Yes, I watched some of the Dem convention, and I was moved by some of the speeches, and yes, Bill and Hill defied expectations.
But lets talk about the new Republican VP candidate — she is hot. Tina Fey: move over.
This will take SOME of the sting out of it if Mccain manages to win.
This funny clip from a new Will Ferrell movie, Step Brothers.
Finally. I submitted by email twice, then I commented recently with reference to my submission. And they posted. One commenter even has a reasonable theory as to why they put quotations around “premisses”
no linkback to my blog though.
There is an outstanding collection of photographs from the 2008 games posted by the German magazine Stern. The slideshow is a chore to click through, so you can load up all 150 photos here. (It is most if not the entire collection).
thanks to http://www.yesbutnobutyes.com
Here’s video of the dedication at the Marcus Historical Society in Marcus Iowa earlier this month. Bob Sr.’s introduction and speech begin at about the 4 min mark if you want to jump ahead.
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Video courtesy of cousin Collette and marcusiowa.blogspot.com contributor Kurt Dorr.
Today is the day that we get strong winds and persistent rain! Our pool is beginning to overflow. If we got the 20+ inches of rain they are getting over at the beaches, we’d have standing water in our house, no question. BTW, one of the hardest hit areas is Melbourne Beach where we vacationed this summer. And sis-in-law Laura’s neighborhood outside of Melbourne.
Since we were housebound yesterday afternoon, we hunkered down and caught up with some backlogged movies.
American Gangster (2007), with Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe. Fascinating and true story of a debonair Harlem criminal who takes over and dominates the NYC heroin trade in the late 60’s early 70’s. This is worth checking out just to see Russel Crowe with a classic Rick Reed 70’s hairstyle. Rick: he could totally play you in the biopic.
La Vie en Rose (2007) This is the oscar-winning French language biography of cabaret singer Edith Piaf. I never much cared for her warbly vocal style, but there’s no question she had passion and emotion in her art. The actress portraying Piaf is amazing and deserves her oscar. I watched some archival Piaf clips on youtube and Marion Cotillard‘s` impersonation was uncanny. Piaf had a tough life, and died of illnesses in middle age. I nearly lost it when she was on her deathbed and recalled an isolated act of kindness by her distant father when she was a child: Over a plate of food in a dingy tavern one night, he silently opened his coat to present her with a doll.
I nearly forgot to mention:
Bait Shop (2008) A comedy starring Billy Ray Cyrus and Bill Engvall, which got some local press earlier this year because it was all shot in the Central Florida area. And its about bass fishing! How bad could it be? Turns out this didn’t go theatrical, it didn’t go straight-to-video, it didn’t even go to pay cable. It went straight to basic cable, and premiered on the USA network last week. I PVR’ed it, and Linda even agreed to watch it. It was pretty damn bad. And it wasn’t just the lousy acting and the crappy execution. The script was just plain stupid. The locations were nice though – some great shots of central Florida lakes!
All local schools are closing tomorrow, including UCF. If the courts close, Linda’s firm will shut down also.
Today is the first day of 11th grade for Gina. I didn’t even see her this morning because I left for work before she got up. The first day of the school year has led to our fair share of family stress, trauma and anxiety in years past. Gina is fully resigned to it now, although she hasn’t quite finished her summer reading list.
But you know the real hard one is going to be in 2010, when we see her off to college. (below: Gina’s first day of 2nd grade, 1999.)