Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Three 2-second movie reviews. Whoosh...I do see quite a few movies, don't'cha know? I'm not fat...I'm full of movie popcorn.
  • Best of Show -- A very funny fake documentary about the dog show circuit. It wasn't drop down on the floor funny, but certainly worth quite a few chuckles. B
  • Book of Shadows : Blair Witch 2 -- Just say no. I really, really liked the first movie. I know a lot of people didn't care for it, but I think for those people who enjoy non-slasher movies but still enjoy suspense would enjoy it. If you like ghost stories around a camp fire, you'd probably enjoy the FIRST one. This second movie had a good idea for a plot that really fell short in my estimation. The directing was bad. The acting was pretty bad. The music was BAD. You'd be better off going to go see the Exorcist revival currently in the theatres if you need a good scare tonight. D+
  • Lucky Numbers -- Fairly lame, often predictable flick although I *really* enjoyed the Lisa Kudrow characterization. If you don't expect much when you see this one, you'll be getting your money's worth. C+
'tis all. Have a safe and happy Halloween.

Wednesday, October 25, 2000

I finished up my 2000 Halloween collection last night. It turned out pretty well, at least *I* think so. :-) Schpooky!

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Today only...LOG ON 10/24/00. NFL.com: NFL For Her The NFL will donate $5 for every page view....
Sorry for the lack of posts this past week. I was spending a great deal of time preparing for the IN A BIG WAY Monstrous Masquerade party last Saturday. The party seemed to be pretty well received and I belive most everyone had a good time. Best part is, I don't think I poisoned anyone with my food offerings. At least I haven't heard of any reports of vomiting since Saturday. That's always a relief. :-)
Two minute movie review - "Pay It Forward". Not a bad flick...it's got very good performances by Helen Hunt, Haley Joe (I see dead people) Osment and Kevin Spacey. It did go a bit far in tugging at the heart strings. Maybe it was attempting to make a difference in the world much like Osment's character was attempting to do? Maybe so. It did cause me to get moist eyes at times and I liked the characters A LOT, but something was missing. Again, not sure what. I think I say that too often...I ought to figure out what that missing element is someday. :-) B-.

Monday, October 16, 2000

I got another reply about the kid peeing thing, this one from Bob who gave me a broader interpretation of the stickers:

"What you're seeing are manifestations of a rather disquieting phenomenon that's actually a surpassing of mere "attention getting" and is moving more deeply into the area of what the Latin community used to call "machismo." It's not just "look at me," it's "look at me 'cuz I'm better than you and if you don't acknowledge that I'll rip your face off." It's everwhere these days; what I call the "WWFing of America."

A brilliant analysis! Thanks, Bob. :-)

Sunday, October 15, 2000

Two second movie review = "The Contender" I liked the film although it's very talky and could be thought of as *boring* by some. The performances were overall pretty good. When Jeff Bridges as the President spoke to the Congress at the end of the film, it nearly made me think that some presidents do in fact have the mettle to run the nation...then all of a sudden, the lights came up and the movie was over. Darn, it was just fiction. B+.
Two great guys wrote to me to explain the "kid peeing" sticker phenomenon. Both of 'em pretty much had the same answer -- it's a mostly southern thing tied to guys who dig NASCAR. Apparently if one were to look closely, the kid is peeing on a symbol of one of the car manufacturers not in favor. Thanks to James and Clyde for writing me! I sincerely appreciate it.

I'm making more cookies and candied/caramel apples today in preparation for the In a BIG Way Masquerade Party in Minnesota on October 21. If anyone is in the area, c'mon out! More details can be found on my In a BIG Way site. See ya there or beware!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2000

I innocently stroll into the copy room at work today only to be confronted with this poster: "Weight Watchers Shows You the Way to Being a Winner". Huh...I thought I already was a winner. Oh, well, apparently being fat I'm already a guaranteed loser. Sure, there was a wee blurb on the poster about WW giving away some sort of prize money, but let's not kid ourselves...the main message was that if you're not WW thin, you're a loser. I expressed my concern over the poster with the HR department as well as my boss. They both started their reply emails by thanking me for expressing my feelings. hehehe. I felt like I just had a heart to heart relationship discussion with each of 'em when all I did was complain that the freakin' poster was in my face. hehehe. Anyway, I thought it best to complain rather than idly sit back and *take it* from the posted message. I think they'll be taken down, ...errr...I hope they will be.

Tuesday, October 10, 2000

What's up with the guys who put the little graphic of the kid peeing on the back window of their truck/car? Is that supposed to be charming? Am I missing the point? Is it supposed to indicate that they brake only for little boys? Do they have a bladder control problem?? Inquiring minds want to know...

Oh, another thing that bothers me (gosh, it must be one of those *easily irritated* days....)... tHe pEoPle wHo WrItE EmAiLS LiKe ThIs. AgAIn, cHarMinG?!? Are they attempting to mask horrendous spelling? Are we, as a society, needing to get attention in every action that we attempt? Is this just another way to do so? Is it an attempt to practice using the shift key? Tell me, tell me, tELl mE! :-)

Sunday, October 08, 2000

Two, two, two, two two-second interviews in one post!
  • "Remember the Titans" - a thoughtful racism in America/football piece staring Denzel Washington. Denzel always place the strong stoic type and doesn't disappoint in this movie either while playing a freshly appointed head coach in a newly integrated high school in Virginia. Overall, a really good flick although I really wanted to off the little girl who loved football....there was far TOO much of her sprinkled throughout the film. She was cute the first couple of times, after that she was pure annoying. On a size acceptance note, there was a really fat kid on the team...and no fat jokes were in the film other than one that the kid made himself. Amazing! B.
  • "Meet the Parents" LOOOOVE this film. It's a very funny flick about a guy meeting the parents of his girlfriend for the first time....uhhh, hence the title. :-) Anyway, the lead character can do no right when he's at the family household...if anything can go wrong, or get misinterpreted, it does. Ben Stiller, as he often does, plays the good hearted soul just a little short on luck...and because of his portrayal, we are able to feel his torment as we look into his soulful eyes. This was one of those movies where I didn't want the film to end, but like a fine box of chocolates, it eventually does. I want to see it again! A.
  • Thursday, October 05, 2000

    Well, it appears autumn is already over for Minnesota. Yes, it's about 2 months shorter than normal, but hey, that's the danger of living in this part of the US. The fall colors are peaking and what is in the weather forecast?? Snow. Snow. Snow. Not a lot of it expected here in the Twin Cities...just flurries, but in all seriousness, one flake of snow ends the pleasant autumnal season abruptly. All of a sudden it becomes winter. Throw white stuff in my face and it's suddenly winter. Hmmm...no wonder I'm not married yet...all that rice getting tossed would send me into a lifetime of winter's darkness, coldness and isolation. hehhee. I'm sure some married women would attest to that happening. ;-)

    On a different note entirely, I hope that some of you watched the first presidential debate. My Photo of the Week is regarding that debacle. For the life of me, I can't figure out why anyone would claim that GWB won the debate. He looked like an ill-informed idiot. He didn't have his facts straight, couldn't speak on his feet and focused mainly on negative attacks. Not that Gore showed himself perfectly...he seemed too much like a commercial that kept playing over and over again, although his commercial was that of a positive push. He did, however, prove that he could talk extemporaneously, unlike Bush.

    In today's world, the role of President seems to be more of a figurehead, but the difference between a pure figurehead and our President is that the President needs to make snap decisions at times. He needs to be quick enough to counter an argument sensibly among a host of other things. What I noticed the other night was that Bush is lagging in that key skill. I felt he was trying to score a sound byte rather than have a pure debate and he looked a tad like an impetuous child. I seriously feel that he was coached and coached as to what to say rather than it being a natural gift of leadership. Of course this is just my opinion and that opinion is open to change. I urge you all to make an *educated* VOTE! Al Gore's Web Site / George W. Bush's Web Site / Ralph Nader's Web Site / Harry Browne's Web site (libertarian)

    And finally, What was up with the matching outfits? Did they hire the same clothing designer as an image consultant?

    Tuesday, October 03, 2000

    OH, I nearly forgot to mention...the thumbnails with numbers are the non *captured* Snoopys in the parade. I think I got 72 or so of the little buggers with my mug next to 'em. The others were hard to find (some kept getting vandalized and sent to the repair shop...) and others I just didn't get a chance to find. C'est la vie!
    Ok, a major body of work update is afoot...no maybe it's at hand? The nose knows. Word of mouth has it that this site is getting a leg up. Anyway, keep an eye on it.

    Help! Save me from my puns!

    I know I've mentioned earlier that I've been working on a project for my site...a collection of Snoopy photos. Yes, it's raining Cats 'n' Dogs at catay.com: http://www.catay.com/cat/snoopy/. I don't want to tell you how many hours of blood and sweat went into that page. Well, of course I do...toooo many! Tracking all the damn Snoopy photos...there are 101 Snoopys in the Snoopy parade. 101 thumbnails, 101 pages, 101 hit counters, etc, etc. It doesn't have any funny lines in it, but there are some funny pictures. I'd like to put some characteristic 'fat chick' phrases on 'em, but that would mean nearly 101 funny phrases and phrankly I'm not that funny. I suppose I could give it a shot.
    You'll notice when you enter the page that it's all black, mouse around a bit to find all of the thumbnails. I hope you have a decent connection to the internet, but even with a relatively slow one, you ought to do *ok*. Anyway, enjoy!
    The fall colors captured my attention this morning. They are starting to get quite brilliant. It dawned on me while I looked out my window that the current leaf colors are similar to that of a 70's kitchen. Yes, there in my 'backyard' (ok, it's the state capital's lawn...) were all the colors of an oh, so fashionable 70's Tupperware set...burnt orange, harvest yellow and even some of the radical olive green. Of course thrown into the mix of the Tupperware colors was a Jell-o salad red. You can't have 70's Tupperware without some black cherry Jell-o. Please!
    During my drive into work, I witnessed a bush that has colors that are nearly indescribable. Best I can do is aa red-peachy-flame color. It literally glowed in the morning light. Photographs never do that color justice...it simply needs to be witnessed. Ahhhh...a wonderful time of year...

    I just got this joke via email: A Harvest Joke, how timely. :-)

    This was in the Calgary Sun ... the title of the article was "Best Comeback Line Ever." In summary, the police arrested Ward Branham, a 22-year-old white male, resident of Lethbridge, Alberta, in a pumpkin patch at 11:38 p.m. on Friday. Ward will be charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, public indecency, and public intoxication at the Calgary courthouse on Monday. The suspect explained that as he was passing a pumpkin patch he decided to stop. "You know, a pumpkin is soft and squishy inside, and there was no one around here for miles. At least I thought there wasn't," he stated in a phone interview. Ward went on to say that he pulled over to the side of the road, picked out a pumpkin that he felt was appropriate to his purposes, cut a hole in it, and proceeded to satisfy his alleged "need."
    "I guess I was just really into it, you know?" he commented with evident embarrassment.

    In the process, Ward apparently failed to notice a police car approaching and was unaware of his audience until officer Brin Taylor approached him. "It was an unusual situation, that's for sure," said officer Taylor. "I walked up to (Ward) and he's...just working away at this pumpkin." Taylor went on to describe what happened when she approached Ward. "I just went up and said, "Excuse me sir, but do you realize that you are screwing a pumpkin?"

    He froze and was clearly very surprised that I was there, and then looked me straight in the face and said,

    "A pumpkin? Damn...is it midnight already?"

    Sunday, October 01, 2000

    Two second movie review - "Almost Famous" - a wonderful coming of age flick tossed into a world of 70s rock and roll. A-. The main character's cherubic, innocent face makes the movie so much sweeter.