Christmas Traditions: P’s Christmas Movies

Hello all! And welcome back for another slice of festive nerdy pie! Today we cover the movies that make our Christmases so special. Some are set during the holidays, some simply use festive backdrops or convey the spirit in such a succinct and memorable way. Others are just shown around christmas…inexplicably in some cases. Just what is festive about a gang of POWs escaping a german prison? Or an awesome American teenager trying to make sure his parents meet in high school? Or a man contemplating suicide only to be taught the true meaning of Christmas? totally Irrelevant. You will notice some timeless christmas movies missing from this list, most noticeably Home Alone, which although a marvelous piece of festive entertainment, doesn’t quite stand up to this nerds scrutiny, fun though it is to see Joe Pesci slowly turn into Muttly. But this is my list, and my mind and my perfect moment with you. And with the release of future classic, rare exports, it seems like a very apt list to prepare. So here are the top ten movies I like to see at Christmas.

10. Jason and the Argonauts

This may only be a British thing, but this keeps getting shown around this time! The story is fairly simple. A bunch of Greek Soldiers decide to go and find the Golden Fleece, for some reason. Along the way, the gods manipulate them at every turn, flinging fortune and peril, but the brave Greeks with very thick american accents fight through and always come out on top! Horah! The real stars of this piece are the animations by Ray Harryhausen, a wonderful claymation director whose monsters always bring a great sense of wonder and excitement to proceedings, far more so than most modern CGI (he typed, turning sixty). It’s a classic epic fantasy and for some reason always gets shown at Christmas, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

09. The Sword of Xanten (Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King, Ring of the Neibelungs, or

The second, and almost last fantasy movie on the list. This was a German production of the German epic poem about Norse mythology also adapted by Wagner in the Ring cycles. It’s a classic story of Boy meets girl, boy slays dragon, boy brings riches to kingdom, king is sent to win the heart of girl for king, girl 2 bewitches boy to fall for her and forget girl, girl marries king in anger, boy disguises as king to seduce girl, king kills boy, girl kills king. Classic! It’s a twisty little plot that’s as devastating as Tristan and Isolde and as fantastic as the lord of the rings. It’s definately worth looking into it….the acting is terrible though. But everyone is sexy which makes up for it. Especially Max Von Sydow!

08. The Star Wars Trilogy (Original, obviously!)

Fuck the star wars holiday special, this is where the fun’s really at. Three timeless movies about a boy discovering his potential, good versus inexplicably evil (Seriously? What was so bad about the empire? High taxes? Were they a bit racist?), and good old-fashioned family values! How could it not be associated with Christmas? Star Wars toys is an empire in and of itself. We’ve all lusted over that Death Star that unfolds into the scene of Tatooine, or the millennium falcon or the holiest holy of them all, the AT-AT walker. And all of this just wets the appetite for more of these epic films. And Vice versa. Lately Lucas has fallen to the dark side of CGI (That metaphor is SO apt, I may write an article on it later) but this original non-Hayden Christensen trilogy is perfect in so many ways!

07. Gremlins

Finally something a little more Christmas-related! Gremlins is the story of a Dad, a zany inventor dad (best kind), who wanders into Chinatown one night and picks up a strange furry little critter (haven’t we all?). The Mogwai, named Gizmo, comes with a set of rules. Keep out of light, avoid contact with water, and most importantly do NOT feed after midnight. Of course eventually all three happen which results in a  hilarious, horrifying rampage across town as little green goblin men take over houses, cinemas and most memorably a bar. One thing that really makes this movie sympathetic is just how cute the Mogwai’s are before they turn into Gremlins! It’s like baby tigers, or rapists, you don’t care what they’ll be like when they’re older, they’re cute right now!

06. The Nightmare before Christmas

The first, and not the last, Burton film on the list. This creepy little story came about as Tim Burton saw a store taking down its halloween decorations and putting up it’s Christmas decorations simultaneously. The story involves Jack, the party planner of Halloween town, becoming bored with his scary ways, and setting out in search of something new. What he finds is Christmas town. He then attempts to bring Christmas to his scary world with quirky and sincerely sweet results. The songs by Danny Elfman are brilliant and very memorable, with Poor Jack being a personal favourite for some reason. “Well what the heck! I tried my best!”. Wonderful visuals and a great little moral if you look for it.

05. Batman Returns

Another Burton movie. Everyone will tell you that the first movie is better, the darker and adult movie that finally brought Batman to mature audiences. But I have always prefered the bat, the cat and a the penguin, all set within a festive white christmas Gotham. The story involves Batman going up against the wealthy industrialist Max Schreck who manipulates characters like the Penguin to act against batman. Aided by the Catwoman, who begrudges Schreck for her attempted murder, Batman breaks out clever new gadgets and vehicles to battle the forces of darkness. Is it as good as the Nolan films? No, not really, but it is my favourite Burton film, and contains brilliant performances from Michelle Pfeifer, Danny Devito and Christopher Walken, as well as Michael Keaton who has always been my favourite Batman, even compared to Bale.

04. Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Some said they couldn’t be filmed. But they said the same about Tristram Shandy! Yet me, my neighbour and a cheap camcorder made short work of that! Look at for it at this years Razzies. Anyway, for the first three years of this decade we had Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies each Christmas, and they totally slayed the Harry Potter movies. Too bad they’re now running unopposed. These movies evoke all the childish delight that reading the books brought us so many years earlier (It’s a shame that the movies may well be replacing the books for a generation or two….maybe all of them). The acting is strong all across the board, the action is brilliantly paced with amazing and revolutionary battle scenes, and the music by Cronenberg veteran Howard Shore is beautiful in its own right. How many other musical scores go on tour? These movies breathed new life into the fantasy genre and what could be more christmassy than an epic fantasy adventure?

03. Lethal Weapon

Except of course a dead hooker, a suicidal cop and a dodgy drugs ring. It’s Christmas in LA and retiring cop, Roger Murtagh (who is getting too old for this shit for the first time), is partnered with suicidal and painfully sexy Mel Gibson, who provides most of the movies shoot outs. The two characters work very well together, well enough to fuel three all action sequels, and Richard Donner’s pacing throughout keeps the movie interesting. A christmas movie for all the action fans out there.

02. Monty Python’s Life of Brian

The very meaning of Christmas. The epic story of jesus himself! As told by a guy who happened to be born in the next stable. Monty Python have been at the heart of British comedy for fifty years now, and in addition to three and a half hilarious tv series they also produced two amazing films, one waste of time and one relatively good one too. But this is their most well-regarded. The story of brian, a simple jewish roman chap who lives in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus’s life and who runs into all sort of hilarious jams with the People Front of Judea, the Roman army and crucifixion. Told by the funniest men who ever lived, featuring dozens of cameos, two of the catchiest tunes you’ll ever hear and funded by a Beatle, this is THE christmas comedy to watch. Fuck the Fockers.

01. Die Hard

Another action movie takes the number one spot. I think it’s safe to say all of my generation saw this way before they should have. Seems like it’s been part of us forever. The name is synonymous with action movies. And yet it’s a christmas movie! John McClain, a New York Cop, travels to LA to see his wife at Christmas. However the office party and indeed the entire building is hijacked by German Terrorists led by the unbelievably awesome Alan Rickman, trapping McClain in the building with nothing but 12 terrorists, a bunch of hostages and all the awesome he can muster. Inevitably all the terrorists die, the building blows up and McClain returns to his family for Festive fun! The classic song plays us out and we all walk away satisfied.

With Christmas quickly closing in and with only one of these lists left to do, we here at Nerds Get Bored encourage you to watch whatever movie most makes you feel the most festive! So long as it’s funded by Christians…..watch the exorcist.

P for Phoney Santa

Also, watch Jingle All the Way. It’s awesome! -P

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Christmas Traditions: P’s Christmas Video Games

IT’S CHRISTMAS! And even though we’re atheist here at nerds get bored, we are most definitely materialists, so let us all enjoy the sharing of material goods, making friends happy, and enjoying a few ourselves! And no need to worry about all the debt until January! But there’s something more to Christmas than that. Our houses are made to look prettier with little ornaments we’ve kept from the past, and a few new ones to be rediscovered next year. We all get together and inact scenes that were so much fun last year. It’s tradition! That’s what it’s all about. It’s about recapturing the joy of our childhood and the warm spirit we used to believe came from Jesus. A little older, and it’s still warm and cozy and hell, even more ridiculous than ever! But some of these traditions are very different than others. Sometimes we do things in the run up to Christmas that have absolutely nothing to do with the season of good will and kindness to all men. That’s what these lists will express! All the crazy little things that nerds might like to do in December each year. Firstly, here are some of the video games that may get played this month.

Now, I am sure there are all sorts of games out there purely devoted to Christmas themes, mostly likely older ones or more family friendly ones. However we here at Nerds Get Bored are hardcore gamers, and therefore this list is about the mainstream games that, perhaps due to Christmas release dates or just pure accident, have become part of Christmas for us and our consoles.

P’s Top ten Christmas Video Games

10. Rome Total War

Told you this would be odd! Well go back a few Christmases and you’ll find me marching my red roman legions over a digital map of southern europe to victory against all the little barbarian bastards of Europe. The game is very satisfying and often held up as the best Total War game of them all. Aside from the traditional resource management and unit building that goes on with most RTS titles, what made this game special was the battles. As two armies meet on the big map screen you get the option to surrender (no shame in that AMERICA!), automatically resolve the combat to give the most statistically likely outcome (you know, for pussies) or engage! Now upon engaging we are taken to our battlefield. We study it, look at all the hills and fences and rivers, and pretend to be making decisions any more profound than walk quickly towards the enemy and hope we have bigger sticks. Then we get a look at our armies, and whatever enemy units are close enough to get an oggle. Archers at the front, cavalry at the flanks and everyone else ranked in between in decreasing layers of awesome and finally we are off! There are so many satisfying moments in the average battle. A hail of arrows, blotting the sun, and striking down a horde of rampaging brutes, leaving behind only a handful of baffled survivors, trying to figure out which way to run. Or maybe they get past your arrows and a rabble of fur clad burley men clash into a nice pristine row of red shields, bristling with spears or short swords! Then you notice the AI hasn’t remembered to move its left flank. Time for the charge of heavy infantry! Iron clad demons charge over the field, leaving a cloud of dust behind them, they hit the enemy, cover them, and the enemy disappear, replaced only by a line of bodies strewn out behind the horses. CIVILISATION BITCHES! Very Christmassy.

09. Buzz TV

Ok, this is a little more family friendly. Later on we’ll have a list of Christmas board games, but until we have some trivial pursuit related craziness, this game will do for establishing your intellectual dominance over the family. A great collection of varied games all designed to test specialised knowledge and reaction times. With lots of cartoony humour and fairly simple rules, it’s very much a family game with an intellectual edge. To be fair my grandmother is generally better on general knowledge than me, but she ain’t so quick on the buttons these days, heheh. WELCOME TO THE FUTURE GRANDMA! A colourful, fun and educational family game. The main lesson being that I am awesome, and you all suck.

08. Wii Sports

Another family pick. Let me take you back two years. I, and most other gamers, were snearing a little at the Wii. We considered it gimmicky, and light playing for people who just dabbled in games as a novelty. Then my sister asks for one for Christmas along with the Wii fit, which she has heard is a great way to stay in shape. So we order one online, just before the massive rush that occurred that year (November shopping, it rocks!), and the Wii Fit. Then my sister fell down the stairs and broke her ankle. She spent the rest of December, and most of January, wheelchair bound. To be expected really. Like the time we bought mum a painting and a combine harvester took out her eyes. But this didn’t stop the fun of course!  She unwrapped her Wii, and Wii Fit and all was happy and well. The Wii Fit sat under a chair until February, but the Wii came straight out and after a few antagonizing moments spent leaning over the back of the TV, all was hooked up. The game that came with the console was Wii sports which did a great job of showing off the fairly impressive capabilities of the system. And although the vigorous punching and screamings of “die” in the boxing game does appeal to the Mike Tyson approach to family unity it’s the bowling which we still play every christmas to this day. It’s all the fun of real bowling without the fucking kids jumping around and all the teenagers making out in the gutters.  The Wii fit did come out, was used religiously for two months then put away forever, like most fitness gadgets really. But Bowling is still fun and at least it helps free up a few calories for that turkey.

07. Age of Empires 2: The Time of Kings

Another RTS. Quite simply this is a game I got for christmas when I was ten and have been playing each year since. It’s simple enough. You are given a camp fire and a handful of humans at the dawn of man and you must nurse them through the ancient times (not covered as thoroughly as in the first games of course) and into the glory of the medieval age. You train units, build up a big impressive city with a wonder or two and then march across the map to your hated enemy. Korea get’s a lot of affection for a certain kick ass naval unit, but every nation has its special units to explore! The cheats are, as always marvelous. Killing a random opponent, building massive structures in the blink of an eye and of course the rocket shooting cobra car, just a little less funny than the first games laser trooper of the third games epic George Crushington! Even without the cheats the game is a tad easy though. When you’ve reached the stage that you can build a giant wall entirely around your enemy and kill them off at your leisure with arrow towers you really have to wonder what the AI is doing with its time. Hardly Napoleonic tactics, but then look where they got him. Great game, can’t imagine Christmas without it.

06. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Another strange choice. This was the game that launched the series into its current status as the quickest selling games series of all time. The game has no subtlety, and apart from the Ghillied up mission there’s really not much variety. But one thing that this game got absolutely right is the simplest element of the FPS. You aim, you shoot, it dies. It achieves this so enjoyably by giving you awesome modern guns, with great physics and easy to use gameplay, and by animating the enemy deaths so flawlessly. A flash, some smoke and a great big cloud of blood bellows out from behind your falling enemy. Throw in some exotic backdrops and you’ve all the makings for a classic, fun game. And nothing spells christmas like liberating the ill-equipped brown people of nowherestan, who all hate santa!

05. Little Big Planet

The controls here are ridiculously hard. That’s the first thing to be said really. It really hasn’t gotten the 3D dynamic right and the game should be 2D. But that doesn’t stop it being incredible fun. The physics are very well designed, the visuals bright and inviting, and the gameplay, apart from some difficulties, is very simple. A lot of people have found endless fun in the endless customisation available, but I find my dose of sack-bound silliness in the basic single player campaign. And there’s certainly some challenges to be had, and not all because you thought the platform was further back than it was. There is something very christmassy about the childish characters, garish colours and trying not to fall into a pit of fire or acid. And of course there’s Stephen Fry’s voice, which is to the ear what soft buttery scones are to the middle class.

04. Resident Evil 2

If you don’t see the connection between blasting away pale brain-dead scum and the birth of our lord Jesus, then you can just leave this site right now! Wanker, glad he’s gone. Now, for the rest of us let’s talk about resident evil. The first game was an acquired taste really. You get some naff dialogue, not much ammo and badly animated characters with tiny heads wandering around a painfully coloured house for hours looking for keys. I didn’t play it for all that long, but when I bought the second from a second-hand game store it became an instant favourite. Collect guns, health, and the membrane of undead scum on the sole of your shoe as you blast and solve you’re way through Racoon City. Nothing beats the fun of taking out a zombie with a head blasting Desert Eagle, and the mercenaries mini-game was a great addition and a staple for future games. So what does this have to do with Christmas? Well one year I just so happened to have nothing else to do in the weeks leading up to the big day and so played it through. The day I reached the basement level was the day we put up the decorations, and the positive feelings of those shiny little baubles and glittery strings of plastic have passed on to this grim post apocalyptic zombie game forever! So load up the Remington, and pack the Jill sandwiches, it’s Christmas time again!

03. Lord of the Rings: The return of the King

For three years in a row we had Lord of the Rings at Christmas. For the last two, we had games to play at the same time. EA’s Lord of the Rings games featured footage from the films, some of which we wouldn’t even see until the extended cut almost a year later. Interviews with the cast featuring their opinions on the game are also a welcome addition. The gameplay is easy enough, simple hack and slash action. As you hack, a meter fills which affects what grade you get for each kill. When completely filled you get a few moments on Perfect mode, in which every kill is “perfect” and strikes deal much more damage. This inevitably results in frantically searching for more enemies to kill before the time runs out. The difficulty can be ridiculous though, especially the epic battles as you desperately try to bring the number of orcs on the wall down to what is, apparently, an acceptable level. The less fun levels involve dank little dungeons, usually playing as hobbits, fighting through a mass of boring opponents. However a very pretty stage selection screen makes these slogs easy to avoid. As you play you’re character levels up. You stop getting move upgrades at level 9. You therefore imagine you’ll be maxed out soon. However having played this game every year since 2003, my Aragorn eventually reached level 30 and I began to wonder, just how far does this go? So I had a quick Google and found that this game goes up to THREE. HUNDRED. LEVELS. That is more than WoW, and it doesn’t necessarily take less time to climb a level. Maybe by the time my grandkids are making lists like this I’ll have Aragorn maxed out.

02. Onimusha 2: Samurai’s Destiny

The minute I opened this, I stuck it on the TV and played whilst the others unwrapped the rest of their gifts. The first game had been a very simple but very satisfying slasher, but far too short. So the prospect of a longer expansion of this story was very welcome. As usual the opening movie was breathtaking, and maybe the best of the series. A little bit of disappointment to see we don’t get to continue with Samunuske, but Jubei is a pretty awesome substitute. The simple act of attacking an opponent is great fun and battles, though repetitive, remain fun throughout, and the new feature of establishing friendships through appropriate gift giving (what could be more christmassy?) adds a little element of favouritism to proceedings, especially as who likes you the most will affect the ending. Inevitably of course I do just give all the presents to the one with tits, but the option is welcome. As you gather new and impressive weaponry each with fantastic magical properties and special moves, you become more adept at hacking down to size the myriad of giant demons who stand between you and the Demon Lord Nobunaga! Giant hammer to the face! The mini games you unlock are also great little pieces of nostalgic fun.

01. Soul Reaver 2

Let’s take you back nine years, why not. The year is 2001. The Enron company has filed for bankruptcy with devastating consequences on its shareholders, a strange monolith was discovered floating around Jupiter, Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman have reached the Christmas number one spot with something stupid, like all of Robbie’s other stuff and a few months ago a couple of buildings fell over (can’t remember the exact date). I have unwrapped series one of family guy (the only DVDs of it we’ll get for a few years before fox realise they’re idiots), series one, two and three of Bottom on VHS and three more DVDs for my fledgling collection. We think we’re done! Everyone’s merry and ready to start on the turkey. Then it is revealed that there is one more gift. Me and my sister come next door to find a massive wrapped box in the centre of the dining room table. Our minds race! What could it be? We both tear at the paper and catch glimpses of the packaging underneath, trying to assemble them in our excited young minds. What this could possibly be? Then I catch the three greatest words in the English language. Play. Station. 2. It’s the sort of thing that’s so awesome you can’t actually begin to fathom what to do with it. Setting it up and making sure that is was all working was my IT man father’s first instinct. I spent most of this lengthy installation time reading the backs of the two games we had been given. The Simpsons road rage was my sister’s interest, but she was busy trying out her new pink hairdryer, so after Dad left to tend to his electric shock wounds, I got first go, and I played the game I had wanted this console for in the first place. Soul Reaver 2. The first game had been magic. You are a mutilated vampire seeking revenge against his six vampire brothers, five of which you kill. There was lots of free roaming, lots of secrets and plenty of little gory moments. Now retrospectively the sequel has a lot of problems. The combat is very simple, and not that satisfying. The gore is toned down and you have fewer options on killing your foe, no more fire or impaling on scenery. The plot is far more convoluted and silly and the gameplay is simplified terribly. No more secrets or free roaming. But the scenery is still great, the dialogue wonderful, and when I stick it in it still reminds me of that amazing christmas nine years ago.

And so these are the games I play each year. At least these are the games I always plan to play, I inevitably leave it till there’s only a week left and consequently play about a fifth of each one. And I’ve just spent two hours writing this list, so without further bollocks, I shall bid you farewell and good luck with your own Christmas Gaming! 

P for playing playstation! WHEE!

Discovering masculinity in a black cab on a cold London night.

“Terrible night isn’t it?” he says, smiling possibly, I can’t make eye contact.

“It is.” I say, trying to sound as likeable as possible. My voice betrays me.

“Seemed to be easing up earlier, but now it’s coming down again worse than ever!”

“Yeah, it’s terrible” As I close the door to the cab I make a quick list of all the things it’s safe to say to a cab driver. It seems longer than it is.

“No trains going your way then?” he asks.

Why does he ask? He seems judgemental. Is he judging me? Did I put him out this evening? I couldn’t catch a train. They’ve all been cancelled due to the cold. Everyone knows that snow turns steel into nitroglycerine. They’re not to blame and neither am I! That just leaves the cabbie. Must be his fault somehow.

I take some time to explain the evening so far. I speak confidentially, though trying to find a deep, knowing affectation to my voice which isn’t there. At the end of the story he makes a noise and nods.

“Yeah, most of them have been cancelled.”

“So how long have you been working?” I ask, furtively.

“Since five” he replies.

That was seven hours ago. Is that good? Or terrible? His voice offers no clues. I’ve no idea if he’s going to give me a hug or start crying. He does neither, and neither do I. Instead we roll along the empty icy roads together in silence. Until…

“So what have you been up to tonight? Working?”

“No, just hanging around, in and around London. Went to see a film, had some dinner…” I trail off expecting a nod of recognition or approval. I don’t get it. Should I have been working? He was working. Since five I believe. What he does do is turn on the radio rather abruptly. I don’t take this too personally as I seem to have exhausted the list. To my surprise it’s Mellow Magic’s Love Letters, a personal favourite, and our host is reading a letter from Sarah for Michael. The letter expresses how much they have been through in the last few days but she feels they’re bond is stronger than ever. It is made clear that though they are just friends she feels closer to him than any other relationship she’s had. And that they face an uncertain future, together.

This gets me thinking, as I’m sure it would have you. Have I ever really meant that much to someone? Is there anyone out there who really depends on me and would one day request a song for me and would know that song should obviously be over the hills and far away by led zeppelin? Do I feel that way about anyone? And how lucky am I to have those people and do I really show them how I feel?

My thoughts however are cut short by my companion who at this point emits a soft and yet very distinctive grunt. This is almost certainly a grunt of disapproval, and infinite judgement that defies and defeats any argument that could possible be offered in opposition. It’s a grunt that tells me that Sarah is stupid and that her sentiment is worthless. It tells me that these two are actually time wasters who should just have sex or move on or better yet, both! It tells me that Sarah is a slut who goes around with any guy she likes, probably an asshole and then come crying back to Michael who’ll nurse her and tend to her emotional wounds only so she can go back out the next day, leaving him with nothing. It tells me that these two are the nadir of all humanity and should be despised with all the hatred that could possibly be mustered.

“This song, is for Michael” the announcer whispers and the song kicks up, wind beneath my wings by Better Middler incidentally, and we sit there, he and I. I start to actually look at him. He’s a larger gentlemen, his clothes escape me but I remember red and white coming up, though he may not have been wearing them, they were there though. He has two tree trunks of arms on the steering wheel, authoritatively declaring that he’s driving this vehicle and it’s going his way. My house is just on the way.

“Got work in the morning” he asks, just as Bette Middler declares she can flyer than an eagle.

“No…No, actually I don’t” I briefly considered lying to the man but I don’t, though I don’t tell the truth either. I just stop there and let him make something of it.

He doesn’t. He doesn’t nod or anything. He just takes one hand off the wheel, making slightly less effort now to prevent us from crashing.

A car up ahead drives through a red light, but only just. Two bright flashes go off announcing that the all seeing eye has seen his sin and he shall be punished. A smile creeps over all insecure, god fearing drivers who delight that it was not they that got flashed.

“Camera’s still working” he jokes to himself.

“Nice” I say sarcastically and slowly enough to squeeze two syllables out of it, in the same way people in the 80s always used to say “Thatch-her”. But i don’t think it’s gone down that way. I think he now perceives me as one of the oppressors, approvingly observing as one of my cameras takes down another worker drone.

Then I look out the window. The snow is pouring down now, with all the ferocity and malice a sky news report might attribute to it. It’s getting in the way, it’s slowing down working people who have to go and earn money for their families…but it’s so beautiful. The fields stretched beyond my view are sheets of pure white spread out without crease across a cold dark landscape. The trees sparkle with bright adornments, and amongst it all the flakes continue to rain down, swirling and floating down to the soft ground. The lights of the evening play with the

Suddenly I relax. I move my eyes slowly around the cab. I brush a stray hair from my eyes with my hand and gently moisten my lower lip. I move my wait to my left side and bend softly at the waist. A house goes past fully outfitted with christmas lights and a sleigh crashed into the side of the roof. I find this adorable and say so.  I suddenly delight in every effeminate detail that separates me from the cabbie. This isn’t a class distinction. I make far less money and as a student am thought of with far less fondness than most people. And I do not consider myself to be more intelligent, less idiotic or differently disabled than the man at my side. But I am not the man at my side. I’m the person on my side. Differently insane.  And I respectfully disagree with my perception of his  judgement of me.

My attention turns back to the cold night beyond the glass and the dark road ahead.

P for Sarah and Michael.