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Drink up, my children…

Posted by Mr. Longmire on Jan 13, 2009 in Excellent Ideas

flasks

Hey, I was thinking that it would be cool for all of us to drink out of a hip flask everywhere we go. Thanks to irresponsible drunks throughout history, the flask has suffered a bad reputation but it doesn’t need to be that way anymore. As long as it doesn’t contain alcohol, there shouldn’t be a problem if we put some Sprite in that baby instead. But maybe we should use one that doesn’t have the word “WHISKEY” blatantly engraved on the front like the one pictured. Why ask for trouble.

Imagine slipping a flask out of your back pocket at work during a meeting and taking a sip. If anybody has a problem with it, just tell them you are expressing your personal diversity. That, and you are powerful thirsty.

You could take your flask to church, to funerals, to your kid’s school play, a job interview, on a first date, an evening drive through town, to a court appearance or meeting with your probation officer, or even to an AA meeting. The possibilities are endless.

And, sometimes a flask carried in the inside breast pocket of a suit or jacket can stop a bullet. It can’t stop one anywhere else. It has to be in that particular pocket… while you are wearing it.

If the flask isn’t for you, you could carry around an old west canteen. The striped kind the cowboys drank out of during a thirsty cattle drive (and also handy for pouring water out to extinguish a campfire at the crack of dawn). Or… you could go old, OLD, school and carry around a leather water sack like they did back in bible days. God would be proud of you for once.

Come on, these are way cooler than a plastic water bottle.

I’m in…. who’s with me?

 
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WALL-E, TV converter boxes, Comcast, etc.

Posted by Mr. Longmire on Jan 13, 2009 in Entertainment, Movies

I received a $5.00 coupon from my Best Buy Reward Zone account, so I went there last night and bought a copy of WALL-E. And since I had a $40 coupon good toward a television digital converter box, I bought one of those, too. Even though I subscribe to cable TV, I might possibly need a converter. You never know.

I shuttle back and forth living at my house and at my girlfriend’s house. When I am at my house, I seldom watch television programs. I opt to choose what I put on my TV screen with movies and TV series on DVD, videogames, and NetFlix movie choices streamed through my Xbox 360. So, I went to Comcast to get rid of my cable television channels to save some money each month.

I thought it was a nice plan… a simple plan.

BOY, WAS I WRONG.

I learned that, yes, I could eliminate my channels altogether but it would make my internet bill go up $15 more each month… to block the video channels from coming in, or some nonsense like that. So, I asked them how much it would cost to keep the internet but get the cheapest , bottom of the barrel, bargain basement deal on the TV channels, and they said the very basic TV package was… guess what? $15.00 a month. Clever… they’re determined to get that damn $15.00 no matter what. So, that is where it stands, I have internet and about 12 or 13 TV channels.

Okay… whew… let me calm down a bit. All right, I feel better now. Getting back to WALL-E… I bought a DVD of the movie last night and watched it. Well, after downing a bowl of delicious Tai food as I watched, I fell asleep ¾ into the movie, but what I did see was a fascinating and beautiful little film. It had two of my favorite subjects in it. Space travel and robots. The robots don’t hardly talk save but a few scattered words here and there, so they rely on body movement to express themselves and act out emotions. I couldn’t help but notice that the body language of the characters was reminiscent of the style of the old silent film comedians such as my favorites Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. They also had to rely on communicating through motion and gestures since there was no sound in motion pictures during their heyday. The character of WALL-E also reminded me somewhat of the pre-Star Wars drones from the film Silent Running.

In summary, WALL-E is a fun film that also sends a serious message concerning we humans ruining our home planet’s environment, super commercialism of everything, and our becoming fat, lazy beings who rely totally on technology. In other words, it’s a documentary of things to come.

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