My neighborhood streets were so quiet this morning. Rory and I only saw two delivery men and another man walking his dog. The hustle and bustle of New York City?
Not on Labor Day.
So I noticed little things I normally miss.
This little guy guards the entrance to an apartment building near my post office. I’ve walked this path for five years, and this is the first time he has caught my eye.
(As a Kentucky native, I am especially embarrassed to admit this.)
My friend Dick sits on this stoop most afternoons. Rory and I stop by and catch up on the neighborhood gossip during our walks.
Apparently Tyler chatted with Dick yesterday, too.
And these blooms were hanging on a tree on my street.
A nice end to a lovely morning walk.
Posted in Dogs, Holiday, Life, Summer, Walking
Tagged apartment building, blooms, chalk, Dogs, flowers, gossip, Holiday, horse, Kentucky, Labor Day, life, mornings, neighborhood, New York City, post office, stoop, walking
“Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.” -Steve Martin
I saw We are the Millers this week and did not puke once.
I did laugh a lot — often very loudly.
In fact, I am confounded why a majority of movie critics were so harsh toward the comedy.
Perhaps I have seen too many R-rated comedies, but I think the “offensive content” in Millers pales in comparison to The Hangover trilogy or, say, This is the End.
The movie actually supported family values, for cripes sake…albeit in a subversive, round-the-bend way.
Plus, watching Kathryn Hahn — who plays the wife of an RV family the Millers encounter on their journeys — scream bloody murder for a full minute is worth the cost of the ticket.
So ignore the critics like you usually do and laugh a lot. If you find it offensive…
Well, consider that a bonus.
Posted in Comedy, Commentary, Entertainment, Family, Humor, Movies, Summer, Travel
Tagged comedy, commentary, entertainment, family values, film, Humor, Kathryn Hahn, laugh, laughter, movie critics, movie ticket, Movies, offensive content, puke, quote, R-rate comedies, RV, Steve Martin, summer, The Hangover movie, This is the End movie, Travel, We are the Millers movie
Rory and I encountered these words today on our walk in Central Park:
It was repeated over and over again along our route, so we simply had to follow and answer the now burning question:
What is Brooke’s world?
Turned out to be some benches. And leftover balloons. We deduced that Brooke had a birthday party in the park.
And we missed it.
What is this world — Brooke’s world — coming to?!
Posted in Animals, Children, Dogs, Humor, Life, Nature, Summer, Walking
Tagged animals, balloon, birthday party, Brooke's world, Central Park, children, dog, follow directions, Humor, life, New York City, nosy, park bench, walk
If there was ever any doubt, The Way Way Back confirms: Steve Carell can really act.
Because in this movie, our favorite nice guy plays an out-and-out prick.
But he’s not the central character in Way Back.
His girlfriend’s son Duncan is. The two of them don’t see eye-to-eye, and it makes for an uncomfortable threesome, especially when they go away together for the summer. Duncan escapes by getting a job at Water Wizz, a local water park, where he finds the acceptance he can’t find at home.
This movie made me smile for a lot of reasons.
Sam Rockwell is a surprising, endearing water park manager and surrogate father to Duncan. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash — who won an Oscar for The Descendants screenplay — wrote and directed his movie as well…but I was mostly happy to see Nat’s goofy face return to the screen after the egregious cancellation of his sitcom Ben and Kate. And most of all, it was fun to see a movie about water slides…
…after a weekend of 100 degree weather. Heaven.
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Movies, Summer, Weather
Tagged Ben and Kate sitcom, celebrities, commentary, entertainment, Humor, Jim Rash, life, movie screenplay, Movies, Nat Faxon, nice guy, Oscar, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, summer, surrogate father, The Descendants, The Way Way Back, water park, water works, weather
Do you see what I see??
Happy Fourth of July!
Posted in Design, Entertainment, Holiday, Humor, Life, Photography, Summer
Tagged design, do you see what I see, entertainment, fireworks, Fourth of July, Holiday, Humor, life, photography
IFC.com, who is ‘getting ready for tomorrow,’ shared this pic:
I want to go to there.
Posted in Entertainment, Food, Humor, Internet, Life, Movies, Photography, Summer
Tagged entertainment, food, Holiday, Humor, i want to go to there, IFC.com, Internet, July 4th, life, Movies, photography, SPF 45, sumer, summer, thin and crispy
When the gods at Google get it right, they get it right.
Check out their animated tribute to the first day of summer:
Can’t you just feel that wave hit you?
I’ll be right back.
Posted in Design, Entertainment, Humor, Internet, Life, Summer
Tagged animated gif, animation, artists, catch the wave, design, designers, first day of summer, Google, Humor, Internet, life, summer
I don’t know if it is my age or location, but I love my sunglasses bigger and bigger these days.
They do cover a multitude of sins.
But these shades by designer Jaesyn Burke are simply sinful!
I’m not completely sure I could see out of them, but really –
Posted in Design, Fashion, Humor, Life, Summer, Vacation
Tagged bling, commentary, design, designer, Fashion, Humor, Jaesyn Burke, life, shades, summer, sunglasses, vacation
When I was a kid growing up in western Kentucky, Columbus-Belmont Park was the place to go on a field trip.
It’s an area rich in Civil War history — in fact, the park originally had the word ‘battlefield’ in its name — so we climbed on cannons and the famous anchor [pictured left] during our many trips there.
We also hiked the trails, played miniature golf and ate….a lot. Because you always had a picnic when you went to Columbus Park.
Today over 60 members of my family are gathered at Columbus-Belmont Park for a reunion, celebrating the 100th Wedding Anniversary of Edith and Omar Hayden, my maternal grandparents.
I had to cancel because my dog got sick. (He’s fine now…of course.)
So if you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say howdy. They’re a lot of fun. And grab some lunch. They’ll have extra –
Posted in Dogs, Family, Home, Humor, Life, Summer
Tagged anchor, battlefield, cannon, Civil War, Columbus-Belmont Park, Dogs, family, grandparents, history, home, Humor, Kentucky, life, miniature golf, park, picnic, picnic shelter, summer, Sunday in the park, trails, wedding anniversary
No doubt — John Irving wrote it better.
In A Prayer for Owen Meany, a woman gets hit by a baseball, dies, and her son and the boy who hit the killer ball remain best friends throughout their lives.
When it happens in real life, folks are a bit more litigious.
A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face by a baseball is suing the 11-year old catcher who hit her for medical costs and negligence. Her husband is filing a separate suit for the loss of “services, society and consortium” of his wife.
The total damages? Close to $500,000.
The catcher’s family, who says they can’t afford the jury trial the woman has demanded, thinks Little League Baseball should help defray court costs since the accident took place during a sanctioned warm-up.
I think they should call Irving. Maybe he can do a rewrite and give this story some heart.
Posted in Books, Children, Commentary, Family, Games, Humor, Life, Relationships, Sports, Summer, Writing
Tagged A Prayer for Owen Meany, baseball, baseball catcher, baseball in the head, best friends, books, children, commentary, court trial, family, Humor, John Irving, lawsuit, life, litigious, Little League, medical costs, negligence, New Jersey, news, Sports, summer, writing