Because there was nothing else on television last night, I watched School of Rock last night. It was sophomoric and idiotic but it was entertaining. If you’ve never seen it, it is the story of a loser who needs work and assumes the identity of his friend and takes a job as a substitutes teacher in a school. Of course he has no idea what he is doing, so he teaches the kids to form a rock and roll band in which all the children can participate. As the movie progresses, he warms to the kids and the kids to him and some actual learning takes place. He also manages to fall in love with the principal. The kids enter a battle of the band contest and although they don’t win, they realize they have come a long way and all is revealed at the end. I give it a star and a half. Five down and 20 to go.
I also finished Alexandria: a Marcus Didius Falso Maystery by Lindsey Davis. This finds our hero and his family traveling again, but this time for pleasure for Helena Justina has a desire to see the Pyramids before she gives birth for the third time. The family (minus Nux but with Aulus whom they picked up in Athens) is staying with Uncle Fluvius and his companion Cassius in Alexandria, home to the world’s largest library. Uncle Fluvius gives a dinner party to welcome the family and invites the Head Librarian, who is found dead in his locked (from the outside) office the next day. So Falco is drawn into solving the mystery of Theon’s death and the politics of the Museion. Several more death’s occur and Falco uncovers a scheme to sell precious library scrolls. Needless to say, Falco solves the mysterious death, foils the scheme, eventually visits the Pyramids, and acquires a new member of his household in the process. Nineteen down, 81 to go.