Monday, February 27, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

First Family Atlantic City

Strollering in Public
Ramblings and Gamblings
Atlantic City has, oddly, become one of our frequent family mini vacation spots.  Since we barely gamble, taking advantage of semi-regular discount offers is cost effective, providing us with a couple days away from life’s normal chaos for pool swimming, ocean strolling and general relaxationing-aning. (Sorry, that one got away from me.)  The first time we tried this plan, however, our lack of experience, coupled with a general focus away from family entertainment in many areas almost killed this tradition before it started.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Up the Lake: Behavior Problems

The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Fires
Death of Denial

Many types of smoke signals came from this Indian.

I believe the statutes of limitations on getting in serious trouble have finally passed allowing me to admit there were several elements of unseemly behavior mixed in among the well meaning, if lunatic, other Up the Lake activities.  Due to the nature of these tales, the participants shall not be named, for protection in case I am wrong about those statutes…or their parents are reading this.  Although that hardly matters, as the only one who usually got in serious trouble was me.  Honestly, I’d get punished for things those who shall not be named did which I had no part. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Jeff's Books to Open Your Mind: Killing Monsters

My violent movie and video game reviews, generated comments from concerned friends and family indicating civilization (and also my sanity) may be doomed.

Fortunately, I’ve read Killing Monsters: Why children need Fantasy, Super Heroes and Make Believe Violence by Gerard Jones, and I know everything will be OK.

I've read most of the information presented in it before but, it was nice to see it all in one place.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Why Guys are Stupid

This was one of the first things I ever wrote for no informative, assigned or required reason.  I lucked out and the Star Ledger bought it based on a cold submission and it was published on this day in 1998.  This means I technically started this blog about thirteen years before it existed.  I always was a fan of “Timey-whimey.”

Note who is clever enough to be in the shelter while the others face the danger.
Course: Life in General - Final Paper

Attempts to explain male psychological behavior have been attempted for years.  But all the “Men are from Mars, Women are from Peter Paul” explanations are needlessly complex.  Male behavior all boils down to one point:


That’s all there is to it.  Everyone agrees, but no one sees that there is far more here than meets the eye. Guys are not stupid because of:

Poor education

A lack of willpower and concentration

Or even for the popularly held belief: “They just want to annoy you.”

GUYS ARE STUPID because it is one of the most important laws of nature, which organizes all levels of human society and much of the rest of the food chain as well.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Up the Lake: Kids and Nature

“Never Work with Animals or Children” – W. C. Fields
“Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinkin’ ” – Steve McCroskey
A clear violation of Rule 5.
On a typical night Up the Lake, after pretty much every one else has gone to bed, I used to enjoy a Southern Comfort while reading by the fire before turning in. (This was my pre cardiac inspired red wine days.)  Though I had been cutting it with seltzer as I (and my innards) aged, one summer I decided that I should probably stop for various reasons (better health, better example, and better at not falling into the fire).  Thanks to one extended weekend at the end of June, this decision needed to be heavily reviewed.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tragedy at Sea

Fourteen years ago, an amazing film sailed across the world’s movie screens.  This tragic tale of a doomed ocean liner ran the gamut of emotions.  Amidst heart rending tragedy there were views into the most inspiring actions of human courage and spirit, as well as glances at the lowest levels of pettiness and selfishness. 

Cutting edge special effects, a score by an Oscar winning composer, and dynamic writing and direction allowed the audience to truly connect with the fear of the trapped individuals, the conflict between self-preservation and the need to help others, and the crushing despair of a romance that survived hardship and disaster only to be lost to a heartless sea.

There was also a fantastically monstrous looking, barbed, giant squid monster!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Make Mine (Captain) Marvel!

Well, it looks like DC isn’t through deliberately annoying me yet.

No, unlike every aging comic fan with a blog on the planet, I’m not complaining about the Watchmen prequels. I figure Alan Moore will be offended enough for all of us.

Today’s gripe is that they’ve solicited a new Shazam series, by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.  Initially, I expected greatness from the guys who brought us the most recent of the no longer existing origins of Superman.

Then I read the full description
Yes, you should look sad, Billy.