Sunday, March 11, 2018

My New Hobby...

...Ice Sculpting...I call this one "Circle"...

Here's another view...
...and don't think all I did was lift some frozen ice off the top of a garbage can filled with water...it's much more involved than that...but as with magicians, the international brotherhood of ice sculptors are sworn to secrecy re: our methods and procedures, which is why you never see anyone ice sculpting in public...
...well, almost never...he was most likely disbarred from the brotherhood...

Anyway, since I see this morning it's only 22 degrees outside and I forgot to empty the garbage can of snow melt runoff from our roof, I may go do a little more ice sculpting pretty soon...

Did you remember to spring forward this morning?
Normally I detest this spring time ritual for the obvious reason my body is not fooled when the alarm goes off in the morning...the clock may say it's 4:30 but my body knows it's really 3:30...

...but this year I'm in the mood to overlook that issue for the benefit of it being light later in the evening...sunset just jumped from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm...nice...now if Mr. Temperature will cooperate and do the same, I might be able to get outside and swing my hickories pretty soon...

Wasted a a few bucks and a couple of hours last night watching Woody Allen's latest effort, Wonder Wheel...
...and while this one is visually interesting and well acted - especially by Kate Winslett as a desperately unhappy, emotionally volatile wreck of a woman - there's little to redeem this foray into the seedy lower rungs of economic bottom feeders.

We knew before we rented it that it was widely panned by the critics - often an indication it might be a pretty good flick - but this time, surprisingly, the critics got it right.  I agree with what one of them wrote...it's entertaining but not enlightening.

Besides some of the heavy handed symbolism -

Justin Timberlake plays a lifeguard who becomes involved with Winslett's character - she's drowning in a sea of unhappiness and he's a lifeguard come to rescue her - get it?? - please...

- it's just an unrelentingly grim and hopeless retelling of people screwing up their lives and going nowhere but down.

If I wanted a documentary of the carnie life, I'd rent one - but movies - good ones, anyway - should introduce you to characters you can care about and show them confronting a challenge in life.

This one has all the appeal of watching footage of people being swept away by a tidal wave of poor choices.

About the only uplifting part of this movie is the music, and especially the 1932 recording of the Mills Brothers singing "Coney Island Washboard"...

Coney Island Washboard

...it was a #1 hit for them then, and though it predates the time frame of the movie by 20 years, it's still very apropos.

An interesting footnote to their classic is the only instrument heard in the song is a guitar, all other instrumental sounds are made by the Brothers themselves. 

That lone sweet spot aside, the rest of the movie is akin to enduring a root canal...grip the chair arms and hang on until the end.

Unless you're simply too happy all the time and are looking for some way to take the edge off your constant natural high, avoid this one...it's a stinker.
Been digging into the photo archives lately and came across another favorite...this one of Karen and me right after we tied the knot and just before we left for our honeymoon...
...my word that woman is beautiful...how did she end up with me?  now that was a pretty good day...

And speaking of weddings, I heard from #1 son the other day that his oldest daughter - the one in the Navy Ceremonial Guard, stationed in Washington, D.C. - just got married...she informed everyone after the fact, which made me laugh.

I've known of so many wedding situations through the years where the woman has completely bought into the "Say Yes To The Dress" / "Queen For A Day" concept - and they busily - and expensively - create a monument to ego.  Look!  It's the Wonder of Me!

But Tionna and her beau waltzed down to the Justice of the Peace, got hitched, and are on with married life.
Here's wishing them a long, happy and fruitful union.

later, mcm fans...


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