Labor Day Weekend…The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly



First let me say that any weekend ending with the death of a character as fun and vibrant as Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin (pictured above, bottom right) is a pretty cruddy weekend…Labor Day weekend included.

Don’t get me wrong…I really enjoyed my three days in Biloxi with my family. We had lots of fellowship…a bunch of fun…a little bit of fighting…and tons of food. But between the news of Irwin’s death and my three-day romp on the Coast, where I lazed about watching movies, eating, and NOT walking each morning, I felt like I had been hit by a Mack truck filled with booze when my alarm went off this morning at 5:30 a.m.

But I persevered.

I got up and went for a mile-long walk. I wanted to throw up…my back was killing me…my feet hurt…and my mouth was like cotton…but I went for that damn walk.

The good news is…Grandpa Camo was a no-show this morning…so I felt pretty triumphant for beating him to the track. Maybe, like me, he was hungover from too many cheese puffs, barbecue, Mexican food, and cotton candy this weekend…or maybe he couldn’t find his cane…either way…I’m chalking it up as a victory for me.

I saw a couple of movies this weekend that I wanted to recommend to y’all…and one movie that I want you to avoid like the plague.

On Saturday, Ben, Hattie, and Dad when to Video Heaven and came back with “Syriana” (pictured above, bottom left). As soon as they announced that they had rented it…I wanted to stick needles in my eyes. I soooo didn’t want to watch some political film on the Saturday of my Labor Day Weekend. I wanted something funny and stupid…something to make me laugh and be happy that I was eating ice cream.

But I persevered.

And ends up…the movie was absolutely fantastic. Yeah…it was a thinky thinky movie. And yeah…I had to put down my spoonful of ice cream during the torture scene. And yeah…I had to ask someone to explain a couple of points to me. And yeah…George Clooney was pudgy and bearded. But it was worth all of that and more. It had a great message(s) and the acting was fantastic. I even enjoyed the movie the next morning when several of us discussed it over pancakes. I highly recommend “Syriana.” Go rent it…NOW.

The second movie I want to tell you about is “Crank” (pictured above, top left), staring hottie Jason Statham.

Ben, Hattie, Cooper, and I were stoked to go see this action movie about a guy who will die if he lets his adrenaline levels drop. But when we got to the theatre, Ben and Hattie asked if we might want to go see “The Illusionist” (pictured above, top right) instead of “Crank”…afterall…who doesn’t love Paul Giamatti and Edward Norton?

Coop and I had been really anxious to see “Crank,” so we stuck with our original plan. We bought our tickets and settled in with our popcorn, candy, and hot dogs (okay…so I’m the only one who got a hot dog). Then after about 15 minutes worth of previews…the theatre darkened and the movie began.

And, literally, within the first 5 minutes of the show…we were accosted with horrible camera work (quick shots and bizarre angles…almost to the point to inducing dizziness) and trashy scenes of topless women. I was mortified to be sitting in there with my family…especially 15-year-old Cooper.

But we persevered.

We all promptly got up and walked down the corridor to the theatre showing “The Illusionist,” which was just about to start.

The choice was inspired. (I wish I had listened to Ben and Hattie initially.)

Let me encourage all of you to go see “The Illusionist.” Set in turn-of-the-century Vienna, it’s a story about the investigation of stage magician Eisenheim after the mysterious death of Sophie von Teschen. Not only is the movie beautifully shot…it’s very clever and fun to watch. The characters are as compelling as the illusions performed by Eisenheim. And the acting is absolutely fantastic. I love Edward Norton…always. But I had the most fun watching Paul Giamatti…who is a chameleon of a character actor…brilliant.

I promise y’all will love the movie. Go see it.

Oh…and don’t worry about me. I plan to continue my walking…and I’m done with my Labor Day binge. It’s back to pumpkin/flax seed cereal and grilled chicken for me.

I will persevere.


19 Responses to “Labor Day Weekend…The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly”

  1. Holeigh Says:

    I miss Steve Irwin like crazy…and I didn’t even know him. Kinda pathetic but also shows what a mark he made on people. I think that news ruined my whole day. 😦

  2. TALK! Says:

    Awww…Holeigh…I know what you mean. When Ben read us all the news story yesterday off the ‘Net…we just sat there in disbelief.

    It’s so sad.

    He was way too young to go…and he was such an incredibly inspirational person…so much fun to watch and to learn from.

  3. nolagirl Says:

    RIP Steve Irwin. Poor kids and wife. 😦

    Shelley, I am with ya, girl! I spendtyesterday drinking Budweiser, eating and fraternizing with the family. 5:30 pretty much sucked today. But, like you, I did it anyway! Andddddd, I’ll have you know that I took time to stretch this morning and didn’t have much of a problem with my shins at all. Sweet!

    How was Jessica Biel in “The Illusionist”?

  4. TALK! Says:

    Yeah, NOLA!!! I’m so proud of you. 🙂 I’m going to try my best to do some extra stretches tonight before going to bed…to see if it will help my back.

    About Jessica Biel…believe it or not…she was fantastic. She was meant to be on the big screen.

    Totally put aside all of her work on “7th Heaven” and even in “Cellular.” She emoted beautifully in “The Illusionist” and even pulled off seamlessly…a Viennese accent. I kid you not.

  5. Anonymous Says:


    Hate to put this here but, my emails to you are bouncing, not ignoring, just bouncing.


  6. TALK! Says:

    Sorry for getting so mad, Gray. Hang on…I’ll e-mail you from another account.

    (Yikes at being so mean to Gray.)

  7. double d Says:

    In honor of Steve Irwin-

    Crikey, woman! Dontcha know that Gray has super-natural zapping powers that can make you go “poof”?

    p.s. Where is the Shrew?

  8. TALK! Says:

    I know, DD…me is skeered of Gray.

    I’ve been wondering about Shrew. I thought I would’ve heard from her by now!

  9. NOLAgirl Says:

    I like Jessica Biel, so I’m glad to hear that she did well in the movie!

    Didn’t Shrew go to the San Jose LMBO show?? Why have we not heard about that yet??

  10. TALK! Says:

    Shrew did go…I’ve emailed her to check on her…but I haven’t heard back yet.

  11. double d Says:

    Did Gray “poof” her?

  12. TALK! Says:

    I put nothing past him.

  13. TALK! Says:

    Attention all…I just received Shrew’s “ramblings” from her San Jose LMBO experience.

    Be sure to check out the site tomorrow for the full scoop!

  14. patrickkadiddlehopper Says:

    Crank could’ve been good (sniffel…sniffel…)

  15. TALK! Says:

    I know, patrickkadiddlehopper…I know.

    Maybe we can rent an edited version one day. 😉

    love ya, kid

  16. NOLAgirl Says:

    Ooh, a tease for tomorrow’s post – I like!

  17. suzi-q Says:

    Though most of us cannot identify with a CIA agent (George Clooney) or with an oil mogul or an iman (sp) we can all appreciate the movie Shell suggested with “Syrianna”. A universal theme I appreciated in this film was family, underappreciated, ignored or over-rated,wealthy, poor, middle-class, we all have one and this movie made the appeal to all of us to value family, close or far-away, keep family near and dear. Pray for the family of mankind that we not ignore each other to extinction.

  18. TALK! Says:

    So true…Suzi-Q.

  19. Quossum Says:

    I don’t know *anyone,* and even *I* knew Steve Irwin. He was a beaut. =(


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