Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"Get Smart" & "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"

We rented a movie for quite awhile and this weekend we decided to watch "Get Smart" & "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"...

"Get Smart" was a remake of the TV show "Get Smart". Steve Carell played Maxwell "Agent 86" Smart and Anne Hathaway was his reluctant partner, Agent 99 for a secret agency called CONTROL. When the CONTROL headquarters were infaltrated by their nemesis KAOS and their agents identities compromised, Agents 86 & 99 has to do whatever they can to thwart the plans of KAOS...

I thought the movie was funny. I definitely love Steve Carell!!! Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock played Agent 23 was funny too....

"Forgetting Sarah Marshall" was funny too though I thought it could be funnier. Jason Segel played Peter Bretter who after being dumped by his actress girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) went to Hawaii in an attempt to forget her. Little did he know Sarah decided to vacation at the same resort with her new boyfriend, Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). As you can imagine, Peter trying to forget Sarah but she keeps popping up wherever he goes...

The movie is funnier though was a little bit predictable...I still recommend watching it if you want some laugh...

Friday, November 14, 2008

21 Economics Models Explained with Cows

Someone emailed me this and I thought it was "educational" ;-)

SOCIALISM: You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbor.

COMMUNISM: You have 2 cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk.

FASCISM: You have 2 cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk.

NAZISM: You have 2 cows. The State takes both and shoots you.

BUREAUCRATISM: You have 2 cows. The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away...

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.

SURREALISM: You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. Later, you hire a consultant to analyze why the cow has dropped dead.

ENRON-LIKE VENTURE CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States , leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public then buys your bull.

A FRENCH CORPORATION: You have two cows. You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows.

A JAPANESE CORPORATION: You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create a clever cow cartoon image called 'Cowkimon' and market it worldwide.

A GERMAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows, but you don't know where they are. You decide to have lunch.

A RUSSIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 2 cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.

A SWISS CORPORATION: You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for storing them.

A CHINESE CORPORATION: You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity. You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.

AN INDIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You worship them.

A BRITISH CORPORATION: You have two cows. Both are mad.

AN IRAQI CORPORATION: Everyone thinks you have lots of cows. You tell them that you have none. No-one believes you, so they bomb the **** out of you and invade your country. You still have no cows, but at least now you are part of a Democracy....

AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. Business seems pretty good. You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.

A NEW ZEALAND CORPORATION: You have two cows. The one on the left looks very attractive

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Time Flies...

It has been awhile since I wrote anything on this blog... Lots of things had happened and I had wanted to write about it but for some reason or another I kept putting it off and putting it off and before you know it, it's already November. So, here goes:

1. Jim started to see a new neurologist in Sun City. We are hopeful that the neurologist will find what is wrong and fix it.

2. The economy sucked! I am still looking for a new job but since a lot of company are letting their employees go, the job propect is looking bleak.

1. Jim started his physical therapy this month and his symptoms are improving. We are still hopeful that we can find what is going on with his brain. In the meantime, I'm still driving him around to his doctor's appointments.

2. Job prospect is still blahh...Had a few interviews but they are offering less than what I'm making right now (which is not a lot to begin with).

3. Hopeful that Obama, if elected, will turn this country around.

1. Obama was elected !!!! Was amazed at how the country (& the whole world) reacted to his election. There is still hope for this country yet!

2. Job search still depressing me...

3. Found out our COBRA insurance is going up to about $920/month starting January. That is more than our mortgage!!! If things doesn't change soon, I'll probably end up robbing a bank or something...

So, there you go, in a nutshell, what is going on with me.... I'm just grateful that I still have a roof to sleep under, food on the table and family & friends who cares & love me...