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General Discussion / Second to last race of the season :-)
« on: September 14, 2016, 02:41:20 AM »
We did well.

We went home happy :-)

Super short video showing the crowd and a few of the teams.


The gang

My nutters team

Our race scores and seeding. You get placed not just on whether you take first or second place but also on your time. Also teams are placed against each other based on category such as mixed competitive teams against only other mixed competitive, corporate fun teams in another category, breast cancer teams in another, blind in another, handicapped in yet another etc. We're Wasabi Fury :-)

Those times for heats 64 and 83 wowowow =^,,^=

General Discussion / A choose your own adventure travel show
« on: February 08, 2014, 10:39:27 AM »
I got a kick out of this concept so I thought I would share it.

"DON'T KILL ELI is a travel show that puts you in the director’s chair. Whereas most travel shows tell YOU where to go, for this show, YOU tell ME where to go. It’s an experiment in interactive television - a real live Choose Your Own Adventure. Your votes will dictate where I go, what I do and much much more. All I ask is please don’t kill me."




Flotsam and Jetsam / The Movie Don Jon
« on: September 27, 2013, 04:56:30 AM »
Sorry the video is so quiet I'll use a better camera set up next time... if there ever is a next time lol


My first thoughts:

So, once again through no fault of my own I walked into a movie with expectations. As per usual I was way off base.

Someone in the group before me had mentioned that Don Jon was basically softcore porn. Therefore, I had the expectation of mindless smut with the usual cocktail of drugs, alcohol, addiction and raunchy sex. However, Don Jon isn't about sex. Well it is, BUT it has a message, a moral, a story with meaning. It touches on a subject that is completely and totally pervasive in modern society yet no one ever discusses it. Actually it touches on several subjects that are rarely discussed but probably should be, namely porn addiction, ageism and the profession of sex therapist (Not to be confused with prostitution)

Don Jon is a comedy and the humor is genuinely funny, not raunchy or slapstick. You will laugh, you will emphasize and you will learn something new. Guaranteed.

Flotsam and Jetsam / RUSH - Really great movie :-)
« on: September 26, 2013, 08:22:05 AM »
Just got back from seeing it and I'm still all bouncy! Wrote up my initial thoughts about it :-) I will admit some bias. I love racing and love speed and I'm quite lucky I haven't gotten a ticket on my motorcycle yet lol so the racing scenes might have held my interest more then some but even as a girl who likes that kind of stuff, the rest of the movie was equally fantastic. If you like history, speed, adrenaline and a great story you'll love the movie.


I walked into the theater with expectations, with bias. I expected Rush to be the typical Hollywood racing/action movie with drugs, police chases, lewd humor and over the top personalities.

I. Was. So. Wrong.

Right from the beginning, RUSH has a compelling story that immediately both captured and held all of my attention. The two racers that are the focal point of the movie are James Hunt and Niki Lauda, two famous formula one racers from the 1970's.

James Hunt is portrayed by Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers)  and does an amazing job of playing the hot headed sexy playboy. His character shows so many aspects of his personality, from his personal life, to his party and racing life. Niki Lauda is portrayed by Daniel Brühl (Inglorious Bastards) and he showcases perfectly Lauda's impersonal, cerebral take on racing as well as his upbringing and personal life.

The movie takes you into their lives, giving you a real sense of what drove them to be so competitive  as well as covering many interesting and not well known aspects of how a racing team is put together. However, that is only part of the appeal of Rush.

The action got my heart pumping, the racing scenes were by no means just silly little cars going around in circles. The danger of every corner could be felt in the shaky cam, the close frontal view from the car and details like the close ups of road and tire conditions. Also, the sound of the gears shifting and the  roar of the engine really brought home how small those cars are and how close to the ground the drivers are. During several scenes I felt a very tangible, visceral fear.

I spent the entire movie at the edge of my seat avidly watching the racing action and thoroughly enjoying the experience of  learning all about these two enigmatic racers. The speed, the amazing history, the politics, the rivalry, all created a riveting story that left me, and an entire theater of moviegoers, clapping at the end...somethin g you don’t often see in theaters anymore and a resounding accolade to a really well written and exciting film.

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