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In reading blogs this morning, it’s how I start my brain, I came across The Window Seat: Ssshhhh, Quiet Please!.  It is a blog about all things travel.  Holly Burns had just taken a flight from San Francisco to London (well, last month).  That’s ten hours in a metal tube.  Let me repeat, ten hours trapped in a chair surrounded by strangers.  And, in her case, strangers who like to talk. 

For years, I worked in Chicago and commuted from northwest Indiana.  I have been trapped on trains and buses for the hour and a half journey (or near that).  I have sat across from men who were doing things you should never do in public, let alone with your clothes on, and people who wanted to talk, when all I wanted to do was sleep or read.  But, ten hours????

Anyway, three women sat behind Holly Burns and talked and talked and talked so loud that even earphones would not drown them out.  You know what happens next.  We’ve all been there.  You give them the look, over your shoulder.  Then you turn and stare the look for a minute.  Then, after two hours, you finally lose it and pummel them with your seven dollar pillow.  Oh, that was me, not her.  She did finally say something and she said they did lower the volume slightly. 

My worse experience with this was when Schindler’s List came out in theatres.  I was in a full theatre and there were two women behind me.  One of them was talking.  The other could not have gotten a word in edgewise if she wanted to.  I must have turned and looked a dozen times, then turned and shushed.  Why I did not just say, “Would you please take your conversation out to the lobby?”  I will never know.  Schindler’s List is an intense movie.  You want to be involved with it and not with the idiot behind you and their conversation. 

Eventually, they did go out and the one woman came back alone.  I cannot imagine what she said to get her friend to leave but bless her heart, she got rid of her.

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Were you ever in a relationship where you woke up one morning and said, ‘This person is making me old.’?

 

It’s not that they are actually making you old.  Mother Nature does a fine job of that on her own and when your genes add something like heart disease or cancer to the mix, it is scary. And, it is not that I am afraid of death, because I am not. And, someday I will explain that when I am feeling very psychic and ready to open my soul to the world (plus a death experience- not my own though).

 

What the thing is, is that I want to enjoy every minute of this life while I am here.  It is way too short not to.  I used to hike, picnic in the Dunes State Park in the winter, ski (cross-country and downhill), and just explore.  I went camping every chance I got.  Daughter-of-eleven and I once went camping with the tent and a roll of aluminum foil.  Seriously, I forgot blankets, bedding and utensils.  I stopped and bought a spatula and a blanket.  You can make a very good bacon and egg breakfast on foil, over an open fire.

 

I have visited every state in this union except Alaska. I have camped in Canada and spent two hours in Mexico.  That’s a whole other story.  I have whale watched and driven a large cargo van up a gravel mining road in Colorado.  That MAY just be what is wrong with daughter-of-eleven.  She was with me and never quite got over that adventure.  She did not mind going up so much, it was the backing back down the narrow, steep, drop-off, gravel mining road that did her in. 

 

The point is, and I am sure there is a point somewhere; I am not ready to sit in a rocking chair yet.  I have given up most things for years now because it seemed so unfair to my husband to do things without him.  He cannot help being disabled, but I realized a few years ago that I was getting older than I should be because of not living and it was not doing him any favors either, that I was declining.  He does what he can and I need to do what I can.  As I said, life is just too short.

 

I started out taking violin lessons.  It was something I had always wanted to do and I inherited my uncle’s violin.  So, the last year and a half I was in Wyoming I studied with Rainer Schwartzkof and, if I do say so myself, and actually, my teacher did; I’m rather an advanced case study on violin.  It may have been the years of music in school. and teaching myself to play organ.  But, by the end of the year and a half, we were doing Mazas duets and, oh, how I loved that.  I gave that up when I moved.

 

So, now that I am all better (my chest has been opened and my heart repaired) and I again have health insurance to get some rehab to help me get exercising again, I am anxious to get back to the violin.  My goal: to play Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida by Wolff; Three Pieces from Schindler’s List by John Williams and I have a book of Classical Solos to tackle.  I am also anxious to get back to painting.  

 

Until they get me settled in rehab, I walk (on our four acres), and I tend the garden (getting my pulse rate up a bit) and I take pictures, and I write. Irritating Chihuahua accompanies me and occasionally sneaks away, but when I am out of doors, it recharges my batteries.

 

Life is too short, not to live it.

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In the 80+ DVD movies I have, and I’m sure that is a small collection (we still have VHS’ too, and each boy has their own collection of DVD’s. But, in mine alone, out of eighty movies that range from Schindler’s List to Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, and the “feel good romp” of Mystic River, thirteen of these movies have Nicholas Cage in them. I told you this was an Extremely Biased Film Review. My passion for Nicholas Cage, and his acting knows very little bounds and has only recently been replaced by Viggo Mortensen, who I only have two DVD’s of.

There are some  actors who just have to act, even if the movie is a stinker. But, then again, in whose opinion?  So here are my thoughts on the Cage movies I own. Starting alphabetically and some in more depth than others:

8mm: Very good movie and performance by Cage. It is, however a dark and disturbing movie about an “obsessive search for the truth.” Cage handles it well and you walk away haunted. I highly recommend it.

Adaptation: Cage does a good job of becoming a weak, simpering, overweight fool twin. Why in God’s name he would want this is beyond me. This movie doesn’t deserve either Cage or Meryl Streep. It cons you into buying it because it was by the creator of Being John Malkovich, an excellent film. The best thing about Adaptation is the cover photo of Cage’s face on a broken flower pot.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin: Okay one of the top Chick-Flick, wish you were his co-star, movies of all times. And, he learned to play the Mandolin for it. It’s a great romantic story with a sexy lead. Men ask, why the heck is Nicholas Cage considered sexy? I don’t know guys, maybe it’s the fact that he doesn’t hesitate to throw himself into everything he does. He’s not afraid to look foolish or dance or learn to play the Mandolin. I don’t want men fighting over me. I want a man who keeps living life to the fullest, without shame or fear of looking stupid, and Cage has got that down.  YUMMM!

City of Angels: One of my absolute favorite movies of all time. Talk about living life to the fullest.  There is a line in this movie about rather living a life with you than an eternity without you. Wouldn’t we all give anything to have that kind of love? In this movie, the Protagonist gives up immortality for the woman he loves. When you are watching this film you realize that maybe you haven’t been living life to the fullest, yourself.  Close your eyes and tell me what a pomegranite tastes like, but tell me with your sense of touch and sound and eyes, not your taste. Just watch it and you will understand.

Con Air: Why I had to buy this is unknown, because Starz plays it about every three months. It’s a movie that when nothing else is on, including Two and a Half Men, you can watch it over and over and over and over. And, I have. Cage looks fantastic in long curly hair and jeans. He hasn’t overdone the accent. You want him fighting for your friends and coming home to you. There are some great other actors in this: John Cusack, John Malkovich, and an awsome performance by Steve Buscemi.

The Family Man: This is a movie for when a group of friends are half watching. You won’t mind them talking during it. It’s good and funny. He goes from being a wealthy womanizing bachelor to a married man. He learns to love his kids and get more out of life than the almighty dollar. Just average stuff.

Guarding Tess: I have no idea why I like this, but I do. Shirley MacLane does an excellent job as a crudgy retired first lady; escaping her guards and giving Cage a hard time. He’s a reluctant body guard but when the chips are down, he’s there for her.

LORD OF WAR: Okay, notice the caps. This is my vote for Oscar winning performance and movie. I love this movie. I think this movie should be a must see for high school kids. It’s based on a real story of an actual illegal gun dealer, who was arrested a year after this was out. Cage is fantastic in it. The story is worth the watch. I don’t know why it didn’t get better reviews, but it deserved them.

 Matchstick Men: Billed as an “ingenious, wonderful movie.” Not to me. Cage’s take on an Obsessive Compulsive does not come close to Tony Shalub’s, in Monk.  But, then on the back it says he is “agoraphobe, a germaphone” so obviously the acting did not say anything clear to me. It’s an okay movie, when you are sick, have chicken soup and are too tired to read.

Red Rock West: Here’s a little known Cage movie that I fell in love with. He’s just so human in this movie.  It’s a great story about a guy who has one thing after another that literally brings him back to a town he would just as soon leave; and for his own safety he needs to leave. It will keep you guessing and entertain you too.

The Rock: Okay, if you get Starz, this is the other Cage movie that plays every three months. Sean Connery and Ed Harris are in it with him and they are a great team of actors. I love the opening scene where Cage, as a bored chemical weapons specialist, sits making a rube goldberg contraption to set fire to a toy Hula Dancer. I’ve watched The Rock a bazillion times (on Starz) and enjoy it every time.

The Weather Man: This one is so good that I barely remember what it is. That’s NOT a good sign, especially when Michael Caine is in it too. The billing, to get you to watch says it is part, American Beauty and part About Schmidt. Well, that says it all. It’s a waste of time movie. Must have been in the $5.00 bin. I think Cage mailed in his performance too.

Windtalkers: I thought about making this it’s own Blog. I do think that Cage deserved an Oscar for this movie. He plays damaged soldier, brave soldier, caring soldier, human soldier excellently. It’s all those things and more. Highly recommend!

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