• Archives

  • Topics

  • Meta

Movie Quotes – Day 110

After all, the wool from the black sheep is just as warm. — The Sound of Music

This weekend, Christians are celebrating Easter.  This is the season where we remember that God walks among us, and that no matter how sinful we become, we can always be redeemed.  Christ did not come only for those who already believed.  He also came for those whose hearts are as black as night.  He also came for those whose hearts are torn with grief and anger.  He came for all of us.

I think this is one of the places where the modern church fails on a regular basis.  At several times in my life, I have known people who were basically shunned from their communities of faith.  One was a young woman who became pregnant out of wedlock.  Another was a man who got in trouble with the law.  Several have been entire families that have, for one reason or another, split up.  In these cases, their church families turned their backs on them, viewing their situations as too outside the tenets of the faith to allow them to remain.  In most cases, this was done with the approval of the minister, if not their active participation.

I’m as guilty of this as the next guy.  A lot of the things I write about here include the phrase “get a rope” and other condemnations of others’ bad acts.  I forget the teachings of the Gospel when I do so, and I need to do better.  To do anything less is a repudiation of Christ’s message of love and forgiveness.  Yes, the sinner needs to acknowledge their guilt and make amends, but the church should be there to help them find their way back into the fold.  Once that is accomplished, the sin should be forgiven and forgotten.

The homeless drunk has as much place in the church as the living saint in her Easter bonnet.  The murderer in prison deserves forgiveness as much as I do for my transgressions.  We have to remember that Christ comes to us as a shepherd in search of lost sheep, and it doesn’t matter to him what color the lamb is.  It shouldn’t matter to any of us, either.

Thoughts on the Day

  • Is it a bad thing to wake up tired and go downhill from there all day?
  • An alpaca, which is unhappy about being given a haircut, makes a sound not unlike a wounded rabbit, only louder.
  • We made sure to pat Boo down for contraband mammals as we left the farm this morning.
  • There are few things less patient than a group of six year old children waiting for an Easter egg hunt to begin.
  • If you witness a child in an Easter egg hunt fall and spill his eggs, yelling at your own child to “Get those eggs!” will mark you as a jerk and deserving of derision.
  • If, on the other hand, you realize that a young child is leaving an Easter egg hunt empty-handed and go behind the scenes to bring out a dozen more eggs for him, then you get marked as a good person.
  • Girlie Bear was assigned the task to watch a World War II documentary or movie as homework.
    • Her teacher included “Inglourious Basterds” in the list of suggested titles.  I had to explain to Girlie Bear that it was not acceptable for her to watch and why.
    • She settled on Ken Burns’ “The War“.
  • Maybe waiting until the day before Easter to buy supplies for Easter baskets was a misstep on my part.

Movie Quotes – Day 109

Mary Ellison: You must be mad.
Major John Smith: If I wasn’t, what would I be doing in this job?

Where Eagles Dare

It’s a rare and lucky person who has the perfect job.  I’ve been that guy for short stretches of my life, when I had to marvel at the fact that someone was paying me to do something.  Most of the time, I haven’t been that fortunate.

Don’t get me wrong. I have a good job, and I work with a great group of people.  I just wouldn’t do it for free, and it makes me crazy on occasion.

I guess the trick is to find that one or two facets of your job that interest you, and try to emphasize those as much as you can in your day.  If I can’t find those, or if they come around too rarely, I start looking for another job.  Life’s too short to let the day job take away the pleasure of the other half of your life.

Review – Crowne Plaza at Union Station, Indianapolis

As a family trip during spring break this year, Irish Woman and I took the kids to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.  We made it an overnight, and wanted to stay somewhere different. I happened upon a rather unique hotel smack dab in downtown Indianapolis.

The Crowne Plaza Downtown / Union Station is one of the nicest hotels we have ever used.  As the name indicates, it is built on the old train station in downtown Indianapolis, and the decor shows it.  The central part of the hotel maintains the high ceiling and exposed girders of a 19th century train station.  Scattered throughout the hotel are statues of travellers, from nuns waiting for their train to a shoeshine boy plying his craft.  The train theme carries into something that I have put on my list of things to do:  hotel suites built into antique railroad cars that sit on actual tracks.

The ambience and decor of the hotel is wonderful.  Everything was absolutely clean and well maintained.  The small pool is good for a soak and playing, but not for laps.  The staff is helpful, cheerful, and friendly.  The food from the hotel restaurant, Pullman’s Restaurant and Lounge, was very well done.  I had the Mediterranean pasta for dinner, while Irish Woman had their sirloin burger.  Both meals were great, and the kids enjoyed their fare as well.  Dinner for 4 was about $80, and the breakfast buffet was about $15 a person.  That’s a little steep, but the food and service were excellent, and after marching around the museum with 14,000 of our closest friends, we picked convenience over price.

One note on the hotel:  it is co-located with a still-used Amtrak station, so every now and then you will hear a train engine or whistle, or feel a rumble as a train moves through.  To me, this was a treat, but if you’re a light sleeper it might disturb you.

The only downsides of the hotel were the cost of parking and the size of our room.  Parking is located in an underground parking garage next to the hotel, and it cost me $22 per night to use it.  Valet parking is available if you prefer to use it.  Our room, which included two double beds, was on the small side.  If you are travelling with two adults and three children, I suggest getting two rooms.  It was quite tight for us.

The hotel is next door to Lucas Oil Field and the Indianapolis Convention Center, and is within walking distance to the state capitol, many business centers, and a ton of chain and local restaurants. It was a 10 minute drive to the Children’s Museum, and more importantly, it was a 10 minute drive back to the hotel when we were exhausted and frazzled.  It’s also very close to the Indianapolis Zoo, which is also on our list of things to visit in Indy.

The cost for a stay was quite reasonable, considering the quality and location of the hotel.  Our stay was on a Thursday night with no special events happening in the area, and our rate was $160 plus tax.  This is more than we would have paid to stay at a hotel further out in the city, but the closeness to the Children’s Museum and the unique nature of the hotel made it worth the $40 or so a night we would have saved.

Overall, I’d give the Crown Plaza – Downtown / Union Station 4.5 out of 5 stars.  We will definitely be staying there again when we make family trips to Indianapolis.

Movie Quotes – Day 108

Young Gru: Look, Mom, I drew a picture of me landing on the moon.
Gru’s Mom: Eh.
Young Gru: Look, Mom, I made a prototype of a rocket out of macaroni.
Gru’s Mom: Eh.
Young Gru: Look, Mom, I built a real rocket based on the macaroni prototype.
[Fires rocket]
Gru’s Mom: [holds her breath in amazement for a moment] … Eh.

– Despicable Me

Every parent has been there.  You’re trying to do something, and the kid wants your attention.  You may be enjoying your first quiet moment in weeks, and suddenly some child wants you to look at something.  You want nothing more than to ignore them or tell them to be quiet and go away.  You’ve worked hard.  You have things to do.  You deserve some peace.

But you can’t, or at least you shouldn’t.  I’m as guilty of this as the next dad, but you need to listen to your kids.  You need to look at what they think is important, because it tells them that they’re important.  You can’t make them feel like there is anything more important than them.  I’ve been that dad, and the results suck.



  • If you’re holding up a sign that says “Homeless Veteran!  Please Help!” and I ask you what your last unit was, the correct answer should not be “Delta Platoon!”.
    • At least, not if you want me to give you some money because I’m a soft touch.
  • Overheard at the auto parts store:  “I’m going to go home, have a couple of Jager bombs, and start painting on my gun.”
    • From the discussion, it didn’t sound like he meant using Cerakote on his AR-15.  It almost sounded like he was literally going to spray paint an old shotgun.
    • I almost handed him my business card and asked for before and after pictures.
  • I realized today that I get my best ideas for posts and stories while I’m driving to work.  If only I could remember them when I sit down to write.
    • Don’t suggest a voice recorder.  I’m too busy yelling at the people on the radio.  I really shouldn’t listen to call-in shows when I’m trying to drive calmly.
  • It’s always fascinating to watch a mother of multiple children finally lose it after they all decide to act like wild animals in public at once.
    • The term “Go ahead and tell your daddy!  You’ll have to survive that long” came out of her mouth.  I wanted to give her a golf clap.
  • Boo’s ‘homework’ tonight was to find pictures of words that start with the letter “Q” and cut them out.  While brainstorming at the table, I suggested “Québécois”, “quinoa”, and “Brian May”.
    • I was overruled.

Movie Quotes – Day 107

My chest hairs are tingling! Something’s wrong. — Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

Listen to your instincts.  That little voice that says “Look over your shoulder” or “Don’t go in there” just might be your brain picking up on something that you’re not consciously seeing.  That tingling sensation on the back of your neck just might be the difference between “Whew, that was close!” and “Ma’am, I’m sorry to bring you this news…”.

Movie Quotes – Day 106

It’s giving life that counts. Until you’re ready for it, all the rest is just a big fraud. All the crazy haircuts in the world won’t keep it turning. Life isn’t a love in, it’s the dishes and the orthodontist and the shoe repairman and… ground round instead of roast beef. And I’ll tell you something else: it isn’t going to a bed with a man that proves you’re in love with him; it’s getting up in the morning and facing the drab, miserable, wonderful everyday world with him that counts. — Yours, Mine, and Ours

Last night, Irish Woman and I showed each other just how much in love we are.  We didn’t go out to a nice restaurant, nor were there gifts exchanged.  We showed our love by getting out of bed at 3 in the morning, going out in 25 degree weather, and getting a sprinkler to work so that our fruit trees wouldn’t get burnt by the frost and freeze.  We had finished our evening by turning on heat lamps and firing up charcoal fires under them at 11 PM.  You never know how much you love a woman until you’re on your knees in frozen grass, feeling around in the dark for a black plastic cap to a sprinkler so that she will have home-grown cherries and peaches this summer.  She put up with my grumbling and growling and worked just as hard as I did because she knows just how important having fresh fruit in the house is to me.*

Love is not Romeo and Juliet.  That was infatuation.  Same goes for Titanic and most of the other ways in which romantic love is portrayed in movies, plays, and TV.  Love is getting up at 2 in the morning and feeding the baby so that your wife can get some rest.  Love is making a hot meal and bringing it to your husband while he’s working outside in an ice storm.  Love is The Gift of the Magi, where both of you sacrifice for the benefit of the other.

If only I’d learned that lesson earlier in life.

*I’m a lace curtain Norwegian.  We have fruit in the house even when nobody is sick.


Today’s Earworm

Place Names

A city in Spain is considering changing its name from because of the anti-Semetic nature of its current moniker.  I’ve always found the reasons that places get their names fascinating.  My favorite was my post in Arizona, Huachuca, which means “Place of Thunder”.

Here are a few more examples of American cities that need their names adjusted:

  • Chicago – A Native American name that means “Place where the dead vote”
  • Indianapolis – A neo-Greek name that means “Citadel of the Hoosiers”
  • Hoboken – A name derived from German, which means “Toll booths”
  • Atlanta – Another neo-Greek name.  This means “Place of peach trees”
  • Monterey – In the original Spanish, this place-name means “Expensive cold water”
  • Minot – Norwegian for “Holy crap, it’s cold here, dontcha know?”
  • Seattle – A Native American name which means “Burnt Coffee”
  • New York – Old English.  Translates loosely to “Smells like urine”
  • Boston – A biblical name, which translates from ancient Hebrew to “Graveyard of freedom”
  • Phoenix – A nod to the local Native American legend of the firebird.  This name best translates as “Better when ablaze”
  • Cleveland – Old English that means “Place where things split in two because of the cold”
  • Detroit – French for “Bankruptcy”
  • Boulder – A Native American name that means “Berkeley”
  • Las Vegas – Another of the many Spanish city names in our country.  This one translates to “Broken Knees”





Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 274 other followers

%d bloggers like this: