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Thursday, February 03, 2005

State of the what? I chose Larry Flint

In as much as my reasoning brain knows that I should have been glued to the tv on any major station last night at 9 o'clock to watch Bush's State of the Union Address, I wasn't. Instead, the other more irrational side that was trying to detox from an unusually busy day hit the "Guide" button once I saw what was on instead of The West Wing (is that a coincidence you think?) and scrolled up.

Up beyond all the new fancy Hi-Def channels we're paying extra for in the cable bill that were all showing the SOTU. Up past the umpteen Showtime stations that we don't subscribe to. Up into the Cinemax section where I stopped on a movie already in progress. One with only 45 minutes or so left to it.

The People Vs. Larry Flint.

I know what you're thinking and I can assure you I was thinking the same thing about myself. But I watched. I never flipped back to NBC, CBS or even Fox.

Instead I watched and wondered how Woody Harrelson (ironically an actor tremendously outspoken against our involvement in the war in Iraq) managed to do that part day in and day out with crap shoved in his mouth to make him sound like LF. Then I wondered how much the casting director that chose Courtney Love to play Althea made on that movie because playing a sex-crazed, skuzzy-ball junkie WAS NOT a stretch of talent for Miss Love. I want that kind of salary for that kind of decision. I can do that.

Believe me when I say that I completely grasp the ridiculousness surrounding my viewing choice. I do. But I have to admit, given the same crazy day leading up to the same two choices, I'd pick the King of Porn over the King of Plano (well, not exactly Plano since that's 6 hours away from Midland but you know what I'm saying) again. I just didn't want to think that hard.

God Bless America.

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