Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Twilight

My oldest daughter wants to read Twilight. Mary checked it out and read it to be sure it was appropriate for her. She couldn't decide and asked me to read it.

Twilight is a protracted (long, lllooonnng) teen angst novel (the same kind of kitchy coming of age themes as in the Brat Pack movies) blended with gothic romance.

The teen angst bored me.

The gothic romance was cheesy.

There are about 3o pages or so of mild, underplayed action/horror when the heroine is in danger. But it was built on stock patterns and utterly predictable.

There are a few bad puns.

I guess I enjoyed it. But it could have been done better in about 2/3 of the 498 pages.

The horror is nowhere as intense as in Wuthering Heights (a gothic romance), and the teen angst is nowhere as intense as in the novel Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (or even The Outsiders, --written by a teenager going through her own angst--for that matter). And I'd let Louisa read these.

I think that some people are concerned about the way the main characters' relationship should be interpreted. The novel, like most gothic novels, follows the main themes of a morality play. However by the end the roles of who is moral and who is not are reversed on the one key issue of the teenage relationship. But even this was predictable.

The story's dealing with the struggle for chastity and self-restraint are undercut by the apparent ease with which the vampire overcomes his nature in the face of a teasing female who doesn't really know how to show restraint. The situations in the book are not overtly sexual, but the "boy-girl" relationship is obviously the focus. The morality play substitution of the vampires hunger (lust) for the girl's blood and the girl's desire for the outsider's exotic strength and beauty for her own wholeness portray nothing more than a romanticized co-dependent relationship. The co-dependent nature of the relationship is overtly described by the two main characters when the vampire first shows the girl who he really is. But the co-dependency is not really dealt with as much as it is made an excuse for the plot to continue through another 200 pages.

Yes, I guess I enjoyed it. But I would have enjoyed it more if it were shorter, less predictable, and didn't use real issues as plot extension devices. I think the Dr. Who episode "Love and Monsters" did better.


One reviewer wrote "Twilight is, when you break it down, an overwrought emo song told in prose."

He's right.

The Plain White T's summarize the plot well:

A thousand miles seems pretty far
But they've got planes and trains and cars
I'd walk to you if I had no other way
Our friends would all make fun of us
and we'll just laugh along because we know
That none of them have felt this way
Delilah I can promise you
That by the time we get through
The world will never ever be the same
And you're to blame

Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
What you do to me

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Absalom's legacy

Then the king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept.
And as he went, he said thus:
“O my son Absalom
—my son, my son Absalom—
if only I had died in your place!
O Absalom my son, my son!”
(2 Sam 18:33 English [19:1 Hebrew])
The more I read the Bible the more I come to know and love the people that God chose to remember in His Scriptures for us.

Not reading the Bible leaves us in a very vulnerable position. As St. Paul stated in I Cor. 10: 11-13
Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Absalom was set against the life and teaching of his father, King David. Absalom raped his sister, murdered, raised an insurrection against his father, flaunted his immorality, and spit in the face of his father and in the face of God.

All those who knew and supported King David were (most likely) sure that this young man would come to a bad end. Some probably hoped for it. And any sane believer in that time would have prayed for God to overthrow Absalom and restore David to the throne.

And it finally happened. And what does David want? "If only I had died in your place!" he said. And in saying this David reflects the love that God the Son has for fallen humanity.

Yes, this is relevant to what is going on in our little parish. In case you missed the news from Firestone, Colorado, a man named Michael Acker killed his ex-wife, her boyfriend, and then shot himself. Mr. Acker's 24 year old daughter and her 3 year old, escaped through a window. But I'm pretty sure that Michael would not have hurt them.

Michael's mother is of one of my members. She called me today, just after church services. I went to see her. Her granddaughter, who escaped with her 3 year old, called her shortly after the shooting. She worried through the day on Saturday and finally called me today.

I spent several hours with her. What can you say to a mother who's son has done this?

Absalom, David, Psalm 130. She knew these things and understood them well. The shock of the situation is overwhelming. But she knows and trusts God's Word. If this seems like it's too simple or pat an answer for you, please learn to actually read the Bible and understand the distinction between God's Law and God's Gospel. In times of overwhelming crisis like this very few of us have the ability to rightly distinguish between Law and Gospel on our own. At these times a biblically sound pastor can be especially beneficial for each of us.

Pastor Stafford wrote to me "whatever our life situation we may find those in the Bible who experienced similar things and through the experience grew in their faith and trust in God and His forgiveness and showed that forgiveness toward others." This cannot be emphasized enough.

There is nothing that any of us goes through that hasn't already been experienced and dealt with by God through those who have gone before us. And the Bible is the best and only real place to learn how to deal with these issues through the experience of others. That is why personal Bible reading, devotions, Bible Study classes, and-especially-regular worship are so important for us to take advantage of when times are good. Then, when the impossible hard times confront us, the Word of God is there without our having to struggle to find it.

Please keep her in your prayers as she and her family deal with the fallout of this terrible event.

After I got home I got a call about Alverra O. Her granddaughter said that Alverra was about to die. I ate a quick supper and drove to Crookston. The floodwaters had receded in the city. I met with Alverra, her children, and grandchildren. We had devotion with readings about the birth, life, death, resurrection, and salvation of Jesus Christ. We sang Children of the Heavenly Father, Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Thy Word, and Jeg Er Saa Glad Hver Julekveld.

Alverra died just a few minutes after I left for home. I meet with the family tomorrow for funeral planning.

Please keep Alverra's family in your prayers also.

The youthgroup went bowling today. I wasn't able to make it. Laura and Louisa got several photos. We'll try to get those up on the youthgroup website.

When I got home this evening some of the kids were still refusing to go to bed. I'm tickled (and flatter myself) that the problem was that dad wasn't home yet.

God, thank you for my wife and children.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Flood, visit attempt, spring thaw

Louisa has been covering the Red River flood on her blog. Here is an updated picture of the Red Lake River just north of our place. The water looks like it's down about 6 inches. It still has over a dozen feet to go down.
Plus, we've got new snow cover and another storm predicted for next week-though some meteorologists are hedging their bets on that one.

The melt and freeze with rain and ice makes for some very interesting and pretty sights.


These bushes were just starting to bud and were caught in the freezing run-off.



During the day I worked on sermon prep for the coming weekend and week. In the late afternoon I went to a planned shut-in visit. And guess what? Not home! I'll call her son in a little bit to find out what transpired. We have a couple of people who were supposed to go to Fargo today for medical reasons. No dice for them.

When I got home Inge was telling me she wanted me. So I picked her up and found a thickly moist shirt. Changing can be fun. Just think of Sting and what you're dealing with at the time:
Go goo goo go, go gaa gaa gaa.
Now I'm going to change your poo.
Go goo goo goo, go gaa gaa gaa.
My words are meaning less to you.
And she smiles at me.

Music test

I put a music player at the bottom of the blog. If it's too painful to load over slow connections let me know. It will not automatically start. If you want to listen to the tunes I chose, then you have to click on the play button on the player. But even without playing it might be too much of a load on the net for some readers. Just let me know what you think.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thursday, other stuff

This morning I made a family visit that took a couple of hours. The driving took another hour or better, even though the place was only 8 miles away. The roads are extremely poor.
The Red Lake River is right at the bottom of the bridge at the River Valley crossing. The normal level is 12 to 14 feet lower. There's only another 5 to 8 feet that the river can rise before it overflows the road. The fields are filling up with water. There's a nice thin coating of ice and thicker coating of snow on all this water right now. Hopefully the cold weather will slow down the flooding for folks downstream at Crookston, Fargo, Ada, Red Lake Falls, and Grand Forks (and all those other cities on the rivers).

At home, playing inside, it was time to make faces.


Piano lessons take place this afternoon. Mary's taking the kids there, and it will be a slow drive.

Otherwise we are healthy.

St. Petri has canceled services and Bible Study tonight. The flood waters are right up to the front steps at St. Petri. The Mud River is flowing wide and high. The whole cemetery is under water. The last time this happened was in June of 2002 when we had torrential rains.

Hopefully the water will recede before Sunday. I heard a presidential candidate promise that he would cause the waters to recede. Maybe I should ask him if he can do anything for us now.

Indoor Activity During the Flood/Snow Storm

Tuesday we had Lenten service and Bible Study at Mt. Olive. Tuesday night the cold air came and we had storms through the night and the next day until early afternoon.

Schools were canceled, but no such luck for the homeschool kids.
Elsie and Louisa practiced their Chinese Calligraphy as part of a history lesson on China.

Clara looked bored by her mathematics.

Inge just snuggled up and smiled.

I ended up calling off Wednesday School. The organist was unable to make it to the evening service at Oak Park because of the bad roads. But we had our Chili supper, Lenten Service, and Bible Study. It was snowing again in earnest when we were done.

This morning we made tortillas, eggs, and sausage for breakfast

Previously, making tortillas was a painful experience with the rolling pin. Mary bought a tortilla press, and the kids can't get enough of helping out with it. Now we just mix the Masa with water, roll it into balls the right size, and press.

Carefully peel open the plastic wrap after opening the press.

Let the tortilla fall delicately onto the hand and transfer it to the griddle.

This was the last one of a double batch. With the rolling pin we could make a dozen in 40 minutes to be fried. Now we can do a dozen in 6 minutes. We just have to wait for them to get done on the griddle before we press the next batch.

So take your tortilla, fill it with scrambled eggs, sausage, cheese, sourcream, and salsa. Yum.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

From rain and floods to Winter Storm

It ended up being about 3 to 5 inches overnight snow accumulation. Wind is light but steady. Temps hovering just below freezing.
Inside was warm.
The willows are already starting to redden with spring. Makes for nice color in the new snow.

Good Family Photos

Ron, Pat, Karen, Kevin, Mona, anyone else? The photos of your family from Yvonne's funeral are still at http://www.esnips.com/web/yvonnegood



I'm going to delete them from that server in two months. If you want to have copies after that time just email me.

Bud and Dorothy

Bud and Dorothy moved their family to the farm down the road from us in the late 1970s.


Their youngest daughter, Sarah, became like a sister to my brother and me. Bud is an incredible inventor.

Back in about 1987 he was featured on Jason Davis' TV show "On the Road with Jason Davis." Bud had modified a pickup truck engine to burn wood. If I remember right he had a wood stove in the pickup bed that heated other wood for destructive distillation. I think it was these gases generated by this distillation that the engine burned. It didn't put out a lot of horsepower.



A couple of years ago Bud was back at it with a new design. This time it was an electric truck. An S10 extended cab. My Dad said the acceleration was pretty good, and the range was about 30 to 40 miles per charge.

Bud had made and sold an electric Geo Metro before he built the pickup. A local south TX TV news crew covered the pickup last summer.


This is the engine compartment with the batteries.

Here's the deal. We don't need the Gov. to tell the auto makers to do this. Real people: Inventive people like Bud and Dorothy already do this kind of thing.

Hey, Bud, Dorothy, this post is for you. We miss you. Hope to see you this summer. Say "Hi" to the girls and their families.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Jeremy's Football Career Fall '08

Number 40 for the Echo Charter School "Rockets"


Rainy day Game
The gridiron
40's on the way left of this photo.
40's in the middle of this photo.
Sidelined
Awards banquet.

The Entrance of the Gladiators

Monday, March 23, 2009

Other Readers

Who's in Boring, Oregon?

Who's in Seoul, Korea?

Send me an email or comment, please.

Getting Matthew

On Monday we went to Wadena to meet my parents. Matthew had stayed with them for the week when Mary took the kids down for the Echo Charter School Carnival.

Alyssa took our four younger kids. We took Inge. The three older girls stayed at home with instructions to clean up.

Actually, they did a pretty good job.

Due to the flooding there were a couple of places where the roads were covered with running water. Both places were about 4-8 inches deep and flowing fairly quickly.

We arrived at Wadena and met Mom, Dad, and Matthew at Walmart. After shopping for some needed things we went to Burger King for lunch. I picked up some gluten-free items at Wallyworld to eat at BK. Dad risked the BK deep fat fryer and a bare plain burger.


While we were at Walmart I was pushing the cart with Inge in it. Dad kept moving toward her and making faces. That's ok. I was making faces and noises at her at the same time. Eventually I let him push the cart so he could make all the faces he wanted to at her.

At BK Inge was passed around like a treasure. (except that Mary had to change her diaper)


On the way home the water overflows were a bit deeper. The deer were out in the middle of the flood/storm.

It was quite wonderful to see the rest of the kids when Matt came home. The kept coming to him, hugging him, wrestling him, and showing him that they missed him in many other ways.

Thank you Alyssa and Quinten for looking after our younger kids.

We got home in time to put supper on the table. We had devotion on John 8, and put the kids to bed.

Alexa C is born


Jill and Aaron had their new baby daughter, Alexa, early Sunday morning at 1:03am.

Jill is doing well. Arron looks like he's going to burst with pride.

And Alexa is beautiful.


Thank God for a safe delivery for Jill, Alexa, Aaron and their family.

Congratulations, Aaron, Jill, and to your whole family.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

תפלה על־הגשׁם

אליך נשׂאתי את־עיני הישׁבי בשׁמים׃

יהוה ברצונך העמדתה להררי עז הסתרת פניך הייתי נבהל׃
ותשׁליכני מצולה בלבב ימים ונהר יסבבני כל־משׁבריך וגליך עלי עברו׃


זכרני יהוה ברצון עמך פקדני בישׁועתך׃
יהוה אלהים אל־תשׁב פני עבדך זכרה לחסדי נח עבדך׃
את־קשׁתי נתתי בענן והיתה לאות ברית ביני ובין הארץ׃
והיה בענני ענן על־הארץ ונראתה הקשׁת בענן׃

וזכרתי את־בריתי אשׁר ביני וביניכם ובין כל־נפשׁ חיה בכל־בשׂר ולא־יהיה עוד המים למבול לשׁחת כל־בשׂר׃
הטה־אלי אזנך ביום אקרא מהר ענני יהוה ׃

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Fourth set of Mid-Week Lenten services

Tuesday we held Winkel at Oak Park. Two other pastors from our Circuit and a guest attended. Mary made a great chicken curry for lunch. We finished off Winkel around 3:30pm. That evening we had worship and Bible Study at Mt. Olive. That evening I also spent some time doing some spiritual counseling after the services.

Wed. there was Confirmation class/Wed. School. Worship was at Nazareth, with Bible Study following.

Thursday morning I did visits in TRF, got a headache in the afternoon. Went to St. Petri for worship and Bible Study in the evening.

Friday morning I spent several hours at a family visit. I finished off the weekend sermon in the afternoon. Movie night was a couple of episodes of "Monk."

Saturday morning worship at Mt. Olive. I went to Fosston for Esther and Helen. They were eating "brunch" at 10:20am, so I went to the library and came back after brunch for communion services; got home around 1. Mary and the kids were chopping up ingredients for eggsalad and also for lactofermented salsa. This is her second batch. The first batch was scarfed down really fast.

Sorry, Jaime and Laura, we meant to save some for you. Too bad. We ate it. But we'll make some more for you. It really is good.

As the snow has been melting away after the great snowstorm. That means cleaning up cat poop from the walk-ways. I guess that's my job.

A bunch of Bald Eagles landed out in the CRP to chew on the remains of Matt's deer. Man they are big birds. A couple of years ago on a Sunday morning commute to St. Petri I watched a Bald Eagle carry off one of our fully grown cats. The cat was dead-a volunteer for the Roadkill Cafe-but it was big. The Bald Eagle was way bigger. The ones we've seen around here look like they are just shy of 3 feet tall standing on the ground. I'll try to get some photos, but they're pretty shy.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Visitors this week


Kind of busy this week. I get Australia, Germany, South Africa.

Not sure about Moscow, Zagreb, Viet Nam, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the Netherlands, Norway, British Columbia, or Brazil.

Please leave a note to let me know who you are if you can.

Ghana? Who are you?

Monday, March 16, 2009

First Outdoor Grill this Year

Wayne E. is responsible for motivating me to get my act together and fire up the grill.

Wayne graduated from my highschool one year before I did. He became a radio personality in the Twin Cities during the past 25 years.

Yesterday he put on a T-Shirt and fired up the grill.

We still have a bit more cold than you do, Wayne, but we had some steak. These are Tip Steak from an organically raised cow. We know the cow and the farmer.

I'm not into the organic part because of all the chemical hype, it just tastes better.

And these are being grilled on charcoal made from red oak.

Inside I melted up a tub of pork lard, cut up a bunch of potatoes into French fries and started deep frying.

Mary and the kids love these.

I've done this with olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, and Crisco. But nothing beats simple lard for good flavor and perfect golden cooking.

Now, as soon as the steaks were done I put on some vegetables.


The corn, peas, and onions were done on the grill with a half cup of butter melted on the pizza tin first.

This gave them a nice caramelized and smoky flavor.









On the table it looked pretty much like this. Total time in preparation was about 1 hour.











There were no leftovers.

St. Petri Dinner

Sat I was sick in the morning. No church or SS at Mt. Olive. In the afternoon I had pre-marriage counseling. In the evening I went up to St. Petri for worship services. I got home about 8:45pm, Mary and the kids got home shortly after that.

As I picked up Inge in the van she gave me a great big smile.

Sunday, two services, Oak Park, then Nazareth. The organist was sick, so Alyssa pinch-played at OP and Sharon at Naz. Thanks very much, ladies. Then back home to pick up the family and go to Grygla for the dinner.

After the dinner over to Jim and Tami's for Levi's birthday party. Supper, visiting, then home just after 9:pm. We got the kids into bed, sat down to watch a movie, and fell asleep about 20 minutes into the movie.

Curiously Strong

Just changed Donna. Not the normal aroma. Hmmm, wintergreen. Guess we know who ate all of Mary's Altoids.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Alison, another homework assignment

Read this post by Dr. Mark J. Perry, professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan:

http://mjperry.blogspot.com/2009/03/good-old-days-are-now.html

Considering what our parents and grandparents could afford on a summer job salary to what our own kids today could afford, are our kids more able financially to pursue their dreams? I think the answer is "yes", thanks to conservatism and capitalism. Centralism and Federal control is the opposite of this progress.

Contest

What movie is this from?

First correct answer gets a prize!

Alison B, For you

Nope, no snazzy pictures of new appliances. My camera is broken. And the kids took theirs with them. So the pictures will come when they get back.

Thursday was a very busy day. Along with de-snowing (thank you Kyle! and Matt!) we received delivery of a new fridge and a new range.

We packed up Mary and the kids to go to grandmas so they could go to the Echo Charter school St. Patrick's Day Carnival tonight. Matthew and Louisa want to buy tickets to put each other and Jeremy in "Jail" through the whole time. Somehow depriving each other of fun is considered fun. Does this say something about my parenting skills? (Hey, Joel and Marty W.--I've got bowstaff skills, nunchuck skills, but they don't impress my wife)

They left about 3pm yesterday. I had pre-marriage counselling at 3pm, Off to St. Petri for soup supper and Lenten worship and Bible Study.

Home after 9:30pm.

Um. Time to clean up. Everyone ate just before they left. Cleanup is my job alone. I guess I have cleaning skills too.

Dad called when Mary and the kids got there.

Sleep.

Friday, Dishes, sort fridge stuff. The sniff test is probably the most effective, even if it is the least pleasant. It certainly is the most likely to produce a gag reflex.

Poor Mary, She'll end up resorting everything in the fridge.

Test drive the range. Hashbrowns and eggs for breakfast. Put away dishes, load the dishwasher (mostly done now).

Did I mention all the lights that were on in the basement last night. I'll have to teach some light-switching-off skills in my kids.

Well, time to use more of my cleaning skills.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Do You Want National Healthcare?

If I have a pain, ache, or problem I can call my doctor or chiropractor or whatever and usually get in to be checked out or treated that same day. But my friends in Canada, Great Britain, and elsewhere in the world don't get service that fast.

I had a serious problem back in 1996 that threatened my life. I was able to go to see my doctor immediately. I got care quickly, while they tried to diagnose my problem. I was admitted to the hospital for treatment and given some unnecessary tests because they wanted to be careful. But I got the tests right away.

If you yearn for National Heathcare like Great Britain, Canada, France or Italy I think you need to take a close read of these resources.

The first resource is a large selection of articles on Universal or National Healthcare

http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/socialized.html

This page is a collection of articles about the issues facing socialized medicine in the UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, the US and elsewhere. Take your time to read and become informed about what socializing or nationalizing healthcare means to the people affected by those programs.

The second resource examines how the national healthcare plan would be paid for. It is at the Wall Street Journal following this link:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123681860305802821.html

I explained problems with the Keynesian model for this program last October 21st.

I also discussed the natures and differences between Capitalism and Socialism last November 3rd.

Finally take a listen to this radio program of the Mark Levin show. Listen to the information, put up with his bombast. And follow up on the information presented. Don't be led like lambs to the slaughter by the main stream media.

Don't simply let your representatives and elected officials do what they want. Read the articles. Learn the data. And tell them what you think. Hold them responsible. They are the ones who speak and vote on these issues.

Personally, I like being able to call in and get service the same day. I don't want some bureaucratic rules to determine if I have to wait 4 and 1/2 months to get service like they do in Canada or the UK.

I want those in need and who cannot get or afford insurance to be taken care of. But the actual numbers of those citizens of the U.S. is much smaller than what the pop media reports. That means that caring for them is more affordable than Nationalized Heathcare for all.

And I think that as a nation we certainly need the freedom to choose the healthcare we think is best rather than abdicating this choice to some bureaucrat who doesn't know us and has to follow some obscure govornment policy balancing costs and benefits for treatments and conditions.

March 12th, No kidding!

I've heard that the vernal equinox is 6:44am on March 20th. That's 8 days from now.

Spring. Ah, Spring. Planting, dandelions

Not yet....

It was a brisk morning.

Sears is coming today with the new range and fridge. Matthew went out to remove the snow from the boardwalk in front of the house.

A fairly cold job today, since it's so close to Spring.

Joel S., enjoy your southern TX warmth.

Up here we have a proverb:

"The cold keeps out the riff-raff."




Yes, the drift was higher than Matt's shoulder in some spots.

Happy March! Spring is just around the corner.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

More Puzzles


This one's for you, Jeremy.


I knew you'd make it big, someday.

Opportunity is a crisis?

So I put up a photo for my profile on this blog.


Now my photo is decorating a building in Hong Kong? Nope, sorry, I couldn't resist. This is a fake. I made it at http://www.photofunia.com/

Wow! We've got a big snowstorm today, so this is my Opportunity-while the outdoors is in crisis.

Here's crisis: kitchen range-started shooting sparks Sunday. We went and ordered a new one. Our fridge isn't keeping things cool. I cleaned the coils, still-no joy. The parish board said to order a new one. Meanwhile we'll keep things in and out of the garage to keep them cool without freezing.

So, I have to go back to Feb 27th. Oscar's funeral was Monday the 2nd. Ember days that week. Church and Bible Study Tues at Mt. Olive. Church and Bible Study Wed at Nazareth. Church and Bible Study Thurs at St. Petri.

Helen C. hospitalized that week from a fall. She didn't break anything. Now she's in Fosston at the Nursing home until she is steady on her feet. Muriel M. is recovering from a partial knee replacement. Several people had bad flu and fevers that week (including a couple of our kids). Eli M. is doing well. Aric B. found out that he didn't have a heart attack but cardiospasms in the smooth muscles of arteries on or near his heart. That's treatable, thank God. Kia G's benefit went well. She's going through therapy to rehabilitate her vision.

Taxes in Fosston on Friday (3/6). Saturday Church at Mt. Olive. I was feeling ill so I didn't go to the shut-ins. Sunday three morning services, stove blows up, go to TR to order a new one. Fridge acts funny, clean the coils.

Monday, snow started falling in earnest. 6 inches by noon. Cancelled a late afternoon counselling session because the roads were bad.

Mary likes to get movies during Lent so that we can have a couple hours during the week of escapist time together. Well, the first one we watched was Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005). So, I've just had two difficult funerals and the plot of this movie? A baker who's wife just died comes upon a car accident and has to talk to the victim to keep him alive until help comes. The baker agrees to go in place of the accident victim to a meeting promised to the victims long lost love. Grrr. It's even hard to think about it now. Great movie. Just the wrong time of life for me to see it. Mary turned to me during the car accident scene. "Are you ok?" "Yeah, just washing my face through my eyes." Yes. I did have to finish the movie. I enjoyed it a lot.

So, "try-try-again!" Right?

Wimbledon (2004) --total stupid. We shut it off after about 35 minutes.

Next attempt?
A Beautiful Mind (2001)-- the story of John Nash (quite abit fictionalized). Another emotional rollercoaster movie.

Mary, can't we get something simple, wholesome, intellectually stimulating, and fun, like AVPR?

So, Opportunity to watch movies became a crisis. Never waste a good opportunity. Wreak havoc as much as you can. I hear it's an important political philosophy these days.