The Juice Bar

My muses, thoughts, ideas, and whatever

Monday, March 15, 2004

One thing I've always been a fan of is obscure sports. I played Ultimate Frisbee for five years with a club team in Augusta, Georgia. I play frisbee golf once in a while. And I like bicycling. This weekend I attended a bicycle race, put on by an organization I am a part of, the International Christian Cycling Club. The race was held in a local park, Sylvan Springs Park here in St. Louis. What is the appeal of watching people ride around on bicycles in circles, in front of a crowd of about 100 people scattered sparsely along the route? I guess it's just being out in the sunshine that I like. I was helping out at the race, too. I just like doing things that are a little off-normal, I guess. Of course, I will go see baseball games, and things like that, too, in moderation. :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Go see this movie!

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
This is a hilarious parody of cheesy low-budget '50s sci-fi horror movies. It captures perfectly what made these movies so painful to watch, the terrible dialogue and the cheap home-made special effects, and has a lot of fun by overdoing it to the point of cringe-worthy hilarity. Anyone who has seen Mystery Science Theater 3000 knows exactly what I'm talking about. The facial expressions on the "aliens" are priceless, and Fay Masterson is the ultimate `50s heroine, capable of running through any woods or fighting any mutant in high heels and a dress. And the movie features the one and only Animala, who is hot stuff, let me tell you. :)

Monday, March 08, 2004

It's been a while since I've last posted here. I've got some catching up to do.

I saw a really good movie a week or two ago, called Touching the Void. It’s a true story of two mountain climbers who climb a mountain in the Himalayas that no one else has ever climbed. However, on the way down, one of them falls into a crevice. His partner, thinking the other one is dead, goes back without him. What’s remarkable is the incredible journey the climber takes as he makes his way out of the crevice and makes his way down the mountain across dangerous terrain, on a broken leg, badly dehydrated, and without food. His desperate struggle to survive is riveting. It goes to show what lengths a human being will go through simply to survive, to not give in to death. The climber’s story is shown by actors, and the locations and the acting is very authentic. One of the most gripping human dramas I have ever seen. I much recommended it.

Also, I have been watching on DVD a British comedy series called "The Office". It's brilliant! It's about a dysfunctional office, but it isn't what you would expect from an American series, with a hard-driving stereotypical boss. The boss of this office is a brilliant character, a man who is convinced he is a great manager and a very funny guy, but everyone in the office hates him, because the boss is always making inappropriate comments and is an idiot. The timing of the comedy is inpeccable, very subtle and British. I have season 1 on DVD and will get season 2 soon.

I've also hung out at Starbucks a lot lately, but, it seems everyone's doing that these days. I could do without that brown and green decor, though. I wouldn't want that in my house. :)

More to come, later, when I get around to it.