“Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.” 

The rain started sometime after 1 am. It was not unexpected as I had seen the forecast on the news. Later I checked my weather app. It said the rain would stop in 58 minutes. I didn’t wait. We all went to bed and were lulled to sleep by the sound of the rain on the roof.

The morning is warm, 49°. It is partly cloudy. Tomorrow it is supposed to rain again which is a great excuse not to wash the kitchen floor today. The paw prints would be back.

When I was a kid, we celebrated both Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays by having school vacation the same week. What we did during winter vacation was dependent upon the weather. February was always iffy. Snow meant sledding. Freezing meant ice skating. Good days meant anything we wanted like biking or walking around town. As usual, my mother never knew where we were. We didn’t tell her because we didn’t know where we’d be. Our routes were spontaneous choices. I do remember going to the library so I’d have enough books to read during vacation. I used to grab lunch to take with me so I wouldn’t have to interrupt my adventures to go home to eat. That week we had no schedules except the street lights. That never changed. We got to stay up late. I remember all those westerns on nighttime TV. I used to read in bed, and my mother never yelled up the stairs of me to turn off my light. I loved vacations.

Right now I am watching the Monolith Monsters from 1957 on my iPad. I love the absurdity of this movie: a meteor lands and fragments. When those fragments are exposed to water, they separate. They get taller. They move by fragmenting into small pieces then those pieces rejoin and become huge monoliths. That keeps happening as they move closer to town, a bad thing as the fragments turn people into stone. I hunted for this movie. It’s a favorite.

I have a few things on my dance card this week but mostly I get to be a sloth, my favorite alter ego.

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2 Comments on ““Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.” ”

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today was mostly cloudy with a high of 80°. Tomorrow’s high is forecast for 87°. The record is 95°. Starting tomorrow night more rain is expected.

    Like you we had both Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays off in the NYC school system. When I was in the Dallas school system we only had Washington’s Birthday off. The teachers never used the words, “Civil War”, but instead called it, “The war between the states”. Both Texas and Florida are trying desperately to turn back the public education clock to the good old days before, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas. Our idiot Republican Governor wants the legislature to set up funds where parents can set aside up to $10,000 in property taxes to send their kids to the school of their choice. This is a ploy to transfer tax money to private and religious schools. 🙁 The separation of church and state gets narrower when Republicans win elections. Obviously, private schools don’t have teacher unions.

    Obviously, your new TV has not yet arrived.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      My TV is up and running. One of my former students came over and connected it. I spent the afternoon loading apps like HboMax and Paramount+. This is winter vacation week. It was always the same week as the birthdays of the two presidents. I think we should be able to eliminate some presidents from being honored today. I have a few in mind. Republicans would love this country to become a theocracy, a Christian theocracy. The whole idea of it is frightening!

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