October 26, 2004

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

I just love this movie. Steve Martin and John Candy were great together. I was shopping at Costco, and saw this in the bargain bin. I grabbed it and bought it. We watched it yesterday. It's probably about the 20th time I've seen it, and I never get tired of it. Steve Martin plays an uptight businessman trying to get home to Chicago, from New York, in time for Thanksgiving. But, many things conspire to prevent him from doing this. One of them, is John Candy! His character is a traveling shower curtain ring salesman. Delayed flights, cancelled flights, trains breaking down, bus rides and an unsafe car are many of the things they encounter as they go along. One of my favorite scenes in the whole movie is the famous "rental car" scene with Steve Martin and Edie McClurg.

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October 25, 2004

Thank you, Kind Stranger

It was a simple gesture, but it made my day.... I was having a typical Monday. It started shitty enough, and went downhill from there. And, of course, I was late picking Teresa up from school. I headed out of the driveway from work. Up ahead, at the signal, I needed to make a right turn. The light was red. And, about 6 cars were waiting in the right lane. There was enough room to get by them, however, on the corner is a used car lot. And, they like to put a couple of their cars out on the street, parked at the curb. They had plopped a mini-van onto the street near where I needed to get in to make my right turn. There wasn't enough of a gap between the mini-van and the last car in the line waiting for the light to change. Now, I could have been a bully and got right up on the bumper of that last car and intimidated her, to get her to pull forward. But, even though I was in a hurry, I wouldn't do that. So, I sat back with my right turn signal going. I saw her look up in her rearview mirror, and then, she pulled forward several inches. Enough for me to squeeze between her and the mini-van, so I could make my right turn. That little maneuver really made my day. As I pulled past her, I tried to give her a wave and mouth, "Thank you!" But, she was looking straight ahead. Anyway, I know the chances of her reading this is slim to none, but "Thank you!" kind stranger. Your little gesture brightened up my day.

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October 21, 2004

Another Wardrobe Malfunction

If you remember this post, I talked about ripping my jeans while I was at work. Today, I had something similar happen, yer again. I grabbed a good pair that I haven't been wearing because the metal button came off. However, I could still zip up the metal zipper. While I was working today, I felt the zipper start to creep down. So, I grabbed the tab and tried to zip up my jeans only to have the zipper break. Great! Now, not only can I not fasten the pants, I can no longer zip them up. And, I didn't have any spares. So, I just used my trusty old sweatshirt again and covered up the front. Luckily my butt is big enough, so I didn't have to worry about the jeans sliding down. I think I need to go invest in some new jeans for work.

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October 15, 2004

This Movie Looks Scary

They keep showing an advertisement for an upcoming horror movie called The Grudge starring Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). There is this one particular scene that really freaks me out. It's flashes real quick on this real spooky looking kid who makes a sound like an angry cat. There is another scene in the same preview that shows, what looks like a corpse, crabwalking down some stairs. You can see some more scenes and what the movie is about in the above link. I want to see it, but I'm not sure if I want to see it in a dark theater, or wait until it comes out on DVD where I can watch it during the daytime.

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October 14, 2004

It never fails....

I cannot get through any meal without spilling something on myself. Whether it is a few drops of water, or a spoonful of mashed potatoes. I am a klutz. Tonight, Mike and I and our daughter, Teresa, met Mike's cousin, Gabrielle and her husband Dave at a local restaurant. I put on a brand new pair of jeans. I managed to spill some drops of oil from my sandwich on them. Now, I have some nice grease spots on my pants that won't clean up with water. Into the laundry with them. *sigh*

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October 11, 2004

Christopher Reeve 1952 - 2004

I didn't know him personally... But, he seemed to be one of the nicest people in the whole Hollywood movie scene.

Star of 'Superman' movies dies at age 52

Christopher Reeve, who was paralyzed more than nine years ago, was a tireless advocate for people with spinal injuries and for stem cell research.

By The Associated Press

Christopher Reeve, the star of the "Superman" movies whose near-fatal riding accident nine years ago turned him into a worldwide advocate for spinal cord research, died Sunday of heart failure, his publicist said. He was 52.

Reeve fell into a coma Saturday after going into cardiac arrest while at his New York home, his publicist, Wesley Combs, told The Associated Press by phone from Washington, D.C., on Sunday night.

Reeve was being treated at Northern Westchester Hospital for a pressure wound, a common complication for people living with paralysis. In the past week, the wound had become severely infected, resulting in a serious systemic infection.

"On behalf of my entire family, I want to thank Northern Westchester Hospital for the excellent care they provided to my husband," Dana Reeve, Christopher's wife, said in a statement.

"I also want to thank his personal staff of nurses and aides, as well as the millions of fans from around the world who have supported and loved my husband over the years."

Reeve broke his neck in May 1995 when he was thrown from his horse during an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Va.

Enduring months of therapy to allow him to breathe for longer and longer periods without a respirator, Reeve emerged to lobby Congress for better insurance protection against catastrophic injury and to move an Academy Award audience to tears with a call for more films about social issues.

He returned to directing, and even returned to acting in a 1998 production of "Rear Window," a modern update of the Hitchcock thriller about a man in a wheelchair who becomes convinced a neighbor has been murdered. Reeve won a Screen Actors Guild award for best actor in a television movie or miniseries.

"I was worried that only acting with my voice and my face, I might not be able to communicate effectively enough to tell the story," Reeve said. "But I was surprised to find that if I really concentrated, and just let the thoughts happen, that they would read on my face. With so many close-ups, I knew that my every thought would count."

In his public appearances, he was as handsome as ever, his blue eyes bright and his voice clear.

"Hollywood needs to do more," he said in the March 1996 Oscar awards appearance. "Let's continue to take risks. Let's tackle the issues. In many ways our film community can do it better than anyone else. There is no challenge, artistic or otherwise, that we can't meet."

In 2000, Reeve was able to move his index finger, and a workout regimen made his legs and arms stronger. He also regained sensation in other parts of his body.

Reeve's support of stem cell research helped it emerge as a major campaign issue between President Bush and John Kerry. His name was even mentioned by Kerry earlier this month during the second presidential debate.

His athletic, 6-foot-4-inch frame and love of adventure made him a natural, if largely unknown, choice for the title role in the first "Superman" movie in 1978. He insisted on performing his own stunts.

Although he reprised the role three times, Reeve often worried about being typecast as an action hero.

"After the first 'Superman,' I had the compulsion to do parts that were really weird," Reeve told The Associated Press in 1987. "That freaked people out. I've passed that."

More recent films included the HBO movies "Above Suspicion" and "In the Gloaming," which he directed. Among his other film credits are "The Remains of the Day," "The Aviator," and "Morning Glory."

Yet Reeve always will be known to movie fans as the boyishly handsome stage veteran whose charm and humor brought a new dimension to the characters of Superman and his alter-ego, Clark Kent. The film co-starred Margot Kidder as Lois Lane.

Reeve was born Sept. 25, 1952, in New York City, son of a novelist and a newspaper reporter. After graduating from Cornell University in 1974, he landed a part on the television soap opera "Love of Life." He also performed frequently on stage, winning his first Broadway role as the grandson of a character played by Katharine Hepburn in "A Matter of Gravity."

"Superman" soon followed. Reeve was selected for the title role from among about 200 aspirants.

Witnesses to the May 1995 accident said Reeve's horse had cleared two of 15 fences during the jumping event and stopped abruptly at the third, flinging the actor headlong to the ground. Doctors said he fractured the top two vertebrae in his neck and damaged his spinal cord.

While filming "Superman" in London, Reeve met modeling agency co-founder Gae Exton, and the two began a relationship that lasted several years. The couple had two sons, but were never wed.

Reeve later married Dana Morosini; they had one son, Will, 11. His wife became his frequent spokeswoman after the accident.

Reeve also is survived by his mother, Barbara Johnson; his father, Franklin Reeve; his brother, Benjamin Reeve; and his two children from his relationship with Exton, Matthew, 25, and Alexandra, 21.

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October 07, 2004

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Better late than never, I guess. I was all set to redo this site a little bit. I wanted to make the background pink and have some pink ribbons to make people aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I really wanted to point out the Third Annual Blooger Boobiethon. It runs from October 1st, to October 10th, of this year. Here is a quote from the page:

OCTOBER 1, 2004 -- For the third year in a row, bloggers all over North America are baring it all for breast cancer research until October 10. Founded by Florida blogger Robyn Pollman (http://www.shutterblog.com) in 2002, the Blogger Boobie-Thon has since grown into something much bigger... as boobies often do when they mature. The first $359 raised every year is donated to a worthy blogger's charity, and this year San Diego blogger Joelle's (http://www.tenth-muse.com) AIDS Walk and Rock the Walk (http://www.rockthewalk.org) has been chosen. The rest of the funds raised will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (http://www.komen.org).

Anyway, I donated pictures and money towards the cause. Next year, I hope to have this site set up in advance to remind people about it.

Oddly enough, my next door neighbor came over to talk to me today. Turns out that a woman who used to live across the street was diagnosed with breast cancer. She didn't need a masectomy. They removed it and she it now receiving chemo treatments. I hope that that takes care of it.

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October 04, 2004

Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh 1927 - 2004

While she did many other movies, Janet Leigh will probably be most remembered as Marion Crane, the woman who was stabbed to death in the shower at the Bates Motel in the movie Psycho. When I saw that movie while I lived at home, I wasn't too bothered by the shower scene. Let me rephrase that, I wasn't afraid to take a shower. The movie did scare me! But, our shower had glass doors!!! However, when I moved in with Mike, after we got married, his shower has just a plain old curtain. And, I was scared to death! Seriously! Here I am, 22 years old, and terrified to take a shower. I was home alone at the time, which didn't help. I actually kept the curtain pulled back and splashed water all over the floor. There was no way I was going to have the curtain shut and have Norman Bates come staggering in, wearing his mother's dress and stabbing me to death! I'm not as terrified now. But, this is one of the few movies that have scared me that much.

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