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Billy Bob Thorton shows us his true colors. I wish I could shake this interviewers hand and say I am sorry from America.

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The Phone It in 5

Name five things you keep in your:

1) Glove box
Insurance card, owners manual, tire gauge, aspirin and my car has a built in regargable flashlight that charges in a socket in the glove box. It is pretty cool. My sister also gave me the tire gauge. It is really nice analog needle style. It wasn't cheap.

2) Medicine cabinet
Razor, head shaver, electric tooth brush, dental pick and a mug shaving kit. At one tme I was going to learn the art of strait razor shaving. I bought everything but the razor and never did it. I would still like to try it. My barber told me I would cut myself a lot at first. Oh joy.

3) Refrigerator
diet coke, brita water jug, butter, Saunders hot fudge and sometimes some Vernors. The last two items are for Janine. Vernors is a Michigan staple and it is the oldest bottled soda in the USA. Yes even older than Dr. Pepper. They often call it ginger ale but it really isn't. It is a ginger soda. It has a sweet flavor that takes some getting used to. I am not a fan.

4) Wallet/purse
Cards, cash, debit card receipts, drivers license and health insurance card. I used to keep pictures in there too but I learned after my wallet got washed the first few times. Now I keep nothing in there that the washer will ruin that I really really have to have. My big loss would be the debit card receipts and I would see that stuff on my statement.

5) Desk drawer
Geesh which one. I have a few between home and work. Let's do home as that is where I am. Well the first thing I saw when I opened it is a can of snuff that my friend Petra in Germany sent me. It is apparently popular over there. My grandfathers old watch. My bike computer which I didn't know was in there. An energy bar I have saved from my first time meeting Janine. She gave it to me when I left to have something to eat on the plane. I have kept it and never eaten it. A beautiful solid brass engineers compass that my father gave me.

The office drawers at home have lots of cool stuff. A few other things. A ruger sticker Paddy gave me. Some cards from Janine. A cigar cutter. My excalibur letter opener from Collecters Armory. A roll of undeveloped film that I have no idea what is on it. The more I dig the more I find. Time for bed.

The Presidents

I was watching a special on the Presidents today and they said something I totally agree with. They said that a particular President in our past was not popular but that really doesn't make a great President. I guess the part I agree with is the last part. I don't think popularity makes you good or great. I think that is where I differ from a lot of the people who are critical of our last President and fans of our new one. Bush wasn't that popular and that is pretty much agreed on by most I think. Although he was liked by his base. Even so I think he was President during a very tumultious time in our nations's history. People say that every President has challenges and that is true but the severity, scope and frequency of problems that Bush had to deal with is something we haven't seen in a while. Everything from 9/11 to Katrina, to fighting two wars and finally dealing with all the economic issues and that is just the start. He certainly didn't have it easy. I think history will treat Bush much better than he has been treated so far.

I would also like to point out the incredible contrast in comments with Obama's start compared to Bush's start. When Bush started all we heard was that he was stupid and a drug user. The drug stuff was never proven but the alcohol stuff was. Bush himself admitted it. Even so Bush was a big cocaine user and the stupidest man alive. Obama admitted drug use and has also admitted to being a chronic smoker. Have we heard word one on that? The media didn't touch that even though he admitted the drug use in his book. The media has also avoided talking about the health risks of his smoking. There is a huge double standard here. You also don't see republicans running around saying Obama is dumb or that he is a moron. Sure they might disagree but they disagree with class. The worst I have heard from anyone is that they hope his plan fails because they feel it is the wrong answer. Heck I think it is the wrong answer too! Most say they are praying he can do good for the country. The irony of all this is that Bush promised a White House that was not going to be corrupt and he really did deliever. Obama in his first month hasn't done as well as Bush did in 8 years on that front.

I think Obama's lack of executive experience (he has zero) is a real problem for him and I think we have already seen it play out a lot. The appointments to his cabinet that have backed out and some of them that haven't. The level of tax issues and legal issues with the people he is appointing. Kinda makes you wonder why the coach can't get his team on top of things. Passing the biggest bill of his Presidency in the first 30 days and letting someone else craft the whole thing. Wow what a disaster. Obama is a great speaker. A wonderful orator. He knows how to speak to the crowd. Now is the time for action though and I fear his horrible lack of any executive experience is going to hurt our nation badly. I hope he learns fast because this on the job training stuff stinks.

An old five of Gina's

1. Other than the usual “crunch”, what one word best describes the sound when you walk in snow? Tell us about a time you had with/in snow.

I guess sometimes it makes a slosh. The only thing that comes to mind is a time when I had to pick my mom up at her hairdresser who has a salon in her house and a large drivway out back. It was a snow storm so I went over to get her and of course had my studded snows on. I was able to plow in no problem. As I turned around I got onto a huge ice patch under the snow I didn't know was there. That was the end of it. It was so slippery you couldn't do anything. You couldn't even stand on it and I couldn't get enough purchase on it with my ice studs to get ahead due to the deep snow. A very frustrating situation. I shoveled for 45 mins and finally got out. Oh even the old floor mat trick didn't work. Later the people there told me they get stuck over on that side all the time and avoid it in the winter. Gee thanks for telling me.

2. What one word best describes the sound of leaves as you walk through them. Try not to use the word “rustle, rustling”. Share a story having to do with you and leaves.

When they are very dry they crunch. A story with leaves. Well I used to have a rabbit in an elevated cage outside so in the fall I would gather leaves and put them on the ground under his cage. In the winter they would decompose and make his cage nice and warm even though it was cold outside. I might add I had his cage all covered in plastic with a few little areas for fresh air.

3. Choosing another word besides the word “slosh”, give us your best (one) word for walking through rain and puddles. We’d love to read a story about you and the rain and/or puddles.

I can only think of the word splash. No too good there. I recall the day that Rockland got 11 inches of rain. Our basement was flooded as were lots of other people's. I remember driving along Broadway and seeing the water shoot out manholes like guysers. One of them was literally 3 feet high. Probably the most rain I have ever seen.

4. Yes, there’s sweltering. But pick one other word to describe the humid summer heat. If you’re able, tell us a funny story related to you and the summer heat. If nothing comes to mind, tell us what you do to beat the heat.

I would say sticky. I just stay by the A/C and drink lots of cold drinks. I try to stay out of the sun because my head will burn easily. Too many burned heads in my life.

5. Halloween is fast approaching. Other than the word “spooky”, choose one word that describes the Halloween atmosphere. Share with us a favorite Halloween costume you wore. If you’ve never participated by wearing a costume, let us know the wildest costume you’ve ever seen.

Scary. Not because of the holiday but due to the kids in dark clothing walking around. I dressed as a gangster once and it came out pretty good. I wanted to be like a modern (80s) gangster with leather coat and stuff but instead my parents thought I meant like Al Capone. Even so it came out pretty good.

An old five of Sue's

1. Would you rather have one great friend or 5 pals?

One great friend and I am lucky because I have a few great friends and one who is really great and he reads this which is cool.

2. Are you better at remembering names or faces?

Faces for sure. If I am out running errands or doing something I can usually remember nearly everyone I see. I will often comment to Janine "those people were at.... with us". I should have been a detective or something like that. I think I can honestly say I have a gift in this area. I have been told so enough.

3. What books on your shelf are begging to be read?

A book about Bible study by Bob Shirock called Transformed. It is about a method of Bible study where you read a book of the Bible every day for 50 days strait.
Another is a relationship book by Gary Chapman that has been hugely helpful in my current relationship. Ok that one is mostly done.
The Bible is always wanting to be read.

4. Will the world be better or worse in 100 years?

If we are still here than definately worse. I can't beleive how much worse it has gotten in 20 years.

5. Is your best friend now anything like your best friend from childhood?

Not really. I think my best friend now is much more like me. The irony is that I just found my childhood friend on facebook a few weeks ago. I can honestly say we have very little on common but even so I really want to meet him in person. I want to be friends again even though it will never be like childhood. The best friend slot is well filled by someone else these days.

An old five of Amy's

I was inspired by an article in SELF magazine for this week's MI-5. The article was called "Create Your Happy-Life List" and this list is derived from the little workbook box in the article. That box gave room for four answers in each of six boxes. I only used four of the boxes and added my own question to the list. Feel free to give as many or as few answers to each question as you like.

1. Every day I would like to: (examples given were: get my heart rate up, sleep for 15 more minutes, be loving to my partner)

Read in my Bible.

2. Every week, I would like to: (examples given were: cook a meal from scratch, pamper myself, spend time alone)

Go for a nice drive and then wash the car doing any cleanup needed like leather care the seats etc...

3. Before next year, I would like to: (examples given were: clean out my closets, take a class, track my spending, plant an herb garden)

Get to a great jazz show in Boston. I haven't done that in a few years.

4. Before I die, I would like to: (examples given were: start a business, try skydiving, go skinny-dipping, make a difference in the world)

Travel around the world.

5: How likely do you think you will be to complete any of these goals? Which will be the easiest? Which will be the hardest?

I could probably do all of them but 1 and 4 are the hardest. 4 simply because of money and 1 because of time but I am most determined to do 1.

Hang on

I am still here folks. Things have been very busy over the last few months between two weeks of being sick, holidays, travel and the like. I anticipate some updates this week. Thanks for staying tuned.
This Five is not so much concerned with what kind of movies you like,
but how you watch them!

1) When you're at the theater, how do you want your atmosphere? Do
you prefer old theaters or megaplexes? Full houses or intimate
seatings? Lots of kids, or none at all?

I prefer my theater at home quite frankly. I can pause when need be and really experience the purity of the directors intent because I am not distracted by others. I also have better resolution and a screen that isn't dusty. I also have chosen all of the equipment personally and I sit in my red butter soft leather chair that is right in the sweet spot.

If I must leave the house to watch movies then I guess whatever theater has the fewest people in it. I just really dislike the distraction of other people's reactions. I guess I should give an example so as not to sound like a total snob. About ten years ago I went to see Rear Window at the Bayview Street Cinema. The expected treat of seeing a Hitchcock in the theater was too much to resist. Not to mention a friend wanted to go. My first complaint was that the heating system would run during the film and it was a noisy hot air system. When it was running I could literally not hear what people were saying. The sound was terrible. I had heard good things about this place so I was shocked. It was a very charming theater but not high quality at all. The issue with people being there is that I found people would laugh at all the wrong spots. They would laugh at things that aren't funny. It was clear to me that the people there were not into the movie at all and instead were there just looking for brainless entertainment. It made me realize that the best place to watch movies is in my own theater. Oh my theater is named The Barclay Theater and we just celebrated our 15th anniversary.

2) What's your "home theater" like? High tech? VCR and TV? What?

Currently it is paradigm reference for the speakers. The surround processor is Denon which I love. I am a big fan of separate processor and amp but man this Denon is just wonderful. It totally amazes me that more people don't buy Denon. The TV is a 37" LCD HD tv made by Olevia. My DVD player is nothing to write home about but it does do upsampling which is why I bought it. When the Blu Ray players come down in price a little more I will be getting one of those as my main player. I also have a DVD recorder but I never use it. I should sell it.

3) We've probably all got DVD and VCR players, but how about
alternative movie watching gadgets? Have you got an Apple TV? Ever
watch a movie over the Internet?

I have a few things. The first of course is my iPod Touch. I also own a portable DVD player with an 8 inch screen that I bought to use at the gym. I paid like $80 for it and it has rechargable batteries, a full car kit, remote control and full indoor kit. An amazing deal. I got the cheap one as I wanted to take it to the gym and if it got banged around then no problem. Still works great. My only complaint is that the battery doesn't last very long anymore.

4) Do you belong to a subscription movie rental service, like
NetFlix? If so, how many movies are you renting a month? Are you
happy with the service?

I do belong to Netflix and I like it a lot. It has helped me to really explore my movie interest. Most of what I rent is older. For instance I went through the movies of the "new hollywood era" and I have gone through a lot of the "film noir" era too. I have watched every Bogart film on DVD. I have watched most of the Woody Allen. Right now I am doing Sherlock Holmes. I have Charlie Chan, the Coen Brothers and W.C.Fields on my queue right now to name just a few.

I am doing the 2 at a time right now and I like that. I have done one at a time and three at a time in the past. If I had every night to dedicate to movie watching I would do 5 at a time.

5) Share with us your ratio of buying movies to renting them. Do you
rent more, or just outright buy your movies? Do you get DVDs, tapes,
or movie downloads for your computer most frequently?

I have about 300 dvds currently but that can't match how many I have rented through Netflix. I think the last time I looked I had rented over 500 from Netflix and I currently have over 100 on my queue. Everytime I go on there I could add 50 to my queue but I try to resist doing that. I would love to get down to about 20 movies and then just load up my queue again but I seem to add 10 or 20 everytime I get down a bit and put myself over 100 again.