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I’m not afraid to die.  I just don’t want to be there when it happens.
   —  Woody Allen
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2011 Straight Shooters

Sounds Like Class

Love is friendship that has caught fire.  It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving.  It is loyalty through good and bad times.  It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.
Love is content with the present, it hopes for the future, and it does not brood over the past.  It’s the day-in and day-out chronicle of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories and working toward common goals.
If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things that are missing.  If you don’t have love in your life, no matter what else there is, it’s not enough.
  —  Ann Landers
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2012 Extra Gears
2011 Say What?
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Class

Class never runs scared.
It is sure-footed and confident.
It can handle anything that comes along.
Class has a sense of humor.
It knows a good laugh is the best lubricant for oiling the machinery of human relations.
Class never makes excuses.
It takes its lumps and learns from past mistakes.
Class knows that good manners are nothing more than a series of small, inconsequential sacrifices.
Class bespeaks an aristocracy that has nothing to do with ancestors or money.
Some wealthy “blue bloods” have no class, while individuals who are struggling to make ends meet are loaded with it.
Class is real.
It can’t be faked.
Class never tried to build itself by tearing others down.
Class is already up and need not strive to look better by making others look worse.
Class can “walk with kings and keep it’s virtue and talk with crowds and keep the common touch.”
Everyone is comfortable with the person who has class because that person is comfortable with himself.
If you have class, you’ve got it made.
If you don’t have class, no matter what else you have, it doesn’t make any difference.
   —  Ann Landers
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2015 20/20
2014 All Of My Best Ideas Come While Walking…
2013 Learn To Learn
2012 I Remind You
2011 Respect And Prestige
2010 Living Legends (Willie Nelson) and the Gettysburg Address

Soaring

The spirit that does not soar is destined to grovel.
  —  Benjamin Disraeli
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2015 Gone To The Library…
2014 Choose To Lead
2013 Not Sent Yet
2012 Wall-Crawler Reboot
Learning To Count
On Worshiping God
2011 Emancipated Differences
2010 A Little More Technology, Please…

Small Hero

Ant-Man  —  movie review
Today’s review is for another super-hero movie: Ant-Man (2015) which stars Paul Rudd in the title role (Scott Lang), Evangeline Lilly as the love interest (Hope Van Dyne) and Michael Douglas as Henry Pym – the original Ant-Man.  Ant-Man’s power is the ability to shrink to insect size and to “command” ants.  Pym invented a particle which can reduce the relative space between atoms in any molecule.  He uses the suit to fight plots to conquer the world.  When the government tries to get him to turn over his invention, he quits being Ant-Man and goes into private enterprise, where he becomes wealthy – as demonstrated by his owning an Addams Family house in San Francisco.  Blah, blah, blah, Pym convinces Lang he (Lang) has to become the new Ant-Man to save the world and protect his (Lang’s) little daughter.  Pym does and, ultimately, Lang does.
Is this move any good?  Heck yes!!!  This is both a very good comic-book adaptation and a very good movie.  It has good special effects, a believable villain (Yellowjacket, played by Corey Stoll), a tie-in / love interest – Lilly as the Wasp, a good story with lots of humor (lines and scenes) thrown in, and the (required) tie-in to the Avengers and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  I hate to admit this but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen Rudd in anything else.  I recognize his face, but I reviewed his filmography and I don’t believe I’ve seen a single one of them.  I kind of recognized Lilly from somewhere, but again I had to look her up.  I only watched the first season of “Lost“, so I guess that’s why she seemed familiar (but older).  Michael Douglas is, of course, “Michael Douglas” and he is pretty good in the role of the aging, scientific, father figure (even if a bit long-of-tooth for this role).
The interesting thing to me is that Marvel continues to make better than average (expected) movies about their second and third tier comic book heroes.  In fact, it makes me wonder why “The Fantastic Four”, “Spider-Man” and the “X-men” haven’t been better movies.  I know the answer is they are not Disney / Marvel.  But it begs the question why Marvel isn’t able to insert more creative / editorial control to improve the movies about their biggest comics.
Final recommendation:  highly recommended movie!  I wish I had seen this at the theater on original release.  I didn’t, but having the DVD on loan from my son is almost as good.  As a matter of fact, having enjoyed it so much, I can see myself picking up my own copy.  If you are into comic-book movie adaptations, you’ll almost certainly want to add this to your library, too.
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By annihilating desires you annihilate the mind.  Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.
  —  Claude Adrien Helvétius
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On This Day In:
2015 Seeking Cultured Leadership
2014 Examining Failure
2013 Driving Passion
2012 Cannibal, n.
2011 Moments Of Truth
If we are to preserve civilization, we must first remain civilized.
   —  Louis St. Laurent
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2014 How To Become A Saint
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2012 Brain, n.
2011 Styles Of Leadership
2010 Face Front!
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