Friday, April 30, 2010

Day Thirty: Whomever You Find Most Attractive In This World

Day Thirty: Whomever You Find Most Attractive In This World
~ Love you, Ravyn ~

~ Forever & Always ~

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day Twenty-Eight: A Drawing

Day Twenty-Eight: A Drawing



So, this is what I used to draw all the time when I was a kid. I had a whole bunch of these characters, all with various personalities, ala the Smurfs. I called them Pothetics, which I didn't realize I had spelled wrong until I was older.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Day Twenty-Seven: A Picture Of Where You’re From

Day Twenty-Seven: A Picture Of Where You’re From

BCC Pond photo by mbgrigby

Monday, April 26, 2010

Day Twenty-Six: A Picture From One Of The Greatest Days Of Your Life

Day Twenty-Six: A Picture From One Of The Greatest Days Of Your Life


Wedding Day

Ravyn and I on our wedding day.

Movie Monday - The House Where Evil Dwells

The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)

The House Where Evil Dwells

[Edward Albert; Susan George; Doug McClure; Amy Barrett]

Plot: A dream home turns into a terrifying nightmare for a young American family in this classic haunted house tale. The Fletchers move into an old Japanese abode unaware that a century earlier, a samurai warrior committed two brutal murders and then killed himself on the premises. As eerie events begin to occur, the Fletchers find themselves pulled into a horrific reenactment.

This was a film I had somehow never heard of until it aired on TCM last month. It was a pretty standard haunted house flick, I suppose, except for the fact that the house was in Japan. And the ghosts, while they do some awful things, also do some silly things or... well, nothing much at all.

I don't know. Maybe it would have been better to see this one when it was new and 'modern' back in '82. And when I was 11.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Day Twenty-Five: One Of Your Most Prized Possessions

Day Twenty-Five: One Of Your Most Prized Possessions

Possession? Hmm...

Have to go with my wedding ring. Lots of other items are important, like photo albums or the storage drive (how 21st century, eh?), but nothing means as much to me as my ring.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Day Twenty-Four: Something Embarrassing In Your Room

Day Twenty-Four: Something Embarrassing In Your Room


Only thing I can think of is a pair of jeans I have from the late 80s/90s. You know, when ripped all-over faded jeans were the 'in' thing. They are of a size I haven't worn for a long time, but I have kept them just to see if I can ever fit in them again.

If I can (HAH!), I will post a picture. But I wouldn't hold my breath for that one!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Day Twenty-Three: Favorite Music Video

Day Twenty-Three: Favorite Music Video

Don't know if I have a favorite music video, but this is one from when I was first getting into music and MTV and I watched it a lot.

Mellencamp is still one of my favorite musicians. Great stuff.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Day Twenty-Two: Picture Of You On This Day

Day Twenty-Two: Picture Of You On This Day



Sorry - Late again!

Me in the Jason mask I got earlier this week as a gift.

Pic taken by my daughter. Thank you!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Starz Bunnies do The Princess Bride!

Day Twenty-One: Favorite Movie Quote

Day Twenty-One: Favorite Movie Quote

So many to choose from!

Here are 21 movie quotes I love, instead.


(The Princess Bride)

Inigo Montoya: Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.


Westley: Give us the gate key.
Yellin: I have no gate key.
Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, tear his arms off.
Yellin: Oh, you mean this gate key.

~and so many more~


(John Carpenter's Halloween)

Dr. Sam Loomis: I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil.


Sheriff Brackett: It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare.


Laurie: It was the boogeyman.
Dr. Loomis: As a matter of fact, it was.

(Friday the 13th)

Crazy Ralph: Doomed! You're all doomed!

Count Dracula: Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.

Buddy: He's an angry elf.
(Christmas Vacation)

Clark: Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?
Eddie: Naw, I'm doing just fine, Clark.


Bethany: Don't throw me down, Clark.
Clark: I'll try not to, Aunt Bethany.


Clark: Russ, we checked every bulb, didn't we?
Rusty: Sure, Dad.
Clark: Hmm... Maybe we ought to just go up there and check...
Rusty: Oh, woo. Look at the time. I gotta get to bed. I still gotta brush my teeth, feed the hog, still got some homework to do, still got those bills to pay, wash the car...



Norman Bates: We all go a little mad sometimes.


(Rear Window)

Jeff: Why would a man leave his apartment three times on a rainy night with a suitcase and come back three times?
Lisa: He likes the way his wife welcomes him home.
Stella: Intelligence. Nothing has caused the human race so much trouble as intelligence.
(Arsenic and Old Lace)
Mortimer Brewster: Look I probably should have told you this before but you see... well... insanity runs in my family... It practically gallops.
Controller: Bad news. The fog's getting thicker.
Johnny: [jumps to an overweight controller] And Leon is getting laaaaarrrrrger.


Steve McCroskey: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking.


Hanging Lady: Nervous?
Ted Striker: Yes.
Hanging Lady: First time?
Ted Striker: No, I've been nervous lots of times.


Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?
Ted Striker: Surely you can't be serious.
Rumack: I am serious... and don't call me Shirley.


Captain Oveur: You ever been in a cockpit before?
Joey: No sir, I've never been up in a plane before.
Captain Oveur: You ever seen a grown man naked?


(A Christmas Story)

[Mr. Parker reads a side of the box with the prize that he won]
Mr. Parker: Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian.
Mrs. Parker: Uh, I think that says FRAGILE, dear.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Day Twenty: A 10+ Year Old Picture

Day Twenty: A 10+ Year Old Picture


Me and Steve, my oldest

Me & Steve

This was late 1996!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Day Nineteen: Something That Made You Smile Today

Day Nineteen: Something That Made You Smile Today

Okay, this posted before I was able to fill it in!

What made me smile today?
  • My wife had my coffee hot when I got up! Thank you!
  • My kids and I went down and visited my family in my hometown. Great seeing them all.
  • My mom made a great lunch for us all, and then there was Carvel ice cream cake!
  • My brother, my sister-in-law and my niece gave me a very cool birthday gift:
A life-size Jason Mask Prop Replica!

How cool is that?
Definitely something to smile about!

Movie Monday - Triangle

Triangle (2009)


[Melissa George; Liam Hemsworth; Rachael Carpani; Emma Lung; Michael Dorman; Henry Nixon; Joshua McIvor]

Plot: Murder in the Bermuda Triangle in this gripping high-seas horror. Jess encounters the first of many bad omens when her car kills a seagull near the local harbor. Later, her yacht hits a storm, forcing her and her friends to board a mysterious deserted ship. The clock on the ship has stopped -- and so has any sense of safety. Christopher Smith writes and directs.

I am in a pickle with this one, since I cannot really describe or review much more about this film without spoiling the whole thing!

The acting and directing and writing all come together well here, and it makes for an enjoyable flick. The less you know first time going in, the better. I myself knew a little bit, and it was enough for me to expect what others would have been surprised by.

It is a film that, if you like thrillers and movies that make you think, then you will love. If you don't want anything "out-of-the-box", then you won't enjoy it. I also think calling this a "horror film" is wrong. It is more of a thriller with dark edges than a true "horror" film.

Watched this one thanks to the Horror Squad Movie Club. Check it out!

And I am not going to post the trailer, because I think it gives too much of the plot away. Just rent it and watch it yourself. And if you have Netflix, it is available on Instant View right now!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Day Eighteen: Favorite Board Game

Day Eighteen: Favorite Board Game


Scrabble can be fun, when you are in the mood. Monopoly can be fun, when you have a lot of free time. But CLUE can be fun almost anytime!

And the movie is hilarious, too!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

Day Sixteen: Future Tattoos

Day Sixteen: Future Tattoos

Okay, don't have any yet, so any tattoos would be future ones. Lots of scars, though!

When I DO get tattooed, it will be something with the word "Raven". After that, probably something with my kids' names or nicknames or something.

Nothing exciting there, eh? Ah well.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Day Fifteen: Current Grades

Day Fifteen: Current Grades

Well, this is one that does not apply. I am not in school anymore, haven't been for a LONG time.

Here's a few videos to help you with your grades:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Day Fourteen: Favorite Purchase Ever Made

Day Fourteen: Favorite Purchase Ever Made

Old PC

I have to go with the early 90s Packard Bell computer my mother and I bought together.

Then, it seemed like just the latest fad. But it literally changed my life.

Hands down, my favorite purchase ever.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Day Thirteen: Favorite Memory

Day Thirteen: Favorite Memory


Charming Tails

Like my Mrs. said on her site, I think our wedding day is my favorite memory. I was absolutely convinced before we met that I was gonna spend life as a reluctant bachelor. She opened my eyes, in more ways than one, and I appreciate how lucky I am to love her, and to be loved by her.

A few other favorite memories involve my kids, of course:

~ The night of my daughter's birth, as I held her and looked out the window to see snow falling.

~ The first time my oldest son gave me a card that said "Dad".

~ My youngest clinging to me as a toddler, sucking his thumb and holding my neck.

Enjoy their youth. It may not always be easy, but it goes by really fast.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Day Twelve: Where Your Family Is From

Day Twelve: Where Your Family Is From


My ancestors are from:




and also:

Native American

but I am from:

New England

New England, born and raised!

Movie Monday - Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes (2010)

Holmes Asylum

[Dominic Keating; Gareth David-Lloyd; Ben Syder; William Huw; Elizabeth Arends]

Plot: When a mob of massive monsters invades London, only master sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his associate Dr. Watson can save the city. Watson begins to believe that the creatures exist, but Holmes thinks villain Spring-Heeled Jack is behind the attacks. Now, they must track down the master criminal before his plan for world domination comes to fruition in this action-packed mystery.

First off, this is NOT the film released in theaters and starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. This is a direct-to-DVD film from Asylum Home Entertainment. I watched this as part of a multi-review led by Jason over at Invasion of the B-Movies.

Okay, with that out of the way, I can tell you that, the characters aside, I don't think you could confuse this film with the other. The acting is okay from some, but the casting for the main role of Sherlock Holmes was way wrong. Syder just doesn't have the confidence or presence to pull of a role of such legendary proportions. This Sherlock sounds immature, unsure and just cannot command a scene with any of his acting partners.

The plot itself is far-fetched, and while I get that it is supposed to be cheesy-fun and not a 'traditional' Holmes story, taken on its own it is still a bit much to swallow. The action scenes are done with a mixture of live and computer action, but never convincingly mixing the two. I can't give much away without revealing too much plot, so I will let it be at that.

However, one scene that particularly annoyed me was set with Watson in a dangerous situation. We know this because of the frequent camera cuts and dramatic music. Except the tension is all for nothing because we know at this point Watson will be fine, since his OLDER SELF OPENS THE MOVIE TO NARRATE THE ENTIRE THING! Gah!

As you can tell, I just didn't like it. Wasn't good, and wasn't bad in a cheesy/guilty-pleasure way either.

Not recommended, unless you are a really committed Sherlock Holmes completist.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Day Eight: Pictures of Your Room

Day Eight: Pictures of Your Room

Okay, don't have any pictures of my room that are worth showing, except this one I had for a previous post:


These are the horror DVDs and books on the shelf in our bedroom.

This was part of a post about My Horror Collection, so check it out to see more!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Day Seven: Favorite TV Show

Day Seven: Favorite TV Show


Easy one for me!

friday the 13th

I have loved Friday the 13th: The Series from day one, way back in the Fall of 1987. Would watch it in my room around midnight on Saturdays, on a small black and white, non-cable TV. Seriously!

I tuned in at first because I was curious as to how the Friday the 13th movies and Jason Voorhees were going to work on the small screen. But the title and some behind the scenes people aside, this show had nothing to do with the movies. This was a whole different concept, and it was something I fell in love with.

Three quite varied people come together and find out they have inadventantly helped to place hundreds of cursed items into the world. Their mission is then to recover these cursed antiques, out doing harm to countless unsuspecting people, and it was never an easy one. They suffered losses and faced death constantly, but they kept at it, knowing that had to do the right thing, even if the right thing came at the cost of their own happiness - even their own lives. Noble concept for a little late-night TV series!

The stories were good, and the writing improved by leaps and bounds as the show went on, but what kept me and other fans tuned in was the core cast. Micki, Ryan and Jack were strangers, to us and to each other, when the show began, but they became a family, always there for each other, no matter what.


Of course, Micki's portrayer, 80s wonder Louise Robey, was easy on the eyes for all the young men out there. But she also gave Micki a heart that we watched grow over the three years the show ran. She was beautiful, but she was also brave. And she had some classic 80s hair!

John LeMay played the everyman Ryan, a geeky guy who wanted to just look for the fun in life, but soon found himself forced to grow up and take on the horrors the world had to offer. It changed him, and LeMay was skilled at showing how our hero grew and suffered, the weight of the dark side of the world bearing down on him always.

Jack Marshak was the senior member of the trio, the man who had been all over the world and dabbled in a little of everything over the years. He had become somewhat of a loner, but when he took up the responsibility of the store and the retrieval of the antiques with Micki and Ryan, he found something he didn't expect: a new family. Chris Wiggins portrayal of Jack was never phoned-in, he brought his "A game" always, and he brought out the best in his younger co-stars.

In the final season, we meet Johnny, portrayed by Steven Monarque. He is brought in late in season two as a friend of Ryan's, but after the events of the third season opener, he finds himself mixed up in the shop and the crusade the characters are on. Does he run away from the horror? Nope. Johnny jumps in to help, and while he didn't always make the right choices, he did give it his best.

The show was canceled too soon, I believe. The ratings were still good in its third season, but the production company or studio was ready to move on, or buckled to pressure from angry groups protesting the show, depending on which story you read. Regardless, the show ended without a true "final episode", our heroes still out there, trying to get back all those antiques and lock them safely away in the vault.

I have done some other posts on the show, among them:

The intro to the show is here, with some other classics.

Minisodes of the show. Quick shots of fun stuff!

Ryan was among my Top Ten TV Characters.

A post all about the limo the characters drove - I'm not kidding!
Do I seem to over-think an old TV show too much? I don't believe so. We all have something we like, something we see more in than the average person would. Perhaps the show is locked up in a nostalgia in my mind, but it doesn't matter.
Friday the 13th: The Series will always be my Favorite Show.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Day Six: Favorite Song

Day Six: Favorite Song


Like food yesterday, there are so many choices for a favorite song. Let's see...

Dolly Parton has written and performed many I like, Coat of Many Colors one of them.

I love the message that the song imparts, in such a beautiful and simple way.


John Mellencamp also has his fair share of great music, Cherry Bomb being my favorite of his:

Just a great song, an ode to simpler times, I suppose.


Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time is classic, and brings me back to the 80s every time I hear it.

Great song sung by an awesome talent.


Don't You (Forget About Me) is, to me, the quintessential 80s song.

It might have a lot to do with be so closely associated with The Breakfast Club, but with or without the film, it is an 80s classic that never gets old.


But I will have to go with Unforgettable, the version made into a duet by Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie.

A beautiful song, without doubt. Two amazing voices spanning time to meld just perfectly on a classic.

My wife and I also chose this song to be "Our Song", and we couldn't have picked a better one. That's why Unforgettable is my Favorite Song.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Day Five: Favorite Food

Day Five: Favorite Food


Wow. So many choices! If this was Favorite Beverage, coffee would be a quick and easy answer. I pretty much live on the stuff.

Food, though? And FAVORITE food? Tough call.

I guess I will go with:


Pizza, especially Meat Pizza!

Pepperoni, sausage, hamburg, bacon, meatball and, a favorite from my hometown, chourico!

Any, a combo or all of the above, with cheese & sauce - Well, that is just something great!

Try one and see why a meat pizza is my favorite food!

Movie Monday - Shanks

Shanks (1974)


[Marcel Marceau; Tsilla Chelton; Philippe Clay; Cindy Eilbacher]

Malcolm Shanks, a lonely deaf mute who lives with his cruel sister and her husband, finds pleasure in making puppets. This skill gets him a job with a professor who is trying to re-animate the dead with electrodes and manipulate them like marionettes. When the professor dies, Shanks decides to use the results of the experiments for revenge.

This is quite the unique film. Long stretches can go by with no dialogue at all, but with a talent like Marceau on screen, these long stretches are just as compelling to watch. The expertise of all the actors makes the physical movements needed for some of the reanimation scenes jarring and unsettling, as they should be.

The plot itself is dark and sad, a peek at a lonely man being taken advantage of by cruel relatives. Soon, the tables are turned in the darkest way imaginable. Truly a different film if ever there was one.

This was William Castle's final directorial picture, and he went out still giving entertaining, intriguing films to the world.

I couldn't find a trailer online, but go to TCM Underground for a clip of the film.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Day Four: Favorite Book

Day Four: Favorite Book


A few years ago, I would have answered this question with The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. It is a great saga of a story, with rich, interesting characters amid the backdrop of New Orleans, past and present. When Rice is on her game, she can transport you to a place you can almost see and feel. Amazing stuff.
However, I think another book as replaced that one as my favorite.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride is mostly known to the world due to the equally awesome 1987 film based on the book. And while the movie is great fun, the book is its own brand of wonderful.
Goldman writes the book as an abridged version of a longer, boring text by S. Morgenstern. His version is supposed to be the "fun" version, filled with adventure, comedy, fantasy and true love. It is all of that and more.
If you only know the story of The Princess Bride from the movie, pick up a copy of the book. You won't be disappointed, and you'll see why it is my favorite book.
Click here for an excerpt of the book.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Day Three: Favorite Musician

Day Three: Favorite Musician


Dolly Parton

Dolly 1

Out of every musician I can think of, Dolly has written and/or performed the most songs that I have enjoyed. Some for their pure musical joy, others for deeper, more heartfelt reasons.

Dolly is beautiful, no doubt about that. She also has an amazing voice, can play an array of instruments and, most importantly, she is one of the best songwriters ever. She just has a knack for making beautiful music.

Dolly 2

Dolly also seems like a great person, a celebrity for sure, yet she seems to still have her feet firmly planted on the ground and is able to poke fun at herself. That is a good trait for anyone to have.

Enjoy some of her music below, and hear why Dolly is my favorite musician.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Day Two: Favorite Movie

Day Two: Favorite Movie


Halloween (1978)

Halloween poster

I love this movie, can watch it again and again and afterwards, I still feel unsettled and creeped out.

I wrote a longer piece on it during Halloween Month here, so please click there for more on why Halloween is my favorite movie.

Michael bushes

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Day One: Favorite Actor

Okay, so I have to get this post out before the day ends, since the April Challenge is on.


Day One: Favorite Actor


James Stewart


I thought about this all day, and I have to go with always great Jimmy Stewart. Whether we are watching him do the right thing at the expense of his dreams in It's a Wonderful Life or watching him watch his neighbors in Rear Window, he is always a joy to watch. And while L.B. Jeffries and George Bailey are two of my favorite Stewart roles, there are so many more performances of his that I love.

Some of his roles I enjoy, time and again, include David in After The Thin Man, Alfred Kralik in The Shop Around the Corner, Macualy Connor in The Philadelphia Story, Rupert Cadell in Rope, Elwood in Harvey and Dr. McKenna in The Man Who Knew Too Much.

James Stewart

Infinitely watchable, Jimmy Stewart is my favorite actor.

April Challenge

I have had Blogger's Block for awhile now. Worse than Writer's Block, this version leaves me with nothing to post here, other than my Movie Monday reviews. So, when I saw the following on TumblFrog and then Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness, I decided it was a good way to get myself posting SOMETHING every day this month.

The challenge is to post each day using the following schedule:

•Day One: Favourite Actor

•Day Two: Favourite Movie

•Day Three: Favourite Musician

•Day Four: Favourite Book

•Day Five: Favourite Food

•Day Six: Favourite Song

•Day Seven: Favourite TV Show

•Day Eight: Pictures Of Your Room

•Day Nine: Favourite Flower

•Day Ten: Favourite Outfit

•Day Eleven: Recent Picture Of Yourself

•Day Twelve: Where Your Family Is From

•Day Thirteen: Favourite Memory

•Day Fourteen: Favourite Purchase Ever Made

•Day Fifteen: Current Grades

•Day Sixteen: Future Tattoos

•Day Seventeen: A Childhood Picture

•Day Eighteen: Favourite Board Game

•Day Nineteen: Something That Made You Smile Today

•Day Twenty: A 10+ Year Old Picture

•Day Twenty-One: Favourite Movie Quote

•Day Twenty-Two: Picture Of You On This Day

•Day Twenty-Three: Favourite Music Video

•Day Twenty-Four: Something Embarrassing In Your Room

•Day Twenty-Five: One Of Your Most Prized Possessions

•Day Twenty-Six: A Picture From One Of The Greatest Days Of Your Life

•Day Twenty-Seven: A Picture Of Where You’re From

•Day Twenty-Eight: A Drawing

•Day Twenty-Nine: Somewhere You Want To Visit

•Day Thirty: Whomever You Find Most Attractive In This World

Interesting and will hopefully be fun for me, and you, too!

Thanks to the brain behind this, whoever you are!