Had Dinner at the NOLA North Grille Yesterday

This is not a place I eat at very often, mostly because it is a little outside my price range. However, we had a company Christmas party yesterday evening and, since we needed a place that was convenient for everyone (there were a couple people traveling from outside of town), this seemed like the most logical choice. And, after dining there, I would definitely recommend it.

To tell you the truth, I was a little surprised to find out we were the only ones who were having dinner there last night. I know it was a Thursday in December, but I figured it would be much busier, especially after the experience we had.

First of all, the food was delicious and, unlike many restaurants, also somewhat unique. For example, this is the first local restaurant I've gone to that had gumbo and crawfish on the menu. I wound up having the former but, to be safe (I wasn't sure how spicy the crawfish would be), went with chicken as the main course. Both were excellent. Plus, I liked how the restaur…

Movie Review: Kristy (2014)

Synopsis: Unable to fly home for Thanksgiving break, Justine remains behind at college despite the campus being deserted except for a couple security guards and the groundskeeper. When she decides to borrow her friend's car to drive into town for snacks, she is confronted by members of a murderous cult. They follow her back to school and begin to hunt her down.
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Movie Review: Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

Synopsis: Years after becoming a hero by saving Trans American Flight 209, Ted Striker has been committed to an insane asylum following a failed test flight of a new passenger space shuttle, a crash he blamed on computer issues. In an effort to save his relationship with Elaine, he escapes the asylum and boards the inaugural Mayflower flight only to once again be forced to take the pilot controls after the ship’s computer malfunctions and sends the craft toward the sun.
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Movie Review: The Black Hole (1979)

Synopsis: A team of scientists flying in a vessel deep in space come across a giant black hole. Upon further investigation, they discover a long-lost space ship hovering above the black hole unaffected by its immense gravity. The ship, they learn, is commanded by Dr. Hans Reinhardt and controlled by a series of androids he says he created after his crew abandoned ship 20 years earlier. His goal is to pilot the spaceship through the black hole but the visiting team believes there is something he is hiding from them.
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Well, That Was an Exhausting Afternoon

In total, I was at the ice rink yesterday for about 5 1/2 hours. I showed up to help with the Skate with Santa Open Skate and skating exhibition (both fundraisers for People Against a Violent Environment). Then, after that, they had ice show auditions so I hung around while my daughter had her tryout and got measured for a costume.

By the time we got home, there was enough time to grab a quick dinner and get caught up on Supernatural before going to bed.

For her part, my daughter held up pretty well, considering she was on the ice for a good chunk of that. She did a great job during her two exhibition numbers, despite having a music screw up on the first one (forcing her to help a bunch of younger skaters improvise). And, her audition (at least from what I could see of it since they don't allow parents out of the warming room) looked solid. I don't think she'll get a solo but maybe has a shot at a trio or quartet. We'll find out in a couple weeks.

She's going to ge…

One Scene From Christmas With the Kranks Keeps Replaying in My Head

My wife and I watched this movie (as we do every year) about a week ago and, as always, I enjoyed watching it.

However, here it is a week later and one scene, well, actually, a line, keeps replaying in my head because it's stumping me a bit.

The scene is the one where Jamie Lee Curtis returns from the store with smoked trout instead of ham:

How in the world is smoked trout a better choice than frozen pizza, as she suggests? Not only does that sound like it would be something many people wouldn't enjoy, she didn't even buy enough to feed a group of people. I would think frozen pizza would have been perfectly acceptable, Christmas party or not.

Now maybe if she would have said something like "it was better than liver tartar," I probably wouldn't be so bothered by that line today.

Movie Review: My Bloody Valentine (2009)

Synopsis: A year after surviving a coal mining accident that left him and 5 other miners trapped, Harry Warden, already guilty of killing the other five in an effort to save himself, wakes from his coma and goes on a killing spree. He is stopped but, on the 10th anniversary of his slayings, more people are murdered in a similar fashion. With Warden presumed dead, suspicions begin to fall on Tom Hanniger, the son of the mine's owner and the man who caused the accident that trapped Warden and the other miners.
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