Monthly Archives: November 2008

Movie Reviews In One Word: The Transporter Series

Transporter: Good
Transporter 2: Over-The-Top
Transporter 3: Annoying

Movie Reviews Expanded:

Transporter: Excellent action, good driving and fight scenes, good cinematography, story, and dialog.

Transporter 2: Not as much driving, too much story with too many bad actors, and they forgot to draw the line at believable action and took it way too far.

Transporter 3: Dumb story, with too many close-ups of the cute chick making stupid faces. It has lots of driving, but instead of good chase scenes, they are all sped up with camera work with the cars too close together. Dumb premise to the story, and the plot is revealed in a hodge podge of sloppy camera work meant to make things look like action. My main beef with the basis of the story: If you are going to commit extortion and kidnapping and you have a vast supply of money and goons, why in the world would you force an enemy to safeguard the target? Bah I say, BAH!

Not only is there a mouse in the house, it now has an endless supply of nuts to much!

Mouse heaven – 5 tons of nuts and dehydrated fruit. Take that, stupid ants who worked all summer carrying bits of food to the anthill!

Newsflash update!
Official score: Me = 1, Mouse = 0

While blogging this morning, I saw the mouse run behind the bookcase. Thinking fast, I ran outside, grabbed and set the trap, and set it along the wall near the bookcase. I then resumed reading Pearls Before Swine and kinda forgot about it.

Until I heard The Snap!

And there the little pest was, writhing in pain from having its face crushed. I took it outside before it could bleed on the carpet, snapped a pic, and then tossed it on the compost heap. It wasn’t until I turned it to release the hammer that I noticed its eye on the other side was almost popped out of the socket!

Good thing I ate an early breakfast!

Happy Birthday Maggie!

Thanksgiving day, what is there to do while all the womenfolk are cooking and chatting and whatever else they do on that side of the house? Sleep, of course!

But then, fun fun started, and Maggie turned 9. She counted and lit her candles all by herself! (although I helped light them when she started dripping candle wax on the cake, and burned herself.)

The puzzle that was started that morning eluded completion, no matter how many people worked on it. UNTIL! Late in the evening, after (most of) the food was gone and all the guests (except us) had left, we worked on, pursuing elusive puzzle glory.

And boy did we get it! A puzzle designed to be too long to be assembled on a regular table, but also designed NOT to be assembled into a single long piece. It was magnificent, and oodles of puzzle glory were had by us persistent few!!

Then everyone slept off their new pounds, and the next morning, we woke and went shooting. Between the 8 of us, we shared 5 shooting bays, and about 18 firearms. We shot until it got too cold to hold onto anything besides your own pocket, and then high-tailed it out of there.

And, of course, no family gathering is complete without drama and fighting, and we had that too! With our family spread out from Logan to Lindon, the whole meal was organized via e-mail, and some plans didn’t get communicated.

It turned out, half the family was planning on me driving my truck to SLC for the gathering, where they would then load it up with several tons of nuts.

But since no one told me that plan, I drove my little red car.

In perfect irony, I had been planning on selling the car, but the buyer flaked the day before. And since it’s my favorite car ever, I wasn’t super sad about that.

So on Thanksgiving morning, I was happily driving my car to SLC, enjoying the ride, rejoicing in how much easier it is to do U-turns in a car than in a massive truck, how much more fun it is to corner in a car, and when driving through the canyon, how nice it was to be able to look up at the peaks through the sunroof.

Little did I know that mere hours later, everyone would be grumbling angrily all around me, because I had driven the car instead of the truck. But that’s why we love getting together as a family!