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More Random Panama City Thoughts

I guess it’s time to update my adventures after almost two weeks in Panama City, Florida.

I’m still finding beauty here and I haven’t even ventured outside of the city!  This is a reflection in a pond (swamp) in the complex!

Reflections

I’m still getting settled in and I promise once every box is emptied, put away, and extra stuff is re-packed, I’ll decorate my walls and post pictures.

STILL STUNNED WITH “NO RECYCLING”

As I empty those boxes and take all the newspaper and cardboard boxes to the trash compactor (or empty the last of the 2-liter bottles of soda I bought), much to my chagrin, I’m reminded of the lack of recycling!

Actually, the complex has two trash compactors and one has been broken since I arrived. Here’s a novel idea — start a recycling program and that’ll cut back on waste and the trash compactors won’t have to work as hard!

TOO MANY, I THINK SO!

I’ve decided that no matter how fun a shirt looks, I’m not buying another one!

What I think I’m going to do is not wash t-shirts until I wear every one of them!  Do you get into a rut of wearing your favorites?  I do.  Some of these have not even been worn.

TShirts

Also, look at the top left.  Most of my daily wear — pajama bottoms — are flannel! Houston, we have a problem for Florida heat and humidity !

I love my new pantry, but doesn’t it look a little too much like “Sleeping With The Enemy”?  Maybe I need to pull a Julia Roberts and knock something over just because I can!

Pantry

The other day, I wore flip flops on a walk and a kid laughed at me.  He said, “Old man, you don’t wear socks with flip flops”!  There’s so much for me to learn about Florida living!

Okay, for the record, I didn’t really wear socks with flip flops and no kid laughed at me! 🙂 However, I did get a blister on the top of my foot from wearing them on a walk, so I’ll be wearing tennis shoes now!

WTH?

As I was working in the kitchen, I looked down at the doors under the sink and this is what I saw.

Fire Ex

This is seriously on the outside on the door!  Couldn’t the complex tell me there’s a fire extinguisher under my sink instead of posting a sign on the door?  It doesn’t exactly match my decor!

I know every time I walk into the kitchen, I’ll stare down at it and say “WTF”!

COMCAST AND MEDIACOM

If I ever have Mediacom again, I promise not to complain because for the first week here, my Comcast cable sucked!

My cable and internet was turned on last Sunday (May 7th) around noon.  It worked some that evening and then it was off for much of the week.    Four technicians have been out now and it’s finally working now.

Comcast

I’ve spent more time on the phone with agents troubleshooting their crappy services than I have watching cable.

Absolutely horrible!  What makes it worse is that I’ve already gotten a bill for almost $200!

So far, I’ve only watched two episodes of “Madam Secretary” on it.  I hope I find something else to watch soon!

The good news is that the internet works much better than Mediacom!

 

“HIDDEN FIGURES”

As you know, I love Redbox and I finally rented a movie this past weekend.  I saw the last of nine Best Picture nominees for this year’s Oscars.

“Hidden Figures” was incredible.  It’s about the NASA’s space program and the contributions of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae).

While Spencer was rightfully nominated for Best Supporting Actress, I think that Henson should have been nominated, too.  Her post-drenched rain scene alone was award worthy and tear jerking!

What’s heartbreaking 50 years later is the racism of the 1960s and the whole “colored this” mentality.  Mind boggling!

And, what’s even sadder is that that BS still exists today.  People, open your mind and your heart and if that’s hard, don’t speak.  Just think a little more!

Monae’s character says it best, “It’s equal rights. I have a right to see fine in every color!”

I agree!  If I ever find myself single again, I’ll be open for fine in every color!!!!!!!!!!!

FINAL NOTE

I make my Panama City television debut Friday evening at 5, 6, and 10.  The chief has the night off.  I’m also working the evening shows this weekend and, again, next Tuesday!  A 12-day work stretch!  What a way to break in the new guy!

I’ll likely start my regular morning and midday routine in early June!

THAT’S IT

With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!

Anthony

“You’re Next”, “Fruitvale Station”, & “The Family”

Winter is a perfect time to rent movies and many are coming out on DVD just in time for Oscar season.  We rented a few lately and one was fun, one could have been an Oscar contender, and one should have been nominated for the Razzie Awards!

“THE FAMILY”

And, that Razzie Award worthy movie is “The Family”.

Avoid.  Skip.  Pass.

The Family

There isn’t much I can say good about this movie other than I love Michelle Pfeiffer — in other movies.

This $30 million movie made $62.8 million last fall and I’m sorry to those that paid more than $1.20 to rent it from Redbox.  I wonder if I could get my dollar back?

GRADE:  D

“YOU’RE NEXT”

This psychological thriller/horror movie was more fun than I expected it to be and it had plenty of twists throughout that made it exciting to watch.

You're Next

A large family gathers in a quaint, wooded, secluded home.  Unbeknownst to them, their closest neighbors were both murdered and the killers are on the loose.

At dinner, the mother tells her sons, her daughter, and their significant others (wife, girlfriend, and boyfriend) that she’s happy that the family is all together.  Of course, there is friction between two brothers and an argument ensues.

The boyfriend of the daughter walks away from the argument and while looking out the window, he is killed by an arrow that flies through the shattered glass window.  From there, mayhem takes over with plenty of spilled blood and gore as animal-masked killers off the group one by one.  Some of the family are so annoying that you want them to die!

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Australian actress Sharni Vinson is definitely the star of the movie and I rooted for her to live to the end.

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GRADE:  B

“FRUITVALE STATION”

This movie, starring Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, is based on a real life tragedy that took place in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day in 2009 in Oakland, California.

Fruitvale Station

Jordan, in a compelling and heart-wrenching performance, plays Oscar Grant III, a troubled 22-year-old who had been in jail, had gotten fired from his supermarket job, and was determined to change his life for his girlfriend and little girl, Tatiana.

On New Year’s Eve, Oscar was out ringing in the new year with his girlfriend and their friends and were on their way home.  They took public transportation and a fight broke out on the train.  The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police took Oscar and his friends off the train and detained them on the platform at Fruitvale.

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While handcuffed and on his stomach, a shot was fired from a policeman’s gun hitting Oscar in the back.

In a weaker Academy Award field, Jordan could have been nominated for Best Actor this year.  While watching him, you felt the failure that Oscar was feeling and you sensed that he was going to make an effort to better his life.

Spencer was so moving as his mother when she was holding on to faith that her son would survive and you wanted to cry along with her at the guilt she felt by convincing Oscar and his friends to take the train instead of driving if they were going to be partying.

GRADE:  B+

Anthony