Earlier in the day the dealership
called to say my car was
ready. I informed them that I needed to be picked up and they said they
would call back when a driver was available. I was getting worried when
five o'clock was rolling around and they hadn't called back yet. I asked Rob
if he would
take me if they didn't call by say, a quarter past five.
He agreed, only to have the dealership call almost immediately afterwards
for directions to the Facility in the Middle of Nowhere. Half an hour later
I was sitting in the curtesy van, listening to the driver talk about the
lack of quality workmanship in today's world.
Lake Lumina was ready and although it was a bit more than I was expecting
(since they did quite a bit of work to bring it back up to spec) the major
problem didn't cost me anything since it was still covered by the warranty.
I was invited over to JeffK's house (he lives just around the corner from
the Facility in the Middle of Nowhere) to watch a movie. Mark
and ChrisS were
there and we all voted for the film we wanted to view; a nearly unanimous
vote for the Disney film Atlantis: The Lost Empire
It's a decent film; perhaps not worth seeing in the theater but good enough
for rental though. I was a bit surprised at just how violent the film was
(for a Disney animation—enough to get a PG). The style of
animation is a bit different than your standard Disney animated style—it's
more influenced by Japanese animation (anime) than classical Disney style
but not so anime as to be distracting; although I did find the mixing of
compter and traditional animation to be a bit distracting in some instances
(it was better realized in Beaty and the Beast).
We were all disappointed though, in the quality of the DVD—it took us fifteen minutes of fiddling
around to get it to play correctly. We didn't know if it was poor quality
from being handled so much (as a rental) or just poor quality in
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