Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Sound of Music

NBC has recently remade The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood in the leading role of Maria.

I don't like Carrie Underwood. I dislike any American Idol winner on principle.

But NBC remade the stage play enacted LIVE on TV (which takes some serious guts)

I ignored it at first. But I found myself flipping back to it for some reason.

When I was growing up, my mother and my sister controlled what we watched on TV. This meant that every year we watched The Sound of Music without fail. I grew to hate it.

However, several years ago my mother lost a long battle with cancer. Ever since, anything she shared with me has driven me to a strong state of nostalgia whenever I encounter it again.

NBC's remake was mediocre at best. As an actress, Carrie Underwood is a good singer. Julie Andrews, if she watched this performance, is pointing and laughing at her.

But I wish I didn't get so unfortunately melancholic whenever I encounter something like this that reminds me so strongly about my mother.

Memory is a great and terrible thing.

This Should Give You Pause...

This is an image of snow on the Statue of The Great Sphinx of Giza taken recently.

Just FYI, the SoTGSoG rests at roughly the same northern Longitude as Northern Florida. Try to think to yourself just how many times in the past few hundred years that you've heard reports of snow in Florida.

Then tell yourself Global Warming does not exist.

For your clarification, global warming doesn't mean it's warm all the time. It also means that weather extremes that normally never happen start to happen. A lot. See example: Hurricane Sandy.

Yeah. That's what I thought.


Yeah, well I was fooled! And apparently I wasn't the only one.

And I'm the first to admit when it happens.

This is NOT the real Great Sphinx of Egypt. Apparently it's one of the replicas of said statue that exist around the world. In this particular case, it's at a theme park in Japan. See this link for more details. You should, however, take note of the fact that there was a snowstorm in Egypt. It just never got cold enough (it is a desert country, after all) for the snow to last very long.