“Why someone weak? Because a weak man knows the value of strength”
Posted on July 24th, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

Treated myself to Captain America this evening.
Treated myself to Captain America this evening. by peachy92

I don’t go to movies that often. In fact, I am miserable in the movie theater.  I hate sitting for 2 hours straight.  I rather watch a movie at home because I can crash on the couch, pause for a potty break, and not feel like the people behind me at sitting on top of me.

Yet, Friday, after work, I went straight to the movie theater across the street and saw Captain America: The First Avenger.

I went and saw Iron Man 3 years ago with, well, you know who, and enjoyed it.  The only issue with seeing Iron Man is that he refused to stay for the credits and we missed the Nick Fury part.  My parents taught me to stay for the credit to let the crowd exit first and not to fight the crowd.  I hated that as a child, but as an adult , I see there point.  5 minutes of credits will not hurt me, unless I really have to use the bathroom.  I wanted to do the same for Iron Man, but didn’t. After we watched Iron Man, Joey introduced me to the whole Avengers thing, including watching a Captain America made for TV move from 1979.

I did not go see Iron Man 2 when it came out.  I finally saw it yesterday when I got it on Blu-Ray. I wasn’t able to just go to the theater at the time it came out.  I didn’t have the heart. I didn’t see The Incredible Hulk.  Truth be told, I am not interested in the Hulk.  The Bill Bixby version was on TV when I was a child.  It was probably in reruns.  Doesn’t matter.  All I know is that I would hide behind the sofa. I don’t want to relive the fear of childhood, no matter how irrational. However, I did go see Thor back in May with my father for his birthday. So after seeing 2 of the Avenger films, and being exposed to some of the team’s history, only fitting I’d want to see Captain America: The First Avenger.

I think I liked Captain America better than Thor.  I felt I got a better introduction of what makes Steve Steve, as opposed to what made Thor Thor. Plus, I think I have a thing for 1940s themed items.  After all, I did like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. And even knowing how it had to end, in a way, it still broke my heart to see the ending.  I think Chris Evans did a great job as Cap and I was able to forget he was also the Human Torch.  Tommy Lee Jones was perfect as well. I don’t think anyone else could have pulled off his character like he did.

I don’t want to post more and spoil the movie. But, if someone in my family wants to see it again in the next month, I will go back with them.  And now, I do want to see The Avengers film.

Why must I be such a geek at times?

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To Jackson and Back
Posted on July 11th, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

I’d call this post To Hell and Back, but that’s not fair to Mississippi.

The above graphic is a representation of my drive Sunday afternoon from Jackson, MS to Atlanta, GA.

I had left Atlanta for Jackson Saturday morning.  I left really early in the morning and got to Jackson midday.  Spent time with my father and dropped off Harri with him.  I drove the trip only in daylight.

I dreaded the trip home.  And mainly because of the things I encountered on the way to Jackson.

Item #1 on the map was a stretch of I-20 under construction.  I know living in Atlanta, I should be used to it, but not a single lane of interstate on the eastbound lanes where the lanes only have a Jersey barrier between them.  The westbound lanes are absolutely gone and you’re just about in the middle of a national forest.  I think only one exit had a Wal-Mart at it, but it was hard to get off at that exit.  Then to boot, on the eastbound stretch, the car in front of me had to pull off on the side of a road to help a stranded friend.  They didn’t give me much time to react and I-20 had no shoulder.  It went straight from the gravelly concrete to tall grass.  Nerve racking.

Item #2:  Construction just outside of Birmingham where they are adding an additional lane to both spans of I-20.  Except here, we’re in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains.  They are having to blast and carve in the additional lanes and shoulders.  Again, 1 lane in each direction, but the traffic isn’t side by side.  And the speed limit of 45 MPH?  Forget it.

Item #3 is the same work, but since it’s at the base of the mountains at Anniston, no blasting needed.  But again, people not obeying the speed limit.

Item #4 is more construction.  Most if it’s nearly completed. Thank goodness!  In the back of my mind on this stretch of road is the woman that died last year when a rock from a pothole shattered the family’s windshield.  And as I left that stretch of road, I drove into rain.

Due to the rain, it took me 2 hours to home from the Georgia border.  That should have been an hour, max.  I would pull off when the rain got bad, but until I could pull off safely, it angered and scared me when truck would drive by in the heavy rain at 80 MPH.  Total contrast to the rain I hit between Tuscaloosa and Birmingham where every one slowed down due to the rain.

These were the main things that scared me on this trip.  I don’t think I’ll ever do that drive alone again.

Also on that trip:

  • Southwest of Tuscaloosa, Alabama reminded me the coastal plain area outside of Savannah. The terrain was gentle.
  • Mississippi’s’ roads reminded me of a few in Jacksonville, FL.  It wasn’t quite a pebble mixture, but it wasn’t all concrete.
  • Star, MS looked to be nothing more than a fire station and church.  I wish it had been more.  I know it’s the home town of Faith Hill, but I wanted to find a cemetery that my great-great grandmother is supposed to be buried in down there. I’d like to have gotten a photo of her grave.

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