Sunday, May 22, 2011

Baloney Man, Movie Review, Book Review

It is amazing what constitutes news now a days. Okay I go with the removal of bin Laden from the world scene as real news; however, where the National Football League football players work out is not news. The only reason it is mentioned in the newspapers is because they are going through a lock out from their prospective team facilities because there is an disagreement between the players and owners about a tidy sum of $9 Billion that the owners would like to have.

Of course it is more complicated than that, but that is the issue. The ole saying that the inmates can’t run the prison applies here. While the owners happen to be a bunch of real rich guys(no girls in this exclusive club) the league belongs to them, not the players.

The players are hired hands and hired hands never own the joint. The other day there was an article in the paper about Tony “Baloney” Roma leading volunteer work outs with fellow team members. All I got to say it is about time the Baloney man took charge. He is paid multi-millions to play a game as the leader of the team. Maybe this lock out will teach him something about leadership and winning the big one, since he hasn’t done that yet. In the mean time the billionaires will win and the season will begin on time. The inmates better be working out!

Movie Review: “Thor”, ***, This is a good sci-fi movie and Chris Hemsworth does a great job as the very sure of himself new god of thunder. This is kind of a family story, of sorts, about a planet far away from Earth. Of all things he is banished by his father for being too head strong and wanting to start a war with their arch rivals, the evil Frost Giants. Thor is really doomed if he doesn’t retrieve his magic hammer and rule out the bad guys. Be sure and watch the whole thing including the credits, many visions for the future of Captain America and the Avengers.

Book Review: “Fail Up”, Tavis Smiley, ****, About half through this very good book. Some great points are made about success motivated by failure. While I have always tried to avoid the “F” word of failure this books gives some really good positive insights to the approach of succeeding after failing. While I haven’t completed it yet I see where it is going and would recommend it for sure.

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


Sunday, May 08, 2011

Memory Loss, Movie Review

A few days ago I came to the reality that memory loss is not associated with age. As I walked out of the aquatic center and couldn’t remember where I had parked my car I was sure I was loosing it. Then I got to thinking that memory loss starts very early in life and in fact is not associated with age. For example, I have no memory of the day I was born. But I know it happened for a number of reasons, i.e. I am here today, my birth certificate says I was born, and every year I celebrate my birthday on December 16th. But, back to the location of my Explorer some where in the parking lot. As I wondered through the maze of SUV’s I became totally aware that there is short term(where the hell is my Explorer) and long term loss, like someone reminds you of something you did when you were a teenager and you have no memory of that. Good news, memory loss is not fatal.

Movie Review: “Water for Elephants”, ****, This is a good movie even though the violence in it is a tad bit disturbing. This is a romantic drama with the circus big top as the focal point, the love between two people, and one big elephant(who later becomes a big hero). Robert Pattinson(of vampire fame) and Reese Witherspoon, a star performer in the circus, fall for each other. Christopher Waltz plays the cruel, disturbing owner of the circus and the husband of Reese Witherspoon. Lots of drama before, during and after. But the story is told by Hal Holbrook as we view it. Rated PG-13 for moments of intense violence and sexual content(much more violence than sex).

(How is this Brother Loomis?)

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


Sunday, May 01, 2011

TV and Royalty

It is amazing to me the way people spend their time these days, especially so-called leisure time. Since I remember the days before every household had a flat screen TV or even further back before any form of TV, it blows my mind on what is being watched on TV today. I do remember when my parents bought our first TV, of course black and white, and only one channel. Now we have flat screens, full color and 125 channels all being bounced off of a satellite high in the atmosphere. While I think all of this technology is neat as can be, it is a shame on what is being shown. While I love a good movie I can’t figure out why the reality shows are so popular and stupid at the same time. From the Biggest Loser to The Apprentice to that Dance thing, for the life of me why is this entertaining? I’d rather watch two bloated frogs wrestle in the local pond than watch that stuff.

Then to add insult to injury the world is encouraged to watch the royal wedding that happened this past week. There were even “watch the royal wedding parties, and people got up early in the morning just to watch this event.” One thing I have enjoyed about this event is that I learned that Queen Elizabeth has reigned through 12 of our American Presidents and has met in person with all but one. For some reason, not given, she never met Lyndon B. Johnson which I am sure he went to the grave wondering what happened on that. She was handed the crown some 59 years ago and must hold on for another four and half years to break the record of being the royal head cheese. While I have never figured out all this royalty thing I will say that she seems to be a very nice person and has represented royalty very well. She doesn’t generally give interviews so I really don’t know how she feels about my opinion.

Possibly the Donald will decide to become the next King, fire the Queen and move to England. He has really been attacking the politicians, mainly President Obama, lately and even came up with a few F bombs at a recent speaking engagement. He has gathered some strong support over the past few weeks to run for President; after all the world has been asking for the actual birth certificate and only the Donald was able to pry it out of the Presidents archives, while all others failed. However, even he cannot survive the using of the F bombs during a public speech. Someone needs to tame him down a bit so he has a chance to run. What he is saying makes great sense but he better tame his tongue, ask George Romney on that one!

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