Thursday, February 4, 2010

Paranormal Hype

No, this is not my "where have I been?" post. It's coming. I'm just going to comment briefly on a movie we watched a few nights ago. "Paranormal Activity". This was a movie that has been compared to "The Blair Witch Project". I'm not going to give a plot summation or even a link to the IMDB site. Yep, I'm that lazy. Everyone knows how to Google these days so if you really are interested, do it.

So here is my two cents. It's pretty much an hour and a half snooze fest. It's filmed in a first person point of view (ala Blair Witch) as one of the characters attempts to document their haunting with a video camera and other electronic equipment. It almost feels like watching an episode of "Ghost Hunters" It's predictable with a pace that even a sloth would consider slow. The characters behave stupidly (we have a demon in our house so let's take care of it ourselves and do EXACTLY what the one "expert" tells us NOT to do!") and pretty much....well, I don't want to spoil it so I'll stop here.

Having said that, it has one of the single most terrifying scenes in a movie I've watched in a long time. I'm not sure if it really was that frightening or, if by the time it came, my senses were so dulled by the rest of the movie almost anything would have made me scream like a little girl (which I did). I probably should watch it again to be sure but even as I type about it I'm getting chills.

So, in my opinion, if you enjoy the genre you should watch this movie just for that scene. I don't agree with all the hype that surrounded this movie. It certainly wasn't the most scary movie I've ever seen. Movies usually don't stick with me long but damned if I still don't see that scene sometimes when I close my eyes to sleep at night. I guess it wasn't too bright of me to write this review before bed, huh?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hello out there

Am I back? Who knows...

Friday, February 6, 2009

Nazi Zombies! Run!!!

I really wish I had thought of this...Thanks to my friend Linda for sharing.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Is this typical of husbands?

Earlier today I went to the fridge to get a drink and noticed an open can of soda on one of the shelves. Since I wasn't very thirsty and no one in our house is currently sick, I took a sip. I immediately regretted my decision since it was flat and nasty. A few hours later I was working on our floors (We are in the process of refinishing our hardwood floors-more to come on that later) when from the kitchen I heard my wife say, "BLECH!!!". I immediately knew what had happened and realized I must have put the flat soda back in the fridge. I swear, I didn't do it intentionally.

Remember in the Terminator movie when a guy comes knocking on Arnold Schwarzenegger's door asking why his room smells like a dead cat? Then the camera view changes to show what the Terminator sees along with a list of possible replies such as:
  • I'm sorry.
  • Go away.
  • Leave me alone.
  • Fuck you asshole.
Well I operate in a similar manner. After I heard my wife's exclamation of "BLECH!!!" my Terminator screen displayed the following option of possible replies:
  • What happened?
  • I'm sorry Honey, I did the same thing and should have thrown it away.
  • Must have been the kids.
  • I heard on the news some sicko is running around leaving flat sodas in people's refrigerators.
  • Sucks to be you!
Obviously I should have chosen the second option but I didn't. Instead I ignored them all and said nothing. I'm not proud of my decision but I had no other option. It's how they programmed me.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Illegal use of the scrotum

No matter what people say, sometimes it really is better to give up than keep fighting.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Back to school

Tomorrow will begin my third week back in college after a small (uh..20ish year) break. So far, so good. Initially I felt very out of place being surrounded by so much youth but I'm making new friends each day and am finding my way. Other than a comment made in jest by one of my new friends about being born the year I graduated high school, I don't feel nearly as old as I thought I would.

I'm not officially in the Radiography program yet. There are a limited number of available slots so I guess I should work on a backup plan should I not get admitted. I've reconnected with some old friends via facebook who work for the local hospitals and I'm trying to see if any of them have any pull at my college. At the very least, I would like to spend some time with a Radiographer. Part of the admittance process is an interview with the department head and I would like to sound like I know at least a little about radiology.

Tomorrow is my first test so I guess I should stop playing on my blog and get back to studying...

Friday, January 9, 2009

Hot, young, chicks

I will officially be back in school Monday after an almost twenty year break. Today I hit the campus bookstore to pick up my textbooks. My wife decided she wanted to tag along to check out the school with me. I've been a few times before to talk to advisors, sign up for classes, etc. and each time I felt very out of place. I'll be 40 this year which or course is over twice the age of most of my fellow students.

I normally don't have much of a wandering eye (hey, I'm still a guy) but it seemed to be an extraordinarily high number of attractive college girls out there today. I was wise enough to keep my thoughts to myself however. It didn't take long for my wife to notice though and she said something to the effect of, "I bet it's going to be rough on you being surrounded by all these hot, young chicks." Now normally I use humor to diffuse a tense situation but something about the look in her eyes told me to tread very carefully. I replied, "Once you've had one nubile twenty year old goddess, you've had them all...and that's my have them all!" No, I didn't actually say that. I'm here typing this, right? I assured her I had no interest in anything other than studying which seemed to make her happy.