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Lu has expressed ZERO interest in seeing The Grudge 2, so I might head off to see it this afternoon at Santa Cruz ALONE. Hopefully the crazed Japanese ghost family won't murder me. We've not been to the cinema in ages for one reason or another, mostly because trying to watch a film here at the weekend is like having teeth pulled, and involves waiting in a long queue to get your tickets, then another long queue to have a hope of getting a seat (it was nice to see a satirical piece about how awful the cinema experience is here in Brazil on a Brazilian channel a few days back). Whether the film will be any good, who knows. Reviews seem to be mixed, but I thought the first film was excellent for what it was.

Plans for the weekend are an expat meet up I've organised for Saturday night. This is quite a big deal as it's been advertised via the expat site, although I've got absolutely no idea how many people will turn up. Hopefully more than 20, and hopefully less than 200 (with supposedly 10,000 foreigners here in São Paulo who knows...). Unfortunately the web site boss is going away on holiday, but seeing as I initiated organising it, and have organised some smaller meet ups in the past, it's in my hands (oh dear!). On Sunday we have some Australian friends coming around for lunch, for which the Creamy Chicken Risotto is being wheeled out again :-)

Both my hands feel tendonitis-y today. So I'm still not sure what's going on. Hopefully I'm not going to end up crippled with the thing...

thefridayfive

1. What job do you have, and why do you like/hate it?

As regular readers will know, I work part time as a "Content Manager" (sort of a journalist / editor / web site manager) for an expat web site here in Brazil. I actually really enjoy it, probably more than any other job I've had. Whether that's because it's part time, or because it's fun, I'm not sure... Fun helps though.

I also work very much part time as an English teacher at the moment as well, and have my own rather poorly performing IT consultancy business. It brings some work in from time-to-time though, the idea being to target the more well off English speaking expats here. I enjoy this particular English teaching, from the satisfaction it brings. Also the IT consultancy has been mostly great.

2. As a kid, what did you want to be when you "grew up?"

A doctor, specifically a surgeon.

3. Is the job you have now anything like what you imagined as a kid?

Clearly, no.

4. Do you have a five-year career plan?

No. Never have.

5. In order to get the job of your dreams, is there anything you wouldn't do? Why?

I really struggle with dishonesty and underhand things e.g. working in some aspects of sales/marketing. So I would not want to do anything like that to get a job, or in a job full stop. As for having sex with my boss... well it depends on the boss ;-)


fridayfiver

1. The time:

9:58am (3 hours behind GMT)

2. The weather:

Cloudy and grey. 21C.

3. The big news story:

The election in Brazil, currently that the current president (Lula) looks likely to win his second term.

4. Your favorite hangout:

"My" apartment.

5. The must-have accessory:

Clip-on lug nuts.


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the original freaked me out quite alot im ashamed to admit :/ it hit all my "eerie" buttons

Ditto. I wrote about it way back in my LJ (I can't believe it was as far back as January 2005!), it was one of those very few films that got to me! IIRC Sam Raimi was involved, which might have been part of it. Also the Japanese horror style is genuinely very creepy, but suffers a bit from low budget effects.

Hopefully the Grudge 2 is as good, although I'm not sure if the cinema effect will diminish or increase the scares. Usually it's best for a horror film to watch it late at night, and alone.

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