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Self Improvement Grade : C

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Exercise : B :We joined the ‘Y’ last week, I went for my initial consultation and workout, and now have to start getting in there 3 days/week.
Eating Right : B : I’m still focused on eating well but it’s getting to be a bit of a drag.
Weight Loss : B : Last’s weeks ‘big loss’ was not equaled this week, which is fine. I still am loosing weight which is good.
Parenting/Husband : D : The efforts to loose weight, eat right, exercise, etc, have all added to my stress level and made me quite grumpy, irritated and unpleasant. I’m gonna try some daily vitamin supplements and see if this week can be a better one. Not being a good parent/husband greatly dwarfs all the good efforts in other areas.

This was a tough week. I stayed the course on many things but have been very irritable.

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07/31/2006 at 9:04 am

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (4 stars)

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Dead Man's Chest imageDirector Gore Verbinksi takes to the high seas to helm the continuing adventures of swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), young Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and headstrong beauty Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). Once again, the trio returns to the realm of the supernatural as Jack tries to weasel his way out of a blood debt with the ghostly Davey Jones (Bill Nighy), who threatens the wily skipper with eternal damnation if he welshes.

Geoff’s Comments: I was surprised to have enjoyed this as much as I did, as I was not overwhelmed by the first. Depp’s back playing an effeminate ‘Keith Richards’ caricature. This has a fun, swashbuckling tone, with a couple of lulls but an overall even pace. There are subtle nods to the Disney ride throughout the movie that are fun to watch for, and the set designs and visuals are excellent and worth the price of admission alone.

Note: this has a cliff hanger ending. I didn’t like that aspect of it because it was not expected. So now you know going in.

[ rent Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest via netflix.com ]

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07/27/2006 at 8:22 am

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (4 stars)

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Dead Man's Chest imageDirector Gore Verbinksi takes to the high seas to helm the continuing adventures of swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), young Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and headstrong beauty Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). Once again, the trio returns to the realm of the supernatural as Jack tries to weasel his way out of a blood debt with the ghostly Davey Jones (Bill Nighy), who threatens the wily skipper with eternal damnation if he welshes.

Geoff’s Comments: I was surprised to have enjoyed this as much as I did, as I was not overwhelmed by the first. Depp’s back playing an effeminate ‘Keith Richards’ caricature. This has a fun, swashbuckling tone, with a couple of lulls but an overall even pace. There are subtle nods to the Disney ride throughout the movie that are fun to watch for, and the set designs and visuals are excellent and worth the price of admission alone.

Note: this has a cliff hanger ending. I didn’t like that aspect of it because it was not expected. So now you know going in.

[ rent Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest via netflix.com ]

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07/27/2006 at 8:22 am

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Taking Some Heat

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Q: When would you expect the Air Conditioner in your home to ‘Give Up The Ghost’?

A: During a stretch of record breaking 100+ degree heat wave, that’s when.

And of course, the landlord for the rental property is on vacation, and A/C companies are quoting a week + wait time for service. The irony is solar-perplexing.

Yes, this is my life… frustrating at times, but in the end worthy of laughter, not lamenting. It’ll make a great screenplay someday. Priorities, right? I mean, it’s not like my laptop’s not been stolen.

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07/26/2006 at 9:22 am

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Who Killed the Electric Car? (4 stars)

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Who Killed the Electric Car? imageAmid ever-increasing gas prices, this documentary delves into the short life of the GM EV1 electric car — once all the rage in the mid-1990s and now fallen by the roadside. How could such an efficient, green-friendly vehicle fail to transform our garages and skies? Through interviews with government officials, former GM employees and concerned celebs (such as EV1 driver Mel Gibson), Chris Paine (former EV1 owner) seeks to answer the question.

Geoff’s Comments: Wow. Another great documentary. It’s fascinating to see how things played out in the production and destruction of these revolutionary vehicles. It’s also interesting to consider just what might be the motivation behind not only stopping their production, but literally seizing and destroying every single electric car even when the owners [leasers] clearly wanted to and were willing to pay for them and keep then. Just why would a car company choose to do that?

[ rent Who Killed the Electric Car? via netflix.com ]

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07/26/2006 at 8:08 am

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Who Killed the Electric Car? (4 stars)

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Who Killed the Electric Car? imageAmid ever-increasing gas prices, this documentary delves into the short life of the GM EV1 electric car — once all the rage in the mid-1990s and now fallen by the roadside. How could such an efficient, green-friendly vehicle fail to transform our garages and skies? Through interviews with government officials, former GM employees and concerned celebs (such as EV1 driver Mel Gibson), Chris Paine (former EV1 owner) seeks to answer the question.

Geoff’s Comments: Wow. Another great documentary. It’s fascinating to see how things played out in the production and destruction of these revolutionary vehicles. It’s also interesting to consider just what might be the motivation behind not only stopping their production, but literally seizing and destroying every single electric car even when the owners [leasers] clearly wanted to and were willing to pay for them and keep then. Just why would a car company choose to do that?

[ rent Who Killed the Electric Car? via netflix.com ]

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07/26/2006 at 8:08 am

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Self Improvement Grade : B

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Exercise : C :Although i’ve not started a routine, I have worked out a schedule and should be starting at a gym this week.
Eating Right : A : I’ve been very conscious/focused on what’s going into my system, and it’s working quite well.
Weight Loss : A : I’ve lost 8 lbs since my last entry. Whoo hoo!
Parenting : B : Still seeing some improvement in the kids behavior but I have a long way to go with being aware [in the moment] that i’m a role model.

This was a good week for taking action and seeing some results in those efforts.

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07/24/2006 at 6:52 am