Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

DVD Cometh

When are the DVD god's gonna get off their asses and finally release this?


Well its been a while, if anyone cares. I just wanted to mention a couple of shows.

Kings -
Looks like its getting the boot, it went to Saturdays.

Southland -
This was the other new show NBC started, but the director of ER, its on Thursdays at 10:00. I really like this, excellent cop show. Plus it had an episode with Tom Sizemore, he played a strung out actor, what better role is there.

Dexter - Season 3
Watched this in Lincoln, fucking awesome, Dexter continues to sit on top.
There is suppose to be a new season in 09, Cant wait for Californication to come back on either.

Rescue Me -
Still cant say enough about this show, but best to start from the beginning

Last episode, not the special episode the one before, was brilliant. We learned a lot and of course they threw a fucking wrench in at the end. If you havent been reading Dispatches from the Island, I highly suggest it. This post makes me laugh everytime, Soft Rock.

Jorge Garcia

Monday, April 13, 2009

World War Z

Speaking of Quantum of Solace the Director, Marc Foster, has been chose to direct World War Z.

Movie Weekend!!!!!!!

Bedtime Stories
This was actually a good, the kids liked it and I could deal with Sandler, not a big fan of his. I cant say I would have run out and get it, if it wasn't for the kids.

Marley and Me
This was good, really liked it, sad ending. I like how they didn't make the good things the dog did a big deal, it wasn't saving a hijacked bus or playing basketball. Everything was subtle, almost as if it was a side story. Cant stand Jennifer Aniston, tried the entire movie to find something appealing about her and couldn't do it. Not sure how she has gotten this far, she's not even sexy.

James Bond: Quantum of Solace (bluray)
I've heard a lot of people bitching about this and I have to say that I disagree. The only complaint I had about this was it seemed like they tried to slip in some of the "cuteness" of the older bonds. We don't need that, keep it gritty and real, just like its meant to be. If I had another complaint it would be the scar on Olga, nothing you can do to make her ugly, nothing. Other than my love for Olga, I thought it was another good bond movie. I have to say that by far Daniel Craig is my favorite, I hope he continues to stay in the series.



Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Squirrels of Metro Park (Beach)

The kids and I went to Metro Park today, Damian has been wanting to see a "Great Lake". On our journey back from the water Damian said to me "look at the squirrel", to my suprise when I turned around the squirrel was about three feet from me. It didnt stop there, it went around Damian and came right up to sis and I. Hailie was scared and started to cry, but it didnt stop Sandy Cheeks from getting about 1 foot from us, sitting down and waiting patiently. It was almost like he was waiting for a command. We walked about 10 feet away and the squirrel went up on a bench a sat down. Another family was coming down the other crosswalk, we watched them walk by and the squirrel did nothing. We then walked back, Damian first, the squirrel got down walked past Damian and came right back to Hailie again. He was never aggressive, just over friendly, I think. Strange thing was we encountered another squirrel on the way back to the car and he did the same thing, walked right up, so close this time that Hailie screamed and made sure I picked her up.

Here are some photos, I also sent
an invite to see more pictures taken

Friday, April 10, 2009

Dont know why

I am not sure why I look into air disasters as much as I do, seeing how I fly at least once a month you would think I would stay away from it. Northwest Airlines Flight 255. wiki link, was a MD-82 carrying 149 passengers and 6 crew. It originated in Saginaw, laid over in Detroit and then headed for its final destination in Phoenix, Az. I was 9 years old when this flight failed to lift off the ground, killing 154 on board and 2 pedestrians driving on Middlebelt (I-94 overpass). I person survived, 3 year old Cecelia Cichan of Arizona, her mother, father and 6 year old brother all perished on the plane. Her body was found just a few feet from her parents, still in her seat. The MD-82 never got off the ground due to pilot error, the flaps and slats where not in the proper position for take off. Now engineers thought of this before hand and implemented a warning device that would give notice that the plane was not ready for take off, this device was not in service.

Here is the audio from the cockpits CVR click

The story of Cecelia is nothing short of amazing, 3 years old, sole survivor of a great tragedy. Looking at scenes from the accident you cant but think it had to be an act beyond human. Here are photos, its a slide show. Everyone knows what the yellow tarps mean, one of the Dr's in charge
of the makeshift morgue said no bone was intact.

Pictures click

She was adopted by her Aunt and Uncle in Alabama and they kept her from publicity. In her 20's now, college grad, married and a Psychologist. From what I understand she
has never been to the memorial, but she does sign into the guestbook and leave a note every anniversary.

The more I looked into this tragedy, the harder it becomes to grasp. I think I always see what has happened on the exterior. The yellow tarps, twisted metal, suitcases and list of names tragically lost. Behind all that are families torn apart and in some cases families completely lost. Cecelia had to start her life over again without knowing her parents or her older brother, the miracle baby whom lost everything. The entire Best family from Mesa was lost, Father, Mother and their 3 children.
The Byelich family from Chandler and two branches of the Geiger family, one from Phoenix and one from Gilbert, all died on the plane. It wasn't until I read the name Justin Keener did I really understand loss. His story was shadowed by Cecelia's, not that it was a miracle, but to me it was the greatest loss. Being a parent its hard to think of what you would do in that situation, the moments before death. One one NWA flight the stewardess explained to the mother of a baby that in case of an emergency she is to put her son onto the floor and hold him there. Could you? Planes are not meant to crash, in fact there is nothing safe about them, except if they take off and land, then it did what it was meant to. In those final moments of flight I dont think my children would be anywhere but held tightly. I fly alone for work and have come to the realization that if something did go wrong I could only sit it out, hope that they know I love them. The most tragic part of falling to your death would be seeing the fear in their eyes, them looking to you to save them, something you have no control over. Alaska Airlines flight 261 dropped from 30,000 feet to 24,000 feet when a horizontal "jackscrew" stabilizer failed. The passengers on board had to feel relief when the pilots leveled the plane out, but a few minutes later their fate was decided. The Mcdonald-Douglas MD-83 went into a vertical roll and dropped 24,000 feet into the ocean, no one knows what they did their last few moments. Justin Keener was 12 years old and flying alone on Flight 255. He was visiting his Aunt and Uncle in Michigan, this was his first ever flight alone. His parents were not aware they plane had crashed, untill they arrived at the airport to pick him up.

Here is an excerpt written on Justin:

Robin Spotleson still cries when she talks of her son.

She also tries to think of what he would be like as a grown man.

"He was just a sweet boy, kind of quiet," she remembers. "He was very kind. Very loving."

She and her husband, Justin's stepfather, arrived at the airport unaware the plane had crashed. She was surprised to hear her husband being paged when they walked into Sky Harbor but presumed it was to tell them that the plane would either be late or early.

She continued toward the gate while he went to hear the message.

When she arrived at security to walk through, she said that it was very quiet and that people stepped back when a policeman approached her.

"The policeman walked up to me and touched my arm, I remember that," she said. "He started walking me. I remember a door opening, and there were people crying and grabbing at me."

Spotleson has managed to get through the hard times, in part, because she and her husband had a daughter five years later. Her faith also tells her that she will see her son again.

"Twenty years is a long time," she said. "Justin would be 32 now. But it still hurts, I still think of him every day."

The doomed flight lasted only about 19 seconds, but Spotleson cannot bear the thought that Justin was alone during those terrifying moments.

After the crash, she learned that man sitting next to her son was a father flying without his children.

"In my heart, I believe he was holding on to my son," she said. "I have to believe that."

My knowledge of Justin is minimal, what I know is what you know, yet the story still makes my stomach turn and eyes burn. It's impossible to think what could have happened for those brief seconds, what unfolded, what he thought. I dont know how his parents dealt with the situation. I would have to know everything, I would have to see.

After writing this I decided to look into my upcoming flight this Sunday the 19th. For the first time ever I will be flying on a NWA Mcdonald-Douglas DC9-50.

A list of those lost click

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Something about that Kate, still makes me feel all funny inside.

Hurleys conversation about time travel and Back to the Future was awesome, I was wondering if that would come up in this
. Could this show get any f'ing better this season. So, I am rambling now, but it looks like maybe the asian guy was right about time travel, damn and i thought hurley had him.