Monday, March 16, 2015


Finally some cool weather and a few drops of rain but not enough, it is never enough.  We need Noah and the Ark type of rain to get us out of this drought and bring us into a surplus but of course I am exaggerating.  But it is not too far from the truth!  If our Winter is any indication of what Summer will be like, we are screwed.  Rivers are so low as well as any reserves (if any) are near empty.  The aqua ducts ... are they still called that?  Those are bone try and in fact, I think plants grow there which is weird because you have to wonder where the water is coming from to keep them hydrated!  Oh where or where is our rain.


Weekly Update:
I may have ranted about this before what is wrong with people who are making left turns on a green light.  Ok, if it is a green light without a red green arrow, you can out into the middle of the street, say a car length out and wait to be able to make the turn.  I hate it when people wait at the line as if waiting for a red light to turn green because as soon as it that light goes yellow, then you are too far back to let the 2-car rule happen!  Two car rule meaning that two cars can make that turn before it goes completely red.  Come on people!!!  It is so annoying and it also continues the traffic with one less car being able to turn because it backs up the rest of the line by one if two cars could have went.  Seriously.

At the movies:
As expected and at #1, the new Princess takes the crown as Cinderella earns a hefty 70.1 million for it's debut and well above expectations.  Fair word-of-mouth on the film but should bring it past the 100 mil mark by mid-week.  New at #2 is the action film Run All Night with 11.2 mil almost spot on with expectations.  Slight drop to #3 is "Kingsman: The Secret Service" with another 6.2 mil and passes the 100 mil mark.  Drop to #4 is "Focus" with an extra 5.8 mil and it struggles to reach the 50 mil mark.  Rounding off the top 5 with a big drop is "Chappie" with another 5.8 mil and all around major box office disappointment.

Quote of the week:
"The true enemy of a revolutionary is a liberal." - Abby Hoffman

Facts & Tips:
In Germany, the shhh sound literally means hurry up.

"Diana has put away her bosom. Apollo has lifted his skirt. The day has been launched." - Joe Lo Truglio as Kuzzik in "Role Models"

Monday, March 09, 2015

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME!! edition

Did you remember to set your clocks ahead an hour?  I did, I wish I didn't but I did.  As always, we lost an hour of sleep or day time by setting our clocks ahead one hour so now we will get more daylight in the evening or something.  Who knows, I just thing we need to keep going back an hour every 6 months so eventually we will have dinner at noon and breakfast at 7PM.  Eventually it will go full circle but it would mix things up!

Weekly Update:
It is so hot, why?  WHY?!  I mean it was not Summer hot but it was still warm for being end of Winter and the beginning of Spring.  The weather here simply does not make sense anymore and it feels like it is a on-going problem.  I know we have no means to control the weather but we can still control our consumption.  I am not a big fan of the desert motif for a garden but I think grass is more resilient than we are made to believe and we can water less perhaps.  My gardner had the water going off every night and that seemed like such a waste so he finally adjusted it and I think it goes off every other night and maybe even 1 every 3 nights which would be great.  I do not have much to water in the backyard so it should be OK.

At the movies:
Adjusted for Daylight Saving Time yet?  Does not look like the box office did.  New at #1 is the sci-fi drama of Chappie with only 13.3 million to open.  Well below expectations despite positive reviews.  Slight drop to #2 is "Focus" with another 10 mil and struggling along.  New at #3 is The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with 8.6 mil.  A little below expectations but still a good number for this semi-wide release.  Holding on to #4 is "Kingsman: The Secret Service" with an extra 8.3 mil as it closes in on the 100 mil mark and should get it in a day or two.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" with yet another 7 mil as it continues the climb and should hit 150 mil cume sometime tomorrow.
 
New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week in a surprise box office upset.  In at #10 is Unfinished Business with only 4.8 mil, well below all expectations and did not even leave the starting gate.  I guess now is not the time for R-Rated comedy films. 

Quote of the week:
"Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays." - Henny Youngman

Facts & Tips:
U.S. paper currency isn't made of paper - it's actually a blend of cotton and linen.

"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley." - Leslie Nielsen as Dr. Rumack in "Airplane."

Monday, March 02, 2015

RAIN ... OK, maybe not.  The promise of rain was upon us and then it was quickly taken away.  Do we not have the technology to more accurately predict weather?  We had a forecast of 3 days of rain coming up and as it got closer, it went down to 2 days and when the first day arrived, just clouds.  Then between the first and second day, it rained at night for about 20 minutes and then that was it.  Why?!  LIES! LIES!!!  We desperately need the rain and I know the weather people obviously can not control it but I thought they would give us better accuracy on this!!

Weekly Update:
Start of a new month and I guess schools will be starting their spring breaks soon.  Hopefully traffic will lighten up for a week or two ... hopefully.  So what do spring breakers do these days anyway?  I noticed an increase in attendance and sell outs for Disney World ... that is a destination for Spring Break?  I guess for families but I would thank places like Vegas, any lake, any beaches and of course the city of Miami perhaps?  Who knows but those would be places I would avoid simply because it will be packed.  Unless you love huge crowds and coeds flowing rampant ... then yeah, that would be the perfect place to go!  I honestly do not think I ever went to a typical spring break hot spot or participated in one ... I am boring and sheltered, I know.

At the movies:
Taking the #1 spot and new this weekend is the thriller Focus with a decent 19.1 million and close to the mark.  Holding ground at #2 is "Kingsman: The Secret Service" with another 11.8 mil as it approaches the 100 mil mark.  It should get that by the end of this coming weekend.  Holding at #3 is "SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" with an extra 11.2 mil and heading to 200 mil but will fall short of that.  Big drop to #4 is "Fifty Shades of Grey" with another 10.9 mil as it continues its run.  New at #5 if The Lazarus Effect with 10.6 mil and a little below expectations.

Quote of the week:
"There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full." - Henry A. Kissinger

Facts & Tips:
A hummingbird's heart beats 1,400 times a minute.

"Okay everybody, I'm leaving, I've got to get back to New York before my plants die." - Geri Jewell as Geri Tyler in the TV series "The Facts of Life."

Monday, February 23, 2015


Cough cough cough ... still coughing and VERY slowly fading away but still lingering.  I get this kind of cough about once every couple of years.  I used to get it every year and it would last for months.  What is up with that?  Is there something hanging in the throat that we can not just find a way to dissolve or remove?  Why oh why won't it go away!!  I thought a cough was trying to remove something, nature needs to fix this because it is not working properly!

Weekly Update:
What happened this week ... not much!  Got a little rain and I do mean little.  Was cold but not freezing and that is about it I think.  Had our annual Young Variety Pool Tournament on Thursday but I did not get there till very late.  So much traffic, it was definitely one of the worst I have seen in a few weeks.  Took me almost 90 minutes to in the opposite direction of traffic, that other way looked insane!!  But finally arrived and the evening was getting to the final rounds of the tournament, got some decent food and reunited with a bunch of people I have not seen in months.  That is always the good thing about these events is seeing everyone again after so long.  I feel like we are all getting out of touch but that is life ... it happens.

At the movies:
Oscar Sunday and also extreme bad weather in most of the country could be some of the reasons the box office was a bit down this week.  Hanging on to the #1 spot is "Fifty Shades of Grey" with a huge drop-off and earning another 23.3 million.  It has passed the 100 mil cume but it will continue to be a very fast burn.  Bumping up to #2 is "Kingsman: The Secret Service" with another 17.5 mil and will likely cap out just shy of 100 mil.  Holding steady at #3 is "SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" with an extra 15.5 mil as it continues along.  New at #4 is McFarland, USA with 11.3 mil and close to expectations.  Rounding off the top 5 is The Duff with 11 mil and this will likely be a fast burn at the box office.  This also was pretty close to expectations.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as the sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 shows up at #7 with only 5.8 mil.  Slightly below expectations but it was also missing one of the key stars from the first film.  This will also be another fast burn as well.

Quote of the week:
"Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week." - Joseph Addison

Facts  & Tips:
Add up opposing sides of a dice cue and you'll always get seven.

"All I want to do is graduate from high school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die. Now it may not sound too great to a sconehead like you, but I think it's swell. And you come along and tell me I'm a member of the hairy mole club so you can *throw* things at me?" - Kristy Swanson as Buffy in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Monday, February 16, 2015

And enter the lingering cough!  Oh joy, so last week I had the flu with a side of ear infection and then got rid of the flu around Friday fully.  But, the cough has come around to hang out a bit longer.  It isn't a bad cough, just an annoying one.  So now I am on the cough drops and liquids like 7-Up.  Good thing I had several bags of drops the last time I was sick left-over but I may need to get more soon.  And also need to stock up on more 7-Up since I spend a lot of time on the phone.  I use the musinex stuff as well and that seems to help a bit.  I just want it to go all away ... at least the weather has been pretty warm lately but the nights pretty cold so that back and forth I am sure doesn't help too much.  Speaking of weather, when are we suppose to get some rain?!?  Not a drop around here in weeks, is it still Winter?  I am not even sure anymore!

Weekly Update:


Well the week was pretty much playing recovery from the illness of the previous week so I didn't do much.  But honestly, I guess I do not do much anyway.  I guess I did manage to get some sleep which is good for a change but the week was just sleep and more sleep.  I took Tuesday off for recovery but the rest of the week still beat me up for the most part.  Went to Los Angeles again and of course traffic was still bad coming back home.  But I visited my aunt she was so kind to give me some cool things that I consider gifts but I am sure for her it was just stuff she was never going to use.  One of the things was a nice big box for the Lego Movie that had some cool Lego characters in it!  And when you open the box, it starts to play about the first 5 seconds of "Everything is Awesome" so that is pretty cool and fun.

At the movies:
No surprises this weekend as the fan fiction book to movie of 
Fifty Shades of Grey took the box office crown with a hefty 81.7 million for it's debut.  Slightly above expectations but word-of-mouth is very soft (pun intended) on this film and could see a very significant drop next week.  New at #2 is Kingsman: The Secret Service with a solid 35.6 mil and overall decent reviews.  Slight drop to #3 is "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" with another 30.5 mil as it is just shy of the 100 mil mark and could hit it by end of next weekend.  Still solid numbers at #4 is "American Sniper" with another 16.4 mil and passes the 300 mil cume mark!  It could see another boost in this numbers depending on the award outcome this Sunday. Rounding off the top 5 is "Jupiter Ascending" with another 9.4 mil and did not suffer that great of a drop than expected.

Quote of the week:
"May God defend me from my friends, I can defend myself from my enemies." - Voltaire

Facts & Tips:
There is a town called Jersey Shore in Pennsylvania.

Anyone else inside? Huh? You got any shotguns in there, hunting knife, anything?!" - Tony Todd as Ben in "Night of the Living Dead."