TB went to see “The Hangover” last night. It’s the funniest damn movie I’ve seen in quite a while, a true classic. If you haven’t seen it, you must. In some ways its a “formula” movie in that its a bachelor party Vegas run with a bunch of great gags tied together with a loose story about getting the groom to the church on time. But it rises above the norm with hyperbolic, yet true to the spirit of, drunken asshole runnin buddy interaction. The screenwriters also captured what it means to black out and keep partying for hours better than it has ever been done on screen. The movie follows the ARB’s challenge in backtracking the previous night to unravel the mess they find themselves in when they awaken. None of the boys can remember anything beyond the vaguest details, but their investigation incrementally reveals what happened before tying up almost all of the loose ends at the conclusion. And Alan is one of the best characters I have ever seen. For those who know him, think Huck as an idiot savant. Go see it.
The “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico will reach the size of New Jersey this year.
Have you ever heard of Tommy Douglas? He was a Baptist minister, a Canadian politician and Kiefer Southerland’s grandfather. In 2004 he was voted The Greatest Canadian by television viewers in that country. He is the father of their national health care system.
Speaking of which, a prediction: a grandly named health care reform bill will be passed this summer. Democrats will hail it as a major victory and Republicans will gnash their teeth, pull their hair and wail that it is the end of the world as we know it. But single payer is already off the table and the “public option” will not be in the bill. Therefore, consumers like you and me will see no benefit, insurance profits will continue to soar and the Democrats will suffer at the polls for the next two cycles and they will have earned it.
I’m going on vacation in August but have not decided where yet. The only thing I’m sure of is it will be west of the Mississippi River, probably west of the central time zone. But desert, coast or mountains….how can I choose only one? A better question, how can I choose two or even all three?
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated this year to be the size of Texas.
I’m fascinated by the mass uprising fomenting in Iran. I am not convinced the people will prevail, in fact I am certain they will not. Then again, I thought the same thing just before the Berlin Wall came down. Then again, I thought the same thing during the Tiananmen Square protests. I also wonder, if the “moderates” somehow take over will they be any better from the American perspective? It is really an interesting situation and unfortunately one about which I am almost completely uninformed.
I’d like to go drinkin but the hangovers hurt more than they used to, you know?
Heading to Atlanta tomorrow morning for a couple of days instead.
Quote of the Day:
Alan–Counting cards isn’t illegal. It’s frowned upon, like masturbating on an airplane.”
Phil–I’m pretty sure that’s illegal too.
Alan–Ever since 9/11 when everyone got so damn sensitive. Thanks a lot Bin Laden.