Wednesday, September 19, 2018

My Head Says I'm All Better Now...

...but my body keeps disagreeing. Especially my nose* and throat...


*Yes, technically my nose is part of my head. But still...

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Mi Sobrino!

My late sister's only son has a birthday today.

May he be blessed and able to celebrate many more such birthdays in the future.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Boo Hoo, I Have the Flu

According to my family doctor, I officially became the first person this year to come down with a case of the new "Flu B" strain, a fact I found out the day before yesterday. I should be well again by the beginning of next week but in the meantime, it's been a pain. I have been coughing a lot, wheezing, and trying in vain to keep my nostrils clear. For a while, even my appetite was gone.

But at least I'm feeling a bit better today than I did Thursday. I no longer cough as much, my nose doesn't run as much, I don't wheeze as much... Plus I've been eating more soup, so I definitely have more of an appetite.

I'm hoping to be well again by Monday but we'll see. Please wish me luck.

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Sunday, September 09, 2018

In Heaven, There Is No Corn



Easy enough to see why the 2007 movie Tortilla Heaven did not get much publicity. On one hand, it was not really a bad movie but on the other, it was not very memorable. The whole plot took place in a small New Mexican town full of eccentric characters -- though, ironically, the most eccentric of them was a transplanted English nudist (played by Olivia Hussey) -- that turned out to be the same town where a miraculous tortilla was discovered. The tortilla created a controversy that in turn attracted tourists and then next thing you know, the Devil himself showed up. No, seriously.

In light of the recent scandals involving the Catholic church, it seemed downright nostalgic to see a movie in which the local priest's worst sin was a rather childlike fascination with religious statues. But apart from that, there was not a whole lot about this movie I can recommend. On one hand, I did find it refreshing to see so many law-abiding Latino characters in one movie; on the other hand, well, I did mention that the Devil himself was played by a Latino, right?

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Saturday, September 08, 2018

Movie Quote of the Week

Well, if we do get canned, we won't be the only ones to lose our jobs because of a machine.
--Joan Blondell, Desk Set (1957)

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TV Quote of the Week

His body is rejecting white culture, which makes me kind of proud.
--Connie Wu, Fresh Off the Boat, "Pilot"

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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Quote of the Week

I don’t care if every previous Pope is exposed. My allegiance is not to any man or institution, but only to Christ crucified and risen, who warned that it would be better to drown with a millstone around your neck than to cause his little ones to stumble.
--Patricia Heaton, Twitter, September 1, 2018

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Friday, August 31, 2018

R.I.P. John McCain


Arizona Senator John McCain -- most famous for his status as a former presidential candidate as well as for his status as a former military officer -- retired from office for the last time on August 25, 2018, at age 81.

He will be missed.

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