Monday, December 31, 2007

squirrel shots!













I know, weird post. But we took some shots of the little guys in our backyard this summer and...... well, I figured maybe I was putting up a bit too much on Japan and Disney.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

riding the river in Kyoto, Japan













We took this 90 minute boat ride in Kyoto earlier this year. Beautiful. Not a thrill ride, but a lovely tour. The Japanese narration was lost on me, but who needs it when the view is Breathtaking?

Saturday, December 29, 2007

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Have a good one, everyone!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Disneyworld choice


What choice! Which would you picked if you were at Disneyworld? Personally, I'd take that girl in the middle.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Christmas, all!

I hope everyone has a super
Christmas! Here's what we had
for Thanksgiving - and I'll
bet we'll work on a similar one
around 1 o'clock today!

Friday, December 21, 2007

yet more Calloway!





Some scenes from the 12 Days of Christmas. Plus a snowflake shower.



Sunday, December 16, 2007

back!



Sorry there was no post for a while, but here are some nice photos of our trip to Calloway Gardens (near Atlanta) from a couple weeks ago. It is a Great drive-thru lights show, and I encourage anyone in the area to go. Really worth it.









More tomorrow!

Friday, December 7, 2007

No Country for Old Ben

(I'm finally doing some creative writing again. First in about 10 years. Here's a poem about the film I saw last night.)

No Country for Old Ben

12-7-07

(or, a review)

Saw this last night with 7 others

separated by rows and color

Boring ass movie? with understandably no music

Tommy Lee Jones was good with mainstream flicks

but this was a comedy?-drama slice of life that

didn't need to satisfy with the death of the main hero

nor the killing of the emotionless, bad bangs killer

so the topic of conversation with the rows

upon the last talky scene was, that's it?

Interesting in parts, certainly not worth critic praise

Easier to moan than make laugh

Everyone has vision, in backward glances

We see the sea for what it is and not the moment's wonder

Give us the money, let me film my script and

minds might wander over repeating this 'poem'

with my sparking star, like a Britney topic board

Never leaving her be even though she defines pop culture

and you add to the problem, like the next thriller to come

out: the amount of people who watch the film, kills him

that much quicker

World of voyeuristic jealousy, critics in cutthroat badges

carving IMHOs into trees that may someday fall

I've rambled enough

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

thoughts on Japan


Japan is a beautiful land, but the people, even more so. If my wife and her parents are typical, this is a culture build on respect and patience. One amazing thing:

Electronic gadgets are Very popular. But NO one uses their cell phone on a train or subway. None that I've seen! Yes, they do text often, but no one talks. NONE. I love that. Americans won't see the point, but anyone trying to read a book while someone is saying, "I'm on the train.... I'M ON THE TRAIN! I'll be there in 10 minutes..... I'LL BE THERE IN -" will KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. I can wait 10 minutes to say Hi to someone. Can't you?

Sunday, December 2, 2007

saw August Rush today

Good musical fantasy. Your disbelief is suspended for you, you don't have to do it yourself once the picture's well underway. Soon you realize you're technically in a musical, much like the Oliver Twist story. Though I don't believe in the Oscars anymore, I'd like to see this one at least get nominated for Best Editing and Best Sound. Very well put together movie. Emotionally satisfying. And oh yes, it's dramatic. Much in the same way as Rebel Without a Cause. The characters feel so Much, you'll think you're back in the 1950s.