The plan for today WAS: Work from whenever I want to until Ali gets into the city, then hang out with Ali for a few hours, then go see WALL-E with Dylan, then see Dark Knight with Jess & Co. Problems arose very early in the day--I was on my way to work around 11 when Ali called me: her bunny, Alice, who is 5 years old and her mother's surrogate baby, died this morning. That magazine-eating-pig-noise-making-3x-the-size-of-a-real-dwarf-bunny-bunny died after some kind of sickness that the vet couldn't do anything about. She was a beautiful rabbit....needless to say, Ali and her mother are distraught.
So. Part 1 of the post-work plan began to fall through. Ali DID end up coming in, but not until 4:30 so I only had an hour with her before she had to head downtown for her class. At 5, I get a text from Dylan that there's been some form of chaos at work and there will be no Wall-E today. Boo. Boo chaos. So I went back to work and sat at reception with Dee for an hour and a half or so and ate my dinner there. Then I walked around a bit, sat at Port Authority, finished my Ian McEwan book.
At 10 I headed over to the movie theatre on 42nd Street to meet Jess and Hannah and Bree for Dark Knight. The line was already beginning to wind past the Times building. Fortunately, Jess and Hannah had gotten on the line at 9 and were sitting on the corner playing UNO.
Dark Knight was great. Fantastic, even. The script, the framing, the sound editing, the cast, the special effects,t he score...everything was superb. I only had one qualm with it, and it was a simple character choice made mid-film that didn't seem justified for Christian Bale to be making, but I got over it. I had not one single problem with the cast. Heath Ledger and Christian Bale and Michael Caine and GARY FUCKING OLDMAN and Aaron Eckhardt and Maggie Gyllenhall and Nestor Carbonell and Morgan Freeman...superb.