Monday, August 20, 2018

Inspirational stories: The Man With Cheese on His Mustache – A Story About Our Attitudes

The Man With Cheese on His Mustache – A Story About Our Attitudes

A man walked into the family room of his house.
“It stinks in here,” he announced before leaving and going into the kitchen.
“It stinks in here, too,” he said again and walked into dining room.
“And this room stinks as well,” he said, screwing up his face as he did.
His family looked at him and said in one voice, “You’ve got cheese on your moustache.”
He washed it off and of course everything started to smell better.
It’s easy to complain about the world around you.
Your job, your boss, your spouse, your kids, your favorite sporting team, the traffic, the economy, the government, the list can go on and on.
But what I’ve found is that the people who complain the most are the ones who have a perspective that is tainted by their own attitudes.
So if you really think that the world and everything in it stinks, don’t complain about it in the hope that it will get better.  First, try changing your perspective, living with the gratitude, optimism and sense of wonder required to  experience life as a truly magnificent opportunity.

Inspirational stories

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Hiking: Palm Springs Tram to San Jacinto Peak

So, here are pictures from my trip from the Palm Springs Tram to San Jacinto Peak. 

You park at the base of the mountain. A shuttle will come by and pick you up.

The inner workings of the tram can be seen from the base.
Here are some pictures on the way up.

We went on the  Long Valley Discovery Trail which is about 1.2 miles. There are five notches with beautiful views.

We agreed that notch #3 is the best so don't skip it.

When we got back we walked up to the vista at the top and saw this little guy eating a Cheeto:

Some folks like to throw coins out there for good luck:

This ride is not cheap. It costs $107 for the tickets and we got pictures which the wife thought we needed. Those were another $49. Yikes!

Movie review: The Commuter with Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga

So, I saw The Commuter and it is OK...the plot is pretty dumb with nothing new to offer.

In The Commuter, Liam Neeson plays Michael, an insurance salesman. On his daily commute home, a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga) sends him on a wild goose chase to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop. As he tries to accomplish this task, madness ensues.

Liam Neeson is getting old but he can still deliver a good fight scene...the one in the middle is probably the best thing about the movie. If you have seen Nesson's 2014 movie Non-Stop, you can pass on this one as they are pretty much the same thing. If you are a big Vera Farmiga fan, she is heard much more than seen in this one.

This movie will appeal to you if:
  1. you are a fan of Liam Neeson - there is plenty of him.
  2. you like train movies where the train goes flying off the tracks.
  3. you like predictable movies.

This movie will not appeal to you if:

  1. you saw Non-Stop already.
  2. you want a surprise ending.
  3. you are sick of watching Liam Neeson beat the crap out of some fools.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Movie review: Gringo with Harold Soyinka and Charlize Theron

I watched Gringo on a flight to San Diego. It is probably my favorite movie this year. 

The movie is told in flashback mode after the opening scene where mild-mannered American businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) is heard calling his bosses Richard Rusk (Joel Edgerton) and Elaine Markinson (Charlize Theron) saying he has been kidnapped in Mexico. Madness ensues, of course. The movie takes many turns from there but basically, Gringo is about Harold's journey. He will run into many calamities along the journey that are all quite enjoyable.

Everyone is great in the movie. Charlize Theron is hilarious as she dirty talks and uses her body to get what she wants. This is her best movie along with Atomic Blonde. I would love to see her do a spinoff movie with this character.

Check out Gringo immediately. 

This movie will appeal to you if:
  1. you like movies that have many twists and turns.
  2. you think that action and dark humor make for a fun movie experience.
  3. you like movies with plot twists.

This movie will not appeal to you if:

  1. you get confused by multiple story lines.
  2. dirty talk makes you uncomfortable.
  3. you like to over-analyze the plot when you watch a movie.