Daily Archives: June 22, 2008

Pride and Prejudice

I just finished Pride and Prejudice this weekend.  I hate to admit it but my choice of reading often is inspired by the movies I see and enjoy.  Especially since I know that if I enjoy the movie, the books are bound to be ten times better!  I have to say though, that the 2005 version may have done this one justice.  My biggest gripe is that they compressed everything to make it appear as if everything happened in a matter of months when really is was over a year.  Things that lasted a week in the book were portrayed as lasting only a day in the movie.  That  just makes things seem so incredible… that people can change so much over night or should fall in love so quickly.  It also took away from how enduring the love of these men were that despite perceived rebuffs from the object of their affection, they remained still completely in love though hopeless as it were.  It makes the happy ending all the more gratifying.  Otherwise, I think the right choices were made in terms of what to keep and what to cut… even how it was cast.  I’m curious to watch the 1995 version to see what choices they made.
All-in-all though, I love the story and I love the message… the fact that two people can misunderstand one another so completely and abhor in each other the very traits they themselves are sometimes guilty of.   I love that they both challenge each other to be better people, to be self critical and at the same time be more understanding, accepting, and forgiving of the flaws in others.  It’s so ground-breaking that Jane Austen created such a character as lively, independent, forthright and genuine as Elizabeth.  Good read.  I’ll have to read more of Jane Austen’s work… good thing I have another two on the shelf!  =)

Now I can breathe…

Yesterday was the big VNSF Volleyball Tournament and Summer Picnic (photos posted here: http://www.vnsf.org/).  After a long, anxious week filled with checking the weather every 2 hours and VNSF meetings every other day, we got perfect weather for both events.  It was perfectly overcast and just the right temperature for the volleyball tourney.  I couldn’t have asked for anything better.  It made 5 hours of volleyball not just bearable but actually quite pleasurable beyond just the enjoyment of volleyball.  Most of us lingered to play another few hours of volleyball even after the tournament by which time it started to actually get sunny (hot) and extremely windy. 
I’m sore all over from 7+ hours of volleyball, but I can’t think of a better way to spend my time than to play volleyball with my friends and all for a good cause to boot!  =)
The picnic was also a great success.  It was intentionally planned for the same day and co-located with the tournament to give the volleyball players free food after a long day of volleyball.  It couldn’t have worked out better!  And I think the volleyball players were grateful for the food.  The picnic site was close enough we could grab food and bring it right back to the volleyball courts for some more volleyball.  What made the picnic a success though was all the wonderful food people brought!  It was quite a feast and we darn near finished it all!!
I have to say, on the day of these events, I had the fortune to just play in the tournament (since one team was short and couldn’t find a 4th player) and really just hang out with my friends (who made up most of the other teams that played… and in fact, though not necessarily my friends, I’ve played with or against most of the other teams who signed up for the tourney).  I have to thank my wonderful board members for running the show yesterday…
Uyen, who basically set everything up, got a lot of the food, etc.
Paul, who kept score and helped me run the volleyball tournament and then later help set up the picnic
Vu, who was everywhere and did everything — from picking up last minute items, photographed the events, helped keep score, and most importantly manned the grill — though a vegan, he grilled korean bbq ribs, chicken and hot dogs to perfection!
Sindy, our board advisor, who brought food, provided moral support and entertained the guests. 
It was really nice to just have a fun picnic with out supporters that wasn’t about fundraising and just about having fun!
And now that these events are over, bright and early this morning, I’m meeting with my fundraising committee to continue planning our big event of the year — the 4th Annual Benefit Dinner — September 5th at the Burke Museum — mark your calendars!!