Category Archives: Family

Pet Rock @ Bedtime

My funny story for the night involves my youngest, and what ensued when he came to bed in our bed. He had refused to lay down and go to sleep in his own bed, so Sarah elected to go ahead and just lay down with him in our bed. While waiting for Sarah to get ready for bed I laid down beside him and told him to quiet down or he would wake my pet rock, and he wouldn’t want to do that since if it was woken up it might get angry. I pointed out the chunk of obsidian I use for energy storage and keep in the windowsill beside the bed as my pet rock. He kept sitting up, leaning over and looking at it, so I told him to stop looking at it or it might wake up.

Eventually Sarah came to bed and he sat up to tell her that he was afraid he would make my rock angry. So…while his back was turned I reached over, snagged the rock, and put it in bed beside him. When he finally calmed down and laid down again he laid up against it and jerked back up. He squirmed back up against Sarah, leaned out around me to look at the windowsill, then back at the rock, then back at the windowsill. I couldn’t help myself and played up the rock waking up and moving into bed with him. It took Sarah and I five minutes to get him to pet the rock, and then it was his best friend.

I guess I am going to have to put some stick-on eyes on it or something now…

Sometimes the simplest joys in life are in messing with the minds of your children.



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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) – IMDb

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) – IMDb.

I have to be honest here, I went into this movie expecting high levels of camp. That said, I must also confess that I was pleasantly surprised to find that the camp was not as bad as I had feared, and was actually somewhat balanced. What it turned out to be was a fine family movie with a nice balance of humor, action, suspense and just a bit of a love story, albeit teen love.

What I found especially enjoyable was the excellent artwork that went into the sets and backdrops. Atlantis alone was gorgeous, but then toss in the Nautilus and we are having all kinds of fun times with details. The effects work for the underwater segments was also very well done. So…from a technical standpoint this was actually pretty well put together.

The weakness was in the script, and boy were there some issues there. To start with, it is next to impossible to take Duane “The Rock” Johnson seriously when he is spouting pseudo-science lines. They don’t come naturally to him and simply sound ridiculous coming out of his mouth. They don’t flow naturally like so many other lines do for him. Then the pedantic side of me kicks in when he utters a line about the sea level rising 100 feet overnight. The primary driving motivator for this movie is the need to escape the island because it is sinking rapidly back into the ocean. As such, if an island is sinking the ocean is not rising. Keep the pseudo-science straight please!

Alright, so aside from unbelievable dialogue from Johnson the lines for the other actors actually seemed to work well for them, and for the most part they were delivered rather well.  I can’t really think of a moment where a poorly delivered line really pulled me out of the story, outside of the previously discussed lines for Johnson.

In the end it was a very pleasant movie, and I must say that I am intrigued by the open ending they left for a potential sequel.  In the end I gave it 7 of 10 stars over at IMDB.

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Review: Superman: Last Son

Superman: Last Son
Superman: Last Son by Geoff Johns
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another powerful story out of Geoff Johns. This was a very human story delving deep into some previously unexplored facets of Superman’s life. Very well written, and leaving me heart sore at the end. Fantastic story.

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Family Camping Trip Outings (2012)

Recently we joined the family for a family camping trip out at Ft. Stevens State Park. I haven’t been able to join the family for one of these for one reason or another for many years now…probably 7 or 8 of them come to think of it, and this was the first time the kids were exposed to my side of the family for more than the occasional holiday gathering. During the course of the trip we wandered about a bit and I finally remembered that I have this thing called a camera that I can use to capture some of those moments. This gallery actually encompasses three different locations, the first being the jetty and subsequent beach at Cape Disappointment Park in Washington. If you look closely at some of the shots you will see the dorsal fin of one of the dolphins that we spotted while out on the jetty. The next day we wandered off to Ecola State Park in Oregon followed by a visit to Seaside where we treated the kids to a ride on the carousel.

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Protective Instincts

I have never considered myself to be a violent man, but watching a recently aired television episode (Glee, Season 3, Episode 6) really got me to thinking. How would I react if I was the father who’s child got dragged into something just to further political ambitions? Let’s just say that the “it’s nothing personal” line would mean nothing to me, and I would be extremely prone to illustrating just how personal it can be.

I have always known that the protective urges of a parent could be strong, but I had no idea that it could be this strong. It is one thing to contemplate protecting your child from physical danger, but social and psychological danger? Yeah, I don’t think that social niceties would stop me from doing whatever I felt I needed to do to protect my children. Nobody gets away with using my family or my children for political gains. Nobody!

That said, and since I seem to see a large volume of traffic driven here by a couple of sites who’s creators seem intent upon doing just that, consider this a wake up call for personal responsibility. I don’t deal well with Trolls, but if being a Heathen has taught me anything, trolls can only be effectively deal with by bashing them in the head with a hammer. Thor is a great example of using effective troll management techniques. Granted, these days we are talking figurative rather than literal hammers. Even so, remember that while it might seem that one can hide behind the anonymity of the Internet, there are ways of peeking behind that curtain. It might take some detective work. It might take some time. Regardless, eventually I intend to speak to these people face-to-face and question their intentions. No more anonymity. Talk to me as a human, face-t0-face, or fade into the background never to be heard from again.

I think I have made my point clear. Engage in conversation if you so desire. Me, I am done ignoring the trolls. You want to use my family you go through me to do it!

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