All the President's Pissed-Off Men
June 18, 2004
For the past two hours, we've been watching (and enjoying) All the President's Men, a movie which, I am horrified to admit, I'd never seen.
It reminded me of why I wanted to be a journalist, and why I failed so miserably at my attempts to become one. I've read almost all of Woodward and Bernstein's Watergate stories. I seriously have a copy of Post Ombudsman Bill Green's amazing post-Janet Cooke-scandal story (in which both Woodward and Ben Bradlee play major roles) in my desk drawer at work, printed out from LEXIS-NEXUS. And y'all can just shut the proper fuck up about that.
Anyway, the point is that I was enjoying this movie. I was staying awake for this movie. I spotted Meredith Baxter-Birney in this movie. Haaaaah.
So we're at the part right after they fucked up the Halderman angle. They've found out they're being watched and bugged and might maybe get run over by a bus or some such unfortunate "accident." They're undeterred. They're getting back to work. Nixon is being sworn in on the television, and...
*Ding* goes the TiVo.
*Would you like to delete this recording now?* asks the TiVo.
Fucking. HBO. Signature. Got. The. Running. Time. Wrong.
Two hours and ten minutes is NOT the correct running time for All the President's Men. Two hours and 31 minutes...um, is.
So. Grrr to HBO Signature. The movie is replaying at like, 4 a.m. on Monday and I've instructed TiVo, under penalty of being thrown out the window, to not stop recording until at least five hours later. Because God damn it.
And while I know how the story ends, anybody who gives away movie details in comment form prior to Monday at 4 a.m. will be run over by a bus.
(Oh! The humanity! Just as I hit "Post," my Internet died. Completely. Along with my cable and my TiVo signal. Poof. So now I am left with an unpublished tantrum, ranting into the void. At 12:51 a.m. So I have stayed up entirely too late to watch a movie that I can't watch the ending of and to write an entry that I can't post.)
(Holy shit. I bet HBO Signature is monitoring my Internet. They knew what I was trying to post about them and they've shut me down! You will not defeat me HBO!! I will tell the people of your suckitude!! I will stand by my story!!!!)
(I think I might need to sleep now.)