All things Will Ferrell make me happy! John C. Reilly is hilarious in this movie as well. Note to readers: Several scenes in this movie are not appropriate for inter-generational viewing. (Read: Don't watch this while your Dad AND his 89 year old Mom are in the same room.)
Zeitoun, Dave Eggers
If you haven't heard of Dave Eggers yet, now you have. Claire recommended this book to me just after her recent trip to New Orleans. I find myself thinking about it all the time. Zeitoun is the story of a Syrian born American man who decided to stay in New Orleans in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. After riding out the hurricane and securing his home and possessions, he used a canoe to travel through the flooded streets of his town offering help to neighbours, strangers and animals where he could. He was rewarded for his sense of community and caring by being arrested and being held in jail for weeks without medical attention all while being denied the right to contact his family. Eggers does an incredible job of telling the story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun and his wife as they experience this ordeal apart, together and in the years following Zeitoun's imprisonment. He presents them as whole people experiencing this in the context of their life as American Muslims in a post 911 era. You cannot help but feel as though this is just one horrific story out of many. This book really opened up my eyes to the effects of loss, chaos, fear, despair and desperation that emerged immediately following Hurricane Katrina. It is a must must must read.
Thankful for friends who open my heart to realities and experiences other than my own.