Stranger then Fiction
I'll jump off this bandwagon for the time being but my final thoughts.
I'm not an overly patriotic person, albeit a little more now then I have been the last eight years, but I do love Columbus and it saddens me that no one wants to take responsibility for the flags. Also, if I did not hear that the flags were coming down soon to put up Christmas Lights (all LED) I would be a LOT louder in my concerns.
Is this really what we want tourists that visit Columbus to see when they visit to see where where Public Enemies was filmed?
Is this the best way to show those Modal "A" drivers that drove all the way from Crowne Point a few weeks ago now Columbus honors America?
Do you think Edward Jones Investments or any new business that is looking at Columbus senses that we really don't care WHAT our streets look like?
Would veterans feel pride when they walked down the streets of Columbus?
I guarantee I will not let this happen next year. I will not use my indoor voice as I am now to get this fixed.
We watched a very very good movie this weekend. "Stranger Then Fiction" starring Will Farrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman and Christian Stolte as the kids father AND Jon Nicholson.
Jon Nicholson you ask? Just wait - he has had an impact in my life. But first the movie.
"Stranger Then Fiction" in a nutshell - Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) is an auditor for the IRS who is awakened alone each morning by his watch. He is a compulsive counter and an obsessive time-saver. One day, Harold begins to hear the voice of a woman who is omnisciently narrating his life. Harold attempts to communicate with the voice, but soon realizes the speaker does not know that he can hear her. He is only frustrated until one day the narrator of his life says "Little did he know that events were set in motion that would lead to his imminent demise".
I like Will Farrell but I rarely like his movies as they are over the top slap sticky. I liken this movie to "LA Story" with Steve Martin. When I first saw this diamond in the rough movie it was the first time I saw Martin actually act! Same with this movie. Farrell is a wonderful actor and I really appreciated his talents and I hope I see more of this side.
And to top it all off, DJ was awake for the entire movie. We even watched all the extras at the end (the sign of a REALLY good movie).
And this is where I saw Jon Nicholson.
You see Jon Nicholson is an "on set dresser". I watched him in Columbus and Oshkosh tirelessly walking around for 16 hours a day nailing and sawing and taping things that would pop up, pop out or come apart. He was the guy I mentioned in my blog where I wanted to follow him and other production people around so I could take photos of these unsung hero's.
Of course when I mentioned this on IMDB, Hearnotthere (who has deleted all of his posts) called me a few names and I became a fanboy. And it went down hill from there.
I was not interested in taking shots of actors, I was interested in telling the story of the behind the scenes people. And Saturday night while we were watching the "extras", up pops Jon Nicholson. "I KNOW HIM" I blurt out and we backed up the DVD. That's him.
Anyway - nice to see you again Mr. Nicholson. I hope all is well.
This gets Grinders Seal of Approval
Congratulations to the Columbus Boys Soccer team for becoming State Champions - WHOO HOO!
As for election results in Columbus. Columbus voted 59.6% Obama, 38.6 McCain and 1.7% for somebody else (perhaps me?).
The big vote was in the Wisconsin legislature Assemble district 38 where Dick Pas received 82.6% of the votes in Columbus but still lost.
Fall River was 60.4% Obama 37.1% McCain and 2.3% somebody else.
Sharrow Drug made a donation of $400 to the Columbus Club House (not sure what that is) from it's Hallmark Card and Gift Stamp Card program. I mention this because they were dissed when they wanted to be included in the PBS Columbus show. So I they need some airplay. IF you have never been to Sharrow, they are way more then a drug store, lots of cool classy gifts.
There is a new store in Columbus. Earth N' Elements Pottery, right next to the Anchor Bank (where you can get a free Calendar with a photo of mine in it. I'm Mr March). I'll have some photos of the place at some point.
And finally - I'm living on borrowed time today. My cholesterol meds (I need more GOOD cholesterol, I have very little BAD cholesterol) ran out and the paper today says "Statins lower the risk of heart attacks". Well - I have not taken any statins for 2 days!! I'm taking large quantities of Fish Oil hoping I make it the day!