Posted by J L on April 28, 2012
Posted in Computers or Internet • Entertainment and Fun • Life | Tagged With: movie, YouTube
Tonight we are watching the movie The Princess Bride. I haven’t seen that movie in about six years, and right now we are watching the fencing scene. This is such a good movie; each time I watch it I notice something else that I had either not noticed before, or at least had forgotton since the last time that I had watched it. I was trying to find a YouTube clip of that scene to share with you, but every one that I’ve seen so far has the embedding disabled. Oh well… I encourage you to watch the movie for yourself if youget the chance, it is truly a classic!
One of my proudest moments as a parent was when I went to the town’s big Easter parade and saw my son in the high school’s marching band. He was playing one of the snare drums, and the band was playing the song “Seventy Six Trombones” from the musical “Music Man.” Although it has been probably over twenty years since I saw the movie, that is a song that I frequently sing to myself, so I was really pleased that the marching band was playing that tune as they marched past me. And even better was the fact that my son’s eyes met mine, so he could see how proud I was to see him in the parade. That was a good day.
I’ve been hearing a lot of people talking lately about how bed bugs are becoming a big problem for homeowners. There have been articles in the newspapers about how easy it is to bring bed bugs and cock roaches home from innocent-appearing places like the grocery store (in bags) and movie theaters (from the upholstery in the theater seats!) Just reading about these kinds of infestations makes me want to give my entire house a good top to bottom cleaning, including carpet cleaning raleigh with a steam cleaner. From what I understand, steam cleaning is the best way to kill pests like that.
For years I’ve been waiting for a time when solar is made easy. Even though solar power has been available for a couple of decades now, the practicality of the technology being within the reach of the average American homeowner has yet to appear on the horizon. For as long as I can remember my wife has taken full advantage of the passive solar energy in the winter by opening the doors and curtains that face the sun during the day to allow the sun’s rays to warm up the house as much as possible, and making sure to close them all again when the sun started to wane. And in the summer, as much as we enjoy having a house full of sunlight, we pull down the window shades and close the doors to the hot sun, to help keep the house cool and to reduce the work and energy usage of the air conditioner.
Even so, we would ultimately like to take better advantage of the newest technology when it becomes within our financial reach, of putting solar panels on our roof to help reduce our electricity usage and to help heat and cool the house. Just the idea of not having to pay the electric company, or the gas company for our lights, heat, and air conditioning gets my juices flowing! My wife has even suggested that we look into getting a small windmill to see if we could generate our own electricity with it to help cut down on our electric bills. With so many people living in our house, and everyone being on a different schedule of wakefulness and sleeping, our lights and climate control are constantly going, so our bills for electricity and climate control are probably a lot higher than many families bills are.
Went up to the local 7-11 store this morning to use the Redbox machine to rent the Mission Impossible movie to take home and watch with my in-laws. When I got up there my credit card wouldn’t work! I tried a different card, and it wouldn’t work either! There was a line of four people behind me, so this was very embarrassing. Using my cell phone, I called my wife and asked her why was I having trouble with my credit cards. She told me that there should not be an problem with the cards, it is probably some problem with the telephone lines that the Redbox is hooked up to. It’s a rainy day and there have been a lot of solar storms lately, so she assured me that it was probably just a problem with the machine. I came home empty handed, and annoyed, but what can you do? Technology is great when it works!