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The Best Suitcase, and how I Lost Mine

I used to have a bit of an obsession with Zero Halliburton luggage. Look familiar? That's because bad guys in all the movies use the briefcases to hold their money and bombs. Over the years I kept buying these things, and usually traveled with a huge 26" suitcase as well as a matching computer case.

I still really like my Zero Halliburton suitcases, but they're somewhat unweildy. Two day trips don't require a hectare of packing real estate.

Plus, there was the allure of the carry-on only passenger. I never really understood how it worked before. How do people carry everything in such small suitcases? Is it really that much more convenient? What's so bad about checking bags? I was curious.

Homeland Season 2 (movie review)

On Mike Dariano

I recently finished watching Homeland: The Complete Second Season and didn't like myself for watching it. The main characters are a possible terrorist and a lying CIA agent. The most moral of the characters is my least favorite. There is a lot of death and hate. At the end I wasn't hoping for awful things to happen but given the characters that's the only ending that was possible. It was like a bad Chinese buffet. I was excited for everything when I sat down but when I stood up afterwards I did not feel good.

Lately I've been trying to fill my life with good things. I'm trying to limit the number of 'complainypants' people and increase the number of upbeat ones. I'm trying to find moments that I'm not happy, figure out why, and convert them to happier ones. This show does not help any of that. This is a show that, except for a few small moments, reminded me of the worst people can be. Ooof.

Beyond this spiritual/moral quandary the show was decent but not good. The casting is great and I've never watched a show where the actors were matching the emotional moments better. The terror, horror, and disgust that Claire Danes shows is too real and her co-stars are just as good. The storyline in this second season felt a bit contrived (what was I expecting from a fictional TV show I don't know) and the season three premise feels even more so. I suspect that much like 24, the best of this show has passed because the novelty and freshness is gone. How many times can Carrie/Jack Bauer save the world despite no one believe in them? For me the answer is zero. Thanks for one and a half good seasons Homeland.

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