14 February 2009

Happy Valentine's Darling

Dearest Valerie,

Happy Valentines! On this day that we set aside to celebrate love I want to say that you are the one person who occupies my whole heart. The best thing that has ever happened to me was meeting you. You are the best person I know. If everyone were like you this world would be full of people who try only to make every one else happy with no thought on how those actions would be repaid. You are my best friend. You know me and not just how to make me happy but how to make me look at myself and confront the faults that cripple my growth. But even as I try to make difficult changes you are right there holding my hand. You love me without reserve or second thought and that kind of support makes it possible for me to do even the most difficult things. In return I love you with everything that I have. I am yours and will be forever.

In short, I love you Valerie.

12 February 2009

Starsky and Hutch...Finally

I'm sorry. I know I should have posted this a long time ago but I didn't. It's been a busy month.

So I know that there are a few adultish scenes in this film. Sorry to anyone who was offended. I had an edited copy, so I guess I skipped that stuff and NO it did NOT become a 5 minute movie. It was at least 45 minutes long! So anyway here it goes.

This is of course an adaptation of the 70s television show, which I've never seen ever. But I'm sure it was real fine and good. I would say my closest brush with Starsky and Hutch is the music video for Sabotage by the Beastie Boys (click here to watch it now!)

So the movie starts with Barry Manilow's "Can't Smile Without You." You may notice that song is the first track on my V-Day CD this year? So we find Reese Feldman who kills a man for losing one of his 3 planes transporting cocaine. The body is dumped into the ocean and later the body is found and leads to the our friends linking the crime to Feldman.

Anyway, cut to our intor of Starsky and Hutch. Starsky is a by-the-book cop. Hutch is laid back and irresponsible. Because Starsky fired a gun in a crowded street and Hutch got caught "undercover" robbing a bookie they are paired together, supposedly as punishment. 

Their differences come out immediately. Their only common link is Starsky's car which Hutch absolutely loves. They discover the body in the water and they trace it back to Feldman who says that Terrance (the body) was an ex-con that works for him under a fresh start program that helps paroled convicts get a job. During their meeting it is apparent that Feldman is obsessed with his Yacht. Starsky and Hutch then decide to track down the maker of Terrance's denim jacket, a man by the name of Big Earl. Big Earl is in prison and they visit him to get some information. This is the funniest part of the whole film. Big earl gives them a bag of coke in exchange for Hutch first showing his bellybutton and then imitating a dragon. Big Earl is obsessed with dragons. Big Earl finally coughs up the coke but not until Starsky and Hutch do "2 dragons." This is one of those rare movie moments where I laugh out loud really hard. 

In the mean time we learn Feldman is selling a huge amount of Coke that has no odor so it can't be detected by dogs or superficial drug tests. In fact the drugs that Starsky and Hutch get comes up as plain old sugar. So Stasky uses it in his coffee during a date. He gets wasted and nearly shoots some people at a disco, after losing a fixed dance of to Dancing Rick!

The next day Starsky and Hutch are shot at by a Korean man. After they capture him they learn he was hired by a man with a yacht. Putting two and two together, Starsky and Hutch go to Feldman's daughter's Bah Mitzvah, where they promptly shoot the girl's new pony. They are kicked from the force, and break up when it is learned that Starsky tried to get a transfer because he dislike Hutch. They make up and figure out that Feldman is giving out his coke in cars he is giving away at a benefit party. In the end they capture Feldman ala Key Largo with Huggie Bear knocking Feldman out with a golf club. In the chase however, Starsky's car is lost. At the end of the film we learn that Huggie Bear has bought Starsky a new car (exactly like the old one) from two white dudes, who turn out to be the actors who played the original Starsky and Hutch. 

There is some really funny stuff in this movie. I love the mic that they wire Huggy Bear with. It has a huge antenna that extends from his waist to his armpit and the mic itself looks like it came right off a mic stand. I love Starsky's character that he plays at the benefit. "Do it! Do it!"
I also love the scene at the police station locker room where Starsky has a fight with another cop who points out that the big towels are on the top shelf. Starsky and Hutch hav hand towels wrapped around their waists. Pretty sure that's a jab at Starsky's height. Anyway, pretty darn funny movie. Sorry about the less kid friendly parts. 

Now we are going to do a Valentine's movie but we are low on time so I am simply going to post a poll of movies that I chose. And then for the March movie I'll let whoever picked Starsky and Hutch pick the category. So check out the poll and Happy Valentine's day!

11 February 2009

The V-Day (not VD) CD is Done!

The Valentine's CD is finally done! As many of you know, this is Valerie's answer to the Halloween CD that Jon.R. produces every year. This is the 9th V-day CD and a very exciting one. Once again I picked half of the songs and Val picked the other half and we alternate. Try to guess which half is mine - the odds or the evens.

We cut in quotes from the last 2 minutes of Joe Versus the Volcano. I love that film, btw. You can now click on the songs above and listen to them or download them or whatever.

Happy Valentine's Day everybody!

01 February 2009

Goodbye, Hello!

So as many of you know I recently lost my cell phone. I left it in my pants on the floor of my room and it followed the rest of the dirty clothes into the washing machine. I owned the above phone. Yes the infamous (murderous or just more than famous?) Motorola Razr. I know I bought it about 5 years after it was really cool but it was the first cell phone I owned that wasn't simply the cheapest phone Verizon offered me. It made me feel cool. I loved the crisp snap that occurred when I flipped it open and closed. In fact, flipping it closed to end a call was one of my favorite things. I can't explain it. It also helped that all the cool fashion people on Ugly Betty (they must have had a contract with Motorola) also used the Razr. So I figured I would just get another one. But Verizon didn't offer it anymore. So I had to find a new phone. Enter the LG enV2.

It's a good thing my contract was ripe for extension because I definitely couldn't afford to pay much and I also didn't want a refurbished phone that had an antennae bigger than the phone itself. I ended up paying $50 for this. Good thing I got the deal. I had no idea how much it was till I tried to upgrade my wife's phone at full price. It costs more than my Wii. Anyway, I have fallen absolutely in love with it. On the outside it's a good solid phone. It is sturdy with a reassuring weight to it. That amount of heft told me that it had to have lots of good stuff inside. It MUST be chock full of cell phone goodness. Plus it looks pretty cool. Then I opened it and my cell phone life changed forever.

Hurray! The full keyboard! Where have you been?!? I can type a term paper on this baby faster than it used to take me to respond to "Are you at home?" So if you get a text message from me that is overly long, please forgive me. I'm just still excited. Next cool feature. As soon as I brought it near my computer the bluetooth mechanism on both devices synched. I didn't even know my Mac had bluetooth! Anyway, my phone now has a Harvey Unga wallpaper and the song "My Love is Like a Nectar." I must admit though that I don't plan on using this as my portable music player (there's a memory card slot if you are serious about doing so). Someone already invented something called the Ipod.

Now the more I explored this phone the more I realized that it could do really cool stuff: Tell me when I get emails and let me access my gmail and yahoo email accounts, give me step by step spoken driving directions like a car navigation system, help me find a good restaurant or where a movie I want to see is being played or just map my current location and follow me around, watch video content from ESPN to Cartoon Network and everywhere in-between as well as browsing web based content from sports to news (not the full internet mind you). The catch with all of these really cool things was that I am on the most basic cheap plan the world has ever seen. Good thing I got a raise this year because I am no longer on that plan. I couldn't not do it. It was like having a Ferrari and using it just to cross the street. You can see below how happy my enV2 has made me.

We haven't been apart yet. We'll never break up! I can feel it! Anyway, if anyone is looking for a new phone and you want to become one of the cool kids, you can't go wrong with the enV2. Buy one and maybe we can hang out again.