GMIM # 17: I hate snow

Welcome to another installment of Good mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

I hate snow. I hate winter. This sucks.

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I’ve spent most of the winter shoveling snow with an old shovel because my snowblower was “broken.” Turns out, a small tube was detached and I could’ve saved my back from pain and suffering for two months.

Fast forward to this past week. New England gets its first true snow storm of about a foot. No big deal, I got the snowblower going and it’s making life much easier. But I don’t think the man upstairs wanted it to be that way. I hit a pile of ice and it blows a hole into the chute. Thankfully I was pretty much finished up to this point, but I got excellent news while going back into the house: another foot is coming in a few days.

So here we are. I currently sit in my house trying to muster up a way to patch this hole to prevent snow from shooting straight up into the air like a damn geyser. I’m positive I’ll find something that’ll work for maybe 20 minutes and then blow a bigger hole into the shoot and then I’ll be stuck shoveling all day long.

But don’t worry, friends. More snow is on the way this week, too. I’m considering hibernation via Nyquil or something.

I watched Titanic for the first time last night

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The lady has been suggesting that we watch Titanic for a few weeks and we finally got around to it last night. I haven’t been opposed to watching it; the movie is just so long and I like to get my beauty rest. If you think I’m soft for watching this, you’re just not a man. You’re afraid of having your (blue diamond) heart broken by this love story.

Here is my list of observations from the three plus hour epic:

  • In 1986, deep-diving mini-subs could make returning to the Titanic a reality. But the 1996 attempt to raise a section of the ship out of the Atlantic pushed Titanic back into the minds of everyone. Release a movie surrounding the ship’s story a year later, and you have an all-time blockbuster. Easy money.
  • Baby-face pretty boy Leonardo DiCaprio is the poster child for 90’s hair.
  • Kate Winslet being nominated for an Oscar and not Leo is laughable. She went on to win for best actress in a lead role for The Reader (what now?), but Leo had the better career after Titanic.
  • Speaking of Oscars, this movie won 11 Academy Awards, including best original song and score.”My Heart Will Go On” is a fire jam, but it’s the only song used throughout the movie. Isn’t best score for overall music throughout the film? If that’s the case, Top Gun should have won for using “Danger Zone” three separate times and “Take My Breath Away” as the only other song.
  • James Cameron re-releasing Titanic in 3D is the pinnacle of money grabbing moves. Titanic was #1 in highest grossing movies of all-time for over a decade (only to be surpassed by another Cameron movie called Avatar, which is garbage). There is nothing that needs to be 3D in Titanic at all.
  • This movie is filled with corny lines, most famous probably being “Draw me like one of your French girls.” or “I’m the king of the world.” But in my mind, nothing tops, “I’m flying!” Are you Rose? Are you flying? Because I think you were closer to flying when you were dangling off the stern of the ship like a lunatic.

Biggest takeaway from Titanic was this: would you risk riding the Titanic if you had a 50/50 shot to survive? I’ve never been on a cruise ship, so I’m not exactly positive what is standard for one to include. But Titanic looked ballin. Upper class folks had caviar, champagne, and cigars, but even those Irish were having a hell of a time slugging Guinness and arm wrestling. This may be my puny brain talking, but the concept of an elevator on a ship in 1912 blows my mind. Yes, I’m sure today’s cruise liners have far more features, but we’re talking about the big one…The Titanic. So yes, I’d take the risk. Give me some brandy, a tux, and an opportunity to lay naked for Jack.

Cue the music!

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