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."

Monday, February 09, 2015

Just another week and ... I got sick!  I thought I was going to get sick back in January but then I guess I was able to fight that off and turned out to be fine.  Then on Saturday night I started getting the same feelings and symptoms, but this time, I lost the fight.  Woke up the next day, completely congested and got very warm and very cold throughout the day.  I did not thing I was getting a fever but I did manage to be so tired and always blowing my nose.  So slept throughout the day and then went into the office on Monday, stayed for 2 hours and then left.  Made an appointment that same day and found out I had minor influenza and an ear infection in my left year.  I am not sure if this was that drastic but the doctor said it was a good thing I saw them because my ear was about to blow causing serious damage.  I mean, to me, it just felt like I was blowing part of the congested through my left ear but I guess that is bad.  So I was put on meds right away and stayed home for the of the day.  I hope it goes away ...

Weekly Update:
The week itself was pretty quiet.  Went to Los Angeles
on Saturday for a few hours.  Getting there was not a problem but getting home ... funny how it is a Saturday and it was nothing but back-to-back street and freeway traffic.  I thought I left at a decent time but I guess no time is decent for LA.  I am sure other major cities have the same issue but I don't think they do almost year-round.  I am sure other cities have issues with traffic because of weather like snow but just because of the amount of people and drives who have no clue how to drive?  I think that is our issue and we need to figure out that problem somehow ... where are the hover cars to bring a new level of traffic?!

At the movies:
Absorbing up the #1 spot this weekend is The SpongeBob Move: Sponge Out of Water with an astonishing 56 million.  Above most expectations and I am sure more toys and other related products saw a big boost in sales as well.  Slight drop to #2 is "American Sniper" with another 24.2 mil and just shy of the 300 mil mark.  It should hit that this coming weekend.  New at #3 is Jupiter Ascending with 19 mil and slightly above expectation.  Word-of-mouth is not great on this one so it should be a very fast burn.  New at #4 is Seventh Son with a very disappointing 7.1 mil but not too far from predictions.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Paddington" with another 5.4 mil as it more-or-less has run out of steam.

Quote of the week:
"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier." - General Colin Powell

Facts & Tips:
People don't sneeze when they are asleep because the nerves involved in the sneeze reflex are also resting.

"Hey, here he is, my homeless brother. Where's your cardboard box? And Linda, my god, ah - your body is ridonculous. Purrr." - Ken Marino as Rick in "Wanderlust."

Monday, February 02, 2015

SUPER BOWL EDITION

The big game was today and the winner is ... New England Patriots!  I did not watch the game, did not really care this year so they won, great!  Congrats and the Seattle Seahawks lost.  I read the score was close but was it a good game?  I saw some of the Super Bowl ads online this year and based on what I saw, the game must have been good because the ads kind of sucked.  I only saw a couple, one or two were really cleaver but 4 or 5 were very weak.  The Super Bowl ads are kind of important these days with being a major part of the entertainment package of the game.  But if the game is good, the ads can be bad because the game will sustain the viewers.  But if the game is bad, the ads will save the day!  I may go back and watch the rest but so far, unimpressed with them.

Weekly Update:
I finally saw the movie "Big Hero 6" and ... its GREAT!  I really wish I caught this in the theatre but you get into times where you just do not have the time!  I never read the original comic book/manga it was from but I do not think it matters that much because based on the movies box office reaction, no one knew it ahead of time.  From what I understand, it is pretty different than the book but the filmmakers did a great job on basically introducing this anime/manga team to U,S and possibly the world audiences.  Even though the film is called Hero 6, it truly focuses on a boy and his robot, the Big guy which clearly the first word of the title is named after.  But it was a light, fun and overall solid movie that I can watch over and over again.  Good music, great animation and nice character development.  The bad guy was a bit predictable on who it will be but it did not matter.  The after credits scene was a bit forced and was not that great in my opinion but it was an after bit.

At the movies:
Defending the #1 spot is "American Sniper" for the third week in a row earning another 31.9 million and now just shy of 250 mil cume.  It should get that sometime tomorrow and is now on the road to 300 mil!  Holding on to #2 is "Paddington" with another 8.5 mil as it just hit the 50 mil mark.  New at #3 is Project Almanac with a very disappointing 8.5 mil for its debut, below all expectations.  New at #4 is Black or White with only 6.5 mil and also way below most expectations.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The Boy Next Door" with an extra 6 mil and might just be the last time we see it in the top 5.
 
New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as the disappointing The Loft comes in at #10 with only 2.9 mil.  The studio continues to struggle trying to find anything to break through.  This was expected to do some business but sadly completely off the mark. 

Quote of the week:
"Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one asked them." - Leo Tolstoy

Facts & Tips:
George Washington had false teeth made of gold, ivory, and lead - but never wood.

"Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it all away from you." - Mark Cuban

Monday, January 26, 2015

I think I smell smoke ... mid-week I got home in the evening and it was warm.  It smelled like there was a fire some where with the winds going a bit but I did not hear anything.  That smokey smell lasted maybe two days and never found out what it was but I guess whatever it may have been, it wasn't serious enough for reporting?  I checked a couple of news sites, nada.  I did not notice the usual heavy ash on the ground and cars you would see.  Well, I hope whatever it may have been it was not anything serious.

Weekly Update:
I still do not understand parking lots and why big SUV's need to park in compact spots.  For that matter, when there is a dozen compact spots, why a small car needs to park in a regular spot.  They are there for a reason
people.  The worse was a couple of days ago in a parking structure, one half of a row was compact and the other regular.  So I saw over a dozen compact and maybe 6 or 7 regular spots.  A Fiat was in one of the regular but that is not the worst of it, the worst was a regular mid-sized car in a compact leaning over the line on the right.  WORSE yet ... a big Ford truck taking up two compact spots ... why did they not take one of the regular spots?!  People are dumb (truck picture is not actual truck I saw but same idea ... and same color and type of truck too!)

At the movies:

Staying on target, "American Sniper" holds the #1 spot for a 2nd week in a row earning another 64.4 million and now hitting the 200 mil mark!  Strong lead in making its way north of 300 mil.  New at #2 is The Boy Next Door with 15 mil and just as expected too.  Holding at #3 is "Paddington" with 12.4 mil and so far decent legs post-holiday.  Drop to #4 is "The Wedding Ringer" with 11.6 mil and losing steam fast.  Rounding up the top 5 is "Taken 3" with 7.6 mil and will definitely fall short of 100 mil cume target.
 
New movies that did not make the top 5:
Coming in at #7 is Strange Magic with only 5.5 mil and well below all expectations.  Not a great time for animated films perhaps with all the award titles going strong?  Appearing at #9 is Mortdecai with only 4 mil and well below all expectations as well.  This comedy did not deliver on any laughs despite the pedigree of talent associated with it. 

Quote of the week:
"It's not voting that's democracy; it's the counting." - Tom Stoppard

Facts & Tips:
A group of goats is called a trip.

"Well, good luck murdering your husband." - Dane Cook as Zack in "Employee of the Month."

Monday, January 19, 2015

Did we get more rain?!  OH wait, it was a drop from the sky teasing us again.  Got a little rain and when I say little, I mean just enough to cover the ground for 30 minutes and it was gone.  We need so much more but what can we do about it?  I wish there was such a thing as a rain machine that shot chemicals in the air (natural of course) and made the clouds suck up water to bring us rain.  Of course knowing our luck, that would work and then the clouds would keep moving to some place that already gets rain and unload thus us not getting the rain we need and spending all that time and money in this crazy machine.  Curse you irony and what you do ... you know that is what would happen, right!

Weekly Update:
Not to much going on this week except long hours.  Each day for me has started around 7 or 8 AM and ended around midnight at some point when I fall asleep.  I am not sure why, even if i am in bed trying to sleep, I won't fall asleep till at least close to 2 AM and I know my alarm will start going off just past 5 AM.  And each day it repeats!  I try to sleep in on Sunday but that is still waking up before 9 AM.  I did nap throughout the day so that was nice but did not really make up for all the time lost before hand.  I don't know what is wrong with my brain, I think it can not shut off for some reason.  Where is the switch please!?

At the movies:
The limited release goes big with "American Sniper" taking the box office crown this holiday weekend was an amazingly strong 90.2 million!  It is just shy of 100 mil for it's 4th week and should get that by end of this coming week. Word-of-mouth is very strong on this film and with the recent award nominations, should get to 200 mil with no problem.  New at a distant #2 is The Wedding Ringer with 21 mil.  Still a very solid number and just above expectations.  New at #3 is Paddington with 19.3 mil, also slightly above expectations.  Big drop to #4 is "Taken 3" with another 14 mil and will be very shy of the 100 mil mark this time around.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Selma" with 8.3 mil and should have fair legs during the award season.
 
New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as Blackhat comes in at #10 with only 4 mil which is below expectations just a bit. 

Quote of the week:
"The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness, can be trained to do most things." - Jilly Cooper

Facts & Tips:
Rats and mice are ticklish, and even laugh when tickled.

"Yeah, I could walk down to the village, ask 'em to borrow a phone." - Emile Hirsch as Danny Dietz in "Lone Survivor."