The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys may not be critically acclaimed, but it’s one of my favourite movies.

It’s vampire movie with thrills, chills and a fair amount of humour, but fear not, it’s not too spooky. The scariest element is the vampires’ big fluffy hair. (Did I mention it’s a 1980’s flick?)

I was lucky enough to find the DVD in the $5 bin at Wal-mart in the week after Halloween. (Yes–you can really buy a piece of fine art for only $5 if the Universe is smiling at you!)

Unbelievably, my sailor had never seen The Lost Boys.

I saved it for this weekend when my sailor and I had nothing planned. I was excited to share it with him.

We cuddled up under the duvet to watch The Lost Boys, but something weird happened.

Although my sailor has a great sense of humour, he didn’t laugh–at all–not even at Edgar and Allan, the curious Frog brothers. Worse, he rolled his eyes during the climactic fight between the vampires and mortals.

Worst of all, his comment afterwards: “This is one of your favourite movies???”

Ack!!! The Lost Boys is fabulous. How could he not love it?

Now I can’t decide which isn’t as clever as I thought–The Lost Boys…or my sailor.

Not A Lot Goin’ On

007Technology is great. Mostly

For instance, recent advances allow us to be tied to our jobs in ways unimagined by previous generations.

Your boss will try to convince you this is a good thing.

Like when our school district switched to an extraordinarily complicated online IEP programme, our administrator told us with a straight face, “It’s worth all the aggravation of learning this new system because you’ll be able to access your work from home now!”

Right–because being able to take work home is the dream of every employee.

Believe it or not, there are other negative aspects to the mushrooming technology we enjoy.

TV on DVD springs to mind.

Sure, it’s great to be able to watch your favourite shows whenever you want with no pesky commercials. The downside: your favourite shows playing constantly in the background without even one commercial break for respite.

My boy is on a Corner Gas kick.

Don’t get me wrong–I love Corner Gas. It’s the best Canadian show I’ve ever seen. (If you’re familiar with the work of the CBC, you’ll realize this is faint praise, indeed.)

Corner Gas is a great family friendly comedy that’s actually funny. It has quirky characters, a unique setting and cleverly written scripts. The bluest language you’ll hear is Oscar calling someone a jackass. He’s usually right.

I proudly recommend this great Canadian sitcom.

When our boy discovered it, we bought the first four seasons on DVD because, well, there’s not much on TV these days that I consider kid-appropriate. Corner Gas is, and it’s a good enough show that my sailor and I like it, too.

But not constantly. It’s been running nonstop every evening since school started three weeks ago.

It’s enough to make me curse the jackass who invented DVD players.