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Monday, February 9, 2009

I Don't Like Mondays!



A friend sent me this cartoon and I loved it. So I'm sharing it with you. I'm sure that pilot had a little help.:) For anyone who doesn't know, this is about the pilot who landed that jet in the Hudson River. 

I wanted to welcome my new readers. It's wonderful to find so many people are reading my mixed up meanderings. 

Technically it's Monday morning, but there are still a couple of hours where I can think it's Sunday night. I should be sleeping, but too many things need to be said.  

First of all, hope all of you enjoyed watching that "What a Wonderful World" video. In this crazy unbalanced world we're living in I thought it would be comforting to listen to Louis Armstrong and watch those cute animals. Did it help anyone?:) So here is a follow-up to that. A friend of mine found this on YouTube. He said she comes from France and her name is Christelle. Go check it out. She really sounds amazing. Louis would have loved her.:)

Secondly, my heart goes out to all the people in Australia who are suffering from the bush fires. This is very sad and similar to what happened in California this summer to so many of my friends there. I hope that this will stop and you can go back to your normal lives. Until then, stay safe and hope for rain. I am posting this for anyone who wants to give to the relief fund for the people who were affected:


http://www.bendigobank.com.au/public/specials/bushfire_appeal_feb09.asp

So now for something a little lighter. As you remember I talked about going to the movies on Sunday and sure enough it was as I thought. Here's what happened. My husband wanted to go see this horror movie about a boy and a 12 year old girl who happened to be a vampire. It's called "Let the Right One In" 

You should know that I hate horror movies, and this one is in Swedish too with subtitles. So my husband went to see this by himself and I felt guilty, really guilty that I didn't go see it with him. But lucky for me, my daughters wanted to see "He's Just Not That Into You" and we went to see that! I should probably bet on myself. :) What a great movie! I just checked and it's #1 for the weekend. How could it fail? First of all, it has a great cast. Almost every one of the people in this movie has been a star of  their own movie. The other thing is that it moves along at a pretty good pace and tackles a subject that most women don't have a clue about changing. How can you know when a guy likes you or not? They all seem to like you and say they'll call. Then you wait for the call that never comes. Or you call them and they never call you back. 

Several different couples go through various relationship chaos and in the process at least one woman learns how to read the signals that men give off when they meet someone. It's based on a non-fiction book written by a guy who wanted to give all the clueless women a way to root out the guys who were just not into them. The director, Ken Kwapis, intersperses real life interviews with women with the story and does it very successfully, much like Woody Allen does. It's a feel good movie with some of my favorite movie people: Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Kevin Connolly, Jennifer Connelly, Justin Long (the Mac guy), Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin (from Big Love), Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore. All of them get screen time and the story for each weaves through the movie. Though they are vignettes the movie is not choppy and everything seems to mesh together as the characters are related in some way either as friends or acquaintances. It takes place in Baltimore and it's good to see how some of the old neighborhoods are being refurbished. This is a part of the movie too.

If you go to the link I provided you will see that it was up by 66% this week. The audience was pretty good for a film of this type and a lot of them clapped. I was one of the clappers.:) I know the actors can't see or hear the claps, but it's our nature to applaud when we like something, so we all do it. Yet when I looked on rottentomatoes.com for the rating it is only 43%. What is wrong with those critics? Don't they know a good movie when they see it? Yes, it's superficial, but it is about a very serious subject. A lot of people have been in a lot of trouble due to the wrong signals. Women have been dumped and don't know it! Women keep going for the same wrong men. Isn't it time to clue women into the way men think? Or should we continue to have so much wasted effort put into lifeless relationships or ones that never even get started? This is a way more serious movie than the critics give it credit for, though it also is basically a romantic comedy. Go see if for yourself and see if you agree with me.

I'm still working to try to get education back into the Stimulus Bill. NYSUT, the New York State Union of Teachers is sending out free faxes to Congress people and I sent one. I posted it here for you. When you go to the website you can find out your Congress person and send them the fax. We cannot allow them to stifle education. Go ahead and send a fax and inundate their offices with the faxes and emails. Here is the website:


With so much to do I haven't written anything at all in the past couple of days. Hope to remedy that this week. I'm still working on Amber's Sweet 16. I don't want it to be unoriginal, but I'm not sure if I want it to be so over the top. It will probably work itself out if I could only get time to write it.  Also looking forward to meeting my new in person writing critique group  on Wednesday night. That should be a lot of fun! 

Hope you had a good weekend and wishing you a Happy Monday. Now that I'm not working every day is basically the same for me. It's just the people around me, at least one of my daughters and my husband who change their schedules on Monday. :)

Until the next time, please leave me a comment about anything.  


3 comments:

  1. That cartoon is drawn really well.

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  2. It's done by Rex Balin. My friend sent it to me. Glad you like it. Thanks for commenting.

    Barbara

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  3. Wait I have to apologize. His name is not Balin it's Babin and here is a link to his work. He works for the Sacramento Bee:

    http://editorialcartoonists.com/cartoon/display.cfm/66331/

    Barbara

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