This totally caused a lightbulb in my brain, I looked at the rest of the schedule for the week, and on Sunday morning I bought a pretty cheap, pretty good ticket for the 1 p.m. game against the Flyers. I went to lunch at b and I had a burger salad that was pretty decent.
The Caps had a pretty slow start (why is this a chronic issue? This is going on four years, guys. Start playing hockey from minute one) but they demolished the Flyers and chased Mason. Wo-oh wo-oh. Wo-oh wo-oh! As we hit goal 5, I realized I had made a strategic error. I was wearing my (second) Girl Gang cap (first Girl Gang cap, lost to bus travel, RIP), and two players had scored two goals. What would I do if a hat trick occurred? It turned out okay, no one scored any more, and the Flyers were practically in tears, so all was well.
Afterwards, I watched Fences, since the Phonebooth is right next door to a movie theater.
Troy is a really great role, but I feel like Denzel was a little bit indulgent in playing him. I'm just not sure that directing yourself in the lead role is a good idea. He was good, but with just a hint of scenery chewing. (To be fair, that was, like, 80% the character? Troy is one of those big people who sucks up all the life in a room.)
Viola Davis is a fucking national treasure and we do not deserve her. She was so great, with great passion and also great restraint. There were several beautiful reaction shots. She was very clear in communicating the relationship she had to each of the other characters and how she was feeling about her life at any given time. I really loved this performance and this role, and she so deserves an Oscar nod.
I'm not necessarily sold on the movie as a whole. I don't feel strongly about it one way or the other. I certainly don't regret going to see it, but it was mostly a story about a man's relationship with his sons, and my interest in that is limited right now, even for a black man.
So, the weekend was pretty great.
This week has been an ongoing trial. DC is being fenced in to prepare for the inauguration, and getting around near my office was getting more and more difficult. Tuesday, I saw the U.S. flag on the Capitol, and it felt like a threat. The bus I catch lost most of the DC part of its route on Wednesday, and I didn't get the alert, although some people on the bus said that they had gotten one belatedly. It lost all of the DC part of the route today. D: The fences make the Mall etc. feel like a cage. And today, there were all these god damn white people wandering around in fucking MAGA hats. Thankfully, my office is closed for the inauguration, because I would lose my mind if I had to go in for that bullshit.
I have comforted myself by reading volume 5 of Sunstone, which was great, but also the end of that story. /: I think I have to reread all five volumes to see how I feel about it as an ending, but it was great to sink into that world again and it was definitely as beautiful as the previous volumes. I feel like, even though the same face was still there, the faces were less same-y somehow. I can't explain, because they weren't exactly more expressive, just more distinct. I think I liked it. Sejic is promising more stories in the same world. I'll probably actually pick up Alan and Anne's story, because I like Alan, but I'm not sure about the other couples. Too much straightness.
Tomorrow, I'm going to catch up on my comics (I will finally deal with the nightmare that is Civil War II) and watch the new season of Voltron: Legendary Defender.