Monday, July 18, 2016

The daily heat continues but the nights continue to stay cool!!  Been having to run the AC more and more so I hope this Summer Program I am on with SCE does in fact save some money to compensate for it.  I tried joining this other program with this company that basically sells back your energy that you do not use to SCE Edison and you get like a penny a kilowatt saved.  The problem is you can't have both programs and SCE's Summer Program can possibly save me around $300 to $400 but the other program can be up to $300 over a year.  So its a gamble but I think I would rather stick to the Summer program because that is almost a guaranteed savings than a possible savings.

Weekly Update:
Pokemon Go ... this game is both amazing and a phenomenon!  I have never seen so many people outside, gathering and hearing the stories of strangers talking with each other!  When has this ever happened in the last few years let alone decades?  This has surpassed Twitter users and you know people are playing by either the bluish hue from their phone or just walking around with their phone looking down.  Chances are they are playing and I see people standing around these check points and  you know they are playing because before, these areas were deserted just a few weeks ago.  You do hear some terrible stories of accidents and attacks but one of them really is kind of dumb.  One guy was walking in a rough neighborhood park and was stabbed because he was looking at his phone.  Later you find out it was 12:30 AM and they were by themselves ... I am sure that would have happened regardless and I am sure it was an unfortunate muggy but because he was playing a game, they blame the game.  The first thing the game reminds you every time you log in is be aware of your surroundings and he clearly did not.  But aside from that, always go in groups or if you see others playing, join up and make a bigger group.  Safety in numbers and more fun to be had.  And who knows, you may make some new friends.

At the movies:
Holding on to #1 is "The Secret Life of Pets" with another 50.6 million and now just over 200 mil domestic cume.  Still great word-of-mouth and reviews should reach 300 with no problems.  New at #2 is Ghostbusters with 46 mil and not a bad opening despite mixed reactions.  Should be able to hit 100 mil cume with that opening.  Holding at #3 is "The Legend of Tarzan" with another 11.1 mil and was able to break 100 mil cume.  Dropping down to #4 is "Finding Dory" with another 11 mil and looks like it will be shy of 500 mil as it makes its way to 450 mil currently.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" with another 7.5 mil and this adventure is quickly coming to an end.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as The Infiltrator comes in at #8 with only 5.3 mil and fairly close to expectations.

Quote of the week:
"When one must, one can." - Charlotte Whitton

Facts & Tips:
Horses can't vomit.

"It was your Nixon rattle." - Meredith Baxter as Elyse Keaton from the TV series "Family Ties."

Monday, July 11, 2016

So the heat returns!  I guess it is not as bad as it has been in the past but you can feel the heat!  What is really nice is at night it drops down to the 60's so I can sleep with the windows open and that is really nice.  I have had many Summers where you have to run the AC at night or simply be miserable.  Weather is weird, I don't get it a lot and surprised we do not have more energy efficient AC units that may recycle water through it or something.  Or have built in solar panels because areas that require it must get a lot of sun.  They should have it charge during the day when its not being used and then expend that energy first before it kicks into the grid.  But I guess that would make too much sense and cost people less.

Weekly Update:
I am very sleepy.  So I only drive to an office twice a week but I find myself drifting in sleepy time while driving.  That can't be good, right?  But luckily the distance from home to work is about 5 miles or so.  The morning seems fine though but coming home is when it really hits.  I hate to drink too much caffeine because it may not work immediately but when trying to go to sleep at night, I stay up!  I thought with my early morning wake-up time, my body would adjust but most of the time I still can't fall asleep before midnight to 1AM.  And during the night I tend to wake up every couple of hours for one reason or another.  I do take a nap once awhile but what is wierd is somethings I think I slept for an hour or more but it turns out it was only for about 5 minutes.

At the movies:
Huge surprise as The Secret Life of Pets blows the doors open with 103.2 million for this weekend.  Good reactions to the film should help it get close to 400 mil.  Small drop but maintains #2 is "The Legend of Tarzan" with another 20.6 mil and looks like it will reach the 100 mil mark.  Big drop to #3 is "Finding Dory" with another 20.4 mil and just north of 400 mil now.  New at #4 is Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates for 16.6 mil and just shy of expectations.  Not the big R-rated comedy for the Summer we were looking for.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The Purge: Election Year" with another 11.7 mil.

Quote of the week:

"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable." - Lucius Annaens Seneca

Facts & Tips:
The soil on Mars is rust color because it's full of rust.

"That's not Robin Hood, that's Ronald Reagan." - Michael Gross as Steven Keaton from the TV Series "Family Ties."

Monday, July 04, 2016

4th of July Edition

Safe and Sane, Fireworks and more ... but what about the poor animals?  Fireworks are fun and all but they freak the animals out.  My poor Orion was shaking all weekend long and he also had a thundershirt on which is suppose to calm him.  It does in general but so many poppers were going off, it was too much for him.  I should go in the closet and hang out with him for a couple of hours so it filters even more of the noise out for him.  But this is the case with all animals so I hope everyone keeps an eye on them tonight when the festivities start going off ... watch your animals, keep them indoors and maybe close all the windows and doors to reduce the sounds for them.  I even put the TV on a bit louder for them too.

Weekly Update:
What did I do this week?  Nothing but work work work ... and some work.  OH, I did have a frosty from Wendy's and to be honest, I do not remember having one before.  I am sure I must have but it I got a medium and when I received it I thought this was pretty small.  But when I started to eat it (because drinking it through a straw is impossible), it was so filling and great!  I don't get brain freeze but I get the chest pains from the extreme cold and boy did I get those.  But this little tasty treat in a cup is not only delicious but filled me up fast and it was only a medium.  I am not sure if I can handle a large if that was the case.

At the movies:
No surprise as "Finding Dory" stays afloat at the #1 spot for the 3rd week-in-a-row with another 41.9 million.  Brings its domestic total close to 400 mil cume and should get that in the next week or so.  Still on a pretty good track to potentially reach 500 mil domestic.  New at #2 is The Legend of Tarzan with 38.1 mil, and close to expectations.  Also new at #3 is The Purge: Election Year earning 30.8 mil and slightly above expectations.  New at #4 is The BFG with 19.6 mil and almost right on expectations!!  A pretty predictable weekend!  Rounding off the top 5 is "Independence Day: Resurgence" with another 16.5 mil as it struggles to break 100 mil domestic.

Quote of the week:

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." - Mark Twain

Facts & Tips:

Cats have 2 sets of vocal chords; one for purring and one for meowing.

"Okay, let's hear it. We trashed the Avedon, the Luau Lounge - what's our beef with 'Feelings'?" - Beau Bridges as Frank Baker in "The Fabulous Baker Boys."

Monday, June 27, 2016

The week continued to be very hot but did go to warm which is nice.  Felt like as each day went, the temperature dropped about 5 degrees.  What is funny is that if I drive from where my office is at (about 5 miles away) to home, I can feel it getting cooler by at least 5 degrees.  Funny how a small distance can change in temps so easily.  probably geography base but just funny.  The dogs love car rides, they stick their noses out and it seems like all dogs do that.  I wonder why, do they like the feel of the wind and are prone to car sickness?  Why do they love going on car rides then if they know they will get sick?  I guess it is just a way to get out of the house or home in general to go out exploring.  Dogs are funny that way, their ears flapping behind them and eyes squinting in the sun/wind.  I think being in the car distracts them because they don't seem to bark at things when in motion or even idle but if parked, ANYTHING that walks by the bark at.  On the freeways I drive with the windows closed and they sort of hunker-down till we get off the freeway and I open the window so they can continue their observation.  What is also interesting is they know when I am pulling off the freeway even if its a level off-ramp.  Even when laying down in the car, they just know.

Weekly Update:
Took a visit THE park yesterday with some friends.  I went on a semi-fast ride, the Cars ride that you are racing in Radiator Springs.  It was kind of fun and the turns were not crazy sharp and actually smooth.  I have to be leary of fast rides or risk permanent paralysis from my neck surgery but I think what made this different is you see the turns coming and again, not a sharp turn but a smooth one which helps.  The ups and downs were a bit questionable because you don't see the down part but you see them all ahead of time before you reach them.  That did help but I kind of wish the ride was more of the touring party through Radiator Springs because that was nice.  It would have also been nice if there was a steering wheel handle to sort of hang out to instead of trying to find one.  But other than that the day was pretty good and the company was great.

At the movies:
As predicted, the fishes still win the box office for the 2nd weekend in a row.  Earning another 73.2 million, "Finding Dory" now close to 300 mil in only 10-days and should hit that by the end of this week easily.  Still on track to potentially earn 500 mil domestic cume.  New at #2 is Independence Day: Resurgence earning a respectable 41.6 mil and below expectations.  Slight drop to #3 is "Central Intelligence" with another 18.4 mil and could hit 100 mil when it is said and done.  New at #4 is The Shallows with 16.7 mil and right on expectations.  Also new and rounding off the top 5 is The Free State of Jones with only 7.8 mil and also so close to predictions.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this weekend as The Neon Demon with almost 1,000 runs makes only 610,000 and well below expectations, not even a million.

Quote of the week:
"If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Facts & Tips:
Smile more - every two thousands frowns creates one wrinkle.

"Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say "YES"!" - Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore in "Ghostbusters."

Monday, June 20, 2016

We are in a heat wave!  Hit some high temps, almost 100 degrees but not quite.  But high 90's so it sure felt like 100 plus degrees.  I heard places in India were 130 degrees?  How is that possible ... I also saw a cool (well, neat) video of someone parking their car in the Arizona heat in the sun, put a cookie sheet with some cookies and baked.  They left it in the car for about 3 hours and had cookies.  I kind of want to try that now.  At least it would be interesting and if it works, neat but I wonder how long the cookie smell would stay in the car?  It may be a nice fragrence to have for awhile but not a long time I wouldn't think.

Weekly Update:

What happened this past week ... I do not even know anymore.  With all the events I am working on and on top of the extra work hours, I am tired.  I do miss the 4-day work weeks during Summer when we had "Summer Hours" but what was funny about that was its a busy time for the industry.  Why we had Summer hours, not sure.  But I still think a 4-day work week is a good idea even if you work 10 to 11 hours in those 4-days.  Then you get a nice 3-day weekend and I know people who do that.  Is it good?  I think so if you plan accordingly but then I would probably work extra time on one of those 3-days.  I know a lot of law enforcement work 4 days and off 3 and I think some hospitals run on those schedules as well.  It would only make sense those if those 3-days off are consecutive though.  At least to me that makes sense.

At the movies:
Swimming into the #1 spot is Finding Dory which was expected but earning a hefty 136.2 million wasn't!  This now makes it the highest grossing animated feature opening and also done on a non-holiday weekend! Strong word-of-mouth on the film and should easily coast into a 500 mil domestic cume.  New at #2 is Central Intelligence with 34.5 mil and very close to expectations.  Big drop to #2 is "The Conjuring 2" with an extra 15.6 mil but could possibly still get to 100 mil cume.  Also dropping to #4 is "Now You See Me 2" with 9.7 mil and struggling along unfortunately.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Warcraft" with another 6.5 mil and also struggling.

Quote of the Week:

"Art is the daughter of freedom." - Friedrich Schiller

Facts & Tips:

Charlie Chaplin failed to make the finals of a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

"I'm gonna catch up with you guys later. I'm gonna have a bathroom... go to the drink... in the bathroom." - Joel David Moore as Owen in "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story."