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12 March 2005 @ 10:01 pm
Today...  
So...today has been an interesting day. I started out by driving about an hour north of where I live to get my taxes done. The ride was kinda pretty through some rural areas...parkland, lots of trees, a lake, a timber yard, sheep...well, you get the picture. I always enjoy seeing my taxe guy...he is truely a sweet guy (Mom went too...and she adores him...he really pays lots of attention to her.).
Then I took mom to the mall...LOL...this takes tons of patience! We stopped to eat...takes mom over an hour to eat a burger and fries. Then we shopped around...I think she was in the Dollar store for an hour! While mom was in there, I went to Suncoat and WaldenBooks. I picked up a few DVDs and a few books (See below). Then Mom wanted to shop in Sears and JCPenneys...okay...so by this time it's 4:30...and mom says..."Oh yeah, I have to go to Target. There's a Toaster oven on sale there that Jennifer (my older niece) wants! The sale ends today.". AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! So...we leave the mall and drive back toward home and go to the nearest Target, where I picked up some stainless steel/copper bottom pots and pans for my niece...she just moved back home from Richmond and is still settling into her fancy-schmancy townhome.
After an eternity in Target, Mom says, "Oh...I need to stop by the supermarket"...by now, I feel like I'll never make it home! LOL! She says that she only needs two things...a full cart later, we leave! God bless her, I love my mom...but sometimes she makes me want to sprint into a brick wall! :)
I normally go see my little niece and nephew on Saturday nights, but they are both sick with a virus, so I'm home and eating stuff I shouldn't...pizza and a 3 Musketeers Bar! LOL!!

Below are the DVDs and Books I picked up today...plus the book I'm currently reading, "Light Before Day"...I'm about midway through and I'm really enjoying it! I'm normally reading Fantasy, Sci Fi or Books of a Historical nature (Fact and Fiction)...but I enjoy Christopher Rice's books, maybe because of the gay angle...who knows!
After buying all those DVDs, I'm running my 'Charmed-Season 1' DVDs in the background as I'm typing this...I love that show!
Okay...guess I'm rambling now...below are the things I've picked up and behind the cut you can read the descriptions of each...





THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES

Editorial Reviews
Amazon.com
The beauty of the South American landscape and of Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Bad Education) gives The Motorcycle Diaries a charisma that is decidedly apolitical. But this portrait of the young Che Guevara (later to become a militant revolutionary) is half buddy-movie, half social commentary--and while that may seem an unholy hybrid, under the guidance of Brazillian director Walter Salles (Central Station) the movie is quietly passionate. Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna, a lusty and engaging actor) set off from Buenos Aires, hoping to circumnavigate the continent on a leaky motorcycle. They end up travelling more by foot, hitchhiking, and raft, but their experience of the land and the people affects them profoundly. No movie could affect an audience the same way, but The Motorcycle Diaries gives a soulful glimpse of an awakening social conscience, and that's worth experiencing. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.

LADDER 49

Editorial Reviews
Amazon.com
In paying simple tribute to firefighters, Ladder 49 gets to the heart of those who risk their lives for a living. Director Jay Russell brought similar sincerity to his memorable family favorite My Dog Skip, and despite the banalities of an ultra-conventional screenplay by Lewis Colick, Ladder 49 generates so much goodwill toward its Baltimore firemen that you may find yourself unexpectedly overcome with emotional appreciation for guys like Jack (Joaquin Phoenix), a firefighter whose career, courtship, marriage, and fatherhood are viewed in flashback as he struggles to survive in the present-day framing scenes, cut off from his fellow firemen in the fiery guts of a collapsing 20-floor building. There are no surprises in the familiar scenes of male bonding, dangerous rescues, injury and death, and the supportive concern of Jack's wife (Jacinda Barrett), but by focusing on the simple integrity of Jack's personal and professional commitment, the movie gives Phoenix a showcase for unselfish virtue, while John Travolta provides dignified support as Jack's mentor and devoted firehouse captain. Ladder 49 is routine in most respects, but it's a much-deserved valentine to working-class heroes. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.


HERCULES - SEASON III

Here's an episode guide, with a tiny description.
1. Mercenary: Hercules battles pirates and monsters to bring a mercernary to trial.
2. Doomsday: King Nikolaus uses Daedalus, father of the deceased Icarus, to invent terrible weapons.
3. Love Takes A Holiday: Aphrodite resigns as the Goddess of Love. The God of Fire is in love. If he can't have Aphrodite, then Leandra will do.
4. Mummy Dearest: A Halloween episode where a mummy in Salmoneus' House of Horrors comes to life.
5. Not Fade Away: Iolaus is killed by Hera's new Enforcer.
6. Monster Child In the Promised Land: Hera wants the new baby that has been born to a giant and the mother of all monsters.
7. The Green-Eyed Monster: Cupid falls in love with Psyche, and he literally becomes a green-eyed monster when jealous.
8. Prince Hercules: While suffering amnesia, Hercules is tricked into thinking he is Queen Parnassa's dead son.
9. A Star To Guide Them: A Christmas episode. The king and queen round up the male children so their own child will become king.
10. The Lady and the Dragon: A young dragon bent on revenge is convinced that Hercules and Iolaus killed his mother.
11. Long Live the King: Iolaus's look-alike cousin King Orestes is killed.
12. Surprise!: At Hercules's surprise birthday party, his family and friends are poisoned. Only a bite of the apple of the tree of life can save them.
13. Encounter: Nestor wants to use the blood of the last Golden Hind, Serena, to kill Hercules.
14. When A Man Loves A Woman: Hercules must become mortal to marry.
15. Judgement Day: Xena and Gabrielle come to Hercules's aid when he is accused of murder.
16. The Lost City: Salmoneus discovers an underground city that appears Utopian.
17. Les Contemptibles: During the French Revolution, a man pretending to be the Chartreuse Fox and two of his friends try to con a noblewoman.
18. Reign of Terror: Delusional King Augeas believes himself to be Zeus. Hera offers him god powers if he kills Hercules.
19. End Of the Beginning: Hercules and Autolycus go back five years in time. Hercules tries to alter a past tragedy.
20. War Bride: A dying King Tolus tries to end a war by betrothing his daughter to a prince of a neighboring kingdom.
21. A Rock And a Hard Place: A cave-in crushes an accused murderer, slowly killing him.
22. Atlantis: Hercules is shipwrecked on the island of Atlantis, where he meets Cassandra.

LIGHT BEFORE DAY

From Booklist
Rice's third novel is a departure from the eerie gothic atmosphere of his first two novels, A Density of Souls (2000) and The Snow Garden (2002). Like the previous ones, this is a mystery--a pure West Coast mystery, set in West Hollywood, where 26-year-old Adam Murphy toils for the fluffy gay men's magazine, Glitz. Adam is desperately in search of a real story that will launch his career, and he thinks he has found his ticket when he learns that Daniel Brady, a marine who died in a helicopter crash, was cruising around with Scott Koffler, a sleazy man who procures teen boys for older gay men, just days before his death. Adam is immediately suspicious--Brady was piloting the helicopter when it crashed, and Adam thinks it may have been suicide. When his investigations into Scott's business cost him his job at Glitz, Adam takes a job as an assistant to thriller- and true-crime-writer James Wilton, who is intrigued by the Brady case as well. But when Adam's ex-boyfriend, Corey, goes missing, Adam begins to learn that both he and Corey are more involved in the case than he first thought. Rice's latest is a complex mystery that should please his many fans. Kristine Huntley
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Jase: Who's My Daddy?slavetopassion on March 13th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
Wow! You had a busy day too!! whew!
Dont you dare sprint that pretty face into a brick wall!!! ~smooches all over that sexy mug~
I love you tons!!
Mark: apolloandsatyrboywondermark on March 13th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
~Hugs you tight and smooches you back~
Brandon McNeneyjoecdn on March 13th, 2005 03:29 am (UTC)
Awwwww poor Gwen and Griffin - hope they're feeling better soon!

I always love reading your stories about them - they seem like such well behaved children :-) (compared to the little monsters in my family LOL).

Mark: thinkingboywondermark on March 13th, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
OH...They have their moments, Bran! LOL! Especially my niece...she's 4 and a petite little peanut...with an attitude as big as a house! Thanks for your well wishes...I'll pass em to the kids! ~HUG~
turtleinashell on March 13th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
Mom says, "Oh...I need to stop by the supermarket"...by now, I feel like I'll never make it home! LOL! She says that she only needs two things...a full cart later, we leave! God bless her, I love my mom...but sometimes she makes me want to sprint into a brick wall! :)

Haha! I know the feeling too well. Mom's been home two days from the hospital, and already she's driving me nutty. I'd been out of bed less than an hour today, and she's already telling me all the things that need done that I'm already aware of, and my poor sister is on the verge of tears and said, "This is what you deal with all the time?" Okay, I don't feel quite that bad about it, but there are days, and my Mom is so sweet and wonderful most of the time. When I go take her somewhere, she does the same way as your mom. "Oh, we need to stop and get bread." which turns into bread and ten other things. Then, "Oh, I forgot to stop at the pharmacy." Okay, that's another half hour. lol! I do love her dearly, though, and I'm so glad she's still alive, that I really shouldn't complain ... too much anyway. ha! :)
Markboywondermark on March 13th, 2005 04:06 am (UTC)
LOL! I'm sure our moms could tell stories about how we aggravate them too, Paul...doesn't mean we don't all love each other!
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A.M.ultimategirl on March 13th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)
Oh my! Your day was just packed! You earned that pizza, hon! ;D

I see a cover for Ultimate Fantastic Four. What did you think of it?
Mark: Brainiac5boywondermark on March 13th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
Just bought Graphic Novel #1 and #2, but I haven't read them yet! I flipped through and I like Adam Kubert's art though! Have you read them?!
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Treed1979a_trick_mind on March 13th, 2005 05:53 am (UTC)
I do not go shopping with my mom. No way. I do not have near enough patience for that. She can spend more time looking at nothing than anyone I know.

Did you read Rice's A Density of Souls? I want to read that some time.

We loved the movies of Motorcycle Diaries and Ladder 49.
Markboywondermark on March 13th, 2005 06:11 am (UTC)
OMG! You saw Ladder 49 and Motorcycle Diaries already?! I'm glad you liked it...makes me look forward to seeing it more, Rick!
I did read A Density of Souls...and I loved it! I have his other book, Snow Garden, here too, but have yet to read it!
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Timtim_cat on March 13th, 2005 08:02 am (UTC)
A new Christopher Rice book?!?!
I am a BIG Christopher Rice fan also!! I didn't know he had a new book out I am so glad you posted that!! I am going to have to go out and get it! How is the book so far??
Mark: farmboyboywondermark on March 13th, 2005 08:17 am (UTC)
Re: A new Christopher Rice book?!?!
I'm close to midway through it and I'm loving it...he really has me going!
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Milamber: Cam and Teddy Bearmilamberrex on March 13th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
Imagine that. I picked up Light Before Day last weekend! Haven't started it yet. I have three Mercedes Lackey books to get through first :)

As for Hercules, I wasn't a big enough fan of the series to go out and buy the DVDs, but I LOVE the Green-Eyed Monster ep. That's where I fell in love lust with Karl Urban. Since then, I've actually met Karl, and he's hotter in person :)
Mark: Archangelboywondermark on March 13th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
It's good, Rex! Mercedes Lackey, eh?! LOL...do you know that her 3 Vanyel books were the first books I'd read with gay characters?!
Where did you meet Karl Urban?
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Dale T. GreatOnedgreatone on March 13th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)

HERCULES? Aren't slavetopassion and I enough muscle for you?
Mark: apolloandsatyrboywondermark on March 13th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
LOL! Herc had his sister, Aphrodite, cast a spell on me...that's my story and I'm sticking to it!