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My favorite movies

I livew in my own little world

My wise old grandmother instilled in me a passion for movies. Her favorites were musicals, and my list of favorite films includes many musicals from my youth, as well as films with great musical scores by such people as John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith.

The Eiger SanctionAn alphabetical list of my favorite films:

  • Any Clint Eastwood movie, either as actor or director. I like his style. Don’t like his politics but as long as I separate his politics from his work, I’m okay.
  • Dystopian movies that cause me to think about the future and the past. Some of my favorites are “12 Monkeys,” “Colossus: The Forbin Project,” “Elysium,” “Fahrenheit 451,” “The Hunger Games” series, “Logan’s Run,” “The Matrix” series, “Planet of the Apes” Star Trek--The Motion Pictureseries, “The Purge” series, “The Terminator” series, “Total Recall,” and “WarGames.”
  • Any “Star Trek” movie but “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” is my favorite. The music by Jerry Goldsmith was awesome, and Vger made me wonder. While I was creating this list, I discovered the two “Star Trek” fan movies, “Star Trek: Renegades” and “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.” Both were excellent.
  • Any “Star Wars” movie. The original “Star Ben-HurWars” from 1977 still is my favorite. I was just out of college and in a strange town. All my friends had gone back to their hometowns for the Memorial Day weekend, so I went to the movie. By myself.
  • “Babes in Toyland” (1961 version)
  • “Ben-Hur”—Probably my all-time favorite.
  • “Braveheart”
  • “The Bridge on the River Kwai”
  • “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”
  • “Dances with Wolves”
  • “The Exorcist”
  • The Red Violin“Gladiator”
  • “Mary Poppins”
  • “Oklahoma”
  • “The Pianist”
  • “Psycho”
  • “Raiders of the Lost Ark” series
  • “Rain Man”
  • “The Red Violin”
  • “Schindler’s List”
  • “The Shawshank Redemption”
  • “The Silence of the Lambs”
  • “The Sound of Music”
  • “South Pacific”
  • “Titanic”

As an aside, not only am I back, but I’m visiting blogs again. It’s so wonderful! I look forward to visiting YOURS to see what you’ve been up to these past twelve months.

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Nipple play

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I came to San Diego in April 1993 specifically to “come out” and try to reconcile my conflict as a special person with my Mormon (mom) and Catholic (dad) upbringing.

My first 11 months in San Diego were spent enjoying all the beaches in San Diego County, getting a nice tan (which I currently am paying for), meeting other sun bunnies, and studying the world’s great, and not-so-great, religions.

After 11 months, I decided that I really didn’t need religion, didn’t need to reconcile who I am with any manmade religion, only with Mother and Father Nature. I’ll just leave it at that.

The preface is for the following bas relief which I found above the main entrance doors of a monastery here in San Diego:

Bas relief at a San Diego monastery

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The religion to which that monastery belongs was founded in the late 12th century.

Look closely at that bas relief.

We could presume that the lower figure is Christ on the cross.

Let’s presume the figure behind Christ is God.

Notice the placement of God’s left hand?

On Christ’s nipple!

I’m not presuming to know anything about this religion, but what’s with that?

Look at the expressions on the faces.

Here’s my dialogue:

Christ: First tortured, now sexually assaulted.

God: Finally, I get to play with myself.

Upper left child: Ew. Incest. Necrophilia….

Upper right child: Will God do that to us when we grow up?

Is this a foretelling of what would happen in the Catholic Church many centuries later?

Were those activities prevalent all along?

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And, for the record in response to Monday’s post, thanks for all the tips and tricks. None of them work anymore so I’m stuck with the new WordPress editor. And, to be blunt, it really really bites………

P.S. I expect to lose a few followers who will be upset and offended. That’s okay. Still hope they have a wonderful life.

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Music on Mondays (11-23-15)—I quit

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Looks like WordPress finally is forcing us to use the new editor. It’s……….

……..sooooooooooooooooooooooo………………….

……………………..slow……………………….

I’m 60 and I type faster than the editor can put the characters on the screen………….. I end up typing the same thing three or four times before it shows up on the screen…….

If this is the new WordPress, I won’t be around much longer. I’ll give ’em till the end of the year.

I would  to have a Music on Mondays post todut I can’t wait around all day for this…….. I have things to do!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyonepy Thanksgiving to eryone. Happy Thanksgiving to everanksgiving to everyone. Hapng to everyone. Happy Thanksgiving to everyoneHappy

I quit.

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Crosswalks don’t have to be ugly

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Crosswalks don’t have to be ugly….

Crosswalk in Cedros Design District, Solana Beach, California

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That one is in the Cedros Design District in Solana Beach, a great place to go if you’re looking for the unique and unusual for your home or garden.

Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, California

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La Jolla CA at ultra low tide

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The best time to experience the natural beauty of La Jolla, California, is when there is an ultra low tide.

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Moving Sale—Everything must go!

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Jim and I have decided to downsize yet again. It’s been eight years since we last downsized.

We’re looking to move to a more walk-friendly neighborhood since we’re both getting much older.

We have our eyes on a specific neighborhood with great views and within walking distance of downtown La Mesa and a San Diego Trolley station. Freeway access also is great for when we need to get out and about.

We just need to find something in our top-of-the-list neighborhood. Our goal is to be in a new place, hopefully a permanent one and not a layover, by June 1, although we do have a few days built in for delays.

Meanwhile, we’re having a moving sale.

Everything must go!

Well, not everything.

Zoey the Cool Cat will be going with us, of course.

Thank you!

We want to move as little stuff as possible although we realize that probably no one is going to pay the price that Jim wants for his grand piano. However, if they do………………………..

We have everything imaginable—books, knick knacks, framed pictures, wall shelves, bookshelves, home furniture (kitchen table, huge custom leather sofa, beds), office furniture (6′ metal cabinet, 6′ metal shelf, display case), refrigerator, dressers, potted plants and unplanted pots, and more.

I haven’t decided yet exactly where I’m going to put pictures of things, but many of the smaller items will go on Facebook, so if you might be interested in things, follow me or friend me at Facebook.

moving sale

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South Texas clock

I had that clock custom made from a company in Detroit when I was working there April-October 1994. It is 6½”W x 6½”H. $10 or best offer, as is with the South Texas map featuirng Kingsville (where I was born) and Corpus Christi. Or $59 and I’ll make a custom clock face with a map of YOUR choosing. Buyer pays shipping—

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