Monday, July 5, 2010

Hard To Move

Some of you are wondering why it's going to be hard for us to move from PA back to Seattle. All other reasons aside, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Saturday I spent about 45 minutes driving around Elizabethtown and took these pictures. I will miss that!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Toy Story 3 - A Must See
Most of you are aware of the fact that Emily and I love to go see good movies together. It's hard to find good ones though. Usually, if I stay awake it was adequate, if I laugh outloud or cry it was good, and if I stay for all the credits thinking there's going to be one more scene, it's excellent. Toy Story 3 definitely got an "Excellent" rating. Never even came close to sleep, laughed AND cried, and waited through ALL the credits. In my mind, Toy Story (the original) had one of the best story lines of all time, Toy Story 2 was one of the true exceptions to the "Sequel Rule" and was overall better than the first, being one of the funniest movies I'd ever seen. When I heard there was going to be a Toy Story 3 there was great skepticism. What could they do to top 2? When it was over, my first question was, "When did this go in the can? Did they make it at the same time they made 2 and hold it for nine years so the character ages would be real?" The reason this crossed my mind is because the energy and flow of the movie came across as if at the end of the credits for 2 you just stayed in your seats for 3. It literally took me aback AND back in time. I belive the story line is better than 1 and the humor (though all original) is better than 2. One of the best movies of all time.
A couple of notes:
1) Annie mentioned to me that a friend told her it was scary for kids. I must confess I've probably lost my bearings for young kid scariness - but that said, I can't remember anything that was REALLY scary. Yes there is a bad guy (or two) and yes they do some bad things to the good guys but it's not like they rip out Mr. Potato Head's arms (he does that to himself in one of the funniest scenes of the movie which involves a tortilla) or anything.
2) I went with Emmy tonight to see the newest Twilight movie (I've seen them all with her). I had to constantly ask her to explain things to me (who's who, what's what, etc.). From the moment Toy Story 3 started, as earlier mentioned, it was like a time warp, as if no time had passed from when you saw 2. Magical.