Thursday, August 24, 2006

Snakes On A Plane

This last weekend I went with some friends to go see Snakes On A Plane.

I must first clarify that we did not go see the movie because we thought it was going to be good. It was quite the opposite - we went because we knew it was going to be awful and good for a few laughs. Simply stated, it was everything we thought it would be and we were not disappointed. Especially with the strategically placed snake bites....totally ridiculous!

The absolute best part of the movie was this line:

Imagine a whole (or at least 1/4 full) theatre of people screaming that line with Samuel L Jackson! Immediately after we all broke out with cheers, applause and many laughs. So much fun!

The snakes on the other hand, not so fun. I'm petrified of them to be quite honest and spent half the movie hunched down in my seat with my hands covering my eyes. I think I even screamed a few times - but C'mon, there's snakes on a plane! Who wouldn't scream?! I'm a total girl, I know....

Oh and did I mention that you can have Samuel L Jackson call one of your friends? Whoever thought of this is brilliant! Not to mention, it actually works. Enjoy!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Andy Warhol's Dream America

About a month ago I was at the San Diego Museum of Art and they had an exhibit for Andy Warhol's Dream America. I must admit that I was totally drawn in and intrigued by it all. The Marilyn Monroe print has always been a favorite of mine and is one of his most recognizable images:

While I was admiring this screen print, I leaned in to read a bit about it. Needless to say, I was floored when I read this:

"As the public is subjected to this constant stream of images, the effect is one of indifference to the original meaning and historical context associated with the depicted figures or events. Warhol capitalized on this effect, turning Marilyn Monroe into a permanent icon of sexuality, rather than a star whose life tragically ended in apparent suicide."

Isn't that so true?! When you look at this photo, what do you see? A glamorous star of days gone by or a suicidal woman?

Another quote that stuck with me was this:

"And your own life while it's happening to you never has any atmosphere until it's a memory." Andy Warhol, America, 1985

Interesting, isn't it?

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Camarillo Air Show

The Camarillo Air Show was today and I got to catch a little bit of it. After seeing some impressive stunts while sitting on the interstate in traffic, I decided to pull off and take in about an hour of the show. Hope you enjoy the photos:

This plane (above) did some amazing maneuvers! Here he is after I think he did a Barrel Roll:

And I believe this guy had just done a Hamerhead Turn:

It was truly amazing at how much control these guys had over their aircrafts; even when it looked as though they were spiraling out of control. It looked like they were having so much fun that it made me want to be up there with them! Seriously, I've already jumped out of a plane so how bad could aerobatics be?

The Road To Yuma

This past week I took a quick trip over to Yuma, AZ and as always, I brought along my camera. So for those of you who have never took a trip on the 8 West to AZ - these photos are for you.

I've never seen electric windmills in real life until I moved to California. There are a few on the way to AZ but if you ever make it out to Palm Springs, CA you will see thousands of them!

Next up is the trip through the rocky mountain range:

This is also where you can check out the Desert View Tower . I would recommend having someone else with you if you decide to check it out - it's a bit too creepy to go it alone.

One thing that I love about AZ is the amazing sunsets:

And for those of you who have never been stopped by the US Border Patrol, this is what it looks like:

Thankfully the Border Patrol Cop didn't yell at me this time! Just a friendly chat and then I was on my way. I did, however, get to see a girl hauled away from her car in handcuffs though.

Never a dull moment....

Another "Only In California" Moment

So I'm driving on the 101 North through Santa Barbara and traffic suddenly slows down. We're cruising along at about 45 mph when I look over at the car next to me and what should I see?


I couldn't help but stare and I'm pretty sure that my jaw had dropped open as well. All of the sudden I realized that she and her 3 passengers were all staring back at me. I quickly looked away and tried to register what I just saw. When the shock finally wore off I decided that I didn't want to be anywhere near that car and sped off as quickly as I could.

Looking back at this I can only shake my head and chalk it up as another "Only in California" moment.