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May 10, 2008
A quick post, I thought, since I'm tired of overthinking my blogging.
A great weekend thus far started by jetting right back into Boston to hang out with my friend Julia, munch on burritos, watch a little Countdown and backseat drive GTAIV. What an amazing game - the canonical detail is amazing and it's got such an incredibly rich feature set.
Up late, took the Little Man out to McDonalds for lunch as promised (a treat), got the car inspected a month or two after deadline, and then off to the bikeshop to get his third-hand 12in" bike some air and raise the seat.
After I got him down for his nap it was off on my errands - arranging a day at a nearby spa for Mothers' Day and picking up my new phone - my first Blackberry (a Pearl). It's really my first PDA ever....surprising for this early-adopter but folks may realize I only ever dig into social networks and Web 2.0 that is free. I don't have a gaming console, fancy computer, iPod Video (or iPhone Touch for that matter), huge entertainment center or any of that. Not to say that I don't covet it greatly but I have other obligations.
Unfortunately, what I figured would take an hour at the VZW store took almost 2.5 - and I went grocery shopping for 45min of that. Apparently my phone didn't want to activate. Thank the gods I figured this out while still parked in the store lot because it would take another 1.5 hours for me to get it. They trouble-shot the first phone for 30min, then tried to exchange it with another phone and had the same problem. They asked me to "come back in 30min" so the techs could get some sort of key from VZW support.
I had one hour to get home and get ready to take my wife to see "Iron Man" at that point so not even remotely enough play time with it. Got home and was in a frenzy trying to get the groceries away, play with the phone even a little, check email, get something to eat and help get Will ready for bed. It didn't go well.
Once I was in the car I kept fiddling (and got car sick). Finally, after sitting down in the theatre I was recovering a bit from said earlier frenzy and car-sickness to enjoy the trailers being shown.
Hulk looks pretty good - like something Marvel "fixed" this time around. Indiana Jones is a MUST see. It comes out on the Little Man's birthday but I'm tempted to get a babysitter for once we get to bed and take my wife to see it. She wants to see Speed Racer as well. I could dig this babysitter thing.
But "Iron Man", oh Marvel.....John Favreau , Avi Arad....I don't know which of you are responsible for this masterpiece but damn that was an amazing experience. The acting was really good and the special effects truly awe inspiring. It was a comic book movie without the cheesy, exclamatory schlock we've come to expect Hollywood to ruin such adaptations with. And the hardware and software CGI was so believably realistic.
I hope Hollywood looks closely at this movie, its success and figures out the magic combination for all future adaptations. This is a way to do it right.
Off to bed!