Sunday, July 31, 2005

Movies of late.....

Well, I must say this is the most I typed in a while!
So movies. Let me start with the big screen. You know, where you begin the experience with the approval of a second (or third depending on your movie going frequency) mortgage! Followed by the signing over of your first born in exchange for "real" imitation buttered popcorn and, well I think you get the point.
Then on ward through the velvet rope to the 'Viewing chamber'. Look out for the sticky spot on the floor!
Now to find your VIP reserved seat you paid so much for! What? Someone seems to be in your seat, and saving the entire rest of the chamber for his extended, loud, rude family! Blast, the only available seat is in the front corner. Your neck will be in therapy for weeks!
Ahh, but finally, what you've been waiting for.....Previews! No not the movie itself, but the promise of things you will think you want to see, by know damn well that the loan you just acquired will never be repaid in time.
Three good, one lame and the obligatory cartoon feature.....
Now for the second main event..... That's kinda like 'new AND improved' isn't it?
Willy Wonka, Burton/ Depp style!
I started this movie with fairly high expectations. Visually, it was great. The sets left me feeling 5 years old again. It brought me right back to my childhood, watching the magnificent Gene Wilder.
While Jonny Depp didn't have the same witt and sharp nature as Wilder, he fit the role wonderfully.
Both my wife and children loved this movie, and will probably buy it on DVD. (Or Ill rent it and burn, that would be wrong.)

Next up, rented on DVD, Eulogy.
This was one of those movies I usually pick up, read (for the fifth time) and set back down muttering about next time. Well, this time, my wife picked.
I laughed, I laughed, and then I realized "this could be MY family!"
Funny stuff about a family dealing with the loss of the main character's (a 20 something gal) grandfather. With hilarious performances by Ray Romano as a divorced pervert (with 2 equally perverted 12 yo sons) and Hank Azaria as a failed child star, I would recommend this to just about anyone....Except my mom. She just wouldn't get it.

Next, Danny Deckchair.
This was the heart warming, and almost seat warming (I laughed so hard I almost wet my self)tale of Danny.Danny is an average guy living in a big city. Danny's girlfriend wants more outta life than just camping (which is all Danny really wants to do. So Danny finally has had it and decides to try something outrageous. He decides that at the 'Long weekend Barby' he's going to tie several very large helium balloons to a 'deck chair' (that's a lawn chair in the states) and see if he will make it off the ground. What happens is not only heart warming, but very silly.
Also worth the price to rent.
Well, I had better go. I need some more juice and crackers. I just gave blood to make a few extra bucks to get me into the next movie. On second thought, anyone need a kidney?

Another chapter.

As my blog-o-pheric friend, Sharol begins the story of her married life, I begin the 11th chapter of mine. This weekend (a week early) my beautiful wife and I celebrated our 10th anniversary. Not much fanfare, but quite a bit of love. We started by ridding ourselves of the small heathens (children) and had dinner at a up scale Indian (as in from India) restaurant, followed by a DVD in the comfort of our own home (see next post for multiple movie reviews) finishing off the night with some marital relations....With the door UNLOCKED ;-0 !
Then Saturday, we pulled ourselves out of bed and drove about 2 hours to hike to Otter Falls.
While the hike was pretty (and about 7 miles long RT)............

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Still, we had some of the best conversations this far. I love you, sweetie.

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Friday, July 29, 2005


Ive been busy living, so haven't had much time to blog. But here is something new.

things i hate about everybody
Things I Hate About Everyone
1. People who point at their wrist while asking for the time....
I know where my watch is pal, where the hell is yours? Do I point at my crotch when I ask where the toilet is?
2. People who are willing to get off their ass to search the entire room for the TV remote because they refuse to walk to the TV and change the channel manually. (ok i do that...but I hate it!)
3. When people say "Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too". Damn right! What good is cake if you can't eat it?
4. When people say "it's always the last place you look". Of course it is. Why the hell would you keep looking after you've found it? Do people do this? Who and where are they? Are they still lookin?
5. When people say while watching a film "did you see that?". No Loser, I paid $12 to come to the movies and stare at the damn floor.
6. People who ask "Can I ask you a question?".... Didn't really give me a choice there, did ya sunshine?
7. When something is 'new and improved!'. Which is it? If it's new, then there has never been anything before it. If it's an improvement, then there must have been something before it, couldn't be new.
8. When people say "life is short". What the hell?? Life is the longest damn thing anyone ever does!! What can you do that's longer?
9. When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks "Has the bus come yet?". If the bus came would I be standing here, dumbass?

well, hows that for new and improved? see ya next time, unless i'm staring at the floor while looking for the remote, even though i found it days ago.....bty, what time is it? come on, life is too short and i have cake to eat! and where is that damn bus!?

Monday, July 11, 2005

30 days.....

Thanks to an anonymous comment,

Or, from the 30 days show Reverend Penny:
"I think God cares more about what we do with our resources than what we do with our genitalia"

I am reminded of my new favorite Reality TV show, 30 days, on FX.
On the show (there have only been 2 so far) the host chooses someone, and places them (immerses them really) with an extremely different culture to see if they are able to adapt and change their view of that culture. In the first show, a "Practicing Christian" from Virginia, is sent to live in Dearborn Mich. with a Muslim Family, for 30 days. He eats with them, lives with them and by shows end, prays with them (although not to the same god, he says) and works with them (I think this is the most enlightenong part for him).
The out come is that the Christian guy sees that not all Muslims are terrorists (some of you are confused. I know this is contrary to what the Bush regime has said) and that most Americans treat them as such no matter what. He goes into this experiment thinking the same thing, but comes away with a profoundly different view.

(What if we could send all the Whitehouse staff to the same place for the same thing? Hmm)
On the second show, the host sends a conservative Christian (is there a patern here?) guy from some other Red state, to live in the Castro, a very Gay part of San Fran, to live with a gay guy for 30 days. That is where the Anonymous comment comes from. During the second show, our Christian guy (there seems to be a pattern here) goes to visit 'Gay Church', where he meets with the Reverend Penny, a gay Christian pastor. He has several conversations with her as to whether or not homosexuality is a sin. Nothing much seems to come of these conversations, though. It is only when our straight guy goes to visit gay guys family (mom, brother-who's a cowboy, and sis) all of whom are straight, and accepting of gay guy, and when our straight guy sits down with a support group of people with gay relatives, that he finally begins to see the human side to these 'other' people. By shows end, he is practically gay himself, but in a very straight sorta way.

Never have I seen such honest, intelligent programming. Its like 'Extreme Make over for the chroniclly Fundamentalist". If only more people could see we are all just humans,all loved by God, trying to make it through life, this world might just be a better place.
So check your local listings, and watch and see where they send the next White Christian guy! Who knows, it could be you.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

What have I done?

I saw this quote from Tony Campolo,
"If Jesus had to choose between stained glass windows and feeding starving kids..... I think he would probably pick the starving kids."
In the aftermath of the G8 summit and the Live 8 concert, and with what those in my home church have been up to (deciding ministry ideas for the coming uear), it made me really question my self. "What have I done with my life so far?"

I really hope and pray that I am able to make the next few years really worth while.
How about you. What are you doing to make this world a better place?

Wednesday, July 06, 2005


So, Ive been away for a while. What have I been up to? Decided to try and refinance our house and needed to have an appraisal done. So the misses and I have been busting our backs trying to transform the this shack into something more castle-like.


Yeah, that's me and my dog!


Well, maybe not exactly........

So after many days and dollars, we had our appraisal today......and......we......
won't know untill friday. :-(
At least now I can relax. I may never get back up on the roof again.

On Monday (that was the 4th, if you were confused, or republican) the Fam. traveled to our local native american reservation for some explosive devices. Actually, I didn't purchase a damn thing! We went to my Aunt and uncle's place (which is right on the beach, overlooking the Puget sound) which is still on the res. (which meant we could light anything we wanted to! Sorry 'bout the dog.) My dad dropped about $150 on fireworks, and I got the job of destroying things. So after a few beers, way too many BBQ ribs, and loosing all my money ($.38) in a few rounds of poker, it was time to show them how its done! My cousin and her new hubby (who happens to be a prick from california, not that the 2 are related mind you) has never blown anything up, ever!. So it was on me to show him how we do it here in Wash. State. He got the hang of it quickly (hold the lighter in the hand furthest away from the bag of explosives) and we had quite a show.

Who's idea was it to have the fourth of july on a monday? Nothing like getting stuffed, buzzed, and staying up way to late blowing stuff up, to ruin you for work the next day!
And wouldn't you know it, I'm too busy to take any more time off for awhile (but Im not complaining, Lord!).
So I'm interested to hear if any one lost any necessary body parts over the holiday?

Been gone awhile

Promise something new soon.

So come back later.... Or else!