Monday, May 18, 2015

Rain!!  Yeah, we had some rain and a solid half-day of it.  Still no where enough from what we need but it helps.  It is like adding a drop of water in a extra big trash-bin you would see on the side of a building.  Just a drop though if I were to compare it but what is worse, no drop or 1 drop?  Sort of the lesser of two evils or is the kind of thing where it would have been better to not get anything at all?  I think it was good to get it because it supplied a drop of water and at the same time clean up the trash can a little bit.  We need a much more through cleaning!  And something than just a drop of water, anything ... anything.

Weekly Update:
Went to an amazing event on Thursday for the Children's Miracle Network.  Some familiar faces and new ones, great eats and treats and then an amazing on-stage performance by Marie Osmond.  There was several kids there from the network and they were having an amazing time.  There were a couple of Disney Princesses and their counter-parts there as well which you could tell were a big hit with all the families.  Some great sponsors as well and got to enjoy a great fruit drink, some amazing natural fruit Popsicles and other odds and ends.  Some food related and others merchandise but overall just a great time!  It was a great day to remember and got to grab some pics with some folks:

*L.J. Benet - from "Dog with a Blog" and all around great guy.
*Garrett Clayton - From "Teen Beach Movie" and a really nice guy!
*Atticus Shaffer - From the movie "Hancock" and a cool guy.
*Miles Brown - from the new TV series "Black-ish" and a good kid.
*Aubrey Anderson-Emmons - From "Modern Family" and very sweet.
*Brian J. White - from the movie "The Game Plan" and a really nice guy!
*Oscar Nunez - from "The Office" and really awesome guy!
*Marie Osmond - simply spectacular and been on many shows including her own variety show.

At the movies:
Big surprises at the box office this weekend as Pitch Perfect 2 sings its way to #1!  Earning a hefty 70.3 million and over double all expectations, this song and dance show hits the chart strong!  Word-of-mouth is fair to good on the film and with Memorial Day next week, it could sustain for another solid week.  New at #2 is the remake Mad Max: Fury Road earning 44.4 million and also about double expectations.  Reviews are strong for this film with the stunts and action sensory overload going on.  Should hold OK for another week but not as strong as the #1 movie this weekend.  Holding ground at #3 is "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" with an extra 38.8 mil and almost to the 400 mil domestic cume mark.  With the holiday coming up, it should reach it by Monday of next week.  Drop to #4 is "Hot Pursuit" with 5.8 mil and quickly losing the chase.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Furious 7" with another 3.7 mil and pretty much out of gas at this point.

Quote of the week:
"I distrust camels, and anyone else who can go a week without a drink." - Joe E. Lewis

Facts & Tips:
Most cats don't like lemonade.

"I'm gonna get us something from all four food groups: hamburgers, french fries, coffee and doughnuts." - James Belushi as Detective Sergeant Art Ridzik in "Red Heat."

Monday, May 11, 2015

RAIN!!!  We had one glorious day and night of rain and it came down hard.  But as always, it was not nearly enough and there are reports of emergency water conservation now ... now?!  Why was this not being discussed years ago?  I know they touched upon it, discussed it and now it is an emergency.  I feel like if they took it more seriously say 7 years ago, we would be in better shape then we are now.  Over 10 years ago we were in a drought and it never got better so this is not being reactionary but post-reactionary to be honest.  It had to not get 10 times worse but they had to wait till it got 10 times 10 times worse to do something about it.  Not sure what they are going to do, I am not sure they know what they are going to do.  But something needs to be done.  Even if we took baby-steps years ago, that would have done a lot.

Weekly Update:
Just another week, all of it a blur.  I swear I can almost fall asleep on the spot as soon as my head hits any kind of pillow or cushion.  More and more I am finding myself falling asleep by 10 and then waking up around 1 in a drunken like state (what I am guessing what a drunk would see and feel like) to make my way to bed to fall asleep and the alarm goes off in less than 4 hours later.  Rinse and repeat!  But I just can not fall asleep on my own till around that time, sometimes it will go till 11PM till I start to drift and not realizing that I have fall asleep (but who does) and then wake up to seeing the TV on.  I guess that is good I watch TV otherwise if I just came home and laid down then I would never know what time it was and wake
up late or something!  Day and night, it confuses me.

At the movies:
No surprises this weekend as "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" continues the box office domination with another 77.2 million and now a cume of over 300 mil.  It is a significant drop from last weekend but will continue to have legs well through June.  New at #2 is Hot Pursuit with 13.3 mil and may get a slight boost today for Mother's Day. This one was right about expectations as well.  Holding ground at #3 is "The Age of Adaline" with another 5.6 mil.  Still in the top 5 is "Furious 7" earning an extra 5.3 mil and about out of fuel but still making at least 340 mil domestic.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" with 5.2 mil and pretty much out of power.

Quote of the week:
"The ultimate inspiration is the deadline." - Nolan Bushnell

Facts & Tips:
The average bar of soap lasts twice as long as a bottle of body wash.

"I'm gonna treat it like a UFO sighting. I saw something, but I'm not quite sure what it was." - P.J. Soles as Stella Hansen in "Stripes."

Monday, May 04, 2015

I feel like we are getting a 2nd Winter (despite not really having a first one to begin with) but with no rain.  The weather feels and smells like our usual Winter when we have them but having it now?  Sure is odd weather patterns we are experiencing and each year it seems to be getting more strange.  The air smelled of moisture and it was a little cold outside during the day and night.  This is good but we do need rain with it otherwise it seems a bit pointless.  I am sure this weather will continue to be odd throughout the year and probably this time next year, it will be insane or something!  I am sure the weather is great for the green but I think it is making me sneeze and have a constant running nose.  I feel fine but I keep having to blow my nose all the time.  Not getting worse or better, just there.

Weekly Update:
I did not do anything this past week which is fine with me since Vegas was a bit draining for me.  This past weekend was Free Comic Book Day and it is almost a national holiday which it should be!  I know they are comics but they do encourage kids to read and also cause for nostalgia for adults.  It is a time of both new discovery and remembrance of ones childhood.  It should be recognized as a holiday, why not?  Its educational, creative and inspiration with most of the characters being super heroes.  It sure beats out other days like Record Store Day which is trying to jump-start a dying medium.  Might as well have newspaper day or black and white TV day at this point.  But comic books ... they seem to be stronger than ever right now.

At the movies:
Of course there is only one winner this weekend and probably a couple of weeks to come ... The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens with a huge 187.7 million which is still an amazing record for a non-holiday weekend and very close to our expectations.  Some other factors did effect the box office such as amazing weather and the big fight on Saturday night.  But despite all that, the film is on its way to reach 500 mil domestic an
d should hit 200 mil at least by mid-week if not sooner.  Word-of-mouth is strong on this film and repeat business is going to carry it for awhile. Holding at #2 is "The Age of Adaline" with another 6.3 mil and will slowly fade away.  Dropping down to #3 is "Furious 7" with 6.1 mil but now in the 300 mil mark and gas will run out for it soon.  Holding at #4 is "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" with 5.6 mil and the batteries running out.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Home" with another 3.3 mil and likely the last we will see it in the top 5 but sure had a solid run at the box office.

Quote of the week:
"There are two levers for moving men -- interest and fear." - Napoleon Bonaparte

Facts & Tips:
All of the major candidates in the 1992, 1996 and 2008 U.S. presidential elections were left-handed.

"I asked him his name. He didn't know." - Nancy Allen as Officer Anne Lewis in "Robocop" (1987).

Sunday, April 26, 2015

VEGAS EDITION - Cinemacon

More on the Vegas stuff later but we had rain!!  I was at Disneyland of course when it happened but that did not bother me.  It was crowded there too but we had a nice patch of rain.  STILL not enough but still a good drizzle to steady medium down pour of liquid gold coming from the sky.  It probably lasted for maybe 45 minutes off-and-on and then the remaining time it just stayed cloudy with the sun poking in to say hello from time-to-time.  The rest of this upcoming week is suppose to be warm again but it was a 20% chance of rain on Saturday, hope that we get those lucky chances again very soon.

Weekly Update:
Went to my year convention in Las Vegas called CinemaCon (I know, worst name ever award) and this time only went for a day.  It is sad when you arrive there and as soon as you walk in for the first time in a year, it feels like you were just there yesterday.  Plus all the recycled air, dry air, smoke and smell of everything ... gets you kind of sick after the first day.  So I went to a couple of things, ran into so many people and passed around the hello's and
hugs.  I decided not to stay for the final night this year because most of people receiving awards, I have already had the chance to meet.  But I did go to a special event on Wednesday, the one day I was there, and meet two really great folks:

*Francis Lawrence - Director of the "Hunger Game" films and a really nice guy!
*Julianne Moore - A lot of film and TV but overall an incredible person!  She was amazingly sweet and wanted to know what I do and where I was from ... shockingly nice and engaging!

At the movies:
Still at the winners' circle is "Furious 7" earning another 18.3 million and well past 300 mil cume for domestic box office.  This will be the last weekend in the #1 spot though with another big movie on the horizon.  Holding ground at #2 is "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" with another 15.5 mil and this battery is dying down.  New at #3 is The Age of Adaline with a debut of 13.4 mil and very close to expectations.  Still in the mix at #4 is "Home" earning another 8.3 mil as it passes 150 mil cume but will not reach 200 unfortunately.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Unfriended" with 6.2 mil extra and pretty much un-popular. 

Quote of the week:
"Every artist was first an amateur." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Facts & Tips:
Strawberries are grown in every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada.

"I knew I hated you for a reason, I'm gonna tell everyone in prison I went back in time to kill my own father!" - Clark Duke as Jacob in "Hot Tub Time Machine."

Monday, April 20, 2015

Generally speaking, not bad of a week weather-wise.  The days were fairly cool but really windy at times.  Wind is also good in general because it disperses the smog more, clears the skies a bit and if we have those wind-generating mills that helps them create more energy!  Wind and solar are two great sources of energy that we need to continue to tap into!  I hear there is home versions of those wind generators which sounds interesting but I can not imagine in this area it would be economical.  Those wind generators you see, they still require a little bit of power to run so in order to create energy you still have to use it.  But naturally the energy you use was created by the wind and it is helping make even more energy.  Solar is just equipment that creates energy from zero but the cost of that to set up is just not economical at this time for home-owners.  I think right now it would take at least 5 years to re coop the cost of having one put in.  If it was within the first year, that may be a better investment!

Weekly Update:
So what did I do this week?  Nothing ... just work and work and more work.  All indoors, all boring for the most part oh and Earth Day is coming up.  Kind of sad we only observe it once a year when we live here our entire lives.  I really is not enough that we do in our lives to preserve the planet.  Sure we recycle when we can remember and try not to waste but then you have to think that the stuff we are trying not to waste, we had to process it from the Earth in the first place.  That is why recycling is so important because we do not want to generate more from the planet and re-use what we can.  I know there is a whole process of recycling as well that requires new materials to recycle but compared to creating something from scratch can save nearly 60% of having to continue to use new materials.  That is a big reduction and in time hopefully we can make that process even more refined to closer to 80% in the very near future.

At the movies:
The race to Summer is still on as "Furious 7" continues to dominate the box office for a 3rd week in a row earning an extra 29.1 million and just shy of 300 mil cume.  No doubt it will have it this Tuesday the latest but after that it will quickly slow down.  However it has already claimed the title of biggest movie so far for 2015 till May 1st.  New at #2 is Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 with a 24 mil opening and right about expectations.  Also new at #3 is Unfriended with 16 mil and below industry expectations but pretty much what we expected it to be at.  Holding ground at #4 is "Home" earning another 10.3 mil.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The Longest Ride" with 6.9 mil and this ride is pretty much over.
 
New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week but honestly it is right about where it should be.  Disneynature series Monkey Kingdom earns 4.7 mil and a little below expectations but still that is almost all profit at this point. 

Quote of the week:
"Nimble thought can jump both sea and land." - William Shakespeare

Facts & Tips:
Broadway is one of the longest streets in the world.  It is 150 miles long.

"Take a picture, it lasts longer." - Rose McGowan as Pam in "Grindhouse: Death Proof."