The Infrequent Movie and TV Review

Quick update on Mad Men, five episodes in: It’s catchy, I’ll admit to that. Though the lead character is one of those tragic anti-heros who is hiding so much that the viewers know they won’t really get to know him for several seasons. For those that want to watch the series and haven’t invested themselves yet, I won’t give anything more away, but I do need to say that while I’m OK with flawed lead characters, I’m starting to get tired of every critically acclaimed and popular TV series...

The End of the World

So, depending on who you ask or believe or read, our country is about to either dive into complete and utter financial chaos, or merrily go on its way with little change as a result of the partisan gridlock going on in Washington, D.C. The news media really is falling all over itself trying to cover this story, picking every possible angle to cover it from, including asking whether members of the military will be paid (the answer seems to be “maybe”), what this all really means (the country...

Friday!

It’s finally the end of the week. Which means that as of 5 p.m. Friday, I’ll work really hard to forget about work. It’s been a tough stretch: this last round of layoffs seems to have been the tipping point where the whole help desk can’t still overcome the workload, so different ideas are being tried and it’s stressing everyone out. Which, of course, isn’t fun. So when I walk out of the door at the end of the week, I just try to put it behind me and...

Carrots

I’ve been quietly and somewhat anxiously waiting for today for two months. “Why?” You may ask. The answer is simple and complicated all at the same time: Mad Men. It’s one of those TV shows that really sounded like I should be watching, but as usual, I came late to the party. I started trying to watch on TV sometime midway through the second season. But by then, storylines had been established, characters had been developed, and honestly it just didn’t grab me by then. Netflix started streaming Mad...

Making the Bar

Lathropworld has inherited a bar. It’s an actual real bar with counter, foot rail, padded front, shelves for booze and glasses on the wall behind the bar, and even a stool to sit at as you drink and ponder your worthless existence. Needless to say, we are thrilled by this. Well, wait: we are not drinkers by nature for a variety of reasons. But having a stocked bar and the ability to freely make and consume adult beverages offers some appeal in that it greatly matches the new theme...

At the movies

Well, no. I don’t get out that much. But, in a 48 hour span, I’ve watched three movies, so that must count for something. Family movie night on Friday featured Nicholas Cage in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which, I have to admit, I thought would be just some feeble excuse Disney had to make a movie with Nicholas Cage in a story built around one of the short segments in Fantasia. I was about three-quarters right. It wasn’t bad. It was witty, had Alfred Molina as the bad guy, and...

The Review

So it’s been an ugly week. Ugly because the car broke down and needed $900 to fix it. Ugly because work has just blown up into proportions that my three-person team can’t handle. Ugly because the weather just won’t stop being hot. But on the upside today, I was informed that we’ve “made” $26 at Costco as a result of our buying. This because our membership gives us a refund after a year on a percentage of our purchases during the year. We’re guaranteed to get $50 back with...

The Rules…Again.

I’ve tried in the past, as a public service to those of you who aren’t in the technology support services field, to help you understand the things you should and shouldn’t do when seeking computer assistance. Today, I give you the addendum to the previous instructional posts. First: Please, oh please, oh please, for the love of all things holy, PAY ATTENTION to what I’m telling you. When I tell you that your computer is going to reboot and to NOT log in after the reboot, but just tell...

Hot enough?

Woke up this morning and when I stepped outside, found that the temperature was a relatively tepid 82 degrees…At six-freakin’-thirty in the morning. This is Minnesota, kids. Land of 80-below windchills, five-foot tall snow drifts, ice fishing, and indoor saunas. Not big outdoor saunas that all of us are sharing. It’s inhumane, really. There’s a point where the heat index becomes completely irrelevant: I mean, who really is going to notice that the heat index is now 110 and has improved over when it was 119 just an hour...

Feeling whole again: $900

After reading the last post, you’d probably think the weekend couldn’t possibly get any worse. But then you’d be wrong. Or at least I was wrong. Jenni and Patrick had a Sunday afternoon date to go see the latest Harry Potter extravaganza at the neighborhood movie house (how ’bout that for an old-fashioned and seemingly impossible phrase?). And off they went around noon, only to have the car die within six blocks of their destination. But it was worse than that: they were practically in the middle of an...

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