I am having a little shindig at my house this weekend. Gary, Tracie, Mom, Dad and Jackie are all coming. I imagine I should invite Corry and the other Milners and go kayaking with them as well while they are here. It should be a fun weekend. Now it’s off to mow and then off to work at five.
Jackie and Glen stayed over at my house last night and I made them breakfast this morning. Jackie helped a little too. We had pancakes, bacon, and eggs and it was sure good. I think I need more practice pouring the pancake mix in, but after my first try I had some better luck. Nobody likes to eat a pancake THAT big. Although I think someone did, because there was only one left.
Glen headed back home and now Jackie and I are looking for some excitement. Unfortunately for her I think I’m going to use my neighbours lawn mower to mow my lawn and I can’t think of much for her to do in the meantime.
Based on the journal of a World War II survivor from the Warsaw Ghetto this movie gets my highest “WWII holocaust movie” rating since Shindler’s List. It’s done very tastefully and at the same time isn’t so depressing that it’s impossible to watch.
Whether I agree that Adrian Brody deserved the best actor Oscar for his performance is beside the point (I don’t by the way – I think Daniel Day Lewis should have gotten it for The Gangs of New York.)
The Warsaw ghetto, as far as I understand, is the one place that the Jewish population fought back against the Germans who were shipping them off to death camps. I would have preferred to see more about the resistance itself, but because of the situation that the protagonist, Spielman, was in, we only get to see a little of the fighting and hear about through rumours and word of mouth from those around him.
I highly recommend this movie because of the importance of remembering the holocaust but in particular because this story was based so closely on Spielman’s journal and also some incidents were taken right from the directors own personal experiences. He was a holocaust survivor as well.
If you rent the DVD I also recommend that you watch the special features disk – the story of survival.
Anna-Maria, Zee, and I saw Bruce Almighty last week. I was worried that all the funny parts were in the preview and that it had the potential to be a big fat bomb. However I was pleasantly surprised at it’s originality and I have to admit that after the last few years of very little Jim Carrey movies I was ready to see him back at it. The movie is a little flat and at times it’s disappointing to see Jim Carrey’s character not really reaching his potential with his new powers.
If I had Godlike powers, I’m sure I could come up with some pretty great benefits to mankind and although I would probably benefit from the work I did, I wouldn’t be so annoyingly self centered. I guess Jim Carrey’s character figuring that out is the point of the movie.
Mom and Dad came to visit yesterday. We went to Kimball to see the site of the upcoming Milner Family Reunion. 100 years of Milners here in Canada. Anyway Jackie and Glen are here and ready to head to bed so I’m going to have to finish my post later.
Hope you have good fireworks tonight. I enjoyed the fireworks here in Canada on July 1st as I was driving home from the wedding late Tuesday night. Fireworks are fun.
My cousin Aaron sent me the kayaking pictures he took last weekend. He also sent a pretty cool video he made of me kayaking in a big hole. It’s actually a pretty disappointing video because I didn’t stay in the hole very long and didn’t do anything really that neat. Just moments before though, I got sucked into the hole and then spit right out of the water. It was pretty cool. In the meantime you can also see this picture of me kayaking from the same weekend (May 30th, 2003).
“Hello, I’m Jeff Milner, representing Environics West a market research company. We are currently running a survey on dining experiences. I am not selling anything. May I please speak to the person in the home 18 years of age or older and has the next birthday?”
So I had my first day of surveying yesterday. They spent the first few hours training us and then from 7:15 to 10:30 I was on the phones. It’s actually not that bad of a job. I think I may even like it, plus I will still have plenty of time to go swimming during the day before my shift. The only negative thing about the job is that each day I only get 5 hour shifts, so it is going to be extra hard to get in a 40 hour work week. Hopefully that lifeguarding job comes through.
I think I found some pest “evidence” this morning in my laundry room. It looks to be a pretty big one too – judging by the “evidence”. I guess it’s either a mouse or maybe Jason let his rabbit play around downstairs while he did his laundry, somehow I don’t think that’s it. Although maybe it’s just leftover from before I had the house and it got revealed from moving the laundry machine and dryer around. They did have a pet porcupine here and if I had to guess, I would say it definitely looked like porcupine droppings.
Instead of going to Waterton on Sunday, Anna-Maria, Zee, Sophie (Anna’s dog), and I went down to Indian Battle Park. We had a fire and swam in the river. Afterwards we roasted smokies and marshmallows over the fire. It was a really good day – even though it did start to rain. Even when it rained, it wasn’t that cold – for me at least, and then when the rain stopped it got nice and hot out. I also decided that I want to take Anna-Maria kayaking down the river and get out in Coaldale. I just need to find someone to pick us up. Maybe Dad will bring his truck sometime and we can meet-up at the Nolan Bridge outside of Coaldale.