Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I normally don't listen to movie hype

I am not one to go for hype.  But I reserved "Wettest County in the World" by Matt Bondurant.  It is the book that the movie "Lawless" is made from.  I am a history buff and decided to read the book. 

The day that I got this book, I started to read it.  Some hours later, I had finished it.  I could not put it down.  I just had to know what happened next.  It was very violent and really nasty at some points.  I am very glad I decided to read the book and not watch the movie.   Paybacks are very nasty. 

I tried to keep the time frame in mind.  It was a violent time.  Money, men, and booze is a really bad mix.  On the other hand, what was someone to do at that time?  It was the depression and people had families.  So I will not judge this.

The only thing I didn't like about the book was in parts, it jumps from one time frame to another.  I thought it was a bit distracting.  I don't like time jumping in books.

If you have read it, let me know your thoughts. 

Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Space Shuttle Flyover

You know sometimes that things capture your imagination when you are a child?  Well, as a child in Ohio, I can remember watching the Space Shuttle takeoff and dream what it might be like to go to space.  Is this not something that children dream of?

Today, I stood with my child at the edge of Clear Lake.  You see, we live down the street from Johnson Space Center in Texas.  We had been waiting since 9 am or so to hope to get to see the flyover.  We saw it from a distance and I went back into the apartment happy.  It was really neat to have seen it.  Even at a distance.  Then I heard a jet very loud.  It seems that the plane/Shuttle had made a bank turn and was coming back over.  So I grabbed my daughter and ran back outside.  We crossed the apartment parking lot and stood by the water.  It made another turn and ended up coming right over Clear Lake.  I stood shaking like a little kid as it went RIGHT OVER MY HEAD!!!!  I was watching the Shuttle pass over my head.  I was almost giddy.  I had tears in my eyes.  It was almost surreal.  I got on the phone and told my Mom that I was watching it go over my head.  She was laughing at me.  Then I called my hubby and was so excited that he was laughing at me too.  For a moment, I was a kid.  My daughter was yelling at me about it being so cool.  As a walked back to my apartment, I had to laugh at myself a bit.  I was as giddy as a schoolgirl.  What a wonderful gift and memory this has been.

I wasn't really happy with my move from Ohio to Texas.  I really miss my old life and my old house.  But this day reminds me to give new things a chance.  I would never have had this back in Ohio.  A small piece of a child's dream almost close enough to touch.

God Bless and have a wonderful day.