"...whereas with a pencil you're totally free." ~ James Dyson
I didn't have time to compose a Nature Notes, Rubbish Tuesday or a Birding post this week on Tuesday as I normally would've done, so, I opted for a favorite of mine since the questions are posted a day early...HODGEPODGE!! [link]
The questions this week from Joyce are:
[lasagna & tomato images courtesy of Google Images]
[lasagna & tomato images courtesy of Google Images]
1. "Summer is like childhood. It's full of warm memories and gone too soon."~Kellie Elmore Agree or disagree? Share something you loved about the summers of your childhood. In Colorado when I was much younger, Summer was highly anticipated from the long winter, snowy months!! And summers were short-lived. Down here in Coastal Texas it's just the opposite...LONG, HOT Summers! And short mild winters. Tho I have a lot of memories during seasons, childhood memories that stand out are summertime travels. Being out of school for three months, reaping what my parents grew in their vast gardens. Homegrown tomatoes were the best!! I always got the first picked!!
2. Are you a fan of auto racing-NASCAR, Indy, Stock, Grand Prix, etc? Ever been to a race in person? Any desire to do this? Do you know a lot about cars? Do you notice particular makes and models when you're out and about? I grew up with three older brothers. Racing with my youngest older brother was something we both enjoyed together! We'd spend a lot of time working on a car...pin-striping, mag wheels, and.........RACING. A lot of Sundays we'd drive to Erie Colorado and race on the track. Drag Racing. And yes, from that aspect, I grew up loving cars. Long ago, I could tell the make, the model, and the year of a car. For my 40th birthday, Bud bought me a new Trans Am!! Now-a-days they all look like a jelly bean!! Interested in cars still?--------not so much. As long as I can get from on spot to the next in a short time...the car model and age makes no difference.
3. What's something you think is too serious to be joked about? Or do you think anything and everything is fair game? Oh my...there are way too many things that are too serious to joke about. Health. Family. Finances. But, tho I don't joke, when I get stressed about a family issue or whatever, I try not to dwell on it and 'go with the flow'. It's difficult. "100 years from now it will make no difference".
4. July 29th is National Lasagna Day. Are you a fan? Do you have a great recipe, and if so where did it come from? If given a choice would you choose a plate of lasagna or a plate of spaghetti? Well, I make my Italian pasta dishes from scratch all the time. I like to know what goes into my cooking instead of eating pastas that are frozen from the grocer's shelves...I like to know what I eat and what I feed those that come to my table without all the extra additives like the chemicals and too much of this or that for health reasons. MSG comes to mind which is added to just about all frozen meals that contain meats. As for recipes...I never do recipes...50+ years of cooking, I know them by heart. Anyway, I'm just like Garfield the Cat...LASAGNA!!! Any day.
5. What's a simple pleasure you'd miss if it were not a regular part of your life? It's a techie world these days, simple pleasures would be computer, smartphone, camera SD cards...everything digital. [I don't like the automobiles these days tho...I can't change a spark plug without a mechanic any more!!! ---#2]
6. If you could be the CEO of any company, which would you choose? Searching the list of Fortune 500 was easy. I wasn't surprised that #1 was Wal-Mart. Stinky Wal-Mart!! That one would be on the bottom of my list. Unless I could get by with embezzlement. [kidding!] Let's see #2 on the list is EXXON. Living in Texas, a leading oil state, I could go for this one. So I choose EXXON. By the way: in 2013 the revenue was $438 billion. In 2014 the market value of EXXON is listed as $422+ million!!! A CEO...say, getting 10% of its value. I could live with a mere $42 million. I guess. That could buy a lot of happy meals!!
7. August is just around the bend...bid farewell to July in exactly seven words. Bronchitis, infections, extreme heat....come on Autumn!!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
After many, MANY eraser marks and resketching her hairline and shadows, I just called it quits and said "This is the best I can come up with"!!
She is the one legged brothel owner with an ivory prosthetic leg. Hidden behind the ivory is a rifle that she utilizes with great aim of a marksman!! By the way, throughout the movie her clothes are RED and her hair is RED.
Miss Harrington is first seen in the beginning scene during the opening of the train's railway celebration in a small Texas town. Though her character is not explored 'til later, Red is the type to stay quite comfortable amidst chaos. She also, at times, calmly points a hidden gun if the action calls for it. And she has a pistol at hand's reach inside her office...points the gun at Tonto when it looked like he would attack her. Red's house of ill-repute is somewhat a cross between a circus, bar and prostitution ring. This might show somewhat of the disturbed mindset Red might harbor, giving that it is hinted that she used to be a ballerina and ballerinas are seen performing within the interior as the Lone Ranger and Tonto enter the brothel. When the Lone ranger and Tonto come to her for information, it is also shown that she is quite keen in the revenge business. Before they leave she says "Make that monster pay for what he did to me." In my opinion, she can be described as calm cool and collected in her demeanor...a woman who does as she pleases without hesitation. She carries herself, proud, with a business like air. An example of this is when she is accused of having health code violations she simply states "Well this is a house of sin." Her 'house of sin' is known as "Hell on Wheels". As you may guess during the movie as it implies ... it travels where the men go.
So, this is my finished "Red" from the movie Lone Ranger as best as I could do...
Movie review and TV opinion:
Altho this motion picture is a few years old, it's still worthy of a review for those who haven't seen it or are just plain curious of my thoughts. It's a Disney movie and in all honesty, I think it's entertaining for any age. There are two young boys in the movie that will melt your heart. A twist in the characters of the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Big company corruption, outlaws in the old west. A small community of Texas folk...some comedy, a tad bit of history of the railway system, family values, strong female leads. Oh, and GREAT music!!! I've watched it over and over and enjoy it each time. The scenery is quite beautiful too. Some critics and bloggers have put forth the mention of it being politically incorrect. I say to that: blah, blah, blah. When I watch a movie I don't particularly seek out the correctness....as long as it entertains me, that is the whole purpose of watching!!! In a way the story is reminiscent of a couple other story lines from two other movies...it reminds me of Little Big Man and Young Guns II where a central character of age and time [in the Lone Ranger it happens to be Tonto] recalls the tale of an era in their life; regaling to another person as they listen and the action takes place. All in all, it's a good flick. I think I know why it didn't get any real good credit from Hollywood for the fact that Mr. Depp has always been against Hollywood protocol...hence critics will put it down; naturally. By all means that is only my opinion. Just like NCIS being #1 in the ratings for years and getting no mention or accolades with the Emmys....it's all way too political. Of course HBO gets the awards galore....'cause Hollywood and Cable are colluding or conspiring together with the almighty dollar wanting the consumer to pay out more a month to be able to see the winning shows. I'm like J.D.....Hollywood stinks. But....I STILL LIKE MOVIES.