Wednesday, January 31, 2007

winter doldrums

It's snowing today. This makes for the 7th week in a row where measurable snow has fallen in the Denver metro area. Combine the 2-4 inches expected today/tomorrow with the expected high on Friday of 7 degrees and you have to wonder if anyone but the snow plow drivers will go to work the rest of the week.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

RTD Fun

As most of you know I'm a bus rider. I commute to and from work everyday via RTD . Occasional hilarity occurs during the commute, I've mentioned this before.

Last night was a whole new level of fun. I was sitting at the Broomfield Park n Ride, doing the Sudoku, when the police showed up. They asked who had called and then talked to the gentleman who indicated he had. The officer then came to the other side of the shelter and pointed his flashlight towards me and said "Sir, come with me", I looked up to see a cop with a flashlight and my heart skipped a beat or two. Fortunately he was talking to the fellow to my right. The officer started talking to the guy outside the shelter while his partner started to ask if anyone else had seen what had happened. One person spoke up to say the two had each been listening to music and had a disagreement about it, or the volume of the music, I did for certain catch something about "He's just drunk and looking to talk about his problems", I was doing Sudoko which is complicated so I was focused and not really paying attention. During this the shelter starts to empty out, folks meandering to "look at the bus schedule", yeah right, these 6 people ride the same bus everyday at the same exact time same as me, they don't need a schedule, they are just checking out how things are going down with the cop and the drunk fellow. After about five minutes of searching the guys pockets the officers handcuff him and around that time another patrol car shows up, no lights, just parked in the normal bus parking/loading spot. As they start to escort the handcuffee away he says something to the guy who called this in, the officers didn't like that. Then a brief struggle, I'm hearing all this while still doing my Sudoko but look up when I hear a thud. It is the guy handcuffed shoved up against the glass of the shelter and the officer telling him "John this is about 3 seconds away from going down real bad." to which "John" responds "Man this already went down real bad, I'm wearin' handcuffs man".

So, I think this kind of thing should be a "semi-regular feature" but I need a name for it so I'm soliciting suggestions for the 3 of you who read my blog. Go!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Review: Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda is the true story of one man running a hotel in Rwanda during the genocide that took place in 1994. Paul Rusesabagina, played masterfully by Don Cheadle, takes in refugees and offers them protection with the almost non-existent assistance of the UN.

The role of UN Colonel Oliver was well played by Nick Nolte, a surprise since the last thing I saw him in was The Hulk which was not good. The acting in the movie was powerful. The locations shifted from beautiful, at the hotel and the overall scenery of the country, to tragic, the refugee camps and war torn towns outside the European created oasis.

This movie was released 3 months after Colin Powell called the conflict in Darfur a genocide. A peace agreement was signed in May of 2006 between the Sudanese Gov and the largest of the rebel groups. Unfortunately the four largest rebel groups that did not sign have now re-organized themselves as one central opposition group.

This was a great movie, and very very hard to watch. It is probably the best movie I have seen that I do not want to see again.

Review: The DaVinci Code

Ha Ha, fooled you. You thought for sure there was a post about The Godfather III coming didn't you!

Nope, The DaVinci code was what we rented next. Neither of us had read the book yet, too much hype for my taste, but figured that if the movie was OK it might be worth borrowing from the Library to read.

Well the movie was OK, we both found it a bit predictible but overall the pace was good, the acting was good and the directing was good. I was expecting more than good though after all the hype and since it was starring Tom Hanks and Ian McKellen and directed by Ron Howard.

So the movie turned out to be Ok but it did not live up to the hype in my mind so I leave this rental decision up to you and then come back and tell me what you thought about.

Review: The Godfather Part 2

Ok this I can review. Yes it is #32 on The List but I actually have something to say about it.

I liked it.

Let me elaborate. I started to watch this movie 5 times about 8 years ago and could never get past the part when they're in Cuba. I just couldn't do it. I think it was because I had just read the book so I was so stuck on the flashbacks, since it's really from the book, that the new stuff just didn't stick with me. So fast forward to now and we have the DVD in the player and we get to Cuba, still not loving the the new stuff and really enjoying the flashbacks, and then I actually pay attention to the part where Michael realizes Fredo has betrayed him (oops spoiler) and I'm hooked.

So, I don't love it as much as the original but it is still a great movie, go rent it if you haven't seen it.

Review: The Godfather

Really, you expected a review? It's one of the top 5 movies ever made, everyone and their dog and their dog's lice has reviewed this movie.

So, if you haven't seen it come borrow it from me, it's on VHS yes tapes still exist, or go rent it if you demand that DVD type surround sound experience.

You're still here? Go!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Dems are coming to Denver on '08!

Woo hoo! If you're reading this you don't need a link, just search your favorite search engine for Denver Democrats '08 and you'll get the news. Now I have to figure out how to become a delegate . . .