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By ad hoc (Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:52:11 AM EST) mlp, food, films, not much about bikes really (all tags)
Please hold.

Do you have the wheelie gene?

Not exactly air guitar. Sucky camera work, though.

Summer is a bowl of potato salad.

Trade in that '86 Escort for a newer model

It seems that Trader Joes may be discontinuing my soy powder. This is bad news. The substitute they had was "Organic Whole Soybean Powder". That's not the same thing at all. First, it only has half the protein per equal size serving (10g v 23g). And since it's the same price per weight, it's twice as expensive per gram of protein. It doesn't have the thickening property that the protein isolate does, so my breakfast is all watery and stuff. Plus it tastes like soybeans. Bleah. I hope they rectify this problem, but my guess is that since they've replaced the isolate with this stuff, they won't.

I just can’t shake this last big of coughing. Tried to go out for a ride and lasted about three feet before stopping to cough up a lung. I mean, I’m all better except for that, but breathing is pretty important. But maybe by the middle of the week. It’s supposed to be 60 by then, too.

<tmi> I just need one good expectoration! </tmi>

Today's a pretty day, so I took the dog and got a sandwich and ate lunch in the park. I want spring now!

I spent my REI coupon on a new pair of convertible pants (in "breen"). I'm set for the summe.  All hail convertible pants!

Ma Vie en Rose (My Life in Pink)
[Netflix] [IMDb]

Seven year old Ludovic (Georges Du Fresne) wants to be a girl and this causes some problems. Problems with the neighbors, problems at school, problems within the family, But the movie forthrightly examines all of the relationship dynamics. It never sensationalizes anything but also never shies away from anything. From examining transgender issues through seven-year-old eyes, to the unrelenting callousness of the neighbors, to the unquestioning support from Granny, and the cruelty of Ludovic's classmates, all is treated with respect.

There are some very funny parts like those dealing with "Pam" the Barbie-like tv character with the toy ties-ins and some terribly sad scenes where Ludovic's mother, while loving him as any mother would a son, says some very cruel things about his ruining their lives after his father (Jean-Philippe Écoffey) is made laid off.

Excellently done with fully developed, meaningful characters.

; would not watch again

Tora! Tora! Tora!
[Netflix] [IMDb]

Probably one of the most historically accurate movies about WWII ever made. The tale of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor told from both the American and Japanese sides. The planning, buildup, and execution as well as the missteps, bungling, and oversights are all here.

The critics, especially Roger Ebert, gave this a thrashing, but I loved it. But Ebert does have a point when he says this is a bit like an visual aide, but I guess I like that kind of stuff. I can watch things like World at War for hours. It's true, you don't really ever get to know the characters involved, and I suppose that could be a fault for those looking for drama but whatever.

; would watch again

To Kill a Mockingbird
[Netflix] [IMDb]

Wow! How do you write about this? One of the best movies EVAR. One the one hand, this is a story about a growing up in a small southern town. On the other hand, it's a story of racial and class predjudice. On the other other hand, it's the story of family life. On the other other other hand ... well, there is just no end to the number of stories told.

Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) is a lawyer in depression era Alabama who is assigned by the court to defend Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) from a rape charge. Atticus is also a widower and father of two children, Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Phillip Alford) and is trying to raise them with morals and a sense of right and wrong. Scout and Jem observe all of this. Some of the more esoteric ideas are explained by Atticus to his children, but they are never shielded from any of it. They are exposed to life as it is: good, bad and ugly. Then there's the whole story with Boo (Robert Duvall).

The two child actors are outstanding, never once being precocious or annoying. In fact, this is some of the best acting I've ever seen. Every actor completely inhabited his character, including Alice Ghostly who, brings to mind her "Esmeralda" character from Bewitched only for a split second before she completely becomes Dill's Aunt Stephanie. Outstanding in every way.

; would own

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I had the cough by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:02:42 AM EST
annoying hacking post nasal drip that just hung on and on.

It took about six weeks to get rid of it.

Ugh by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:31:30 AM EST
Have you read To Kill a Mockingbird? by Forbidden (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:09:52 AM EST
The movie really sucks cosmic dear-goat fusion deific plutonium wang in comparison.

You once was.
Not to say that the movie is bad by Forbidden (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:10:46 AM EST
But I believe To Kill a Mockingbird is of those books. You know?

You once was.
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Terrific book by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 2) #4 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:26:42 AM EST
Especially the end when Boo Radley fesses up that Rosebud is the name of his sled. Had me going the whole time.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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I thought by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:32:52 AM EST
I have not by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:32:03 AM EST
Mockingbird by Kellnerin (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:56:44 AM EST
The Brattle was showing it the weekend before last as part of its Capote festival. Are you still doing the book group thing? Maybe they want to do the book.

"Slick Loons Cow Stumbling Readers." —toxicfur
I may be an expensive mushroom. —iGrrrl
Not so much by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 12:28:50 PM EST
I've had conflicts for the last couple of meetings, so I haven't been going. They pick books for the entire year in September, so it wouldn't be before then in any case.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.
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Wow by Kellnerin (4.00 / 1) #10 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 01:53:42 PM EST
They pick books for the entire year in September

If a group I had joined for fun was that anal and inflexible, I'd have conflicts, too.

"Slick Loons Cow Stumbling Readers." —toxicfur
I may be an expensive mushroom. —iGrrrl

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OTOH by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #12 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:03:34 PM EST
It gives you plenty of time to get your conflicts properly scheduled.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.
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(I'm gonna be killed for posting this) by Roaming Philosopher (4.00 / 1) #11 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 05:32:36 PM EST
How to kill a mockingbird:

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