Hitting the Ramp

Took my first jumps off the ramp earlier tonight. 3 for 3, skied away from them all. Took the first jump at 28mph and then the other two at 30. I had been waiting to pull my jump skis out of the basement until my knee that I injured last fall stopped aching continuously, and it hit my about a week ago that my knee hadn’t been aching for a while. Granted for the last week or so my shoulder has been VERY sore, and the jumping didn’t seem to help that, but no falls and me knee still feels fine makes me happy. Now I just need my shoulder (and ribs) to get better.

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Home Movies on [adult swim]

One of the funniest lines I’ve heard in a cartoon, or anywhere…

“Plus, I’ve also been wetting my pants pretty consistently for the last three days.”
-Jason, at camp, while the three kids are talking about not having showered since they arrived.

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My Crazy Summer Schedule

Here is a little overview of my life in the summer…

Saturday – June 25 – Up at 515 to be at ski practice by 6am. Barefooting at 610. Injured at 612. Couldn’t move my right arm for most of the day… Skiing in four highs later that morning. Four highs weren’t bad, but the transfers where they stood on my injured shoulder, extremely painful. Practice finishes up at 230. Decide to take the ski team truck to Janesville today. Make it half way there and it the clutch burns up. Spend 2 hours waiting for a tow truck. Get back to Madison and load all equipment from trucks into the trailers. Get home at 830. Eat supper. Complete voice-overs and music mixing at Midnight and go to bed…

Sunday – June 26 – Wake up and my shoulder is in extreme pain. Reaching to turn off the alarm clock was excruciating. Leave for Janesville at 7. Arrive by 8. Ski at 1215. Nearly died of heat running sound on black top in 95 heat which felt like 120 where I was located. Load up all equipment. Stop for lunch. Make it back to Madison. Setup for night show. Head out after show. Get home at 10pm.

Monday – June 27 – My day “off” – Up at 530 to be on the water by 6. Home at 930. Change oil in boat. Head to lake at 1145 to go skiing, again. Back at 330. Eat snack, watch Family Guy. Go to ski site for practice at 6. Home at 930.

Tuesday – June 28 – My easy day – Go to work, go to practice, head out. Home at 10.

Wednesday – June 29 – Up at 545 to be skiing at 630. Done at 830 and go to work. Finish work at 545 and go to practice. Home at 10.

Thursday – June 30 – Just like the 29th. Except Home at 10, go to get gas for boat and then get boat ready for Friday. Bed at midnight.

Friday – July 1st – Up at 7. Get boat and truck loaded up and ready to go. Go to work. Very long and busy day at work. Get call saying my third, and then my second can’t make it just before I leave work. Make some calls, no answers. Head home. Finally get a call to be a third for some friends so I drop my boat off and go skiing. Re injure my already injured shoulder while barefooting at a far to slow of a speed. Get home. Head out. Bed at 1am.

Saturday – July 2nd – Wake up 8 to go skiing with the Family. Get home at noon. Take nap. Go to Rhythm and Booms. Assisted on another fine parking job. Watch the fireworks from ground zero. Booms over at 1030. Back in car at 1100. In a bar at 1120. Can’t do much better than that. (BTW, the live music broadcast quality sucked. The booms were picked up by the mikes and broadcast as well. Not sure what they were thinking putting the orchestra under the fireworks and not thinking they might have some audio difficulties. The pre-show music by Sandy something. Really bad. And I mean really bad.) Out at the bars till bar time. Get some food. Home at 4am.

Sunday – July 3rd – Head to parents for mom’s b-day. Go to ski show. Watch WOTW. Go to bed. Easy day and early night.

All the while, my shoulder is still very sore, waking up is not something that is nice to do… it involves reaching for my alarm clock with the arm attached to my bad shoulder. It hasn’t gotten any easier the entire week.

Summers only a hundred or so days long and try to make the most of the days that have nice weather…

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War of the Worlds

This review contains spoilers… you’ve been warned…

It was a toss up between seeing this and “the Smiths”. This started fifteen minutes earlier so I choose this one. It is an average summer action flick. Lots of stuff get’s blown up and new ways to vaporize people with fictional weapons were shown. What pissed me off the most is…. here comes the spoilers… the way the aliens are defeated. How lame is it that they just up an die!!!! Second thing that really pissed me off… the big cities seem to pretty much get vaporized, but then the people they are traveling to are somehow untouched and unfazed in Boston. His son magically made it there first with no explanation about how. For popcorn flick prowess, this movie rates a matinee ticket. However, you might leave the theater pissed off about the ending. I know I did. i think they pretty much ran out of ways to blow stuff up and said “ok, it is time to end the picture, so lets do it NOW”.

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Cinderella Man

I’ll start by saying I’m not a big fan of Russel, but he has done some decent flicks. Same thing for Ron (I didn’t see his brother who is in most of his movies). All in a all, a good movie. You manage to forget its Russel, Mrs. Chesney does a good job of playing his wife. It was nice to see a good boxing flick, especially some old school boxing. Well worth a matinee price.

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Longest Yard

Short Review… It was back to the more basics for Sandler. I think he had enough of the serious acting or comedies with too much plot. Enough story to keep me interested. Enough comedy to keep me laughing. And just enough Chris Rock. Even that Cowboy receiver did a good job, didn’t realize it was him ’till I saw the credits. Well worth a matinee, probably an evening admission if you enjoy a good Sandler flick.

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Batman Begins

I managed to avoid all of the hoopla surrounding this. Didn’t really watch the previews (although I did see them, if you know what I mean), didn’t go digging for info or anything like that. It was originally going to be an adaptation of Year 1, and then it was changed to what it was, and I found that a little disappointing since I’m a big Year 1 fan.

Having seen the movie, I would say wow. Great job adapting Batman to the big screen. Excellent job on the back story and showing the turmoil he deals with walking the fine line between super-hero and vigilante/criminal. A was definitely adverse to the Batmobile shown in the previews, but seeing how he acquires it, it makes great sense. Same with just about all of his gadgets. I thought they did a good job keeping the character count down (a huge problem with later Batman flicks). Scarecrow was done differently, but was well done. It took me a little bit to figure out who he was. Ra’s was also well done. I didn’t know much about this character going in, but I like him. It was also great to see the Asylum introduced, loved that bit. All in all, very happy with this movie. Well worth an evening admission (or two if you like the real Batman)!

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SW EP3 – The Abbreviated Full Review

Finally getting a chance to update my blog… first thing on the list, my SW review. In a nutshell, best of the new trilogy. It contained the story we’ve been waiting to see. Very well done. Would have been better if they could have avoided the scenes between Anikan and Padme (she’ll always be Padme to me) since the two of them can only act when they are with others. Or maybe it was their lack of dialog or entirely too much direction. Anyway, I enjoyed it a lot.

My question is this… Why couldn’t they have crammed the first two movies into the first hour of the EP1 and then started this story then. The new trilogy would have been soooo much better.

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