Monday, October 13, 2014

Finally cooling down ... I can have windows open during the day and not worry about it getting so hot.  I mean I could always open the windows but with no breeze everything because a sweat house or something because it is so hot and was still humid till recently.  Now we are starting to see and feel like Fall for Southern California.  I just hope it stays this ways and we don't get another heat wave or something because what we need now is some rain!  The drought is getting worse and they say it is the worst in 3 years?  How about 10?  20?  We are in a constant drought and as our population increases, it only gets worse.  Has someone invited during a grain of sand into a gallon of water yet? Because I think that will help out ... a lot.  Someone get on that please!  PS: I don't really know why I put that picture on the top, it just struck me as nice for some reason.

Weekly Update:
What to say, what to say ... not much happened this past week other than lack of sleep and running all over the place.  I mean that sums things up in a nutshell.  I went to LA on Sunday and that drive was crazy busy for a Sunday.  I think there was some parade down one of the main streets or something because when I got to my destination the street cleaners were going and barricades every where being picked up to reopen traffic.  So that was probably why
the traffic was so bad and everyone trying to get around things.  Barricades are pretty interesting, I like how they interlock with one another and if they are used to keep back protesters ... they never realize you can just lift up the one end and it opens but instead you see news reports of them pushing the whole thing down.  It is kind of fascinating that one doesn't just take 2 seconds to look down and realize, "oh hey, if you life this up it unlocks itself!"  Well, I guess when you are in some sort of state-of-frenzy you probably don't think to look or check.

At the movies:
Fending off to keep the title this week is "Gone Girl" holding it's #1 spot for the 2nd week in a row with a very low drop bringing in an extra 26.8 million.  It is currently on track to possibly hit the 150 mil mark when it is all said and done.  New at #2 is "Dracula Untold" debuting with a decent 23.5 mil and right about expectations.  The number is fair but in the bigger picture, not enough.  New at #3 is "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" with a 19.1 mil opening.  Just shy of expectations but still good for this film during this time.  Holding on to #4 is "Anabelle" with another 16.4 mil as it tries to reach the 100 mil cume but won't make it.  New at #5 is "The Judge" earning 13.3 mil and below expectations but still a decent opening.
New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as "Addicted" comes in at #7 and made 7.6 mil and not too far off industry estimations.

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

Facts & Tips:
Steel is 100% recyclable.

"She always says, 'Don't play ball in the house.'" - Mike Lookinland as Bobby Brady in the TV series "The Brady Bunch."

Monday, October 06, 2014

HOT!!!!!!!

OH MY GAWD it was a hot week.  I do not remember EVER it being this hot this time of year.  We had 4 days in a row with the weather high 90's, I think it hit 101 twice but thank goodness I have been indoors a lot.  What is going on!??!  Seriously!  The nights drop down to 60's but not till close to past midnight, I'm able to open the windows during the night but still.  It should be low 70's right not as we head into Fall but it feels like the peak of Summer which usually isn't as bad but has been from time-to-time.  This is just flat out crazy!

Weekly Update:
I can't remember what I did last week ... how sad is that?  I know I have been getting up super early and late at night (between 11 and 1
) I fall asleep on the couch to wake up for 30 minutes to go to bed in a half daze. My sleep pattern has gone completely insane lately ... where am I, who I am ... uh oh, I sound like the theme song to the Buck Rogers movie from the early 1980's.  But I guess that is who I sort of feel, like drifting in space about to face Ming and his army but trying to save a post-apocalyptic Earth from every kind of destruction.  You know, that old chestnut.  And why are chestnut's old?  You can't have new ones?

At the movies:
Huge surprise at the box office as "Gone Girl" takes a big lead with 38 million to open!  Doubles industry estimations and word-of-mouth is solid on this film which could break the 100 mil cume threshold.  Just under is "Annabelle," the spin-off movie from "The Conjuring" franchise with a strong 37.2 mil and above expectations as well.  Holding ground at #3 is "The Equalizer" with another 19 mil and still on track to potentially hit the 100 mil cume mark.  Slight drop to #4 is "The Boxtrolls" with 12.4 mil extra.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The Maze Runner" with another 12 mil and this one will get lost after this weekend.
New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as "Left Behind" hits 6.9 mil and right around my expectations but slightly below industry estimations.  Looks like "Left Behind" was simply left behind and will stay there.

Quote of the week:
"Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else." - James M. Barrie

Facts & Tips:
Pilates stretches your muscles, improving your posture and helping you appear taller.

"Hello Mummy. I-i-i-i-i-i-t'ssssssssss K-a-a-a-y." - Tracey Ullman as Kay in the TV series "The Tracey Ullman Show." 

Monday, September 29, 2014

I was driving down Commonwealth, a semi-busy street in Fullerton, in the Downtown Fullerton area when I noticed a car parked off to the side in front of some stores.  There was this average side woman (not thin or big) and she seemed to be in her 30's maybe early 40's and completely obviously of anyone else in the world.  How do I know?  After she parked, she opened her car door to the fullest extent and then I noticed she had not parked fully against the curb or remotely close to it.  So when she opened the door, it covered about half of the driving lane!  I did see one car stop, honk and then wait for her to either 1) close her door so he could pass or 2) get out and close her door.  What did she do?  Nothing ... she sat in her car, left the door opened so the guy went around.  When I got to her, I was one lane over, but I looked to see what she was doing, rummaging through her purse.  Really?  Close the door when you do that!!  People, the dumb one's outnumber the rest, no joke. (Picture note: remove the bike lane, move the car 2 more feet out and there you go).

Weekly Update:
It was another hot and humid week but toward the end it cooled down enough to do a fun scavenger hunt at ... Disneyland!  It was a LOT of running around but pretty dang fun at the same time trying to figure out clues and get to one place to another.  Some of the tasks included certain rides and finding certain statues, people and places.  Also having to know a bit of Disney trivia really helps.  It was a really fun event, I just wish there was more time to do it but we had a 4 hour time limit.  That may sound like a lot of time but when you have to run around, figure out tasks and wait in line for a ride or two, it goes fast.  But in the end, came in first place but missed the bonus questions which then dropped us to 2nd because it was very close between 1st and 2nd.  I would do that again, maybe one where it was like a Midnight Run where you get a clue that leads to you a location where there is another clue or puzzle to figure out the next location and so on.  Now THAT would be really fun and take some skill than just knowing stuff.

At the movies:
Denzel takes the box office crown with this mid-season action-drama film.  In at #1 is "The Equalizer" bringing a solid 35 million and word-of-mouth is good on this film.  This one fell right about expectations as well.  Holding ground at #2 is "The Maze Runner" with an extra 17.5 mil as it tries to reach 100 mil cume but will fall short of that finish line.  New at #3 is "The Boxtrolls" with 17.3 mil which is just shy of expectations but I see potential on this film for a better than average run.  Drop to #4 is "This is Where I Leave You" earning another 7 mil and this is where we leave it.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Dolphin Tale 2" with an extra 4.8 mil as it continues to swim a bit longer but should be the last time we see it on the top 5.

Quote of the week:
"Red is the ultimate cure for sadness." - Bill Blass

Facts & Tips:
New York City is made up of 50 islands.

"Welcome to Earth. I'm Admiral Bullock, and I'll be your commanding officer for the next six months. Questions, comments - bring them to me. Problems - talk to Lieutenant Kinis." - Tucker Smallwood as Admiral Bullock on the TV series "Star Trek: Voyager."

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weather getting a tad better but still too warm and humid.  I was outside one day for a good portion and after a bit of time I felt like I had breathed in water, it was just so heavy and dense.  I did have the AC on for two nights so I could sleep but I really do hate doing that because you really don't notice it on at night and when you do, you are too tired to do anything about it except for getting up in the covers and snuggling tight so you stay warm.  Then when you wake up in the morning, you realize the AC was on for the entire night (maybe not on but it was set to be one if the thermostat is working properly) ... what a catch-22 it is but at least it was only two nights ... it is not suppose to be this hot or warm anymore during this time!!!  I felt like this cat in the picture, you do what you can to stay cool.

Weekly Update:
You know what I discovered that was interesting (to me anyway) ... different search engines work better for different types of searches.  You have your main three out there: Yahoo, Google and Bing, for the most part are it.  Sure there are a lot of them but those are the primary three in my opinion.  So as I use different ones, I find that using Yahoo is OK for simple things like finding other web pages.  I think that Google is good in a broader search, at least the results that come up are more refined.  Then I find Bing to be great in finding images and in a higher resolution than the other two.  So depending on what I need to find, I will use that search engine ... pretty easy really but interesting at the same time to me.

At the movies:
New movies finally taking the lead again at the box office after a very long and interesting Summer!  Finding it's way to the #1 spot is The Maze Runner with a solid 32.5 million for it's debut.  Word-of-mouth is fair on this one so could do OK in the long run for the season.  This was pretty on par with my predictions.  New at #2 is A Walk Among Tombstones with 13.1 mil and below general expectations.  Also new at #3 is This is Where I Leave You with an 11.9 mil debut and not much buzz on this one, this was close to on point with predictions as well.  Holding some ground at #4 is "No Good Deed" with an extra 10.2 mil as it slowly comes to an end of its run.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Dolphin Tale 2" with another 9 mil and lesser drop than most films.  This still has some juice in it but no doubt will be the last time in the top 5.

Quote of the week:
"Keep changing.  When you're through changing, you're through." - Bruce Barton

Facts & Tips:
To make one pound of honey, a honeybee must tap about two million flowers.

"Every ounce of my training tells me he's hiding something." Cathy Silvers as Lt. Monday in "Sgt. Bilko."

Monday, September 15, 2014

Holy fark it is HOT!!!  Seriously, the weather is so bad right now and we are suppose to be heading into Fall?!  It feels like DEEP Summer like what I would imagine July to be without the humidity and what is up with all that?  We don't get moisture like that and it is way not normal for California.  We have been getting it more and more lately and it is simply not right!  At least Florida gets storms with some rain and usually breaks the heat for awhile but we aren't even getting that.  It could be be 80 degrees out but due to humidity, feels like 100+ and it probably was that for several days, I just wanted to melt and do nothing but was drenched (OK, not drenched but felt very uncomfortable) in my own sweat.  It was also getting harder to breath at times as well ... stop!

Weekly Update:
Yet another sad week in Hollywood as the legendary villain henchman, Richard Kiel, best known as "Jaws" in at least three James Bond films, has passed.  He was a giant of a man at 7 feed 2 inches and passed 3 days just before his birthday.  I have met him a few times but the first was on a cruise ship.  I don't think many people recognized him as he went from place to place on the ship in his wheelchair.  But I spotted him off the bat, who can forget Jaws ... he was very nice and did me the honor of a couple of photos; one regular and one he wanted to do with his ginormous (yes, that is a word now, look it up) hands around my neck.  He couldn't have been more accommodating and friendly ... he will be sadly missed.  Richard was 74.

Shifting gears a bit, then on Sunday I did something neat an
d interesting ... I got to attend a big private event (about 150 people) to see the famous Stanley Cup, NHL's highest honor and trophy.  The Los Angeles Kings won the championship this past season and my friend's father works for the Kings.  He has been doing the radio play-by-play for about 20+ years so he is included with the team as they get the cup for the day.  I did a nice hugging post with it, many people kissed it but after seeing that, I strayed away from doing that.  It was a nice and fun event, the cup is pretty neat ... Way to go Kings!

At the movies:
New movies take the top spots at the box office this weekend!  What is generally a slower time for films and almost a throw-away season, new films manage a nice weekend ... could be the weather.  With it being generally hot and humid the past few days across the country, who doesn't want to go to a nice air conditioned movie theatre to escape the heat!  New at #1 is No Good Deed with a debut of 24.5 million.  Not much else on this film, could be a quick burn.  Swimming up to #2 is Dolphin Tale 2 with 16.6 mil and this could carry an extra week.  Holding ground at #3 is "Guardians of the Galaxy" with 8 mil and now just past the 300 mil cume mark which makes it the biggest film of the Summer (but we already knew that).  This film still has some juice left too.  Also holding on to #4 is "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" with 4.8 mil as it gets just a bit closer to 200 mil but will definitely be shy of that mark.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Let's Be Cops" with another 4.3 mil and more than likely be the last showing in this range.

Quote of the week:
"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor." - Truman Capote

Facts & Tips:
The Inca built the largest and wealthiest empire in South America, but had no concept of money.

"I think people are universal." - Director Ang Lee