Fun Movies: Battleship

This came up in my memories on FB today, and I can admit when I’m in the wrong.

I received a free code from my company for the movie, so I didn’t pay for it. But I would have.

The wife loves this movie, quite possibly because one of the heroes is a PTA, and she is a PTA. I catch her rewatching the movie several times a year.

The board game is barely even referenced in the film. The writer could have left that out and made a great sci-fi adventure just the same.

There are several actors that I’ve enjoyed in a lot of other films and shows. Taylor Kitsch, Alexander SkarsgΓ₯rd, Liam Neeson just to name a few.


More importantly, featured in the film, is Col. Gregory D. Gadson. A real American hero.

Image from IMDB

From his IMDB profile:

Col. Gregory D. Gadson assumed command June 25, 2012, of Fort Belvoir, Va., a 47,000-strong garrison in its 100th year of service. Gadson graduated from West Point in 1989 and holds Masters Degrees in Information Systems and Policy Management from Webster University. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Advanced Field Artillery Officers Course and in 2010, he became an Army War College Fellow at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.

Gadson, was returning from a memorial service in Baghdad for two Soldiers from his brigade on May 7, 2007, when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. He lost both legs above the knee and suffered a severe injury to his right arm.

He became one of the first Soldiers fitted with a next-generation powered prosthetic knee. It allows amputees to walk with a more natural gait. Rather than taking a medical retirement, Gadson requested to stay on active duty. Gadson returned to active duty to serve almost two years as director of the Army Wounded Warrior program before being selected to command Fort Belvoir.


And then there’s my favorite scene:

From the trivia on the IMDB Battleship entry:

The veterans of the U.S.S. Missouri that Stone Hopper mentions are real life vets of the U.S.S. Missouri.

Alex Hopper’s calling upon the retired veterans to help crew the Missouri is inspired by actual historical events.

When the Iowa class battleships were reactivated in the 1980’s, the Navy had to recall veterans who had served on the ships during World War II and Korea, so they could teach the new crews how to operate the guns, fire control systems and other 1940’s era technology.


It’s a fun movie and a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Wholly unbelievable, big explosions, and the American military kicking ass. Just a good time.

Oh, and the good guys save the world. Again.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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356

Last night marked 355 days straight that I’ve posted here in some form or another.

I’m starting to think on how I need to change things up coming up on my anniversary.

I think I know where I need to lean towards, though I’m undecided at the moment.

Just because it’s a bad idea doesn’t mean it won’t be a good time.

Unknown

I need to focus more. I’ll still go daily but maybe with a week-long theme each week on a particular subject.

We will see what we will see.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Instinct (Not Mine)

The wife and I have been watching CBS’ Instinct. We both love crime dramas, and this fits the bill.


Former CIA operative is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming) is a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior to packed classes of adoring students. But when top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case, comes out of retirement and taps into his old skill set. Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, when it comes to catching killers, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts. Based on the James Patterson book.


I love everything about the series. The partnership of the leads and the writing are top-notch.

Alan Cummings character being a gay lead in a married relationship, is written into the show and not forced. It’s not there as a push but more of a way to tell the story normally. I’m having a hard time coming up with the words to express this. It’s not something I would usually watch, but the parts are played so well and not forced that the relationship between Dylan and Andy is enjoyable to watch develop.

It also helps that Naveen Andrews is in the cast, and he was one of my absolute favorite LOST castaways. I just like the guys style.

Bojana Novakovic is easy on the eyes and very funny in a sarcastic sort of way. Her pairing with Cummings plays extremely well.

The show puts me in mind of Elementary which may be a part of its downfall. Maybe it’s a little too close to the previous show.

Unfortunately, we are wrapping up our watch on this. Not because we’ve binged it, but because it was canceled. The ratings weren’t there for it to continue, and it’s not likely that any of the streaming services will revive it.

It will soon be time to find a new show for us.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Criminal

It used to be that I would follow what was fed to me through all the major outlets.

As I age, I detect the smell of bullsh*t more easily. You can call it a refinement of the senses with age.

EDC Bag

Many people would label me for not believing what is spoon fed to me every day.


In the official language of Newspeak, the word crimethink describes the intellectual actions of a person who entertains and holds politically unacceptable thoughts; thus the government of the Party controls the speech, the actions, and the thoughts of the citizens of Oceania.

In contemporary English usage, the word thoughtcrime describes beliefs that are contrary to accepted norms of society, and is used to describe theological concepts, such as disbelief and idolatry, and the rejection of an ideology.

From a Wikipedia article on Orwell’s 1984.


Post Stolen From Twitter

Whether it’s the government, SJWs, pharmaceutical companies, etc., I am a thought criminal.

I’m going to make my own informed decision.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Friday Knights

I spent the last part of the evening with the band at the school, getting a few videos and pics.

For the first week of band camp and with so many new members, their sound is excellent. Their movement in marching looks excellent as well. I’m not as picky as the band director. πŸ˜‰

I know; it’s his job to be picky. That bronze and silver state medal aren’t hanging there waiting for the gold to join them because he’s easy on them.

I want him to know that they wouldn’t be the band they are without him. He’s the reason there’s a marching band program.


My two.

I’m partial to the the mellophone and percussion sections this year. One child in each.


It has been a long week for all four of us. Eight-hour workdays all around. It’s a good thing for all of us but hard on Sam. He has never had to put in this kind of effort for something like marching band. But he’s enjoying it.

Logan is in her zone. I love seeing her this passionate over something. It’s her thing.

It’s late. I’m tired.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Cracked Sideview

I took this pic several years ago somewhere in the mountains. It was an old truck at a recycled house parts place. Neat place, neat truck.

Things in the rearview look remarkably different from what they looked like coming at you head-on.

You have time to reflect, no pun intended, and you see things and people for what they are.

Life changes and so will you. And the changes keep coming faster and faster.

Somehow you get slower and get an almost outside view of what’s going on; if you pay attention.

Time almost seems to stand still.

One of the benefits of age, I suppose.


Where did that come from? Weird.


That’s it. That’s the post.

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What If?

You Either Die A Hero, Or You Live Long Enough To See Yourself Become The Villain. – H. Dent

But what about those of us who started as decent then became a bad guy only to live long enough to change again?

What then?

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Decency

This is a short post tonight. A short rant, maybe?

I live in a small town. People used to have the decency to keep their private lives and thoughts to themselves.

Not anymore.

You can see what everyone thinks because they’re going to post it on social media.

You can see what your sweet little old school teacher thinks and likes.

You can see what your friends and family members like and agree with.

The same goes for local figures in law enforcement and local government.

Teachers.

And preachers.

A lot of people aren’t capable of proper conversation anymore.

The problem with a small town and becoming nasty online is that you’re going to run into people.

Small towns have long memories.

Your name and reputation are as good as gold in a small town.

A lot of folks forget these things.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Pain and Pleasure

I’ve been having continuing trouble with my shoulder and have been voluntarily seeing a physical therapist for it.

Two weeks ago, we were on vacation, and I had to cancel appointments due to that.

Last week I had to cancel appointments due to work. I wasn’t asked to; I stepped up.

Dr. Gindi is an excellent PT. I have to do my part and do the work and he can help me. I have to be there for my appointments.

This morning my shoulder started hurting so bad I nearly threw up. Time to leave work! I called and they moved my appointment from tomorrow to today, and off I went.

I was stretched, decompressed, heated, and adjusted. I feel much better.

That was the pain.


The kids are off at band camp, and we don’t pick them up until 9:00.

So this week, it’s just Mags and me for supper.

Tonight she made a great Shepherds Pie, and I realized it’s one of my favorite things she cooks. I had to add it to my mental list.

It’s simple for her to make, which I like because she doesn’t have to spend a ton of time in the kitchen (don’t worry, ladies, I spend my fair share of time in there.) And it’s delicious and got.

We have an agreement, and so tonight, I’ll do cleanup.

So we sat and ate and watched a favorite show together.

And that was the pleasure.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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The Return

We always post a pic of Mags and the kids at the top of the tower and I think I forgot this year.

In a week and a half, Mags and I will be back in the mountains for our (πšžπšœπšžπšŠπš•πš•πš’ πšŠπš—πš—πšžπšŠπš•) anniversary trip.

We’ll get a few small hikes in and see some new spots. These new spots will be a scouting expedition of sorts for new places to take the kids next time. If it wows us, they might enjoy it.

It’s always fun to be alone with her in the mountains. We aren’t rushed. We can enjoy the time and each other.

I didn’t have much to write tonight, and this is what came out.

Tomorrow starts the new week. Here’s hoping it’s easier than the last one was.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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