Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Loud Viewers-We happened to have some super sensitive laughers sitting right behind us. During the previews they went crazy laughing with an uncontrollable rage at anything that resembled comedy during the previews. There were probably 4 or 5 comical parts of the movie we were watching, and they didn't miss their cue to go crazy laughing at each of them. I was just grateful that we weren't watching a comedy since these guys could bust a gut while watching Schindler's List.
Commericals-One of my favorite things about going to the movies is watching the previews, yet one of my least favorite things is watching all the garbage they play before the previews like Axe or Keebler Elf commercials. Is it just me or is anyone else annoyed with the Cinemark "First Look" format? It's one thing to watch the same repetitive ads each time you go to the movies, but what really drives me crazy is when they summarize everything they have been showing for the previous half hour as if there is going to be a test and they are reviewing all of the material so we don't forget anything.
Noisy Kids-Years ago I went to see The Water Boy. It was a matinee showing and there were only about 4 of us in the theater. Just as the movie started, 2 ladies brought in a group of about 12 little kids who must have been at a birthday party. Yes, they sat right behind me and I could have sworn they were breaking a pinata during the movie because it was so noisy.
Bad Seats-One of the worst things is when you get to the movie late and are forced to sit in the first two rows. This is even worse for your eyes than looking directly into the sun! I refuse to watch a movie in the front section of a theater after having done so on a few occasions. I have empathy for the poor souls who come in late and try to find decent seats in the dark before they finally give up an sit in the front row.
I don't want to sound like a whiner. Even a bad day at the movies is better than a good day at work. I love movies so much that I have a separate blog dedicated to that subject. If you are ever looking for some very mediocre reviews with random insights, you might want to check out The Movie Guy.
Friday, July 23, 2010
I recently came across a sister site to Totally Looks Like, Fail Blog, and Kludges. It's called So Much Pun. Here is a sample of the stuff you will find there. Some of them are groaner puns, but I thought they were pretty funny.
|The New Batman Trailer|
|The Cos of Death|
Monday, July 12, 2010
1. It's family friendly. If you are an orphan or a widow, I am still friendly. I try yo keep things on a PG level, but since I am an immature guy I may have some occasional PG-13 flare ups.
2. For free amusement and entertainment.
3. For the picture of the month feature.
4. For the links to my other movie and fitness blogs.
5. For the occasional post about a serious topic that might actually have some substance to it.
6. To read the comments of the many talented commenters which are much better than my posts.
7. To stretch your brain and look at everyday topics in a new light. (I take no responsibility if you need therapy after prolonged exposure to my blog.)
8. To keep you regular.
9. To fuel my unquenchable thirst for pride and power and to eventually help me achieve world domination.
10. Do it for the children of the world. Especially for the ones in 3rd world countries.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Pain killers- Ten years ago after a shoulder surgery, I watched a Denzel Washington movie. I don't even remember what it was, but I watched it after taking my Oxycontin and while eating an entire bag of Costco trail mix. I just remember being warm, sweaty, and happy during the what little I can remember of the film. I now throw out prescription pain killers as soon as the pain subsides because I'm afraid of getting addicted to them.
Anaesthesia- It sure beats biting down on a stick! I always try to see how long I can go when they tell me to count backwards from 10. So far my record is 8. Why do so many guys from India have a corner on this occupation?
Scrubs-I was disappointed that there were no guitar strums or "bud dump bump ching" drum noises when I made witty comments to the hospital staff today. Nobody even laughed when I told them I was having a Siamese twin attached to me when the nurse asked what procedure I was having done today. My experience seemed less like a comedy and more like a documentary.
Doctors- I'm just grateful I don't live in the dark ages when the village "barber" performed medical procedures. "I'd like a trim with color treatment, and while you're at it could you remove my appendix?" Having qualified physicians and medical technology is a blessing.
Medical Transcriptionists- These people work very hard to decipher physicians encrypted dictations. They are the heroes behind the scenes of every surgery. Since you don't see these people at the hospital, most people don't realize what a crucial role they play, or how hot they are. Yes my wife is a transcriptionist.
So there you have it. Despite our country's need for health reform, I am still glad I can get medical attention (and a cool plastic bracelet with my name on it) when I really need it. Not being able to pay the procedure off for another year despite having insurance is a topic for another day. Sorry if there are typos, but I am not completely lucid. Didn't Edgar Allen Poe do his best work while he was stoned too?
Friday, July 2, 2010
I usually run the 5K Race in the morning and sometimes go to the parade after. The fly-over is pretty cool. I enjoy seeing the soldiers, veterans, and the high school marching bands that are cool enough to have bagpipes, but after that, the parade is pretty much just a giant commercial. Watching floats with advertising for all kinds of businesses, along with giant inflatable cartoon character balloons just doesn't do anything for me. If you are lucky, you might get a piece of candy thrown at you. Even my little kids get tired of sitting in the sun watching the parade. Big crowds with lots of strangers doesn't help the situation either. I can't believe some people camp out over night for it.
I don't mind fireworks, but I'm not going to waste my money on something that will be burned up and destroyed a day later unless it is something I can eat. I know some people who spend hundreds of dollars on their personal firework shows. Some of these people single handedly boost the Wyoming economy with their annual purchases. They are a big hit with the kids in my neighborhood. I usually just send my kids down the street to watch their fireworks, so I'm grateful for all the money they save me.
I assume we celebrate with fireworks as a reference to "the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air", but I think most people are just looking for an excuse to blow stuff up. I'm afraid I outgrew fireworks years ago, around the same time I got tired of video games. I think the final nail in the coffin was when we went to watch a big fireworks show a couple years ago. We arrived very early to get good seats, then had to wait forever until it was finally dark enough. We then saw about 20 minutes of fireworks and smoke before we got to experience the highlight of the night, which was sitting in a traffic jam for an hour and a half with thousands of other hot, and exhausted people. Yippee!
Since we live in a free country, I will respect the way people choose to celebrate their freedom, which for most people appears to be blowing stuff up. If we want to make fireworks more applicable to freedom, I suggest we not let adults use them unless they are a registered voter. Please don't take offense if you are a pyro. I hope you have a great time this weekend, and I just want you to know that I love my country and appreciate my freedom, even if I don't light anything but the barbecue grill over the weekend.