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Tuesday, August 08, 2006 

Odds, Ends, and a Memorial for Hector

Not a very productive evening, that’s for sure.  Played in a 6 person SnG which pretty much summarized my entire evening.  Imagine if you will sitting down to this table, and in the first 20 minutes being dealt AA 3 times, KK 2 times, QQ once, JJ Once, 1010, once, and 99 once.  I hit trips on all hands but 2 of them…yet still won those hands.  Got to a point where people were so afraid to be against me, they were just folding after the flop even though it was free to check.  20 minutes in, and I’m heads up with a huge stack.  I still end up placing 2nd.  Sigh.

Was just one of those nights.  I ended up calling it an early evening.  If I couldn’t take a first place finish with those cards, I didn’t deserve to be playing last night.  So, off to bed I went.

Odds and Ends…

Having been on vacation for a week and a day, had the opportunity to catch quite a few movies.  While perhaps a little outdated, I’ll share my brief thoughts and review each.

Miami Vice
6 out of 10 stars

Growing up in the late 70’s and 80’s, how could I NOT be a fan of Miami Vice?  I loved this show.  Hell, my Mom and I would make a point to do the whole “bonding” thing every Friday night as she was just as big of a fan.  Pastel T-shirts with a jacket…how cool was I?  Cough.  Anyway…when I first heard of this movie, I was pretty excited.  At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Colin Farrell and Jamie Fox playing Crockett and Tubs but after a few previews, I let myself go with it.  So, first day of my vacation was that opening Friday, and with a wife that absolutely did not want to see this movie, I caught a matinee while she was stuck at work which was probably best.  She would have hated this movie.  Myself?  Well, I liked it…but it wasn’t all that I thought it could be.  I understood that Michael Mann didn’t want it to be like the show…but I think they were safe with the lead actors anyway.  But all in all, it was certainly a guys movie.  Plenty of shoot em up scenes.  Some really cool scenes at that.  But in the end, I found the movie to be lacking.  I think the romantic interest was stupid and unnecessary.  At the very least, it could have been done far differently to present some sort of interest.  Jamie Fox didn’t play as large of a part as I was thinking.  Granted, it always WAS about Sonny, but I expected a little more “team work” I guess.  Long story short, the movie had far too many holes for me.  I almost found the ending comical as they purposely left it wide open for a sequel.  If the movie was good enough, make a sequel.  Don’t make the first in a potential movie franchise so blatantly obvious.  On the positive side, I did like the cinematography and the way this movie was shot.  The first person angles and distorted pictures were almost overkill, but it was true Michael Mann and I liked it.  I recommend this movie only if you go into it with the right frame of mind.

Ricky Bobby
8 out of 10 stars

For this movie to be the second largest opening for a comedy was well deserved.  Who knew Bruce Almighty has the record for the largest comedic opening?  Odd.  Anyway, this movie was just all out funny.  The only down side to this movie is that some of the comedy felt forced and there were a few slow spots for plot.  While Will Ferrell could certainly carry this movie, Sacha Baron Cohen makes the movie.  I’ve caught the Ali G show on HBO a few times and found it good for a few laughs…but I haven’t given this guy enough credit.  I’ve seen more and more of him lately, and he’s just funny as hell.  All in all, Ricky Bobby was a funny ass movie.  A little predicable, but it doesn’t all end up exactly how you think it will.  I’m sure this movie will be quoted for some time to come.  Good stuff!

John Tucker Must Die
4 out of 10 stars

Okay…disclaimer.  My wife made me see this movie.  Personally, I thought this teenie bobber movie sucked.  There were a few funny parts, but cmon!  Perdictable to a fault, mediocore laughs, etc.  I knew I was in trouble when literally, I was the only guy in the theater.  Sigh.  Don’t waste your money on this.  Can’t believe I’m reviewing this movie.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend
7 out of 10 stars

Having seen John Tucker Must Die the day before and my wife prodding me to go see this with her, needless to say, I was not geared up to see this movie.  I just felt it would be to contrived and obvious.  I was wrong.  I really enjoyed this movie.  It was actually quite funny.  Really wasn’t what I thought it was going to be.  I’m glad I gave this movie a chance.  A welcome surprise.  Go check this one out if you haven’t already.  Granted, it’s not a Ricky Bobby, but it’s good.

A Memorial…
So, we’re on vacation and arrive at our cabin to glorious views and a very relaxing setting.  10 minutes in and we’re just settling in and all of a sudden, WHACK!!!  Something just crashed into the front door window.  Without any idea what this could have been, my wife opens the front door to discover a quite dead green bird.  Of course she freaks out a little and wants me to miracously bring this bird back to life.  The blood around it’s beak led me to believe this would not be possible.  However, a happy wife on vacation makes for a good vacation.  So, I pick this bird up and do my best bird CPR.  I watch as much Animal Planet as the next guy, but this bird was not coming back.  So, stupid me should have left well enough alone.  But this was the first interesting thing to happen on our adventure, so I get the camera and take a picture of this little guy.  Apparently, I was being disrespectful to the bird according to my wife so, as a result, I promised to write a eulogy/memorial.  Here Goes…

Hector The Bird
Born: ? - Died: July 2006

Hector lived a simple life and will live on in our hearts forever. 
Going from tree to tree, to cabin window, Hector was a free spirit. 
We will always remember you Hector. 
You made this world a better place.
You will be missed. 
Adios my friend…adios!

I need to play some poker...sigh!

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Hector's friends and family thank you for your moving eulogy.

Poker, movies, dead birds.

This is one hell of a blog you gotz here, mister.

Sorry about the 2nd place finish in the SnG, it happens sometimes.

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