Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Miscellaneous Randomness

Had to get some groceries tonight, so my daughter and I ran over to Wegman's.  You would think a store that size would have just about everything you could imagine, but I find it frustrating that there are so many things I can't find.  I actually had to go to my local Weis to get the miscellaneous stuff that I couldn't find at Wegman's.  And maybe that's the issue:  I can't find it.  Wegman's is just so doggone big that it may be that I just can't find what I'm looking for.  As much as I like Wegman's, it sure is frustrating.


When a nicely attractive young woman who is likely single (she wasn't wearing a ring) repeatedly locks eyes with you aisle after aisle, is she showing her interest?  Maybe I've got broccoli stuck in my teeth...


My daughter and I went to Cheeburger Cheeburger for dinner just before our shopping spree.  We love that place, but tonight I wasn't impressed with our service.  I'm not sure our server could've gotten more things wrong.  For example, we got a grilled chicken breast when my daughter clearly asked for chicken fingers...  Fries instead of the requested apple sauce...  A portabella mushroom instead of sauteed mushrooms...  A large-sized milkshake instead of a kid-sized....  I'm pretty sure the problem was an inexperienced server, but it was laughably ridiculous.


My fantasy football draft was a mixed bag.  I didn't get any of the players I targeted, but that's usually how it goes.  I got a few risky picks, as well.  For example, I took a chance on Robert Griffin III.  I just hope he gets cleared to play.  For the locals, I also picked up Joe Flacco as my back up in case RG3 doesn't work out.  I picked up Arian Foster as my first pick, but then I got locked out of a run on good RBs.  I finally got Darren Sproles and Ahmad Bradshaw, but neither are big points guys.  I did much better at WR, including Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, Wes Welker, and Anquan Boldin.  I also got my favorite kicker, Sebastian Janikowski.  Beyond them, though, I'm not happy with the rest of my team.  It could be a long season.


I wish I had been able to experience the 50s.  It holds so much appeal to me.  The music, the atmosphere, the respect for authority....  My daughter and I watched all three of the BACK TO THE FUTURE movies and the taste we got of the 50s was so much fun to see.  Cheeburger Cheeburger brought a little more of a taste of the 50s, and right now I'm watching Happy Days, my favorite sitcom.  I think I was born at the wrong time.  I love that era.


I received a bunch of emails from JDate, a Jewish dating service.  And I'm not Jewish.  Maybe I need to spread my wings a little bit and consider this.  Jesus was Jewish, right?  I always did feel like I had a lot in common with Mary (Luke 10:38-42).


For the record, a slow dripping water faucet sounds a lot like footsteps upstairs in a supposedly empty house...


We made it through four movies at the Bengie's Drive-in on Saturday night.  Well, I made it through four...my little girl was semi-conscious through three movies and zonked out by the fourth.  The all-night dusk-to-dawn show was five movies, so we didn't stay for the whole thing, but we could have.  I was still wide awake well after five in the morning.

DESPICABLE ME 2 was the hit of the night.  It's a truly funny movie and has a lot of heart.  It picks right up where the first movie left off, but it's not imperative that you see the first movie to enjoy this one.  It was a lot of fun.

PLANES was a bit of a disappointment.  It did not carry the PIXAR logo, but it is a sequel of sorts to CARS (it's set in the same "world", anyway).  The story felt like a rehash of the first CARS movie, except I've never heard of a "plane race".  Realistically (and I know this is a fantasy, animated movie), there's just no way the story could really happen.  Suspension of disbelief is required.  But the movie doesn't have much heart (unlike most PIXAR movies), and I was disappointed with the result.  My daughter did enjoy it, though, and it's certainly not a bad movie.  My expectations were much higher, though.

RED 2 was more of the same thing we got in the first movie, RED, but just not as good.  The violence becomes gratuitous after a while, and I felt like I'd seen this movie many times before.  RED was so much better, and they should have just stopped after that.  A sequel just wasn't needed.

PACIFIC RIM was a lot of fun, as giant monster pictures go.  It felt like a Godzilla movie with more American actors, and the special effects were first rate.  There's a lot of suspension of disbelief is necessary, but due to the fact that the movie takes place in the future, it isn't as distracting as with other movies.  The actors were all unknowns to me, but that didn't take away from feeling invested in the characters.  I tend to like sci-fi monster movies, so I enjoyed it.  I'd been anxious to see this movie since it came out, and I'm glad to finally see it.


Time for bed.  Have a great evening, everyone!


  1. Hey Eric! Nice blog. I appreciate the openness. Funny comment about plane races. Did you know there was a notable Air Meet with plane races in Halethorpe 1910? First time a lot of folks saw a plane. Check out: http://arbutus.patch.com/articles/looking-backward-flights-of-fancy

    Scott Austin

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Scott. It's good to hear from you. I did not know about the plane races in Halethorpe. I'll definitely check into that. Thanks again!