Meg and I watched Everything Must Go this weekend. This movie was barely in theaters and didn't make much of a splash, but I loved it. Will Ferrell, very toned down, plays Nick Halsey, an alcoholic who loses his job. His wife leaves him, locks him out of the house and dumps all of his things in the front yard. Halsey has a yard sale and with help from two strangers, starts the road to recovery. The movie was based on a Raymond Carver short story, and it definitely had a literary feel.
I was flipping through channels last night, and I came across Greta Van Susteren interviewing some guy about the state of education. It was hardly surprising to hear more teacher-bashing, but it got me pretty riled up. According to Fox, and quite frankly, way too many liberals in this country, teachers have become the enemy, the evil teachers' union and exorbitant teacher salaries the sole reason the American education system is struggling. I try to ignore the anti-teacher rhetoric that seems de rigueur these days, but sometimes it can't be avoided. At least Matt Damon has teachers' backs.
On a final note, today is the day "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" finally goes away. It's about time. I was very disappointed in Obama for not getting this done earlier, but I'm glad he finally came through. In my book, he has a few more promises to live up to, but this is a big one.