Sunday, July 5, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
(These pictures were taken on a visit to Petsmart last week).
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This is the same little creek after the rain we had yesterday, causing the national news to report that dozens of houses had to be evacuated, and hundreds of people wanting to get buyouts:
(Luckily, despite it being so close to here, it is downhill enough that we are not affected by it).
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Andy spent his birthday in the dark because of a power outage, the first of two in the last two weeks. Chilly continues in therapy, and is up to 29 minutes on the treadmill (see video for a clip of his most recent trip).
Thursday, March 12, 2009
He tried to cheat at first by putting his back feet on the non-moving part, but eventually he got the hang of it and seemed to actually enjoy himself. After three rounds on the treadmill, he got into the pool; at first he just floated, but then he realized that he could swim:
Overall, Chilly seemed to enjoy his time there. He came home and ate a huge dinner, and then fell asleep.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
1. Milk. This 70's docu-drama was both informative and compelling. I later watched a documentary on the same subject (which won the Oscar for best documentary back in the '80s) which was not nearly as good. Currently this has my vote for the best movie of the year.
2. Frost-Nixon. This 70s docu-drama (see the common theme here?) was based on a play. This is a close runner up. Although the Nixon character does not look like Nixon, by the end of the movie it is hard to think of him as not being Nixon.
3. Doubt. The 1960s story of a priest who faced unfounded allegations from a crazy nun (Merly Streep) was very well acted, well written, and had a number of funny moments.
4. Gran Torino. Although I am not a huge Clint Eastwood fan, and hated that movie with the girl boxer who got paralyzed a few years ago, this movie is great. It is about a racist old man who lives in current day Detroit in the house he has lived in all his life, but in a neighborhood that has been taken over by Asians. He unexpectedly becomes friends with a neighbor family who has become victim to gang violence, and they come to replace his own family, who has rejected him.
5. This was the toughest one. There were so many Oscar hyped movies released in the last part of the year that I thought I was going to have a hard time deciding between them. Benjamin Button was the very long movie based on a short story (ironically, the short story, which can be found on the internet, gives a more complete and logical picture of the man's life) about a man who is born old, in some ways, and gets younger, in some ways (yet older in others) during the movie, but the inconsistencies and holes in the plot made this movie sub par. Revolutionary Road was a well acted movie set in the '50s that had the feel of a great movie, but seemed to drag on and was not pleasant to watch, especially towards the end. Slumdog Millionaire, about an uneducated kid from the slums of Bombay India who gets on India's version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire and, when he does well, is brutally tortured by the game show people who thought he was cheating, only to show how the events of his life resulted in the knowledge for the questions asked. Interesting concept, but very brutal violence and hard to follow in parts. Therefore, my fifth choice in the category of best movies goes to probably the most entertaining and creative movie of the year: Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanimo Bay. This is a sequel to the great Harold and Kumar go to White Castle. It makes fun of the post-911 homeland security policy of the government, and the scene with George Bush smoking pot with people who fell out of an airplane into the living room in his Texas ranch is priceless.