Asta 2

Oh What A Beautiful Day

No, I won't break out in song from Oklahoma. But, it was a beau-ti-ful day here today. We get about three or four of them a year. Usually in between the nine months of winter and three months of hot, humid summer. Today was sun, blue skies, gentle breezes, and sixty degree temperatures.

I spent most of the day with a friend. We started off by going to a local art fair. As usual, most of the stuff was overpriced crap. Just because people can paint doesn't mean they have any talent. We did see the work of a few talented individuals though. Sadly, there work wasn't really selling because they choose to do something unique rather than painting a vase full of flowers or, this being Michigan, a lighthouse. :p

After that we went for lunch at a place neither of us had been before and had some damn good deep dish pizza. They also had some killer looking tiramisu, but I was way to stuffed to have enjoyed any of it.

Then it was off to do do some shopping and see Dodgeball. OK, yes, the movie is a dumb as it looks. And, yes, there are some very tasteless jokes that made me cringe. Having said that let me also say it was damn funny. I can't recall the last time I laughed all the way through a film. At one point I was in tears.

There really are no mememorable lines or moments, but I give the actors credit for doing what they did with the material they had. Vince Vaughn is becoming a master of the dead pan expression. Alan Tudyk is probably the most entertaining pirate I've seen since Johnny Depp. ;) Stephen Root continues to crack me up (he plays a slightly more ballsy version of his character in Office Space. And Gary Cole and Jason Bateman are in it! I'm not sure if you all know of my love for Gary Cole. I've been a huge fan of this underrated actor since Midnight Caller was on back in the 80's. As for Jason, it's just nice seeing him have a career resurgence. And without giving too much away, how can you not love a movie that has cameos by Lance Armstrong, William Shatner, and Chuck Norris all within a two minute time span.

Actually, I thought the weakest part of the film was the star and writer - Ben Stiller. Sorry, but I'm bored now with seeing him play his same tired shtick over and over...and over. There aren't that many variations on dumb, self absorbed, obnoxious guys.

I rarely ever do meme's, but then cathyteach2 has never taken it upon herself to start one before. Besides, it might be fun to look back years from now and see how boring my life really was. ;)

Current Conditions:

Where are you? In my 'computer room'
What time is it? 9:30
What are you wearing? Two blue tank tops (hey, layering is in) and stone colored cargo pants.
Is the TV on? Yes, always.
What channel and show? TBS, A Knight's Tale (Sorry, WIS ;)
Other background noise? Leaves blowing in the breeze; cars passing by
State of mind? Unbalanced?
Weather? See above :)
What is in your direct line of sight? Um, my computer moniter. :p
Have you showered yet today? Yes
What are you most looking forward to today? Well, I was looking forward to going out, did that and it lived up to expectations
What are you most dreading today? Coloring my hair, though that may not happen until tomorrow now
Think fast! What movie immediately springs to your mind? Dodgeball!
  • Current Mood: amused amused
Gary Cole! I first discovered him in Midnight Caller as well, but it wasn't true love until American Gothic, where he played the evil, manipulative Sheriff Buck. That was a great show, and he was great in it.
I looooved American Gothic. Another terrific show killed by a network. In this case, CBS is to blame. They seemed to have the same promotional plan as FOX did with Firefly - rotten Friday night time slot, showing the episodes out of order (to the extent that the finale made no sense at the time), and constant pre-emptions. Luckily Sci-Fi showed *all* the episodes and in order a few years back so I was able to tape them. I really wish they'd get a release on DVD though.
You and I have some strange things in common. Gary Cole, for instance. Not that he's strange. It's just not your average obsession. (I lurved Midnight Caller).

Oh and I lurve A Knight's Tale too. I could watch the Fame number a jillion times.
I remembered the other quirky things we both lurved.

the William Holden ep of I Love Lucy (most people pick chocolate assembly line or Vitaveg wossname).

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly"

And wasn't Chuckles Bites the Dust on the list too?
Yep, Chuckles was on the list too. I'm not a hug Mary Tyler Moore fan, but that episode is one of the funniest things I've ever seen.

I can't believe that with some truly craptacular shows making their way to DVD, WKRP in Cincinnati still hasn't. I'd buy that show in a minute. It's one of the funniest shows ever and the turkey episode is classic.

I have a whole list of 'B List' actors who I make every effort to watch if I discover they'll be in a movie or TV show. Bruce Campbell, Bruce Greenwood, and Christian are others that spring to mind. But, Gary was probably the one to start the list. I think his Sheriff Buck was the first 'evil' character I fell in love with. ;)
Sounds like you had a really nice day :) Your life is *not* boring at all!
Asta, you had the same day, weather-wise, we did. Lovely, lovely! Sounds like a great day, and not boring at all.

LOVE Gary Cole! Midnight Caller:::sigh::::Was there ever a more charming evil sheriff than in American Gothic?

Must have been "movie day" Went to see Harry Potter. Really liked it. I'd pick the William Holden ep of I Love Lucy or the John Wayne ep as my fav's.

Enjoy Sunday! It's equally beautiful today, too.
Was there ever a more charming evil sheriff than in American Gothic?

He wasn't evil, his actions were completely misunderstood. ;) Seriously, in a very twisted way he often times ended up helping. In the end, it was the bad people who usually were punished. And he genuinly did seem to care about Gail and Caleb. Why is it the complex shows are always doomed to failure?

Enjoy Sunday! It's equally beautiful today, too.

Yes it is. I can't believe the weather we are having. I probably should have made it to Saugatuck this weekend, I'm sure it was gorgeous there. I did make it to a nearby lake today though where I read and people watched for several hours. It was nice just to kick back and relax for a bit.
So true. Evil people are very often just misunderstood. It's so unfair. The networks can make up for it by airing American Gothic somewhere. Sci-fi channel would be a start.

Btw, agree about WKRP. One fo the best sitcoms ever. Should definitely be on DVD.
Your life isn't boring at all! Sounds like a lovely way to spend a Saturday :)

While I'm not a big fan of Ben Stiller, I want to see Dodgeball, if only to relive those unthrilling days of yesteryear when the tough mean girl in grammar school loved to aim at me in gym - I'll never forget the day I actually caught the zinger she threw at me - her face was priceless! Hee.
I first discovered Gary Cole through American Gothic and Crusade (the Babylon 5 spin-off series). Then I watched Midnight Caller reruns in syndication in 1999 on the local WB station. I would set the timer for 2 am. I wish I kept Midnight Caller on tape, but I didn't. I love Midnight caller.
I wasn't a Babylon 5 fan, but I did watch Crusade just because Gary was in it. I wish some station would air Midnight Caller again. It's been years since I've seen that show and would love to see it again.
And without giving too much away, how can you not love a movie that has cameos by Lance Armstrong, William Shatner, and Chuck Norris all within a two minute time span.

The funniest Shatner cameo ever is in that lame Eddie Murphy/Robert DeNiro movie Showtime. When he puts his finger in the bag of powdered sugar,tastes it and then looks up and says "Hooker knows it's cocaine." is the best line in a movie ever. That and when he tried to demonstrate how to roll on a car hood had me laughing so hard I thought I was going to get thrown out of the theater.
I saw Showtime. I think the only funny bits were the ones with Shatner. As much as I would loathe seeing Capt Kirk resurrected again, I have to admit that Bill's overacting (and ability to poke fun at himself) is actually working out for him these days. I actually enjoyed him in The Practice this season and look forward to seeing him on the spinoff next season.