Archive for August, 2004

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A bad walk with a happy ending

August 24, 2004

We have a dog so every day, after work, the pooch gets a long walk so she can…ahem, ‘use the facilities.’ Today’s walk was such an exemplary example of why I want to leave Florida.

I wasn’t even halfway down the block when I saw a young couple, in their mid-teens, arguing in the street. Yes, in the street, not on the sidewalk. I try not to eavesdrop, but I was soon about to turn back to call the police because the boy was obviously harassing the poor girl. Fortunately, he finally gave up and went home.

Fine, good. We get to the corner and this young man on a bike says excuse me and cycles past. Half a minute later, I hear a screech and I turn around fast, thinking the punk came back to harass the girl and she’s screaming. Nope, it’s another biker, this one a real idiot, going too fast, riding on a walking trail and almost plowing me and my dog over.

I keep walking to find that the two bikers (obviously together) had stopped to listen to two people, who were also walking their dogs, argue. The bikers didn’t know either of the people (you could tell by the way the two were looking at the bikers) they were just there for the show. Then the two bikers got back onto the walking path, in front of me, and stopped dead to talk. I cursed rather loudly, which is something I rarely do in public, did an about-face and went the other way.

I take China over to the large field that is part of the apartment complex and she’s finally able to relieve herself. I turned to walk her back home when I see some woman letting her large dog loose onto the field. There are leash laws, it’s against the apartment complex rules to have unleashed dogs and I didn’t know that dog from Adam. If it attacked my dog, there wasn’t much I could do to stop it. So, I hike all the way around just to avoid the bimbo and her dog. (The dog was probably perfectly fine, but I won’t risk it. I needed the extra excercise anyway.)

So, there it is in a nutshell, why I hate South Florida. The simplest things can turn into a nightmare and 9 times out of 10 it’s because of morons who have no regard for anyone but themselves. Yes, I am perfectly aware that there are morons everywhere, probably even in Maine, but I can certainly guarantee you that there are less and maybe even less in proportion.

As for the good news: Hot Lead and Cold Feet is on DVD and I didn’t even know it was going to be released! Woo hoo!

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One of my favorite Disney movies, it stars Jim Dale in a triple role as twin brothers and their cranky father. The film also stars Don Knotts and Jack Elam, but Jim Dale shines in his roles, playing each one so convincingly different that it is easy to forget that one man played all three parts. I have been a fan of Mr. Dale’s ever since I saw this film when I was a child and he’s equally as good in his other Disney films, Pete’s Dragon and The Unidentified Flying Oddball (aka A Spaceman in King Arthur’s Court). He is most famous currently, however, for performing the American audio books of all the Harry Potter novels.

So, if you enjoy comedy westerns made for the family with a 70’s Disney flavor, I highly recomend Hot Lead and Cold Feet. It’s a lot of fun full of great performances!

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Once again religion held hostage to politics…

August 24, 2004

Tony Isabella posted an excellent article on his message board by By Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate and guest columnist for the New York Times that was posted in the Ohio Beacon Journal about the current detestable mixing of religion and politics.

EXCERPT:
“Religious Americans have every right to insist they shouldn’t have to be religious in the closet. But that doesn’t give public officials some free-floating constitutional right to exercise their religion at the expense of everyone they ostensibly serve.”

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Some things never change…

August 8, 2004

I was watching TCM the other day, waiting for a Bob Hope/Bing Crosby ‘Road’ picture to come on. (Oops, better change that to Bing Crosby/Bob Hope ‘Road’ picture. Bing always got top billing, save for one movie.)

TCM often plays one-reelers between their movies and they played a very interesting short called ‘Mr. Blabbermouth.’

It was a WWII propaganda film, telling viewers to shut their mouths, stop asking questions and trust that the government has everything under control.

WWII was a completely different situation than the war that we are involved in now, but I found it a little eerie to see that things just never change.

On a more uplifting note, TCM is having a ‘Summer of the Stars’ promotion this month where they play movies starring one particular performer for 24 hours. Today’s star was Clint Eastwood, so my husband enjoyed wathing ‘Hang ’em High’, a film he hadn’t seen for quite some time.

I’m personally looking forward to Wednesday’s star – Jean Harlow. I’ve only been a fan of Harlow’s for about a year now and have only seen a few of her films. ‘Hell’s Angels’ is playing at 8:00, which is the only color film that she made. However, only one segment of the film is in color and it was shot using the 2-strip color process, which wasn’t nearly as ‘true’ as the later three-step technicolor process.

And speaking of classic films and that wonderful, rich Technicolor, Warners is finally releasing a Special Edition DVD of Gone With the Wind. For those of you who have avoided seeing it becuase it sounds over-rated, I encourage you to give it a chance. It’s highly celebrated for good reason and is more than a soap opera. (I also encourage you to read the book, which is quite different from the film.) The DVD is going on sale in November of this year and I’ll definitely be picking this one up on it’s release date. Click here for more details.