Saturday, May 01, 2010

No time, Book Reviews, Movie Reviews

Well it is about time I got back to this blogging thing and it is not like I haven’t had anything to say, it is just that the time has gotten away from me and I have that age old excuse, just too busy. My too busy excuse is a good one but along the way I have missed out on sharing some big items in life. For example, I went to Home Depot the other day to shop for a new lawn mower and when I went into the yard care department I ask the guy if he could help me (fair question I thought!). He looked at me kind of strange and then said, “just a minute I am helping a customer.” Well bub, what do you think I am fried minced meat? I went ahead and waited for help and then lo and behold I bought the mower in spite of just being another platter of fried minced meat. Retail sales people just don’t get it sometimes. Without the steady flow of customers into their stores they would not be in business, so how about appreciating us a little bit. Then I had the excuse of helping host the USA Triathlon National Collegiate Championship, held for the second year in a row in Lubbock. This event is really kind of weird since it brings college triathletes from over 100 universities/colleges throughout the USA to compete for the title of National Champions. Not quite like the collegiate major sports playoffs or bowl games, but still a very competitive group of college athletes. The event went off well except for some very bad weather with rain for 5 days, high winds and cold temperatures. In spite of that the event went off as planned and we had a new National Champion team from the University of Colorado, while the defending champions from the Naval Academy came in third. Lubbock did a great job of hosting the event and could not be held responsible for the weather, God did that!! The other thing that is taking my time is the marketing work I am doing for Athletes Honey Milk, ever try getting the suppliers to milk 200,000 dairy cows and then chase down some honey bees for the sweetness that goes in Athletes Honey Milk? Not an easy task I can tell you. I was asked how we milk honey bees (cows are easy) and my reply is simple, very carefully. My promise now is to get a post at least once a week; I have too much to say to not be typing.

Book Reviews: “Vampire Hunter”, ****, the story (true from his journals) about Abraham Lincoln (yes the 16th president of the United States) and his vampire hunter days. Whether you believe it or not a very well done book by Seth Grahame-Smith. If for no other reason read it out of curiosity, I did.

“The Stuff of Thought”, **, written by Steven Pinker to give us a little idea of why the thoughts of our mind work the way they do. Very intellectual and confusing, hard to follow, hard to concentrate. Probably a pass on this book is my recommendation.

“Murder City”, ****, A true story of the “killing fields” of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. This was recommended to me by my good friend, Mark Balsiger, since he lived very close to this danger every day in his past work. A very sad true story of the many murders that transpire in this border city next to El Paso, Texas, almost every day of the week. More have been murdered in the last year than the total deaths of the Iraqi war. If the USA doesn’t have enough to do with the wars in the Iraq and Afghan maybe we need to invade Mexico and clean this place up, after all it is on our borders.

Movie Reviews: “Date Night”, ***, Tina Frey and Steve Carell play a typical suburban couple whose lives have become routine. To reignite their marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro. But when they claim a missing couple’s reservation, a case of mistaken identity turns their evening into a horror and humorous story. A good one to go see and relax a little bit. Rated PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference. (Not really as bad as it sounds in this description).

“Kick-Ass”, ***, A well done cute movie about new action heroes. Chloe Grace Moretz plays Hit Girl the 11 year old crime fighter Mindy, with affection for butterfly blades and aiming kill shots into the head. While Kick Ass is really the star of the movie Hit Girl actually takes the spot light. The story line is guided by Hit Girls father, played by Nicolas Cage, and it involves sweet revenge on the mafia types who have betrayed him in the past. Rest assured the action heroes get their man, after much battle and bloodshed. Entertaining movie and the sequel will be great. Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and drug use, some involving children. WOW—I didn’t realize it was all that bad, but guess it was.



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