Monday, July 24, 2006

Do Do, There Goes the Neighborhood, -and- Don't Call Us

Do Do - Hillary's campaign has paid over $6,000 for hairstyling and makeup
There Goes the Neighborhood - Harlem to Clinton: you're ruining us
Don't Call Us - woman phones police 3,000 times in 6 months

On this day in history: July 24, 1969 - At 12:51 EDT, Apollo 11, the U.S. spacecraft that had taken the first astronauts to the surface of the moon, safely returns to Earth.

Born on this day in history: July 24, 1898 - Amelia Earhart (1898 - 1937) aviatrix She was the first woman to solo across the Atlantic and from Hawaii to California; mysteriously disappeared, 1937.

I made a spicy Thai marinade (fresh grated ginger, minced garlic, ground Cayenne pepper, brown sugar, lemon juice, lime juice, and soy sauce) Saturday morning. Laura placed two large pig tenderloins in a zip-lock bag, covered thoroughly with the marinade, removed excess air, and placed the bag in the refrigerator. The pig marinated in the delightful nectar until Sunday evening. At 7:30 PM, Laura tossed the pig onto the grill. It was incredibly hot at the barbecue area, and - taking pity upon Laura - I declared that I would tend to the pig. Laura has been tending the grill for some time, so there was the fear that I had lost my grilling skills. I grilled the pig over a high flame and brushed with the marinade and turned each five minutes. I rendered the pig flesh deliciously charred on the outside and moist and tender on the inside. I declared it to be the most delicious pig I had ever ingested, and Laura agreed. It was incredibly tender and delightfully flavorful. Laura declared with glee that I had not lost my grilling skills.

We watched "Gone." [With the apocalypse imminent, three lawyers are sent to Manila to defend a multinational corporation, but instead meet their fate during the Final Days. As the legal eagles come to terms with the world (and their place in it), humanity and, finally, God, events come to a stunning conclusion at the foot of the world's largest cross, located on the Bataan peninsula across from the Philippine capital. Tim Chey directs this Christian-oriented film.] The story sounded promising, but the movie was an utter disappointment, plagued with very poor acting and photography and a convoluted story. I do not recommend it.

We also watched "Joshua." [In this gentle fable about the Second Coming, a carpenter named Joshua (Tony Goldwyn) brings joy and light to every person he meets when he arrives in a small town. From troubled teens to a smitten TV anchorwoman to a frustrated wife in a stale marriage, Joshua helps them all. F. Murray Abraham, Colleen Camp and Giancarlo Giannini (as the Pope) co-star in this life-affirming movie.] This movie is wonderful! The story is beautiful, the photography is excellent, the acting is superb, and the soundtrack (featuring Michael W. Smith and Third Day) is awesome. I highly recommend it.