Thursday, February 9, 2012

And on the 4th Day...

Proctor's World
There is no substantial personal news to report at this juncture other than I was down 5.8 lbs at my weight watchers weigh-in this week.  If you have not noticed I tend to write early on big loss weeks as opposed to the side note at the end of Proctor's World on small loss or gain weeks.  The 5.8 number cancels out the 2.2 gain from last week for a net two week loss of 3.6.  In the past I have lost weight faster than this, but the weight came right back on as soon as I broke one of my diet's rigid rules and gave up.  Having lost almost 14 pounds to this point, I am trending in the right direction and excited to see the weight continue to drop.  As always any tips or words of encouragement are appreciated.

Our World
A couple of days ago I received an invitation to my sister's annual Oscar party.  It is this time of the year when I realize I need to cram some serious movie watching in so that I can say I have seen the majority of the nominated pictures.  I love movies but tend to be selective with what I will invest two hours into watching and this year's nominees have me seriously wondering how many are worth it.  Typically the Oscar type of film is my favorite and I will take the Best Picture nominees over the top 10 box office any day of the week.  For this reason I am shaking my head at 2011's crop, let us take a look at couple of favorites:
The Artist

I have not seen this movie and I can undoubtedly tell you there is no chance in the world this movie is that good.  There is no dialogue.  Get it?  It is like an old movie, how genius!  Seriously, is this all it takes to become an Academy Award favorite?  Can we say for sure this movie would not have been as good if it had words?  There is a reason 99.9% of modern movies have dialogue.  What other gimmicky tricks can we use to make a picture "unique"?  Maybe we could make a movie about the life of a cat and have the camera view coming from underneath the litter box.  How about a movie with the dialogue of a western but with the camera showing a still shot of a cactus for the film's entirety?
Who needs a crazed De Niro talking to himself in a mirror when you could have Hugo playing with toys?

You guessed it, I have not seen this either.  Here is what I know about this movie: it is a period piece set in 1930s Paris, it is about a kid and it is directed by Martin Scorsese.  Wait...what?!?  You mean to tell me that Scorsese has a chance to win a Best Picture Oscar for this BS?  Have we reached a point that after screwing Scorsese over for Raging Bull and Goodfellas we just give him an Oscar for anything?  He finally received his Oscar for The Departed (his 4th best movie) and now he might get one for this?

The Patriots lost the Superbowl, no fun, but it happens.  Still a great season for my Pats and I have so much to look forward to in the world of sports.  Baseball, my favorite sport, is just around the corner.  The Tigers are locked and loaded and my collegiate Cardinals are ranked and ready to roll.  In basketball the Pacers are becoming the team no one wants to play in the postseason and the Lake Show will soon have Dwight Howard.  U of L is getting hot at the right time and are working towards a double bye in the Big East tourney.  And what is that I hear?  It sounds like a distant purr now but come April it will be a ferocious RRRROOOOAAAARRRRRR in Augusta.  THERE IS A TIGER ON THE PROWL!

Tool of the Week
He is the big black thing

Now do not get me wrong, I love my adopted son-cat Bagheera.  Bagheera is part of the reason I knew I loved Laura when I met her and I even had Bagheera over to the bachelor pad for a weekend.  Bagheera does funny stuff and is a fantastic cat, but this has not been a good week for him.  He has taken his demands for drinking only from the shower faucet to all new levels.  Starting around 5 or 6 every morning we are awoken by a half scream/meow noise that only Bagheera can make.  One of us then wakes up to turn a slow drizzle on for him to drink from and he will sometimes be quiet.  Today he started screaming for me to turn the water on and it was already on!  This sound is indescribable and when I asked Laura why Bagheera makes it she said "because he knows it is annoying".  

Beer of the Week
Schlafly Extra Stout

I took a sixer of these to our friend's Superbowl party and, other than the outcome of the game, had a great time.  I am not sure the word extra has ever been used more appropriately than with this beast of a beer.  8.0 ABV and you can taste it, even with the delicious notes of coffee and chocolate (somewhat) masking the alcohol.  Definitely a sipper, which means you will not need more than 6, which ran me $12.    

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