Wednesday, February 20, 2002

A Minnesota Zoo lizard's lunch, revisited -- Too funny. Take a peek at the Komodo Dragon's photo with the "lunch" remains. The poor stuffed animal...it looks so...ummm...sad not to mention repulsive. :-)

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

So, you're curious about where I work? Well, I can't really give that information away, but I can show you my department members: Click here. I know, you're all jealous now. :-) We were dressed up for our Mardi Gras parade. Leather was the fabric of the day. Tricycles were the mode of transport. Wheeee! Every few months my department hosts firm-wide events just to keep up morale. For instance, the past two Halloweens we've hosted a haunted house in our department. We sold tickets and donated the monies to charity. Always a hit.

This was the first time we've done Mardi Gras. I think for the faint of heart, Mardi Gras was decidedly more popular than Halloween although there were some striking similarities. Groups of people from our firm participated in a parade float contest where they had a radio flyer wagon to decorate. Of course for each float, there had to be fantastically decorated participants. We had the prom queen group, the zoo animals group and several others. The tricycles and wagons were donated to a local children's charity after the lunch hour event. Oooh...we also catered the thing with fabulous cajun-y and soulfood food from Dixie's. Ok, I know you're really jealous now. ;-)

Monday, February 18, 2002

The extraordinary Minnesota winter continues today. Highs near 55 today. Weeeehaaaa! I do wish I had President's day off...I'd go out and get a suntan! heheh. Ok, not really.

Sunday, February 17, 2002

Lots of 2nd Movie Reviews!:
  • Count of Monte Cristo -- A wonderful retelling of the classic novel...at least it seemed to be pretty dead on from what I remember of the book. I was probably only 12 when I read it, so give me a break. If you haven't read the book, I think you'll still be pretty impressed with it. Action, betrayal, love, gorgeous cinematography and other good stuff. ;-)A-
  • Mothman Prophecies -- 'Twas a genuinely creepy movie for me, but only because it was supposed to be based upon true happenings. If it was a complete fabrication, it would be a lukewarm thriller/horror. B-
  • Iris -- I saw this last night, so it hasn't had a lot of time to sink in completely. First off, the performances were phenomenal...even the performance of Kate Winslet's boobs was wonderful too. :-) It's a fairly quick and overwhelmingly sad look at alzheimer's toll upon a brilliant mind, Iris Murdoch. Of course the main thrust, aside from the illness, is a frank reflection of Iris's life's loves. Pretty powerful stuff. A-
  • John Q -- Was this supposed to be a made for TV movie?? It was flat, silly and pretty insulting to the audience. Denzel pulled a decent performance out of a rotten script. D
  • Brotherhood of the Wolf -- There are so many levels to this film...I don't think I could tell ya the "genre" and be 100% dead on. I guess it's got a little bit of everything for everyone?! :-) Martial arts, humor, horror, suspense, murder mystery? It's got it all and does each pretty well. It's got subtitles for those of ya who don't know french, so if that's not your thang, wait until the DVD with dubbing comes out. A-

Friday, February 08, 2002

I'm a wee bit behind on my Two Second Movie reviews. Hopefully I'll be able to write 'em up this evening or tomorrow. Movies to be reviewed: Count of Monte Cristo, Mothman Prophecies. There may be another, but right now, I'm drawing a blank. Grrr.

Sunday, February 03, 2002

I watched the tail end of the "Man Show" on television tonight. I've seen snippets of it before, and from what I understand, they have hot chicks dancing 'round in pretty much every show. Cool enough...lots of guys dig that. One thing caught my attention tonight. I noticed that at the end, the cheerleaders and other girls were bouncing on a trampoline. Up and down and doing splits, etc. What amazed me was that the chicks they had doing it didn't have enough flesh to make much point of the trampoline motion. Their breasts were small or implants and didn't have any "motion to the ocean" if ya get my drift. No bouncing up nor down other than with the body. No real thigh waves, nothing. Their hair flew and had lovely movement, but that's it. I then started to wonder if origination of the titilation with women on trampolines didn't start at some point with women who had enough flesh to actually "JIGGLE"? Dunno.

Saturday, February 02, 2002

30% of Minnesotans Earn Less than $10/hr -- I don't know how people can live on that. I know that many moons ago I lived on 6.50/hr, but that was in the late 80s to early 90s. I don't know how I made it through on that little amount even back then. How do people do it now? $10/hr? I suppose most of those people are working more than one job, living at home with their 'rents or bunking up with several roommates. Renting a one bedroom in the Twin Cities is averaging close to $800 if you want to live in a decent place in an ok neighborhood. What's even more shocking 'bout the initial statistic is that 62,000 workers in my state are making $5.15/hr or the minimum wage in the country. I *really* don't know how a typical adult could afford to live on that. I sincerely hope those are just teenagers trying to make some money to buy a nice set of CDs to add to their collection. At that wage, they couldn't even rent the $800 apartment on their own. Dunno why I had to post this aside from the fact that I had to gripe *and* count my blessings.