Sunday, June 26, 2011

What the fetchin bip

Sorry to beat you by a hair Cat! I know how that feels.

Kinda funny, we have, sitting on our shelf one of those combo DVD's of The Money Pit- and The Burbs in one. Good choice Ems. I remember laughing with you guys a ton watching those movies. Remember the sound when Tom Hanks bites into the sardine and pretzels that the Klopecks serve? And his awesome coughing fit? hehe.

Ok, so this weeks WTB is going to be hard for most, easy for others. Probably how it is most of the time... But, I couldn't let this movie not make an appearance on this blog.


"I'm proud to be a man on a day like this"

Good luck, see you all Wednesday some time.


Person 1: What's more important to you, rugby or girls?
Person 2: Girls. You?
Person 1: Girls.
Person 2: But when I'm playing rugby, rugby's the most important thing.
Person 1: Yeah, unless girls are watching.
Person 2: Right.

Hmmm... I didn't even get a wrong guess. Still anyones game! Maybe this isn't fair to post this while most of you are traveling or getting ready for travelers... Eh, it's a game.


Person 1: I think God would want us to survive. Strive to live.
Person 2: At all costs?
Person 1: No. I mean, we shouldn't murder innocents to live.
Person 2: And what about our innocence? What's gonna become of our innocence if we survive as cannibals?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The 'Burbs

Just felt like continuing our stupid-Tom-Hanks-movies-from-the-eighties-that-are-actually-awesome thing we had going. Can't tell you how many late nights I have spent with various siblings watching this and laughing like crazy. Many lines from this movie have made it into my movie quote hall of fame, and I can't see anyone ever stumble on a stair and not giggle in remembrance of Tom Hank's character sliding down the stairs at the Klopeks.

I got two right answers from the first quote and they were within 20 minutes of each other from the two siblings that I would expect would know just about any line from this movie right away. Matt and Cat. Congrats Matt, you beat her just barely. Sorry Cat, maybe next time. I kind of think that B got this too, but I couldn't find an email, so maybe not. Haley got it today after my giveaways. That is that! Fun movie. Stupid sauce for sure, but well, what can I say? It's stupid done well and funny. I would have loved to find a "Tom Hanks best moments clip" but, there doesn't seem to be one, this one will have to do. It has the yelling at the bone scene in it at least, but alas- not the crushing of the beer cans in anger.

Monday, June 13, 2011


Well, it's late, but it's here. Unforeseen weekend events got in the way, but life and wtb must go on.

First quote:

"Oh-ho! Hans! A fine Christian name. Hans Christian Anderson! What are you, Catholic?"

Wednesday clue:

Person #1: Art!
Person #2: Your wife is home!
Person #1: And your house is on fire!
Art: My wife is home?!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

June/July Book Club

Travels With Charley: In Search of America

This is the book I have decided to choose for our book club selection. I left it off the book list which could only have been an oversight, because this is one of my favorite books to read. I haven't read it in years, but in my life I have read it no less then 6 or 7 times. PLUS it is one of Steinbeck's "short" books, and given the fact that we are into June already, summer is busy for most people, and most of us will be vacationing a bit (rapids), a short, easy read sounds like just the thing.

A little about the book:

Have you ever read a Steinbeck book and been totally moved by the way he can write about the land? There are few more beautiful bits of writing then when he describes the Salinas Valley in East of Eden. Have you ever read his descriptions of people and thought, "man, this has got to be an interesting guy, I would love to sit down and chat with him and get to know him better"? Well, if you by chance have, this book is as close as you can get. This is a work of non-fiction (I love my non-fiction, as you probably know).

Near the end of his life, Steinbeck decided that being an American author, it was about time he really got to know America. So he bought a truck/trailer, scooped up his dog Charley, and took a road trip that took him all around the country from Long Island to his beloved California and back again. Being very well known, he traveled incognito, never telling the people he met who he was. He drove the countryside, wrote very descriptive passages about the land he observed, chatted with people at campsites and diners, and expressed his thoughts on the changes in America and the differences of people and attitudes from state to state. I love his musings and I really love how he relates to his dog. They have a very cute relationship. (There is a part where he is excited to see how Charley reacts to the Redwoods in N. California since he considers Charley a tree aficionado, only to find that Charley can't even comprehend them as trees, they are just too big, therefore is unimpressed). He also has a very memorable encounter with a gas station attendant in Oregon I believe, which is one of my favorite parts of the book.

This book makes you want to travel and see the places he describes. It makes you think about the state of America and where it's going. It makes you wonder how incredibly shocked Steinbeck would be to see America today. Steinbeck is an amazing writer, he blows me away, reading this book is a fun glimpse into the man behind some really wonderful classic books I love. Hope you guys read it and like it.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Due Date

I can't seem to get an image to upload. Who cares. My point is: Stay away from this movie!!! I cannot stress that enough. It is terrible. Travis brought it home last night and I did not like it at all. The writing was terrible, and it was just not funny. As hard as it tried to be, it failed miserably. And I like Robert Downey. Zac Galaifinakis sometimes makes me laugh, but this movie sucked so bad. It tried to be like Ps, Ts and As. Straight-edge guy ending up being forced to travel with this doofus. Just terrible. The dog is cute in it, though. I love French Bulldogs. I would totally get one of those. All of our movies are still in storage and we don't have our dish hooked up yet. So we've been red boxing it. Last night we got Dinner For Schmucks. And I'm sorry Em and Rob, but we thought it was really funny! We laughed a lot through it.


Okay, Peeps, here is the lesson of the day. Tuesday I was mowing the grass around the airport runways, lights, and taxiways in our John Deere tractor pulling a 15 foot mower deck. It is pretty nice duty as the tractor is air conditioned and I have my i-pod nano. So I'm mowing and listening to my Bee Gees, Neil, Queen, whatever when out of the grass in front of the tractor pops out this little baby Cottontail bunny. I slow down to let it get out of the way and as I am going past it I think about stopping and grabbing it and put it in a box and take it to show Allison and return it the next day. I did this same thing for Haley a number of years ago. So I turn around in the tractor and.....

what do I see 10 feet in front of me?? A red tail hawk sitting in the field with the poor bunny in his talons. It looks me over and lifts off flapping his wings (5 feet, tip to tip) and takes away Allison's rabbit for his lunch.

I didn't see him at all until his was on the ground. He (or she) flies and circles over head when we mow and watches for the mower to disturb the rabbits, mice and whatever we kick out of the grass and then swoops down for the kill. Pretty smart guy. Last fall, I was mowing and right in front of me hops out a rabbit and I am watching him and I see this flash of movement and there comes this hawk in a power dive. I am watching close and I see him tuck his wings tight against his body and lay out flat and body slams this rabbit. This is 15 feet right in front of me. Wham! he hits the rabbit with his body, stuns it and then he hopps up and grabs it with his talons and flies off. Very impressive! I always thought they come in fast with their talons out streached, like in the pictures, and kill their prey. Well this airport Red Tail body slams his dinner.

And so the food chain goes on and on. The big ones eat the little ones. The raptors do keep the mice and rabbit population down. We have a den of foxes inside our airport wildlife fence that we see on ocasion. I always like to see them hiding in the sage or running across the taxiways.

So there you are..... Allison, I will watch out for another bunny to show you.

Monday, June 6, 2011

*Leap leap leap leap*

Those are my lamb sound effects. Pretty sweet, eh? And I was watching Les Miserables 25th anniversary edition concert over at Phistas, then I was working. Sorry I didn't get around to it.

Well, I really hope that none of you texted Matt the answer, because I have zero record of that.

The movie is...

A Wright classic for sure. Matt and I went over every list Dan sent us twice and didn't see it, so he went with it. Such an awesome movie. My favorite part is the quote I used for the giveaway. Second would have to be the laugh scene after the stairs fall down, of course.

Well, I have no idea how far apart the guesses on Facebook are (it's not listing any times), but there are 4 right in a row, and it's.... Em first!!! Then Haley, Amy and Cat (in that order) right behind her. Pops came in yesterday or early this morning, can't remember which, and that concludes the winners circle.

Sorry, I wasn't very motivated since it wasn't my win. But I did enjoy Cactus quite a bit.

Where's B?


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Amy's Poisonwood Bible Thoughts

I'm glad so many of you read it and enjoyed it. It's just the kind of book that really makes you think, appreciate the excellent way it was written, learn about history, and just kind of haunts you for a long time. I'm glad I read it for a second time. I'm amazed at how much I had forgotten and I appreciated it all over again. Remembering what I did, as I read it again, I noticed a lot of foreshadowing, especially when it came to Ruth May and snakes. There were so many occasions when the author paired the two together. I found that interesting.
I thought it was amazing how she was able to give all five women(girls) a voice and a personality and was able to change language and writing styles with each one, even as they grew up (well, most of them grew up). I absolutely loved Orleanna's reflectiveness on her past, which was the only time we heard from her. She never narrated the book in the current time, like the girls did. I found that interesting. I felt so sad for her and how she could never forgive herself for everything that happened to their family. I loved how the final words of Ruth May were of forgiveness and wanting her mother to feel that from her. I think Orleanna probably did the best she could in most ways.
Nathan, as a few of you have already mentioned was the worst! I will share with you one passage from Adah which really demonstrated to me what a ridiculous person he was. She was talking about the grief the mother's bore at the loss of a child she wrote, "Our Father takes their ironical and self-interested tone to indicate a lack of genuine grief. His scientific conclusion: the Congolese do not become attached to their children as we Americans do. Oh, a man of the world is Our Father. He is writing a learned article on this subject for the Baptist scholars back home." Just one example of the awfulness of Nathan.
Rachel drove me crazy, but I really enjoyed her final chapter summing up her feelings on Africa and her life. I liked this passage about her father, "He came on strong, thinking he'd save the children, and what does he do but lose his own? That's the lesson, right there. If you take a bunch of practically grown, red-blooded daughters to Africa, don't you think at least some of them are going to marry or what have you, and end up staying? You can't just sashay into the jungle aiming to change it all over to the Christian style, without expecting the jungle to change you right back." I loved how she always used the wrong words, for example, "monotony" for "monogamy". Pretty funny.
I loved Adah. Such a fascinating character. I think her chapters were my favorites. I loved her love of words, language and palindromes. It was sad, though, how she always felt like "half" of a person and always left behind, or not chosen. Interesting how she learned to walk and talk and became a doctor and studying diseases. Oh, Haley, I found the quote you were looking for. Adah said, "For every life saved by vaccination or food relief, one is lost to starvation or war. Poor Africa. No other continent has endured such an unspeakably bizarre combination of foreign thievery and foreign goodwill." Interesting thought.
Leah was a great character, too. Pretty solid. I also loved Anatole and their relationship. She sacrificed so much for her husband and boys and for the people of Africa. I loved her passage on pg. 235 where she is talking about writing home to her classmates about Africa and how do you even begin? She says, "this morning I pulled back the mosquito netting that's tucked in tight around our beds because mosquitoes here give you malaria,.......and you wouldn't even get as far as breakfast before running out of paper. You'd have to explain the words, and then the words for the words."
Well, there is so much to say about this book. It's a book that when I read it, I wanted to share it. So, I'm glad that you took my suggestion and Dad read a book that he "wouldn't have read in a million years" and Catherine who doesn't like book clubs even read it! Yay. This is why I really like my book club, because I read books I never would have read, or known about and almost without exception, I'm glad I read it. Thanks for your time. I think I will definitely read another book written by Barbara Kingsolver.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Haley's thoughts on The Poisonwood Bible

Man there is so much to say about this book! First of all I have to say Nathan, the dad, is the worst ever! He is so ignorant and pompous and the worst hypocrite. Claiming to be a Christian but acting to opposite. He was so blinded by his mission to "save" these poor Africans that he didn't realize he wasn't helping them at all and he was destroying his family. I loved the way the author wrote it from the women's points of view. Orleanna's memoirs were beautifully written and sort of haunting I thought. The different girl's points of views were all interesting in their own ways. I think Adah was my favorite, she was very insightful. Rachel of course was entertaining but man, she just doesn't get it. She never quite figures life out. Leah really grew on me as she got older and more mature. It's sad how much she looked up to her dad and how much he let her down. I love Anatole and thought he was a great character. I felt bad for her as she was sturggling to feed her children and how hard it was to have her husband in prison.

Did anyone notice that Adah referred to Nathan as "the Reverend" and not "Father?" I thought that was interesting. She definitely hated him the most I think. It's sad what he did to their family. I felt really bad for Orleanna. She was conditioned through her life to become weak and not stick up for herself because of how she was treated by her husband. I think she was a really strong person though, to go through as much as she did. Ruth May's death was just the last straw and she couldn't take it anymore.

It's really sad what has happened in Africa throughout history. How come you don't really learn about those things in history class? Did the US Presidents really do those things that she said they did in the book? Like have the Prime Minister assassinated? Adah makes a comment in the book about how Africa has the most help and the least help at the same time. That's not what is says but I can't remember. Shoot. It's about how white people feel so compelled to "help" them but at the same time they are pretty much the cause of the problems in the first place.

Oh man the ants were disgusting. That part made me itch for days. Eww!

I thought it was a great book that really made you step back and think. I learned a lot about the times of the Revolution, something I didn't know much about before. It really makes you think about how you should treat others and how we use religion in our lives. It shouldn't be something that we push on people at any cost, as Nathan did. He was so caught up in it he didn't even realize what it's for and the good it can do if we use it in the right way. I think it also shows that, as a father, your family should come first.

Alright that's all I can think of at the moment but I may add more as I think about it.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Two...Under the Radar

Mother and I have seen quite a few of these (what do they call them? Date flicks?) lately and found most of them lacking good dialog, writing, or interesting or compelling. You know what I mean. We found Morning Glory funny with pretty creative writing and acting. Rachel McAdams as a perky morning show producer was excellent and the supporting cast was good too. Jeff Goldblum even had some of the funnest lines. Over all... worth watching, even if you are not like mom and have been watching Good Morning America and Today all your lives.

This one worked for me. Just a simple plot. Two guys trying to stop a runaway train before it crashes and kills a lot of people in a town. Some good character development and enough action to keep you watching and not bored. Denzel Washington is always smooth. Real trains and not a lot of special effects impressed me.

The Poisonwood Bible Book Discussion

OK guys, it's June 1 and time to discuss The Poisonwood Bible. I'm not sure how we want to do this; if you all want to just comment on this post or make your own if you need more space. Either way is fine with me. I will probably make a new post to discuss my thoughts since I don't really have the time right now. I hope a few of you read it and enjoyed it. Emily agreed to choose the next book, so take it away Em!