Probably the most read column I have done since I started this blog in 2005 is the one from November 2008 dealing with “Kids Growing Up too fast.” Second place would go to “Dancing with Fred and Ginger” from August 2011. I don’t have actual numbers but those are the two that keep popping up on the meter the most. Many of the hits even come from overseas.
What is your favorite movie from 2011? That’s an easy one for me; it was Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.” It contains good acting and no glorifying of the stars in the credits as Allen lists them small and alphabetically. Allen has been making great “small” films for years and always on a low budget. The man is a genius in the business.
Does anyone but me feel that Michelle Wie is basically stealing all the money she is being paid by sponsors to be on the Ladies Golf Tour? She made something like $19 million last year and didn’t do much on the golf course. She once said she wanted to compete with guys instead of women. Big mistake! She better learn to beat the girls first and quit her whining.
Ron Pinkowski, a fellow Plugged-in writer for the Sunday Arizona Republic, observed recently that with so many people having total dependency on iPhones, who would know how to survive if all those gadgets suddenly disappeared? His answer was “seniors.” Good point, most seniors don’t have and don’t need the latest communication technology. Somehow they survive the “old fashioned way.”
My favorite recent quote comes from New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie as he was talking about Warren Buffet: “He should just write a check (for more taxes) and shut up. Really…..I’m tired of hearing about it.” Amen!
What is it with luxury car TV ads today? Cadillac, BMW, Mercedes, and others are trying to sell cars showing them skidding sideways at high speeds. To me, it looks ridiculous unless they are trying to entice immature drivers. But then, are they the ones with enough dough to buy those overpriced heaps? Just wondering!
Are spring training games in the Phoenix area having attendance problems? It’s still early but some of the crowds have looked pretty dismal, especially since the weather has been nice. Recent totals show 2,781 showing up at a Kansas City-San Diego game in a stadium that holds 10,714. Los Angeles drew 7,038 against the Giants in a 13,000 seat stadium and the normally popular Chicago Cubs had 6,415 show up in a 13,100 seat stadium against the Rockies. To me spring training is OK but I prefer the Fall League.
Last year in Fountain Hills I really had a lucky break. I ran a stop sign while turning left off Pueblo Boulevard onto Mohave Road on the Yavapai reservation. No big deal, right? Well, maybe if the incident would not have taken place in front of a parked Maricopa County Sheriff’s car! The only way I can figure he didn’t see me is that he was probably doing some paperwork and wasn’t looking.
(Note: Since I switched to this format after the demise of Plugged-in Scottsdale, I have received 473 hits and 92 comments (21 per blog). That's a great turnout and I thank everyone who is still tuning in..... JM)