Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Spider, Perry, Perry, Savages, Ted, Rowing, Poker, Fireworks

Busy week. It was my annual seven day weekend, so I did stuff instead of wasting my time working for a living.

Movies first:

"The Amazing Spider Man" is yet another first rate Spider Man movie, which makes it three out of four, or something. I begin to suspect that Spider Man is just easy to write for, once you have the effects under control...

"Madea's Witness Protection" is yet another Tyler Perry multiple persona romp. I am not fond of comedies in general, but Perry seems to have found a combination of story and idiocy that leaves me glad I watched. These aren't great movies, but they are entertaining.

"Katy Perry: Part of Me" (Yes, I saw it. Get over it.) is a pretty decent concert tour flick. Perry has a great voice, amazing creativity, and seems genuinely NICE. None of which implies I would ever buy one of her albums, but the movie was certainly watchable.

"Savages" is an Oliver Stone thriller. Everything about the movie is first rate, except that it never managed to give me a reason to CARE about the main characters.

"Ted" is a a heartwarming fantasy movie, overlaid with vulgarity and Seth MacFarlane schtick, which is often moderately amusing but more often cruel and stupid. I don't regret seeing the movie, but it is significantly less than the trailers promised.

Along the way, I also saw "Snow White and the Huntsman" a second time. While it stills feels like a butchered print of a GOOD movie, I enjoyed it more on re-viewing because I had lost my unreasonable expectations.

Wednesday was brother Pete's annual July Four party, which is a good time whenever we can attend. We met my new grand niece Penelope (Rhymes with antelope. Really.) Rose, and visited with various people we seldom see. Friday I got up early and rowed nearly four miles in 95 degree heat on Lake Andrea, and sweated out ten pounds of water in the process. Sunday I rowed another four and a half miles on Sterling Lake, and Monday I finally fixed the kitchen faucet that silted over more than a year ago (the sprayer still worked). Today... I was going to do some more rowing on Lake Andrea, but decided I wanted an adventure, and went up to Geneva Lake. I was planning to row from the Linn Pier ramp to Lake Geneva and back, a six mile round trip, but headwinds and rough water made it into a three hour, eight and a half mile ordeal. Still, I am glad I did it. It's good to know that I can spend three hours non-stop in the canoe at any rate.

Uncle Hyena
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