A far less common name for simple art crayons are wax pastels.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
My first job was at a supermarket, and one common task at night would be to clean the sidewalk off of dirt and trash. I'd use a leaf blower for most things, but I'd use a broom at the bench where (mostly managers) would have their breaks with their cancer-sticks. Sometimes there'd be someone out on the bench while I was cleaning and this time it wasn't a co-worker or manager, it was just some random person. He looked really shady as he was putting out his bad habit in the ash tray. He basically asked me if I could put in a good word for him as he wanted a job there, but he didn't even give me his name. Good thing for him he didn't, because that would just cause me to put in a bad word for him. But seriously what did he expect for me to go up to the hiring manager and say "Hey this weirdo wants a job, he seems like a good candidate to me".
Friday, April 20, 2018
Lady Bird is a movie I've been looking forward to for quite tome time now. Most Oscar-nominated movies slip by me until they get the nomination, which I think was true for Lady Bird. But Saoirse Ronan, I think is one of the most talented actresses alive so I always try to check out any work with her in it. I honestly thought from what I heard critics were saying that it'd walk away with many Oscars, but it walked away with...zero, which is quite surprising considering that Saoirse Ronan lost again.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
I don't eat much candy anymore, but I had to try these after seeing them in the Easter section. While virtually all peeps taste the same, these have a "fruit punch" taste. I liked them quite a bit. ironically my wife Daisy didn't like them despite having taste-buds that think almost everything is "good". She called them "sour" but I think they're sweet. I was never a fan of sour candy like warheads or crybaby candy.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
My brother is having a brand new house built for him in the country across from his in-laws. I heard they were getting "farm animals" as pets. My nephew Mr. C seems to really like this baby chicken (I think) here.
Spring is the busy season at my work, so we usually get a seasonal person to help us out. We got two of them this year, one of them was a young woman named Lei. Despite some feisty attitude (like giving me the bird several times...) she was actually competent at making paint and caught on fairly quickly and heck I can tolerate any imperfections when I can leave our desk and not worry about being pestered over something stupid.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Most kids through the Big Brothers Big Sister program lack one parent or both, so when I met my Little Brother, I was surprised to learn that his dad was still alive and allegedly in his life but he lived way up in Pennsylvania. About two week's ago his mom told me they've been trying to contact him but didn't get a message back for quite some time. I didn't take that as a good sign but I'm an optimistic person by nature so I didn't think about it that seriously.
Monday, April 16, 2018
We have a small airport near my mother's house, I took my little brother (through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program) there to see the planes and whatnot. These are small planes, so there not nearly as big as the commercial ones, but they are neat to see. This one reminded me a bit of a "car from the future" in its design near the front. At least it does fly!
Atlantis: The Lost Empire was a movie I do remember coming out shortly after the turn of the millennium. I remember having almost no interest in the movie and I guess a lot of people did too as it really did poorly compared to other works by Disney. I fault the animation style and the fact that Disney chose to make their lead character look so dorky and ridiculous. But I wanted to catch up on Disney films I've missed over the years.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
While it led to the technology that gave us cell phones and smartphones today, it's easy to forget these little guys ever existed even the more advanced ones. Once almost everyone had a cell phone these went away like the dodo and at this time, I was just a kid in school, and I really had no use for one. I do find it neat when technology suddenly and abruptly becomes obsolete.
Did you ever have a beeper?
Saturday, April 14, 2018
An actor I've admired very much is Daniel Day-Lewis because he rarely ever has bad luck with movies. He's very selective about what movie he appears in, so that's a reason he rarely ever gets involved with train-wrecks while almost any actor or actress has had more than their fair share of dumb films. Phantom Thread (allegedly) is his last movie before he calls it quits for the days of retirement. The film got many Oscar nominations but lost almost all across the board, mainly to The Shape of Water in many categories including Best Picture.
Daisy wanted me to take her to the downtown library, I had to use the restroom and when I came out I couldn't find her. Then I thought about it and realized she was at the vending machines to get a soda. And...yep there she was.
Friday, April 13, 2018
I had errands to run at my mother's house, and my wife Daisy was with me. My mother was on 2nd shift at work, so she asked if we wanted to eat lunch. We chose Pizza Hut as it had been several months since we last sat down there.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
A year without Game of Thrones has left me with a void of stuff to watch, The Tudors has kept me interested for a few months now. But now I've seen the whole series as the fourth season was its last. Unlike some fans, I knew everything that would happen before it did as I knew the life of King Henry VIII besides some minor details and some of his lesser-known people at his court. But what did I think of this take on the last day's of England's most infamous monarch?
Philip, Duke of Palatinate-Neuburg was once considered to be a possible husband for Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VIII. Despite their religious differences (especially considering how loyal Mary was to the Catholic faith) the two were quite fond of each other. However the match didn't happen as King Henry VIII thought that since Phillip was a cousin of his fourth wife Anne of Cleves, it was too much of a deal-breaker.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will not seek re-election, which means he will not be Speaker of the House come next year when the new Congress takes effect. In many ways, Paul Ryan represented a lot of younger Republicans, who were were trying this quasi-Libertarian thing, but like many young Republicans, Ryan stood silently as Trump took the road of racist-"populism" and incompetent government. I'm actually happy for Speaker Ryan as for someone who hates government so much (despite having no real experience in the private sector) perhaps now he will now (maybe) be free from it.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
I saw this earlier today and since it was rather inexpensive I decided to give it a try. My wife Daisy has a big hair problem with our shower drain that I've helped reduce but never quite solved. After a good minute or two I managed to get a lot of hair out of there. The only bad thing about the weasel is that it's only good for about one drain before it gets clogged too much in the little bristles. But at least our shower drain is free again.
Monday, April 9, 2018
My wife and I are fans of the TV show Reign, though she likes it more than I do. One of my issues is that the show is from the CW which makes their seasons way too long than they needed to be. Though I did get more excited for this season than the previous two as the story shifted more from "teen drama" to a story far more centered on the brutal nature of the royal politics of a Valois France and a Tudor England.
This is my niece in the car as her parents were driving back from Disney World. It's about an eight hour drive from Orlando in Florida to Spartanburg, SC. I'm not much of a traveler but that'd be too much driving for me in one day. Daisy and I want to go eventually, but we'll probably fly (about an hour and half) instead.
Cuba's flag has remained unchanged since 1902. Despite being taken over by a Communist regime, the flag stayed the same, being quite rare for a Communist country not to use Communist colors or symbols in their national flag.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
"Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do,"
Like any typical Republican of the modern day, Ronald Reagan was a puppet for larger interests like the NRA, the super-rich, and of course the industries that pollute our environment. We know very well that cars pollute the air quite a bit, but Reagan dumbly let this jewel of mental idiocy slip out. While in cases of hot weather, trees do slightly pollute the air, but that's a tiny fraction of what cars do to the air.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Like almost any millennial (especially among males) part of my childhood included the Sonic the Hedgehog games on Sega Genesis. I always liked the Mario games more (back in the old Nintendo vs. Sega days) but I always had love in my heart for Sega's mascot as well. Sega however slowly started to sink in quality and by the late 2000's, even Sonic games were rather...crap. Sonic Mania included development from some super fans (with game design skills) and it appeared to be pretty good from what fans were saying. I decided to give it a try the other day.
Friday, April 6, 2018
To be honest, before watching 2018's Black Panther, I was never the biggest fan of the superhero. I never could keep up with the comics, but Black Panther rarely showed up in the cartoons and if he did, he was largely overshadowed by better known Avenger heroes. The same could be said about his role (but far better than his cartoon incarnations) in Captain America: Civil War as well. But Marvel/Disney was confident about giving him his own stand-alone movie in the MCU, and it sure worked both critically, among fans, and at the box office. But what did I think of it?
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Like many people, I'm a big fan of the MCU movies, though we have had a few that weren't up to par of its peers. Probably the worst of the MCU was the 2nd Thor movie, Thor: The Dark World. I don't claim to be the biggest comic book fan, but Thor had never been my favorite in the Marvel universe, so it's really up to the movie makers to make things a bit better than what they had to work with.