Last night, Sarah and I met up with our friend Erik for a night of dinner and catching up in the oh-so-cold Detroit Rock City and we had a blast. We did a fair share of catching up over dinner but it was only after we made our way out for drinks afterward that the sharing really got good. I always have a great time when I’m with Sarah and Erik and last night was no exception. It may be cold in The D but it’s so good to be back home with my peoples. More »
It’s never been a secret that that, up until last night, I have never seen the pop culture classic movie Dirty Dancing. Whenever I’ve mentioned it to friends, strangers or here on the blog, people respond as if I just said, “I have never breathed air before”. “How have you never seen Dirty Dancing?“, people often exclaim. To be honest, I don’t even know. The movie was originally released back in 1987 so my memory from those days is kinda hazy. It just became one of those movies that I never got around to watching (like Goonies, I’ve never seen Goonies either) and then, as the years passed, it just became a thing for me. My BFF Sarah has always been mortified that I’ve never seen DD, which is one of her beloved favorite movies (a movie that she has watched repeatedly much like I’ve watched movies like Footloose, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, etc. repeatedly and lovingly over the years). For my birthday last year, my friend Eileen gave me a Blu-Ray set of the the movies I’ve never seen (including Dirty Dancing) so I figured, it was probably time for me to watch the damn thing. But after all these years, I couldn’t just *watch* it willy-nilly … it had to be a special showing. So, on my first night back home in Detroit last night, I watched Dirty Dancing for the first time in the home (aka Den of SlackTM) of my BFF Sarah with a meal of Jet’s Pizza. And I have some thoughts on the movie below … More »
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Yesterday was an errands day for me ahead of my trip back home to Michigan later today. I had a million things to take care of here at home and then I had to run out and take care of a few things. I had to swing by the Beverly Center to handle some thangs and was very proud of myself for not buying anything I didn’t need. I considered buying the sweatshirt you see to the left but realized that after I Instagrammed it, I couldn’t possibly be seen wearing it in public ever again so … I ended up passing on it. I was smart enough not to even walk into my favorite stores. All I needed was pen refills. What has my life become? More »
At long last, I finally made my out to the movies to see the Academy Award-nominated film Selma in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and I have to tell you — I was absolutely floored by what I saw. For hours after the movie, I found it difficult to synthesize my feelings about the film because of its powerful impact on me. I actually cried very early on in the movie (if you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about) and continued to quietly sob for the duration. I studied the work of Dr. King in college but it’s one thing to read about the events portrayed in this film and it’s quite another to see it play out in motion. I truly loved this wonderful and important movie but two very glaring things kept sticking in my mind like a burr that dug into my brain. First, I was angry to see the things playing out on the big screen echo and remind me of the injustice that still happens today. Second, I was dumbfounded that David Oyelowo wasn’t nominated for the Best Actor Oscar because I can assure you, he delivers one of the greatest movie performances of the year — hands down, absolutely no question. More »
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After my very busy morning yesterday running the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland, you’d think all I’d want to do is rest and relax for the remainder of the day. Nope. That’s not what I did. After a quick shower, I packed up my stuff, checked out of my hotel and met up with my friends at the parks for a good ol’ Sunday Funday. I may have been walking around a bit slower but I had a lot of fun with friends — old and new. I even ran into a friend from my teaching days in Grosse Pointe, MI all those years ago. It was another great Sunday for me. More »
Today has already been a very fun day … and it’s not even noon yet. After I spent the day completely wrecked yesterday after I ran the Star Wars 10K (dunno why, I just keep sleeping and eating and sleeping all day), I woke up refreshed and ready to run the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon … which would complete the Rebel Challenge of running the 10K and the Half Marathon back to back. I got to take some fun photos along the way, I got to see NEW backstage/behind the scenes areas of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (the course was much different from previous races) and I was met by a group of my dear Sons of Anakin SC friends at the finish line … which has made today the best day ever! More »
Lots to update today … last night, at long last — after many, many years of waiting — I finally got to see Vanessa Williams live in concert. I’ve been a fan of Vanessa since the early 90s and have always wanted to see her in concert. Because I’m staying in Anaheim, CA this weekend for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland, I have a room here for the weekend. So after I ran the Star Wars 5K in the morning, I had to drive north all the way into the valley to see Vanessa in concert at California State University Northridge. THEN I had to drive all the way back down to Anaheim so that I could run the Star Wars 10K this morning. So busy but so fun. More »
So, this weekend is going to be a crazy fun one for me. It’s the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure and, as you may know, I signed up to run the inaugural Star Wars 5K, Star Wars 10K and Star Wars Half Marathon (running the 10K and the half makes me eligible for The Rebel Challenge race as well). Yesterday evening, I made my way to Anaheim to pick up my race materials for the weekend, grab some food, check in to my hotel and then attend the Wookie Welcome Party inside Disneyland to get the weekend started right. More »
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Because I have a very busy weekend ahead of me, I decided to stay in yesterday and get some stuff done around the house and generally relax. I’ll be running 3 races during the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend in Anaheim, CA this weekend so I opted for a night in last night. I managed to finish reading a fascinating book about the creation of Wonder Woman and I’m happy to share that it is a book that I would heartily recommend to anyone. I had a very loose understanding of WW‘s origins and an even looser understanding of her creator Charles Moulton (real name William Moulton Marston, the inventor of the lie detector) but now that I’ve read The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lapore, I have an excellent understanding of the people who created and inspired the character and a better appreciation for what the character represents. More »
Last night I met up with my friend Eileen for a dinner/drink hang at the Arclight in Hollywood and we had a great time. It wasn’t so much that the movie we saw was great (it wasn’t) but it was more that we made the bad movie so much better with our laughing at it. Ever since I first learned that the sequel movie TAK3N was coming our way, I was very excited to see Liam Neeson kick ass again in a third Taken movie. Unfortunately, the latest installment in the Taken movie franchise leaves much to be desired. From the terrible story, to the ridiculous direction, the bad acting and the laughable score, there really isn’t much that I can say was good about the movie. That said, Eileen and I made sure we had a good time at the movies … so we did. More »
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