Friday, December 19, 2014

Went to an Ugly Sweater Party

We got invited, almost at last minute, to an ugly sweater party tonight. My husband thought we could just go and not have ugly sweaters. I said no way. We have to at least try!

After work today (thank God it was a short day!), I ran over to Thrift Store USA. They didn't have any adult Christmas sweaters, but I was able to find two red sweaters, One is a Winnie the Pooh fleece pullover for me, and the other was from Denim and Co. Don't tell my husband, but he was wearing a woman's zip up sweater and didn't know it! :) That one already came with the white collar, so it was a must buy.

The decorations came from the Dollar Tree, the cupcake buttons on the cuffs of the pullover came from my mom's stash, and the gold snowflakes actually came from the thrift store bag I was going to donate (they came in a set of Christmas ornaments we bought to keep Orion from destroying our good ornaments).

I put garland and bows around the fleece hood and the kangaroo pocket; snowflakes on the front and back, and the cupcake buttons, of course.

My husband wanted the lights on his sweater, so I just whip stitched them to the front of the sweater. There were plastic candy ornaments on the collar, garland and round ornaments around his arms and shoulders, and just for fun, a pickle ornament became his zipper pull. Plus, there was the large star on his back.

"A lot of families in Richmond and her surrounding Counties have known of the tradition for years and years. It is obviously a true Southern tradition and it indirectly started here in Richmond. It is the Legend of the Christmas Pickle.

"In the tradition, an adult hides a pickle-shaped ornament in the boughs of the tree after it is decorated. On Christmas morning, the children search the limbs of the tree, trying to be the first to find the pickle. The one that does find the ornament gets an extra present, or, as in years past, a healthy and happy year."

My husband was surprised that I was "going to all that trouble" and was so competitive. I just didn't want to go without suitable ugly sweaters. And I didn't expect there to be actual voting.

Only two other people at the party had homemade ugly sweaters. Well, it was one ugly sweater and one ugly long sleeved t-shirt. My husband's sweater was pretty popular but in the end, it was the host's ugly long sleeved sweater that won.

The prize of the night was actually a bottle of wine anyway, so I was glad I didn't win. I might have 2-3 drinks a year, because I don't care much for alcohol. It bums me out that alcohol is an appropriate gift or prize, especially around the holidays.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Card Fun

I am either a dork or an idiot. Either way, I'm doing this for Christmas this year:


I'm going to pick a random address from a phone book listing somewhere online, write out this same card, sign my card as being from Francine, and mailing it off tomorrow.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Roasted Potatoes with Tomatoes, Basil and Garlic

We've been so busy lately, that several of our suppers lately have been on the run and I'm getting tired of it. My husband found this recipe online earlier this evening and decided he wanted us to make it with our grilled chicken tonight (I insisted on staying home for supper so we could cook).

  • 2 pounds of red potatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon  chopped fresh rosemary
  • At my husband's request...we added frozen corn to the mix and it turns out, this really needed the corn! :) I think we added half a bag.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a prepared baking dish, toss the potatoes, tomatoes, basil, garlic and corn with the olive oil. Sprinkle with the rosemary.

Bake 20-30 minutes in the preheated oven, turning occasionally, until tender.

I have to say, even 45 minutes wasn't long enough to roast the potatoes until they were soft. This was really good recipe but the cooking time needs to be adjusted, and we don't have an old stove.

I think the next time, I'll cook the potatoes with the olive oil for about 35-40 minutes, and then add everything else, and then cook for another 20 minutes. Then I'll start checking for tenderness then. At 45 minutes, my potatoes were still just a touch firm but the corn was starting to get to the overcooked/mushy level.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Thought About "Adventure Time"

I'm watching the NBC version of "Peter Pan" on my DVR tonight. Doesn't Peter and the Lost Boys' tree house look just like Jake and Finn's house on "Adventure Time?"




Friday, December 12, 2014

I AM A JEDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As of today, I am now truly a Jedi!!!!

The Rebel Legion has accepted my costume, and I am a Jedi Knight of the Old Republic. I am now a member of both the Rebel Legion and the Freedom Base (for the state I live in). I have even signed up to go to my first con with the Rebel Legion: the Ring of Fire Con in Virginia Beach, in February.
  • I'd like to take a tour of a Navy sub, but my husband and I don't know anyone that works on board a sub.
  • I'd like to take a tour of a Navy ship that most people will never get to go on. I got to go walk around under a ship while it was in dry dock, and then I walked up the scaffolding around the mast, almost to the very top!
  • I'd love to go for a ride in a fighter jet of some kind.
  • I want to go jet skiing in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • I want to go scuba diving or snorkeling in the Caribbean.
  • I want to go to the top of the Washington Monument. 
  • I want to go to NYC, and see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Twin Towers, and go to a show of some sort. We went there in 2000 and saw The Late Show with David Letterman.
  • I want to go to the Saint Louis Arch. We did this in 1999.
  • I want to go to Niagara Falls. We did this in 2000.
  • I want to go to Universal Studios Florida. We did this in 2001 and I'd love to do it again!
  • I want to go to the Poconos and stay in one of their themed suites. We did this in 2006 and stayed at Caesar's in the champagne glass suite.
  • I want to stay in a themed suit at the HoJo in Florence, KY.
  • I want to get a memorial tattoo in honor of my mom and my mother-in-law.
  • I want to write a bad sci-fi horror script and present it to The Asylum to see if they'd be willing to make it into an actual movie for the Sy-Fy Channel. I'm actually writing a screenplay right now!
  • I want to finally order the "Hell's Admin Assistant" patch for my motorcycle jacket that I've been thinking about for years.--I figure it's a funny alternative to a Hell's Angel patch, which I'm clearly not a member of Hell's Angels. I ordered one from Star City Stitchery
  • I'd like to cuddle a baby gorilla. I really don't know where this one comes from, but aren't baby gorillas the cutest babies EVER??!
  • I want to take a painting class, a la Bob Ross. I did this in a restaurant in Virginia Beach with a bunch of motorcycle riders from an American Legion post, in 2014.
  • I want to go hang gliding in Kill Devil Hills, NC. I did this over Memorial Day weekend with my husband.
  • I want to see the archaeological dig at the Jamestown Settlement.
  • I want to go charter boat fishing in the Atlantic Ocean: I tried doing this in 2012, but the water was really rough that day. I didn't catch anything but I sure made a lot of chum!
  • I want to go to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • I want to see KISS in concert, in the make-up. 
  • I will get a job at some kind of animal shelter, and I'm going to be damn good at whatever I end up doing there. 
  • I will get at least one old, beat up piece of wood furniture, save it from going to the landfill, and refinish it. I've actually done two pieces now.
  • I'd like to go on an LCAC ride with my husband before he transfers to his new command. I had to cross this one off finally, because Shane left this command already. This bummed me out. I never got a ride on an LCAC out on the bay. Some of his family members did, and even though I offered to take any number of half days off from work, I never got to ride. 
  • I will go to see the Booth Trail in 2013. 
  • I will go to Natural Bridge, VA and the Shenandoah Valley and stay in a cabin in the woods
  • I will go to Hiddenite Gems, an emerald mine open to the public, in NC. 
  • I will go to the Richmond Zoo and the Virginia Zoo (they have done a lot of remodeling and I haven't been there for a several years). 
  • I can't drive a clutch and have no desire to learn, but I'd like to go for a ride in a 1957 Chevy BelAire and a mid-80's Lamborghini Countach.
  • I'd like to sit in any of the Batmobiles, ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters, KITT from Knight Rider, and the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard.
  • I will go to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. 
  • I want to go to Rhode Island, Boston and Seattle, just for the sake of going.
  • I want to go to Tokyo some day.--I've been to Hanoi and Hue, Vietnam, but it wasn't close enough.
  • I want to see the pyramids and sphinx in Egypt. 
  • I'd love to see the Mona Lisa (she's in the Louvre in Paris) and The Scream (there are a couple, two of them are in Munich). 
  • I want to go to London, and maybe look for the TARDIS and the Doctor. 
  • I want to go to San Diego to see my best friend, go to Comic Con, wear a costume, take lots of photos, find an awesome looking Spider-Man so I can give him a hug for just being Spidey, and then walk a beach on the Pacific Ocean, looking for shells. 
  • I'd like to go to a taping of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" if we ever go to California.  I had to cross this one off: On April 28, 2014, Ferguson announced that he will leave the show on December 19, 2014.
  • I want to have at least one great, wildly creative crochet pattern published in a real book somewhere. 
  • I'd like to have our yard be featured for our Halloween decorations with a local tv station, so people might understand you don't have to spend big bucks on decorations and still put together a great display (I say this because we don't go as crazy for Christmas decorations). 
  • I'd like to win a challenge on Craftster. 
  • I'd like to compete on Craft Wars on TLC. I had to cross this one off too, because I'm pretty sure it's no longer on the air. I can't find any updated information on it. 
  • I will finish the Jedi costume finally and I will join the Rebel Legion.  I was accepted in December 2014!
  • I will finish the doll house I started several years ago. 
  • I want to go to Ohio and see Ralphie Harper's house from The Christmas Story. 
  • I want to see Weird Al Yankovic in concert, and maybe even the Bangles if I ever get to California. 
  • I want to see the Barenaked Ladies again, the next time they come to Hampton Roads.
  • I want to take my friends to the Virginia Safari drive through park in Stanton, VA. Did this in July 2014.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's Been a Good Day

My goals for today were as follows:

  • Clean the fish tank (didn't get around to it, I'll do it tomorrow)
  • Clean up the dog's land mines from the front yard (got this much done)
  • Do some cooking
  • Don't leave the house (I only went as far as the front yard and back yard to take the garbage out)
I refused to leave the house today. For the last week, every night after work, we've had something social/holiday-related going on. I'm tired of it and want to stay home!

So my cooking projects were as follows:
  • Made banana bread from a mix
  • Ate and then made my own buffalo chicken dip for the first time and LOVED it. I think I was a little heavy handed on the extra cheese I put on top, but my husband said it was perfect.
  • Made some of my mother-in-law's fudge for the first time today. I'm not yet sure how it's setting up, but it looks good!
  • Made banana ice cream tonight. I've been hanging onto this recipe for about two years and I finally got around to making it tonight.

One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

Makes 2 servings, about 1 cup

What You Need

Ingredients
1 large ripe banana--I actually used three bananas.
Equipment
Knife
Cutting board
Airtight, freezer-safe container
Small food processor--I used my Magic Bullet blender.
Spatula

Instructions

  1. Start with ripe bananas: They should be sweet and soft.
  2. Peel the bananas and cut them into coins: It doesn't matter what shape or size the pieces are in, as long as they are chopped up into evenly-sized and somewhat small pieces.
  3. Put the bananas in an airtight container: A freezer-safe glass bowl like this one is fine, or you can use a freezer bag.
  4. Freeze the banana pieces for at least 2 hours: Freeze for at least 2 hours, but ideally overnight.
  5. Blend the frozen banana pieces in a small food processor or powerful blender: Pulse the frozen banana pieces. We've found that a small food processor or chopper works best. I added in a quick dollop of honey, for a little more sweetness.
  6. Keep blending — the banana will look crumbly: At first the banana pieces will look crumbled or smashed. Scrape down the food processor. I realized here that I needed a couple of little shots of milk in with my banana. The Magic Bullet wasn't strong enough to pulse through frozen banana slices by itself.
  7. Keep blending — the banana will look gooey: Then it will look gooey, like banana mush. Scrape down the food processor.
  8. Keep blending — the banana will look like oatmeal: It will get smoother but still have chunks of banana in it. Scrape down the food processor.
  9. Watch the magic happen! Suddenly, as the last bits of banana smooth out, you'll see the mixture shift from blended banana to creamy, soft-serve ice cream texture. Blend for a few more seconds to aerate the ice cream. (If adding any mix-ins, like peanut butter or chocolate chips, this is the moment to do it.)
  10. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until solid: You can eat the ice cream immediately, but it will be quite soft. You can also transfer it back into the airtight container and freeze it until solid, like traditional ice cream.
This was actually really good. It tasted just like homemade soft serve ice cream. I can't believe it took me this long to try this recipe! :)

DIY TARDIS in the Snow

How much of a geek am I when I have almost everything already in my stash to make a TARDIS in the snow?

This is actually a tutorial for Geek With Curves, from December 2013. I've had her page bookmarked for some time, and I decided the time was finally right for my own little snowy TARDIS scene.

My phone and/or the wifi signal here is being a pain in the ass, so I'm only able to get one picture of this little lovely tonight.

I should have gone with a smaller tree or have cut the tree down, but I really wanted that whole tree shoved into the jar.

I've got my tiny TARDIS jar sitting on my fish tank in the living room.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

"How 'Star Wars' ruined sci-fi"

I just read this article, "How 'Star Wars' ruined sci-fi" by Lewis Beale at CNN.com. I felt the need to post a rebuttal here, not because of my love for "Star Wars," but as someone who loves movies, in general, and as a non-professional movie critic.

Lewis Beale is an American journalist, film critic and film lecturer whose articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, Interview, USA Today, Film Journal International, and other publications. He was also a senior writer at Us Weekly.

"Now that the trailer for the seventh "Star Wars" movie is out, you can imagine the anticipation among the millions of fans of the film franchise. And why not? The six "Star Wars" films have been enormous successes: they have grossed over $2 billion domestically at the box office, spawned scores of books, comic books and merchandise (how many kids have their own light saber?) and made household names of characters like Darth Vader, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker."

You can't deny any of that.

"They've also been the worst thing ever for the science fiction genre."

No, they are not. I'm guessing he's never seen any of the movies made by The Asylum for the Sy-Fy channel, which I'm not necessarily saying those movies are bad. They are bad, in a good way. I'm actually a fan of those movies, but this entry isn't about those.

"I say this as someone who has been a devoted sci-fi reader since childhood. I was so blown away by the first "Star Wars" film when I saw it in 1977, I went back two more times the same week to wallow in its space age fantasy. But here's the thing: George Lucas' creation, basically a blown-up Flash Gordon adventure with better special effects, has left all too many people thinking science fiction is some computer graphics-laden space opera/western filled with shootouts, territorial disputes, evil patriarchs and trusty mounts (like the Millennium Falcon)."

I don't remember how many times I saw Episodes 4 and 6 in the theaters, but I remember seeing episode 5 twice. Both times, the sight of Han Solo being dropped into the carbonite freezer freaked me out a little bit, for some reason. Chewie's sorrowful howl almost did me in.

The special effects were a little sketchy in places (sometimes you could see the outlines of the ships as they were pasted into dog fights in space), but this was movie making on a grand scale. There were huge sets, miniature sets and those beautiful painted backdrops....those were art forms in and of themselves!

John Williams? That man single-handedly made me start to listen to the movie scores. His music was a narration to those movies.

""Star Wars" has corrupted people's notion of a literary genre full of ideas, turning it into a Saturday afternoon serial. And that's more than a shame -- it's an obscenity."

Ummmm, I'm sorry, did Lewis see the same original trilogy as me? It never came across as a Saturday afternoon serial. "A New Hope" was 121 minutes long. Did he leave in the middle of it to make a bathroom run or to get popcorn?

As far as "Star Wars" goes, it was a wonderful fairy tale that anyone could appreciate. There was a princess that needed saving from a horrible villain in black, There was the sweet farm boy that felt out of place, who lost everything he had, to try and make a difference in his world. There was the scruffy looking nerf-herder/space pirate that only wanted to protect himself and not be a hero, and his gigantic furry best friend. It was a tale of travel, excitement, action and adventure, with just a touch of romance thrown in. And that was just Episode 4. I don't think George Lucas ever tried to hide that idea of it being a fairy tale. 

It was a smart move. Aside from being influenced by aerial dog fights in war, I always figured "A New Hope" was ultimately written as a fairy tale because it would attract so many more people: parents would take their kids to it; science fiction fans would go to it; action adventure fans would enjoy it.

The first movie, "A New Hope," left so much open to the viewers' imagination. What was the Clone Wars? How and why did Darth Vader kill Luke Skywalker's father? Why did the movie start out as being Episode 4? What happened in the first three episodes? 

And the waiting for another "Star Wars" movie...those were the days, before the internet, there were no spoilers.

"Science fiction is in fact one of the most creative literary genres around. The best of sci-fi is filled with meditations on what's "out there," what makes us human, how technology is used and how it is changing us. It takes up issues of race, sexuality and quite literally everything else under the sun. It is essentially about ideas, not action, and that's the problem, as far as Hollywood is concerned."

True.

"There are, for example, no light sabers, spaceships or Death Stars in the 1979 novel "Kindred," by Octavia Butler, who won the Hugo and Nebula, sci-fi's top awards, and was also awarded a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant.

"Butler's main themes are race and sex, and in "Kindred" she wrote about a modern black woman who travels back in time to the antebellum South, where she is enslaved. The novel is regularly taught in classrooms and has made at least one list of "Great Books By Women."

"But Hollywood has yet to adapt it for the screen. Maybe if the lead character had a Wookiee by her side...

"Many of the great works of sci-fi have not been made into films -- The Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov, Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War," William Gibson's "Neuromancer," among others -- partially because they are too smart, too dense and too thoughtful."


Lewis is correct here. How many wonderful sci-fi books are published every year? And how many of those would make incredible movies? But just because Lewis liked a handful of them and wishes for movies, doesn't mean that's a slam against the book because of "Star Wars." That's like saying I didn't get a job I wanted, so it must be Obama's fault. Makes about as much sense, doesn't it?

I think Laurel K. Hamilton is an awesome writer. Some of her books would make really interesting, visual movies. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein would be a killer movie! The fact that it hasn't been brought to the big screen is not George Lucas' fault. 

"Sure, some classics have made the transition, but the track record is spotty: David Lynch's "Dune" was a disaster, for example, and the recent "Ender's Game" was a mixed bag that was not successful at the box office. Francois Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451," although stylish and intellectual, was a bit too frigid for a mass audience."

So now, we are only talking about sci-fi books that are turned into movies? I thought we were just talking about sci-fi movies in general. This guy jumps around a lot!

And saying a movie was intellectual and a bit too frigid for a mass audience...well, that comes across as condescending. It is an insult to the average movie-goer to say they weren't smart enough to "get" a certain movie? While an excellent book, maybe the source material for Francois Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451" just didn't translate well to the big screen. Maybe the screenplay adaptation wasn't well written.

"Which means that Hollywood studios, not known for thinking outside the box, opt for the "Star Wars" template -- lots of whiz bang, plenty of quirky alien characters, CGI to the max, plenty of explosions and little thought of any kind."

The powers-that-be at the major film studios probably have the final say on what movies will be made. Those powers don't agree with the average sci-fi book reader, at least, for right now. That doesn't mean they aren't thinking outside the box. 

If I think about sci-fi movies that are outside the box, "A.I." and "Her" come to mind. What about "The Fountain?" Those original, quirky kind of sci-fi movies are out there. Lewis Beale might not be opening his mind to them. It makes me wonder if he's ever been to an art movie house or used Netflix. He might find what he's looking for there.

Or, if we are still talking about mainstream sci-fi movies, how about "Dead Snow" or "Rammbock"? There was even a movie made from a German or Russian book about were-animals. It was called something like "Daywalkers," "Nightwalkers" or something along those lines. It was a good movie that I borrowed from Nicole the Knitter; I just don't remember the title.

"To be sure, the first "Star Wars" was a breath of fresh air, a fun flick for sci-fi geeks. But the series quickly ossified, a victim of its own success. Only two of the films -- "Star Wars" and "The Empire Strikes Back" -- show any originality. The rest tread water, give the hardcore fans the same old, same old. I mean, how many light sabre duels can you sit through before you're bored out of your skull? How many outer space dogfights? How many seemingly profound Yoda-esque thoughts?"

How was "Return of the Jedi" unoriginal?

And when you think about the existing six movies, "The Clone Wars" movie, and the animated series...hell, just for fun, throw in "Star Wars Holiday Special" from 1978...the answer is: us hard core Star Wars fans will sit through every lightsaber duel, outer space dog fight, and Yoda-esque thought that is offered to us. No one is forcing us to see any of those movies. 

And we are also capable of knowing what we didn't like about the individual movies. Jar Jar Binks, anyone? The lack of chemistry between Hayden Christiansen and Natalie Portman. I personally would have preferred to see Anakin Skywalker as crazy and dangerous, instead of whiny and sad.

And if Lewis Beale hates them so much, then why is he still writing about them? Is he hoping to change people's minds? Or, why can't he move on and find out if there's a sci-fi movie out there that he would like?

"Me, I'm giving up on the whole thing. I don't care that J.J. Abrams, a director with talent, is helming the new flick. He's hemmed in by audience expectations -- like casting the stars of the original in this film -- and recycling stale material. I'll pass."

I love this: it takes him an entire article to state that he's not going to see the new Star Wars movie. How does he even know it includes "recycling stale material?" J.J. Abrams is notorious for having locked down sets and not letting anything get released until he says so. Sure, we've seen footage of the Falcon flying, and what looks to be X-wing fighters, plus even a few Storm Troopers. But you can't make a Star Wars movie with out that, just like you couldn't make a James Bond movie without a couple of beautiful women for Bond to bang, some vodka martinis to swill, and a Walther PPK pistol to shoot. There are mainstays of certain film genres that have to be included.

And yes, the stars of the original trilogy are going to be in this new movie. All you have to do is look at the IMDB page for "The Force Awakens" to know that. Look at it today, and you'll see a lot of blank spaces. Abrams et al are still building hype for this. A teaser trailer doesn't tell you everything you need to know about a movie, but we all become movie critics when we see a trailer, don't we?

"Instead, I'll queue up "The Matrix," and enjoy the most original sci-fi movie of the past 25 years. I recommend "Star Wars" fans do the same. They need to be reminded what real creativity is all about."

Yes, "The Matrix" was good and very original. The scene where the phone is ringing in the TV repair shop as the group tries to escape from the agents really stuck with me. But I notice that Lewis does't mention the somewhat dismal sequels that came after it.

Real creativity in sci-fi cinema...how about enjoying it while we wait for the next Star Wars movie to come out? I know I can come up with some good options, with something for everyone, in  no particular order. I can enjoy these over and over again, and I won't feel the need to boycott the next movie.
  • "Explorers" (1985) comes to mind, with River Phoenix
  • "Back to the Future: (1985)
  • "Ghostbusters" (1984)
  • "Beetlejuice: (1988)
  • "Tron" (1982)
  • "Modern Problems" (1981) with Chevy Chase
  • "Spaceballs" (1987)
  • "Iron Man" (2008)
  • "Spider-Man" (2002)
  • "The Avengers" (2012)
  • "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (2003)
  • "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011) 
  • "Starman" (1984)
  • "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" (1982)
  • "Firestarter" (1984) 
  • "Paul" (2011)
  • anything "Star Trek"
  • The "Army of Darkness/Evil Dead" movies
  • "Galaxy Quest" (1999)
  • "Avatar" (2009)
  • The "Terminator" series
  • The "Planet of the Apes" series
Sci-fi movies started in 1902, with Georges Melies' "La Voyage dans la Lune" ("Voyage to the Moon"). 

I think Christopher B. summed it up best: "The first outstanding science fiction film--outstanding in that it influenced later films--would probably be "Metropolis," in 1926. 

"King Kong" in 1933 was probably the first sci-fi movie that appealed to a mainstream audience.

"2001: A Space Odyssey," in 1968, is usually considered the first science fiction film that had a deep, philosophical level to it. It is usually considered one of the greatest films ever, and it used realistic special effects that are impressive even today."

Since 1902, there have been so many different types of sci-fi movies, that there are sub-genres within it, and you can have your favorite types. Me, I prefer sci-fi movies that are hopeful about the future. Apocalyptic movies don't really do it for me, with the exception of the Terminator series.

Lewis Beale comes across as petty and whiny in this opinion piece. He's right and if you don't agree with him, well, he's going to continue to tell you why he is right. I think he could have made a better argument for his view and come across as better educated about sci-fi movies in general. I'm no expert on sci-fi movies. I just know what I like and why, but I am open to suggestion.

On My Way...

...I'm on my way to trying to join the Rebel Legion and becoming a true Jedi Knight!

Wish me luck, and may the Force be with you.


By the way, was anyone else underwhelmed by the official "Star War: The Force Awakens" trailer? I don't agree with J.J. Abrams decision to NOT show any of our familiar characters in it. I don't have any kind of attachment to these new, yet unknown (to me) characters. However, seeing the Millennium Falcon in flight, along with what looked like X-wing fighters, was goose bump inducing.

I've got to post these photos for the Rebel Legion to consider my entry, and I can't seem to get Shutterfly to work with the Legion forum! :(













However, THIS "international (fan) teaser trailer" was pretty good, even with the obvious older clips mixed in. There were the characters I grew up with. It was familiar. This video made me cheer out loud, where I was silent for the official trailer.