Monday, April 10, 2017

I am really loving this weather lately.  Have all the efforts in the past 10+ years finally starting to pay off?  I mean we continue to have really nice days in the 70's with breezes and nights are chilly but isn't that how its suppose to be?  Now, I have two jackets I love to wear all the time but each one of them has something wrong with it.  One is a button down and a middle button is missing or broken.  Its one of those fastener buttons.  The other is a little heavier jacket and the zipper is broken.  Actually just one of those tiny little teeth in the run is missing and to fix it will be about $55??  What?!  I mean its a great jacket, was a promo item but still.  So going to see if I can some how fix it myself.

Weekly Update:
What happened this week?  I can't even remember ... after the previous week's adventures I felt like this week was just recovery from the last week.  Did I do anything?  Did I go any where?  I think I just worked and slept trying to recover because when you are in Vegas, you don't really sleep much if at all.  Although the past couple of years sleep has eluded me on almost every night except maybe once or twice a week.  Those are the days where I do nothing but sleep.  I guess that is recharging or just shutting down?  Or both probably since you do have to shut down to re-charge.  I think one day I woke up enough to eat, shower and use the bathroom while the rest was just napping the entire day.  What is also interesting is when it came time for bed, I was still sleepy enough to go to bed.  Go figure ...

At the movies:
The boss holds top honors for another week as "The Boss Baby" keeps the crown and earns another 26.3 million.  On track to break 100 mil maybe in another week.  Holding ground at #2 is "Beauty and the Beast" with another 25 mil and well over the 400 mil cume.  Worldwide looking at 1 billion but domestic probably shy of 500 mil.  New at #3 is Smurfs: The Lost Village with 14 mil and slightly below expectations.  New at #4 is Going in Style for the older crowd with 12.5 mil and close to expectations.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Ghost in the Shell" with an extra 7.4 mil as this one is quickly disappearing.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as The Case for Christ comes in at #10 with only 3.9 mil in its debut.  Pretty much expected as most faith based film fall short at the box office but find their after-life in home entertainment.  Plus the distribution company for this is not known to have a high presence or impact in the theatrical market.

Quote of the week:
"After the Battle of Midway there was a week in a rest camp at Pearl Harbor." - Jack Adams

Facts & Tips:
Pigs can get sunburn.

"My body ... officially hates me." - Morgan Spurlock as himself in "Super Size Me."

Monday, April 03, 2017

I must say I do like this Spring weather we have been getting lately.  Usually from recent history it has been basically a pre-Summer with temps in the high 80's to 90's but lately ... NICE  I would say low 70's in the day and 60's at night which to me is perfect.  I am not sure how long this can or will last but it has to be all related to the past several years of environmental awareness.  I do fear though all of that is quickly being undone and it will get worse again in a matter of months on this current track we are headed.  Hopefully this will not be the case but I fear it may be.

Weekly Update:
This past week was the annual convention in Las Vegas ... CinemaCon!  I went in just for a quick stay again, arrived Tuesday afternoon and left Wednesday night.  But while there got to catch up with a bunch of old friends and Tuesday night got to watch "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales."  This was the 5th and supposedly final installment of this franchise.  I liked it and thought it was a fun movie, I would place around 2nd or 3rd best with the original still being the best one.  But the cool thing was seeing the movie 2 months prior to its theatrical release and the party afterwards was a lot of fun with great food.  Then spent most of Wednesday hanging out and checking out the trade floor show till the Lionsgate party event.  That was also very fun and while there got some pics with some folks:

*Rob Riggle - Really great guy, so many small roles but hopefully gets a big one soon.
*Aasif Mandvi - more recently in "The Intership" and a pretty nice guy.

At the movies:
A new boss is in town this week ... yep, The Boss Baby earns top honors with a hefty 49 million for its debut.  Above expectations and fair word-of-mouth may get this past 100 mil domestic.  Slight drop to #2 is "Beauty and the Beast" earning an extra 47.5 mil and just shy of 400 mil in its 3 weeks.  No doubt it will break that barrier some time tomorrow.  New at #3 is Ghost in the Shell with a disappointing 19 mil.  Jury is still out on this one but overall do not expect much.  Dipping down to #4 is "Power Rangers" with another 14.5 mil and still decent numbers for this 20+ year old franchise.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Kong: Skull Island" still hanging in there for one more week and earned another 8.3 mil as it comes to an end.

Quote of the week:

"It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one." - George Washington

Facts & Tips:

Penguins can jump 6 feet.

"This is my favorite part coming up right now." - Mike Tyson as himself in "The Hangover."

Monday, March 27, 2017

Rain and cool weather!!!  So we got some rain again this week and it was really nice!  Also the weather has been very cool to cold and I love that.  Not sure what this means but seeing green fields again all over the place, it has been such a long time.  This weather, I just do not know what is going on with it.  I think our Summer will be pretty warm if this is the route but then again, nothing has been what it should be anyway.  It has also been windy as well ... I wonder if the Santa Ana's are kicking up and what may mean for more rain or storms?  I don't know how weather works ... and neither do weather people too because they are always wrong in my book.  I mean they get lucky from time to time, sure but then I can do that too and give out percentages because if I am right, the percentage is good.  If I am wrong, the percentage is still good!!  Way to cover yourself.

Weekly Update:
On Wednesday had the opportunity to attend the "Power Ranges" movie premiere.  I never watched the show except maybe an episode or two so this was basically all new to me.  I thought it was overall pretty good.  Some campy parts but still fun and action packed.  I also sneaked into the after-party and that was fun (as they usually are).  While in there got to get pictures with some folks:

*Darce Montgomer - Plays the red ranger and a cool guy.
*Naomi Scott- Plays the pink ranger, super sweet!
*RJ Cyler - Plays the blue ranger, pretty smooth guy.
*Ludi Lin - Plays the black ranger, nice guy.
*Becky G - Plays the yellow ranger and very cool.
*David Denman - I remember him as the deaf football player from "The Replacements" and a great guy!

At the movies:
No surprise this weekend as "Beauty and The Beast" remains at #1 with an extra 88.4 mil. Now just over 300 mil domestic, should easily get to 500 mil when its all done.  Word-of-mouth continues to drive the numbers on this as Disney now paves its way of more live-action remakes of their classic animated films.  New at #2 is Power Rangers with a cool 40.5 mil!  Above all expectations and with that number, sure to open talks for a sequel.  Dropping down to #3 is "Kong: Skull Island" with 14.4 mil and quickly fading away.  New at #4 is Life with 12.6 mil and very close to expectations.  Life on this one has run out already.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Logan" with another 10.2 mil as it just crosses over the 200 mil mark.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Coming in at #7 this week is CHiPS earning only 7.6 mil and slightly below expectations.  This particular remake just didn't quiet catch that it needed.

Quote of the week:
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be." - Khalil Gibran

Facts & Tips:
The first ballpoint pens were sold in 1945 for $12.00.

"He's not going to quit, is he?" - Lucy Liu as Viper in "Kung Fu Panda."

Monday, March 20, 2017

Starting to cool down again, some promises of more rain but who knows, they are seriously less and less accurate.  Was suppose to be 100% on this day ... oh maybe not, maybe 50%, no?  Let's move it to the next day.  It does seem they can get the temperate accurate enough within 3 degrees above and below.  But I guess that does give them a 7 point range which is actually pretty wide.  So if you say 70 degrees then if you get between 67 to 73 degrees, I guess that is accurate enough?  I guess that isn't that accurate now that I think about it.

Weekly Update:
These weeks really seem to drag on and on.  Earlier this week I thought it was still February!  Big sadness as time is really is flying by.  Although we don't have seasons here, you can still feel the change from time to time.  Lot of this time is spent sleeping (if you are lucky to get sleep).  A another majority is working and lots of it or doing something for work but not in an office.  Then the things associated with work but not directly working.  Food? small part of time here and there.  Then what else is there?  No social time available any more it feels like and just being tired all the time.  Life sure is fleeting it seems.

At the movies:
No surprises as magic was in the air this weekend!  Big opening at #1 is Disney's live-action version of Beauty and the Beast opening to 170 mil.  Solid reviews on it despite the minor controversy with a southern state theatre denying to play the movie ... they probably lost a lot of potential money this weekend.  Film is on course to be around 500 mil domestic.  Holding ground at #2 is "Kong: Skull Island" with another 28.9 mil and just passes the 100 mil mark for its 2nd week.  Dipping to #3 is "Logan" with an extra 17.5 mil as it slowly closes in to 200 mil, may have that by the end of next week.  Still doing well at #4 is "Get Out" with another 13.3 mil and reviews are solid.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The Shack" with 6.1 mil and doing well for a faith-based film.

Quote of the week:

"Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued." - Socrates

Facts & Tips:

Ketchup was once sold as a medicine.

"So I guess we have a date tonight." - Lance Bass as Rick Palmer in the TV series "7th Heaven."

Monday, March 13, 2017

DAYLIGHT SAVING EDITION

This past Saturday night to Sunday morning we lost that much needed hour of sleep ... yep, Spring forward time.  So now we have longer days of sunlight, pops up around 6AM and doesn't go away till after 8.  It is kind of weird but I guess it is better than waking up when it is dark and finishing work and its dark again.  I'm sure if I was a farmer this time of year is great to get all the work with the crops done and they need more sunlight than less.  But ... I'm not a farmer.  I just hate having to lose an hour of sleep but I know I will get it back in the Fall which will be great ... oh sleep, how you elude me so.

Weekly Update:
I can never get a good night's sleep still.  I know why, just can't control it ... I can't turn off my brain.  Its constantly thinking and when then I think I should clear my mind and turn it off ... I am then thinking of an empty mind and how its blank!  Its a vicious cycle that I can't get out of and I just have to tire myself out with nights of no sleep that it catches up to me.  I mean, if I am so tired, I just fall asleep but otherwise ... the brain just keeps staying on for some reason.  I have tried sleeping pills in the past and when I am sick, NyQuil.  They do work but man in the morning it is rough trying to get going and feel on the groggy end.  So try to stay away from those, those are side effects I do not need.  So what to do?  Stop thinking, tried that and it doesn't work.  I guess I will just do what I am doing.

At the movies:
No big surprise as Kong: Skull Island takes the box office crown this weekend with 61 million, slightly above expectations.  Word-of-mouth is good on the film so could reach close to 200 mil when it is done.  Dropping down to #2 is "Logan" with another 37.9 mil and now over the 150 mil mark in just 2 weeks.  Still doing strong numbers and should pass 200 mil in no time.  Slight drop to #3 is "Get Out" with another 21.1 mil and just over 100 mil cume for this suspense thriller.  Holding on to #4 is "The Shack" with an extra 10.1 mil and with these numbers it will have an amazing after-market life.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The LEGO Batman Movie" with another 7.8 mil as it quickly wraps up its run.

Quote of the week:
"First appearance deceives many." - Ovid

Facts & Tips:

Mexican jumping beans jump to get out of sunlight.

"No, we didn't. We didn't miss it because... you don't know this? I know something about history that you don't know." - Justin Bartha as Riley Poole in "National Treasure."