Category Archives: Summer

Living (or dying) a double life

Archie is dead.

life with archie 36Or he will be when Issue #36 of “Life with Archie” hits stores in July.

That’s the word from CNN and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater, the son of the comics’ creator.

Apparently Archie, always the nice guy at Riverdale High, dies saving a friend.

Now, I read a lot of Archie Comics as a kid…so I was super sad when I first read the news.  Then I found out that the “Life with Archie” series has been telling stories about Archie’s possible ‘future lives’ and ends, appropriately enough, with his death.  The regular Archie Comics set in his teenage years at Riverdale will continue on.

Umm…that seems like a bit of a cheat.  Or maybe a stunt to get some readers like me back who don’t know the difference?

Archie — say it isn’t so.

Oh wait, you’re dead.  Well, one version of you is dead…or will be soon.  I’m so confused.

 

 

 

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Starting the day right

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.

horsedoormanThis 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.)

 

 

 

TylerwashereMy 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.

 

bloomsAnd these blooms were hanging on a tree on my street.

A nice end to a lovely morning walk.

 

Sensitive much?

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.

we are the millersI 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.

Kathryn HahnPlus, 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.

We follow directions well (and are nosy)

Rory and I encountered these words today on our walk in Central Park:

brookesworld

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?!

Water works

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.
the way way back


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.

That’s no thunderstorm…

Do you see what I see??

sunglasses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Fourth of July!

Thin and crispy with a side of SPF 45

IFC.com, who is ‘getting ready for tomorrow,’ shared this pic:

IFC pizza beach

I want to go to there.