Tour de France

Every year I look forward to following the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. It’s amazing to watch the strategy and teamwork that goes into a 3 week bike race. I think it may be the most difficult event to complete in sports. 20 grueling stages up and down mountains, through wind and rain, ditching fans standing in the road. After getting into riding myself, I think I’ll appreciate what these men do even more.

On July 3rd, Lance Armstrong will attempt to become the first man to ever win the Tour de France 6 times in a row. A truly unbelievable achievement after beating cancer. The man feels no pain, attacking his opponents whenever he senses weakness. He excels in the mountains where most fall off the lead.

Team USPS has a tough road ahead, but as they’ve proven year after year, they are more than up for the challenge. Lance’s teammates will sacrifice their bodies to protect him from crashing riders and blasting winds. They’ll take turns leading so that he can draft behind them. Their glory comes in Lance’s victories, knowing they had a hand in the outcome.

On July 25th will it be Armstrong on the podium with the yellow jersey once again? I can’t wait to find out!

Dark Fury – The Chronicles of Riddick

Dark Fury - The Chronicles of Riddick (Animated)Dark Fury is a short animated film, explaining what happens in between Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick.

It was about an hour long I think, but well worth the time to watch. The story begins with Riddick flying through space, where Pitch Black left off. The spaceship gets picked up by a bounty hunter who “collects” specimens like Riddick because she views them as art. I won’t give away any more details, but say that if you’ve seen Pitch Black or plan to see the Chronicles, you need to watch this in between. I give it a B.

Pitch Black

Pitch Black (Unrated Version)Vin Diesel is a bad ass! This is one of his best movies if you ask me. He plays the part of Riddick, a criminal who has eyes that have been glazed, making it difficult for him to see in the light, but easy in the dark.

A group of space travelers crash onto an unknown planet. Soon after they gather themselves, the find out that the planet has 3 suns. Talk about hot! They also find out there is soon to be a total eclipse when surprise visitors will come out to play.

I thought the plot of the movie was pretty good and believable for the most part. Character development was OK, but they had to leave something for next movie, The Chronicles of Riddick. What really caught my eye was the lighting in this movie. Awesome! With each sun being a different color they had to match up shadows, reflections, and the look of people’s faces. When the eclipse hit, lighting had to be shifted to correspond to the effects of torches, glow tubes, and flares. All of course, were different colors. I was impressed.

I watched Pitch Black a few years ago so it should say something that I’ve watched it again. I give it a B.

Swingers

Swingers (Miramax Collector's Series)I watched this movie over a week ago and forgot to post about it. Maybe I forgot to post because I hated it so much and wanted to forget about it as soon as possible.

In real life I can’t stand people who talk just for the sake of talking. Annoying! Why would anyone want to watch a movie with a character like this? The best part of the movie was the ending when one of the characters finally stopped talking about his ex-girlfriend and then his friend (the talker) didn’t know what to say. It was silence…welcome silence.

Not much else to say about this movie really. There were scenes in Vegas so that was my highlight. I give it a D+.

Lack Of Posts

I know I haven’t been posting much lately, but I haven’t felt the creativity or had any big inspirations. I’ve been busy cleaning the house, biking, hanging out with friends, golfing, and of course working. Today I had my oil changed and found out that I need new front tires. This weekend I’m heading up to Rogers City for the long weekend (we have the 5th off). The big plans are to go up to the casino in St. Ignace to play some poker, celebrate Jere’s new job, eat some of Dad’s deep-fried turkey, go biking, and check out the poker table Isaac is building so that I can give him specs on what I want mine like. I’m looking forward to the visit home because it’s been quite some time since my last journey north.

I’d like to have some suggestions on topics to write about. I like doing posts that fall into the Thoughts category, so I’d like your (Yes, all 5 of you!) help. What would you like to read? Maybe my thoughts on space exploration, recycling, fashion… It’s up in the air. Let’s get those creative juices flooding.

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Update On Changes

Back on the 1st of the year, I set some goals for 2004. I just wanted to bring it back up and give some updates on how things are going…

  • Get a new job in the area of programming.

    -I had the job at SVSU all lined up, but then got screwed. This is still in the plans for my near future.

  • Cut down on my sarcasm.

    -I’ve realized that I am who I am and all of my sarcasm isn’t a bad thing, so everyone is just going to have to live with it!

  • Try to relate to others more…walk in their shoes.

    -I think I’ve done a decent job on this at times, but it’s something I still need to work on.

  • Open up. Everyone knows that I’m shy. It’s just how I’ve always been, even thought I don’t like it. I want to try to get away from that.

    -This ain’t easy, but I’m still trying!

  • Get into shape (physically) and stay fit.

    -With the recent purchase of a bike, I’ve been riding 4 days a week and feeling great! It’s the best purchase I’ve made all year. Maybe not the coolest purchase (TV takes the cake!), but definitely a great investment.

  • Stop drinking pop. I had done it for a few months earlier in the year, so I know that it can be done.

    -I had compeletely quit for a few months. Now I have one or two a week at the most. It’s amazing how much better I feel and how much money I save.

I think I’ve done a pretty good job with everything so far. I’m living by myself for the first time in my life and loving it. It’s been a great summer so far and I don’t expect anything less from the 2nd half.