Review: The Maximum Ride Movie

I first started reading the Maximum Ride books as a teenager. Being that they are supposed to be teen adventures, I thought I’d give them a shot. And I loved them… For the first three books. Then the Final Warning happened. It sucked so hard that I made a video about it (that no longer exists online). Then James Patterson, the writer, decided to keep going with the franchise after he’d already buried it in shit. It got better… ish. Still, I DID like the first three books. So when I heard that they were making a movie adaptation of the first book, I was thrilled. When I heard it was in development hell for a while, I was less thrilled. When I heard it was going direct to TV, I got a terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. So, was this movie worth the wait or is this flick for the birds? This is Maximum Ride.

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Here’s to the Future! (Happy Birthday, Laura!)

As many of you might now, February 14th is not just Valentine’s Day. It is also my fiancée, Laura‘s, birthday! Today, she is 29 years old. Now, I would normally make some “all-in-good-fun” jabs at her, or I would write some mushy note specifically for her. But instead, I thought I’d do something different. We hope to be married this year (if the stupid “travel ban” stuff doesn’t effect our immigration plans, at least) and I want to talk about what I think married life will be like.

Now, obviously, we’ll probably go through a “honeymoon” phase where we’ll be all over each other. We’ll be so relieved and so happy that our time apart has finally come to an end. Everything will feel surreal, I think. Like it’s all a dream. Or maybe like that long time away from each other was a dream. I imagine we’ll have a lot of physical moments we don’t get often. Holding hands, leaning against each other, hugging, soft caresses, and all that dirty stuff too. We’ll pay attention to those moments because we’ve had too few of them over our time together so far.

I imagine our affection for each other will never fully go away. We’ll always be tender and gentle in little ways, helping each other even when the other doesn’t notice. I think, perhaps, our affection will change a little, though not much. We’ll always cherish our physical moments because of how our relationship officially started.

There will be hard times. We’ve never lived together, so we’re going to have to figure that out. We’ve never had financial problems together, so that will be stressful. Still, we will work through every struggle. We will fight for our relationship no matter what. We will remain loyal and strong for each other for however long we can.

We’ll always be kids at heart. I’m sure of it. We’re gonna watch cartoons and Disney movies well into our 80s and 90s. We’re going to play video games until we physically can’t anymore. We’ll go to Disney every year at least once per year. All that said, we’ll never have kids other than animals and both of us are happy with that.

When we’re old and fat(ter) and gray, we’ll still love each other. We’ll work at it day after day. We’ll be so comfortable with each other that doing things together will be second nature. And we’ll think fondly on our past, on our struggles, our long distance start, our ups and downs, and we’ll smile and laugh and hug.

This is just a long and convoluted way of saying I LOVE YOU, LAURA. We have a long, bright future ahead of us and I can’t wait to share it with you.  We’re going to be one of the best married couples in our lives. I can already feel it. Happy birthday and Happy Valentine’s Day to you, my love.

The “I’m Sick” Update

I’m sick. Not horrendously sick. Nothing life threatening. Just a common cold. Still, my joints are semi-achy, my nose is dripping, and my chest hurts from coughing so much.

Still, you all deserve a small something to read, so here’s an update on my life.

I’ve been re-watching Firefly recently just cause I’ve been in the mood. If I feel better, I’ll write up a blog on some thoughts I have had later this weekend.

I haven’t written a single word of a new script. Script writing and the Spook Factor in general have both been rattling around in my mind. I’ll let you know if any plans change.

That’s all I’m prepared to share and all you care about anyway, probably. I’m going to go cough out a lung and get some rest.

Thankful

So, I kinda missed the mark on today’s post. Sorry, but was busy on the actual American Thanksgiving Day, so I didn’t really have time to make up a big ‘ol post.

Also, I’ve been meaning to blog about the current political climate in the area ever since the results of the election came in. But you know what? Fuck it. Politics honestly scare me and I’d rather just use my blog for lighter fair. So, let’s do something a bit more “Nice.”

The whole point of Thanks giving is, well, to give thanks. So, as I’ve never really done that on my blog before, I figured this year is as good a year as any. Let’s get some of the obvious stuff out of the way first. I’m thankful for my health, even though I’m in need of some diet and exercise. I’m thankful for my job, which gives me new and interesting challenges every day. I’m thankful for my success so far as a professional and a person. And, of course, I’m thankful for all the things I have that I was able to buy for myself.

And now, let’s talk people.

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Welcome to Crypt-ober!

WELCOME, FOOLISH MORTALS! The month of Halloween is knocking on our door. And, as you may or may not know, Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. And, as I would like to make up for lost time, I am making a vow here and now! I will do at least one blog a day every day in October! However, I’m not just going to blog about ANYthing all month. No, this month is going to have a central theme. Welcome, one and all, to the first ever Crypt-ober!

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What Should I Say?

Over the weekend, tragedy struck in Orlando as a man with a gun killed many people at a club. I don’t normally talk about current events on this blog. I’m usually focused on escapism entertainment. But I haven’t been able to think about anything else.  And, unfortunately, as the blog title suggests, I’m not sure what to talk about. Of course, there’s nothing else I WANT to talk about right now. But… What should I say?

I don’t want to talk about the tragedy. I don’t think I’m knowledgeable enough in the facts to do that. I don’t want to talk about the politics involved. There’s enough political talk already. So, I guess I’ll talk about the one thing I know was involved in this crime: Hatred.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt true hatred. I’ve felt extreme dislike, horrible disappointment, shameful regret, but never true hatred. In fact, I can’t even imagine what hatred is like. But, if I had to guess, I’m pretty sure hatred looks an awful lot like the man who committed the crime. I guess I just don’t understand how someone could hate others enough to kill people he didn’t even know.

I think a lot of the world’s problems would be solved if people didn’t hate so much. And I don’t mean “Oh, don’t be a hater.” No, I mean literally, passionately HATE. There’s so much hatred in this world. I don’t see the point of it. Hate has never made anything better. Hate only destroys.

I’m rambling. Again, I’m at a loss of what to say, so I guess I’m just talking in circles. For all of yesterday, I thought I wasn’t really effected by the news. But, I guess I was on an emotional level because I just can’t stop thinking about the lives of those effected.

There’s an image I heard about on the radio. After the bullets stopped and the survivors got away, the emergency response was going through the bodies and they kept hearing cellphones going off. Cellphones of the people who were dead. Cellphones that would be never answered. Cellphones being called by those who are hoping for an answer.

I’m going to shut up now. Back to happy, distracting blogs tomorrow. Sorry if I bummed anyone out. Until next time, spread love. We need more love in the world. We have to tell those we love that we love them while we can.

Adventures in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Happy new year! Last year was good/bad/whatever. This year, my resolution is to blog more and make cool videos! Onto the actual blog!

During the last week of 2015 (starting directly on Christmas Day), I went on a huge Family Reunion Vacation Road Trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Why? A few personal reasons in my family, one of which being that we had been there before and had a great time. So, we were basically seeing if we could recapture the magic. The trip was pretty damn good over all (despite a lack of snow, which we Floridians desperately wanted to see and despite getting a cold). Rather than hear about possible family drama or some such, I thought I’d give a few short reviews on some of the attractions we went and saw! So, without further ado, here’s some things I did on my vacation.

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