Last Five Movies I’ve Watched

I’ve watched these movies when November started and now that November is almost done, well here they are. I’m going to give a quick recap of each one and why I think you should watch them or not.

The Ride (2018) is based on a true story, a drama. Boy raised by an abusive father and given his right of passage with his Aryan beliefs. He later is adopted by an interracial couple. It has some cliché moments, but John Buultjens owes his new beginning to his adoptive parents, Marianna and Eldridge. I won’t say skip it, but I found it’s in the same vein as The Blind Side.

Holidate (2020) is a holiday comedy about love. It’s a little excessive with the raunchiness, but overall it’s funny. It has the drinking, occasional sex, and ugly Christmas sweaters. Luke Bracey’s Australian accent and Emma Roberts sarcasm is a good match on screen. I’d say watch it because December is right around the corner, like tomorrow.

Bewitched (2005) is a comedy based from the TV show. I like the premise, but it just doesn’t have enough dazzle throughout. Will Ferrell is a great comedic actor but the material fell short. He did what he could as well as Nicole Kidman. I watched it just to say I watched it. I’d say skip it. There are other movies starting Ferrell or Kidman much better.

Vice (2018) is the biography of Dick Cheney as Vice President during George W. Bush administration. I didn’t know too much about him minus him shooting his friend while hunting and a few other blunders. Christian Bale is superb as Cheney. The way it was filmed and edited made it all the better. Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, or none of them, I’d say watch it. It has humor and drama all mixed into any presidency and what could happen that did happen in the White House.

A League of Their Own (1992) is a sport comedy and drama of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during WWII. From Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan urinating in the sink to the women coming together for a common cause. It’s not so much a feel good movie, but one where circumstances (war) open the doors for some that can’t ever be closed again. Remember Rosie O’Donnell? Lori Petty? Téa Leoni? Madonna? I’d say watch it.

TV Show Recommendation: Man with a Plan (2016-2020)

Happiness is over in three, two, one.

-Adam Burns-

Man with a Plan is a CBS show that ran for four seasons. The first two seasons had 21/22 episodes each where the last two seasons had 13. The bottom line is there should’ve been more and had a fifth season. The first season revolves around the transition of Andi Burns going back to work and Adam Burns needing to take on more responsibility when it comes to their children. The second season focuses on the difficulties of raising three children with the oldest trying to outsmart her parents, the middle one not applying himself, and the youngest never seeming to act her age. The third season is when the shift occurs and Adam and Don’s parents take more interest in their lives.  The fourth season is a combination of everything. It is simply pure entertainment, creating laughs for parents and non-parents alike. Each episode is 30 minutes long and rated TV-PG. It is created by Jackie and Jeff Filgo. The main stars are Matt LeBlanc as Adam, Liza Snyder as Andi, Grace Kaufman as Kate, Matthew McCann as Teddy, Hala Finley as Emme, Kevin Nealon is Don, Stacy Keach is Joe, Kali Rocha is Marcy, and Swoozie Kurtz as Beverly.

I rate Man with a Plan FOUR FINGERS at 90%.

Trifecta #46

Weekly Facts #48

I’m behind on my weekly facts. Here they are for last week.

Soy milk doesn’t need to be refrigerated until after it’s opened.

Clinical lycanthropy is a delusion where a person thinks s/he has transformed into an animal.

Kellogg’s corn flakes and graham crackers were developed to curb sexual urges.

The process of making soup is around 25,000 years old.

Mall of America in the U.S. has more than 2,779,242 million feet of retail space with stores, restaurants, aquarium, and a Nickelodeon theme park.

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA opened in 1937. It had 80,000 miles of steel wire cables that connected the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. It was 4,200 feet wide/1,280 meters wide and 746 feet tall/227 meters tall.

Ravensburger Puzzles

I grew up with Ravensburger and Charles Wysocki puzzles so I’m partial to them. Pomegranate has some nice ones too. The hardest one I did from Pomegranate was a Jackson Pollack painting. The hardest one I did from White Mountain were different pencils. I took pictures of the ones I finished in the last five years, but the ones I did a long time ago I can’t find them. I’ll probably have to redo them, missing pieces in a few, and retake the photos. I’m nearing the finish of my Mahjong puzzle (part of the Ravensburger Challenge Series). I can’t wait to start the bigger ones being 2,000 and 3,000 pieces, but first is the Stars Wars one of Yoda. He’s my favorite character in the franchise. I don’t know if this is a sign of more procrastination from my writing or I’m ready to get back to work. I think it’s both. I find puzzles calming when my mind goes on overload and I feel the need to get everything done in one day.

Journal Entry Type #67: During and After the Full Belly

As many people in the U.S. and a handful of other countries that celebrate Thanksgivings earlier, as a collective whole probably stuffed themselves silly and gave thanks. If you live in the U.S., there’s the reminder of how the Native populations still suffer. I’ve been a type of person to not sugarcoat the mistakes and blunders any country has done in the name of greed, power, and righteousness. I recently had a conversation with someone about the U.S. having a history of going into other countries and trying to spread democracy, but it is not so good when it leads to war and death. I then asked if the U.S. needs such a powerful military, known as the strongest in the world, and the response I got was “yes, because we’ve made a lot of enemies over the years.”

I bring this up because I watched Band of Brothers over Thanksgiving and will be commenting on it more in depth in a different blog. I had watched The Pacific last year over Thanksgiving and finally it came full circle. I can’t wait because Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks is in the production stages of making Masters of the Air that will start filming in March 2021. There’s a lot of things to look forward to in 2021. The Tokyo Olympics although it won’t be the same due to COVID and social distancing. The vaccine will hopefully have a clear and controlled rollout phases where the chaos will be minimal and the effectiveness will be maximized. I’ve been putting a lot of my energy into things that bring me joy but also lethargy and denial.

I suppose I’m denying some things I know I need to do and should do while also waking up later and later as the days go by. Of course, it doesn’t help my neighbor who goes to work wakes me up every day at 4 AM as he opens his garage door (right outside my window) and then waking up around 7:30 AM for some odd reason. I think another person leaving for work and the family that lives next door but on the first floor that does shit all night long. No joke. I don’t know how many times I have to complain but when it hits midnight, put on your headphones. I purposely stayed up until 1:30 AM last night working on my puzzle. I couldn’t pull myself from it as much as I couldn’t will myself to blog yesterday even when I should’ve.

So, on this Monday, the last day of November I promise I’m going to do six things I need to do until I go back to work or else there is no hope for me. I like to be hopeful and it’s not like I’m preparing to take on a new role. I recently asked someone who the hell would want to be president of the U.S.? They don’t get paid much. Sure, they get the prestige and the power, but seriously, NO. Roughly half the country likes you while the other half despises you. Certain members of Congress will do anything to screw you over and make you look like a dumbass (my new favorite word since 2016). Anyone familiar with the Obama administration will know the lengths Mitch McConnell went to undermine him. Neither Democrats nor Republicans are without fault, but the false narrative of a rigged election is beyond stupid that’s circulating. I said this earlier to someone on FB where Trump won fair and square in 2016, so did Biden in 2020.

Nothing is going to change the outcome of current election. I commend the Republican election officials from many of the swing states for siding with democracy instead of authority. While I am watching the news less than I used to before the election, I’m still watching it because when Biden and Harris are inaugurated in January, the political machine keeps churning. Yes, I am grateful during this fucked up time as I fully believe 2020 needs to be wiped from the history books in some ways, but written words in other ways it needs to be said and printed. It’s been depressing. It’s been tough. I keep having dreams about family members getting divorced (not sure where that is coming from). It boggles my mind how Trump supporters who are on the alt right fringes overlook his support for Israel and Jews. It equally boggles my mind how he became the Messiah of the conservative church leaders. These are all the contradictions I’m working on leaving behind in 2020 when 2021 starts. These are all the thoughts I need to let go right now.

This is similar to how certain things were overlooked during the Obama administration while it happened and critics did hold his feet to the fires he created. Does Washington D.C. need a good shaking up? Yes, it does. Was Trump successful? In some ways but probably not the way Congress and people from all over the world would have liked. He created a lot more instability than needed and for this turned off people who voted from him in 2016. If he had handled COVID differently, I believe he would’ve been re-elected. But here I am without a job, without any federal monetary support (for now), and having to keep my emotions at bay until I’m working again. There is light everywhere I look, sometimes too much because it hurts my eyes, but reality is what everyone is experiencing (in different ways).

I don’t have much to give except find the joy you have currently and accept the love that comes your way because it’s a bitch when it’s not there.

Journal Entry Type #66: Legos and Puzzles

Right now I’m taking my life slowly, like very slowly. I should be gung ho to rewrite and exercise with all my free time on my hands now, but I find myself doing other things like Legos (although most of the Harry Potter Legos were done someone else). I did put together the car in tree and quidditch game. I’m working to finish my Mahjong challenge puzzle, take a picture of it, and then put it away forever. Don’t ask me why I bought it because it’s taken me over two years to finish it. It can’t come soon enough. I feel the same way about 2021. I’m running out of excuses to procrastinate my rewrite polish as I’m done with the bulk of the major rewrite. I suppose now is as good a time as any to plunge deeper into chapter three. While it’s nice to be able to sleep in, I would love to get rid of my stupid headaches and tinnitus and other things. Won’t deny I’m looking forward to getting back to work, but as always I want to do a lot of things before that arrives or at least, pull myself together a little more.

More You Know: British Prime Ministers

Since I’m watching The Crown, I decided to look up the Prime Ministers who served alongside the King or Queen of England.  They were either of the Whig, Conservative, Tory, Liberal, Labour, or National Labour party.  For obvious reasons due to the political climate or recent timing, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Theresa May are more remembered and the current one of Boris Johnson.  The former Prime Ministers still living are Sir John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, and Theresa May. Speaking of royalty, between George I (1714-1724) and Queen Elizabeth II (1952-present), Elizabeth II is the longest reigning Queen with 68 years under her crown until February 6, 2021 where she will start her 69th year. Here is the list of England’s Prime Ministers from 1721 to present times. (Source material are from Britannica and Wikipedia)

Robert Walpole by Arthur Pond

Robert Walpole (1721–42)

Spencer Compton (1742–43)

Henry Pelham (1743–54)

Thomas Pelham-Holles (1754–56; 1st time)

William Cavendish (1756–57)

Thomas Pelham-Holles (1757–62; 2nd time)

John Stuart (1762–63)

George Grenville (1763–65)

Charles Watson Wentworth (1765–66; 1st time)

William Pitt, the Elder (1766–68)

Augustus Henry Fitzroy (1768–70)

Frederick North (1770–82)

Charles Watson Wentworth (1782; 2nd time)

William Petty-Fitzmaurice (1782–83)

William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck (1783; 1st time)

William Pitt, the Younger (1783–1801; 1st time)

Henry Addington (1801–04)

William Pitt, the Younger (1804–06; 2nd time)

William Wyndham Grenville (1806–07)

William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck (1807–09; 2nd time)

Spencer Perceval (1809–12)

Robert Banks Jenkinson (1812–27)

George Canning by Richard Evans

George Canning (1827)

Frederick John Robinson (1827–28)

Arthur Wellesley (1828–30; 1st time)

Charles Grey (1830–34)

William Lamb (1834; 1st time)

Arthur Wellesley (1834; 2nd time)

Robert Peel (1834–35; 1st time)

William Lamb (1835–41; 2nd time)

Robert Peel (1841–46; 2nd time)

John Russell (1846–52; 1st time)

Edward Geoffrey Stanley (1852; 1st time)

George Hamilton-Gordon (1852–55)

Henry John Temple (1855–58; 1st time)

Edward Geoffrey Stanley (1858–59; 2nd time)

Henry John Temple (1859–65; 2nd time)

John Russell (1865–66; 2nd time)

Edward Geoffrey Stanley (1866–68; 3rd time)

Benjamin Disraeli (1868; 1st time)

William Ewart Gladstone (1868–74; 1st time)

Benjamin Disraeli (1874–80; 2nd time)

William Ewart Gladstone (1880–85; 2nd time)

Robert Cecil (1885–86; 1st time)

William Ewart Gladstone (1886; 3rd time)

Robert Cecil (1886–92; 2nd time)

David Lloyd George

William Ewart Gladstone (1892–94; 4th time)

Archibald Philip Primrose (1894–95)

Robert Cecil (1895–1902; 3rd time)

Arthur James Balfour (1902–05)

Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1905–08)

H.H. Asquith (1908–16)

David Lloyd George (1916–22)

Bonar Law (1922–23)

Stanley Baldwin (1923–24; 1st time)

Ramsay Macdonald (1924; 1st time)

Stanley Baldwin (1924–29; 2nd time)

Ramsay Macdonald (1929–35; 2nd time)

Stanley Baldwin (1935–37; 3rd time)

Neville Chamberlain (1937–40)

Winston Churchill (1940–45; 1st time)

Clement Attlee (1945–51)

Winston Churchill (1951–55; 2nd time)

Anthony Eden (1955–57)

Harold Macmillan (1957–63)

Alec Douglas-Home (1963–64)

Harold Wilson (1964–70; 1st time)

Boris Johnson by Ben Shread

Edward Heath (1970–74)

Harold Wilson (1974–76; 2nd time)

James Callaghan (1976–79)

Margaret Thatcher (1979–90)

John Major (1990–97)

Tony Blair (1997–2007)

Gordon Brown (2007–10)

David Cameron (2010–16 )

Theresa May (2016–19)

Boris Johnson (2019–) 

November Quotes

Weekly Facts #47

Mechanical purpura is the medical term for a hickey which is basically a bruise.

The longest running TV soap opera drama was Guiding Light, which was cancelled in 2009 after 57 years.

Cornish Rex are one of the most intelligent cats.

Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt weighs about 6,500,000 tons with each block being around 2.5 tons.

It was common for Victorian aged boys to wear dresses and wear the color pink.

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