Watched The Hunger Games yesterday. Patsy had started the book and put it down after one chapter. There is some disturbing imagery she didn't care for and she had no interest in seeing it at the theater or at home. The film has some, too, but I didn't think it was that bad. I never read the book but I may now.
The theme of the movie is thoroughly revolting. Two people, one male and one female between the ages of 12 and 18, are chosen from 12 different areas called districts to compete in a coliseum-style fight to the finish, broadcast live throughout the land. The Hunger Games come complete with futuristic Romans, too, who sponsor and bet on the contestants. Jennifer Lawrence plays the heroine, Katniss Everdeen. She is excellent and completely carries the film. She is in almost every scene. I think the setup could have been a little shorter and the games a little longer but those are minor quibbles because I really enjoyed it. The ending suggested a sequel was coming. That was easy enough to confirm this morning online. I'm in.
For better or worse, the annual CrabAppleLane Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet for 2012. Hopefully, these cheat sheets serve you better than they usually serve me.
Was watching a Little League game the other day between Mexico and Canada. The sound was turned down at the restaurant I had chosen for lunch so I was kind of using my imagination about what was going on. I don't know Little League rules. I played playground baseball but never Little League. I take it they use some kind of pitch count because that stat was very prominent in the box score graphic.
I picked up the game in the bottom of the second inning. It was 8-8 and each pitcher's count was in the 50s. No idea how long those two kids lasted. My lunch hour was up. Pitch counts have become important to baseball in the last ten years or so and I think that's a good thing. I'm all for protecting the kids from themselves. They're eager to perform and don't always know when to stop. I'm also all for protecting their young arms from overzealous parents and coaches. More then a few of them out there. Pitchers need proper instruction from an early age. Damage from overthrowing, from bad mechanics, and from throwing exotic pitches like hard sliders can last a lifetime. No two kids are the same, though, and the rules may seem unfair to the ones who can manage higher pitch counts. Enforcing those rules may still result in some 27-22 final scores but I still think that it's a good idea.
Had a date with the yard this weekend but the relentless rain has made that impossible. Poured yesterday and there is a 70% chance of more today. For what it's worth, it only rains when I DO want to do yardwork, never when I don't. If the rain holds off for another hour or two, I'm going to give it a go anyway.
Today's photo below reminds me of a Night Gallery episode. Seeing a picture of Leslie Nielsen yesterday must have been part of the connection. You can watch the episode at the link. It's about 40 minutes long.
CrabAppleLane Yard - August 19, 2012
17 days until football season ...
5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:
- Natural Thing - UFO - No Heavy Petting
- Take Me Home Country Roads - John Denver - Poems, Prayers & Promises
- Rebel Yell - Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
- Give A Little Love - The Mostar Diving Club - Triumph of Hope
- Don't Fear The Reaper - The Mutton Birds - The Frighteners Soundtrack
Quote of the Day
I think its one of the wonderful things about this opportunity, that even though you're here and even though its just for a little while, you get to enjoy all this.
Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games
Blog of the day is here.
Quote from said blog: "When Jennifer Lawrence was 14 she quit school because of bullies."