Welcome To My Recurring Nightmare

Recurring Nightmare

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I was working in an office and Bruce (previous boss from The Knitting Tree) was my boss. For some reason he was micro-managing me. At the end of the day, when I was so relieved to be able to go home, he comes over and says there is a reception for a visiting fiber artist and my attendance is mandatory. When we get to the restaurant, I am relieved to see Raul, José and some other friends from Sober on South Beach. Between drinking and talking things out with my sober friends, my mood improved and Bruce faded into the background. I even managed to improve my mood enough to hit it off with the visiting fiber artist.

Is the end in sight for this recurring nightmare?

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Welcome To My Nightmare

Recurring Nightmare

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After dining at Dinah’s, I don’t know why or how I got there, but I was at The Knitting Tree again. Once again, they needed help and I offered, but this time I was going to get paid. An old acquaintance/customer – Theresa – needed help with her purchase. As I was ringing her up, the receipt tape broke. We notified Bruce (co-owner) and instead of brushing the low-cost malfunction off, like he normally would, he charged us $481.00 a piece to replace the receipt tape. I was shocked that he would gouge us so much. He even went as far as to make a snarky comment that he was charging us retail, so as to re-cup the money due to me for helping out for an hour or so.

I don’t understand why this recurring them keeps popping up in my nightmares, or why they are progressively worsening.

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

SYNOPSIS

SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.

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REVIEW

I used to watch Spongebob with my mom’s day care kids, and finally thought it was so stupid. Today, I think it is stupidly funny. I was especially excited to see this movie as Bob and friends become 3D characters; unfortunately, it was not until the final quarter of the movie.

I was not sure that Antonio Banderas was Burger Beard, but my research just confirmed it.

Funny and entertaining, especially if you have kids with whom you can watch the movie.

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Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Ascending

SYNOPSIS

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

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REVIEW

Much better than I expected. Unfortunately for me, I forgot to increase the brightness on my television until the movie was 3/4 done. I don’t know how original the plot was, but it was entertaining despite another lame love story. I loved the Caine (Channing Tatum) character! Men with wings are just so damn attractive, genetically engineered, or not. I thought Mila’s family provided good laughs. Lots of action. I didn’t recognize Eddie Redmayne as the evil Balam Abrasax, but he was perfect in the role.

Action-packed!

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Ex Machina (2015)

Ex Machina

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SYNOPSIS

Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA.

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).

Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence.

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REVIEW

Interesting movie with an intelligent, though sad twist. I worked on detangling a hank of yarn during my viewing and managed to handle both projects well. The movie is creepy and a bit slow, but steady. I found Oscar Isaac kind of attractive. I thought Alicia Vikander, as Ava was a striking character.

Great plot!

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Minions (2015)

Minions

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SYNOPSIS

Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

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REVIEW

I love the minions since the first Despicable movie. I was excited to see how and where they began. Kathleen took me for my birthday, last Friday, to a matinee at the new Cinemark Playa Vista. Beautiful, but until they finish, it appears that driving there will be a big mess with only one lane entry/egress. The popcorn was DELICIOUS, despite a concession employee with a sucky attitude. An usher with a bubbly, friendly attitude canceled Ms. Attitude out and you know I commented to management.

The movie is not specific as to how the minions were created, but follows their evolution and work history from boss to boss until such time we are brought up to historical current times, where they are working for Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock). From that point forward, the story kind of lost it’s momentum, but comes back with a great ending, where we see how their relationship with Gru began. About fifteen minutes into the movie, I swear I was understanding the minions. The soundtrack was awesome. While the ending credits were rolling, one of the kids seated near me was singing one of the songs in perfect minionese. Loved that!

The preview for the movie The Secret Life of Pets was excellent. As a pet owner, I can’t wait to see that movie.

Fun movie.

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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Fifty Shades of Grey

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SYNOPSIS

Fifty Shades of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.

Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Joining Dornan and Johnson in the cast are Luke Grimes as Elliot, Christian’s brother; Victor Rasuk as José, Anastasia’s close friend; Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother; Rita Ora as Mia, Christian’s sister; Max Martini as Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard; Callum Keith Rennie as Ray, Anastasia’s stepfather; Jennifer Ehele as Carla, Anastasia’s mother; and Dylan Neal as Bob, Carla’s husband.

Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael de Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E.L. James, the creator of the series. The screenplay for the film is by Kelly Marcel.

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REVIEW

I must retract my previous snide comments about this movie, as they were premature and based on the sex scenes that I knew would be tamed down for general movie-going audiences.

As a matter of fact, and speaking from personal experience as a dominant and submissive, I thought they captured the dynamic much better than they even thought they would. The sensual tension was palpable and very erotic. The cat and mouse game that arose from Anastasia’s point of view, was creatively clever, whether intended or not. I found Grey’s history very interesting and would like to know more in the upcoming sequels.

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My Birthday

I managed to get everything done early enough to relax a bit before the festivities began. The menu included chicken mole, rice, beans, salsa, chips, fresh fruit (melons and berries), cookies from Verna (chocolate chip, lemon sugar and snickerdoodles), cake, vanilla ice cream.

Received some cool gifts, but was more happy that some people came out to celebrate with me.

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Current Health Issues

I am week one out of the hospital for deep vein thrombosis, right leg. The pain has subsided, but I think I am going to continue leg elevation for one more week. My major concern this ante meridiem is that I have only three coumadin left and no refill. It appears the Venice Family Clinic has dropped the ball again, failing to schedule me for a partial thromboplastin time blood test, which is needed before I can receive a refill. I don’t want any lapse in medication, as a return trip to the hospital seems an emotional impossibility.

I resumed freelance graphic/web design for Madeline only to encounter FTP connection errors with Go Daddy, so I worked on a client vanity site design.

Just to complicate things, it appears I am developing a cough/cold + upset stomach and diarrhea. Oh, the joy!

I have an appointment July 13, the day after my fifty-second birthday, at which time my doctor and I will discuss at length – I don’t care how late I make him for his next appointment – changing my HIV and diabetes medications.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Cathy had asked me a while ago if I would go with her to Las Vegas to clear out her storage once she acquired an apartment. Well, the time finally arrived and fortunately for me, she had changed her plan, calling movers to do all the labor.

Somewhere of I-15

Somewhere of I-15

The hottest temperatures we encountered were not even in Nevada, but in Baker, where it was 116 degrees fahrenheit. I didn’t notice the thermometer on the way there, but I laughed out loud when I saw the sign for Puppetry of the Penis.

Puppetry of the Penis

Puppetry of the Penis

We stayed at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino, which was located off the strip.

I fell in love with the plant with the orange/red flowers. I must identify it.

One night we went out for dinner at Macaroni Grill, which I loved when I lived in Florida. Upon my return to California, I could not find any, so I was please to be able to eat at the restaurant again in Las Vegas. I had Parmesan Crusted Sole with capers and Orzo with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Spinach, Radicchio, etc. Our waitress Roxi, was so pleasant and accommodating.

One day I found Mothra’s child in my bathroom. I didn’t mind it much; just glad that I didn’t step on it during the night and very curious how it even got in my bathroom in the first place.

Mothra's Child

Mothra’s Child

One day Cathy wanted to visit an old friend who worked in a hair/nail salon, where I decided to get a pedicure before we headed off to lunch at In-N-Out.

Next stop: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. I have never seen a palm with a pink trunk. I was pleased to see the live lizard and the sculpted one was awesome.

The following are miscellaneous photos I took. I thought the reflection on Circus Circus was way cool. The solar panel farm off I-15 has three huge solar panels which look to me like the Alien Receiving Center. The thermometer in Baker, California is still there…113 degrees on the return trip. Do you know how long it’s been since I had an Orange Julius? At $5.99 for a small, it will be a long time before I have another.

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