By far the hottest day of the year in The Loo! I was dumb enough to get in 30 miles today at 3:30 in the afternoon. The temp in the city was 102 degrees with a heat index near 120 degrees. I went through four bottles and lost 3lbs. I felt fine as I didn't push it because I am planning on doing the B and the C race at Carondolet Park on Tuesday evening. I just went out Grant's Trail and around JB and then back home. I really thought I would have the trail to myself because of the extreme weather, but surprisingly their were quite a few people out. Most of the people had no clue about how to hydrate and stay alive in such conditions, but who am I to judge. I took three bottles, two with water and one with Cliff shot. Most people I passed had no water and of course were not wearing a helmet. The runners win the idiot award. I didn't see one runner with any water. In the seven mile stretch from Orlando Garden to Kirkwood their is only one place to get water. I even saw some people wearing longsleeves and pants. Do they think they will lose the weight faster that way? I applaud their dedication to get themselves into shape, but their is no need to kill yourself!
Again this weekend I had a chance to catch a couple of films. One was new and the other was classic that I hadn't seen in a few years. With school starting up in a couple of weeks, I have to get all my film watching in. I usually stay up late and watch them by myself since I don't have to work in the morning!! I like watching films with the family, but really enjoy them by myself so I can take in all the details.
1. IN BRUGES
This film stars Irish stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson(Harry Potter films). It of course takes place in the Belgian city of Bruges. I went through Bruges quickly when I was 24 yrs old, but my Mother says it is one of her favs in Europe. If you see the film you will agree. It is an obsolutely beautiful place. Back to the film. If you like Pulp Fiction, I think you will like this film. It is a darker comedy about two hired killers and their jobs in Bruges. Their is killing, drug use and tons of foul language and I loved every bit of it. Go to Wikipedia.com and read the full synopsis if you want to know more. I think you will like the film, so rent it and give a chance. Let me know what you think. I like Colin Farrell and feel like this is his best work ever. He actually gets a chance to play something he is good at in real life. A drinking, smoking, cussing, drug using Irishman!
2. THE EMPIRE OF THE SUN
This film is an absolute masterpiece! This is one of Steven Speilberg's best films most of you have never heard of. Made in 1987 starring Christian Bale(yes the same guy in the new Batman film) as a 12yr old, it was up for six Accademy Awards and won numerous other awards around the world.
This is a brief synopsis from Fandango. I could tell more, but really don't want to ruin the film for the few of you that may go out and rent it. I think the film would be good for kids ages 10 and up to watch. It is historically acurate and quite riveting. I remember seeing this film as a 13yr old myself. It was a film that stuck with me all these years. Then again, I am a bit different when it comes to films, especially anything dealing with WWII. I know you will like this film. Rent it soon.
Based on J.G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, Empire of the Sun stars Christian Bale as a spoiled young British boy, living with his wealthy family in pre-World War II Shanghai. During the Japanese invasion, Bale is separated from his parents. With the help of soldier-of-fortune John Malkovich, Bale learns to survive without a retinue of servants at his beck and call. By the time Malkovich and Bale are tossed into a Japanese prison camp, the boy has picked up enough street-smarts and developed enough intestinal fortitude to regard his imprisonment as an exciting adventure. The story ends during the 1945 liberation: on the verge of manhood, the 13-year-old Bale will never again be the pampered, privileged brat whom we met in the early scenes.
I will let you know how the races go.