Thursday, December 30, 2010

Nix Resolutions, Movie Reviews

The end of any year signals the beginning of a New Year, which is a heavy way of saying, “gear up dudes and dudettes and get set for another one!!” Now there are many ways to do this such as cleaning off your desk of all of the previous years junk, or maybe clearing out your closet of all the clothes your haven’t worn in 5 years(speaking of experience here) or possibly getting your new daytimer ready by transferring all of the old addresses and phone numbers to it(yea I know that is not done now by most since they put this on their smart phones, which is fine if you are smart, but if not then you transfer the hand written stuff over, by hand) or there is always the thought of going to or planning a big party on the night before the new year, which is called New Years Eve. This is of course is the one night of the year that people who like to get drunk, really get drunk. The reason there are so many drunks on New Years is because they are expected to do this by our society and so they do it. We know that the law enforcement expect them to do this because on the freeways they put up signs that say, “Drink and get a DWI(Driving While Intoxicated) or now the term is DUI(Driving Under the Influence), a little more sophisticated term but still is the same on your driving record. I noticed one last night that said, “Drink and Go To Jail,” wow what an invitation. So, obviously with all this signage there are going to be reminders to the drunks to be sure to drink and drive heavily. So, for this one day and night of the old year transitioning into the new year, it is total useless behavior that has never made much sense to me. In addition to the uselessness of this year end behavior I find another empty headed practice of writing New Year’s resolutions. This practice was probably started back in you know when during the time of Moses. I am sure he sat down one New Years eve and wrote out his new resolutions for the coming year with something like: 1. The sea will be parted by my cane, 2. My people will walk to the other side ,3. Then I will clean up my mess by putting the sea back in the right place, 4. Then of all things my people will be free. Now, usually New Year resolutions are a list of at least 10 things but I am going to let Moses off on this one. Moving on to modern times what we usually see now on the resolutions is the good ole stand by called going on a diet to lose 35, 45, or maybe even 55 pounds(seems like a good idea since 68% of the USA population is obese) or maybe starting an exercise program to lose this weight, or maybe take dancing lessons so when I go to the local meat market that ends with R, I can get ask to dance every dance, or maybe someone would want to make a million dollars so they write their New Years resolution to make a million dollars in the first quarter of the New Year. While there are thousands of these type goals out there I contend that this goal setting thing is really old, stupid and generally a huge waste of time and isn’t worth the paper it is written on. So now what I would propose is that this practice be abolished by an act of our Congress and that “goal achievement” be the new term and that it be practiced and strictly enforced on June 1 of each year. Why June 1 you ask(I assume someone is reading this)? Simply because it is in the middle of the summer and the weather is warm through out the USA(right now I am not concerned about Europe, South America, Asia, or any where else, we have to set the example for the rest of the world, then they can follow when they see our dramatic results). One of the reasons there are so many drunks on December 31 is because it is cold weather and they think they will get warm if they drink a lot. Also, June is in the middle of the year and the slump is beginning to set in, so we revive our enthusiasm by

writing new, refreshing “goal achievement” lists and end the year with great things happening in our life. Also during June it would be easier to sweat off all of that excess blubber and replace it with tanned muscle tone. On the business side one could see the half way point more clearly and then gear up their juices and do a “goal achievment” seminar in Hawaii. The good news there is since business people are more bottom line oriented going to Hawaii in the summer would be more economical and there would be no worry on busting the pleasure budget. In conclusion I think everyone gets the jest, yea I know I should have written this on December 29, 2009 but at least it is now the written word and can be practiced June 1, 2011. After all it will take Congress at least that long to get it voted in. Now to finish out the year by writing another blog and missing the parties.

Digest this SH & EA!!


Movie Reviews: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”, ****(if you like Harry Potter movies), otherwise if you are like me *(boring). If you are fans you will go and see this as one who is loyal to the movement. The story is all of the former school mates from Hogwarts School must find hidden Horcruxes if Harry is to stand any chance of killing Lord Voldemort(obviously a villian). All’s well that ends well. Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sensuality(must have slept through all of that).

“How Do You Know”, ***, A new contemporary romantic comedy co-starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson. Witherspoon and Rudd, cast as Matty and George, meet for their first date on a the worst night of their entire lives. Matty, a devoted athlete, has just been cut from her team and has begun a fling with major league baseball player(Wilson). Then the fun begins. George’s father is played by Jack Nicholson and their drama makes the movie interesting. Go see with the idea this is not an award winning movie, but entertaining. Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language.

“Little Fockers”, ***, The test of wills between Jack Byrnes(Robert Ne Niro) and son-in-law Greg Focker(Ben Stiller) escalates to new comic heights in this third Fockers movie. This is an all star cast with Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, and Owen Wilson. All kinds of funny drama goes on while former CIA investigator Jack suspects Greg of foul play with other women, etc. Some funny scenes and harmless. Rated: PG-13 for mature sexual humor throughout, language and some drug content.

“True Grit”, ****, This is really a marginal four star but got to give them credit for challenging the sacred grounds of John Wayne. I am not sure he is rolling in his grave over this one but is probably proud of the way it is presented. The story is the same as the orginal with 14 year old Mattie Ross seeing her dad murdered. She then hires Roster Cogburn(Jeff Bridges does a great in playing this part) to track the killer down and bring him to justice. They also find a Texas Ranger played by Matt Damon(this was played by Glenn Campbell in the first film and he was terrible, Damon is not much better) to help them capture this murdering outlaw. Lots of action and Bridges plays Rooster real well, very enjoyable movie. Go see it for sure. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of western violence, including disturbing images.


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