Another great relaxing weekend in the bag. Danielle and I saw Borat on Friday and it was just as ridiculous as I expected. All the hype was accurate, and while parts were horrifying, I hurt from laughing at other times. I downloaded a couple oddly catchy songs from the end credits too.
Saturday Steve came to town and we all went to Buffalo Wild Wings for a night of gluttony and sports. We watched Michigan basketball not lose to Minnesota. The team is not playing like they really care if they make the NCAA tournament or not. We won, I guess. While that was happening, the hockey team clawed their way back from a 3-0 deficit to end in a tie. Considering it was against MSU at Joe Louis, where we perennially suck, that was a pretty decent accomplishment by the end. We made our way to a "Middle School Jamz" party at the lovely 516, where I partied like it was 1997 -- which is to say, shooting baskets in the gym, buying 50 cent cups of Mountain Dew from my math teacher, and pacing around among the various cliques while trying to get Steve to ask Danielle if she would dance with me at arm's length (she said yes!!!).
Saturday we also watched The End of Suburbia, which was basically an hour-long overview and introduction to the impending problem of peak oil, our dependence on cars, and the catastrophe that may result. I liked it very much. It was not surprising, but that's probably just since I consider myself well read in the subject (or at least the surface-skimming sort of information that this movie provided). For example, it prominently featured author James Kunstler, and I've read four of his books and saw him speak in Ann Arbor last spring. I watched the movie more curious of how they were going to deliver the information and I was impressed with how palatable it all turned out. Even the concepts that Kunstler and others introduce, that come off as outlandish claims and cynical naysaying (like the harsh dismissal of alternative fuel sources), are actually backed up by research in their books. The movie gave brief mention of the problems and their solutions, ending on a somewhat uplifting note as it sang the praises of the New Urbanism movement. I want to watch this movie with as many people as possible.