Monday, October 09, 2017

Warm days and very cool nights ... Our weather has slightly shifted yet again to warm days with breezes though.  Was around the low 80's to high 70's which is OK but what made it bearable was the breeze ... ahhh the breeze.  Then at night it would dip to the 60's which was very nice!  I wonder if this Winter season we will see heavy rains again?  The river beds are already dried up again and no flow from the mountains that I can see so ... yep, we need it!  Hope it gets colder and we get some water soon ... very soon.

Weekly Update:
This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to be at the "Blade Runner 2049" premiere to work the carpet but at the last minute they had cancelled it due to the events in Las Vegas. But overall the night was still good and I waited till the movie was over to escort the person I was there for but they decided to leave early.  I went ahead to the party anyway to get some food and got to meet some people ...

*Adam Savage - best known from "Mythbusters" and a very cool guy
*Mackenzie Davis - best known from "Halt and Catch Fire," and super sweet.
*Ana de Armas - will be best known from this film and she was nice.
*Thomas Middleditch - best known from the show "Silicon Valley" and a nice guy.

At the movies:
The future is now ... Blade Runner 2049 takes top honors this weekend with a fair 31.5 and right on expectations! Reviews are good for the film but it has a long away to go if it wants to break 100 mil which it may not with this opening.  New at #2 is The Mountain Between Us with 10.1 mil, also right on predictions for this drama.  Dropping down to #3 is "It" with another 9.7 mil as it now surpasses the 300 mil cume mark.  New at #4 is My Little Pony with 8.8 mil and also very close to expectations but slightly shy.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" with another 8.1 mil and won't make it to 100 mil after all.

Quote of the week:

"I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster and leaves less room for lies." - Le Corbusier



Facts & Tips:
The spotted skunk does a handstand to warn off its enemies before it sprays its stench.

""Look up in the sky, see?" - Sam Huntington as Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns

Monday, October 02, 2017

Las Vegas Edition

Last night a crazy gunman opened fire with automatic and semi-automatic weapons from the Mandalay Bay hotel into a nearby lot/parking area where a concert was being performed.  At least 50 people were killed and dozens more wounded.  Watching some of the videos that emerged from the night, you would not believe this was happening in the US but some area in war-torn Afghanistan.  Seeing people on the ground, running around and then an eruption of automatic fire.  Simply shocking and unbelievable that this could happen but it did.

Weekly Update:
Australia sure has a lot of crazy things that come out of it ... from their yeast, nasty tasting paste they put on toast ... vita-mix? Or something like that, to other crazy things like the size of their beer cans.  I might have mentioned this before but Tim Tams!  These are completely contradictory to anything else that has come out of that country!  This is such a delicious treat, how did they create this crunchy tasty thing??  But if I did bring them up before, the reason they are here again is I found the mother-lode!!!  They were at the 99 cent store and I bought 10 the first time and then 4 more the next day.  I would have gotten more but my freezer is out of room.  Why get so many?  These normally sell for about $5 a container and on sale its around $3 plus.  So for a dollar?!?  BUY BUY BUY and freeze them.  So good!

At the movies:
A bit of a shake-up this week ... re-claiming the number 1 spot is "It" with a mild 17.3 mil but so close to 300 mil cume for domestic.  It should have that by this coming weekend or very close to it.  New at #2 is American Made with 17 mil, slightly below expectations.  Sizable drop to #3 is "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" with 17 mil and unfortunately unlikely to hit 100 mil cume.  Slight drop to #4 is "Lego Ninjago" with an extra 12 mil as the bricks come apart on this.  New and rounding off the top 5 is Flatliners with only 6.7 mil and below estimations however not surprising.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week, in at #9 is Til Death Do Us Part with only 1.5 mil and under expectations but not by much!

Quote of the week:
"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Facts & Tips:
The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.

"Stinking kings ruining everything!" - Ryan Ochoa as Lanny in "Disney's Pair of Kings."

Monday, September 25, 2017

Cold and hot, rain and sunny ...

We sure don't know what is going on here with our weather.  In this past week it felt like we went through all the seasons in a year (Or what you would consider normal seasons).  Early in the week it was cool and crisp, like Fall.  Then it got colder and had some rain with clouds, like Winter.  Then it started to get a bit warmer, cloudy and nice ... just like Spring.  Finally, it end of the weekend heated up and got in the 80's again ... just like a cooler Summer.  How can this go so drastic from Monday to Sunday?

Weekly Update:
I discovered this new place down the street from me called Noodle St. What makes this place pretty cool is they make their own noodles there, almost made to order.  I am sure they pre-make some but are fresh daily.  Everything there was so good but the highlight was they have onion pancakes!!  I love these things, they are so tasty and oily ... delicious.  I could do without the oil but don't mind it since its usually sesame oil.  But I can eat a pile of these things.  I also like it when they take beef and role it with the pancake.  Just have to ask no cilantro because traditionally they put a whole of it in there!  It over powers everything  you don't taste the pancake and you wonder if there is even meat in it!  But glad they are near by and not to badly priced I can swing by and get some of my favorite onion pancake!

At the movies:
New #1 this week as Kingsman: The Golden Circle earns a decent 39 million.  Almost right on target and as projected.  Drop down to #2 is "It" with an extra 30 mil as it continues to close in at that 300 mil cume, could be a few more weeks.  New at #3 is Lego Ninjago earning 21.3 mil, slightly close to predictions on this but does not seem to matter as merchandise sales will get a big bump for Lego.  Holding on to #4 is "American Assassin" with 6.3 mil more as it slowly fades out.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Home Again" with 3.3 mil, probably the last time we see it.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as Friend Request comes in at #7 with only 2.4 mil and no surprises on that one.

Quote of the week:
"The science of today is the technology of tomorrow." - Edward Teller

Facts & Tips:
China is large enough to cover about five separate time zones, but only has one national time zone since the Chinese Civil War in 1949.

"I guess I don't know how to speak cheerleader!" - Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez in "High School Musical."

Monday, September 18, 2017

POST 9-11 Tribute

Last Monday was the anniversary of 9/11 and the attacks at the World Trade Centers in New York City, Pentagon and the failed attempt of another airline in PA.  It wasn't forgotten but another event was transpiring, Hurricane Irma and its potential mass destruction.  Now, we can take just a moment to reflect back and remember that day, that event and the moments right after.  I do remember it very well hearing it on the clock radio as it was happening and listening to the DJ's talk about not knowing what they were talking about.  With each snooze the news was all the same and that was unusual because you think its a bit of some kind and it lasts for just a segment.  Later realize what was going on, turned on the news and watched the events transpired and just in complete awe.  Not a morning I will soon forget and haven't.

Weekly Update:
What the heck did I do this week?  Did I do anything?  One thing I know I didn't do was get sleep!  Lot of sleepless nights and all I want to do right now is do what this puppy is doing ... sleeping without a care or worry.  I can't even get a nap for more than 5 minutes or so which is odd because I never could nap before!  I guess I have gotten so tired, I just slightly fall asleep and then wake up moments later realizing I fell asleep!  Oh puppies ... if we can all be like them for just a short time a day, or just a week.  That would be so ... nice.

At the movies:
As expected, a soft weekend with "It" taking the crown at #1 for the 2nd weekend in a row.  Adding another 60 million to its total and over 200 mil cume domestic.  On pace to break 300 mil by the time its said and done.  New at #2 is American Assassin with 14.8 mil, right on projections.  New at #3 is mother! with 7.5 mil and also right on track as expected.  Dropping down to #4 is "Home Again" with another 5.3 mil and home isn't a place to go anymore for this one.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The Hitman's Bodyguard" with an extra 3.6 mil as this one will fade off next week.

Quote of the week:

"You can find peace amidst the storms that threaten you." - Joseph B. Wirthlin

Facts & Tips:
Wombat droppings are cube-shaped.

"Come on, mate, we ain't got all day.  It's not recreational, it's not meant to be a hobby, just get it up there.  Close the door behind ya." - Russell Brand as Aldous Snow in "Get him to the Greek."

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hurricane Watch!

Hurricane Irma hit Florida yesterday and the destruction is only starting as it will carry on for another day up the state.  Some of the smaller islands in the Caribbean are almost completely gone, as much as 90% destruction.  The last hurricane the state suffered with a lot of damage was Andrew back in the 90's.  Irma is at least 3x bigger if not more so her destructive power is also that much more.  Right now it is still running its course and there was a state wide evacuation call.  Completely insane but there is no such things as global warming and Irma is just special effects (sarcasm in case it wasn't clear).  All the theme parks in Florida were closed for at least Sunday and today, unsure if it will extend or not depending on the speed of Irma.  Hope all are safe out there!

Weekly Update:
It started off looking like a busy week.  Then it became a slow week because a bunch of meetings got cancelled.  Now that I don't mind that but at the same time these are pretty useful meetings so hopefully the information won't double up this coming week.  But most of the time I don't care for meetings if they have little content and really just to have them.  I have other things I could be doing or being more productive.  So when a good meeting gets cancelled, that is kind of a bummer but it happens.  Although I will say the times I had to travel for a meeting, 99% of those were such a waste of time and money to just meet someone when it could have been done over the phone or with today's technology, video conferencing.  Those I do not understand.

At the movies:
What a weekend!!  BIG win for both WB and the box office as "IT" comes in at #1 with a HUGE 117.2 million to open, shattering all expectations.  Reviews are good to fair with some saying it was not scary as they had hoped.  But at this rate, sure to break 300 mil unless it drops drastically.  New and at a very distance 2nd is "Home Again" with only 9.3 mil and very close to expectations on that one.  Quick burn out and I guess you can't go home again.  Dropping down to #3 is "The Hitman's Bodyguard" with 4.9 mil more.  Despite being #1 for three weeks it won't break the 100 mil cume ceiling.  Holding at #4 is "Annabelle: Creation" with an extra 4 mil as it inches closer and closer to 100 mil.  I guess WB should stick to the horror genre for a bit.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Wind River" with 3.2 mil and will quickly fade out.

Quote of the week:
"The past cannot be cured." - Elizabeth I

Facts & Tips:
The hippopotamus has the capacity to remain underwater for as long as give minutes.

"You ain't got nothing left here but enemies in the Junior League. You done burned every bridge there is. And you ain't never gonna get another man in this town, everybody know that. So don't walk your white butt to New York, run it!" - Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson in "The Help."