Monday, June 13, 2016

Rain??  Well not quite but it did drizzle and mist a lot the last few days.  It was refreshing like a nice mist on a warm Summer day but without the warm.  We need rain though unless we get 365-days of mist then we may become like Seattle and its dreary weather.  But that might be worth it if he helps our drought problem!  But just a few days of heavy rain, we would be good ... for a very short time.  What is funny, reports said thunderstorms and what happened?  Yep, nothing as expected ... weather report and reporters are pretty much useless.  Apps on your phone work just as well and hook them up to some kind of radar device.  Then it will be up to the second probably and definitely more accurate than any thing we see on TV.

Weekly Update:
It was a pretty busy week but the big part was being in a wedding on Saturday.  We had a rehearsal dinner on Wednesday at a pretty good tasty Filipino restaurant called Max's of Manila.  I did not realize how unhealthy they eat!  Everything was almost fried, lot of fat and all so tasty.  I always thought they would have a lot of fish or seafood but apparently it is mostly pork and chicken.  But it was good and then right after we spent probably another few hours at the church going through everything so it made for a pretty long evening.  But overall the wedding itself was great and fun, hope everyone had a great time too.

At the movies:
Big surprise as The Conjuring 2 takes the box office crown with 40.4 million.  Well above all expectations and we have not seen a horror film with this kind of numbers in years, especially for a sequel. Word-of-mouth is good on the film and should reach the 100 mil cume mark.  New at #2 is the video-game to movie Warcraft with 24.4 mil which is close to expectations and honestly not a bad number despite all the bad reviews.  No doubt the movie will help the game itself and bring back some players.  Coming in at #3 is Now You See Me 2 with 23 mil and right at expectations.  Fair word-of-mouth on this but some how did not bring the magic like the first one.  Big drop to #4 is "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" with another 14.8 mil, almost a 60% drop from last week.  Unfortunately will now definitely fall short of 100 mil cume for domestic.  Rounding off the top 5 is "X-Men: Apocalypse" with another 10 mil as it quickly slows down after 3 weeks in release.

Quote of the week:

"I don't have a girlfriend.  But I do know a woman who'd be mad at me for saying that." - Mitch Hedberg

Facts & Tips:

A cucumber consists of 96% water.

"I stopped caring a long time ago," Creed Bratton as Creed Bratton on the TV series "The Office."

Monday, June 06, 2016

The Longest Day

Today is the anniversary of the invasion of Normandy Beach in Paris.  This was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, turning point of World War II against the Germans.  A join effort of paratroopers and beach landings in heavy fortified coastal front, the allies broke through and made a war that had been raging nearly 5 years before end about a year later.  It is often referred to as The Longest Day because of the fighting that carried through the entire night before and the night of.  This was a marvelous triumph but could have been a huge disaster too.  Anything could have gone wrong from the weather, reinforced lines or a disarray of confusion.  Luckily, it worked.

Weekly Update:
It got warm again but then cooled enough that I was able to take a friend and his family over to Blizzard Entertainment.  It is always fun to visit Blizzard and my friend with his out of town family, they are all gamers and all had a great time, so they told me.  But I think it is true and we were able to surprise their niece who thought we were just going to drive by it and not actually go inside, see stuff and have lunch there as well.  So all in all it was a really nice day and got to meet up with my friend at Blizzard and bring new people there who are big fan of all the games they have created and produce.

At the movies:
Big surprise as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows comes in at #1 with 35.3 million for its debut.  RIGHT on expectations and unfortunately about half of the first film of this franchise reboot. Still puts this film to potentially break the 100 mil mark before it is done. Big drop to #2 is "X-Men: Apocalypse" with 22.3 mil which is a 66% difference.  Word-of-mouth and the opening of Turtles definitely made a dent in this.  It has passed the 100 mil mark but will fall very short of 200 mil cume.  New at #3 is the romantic-drama Me Before You with 18.3 mil and close to expectations as well.  Big drop to #4 is "Alice: Through the Looking Glass" with 10.7 mil and this film will fall very short of the 100 mil mark.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The Angry Birds Movie" with another 9.8 mil and pretty much done.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
One this weekend and as expected, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping coming in at #8 with only 4.6 mil.  It should end in double digits but with a struggle.

Quote of the week:
"Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do." - Voltaire

Facts & Tips:
If a sheep and a goat mate the offspring is called a geep.

"Hawaii is one of those places that keeps topping itself - just when you think you'll never see a sunset as beautiful, there comes a sunrise that even Gauguin can only imagine. It kind of makes unemployment easier to take." - Tom Selleck as Thomas Sullivan Magnum III in the TV series "Magnum, P.I."

Monday, May 30, 2016

MEMORIAL DAY EDITION

Today is Memorial Day and a moment we take to remember the veterans who served and have passed.  We should remember all veterans but I guess the ones who have already left us should get a day to themselves if not all the time.  I think most people use this days for an extra vacation and a reason to have a BBQ.  Both are great to do but also remember those who served and gave their lives so we can do things like that.  They protected these simple little freedoms, no matter how big or small they may be but their sacrifice ensured we can continue from trivial to important things.  So we should remember to take just a small moment to say thanks.

Weekly Update:
So I went to the grocery store on a weekend day and I never realized how many seniors shop during this time.  Now it could have been by coincidence but boy there was a lot.  And I noticed something else, they are pretty oblivious of their surroundings.  At least 2 or 3 times they had their shopping cards in the middle of the aisle blocking it.  One time I tried to sneak by but couldn't and they did not notice me at all.  I stood there for a solid 30 seconds and nothing so I finally said in a quiet tone, excuse me.  They looked at me like I just insulted them, moved their card begrudingly and I said in a nice tone (so I thought) "thank you very much" and squeeked by.  They watched me with such hated eyes that I made them move their cart.  I don't know what their problem was but come on people ... courtesy goes both ways.

At the movies:
Summer officially kicked off but not the box office as expected.  #1 this week, as expected, is X-Men: Apocalypse with only 65 million, well below all expectations for a holiday weekend.  Word-of-mouth is fair on this film and may not make it to a 200 mil cume mark. New at #2 is Alice Through the Looking Glass and also below expectations with only 28.1 mil and may not see the 100 mil cume mark.  Holding some ground at #3 is "The Angry Bird Movie" with another 18.7 mil and still flying along.  Big drop to #4 is "Captain America: Civil War" with another 15.1 mil and at 373 mil cume domestic gross.  Should be able to break the 400 mil cume domestic by the time it is done.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" with another 9.1 mil and I think they can finally move away now.

Quote of the week:

"I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick; I'm so mean I make medicine sick." - Muhammad Ali

Facts & Tips:

The "high five" was introduced by a professional baseball player in 1977.

"Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don't turn it off! It wasn't my war! You asked me, I didn't ask you! And I did what I had to do to win! But somebody wouldn't let us win! And I come back to the world and I see all those maggots at the airport, protesting me, spitting. Calling me baby killer and all kinds of vile crap! Who are they to protest me, huh? Who are they? Unless they've been me and been there and know what the hell they're yelling about!" - Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo in "First Blood."

Monday, May 23, 2016

The weather continues to be  ... nice!  It remained nice a cool again, in the 60's so it wasn't freezing and it wasn't hot.  I really really hope this maintains itself for the rest of the season if not the year ... but that is definitely wishful thinking.  I wish we could have some more rain, any rain actually.  But it is a big tease and the clouds just make it look like it will rain.  It sort of smells like rainy weather too but nothing.  I noticed the reservoir had some water in it, just enough to cover the bottom or the surface of the concrete.  Before it was completely dried up and you could see all kinds of trash sitting around including a shopping cart.  So, now I wonder ... where did all that trash go now?  Where did that shopping cart go?  Did it all go out to sea or did someone clean it up.  I am thinking it went out to sea or at least most of it then.  I am sure some things will get stuck.

Weekly Update:
Very sad news this week ... on Friday one of my all time favorite actors (mainly for his voice acting), Alan Young passed away.  Many know him as Wilbur from the "Mister Ed" TV show but to me, he is and always will be Scrooge McDuck.  From Mickey's A Christmas Carol to DuckTales, the mean miser but with a heart of gold under that tough exterior.  His voice was the perfect Scotsman and several years ago I did have the honor of meeting him.  At that time I did realize he was already in his late 80's because he surely did not look it.  He had other great voice credits from "Battle of the Planets," a TV series I used to watch when they re-ran them.  But, will ALWAYS be Uncle Scrooge to me.  He was 96.

At the movies:
No surprises on the #1 this week as The Angry Bird Movie flies up to the top for its debut.  However what is surprising is the gross coming in with only 39 million.  Almost half of what was projected and another video game to movie failure as the cost on this was sure to be pretty high.  Holding on to #2 is "Captain America: Civil War" with another 33 mil in its 3rd week and just shy of 350 mil.  It should surpass that sometime tomorrow though and continues to be strong.  It has now surpassed Batman/Superman which capped out at 329 mil.  New at #2 is Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising with only 21.8 mil, and well below expectations also.  Expanding and moving up to #4 is "The Nice Guys" with 11.3 mil and also below general expectation but not by much.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The Jungle Book" with another 11 mil and looks like this film will ALSO beat out Batman/Superman.

Quote of the week:

"If you don't act on life, life will act on you." - Robin Sharma

Facts & Tips:

The word "facetious" features all the vowels in alphabetical order.

"Everything is backwards now, like out there is the true world, and in here is the dream." - Sam Worthington as Jack Sully in "Avatar."

Monday, May 16, 2016

I have to say the weather for May, usually the start of Summer, has been really nice and cool.  Borderline Fall-like with a lot of cloudy skies and in the 60's which is perfect for me.  It is chilly but not cold ... I am just glad it is not hot!  Not sure if these means the rest of Summer, Fall and Winter will be really hot again.  I think we need some sort of daylight saving month and not just an hour, I feel like our calendar is off a bit and we need to adjust it.  It feels like May is April with the light drizzles in the morning and the cloudy days (April Showers) which none of that happened last month.  So May is April and April ... well April can be April I guess but it was not the usual April I guess.

Weekly Update:
I didn't realize it was May already ... it just hit me that April is over and what happened??  We are almost halfway through the year and time really does just fly by.  The terms blink-of-an-eye also comes to mind because if you think back to what happened in those past few days or weeks, it is like nothing had happened.  It is almost hypnotic in a way as you think of what you did or didn't do, who you saw or meant to see ... blink of an eye.

At the movies:
As expected and almost right on estimation, "Captain America: Civil War" holds on to #1 for a 2nd week-in-a-row with another 72.6 million and now just shy of 300 mil cume domestic.  It should get that some time tomorrow.  Also holding strong at #2 is "The Jungle Book" with another 17.8 mil in its 5th week!  Now just over the 300 mil mark and should cap out shy of 400 mil.  New at #3 is Money Monster with 15 mil and close to expectations overall.  Also new at #4 is The Darkness with only 5.2 mil and below expectations but not by much to be honest.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Mother's Day" with another 3.3 mil and that day is over.

Quote of the week:

"Don't go around saying the World owes you a living.  The World owes you nothing.  It was here first." - Mark Twain

Facts & Tips:

Sea otters hold each other's paws while sleeping so they don't drift apart.

"Wait I didn't steal anything!  I was returning something I stole!" - Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in "Ant-Man"