Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food, and each other.

Tonight the Banachi Bookies reviewed the book "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. I think Kay put it best that this is the most beautifully written horrible book. Overall, I think everyone liked the book, but the writting style was very hard to get into. There are no quotation marks, no paragraphs and no chapters but the book is so well written that you just keep reading. Cormac McCarthy also wrote "All the Pretty Horses" and "No Country for Old Men" which won the best picture award last year at the Academy Awards.

They are making this into a movie and was supposed to be finished last year but IMDB.com puts the release date as October 2009. It stars Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron and Robert Duvall. I will definately be seeing this movie when it comes out.

First game of the season

On Monday night my brother, Mike, and I went to the Brewer's game. We were able to get free tickets because we attended a game last year where they gave us a voucher to send in our tickets for a free game this year. It was my first game of the season and the Brewer's did not disappoint me! They played the Pittsburgh Pirates and the first inning was not a good one for the Brew Crew. But they shook off that inning and by the 3rd inning they were up 5-2. Then in the top of the 8th inning the Pirates tied it up 5-5. But in the bottom of the 8th the Brewers went on a hitting rampage and in the end won 10-5! It was quite the game!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Movie Night

Last night Jamie and I were blessed with a last minute baby sitter and we went to the movies. We saw "State of Play" with Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck. The synopsis is that a congressman and his former campaign manager-turned journalist find themselves on opposite sides after his research assistant/mistress turns up dead. We both enjoyed the movie very much and it reminded me of an old Robert Redford movie "Three Days of the Condor".

Growing up my parents watched a lot of older movies on AMC and TCM which I am thankful for now. There have been some great movies made back in 1930-1970 that most people my age won't ever see. Some of my favorite older movies are "Singing in the Rain", "Bringing Up Baby", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", and "12 Angry Men".

We saw the movie at the Rosebud which has couches instead of regular seats and you can order food and alcoholic beverages. They have put in some much nicer couches since the last time we were there. It is a really nice movie theater and we hope to make it back there again.

Monday, April 13, 2009

New socks

I love putting on brand new socks. I especially love the white thick cotton ones. I always seems to slide easier on the linoleum floor with new cotton socks. I recently purchased some classic crew socks and low cut ankle socks. I like the low cut kind for my tennis shoes in the summer and the crew cut are nice in the winter when I tuck my pajama pants into them so the pant legs don't ride up in bed. Anyone with flannel pjs and flannel sheets know what I am talking about.

But my big question is why do they sell the bulk socks in resealable bags? I understand the plastic bag, but why resealable? There must be a reason why the manufacturer thinks that socks deserve a resealable bag. I know that cheese lasts a lot longer in resealable bags but socks? I usually take all the socks out of the bag and put them in the drawer, but this time I decided to keep them in the bag until I need a new pair. Maybe it is to keep the new ones seperate from the old ones?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Go Brewers Go!

Well baseball season has begun! This Friday (Good Friday this year) will be the Brewers home opener against the evil Chicago Cubs. I have never been to opening day and while I would love to go I think I am done going when they are playing the Cubs. I went once and unfortunately the Brewers lost which made the Cubs fans even more unbearable. Hopefully the Brewers will continue to play well and make it into the postseason once again. Last year I attended my first postseason game. It was a great game even though they lost and ended their postseason run. I will probably not be able to attend too many games this year, but Jamie and I will be at the May 3rd Ryan Braun bobble head game! Just so you know if you click on the picture of Charlie and the Go Brewers Go! sign it will take you to the Brewers homepage where you can quickly check on how the Brew Crew is doing. Go Brewers!