John Cusack brings about an epiphany

Folks, I am not sure if I have ever put a warning label on post before. This time I think I will.  What I will post here is not meant to offend anyone.  I have many many friends who have incredible faith. Though I can never understand how they have that, I would never ever try to take it away from them.

We can all believe what want, which is one of the things I love about where we live.

However, while watching 2012 with John Cusack (A GREAT disaster flick!) I had an epiphany, about life, beliefs and people.  So, meaning no disrespect, here’s what went through my head during and after my 20 mile roller workout at the movies! Church goers may not like it, so feel free to skip this post, I won’t be offended at all if you do. Continue reading “John Cusack brings about an epiphany”

The influence of books and movies

One of my discussions on-line today was about the Ebola patients being moved to a hospital in Atlanta.  Now I understand the theory about this completely.  Their best chance of survival would be to be treated here in the states.  I also know that they have the best quarantine set up possible at the hospital.  I am confident they will contain it and I really hope these folks make it.

However, anytime I hear about Ebola, or a new strain of flu, or the new mosquito borne disease that’s hit the US, Chikungunya, my first thoughts always go to Stephen King’s book The Stand  Continue reading “The influence of books and movies”

Read First and Watch Second

Aside from riding the bike, hiking mountains and spending time here sharing stories with you, I am also an avid reader.  If I am sitting, I am reading.  If I am standing in line I am reading. It’s been that way since the 4th grade will be so forever.  Shoot, if by some off chance I end up at the pearly gates someday, I’ll probably be reading the Kindle waiting for St. Pete to call my name.  (Somehow I think it will be a LONG wait, better sit by a power outlet….)

Today though, I was reminded why I like to read the books before I watch the movie (or the series… Continue reading “Read First and Watch Second”

Who’s Line is it.

The weather turned lousy tonight.  Butt cold, even colder rain, and a chance for snow.  Now this was great for my Seahawks on Monday Night Football.  They thoroughly handled the Saints out of New Orleans (what do they know about cold?) on nationwide TV!

This was NOT great for bike riding.  This meant that I had to move to shed and watch a movie instead.  It was a decent ride, well as decent as it can be in the shed.  I was watching “The Outlaw Josey Wales”.

The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Outlaw Josey Wales (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now I am not sure if everyone is like me, but one of the reasons I rewatch movies is to listen for my favorite lines.  When they are good, they work every time you hear them.

What makes it fun, is the lines I like may not be the ones every likes.  An example?  Early in the movie, Josey (Clint Eastwood) is traveling with a kid from his unit, the only other survivor of the double cross.   Each time the two of them would out smart someone, the kid would say, “Whooped ’em again, Josey!”

It made me smile, because I have used it myself!  Many many times.  At WSU when I would do better on a test than I should have, I would smile and say it to myself.  This has continued since then.  Any time I have pulled something off, or the  times when I didn’t get in trouble for something with the one eyed boss,  I don’t say it out loud, but it I think it.  Once or twice I’ve even had to come up with a reason why I was smiling

There have been other lines, form other movies I use as well. Continue reading “Who’s Line is it.”

Batten down the hatches!

You can’t be a cyclist is Seattle and be afraid of riding in the rain. Come October until June, it can happen anytime. So if you are afraid to get wet, you might as well buy a lifecycle and hang up helmet.

That being said, there are days that are simply NOT made for riding. Today, hell this weekend, is one of these. Continue reading “Batten down the hatches!”

The Advantage of Having a 15 Year Old Around

I know, I know, there have been times I have threatened to sell him on Craigslist.  Then there was the time at Silverwood Theme Park I told him to start interviewing people to find his new parents.  Or the time I threatened to leave him in the country because some farmer would surely take him in….

But there are times it comes in handy having a 15 year old boy around,  One of these was last night!  Yep, MOVIE night!  Now it helps that my taste in movies hasn’t changed much since was 15.  He and I have gone to see both Expendables movies, The Fast and Furious, Avengers, Thor, Iron Man and of course, The Three Stooges!  (On the Stooges he almost left the theatre because I was laughing uncontrollably!)

Last night I drug him to Star Trek Into Darkness.  Now I have ben a Star Trek fan since the beginning.  I am not sure if I saw the series when it originally aired, but I saw the reruns of the Captain Kirk Mr Spock series untold number of times.  As a kid, I read all the Star Trek books, built models, had the Enterprise schematics and to this day I have an old school communicator at my desk.

My favorite place in Vegas, a dead heat with Margaritaville, was the Star Trek experience.  You could drink Romulan Ale, eat flaming ribs of tart and trade insults with Klingons, all while sitting at Quarks from Deep Space Nine.

I’ve watched all the subsequent series, and I am currently rewatching Voyager on Netflix.  Yes I am a Star Trek geek.  He, on the other hand is not…  It took some coercion to get him to go.  Luckily he was told by someone it was good even if he didn’t ever watch the prior Star Treks.

The night started a bit strange.  After getting the popcorn, drinks and red vines we went to the theatre.  (It was in a multiplex)  There were about 20 people milling around outside of it, as if they hadn’t started seating yet.  This was weird as it was 15 minutes before the start.  Not being one to be a lemming, I went into the theatre to see there were already people sitting.  I grabbed the kid, went in and got our seats, and we laughed at all the rest coming in behind us!  Not sure how it happened that they thought they couldn’t go in, but it tickled us.

Now when we watch, we try to figure out what is going to happen before it does, this time we both pegged it.  What’s more fun though, is we both have the same sense of humor.  Sometimes we find stuff funny others don’t.  This movie had plenty of one-liners, and a lot of action.  It was fun.  Then we talk about it, what we liked, what didn’t make sense and maybe what we would’ve done.  Again, a great time for both of us!

I’ve heard people complain about the new Star Trek movies, but so far I am 2 for 2 with a big thumbs up.  More importantly, its nice to have a built-in movie buddy!  Maybe I will have to rethink selling him!