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."

Monday, March 06, 2017

Starting to heat up a little bit this week ... is the rain done with us now?  Was suppose to get a day of it but ended up like an afternoon as I thought it would (if any at all).  I thought the groundhog saw its shadow which means more Winter?  LIES!  The groundhog lied to all of us.  How does a groundhog even sees it shadow and how do you know if it does?  Does it try to run away from it?  Does it point and say, "Hey, is that me?" and indicates noticing its shadow?  So many questions to this scientific method and unsure of its procedures!!  Was this all done in a lab?  Answers please, I need them.

Weekly Update:
Took some friends to Disneyland yesterday and that was pretty fun.  Good to see and hang out with them and their kids.  I still don't understand why the Peter Pan ride has such a huge line all the time.  I mean granted, its a great ride but not that great.  Out of all the rides in Fantasyland its pretty much triples, if not more, the other lines.  I also ate at a new place I haven't been to before by Splash Mountain.  Its a little hidden but pretty good.  They gave us a free funnel cake dessert because it had been sitting awhile.  It was really great!  I may have to get one next time I'm there.  But overall, fun time!

At the movies:

The doesn't-give-a-dam hero dominates the box office this week as Logan earns top honors.  Opening to a solid 85.3 million and solid reviews, this film looks to be on its way to 200 mil for domestic cume.  VERY small drop to #2 is "Get Out" with another 26.1 million and getting close to 100 mil cume.  New at #3 is The Shack with a nice 16.1 mil, above expectations and should do tremendous after its theatrical release.  Holding on to #4 is "The LEGO Batman Movie" with an extra 11.7 mil and slowly tapering off.  Rounding off the top 5 is Before I Fall with only 4.9 mil and ... right about expectations.

Quote of the week:

"It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Facts & Tips:

One lemon tree will produce about 1,500 lemons a year.

"Can you take pictures of my boyfriend's car?" - Kelsey Chow as hot girl in "The Amazing Spider-Man."

Monday, February 27, 2017

OSCAR EDITION

Sunday saw the 89th Academy Awards ceremony and well ... it was interesting!  Overall the show as pretty good compared to recent years.  Some good jokes but could use some more.  I do like the fake feud between Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon and I am glad they continued that on the show, it was entertaining to me at least.  The biggest surprise of the whole evening was the last award and I think people over a certain age maybe shouldn't read the winners any more maybe??  That will be a moment remembered for a very long time in Oscar history for sure ... or just in televised history to be honest.  But good on the both the "La La Land" folks and Kimmel when it happened.  I think they took a good approach and were also very humbling when it was clearly neither of their faults.  Also begs the question why do they have two envelopes for each category and they gave the same one twice.  I understand back ups but don't have them together maybe?  But congrats to "Moonlight" on the win ... didn't see though so I need to catch up still.

Weekly Update:
This past Wednesday we had our 11th Annual Young Variety Pool Tournament and it appeared to be a great turn out and event.  The pool hall was packed but it is also just a tad smaller than previous locations.  But it was still great and had a handful of celebrity friends attend again.  Also met some new friends and added them to the collection:

*Erin Cahill - known as the pink power ranger in Time Force and so awesome!
*Aimee Garcia - from various TV show appearance and nice.
*Jessika Van - up and coming actress and very sweet!

At the movies:
Its Oscar Night!!!  Who will win some gold (La La Land) and who will go home empty handed?  Tonight should effect the next couple of weeks but not this weekend!  New at #1 is Get Out with 30.5 million to open.  Above all expectations and some decent reviews coming out of this thriller.  Slight drop to #2 is "The Lego Batman Movie" with another 19 mil and making its way to 150 mil.  At #3 is "John Wick: Chapter 2" with an extra 9 mil as it looks like it may fall short of 100 mil cume.  Holding at #4 is "The Great Wall" with another 8.7 mil and this epic is losing steam fast.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Fifty Shades Darker" with 7.8 mil and about to turn the light off on this one.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Have a couple this week ... up first is Rock Dog as it comes in at #11 with only 3.7 mil to open.  Fell below expectations but also not very surprising.  Coming at #13 is Collide with only 1.5 mil and again below expectations and again, not surprising.

Quote of the week:
"I don't go around regretting things that don't happen." - Virgil Thomson

Facts & Tips:
A tiger's night vision is six times better than a human's.

"Boy, if this thing works it could be my ticket out. This job is starting to get to me. Lately I've been shoplifting just to feel in control. Because no one knows I took the candy bar. No one but Peter." - Scott Adsit as Pete Hornberger in the TV series "30 Rock."

Monday, February 20, 2017

RAIN ... again.  So they promised us 2 or 3 days of heavy rain and it did rain, just not heavy and not for 2 or 3 days.  More like less than a day total and it was just light to medium.  So, where did it go?  Mountains continue to be covered but I have no idea if they received more or not because at this distance it looks the same.  Did it go inland?  Which is good too because they need rain having more crops.  But ... where did it go?  Heard reports of mass down pours in Los Angeles but then it never showed up here.  Some very light showers ... I wanted mass rain!!!  So sad, was set up to hunker down inside and enjoy doing nothing but instead ... some rain, mostly sunning skies and cool temperatures.  I know I know, that sounds like great weather but not for me.

Weekly Update:

Had a couple of events this past week and both on the same day.  Nothing but still a little fun and a nice break.  The first event was just an outing to Disneyland on Thursday morning and it was cool.  Got to check out the new Soarin' ride and eventually did a little Midway Mania.  Then ended up staying there for lunch and went to Disneyland for that at the Mexican place.  It was a lot of food, more than expected.  Later on that night, went back to California Adventure to help with the Minnie's Moonlight Madness event.  This was fun to watch as teams of four (tied together) go around the park and tries to figure out clues.  So I helped with the first clue set called Scatter Clues.  You have about 400 teams times 4 people per team so when they start the "race" they go to different clues in the park to start before they go the main clue center to get the next clue.  This way not all 400 teams are going to the same clue center and kind of breaks it up.  Pretty good idea and it was fun but ran late.  I think I got home around 1AM.

At the movies:
No surprises this weekend as "The Lego Batman Movie" continues at #1 with an extra 34.2 million and just shy of 100 mil for its first 10-days.  Should get to that mark sometime tomorrow though.  Holding at #2 is "Fifty Shades Darker" with 24.2 mil more and also close to 100 mil cume, should get that by end of day tomorrow if not sooner.  New at #3 is The Great Wall with 18.1 mil and slightly below expectations.  They did a lot of promotions for this film but appears it didn't really pay off.  Holding at #4 is "John Wick: Chapter 2" with 16.5 mil and this film does have pretty good reviews and reactions.  New at #5 is Fist Fight with 12 mil to open and right around exceptions.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as A Cure for Wellness comes in at #10 with only 4.2 mil.  Pretty much as expected and no cure to save this film into going further.

Quote of the week:
"If a man does his best, what else is there?" - George S. Patton

Facts & Tips:
It is against the law to use "The Star Spangled Banner" as dance music in Massachusetts.

"Excuse me, did you just try to control my body with your white hands?" - Sherri Shepherd as Angie Jordan on the TV series "30 Rock."

Monday, February 13, 2017

It has been a little warmer lately but not too bad.  Not Summer weather but warm Winter weather.  Did not need the heater on at night which is good but could use more rain.  We did get a little bit but honestly still not enough.  Some areas were flooded but these are areas that just simply were not prepared for what they had was so old and wasn't repaired for it.  We use to get heavy rains every Winter when I was growing up and it didn't flood this bad like it has been.  But nothing has changed except more junk fell into those areas and possibly causing clogs and jams so the water is not flowing at all as it should be.  We should look at a major clean up if this happens again next year and so if it does get heavy, it will not flood or as much.  Just a thought!

Weekly Update:
Another week of just work work work ... had a dinner recently with someone I think will explode on the movie scene pretty soon.  She was a stunt woman before but slowly making her way to on screen acting and I hope for big things to come.  She is having me and friend come along with her on this journey as her publicist so should be exciting things!  Her two movies coming up this year are "Wonder Woman" and "The Justice League."  Two big movies for sure, her part is minor but what is cool is she is the same character in both movies.  So that is something and maybe it will get her more recognition soon!  But overall, it is just exciting to be along for the ride!

At the movies:
As expected, the new The Lego Batman Movie comes in at #1 with a decent 55.6 million to start off with. Slightly below expectations but still a solid opening with very strong word-of-mouth to carry it to at least a 200 mil cume down the road. New at #2, coming in just slightly below expectations is Fifty Shades Darker with 46.8 mil to open. No real positive or negative responses but several ladies' nights out attended this film.  Also new at #3 is John Wick: Chapter 2 with 30 mil to open and above expectations.  Would not be surprised for a #3 in this franchise with that number coming in.  Dropping down to #4 is "Split" with 9.3 mil but breaking the 100 mil cume mark.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Hidden Figures" as it continues its award buzz and earning another 8 mil.

Quote of the week:

"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me." - Henry Ford

Facts & Tips:

Napoleon Bonaparte was actually not short.  At 5'7", he was average height for his time.


"Mr. Lewis, if you were to get control, and I don't think you will, but if you did what do you plan to do?" - Alex Hyde-White as David Morse in "Pretty Woman."