Friday, July 30, 2004

Lock At The Movies (sort of)

Lock At The Movies (sort of)

I'm back in the movie seeing business. After taking a hiatus of a couple of years, I'm watching movies left and right now. I was one of the original Netflix members, an online DVD rental place, and after 2 year subscription to the service, I cancelled it because simply put, I watched everything in their library that I wanted to see.

So I took a break from the movie rental hobby, let a bunch of movies pass me by since I wasn't going to the theater either, and now am taking the opportunity to get caught back up.

I didn't sign up for Netflix, but instead went with Wal-Mart's DVD rental business. It was the cheapest of the three (Netflix, Wal-Mart and Blockbuster). They are very quick with getting the movies out and I'm quick getting them back, much to their chagrin I imagine. They're also very quick about processing the returns and getting the next one on my list sent out. I'm impressed with the service so far.

I've had the account for only one week but have watched seven movies so far. Here is my quick review of the seven:

Solaris - 6/10. Entertaining but the movie is just simply there. Nothing very exciting, it's just a love story with a supernatural deal. It looked great, the sets looked great, the acting was good but it was just a storyline that started at point A and finished at point B then the The End. At moments, I was reminded of 2001 (great movie) and the set looked like they borrowed it from Cameron's Aliens. Entertaining is my way of saying it's a good watch when viewed for the first time, but there's no reason to see it again.

Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World - 7/10. Neat to watch. The swashbuckling adventures of these 18th century British naval soldiers tells a few good stories. The portrayal seemed like it would be accurate, a good representation of what 18th century naval warfare was like so the set looked great. The characters are rushed though, not much time to invest emotionally in each one or remember who is who, but it pulls it off on a select few: the captain of course, the ship's doctor and maybe a couple of the adolescent officers. Good flow, not much of a climax though. The movie builds towards something and then when it gets to it, it just lets the air out of the balloon and let it unfold in an nonexciting way. Also, it's very strange to see Russell Crowe be so polite and chivalrous given his notorious personality in real life. I know, Gladiator but even in that, his job was to be barbaric. In Commander, he's almost pompous - ah, but that part is accurate.

Paycheck - 5/10. It's typical Woo, only he's doing scifi. He has a style that I can't seem to ever get into. He is master of action, but I just get the feeling he's using antiquated methods still, like having cars blow up for little reason. It's a good story. The story it's based on is a short story written by Philip K. Dick. The book is excellent and the movie tries to stay on target with that theme but has to stray in many areas to keep the movie together. Affleck may not have been the right guy for this role but he did a decent job. Uma's character was unnecessary for the whole thing, she was there just to add a touch of romance to the story. For a biologist though, Woo had her kicking butt. For brief flashes I thought someone had put in Kill Bill. This movie is entertaining so you know what that means.

Mystic River - 7/10. Good flick, good story. Sean Penn is Godfather in Boston. I'm not sure he deserved the Oscar, but he did a great job. Character development was very good in this. We see three friends as kids, each with their own personality, then many years later when they're grown up (middle aged) with families, you recognize who they are based on what you witnessed during their childhood actions. It's a good story too about how a close-knit neighborhood takes care of its own, which gives it the Godfather feel. The movie turns into a mystery and the outcome was a little disappointing but it was probably decided that it was necessary to elevate a dramatic effect for one of the characters, but for me it kind of stole from it. Not your typical Hollywood drama though, especially the ending. You won't know who to feel for when it's over.

Lost In Translation - 8/10. Excellent. Story of two strangers staying in Tokyo for personal reasons, Murray is doing an acting job and Johannsen is visiting family. They both dread being in Tokyo for the time they've planned to stay but end up meeting each other (in the hotel where they're staying) and actually find a way to have a good time while they're there. (Plutonically people! Get your mind out of the gutter!) The pairing up of Murray who is a middle aged married man with kids and Johanssen who is a newlywed barely 20 something is an odd one as far as society might be concerned, so good thing they're not in America. The chemistry between the two really works and you're happy to see they're making the best of a bad/boring situation and see them establish an emotional friendship that is beneficial to each of them and you want to see it work.

Seabiscuit - 7/10. There really is nothing wrong with this film as a film. It does everything right but the problem is that I'm just not into horseracing. This movie made me a little bit interested which speaks for its quality, but it was doomed from the start. Having said that, I still have it a 7 out of 10. It's like trying to get into an excellent film about grease trap cleaning. Seabiscuit is an excellent story (for a horseracing story), the characters are great and identifiable, the acting is great, the set is great, the horse is great. It's all great. It's a perfect formula for an excellent film, except for the subject matter. If you like horses or gambling or rags to riches or even period pieces, you'll enjoy this film.

Monster - 8/10. Obviously a low budget movie, but it didn't need any glamour. This was about a down on her luck, unlucky woman who finds something good in her life for once and does everything possible (read: illegal) to protect it. If you didn't think it was possible for a movie to force you to identify with a serial killer, this one will make a very valid attempt to garner your sympathy for a person who killed seven people. You see a series of events unfold that might make you say, 'Yeah, I can see why she had to whack those guys. I might do the same.' Anyway, good film, great acting on Theron's attempt. Ricci is ok as miniature version of Theron (desperate for happiness but doesn't need to kill to get it). It's a very good story that was well executed in film. Theron gets mighty ugly for the part too, a testimony to the makeup artists involved. She definintely deserved the Oscar.

Thursday, July 29, 2004



Had the baby doctor's appointment on Tuesday. Mrs. Lock was 12 weeks and 5 days (now 13 weeks) into the pregnancy. We got to hear the heartbeat. The Mrs. got pretty emotional about that and I think she did because it is the first real sign that she is indeed carrying a child, so it came with some relief. Although there really was little doubt, it's still good to see it (hear it) for yourself.

Now we're looking for a stethoscope to buy so we can listen anytime we want.

Out doctor seems very nice and very knowledgeable, always good to have a knowledgeable doctor. She can be quite detailed about information she is passing, almost to the point of being graphic - which is ok with us. I'm actually glad to have a doctor who talks to her patient as a peer, straight forward, nothing sugar coated. Bring it doctor, I've seen it all! I'll tell you about my summer job working in the surgery department of a hospital someday.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Baby Doc Visit #2

Baby Doc Visit #2

Mrs. Lock and I have an appointment today with the baby doctor. This is our second visit. I think we get appointments every month up until the 7th month. Then it's every 2 weeks for 7 and 8, then in the 9th month I think it's every week if I remember the schedule.

What amazes me about the process so far is that I don't think they know she is pregnant yet. All they have is our word and a $5 pregnancy test to go on.

On the first appointment they took some blood from Mrs. Lock and gave her some literature. That's it. Do they trust our expertise in this matter that much that they're willing to go through the whole process, set everything up, pull out all the stops all because they believe we can make a proper diagnosis? Just seems very amateurish to me, I dunno.

More later...

Monday, July 26, 2004

An exercise...

An exercise...

Katie slammed open the door to her trailer as a truck pulled up. The sound of the tires rolling over rocks and a cloud of dust stirred up near the trailer. The driver got out and Katie addressed him. "Where the hell were you?"

Nick, sensing the tension from his girlfriend cautiously walked up to her as she was standing on the iron steps leading up to the trailer. "Don't be mad," he said. "I borrowed the truck."

"I can see you borrowed the truck," Katie said. "Why is the bumper hanging off of it?"

"Because I ran over something."


"I'm not sure." Nick coughed.

"Excuse me?" Katie stared at her boyfriend, eyes wide.

Nick broke down, realizing he couldn't hide it. "I ran over some guy."

Silence. Katie's expression didn't change. She studied her boyfriend for a few seconds, eyes darting back and forth while she contemplated what her idiot boyfriend was trying to tell her. "You ran over some guy? Are you kidding me?"

"I wish." Nick laughed nervously. "Listen. I was taking it easy, going slow so I didn't get pulled over. You know they would've arrested me and impounded the truck because of my license. I pulled up to the railroad tracks over near Sam's, ya know, and I thought I saw the sheriff turning behind me. I panicked, gunned it across the tracks and you know how rough those tracks are. I lost control of the truck, slid in to Sam's gas station and, well, like I said. Thump, thump."

"Is he all right? Is he dead? Did the sheriff get help? Wait, how are you still here if a sheriff saw you." Katie was fuming.

"Well, it's kinda funny. Turns out it wasn't a sheriff. Just some old car looked like a sheriff's car. They probably got it from a police auction or something."

"You're unbelievable! Where's the guy?"

"What guy," Nick asked.

She slapped her boyfriend on the side of the arm, hard. "The guy you ran over you stupid stooge! What the hell is wrong with you? I can't believe this! What kind of a moron are you?"

Nick stared, blank expression.




"Oh, I dunno. He's probably ok. I didn't stick around to find out."

"You think he's ok?" Katie asked desperately.

"Probably. Although after I ran over him, I had to get out of there in a hurry. It probably didn't help though when I had to back over him again to get away. But I'm sure he's ok. Yeah." Nick scratched his head.

"Unbelievable," Katie said. "You are a complete moron. Someone probably saw you and the cops are on their way right now, probably Sam saw you. They're coming to arrest you and put you in moron jail, a jail just for stupid people like you Nick. What are you going to do about my truck? Do you know how much it costs to fix a hanging bumper and God knows what else you did to my truck?"

"Sam's can fix it up."

"Sam's? The very same Sam who just witnessed you running over one of his customers? Don't you think he's going to be a little suspicious Nick when you pull my truck in there to fix - look I don't even know you. You need to pack your stuff and get the hell out of my trailer. I don't want to ever see you again, I don't want to know you, don't call me, don't write - assuming you know how, don't send nothing, don't send nobody. We are through. Now get out!"

Nick paused then turned to the bedroom. He dejectedly went around and picked up whatever was in sight. He stepped out of the trailer, pulled out his car keys, opened the driver's side door to the truck and lifted a leg to climb inside.

"Nick!" Katie yelled.

"What?" Nick was hanging out of the truck.

"Take a cab! That's my truck you idiot!"

Nick realized his mistake. Closed the door to the truck and thought for a minute. "Do you know the number to get me cab or can you call Jesse to come pick me up?"

Katie screamed, stormed back inside her trailer, slamming the aluminum door as hard as a trailer door can be slammed anyway.

Nick waited for about another minute. "Honey, are you calling someone?"

Friday, July 23, 2004

Rambling On...

Rambling On...

I have nothing to talk about.

My little bundle of fetus and Mom are doing fine. Mrs. Lock is about to start her second trimester already. Work's fine. Family is fine. I should do an interest update, usually reserved for just once a month, since I've started renting movies again.

I changed the banner on the site. It's not that I got tired of looking at those attractive eyes that were up there, I just wanted a change. You know, from sexy eyes to ugly bug. I'll go back at some point, just thought I'd throw some of my own work up there.

Guess I did have something to talk about.

DJI 9999, NASDAQ 1859, SP5 1089

#1 Movie at the box office:
I, Robot

Last movie I saw at the theater:
I, Robot

Last movie(s) I saw not at the theater:
Lost In Translation
Mystic River

Books I'm currently reading:
On Writing by Stephen King
Second Variety by Phillip K. Dick
Foster You're Dead by P.K. Dick

CDs I'm listening to:
Talkie Walkie by Air
Comfort Eagle by Cake

Video games I'm playing:
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
Sega's ESPN NFL2k5

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Wielded The Power To Extend Bad TV Shows

Wielded The Power To Extend Bad TV Shows

Many years ago (thirteen), I used to go over to my girlfriend's house after we'd come home from college for the weekend or summer and her family had this Nielsen TV. If you've ever wondered where TV shows get their ratings, it's from survey companies like Nielsen that monitor a select few's viewing habits and whatever they watched on one of the specially equipped Nielsen televisions, the show received a rating point or whatever the formula was to indicate a show's popularity.

I remember I used to watch the Ron Reagan Jr. talkshow. You'd think this show would have mostly political themes since the host was the son of a former and very popular President, but apparently that's not what the late night viewing audience wanted (including me at the time). In fact, his show turned out to be very Geraldo-ish - back when Geraldo was getting his nose busted by KKK members of a prostitution ring from outer space where the men were the mothers and the women were the nephews.

So I used to watch The Ron Reagan Show on and off for awhile; then one evening, Ron announced that it had been cancelled and they only had a few episodes left. I remember being disappointed because I really liked seeing pimps wrestling transexual midgets in vats of instant pudding so I was determined to watch the few remaining shows he had left to get all the Ronny Junior I could just before this precious gem went off the air.

A few of those episodes went by and the show was still on. It went on for several more weeks and no mention about the cancellation or how the show was still on the air. Apparently it was extended, somehow. Somehow? Did I save Ron Reagan Jr.'s talk show by watching it from my girlfriend's family's Nielsen TV? I'd like to think I had something to do with that.

The extension was short lived, the talk show only lasted one season. Even the show's lone Nielsen viewer couldn't save it.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

"To be furious in religion is to be furiously irreligious."
-- William Penn

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
--Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, July 19, 2004

I, Robot Generic Review

I, Robot Generic Review

No Spoilers.

I saw the newly released movie I, Robot starring Will Smith and I was surprised to find that it was an excellent film. I saw it because I am a fan of Asimov's stories and the I, Robot series so I wanted to see what they could do to it on the big screen.

With a blockbuster lead actor and a $100 million+ budget, I figured they would Hollywood this one up. The film's only hope to keep it from selling out was its director, Alex Proyas (Crow, Dark City).

The plot of the movie resembles very little about the Asimov stories, a few things, characters here and there; however, some of the key ideas and I would say the essence of the stories worked its way in to the movie and represented the kind of "this is your likely future and here is what can go wrong" idea Asimov liked to toy with in his books. Also, the standard twist elements that makes science fiction good scifi are in the movie as well, making it interesting for fans like me.

The action sequences which are usually devoid in scifi thrillers, were still present but used in moderation to the point that they fit right in and were actually entertaining to watch, especially since it was masterfully worked in with the movie's story flow. There is still a ton of dialogue, character development and some mysteries for geeks like me who want their movies to stimulate their brain so I highly recommend this one, scifi fan or not.

One reviewer from the New York Times said of the movie, " of the smarter dumb movies I've seen in a while."

Related sensing samsara post

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Feeling Apish?

Feeling Apish?

I think it's quite possible that we didn't evolve from apes. In fact, I believe we are actually de-evolving to apes. Our species potential and the capacity of our brain and its functions are enormous and not yet completely understood. This to me does not suggest we our in our latest stage of evolution but in fact says that certain potential was perhaps used at one time but no longer is needed; like a mansion whose residents have all moved out.

Scientists are thrilled to witness apes use tools and communicate with humans and they conclude they could be our ancestors. Isn't it possible they have those skills because they used to be human. Eating with a spoon and using sign language is the least that this close cousin of an advanced species should be able to do.

I suggest that any primates or whatever else evolutionists want to link us to, be it chickens, fish, dogs or moose, may not be our ancestors but in fact be the picture of our descendants.

Friday, July 16, 2004

It's better to make an excuse for doing something positive than to make an excuse for not doing it.

What Are You Searching For?

What Are You Searching For?

Seventy-five percent of my readers come directly from search engines. Here is a sample list of search keywords that brings in most of my business. Since these are the more popular keywords, listing them all in one post might increase my search engine rating, albeit falsely. Sorry.

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Thursday, July 15, 2004

Brothers Who Care About Each Other

Brothers Who Care About Each Other

If you have brothers, you have a sense of humor.

When I was 9, my younger brother, 7, and I would walk to school. There wasn't a bus system in our neighborhood. The school was in a very old building and seemingly didn't have much of a budget to financially support a fleet for transportation but we did have crossing guards. They could afford crossing guards which were probably just volunteer students picked to hold an octagonal sign and get their peers across safely.

On the path to school, we always had to go over these railroad tracks which were active tracks at the time, so they did get used on a regular basis by trains always heading somewhere. And walking all the way to school can get mundane sometimes, so I thought I'd play a little joke on my brother and make the trip interesting that day.

We came up to the railroad tracks that we've crossed a hundred times before and I noticed a train sitting on the track, probably 1000 feet to the east, pointed our direction. The train was either not moving or moving slow enough that I decided to lay on the track, flat on my back and see what my brother's reaction would be. If only I had some rope and a sinister, mustached man in black to tie me up.

My brother went ape. You should've seen this seven year old screaming and crying for his older brother to hurry up and get off the track before I got squashed or diced into a million pieces, organs strewn everywhere by the train that's a thousand feet away moving at a turtle's pace. I was no where near in danger of getting hit so I wanted to see how long my brother could keep up the bloody murder screaming. Apparently a good thirty seconds before I decided to end it. It took the rest of the trip to school to get him to calm down.

I look back on this memory fondly and it makes me smile.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Bad Influence

Bad Influence

Mrs. Lock and I were at Target last night. We were in the toddler toy section picking out a gift for an upcoming birthday party for a friend's daughter and we started playing with the various toys, pushing buttons, which caused the toys to talk, play music, or go moo. Then Mrs. Lock happened upon a strange looking toy.

"I don't know what the hell this does," she says after fiddling with it for a bit.

I looked at her, then I looked at the three year old girl standing next to her staring at the shelf of toys below the ones we were looking at, then I looked at the girl's mother standing behind us. Nobody seemed to notice that I'm married to a member of an inner city gang, so I just smiled and walked out of the aisle away from my foul mouthed wife, laughing at what she had done.

She had a good laugh about it too. She's almost three months pregnant with my child. When exactly are those maternal instincts supposed to kick in?

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Like A Train Wreck

Like A Train Wreck

"I couldn't take my eyes off of it, as bad as it was. It was like watching a train wreck."

You've heard this. Do you think that person has actually seen a train wreck? How many people can say they were in a position near some railroad track where they spotted a locomotive coming from one direction, then turned to look in the opposite direction and noticed a second train travelling head on towards the first?

If I were in that position, yes, I think I would stand there and watch the scene unfold because when am I going to get another chance to see two trains collide? Never, that's my point. No one sees this happen. It's a theory, an assumption. When someone uses that phrase, they're describing the calamity of a situation is as bad as something they think they would do if put in the position of watching two giant mechanical bodies in high speed motion collide.

It's not so much like watching a train wreck as it is if you were about to see a train wreck, then you think you would stand there and see the whole thing through. That's what captivated you and your morbid fascination which made you decide to torture yourself to the end by whatever it is you're complaining about.

And I'm not so sure anyone not personally tied to the accident, would complain about a train wreck after seeing one.

"That was just awful. The worst train wreck I've ever seen by far!"

Monday, July 12, 2004

Dreaming About Witches

Dreaming About Witches

My wife insisted I put this dream in my blog. I had this dream Saturday night.

It was a calm, warm day as Mrs. Lock and I trekked through a creepy forest. The ground was covered in brown leaves, autumn was here and as we stepped on the leaves, we crunched our way through and around the bare trees. We were looking for a house we knew to be buried deep in the forest because we had an appointment with a witch of some sort, a woman who lived out of reach of society, very inaccessible.

I actually remember coming to see this witch before so I think she is a recurring character in my dreams. I think this because as we approached her house which looked to be barely standing, a pile of sticks, there were several zombies, for lack of a better term, shuffling about the property. I had it in my mind that these zombies were harmless, more for show than personal protection so we breezed right through them without fear and went right up to the front door.

We went inside and met with the witch where I had a series of questions for her. She did not have the sort of look you'd expect from a stereotypical witch, she was very attractive, tall, dark skinned, long brown hair and very graceful. I had my questions for the hot witch.

"When is our baby due," I started off.

"January 5." This is interesting since the actual due date is February 1. I continued.

"Is it twins?" This is important since twins run on both sides of our family.

"It is not," she replied. "Single baby."

Finally, my last question. "Boy or girl?"

"Boy, most definitely."

Some believe dreams are prophetic. I don't necessarily believe this, not in the oracle sense anyway. Sometimes the answer is there, people just can't see it until their subconscious communicates with them. With questions no one knows the answers to though, it's just a novelty, a lottery. We'll see how it turns out.

Friday, July 09, 2004

Kitten In The Bag

Kitten In The Bag

Ok it's time. Go back and see what you missed. I sneaked an entry in to the archives over a month ago. I'm ready to let it out so I can finally talk about it openly.

Darn you friends of mine who read my blog!

Thursday, July 08, 2004

King Arthur

King Arthur

I saw King Arthur yesterday at the movies, matinee style. Movie matinee prices are higher than I remember evening prices being ten years ago ($6.50). Is that inflation? We haven't had inflation in years. These movies are getting expensive to make though so I suppose expensive to watch.

So I saw this movie because I'm an Arthur nut. I have to see all the interpretations Hollywood does and this one was watchable. It had a very 13th Warrior feel to it which is a good thing and this particular version of the Arthur tale was an interesting one. My jury is still out on whether or not I liked it.

One of the latest theories historians have come up with is that King Arthur was of the Roman Empire, which is very possible given the time and location. The word Arthur was a Roman military position (Artus in Latin I think?) so they're beginning to suspect the famous King was Roman given his dress, chilvary, architecture of his buildings and so on.

In King Arthur, they wanted to keep it realistic, at least as far as medieval stories go. Merlin has a place in the movie but there is no "black" magic at work. Just superior intellect and inventiveness which given time and word of mouth evolves through legend as something of the divine.

Guinevere's character was probably the most creative aspect and greatest division from the usual Arthur tale. She was Picti, though the movie called their race something else I couldn't understand but I recognize them as the Picti race from other Arthur stories and Britain's history. The Picti evolved into present day Scots and in this movie as well as many Arthurian tales were a warrior race indigenous to Britain who were pushed to the far north and behind a wall, probably by the Romans, to slow their advance on the rest of the British island. Merlin was also Picti, same race as Guinevere's, in fact they knew each other.

A third race was introduced to the movie, the Saxons who the Roman-allied Arthur and his knights as well as the Picti called their enemy. Since my enemy's enemy is my friend, the two clashing groups team up against the Saxons who have no regard for Britain or any of its people. See History of Britain for more detail on British History.

I don't have a review of the movie because of my hobby with the Arthurian tale would certainly interfere with my ability to review it as any movie, but of all the Arthurian movies I've seen, I would rate King Arthur second best behind Monty Python's Search For the Holy Grail, which isn't saying much since Holy Grail is meant to be a parody (you think?). I didn't much care for Excalibur and First Knight just plain sucked.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Why Life?

Why Life?

Where did Life cereal get its name? What kind of egomaniacal company do you have to be to sell your measly breakfast product under such an all-encompassing name? The word life is so inclusive, it's the standard by which we judge amazing things to be larger than. Are we to assume that this mediocre cereal is on equal footing with that which the greatest philosophers have pondered the meaning of? Or are they saying that survival depends on this box of bland
grains and wheats, that it's as essential as air or water for us to sustain the cereal's namesake.

There are no such messages in their advertising. In fact, the product's commercial theme was a couple of kids who didn't like the look of said product and decided to play a twisted joke on a younger boy named Mike to see if he would consume the unattractive morsels, not unlike bullies feeding a victim worms. So what does that have to do with the name?

Maybe it wasn't ego. Maybe they just didn't have much of a creative department.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

America Turns 228

America Turns 228

Next to April Fool's Day, 4th July is probably one of my favorite holidays. I went out and spent about $80 on some tame fireworks. You can see them displayed in the photo as my cat checks them out too. They were mostly fountains, harmless fireworks because we were spending the day at a family reunion in a heavily wooded area. That meant nothing that can fly off into the tree tops and start a forest fire. Remember, only I can prevent them.
What a busy weekend. It started with my parents coming up for a visit on Thursday. We went out quite a bit Thursday and Friday, they left Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon, I had a costume wedding to attend. It was a wedding where the guests and all members of the ceremony had to dress up in a costume - it looked like Halloween. I'll have some pictures later in the week. It was a lot of fun though. I had a great time as a Viking, the big-horned helmet and axe.

Sunday was 4th of July and we went down south to my mother-in-law's for the traditional holiday reuninon. I got to set off my fountain fireworks and entertain the bunch. We came home Sunday night driving through the worst rain I have ever seen from inside of a car. We got back in time to watch our neighborhood fireworks. It didn't appear to storm in our area.

Monday Mrs. Lock and I were off work, it being the official observed holiday of Independence Day (since it fell on a weekend this year) so we did nothing but relax. We played some video games, watched some TV, watched a movie (Holy Grail) and when dark came, we went outside and watched the discount (day after) fireworks display.

So it was a good (and long) weekend.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Parents Return, New (Photo) Blog

Parents Return, New (Photo) Blog

My parents are in town once again. They were here Memorial Day weekend to pick up my two nephews, take them back down to Florida for a month and give my brother and sister-in-law a break with their newborn. It's one month later and they're back, coincidentally on another holiday weekend, ready to drop off what they picked up. My parents are in their mid-50s and I think they've had enough of the Manson twins. I'll go out to my brother's after work today to visit.

New month. Welcome July 2004. By the way, I started a new blog, a photo blog actually. I love photo blogs and I love taking photos so it only made sense to showcase what I enjoy doing. Check it out if you like - Lock's Photo Blog. Some of the photos I've featured on this very blog before so they may look familiar.

DJI 10332, NASDAQ 2016, SP5 1127
#1 Movie at the box office: Fahrenheit 9/11
Last movie I saw at the theater: Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (for the second time so saw it two times in a row)
Last movie I saw not at the theater: Big Fish
Books I'm currently reading:
Plan Of Attack by Bob Woodward
On Writing by Stephen King
Paycheck by Phillip K. Dick
CDs I'm listening to:
Ultimate Air Supply
Video games I'm playing:
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
Empire Earth