The highlight of this past weekend was some fun in the dark with Ben Affleck's new arty thriller, Argo. Argo is the true story of the CIA's Tony Mendez and his successful rescue of six American diplomats who were hiding at the home of the Canadian ambassador during the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis. I followed the Iranian Crisis very closely, tuning into Ted Koppel every night at 11:30 but we never heard this story because it was just recently declassified. We were told that the Canadians got them out, which was fine with Tony. He wasn't doing his job for fame.
I've never paid much attention to Ben Affleck, thinking that he was just another pretty face, and he is, but it turns out that he is also a gifted director. Who knew?? He was able to capture that 1979 time perfectly and he didn't pull any punches when it came to how America had behaved with the Iranians because of their oil over the years by installing the Shah. He was able to entertain, inform and have you leave the theater thinking about this time in history.
I wanted to mention that not only was this movie a white knuckler, it had moments of pure black comedy provided by the two great actors in the top picture. Somehow, Tony Mendez was able to talk these two Hollywood movie guys into riding along on the crazy idea of making a fake movie in Iran. I loved the line where Alan Arkin said that if he was going to make a fake movie, it was going to be a fake hit. Watching the movie, you just knew that John Goodman and Alan Arkin had a great time making it. This is the best movie that I've seen in a very long time.
We also spent the weekend taking care of my injured cat. This is the second time in the last couple of months that some creature has attacked poor old DC. She loves to be outside in the daytime but I make her come in at night because of this very reason but something had gotten to her by 7:00. We were noticing that there are only two cats in the neighborhood these days and something tore Brittany up pretty bad last weekend. Raccoons?? Coyotes?? I don't know but she is using up her nine lives pretty fast.
We did get some outside work in before the storm hit yesterday. All the cucumber plants were pulled and thrown into the compost. The new raised bed got covered in more leaves and a wheel barrow full of compost. The deck chairs were cleaned and put in the shed. We fought down the blackberries and I'm starting to feel that we are winning. The maple tree is just about done releasing her leaves for the year and I've been spreading them like mad. I have two containers stored in the shed to feed into the compost over the winter. It is a lot more fun putting the garden and deck together than taking it all down, I can tell you.
If you are thinking about buying a rechargeable toothbrush, there are a couple things to help you out. Oral-B is offering a $10 rebate and you can get the form from www.oralb.com after purchase. Also this weekend the SmartSource insert has a $20 coupon off Sonicare DiamondClean or Flexcare rechargeables. I think that they make great Christmas presents. My son, not so much.