Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Rock Band

Guitar Hero is fun, but as I’ve never really wanted to play guitar, it wasn’t a huge thing for me or something I found easily addictive. I have, however, always had a small spot inside of me that wanted to be a singer. Not necessarily a rock band singer, but maybe in a musical or something like that. I don’t sing in the shower or along with the radio in the car, though. I wasn’t sure I’d like Rock Band, but I totally dig it. It’s addictive and I wish they had songs from musicals in it, but I’ll stick with pop culture songs I guess. They’re still a ton of fun. And I get to be Kitty Kaos, Rock Star for a while when I play, so that’s pretty neat too.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Estes Park

On Saturday, Kyle and I went up to Estes Park. We had originally thought we’d do a picnic for lunch on
Saturday, but a drive up to Estes Park, some walking around the shops, a nice visit to the Stanley Hotel and a nice dinner out sounded a bit more interesting for both of us. Not that picnics aren’t great, of course.

We left town around 2pm. We tried to leave earlier, but got side tracked with homemade quesadillas, iPod transmitters and a car wash. It wasn’t a problem though - we had just enough time up there to do what we wanted.

I’ve heard people talk about going up to Estes Park and walking around the shops my whole life. I’d never gone myself, but figured this would be a great opportunity to see what all the hype was about. I still haven’t seen it though. The scenery is gorgeous, but the shops left a lot to be desired. I mean, how many souvenir t-shirts and how much turquoise jewelry can one person look at in a single day, anyway? I think I may have seen enough for the rest of my life, actually. Hiking and a picnic may have been a better way to spend our time, but at least now we know that for next time.

The Stanley Hotel is the hotel Stephen King based The Overlook on in The Shining. It’s on the national register for historical landmarks (or is it historical hotels?) for other reasons, but I think most people go there because of the horror aspect. While we were there there was a rather large group of “ghost hunters” which were kind of annoying. I mean, really. You don’t need to walk around the place with your video camera at three in the afternoon trying to catch an apparition when there are people everywhere. If ghosts didn’t make themselves scarce when large groups of people were milling about you wouldn’t need to try to catch one on video.

You can’t go upstairs and walk around the hallways without a room, so next time we’d like to get one. There’s also a tour that we didn’t know about ahead of time that we would like to sign up for next time we go up there. Next time, we will not eat dinner at the Cascades Restaurant on the main floor of The Stanley, however. For all it’s impressiveness outside, the dinner menu was lacking. I’m sure it’s a great place for snacks and drinks, but not a dinner meal.

The Stanley Hotel

Kyle on the shore of Lake Estes with The Stanley in the background.

Still on the shore of Lake Estes, facing into the sun this time. We were laughing pretty hard because it was so bright and neither of us knew when the automatic timer on the camera would go off exactly. He keeps his cool much better than I do, evidently.

Southland Tales

This had a lot of promise. With an all-star cast and “dystopian future” in the description, it was right up my alley. However, it turned out to be way too long and, though science fiction, too far-fetched for my likes. The cinematics were spectacular though, so even when I wasn’t enjoying the plot, I could enjoy the scenery. I recommend it if you’ve got three hours to spend on a movie you may or may not like. Actually, you may not even know if you like it immediately.

Rating: TBA


The previews for this made it seem like the movie would be pretty good. It was even better than that.

The lead female wasn’t all that impressive, in my opinion, but Jim Sturgess and Kevin Spacey did a great job, I think. I’m a fan of Texas Hold ‘Em myself, and haven’t actually been to Vegas when I was old enough to gamble (except for that $1.50 a friend and mine snuck into the slot machines once), but this made me want to hop a flight to Vegas immediately and take a bunch of cash with me.

Of course, I don’t go to MIT and let my optimism get in the way all the time of my betting strategy, so I’m sure I’d promptly lose it all. But the movie made it look fun, and relatively easy to get at least a decent bit of a profit. I’d love to read the book it was based on just to get deeper into the characters as they were all very likeable. Except the antagonists, of course, but even those had their appeal.