Sunday, April 19, 2015

The View...

...from the top...of my loft stairs, that is.  Every time I climb the stairs to my loft, this is the first thing I see...three upside down monster heads and a pair of Frankenstein boots...waiting for All Hallows Eve...

Tried a different brand of cigars this weekend...
La Aurora Preferidos #3...they're double perfectos, cameroon wrapper, about 4" with a 50 ring...medium strength.  I really like the double perfecto shape and these are good cigars from the Dominican Republic...pricey, but a pleasing smoke.  They're probably not going to replace my favorites - Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Stories - but still a quality cigar to enjoy with a good glass of rye whiskey.

Christmas was four months ago and I finally got my train set back together in my loft:

...last seen circling my aluminum Christmas tree during the holiday season...all aboard...

Karen's kids were scattered hither and yon over the weekend...the two older ones traveled with their brain dead sperm donor up north; Sarah went on a class trip to New York City...so Karen and I experienced some rare alone time.

On Friday night we watched Cinderella Man, a Ron Howard film from 2005 about James J Braddock.  This is a great film about an inspirational story during the depths of the Depression in the 1930's.
He had been a light heavyweight contender during the 1920's, but seemed washed up and over the hill after a series of injuries and losses.  Struggling like many Americans during the Depression, Braddock was offered a fight against a ranked heavyweight contender ("Corn" Griffin) with only two days notice for a purse of $250.  He was supposed to be fodder, a tomato can for Griffin to knock out on his way to a title fight, but Braddock shocked the world by knocking out Griffin in the 3rd round.  That earned him the right to keep fighting, and against staggering odds he defeated two more ranked opponents and earned a title shot against Max Baer ("Jethro"s dad, for all of you Beverly Hillbillies fans from the 1960's).  A 10 to 1 underdog, Braddock took Baer to 15 rounds and won a unanimous decision, a victory Damon Runyon pronounced "the greatest fistic upset since the defeat of John L Sullivan by James J Corbett".

The movie stars Russell Crowe as Braddock, with Paul Giamatti as his manager, Joe Gould.  A great and inspiring movie, based on actual events.  Definitely worth a look if you haven't seen it.

From great movie to amateur night...for those of you with nothing interesting to do, here's a brief snippet of the immortal classic, "A Day In The Life...of a Vintage Toy..."


Think tall, green, and formerly deceased...

Might have to change my blog name to Art Deco Cafe...seems like most of my interests have drifted back in time to that era...

Later, mcm fans...

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