Brain Overload, Time to Chill

My new position at the office has kept me really busy these past two weeks. On top of the many new projects I have on my plate, I've also been added to several new weekly meetings. This has made it fairly challenging to keep up. This morning I got to work just before 7:00 AM. Between 7:00 and 12:00 I had spent a grand total of 6 minutes at my desk. The rest of the time was spent in meetings. Ouch.

Don't get me wrong, these meetings have all been useful. Knowledge transfer is one of the things I need most right now. I need to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible. But, when you spend 5 hours in meetings, you usually come back to your desk to find 2 or 3 voice mails and a slew of emails that need attention. Get caught up with those and now you have about 2 hours to get 8 hours worth of work done. Sweet!

After a couple weeks of that and I was in need of a night off. It was time to turn the brain off and just chill the fuck out! So last night, that's exactly what I did. I got home from work, plopped down on the couch with some dinner and then watched a couple movies with the wife.

The first movie we watched was The Man From Earth. This was on the recommendation of both Rob and Todd. One word: Fantastic!

The movie is about a Professor who attempts to convince a group of his colleagues that his 14,000 years old. They spend the better part of an afternoon and evening trying prove or disprove his claim. Each of his colleagues goes through a roller coaster ride of thoughts and emotions as they go from thinking he's lost his mind to thinking that he's telling the truth and back again. The bulk of the movie takes place in a single room with nothing more going on than some conversation. The movie was like no other movie I've seen before. I can not recommend it highly enough.

Our second movie required a lot less thinking. Waiting…, staring Ryan Reynolds and Justin Long is about a group of friends who all work at a restaurant together. The guys all spend their time playing a game where they try to get the other guys to look at their junk. Succeed and you get to kick them in the ass. There's all the typical relationship issues (waiter who's too smart to not being doing something bigger, waiter lusting after the hostess, manager trying to hang with the group of “cool kids”, bitter waitress who puts on the fake smile all day until she's in the kitchen where she rants and raves like a lunatic). There are several funny parts strewn through the story, but overall, the movie didn't really do it for me, though I can't exactly pinpoint why.

Next on my Netflix list are 3:10 to Yuma and Shoot ‘Em Up. But tonight LOST returns. WOO HOO!

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