Amusement parks (even ones of the "lame" variety) and neck/spine injuries are not a particularly good mix. All the fun-looking rides warn that those with neck/spine injuries should refrain from riding.
This, of course, causes an increase in bench-sitting, which itself is not particularly good for sore spines. Eh.
One awesome thing: the Enchanted Forest rip-off of Frontier Land has Abe Lincolns on staff for you to have your picture taken with. So far I've only seen the one, but I've been keeping my eyes peeled for the shift change. Seeing Abe Lincolns doing that "Evenin' Sam." "Evenin' George" thing that the sheep dog and Wile E. Coyote used to do would really make my day.
Today we decided to go to Enchanted Forest, the Disneyland of the northwest. I'm there now (click the gps map up at the top of nyquil.org to see if I'm still there when you read this), waiting for Howie to get off the "best log-ride in the northwest." Judging by the quality of this log ride, I'm guessing there aren't any more in the northwest.
Unfortunatly, I neglected to bring my camera. This is unfortunate because this place is fantastically crappy, and I'm not going to want to return any time soon. Built in the 60's out of concrete, everything has a sort of Jan Svenkmier crumbly/moldy aesthetic. The place is based around conspicuously de-Disney-ified versions of classic fairy tales (one of the seven dwarves was named Dumpy. I don't recall the other six.), which, combined with the age and craptastitude, actually makes the place kind of cool in an ironic t-shirt kind of way.
Imagine Walt Disney as your creepy "trying to be hip, and not so pedophile-esque" uncle. Awesome.
Can anyone explain to me why Stephen Fry reads the audiobooks over in the UK, while we Americans get Jim Dale -- a different British actor?
I mean, I can ALMOST understand wanting to have an American read it in the American version, but replacing one perfectly good Brit with another? Surely there is a reason for this illogical duplication of effort resulting in an inferior product? (No offense, Jim.)
Sure, Jim does neat voices, but STEPHEN FRY. The voice of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Short of reading it yourself, having Stephen Fry read a book to you is the pinnacle of book reading enjoyment.
Hopefully when the Harry Potter prequel and sequel serieses come out they'll save themselves a bunch of time and money and just give us Americans the Stephen Fry versions. I don't think I can sit through another 14 volumes knowing that there's a better product out there that just isn't available to me.
Our USPS mail carrier sucks. We can put mail in the box, put up the flag and check every so often to see if the flag is still up. Because if the flag is still up it means they haven't come yet, right? Well our mail carrier never puts the flag down.
Today not only did she not put the flag down, but all the incoming mail just pushed all the outgoing mail to the very back of the box.
While working late one night in his lab, Alexander Graham Bell made a discovery of utmost importance. Our culture would not be the same had Mr. Bell not had the perseverance and dedication to his craft, which is really sad since so few people know he was the man responsible for such a culture-defining phenomenon.
I don't really talk much about television if I can help it, but I was just perusing the upcoming recordings on my PVR and saw that tonight (July 21st) at 10pm Comedy Central is running a marathon of all six episodes of The Sarah Silverman Program. This is a formal heads-up so's you can set your Tivos or whatever.
I know that Miss Silverman has a reputation for being somewhat overrated, and I must confess to feeling much the same about her myself. However, in my opinion, The Sarah Silverman Program is the best non-Lucky Louis sitcom on the air. (Not that Louis or Sarahexist anymore, per se. Reruns.) It is often clever, usually funny, and not at all what I expected it to be.
Sarah's observations on life are pretty funny throughout, but her co-stars really make the show for me. She plays an exaggerated, even more obnoxious (if you can imagine that) version of herself, causing her somewhat-normal friends and family on the show to deal with her in frustrating ways. Brian Posehn is particularly great as one of Sarah's gay neighbors (or, "gaybers" as Sarah calls them)., and it is really them that make the show shine for me. The interaction between the gaybers is really great, and to me, seems like the most realistic portrayal of homosexual couples on tv. None of this Will and Grace crap. Did I mention that Brian Posehn is great? (I love Brian Posehn.)
Transformers was AWESOME. My treehouse has long been adorned with a "He-Man Michael Bay Haters Club" banner, and I was one of the many naysayers the past year saying how lame it was going to be. Luckily I realized not long ago that it'd be pretty hard even for Michael Bay to ruin a story about a boy and his car saving the world, and that my feelings towards him really shouldn't affect my enjoyment of this movie. It didn't.
Hearing Peter Cullen's fantastic voice coming out of Optimus Prime one more time was awesome. I was worried it'd be Bruce Willis or Tom Hanks or something. Score one for "if it ain't broke."
Bonecrusher skating down the freeway after Optimus Prime like an Olympic speed skater (I used to be a rink rat, and must say that the body language and motion was perfect.)
The REAL Bumblebee parked next to the new Camaro "Bumblebee 2.0"
The Camaro severely smashing the bug as a big F U to vee double-u
Hulk Hogan as Megatron. "Give me The Spark, brother!" (ok, not really. It sure SOUNDED like him though... I had to suppress a giggle every time he was on screen)
The gag with Bumblebee's broken voice modulator kept getting more endearing rather than cliche
Autobots debating eliminating the parents due to sheer irritation was pretty good, as was the whole "hiding the robots from the parents" sequence. This is interesting to me because had you asked prior to me seeing it, I would have listed this as something I'd deem "stupid." My preconceived ideas apparently get the better of me more than I know.
Frank Welker was sorely missed. Hugo Weaving is a great voice actor, but in future, please refer to "if it ain't broke."
D pointed out the mother of-all-plot-holes: that everything after the first act was unnecessary due to the fact that the Decepticons could have just bought the glasses off eBay in the first place, saving all that hassle of chasing things, blowing things up, etc. Though, I suppose then there'd be a bidding war with the Autobots, who clearly must've been aware of the eBay situation as well, having sent Bumblebee to protect Sam in the first place.
The big city battle was pretty mind-bending. I couldn't keep track of anything. What did Megatron transform into?
Just what the crap was the POINT of the whole Aussie hacker / videogame nerd storyline? That could have been excised and no one would even have noticed. One unbelievably hot chick is enough for a movie, right?
Why the crap do the Autobots look all beat up with missing paint and blast marks, only to transform into perfectly spotless vehicles? This makes no sense.
All in all, this is one of the best "Giant robots kick the scrap out of each other / Boy and his car save the world" movies I've ever seen. I could have done without all the backstory and mythology, though, as well as the hot Aussie hacker and her DDR-playing friend -- but those things couldn't sway my opinion either. My childhood was not raped, and I found it to be a very enjoyable movie.
You guys! I just had the GRRRRREATEST idea. It's kind of hard to explain, but I'll try.
See, you just find pictures of cats in funny poses on the internet, then you use an Impact font to make the cat seem to be saying funny things. But here's the vital part: Cats have really terrible grammar! And they desire completely irrational things like cheeseburgers and psychiatric evaluations.