Down the Ballot

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Trip

You drove 3,000 miles to the middle of nowhere because some dead person asked you to?

Not just some dead person. My dead ex-husband.

Still, a dead ex-husband. Not your current husband; who by the way thinks you are going to visit your cousin, but the dead one that you divorced 20 years ago.

I don't care. I know it seems strange or perhaps odd. But when someone dies and sends you a letter asking you to do just one thing, I assume it must be a pretty important thing and should get done.

Fair enough, but did we have to drive the whole 3,000 miles? Couldn't we have flown into Portland and drive the final stretch?

You know I can't stand air travel. This was the only way. No one twisted your arm to come with me.

I just don't think it wise to take instructions from a dead person you hadn't been in the same room with for over decade. I'm sorry for caring too much.

Would you rather be stuck in your small overpriced apartment in Brooklyn or on a adventure with me?

Well considering I don't like nature, let's go back to New York.

Ha! Too bad. We have 15 more miles according to the navigation thing. You can go back after we find out what was so damned important out here.

Monday, September 28, 2015

GSY: Jurassic World

*Please Note, this was written a while ago to give some folks a chance to go see it. I think three months is enough time. 

Dr. Ian Malcolm: Gee, the lack of humility before nature that's being displayed here, uh... staggers me.
Donald Gennaro: Well thank you, Dr. Malcolm, but I think things are a little bit different then you and I had feared...
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, I know. They're a lot worse.
Donald Gennaro: Now, wait a second now, we haven't even seen the park...
John Hammond: No, no, Donald, Donald, Donald... let him talk. There's no reason... I want to hear every viewpoint, I really do.
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Don't you see the danger, John, inherent in what you're doing here? Genetic power is the most awesome force the planet's ever seen, but you wield it like a kid that's found his dad's gun.
Donald Gennaro: It's hardly appropriate to start hurling generalizations...
Dr. Ian Malcolm: If I may... Um, I'll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you're using here, it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now
[bangs on the table]
Dr. Ian Malcolm: you're selling it, you wanna sell it. Well...
John Hammond: I don't think you're giving us our due credit. Our scientists have done things which nobody's ever done before...
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should. 
-Jurassic Park 1993

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Moving on Up...and Out!

Adventures in 1985 continue! We often take moments to recall when notable television shows premiered. As a new season of prime time tv looms in the distance it might be interesting to recount some of the shows that ended in 1985.

One of the shows that ended in 1985, had begun a decade earlier in 1975. It starred Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford. The Jeffersons was spin off of All in the Family, and was a show that I was able to watch growing up with the help of Nick at Nite. In 8 out of 11 seasons, the show appeared in the Top 30 shows in Nielsen ratings. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GSY: Tomorrowland

I didn't know what to expect really when I bought my ticket. On one hand it was a Disney film, on the other hand it was a non childish sci-fi film. We sometimes forget that Disney has the potential to make films that are not geared toward elementary students. I went to see this movie on Memorial Day. What better day could there be to think about a hopeful future? (Warning Possible Spoilers ahead...I warned you)

There were maybe a half a dozen people in the theater with me and as the previews were buzzing overhead, a familiar tune filled the theater. It was the Star Wars theme. The preview that got rave reviews several weeks ago was showing and I must admit it, like Star Wars itself, is something that needs a big screen. It was that cool. Back to this sci-fi flim....

I thought the acting was pretty good. Not that I have seen many George Clooney films since Batman (no, I'm not kidding not counting Batman, the Oceans Films, Monuments Men I haven't really kept pace with his films). Hugh Laurie delivered as usual. Brittney Robertson and Raffey Cassidy also played believable characters. There were some surprises in minor roles. Kathryan Hahn, Tim McGraw, and Keegen Michael Key were all pleasant surprises, but the biggest of all had to have been PAUL friggin MCGILLION. Great to see him on the big screen, even if it was only for a minute or so.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Book It To the Store for McCallandia

I just finished McCallandia by Bill Hall. What a fun 'what if' story! I especially enjoyed at the end where Hall compares the book to actual historical fact to give you some perspective. ......I warned you....As a political junkie one of the most fascinating parts was the 1976 Election from the book. Imagine Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown and Tom McCall, all west coast governors running for President of the United States. 

Any fan of Oregon, McCall and 'what if' stories is going to find this a great read. You don't necessarily have to be a political junkie like myself to enjoy either. I know a few people who are going to get copies from me for Christmas if they have not already purchased it themselves.

I purchased the special edition which includes a bumper sticker, bookmark, autographed copy of the paperback, and a digital version. It also entered me into a raffle to win an autographed Tom McCall autobiography!

Bill Hall did an excellent job using his imagination to pry the threads of time and chance just enough to give us a McCall presidency. Something America dearly needed back in 1974.

Friday, April 24, 2015

We are the World

From Ebay
Many Thanks for all the birthday greetings yesterday. 30 has finally come. In furthering the adventures of 1985 I thought it would be interesting to see what song was #1 on my birthday.
 It was We are the World.

It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie for the USA for Africa campaign. It was associated with the 'Hands Across America' movement, and was produced as a way for artists to help contribute to relief efforts of the famine in Ethiopia and other parts of the continent in during the mid 1980s.

The group raised over 100 million dollars from sales of the album in 1985. While 'We are the World' was written specifically for the album and very popular, another song was included in the album that was written for the effort by a group of predominantly Canadian artists. That song was called Tears are Not Enough.
from ebay

The Canadian supergroup didn't just include musicians, but also included other notable Canadian born celebs. Folks like John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Catherine O'Hara. The American 'We are the World' supergroup had Dan Aykroyd! Check out the links to the wiki articles to see all the various stars in both groups.