So Many Movies, So Little Time

Crossposted to the People’s Republic of Seabrook.

This fall has no less than four films that Erin and I are looking forward to seeing. The list so far is:

  • Serenity: it’s so cool that Joss Whedon gets to give his Firefly a proper ending.
  • Mirrormask: the brilliance and magic of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean on screen. Creepy stuff! Check out the trailer here.
  • Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Ware-Rabbit, which Cameron warns is so funny, it could induce labour. The trailer is here.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Saw trailer. Went squeeeeeeeeeeee!

Erin was also expressing an interest in seeing Oliver Twist with Ben Kingsley as Fagan.

That’s five films in the span of two months. But we are keenly aware that we have one “feature presentation” expected around October 29. So, I guess something’s got to give.

But we are seriously considering a “Serenity” / “Mirrormask” / “Wallace and Gromit” triple feature when Cameron comes up to visit a from week this Saturday.

Well, it’s the thought that counts, isn’t it?

I take this as a sign of how multicultural the University of Waterloo’s campus is. Stopping to buy a coffee and donut at the local Tim Hortons, I notice some interesting change in the clear plastic “drop your change here” box that people can dump coins into so that underprivileged kids can be sent to Tim Horton’s summer camp. Among the pile of loonies and toonies, I spot a couple of American one dollar bills. Somebody must be returning from a trip stateside. Then I notice a curious pinkish bill. This currency is even more foreign. Looking closer, I see that it’s actually this:


I must confess that my reaction was rather slow. I peered, turned my head, and then spelled out, “B… A… N… G… L—” before blurting out to the cashier, “somebody dropped you a Bangladeshi bill?!”

“Yeah,” the cashier replied. “And one of the girls in the back did a calculation. It’s worth less than a penny.”

Well, I thought. It’s the thought that counts. I guess.

(Actually, if it really was a 10 TAKA note, then it was worth seventeen Canadian cents, according to this currency converter)

Further Reading

A Glossary For My American Readers

  • Loonies: The affectionate term for a Canadian one-dollar coin.
  • Toonies: The affectionate term for a Canadian two-dollar coin. I shudder to think of what we’ll call whatever becomes our five-dollar coin.
  • Tim Horton’s: Popular establishment selling donuts and coffee. Established in the early 1960s by former Toronto Maple Leafs’ hockey player Tim Hortons, it celebrates itself as an integral part of Canada’s heritage. It happens to be owned by the American burger chain, Wendy’s.
blog comments powered by Disqus