Wow! Lincoln is a MUST SEE movie!

Just saw the movie, Lincoln, last night. All I can say is, “Wow!” What a great movie! It is nothing like I expected. Everyone knows about Abraham Lincoln and how he got assassinated and all that part of our American history. This movie was NOT about that! This movie was about politics in the old days and how the end of the Civil War affected the end of slavery – and it almost did not happen!

Daniel Day Lewis is SPECTACULAR as Abraham Lincoln. You totally believe that you are watching the real man – not an actor who has won the Academy Award for other movie roles like Last of the Mohicans and his other great movies. There were several excellent actors in this movie. I loved Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field, too.

This movie was nominated for all kinds of Academy Awards and should have won them all. It’s a GREAT MOVIE! Don’t wait for the DVD – go see it!!!

Laundry Drama

Now that the glow of a new purchase has worn off, the new washing machine that we bought is starting to bug me. There are a lot of things wrong with it. It works – the clothes get clean. But there are a lot of things about this front loading washer that I hate.

In the first place, the settings do not allow you to select a cycle that just rinses one time and then spins it dry. So, if you open the door and find a puddle of soap suds, you have to run an entire hour long cycle again just to get the excess soap out of that load. That is a waste of water, electricity and time.

Next, the drawer that you pull out to pour in the soap bleach and fabric softener is too high. When a short person is pouring bleach into that drawer, it can very easily splash back right into her eyes. That is extremely painful and dangerous.

Next, the drawer has three channels for adding the liquids and they are very shallow. When pouring any of the soaps, bleach or fabric softeners into their proper channel, it is very common to have a lot of splash into the wrong channel. It really pisses me off to be pouring bleach and have it spill over into the fabric softener channel. That means during the rinse cycle there will be bleach coming out and onto my clothes and that won’t get properly rinsed out. Since there is no separate extra rinse setting, that mean you have to wash the entire load over again.

I hate that it takes a full hour to wash a single load of clothes. It does not matter if the washer is totally full or you have only a handful of undergarments that need to be washed by themselves, it takes an hour. That is way too long – especially for a small load of undergarments. Those should only take about 20 minutes to wash. An hour is way too long.

I hate this washer and hate the so-called engineers who designed it. I would never ever buy a GE front load washing machine again and hate to be stuck with this awful one. If I could sell it and get even half my money back I would rather buy a new washing machine that put up with this crappy one much longer.

Just a Suggestion

Why do people come to you for advice and tell you this whole long story and you talk about it for, like, hours. And you make a suggestions and then say, yes, you are right. And then they go and don’t do anything that you talked about? They do something crazy different! And then they come back in a couple of days boo hoo-ing about how they are miserable and everything is worse. And blah, blah, blah.

You know what? If I give you advice, then I expect to take it to heart. If you don’t follow my advice, then don’t come crying later! Damn!

Movie Prices are Outrageous

Its been ages since I went to the movies in a real theater. But I really wanted to do something fun and different, and there are bunches of new movies coming out that look really promising. I know that all of them will be out on DVD just in time for Christmas, but I don’t want to wait that long for all of them.

I went with my Study Buddy from school as a treat to say thank you for all her help and moral support during these classes. This past month has been the hardest – its like they are rushing us to get through it all and I’m starting to panic about not only learning the new material but remembering everything else they taught me over the past 2 years.

So we went to the new theaters out in Providence Shopping Center and each ticket was 16. Sixteen Bucks! This is too much! I can buy the DVD for $16 bucks and watch it over and over again as much as I want. The movie theaters have go to charge less money for a ticket if they want me to come back again.

Dog Treats

Shopping for dog treats is getting so complicated. I like to buy a little toy or bag or special treats for my dog. The toys never last very long, so if I spend much more than $2 or $3, it is a waste of money. But lately most of the toys seem to be $7, $10 and more. That is crazy for a toy that only lasts 10 or 15 minutes after you get it home!

Who the Hell Cares?????

My girlfriend Joan Foley sent me the link to this. On the front page of Yahoo News:

Britney Spears sports a bizarre hat

The pop star steps out in Hollywood wearing a strange leopard-print tiara as an accessory.

Who cares what Britney wears? who cares if ANYONE wears a leopard print tiara. Good grief! This is NOT news!

It’s almost that time of year again

Here it is October already which means that the ‘Trick or Treaters’ will be out soon.   The next thing you know, it’s going to be Thanksgiving.  we always have turkey of course but last year someone brought one of those deep fried turkeys.  Man it was great.  I had no idea they would taste that good and juicy so I’m getting Mom an oilless turkey fryer so she can make us one herself this year.

I had no idea they had an oilless turkey fryer but they do.  That has to be healthier than deep frying one and since Dad passed away from a heart attack, we’re all trying to eat healthier.  This a great way to do just that.  I would have never known about them if I hadn’t checked with  That is where I love to find the best prices and a few surprises too like the turkey fryer.

Please do this

I got this from an email and it is true!!!

On Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn that would require all Members and their staffs to enroll in any new government-run health plan. It took me less than a minute to sign up to require our congressmen and senators to drink at the same trough!  Three cheers for Congressman John Fleming of Louisiana!

Congressman John Fleming (Louisiana physician) has proposed an amendment that would require congressmen and senators to take the same health care plan they force on us (under proposed legislation they are curiously exempt).

Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go on his Website and sign his petition (very simple – just first, last and email). I have immediately done just that at: . Please urge as many people as you can to do the same!

If Congress forces this on the American people, the Congressmen should have to accept the same level of health care for themselves and their families.

Time for some humor

Men make a big deal out of ‘Pole Dancing’.  Personally, it’s not for me, that’s for sure but I thought you might get a kick out of this lady trying to pole dance for her ‘guy’.  Laughter is optional but I bet you will laugh as hard as I did at this one.  Enjoy everyone!!!!