Archive for January 31st, 2008

Back home

So, as most of you know, I’m back home in Wisco. Although the weather is ridiculous, I’m so happy to be home, sleeping in a bed, next to my puppy and able to eat more than once a day if I want. If I ever had need of a vacation from my vacation, though, this would be it.

So, in sum, this was my Sundance experience:

1.  Celebrities: Robert Redford, Ben Kingsley, almost-Steven Spielberg, Colin Firth, Adrian Grenier (twice), Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Quaid, Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Josh Hartnett, Mischa Barton, Martin McDonagh, and Tom Arnold (I’m not sure he counts).

2.  Movies: I saw Be Kind, Rewind (A-); Absurdistan (A); Donkey Punch (C+); Choke (D); Assassination of a High School President (A-); August (D); and Chronic Town (B). Movies I wanted to see but didn’t get to: Bottle Shock; The Broken; American Teen; Alone in Four Walls; Be Like Others; The Deal; Frozen River; In Bruges; Funny Games; The Great Buck Howard; Hamlet 2; I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster; King of Ping Pong; The Linguists; Love Comes Lately; Man on Wire; Mancora; Red; Riprendimi; Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired; Secrecy; and Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

3.  Weather: it was cold. Not as cold as home, but I don’t usually stand outside in January in Wisconsin for seven hours a day for ten days in a row. So, it was cold and I was very tired of carting around an extra forty pounds in layered clothing at 8000 feet. Rough going.

4.  Hungry: I ate a lot of Zone bars (free) and bagels (free). I did not eat anything actually hot or resembling a meal, really, until Sarayu got there and she and I only tried that a handful of times.

5.  Lonely: the first days were rough. It felt like a summer camp where everyone knows each other, but you know no one. And it’s not at all like summer camp because it’s freezing and there’s snow everywhere. But my roommates were really nice and I grew to like several people that I worked with very much. On our last day, also my birthday, they surprised me with a nice serenade, a cute card, and some delicious chocolates brought from California just for the occasion. Very, very sweet.

6.  Too much travel: Although Sarayu and I left Park City at 10:45 am on Monday, I did not get into Madison until 10 am on Tuesday. Spent the night in Cincinnati after my flight was repeatedly delayed in Salt Lake. Oh well. I’m home now and couldn’t be happier about that.

7.  Will I do it again? Sarayu has pretty much forbidden me from repeating this adventure, but I’m not sure. The thing is, I feel like I really didn’t get the system down until the end of the festival. It seems to take at least a week or so to learn how to navigate it all. So, as for next year, well, we’ll see.

The real question, though, is should I continue this blog now that Sundance 08 is over?  I’d really like you peeps to weigh in and let me know what you think.


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