like snow... at all.

I wanted to add to your comments about TTT that I was highly impressed with the sets. I was less impressed with the continuity this time. But we'll see how ROTK is.
zagella
Dec. 29th, 2002 04:22 am (UTC)
So pleased that Logan is all well again. Children do have this knack of scaring the shit out of you, then 24 hours later appearing to be perfectly well and making you think you must have really over-reacted :)
kmo
Dec. 29th, 2002 05:41 am (UTC)
sho nuff
Children do have this knack of scaring the shit out of you, then 24 hours later appearing to be perfectly well and making you think you must have really over-reacted :)

Ah, but I shall have my revenge. "Oh my dieties, my dad just called from jail, AGAIN! How many times am I supposed to bail him out? What did I do to deserve THIS?"
zagella
Dec. 29th, 2002 01:08 pm (UTC)
Re: sho nuff
LOL - a lovely image :)
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