I just got home from seeing Slumdog Millionaire. That makes TWO movies I've seen that are up for Oscars this year, which is pretty amazing, since I usually don't see any of them until after they come out on video. Both Slumdog and Milk, which I saw a few weeks ago, were quite remarkable. I'd hate to have to make a choice between those two! Slumdog had a unique theme, was cinematically perfect, and had a remarkable cast, considering that the children and some of the adults were just folks off the streets of Mumbai and not professionals. But the acting of Sean Penn in Milk, as well as the incredibly moving story, make it right up there with Slumdog in my opinion. I'd like to see Frost/Nixon between now and this weekend, but I doubt I'll make time for that. I'm not as eager to see the other two, The Reader and Benjamin Button, but maybe some day.
In further media news (totally non-Afton Station related!), I had my DVR installed yesterday. Now I feel just a little less backward in the matter of "newfangled technology" . It only took me a couple of minutes to figure out how to work it, and now I can skip commercials, fast forward, do slo-mo, and save TV shows that come on after my very early bedtime. So far, I love it!
I'm the owner of Afton Station, in Afton Oklahoma, a small private Route 66 memorabilia and antique car museum housed in a restored filling station. We are visited daily by both domestic and foreign travelers who are exploring the charms of old Route 66. Their stories will be told here (and maybe a little bit of other stuff, too.) Since I live 80 miles from Afton Station, a straight shot on Route 66, you'll probably hear a lot about the Mother Road, too.