18 Jul 2007
(updated 18 Jul 2007 at 03:39 UTC) »
Saw the movie The Island. I liked it a lot for the body
harvesting swirling brain plot but at the chase scenes, it
got boring. Ewen McGregor from StarWars and Dr. Flox from
Enterprise was in it as well as a couple of other cameos.
It reminded me a lot of Logan's run. I'd give it a 3.5 out
of 5 stars.
Saw the movie Ghost Rider. It was cheesy
sort of burns me up that it was too cheesy and too devilish
so I'll give it a 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Got back from OK and NY! We got to see the
liberty. We didn't ferry out to it so it was sort of off in
the distance but we did get to see it! Cool. We wanted to
park down there but one parking garage said $245 per day and
another said $269 per day! We found one that said $8.25 for
the first half hour! I'm wondering how much it would be for
the second. We didn't have time that day so we just went on
back and didn't park down there. We found out later that we
should have parked outside Manhatten and taken the train
down if we wanted to walk around down there. Maybe next time.
When we arrived in Upstate New York, we stopped
install site so we'd know where to go the next day, then, we
just went for a drive. Within a minute or two, we saw one
of those ?Ascetic? Jews. You know, the ones with the black
hats, black outfits and the hair locks down to their
shoulders like you'd see in the movies. Of course that's
unusual to see in Texas so that sort of stuck out to us.
Well, so anyway, we saw another and then another and then
another, etc. We probably saw about 50 or so. We had
driven right into a Jewish village! We saw them walking we
saw them riding bikes. We saw them thumbing for a
hitchhikes. We saw them in Walmart. We saw them in
restaurants and everywhere. Then we drove a little further
and then it was Mexicans everywhere. Then we drove a little
further then it was Blacks everywhere. So, we turned around
and drove back through the various hoods and as we sort of
got back past the Jewish community we found the next
community was Catholic. So the Catholics were butted right
up to the Jewish community. It was like little islands of
peoples. In Texas everyone sort of mixes more so it was odd
to me to see how everyone kept to their own little islands
so much. A guy I spoke to later said that yes, there's
China Town and Little Italy and such so each sort of sticks
to themselves and are not homogeneous like they would be
more in Texas (not that Texas is that homogeneous).
So anyway, we got brave and went to a Jewish
They asked us if it was for "here" or "to go". I sort of
thought that odd/strange because it was a sit down type
restaurant. We said "here" so they sat us by the door and
never came back. So eventually we left. I wondered if my
1/2 German look may have stood out or unnerved them?
Anyway, we went to another restaurant and this time it was a
pizza hole-in-the-wall place. The Jewish don't eat or serve
pork or beef (with cheese?) so they had cheese pizza and
veggie pizza as well as various pastas. I had a slice of
cheese and a slice of spinach. When I tried to pay, the
cashier didn't seem to want to take the money from me. So,
I laid it on the counter and then he took it. I guess he
didn't want to touch a gentile? Anyway, the pizza was very
good. We sort of felt like we were in a fish bowl as
everyone was sort of looking at us now and then like we were
from a different planet. However, we sort of looked at them
too so I guess all's fair. This one five year old boy just
stood there and staired right at us in front of our table.
His mother leaned down and whispered something in his ear
and then he turned around and walked off. It was really an
I talked to a guy on the plane back and he
interpretation of what happened was probably totally off as
the Jewish really like visitors. So perhaps I'm just
paranoid or am I?
As we were driving in New York, every road
toll road and if you're not careful you'll miss the pay cash
lane as we did once while going to a bridge. The toll booth
had one of those wooden arms and wouldn't raise since we
didn't have a toll tag so we had to wait for a police
officer. He sort of gave us a hard time about it. He said
it would be $4.50. So Tim handed him a $5 and he said if we
wanted change we'd have to drive to some booth somewhere.
So basically, he kept the change. I had my
camera out and he sort of yelled at me, "You're not taking
pictures of my bridge are you?" I guess it's something like
terrorists would do or something. I said, "Oh no!" So then
he yelled, "You better put that away!" I just said, "Yes
sir!" and put it under my seat! So I guess I can say that I
got yelled at by a police officer in New York, now!
We tried and tried to find a little souvineer
Liberty. We first went into this dollar type store. There
was this Chinese guy behind the counter. We asked him if he
had any or knew where we could find one. He couldn't speak
english so we just left. We went into this one Mexican
looking Grocery store and asked this spanish lady for a
statue of liberty. She just sort of looked like a deer in
the headlights and walked off into the office. I'm guessing
she didn't speak english. So anyway this guy comes out and
she sort of fingered him over to us. So we ask him and I
think he spoke less english. He said, "Uhhh Yeah...." and
that's about it. So we left. It's sort of weird that so
many people in NY don't speak english! All the stores
the Walmart had no New York Souvineers at all! We finally
just bought stuff at the airport since it seemed we couldn't
get any cool stuff anywhere else.
All in all, it was quite an experience for a
I have a few Zoysia sprouts but not as many as I was hoping.