Saturday, November 15, 2008

P.S. I Love You



I like Chick Flicks. Not only do I like them but I love them. This one a fantastic one. Holly (Hilary Swank) and Jerry (Gerald Butler) are a married couple. The scene before the credits are them in a fight, however, by the end of the scene you see how in love they are. Her father left when she was 14 and he tells her that he will never leave. After the credits we are seeing his memorial service, Jerry died of a brain tumor. He has the memorial service that I would hope to have when I go - I don't want anything that is formal.


On her 30th birthday he sends her a letter telling her there will be more to follow and she must do what the letters tell her to do. In the end he wants her to find the girl he met when she was 19 years old and traveling Ireland. She had no idea what she wanted to do with her life, but she was full of dreams. The final goal was for her to realize that while she was his life, he is only a chapter in her life.


I don't know if I will ever have a love like that, but this movie tells me that great love still does exist. I've seen a few marriages that I do hope to have one like that someday. However, I also realize what we see on the outside isn't necessairly on the inside. In many ways I do feel that i my destiny to enjoy the journey by life on my own and not with that great partner.


In some ways I am reminded of the movie My Life with Michael Keaton and Nicole Kidman. However, this was to help his wife heal instead guiding an infant son to be a man. Probably because I lost my father I love the movies that reach to us beyond the grave.


Hilary Swank did an excellent job. She usually does such serious movies and I am glad she chose this one. I have grown to like her as an individual because she still seems to be a real person.


Gerald Butler's Jerry is the boyfriend/husband I think most women would love to have in their lives. I've enjoyed him very much in Phantom of the Opera. I haven't seen a lot of his work but I have enjoyed watching him on Jay Leno and the other talk shows.


Lisa Kudrow's character was great. She gave me some great ideas for meeting guys. Are you single? Are you gay? Are you working? Then kiss them - and either stay or walk off.


James Blunt's the Same Mistake is a great song for the movie too. How many times if would we make the same mistakes knowing how it would turn ouut and end.

Why I Love Little Boys




These are pictres from an email that I got. If I ever have the opportunity I would like to have a little boy. Little boys have stolen my heart - they can be so onery and are so curious about the world. There has been a little girl that has stolen my heart as well, and her mother has already promised over 10 years in advance that I will get to go prom dress shopping and be a part of her life. Little girls are harder for me to connect with...but a little boy all I have to do is flip him upside down and we are friends for life. Now if only it would work on the boys my age, but then I don't think I would want one that I can flip.




Why I Love Little Boys
















Why I Love Little Boys











Things Little Boys Have Taught Us
1. A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq. ft. house 4 inches deep.
2. If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.
3. A 3-year old Boy's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.
4. If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound Boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20x20 ft. room.
5. You should not throw baseballs up! when t he ceiling fan is on . W hen using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.
6. The glass in windows (even double-pane) doesn't stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.
7. When you hear the toilet flush and the words 'uh oh', it's already too late.
8. Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.
9. A six-year old Boy can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36-year old Man says they can only do it in the movies.
10. Certain Lego's will pass through the digestive tract of a 4- year old Boy.
11. Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.
12. Super glue is forever.
13. No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can't walk on water.
14. Pool filters do not like Jell-O.
15. VCR's do not eject 'PB & J' sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.
16. Garbage bags do no t make good parachutes.
17. Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.
18. You probably DO NOT want to know what that odor is.
19. Always look in the oven before you turn it on; plastic toys do not like ovens.
20. The fire department in Austin , TX has a 5-minute response time.
21. The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.
22. It will, however, make cats dizzy.
23. Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.
24. 80% of Women will pass this on to almost all of their friends, with or without kids.
25. 80% of Men who read this will try mixing the Clorox and brake fluid.




Funny Images









Just thought I would share some images I got over email that I thought were funny.

They've Got Bigger Problems


In South Carolina, Dillon police said a 13-year-old boy with an "interest in law enforcement" twice stole a police cruiser and took it out to do some patrolling. The boy's mother saw him bring the car home both times, but didn't see anything wrong with the joyrides, said a police sergeant. Police said residents called 911 to say they'd seen the boy driving a police car. He said the boy also took the cruiser the previous Sunday and drove it around before returning it to the station. No on noticed it was missing. The boy apparently watched someone enter a code to get into the department, and then used it to get in and take the keys to the cruiser, the spokesman said. (if a 13-year old lad easily stole a police car twice and no one noticed that it was missing, the town has a bigger problem than it realizes.)


complied by James L. McClinton, Ph.D

Memento


This is a very different movie. It is one that I will need to watch this again because it was a complicated movie. Lenny's wife was killed and he is out for revenge. However, it did remind me of the movie with Dana Carvey called Clean Slate where he lost his short term memory. One difference is this guy does remember his past up to the point where his wife was killed. I really don't want to say much more because I don't want to ruin the story, but also because I do want to watch it again and catch more of the details.

What has the world come to....

In order to complete a recent transfer of a prisoner from the city jail to Britain's Northampton Crown Court (located just across the street), officials had to summon the closest prison van (57 miles away) to come give him a ride. The prisoner, an accused thief, could not simply be walked across the street because officials feared that public, custodial exposure (a "perp walk") would embarrass him and that would be in violation of his "human rights."

complied by James L. McClinton, Ph.D

One Night at McCools



This movie was okay. Not a bad movie, but not a keeper. Liv Taylor was very beautiful, and she was suppose to be even though she is heavier than normal. Goes to show you do not have to be a size 2 to be considered beautiful. However, I don't understand how these guys would do anything for her.
The other interesting aspect to the story is that you get Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, John Goodman, and Paul Reiser different view points. Also there is no character in this movie that you really like and that you decide not to like as well. They characters all have their flaws.
What I don't really understand is how John Goodman's character say her as a "Madonna" as in the Virgin Mary not the performer. However, she is closer in peronality to the performer than she is the virgin. Especially after the car washing scene.

Thief Gets Carjacked

A man in Salina, California, recently stole a Chevy Silverado pickup. He then stopped at a convenience store for a snack where another man hopped in with him, flashed a gun and demanded that he start driving. They had not gone very far before the truck ran out of fuel. The brilliant carjacker then ordered the original car thief to get out and push. He gladly obliged by jumping out of the cab and, then, running off. Feeling as though he was the hapless victim of a crime, he then called the cops to report that the truck he had stolen had been, in turn, carjacked from him. Being advocates of equal opportunity incarceration, police arrested them both.
complied by James L. McClinton, Ph.D

She's the Man

Why is it when I was in high school there were no high school movie? Once I was in college 10 Things I Hate About You and She's All That. It looks like I live on the cusp - not exactly a Generator Xer yet not a Generation Yer either.
This was a cute movie. I do like Amanda Brynes. Her girls soccer team gets cut because they don't have enough player and they will not allow girls on the boys team.
Her twin brother has to go to a new school because he was expelled for absenteeism. Needless to say he has the opportunity to go to London for the first two weeks of school and needs Viola to call in for him. She decides to be Sebastian to get on the soccer team. Needless to say she falls in love with her/Sebastian's roomate Duke.
Not a movie you have to think much about which is a good thing since it was 3 AM when I put it in the DVD player. My favorite movie of hers is still What a Girl Wants.

Georgia Rule



I found Georgia Rule to be much better than expected. My mom had seen it and enjoyed it - otherwise I probably would have skipped this one. Why? I'm not a Lindsay Lohan fan. I just get sick of all the tabloid press on her - really who cares.
The story centers around Rachel (Lindsay Lohan). She graduates from school in January and is free until she leaves for college in the fall - and she gets into trouble. The only thing her mom, Lilly, (Felicity Huffman) can think of is to send her to Idaho to stay with her mom, Georgia (Jane Fonda).
Lindsay ends up revealing some information to her boss - the story is centered around the question - is Rachel telling the truth or is she making this information up.
The unspoken question is how do life's events change us? What is a survivor? This is a movie I can watch again because it does have more than just one layer to it. Also there are times that you really like each of the leading women and times that you really don't like them - which I find to be good character development. To be able to get more than one emotion out of the audience about your character in less than 2 hours is fantastic - actually for some actors to get you to even develop an emotion about a character anymore...
While I'm not walking away from this movie as a Lindsay Lohan fan, however, I do realize that she has some talent. I will say the character of Rachel does make you think they have similar personalities with the way the press describes Lindsay. I just hope that she is able to grow up and actally pick roles that she can use her talent rather than just be in the tabloids.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Reservoir Dogs



I was very surprised that I enjoyed this movie. I had seen Pulp Fiction and did not like it. I did see Jackie Brown and enjoyed that one. That was the total of my Quinton Tarantino education.
I thought this was well written and very well done. I loved the "Like a Virgin" and the naming of the colors conversations.
Steve Buscemi is one of those actions that is not typical Hollywood, but I have enjoyed his performances.
Harvey Keitel is an actor I know I've seen him in several movies, but I never recognize him. I enjoyed his performance as well as Mr. White.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Survivor Mind-Set

Survivor Mind-Set
By Laurence Gonzales
  • The belief that you control your destiny versus believing that it is controlled for you.
  • Deny denial – refuse to allow yourself to believe that “this can’t be happening,” and recognize the threat for what it is.
  • Think positive, in terms of how the experience will help you grow as a person.
  • Know Plan B – set specific goals as well as actions to take if they are not met. Rehearse these actions, so that they are easy to remember even when you’re under stress.
  • Do the next right thing – find activities which allow you to think sequentially.
  • Use a mantra, a short word or phrase which keeps you focused on what will get you home alive.
  • Understand linked system – the ways in which your own and others’ action affect each other.
  • Don’t celebrate the summit. Most climbing mishaps happen on the way down, so don’t spend much time enjoying the “goal” if it is really a halfway point.
  • Get out of your comfort zone – challenge yourself to think in a new way to learn something which will use different parts of your brain.
  • Risk and reward – with regard to danger, think in terms of what you will get out of it and the most you are willing to risk for that reward.
  • Trust your instincts – even if there is no obviou8s reason not to trust a person or situation.
  • Help others – taking responsibility for others moves you from “victim” to “rescuer” mentality.
  • Be cool – unlike acting “cool,” actually being cool involves maintaining “relaxed awareness” which makes it easier for survivors to maintain or regain emotional equilibrium under stress.
  • Surrender, but don’t give up – recognizing one’s limitations allows a survivor to keep going.

    Above all, a survivor mind-set must being to be practiced immediately – waiting for a situation which demands it will be too late.

C.O.P. - Child on Patrol



Since the police can't be everywhere, an 11-year-old boy in Louisville, Kentucky, is conducting his own patrol in the Stone Lakes Division. the lad says he used to shout at speeders to slow down, then, he had a better idea. Dressed in a reflective vest, wearing a bicycle helmet and armed with a Hot Wheels brand radar gun, he points and records the speed of passing traffic. The boy also carries a flashlight with a built-in siren. One resident of the subdivision said he has seen drivers lock up their brakes when they saw the boy clocking them. Officials say the city will install speed bumps in the neighborhood if 70 percent of the resident agree and are will to put up half the money.

compiled by James L. McClinton, Ph.D.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Reliving Childhood


Last night I relived a happy part of my childhood. Slightly over 18 years ago I went to my first concert - New Kids on the Block. Last night I saw them again. I had begun to wonder if they were good performers or if my 12 year old self thought they were that great. Last night told me they were great performers. I had a good time. I was in the cheap seats, but had a great view with binoculars. I am very glad I went, even if it is a bit embarrassing to say that I went and saw New Kids on the Block.

When I saw them on the Today show back in May I had wondered if they were trying to stay "teenagers" and continued to question with the video Summertime. However, they had aged their performance appropriately. They even commented on the fans being able to drink beer, being pregnant, and they guys in attendance were going to benefit tonight.

I remember with Cover Girl they would have a little girl that was between the ages of 2 - 5 on stage with them. On the screen they had the girls dancing in the box displayed and lots of booty shaking.

I'm glad to see they are back and I wish The Block continued success. My only complaint about their new album is they should release another song or two from it.




Atonement



This was a film I watched over the weekend, and I loved it. I had wanted to see it in the theaters, but the opportunty just didn't work out. If I remember the Kite Runner came out about the same time. I had wanted to see both movies. I read the Kite Runner for a book club and was very disappointed by it (the last 4th I didn't care for), and doubt if I will see the movie. I wondered if I would enjoy Atonement. I'm glad I took the chance when I bought the movie.
It shows there are always more sides to a story than what one sees. It did take a moment for me to realize the first time a scene was replayed with a different characters perspective. I enjoyed that aspect.
How can you correct something you did that was wrong so many years ago? I don't want to say much more because I don't want to destroy the plot. But it does get me to thinking about what I may have done wrong and how could I correct it.
All actors did a fantastic job. I especially liked the way Briony was aged through out the film.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Litigation and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill


I apologize for attaching the entire journal and just not just the article. This is an interesting publication I receive at work. The article I’m commenting on is the cover story: Exxon Valdez Oil SpillAdd Image Litigation and Community Resilience

I thought this article was very interesting about the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the litigation surrounding it. I have been frustrated with the court system and how people “profit” off something bad happening to them; however, I also believe that companies have an environmental and social responsibility. Exxon Mobile made a profit of $40.6 billion in 2007. The $5 billion they are fighting over is a drop in bucket compared to last year’s profits.

In 19 years of litigation how much did Exxon Mobile spend on legal fees? Exxon walked away with just a tap not even a slap on the hand. While the environment suffered – only 10 out of the 26 species have recovered from the oil spill damages. The spill had killed 250,000 seabirds, 144 bald eagles, 4,400 sea otters, 300 seals, 20 whales, and destroyed billions of salmon and herring eggs. Yes, they had to pay for the environment clean-up which came to over $3.4 billion, but that is required of any spill that occurs. The communities also suffered – the 1990s economic boom skipped those affected by the oil spill. The disaster relief that is available during natural disasters from the government and supporting agencies are unavailable during technological hazards.

I’m not in favor of people getting unreasonable amounts of money because something bad happened to them. However, I also don’t like seeing companies not paying for the destruction they cause. I would have liked to seen some kind of a compromise in this situation. Maybe have the money go to saving endangered species native to the area. Maybe a focus on rebuilding communities that rely on oil production as their sole source of income, or assisting in attracting other income sources – industry, research, etc. Doing more in the field of alternate fuel sources and making things “greener.”

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The House Bunny


I will say this movie is one where you get what you expect. I wanted to laugh and not have to think too much and this is exactly what I got. It was fun.
I saw this one with my girlfriend, Julie, and she enjoyed it too. One of the things she commented on was Anna Faris' stomache.
I kinda knew that Demi Moore's daughter Rumor Willis was in the movie. I was surprised to see Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson's son Colin (although he looked familar), and Katherine McPhee.
I saw the positives in this movie - you need lot learn to be yourself. The ZETA girls tried to be what Shelley wanted them to be and enjoyed the results, but learned they need to also be themselves.
I was reminded of Legally Blonde, but this movie wasn't meant to be that. It wasn't like Shelley got inspired to be a better person. She wanted to be a centerfold.
It was funny seeing Hugh and his former girlfriends in the movie.
Relax, and have fun with this movie.

Muriel's Wedding


I had bought this movie thinking that I would really enjoy it. I like Toni Collette, and have enjoyed the movies. I thought this would be different. This is one of her earlier movies and she has had her teeth fixed and lost quite a bit of weight.

This movie was on the depressing side for me and I didn't find the humor in it. Muriel believes that getting married will be her way of proving that she is worth something. When she does get married it is a scam to keep an athlete in Australia. When there comes a time that he shows compassion she decides now is the time to stop living a lie and to leave him.

I guess I do like the end in some ways because she becomes the friend she should be, and they say their good-byes to their small town.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Mr. Blackwell: From Rags to Bitches


I had acquired this book from our annual library booksale. On Sunday (the final day of the sale) when it is $3 a bag you can be more experimental than usual. Anyway, I had seen his "worst dressed list" and was curious to find out what kind of a guy he was. He had died a few weeks ago, and this book was in my site. I'm trying to read books from the sale and give them back. I might do bookcrossing.com with some of the paperbacks.

This was a very easy read. There were times in the beginning that I didn't care for him, but as I read the book I actually grew to like him. Did you know that Howard Hughes gave him his last name, Blackwell? I'm also a bit jealous of his relationship with Robert Spencer. Robert was his partner for 60 years. I was very surprised that they lasted. Blackwell was very tempermental and selfish, but Spencer stuck by him. Don't think it was for the money and fame because when they got together Spencer was the one supporting him. Eventually Spencer was his manager and right hand man.

I do think that Blackwell was very honest. As I said there were times that I didn't care for him as a person. He never really tried to defend himself either. He was pretty much this is my life and what I did. I have no regrets.

That is the way to live - with no regrets.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Angels and Demons


I recentally finished Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. The movie with Tom Hanks should be coming out soon. I enjoyed this much more than I did The DaVinci Code. I found Angels and Demons very hard to put down. I read most of it on the plane, and didn't mind the 3 hour ride each way.