Saturday evening I took a substantial break and had burgers with atdt1991 and watched My Name is Modesty with him and Laura; it's a low budget picture "presented" by Quentin Tarantino, who is reportedly very interested in making a Modesty Blaise movie himself. This is one of only a couple movies of Modesty Blaise, who was one of my favorite comic strip characters when I was younger. The series of comics (and later, books) were authored by Peter O'Donnell, who retired from writing them in 2001. Neil Gaiman actually write a script treatment for O'Donnell's book I, Lucifer, but according to the wikipedia article O'Donnell has gone on record saying that he does not want to see more movies using the Blaise character. Neil tells me that O'Donnell is a very nice man who really was screwed (by the movie studios, I think? unclear. We didn't talk long about it. Neil had called me to get a phone number and had to go catch a plane.), but I think it sure would be nice to see more Modesty Blaise movies, especially if Tarantino got to produce one.
I also made a point of having lunch Saturday and Sunday with the_leewit, who is moving out of the house this week to move in with her mum in Chicago. We went to Yamoto for sushi and to the Parthenon for greek food. She also cooked a delicious dinner of pork chops and rice last night that we shared with shadowriderhope. I shall miss Laura for many reasons, but one of them is admitedly her cooking. Laura lead me through her bookshelves so as to loan me things before she packs them up, too, and I am now reading The Witches of Karres, by James H. Schmitz, the book that the_leewit takes her username from. I'll get a slow start on that, though, since I still have more editing to do. Also, tomorrow night we're having a block party for National Night Out, to try to help the neighbors get to know one another. As Neighborhood watch block captain, I've been organizing it. I hope people actually come.