Sunday, May 31, 2009

A plead for help!

Ok, I admit that I probably watch too much TV.  I guess any could be too much to somebody.  But here is the deal:  I sometimes watch live TV and not the shows that I recorded and when I do I am forced to suffer the commercials.  Toyota is running a commercial that has somehow shot totally over my head.  The commercial shows a suburban guy walking out to his mailbox and all the while all his neighbors are watching his every move. OK, so far. His glancing at his mail they look at him like he has received something they want.  OK! Then he takes off running and everyone in the neighborhood is either chasing him or racing him!  I say racing because in the next scene many have passed him.  Then the camera fades back to show a Toyota dealership and a salesman that acts like he is scared that all these people is rushing to the "Toyota Timed Event".

I need help with this one.  1.  Did everyone get the junk mail, but only he knew where the dealership was?  2. Why dies everyone in that community watch his every move?  3. Why does the salesman look concerned, if they sent stuff to people that says, "But our cars"?
and #4.  Why should I want to buy a Toyota after watching this?

It seems to me that they had a commercial made about something (anticipation!) and then stuck a Toyota end to it.  I don't know.

If this is what they think sells cars, no wonder the industry is in a mess!

Friday, May 29, 2009

UP, Up, & Away

The first must see movie for any age has arrived.  I know that you have seen the previews by now on TV, and you may be saying to yourself, "Its just a cartoon!"  No it isn't, just watch the first ten minutes and see. There is an 8 minute segment at the beginning that reveals who the old man is that  will change your mind about animated films.  I don't want to say much about it except:  SEE IT.  We took the grandsons and they liked it, too.  

FYI:  The cartoon before the feature is a "sex education" film that shows how the stork brings babies.

I give "UP"  ***** out of 5.

If you are too cool to see this, you are just COLD!

2009 movie #33

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

FYI King George

One of the concerts that Carol and I saw in Vegas is going to be on CBS tomorrow night.  It is one of the best.  I especially liked Jamie Fox, Toby Keith, and Alan Jackson's versions of George Strait songs.  They are all good.  I doubt that some of the things that Tim McGraw said in the opening will make it on the show. They did it 4 times to edit him!

Oklahoma is well represented.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Is Anyone There?

We went to a movie today that I doubt most people would consider seeing or even know about.  It is one of those independent films that you can only see at AMC 20 in Tulsa.(Usually every city has one movie house that schedules these films. Tulsa has two, this one and the Circle).

"Is Anyone There?" stars Michael Caine and is about a couple trying to make ends meet in the 1980's by turning their home into a home for the Elderly.  In doing so, their 11 year son must give up his room (and his parent's attention).
As he watches the elderly slowly die and be replaced by another round of guests, he becomes obsessed by death, ghosts and the beyond.

Michael Caine, a retired magician, comes to live there and befriends the boy and tries to get him into a "normal " life.  This is a complex movie with both sadness and humor, dealing with life and death, reflecting on your life and regretting the mistakes and the moments lost.  It also deals with the importance of forgiveness and  a living life to the full and not giving up.

In other words it isn't like any movie out right now and has no sex, drugs, car chases or the earth blowing up (a little cursing but not much).  This is an adult movie about adult things.  PG40   It was a great use of my time!

I give it ***1/2 stars.

2009 movie #32

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Holiday Movies

Seems that for summer to officially start there must be a block buster where the world is destroyed! This year is no exception.  "Terminator Salvation" is the latest.  The past Terminator movies and TV show "Sarah Connor Chronicles"  foretold a horrific future where the computers take over and start killing mankind.  This new film is the first to show the future: California in 2018 (9 years away).  In the future the sun never shines and it rains all the time (Think Oregon).
Everything is a mess and humans are in hiding.  The Computers have built themselves cool robots and superior weapons to those the humans have.  It portrays humans as unnecessary, but my IMac and my IPhone said that I should ignore that as fiction.

I recently went to San Francisco and since then this is the second movie to show how that city will look in the future.  According to this one, it will be a horrible mass of wreckage in 9 years.
However, by Stardate 2300, according to Star Trek, things will be back to normal and the sun will shine and everything will be swell.  The Golden Gate bridge survives it all!

Of course, the real reason San Francisco is shown is that most special effects are produced in George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic company is headquartered just to the north.

This was much better than I expected, though not many laughs (none).  Christopher Bale (Batman) doesn't make any movies where he smiles.

I give it **1/2 stars.

I just couldn't bear to go to the Museum movie!  I have found a good film in Tulsa that I will see tomorrow.

2009 movie #31

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day, Risk and Freedom

We tend to revisit our Freedom on this day.  Here is a quote to think about:

To laugh is to risk appearing the Fool.
To weep is to risk being called sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To Expose feelings is to risk showing your true self.
To place your ideas and your dreams before the crowd is to risk being called naive.
To Love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To Hope is to risk despair, and to try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. 
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing and becomes nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.
Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave, he's forfeited his freedom.

Leo Buscaglia

Darius III and Concert Season

Last night Carol and I went to Fayetteville, Arkansas for a Darius Rucker concert.  Yes, I saw him in January opening for Brad Paisley and yes, I got to talk to him in Vegas, but this was a special treat.   First the AMP (Arkansas Music Pavilion) is a great venue for  a concert.  It is an Amphitheater  under a tent structure at the back of Northwest Arkansas Mall, and it was a perfect night weather-wise.  When Darius opened for Brad, he had a short set of music, but as the headliner he went for two hours and two encores.  He sung everything from his current album, about 5 of the classic Hootie and the Blowfish hits, and then covered some fun songs that fit him perfectly.  He did Hank Jr's "Family Tradition" and brought the house down with David Allen Coe's "You Never Even Called Me by My Name!".   He is one of the best solo artist out there.
He will be back in the area this summer at one of the casinos opening for Rascal Flatts.  They should open for him!

This concert starts a busy summer and fall season for me. So far we have lined up'
Doobie Brothers in Muskogee, June 4
CMA Music Festival in Nashville, June 11-14
Thursday: Deirks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Darius, Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts
Friday Afternoon: Oak Ridge Boys, Bucky Covington, Clay Walker, etc.
Friday Night:  Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band
Saturday Afternoon:  Several 
Saturday Night: Wynonna, Trace Atkins, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack and Martina McBride.
Sunday we will miss because of travel including Taylor Swift, Montgomery Gentry, Gatlin Brothers and others.
ZZ Top/Aerosmith in Tulsa, July 30
Paul Thorn in Tulsa, August 30  
U2 in Norman in October

That is not the complete list, but it is as far as I know now!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Idol talk

Idol is over.  It ended better than "24" and some of my theories are still working.  Adam probably should have won, but when voting is required almost all (I haven't checked that close) American Idol winners have come from Southern States that have large rural or small town connections. People in these areas have time to vote and have pride in their fellow men/women.  Adam is from San Diego.  There are many talented people in that Metro and many other distractions.   It is harder to rally the troops in a Metro.   Chris was from Conway, Arkansas!  When Carrie Underwood was on Idol she made the Muskogee and Tulsa papers (daily) and was talked about on TV constantly as was David Cook.   Adam was a mere blip in Southern California!

You can say what you will about the less populated parts of the USA, but they hang together whenever a vote is required.  Isn't that right Republican Party?  Well, it used to be!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Letting go and letting people go

I just finished one of the dreaded things that comes with being in business - letting someone go.
That term sounds better than "firing" but no matter what you call it "lay off" or "reorganization" the end is the same. The term reorganization fits best because two people lost their jobs and three were hired.  Two very important things to remember  if you ever manage your own business are: 1. Never hire anyone that you can't fire (including family). 2.  If it is ever easy to do, you should not be a manager of people. Of course #2 is not 100%, because sometimes someone may come along that cheats, lies or steals, etc. and then it is very easy.  

This time though concerned two good guys with good families that simply were not making the firm any money by their efforts.  I like them, want to help them and it bothers me that they had to tell their spouse the bad news, but the fact is the longer I avoid what is necessary, the more I penalize those who are excelling at their roles.  In these times dead weight can sink a ship, even when such weight is appealing.  GM and Chrysler should have known this, but for small business such moves however hard have to be done.  The end result business-wise is a good one, but the end result to the affected families still bothers me, and always should.

Related Story:  I was once Director of Architecture for a large Tulsa Firm (50 persons total, I directed 30).  Our headquarters was in OKC and I answered to the Corporate Partners. One day the Chairman called me up and said you need to trim your staff by three today!  I was told to set down with the Partner in Charge of the Tulsa operations and make the determinations.  After the meeting, I had the task of laying off 3 people that I did not think should be released.  I later found out that two of those released went to the partner who fained surprise that I would do such a thing!  He told them that he disagreed but that it was MY decision and not Corporate.  That's one of the reason why I don't do corporate!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Seasons and Cliffhangers

I have fewer cliffhangers and season endings this year at the end of TV Season.  The Unit (probably my favorite show) end was last week. the biggest cliffhanger there is will it be back.  I also finished "Celebrity Apprentice" and was none too happy that Joan Rivers won.  This week  I wrap up "24" (Jack always gets out. he's still under contract!) and American Idol (which was probably decided about 4 weeks ago no matter the vote.)  I no longer watch Lost because, well, I got lost.  I quit Gray's Anatomy when they started seeing dead people. I gave up Prison Break when every year they ended up in a different prison! And, Life on Mars actually came to an End!

TV season coincides with the School year.

My body clock has always been messed up by school.  I measure many things by calendar year, but the school year is still in control.  As soon as I exited college, I went to work in architecture with a speciality of school design.  Therefore my life still revolves around the school year and football season.  Part of my brain stills dreads August because football practice begins and I haven't played in 45 years!  The major part is already counting down the days until school days return.  

I am just glad we are not required to have cliff hangers in real life (not that some don't come our way.)  Just think:  What if kids did not find out if they graduated until the start of the new year?  What if you.........(write your own)

Life itself is a big cliffhanger.  That's enough for me.

Must See Movies

I was at the Book Store today and noticed a movie issue of Esquire Magazine and the title of an article:  "The 75 Movies every Man should See".  I studied the list and found that I had seen  all of them but 9!  66 out of 75.  Then I compared them with my list of 31 movies that is in the margin of this Blog.  They only listed 9 out of my 31!   I did see some on their list that should be on mine, but the ones Esquire had that I hadn't seen are basically weird or obscure movies that I won't see.

That is the interesting thing about movies.  What appeals to some is lost on others.  It reminds me to say again that when I give my reviews, I don't expect anyone to follow them.  These are just my reactions.  Maybe I can warn you of something, but movies resonate different with each person or sometimes it is the attitude with which we approach the film that controls our thoughts.


Friday, May 15, 2009

Hello, This is my brother, Daryl and my other brother, Daryl!

Remember the line from the old Bob Newhart TV show?  Well, we now have it in our firm. Out of 10 people we have a Mike (Me), a Michael, a Michael and a Michele and one of our team is married to another Michael!  I am the only Mike.  My mother did not name me Michael!  I don't think she knew there was a rule.

James Bond goes to Church

The name is Langdon, Robert Langdon.

"Angels and Demons" came out today. Ron Howards follow up to the DaVinci Code based on another Dan Brown Book.  This book was actually written first, but in the movie it is switched.
I read both books (listened), and in a point of full disclosure, I like the movies better because the books are extremely long, preachy and rewrites the history of the world, art, religion, and science in a new more fascinating way.  Old Dan and Ron are great at stirring up the religious world.  They don't disappoint this time either.  Tom Hanks is back as Robert L who is a noted expert from Harvard who spends his whole life looking at symbols to find the real truth.  But in every movie he acts like when he get to the location (say the Vatican) he acts like he had no clue these signs would be there.  he has 4 hours to figure out something that he has studied for 10 years without a clue.  Well, just remember Bond.  It is good action

Just wait till the fall when Dan Brown's new Robert Langdon story come out.  Dan is writing about the Masons.  You think the Catholics are mad!

Any way I give it **1/2 stars (still too preachy and history changing for me)

It goes good with Milk Duds though.

2009 movie #30

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Facebook quizes

These things drive me crazy!  I started one about an IQ challenge only to find it wanted to charge me several dollars a month for free ringtones that I don't need.  Tonight, though, one came up titled "How Church of Christ are YOU?"  I could not resist.  It was all in good fun but said that my answers made me "An Apostate Change Agent" and said I was going straight to HELL!  Oh, well at least it proves I have a high I.Q.!


We needed a movie tonight, but all we had to pick from was "17 Again", "Obsessed", and "Fast and Furious".  I don't want to be 17 again, I am already obsessed and fast and furious so we went back to "Star Trek" for the second time this week!  Yes, I like that movie.  By the way, Star Fleet Academy as portrayed in the story is in San Francisco by the Golden Gate Bridge where the Persido is located. (A little trivia).

My habit of going to movies twice in a week started in High School when I discovered James Bond.  I drove to Muskogee and saw "From Russia With Love" twice in a week.  Our record though is two Coen Brother movies.  Carol and I went to see "Raising Arizona" when it first came out and saw it again the next night.  When "O Brother Where Art Thou" came out, we saw it three times in two weeks and four times during the month!  We liked it, a lot!

I'm not saying that Star Trek is in their league, but given what is left to see, it works for us!

2009 movie #29

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Reflections out of no where

The other day as I was preparing for my talk at the Success Expo (Glad That's over!), it occurred to me that I was dwelling on the poem "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" by Longfellow.  I was studying the life of Revere for the talk.  Then I thought, "My blog is also based on a Poem, 'The Road Less Traveled' by Robert Frost."  Poetry is not a big deal these days unless you consider that much of Hip Hop or Rap (if they still call it that) is a a form of it.  My fondness for some of the classic poems was fried into my brain by my high school English teacher, Edna Sims.  What she inflicted on us kids in Haskell was unusual in the 1960's and probably isn't even possible today.

If you lived in Haskell you had two thoughts about Mrs. Sims.  1. She's crazy and evil and forcing students to do things that they will never need in the big world.  This feeling was the dominate thought. 2. She is preparing the students for college.  This feeling was held by few, because in the 1950's not many went to college and those of us in the 60's were just beginning to consider it. Less than 50% of my class went to college.  I should add though my class that had 42 grads.   Of  the 42, we had a West Point Grad, a Doctor, an Architect, two Engineers, and 2 PHDs as well as several teachers.

My oldest brother (by 8 years) flunked her class his senior year. My other brother barely got by and he was a sports star who everyone knew would get a scholarship.  She did not give him an inch.  Needless to say that as I approached 3 years of her classes I was apprehensive.  I had heard the stories, and I had her as a proctor in study hall (the old days).  She would grade papers and literally cry over the stuff that she would read.  Every one said she was crazy.

I guess my opinion was cloudy until I enrolled at Northeastern State and took Freshman English.  The first day of class the professor asked each of us to stand and tell our name and hometown.  When I said Haskell, she asked, "Did you have Edna Sims?"   "Yes"   "Well," she said, "You've already had this class!"  I soon found that to be the truth.  College English was much easier.

Here is what I did for three years in Haskell:

1. Creative Writing:  Every Monday, each of her classes had to turn in a minimum two page theme, story, or poem that we created.  She could tell if it was bogus or not!  She would return it marked up by grammar errors and at the top she would comment on substance.  Each paper had two grades. If you did great it might say A/88.  Top grade is substance. The lower grade was for grammar.

2. Book Reports:  We had to read 6- 8 books a year from her book list.  At the appointed day she would write the questions on the board that we would answer like :  What was the Central Impression?  Why did the Author write the book?, etc.  She knew these books and it was a large list!

3. Term Paper:  At the end of the year you had to turn in a term paper on a subject that she must approve.  If you chose to forgo the paper (and you could), your grade would lower one letter grade!  It is amazing how many would do that!

4. Poetry:  She divided class into five sections.  If there were 20 in class then 5 groups of four.
You were  assigned a day of the week and each week (all year long) would recite a poem of your choosing.  EVERY WEEK!  We not only were to recite the poem, but then give the life story of the poet and why he/she wrote the poem and it's meaning.  All year long!  By my senior year I had a shoe box of poems written on 3x5 cards, with the author's lives (Frost, Sandburg, Dickinson, Longfellow, Tennyson, etc.) categorized with them.  This happened at the beginning of class.  We might not have time the finish the literature class or grammar, but I gave and/or listened to at least 4 poems a day for three years.  Each student would go to the front of the class and make the presentation.  She would sat at the back and take notes (and sometimes make comments).  When all, in a given day, were finished, we would go to the back and read a card with each person's grade and comments.  The better students tried to top each other.  The rest would look for easy 4 line poems.  Sometimes we would hear the easy poems 4 times!  She kept track. You could not repeat in a year!  I got to know Robert Frost, Longfellow and Emily Dickinson very well.

Yes, we still read Shakespeare and had grammar lessons, etc., but that was the easy stuff.

In reflection, it was the first creative assignments in my life and pointed me toward writing, music and imagination.  Because of her, I read Jules Verne and studied Robert Frost.  I learned to look deeper into stories and probably influenced my love of movies and books.

When I really consider things, she probably influenced my life as much as anyone and for that I am grateful.

While Frost is my later favorite, my favorite poem remains, "A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  It is long but worth it"

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!-
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.

Art is long, and time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world's broad field of battle.
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb driven cattle!
be a hero in the strife.

Trust no future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act- act in the living present!
Heart within and God o'erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And , departing leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother.
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to Labor and to wait.

Good old Henry!

Monday, May 11, 2009

New Staff

We  have new blood in our firm. Two new staff members joined today that will help move forward of our mission of GLOBAL domination of Eastern Oklahoma Architecture.  We have advanced weaponry that would make Star Trek take notice and think of us as a sequel.

It is always a great day to bring others into the business.  It charges me up and makes me remember again why I chose Architecture as a career instead of "work".  I use this time to question what we are doing as I assist in orienting these talented guys as they join our great staff.
Sounds like a snow job doesn't?  I believe it.  I will continue to believe it until everyone else in eastern Oklahoma sees it too!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Public Speaking

I ran into a friend the other day and he said,  "I see you are speaking at the Success Expo on Tuesday.  I thought an expert is someone that is 100 miles from home?"  "Well" I said, "I do not claim to be an expert at anything!"  He responded,  "In that case I think I'll go.  I'm anxious to see what you are going to talk about."  I answered,  "That makes two of us!"

Friday, May 8, 2009

The planet of Boldly Go!

Tonight's movie reminded me of one of my favorite comedians, Henry Cho.  He tells the story of his dumb high school friend who once ask,  "Hey in Star Trek how come they have never made it to the planet, Boldly Go?  They keep saying that they are going there!"  Henry ask, "What are you talking about?"  He replies,  "Well at the start of every show they say they are going to Boldly Go because no one has ever been there before!  But they still haven't gone!"

Think about it.

Get this CD if you get a chance.  Henry is a South Korean born and raised in Knoxville.

Live Long & Prosper then beam me up, Scotty!

Tonight was a great treat after a tough, tough week emotionally.  Star Trek!  I am not a Trekky, but I grew up with space and the idea of space.  The TV show, Star Trek,  started the year after I graduated from high school(1966! wow).  It was a shocking departure from Bonanza and Gun Smoke.  We had never seen anything like it and it was cool!  We memorized shows like Seinfeld fans would do years later.  It was supreme escape and nothing came close to it for 11 years (Star Wars)

The new movie has everything Star Trek needs:  Characters that you like, but add a new edge and depth.  Effects that don't overwhelm the movie, and fun, fun fun.  J.J. Abrams (of Lost fame) directs and does a great job.  Look at the attached photos and see how well they matched the new actors with the original ones.  I liked it enough that I may see it again.  This movie relaunches the franchise in a fresh way.  I just hope that I don't hate it by the 3rd one.

I give it ****1/2 sci-fi stars.

One weird thing happened after the show.  I was standing in the hall waiting on Carol (restroom) and pulled out my iPhone to turn it back on.  Looking down at it, I had to smile.
In 1966 the idea of Captain Kirk carrying his hand held "communicator" seems much more sci-fi than the space ship! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever have one!

2009 movie #28

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dom Deluise

It was sad when I heard today that Dom Deluise had died.  He was one of those people that made me instantly smile.  If you look over to me MUST SEE MOVIES, I list "The End".  It is a great comedy with he and Burt Reynolds.  They are in a Mental Hospital and when Dom sees that Burt wants to commit suicide, he tries to help, long after Burt changes his mind.  It has some of the funniest scenes of all Burt R movies.  GO rent it and have fun.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


I have several ways of looking at vacations

First:  When I was a kid, the ONLY vacation destinations we ever had was with relatives at the end of the line.  We had uncles and aunts in Nebraska, so we ventured to Grand Island, Nebraska. An aunt once moved to Denver, so we got to go their.  When I was in high school, we traveled to see an aunt in Richland, Washington. So I stayed in my first motel when I was a junior in High School and it was more a cabin along the road.  We normally drove straight through and stopped at hamburger stands and many of our trips, Mother packed sandwiches or bologna/crackers.

A typical trip was along a two lane highway.  My dad believed in making time, so if I needed to use the bathroom, he would either stop the car along the road or stop at the next DX Sunray service station(if it was on our side of the road!) I think DX was the only credit card we used and my Dad used to work for them.  In the 50's we were brand loyal.  Only drove Fords, bought DX gas, and drank on Pepsi.  The night we stopped in Colorado at the cabin/motel, we were 2 miles from the Royal Gorge.  Dad would not turn off and see it because it was an unnecessary detour.

You can say that I formed some opinions about travel.  I am finally at a spot in my life that I can afford to travel.  It is a narrow window.  I don't know what the next years hold so I am traveling while I can and can afford to.  This year alone we have traveled further in 4 months than my parents travelled in 20 years.  I am not certain if my Dad ever flew.

I don't take such opportunities lightly. I always remember that my family simply could not afford such things.  My kind of travel was and is luxury.

Second:  I think of my kids.  In the early years of our family, we also could not afford big trips.  I did take short ones though and went to 6 Flags, Worlds of Fun, San Antonio, etc.  These trips strained our budget too, but it was important to Carol and I to form these memories.  We now our trying to have family vacations where our whole family travels together.  Its fun and like I said, I know the window for such things is short.  So I hope to plant this tradition as deep as possible.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

what to do on my last day of vacation

Today the convention ended.  We went to back over to pick up the books I bought. (Altogether about 9!)  Then we went back to Pier 39 and took a harbor boat tour.  We went out and under the Golden Gate Bridge and then around Alcatraz island and back in.  At the Pier we went back to the Fog Harbor Fish House (For the second time in 3 days) for great seafood.  The Tourist areas of San Francisco are more crowded now because they are diverting cruise ships from Mexico because of the flu.  After all that I was ready to come back to normal life so-o-o...........

We went to the movies!  We saw "X Men Origins: Wolverine".   It is a good super hero movie with an edge,  but I am starting to have issues with these movies.  The special effects have so taken over that it may as well be a cartoon.  While I liked this movie, I is obvious that it is just a vehicle to set up #2 and #3.  By the time they get to #3, I usually am through.

I give it **1/2 stars. I am ready for a really good movie.  "The Soloist "spoiled me!

2009 movie#27

Friday, May 1, 2009

Ghosts of Movies Past

Its raining in San Francisco tonight (Oklahoma doesn't get all of the wet stuff and will get this rain in two Days!).  So we decided to go to the giant shopping area about three blocks from the Hotel and see a movie.  "Wolverine".  Everyone else had the same idea.  All shows were selling out.  Our fall back plan was,  "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past".  It was OK, but just a different form of the old idea of taking a lady's man and teach him a lesson and turn him from jerk to good guy.
Only in the movies!  You might like it.  Might not.  Not a "chick flick" but close.  If you are concerned, it is PG13 (no nudity, mild profanity, mild laughs, mild enjoyment)

**stars (great rental)

2009 movie #26

Marin County Civic Center

Went to Marin County today.  Its just the other side of the Golden Gate bridge.  On the way we saw San Quentin Prison, George Lucas Offices at the Presido, and the Civic Center.  This was Frank Lloyd Wright's last design. he designed it in 1957 and died before it was built.  It opened in 1959-60.  As you can see he was ALWAYS ahead of his time.  This complex is timeless and as I get our photos loaded in will show them later.