Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr Edition

A great man once said he had a dream ... but in this day and age that dream seems to have tarnished quiet a bit and faded drastically.  As we prepare for the next regime change, we are clearly heading into a new dark ages and the once era of healing and growth will no doubt be of mass division and decline.  The words of the wise no longer resonate as they once did and upheaval will be in store for the next 4-years if it lasts that long. Things have changed already but nothing that helps America whatsoever ... it is a new dark ages and this man's dream will be pushed to the wayside.


Weekly Update:

I've been visiting the parks more often this year ... Disneyland Park there is and went in 3 times so far this year!  Well, twice was to visit someone and the latest time was to say good-bye to a co-worker who recently left the company and Tuesday was their last day.  It was a sad but happy visit at the same time.  She was awesome to work with and her laugh was always so infectious.  I was able to learn so much from them and now I am a department of one.  It used to be four people in what I did but as time went, people left and we weren't able to back-fill except when I came on board.  But now, just me ... well, hopefully I can hold the fort down till more are able to come on board.

At the movies:
A lot of changes this weekend post-Golden Globes but nothing to surprising.  Rising up to #1, after being neck-and-neck for it last week, is "Hidden Figures" with 20.5 mil and now tracking to possibly hit 100 mil cume domestic.  After its many wins at the Globes, coming in at #2 is "Lala Land" with 14.5 mil and solid to hit 100 mil cume when it is said and done.  Holding on to #3 is "Sing" with another 13.8 mil and continues to hum along.  Dropping down to #4 is "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" with another 13.8 mil as it is now just shy of 500 mil cume and should hit that in a day.  Rounding off the top 5 is new comer The Bye Bye Man with 13.4 mil to open and exactly on predictions for this film.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Two this week, up first is Monster Trucks at #7 with only 10.5 mil and slightly below expectations.  Word-of-mouth is very weak on this film so pretty much out of the races.  Coming in at #8 is Sleepless with only 8.5 mil and right around expectations.

Quote of the week:
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Facts & Tips:

Strawberries have an average of 200 seeds.

"That's what you think, buster. She was a genuine witch. Everybody knows she used to lure men to her house just to kill them. Why she even let her cats lick their bones after she got done with them." - Cody Linley as Spit McGee in "My Dog Skip."

Monday, January 09, 2017

GOLDEN GLOBES EDITION

Sunday was the 74th Annual Golden Globes celebrating the best in Film, TV and the music that accompany them.  This is my favorite award show of the season and the first one to kick them off.  I like it the most because encompasses more than just film or actors or TV but all of it.  Not to mention all the parties with the different studios are all in the same area so its easy and handy to get around and make the multiple stops.  But it is a great show and never really disappoints as others have.

Weekly Update:
While at the Golden Globes I managed to get a few pictures, not as many as I usually get but still something and I think all good ones:

*Reggie Lee - from "Tropic Thunder" and an awesome guy!
*Jimmy Yang - from the TV show "Silicon Valley" and a very cool guy!
*Mykelti Williamson - best known as Bubba from "Forrest Gump" and a nice guy.
*Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa- currently in "The Man in the High Castle" and an outstanding guy!
*Jason Schwartzman - from "The Darjeeling Limited" and a super nice guy!
*Liam Cunningham - from "Game of Thrones" and a very patient and nice guy!
*Nikolaj Coster-Waldau - from "Game of Thrones" and a very mellow guy.
*Diego Luna - from the recent "Rogue One" and a nice guy.
*Eddie Redmayne - award winner and all around super cool guy!

At the movies:
Another week of no surprises as "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" continues at #1 with another 22 million and past 450 mil cume.  On its way to break half a billion domestic.  Expanding and new at #2 being wide is "Hidden Figures" with 21.8 mil.  Higher than anticipated and should do pretty well over all. Down to #3 is "Sing" with 19.6 mil extra and just past 200 mil cume for this late animated holiday film.  New at #4 is Underworld: Blood Wars with 13.1 mil and right on expectations.  Rounding off the top 5 is "La La Land" rising up the ranks and making 10 mil.  With all the Globe wins last night, it is sure to get a boost in the next couple of weeks.

Quote of the week:
"Common sense is not so common." - Voltaire

Facts & Tips:
There is a museum of strawberries in Belgium.

"I'm the senior officer next to the captain." - Holly Robinson Peete as Officer Judy Hoffs in the TV series "21 Jump Street."

Monday, January 02, 2017

NEW YEARS EDITION

Another year passed and a new one upon us ... yet its just another weekend and day for me.  I did work New Year's Eve but was off by the afternoon.  However I still had to work the next day on New Year's Day.  So, it was just another day, staying in and trying to keep the dogs calm.  This and 4th of July are bad days for animals and I hope people remembered to keep they in doors so they don't freak out and try to run away.  That is sad they get so disorientated and distracted they have no idea where they are or where they are going.  By the time it is over, they are completely lost.  Its a day to be safe but not just for humans, for every one.

Weekly Update:
This week has been a devastating one.  Not just in the world in general but for the entertainment industry and all associated with it.  We have lost several greats this year but in one week we lost two of what I would consider Hollywood Royalty.

On Tuesday our Intergalactic Princess passed away after suffering from a heart attach on her way back from London.  Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia from the Star Wars franchise passed at the age of 60.  She had lead a very hard life in this business and the dark side that came with it of drugs.  She was also known as a writer and and played the interests in one my favorite films, "The Blues Brothers."  She leaves us with legacy of works that will last generations as it so far has proven to do so already from the first Star Wars in 1977.

On Wednesday, the very next day, her mother had a stroke.  Better known as Debbie Reynolds who is a silver screen icon.  She was rushed to the hospital where she later passed away.  She was 84.  One of my other favorites is "Singing in the Rain" where she placed opposite the late great Gene Kelly and the multi-talented Donald O'Connor.  If Carrie was a Princess, she certainly was our Queen.  Of the principle cast from that film, she was the last surviving member of an amazing trio.

Our Hollywood Royal Family lost two amazing icons ...

At the movies:
No surprises the last holiday weekend of 2016 as "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" continues its domination at the box office earning another 63.3 million for the 4-day weekend.  It is now over 400 mil domestic for just 3 weeks and should get over 500 in 2 to 3 weeks at this rate.  Currently this places the film #2 in top grossing films of 2016  right behind "Finding Dory" and gives Disney 6 of the top 10 spots as well, 4 of the top 5 alone!  Gaining a bit at #2 is "Sing" with another 56.4 mil and closing in at 200 mil, could have that next week.  Hanging around at #3 is "Passengers" with another 20.7 mil and struggling to break that 100 mil mark.  Still in there at #4 is "Moana" with another 14.3 mil as it breaks 200 mil cume.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Why Him?" earning 13 mil for its 2nd week.

Quote of the week:
"Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years." - Ausonius

Facts & Tips:
In one day, a full-grown oak tree expels 7 tons of water through its leaves.

"Don't you get it, man? We're all losers! Everyone in this school! Hell, everyone in this town! Out of all the kids who graduate, maybe half will go to college, and two will leave the state to do it! I'm not afraid to be called a loser because I can accept that's what I am." - Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson in the TV series "Glee."

Monday, December 26, 2016

CHRISTMAS EDITION

RAIN!!!  We had some rain this week and it was glorious!  Just about 2 days of it but it was solid rain and went through the day and night.  I drove by the riverbed the other night and saw patches of water in there.  I mean it wasn't covering the surface but it was patches!!!  Its a start, now if we can just get more please and see some flowing water in there, that would be a miracle!  But it did feel good to see, hear and feel the rain.  More rain more rain more rain ... gah, need it so badly.  And it felt a little like winter.

Weekly Update:
Saturday was Christmas Eve and Sunday X-Mas Day ... not sure when the last time that happened it fell on a weekend but honestly to me, it just felt like a regular weekend.  In fact, I worked both days and I honestly thought Sunday was Friday because of the holiday, it confused me.  But started a new tradition of a McRib (if I am working) for dinner and it was delicious.  They will be gone again soon but that is good with me.  I had my fill of them so I am glad they are seasonal. It is almost like eggnog, I can only have a cup a year which I didn't have any this time around ... or Turkey this year ... how sad.

At the movies:
No surprise this holiday weekend as "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" remains #1 with an extra 96.1 million and now just past 300 mil cume.  In route to a solid 500 mil domestic cume when it is said and done.  New at #2 is Sing with a nice holiday weekend of 76.7 mil. For the weekend it did 56.1 mil which is above expectations.  New at #3 is Passengers with a weekend total of 23.1 mil and right on target.  Also new at #4 is Why Him? with 16.7 mil and also right on target.  Rounding off the top 5 is Assassin's Creed with 15 mil and just below expectations and this video-game based film will fizzle out quickly.

Quote of the week:
"Christmas is the day that holds all time together." - Alexander Smith

Facts & Tips:
A camel can drink 25 gallons of water in less than three minutes.

"Jeez. Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?  Oh, I forgot ... you don't." - Nicki Aycox as Meg Masters in "Supernatural."

Monday, December 19, 2016

Baby its cold outside ... as the song goes and it sure is!  I don't think I have seen the temperatures drop to close to 30 before but they have!  Now if we can just get some rain, maybe it could be snow?  That would be a first, for me anyway.  Have had hail before but that was decades ago.  The mountains could use some snow which will be some water for us later.  But I am not sure how people here would react if it did snow!  Traffic would become an utter halt and others would simply freak out.  Snow chains are not readily sold stores around here so that would be interesting.  I bet a lot would get them because that is all they know about when it snows, chains on tires.  But what they fail to realize is that snow melts to make water and if it just covers the ground, chains may not be necessary.  Sure icing can happen but we don't even have any snow yet!  A step at a time I guess.

Weekly Update:
The week before Christmas and the drivers are out in force ... crazy!  I have seen so many insane people just simply not paying attention.  Over 5 red lights ran, speeding through to beat a red light, cutting people off on the street both cars and pedestrians.  It is simply not safe out there! Take your time and relax folks.  I don't think the first item on your holiday list is to get a ticket or deal with auto insurance because of a fender bender that could have been avoided.  I mean just an extra minute or maybe just 30 seconds can be a huge difference from getting to your destinations safely or simply not at all.  Slow down, look around you and hey, remember what the season is all about ... some kindness and courtesy.

At the movies:
No surprise this weekend as the off-shoot story of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes #1 with a hefty 155 million to open.  A bit low from expectations but solid word-of-mouth that should carry it to over 500 mil domestic cume when it is all said and done.  Holding ground at #2 is "Moana" with an extra 11.7 mil and crawling to reach 200 mil but should get it eventually.  Holding at #3 is "Office Christmas Party" with another 8.5 mil and this party should be ending soon.  New at #4 is Collateral Beauty with 7 mil to open and well below expectations.  The counter-programming didn't work for this one.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" with 5 mil more and breaking the 200 mil mark domestic.

Quote of the week:
"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens

Facts & Tips:
A tankless water heater uses half the energy of a standard model.

"Well, it was a great twelve minutes." - Marieh Delfino as Rhonda Truitt in "Jeepers Creepers II."