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Midnight In Paris, A Pedantic Movie Review

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Midnight In Paris
Midnight In Paris

“Midnight In Paris”

Oh Dear Reader, I must admit that this is my first Woody Allen movie experience (at least that I am aware of).  I had no expectations other than the fact that any pretzels consumed during the movie would most likely “Make Me Thirsty”.  Now that I’m over myself, on to the review.

This movie was excellent. Taken in as all movies should be, with little or no knowledge of what lies ahead, and therefore no expectation of the movie in any way.  All I knew was:

  1. The Title,
  2. That it was a Woody Allen movie, and
  3. That Owen Wilson was in it.

Casting was A+, character development was above adequate.  Dialogue was superb.  Acting was engaging and artful.  Setting was hard to beat (Paris, France).

I’ll not be a spoiler for you.  I’ll just say that if you are well-rounded, well-read and/or well-traveled (as in Paris, France) – then you will be able to more fully appreciate all that is offered here.  Not a delight for the dullards.

If you like romance?  This is a great choice.  Grab a date.  If you’re in love, or would like to be – then go see this one.

Movie Rating: 4.5 Stars (out of five)

Rating Justification: Excellent Movie.  It wasn’t over-done.  It wasn’t lacking. It was served up masterfully.  Old Man Allen delivered a masterpiece.  I’m not sure if I am compelled to see all of his other works, or scared that they won’t measure up?  Somewhere in between, I’m thinking.

Midnight In Paris
Romance In Paris

Theater Review: Cinemark “The Palace” at the Plaza

Cinemark The Palace at The Plaza
526 Nichols Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64112

A Saturday Night Showing (10:00pm).  Parking Garage was close enough.  Good thing I didn’t get vertigo circling up to the 5th level.  No matter. Experiencing Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza on a summer night is a beautiful thing (barring any twitter ‘flash mobs’).

  • Seats: “A” for Comfort
  • Popcorn: “B-” for standard fare.
  • Crowd: “A” well behaved, no one kicking the seat. No talkers.  No milk duds hitting the screen.
  • Special Note: Warning: This movie may make you nostalgic, and also may make you want to visit or relocate to Paris, France.

Peace Out.

Joe

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Get A Google Voice Phone Number

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Get A Google Voice Phone Number . . . Isn’t it time?

Get Google Voice! It's Powerful, Cool, and Free.
Google Voice Rocks

This morning I set out to slay a tech dragon, in this case to ‘figure out’ how to sign up for Google Voice and set it up in an optimal way for my needs.

Hooray! It was quite simple.

  1. Google Voice is free (and awesome).
  2. You may choose a new phone number in the area code of your choice.
  3. You can set up your ‘Google Voice’ telephone number to ‘auto’ forward to any (or all) of your phones.
  4. Also, Google Voice can ring up to six total phone numbers (land lines or cell phones) simultaneously.

To use Google Voice, and get a Google Voice telephone number, first you have to setup and activate your new Google Voice account.

Here’s How To Get Set Up:

  1. Go to the Google Voice homepage (here)
  2. Login with your email address & password (click “Sign In”). NOTE: If you do not have a Google account yet, then get one! Select “create an account” enter the required info to open your free Google account.
  3. Click on the “I want a new number” button to get setup with a Google Voice phone number.
  4. Enter your area code you want and then click “Search Numbers”. NOTE: You can search for numbers by zip code as well.
  5. Pick your new Google Voice telephone number from the list, then click “continue”.
    Enter (and confirm) a four-digit PIN code (used to access your Google Voice account). Click the “I Agree” box for terms of service and click “Continue”.
  6. Enter the phone number (your home? cell? work?) that you want your Google Voice number to be forwarded to. Click “Continue”.
  7. Click on “call me now”. Google Voice will call you at your number. You’ll need to answer that phone and enter the two-digit security code that is displayed (This allows Google Voice to confirm that you owner the forwarded phone number). Click on “Done”.
  8. Congrats! You’re in business! You have a new Google Voice number and have successfully completed setting up your new Google Voice account.
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Hope this all helps.

Peace Out!

Joe

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Aarghh!! Pirates of the Carribean 4 Review

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Penelope Cruz, Pirate Extraordinaire
Pirate Muse of The Carribean

“On Stranger Tides”

Fun, campy, expectant.  For ten bucks you get to see Penelope Cruz running around in pirate outfits – which is a deal ALL BY ITSELF.  Throw in the sets , the scenery, the costumes, the actors and *Wham-Kbam* . . . . you’ve got a bargain.

Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow is exactly what you’ve come to expect, which is enough to make you not care that you’re perpetuating a franchise.  Older kids can enjoy this, it is not too suggestive or violent (although today’s kids are growing up with a serious handicap of non-preparedness for a rough world).

Movie Rating: 3.5 Stars (out of five)

Rating Justification: They didn’t screw it up.  It was exactly what you expected, which was great.  If they would have been a bit more creative with the mermaids, I’d have easily given it four stars.  Anyone who writes a bad review of this movie suffers from a bad case of divergence.  Seriously, you know what it is going in.  It is done well, the cast is great.  If you’re griping then you’re lame.  If you’re picking it apart, then you’re just sad.

Theater Review: AMC Studio 30

A Saturday Night Showing (7:40pm).  Parking Lot was MAD PACKED.  Evocative of Arrowhead in the Derrick Thomas – Neil Smith Heyday.  Sadly no bar-b-que.  I park on the north forty and jogged a quarter of a mile to get to the theatre.

Seats: “A” for Comfy

Popcorn: “C” for expensive, salty, butter-flavored cardboard.

Crowd: “A” well behaved, no one kicking the seat. No talkers.  No milk duds hitting the screen.

Special Note: Stay after the credits and you get an extra scene of Penelope Cruz on the deserted island.

Peace Out.

Joe

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An Attitude of Gratitude

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Dear Reader, From wherever my sister Laurel learned about the “Attitude of Gratitude”, I have to share some of the wisdom.

No matter that the economy is down, or things are tough, or you had a bad day. Our problems are largely not that we have it so bad – but that our perspective is skewed.

This never fails to help me smile and be more grateful for all that I have been blessed with. But seriously, start thinking of all of the great things that the Lord gave you. There are plenty. Write them down. List them. Start with your health.

Had a bad day? Need to put your mind at ease so that you can rest? Try a Gratitude Journal (thank you Laurel, again). Its easy. Just write down at least five things that you are grateful for at the end of the day as you are going to bed. It could be anything!

For instance:

  1. I’m grateful that I made it home safe today.
  2. I’m grateful that I had something to eat today.
  3. I’m grateful that this day is OVER.
  4. I’m grateful for the ability to help others.
  5. I’m grateful to have a roof over my head as I lay down to sleep.

Chances are, if you are able to read this blog post, then you have at least five things that you can list in a Gratitude Journal.

Give it a try!  It has helped me many times.

Peace out.

Joe

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Fridays ~ Mystify

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Good Lord, Fridays are easier to embrace.  Even as a business owner / entrepreneur – when the sun never sets on your workday – the feeling that greets on Friday morn is a winning one.

Blast from the Past / Mix CD / Shower Song: “Mystify” by INXS
(view at YouTube by clicking here)

Synopsis: INXS rocks a song from “back in the day”.

Video Location: Kansas City.

“Mystify”

All veils and misty streets of blue
Almond looks that chill divine
Some silken moment Goes on forever
And we’re leaving broken hearts behind

Mystify, Mystify me
Mystify, Mystify me

I need perfection, some twisted selection
That tangles me, to keep me alive

In all that exists, none have your beauty
I see your face, and I will survive

Eternally wild with the power
To make every moment come alive
All those stars that shine upon you
Will kiss you every night

All veils and misty streets of blue
Almond looks that chill divine
Some silken moment goes on forever
And we’re leaving – Yeah we’re leaving broken hearts behind

You’re eternally wild with the power
To make every moment come alive
All those stars that shine upon you
And they’ll kiss you every night

Mystify, Mystify me
Mystify, Mystify me

Note: all INXS music, images, and lyrics are property and copyright of their owners.
“Mystify”
music, images, and lyrics provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

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Onward

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Texas-Rain-2011“Fly! Angel, Fly!”

Pulling down from the Heavens,
Drawing down from the skies,
Glorious blue orbs of Life,
Tears of the Angel to quench our thirst,
Soft bullets of peace to fill the rivers,
Passionate, cleansing curtain to wring us new.

Propelled by thunder,
Powered by lightning,
Driven by myriad winds,
Swollen armies of the battle above,
Raging to give us fresh blood,
Delivering us from yesterday.

Joe Wooldridge
June 18, 2011 3:56am

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In Transit (Poem from June 18, 2011)

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In Transit

Welcome to the future I
Just left for it yesterday
Long scrabbling, straggling scroll down Life’s hallway

How is it we know so little past the sands of Egypt?
If we’re so advanced, how come we can’t build
The Great Pyramid again even if we wanted to?

From Babel, we babble in scores
Of lashing, clashing tongues
Missing the canopy of watery heavens

Much as India is, with too many wild monkeys
In our midst – playing at being people
Not enough vimanas to go around for The Great Escape.

Joe Wooldridge
June 18, 2011 at 3:17am

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A Blog (finally)

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Wow, well I finally took the time to put up my own blog.  It is sure to be an adventure, sharing thoughts with you, dear reader.

More To Come . . . . .

Joe

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