September 26th, 2010

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Saturday

I had Dragon Lily tea at brunch.  It's one of my favorites.  I'm learning that for green and white teas, the water should be a little less than boiling hot.  Perhaps I'm getting an idea of how to properly brew tea.  I like it pretty strong, but I'm getting a feel for what's the right brewing time for the different flowering tea varieties.

I had a shower, which I was very happy about.  I liked washing my hair before all this with my ankle, but I've learned not to take it for granted, and to greatly appreciate having clean hair.  The tub is being re-tiled next week, so I'll just be washing in the sink for some time, starting Monday.  A few months ago, I'd put my hand down on the built-in soap dish for balance -- yes, this was when my legs were both good -- and had the soap dish slowly fall out of the wall.  There was a hole in the drywall behind it, and the drywall was all black around the hole and as far as you could see.  We're getting new wall being put in behind the tile, too, or at least a big patch of fresh wall.

Well, I can wash my hair in the kitchen sink, so I'll try to do that every couple of days.  I'd like to go get my hair dyed red again, but maybe in October when I have more money, and can try to arrange for a ride. 

And what took up hours of my Saturday: Chrolli book club on Saturday night.  Here was my quote: "There wasn't much Chrolli, but A. introduced us to other soap operas, then started playing all kinds of random insane shit."  We saw the latest kiss video from deepdarkmidnight, which had May's translation of some dialogue from Friday's episode.  Then we watched a couple of videos of best quotes from the time of the engagement and wedding.  As I'd been saying, Christian said some of the most beautiful and poetic things about how he felt about Olli, and his dreams for the wedding.  Olli said some beautiful things about how he felt about Christian, too.

We watched the clips of Friday's episode from Ichglotzgerman, having just seen May's translation of part of the dialogue.  It was lovely how the guys support each other.  Olli is back to being supportive of Christian, and it's great.

Somewhere along the line, A. started playing videos of a show abbreviated as FoQ.  I'd heard of it before.  It's teenagers, and it's a Spanish soap opera.  It was totally insane, but fairly entertaining.  I wasn't expecting that we'd get into other soap operas, but I was kind of glad to see some of the storyline of a show I'd heard so much about.

I asked about the "McDean" that A. talks about, and he played some episode clips from Hollyoaks(?)  The characters in that storyline, Jean-Paul and Craig, were much younger than I thought they'd be -- perhaps in their twenties.  Their families were very shrill, and it was all dramatic and soaptastic.  I think A. just had the highlights of very exciting parts of the storyline, because it wa high drama all the way.  Again, it was interesting to see the characters I'd heard a lot about.
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Sunday so far

I caught up on some sleep this morning.  I seem to stay with the Chrolli book club for hours, with quick breaks to eat and wash up.  At least last night I remembered a pillow to sit on while I was in the wheelchair, so I had less fear of getting the beginnings of pressure sores.  I just didn't know what show or clip would come next, so I hated to leave the computer even for a few minutes.  Also, it's so nice chatting with the little group.  KC and A. seem to be such kindred spirits.  As I observed a couple of times, we're all big geeks.  No one argued with me about that.

Today I watched EKP's subtitled AWZ clips.  I thought I'd missed a clip with Roman meeting Petra Stiller, and went back to check the episode numbers, but they just didn't put that in.  I enjoyed the quiz show, but understanding the words didn't make it that much more funny than it was to me to start with.  The "Roman as Robert" body language had said it all as far as I was concerned.  I knew Roman knew almost everything there was to know about Annette.  That was no surprise.

I'd already posted at the time the Alles Was Zahlt episode aired about Roman's performance as a macho straight guy.  His words were less macho than I thought they would be.  From the way Annette was looking to Ingo, I thought that Roman was saying more obnoxious things, but he was just doing his best, answering the questions as truthfully as he could while playing Robert.

The affection for Annette was there, because Annette and Roman have a deep platonic love for each other, but Roman couldn't fake a sexual chemistry.  For Roman, it seems that as sexual as he can be (and he can be blazing hot), it's all natural.  It shows what a good actor Dennis G. is, to turn on the kind of chemistry Roman has with his sex partners.  He really doesn't get the credit for his acting ability.  Back in the day, Roman and Annette even possibly got together once, although they both had convenient blackouts in the morning.  It certainly didn't change Roman at all.  His orientation has been, thankfully, very consistent. 

I was glad they had Vanessa clips, especially her hockey match against Florian.  That was great.  Vanessa added a lot of sparkle this time around.  She's so much more mature, but still has the same spirit.  I think they got a lot out of having her back, even briefly.  She still has so many family and friendship ties to people in Essen, it seemed like no trouble to work her back into the complex relationships she'd had, and have more development and resolution with some of them.  She had such great chemistry with the new Ben, too.  That was awesome.  I think they had a lot more chemistry together than Ben and Isabelle.

I wish Nadja had been back for longer.  I adored Nadja from what I saw of her.  It's not too late for Deniz to have his mother-figure back again, or for Ben to have his mother around.  She really was like a mother to Deniz at an important and tumultous time for him.  Nadja helped Deniz as much as she could, when he was so rebellious and hurting emotionally, and having such a difficult time coming out.  She contributed greatly to getting Marian to accept Deniz as he really was.  Deniz was so excited about having a little sister, and mourned Marie's stillbirth.  Sometime I really want to see the Nadja and Marian parts of those episodes.  I wish the Ozturks had had more time with Nadja this time, but she and Richard had so much history together, that had to be covered as much as possible.  She had great maternal chemistry with the new Ben.  Of course, she'd already had her maternal relationship with Deniz very well developed, and her friendship with Roman.

Well, I desperately missed the EKP ladies' work, and was very glad to have what we did this weekend.  I certainly have so much more of an appreciation for what they did, and at the masterful touch with translations.  I hadn't appreciated how skilled the translation was as much as I should have.  It conveys the meaning and the spirit of the words so well.  It will be hard waiting for a week for subtitled clips, but I'm glad it will still be going on in some capacity.