15 January 2008

Back on Track

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Mocha, Caramel, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Angel Food Cake.

Teacher Day! All teachers can get a small yogurt for 99 cents by showing their teacher ID card today. Upgrade to a medium, large or XL and we'll take two dollars off of any of those sizes. (Limit one per person.)


The workout routine has started again. After waiting a couple of weeks to let those filled with the New Year's spirit dwindle at the gym, my wife and I restarted our workouts. We kind of got caught up in our first year of marriage and forgot how much we each enjoyed our time working out.

Since we live in Addison, we have a free membership to the Addison Athletic Club. This full scale gym has just about everything that the big boys have. The only real difference is that we would pay a few dollars to attend a class such as aerobics, but we don't have that pesky monthly due to pay. We're mainly there for the the track and the weights; however, I focused on the track to ease myself back into workout shape. Unfortunately, I'm not any good at going easy. So, I might have run a little to hard to quickly. As a result, I'm a little sore.

I did also get around to watching a movie last night. Sunshine, which is directed by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting fame, is a science fiction thriller set roughly 50 years in the future. The film follows the crew of the Icarus II on their mission to restart the Sun to prevent the extinction of the human race which is caught in a solar winter. Leaving out some slight problems with the physics, the film was one of the better science fiction films that I have seen in a while.

The crew finds itself caught in the usual boredom of extended space travel on a ship that with a mission that has a small chance of success. A fateful decision and a major mistake radically alters everything. As the mission unravels, the crew fights to hold things together against a failing ship and an unknown threat. Sacrifices and hard choices present themselves one after another and call for heroic efforts.

Mr. Boyle does a wonderful job presenting the isolation of a long space voyage and the insanity that can creep upon the crew members in the shadows of the mind. Visually, the film is a fantastic work. A solid cast works to enhance the feeling of loneliness with a bleakness that is tempered only by the hope of success and a stoic need to complete the mission. The final film moves very well in the first three quarters; however, the final act makes a great film change to a very good one. If you want a challenging film, this is a good one for you if you can put yourself into the shoes of the characters. Movie Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5.

Clearly, I have not quite gotten used to the new schedule for the blog. I forgot to post the puzzler yesterday. Mea Culpa. Tickle your brain with this one:


Which two figures are identical? The figures cannot be rotated.

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