Amazon Movie Recommendation: The Report (2019)

Quote by Daniel Jones

“No. If it’s gonna come out, it’s gonna come out the right way.”

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Journal Entry Type #37: Apartment Living 101

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Growing up in a small town with literally no noise when you pull your covers up to your face and roll on your side to get a good night’s sleep, I haven’t experienced this is in a long time.  Having lived in many different parts of Los Angeles, the best place I lived was near Hollywood Blvd.  It was nice to watch the people walk around during the day and night from my balcony.  I heard a car crash into something around two in the morning and when I looked outside, the guy was clearly intoxicated who ran his nice black car into a street sign.  He wanted to drive away, but the guy helping him told him to stay put to make sure he was alright.  I’d like to think of myself as pretty tolerant of noises especially when living in an apartment and for all intents and purposes, I am for the most part.

We’ve all read of horror stories of apartment living or couples buying a house to find the house has hidden secrets.  I recently read of one where the new owners were greeted with a major infestation of brown recluse spiders hatching and living behind the walls.  Then there was the woman who rented and lived in the basement.  She found out it was the same basement where this man who lived with his mother would kidnap, torture, and kill women.  I don’t know which is worse:  dealing with either of these or living in a haunted house.  I would say, in the long run, the non-living would be worse.

I get it that thin walls between apartments allows you to hear everything.  I hear the dishwasher, washing machine, cupboards closing, and more of my neighbors.  I can deal with all these things.  What I can’t deal with is someone playing his music at five in the morning.  It’s not that the person blasts as they sometimes do during the day, but when it wakes me up over my humidifier, it’s too loud.  Plain and simple.  I have no choice but to turn on the TV to try to drown it out, but by this time I’m more awake.  I managed to get a little more sleep this morning, but for someone who has a hard time staying asleep, it doesn’t make me too happy. 

The bottom line is the couple who lived before me finally moved out and now I have to deal with a couple next to me.  When they take their dog out for a walk, they slam the door so hard it shakes the walls.  I finally called the main office because enough is enough.  They changed their tune because they used to say not our problem and call the cops.  I wonder why?  Putting things in perspective, let’s see what I don’t have to deal with anymore from past places I lived.   

  • The workout room no longer faces the sun where I had to squint my eyes on the treadmill and during the summers it was so hot I was sweating so much it would drip into my eyes in the humidity.  
  • People no longer tap on my window to be let in because they think it’s okay just because you live right next the complex front door to bother you.  I mean seeing people peer into your window isn’t creepy at all. 
  • The same goes for when I was running on the treadmill and people would forget his gym fob or was too lazy to use it or want the front door opened.  Again laziness.
  • The family with three children and three puppy rottweilers who never took them outside so they would get adequate exercise doesn’t poop and pee near my apartment door.  They lived in a one bedroom apartment and would hope they moved into a larger place.
  • The woman who let her dog poop on my doormat and removed it from my door no longer can take away my doormat.  She replaced it with her stinky doormat with dog hair all over it.  When I got a new doormat, she discreetly came out of her apartment and took hers back.  You’re welcome because, at least, I did the courtesy of washing it for you.
  • Parking spaces are hard to find in LA especially with the first apartment complex that only had street parking.  I no longer have to walk everywhere because I’m afraid I won’t find a parking space.  Besides, walking a few blocks to get to your car is a pain for me. 
  • Getting parking tickets is no longer that relevant for me and not having to move my car to the opposite side of the street is a little slice of heaven.  Again, LA has it’s charms but other things I don’t miss.

I’m sure I could find more things I dealt with in LA that I don’t now, but no matter where I live, noise is sure to be there.  It’s about keeping it to a minimum when there are others living around you.  If you want to blast your music at midnight on a Sunday, put on your headphones.  The same goes for the TV.  It’s about having some courtesy.  I get it.  You want to watch a movie loud during the day/early night so you get the full movie theater effect.  Fine, whatever.  However, it’s another thing to be loud, slam doors, drop things on the floor just to spite them as I heard from my neighbors who live underneath the giants.  I’ve dealt with loud neighbors before who sought to be even louder.  It didn’t get them very far and that’s all I’m saying about that. 

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Coloring: Lightning

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Weekly Facts #13

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The element of Mercury was named after the planet.  The element of Mercury is silver in color and the only metal that is liquid at room temperature.  Think old thermometers.  The symbol for Mercury is Hg that comes from hydrargyrum meaning liquid silver in Greek.  The planet Mercury, on the other hand, is made mostly of solid iron and is a fast moving.  It has a cratered surface and no, you can’t find Hg on Mercury.

 

 

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Astronauts obviously have to stay in their spacesuit or else they will suffocate and die, but in addition to this they need to use special pens in order to write legibly and special pots to boil water evenly.  Astronauts sense of smell is heightened, physically train to maintain muscle mass, and is not recommended to sneeze.

 

 

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A study conducted by a University student in a Masters’ program results showed 88% of Facebook users kept tabs on their exes if the break up happened within the last 12 months.

 

 

 

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The two most common causes of nosebleeds is either dry air or nose picking.  Some other causes include sinus infections, cocaine use, common colds, deviated septum, blood thinners, bleeding disorders, and chronic congestion.  Less common ones include leukemia, nasal polyps, pregnancy, and alcohol use.  The most common way to stop a nosebleed is pinching your nostrils shut for five to 10 minutes while leaning forward.  Some think a cold pack to the back of your neck helps too.

 

ecoliThe most germ infested places in your house/apartment include cutting boards, coffee makers, countertops, knobs and switches, make up bags, drains, faucets, toothbrushes, toilets, tubs, keyboards, phones, tablets, remote and game controls, keys, wallets, lunch boxes.  This means cleaning them more than not including changing your dish towels and shower towels on a regular basis.

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Trifecta #31

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End of March Quotes

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Poem: McCroy

I’ve been working on new poems and reworking my old ones to make them better.  I’ve also been working on rhythm and studying different kinds of poems.  Why am I doing this?  It’s all for a collection of poems that will be free to read as an e-book and still undecided in a book form.  Then, I can tackle my short stories and flash fiction for a collection while I also work on my rewrite of my love story.  I’m not really giving myself never moving deadlines because they’ve moved so much already.   I’m learning to deal with this slow inspirational and creative process.  In the meantime, here is a poem that will be included in my collection.

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With everything I said and did,

you misunderstood me, yes, you did.

Yes, you did, you cross-eyed kid.

Blaming me for things you had control,

it wasn’t me that laughed at you,

it wasn’t me that broke your precious bowl.

I’ve thought back to how we evolved,

split apart, came back for more,

it’s funny how you hoarded your precious dinosaurs.

Once it was clear we were a myth,

countless nights over ridiculous thoughts,

we came to our senses but then all was lost.

With rights not caring about the wrongs,

when the door closed, my dear kid,

it was no longer about your favorite songs.

One of us knew it wouldn’t last forever,

I had to let you go and one of us remained

despite the lost bird feather.

I understood the rain and thunder too,

even though you’re not a boy.

Things are different now but still

I look for you when I hear the name McCroy.

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Movie Review: Doctor Sleep (2019)

Quote from Doctor Sleep by Dick Halloran

“You can put things from the Overlook away in boxes, but not memories. They are the real ghosts. You take them with you.”

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Change is Good

dannyDoctor Sleep is an adaptation of Stephen King’s book by the same name.  It’s the sequel to The Shining.  You know the one with Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance.  It was written and directed by Mike Flanagan with Warner Bros., Intrepid Pictures, and Vertigo Entertainment as the production companies.  The main cast includes Ewan McGregor as Dan Torrance, Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat, Kyleigh Curran as Abra Stone, Cliff Curtis as Billy Freeman, Carl Lumbly as Dick Halloran, Alex Essoe as Wendy Torrance, Henry Thomas as The Bartender, Zahn McClarnon as Crow Daddy, Emily Alvn Lind as Snakebite Andi, Selena Anduze as Apron Annie, Robert Longstreet as Barry the Chunk, Carel Strucycken as Grampa Flick, Catherine Parker as Silen Sarev, James Flanagan as Diesel Doug, and Met Clark as Short Eddie.  The executive producers includes Akiva Goldsman, Stephen King, Roy Lee, D. Scott Lumpkin, and Kevin McCormick. The MPAA rating is R for disturbing and violent content, some bloody images, language, nudity and drug use.  It has a running time of 2 hours and 32 minutes. Doctor Sleep is a drama, fantasy, and horror movie about the aftermath of Dan Torrance seeing his father go crazy while staying at the Overlook Hotel.  The past continues to haunt and follow him as a barely functioning alcoholic as he meets a girl named Abra Stone.

Characters and Plot Summary

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The movie opens in Florida where a girl, Violet, on a camping trip meets a woman wearing a hat.  She is never seen again and Danny survived childhood to become Dan. The year is now 2011 where Dan lives in New Jersey.  In the next state over in New York, Rose the Hat lures a teenage girl named Andi into their cult.  Meanwhile in New Hampshire, a young girl named Abra Stone is celebrating her birthday.  After Dan uproots himself, this time for New Hampshire, it doesn’t take long for him to find work at a hospice as an orderly.  Time progresses to 2019 and Dan is now sober and continues going to AA meetings with his friend, Cliff Curtis.  He continues connecting with Abra and Abra finally connects with the intrusive Rose the Hat.  As the The True Knot cult look for more shine to feed off, Dan and Abra realize both are in danger.  They concoct a plan to locate the cult and stop them from committing more murders.  Their plan is somewhat successful, but Rose will not stop until both of them are gone.  It ends where it all began: Overlook Hotel with Dan confronting his past memories, his telepathic powers, and his present/future. 

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Overall Evaluation

doctorsleep2I enjoyed the fitting of the past and present pieces in Doctor Sleep.  The recreation of Outlook Hotel was the best highlight and the most notable nod to Kubrick’s adaptation.  I was brought back to notable characters of The Bartender, The Bathtub Lady, Twins, Dick Halloran, Wendy Torrance, and young Danny. On the other hand, there’s a huge nod to the book version too.  It takes place at the end with Dan’s last hour or maybe minute decision.  The cult is definitely unnerving in how they survive and the scene with Bradley Trevor (played by Jacob Tremblay) is a great example.  Clearly not for young children, so as not to give them nightmares, but everyone liking a drama with hints of the fantasy and horror it is recommended.  A few scenes may have dragged on a little too long and a character who unexpectedly died was disappointing, but overall it was a great story with suitable pacing.  Therefore, I give it a 90%.

I rate Doctor Sleep Four Fingers.

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Weekly Facts #12

A person walks an average of 7,500 steps a day.  Based on this a person will have walked around 216,262,500 steps or 111,000 miles until the age of 80.  This is about three to five times around the Earth at the equator.

The color green can symbolize many things including but not limited to nature, life, springtime, freshness, youth, tolerance, jealousy, envy, love, dragons, monsters, fairies, poison, sickness, and prosperity.

Whether light, medium, or dark, all coffee has caffeine and which has more depends on who you’re talking to.  Light roasts are more acidic where dark roasts are smoother.

Iran (Persia), Greece, and China were the first countries to eat ice cream.

The human heart is the size of your fist and beats 100,000 times each day and sends 2,000 gallons of blood through the body.  A person is more likely to have a heart attack on Monday, which usually means high stress levels.

The largest stadium in the world belongs in Pyongyang, North Korea.  The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium seats 114,000 people.  The largest stadium in the United States is in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The Michigan Stadium seats 107,601 people.

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Coloring: Announcement

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