The advertisement

October 21, 2017

You may remember we mentioned our trek to the movie theater
yesterday and the movie we saw while there. A day or two before
we left on that adventure we received a glossy advertisement
from the multi-screen theater airing the show.

Said advertisement stated in all bold letters that the
reserved seating featured luxury loungers that were all new
luxury recliners. It went on to add that the recliners were
electric-powered with recling backs and extended footrests and
that they were ergonomic, plush recliners with tables.

When the wife handed me the flyer to read about these modern
marvels she awaited my reaction. I believe that went something
like ‘Oh hell no!’ I can say after the experience that the
seats were comfortable and did kind of work as advertised. The
leg portion would raise so your legs were straight out, but the
back would only recline about an inch.

The wife used this feature, I did not. If I had used it my
snoring would have probably caused a rucus. The tables? Think
the school desks of our childhood. I do not consider a sliding
piece of artificial wood with built in cup holder a table.

This was a lot of luxury to someone who remembers getting in
to see movies for around 70 cents in my youth. Back then, movie
seats were mohair and wouldn’t move if you hit them with a
Mack truck. There was also a lot more people crammed into the
theater and your neck got sore from looking up at the giant
screen.

We’ll post a snicker later today so enjoy our Saturday.
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We know it’s late…

October 20, 2017

but I wanted to wait until after we saw “Only the Brave” at our
local super cinema. Since I’m not big on movie theaters we’ll
start with the fact that I saw “Love Story” at a Drive-In when
it came out, next came “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s
Stone” in 2001, and today “Only the Brave”. So I’m probably
good now until around 2040 if the good Lord lets me hang around
that long.

As for this movie, all I can say is WOW! I was a little
handicapped knowing something of the tale before we walked in
but was still impressed. The move stayed close to all I’ve read
written by Amanda Marsh and others, with some creative add-ons,
that rang true to us.

What did surprise me was the sound. Everything seemed
amplified to one good ear including helicopters flying over
and fire trucks racing to the fire. And I’m glad we didn’t go
see it in 3-D. Seeing a full sized bear, on fire, running out
of the screen and into my lap would have been a bit much.

We went to the matinee, paid over $10 for an iced tea and a
Coke, and saw more trailers for upcoming attractions than I
thought possible. It was still worth the hassle of having the lady who follows me around dragging me to the theater.

The only word that comes to mind after this movie is ‘real’.
It felt right. The lady who follows me had her eyes start
leaking at certain points. Josh Brolin played Eric Marsh and
Jennifer Connelly played Amanda Marsh, and the entire cast
just seemed to make the movie better.

Can’t say I’d go again as that’s not my thing yet have no
regrets seeing it today. Now we wait until it comes to the
small screen to see how much that changes the movie. Enjoy
our Friday as I know we will. I’m stocked up on pizza,
Snicker’s, and critter food so we’re good.
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Casual day

October 18, 2017

Had a visit with Dad this morning and we enjoyed a good chat.
Not many subjects were missed as we talked about our names, the
wildfires, food, health, and misconceptions. We even covered
John Deere and their recent lawsuit over colors.

At one point I even mentioned that the scaffolding was coming
down on the steeple of the church near us but the cross wasn’t
back on top. The cross was taken off before the steeple was
re-roofed and when the rigging was up never gave it much
thought.

The critters got fed while the rest of the chores are on hold
due to my lack of interest. It’s just too nice a day to work it
away. Time may be spent with the camera, or a nap, whichever
sounds more interesting when the time arrives.

I also found out the lady who follows me around got tickets
online to see “Only the Brave” Friday afternoon. She even
claims we have reserved seats. Many can’t believe that I have
not set foot in movie theater since the first Harry Potter
movie came out.

Never cared for watching movies inside and cell phone usage
has not changed my mind. So at 12:30 Friday afternoon we will
be in our reserved seats to view the 2 hour and 13 minute movie
along with others who attend. When that is over I’ll go back to
my mantra of ‘I can wait until they show it on TV’.

Enjoy our Wednesday, it’s a beautiful day here. Now I need
another cup of coffee and some leftover pizza.
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Counting down

September 18, 2017

We’ve been so busy that we haven’t had much time for sleep,
but come tomorrow the car heads west. Hopefully with us in it.
A reminder of why I don’t like vacations. The problem isn’t
with the cruising off to strange places; it’s remembering the
million and one things that have to be turned off, packed up,
taken along, locked up, or left on.

If I missed an email or message it was not intentional as on
top of all the above a new laptop has to be set up for the
trip and one password for the email escapes me. I also have to
program in travel weather and road conditions sites along with
all the other toys that are used.

As if that isn’t enough, I’m out of pizza and will be for the
foreseeable future. We didn’t stock up at the grocery store
Friday as we knew everything bought would sit for 2 weeks. The
loose ends will get tied up, the car gassed up, and tomorrow we
head west to Idaho with a detour through Montana.

Anyone wishing to get in touch via email should use
cruisinblog@hotmail.com

When the old password is remembered, or a fix found, my old
email will be usable again. Now I go to grab a quick shower
and shave before more coffee. Then one more visit with Dad
before we leave tomorrow and back to work.

So if you see a silver metallic Fusion headed west with the
turbo kicking in and a long haired redneck grinning behind the
wheel with a lady in the passenger seat grabbing the dash and
gritting her teeth, that will be us.

We will try to keep posting as close to normal as possible, if
there is such a thing. Enjoy our Monday as I know we will.
Comments are always welcome.


A little rabbit told me

September 10, 2017

The man in the moon was out this morning but it didn’t feel
right talking to him during the daylight so I found a talkative
rabbit. And most of what he said made sense.

He had no need of money, didn’t care about politics, and
wasn’t worried about the weather. He did seem a little
concerned as he said I looked hungry and he didn’t want to be
lunch. I assured him my only hunger was for knowledge and we
sat down to chat.

We talked of many things and I learned the neighbor turns his
dogs loose just to get the rabbit. Said rabbit is too quick
thinking for a couple of older dogs to catch, yet.

While talking I realized that life isn’t easy for a wild
rabbit in the city. He told me his goal is to survive the cold
winter and I hope he does.

I’ve been busy the last few days preparing for the roofers to
start on Monday and while I’m ahead of schedule there are still
a few things to finish up before I can kick back and relax. I
also saw a few birds this morning but they weren’t talking.

So I had a play time early this morning as I knew the work
wouldn’t get done on it’s own later. Enjoy our Sunday and rest
if you can.
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Looking around

August 19, 2017

We’ve been so busy taking pictures none have been posted
lately. So, here are some critters we found interesting while
out and about.

The critter above, and all shown here, were taken on my Nikon
D3300. The settings were: f/5.6, ISO 400, shutter speed 1/1000
of a second, at 210 mm for this shot. You can click on any of
these pictures to get a better look.

Couldn’t resist this one as the bird looks like he’s posing for
the camera. Shot with the Nikon with the settings at: f/6.3,
ISO 400, shutter speed 1/600 of a second at 210 mm.

This critter was working the flower and was upside down as
shown. Hadn’t seen that before. Shot at f/6.3, ISO 400, shutter
speed 1/600 of a second at 210 mm.

This critter caught my eye too. Shot at f/11, ISO 500, 1/1000
of a second shutter speed, at 420 mm.

Finally these two are of a young male cardinal feeding a young
female cardinal. Never saw that before either. These two aren’t
the clearest as I was shooting through two storm door windows.
I still like them. The settings were: f/11, ISO 1000, shutter
speed 1/500 of a second at 420 mm.

Now that we’ve bored you to tears it’s time to mosey off into
the background and scrounge something to eat. Enjoy our day.
Comments are always welcome.


Painted skies

August 4, 2017

When I awoke this morning it hit me. The wildfires have hit
Iowa. No, our state is not on fire. Nor or people stocking up
on all things needed to make smores. But when something happens
out west it ends up here.

While it makes for interesting days and beautiful sunsets the
smoke from the fires in our more western states has reached us.
And when that happens it causes one to go outside and enjoy.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we don’t worry much about air
quality when these things happen. Much like when severe storms
are in our area we grab a lawn chair and go outside to watch.

Even the critters appear to enjoy the sights.

Then again, this could all be a weather anomaly. Yet my
wandering mind thinks the winds were just favorable to push the
smoke in our general direction. Whatever the reason it gets me
outside even more. It looks like the skies were painted by
a brush in God’s hand.

Enjoy our friday. A day we stock up on pizza and Snicker’s
at Casa Cruiser. Now I need more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.