Thursday, July 10, 2014

Marcy’s Law, Part B.

Show of hands. Anybody remember Marcy’s Law from my post back on June 25? Here’s a quick Thursday morning refresher just in case:

If something breaks and you order a replacement, the broken thing always starts working again ONLY after you’ve spent $59.99 plus tax online and Fry’s already shipped your fancy new 500GB Western Digital My Passport backup hard drive.

As you’ve probably already guessed, Marcy’s Law also has a Part B that reads as follows:

Less than one week after you ship the replacement back to Fry’s because your broken thing started working again it unexpectedly breaks FOR REAL and you have to reorder the same damn 500GB Western Digital My Passport backup hard drive, except this time you buy it from Amazon because it’s 19¢ cheaper. (Seriously.)

In other news ... there really isn’t much of anything to report at this hour because it’s 7:10 a.m., Sam just woke up, my eyes are watering (allergies?) and I wish I had a Sausage McMuffin. Also there is nothing whatsoever on my agenda for today except for running the dishwasher, a nice nap and programming the DVR to record the following excellent World War I movies tomorrow on TCM. Please check your local listings for times.
  • The Spy in Black (1939) starring Conrad Veidt and Helen Haye.
  • Hell Below (1933), an unforgettable first-rate submarine drama starring Walter Huston, Robert Montgomery, Madge Evans and Robert Young. YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS MOVIE.
  • Ace of Aces (1933) starring Richard Dix, Ralph Bellamy and Elizabeth Allan.
  • Waterloo Bridge (1931), the original grittier (pre-Code) version starring Mae Clarke, Douglass Montgomery and Bette Davis in one of her earliest roles.
  • Suzy (1936) starring Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Lewis Stone and Cary Grant as a singing French pilot.
Please try to make time to see all of these films but especially Hell Below and Ace of Aces. They’re terrific.

Thank you for reading this.

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