The Prepared Blogger

I was finally prepared. I saw something funny and I was there on the scene with my camera. I had my caption in my mind and got the shot. Only one problem, in order to get the humor, you have to be able to read both of the signs. The second sign was a bit hard to read at first.

Can you tell the photo was retouched? Anyway, this was a glimpse of how difficult it can be to drive in California. Now which is funnier, the photo retouch job or the signs?

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My Hometown

I visited my hometown yesterday. I was born in raised in a small town in California. I lived in the same house on the same street until I went to college. Yesterday I visited my hometown after a 8 year absence. Nothing was the same. Everything looked smaller, and closer together. Why is that? I mean I was the same height 8 years ago and yet my memory immediately goes to when I was 9 or 10. 

As we drove through this once “quaint” town, Bruce Springsteen’s song “My Hometown” kept going through my head:

My hometown…

Now Main Street’s whitewashed windows and vacant stores
Seems like there ain’t nobody wants to come down here no more
They’re closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain’t coming back to your hometown

The town is far from quaint anymore. It’s ugly. We drove by one of my elementary schools to find it boarded up. My school boarded up! Most of the town is run-down and it is obvious there has been some poor planning. The house I lived in for my first 17 years of my life is now a daycare. Some of the birch trees I used to hide behind in the church yard on the corner are gone. The mortuary on the corner opposite the church looks much nicer. I think they’ve been getting quite a bit of business. From the looks of the town I can see why they would.

At least Jerry’s restaurant’s sign hasn’t changed in hmmm, 60 years? I just hope the food isn’t that old. I guess it isn’t good to go back to your hometown. Goodbye, Hollister, California. Goodbye, Jerry’s restaurant, goodbye.   

Humor Movie Review: Baby Mama

First, let me say I had high expectations for this movie. I am a Tina Fey and 30 Rock fan so I was expecting to laugh and I did laugh. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have great chemistry and timing. This movie is about a career woman (Fey) who has put off having a personal life (family) for the sake of her career. Fey’s character is an executive with a healthy foods company and wants to have a baby; only she can’t so in comes the surrogate mommy (Amy Poehler). Her boss, played by Steve Martin, does a great job of keeping a straight face as the health guru/owner of the company. Although this movie didn’t have tears rolling down my face from laughter, it did have some moments that made me laugh out loud. I appreciated a scene where Steve Martin’s character rewarded Fey’s character by giving her five minutes of uninterrupted eye contact.

The audience surrounding me in the cinema was laughing most of the time. No one seemed to laugh at the parts I thought were the funniest, however, that is more of a reflection on me I guess. Some of the humor is predicatable, but still done well. There are a few jr. high moments, but that is to be expected. The birthing instructor has a nice, uh, lisp? (think Billy Crystal’s part in The Princess Bride i.e. “mawidge”) this makes the birthing class quite funny.

The bellman, Oscar, played by Romany Malco, had a few good lines. What is with these comedies where the bellman has the time to get involved in the life of the main characters? Who is at the door when he is up there spending time with Kate (Fey) and Angie (Poehler)?

Overall, I didn’t regret going to see the movie and my husband and I had some goods laughs. But, if you go and see it and don’t like it, don’t expect me to refund your money, honey.

Verdict:

 Four scoops of ice cream for Baby Mama

KEY:

            = I left the cinema; I wasted $11.50

    = I wished I left the cinema; I stayed in misery

          = I had a few smiles; I could have waited for Netflix

 = I laughed out loud at least 5 times; I am glad I went to see it.

 = I was laughing hard; must buy on DVD; why didn’t I write this script?