Wednesday, December 31, 2014
SAW THE MOVIE ‘UNBROKEN’ TODAY & ALL THE BEST TO EVERYONE IN THE NEW YEAR:))
Think it was around 8 Tuesday night when desert winds came howling around our eaves & awnings. We heard our first patters of rain around 9. Winds & light rains continued through a blackened night occasionally rocking the coach. Not our worst wind’s of ever but enough to flutter a vent flap above our range hood again making me aware of it’s presence all night. Winds eased up a bit around sunrise & we awoke to partially overcast skies with our first sun splash around 7:30. But it didn’t last & we ended up with a heavy cloud cover & strong biting cold winds for the rest of the day. It was a very short morning walk.
A SMATTERING OF PHOTOS FROM TUESDAY
Having just completed the book ‘Unbroken’ last month I noticed this morning Angelina Jolie’s movie version was playing in a Yuma Palms Mall theater today. We’ve been to this big mall several times before & they do have some nice stores there. Kelly wanted to stop at Pet Smart & Home Hardware anyway. Our California watches are one hour different from Arizona’s movie theater time so we missed the early 9:30 a.m. show but caught the 11:45 one. Before the movie we did manage to hit our 2 targeted stores & also grab a bite to eat at a place called Kneaders. Being the small town country Bumpkins we are I am always somewhat be-dazzled when on occasion we sometimes find ourselves in big box stores other than Walmart for a change. This morning it was Yuma’s Home Hardware store where walking down the aisles I felt like a little kid trekking along between narrow canyon walls filled with all kinds of delightfully colored things of all shapes & sizes. I could probably just play in the aisles of these stores for hours exploring all the treasures along the canyon walls.
WOW LOOK AT ALL THE NEAT-O GROOVY STUFF:))
A COUPLE LITTLE GUYS GETTING ALL SPIFFED UP FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE AT PET SMART & KNEADERS EATERY
THIS IS MY AMERICAN OMELET WHICH WAS VERY GOOD & THAT GREEN STUFF IN IT IS BROCCOLI
Been awhile since we’ve been to a movie & I couldn’t believe the number of commercials we had to sit through before movie time. Then they showed previews for 5 upcoming movies & would you believe every single one of those movies involved graphic violence upon graphic violence. And people wonder what is wrong with our society!!
NICE MALL WALKWAY NEAR THE MOVIE THEATER
I thought the movie ‘Unbroken’ was great. Stuck right with the book all the way. Only difference is there’s a lot more to the Louis Zamperini story than is in the movie. His struggles after the war are another whole story in itself worth reading but I do understand how difficult it would be to fit it all into a movie format. The book of course is much more detailed but no matter I think they did a fine job telling his story in the time allotted space they had in making it. Might not have been a dry eye in the house at times. I counted approximately 70 people in the theater this morning & without a doubt Kelly & I were the youngest one’s there. I’m a firm believer in seeing movies in movie theater’s where they are designed to be seen best in their entirety. No distractions, big screen big sound, & it made the opening aerial combat scene very realistic. You don’t feel the impact of scenes like that on wonky TV or computer screens. Tickets were only $5 apiece & I figure that was money well spent for today’s moving & emotional movie experience.
I LIKE THE WAY SOME MOVIE THEATERS STILL HAVE A BIT OF CHARM TO THEM
I paid particular attention this morning to just where the Colorado River crosses I-8 west of Yuma & realized I had made a geographical error in my Tuesday night post about just where the Colorado River is located. Thankfully ED pointed out my mistake. I in part said: " It is the Colorado River which divides the city of Yuma with the majority of Yuma being on Arizona’s side of the river." Ed in part said: You must have a different map than I do. I also do not remember the Colorado running through Yuma. There is a small town on the California side of the river but that is Winterhaven, CA and not part of Yuma. I agree with Ed & stand corrected. The Colorado River does not divide Yuma as I had remembered it & all of Yuma is in Arizona. Thanks Ed:))
Think we were home sometime after 2 & hustled ourselves right out of that cold wind into our snugly Motorhome. Noticed some fellow Bloggers & Facebookers had pictures of snow in Congress. Glad we weren’t there & it sounded like it was a cold & wet one in Borrego Springs as well with snow on the mountains. Also glad we weren’t there either. We never ventured out the door for the rest of the day.
ALWAYS INTERESTING TO SEE ALL THE OLDER BUS CONVERSIONS
JEAN & SKIP ARE SET UP JUST DOWN THE WAY FROM US A BIT
Last week in Borrego Springs I hadn’t thought of using Google Earth to have a look at the Great Stone Snake from the air. Our friend Pat from near that Sierra Vista town in southeastern Arizona sent a link about that but I wasn’t able to figure it out so hopped into my Google Earth plane, flew back to Borrego Springs & was easily able to find the snakes location. This aerial photo was taken August 28th of 2014 from an altitude of 842 feet. The Google Earth coordinates for the snakes location are…. 33*18’02.37”N by 116*17’35.12”W
LOOK CLOSELY TO FIND THE GREAT STONE DESERT SNAKE
Well here we are at the end of another year. I don’t really have a wrap up or a look back over the past 12 months except to say we’ve had our high & low points with lots of stops in between. Instead I would once again like to thank readers of my daily posts for giving me the opportunity to channel some creative energy into a few of my most enjoyable hobbies. Again it is I who thank you for giving me the drive, the energy, & the motivation each day to put my posts together. Without readers there would be no purpose for my blog so I am humbly grateful to each & everyone of you who have managed to stick with me through thick & thin over these past years & I have always greatly appreciated your support. Been a few bumps along the way but I have no plans to give things up anytime soon so with a bit of luck, a wee bit of encouragement now & again along with my sometimes stubborn determination I’ll still be at my keyboard a year from tonight writing another heart felt thank you to all our faithful Bayfield Bunch readers………………… Love you guys:))
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Minister: Do you know what's in the Bible? Little Girl: Yes. I think I know everything that's in it. Minister: You do? Tell me. Little Girl: OK. There's a picture of my brother's girlfriend, a ticket from the dry cleaners, one of my curls, and a Pizza Hut coupon.
A psychiatrist's secretary walked into his office and said, "There's a gentleman in the waiting room asking to see you. Claims he's invisible." The psychiatrist responded, "Tell him I can't see him."
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Happy New Year Al and Kelly! I've enjoying your blog since I started following, and now I look forward to it every day. Hope 2015 is good to you both.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to both of you!ReplyDelete
Happy New Year and glad that you are going to continue your blog into 2015, we sure enjoy it!ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to you and Kelly! Glad she is feeling better. We will be in Winterhaven from the 6th of January til Feb 3rdReplyDelete
Happy New Year to both of you. I look forward to your posts every day.ReplyDelete
KELLY, AL and PHEEBS, HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! Sure hope it will be a great year to come with health, happiness, fun and miles of beautiful, interesting points of interest !!! THANKS right back at you, AL for your photos, words, thoughts and kindness ...... LOVE FOLLOWING THE BUNCH !!! May 2015 be THE BEST YET !!!ReplyDelete
Happy anew Year Al, Kelly and Pheebs. Enjoy your blog so much and read it daily. Wishing you good health and happy travels in 2015.ReplyDelete
I also read Unbroken but have not seen the movie yet. Wish we could see it here in Ontario for five bucks ��
I think I'd go to the movies for that price. That's a dealski. I suspected that it might be a pretty good movie. We'll have to try and catch that one.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to both you and Kelly. Oh, and give Pheebs a scritch on the head as well.
A very happy new year to the bayfield bunch..from beautiful British Columbia!!..it's cold here too!!ReplyDelete
Glad to hear you enjoyed the movie. John and I finally decided that we would not be seeing this one. Louie's story is so deep and we both loved the book, we'll just go with that. But it is nice to know that the movie kept with the book.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to you, Kelly, and Pheebs! Hope to meet up one day
Happy New Year to the "Bunch".ReplyDelete
Happy New year!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for writing your blog and sharing a portion of your life with your readers. Your photos and essays always make my day a little brighter. Throw in a few pictures of the fabulous Pheebs, and I'm good to go!! Happy New Year to you all.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year you two!!ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to the whole gosh darn Bayfield Bunch!!ReplyDelete
Happy New Year 2015. I wish you the best for the upcoming year.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear the book followed the movie. We loved the book so much and are re-reading it before we see the film. It was such an amazing story! We rarely go to a theater but I guess we'll break down and see this one.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year, Al!ReplyDelete
Al, I just finished reading Unbroken on my iPad. What a wonderful, moving book! I'm hoping to see the movie now.ReplyDelete
It's always great when the movie doesn't disappoint the reader. I'm thinking Angelina may be spending more time in the director's chair after this :-) You're probably in the warmest spot west of the Keys right now - fortunately we have a quick warm-up coming over the next couple of days. Thanks for all your effort with daily posts - it's a lot of work, and I sure enjoy every one of them :-)))ReplyDelete
Your pictures are just so fantastic Al. That opening one is amazing. I haven't been to a theater in ages. It's my way of boycotting the ridiculous prices that make it impossible for families to go anymore with tickets at $10 and $12 a seat. But I sure would go if it were $5 for a matinee. Couldn't agree with you more about the violence on violence. That's another reason I quit watching. Why do people want to watch all that. Isn't there enough violence already. Happiest of New Years to you and Kelly. It's great to know you two through the blogs. Hope we'll be able to meet up some day.ReplyDelete
Paul wants to read the book and see the movie. I am not sure I will be able to watch the part where he is captured. Happy New Year to you both!ReplyDelete
Keep 'em coming, Al. Can't start the day without my BB fix! Happiest of New Years to you, Kelly, and Pheebs.ReplyDelete
Thanks for letting us ride along all year and share in your life and adventures! Looking forward to many more years.ReplyDelete
Look forward to see where 2015 takes you. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Happy New Year |Al, Kelly and Pheebs. Love following you every morning. Great photos and commentary. Lots of places for us to explore. We've been fulltiming for 12 years. Looking forward to more photos and posts.ReplyDelete
It's a good thing we have readers like Ed to keep us on the straight and narrow. ;)ReplyDelete
Happy New Year! Cold it was,,,ahhm is, Hope it warms up soon. Have a great 2015.ReplyDelete
I can't remember the last time I was in a movie theater. Commercials ???? I remember all the previews of coming attractions and possibly a plug for the popcorn and snack counter.ReplyDelete
I wish you and Kelly a healthy and happy new year.
Al, those new glasses are letting you down...the coords are really 33 18'02.23" N 116 17'35.12" W (you have 114, not 116 in the "W" portion....in your google picture I barely made out the real coords and they worked just fine) Happy New Year to you both. --Dave (GoingRvWay.com)ReplyDelete
Loved the book! Studied it here during book club a few years back. Wishing you all the very best in 2015. May it be filled with wonderful adventures.ReplyDelete
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