Well, so much for posting the strip at 7 or 8 o’clock tonight. But I did post this late Monday evening, so technically I’m not late late. I promise to have Wednesday’s strip piping hot and ready for you in the morning.

The strip today basically makes the point that if you are excited at all to see Extreme Ops, then you have obviously not outgrown the fads of the last 10 years. Any film that would dare to take a plot as insipid as this deserves all the bad box office it gets. I mean, c’mon! Extreme snowboarders do battle with terrorists? These guys have helicopters, sub-machine guns and helicopters. What do the snowboarders have except board wax and, oh wait… like, a TOTALLY RAD outlook on life!

This movie would have bombed 10 years ago when the snowboarding fad was hot. Somebody owes somebody else a favor.

I don’t mean to deride anyone who takes snowboarding seriously. If you’re any better than I am (which implies being able to stand for roughly a minute before tipping over) then you’ve got skills all over me. But let’s face it. There are some people that should have never been convinced by a Mountain Dew commercial to strap a plank onto their feet and rocket down a mountainside. Because odds are, you’re going to look really dumb doing it. I know I would. Give it up and watch syndicated episodes of Friends like everybody else.

Things are kind of hectic in my personal and professional lives right now, so it’s left me little time to pursue my hobby here. I’m just coming down from the Thanksgiving holiday and the feast my wife and I hosted. At work, we’re getting set to launch a new version of our corporate web site – one of my design. I’m the lead on the project and it’s causing me some last minute stress. Once the new version is out there, I’ll throw a link up on the site and you can all check it out. It’ll be up by Friday, so expect it then.

I saw a lot of movies over the holiday. Mostly animated fare. I saw 8 Crazy Nights last Tuesday. It was okay, but typical Adam Sandler. You really have to be in the mood for something stupid to enjoy it.

On Saturday I saw Treasure Planet, which I liked. The art direction is top-notch in this film and the voice talent wasn’t half-bad, either. I was a little wary going in because I really detested Atlantis from a few summers ago. Usually when Disney goes the full-bore action route, they loose a bit of their trademark magic along the way. This time, things held up. I had a good time.

Lastly, I finally hopped on the bandwagon (or rather, was dragged kicking and screaming by Cami) to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I HATED this movie. I mean, REALLY hated it. I hated it so much, I’ll probably put together a review detailing exactly where it when wrong.

I knew going in I wasn’t going to like it. Broad ethnic comedies like these never strike the right chord with me. It was just like any other movie where the foibles and quirks of a set of ethnic individuals is played for laughs. Only this time, instead of the family being Italian or Jewish, they were Greek.

People are constantly begging and pleading to be understood and for others not to stoop to making stereotypes. I fail to see how movies like these remedy the situation. I’ll go into it more another time.

For now, beddy-bye. Sorry again for the late post. It won’t happen again or it’ll be 40 lashes with a wet noodle.


↓ Transcript
I had the worst time last night when we went to see Extreme Ops.

Moments after purchasing a ticket to watch extreme athletes battle terrorists, a tear in the space-time continuum whisked me away to 1992!

Everyone was wearing flannel and speaking with peculiar slang.

Yo, bro! Watching these snowboarders shred is totally gnarly!

This is so much cooler than that new Green Day album!

By the end of the night, I was hiding in the mens bathroom praying that another portal would spontaneously open and take me home.