Sunday, July 19, 2009

-1 Star Review: Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

I felt ripped off.

My wife asked me to go see it with her, and I reluctantly agreed. I've seen the other Harry Potter movies, and this one by far was the most disjointed. The movie was over 2 1/2 hours long, and still didn't tie up any loose ends. Some scenes in the movie were added for no reason, some were played out with no logical sense, and most scenes left you scratching your head. Like, what was that all about?

The only thing that this movie does is waste my time, waste my money, and drag the story on, and on, and on. I was at least expecting a little more action. However, the only action that they had in the movie didn't make any logical sense in the least.

What's up with all the love triangles? There were more angles to those triangles than you would see on a soap opera. He likes her, but she likes the other guy, but the other guy likes someone else, and every one of the main characters in the movie are so dense that they can't tell who likes whom. Even when Hermione is having an emotional breakdown, and she starts throwing items at Ron Weasley, which is just after Ron has been mulled by another infatuated girl, and Harry is at the same time comforting Hermione while she is throwing things at Ron; they all seem to be in some form of emotional trifecta dunce-ville.

Boring, boring, and boring.

Save your money.

Teenyboppers seem to love this movie. Maybe it's because of their love affair with the characters, and the junior-high mentality of both the target audience and the portrayal of the characters in the movie. On-the-other-hand, if you are over the age of adolescence, and looking for a place to go to sleep, then go see the movie, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Life After Steelers Win Super Bowl #6

It has been a while since I wrote something here, and the last I wrote was in regards to the Steelers. So, I thought it was only appropriate that I continue that thought and share what life is like after Super Bowl Win number six for the Steelers.

My sister sent me a Sports Illustrated Super Bowl XLIII Commemorative Issue featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers. I have to say, this is almost too precious a magazine to even fold back the pages to read. The entire magazine is 80 pages of everything Steelers and only Steelers. This is awesome! I know some of you are saying, "it's only a game," and "get over it," but I still remember the special moments in time.

OK, I'm one of those Pittsburgh fans that has lived in California for over 30 years. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, with the San Francisco 49ers, and the Oakland Raiders a short distance away. Each of these NFL teams has a wild and worthy history of their own. But like so many of the Pittsburgh Steelers' fans around the country and the world, I am one of those that has watched them since I was a very young lad, having grown up in Southwestern PA, in a home built by my Dad in a small rural community of Eldora, in Carroll Township, which is part of Washington County and on the outskirts of Donora Pennsylvania, where my Dad worked at the US Steel Mill factory for many years. Then as life would have it, I moved out to Silicon Valley, California, where it was the land of milk and honey for the electronics industry in the late 70s early 80s. But even though the roof over my head changed locations, and the weather turned mostly bright and sunny, my allegiance to the Pittsburgh Steelers never waned.

The truth is, life during and after the Steelers won their sixth Super Bowl has been one of remembrance. It is still amazing to play out in my mind the fantastic moments of the game. The ebb and flow of the Super Bowl 43 game reminds me of the ebb and flow of life in general. I know, analogies are so mundane, but it truly was that for me. I remember sitting on the edge of my seat, yelling at the TV, go go go... on the 101 yard interception and touchdown run by James Harrison.

It seemed to me, the whole play was happening in slow motion. I couldn't believe it, with no time remaining in the first half, of how that play might have changed the outcome of the whole game. But, there were other plays that were equally as momentous as that one. The pass by Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes for the Game Winning Catch will be remembered for the toes down in the end zone and the outstretched arms reaching for the ball. Simply amazing of keeping your eye on the ball while keeping your toes on the ground.

You've got to tip your hat to Curt Warner and what the Arizona Cardinals receivers and players did to fight their way back into the game. This game was not a give-me game. It was a game that required a fight from the beginning to the end. In the end, this was just a game... But, as with any game, we can learn a lot about ourselves and our opponents. This holds true for sports, personal matters, and for business interests too. Keep your toes on the ground and reach for the sky. Focus on what needs to be done in your business today. Get your website found online with Internet marketing services by Professional Web Services. Start acquiring new customers and more sales from the web today. Get your business found in the search engines the right way. Win your own Super Bowl with online marketing that will make the difference for your business.