Monday, June 27, 2016

Busy Day Off

I took the day off today. I accomplished a lot.
Took Jett to the Orthodontist.
Got my oil changed.
Took Jett to Grandmas.
Got a McGriddle.
Got my car washed.
Watched The Ultimate Fighter.
Went to Nordstrom, bought a new pair of shoes.
Went and saw Neon Demon. (review below)
Went grocery shopping.
Did some laundry.

So I like Nicolas Winding Refn movies.
This would make a good double feature with Black Swan. It was visually very interesting. It might be trying too hard. It might be a bit vague and shallow. But it does make you think about it long after it’s over. So I think that is successful. I don’t think you must see it on the big screen, but I do think it is worth seeing.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Bullying

I saw this here and wanted to share:

Today in one of our classes I introduced the children to two apples (the children didn't know this, but before the class I had repeatedly dropped one of the apples on the floor, you couldn't tell, both apples looked perfect). We talked about the apples and the children described how both apples looked the same; both were red, were of similar size and looked juicy enough to eat.

I picked up the apple I'd dropped on the floor and started to tell the children how I disliked this apple, that I thought it was disgusting, it was a horrible colour and the stem was just too short. I told them that because I didn't like it, I didn't want them to like it either, so they should call it names too.

Some children looked at me like I was insane, but we passed the apple around the circle calling it names, 'you're a smelly apple', 'I don't even know why you exist', 'you've probably got worms inside you' etc.

We then passed another apple around and started to say kind words to it, 'You're a lovely apple', 'Your skin is beautiful', 'What a beautiful colour you are' etc. I then held up both apples, and again, we talked about the similarities and differences, there was no change, both apples still looked the same.

I then cut the apples open. The apple we'd been kind to was clear, fresh and juicy inside.

The apple we'd said unkind words to was bruised and all mushy inside.

I think there was a lightbulb moment for the children immediately. They really got it, what we saw inside that apple, the bruises, the mush and the broken bits is what is happening inside every one of us when someone mistreats us with their words or actions.

When people are bullied, especially children, they feel horrible inside and sometimes don't show or tell others how they are feeling. If we hadn't have cut that apple open, we would never have known how much pain we had caused it.

We can teach children that it's not ok to say unkind things to each other and discuss how it makes others feel. We can teach our children to stand up for each other and to stop any form of bullying.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Great summer for Jett

Movie Review

We Are Twisted F*cking Sister-

Nancy and I were searching for something to watch on Netflix and saw this documentary on the 80s hair band twisted Sister. We thought it would be an amusing tale of rise to Mtv fame and of the crazy rock & roll lifestyle.

It was nothing of what we expected.

I really don’t want to give any details about the story it tells. Because the surprise easily made it even more enjoyable for us.

Other than their music videos I really didn’t know a single thing about them going into this.

I would strongly suggest watching this. It was very interesting.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

AC

When I got home the AC wasn't working. I called Holiday heating and cooling. They are awesome. Their tech walked me through a couple reset options.

Worked like a charm.

Saved me a service visit.

I highly recommend them.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Movie Review

Midnight Special-

I had really high hopes for this.

The trailers looked really cool. It was an intriguing movie that I was excited to see what would really unfold.

Maybe these high hopes were my problem.

It was just ok.

It was vague, sometimes in a good way. Sometimes because the writing felt lazy. It had potential to be truly original and great. But it ultimately didn’t play by it’s own rules it had established.

The performances were top notch.

But the movie just fell short to me. The parts that could have been an interesting movie were ignored. Instead we get a mostly boring chase movie.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Movie Review

Cell-

I had read the book by Stephan King long ago when it came out. The book was good except for the ending. I was shocked this was available on iTunes, since I didn’t think it had come out at the theaters yet. But it was a pre-theater release.

Code for this movie probably sucks and will make no money, so we are desperate to do whatever we can.

I am sick and tired of shitty movies.

There is so much out there that has just been an utter waste of time lately.

I want my money back.

I want my hour and 39 minutes back.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Movie Review

Spring-

I had read about this on a horror movie site. But most of it is not a horror movie at all. It is a love story.

The performances and story are top notch. It built real characters that pulled you in.

The less you know going into this the better.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Movie Review

Jupiter Ascending-

I like movies by the Wachowskis. In fact I like all their movies.

Really.

While watching this I really wish I had seen it on the big screen. It was visually stunning. Were there some spots of not great acting and some cheesy scenes?

Yep.

But plenty of scifi movies have those. Including some of the most popular ones of all time.

I found the overall story and premise interesting and original.

Is it perfect? No.

Is it a fun way to spend 2 hours? yes.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Loufest

Lineup was announced this morning. Had to buy tickets because LCD Soundsystem is playing. As well as many other good bands.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Movie Review

Deadpool-

I had heard nothing but great things and really wanted to see it in the theater, but life got in the way of being able to do that.

Was finally able to watch it last night and I loved it. Looked great, funny, bloody and fun.

I never had the Deadpool comics, so I knew little to nothing about him. I always thought his character looked cool.

I can’t wait to go through some of the extras on the blu ray.

If I’m not the last person to have finally seen this movie, definitely go watch it now.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Movie review

The Witch-

The bore.

This is like Picnic at hanging rock to me. Many people rave about it, think it’s great, full of atmosphere.

I found it a boring waste of time.

The oldest daughter is a witch.

Oh... spoilers.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Jett and His Band Covering The Flaming Lips



Playing at The Duck Room today. The theme was 90’s songs. It as fun to see them do this one.

Movie Review

Triple 9-

A star studded cast. A tale of dirty cops and crime and murder.

Yet somehow convoluted and boring.

it seems like a lot of this is on the cutting room floor due to time. Because while we have a bunch of interesting characters we never really learn anything about anyone.

I don’t need to be spoon fed info in a movie, but some clarity would have been nice.

Waste of almost 2 hours.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Movie Review

Bite-

This movie bit.

I had read that it was good. I read that it was so gross you’d have to look away.

Nope and nope.

A poor man’s version of The Fly but with no character development, stupid character behaviors  and a thin excuse for a story.

A complete waste of 90 minutes for me.

Avoid this at all costs.

Pool Lost & Found

A new pool season is upon us.
So above are the items still in the lost & found from last season.
Claim them before next Saturday or they become rags or trashed.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Been busy

It’s been a busy but fun week at work.

Bernie Sanders won yet another state, yet the media still is focused on Clinton/Trump.

My hand is slowly getting better. 1 more week in the splint. Then rehab. Ugh.

The pool was opened today. Not swimmable yet, but soon. And it is so much nicer to look out to water than a cover.

Jett only has 6 more days left of 5th grade. Crazy!

I want to go see the captain America Civil War movie. Want to go?


 
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