Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Thinking and Watching and Reading and Listening to This Week?

Happy Wednesday! No one has been commenting the past few days, let’s see if we can get a conversation going here!

I’ll start!

Thinking: I’m old! I can’t bounce back from a strenuous trip with little sleep the way I used to. Slept 11 hours last night and still feel kind of sleepy.

Watching: I am now fully up to date on Bless This Mess, it is a nice show, and it was perfect for airport/airplane viewing. And today I watch Shimla Mirchi and complete my Ramesh Sippy mental collection.

Reading: I finished all the Pineapple Port books, boo! But as a substitute, I bought the newest Evanovich so I didn’t have to wait for it to be available from the library.

Listening: Like I said, low energy. So I’m hitting up peppy songs. Totally forgot how good this one is.

Now, question for you! Light question, so I can get the comments going. The Internet says today is “discover what your name means” day. What does your name mean?

I’m “Margaret” which means “pearl”, and my last name “Redlich” means “honest”. And also talking kind of. So, like, “honest talk”. Obviously I was destined to be a blogger.

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  1. My name “Jo” is Scottish Gaelic for “sweetheart” (As in the poem “John Anderson, My Jo”) but I was actually named for my charming, philandering uncle Joe who died at 24 in a car accident while out with his girlfriend instead of being at home with his wife and four children. My maiden name, Barraclough, is an old place name from Yorkshire, given to two households that lived near a cliff in a forest. And I married a Paoletti, which means somewhere back in time there was either a short guy named Paolo or someone who was the son of a guy named Paolo. I have no idea what it all means.

    I finished reading The Tea Girl Om Hummingbird Lane, which I enjoyed despite an awkward, unbelievable ending. Now I am re-reading Emma while I wait to find time to see the new remake, which all my costume history friends are ga-ga over.

    I re-watched Jab Harry Met Sejal, while I tested some of the thousands of old pens we have found in the house while we are downsizing and packing. Threw out about a quarter of them, and was soothed by the music.

    We had a crazy week since last Wednesday. The house officially went on the market that day, we had contractors in the basement Thursday and Friday, an open house on Saturday, and a stream of prospective buyers on Sunday. We had to be out of the house most of the weekend. We got a great offer on Monday and are now awaiting inspection and assessment to make the contract official. So all I have been thinking is “Please, please, please!”

    I thought several times about watching the last Sippy film on the list but I just can’t. It’s not Sippy, it’s Rishi. I enjoy mature and even old grumpy Rishi movies, but can’t deal with young romantic Rishi. Those movies are on my “hell, no” list. I imagine that even Margaret has a “hello, no” list.

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    • Your given name is “Jo”? That’s so cool! My grandmother went by that her whole adult life, but it was a nickname she turned into a real name, not her name since birth. And I didn’t know it meant “sweetheart”, that’s neat.

      I think I may have never managed to get through Emma. It’s just so embarrassing! For her! She does so many dumb things, I can’t take it!

      Oh, I hope your house sale goes through as easily as it seems! And then you can take off knowing everything is settled, and return from vacation to find everything settled and done.

      I sat her for ages trying to think of my “heck no” list (obviously, I don’t swear. Grandma would DIE if I said the real “h” word. Okay, she’s already dead, but she would die again). There’s no actor I can think of, but so many directors! Never need to see another Anurag Basu movie for the rest of my life, for instance. Or R. Balki.

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    • Going to see Emma this weekend hopefully! Looks like it fits the tone a bit better than the Paltrow/Northam version (which is surprisingly still my favorite version even in comparison to Clueless and Aisha). The Kate Beckinsale and Romola Garai ones were a bit forgettable.

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  2. My name is Meenakshy which means the one with eyes like fish(could mean squint eyed or pretty eyes). Meenakshi is also the goddess consort of Lord Shiva. My mother,as a college student read some book which had a heroine named Meenakshi & she took a fancy to the name.
    The K-drama bug has finally bitten me & I am going gaga over this drama called Crash Landing On You on Netflix. Swoony romance, great clothes, picturesque locations,charming lead actors with such chemistry & good acting- loving it all. Each episode is over an hour but totally worth it. A great escape from the dreary everyday life.

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    • Let’s say “pretty eyes” not “fish eyes” in your case 🙂 I like your name story. I’m named Margaret because my Mom’s best friend growing up was named “Margaret”, and then years later she started working as a home helper for a lovely older woman named “Margaret”, so the name kind of followed her around through life.

      Netflix keeps trying to make me watch Crash Landing On You, soooooo many ads. I just gave up and started Hart of Dixie, which is giving me my clothes and scenery and so on fix for now.

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          • Ahhh so happy you are watching Hart of Dixie. I hope you don’t hate it, but even if you do, I want to know!

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          • I have to admit, I hated the pilot. But I plugged along into the second episode, and they corrected hard and now it is really good. Although a bit hard to create conflict since everyone in the show is ultimately a good person who likes other people and wants to do the right thing.

            And it is making me dream of summer and going up to my family place in the tiny town in Wisconsin with a pancake breakfast every Sunday and the locally owned bakery that has a new teenage kid working behind the counter every year.

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  3. My first name Kimberly means “From the meadow of the royal fortress” and is English and my last name Tully means “devoted to the will (of God)” or “quiet, peaceable” and is Irish. So a very English-y/Irish-y kind of name which fits my heritage pretty well.

    Watching: still watching Lucifer 4th season and watched all of What the Love with Karan Johar (what a silly but well-meaning show). Arjun Rampal, while still super hot came off as a little creepy in his “celebrity date” and Saif was so sweet in his. Wonder if there will be a second series?

    I got to see Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan in the theaters. My friend Sweta and I were the only ones in the theater but we were laughing out loud quite a bit. I thought it was a great crowd-pleasing kind of film, perfect for the first mainstream gay rom-com in Bollywood (Ek Ladki doesn’t quite count in my opinion). Really liked Jeetu Kumar and thought he was the soul of the film. Ayushmann was perfect and I loved his comic timing and his sexy pouting (he’s kind of never been hotter). Also thought the type of comedy (weird and surreal at times with the cauliflower stuff) was broad but also somewhat clever. Comedy often doesn’t work in Hindi films for me, but it did in this one. I thought Neena Gupta was kind of phoning it in, but I liked Gajraj Rao a lot. Maanvi Gagroo was great as Goggle and she had some of the best moments. A definite winner for many reasons.

    Watched the Mexican comedy, Solteras (Ready to Mingle on Netflix). Eh. Cool premise, but boring script.

    I finally decided I needed to see Jabariya Jodi since I was so excited about it and then bummed when it flopped. It worked for me so much better than Namaste England as a Parineeti rom-com. I would definitely rewatch this one before I would ever rewatch NE. The only good thing about NE was the songs. With Jabariya Jodi, there were tons of issues with the script and the message was all over the place, definitely couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be a social message film or a quirky rom-com and failed at both. However! I just love the Parineeti and Sid chemistry…it wasn’t always there like in HTP, but there were moments. I liked both of their styles in the film (except for those awful black pants and sneakers in the end credits song). I also loved Sanjay Mishra as her dad and Aparshakti was also a standout (I’m starting to see his charm now). Decent songs, too. As a romance reader, I liked the tropes here a lot. Whereas Namaste England was just a weird anti-feminist, stalker kind of romance like Badrinath Ki Dulhania (which I also disliked).

    And finally, watched Bhangra Paa Le and it really kind of worked for me in a TV movie, surprised it was better than I thought it would be, kind of way. It’s as good as a generic dance film can be. The dancing and music wasn’t amazing but got the job done. But what slightly elevated it was a surprisingly emotional (and at times beautifully filmed) WWII battlefield sequence and homefront romance that really worked. Sunny plays a double role of grandfather and grandson and he has some serious charm. Looks like his next two films are romances, too, which is kind of an Imran Khan way to kill a budding career, but OK. The actress Ruksar Dhillon was OK. But I really liked the actress who played in the historical story line, Shriya Pilgaonkar. She’s been in some things I recognized her from and looks like she’s in Beecham House, the Gurinder Chadda series. And I noticed it was a female director who has some good assistant director credits…hope she gets another chance, because I think this one didn’t do well at all at the box office. Definitely better than Drive and might have been better as a straight to streaming release.

    Reading: the third book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and the third book in Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals romance trilogy. All escapism all the time for me lately.

    Thinking: Elizabeth Warren got screwed and the patriarchy sucks. So that’s a note to end on.

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    • Ooo, I love your name! Makes me think of mythic fantasy historical books.

      You are inspiring me to consider rewatching Jabariya too! There was a lot of good stuff there mixed in with the messed up stuff. I should give it another chance. Oh, and Shriya Pilgoankaar is from Fan! She’s also the son of Marathi acting legend Sachin, who played the young man that was killed in Sholay.

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      • Yep, there was a House Tully in Game of Thrones:) I’ve always kind of disliked Kim as a nickname, but kind of like Kimberly, despite the fact that it’s such an 80s name:)

        I really did like Shriya in Bhangra Paa Le…maybe the best part. Don’t remember her in Fan, sorry, but I think I half-watched that one (which maybe explains why I don’t get it).

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      • Not sure you’ll discover much more in a rewatch of Jabariya Jodi, but I would definitely include it in a Parineeti rom-com marathon with Daawat-E-Ishq, Hasee Toh Phasee, and Shuddh Desi Romance. But I wouldn’t include Mere Pyare Bindu because of the bittersweet ending (though I love it) and Namaste England (because I didn’t love it).

        That might be fun to do…rank the best romances by star!

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        • Ooo, there is that little subset of actors who tend to specialize in rom-coms!

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  4. Also one more watching: the trailer for Sandeep Aur Pinky Farrar came out today and it looks really, really interesting! So it’s bound to fail. I was hoping for a grittier film to recapture the Ishaqzaade chemistry of Pari and Arjun and this one looks like it might do it. Granted there were no subtitles yet on the trailer, so who knows. I just saw a smoldering Arjun, a feisty Parineeti (possibly being held hostage by Arjun…who is clearly either a bad guy or an undercover cop), and some funny parental moments and got excited. I miss your trailer and song reactions, Margaret, you should react to this one!

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    • I will! It sounds like this is one that people will actually care about and have thoughts on!

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  5. I’m really looking forward to Kaamyaab! I like Sanjay Mishra, and I’m enjoying his quirky interviews as part of the film promotions. It was so fun spotting him in Oh Darling Yeh Hai India at Jo’s house on your tour! I don’t think Kaamyaab’s coming anywhere near me but I’ll check again over the weekend just in case.

    Two filmi worries, one big and one small: the big one is that it seems like Irrfan is ill again? He did a little heartbreaking speech over a teaser for Angrezi Medium. Small worry–I saw some short vids and pictures of Shah Rukh at the Kaamyaab launch last night, and I think he may have gotten caps on his teeth—-NOOOOOOOOOO! He’s being really careful not to show his teeth when he smiles, and when he does show his teeth they look…different. I’m hoping he just had some smaller dental work done and his mouth was dry/swollen, or maybe he got some Botox in just the wrong place.

    Listening to the Exogenesis series by Octavia Butler. I’d read a couple of other books by her and tried to like her but didn’t really get into them. But the first two books in this series, Dawn and Adulthood Rites, have blown me away. Really entertaining, high concept sci-fi. Alien invasion and co-opting human reproduction and evolution as a metaphor for colonialism in real life. Ava Duvernay is making Dawn into a series with someone. Maybe Amazon?

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    • Oh and I forgot. My name, Ashley, is old or middle English I think, and means “dweller in an Ash grove” as in the kind of tree. And, sadly, I’m named for “that” Ashley in Gone With the Wind. Who is a total schmuck. My mom and dad couldn’t agree on a name for me. The nurses were getting quite irritated with my mom, poor thing. So a woman who worked with my dad had just re-watched GWTW, and suggested Ashley. They liked it, the rest is history. 🙂

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      • Oh dear! It never even occurred to me that you were named for the GWTW Ashley. Brave to confess when you could have stayed under the radar. He really was a schmuck, wasn’t he?

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    • I would say those are equally important worries! Shahrukh’s teeth are vitally important.

      I’m debating Kaamyaab! On the one hand, it does look fun. On the other hand, going to bed early on Friday and spending the weekend cleaning my apartment also sounds fun.

      I read Octavia Butler years ago in an undergrad English class. It was a summer class, so a grad student was teaching on his own and he did all kinds of fun reading options. We read Fight Club, and an Octavia Butler book, and another book I can’t remember the name of but was equally interesting and modern and stuff. Way more fun than reading the Great Gatsby and all those old boring things.

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      • I’m hoping Kaamyaab will be good, too. I wish the Sanjay Mishra interviews had subtitles though!

        I’ve only read Butler’s Kindred, but I need to read more of her work.

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      • Oh no!! I put the SRK teeth fix into the universe and now it’s happening. I feel like this is all my fault! Also, yes to DMV reunion, please! I almost texted you ladies last weekend to see if anyone wanted to come see Thappad with me for my Sunday Funday but it was too last minute of a decision.

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        • I don’t know if it’s just a lighting trick or if there’s really something on his teeth. But he’s talking differently too, the way you do when you’re wearing braces.
          He’s left alone his teeth for so many years that it’s surprising if he did something now.

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      • I think you are right, because his mouth is a different shape when closed also. I always list Shah Rukh’s teeth among my favorite features when Margaret makes those wonderful lists. They are so key to his beautiful offbeat smile, “luscious lips” as he says, and the shape of his face. Not happy. 😦

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  6. “Kirre” is a really, really, really odd name here in Finland. I swear I would have a bowl full of pennies every time I’ve had to confirm it is my real name and not a nickname. It’s very rare and last time I checked that there were like 10 people in Finland with that name, who knows how many now. It is also can be both a girl and a boys name.

    In olden times and a little bit now it means ‘frost, the kind that is on the ground’ in West and Southeast dialect in Finland, in the South and Ostrobothnia it means the ‘thin layer of ice upon a water’ and in some Western parts it means ‘the hard snow of spring’ or I guess the best type of snow to make snowmen. I had to Google to confirm all this. And then there is the infinite rabbit hole of names that sound similar but aren’t the same and their meanings etc.

    Thankfully the personal history is much simpler. They named be thus because my mom’s name is Kirsi (which is a shortened name for Kristiina as well as a shortened version of Cherry or Kirsikka) and she used to have a nickname “Kirre” by her family that has since gone, though my Grandmother does mix us both up sometimes.

    “Ranin” is a shortened form of “Raninen” which is a Finnish last name, though again, sounds like it isn’t. I have absolutely no confirm meanings of it in Finnish. Though researching on the net ‘Ranin is an Arabic name for boys and girls that means “tinkle”, “resonance”, “buzz”.’ So there’s that.

    Watching the final season of CW’s Reign on Netflix, my favourite pretty, but historically inaccurate show filled with soap opera plots, pretty dresses (far from historically accurate, but they get noticeably better) and damn if it isn’t addicting. I’ve watched all the seasons through many times, except for the last one, because it was such a part of my High School years and I still love it. It just feels to final until the last episode, but then I suppose I’ll just watch it again for the thrills.

    The weather here is ghastly. It’s been raining/snowing all day with bad winds and I am so glad I don’t have any obligation to go out right now.

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    • Now you have me thinking about all those different kinds of snow and frost! I can picture them when you describe them, but there aren’t any words in American English that are that precise.

      Haven’t done Reign, but now that I am finally trying Hart of Dixie, maybe I will move on to Reign.

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      • Yeah, Finnish is really language filled with words for nature and all the types of it. The most popular and common types of names for boys and girls have all to do with nature. It is really the thing here.

        And do try Reign! It really is CW Gossip Girl type show does Period Historical Drama, warts and all, so you know what you’re going to get from the first episode onwards.

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  7. I finally watched her Good Newwz and was pleasantly surprised. I know, it’s shocking given that I was fully prepared to hate it with a vengeance. Even more shocking, I didn’t mind Akshay’s character in it. I actually found Diljit to be far more offensive than Akshay. And, I do wish I had seen more Kiara.

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    • Oh forgot to answer your name question. My first name means musical, which is ironic because I am legitimately tone deaf. My last name translates to keeper of records/accounts/taxes. I am basically the Tone-deaf Musical IRS.

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      • I am almost tone deaf! Non-musical sisters! I took piano for 10 years and still can’t really play. I can enjoy music, in a very superficial way, but I know there is a whole other level I am missing.

        You and I should get together as a truth-speaker and an account keeper. We would be the most honest partners in the world. Oh oh! We can go off and have adventures in the fantastical world where Kimberly is (“from the meadow of the royal fortress”). You can be the tax collector who also has to solve mysteries, and I can be your assigned watcher who will keep you honest. And our super power can be that this is a land where music has seductive magical powers and we are immune.

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        • I love this so much!

          Also, I did you see my Gooood Neeeewwwzzz comment? Or are you going under the assumption that such a comment could never come from me and my mind has clearly been abducted by evil pod-people.

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          • I am going under the assumption that you are temporarily insane and I should just politely ignore your babblings about liking a new Akshay Kumar movie.

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  8. My first name means “grace” and my last name means “Sanskrit scribe”.

    I love that my first name is so universal-yet-local that no matter who i meet, they ask me how i ended up with this lesser known name from their home country.

    OTOH my last name is so rare that i think there are max 3 degrees of separation between me and anyone else with my last name. That’s also cool.

    My thinking reading watching listening to is all related to either covid-19 or US elections. It’s been eventful but lacking in artistry so maybe it’s time to try a movie again. I saw Thappad last weekend and planning to try Panipat on Netflix soon. Looking forward to the final Bond film coming soon, though i don’t want to say goodbye to Daniel Craig, who IMO has been the most oozing-sexuality Bond so far. Sigh.

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    • Shut your mouth, obviously the One True Bond is Sean Connery! But I do find it fascinating that Daniel Craig was so super sexy as one of the oldest Bonds. I would say it was some statement about how older men are sexualized while older women aren’t, but I think it was just that Daniel Craig gets sexier as he gets older and that’s TRUTH.

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    • My first name is also very common in many languages and means “grace,” so I’m thinking we have the same first name. I have mine because I was specifically named after my grandmother, but there’s been a women with that name in each generation going back a couple hundred years. My last name has

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  9. Yup, Bond film and others pushed out to the fall to avoid ‘scared of being in a theater and within 6 feet of anyone syndrome aka Covid-19. Plus legit problem of overseas box office with theater closures all over the world.

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  10. Rachel literally means female sheep/ewe. But often defined as gentle and honest (like the animal maybe? Who knows.)

    It was all watching these last 5 days. Watched Kalank, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Befikre. I’m basically watching and rewatching movies that have songs we are considering for the Bollywood Live show in November as I’m starting to interview dance companies.

    ADHM made me want to start a discussion about the least offensive film of a terrible actor. I can’t stand Ranbir but I just barely felt his pain in ADHM probably due only to my own experience with rejection. But great songs. He just cannot emote in any way! I don’t get it. Stupid nepotism. The only one with real feelings in the film is Shah Rukh with his cameo.

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    • Oh oh! Can I nominate Guru and Kuch Naa Kaho as tied for least offensive Aish movies?

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    • I don’t know, this look at least I could see in India as well. But it would have a different meaning in India, more just standard wear while in America it would label you as a “geek”.

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  11. I’m isolating myself, per workplace instructions, because I’ve come back from a foreign country, albeit one that has considerably less Coronavirus than we do here. So I’ve been doing my spring cleaning and watching things. One thing I really liked was the Netflix series Giri/Haji. I started watching it because it’s basically Deewar—it’s about a detective whose brother is a Yakuza. It’s a British series about Japanese people in the UK, not a Japanese series, so every once in a while there’s a false note. (Two adult Japanese men who aren’t related would never ever ever call each other by their first names unless they were romantic partners). However, it’s a really unique take on the usual thriller, and I was on the edge of my seat.

    Then I watched Blackmail. I love Irrfan reacting while absurdity swirls around him, and there are several hysterical scenes in this, as well as the usual wacky boss, etc. It is really a black comedy, though, Cohen brothers-level black.

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    • Just looked up Giri/Haji and it looks really good! Plus, Kelly McDonald! One of my favorite miscellaneous BBC actresses.

      I’m glad someone watched Blackmail, so now I can stop wondering about it.

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  12. Emily has two meanings too, one is hard working, the other is golden-tongued flatterer. Odd combination. I guess I’m a striver.

    I watched ABCD (the first one) and now I have a small Prabhu Deva crush. We need to add him to the tall and lanky swoon list.

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    • Now I’m picturing the Emily twins, the “good” one and the “bad” one who takes credit for all the things the good one does

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  13. I watched Mumbai Police this week. It wasn’t bad but I thought it will be better. Maybe because I already knew the twist. Will write more under your review because I don’t want to spoil it here.
    I also started Murder she wrote, with my family. Do you believe I never watched it before.

    Thinking: virus, what else? I was very positive, avoided the panic, the news etc, but today all italian schools have been shut and all my confidence collapsed. Ok, but let’s not talk about sad things – my real name Anna also means “grace”, and I really like it. Angie is a nickname I use because my family and friends call me that. It has became part of me. Few days ago I was watching tv with my husband and there was a woman called Angie, and I said “hey, she stole my name”. And my husband: “You remember, it’s not your real name, right?”

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    • I’ve never heard of “Angie” as a nickname for “Anna” before, just “Angela”. You are unique!

      I love Murder She Wrote, it’s just the best. The mysteries are (mostly) legitimately good, and there is this great combination of actors on the way out and actors on the way up in the cast. Plus cool sets, costumes, etc. And of course Angela Lansbury is a delight.

      Sad that Mumbai Police wasn’t as good as you hoped, but glad you are taking the discussion over to that post!

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      • One of the many pet names of Anna in polish sounds similar to Angie,thats why. It was also such a popular name in our generation, there were definitely too many girls with that name. Now on the contrary nobody use it anymore for their daughters (in Poland) and it’s a little sad.

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        • My Grandma was named “Anna Rose” and went by that her whole childhood. And then she got to college and decided she wanted to be cool and sophisticated and switched to “Anne”. So there’s one Anna who was lost.

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  14. Okay it isn’t Wednesday, but I’m awake and on a computer so I can respond –
    Reading: this week I read I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER, which takes place in Chicago, but not like a happy, wonderful metropolis Chicago, more like a poor, cold, this is a waste of human potential Chicago. But the book club meeting was great, because there were REAL MEXICANS there, and I learned so much about Mexican culture. I’ve known Mexicans forever, I live in CA, but I know people who have moved to a Anglo country and are adapting to the Anglo culture I’m a part of. It would be very different if I moved to Mexico and chilled with people who weren’t catering to me. That was kinda an eye-opener. And we talked about which culture was more @#$#@ed up from the Anglo/US perspective, Mexican or Indian, because I watch so many Hindi films and I run the book clubs the topic comes up at almost every meeting. But we didn’t come to agreement. What we didn’t talk about, but should have, is from the Mexican perspective, which culture is more @#$@#ed up, U.S. or Indian?

    Thinking: Attendance based funding for public education is problematic when the Coronavirus is in your state.

    Watching: we lost a computer, so now to stream anything I have to steal a computer from my spouse. This week I’ve been giving into love and reading.

    Listening: I’ve decided that all my playlists should jump musical styles. Classical to hill billy to rock to modern rock, to jazz, to folk etc. My spouse hasn’t divorced me, but he is looking at me funny.

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    • Often when I get into discussion of cultures, my biggest take away is that the immigrant experience drives everyone into a certain pattern. No matter where your country of origin is, the first generation will be pulled between assimilating and not assimilating, the second generation will be free and fearless and resent the fears of their parents, and the third generation will love both their old-fashioned grandparents and modern successful parents and be torn by the way the two groups fight.

      You have inspired me, I need to shake up my playlist at work. I’ve been lazy and letting the algorithms make them for me, all Pritam or all AR Rahman or whatever, but then it all starts to sound the same.

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  15. Ha, ha, it’s not Wednesday for me, either 😉 just Friday morning before starting my “sorting-things-in-a-big-house-with-six-persons-where-five-have-no-idea-of-how-to-sort/find-things” 😀 …and for some weeks we try to decide what to keep, what to give away…with a huge cellar & a huge attic (full, full, full), three kids & a grandmother LOVING to play (latter extensively using ebay & other possibilities for used toys & games)…ufffff!

    So, what’s in my name Claudia??? I would prefer to give you the link to the Urban Dictionary…it is much more fitting (and flattering 😉 ) than the latin translation !

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    • Thanks for the reminder! I was just trying to that series as another fun easy read once I finish the most recent Evanovich.

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  16. I’m back from India! And ZOMG I’m so glad I got to go. I haven’t begun at all to process the trip but I connected with a lot of people, including the head of IMDB for India and a writer for Film Companion and ate tons of good food and it was really fun to meet people and blow their minds with what I knew about Indian films. I will link to pics once I sort through everything (today I’m just mindlessly web surfing so I don’t fall asleep and ruin my jet lag recovery).

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