Friday, November 6, 2009

An Update on My Little Cousin with Meningitis

Hey there. As I mentioned before, my little cousin has been battling meningitis. It's been a tough ordeal for the family since it's taken a huge toll my little cousin as well as our family. It's tough to see a 5 year old, strapped to her bed, with feeding and breathing tubes coming out of her, all while being heavily sedated. Well, I'm happy to say that she's doing a lot better.

We were worried that the sickness did not affect her brain too much. I don't remember if it is viral or bacteria but the sickness did cause some speech loss, but my lil cousin is smiling, walking, playing, and doing what little girls should be allowed to do. Albeit, in the hospital, but it's better than being drugged up or strapped down to your bed due to involuntary body movements. The doctors have mentioned that she may be allowed to go home very soon. She's still there for some observation and the speech loss is something that she can regain with some therapy. We're hoping for her to be released by her birthday later this month, or at least for Thanksgiving. If all turns out well, our family will have something special to be thankful of this year. Later!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


I sit here in wonder
In awe and disgrace
Of terms and my trials
That I cannot embrace

My life has passed by
It burned up in flames
All faces and characters
Lived on with no names

No sense of my pride
All down the drain
No wine and no blood
Will flow through these veins

As god as my witness
And cherubs as jury
My days will come pass
I'll full their fury

A life has been wasted
Time has ticked by
Remorse and disdain
I won't fly to the sky

I sit here and wonder
Sullen in rain
As minutes turn to hours
I live on with this pain.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The T-Mobile Dash Phone is Getting on my Nerves

Hey there. I am officially looking for a new phone. I've had the "T-Mo Dash" for some time now and I must say that it has served me well. I don't need much flare. Just something that can get my Emails while I check out ESPN or It was horrible at taking video and you can forget about any flash applications. But you know what? It was alright. I didn't need those things, but now... the phone is not even doing the simple functions anymore. I can't make calls, the phone resets by itself, I love text messages, and it's constantly freezing on my when I go online. It's extremely frustrating and it's time to for this phone to go.

I got my wife a G1 one too long ago and I must admit that I was impressed by it. It has flash, the browsing is great, and I like the fact that you have a wide array of applications that you can download. The problem that I have is that YOU MUST get the internet plan in order to get full use of the phone. I refuse to do it. I'm running on an unlimited data plan with the Dash and it's served me well since I am able to text, Email, and surf all I want for something like $5 a month. The internet plan alone is somewhere around $20 a month. I already subscribe to it because it's a must have for my wife but I don't feel it's right for a company to deck us for another $20 to have the same service on a second phone. I don't think it's worth it.
So while my phone is on it's last legs, I feel that I'm in between a rock and a hard place. I don't want to pay more to use a newer phone, but I need to get a new phone because this one is ready to be smashed up against a wall. Maybe I'll call T Mobile and complain about it. If I'm lucky, I may be able to get a discount on the phone AND get them to reduce the price of the plan. Wish me luck! Later.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Christmas Carol (2009)

Hey there. Last night, we were fortunate to attend an early screening of the movie A Christmas Carol. First off, I want to thank my brother in law for giving us the tickets even though I'm sure it was because he couldn't make it himself. lol He won 4 tickets to an early screening of this film and handed them over to us. And second, I'd like to give a shout out to Power 106. I don't listen to the Hip Hop, Rap, R&B music that they tend to play there but they provided us with the tickets and thus, the opportunity to check it out. So thanks, you guys!

We received 4 free tickets to see the movie, which we told the kids about over the weekend. They were excited to go and see the film. The problem? We needed 5. I called the theater and because it was a special screening, the seats were reserved. I could not buy a ticket to this event so someone in the family had to sit this one out. In the end, my wife took one for the team and decided that she would stay behind with the baby. The kids seemed excited to check out the movie. As we drove to The Bridge in Culver City, they saw billboards of the movie and asked questions about what it was about. I was a little surprised that they were not familiar with this Charles Dickens classic. I told them that I would answer any questions they have after the movie. And what a movie it was...

First off, there have been many versions of this film. Each with their own flare but mainly stick with the premise of the book. The flair of the 2009 version clearly is in it's use of imagery. As Scrooge zooms through the air, the visuals are stunningly beautiful, and just as vivid. The main problem I had with the film (especially for it being a Disney film) was that they used some pretty images to induce fright.

The first instance of this occurs when Jacob Marley comes to warn Scrooge. I was surprised to see that the ghost manages to unhinge it's jaw, yet there are no jokes made. My 4 year old stayed closed and whispered to me that she was a little scared. I assured her that there would be nothing to be scared of. Boy would I eat those words later...

With Marley's unhinged jaw, he went on several more minutes with a deranged face speaking to Scrooge. The loud cackling and thunderous thumping of his chains added to my little one's fright. As Marley sped away, I was surprised that still, Disney did not attempt to make the scene a little more comical. Something to assure the little ones that everything will be alright.

Then comes the ghost of Christmas past. There is something plain old freaky about it. The smile on it's face that just will not dissipate and that strange tick in it's neck that is used to break tension during moments of pause. The voice that Jim Carrey uses for this character amplifies the creepiness of it all. If a doll were to me made out of this thing, I would surely be freaked out by it.

As for the ghost of Christmas Present, the giant that sits atop the Christmas tree, with his torch blazing. I didn't have much of a problem with him, since he's made in a similar figure to that of Santa Claus, but there was the talk of death near the end of tenure that didn't sit well with me. He spoke of greed and ignorance and the children used as their symbols were that of those that belonged in a Silent Hill game and when he reiterates to Scrooge that his time has come, he laughs hysterically as his flesh withers away with each bell of the clock. Skin peeling away and when they show his feet, a clear cut image of bones and death were left in his wake. Death...

The ghost of Christmas Future was clearly meant to be made in the splitting image of Death. Shadowy figure that does not speak, bony fingers protrude it's cloak, and he rides in a chariot pulled by demon horses from hell. Nothing is made humorous about this ghost. He clearly intends to take Scrooge to hell and makes that known when a coffin surrounded by the flames of hell is sitting under Scrooge as he dangles, barley holding on to Death's finger. And again, no comic relief during the frantic chase or the cold stares from Death.

Overall the movie was well made. I greatly enjoyed this new take on a classic tale. While the majority of the remakes focus on the feel good outcome of the story, this version made the journey that Scrooge undertook be the main attraction. When I mentioned to my wife how the movie played out, she rightly commented that the story itself is not a feel good story, but more of a man that has gotten a chance for deliverance. It was refreshing to see the story at it's true form, but I am not sure if it's something that kids will be able to digest at first viewing. My kids liked the film but their first comments about it where of those that spooked them. If you're in for a true to form version of A Christmas Carol, then I highly recommend this film. If you're in for a cutesy version, this may scare some younger children and you may want to check out a different take on this wonderful classic. Later!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Top Blogs of the Month of October

Hey there. Not much of a shake up in my top droppers for the month. Ann's Snap Edit Scrap takes the top spot in both drops and comments. I'm awarding her 500 ECs for being a part of this month's winners and another 500 ECs for being the top commenter for the month. Thanks for dropping and thanks for being an integral part of Metallman's Reverie! Later!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Motivational Sunday - Perspective

Hey there. Everything is not always what it seems. Or... maybe it is, but you're looking at it from a different angle. I chose this perspective for this Sunday because I thought it summed it up beautifully. An extreme close up shows you something that looks like a beautiful woman's back, while the outside shot shows you it's true form. Gotta love it. Later.