Her Majesty's Second Annual Movie Night

Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
Trip End Dec 09, 2008

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Flag of Greece  , Attica,
Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday was a whirl. I learned my lesson from last weekend, and made sure I'd be too busy to be homesick or depressed. First, Jane picked me up and we walked together to the tram station for his promised Crepe Run. It was raining hard and I was so worried about wiping out (I fell AGAIN the other day in the rain... we really need to talk to the Greek people about paving their sidewalks in polished marble) that I didn't so much walk as mince along. Jane gallantly let me hold his arm and I didn't fall, although if I had, I probably would've snapped his collarbone as I dragged him down with me. During the trip, Jane told me all about what he's been going through lately. He's the kind of charming guy who will always go for the laugh in a group, but underneath he's actually got a complexity and a reserve that was a pleasure for me to finally get to see. The crepe really was worth the two and a half hours it took to get it and come back. Mine was stuffed with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, and brown sugar. My raincoat thought it was delicious too, as it got to eat at least half of it as the melting crepe dripped all over my front.

Mincing through the rain made me late for my appointment with Jackie O and Click. They met me on the steps of my apartment, armed with laundry and dinner fixings. Jackie O acted as head chef in the construction of grilled cheese sandwiches, which I was expecting to be two slices of bread over two slices of cheese, but actually ended up being grilled tuna, onions, cheese, tomato, and avocado sandwiches. Sous chef Click chopped and dressed the salad.

We had barely finished dinner before people started arriving for Her Majesty's Second Annual Movie Night. Last week, only four students could come, but this week I could give the students more notice, so we had: Bellingham, Beachy, Scout, Jane, Click, Traveling Pants, Papia, and Jackie O. Not a bad turnout at all, and I was really glad they all came.

Click had learned how to make popcorn on the stove, and we passed the bowl around during the screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. If you haven't seen it... wait a minute, why haven't you seen it? It's a musical about a transgender East German punk singer. Don't you want to see it now? One of my favorite films.

Most of the students are very stressed. They're dealing with huge projects, papers, and tests. All through the movie, at least two laptops were on and students tapped on their keyboards unceasingly. I didn't know what to make of it. I'm not sure if they were working on their assignments (several of them brought school books to movie night) or taking advantage of the wifi to chat with family (the internet at the computer lab was out all weekend). Or perhaps this generation has no concept of how NOT to multitask.

Plus adding to the stress are the several interpersonal dramas boiling over all at the same time. People are growing short with each other because they're exhausted, they've been living in a 26-person sealed microcosm for too long, and the prospect of going home is finally coming within reach.

Regardless, I had fun. I sang The Origin of Love and Wicked Little Town and Wig in a Box, and drank banana juice. Mmmmm banana juice -- on top of crepe, grilled cheese, and popcorn. My stomach hates me.
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