Child of the 80s

19 06 2008

I am a child of the 80s.  This week has made me feel like a kid again.

Watching the Lakers and the Celtics battle it out in the NBA finals reminds me of those fantastic battles those teams had in the 80s.

And, then last night, my wife and I went to see the new Indiana Jones movie.

If I didn’t know better, I would assume that I have jumped through some kind of time warp and ended up back in the 80s.

It’s fun feeling like a kid again.  I don’t feel this way very often anymore!

Larry and Magic  Indiana Jones





I’ll see you on the beach.

25 05 2008

What\'s the rallying point, sir?  Anywhere but here.

I have a tradition of watching my favorite movie every Memorial Day weekend.  My favorite movie is Saving Private Ryan.  I think it is just an excellent film.  The first 20 minutes or so are so riveting.  It makes you feel like you are really on the beach with those men that June day in Normandy.  But, even as real as that footage feels, I am sure that what those men experienced that day was a million times worse.  Even after watching that footage just now for probably the 20th time, I still can’t really imagine what it must have been like to be there on that day. 

“What’s the rallying point, sir?”  … “Anywhere but here!”

Here’s a big thank you to all you veterans out there.  Thanks for your service and sacrifice.  And for all those men and women who have laid down their lives for this country, we honor you on this Memorial Day.





Go Speed Racer

19 05 2008

Speed RacerMy brother and I used to stay up late playing with our hotwheels. We would line them up on each end of the corridor in our house and race them up and down the hall. We used to have cars that could fly, cars that could go underwater, cars that could jump and tunnel and swerve and roll.

My mom got us each a red plastic container to keep our cars in and we weren’t allowed to keep the cars just lying around the house. The rule in our house was, we were to put them away when we were done playing with them. So, as a result, I still have all my old hotwheels to this day…they are still in that nice red container. In fact, my boys are now getting to play with them again 30 years later. (I only wish I did as good a job of making them put the cars away when they are done!).

This week, the pest control guy picked up one of the cars that my kids had left lying around. He brought it to my wife and said, “You might want to hang on to this one…it could be worth something since there is a new SpeedRacer movie out”.

She showed me the car when I got home and sure enough, it’s a SpeedRacer car from when I was a kid. I had no idea I even had it. To be honest, I never was really even into SpeedRacer as a kid. I think this particular car must have been given to me as a baby because my wife looked it up and it was made in 1976, the same year I was born. She also checked it’s value on ebay and one sold for about $25 (although it was in considerably better condition).

Well, I just happen to have an 8 year old friend who is a huge fan of SpeedRacer. (You can read about his fascination here). He has several SpeedRacer cars from the last few weeks already and I thought this would be an awesome addition to his collection. So, Sunday night, while over at his house, I gave it to him. His eyes lit up like saucers and he came over quickly to inspect it. It wasn’t but a few seconds before he started asking me all kinds of questions about the car. I had to tell him honestly that he already knew more about this car than I ever had and that’s the reason I wanted him to have it! He was ecstatic!

I told him he could keep it as long as he took care of it. I told him I had kept it in decent condition (that might be a stretch) for over 30 years and that if I could do it, so could he! I hope he gets as much use out of it as my brother and I did.

One thing is for sure, it is definitely better to give than to receive. That look on his face and the excitement in his voice as he started to ask me questions about it was worth a million dollars! It was one of those rare moments when I was able to give the perfect gift to the perfect person at the perfect time. That doesn’t really happen very often and I will certainly remember this moment for a long time!





Juno movie review

2 05 2008

Juno

Ok, this is definitely not what I expected to be the topic of my first real post.  But I watched a movie last night for the first time in a long time.

Side note – my wife and I used to watch movies all the time…then…kids.

But, at my wife’s request, I rented the movie Juno.  I had no intentions of watching it with her, but it just so happened that I had a few minutes free time last night after getting the boys down to bed so I told her I would give it 15 minutes.

30 minutes later, I looked over at her and said that I was hooked for the duration.

I found the movie entertaining from start to finish.  Here’s my brief review of the movie.

The movie is about a young teenaged high school student who gets herself pregnant.  After getting freaked out at the abortion clinic, she makes the decision to adopt the baby out to a worthy couple.  The rest of the movie is about her relationships with that couple, with her family, with the baby’s father, and with the rest of her little high school world.

The movie is fresh and fun in style.  It is extremely witty.  I don’t know if it’s just because my wife is pregnant now or not, but we found ourselves laughing out loud many times throughout.  But, more than just witty, the film is deep in a not so deep kind of way.  What I mean by that is that the movie gives you fresh perspectives on pregnancy, on adoption, on family, and on the way society looks at these things; but at the same time, it keeps things light and fun and does not try to force any ideas or any hidden agendas on you.

Ellen Page is either a very good actress or she was just born to play Juno.  I kind of think it’s the latter but that is by no means an insult to her…she was just absolutely perfect in this role.  One moment she has the face of a 12 year old girl, and the next moment, the face of a 21 year old woman…which is a perfect match for the experiences that Juno is living out in the movie.

So, if you have time for a witty movie with a great central character living out a complex but real life situation, go rent Juno.

Would love to hear what you think of the movie…