Monday, August 21, 2017

Cool down!!  Finally had a cooler week this week but what was even better, the nights were chilly!  And I like that so I can get under the covers and snuggle up. I still don't need a jacket and can wear shorts so its not cold, just chilly.  Not sure but I would guess mid 60's maybe.  That is kind of perfect although I wouldn't mind putting on a jacket since I have so many but no reason to wear them out!  Now if we can just work on the days and get those 20 degrees cooler, that would be awesome.  I mean it isn't super hot, just warm but a lot cooler than it was a few weeks ago during that 100 degree heat wave.  At least it felt 100 but we had humidity which isn't like us to have at all.  Not sure where it came from but its not part of our weather-cycle.  Sure we get fires and earthquakes; and our seasons are Summer, Earthquake, Summer and Fire.

Weekly Update:

So I went to Gen BBQ again this week and they finally had their official grand opening!  The prices were the same during as the soft opening so I am wondering if they will change soon.  I have been told other Gen BBQ's are about $10 more for dinner but I like the $20.99 price so far!  If it changes, I may not be eager to go again till a very long time.  Right now it is well worth the price but not sure for $29.99, that is iffy since it doesn't include basic drinks like soda.  If it did, then possibly still worth it.  Flavors are comparable to other places but the slices of bacon are extra thick which I have never seen before.  Atmosphere is really nice, kind of trendy but not over the top.  Every table is well lite so you can see what you are eating.  I really do hope they keep the price where it is at or even $24.99 I would go for.  So much delicious foods.

At the movies:
A new #1 at the box office as The Hitman's Bodyguard earns a fair 21.6 million.  Right on expectations but not much for a long term box office.  Drop down to #2 is "Annabelle: Creation" with another 10.5 mil as it looks like it will fall short of 100 mil for domestic.  New at #3 is Logan Lucky with only 8 mil to open and also right at expectations.  This should be a fast burn at the box office as well.  Holding on to #4 is "Dunkirk" with an extra 6.7 mil as it tries to reach 200 mil cume but unlikely it will.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" with another 5.1 mil and also quickly burning out for the Summer season.

Quote of the week:

"The greatest remedy for anger is delay." - Lucious Annaeus Seneca

Facts & Tips:
In Denmark, citizens have to select baby names from a list of 7,000 government-approved names.

"There are no red lights during car chases!" - Jamie Chung as Go Go in "Big Hero 6."

Monday, August 14, 2017

So the weather report said rain was coming this week ... it lied.  NO rain showed up and I was sad.  It was pretty cloudy but still would liked to have some water from the skies.  How is our weather so inaccurate all the time??  I've mentioned this before, don't we possess the technology to be some what accurate than way off?  I know you can't be so precise but come on, be within the ballpark at least.  I kind of feel like with our global warming situation (yes, it is true and if you believe otherwise than I am sure the world is flat to you too), it is causing not only this odd weather pattern we are having and not just hear but globally.  But its causing quicker shifts in weather and such. Is that why its getting harder to predict the weather or the degree of certainty is so off still when it should be so much better??

Weekly Update:
So in a couple of Monday's the biggest solar eclipse will take place that hasn't been in seen in decades.  I guess where I live is in the optimal spot for it but still will get some of its effects.  A  lot of warnings on how to view it.  I think I will just stay inside and watch it on TV later.  But what is an eclipse?  Basically when the moon passes in front of the Sun blocking it out.  We have them all the time but mostly partial ones or where we won't see in the States but other parts of the world can.  This will be one the US will get the full effect of it across from coast-to-coast.  Some will get it fully than others though but North America in general.  Should be interesting to see how dark it does get and for how long.

At the movies:
A new #1 scares its way to the top as Annabelle: Creation earns a hefty 35 million for its debut.  Above all expectations and good word-of-mouth on this film and might bring it to 100 mil, next week will be the telling factor.  Slight drop to #2 is "Dunkirk" with another 11.4 mil as it slows down but continues to get award buzz.  New at #3 is The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature earning only 8.9 mil which was expected.  Big drop to #4 is "The Dark Tower" with another 7.9 mil and a quick burn off.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The Emoji Movie" with an extra 6.6 mil and also another quick burn amidst very bad reviews.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as The Glass Castle comes in at #9 earning 4.9 mil, not a surprise in this number and almost at expectations.

Quote of the week:
"If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm." - Vince Lombardi

Facts & Tips:
In Athens, Greece, a driver's license can be taken away by law if the driver is deemed either unbathed or poorly dressed.

"You are no 'king'." - Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo in the series "Game of Thrones."

Monday, August 07, 2017

Still seeing a heat wave going on with no end in sight.  Drinking a lot of water but mostly trying to stay indoors with AC!  I hate running the AC at home because it is pretty costly but then I will sweat by doing nothing and that seems pretty illogical to me.  What if we had personal AC units built into a suit that runs water thus cooling the body ... like the movie "Dune" and still suits.  But I guess that isn't really for cooling but more for water supply and re-purposing ... Ok then how about a cooling bed that you lay in like a coffin and then you can nap and stay in a temperature controlled stasis ... but then I guess that can be very unconformable  for a lot of people.  Well, I am out of ideas then.

Weekly Update:
Not much of a week, nothing exciting or worth while happened to think of.  Was a normal work week I guess in general.  I did try to sleep some and go to bed earlier but that never happened.  I think I accidentally fell asleep at the keyboard once not realizing I had done that.  I didn't remember what I was doing before and just kept doing what I was doing.  I know that didn't make sense but trust me, it does in my head!  Well, the struggle continues to get some rest or sleep.  I might take a vacation day because I am maxed out.

At the movies:
Pretty soft box office weekend as The Dark Tower takes top honors with only a 19.5 million opening.  Reviews are middle of the road but this comic-book adaptation didn't hit.  Slightly below expectations but a sign the Summer could be over.  Slight drop to #2 is "Dunkirk" with an extra 17.6 mil and slowly down as well.  Big drop at #3 is "The Emoji Movie" with another 12.4 mil and quickly getting the sad face.  Slight drop to #4 is "Girls Trip" earning 11.4 mil more as it closes in on 100 mil.  Reachable for this film but could take a bit more time. New and rounding off the top 5 is Kidnap with 10.2 mil and actually right at expectations.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one but it really was an expansion.  In at #8 is Detroit for its 2nd week and earns 7.3 mil, slight below expectations but more of an award contender for the newly formed distribution company.

Quote of the week:
"When ambition ends, happiness begins." - Thomas Merton

Facts & Tips:
George Washington protected his beloved horses from losing their teeth by making sure they were brushed regularly.

"You and the truth, sitting in prison, having three meals a day together. I live in the presence of great truth..." - Theresa Russell as Emma Marko in "Spider-Man 3."

Monday, July 31, 2017

Another heat wave is upon us, more humidity!  We continue to suffer from the heat, close to 100 degrees which is kind of semi-normal.  But this humidity is not!  We are not that kind of area that gets this kind of weather.  The air is so heavy and thick to breath, you have to shower a few times a day if you keep going out.  It really is miserable weather.  The nights are cooling down but not till way later like after 9 PM which is also unusual.  The temps drop to the 70's at night which is still a little bit warmer than normal but the big thing, the humidity cuts away so that is the big saving grace there.  But as mentioned before, all that water we received earlier this year, a lot of that has dried up already and I am sure we are back to almost a drought situation or will be soon.

Weekly Update:
So the other day I was watching this video and the background song was so catchy.  Now it was in Chinese but the tune was very mesmerizing to me!  So, I found it and bought it on iTunes and its called Sorry Boss by Namewee.  I don't know what they are saying but who cares, the tune is very toe-tapping as they would say and I can listen to it over and over again!  I heard another of their songs, its almost like an alternative pop band but in Chinese.  I guess I would compare it to like Blink meets Maroon 5?  I don't know but I do love this song.

At the movies:
No big surprises this week but some movies did fall short.  Still holding ground at #1 is "Dunkirk" with another 28.1 mil as it just surpasses the 100 mil cume.  Still solid reviews overall and still an award contender this season.  New at #2 is The Emoji Movie earning 25.7 mil and about on target.  Reviews are poor on this so could be a very quick run.  New at #3 is Atomic Blonde with 18.6 mil, slightly below expectations but not by much.  Good reviews so it might have a bit more legs to run on.  Holding at #4 is "Spider-Man: Homecoming" with another 13.5 mil as it closes in at 300 mil.  Still a little bit to go but should see it within the next 2 weeks if not less.  Rounding off the top 5 is "War for the Planet of the Apes" with another 10.4 mil as it reached 100 mil cume recently and may drop out very soon.

Quote of the week:

"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues." - Abraham Lincoln

Facts & Tips:

Norway once knighted a penguin.

"and that should protect in case of a giant squid attack." - Geno Segers as Mason Makoola in "Disney's Pair of Kings."

Monday, July 24, 2017

The AC is a god-send ... who ever invented the ability to control the temperature inside an enclosed place is a genius!  I wonder how it started?  A fan of some kind with a block of ice behind it?  That must have been poor air flow ... of course the ice in front of the fan would work either unless it was bouncing off and going backwards.  Now, if we can find an more efficient way of saving electricity for these devices, that would be the next miracle we need.  I mean these things are great but we haven't been able to figure out its power usage without being so high!  Well, step one I guess.

Weekly Update:

I have some good food this week!  I usually don't talk about foods but why not because it was a week of delicious!  So one of my favorite foods is a gyro, with the sliced lamb/beef and tzatziki sauce! So good!  I tend to not get tomatoes and onions because they kind of take away from the meat.  Or the onions at least do but just plain and simple of pita, meat and sauce is the best way to go.  So on top of that had some delicious meat balls in some sort BBQ sauce, a real delicious home made mac & cheese and potato meat balls!  I ate well and I loved it all!

At the movies:
Big surprises and also some expected this past weekend.  First up is a new #1 this weekend as Dunkirk lands at #1 earning 50 million.  Solid number and solid reviews should carry this to some award season gold this year. New at #2 is Girls Trip with an unexpected 30.4 mil to open.  Could be a fast burn but still a great box office to start with.  Dropping down to #3 is "Spider-Man: Homecoming" with 22 mil and now at 250 mil domestic and may fall short of 300.  Big drop to #4 is "War for the Planet of the Apes" with 20.4 mil and shy of 100 mil which it should reach in just a couple more days.  New at #5 is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with 17 mil to open and almost spot on expectations.

Quote of the week:

"Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction." - Anne Frank

Facts & Tips:

In the U.S., all interstates highways that run east to west are even-numbered.

"Tell me of your homeworld, Usul." - Sean Young as Chani in "Dune."