Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Luck Of Double Sevens

Yesterday was my mother's 77th birthday.  Lucky double sevens!!  I invited the family over and put on a big spread, much of which was devoured.  

Much of the day was overcast and it rained quite a bit, which was really a gift to me.  It also cooled everything down, if you consider 88 degrees cool.  

While it was raining I took a picture of this little barrel cactus.  The rain must have brought out the color - the bright green flesh, the fuschia spines, and the yellow flower. Wetting it down knocked the dust off of it.  Looking at it today, the only thing on it with color is the flower, the rest looks like a drab greenish-brown blob.

The rain does wonders.

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What Surfing Produces

2017: How To Make A Girl Feel Like She's On Top Of The World
2016: Resting Bitch Face Is Real
2015: No Rooms To Let
2014: Beautiful Brutalism In A Bucolic Bourg
2013: Have A Little Faith In The Romantic Comedy
2012: The Perfect Volunteer
2011: The Men Who Stare AT Goats
2010: A Peek At A Working Team
2009: Alligators Are Not A Girl’s Best Friend
2008: Forget Your Cholesterol. Get A Hearing Aid.
2007: Sizzling Good Time
2006: Amarillo May Smell Like Cow Shit, But They Have Some Pretty Tasty Steaks
2005: List Of Fives

Monday, August 05, 2019

The Movies Have Always Been An Escape

It's the fifth day of August and the thing I've been doing the most is trying to stay out of the heat.  It's difficult, but I'm managing.

We've been watching a lot of movies.  Netflix is our friend, RedBox loves to take my money, and finally, all the movie channels we pay for each month are paying off.

Some of the ones we've seen recently are:

Ibiza:  Love Drunk:  This was a cute, funny, romantic comedy.  Richard Madden (from Game of Thrones and The Bodyguard) was in it.  The soundtrack was great, and because I was reminded of how cute he is, I rewatched the six-episode season of The Bodyguard. 

The Red Sea Diving Resort:  Based on a true story about Israeli Mossad agents and Ethiopians, who in the early 80s, used an abandoned seaside resort to carry out the mission of evacuating thousands of Jewish-Ethiopian refugees from Sudan to Isreal.

BlacKkKlansman:  Based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first black cop in the Colorado Springs police department, who infiltrated the KKK in the late 1970s.  

Otherhood:  Three mothers try to connect with their adult sons.  

The Upside:  A remake of the original, The Intouchables.  This was okay, but the original was better.  Don't waste your time on this movie, see the original instead.    

Green Book:  Based on the true story of Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class pianist, who hired Tony Lip, a bouncer from the Bronx, as his driver for a tour from NYC to the Deep South.  I liked this movie a lot.  

The Mustang:  T
he story of Roman Coleman, a violent convict, who was given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs.  I love love LOVE Matthias Schoenaerts (he was in Far from the Madding Crowd, A Little Chaos, Suite Francais, Loft, and more) which was the sole reason I decided to watch this.  I wound up liking it quite a bit. 

Dare To Be Wild:  Based on the true story of Mary Reynolds, an Irish landscape designer, who fought to compete in the world's most prestigious and famous gardening event, the  RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  

Movie theaters used to be the place to go to escape the heat.  They're obviously still a great way to escape, in more ways than one.

And I can do it from the comfort of my own home, where the temperature of the a/c is set to 65.

Take that, one hundred degree plus temperatures!!

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Nowhere Near As Cute As A Kitten

2017: Celebrating Seven And A Half Decades
2016: Makes Complete Sense
2015: I'm Always Hoping It's The Last Time
2014: Apes At The Hitching Post
2013: History On Water Street
2012: Do It Like The Settlers Did. With Whiskey.
2011: No Vacancy
2010: Imperial Sand
2009: How Many Twenty Year Olds Have A Seventy Pound Head?
2008: My First Time
2007: I’ve Been Everywhere Sunday
2006: Text Me
2005: Eddie Dines Out Friday