...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert Kennedy, South Africa 1966.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Eventually they turned it on and then announced that you could purchase tickets there. The line shortened considerably so I remained outside and got my ticket. Inside they had two people popping corn and serving corn and there was one long line and people were worrying about whether or not they would make it inside before their movie started. Eventually the person who had been out helping with the extra tickets came and helped the two (slower than molasses) kids who were popping the corn. She suggested we form two lines..There had been two lines and people would split as they got to the head of the line. The two ladies who were in front of me split and the asshole behind me tried to cut in front of me...He didn't get the job done. Both of the ladies bought candy and made the clerk describe the candy to them, Sweet.
Anyway I got into the theater and my "spot" on the left side was taken but there was another one and so I settled in. The previews had already started but I had not missed the beginning of the film.
Daniel Craig is one of my favorite actors. I enjoy him and while he may be playing the same person over and over at least it is well played and is in different venues. Harrison Ford may not have won an Oscar but if he is in a film it is worth your time to go and see it. Besides which he has good taste and has been rumored from time to time to fly his plane into Ames to eat at our Hickory Park. The second best Barbecue in Ames. Olivia Wilde as the beautiful woman has an integral part in this fanciful battle with the aliens. I won't tell you more because I don't want to spoil the film for you.
Here is the trailer. Let me know if you saw it and what you thought of it. I thoroughly enjoyed it . I helped get the bad taste out of my mouth left by the truly awful Bad Teacher.
Oh and just one more thing. When i got home tonight I found out that the History Channel is running one of its usual fanciful programs full of wild eyed (and haired) "experts" who tell us that aliens may have landed on earth and interacted with people in pioneer times,,,especially interesting is that Moroni who spoke with Joseph Smith and started the Mormon religion was an ancient alien. Who knows? One thing about the History Channel is that it asks more questions than it gives answers. They wonder if the film Cowboys and Aliens could have had basis in fact. Geeesh! Think I'll watch Sex and the Civil War. That is the next offering tonight or better yet I shall read my book.
Friday, July 29, 2011
A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses. She started her class by saying, 'Everyone who thinks they're stupid, stand up!' After a few seconds, Little Larry stood up. The teacher said, 'Do you think you're stupid, Larry?' 'No, ma'am, but I hate to see you standing there all by yourself!'
Larry watched, fascinated, as his mother smoothed cold cream on her face. 'Why do you do that, mommy?' he asked. 'To make myself beautiful,' said his mother, who then began removing the cream with a tissue. 'What's the matter, asked Larry 'Giving up?
The math teacher saw that Larry wasn't paying attention in class. She called on him and said, 'Larry! What are 2 and 4 and 28 and 44?' Larry quickly replied, 'NBC, FOX, ESPN and the Cartoon Network!
Larry's kindergarten class was on a field trip to their local police station where they saw pictures tacked to a bulletin board of the 10 most wanted criminals. One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person. 'Yes,' said the policeman. 'The detectives want very badly to capture him.' Larry asked, "Why didn't you keep him when you took his picture?"
Little Larry attended a horse auction with his father. He watched as his father moved from horse to horse, running his hands up and down the horse's legs and rump, and chest. After a few minutes, Larry asked, 'Dad, why are you doing that?' His father replied, 'Because when I'm buying horses, I have to make sure that they are healthy and in good shape before I buy. Larry, looking worried, said, 'Dad, I think the UPS guy wants to buy Mom ....'
My Wife always wanted a riding lawn mower.
She works all day and was always tired when she came home from work and thought that a riding lawn mower would help her get the yard work done quicker so she would have more time for the chores inside the house.
SO, being the handy sort of guy that I am, I made her a riding lawn mower. I guess I thought she would squeal with delight or something and give me a big hug.To this day I have never been able to understand why some women are so hard to please.
P.S. I can see out of my left eye pretty good now and should be able to leave the hospital some time next week!
The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.
The trees are whistling for the dogs.
The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance
Hot water now comes out of both taps.
You can make sun tea instantly.
You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.
The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly.
You discover that in July it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car.
You discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.
You actually burn your hand opening the car door.
You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 am.
Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?"
You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
The potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper. and of course sour cream, diced onions and a few serving spoons of chile.
Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from
laying boiled eggs.
The cows are giving evaporated milk.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
John and his mother live is a small village and they scrape by. The relationship changes over the course of the book and John becomes the caregiver as time takes it toll on his mother.
The writing in the book is wonderful. I mentioned that I savored it - I always enjoy it when an author can make the characters come alive and draw such a wonderful picture as the following:
I am anxious to see if the author will produce future books. If so I shall enjoy reading them.
" What's for dinner?"
"Pigs feet and hairy buttermilk."
She spread the table cloth and set the Delph. There were Polish cartoons on television, followed by the Angelus' boring bongs. My mother looked out the window and smoked while I ate. Her green eyes went grey whenever it rained and her hair was braided halfway down its back. After the washing us, she sat by the fire and read her Westerns. Gusts sobbed in the chimney and the fire spat and crackled.
"Book any good?"
She slapped it shut, shook a Majors from the box and broke the fileter off.
"Too many descriptions. I know what a tree looks like.'
This is the entry way to the building. It is a beautiful place and a nice welcome to the premier Masonic building in the state. John is Secretary for Arcadia Lodge and Bill and I are both Past Masters. It was nice to ride with them for a change as I usually drive down alone. The Scottish Rite had about 150 members and prospects there for a social hour and free steak dinner. and the steak was perfection. The company was excellent and I think John was impressed with the experience. I had a great time and I hope he did also.