June 13th, 2011
Bye, Bye Cooler Weather

I’m back. I left a pretty cool (ie 62 degree) San Francisco behind, only to return to squelching heat. It was nice to get out of it for a few days anyway. San Fran is a pretty cool (pardon the pun) city. I’ve been to it many times. Lots of pretty architecture, great restaurants, and fascinating cultures. It’s definitely the most ‘European-like’ city I’ve ever visited. That said, I could never live there. The street hassle/hustle is too much for me. These days I’m also not a fan of crowds. Period. When I was younger, they didn’t bother me as much. (I never particularly liked them, but I could hang a lot longer than I can these days.) Spent a wonderful day visiting with one of my dearest friends. I admit there were tears when we said our goodbyes. But like always, it was like we’d never been apart. Those are the kind of friends you keep. Those are the kind of friends you cherish. And I really do cherish her. It made me realize how much I miss my girlfriends.

I did manage to write the opening to the new manuscript. I think once I get past the first three/four chapters the book will start to flow smoothly. It’s just that those scenes in particular are pivotal. You meet the characters and discover the obstacles. I’m taking my time to make sure I get them right.

Somehow while I was gone my to-do list decided to double. I’m slowly working my way through it. So if I owe you an email, a call, a blog, books, etc. I will get back to you this week.

Went to see Super 8 yesterday. My dh described it best when he said the movie was ‘charming’. Think updated ET with a twist and not for the new generation. Yep, you read that last part right. This movie was definitely aimed at the generation that saw the original E.T. and loved it. I think my only disappointment was I’d hoped the movie would be ‘bigger’, especially considering that J.J. Abrams wrote and directed it. Spielberg’s influence is heavily felt. Again, only those familiar with the first film will recognize his touches. There are a few scary bits that might upset younger kids, but all and all it’s a pretty kid safe movie. If you’re feeling nostalgic, then Super 8 will definitely hit the right spot.

Tonight we’re going to see either Kung Fu Panda 2 or X-Men reboot. Can’t quite decide which one I’m more in the mood for. Any thoughts?

10 comments to “Bye, Bye Cooler Weather”

  1. Everybody loved Kung Fu Panda 2, but I don’t go to see animation on the big screen so I have no first hand comments. I did see the new X-Men movie. The plotting, pace, and special effects were superb in my opinion. I don’t think they could have done the casting any better. I’m a comic book junkie from when I was a kid so I probably had my rose colored fan-boy glasses on when I saw it. 🙂

    I don’t, however, think it was as good as the new Star Trek take was though.

  2. Bernard, I know I’m going to love Kung Fu Panda 2 because I loved the first one and the X-mas short they created. No worries there. We didn’t make it to the movies last night, but I know we will go see it at the theater. As for X-men, I think I’m more excited about it than dh, but he’s up for seeing it. It’s getting really good reviews.

    The new Star Trek movie rocked. I’ve re-watched it several times. I even carry it on my iPad. *ggg

  3. We almost took the kids to that last weekend, but the parental warnings in IMDB made us chicken out. I think if they were slightly older it’d be okay. I’m still dying to see it.

  4. Charli, I think the movie is okay for 9/10 yr olds, but it really depends. I grew up watching monster movies from age 5, so I don’t think it would’ve bothered me as an 8 year old. If your kids haven’t been exposed to ‘monsters’, then there would definitely be moments in that movie that would freak them out and scare them. (We’re talking legs being eaten.)

  5. Hmm. They don’t mind monsters, maybe the warnings made the scare factor sound worse than it is. We all loved Kung Fu Panda 2 and XMen First Class, though!

  6. Charli, I think they probably did. There were only a couple of questionable for young kids parts. The rest was perfectly sanitized. 😉

    I’m really looking forward to seeing them both.

  7. It’s always wonderful to re-connect with those friends that will always be friends. I’m glad you had a good trip.

    Now that you’ve said Super 8 is aimed at our generation, I might go see it. I did think it looked cool, but I went to see X-Men instead. LOL It was okay. If you love the Xmen, you’ll like this one too. Me, I’ve always been “meh’ on them. SO I found this enjoyable, but not anything I’d buy.

    Also want to see Kung Fu Panda…and Happy Feet 2 when it comes!

  8. Sasha, Yes, it is always nice to reconnect. I’m glad we got the chance to hang out.

    Yes, it’s definitely aimed for the folks who’ve seen E.T. I think kids these days would enjoy it, but there’s a lot of stuff that would fly past them since the movie is set in 1979/1980.

    As for X-Men, I’m definitely a fan, so I am excited to see it. 🙂

  9. OK, after more deliberation, we are going for it. Super 8 matinee ahead!

  10. Charli, Enjoy the movie. Cover the eyes in the cave.