Monday, April 30, 2007

The 5 Things That Pissed Me Off Last Week #7

All kinds of pissed last week....

#5 - I didn't get to a bunch of blog stuff I wanted to get to. I wanted to keep redesigning the blog, I had a few posts I had in mind to do, and I had some interview questions to answer AND send. Why didn't I do them.....

#4 - Because my laptop is crapping out again. The laptop isn't recharging. It deosn't recognize my ac adapter unless I shove the plug in with all my might and hold it there. Can't type if I do that. This is the second time it has done this. Last time I bought new ac adapter and it was fine for about 8 months. It is doing it again now. I ordered a new ac adapter again, but I think the problem is internal with my laptop. I'll try this adapter and if it works, it works. But if it goes crappy again, I will fnally have to break down and send it in. I would hate to send away my laptop for a long time. Crap!

#3 - I only lost a pound last week when I actually expected to lose more. Most weeks, you are happy you lose. Last week, it was a disappointment that it was only the pound. Which of course means I will gain like 5 pounds this week just to put it in perpsective.

#2 - A ton of my poker "friends" bailed on me at the last minuted to go to a birthday party for someone else. Like an hours notice. It ended up just being six of us, the smalleest game I have had in over a year I am sure. I didn't win this time, but the cancellations are what pissed me off....

#1 - Jess had some drama with an idiot coworker of hers who is so fucking retarded, it just drove me bonkers whenever I thought of it. Thankfully, Jess is reporting her to human resources.

I want to apologize because with my laptop out, I will probably be visiting all your sites a lot less this week. Sorry....

Friday, April 27, 2007


I found this game and can't seem to stop playing it!
Not only is it strangely addicting, but it's the prettiest game I've ever seen!
Make sure your speakers are on to enjoy the full experience.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.
I think my high score was 259.

Fat Free Friday #12

Don't feel like writing much today, so staright to results. Lost a pound this week but was actually disappointed it wasn't more. Oh well. 5 measly pounds in 12 weeks. Have a good weekend everyone. Be sure to come back tomorrow as I actually have another post planned tomorrow of the questions Sonja gave me.....

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thursday Trivia #6

I really wanted to do more guess the screencaps questions, but just didn't get the time to get them all ready. Oh well. You get regualr questions today. You know the rules...

#1 - What was the first Arnold Schwarzenegger movie to win four Academy Awards?

#2 - Who sang "Things Go Better With Coke" in 1969 before switching to Pepsi in the 1980s?

#3 - Why was the Animal Crackers box designed with a string handle?

#4 - What was margarine called when it was first marketed in England?

#5 - What measure of energy comes from the Latin word meaning "heat"?

#6 - What disease accounts for two of every three cases of dementia?

#6 - What disease accounts for two of every three cases of dementia?

#7 - How many times a day must you take medication if your prescription reads "q.i.d."?

#8 - What is Europe's most mountainous country?

#9 - What was the license number on the Ghostbusters' car?

#10 - In 1989's "The Little Mermaid", what was Scuttle's name for a fork?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Under Construction

There are going to be changes on the blog in the next few days while I mess with a few things. This is not what the blog will ultimately end up looking like. Just a work in progress when I find the time. Should be done hopefully by the end of the weekend. I'll get all my fellow blogger links back up hopefully by the end of the day

Top Five Tuesday #6

With Summer movie season officially kicking off a week from Friday with Spiderman 3, you are going to start seeing a lot of movie themed posts really soon. Here is a list of the MAIN movies coming out this summer.

• Spider-Man 3 (Sony) - 5/4
• 28 Weeks Later (FoxA) - 5/11
• Shrek the Third (P/DW) - 5/18
• Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (BV) - 5/25
• Hostel 2 (LGF) - 6/8
• Ocean's Thirteen (WB) - 6/8
• Fantastic Four 2 (Fox) - 6/15
• Evan Almighty (Uni.) - 6/22
• Live Free or Die Hard (Fox) - 6/27
• Ratatouille (BV) - 6/29
• Transformers (P/DW) - 7/4
• Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (WB) - 7/13
• I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (Uni.) - 7/20
• The Simpsons (Fox) - 7/27
• The Bourne Ultimatum (Uni.) - 8/3
• Rush Hour 3 (NL) - 8/10
• Halloween (2007) (MGM/W) - 8/31

Quite an impressive list. I know that I will DEFINITELY be seeing at least 8 of those this summer in the theaters. So what are te top five I am looking forward to? It was hard to narrow it down, but here they are:

#5 - Spiderman 3 - I have loved the first two so I don't see how this one could disappoint. PLEASE don't disappoint.

#4 - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - The way the 2nd movie ended last year with a cliffhanger, I am beyond excited to see how this trilogy ends the story. The first two have been great and now they have added Chow Yun Fat. Could be great or it could be a big letdown. Lets hope for the former.

#3 - Live Free of Die Hard - John McClane is back. No other words are necessary except Yippee Kiyay Mother Fucker!

#2 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - I LOVE the books and the movie adaptations just keep getting better and better as they become darker in nature. This new trailer just released gets me even more excited.

#1 - Transformers. Easy. As a kid who grew up in the 80s, is there really a doubt what I am looking forward to the most? And you know what, it actually looks DAMN good! I can't think of a film in recent years that I have been more anxious for. I hope it doesn't suck.

So what are you looking forward to this summer? As always, the dates are subject to change...

Monday, April 23, 2007

If I was suddenly 12 again...

This would be me...

The 5 Things That Pissed Me Off Last Week #6

I'm going to mix it up a little this week and do them all in haiku form. Why? Beats me....

#5 - No poker last Sat.
Crap, had to go out of town
Will play this weekend.

#4 - Shootings on campus
Video games blamed again
Point finger elsewhere

#3 - Ants still in the house
I thought they were gone, but no
May they burn in hell!

#2 - NBA playoffs
Damn, they started last weekend
The Kings will not play.

#1 - I gained too much weight
Last week was very bad, yo
Don't eat so much, freak!

Friday, April 20, 2007

My interview

Recently, there has been a meme making its way through the blogs where one blogger interviews another blogger. Babybull decided to send some interview questions my way after I agreed to be interviewed. Here are the questions qith my answers:

1). I notice from your blog that you play poker, sometimes for money. What was your best ever winning poker hand and how much did you win?

HA! ALWAYS for money! The most I have ever won on one hand is kind of hard to explain. I almost always play tournaments with a set amount for the buy in. I have won some big hands, but once you buy in, they are just chips. My two biggest tournament wins were both for around $300 each.

I do play about once or twice a year a cash game where we can play about as much as we want. A couple of months ago, I won one hand that was worth probably about 60 bucks or more. That was probably the most ever on one hand.

2). In a society where there is still some racial stereotyping, what makes you angry about that and how does it effect your life in a positive or negative way?

Well, racial stereotyping is different than racial slurs. Are they both wrong? Absolutely. But I believe they have varying degrees of evilness. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE has been guilty of racial stereotyping at one time or another. Keep it to yourself. When people allow this stereotyping to turn into a dislike for a certain race, it becomes what I hate. I have no tolerance for racial slurs and hatred for other cultures. If someone were to say to me something about me being Mexican and asking if I mow lawns, I just laugh it off as a racial stereotype joke. Whatever, it doesn't bother me. Someone takes it to the next level and says the word "Spic", I get mad. I have a pretty high tolerance for jokes and I can understand when they are just that. But the line gets crosses rather easily and it is best to stay on that other side.

3). How do you come up with your 5 Things That Piss You Off?

I just sit down and think of what annoyed me last week. Usually, I can think of 3 really easy and then I have to think hard for the other 2.

4).How did you and mrs.manuel meet?

I met her when she became a new student at my school in 6th grade. No, we didn't like each other right away. In fact, we didn't start dating until the second half of our senior year in high school.

5). Since I've only been reading your blog for a short time, what is the one thing you wished you had done in your life but haven't?

Wow, I don't know whether to answer this with a deep answer or a fun one. I guess my answer would be to go to Europe. I am pretty happy with my life and have very few regrets so it is hard for me to come up with some kind of deep, thought provoking answer on what I wish I would have done in my life by now. So, I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Europe to see everything, so I will stick with that answer.

You will want to copy and past the rules into your blog entry when you answer the questions.
Ok, the rules:
1. If you want to be interviewed by me, (and I encourage perfect strangers to take me up on this, it will be fun) leave me a comment saying "Interview Me".
2. I will respond by asking you five questions of my choice.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to my questions.
4. You will include these rules, and offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Want to be interviewed for your blog? Let me know...

Fat Free Friday #11

I should call it fat FULL Friday. It was a bad week and I am ashamed, but the reason I post about my weight is to own up to what I have done. I gained 2.5 pounds last week after being out and about all week. Out and about leads to eating out leads to weight gain. So now, it is only a 4 pound loss in 11 weeks. However, this only inspires me to be really good next week. I don't want to have to come back next week and tell you I failed again.

Have you heard Alec Baldwin's phone message to his daughter? It's HORRIBLE! This was just leaked to the media by Kim Basinger after Alex left his daughter a message on her phone. He is pissed because it went straight to message. Check it out...

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Thursday Trivia #5

A little different this time. This time I have taken pictures from some movies and put happy faces in front of the real faces. All you have to do is tell me what movie the picture is from. They are pretty easy this time so if you like it, tell me and I will make it harder next time. Try REALLY hard not to look at other people's guesses when maing yours so it doesn't sway your answers.

Just go ahead and number them in the order I placed them.

Wordless Wednesday #5

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Top Five Tuesday #5

Fresh cookies, brownies baking in the oven, my wife's perfume. All wonderful smells. This post is not about any of those. Warning, this may get a little graphic. Be warned. These are the top 5 things I HATE to smell!

#5 - Menudo that is cooking. Growing up Hispanic, I smelled this quite often. This is something that actually smells even worse than it tastes. Nothing like cooking entrails to make me go the other way.

#4 - Cauliflower that is cooking. I had never really smelled this until recently. Recently, Jessica's grandma moved here from New York and she cooks this all the time. Since I am over there often, I smell this often. It's way too strong. I hate it!

#3 - Cigarettes - I hate the smell of cigarettes. They are just disgusting things. Frankly, I don't get the appeal. I don't see why someone would smoke something that is bad for you AND make people think, "God, that person reeks." To each his own I guess.

#2 - This is one of my dogs, Leia. Does she smell? No of course not. Unfortunately, she has a slight problem with an overactive anal gland or something. Every once in a while, she starts to leak the most putrid smell(well, the 2nd most putrid smell) out of her ass. It is a musky, sweet, horrible smell that makes me gag the second I smell it. So what do we have to do? We have to reach "up" there and drain the gland or as we call it, "leaking her." This smells so bad....

#1 - Vomit. Easy choice for me. I have such a queasy stomach that even the slightest smell of it will send me out the door gagging. Hell, even the THOUGHT of vomit or a conversation about it will make me start to gag sometime. Jess always teases me with, "How are you ever going to be a daddy with you being like this?" My answer? I have no clue....

So, what smells do you hate?

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Five Things That Pissed Me Off Last Week #5

I was all kind of annoyed this week, but what's new?!

#5 - The weeds in my backyard keep getting bigger and for some reason, they aren't disappearing on their own!!!

#4 - No weight loss last week. I know it's my fault, but it is still frustrating. I can be good during the week, but I have a really hard time being good during the weekend. This past weekend was no exception. I am already afraid of gaining this week!

#3 - We have an ant problem in our house. What sucks is that they are stray ones here and there. I kill them, but they keep showing up. It would easier if there was a line of them to trace back to, but it hasn't been that easy. 5 here, 10 there. Just nonstop for the last week. I think I have may found their home outside just hours ago so we will see if spraying it helps.

#2 - On Tuesday, I meant to tape the Manchester United game because I had to work. United either had to win 1-0 or win by two goals to advance against the team that had beaten them the week prior by a 2-1 score. But I forgot to tape it, and what happened? They won 7-1!!! Keep in mind this is a soccer game against a very good team. And I missed it! DAMNIT!!!!

#1 - Saturday was the annual Picnic Day at our alma mater, UC Davis. Did you know that our picnic day is the largest student-run event in the country? Pretty cool, huh? Anyway, we like to go every year so we can visit campus and reminisce about our college years one day a year. They have tons of exhibits, food, animals, etc. It is really a FUN time. Well, unless it is POURING!!! This year was the first time we have gone where it has rained. And rain it did. The rain was out of control. As most of the events are outside, it was no fun. We were gone after a couple of hours. I look forward to this every year, and for it to be miserable like this was quite a disappointment.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Fat Free Friday #10

BOOO!! No weight loss this week. Then again, I didn't gain. I actually thought I would gain. I was SUPER bad last weekend and gained a few pounds by Monday. Luckily though, I was able to work those few extra pounds off to get myself back to what I had last week. So, 10 weeks down, 6.5 pounds lost. Oh well. Have a good weekend everybody!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Trivia Thursday #4

Trivia Time, just take a guess, don't look them up...

#1 - According to researchers, the greatest risk of heart attack occurs on what day of the week?

#2 - The average person uses tha bathroom how many times a day?

#3 - What is the fastest growing hair on the human body?

#4 - How many calories do you consume in licking stamp?

#5 - Every square inch of the human body as 32 million what?

#6 - Men speak an average of 2,000 words a day. How many do women speak?

#7 - Your left lung is smaller than you right lung. Why?

# 8 - When was the only time in human population history that the population was decling yearly for a period of time?

#9 - What is the most common blood type in the world? The rarest?

#10 - What is the uplink code in the movie, "The Running Man"?

Yeah, that last one was just mean, but I ran out of human body questions...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Bad Day

When I have a bad day, boy do I have a bad day! All of my frustration today came from the patients - EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.

My 9am didn’t show up. Whatever, no big deal. I used the time to help other people with their things and to do a few things of my own. This wasn’t frustrating until my phone rang at 1015am. It was the front office lady at the on-call doctor’s office telling me that my 9am was standing in front of her. The patient said that she completely forgot about her appointment (which wasn’t even at that office so I don’t know why she showed up there.) The patient has an appointment to see the doctor on Tuesday the 17th and the doctors WILL NOT see the patients until I have seen them first, which means that I need to see the patient before next Tuesday. Wednesdays I don’t see patients because I do advice calls all day. Thursday and Monday I am already completely booked. Friday I see patients only in the morning, and then I use the afternoon to catch up on all of the other things I have to do. So now, because this patient is irresponsible and can’t keep her appointment, I have to mess up my schedule to squeeze her in Friday afternoon.

My 10am didn’t show up until 1022am. Normally, if a patient is 15 minutes late we WILL NOT see them – I mean come on, we have our own schedules to keep. But because she had an appointment with the doctor at 11am (which is another annoying thing because the front office people KNOW not to schedule back to back appointments like that. My appointment with the patient is 1 hour long. If she sees the doctor right after she sees me, how can I make her chart and enter all of her information into the computer in time for the doctor to have it AND still see my next patient on time?) I saw her. She was very apologetic, which made up for her being late, but I still feel like I did her a disservice – she’s pregnant with her first baby, a time when she NEEDS to hear everything I have to say to her, so I hated to rush through everything. Plus, I hate feeling rushed to make a chart and enter information into the computer. I’m afraid I’ll make a mistake or forget some vital piece of information.

My 11am didn’t show up until 1117am. By now I’m frustrated because of everything that has already happened, so when the front office people come to my office to ask me if I’ll see her I tell them no. She IS 2 minutes after the designated no-show time, after all. They go back to the front to reschedule the patient’s appointment, only to call me a minute later to tell me that by the time I have another opening in my schedule the patient will already be almost 15 weeks pregnant, which is too late to be just beginning care, which means that I HAVE to see her. I go to the front to call her back, weight her, have her pee in the cup and when we’re finally sitting in my office I tell her how important it is for her to show up to her appointments on time, as we all have our own schedules to keep and if she’s late, that makes everyone else late. Her response? A blank stare… Nice. She never even apologized after that mini-lecture. And her friend who came back with her – her cell phone rang during the appointment and you know what? SHE TOOK THE CALL! She’s sitting in my office talking on her cell phone while I’m trying to get this patient’s medical history and teach her about healthy pregnancy. I finally stopped taking to the patient, looked at the friend and said, “If you’re going to continue to interrupt my appointment with this patient, I’m going to have to ask you to step out and wait in the waiting room.” She stepped out of the office, finished her call in the hallway, and then came back in. Whatever, I didn’t say anything. She didn’t apologize either…

My 130pm I knew previously that she wasn’t going to come. I called her a while ago to move her appointment time and she told me then that she was going to go to a doctor who’s office was closer to her house. Me, being the inherently lazy person I am, didn’t take her out of the computer and open the appointment for another patient. I figured I could use the opportunity to have a nice leisurely lunch, catch up on some stuff, things like that.

My 230pm showed up at 130pm claiming nobody told her that her appointment was moved from 2pm to 230pm (this is a new thing. I used to have 1pm and 2pm appointments, but since I got my office and everyone eats lunch in it, they take lunch from 1230pm to 130pm, so my 1pm appointment wouldn’t do anymore.) I indeed called this patient to tell her that her appointment was at 230pm. I remember because I made a list of all the patients I spoke to regarding this time change. I remember her specifically because the person who answered the telephone didn’t speak English, so I had the one person in the office that speaks Spanish call again to tell the patient of the time change. That’s two of us who know the patient was told. So the patient is getting her panties in a bunch because she might have to wait an hour (remember the girl at the front doesn’t know my 130pm isn’t coming.) The front office girl comes to my office to tell me this and I admit that the 130pm isn’t coming so I took the 230pm at 130pm. So much for my leisurely lunch and catching up on stuff…

So that’s my crappy day, all caused by my patients. As Manuel so wisely pointed out to me though, I’m done with them and I never have to see them again except for in passing so I shouldn’t dwell on it too much. He’s so smart. That’s why I keep him around…

Top Five Tuesday #4

Last night, we went out to celebrate Jessica's Dad's birthday at Claim Jumpers. It was a good time, the food was good, and the service commendable. Of course, that is not always the case when going out to a restaurant. For today I thought I would do the top five things that annoy me when going to a restaurant.

#5 - Burgers that are really lacking in sauce. I didn't just order meat on bread. Pour that sauce on!

#4 - Messing up my order because the waiter or waitress didn't bother ot write it down. You don't get special kudos or tip if you can remember my order without writing it down. That doesn't impress me. Just write it down so it gets done right!

#3 - When the waiter or waitress has no personality or obviously hates their job. Dude, it's your job. If you don't like it, go find something else to do.

#2 - I hate when you get served, and then it takes too much time for someone to come greet you and take a drink order. Ok, if they seat you and it takes a couple of minutes to meet your waiter, that is fine. But when they take upwards of 10 minutes to greet you, that is not ok.

#1 - When the waitress/waiter doesn'tkeep refilling my soda at the appropriate time. I drink a LOT of soda when I am out to eat. Usually around 3-5 sodas and 2 glasses of water. I don't know why, I just get really thirsty. What annoys me the most is when they forget about me and my glass sits there empty. Just because you have given me my dinner doesn't mean you are done with me until the bill.

So what annoys you at restaurants?

Monday, April 09, 2007

The 5 Things That Pissed Me Off Last week #4

#5 - It was a work related thing, but since I am still not trying to jinx it, I won't even bring it up. A client annoyed me, but that's all you get! :-)

#4 - I won a poker tournament this weekend, but it was only 7 people and for the $100 top prize. In my big games this year(10-14 people), I have had no luck winning. Just a bunch of seconds and thirds. I am up almost $250 for the year so far, but I want to get one of the big game wins. Ehh...eventually.

#3 - I almost never expect Manchester United to lose. But when they lose twice in one week, that comes as a real shock and that just pisses me off. They look pretty tired right now from all the games they are having to play.

#2 - Last week at the gym, I locked my keys in the car. I got slightly distracted by a cell phone call as I was getting out of the car and left my keys on the seat. Luckily, there was a locksmith in the same parking lot. Unluckily, it took like 45 minutes for her to get it open. She tried forever to get the door open and when they didn't work, she got the trunk to open. Frm there, she pulled the emergency latch to lower the seats into the car. She then looked at me as if to say, "You can go ahead and crawl into your car now and unlock it." I just kept staring back at her as if to say, "Look at my size and now look at your size(she was about 4'10" and 85 pounds)." Without any words spoken, she said to me, " I guess I am better equipped to be the one to crawl through." Damn right, girl! You read my mind.

#1 - On Friday we went to go see Grindhouse at the drive- ins. The film itself didn't piss me off and you can read my review below. It had been many years since we had been to a drive in, but we thought it would be fun. Unfortunately, the screen sucked. It was way too dark a screen and there were times where you oculd barely make out what was going on on the screen. I will definitely not be going back again. The price is right, but just not worth it.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Grindhouse: The Manuel's View Review

Jess and I saw Grindhouse on Friday night. We actually saw it at the drive-ins here in town to add to the appeal and style of the movie. As I said before, I am a HUGE Tarantino and Rodriguez fan. So what did I think of the film - or actually the two films since it is basically two films in one? I liked it, but I wasn't in LOVE with it. I did like that there were homages to many of their past films, from the pack of Red Apple cigarettes to the main character in one of the films being named El Rey, to both films having Sherrif Earl McGraw again. Let me review each film seperately.

First was Planet Terror , by Rodriguez, which was a pretty typical zombie film. As I LOVE most zombie films, this was fun. It was bascially a low budget, campy, sci-fi channel type horror film. It was cool seeing Tom Savini, Michael Biehn, and Naveen Andrews getting such cool roles. There were some cool deaths and if you like blood and guts, you won't be disappointed.

Next was Tarantino's Death Proof. Basically, Kurt Russell plays a killer who likes to murder women with his car. The movie can basically be summed up like this. 4 women just talking about random things for about 30 minutes, followed 15 minutes of the main character, then 30 minutes of 4 new women talking about random things, and ending with a 15 minute car chase scene. So, basically, a LOT of talking. But you know, I still liked it. However, if you are not a HUGE Tarantino fan and are not used to his style of movies, I can see you getting bored. It is typical Tarantino style dialouge. In fact, many people drove off(remember, we are at the drive-ins) during the middle of the movie.

There were also some cool fake trailers by some guest directors made for the movie as well that were fairly entertaining. My favorite was for a movie with the always great Danny Trejo called Machete. In fact, Rodriguez, who directed the trailer, said he might consider making this one into a movie on its own. That would be awesome simply because the tagline was, "They just fucked with the wrong Mexican!" Classic!

So overall, I liked the movie. I'll buy the movie. But not my favorite. I liked Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and the Kill Bill movies better than Death Proof. I liked Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and of course, From Dusk til Dawn better than Planet Terror. Disappointed that this is the case? Slightly. But I still enjoyed them and that is all that matters.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Fat Friday #9

Well, after no weight loss last week, it was good to get back on the right track this week. I lost another 1.5 pounds which I am really happy about because I had a none too healthy few days last weekend. But, I worked my butt off atthe gym a few times. So after 9 weeks, I am down 6.5 pounds. I wanted it to be 9 pounds after 9 weeks so I am not too far behind.

I am really looking forward to Easter this Sunday as I get to play Guitar Hero with my cousins for the first time. Should be a good time. I hope I don't humiliate myself. The video below is the song that is my favorite to play on the game. The band cracks me up because it has lyrics like this....

She's a dwelling place for demons.
She's a cage for every unclean spirit,
every filthy bird and makes us drink the poisoned wine to fornicating with our kings.
Fallen now is Babylon the Great.

The day has come for all us sinners.
If you're not a servant, you'll be struck to the ground.
Flee the burning, greedy city.
Lookin' back on her to see there's nothing around.

I don't believe in fairytales and no one wants to go to hell.
You've made the wrong decision and it's easy to see.
Now if you wanna serve above or be a king below with us,
You're welcome to the city where your future is set forever.

...and the video has tons of images of people doing immoral things being punished for their actions; and yet, they said they are NOT a religious band by any means. Huh?!?! You could have fooled me! Anyways, regardless, I love the song especially the guitar solo in the middle of the song.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Trivia Thursday #3

Here is your weekly trivia. Remember, there are no prizes so no looking on the internet for answers and no looking at other people's answers for clues. Just have fun with it. Good luck!

1. What is the only mammal that can fly?

2. Elvis Pressley made one commercial in his life selling what kind of food?

3. What is the only US state that grows coffee?

4. What is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature?

5. What is the only rock that floats in water?

6. The most common first name in the world is what?

7. What does a sphygmomanometer do?

8. 50% of all bank robberies are on what day?

9. What can live up to a week without a head?

10. What animal is responsible for the most human deaths each year?

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Top Five Tuesday #3

This is a top 5 I have been looking forward to for a couple of weeks. In honor of the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez movie "Grindhouse" which comes out Friday, I am doing two top 5s dedicated to their movies. Some of my very favorite films are by these great directors. I wanted to honor the great characters they have in their films, but since there were so many, I couldn't put them in just one top 5 list. I had to make 2:

Top 5 characters in Quentin Tarantino films:

#5 - Marcellus Wallace (Pulp Fiction) - The first time I had ever heard of or seen Ving Rhames. "I'm going to get medieval on your ass!" is one of the best lines of all time!

#4 - Vincent Vega (Pulp Fiction) - Travolta's comeback. How cool is he in this film? Anybody else dancing like that would look just plain silly.

#3 - The Bride - (Kill Bill I and II) - Uma Thurman does and awesome job here as a lady out for revenge. And boy does she get it!!

#2 - Mr. Blond (Reservoir Dogs) - Michael Madsen does an awesome job here as a sadistic criminal. The ear scene is disturbing and awesome all at once!

#1 - Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction) - He's a Bad Mutha Fucker. If I have to say anymore, you haven't seen the movie!

Top 5 characters in Robert Rodriguez films:

#5 - Sex Machine (From Dusk Til Dawn) - Tom Savini as one of the guys stuck killing vampires. He carries a whip and has a gun come out of his crotch. He belongs on this list!!!

#4 - El Mariachi (Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico) - Antonio Banderas in his best role. You have to include him - he has a guitar case full of guns!

#3 - Marv (Sin City) - Mickey Rourke is just total badass as a man out for revenge.

#2 - Agent Sands (Once Upon a Time in Mexico) - Johnny Depp is amazing in this film and somehow, even cooler in this than he is in Pirates. If you haven't seen this movie, see it just to see how freakin' cool Depp is here!

#1 - Seth Gecko (From Dusk Til Dawn) - George Clooney at his absolute best. My favorite movie of all time. "Everbody be cool. YOU, be cool."

Monday, April 02, 2007

The Five Things That Pissed Me Off Last Week #3

Hello, c'mon in. Welcome to another of my weekly rants. Hope you enjoy the show!

#5 - My number of comments has gone way down. I think I need to go out and get some more readers. I love posting, I would love more people to read what I am writing about...

#4 - There is a lady at Jessica's work who I actually despise. She is a know it all, I've done everything, let's make everything out to be way bigger than it needs to be type of person. Jessica comes home with stories about her and I just boil. Friday I met Jessica for lunch and then went back to her office to help her set up her new office. I had to talk with this lady. Multiple times I wanted to strangle her.

#3 - I didn't lose any weight last week. I guess I should be happy that I didn't gain, but it still would have been nnice to lose more weight.

#2 - Ok, yesterday I went to GameStop to trade in 2 of my PS3 games. They had a deal where if you trade in 2 used PS3 games, you can get a new one. So I walk in and this is the conversation:

Me: Hey, are you doing the trade in 2 PS3 games and get a new one deal?

Clerk: (Hesistating slightly as if he is not paying attention) Ummmm....yeah.

Me: Ok, then I want to trade in these 2 games and get Oblivion.

Clerk: ........................................(What the hell? Why is the clerk just staring at me?)........................(10 FULL seconds later)....I like your shirt.

Me: (What the hell? Where did that guy just disappear to at that moment.)

Literally, it was as if the guy's brain just show down for a second and it was just a lifeless corpse in front of me. I wanted to slap him during all that and say, "Dude, you still with me here?"

#1 - Getting that mammogram last week. It didn't hurt quite as much as people were telling me, but it did hurt more than I expected. Not a terrible experience, but not one I would want to do on a daily basis for sure. In the end, the doctor said it was some hormal thing, looked perfectly ok, and that it should go away. If it is still there in a few months, come back. I can live with that fro now.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Go see 300!!!

I finally went and saw 300 last Saturday(yeah a little late in the review here)with my dad at the IMAX theater here in town. What an amazing piece of filmmaking! I mean, this is easily now one of my favorite movies of all time. Why? Let me list the reasons:

- The story is wonderful! I was so enthralled with the story and deeply cared about the characters.

- The characters themselves. King Leonidas. The Queen. Xerxes. The 300 soldiers. I thought they were all well written and will go down as some of my favorite group of characters in film.

- Action. Lots of action! I like all kinds of films, but like most guys, I like a movie with just tons of action now and then. This movie did not dissappoint. The blood and the gore were off the charts and I loved every minute of it!

- The visuals. This movie looked amazing. The majority of the film was filmed on green screen which allowed the filmmakers to make some amazing scenery post production. It is just amazing to look at.

- The score. Powerful, powerful stuff. The music is spectacular. It really does a fine job of complimenting the story.

I am sure there is more. Overall, just an amazing film. Can't wait until it comes out on Blue Ray. If you haven't seen it yet, go see it!