Don’t expect much out of Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus) today, as he got not a wink of sleep on the trip from Chicago to Poland. This was deliberate: I often stay up all night and all day after I arrive, counting on total exhaustion to reset my biological clock. And. . . it sometimes works. But right now I’m barely capable of an intelligible sentence, so enjoy this picture of Malgorzata’s cherry pie with a walnut crust, although you’ll enjoy the looking a lot less than I enjoyed the eating:
p.s. Hili greatly enjoyed the Japanese “cat’s snack” sent by Hiroko–a kind of meat or fish goo that you squeeze out of a small foil tube. She liked it so much that she got another. (See Hili dialogue tomorrow.) I still maintain that this is the first time in the history of our planet that a cat in Poland ate treats sent by a person in Japan to a person in America.
Movies watched on plane (the selection was dire; this was the best I could do):
The Lobster (2016) Two thumbs up. An imaginative drama about a dystopian future in which all single people are taken to a hotel where they’re given 45 days to find a partner—or be turned into animals. I liked it a lot, but it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
The Book Thief (2013). One thumb up, one down. A workmanlike recounting of an orphaned girl’s life in Nazi Germany, where she learns to read, becomes infatuated with books, and hides a Jewish refugee. It holds your attention, but is far too mawkish and manipulative of the viewer’s emotions. It’s not helped by repeated voiceovers from the Grim Reaper (no kidding!).
This is Where I Leave You (2014). 2/3 thumb up, 4/3 thumb down. With an all star cast in including Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Abigail Spencer, and Jason Bateman, the film manages to waste most of that talent (particularly Fey) by embroiling every character in an emotional roller-coaster (centered around a family reunion after the father’s death) accompanied by the emission of far too many bromides and tears. I did, however, discover a new inamorata in the form of Rose Byrne, who is unspeakably attractive and provided the best cameo of the lot.