No Spoilers Please

“TTL Uke” Cedar Park, 2018
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“TTL Uke” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

So, we watched Avengers: Infinity War the other day, a week or so after it opened in theaters. During that time, both my kids were avoiding spoilers and friends’ conversations about the movie, and I guess they were successful in making it through the week spoiler-free!

But speaking of spoilers, I was watching the Japanese taiga drama Segodon yesterday, and the title of the episode was shown on the screen. It was “Nariakira’s Assassination” and I was like, “Nooooo!!!” What a spoiler! But as it turned out, it was just an assassination attempt which he survived. Whew! 😌

That got me thinking about another spoiler I stumbled into many years ago. It was before Star Wars Episode 1 came out, and I happened to see the tracklist of the soundtrack. One of the titles of the songs was “Qui-Gon’s Noble End”. 😨 What a bummer to see that before watching the movie huh. Oh well, I thought that movie wasn’t so great anyways.

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Today’s photo is of my ukulele but shot through a view camera. I thought it was a neat perspective. BTW, I used Snapseed to edit this photo instead of Lightroom like I usually do. My desktop computer’s data hard drive is on the fritz, so I wasn’t able to load the library. I have everything backed up, so I’m not too bummed that it’s on its last legs, however, my backup is a few weeks old and I’m currently doing another one this evening, but it’s kind of stuck. I’ll let it go overnight and see if it finishes.

Regardless, I have ordered a new hard drive so we’ll be up and running on the ol’ desktop rig in a couple days. It’ll be nice to declutter that drive, although not by choice. I have all my important data ready to restore, but other things like downloaded media and dorama weren’t backed up and I probably won’t try too hard to transfer all those things to the new drive. If I really need them, I can download them again, right? 😄

I hope you had a nice day!

おやすみ

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Ukulele and Avengers

"Waiting for the Movie" Austin, 2018
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“Waiting for the Movie” Austin, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today my new set of ukulele strings arrived in the mail! After that debacle yesterday at Guitar Center, I guess mini-karma came into play and my Amazon order came a day early, and on Sunday, no less. I strung up my ukulele and it sounds so much better! And the low-g sounds really good too. The reason why I wanted to make the switch is because I wanted to play one of the songs from Kiki’s Delivery Service, and the tabs/lesson I found uses the low-g. I’m making some good progress on learning the song so I am pretty happy.

I really enjoy playing the ukulele because I think it sounds nice and relaxing, plus it’s only got four strings so my brain can understand it. A regular 6-string guitar is too complex for me, I’m not embarrassed to admit. 😆

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This evening we all went to see Avengers: Infinity War. I won’t give away any spoilers but I’ll just say that the interaction between the Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor was so funny. Easily my favorite part of the film. I’m really not that big of a fan of superheroes, but Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor are my favorites so it was cool to see them together.

I hope you had a nice Sunday!

おやすみ!

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Movie Nite

"Sixth Street" Austin, 2018
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“Sixth Street” Austin, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going? Tonight Bay and I saw a movie downtown at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz theater on Sixth Street. There is a special screening of The Road Warrior screening right now, and since Bay’s favorite movie is Mad Max: Fury Road, he wanted to see the movie that brought Mad Max to the mainstream.

I remember seeing The Road Warrior in the theaters back in the 80’s and I was worried that the movie wouldn’t hold up these days, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was still great. And Bay thought it was really good too. The stunts were actually pretty fantastic!

Now Bay has seen Mad Max, The Road Warrior, and Mad Max: Fury Road. He just needs to watch Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and his life will be complete. 😆

"Alamo Ritz" Austin, 2018
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“Alamo Ritz” Austin, 2018

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Paddington 2, Burgers, and a Broken Filter

"Ticket Stub" Cedar Park, 2018
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“Ticket Stub” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This morning I was planning on seeing the 8:50 am showing of Paddington 2, but I woke up at 8:30 and had to rush rush rush! Luckily the theater is only 10 minutes away, so after brushing my teeth, throwing on some clothes, and tidying up a bit, it was off to the movies! And when I arrived, I noticed that the movie time had changed to 9 am. Whew!

The movie itself was fantastic. I heard it was good, but I wasn’t expecting to be so impressed. The entire cast is wonderful, but Hugh Grant really stole the show. So funny, especially the dog food commercial. And I loved the scene where the Browns were talking about how actors were despicable and that they lie for a living. It was a meta moment seeing actors talking about actors!

The special effects were amazing as well, with the pop-up book montage being truly breathtaking. On the other hand, the animation of Paddington himself was completely seamless and looked very natural. I never once had a “That looks so fake!” moment.

Lastly, the jokes were clever and refreshing and didn’t resort to cheap bathroom humor. The trailers before the movie, on the other hand, had a total of 3 fart jokes. I mean, come on!

I’d have to say that Paddington 2 is the best movie that I have seen this year (so far). I’m not surprised that it has a “100% Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

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In other news, I fired up the grill this evening and made burgers for the family. What made these special was that we also had bacon, avocado, and egg! Actually, Mariko and Bay had egg burgers, which made for a messy affair. But it did look damned tasty. Anyways, all the burgers were yummy, although I overcooked the patties just a bit.

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"Shattered" Cedar Park, 2018
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“Shattered” Cedar Park, 2018

Lastly, Mariko couldn’t get the lens cap off of one of her lenses and asked if I could do it, but when I looked at it, the cap was stuck on as if someone super-glued it. And I could hear a strange sound coming from it… It turns out that Mariko had dropped her bag (which had her camera in it) and it must have impacted the edge of the lens. I had to use pliers to remove the cap, which revealed a shattered filter. Using the pliers again, I was able to unscrew the filter, then used a soft paintbrush to clear out all of the shattered glass. Thankfully the lens is undamaged, but we’ll have to get another filter. I guess that’s one example of when using a protective filter showed its worth.

I hope you had a nice Sunday!

またね~

Late-night Movie

"Late-night Movie" Cedar Park, 2018
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“Late-night Movie” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight Bay and I went to see the 10:10 pm showing of “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”. I’ve gone to a few late-night movies after getting my Moviepass and I enjoy the experience, especially leaving the theater to a ghost town parking lot. It’s really eerie and fun! After spending two hours immersed in a movie, then being thrust back into the real world can be disorienting. And when the real world looks deserted and different from when you last saw it, well, that’s strange and interesting to me.

The movie itself was ok, with plenty of action and I was surprised that the special effects were so good. The story was kind of lame, but still a lot better than the second movie of the series. I think the Maze Runner movies are better rental or discount-theater candidates. But with Moviepass, there are no regrets seeing it on the big screen! 😀

Tonight’s photo is the reflection on the theater ceiling. Too artsy-fartsy?

I hope you had a nice Friday!

おやすみ

Thursday Dinner and a Movie

"Kimchee Nabé" Cedar Park, 2018
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“Kimchee Nabé” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。 How’s it going?

Tonight’s dinner was a kimchee nabé, which is a hotpot dish with tofu, pork, napa cabbage, and mushrooms. The broth’s main flavor comes from kimchee, and is enriched with a little cream. It was awesome! Not only delicious, but it really warms up your belly. 🔥🍲

It was the first time using a new nabé pot that Mariko got for her birthday, and she bought the ingredients from a new market that just opened today! Mariko said that the grand opening of H-Mart was crazy! I’ll wait until the crowds die down a bit before I go, but it’s really nice to have this popular Asian market just 10 minutes away. We used to make a stop at the H-Mart in Carrollton (Dallas) when we visited up north, but now we don’t need to make that long trip anymore. Yay! Actually, it just means that when we visit Dallas, we can skip H-Mart and just do Daiso.

After dinner I decided to use my Moviepass to see “Early Man”. I love all the movies from Nick Park, and this one didn’t disappoint. I was laughing from the very start! And I was excited even before the movie started because one of the previews was for another Nick Park movie, “Shaun the Sheep in Farmageddon”. Can’t wait! 😄

Here’s a short video that I took during the pre-show at the theater. I’ve been making a short video every day this year for my “1 Second Everyday” project. It’s pretty fun so far.

Hope you had a nice Thursday!

またね~

Sunday

"Four Mallets" Cedar Park, 2018
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“Four Mallets” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。This evening I went to see The Shape of Water. I enjoyed it quite a bit, especially the setting of America in the early 60’s. The style was so cool back then! The movie itself was interesting, the good guys were likable, and the villain was despicable. And it was a pretty simple plot, now that I think about it, but not every movie needs to have intricate plot twists.

Tonight’s photo is of Koa’s mallet-work. He practices a lot every day, and it definitely pays off! And it’s great that he enjoys it so much. Happy! 😄

おやすみ