Sunday, January 22, 2006

Here and There...

Just saw on Much Music ‘Back in ‘89’, that in 1989 the 3rd highest grossing film was “Look Who’s Talking” with John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. As if it wasn’t shocking enough to find out that that movie made more than Lethal Weapon 2, or Back to the Future 2, or Ghostbusters 2, (all in the same year); it turns out it made 140 million. That’s a lot of money for a flick that bad…

Turns out a plane carrying members of the band Bon Jovi skidded off the runway in Hamilton as the plane overshot the runway thanks to bad weather. Nobody was hurt, thank goodness. At least it didn’t slide onto a road like the one in Toronto…

22 year old Jennifer Berry, otherwise known as Miss Oklahoma, was crowned Miss America in Las Vegas. Um, does anybody care about this anymore? Apparently, fewer and fewer do, as slipping ratings caused the producers to move the show to Vegas, and without a major network to broadcast the skin and talentless show on, they had to settle for showing it on CMT. That’s the weirdest part – what’s the Miss America Pageant doing on Country Music Television? Remember when CMT used to show…um, what’s the word…oh yeah, MUSIC?!?

Has there been a Canadian sitcom as funny as Corner Gas? I’m laughing my ass off watching it. They even worked in a side story about the Littlest Hobo! And with the old theme music! The deadpan deliveries and hilarious one-liners are great. Whoever coined it the Canadian Seinfeld is bang on…

And finally, with the Canadian election on Monday, the local TV has been inundated with ads for the various crooks…uh, I mean candidates…that are running. What I’m wondering is: why are all the commercials about the other parties? I mean, if I see a massive picture of Paul Martin’s ugly mug on my TV, am I not safe to assume it’s going to be a commercial about the Liberal party? Actually, no – it’s an ad telling us all the things he’s done wrong by one of the other parties. Stop telling us everything that is wrong! We KNOW what is wrong and what has been done wrong. What we want to know is what are YOU going to do to fix it?! If you’re a candidate, just come out and say I’m going to do this, this, and this. That’s all. We’ll decide the rest. Oh, and one more thing – once you’ve been voted in, Stick To Your Promises, you lying, money wasting, cotton-mouthed, dingle-dorks!!! Is that so hard?! It’s a shame that it’s gotten to the point where when I’m voting, I’m not voting for who I think will do the most good, I’m voting for who I think will do the least amount of damage. Is there no way we can get some decent people to vote for?! There, end rant…

Comments on "Here and There..."

 

Blogger The Original LRU said ... (January 22, 2006 5:51 PM) : 

Speaking of beauty pageants, I just read a story about Bobby Fischer and how a friend took him to such a pageant. It was apparently a pretty good seat, up front.

Anyway, about half way through, Fischer suddenly whips out a pocket chess set and asks, "What do you think of queen to g6?"

Source: Bobby Fischer Goes to War by David Edmonds and John Eidinow

 

Blogger The Original LRU said ... (January 22, 2006 5:54 PM) : 

As for decent politicians, there is the option of running for office yourself if you think nobody else is going a good job.

But on the other hand, who would want a job like that? I don't think it's as easy as it may seem, and is probably filled with lots of dull mundane work: reading bills and documents and trying to decipher the legalese to make sure bad laws don't get passed.

At least if you're doing the job right.

 

Blogger Eaglewing said ... (January 23, 2006 2:11 AM) : 

Funny Fischer story. Kind of explains the vapid nature of pageants...

As for running for office, not anybody can. I think it's more about money and connections than good intentions or actual ability. I mean, if it was about ability, don't you think there'd be some other choices than what we got? Look at the last election in the States. How many millions of people are American citizens, and they wound up with a choice between Bush or Kerry? How many Canadians are there, and we get Martin, Harper, or Layton? No, I don't think decent people even have a chance at making it - it's all about money, back room deals, and...well...politics.

Besides, who would want a job like that anyway? ;-)

 

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