Happy Birthday, Cynthia

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CYNTHIA!

October 1, is my sister, Cynthia’s birthday.

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She is my older sister and I just wanted to let her know that I am thinking of her on her special day.

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.
Enjoy the trip. ~Author Unknown

New Favorite

I was shopping the day, getting ready to check out and I noticed these… Strawberry Fields Tic Tac. I had never seen them before, so I thought I would try them out.

 

“… It’s sort of like a strawberries and cream type flavor.  There is also a hint of mint…” from Sugar Pressure.

Well, I’ll give them a 7 out of 10 on how much I liked them. They we’re good, but not as good as the Orange or Cherry ones. But better than the mango ones I tried before.

Right now, I am on mission to find the Cherry Tic Tac. I found some online, but I’m not really thrilled to pay $5.00 in shipping. So I guess I’ll just check out some of the places I shop at and see if I can find some.

But until then, it’s Orange and Strawberry Fields.

List — Movies about the End of the World

You know how I love lists. I found this one:

Best and worst movies about the end of the world

Here is the list:

The Best

Dr. Strangelove. At the height of the Cold War, director Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 satirical vision of a nuclear scenario is both scary and funny. The plot centers on an unglued General Jack D. Ripper who orders a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, which kicks off a mad dash to try to recall the bombers.

Planet of the Apes. The 1968 sci-fi movie starring Charlton Heston as an astronaut who crash-lands on what he believes to be a distant planet in the far future is inhabited by talking apes and enslaved humans. The groundbreaking movie has one of the all-time greatest shocking endings.

War Games. This 1983 movie stars a very young Matthew Broderick as a high-school student who hacks the United States military’s supercomputer and accidentally almost starts World War III. The movie is set in Sunnyvale, California, future home of Yahoo!.

War of the Worlds. Steven Spielberg’s 2005 adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel is an epic disaster movie focused on a single family. The father, played by Tom Cruise, fights to keep his children safe from invading aliens that look like giant tripods.

Independence Day. The 1996 film about an alien onslaught stars Will Smith and focuses on a group of survivors who band together in the Nevada desert for a last-ditch counterattack. The movie had been set to open July 3, but anticipation grew and many theaters began showing the film on July 2, the day when the events in the movie start.

Wall-E. A lonely robot is left on Earth after the living abandon the planet when it becomes a junk-filled dump. Wall-E eventually makes his way into space, befriends another bot named Eve, and helps humanity find its way back home. The animated sci-fi adventure is surprisingly heartfelt.

12 Monkeys. The post-apocalyptic vision is based on the French short film “La Jetée,” about a world where those not killed off by a virus have been forced underground. Bruce Willis plays a convicted criminal charged with returning to the past to try to alter the future.

The Matrix. The landmark 1999 sci-fi thriller imagines humans living in a dream world of simulated reality that is actually a nightmare created by machines. Keanu Reeves plays Neo, a hacker who joins a ragtag rebellion against the machines.

The Worst

Reign of Fire. A frightening vision of the not-too-distant future that features a London besieged by dragons reawakened by subway construction. Yes, really. Stars a shirtless Matthew McConaughey, and Christian Bale as not-Batman.

The Day After. The ABC movie from 1983 was viewed by 100 million people — and presented an unsubtle and unsettling view of U.S.-USSR relations ending in nuclear Armageddon. On the bright side, the project launched Steve Guttenberg’s career.

The Rapture. This 1991 film stars Mimi Rogers and David Duchovny as swingers turned born-again Christians in anticipation of the end of days.

2012. How will the world end? Solar flare? Floods? Volcanoes? How about all of it? The disaster flick features every possible end-of-world scenario, yet still manages to come up short.

Battlefield Earth. The sci-fi action movie is based on the novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The universally panned film, starring John Travolta, tells the story of Earth under alien rulers and a rebellion that rises up against them.

Deep Impact. The movie didn’t make much of an impact, although it did focus on a massive, seven-mile-long meteorite headed to Earth that would cause mass extinction. The movie didn’t do as well as the similarly themed action movie “Armageddon,” but was considered to be more believable.

Armageddon. The star-studded Michael Bay film was sure to have plenty of explosions but be thin on scientific fact. The plot centers on a giant meteor the size of Texas hurtling toward Earth. The only way to stop it: nuclear warheads that a bunch of misfit geologists, led by Bruce Willis, must fire into the meteor from inside the asteroid.

Looks like Bruce Willis likes being in movies that deal with the end of the world.
Out of this list above, here are my picks:

The Best — Planet of the Apes, because this movie creeps my out since the very first time I saw it.

The Worst — Battlefield Earth, I am more disappointed that I actually sat and watched this movie!

Ice Cream

I saw this on my friend and the wife of my Aunt’s cousin, Michele. I thought it was cool, so of course I had to steal borrow it and post it on my blog!

What a wonderful and caring thing that these parents did for their child. I’m sure the child was over the moon and had a huge smile on his face.

Wheelchair Ice Cream Truck
Parenting: you’re doing it right. A dad made the perfect Halloween costume for his handicapped son.

Parents Turn Disabled Son’s Wheelchair Into Awesome Ice Cream Truck Costume For Halloween

Carter has Spina Bifida which means he is stuck in a wheelchair if he wants to move by himself. Being in a wheelchair as a kid is hard, especially around the holidays like Halloween, but Carter’s amazing parents do their best for him not to feel left out. For last Halloween, they retro-fitted his wheelchair into a full ice cream truck, complete with ice cream truck music. Cutest and best costume ever!! The video from last October just went viral after being featured on Reddit.

Thanks for sharing, Michele.

R.I.P. Andy Williams

One of the greatest entertainers past away.

Andy Williams died today at the age of 84.

After I read that, the first thing that popped into my mind was him singing “Moon River.” That song is on my Top Favorite 50 songs EVER! I have played it more that 100 times on my iPod.

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I was trying to find a picture of Andy Williams to post here, but I was having a difficult time. I couldn’t decided if I wanted a younger Andy Williams or an older Andy Williams? He was extremely dapper as an older gentleman. So I picked this picture of him.

Howard Andrew “Andy” Williams
(December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012)

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One of my favorite quotes from “The West Wing” 20 Hours in America (2002)

President Josiah Bartlet: … The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight.

Heaven must be sounding pretty good today.

R.I.P. Andy Williams… thanks for the music you gave us.

Here are some sites about Andy Williams:

1 Across Colorado Unicycle Ride

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about my friend Rita’s brother, Mike Kalush and his 1 Across Colorado Unicycle Ride.

Michael A. Kalush — 1 Across Colorado Unicycle Ride

Here is his follow-up of his journey.

This is a quick video to honor all the people I rode my unicycle across Colorado for. Single Parents! Thanks for all of your support. ~ Mike Kalush

 

 

Song: Artist: Brandi Carlile — “The Story”

 

 

Mike, you did an amazing thing and you helped so many people by what you did. You ROCK!

Dancing with the Stars — The All-Stars — Week 1

Dancing with the Stars — The All-Stars

Dancing with the Stars — All-Stars

OK, I watched most of the show tonight (in between SyFy‘s Alphas and Warehouse 13.)

It looks like it’s going to be a good season. The stars seem to be taking it more serious than they might have when they were on it the first time.

So here are my picks now that I have seen the show:

The best of the nightGilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd

He’s is just too sexy for his own good! He seems like a good guy, with his family in the audience. I hope he wins this season.

Peta Murgatroyd and Gilles Marini

The not-so-best of the nightPamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus

As much as I want Tristen to win, he got stuck with Pamela Anderson. I think they might be the first to be voted off.

Tristan MacManus and Pamela Anderson

Best song(s) of the night — there were a couple of them on tonight’s show I liked.

Tomorrow night’s show will be good. Anytime Pitbull is singing and dancing is a good thing. All I know, if Pitbulss sings with Justin Bieber… arrg!

I’m looking forward to next week’s show. I am going to have to set my DVR to record the other shows I like to watch on Monday night so I won’t miss anything.

Side Note:

Have you ever heard of the website/App called Get Glued? It’s another social media site where people with similar interests can talk about a TV show, movie, music or current topic.

I had fun going back and forth with fans of the show. You should check it out.

Other sites: Official website of U.S Dancing with the Stars

All-Star Teams

(For more information on the teams, go to http://abc.tv/U3L5Su)

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