Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sleeping Dogs

This morning as I was trying to determine what I was going to write about, my hearing(what is left of it) and mind picked up the sound of my dogs tucked away in deep slumber on the couch.  I knew this was deep slumber simply because their snoring was so loud I almost left the room just to get away from the barrage of roaring snores filling the room.  Then I started to wonder just why dogs seem to require so much sleep.  After all their only real worries center around a few things of life.  First they worry most about the next bowl of food they get and water.  I don’t really think they worry too much about water since it is usually sitting right beside the food bowl so it is of no concern to their worry wart brain.  But, they for sure worry about the food part since you can tell by their enthusiasm by jumping all over you, plus they eat it like there is no tomorrow and then slobber some water over it.  Their next worry is where they will take their next nap, after sleeping all night.  If they have the luxury of a back yard and it is warmer outside my dogs take to the part of the yard that has plenty of sunshine.  I guess they do this for the heat feeling on their body, since they are very black and do not need to worry about their tan lines.  They seem to sleep very well and will do this on alternate trips between the back yard, through the doggy door to their room to eat some food and drink the water.  As the day moves on the night time comes around my dogs are looking for that favorite treat, vanilla ice cream.  Anyone who thinks dogs don’t understand the English language just say “ice cream” around my dogs and they go into a form of circle dances for Bob, howling for Squeaky and Marley jumps!  Again, in our household these wonderful pets do not have a care in  the world, unless you alter some of their daily habits, i.e. run out of ice cream, run out of food, shut the doggy door and they can’t get out to poop and pee, not taking them on a walk some time during the day.   Now as I write this I guess I have answered my question, it is simple I guess, they are just tired from the daily requirements of being a good companion and serving us well as household pets that poop, pee, lick, bark, nibble bit, smile, get angry, growl, and come to us when we ask!  They are there for us and we should always respect that and be sure they have plenty of sleep time.  Good night Bob, Marley, and Squeaky!

Movie Reviews: *  Since the movie selection, in the city theaters, has not been real good this past month, I have only two reviews, so have added some of my favorite books as a replacement.  I might add that I have watched some movies on NetFlix and some of them are worth looking at with lots of choices.  These are what I call Class B movies but some are worth watching.

These are books I have read in the past year.  My reading habits are very consistent with 20-30 minutes every night before going to sleep.  Does not sound like much but I have read nearly 400 books that way, so it works for me.

Movie Reviews:

“The Shack”, ****, This is a very good book about faith in God, brought on by a family tragedy.  The star of the story is the father, played by Mack Phillips, who suffers great doubts and question about life.  He is given the answer through three spiritual visitors.  A well done move with a happy ending.  Rated PG-13, Thematic material and some violence.  
“”Logan”, ****,  A sequel, and another sci-fi.  Logan is caring for an ailing professor on the Mexican border.  Dark forces set in by a young mutant.  Lots of action.  Rated R, strong brutal violence, language through out and brief nudity.

Book Reviews:

“The Champion Mindset”-- Joanna Zeiger, World Champion, Olympian, educated and articulate multi-sport endurance athlete, presents her views on setting the mind to succeed in sports and life.  Rated *****

“A Life Well Played”, complete life bio of Arnold Palmer, great professional golfer who set the pattern for how professional golf is played, and is credited for the overall success of the game.  Rated:  *****

“Laws of Success”, Less Brown, a great motivational book. Rated ****

“15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”, John Maxwell, a great book on the subject of growth in our lives by an author who has sold of 22 million motivational books.  Rated:  *****

“The One Thing-Simply Truth Behind Extra-Ordinary Results”, Gary Keller, excellent points on changing your life for positive results. Rated ****

The Bill O’Reilly/ Martin Dugard,  killing books, “Killing Jesus”, “Killing Lincoln”, “Killing the Rising Sun”, “Killing Patton”, “Killing Kennedy”.  Great historical books concerning these very historical subjects.  Rated:  *****

“Stealing Time”, KJ Waters, while I normally do not read fiction I did read this book simply because I know the author.  It was a very exciting book to read and even though fiction you felt like you were involved in a true story and about time travel, etc. Rated: *****

“Boys in The Boat”, a great true story about the 1936 USA rowing team In Hitler”s Germany.  They won the gold and the hearts of the Olympics.  Great book, rated: *****

“Go Pro”, a very good book about network marketing.  Eric Worrie is the author and I have seen his presentations in person.  Rated:  ****

EA, SH.............:)!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Shut Up, Movie Reviews

What is foremost on my mind is the CONSTANT NEWS about our new President of the United States of America.  I have promised myself I will not mention his name and will be content with writing something as positive as possible, about our lives and times with this new type  of leadership.  For the life of me I have never seen in my 78 years a person who has to have the headlines no matter what he is doing.  I am sure he must demand an applause for every bowel movement or orgasm he experiences and must have at least 25 giant mirrors in his 85 bedroom home with golden fixtures, etc., etc., to stare at all his wonders.  Now at this point I have still not mentioned his name and that will remain my main goal in writing this, since he certainly gets his amount of coverage in all the magazines, newspapers, television, radio, etc.  So, what is my purpose of even writing this and how will I possibly make any sense of it if I don’t mention his name?  Well for starters what I would like to do is offer him some advice, after all I am older than he is and have done way more triathlons than he would ever imagine to to accomplish, and I am shorter than he is but my hair is still its’ original color and it is all mine, so all these points give me the right to voice my opinion.  Before I make another point I would like to add that I did not vote for either of the major candidates, but I did vote for the third party friend of mine, Gary Johnson.  No, I don’t agree my vote was wasted, since it was cast and counted.  Now, to my main point of the day is that I would like to ask the winning candidate of the presidential election, to SHUT HIS MOUTH just long enough to start accomplishing his many campaign promises and take his two feet out of his mouth and get on with being president.  Most of the negative things that come out in the media are as a result of what has been uttered from the presidential big mouth ego!  So, please get on with it and quit patting yourself on the back so much!!

Movie Reviews:

“A Dog’s Purpose”, *****, This is a very clever story about a dog who is re-incarnated and comes back to life with a series of new masters.  During the re-incarnations over a period of 50 years, this do realizes its’ real purpose as a pet to its’ owners.  Great positive movie for extreme relaxation.  Rated PG for thematic elements and peril!

“The Founder”, ****,  A true story involving the creation and ultimate success of the infamous McDonald hamburger fast food chain.  Michael Keaton plays the 1954 traveling salesman, Ray Kroc, who discovers the two McDonald brothers providing low cost, fast food hamburgers in Southern California.  While speedy hamburgers were not Kroc’s thing, the idea of making this fast food delight a world wide franchise was for sure.  Since there is a McDonald’s on most busy corners, it was fun to watch how it all happened.  Rated PG-13, strong language.  

“Gold”, ***, Gold is a movie based on SOMEWHAT of a true story.  When giving it the old google fact check exercise I found that there was probably more hollywood made up facts than real facts, say 90% fiction and 10% true.  A real person by the name of Kenny Wells(a miner) played by Matthew McConaughey supposingly with his partner, a geologist, finds a billion dollar gold find in the uncharted jungles of Indonesia.  When the final truth comes out, this all turned out to be a bogus find and while some money was made on the speculation through Wall Street, there really was very little money made on real gold.  McConaughey is excellent in the part but absolutely carries the movie with strong acting!  Bryce Dallas Co-stars as the girl friend and wife and they make a great couple.  Interesting to watch but beware of the made up vs the truth!  Rated R, language and sexuality, nudity.

“Fifty Shades Darker”, ****, Well those who liked Fifty Shades of Grey, will like this even more.  It has a new director and that really changed the quality of the soft porn movie, but with a good romance story line.  This time there is a little different approach to their sex scenes(most of the bondage was taken out) and they are much more realistic.  In the last version we found Anastasia Steele breaking off with billionaire Christian Grey and now we find them moving back together and that is what the movie is all about.  It is well done and stimulating, to say the least!  Rated R, strong erotic sexual content, nudity and language.

“Hidden Figures”, *****,  Another true story that many will not be aware of.  It has a best picture nominee for an Oscar.  This is the hidden story concerning the use of exceptional smart “colored” women during the development of the USA space program.  Tarajl P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae played the three outstanding black Americans who, with their mathematical skills, pushed the early space craft into orbit.  This was when John Glenn came on the scene and the space program literally took off!  Great story, very entertaining and gives the viewer some great historical times in the USA space development time period.  Rated PG, thematic elements and language, (lots of smoking, since that is what they did back then!)

“John Wick:  Chapter 2”, ***, If you like John Wick Chapter 1, you will like 2 also.  Keanu Reeves returns as the retired super-assassin whose desire to stay retired just will not be left alone by his past employers.  Seems as though no one kills like he does so they want him back.  Since he refuses, they(the real bad guys), decide to assassinate him.  Watch out here bro’s since John Wick does not go down without killing at least thousands of bad guys with a pistol(it holds a lot of bullets)!  But when he runs out of bullets he steals the gun off the bad guy, shoots him twice in the head and three times in the stomach, then stabs him with a knife, but he also has some bullets left in the pistol.  Also, he does have a new dog!  Rated R,  strong violence, language and nudity.

EA, SH,.......:)


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Well it is that time of year where many people decide to do the New Year resolutions, and then watch the year go by without any of them being accomplished.  While I have never been one to do the resolution thing per se, I have always used December to reflect on the business year I have had, and also throw in the personal stuff if I think  needs to be worked on(and it usually does)!  Also included is my sport athletic stuff that I have always had in my life, i.e. football, track, handball, marathon running, and now as I venture into the twilight of my life I am doing some different type of planning or goal setting.  From a triathlon standpoint my goal is to finish 10 sprint triathlons for a grand total of 391 lifetime finishes.  My ultimate goal is to finish 400 before my 80th birthday on December 16, 2018.  So, staying in good health and injury free is the order of the day!! From a business standpoint I am working on some new projects to expand the income possibility for the household, and to plan new activities within the existing multi-sport business.  My completely new venture will be created in the city of Lubbock and will be a complete sports and nutrition expo that will involved all sports related companies in Lubbock.  This has never been done before and initially the enthusiasm for it has been very good.  In the multi-sport business there is a proposal to add three more events to the established agenda.  In my book writing section of my life goals I have three outlines ready and hope to have those books ready for printing by the end of the year.  In all honesty I will confess that I have used the points made by the great author John Maxwell on planning for the new year.  He has sold over 24 million books and specializes in leadership “laws” of the universe and does it well.  Okay, let’s get moving and make 2017 the greatest year ever!

Movie Reviews:

“Why Him?”, **, Possibly this movie deserves a better rating but it didn’t to me.  While it had some potential, it really had too much bad language in it and could have been done much better.  This is a comedy love story and has its’ funny and good points to team up with the bad parts.  It is a Christmas time movie finding the overprotecting father and mother being invited to their daughter’s in California.  The father is played by Bryan Cranston and the daughter by Zoey Deutch.  When they arrive they are met with their unexpected nightmare being the daughter’s boyfriend, played by James Franco.  Even though he is a billionaire he has a free-wheeling attitude and salty language to go with it.  Then when the loving, over protective father learns that the billionaire plans on proposing, the story really gets hot!  Rated R:  Strong language and sexual material.

“Fences”, *****, This is my first five star of the year and is a very good movie, needless to say.  It stars Denzel Washington as a garbage collector in Pittsburgh during the 50’s!  Viola Davis plays his wife, while Mykelti Williamson plays his brother and Stephen Henderson his longtime friend.  This is like a one act play with no intermission, about the lives of  black Americans in Pittsburgh involving family, love, and one man’s misunderstanding, plus denial of age and lost dreams.  Great acting and for sure an award winner when the Oscar’s come around!!  Rated PG-13:  Thematic elements, language and some suggestive elements. 

“Collateral Beauty”,  *****,  This is another five star movie with a great story line and great acting.  Will Smith plays a successful New York advertising executive who suffers a great tragedy and retreats from his life.  While his concerned friends try to connect with him over his loss he makes it impossible to returned the friendship and care.  When he sends 3 letters addressed to Love, Time and Death, he receives unexpected responses and he begins to pull in the dynamics of what is happening around him.  It has a surprising positive ending!  Go see!  Rated PG-13:  Thematic elements and strong language. 

EA, SH.........:)!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Everybody Loves A Winner, Movie Reviews

Well life is short and so are winning football teams, especially when they are part of the neighborhood almost 7 days of the week.  There use to be one game on Sunday in the pros, one game on Saturday in college and in high school Friday night lights became famous in West Texas.  Now, in 2016, we have nearly 7 days a week of football all combined.  The high schools still own Friday night, except for the playoffs on the journey for the State Championship.  Since I have been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys(funny thought, even though they played their early games in Dallas, Irving and Arlington, Texas are really considered their homes). Since 1960 I have seen some very interesting football.  My loyalty stayed with them as my pro team to watch, cuss, clap or jump up and down over.  With college teamsI have been a Texas Tech fan since I was 10 but when choosing my college to play college football for, it was the University of Houston.  Even though I was offered a one year scholarship to Tech I found the 5 year deal to U of H much better, plus I was able to “get away” and see what the rest of the world offered. Then to complicate my loyalty even more I transferred to UT-Arlington(Arlington State College) and played three years after 2 years at Houston.  But, Arlington dropped football many years after I graduated, and has never resurrected it.  When it comes to High School I still like to watch my High School team, the Littlefield Wildcats. 

 Now to my point!  I have found as I have aged that I do not enjoy getting upset with one of my teams for losing, nor do I like the mood it puts me in, so I adopted a new policy on these matters a few years ago.  Here goes, my new policy became very simple, if my old traditional teams started losing or playing bad I just looked around and found a winner I could enjoy.  That turned into a win, win.  Example, the Dallas Cowboys, after winning 5 super bowls in their early history, went on a downward slide.  This became very frustrating to me so I adopted the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots as my pro favorites.  They have won recent Super Bowls and make me happier after a game.  In college I have done the same.  Texas Tech is my home team but lets‘ me down nearly every year so I always have the U of Houston to fall back on.  In High School my old High School wins consistently so I watch them, plus I have a few other teams I watch.  Bottom line here is that I always have a winner going with this system!  I recommend it for everyone!

Movie Reviews:

“Allied” ***** This is an excellent movie with very good acting and a great story line.  Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard offer great performances, as a team of undercover agents during the War.  While they are not representing the same countries they are teamed together for one mission.  This is a movie of love, intrigue and surprising ending.  The plot is well done but the story line becomes very interesting to the point of the audience figuring out what the conclusion will be.  Be prepared to wonder or even guess within yourself how it will end!  Rated R: Violence, sexuality/nudity, language and drug use.

“Arrival”, *, What a waste of great acting by Amy Adams and the other actors.  This is supposed to be a sci-fi movie about aliens who come to earth and have a problem communicating with the earthlings.  There seemed to be some confusion on why they were here and what they planned to do.  Adams is a language authority who is hired to figure out exactly what is on their mind.  From that point on it never made any sense and wondered around in never never land of nothingness.  I would not waste my money on this movie!  Rated PG-13 Strong language!

“Bad Santa 2”, *,  A sequel of sorts to Bad Santa, starring Billy Bob Thorton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox(Shorty), and teenager Brett Kelly.  The weak story line is similar to Santa 1 in that this motley crew, using the Santa Claus cover, is planning on stealing a large sum of money from a non-profit organization that raises money for kids.  The early one liners are disgustingly funny but it tapers off from there.  Some of the scenes are beyond reproach in crudeness, and only the actors saved it from a complete walk out before the less than intriguing ending.  Hoping that no parents took their kids to this disaster and hope even more there is no Santa 3!  Rated R+, Language, sexual content, and violence.  

“Bleed For This”, ****, One of the best true professional fight movies I have seen.  This is the story of Vinny Pazienza(The Pazmanian Devil) played by Miles Teller who after winning two World Boxing titles is in a terrible auto wreck.  While breaking his neck he is told he may never walk again, much less fight again.  But with supreme desire to return to boxing he asks for training help from one of the best trainers in the business.  Step by step he works his way back and is able to regain the title.  This is a very enjoyable fight movie and one that exemplifies determination and ability to make the body do something the experts said couldn’t be one.  R:  Language, sexuality/nudity and some accident images.  

“Hacksaw Ridge”, *****, This is a true, great war movie directed by Mel Gibson and starring Andrew Garfield as patriotic and courageous Army medic Desmond Doss. Due to his desire to save lives and in spite of his religious beliefs,  Doss volunteered for combat service in the US Army during WW II. However, he refused to carry a gun into combat, again based on his religious beliefs.  As a medic his goal was to save lives instead of take them.  Due to his courageous actions to save his injured fellow soldiers during battle, he was later awarded the Medal of Honor.  Rated: Graphic war violence including grisly bloody images.  

EA, SH.......:)!


Monday, November 14, 2016

The Cliff and The Donald, Movie Reviews

There is so much to write about I don’t know where to start; however, since I have already started I think that is promising.  Since, I am in a funk mood I was afraid that too much negative vibes would result.  In that case I will get into  my first set of thoughts and they are really trivial, Texas Tech football or lack thereof!  Since I have been watching football at Tech for the past 67 years I consider myself some kind of authority and have a right to speak my mind.  Bottom line here is they have only won 4 games and lost 6.  The likely hood is they will lose the remaining two games, unless something drastic happens.  My assessment is a simple one, the overpaid($3.1 million)  head coach is way over paid and really is just a glorified quarterback coach.  He coaches like one and the results proves it.  He does not function as a head coach should(i.e. Lou Saban is a real head coach), and the losing results proves it.  He has some good players, they are just mis-managed.  Then there is the over paid defensive coordinator($1.1 million) who directs the worst defensive team in college football at a 127th rank for the nations college football programs.  The defense does not tackle well when they get the opportunity, and does not defend well against the pass and receives too many penalties.  While the passing offense is the top in the nation it just does not score when really needed and bone head mistakes always get in the way.  This past Saturday the game could have been won by making two points in the closing seconds, but instead they went for a kick extra point and it was mis-handled and missed.  With less seconds left Tech tried an on-side kick and flubbed it.  Woe is me, game lost at 45-44.  Then to add insult to injury the head coach of Oklahoma State had a post game discussion with the starting quarterback of Texas Tech, and encouraged him to go for the pro draft and if he needed an agent he knew plenty of them.  First time I ever heard of such a thing and had to be on the opposite side of ethical.  

Now that I have the Tech loss out of my system I will now move to more important items, like the national election that provided the USA with a new president elect from the private sector.  Yes folks we actually have the first ever, real private sector president.  All previous presidents were either career politicians or generals in the armed forces.  The closest thing to a non-politician was Ronald Reagan or maybe Jimmy Carter, but they were both governors.  The most experienced politician to ever be elected has always been rated the worst, that being James Buchanan with 37 years of political experience.  While I think it will be interesting to see how this all pans out for the future of the USA the election of the Donald is not without extreme controversy and remorse from the political scene.  While my vote did not go to the Donald or Hillary I would guess he is my second choice, and the threat that if you didn’t vote for Mr. Trump you voted for Ms. Hillary was not valid.  My feeling on voting is that it is a very personal matter and the folks who go with a party come hell or high water has always confused me.  I have never been a member of any party and never will be.  The two party system is way broke along with the very old electoral college.  But, it would appear that in my life time these items will always be status quo and I will stay frustrated over it.  

What I will say is that I am behind our new President Elect 100%,  and only hope that he can do at least half of what he has promised, “to make America great again!”

Movie Reviews:  

“Captain Fantastic”, *****,  This was a paid for on TV movie that really turned into a very good choice.  Filmed in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father and mother devoted to raising their six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave their paradise and enter the world, that challenges their ideas of what it means to be a parent.  Since the mother dies in the very beginning of the movie, that brings on many more challenges in the story line.  Stars: Viggo Mortensen, George Mackay, Samantha Isler,  Rated PG-13-some language and dangerous athlete challenges.

“The Accountant”, ****, Ben Affleck stars as Christian Wolff a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people.  This is also magnified with the fact he is autistic, but able to live his own life.  He becomes a free lance accountant for dangerous criminal organizations.  The FBI decides to nail him and J.K. Simmons plays the head investigator and the action gathers more action and suspense.  Rated R:  Violence and language.  

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”, ***, Tom Cruise comes back to play the roving ex-military police major.  He travels light and hitch hikes for his transportation.  Since he  decides where his services are needed he decides that a good looking Army major is being framed and he needs to save the day for her.  She has been charged with espionage and Reacher does not buy it.  So he comes to her rescue with great action and the ability to win the fight, no matter the opposition.  Rated PG-13:  Violence/action, bloody images, language and thematic elements. 

EA, SH.........:)!


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mumble Jumble, Movie Reviews

As the years roll by it seems as though the rolling speed increases.  When I wake up it is January, new year, then the next thing I know it is June, mid year, then my next birthday is on December 16, XXXX, and I am another year older.  So, 2016 has skipped along just like all the rest except I am convinced it went by quicker than any before.  The good news is everything is fine and my athletic goal of 10 triathlon sprints was achieved and the grand total now of 381 scoots me closer to the magic 400 before I turn 80.  This years 10 events didn’t come easy and had some challenges, i.e. bike crash with broken clavicle requiring surgery and I only had 2 tri’s done at that time. Fast healing and being in good shape before the crash really helped me to complete the year healthy and the goal number of 10 achieved.  For the balance of the year I will work on my running and be ready for another 10 in 2017 with the season starting in March, 2017!  

This year was my 23rd visit to the Big Island of Hawaii to volunteer for the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.  Even though I have had the opportunity to do the race, as an athlete, two times, I now go as a volunteer moto driver for the 112 mile bicycle course.  Since I carry the most professional and great official, Candy, it gives me a thrill to be on the course with her and the best triathletes in the world.  

This time of year also means football season is here in full bloom.  Since I live in the city that is home to the Texas Tech Red Raiders I am a big fan of their football team.  The problem is they are not playing very well and I believe their head coach is just not going to get it done.  He was a great college quarterback and great man, but I just do not believe that a head coach who thinks like a quarterback will ever get the job done in the Big 12 conference.  The team was not prepared and made some very stupid mistakes, like stupid as stupid does.  At the same time my football team that I actually played for on a full football scholarship, the University of Houston, is doing well and has only lost one game.  They are playing well and could well win the conference and go to a meaningful bowl game.  They do not play the Raiders this year but I think they a scheduled for 2017!  The Red and Gray U of H hoodie looks great!!

Movie Reviews:

“Deepwater Horizon” ****, A true story about the off shore oil well disaster that came from the corporate greed for more profits.  The safety of the men and equipment was forgotten as the corporate profit mongers reduced budgets and forgot about providing a safe work place.  While we all know that Hollywood had to put their mark on this type of movie, I feel it was well presented with great acting.  Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez and Brad Leland are among those delivering great acting, while John Malkovich presents the greedy villain from the corporate office.  Later criminal charges were filed against the BP oil drilling company and $15 billion fines were charged to the company!  Rated PG-13: Disaster sequences and disturbing images, and strong language.

“Hell or High Water”,  ***, The is a good movie but has a real slow start.  But once it gets going it turns out to be worth watching.  It involves two brothers, one a good guy and one a bad guy.  So, they team up to rob the banks that have foreclosed on their mother’s property.  They were stealing just enough to cover the debts and no more, so I guess you would say, honor among thieves was the theme.  Chris Pine and Ben Foster played the brothers while Jeff Bridges played the retiring Texas Ranger who ultimately figured out who was robbing the banks, and then made the arrests.  Rated R: Violence, language throughout and brief sexuality.

“The Magnificent Seven”, ****,  This is a remake of the original western with Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen about a bad guy who gains control of a small western town.   In the  new version Denzel Washington plays a bounty hunter who is hired by the town folks to rid them of the villain’s.  He puts together the new magnificent seven made up of good guy/bad guy type folks.  While I do remember seeing the original I can’t remember enough to actually compare it, but I do know it is a good movie and enjoyable to watch.  Rated:  PG-13 Western violence and for historical smoking, language and suggestive material.


SH, EA.....:)!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Change of Seasons, Movie Review

The change of seasons is something that I really like and enjoy especially  when it moves from winter to spring, then summer.  The cold is something I can get tired of very easy and look forward to the warmer climate.  Fact is I can remember in the winter when I was saying to myself, “self” I will be glad when we have 100 degree days.  So, the change from cold to hot cannot come soon enough for me.  Then when it gets to the 100 plus days I am still enjoying it, and never wish for the cold days of winter.  Part of my desire for the warmth has to do with me love for receiving the sun rays and getting as much Vit D as possible.  While the seasons have always been very distinctive in West Texas with little doubt that winter has become summer, the move from summer to winter is somewhat different.  Also, over the years the seasons have changed to the point that the first freeze of the year is nearly 30 days later than when I was a kid.  That is to my liking since I can still get some sun rays a little longer in the year.  Going to climates that do not seem to change with seasons is very different that the climates that do change.  Since I have been to Hawaii a number of times I notice that their season changes are hardly recognizable!  It seems to be in the 80’s and humid all the time, including at night time.  There is never an extreme temperature drop or rise, so I think it would be very different to live in this type of climate.  Plus, what would you do with all the winter clothing that is not needed now.  As I get off of the airplane on the Big Island it feels the same each time.  While I have left a changed season in West Texas I notice there there is no change in the beautiful state of Hawaii.  In conclusion my observations are, change is good, no matter what the application is.  So, I think that seasonal change is good and offers some form of variance in our daily lives.  Instead of wearing shorts outside I will be wearing long pants, long sleeves and possibly a hat.  Then when the real cold moves in I add layers and big coat to stay warm when I go outside.  Now I have chills just thinking of it, so I believe I will get off of the subject and think about something else and hope I have some sun today.  Good day!!

Movie Reviews:

“Blood Father”, *, A very bad movie even though it had the return of Mel Gibson as an ex-convict trying to be a good father and save his daughter from the bad guys.  Gibson was sort of put on a do not hire list after some domestic violence within his real family.  This movie wasn’t that strong in script or messages, except bad ones!  Rated R-strong violence, language and drug use.

“The Legend of Tarzan”,  *****,  This was a very good movie and like no other Tarzan movie of the past.  The movie starts with Tarzan(John Clayton, Earl of Greystoke) settled out of the jungle and settled at home with Lady Jane.  Samuel L. Jackson plays the part of the good guy trying to eliminate slavery in the jungle and be rid of the slave trading villain played by Christoph Waltz.  He convinces Tarzan that he is the only one that can get this done.  Great script, great acting and a whole new look at Tarzan.  Rated PG-13-Action and violence, sensuality and rude dialogue.

“Jason Bourne”, *****, Another very good action movie staring Matt Damon as on the run Jason Bourne.  He is still underground and now being pursued by CIA Director played by Tommy Lee Jones.  A lot of action and Damon does a great job of staying undercover and on the go.  Rated PG-13-Intense violent action, strong language, guns, weapons and hand to hand violence in action context, with some blood.

“Hillary’s America:  The Secret History of the Democratic Party”, ***,  This is a documentary by Dinesh D’Souza who looks at the 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the history of the Democratic Party, in January 2014.  Regardless of how one feels about Hillary, this is a movie presenting facts and is not for entertainment.  Read the review and go based on the fact it is not a flattering documentary of this candidate for the President of the United States.  Rated PG-13 Violence, thematic elements and smoking. 

“Suicide Squad”, ***, Because of Will Smith this was better than I thought it would be. The story is based on a world crisis and the only people than can possibly save it is made up of imprisoned super-villains and offering them clemency in return for their willingness to risk their lives to save the world.  Of course there is all kinds of double crossing and lots of action.  Rated PG-13 for violence and action, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language.  

“War Dogs”, ***, This movie started slow, but pulled itself up as it progressed.  Two young friends played by Jonah Hill and Miles Teller exploit a little known government initiative allowing small businesses to bid on U.S. military contracts.  Starting small, they eventually risk their lives when they land a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan military.  This was a true story.  Rated R-language, drug use and sexual references. 

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