Funny Facebook Posts, Part 4

Part 4 of our FAMOUS funny Facebook posts….enjoy!

Anger Management

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Sam Aranda is a valued supporter of and a small business owner in Tracy,CA. If your furnace is giving you trouble, call Sam @ Altamont Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning

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“The Longest Week” Movie Review

2.5-Watertowers Movie Review(Life Lessons at 40)

Conrad Valmont’s (Jason Bateman) parents own a fancy hotel and are very rich. One day, when Conrad was a young boy, they went on a short vacation which turned into a 30 year romp around the world. Conrad was left under the care of servants and employees.

the longest weekAt age 40, Conrad’s loser parents decided they could no longer stand each other, and separated. Neither one wanted to support Conrad, so he was booted out of the hotel (his home) and cut off from any money. Broke and not at all sure of what he had to do, he moved in with his best friend, Dylan Tate (Billy Crudup) telling him the hotel was being remodeled. Dylan was dating Beatrice Fairbanks (Olivia Wilde) and warned Conrad not to do anything with her.

Conrad did.

“The Longest Week” is a sometimes interesting look into the life of a privileged rich kid now 40 years old, but, still a kid who has no idea how he is going to live the rest of his life without mommy and daddy’s money. Once cut off from his supply of money, he actual takes steps towards growing up.

Not for kids. Mostly boring with short flashes of brilliance, for example, there is a dance scene with Bateman and Wilde that is wonderful.

We watched this on Netflix (thanks, Ryan!).

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Claire Guite

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Claire is the 2015 Carol Phan College Scholarship winner!

Claire will be attending CSU Long Beach, majoring in Fashion Design.

Go here to see Claire’s work:

Here is Claire’s essay describing the work she has posted on the website:

My passion for art, creativity, and fashion is something I want to share with those around me.Through artwork, I am able to express my love for fashion, the beach, animals, flowers, and other things.  On this website, I have placed a variety of artwork and sketches from the past few years, ones that I feel are some of my best.  I like to create pieces that are unique and true to myself, and I enjoy experimenting with different mediums, including paint, oil pastel, henna, colored pencils and more.  When I create a piece, I want it to have energy and emotion, and I want it to reflect my personality in some way, even through a school-related project. Some examples of this include flipping hair, the movement of waves in the ocean, balancing an object on one’s head, or the creation of stillness and drama.  Art and fashion are such a huge part of my life, and that is why I have chosen Cal State Long Beach for a degree in Fashion Design, to further my skills and enhance my abilities.

Feel free to browse through my projects via the URL above, and enjoy.



Kenny Chesney & Jason Aldean Rock Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA

In the first ever concert at Levi’s Stadium (the home of the San Francisco 49ers) Kenny Chesney shows why he is a superstar and Jason Aldean is not far behind.

Kenny never fails to bring the music to his fans, and once again we were not disappointed, starting with Kenny “flying” in over the crowd like Garth Brooks.

kenny giving away a helmetDuring the show Kenny gave away a 49ers helmet to a young man of about 12, then gave another helmet to a young woman (getting a nice hug) and was also hugged by an unruly fan whom he danced with then spun…..right into the arms of a security guard….good job Kenny!  He and Jason joked about that afterwards.  He also gave away a guitar signed by both himself and Jason Aldean who came back on stage for the last 5 or 6 songs in the encore.

With opening acts Cole Swindell and the vastly improved Jake Owen (he with a short haircut board shorts and no shoes) the Levi’s Stadium audience enjoyed almost 6 hours of high energy country music in Silicon Valley.

Jason AldeanCo-headliner, Jason Aldean, started playing while the sun was still out, but, once it set a bit (and the blazing heat on the east side seats stopped), he brought out the fireworks (ala the late great Chris LeDoux) and rocked Levi’s Stadium to it’s core.  Aside: The nice people in front of us have their first starring role in an Internet video (I think) as Lori took pictures of them with their cell phone.

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As I mentioned above, this was the first concert held at Levi’s Stadium.  As such, we were test subjects of a sort as they were probably working out all new procedures to handle 50,000 screaming, partying, country music fans.

They did a great job.  The venue seemed to have plenty of food, drink, and bathrooms (as noted by the fact that only 2 women were in the men’s room after the show…there is usually a separate line for women going into the men’s rooms).

This was also our first concert (and hopefully last) where Lori had to have assistance getting around after her broken leg.

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This is an official Mike the substitute teacher grade:  A+ to the Mobility Assistance team at Levi’s Stadium. We parked in the Blue Lot 1 near the mobility station then hopped (literally) on a shuttle bus that took us to another mobility station near the venue. There, the mobility team people called George who came with a wheelchair to push Lori to our seats (or close to our seats as they let us stay up top so no stairs needed to be climbed). On the way, George (who also works for UPS) told us about the 60 person jail in the basement and how it was full after the first 49er game. He let me stop and snap pictures of the 49er training facility and get a beer. Customer service at it’s best!

After the show we got another wheelchair ride back to the shuttle and Blue Lot 1.  And, I once again, snapped pictures on the way.

Outstanding service by a great team of people!

Call: 1-408-579-4610 for mobility assistance or to tell them I said they are TERRIFIC!

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Toyota Drive Safe Animated GIFs

Saw these on the Get Real Behind the Wheel web site and thought you would find these educational. You can find all of the Toyota GIFs here.

Don’t Text and Drive: Words Can Kill You

Buckle Up! You can be squashed by your own car if you crash.

Eating and Driving is Distracted Driving

Pay Attention to Your Driving….the Birds Can Take Care of Themselves

Don’t Drive Stooopid.

Don’t Drink and Drive. DUH.

Put Your Makeup on BEFORE You Drive or the Funeral Director can put it on for you.  

Turn Your Phone OFF When Driving

Don’t TEXT and DRIVE…..Got it? Get it!

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Summer 2015 Movies We Are Looking Forward to Seeing

Here are the movies we are hoping to see, or definitely will see, this summer. Come back to for the movie review.

May 2015


Avengers: Age of Ultron


Hot Pursuit

June 2015


Ted 2


Jurassic World

July 2015


Ant Man



August 2015


Fantastic Four



Overall kind of a slim summer for blockbusters…maybe the Christmas movies will be bigger, badder, better?

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“Tomorrowland” Trailer

Tomorrowland looks interesting. We will probably go see it on May 22, 2015 since we like anything Disney, George Clooney, and Hugh Laurie (by the way….if you want to watch a sweet / brutal movie with Hugh Laurie acting the pants off of anybody….Netflix “Mr. Pip”….it is still bothering me, I should review it….ultimately, it is not for the sqeeeeeemish).

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Funny Facebook Posts, Part 3

My friends on Facebook are not posting as many funny posts as they did in the past.

Luckily, I grabbed a lot of material before everyone got so damn serious.

Here is Part 3 of my famous funny Facebook posts:

120 degrees

alcohol made me do it

asshole parking

boys and girls rooms and cars

buy a book

can you hear me now

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Mission Impossible 5-Rogue Nation: Trailer

Until we get back to the movies, here is the upcoming Mission Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation trailer.  A definite must see this summer!

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Costa Rica Photographs

Someday, we will visit Costa Rica. Until then, these pictures will have to do.

Visit this National Geographic page for more beautiful photographs of Costa Rica.


Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

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Suspension Bridge Savegre River

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Pacific and Carribbean Oceans

Pacific and Caribbean Oceans

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall

Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano



Costa Rica.  Beautiful country.  :-)

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Vietnam’s Hang Son Doong Caves by Drone: Video

Vietnam has an amazing complex of caves that were captured using a drone.

Go to the National Geographic article to learn more about the creator of this video and the Hang Son Doong Caves.  Here is an excerpt:

The biggest cavern in Vietnam’s Son Doong Cave is so vast that it could accommodate a Boeing 747. “You feel absolutely miniscule,” says Ryan Deboodt, a professional photographer whose video of the cave went viral this week. Deboodt spent eight days camped inside the cave, one of the world’s largest, with a GoPro fitted onto a drone.

Very cool.


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“The Wedding Ringer” Movie Review

3.5-Watertowers(Kevin Hart Subdued, Sort Of)

Joah Gad (as Doug Harris) is about to marry the woman of his dreams, beautiful Gretchen Palmer (played by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting).  He is panicking because he never really had any close friends and everyone he calls to ask if they could be his Best Man is not available, meaning they could care less.

the wedding ringerThe wedding planner puts him on to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart) who makes a living being a Best Man for lost souls like Doug.  He is very good at it, but, keeps a professional distance, and as soon as the gig is complete…he goes on his way.  Occasionally, he has to preside at a funeral as the best friend, and again does an amazingly good job.

Doug visits Jimmy’s office (in a basement in an amusement park) and they decide that Doug’s wedding is something that Jimmy has never had to attempt previously: The Golden Tux, meaning he has to supply ALL the groomsmen as well as himself. The Golden Tux is complex and risky requiring a lot of preparation to line up all the groomsmen (a mish-mash of weird looking groomsmen that through the movie you come to like and appreciate), to get all the inter-related friends stories right, and is VERY expensive.

Doug agrees to the Golden Tux package despite the costs and risks because his beautiful wife-to-be, Gretchen, is worth every Penny (get it?)….or is she?

We also find out that one of the lost souls happens to be Jimmy, and, somehow, this wedding changes his life.

“The Wedding Ringer” is better than I thought it would be.  Kevin Hart is more subdued than his normal frenetic self, and is impressive. Josh Gad is excellent and the combination of Gad-Hart have an undeniable chemistry that I hope carries on in future movies.

“The Wedding Ringer” is rated R so it is not for kids. But it is an enjoyable romp that includes some really cool inside jokes; the most memorable being at the end of the movie when they are all on a plane and one of the groomsmen (you will recognize him) says he “does not have a good feeling about this flight”.  VERY FUNNY!

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark.

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Teacher Registration Form: Tracy, CA Teachers


Jefferson and Tracy Unified School Districts Only (California)

Register to start participating in the donation emails. Once a month, during the school year, we will send an email to the teachers on the list and the FIRST to respond will receive the donation amount in the email.

Of course….we need money, so PLEASE tell all your friends and family about and ask them to donate!

Go here to sign up.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” Movie Review

2.5-Watertowers Movie Review(Killing, Killing, and More Killing, Weird)

After the fantastic opening credits (must see), you know very quickly that you are in for an increasing death toll (massive death toll to be more descriptive) involving people being cut in half (lengthwise), heads exploding, knifings, shootings, drownings, explosions, and any number of unique ways to die.

kingsmanAfter the loss of a trainee 20 years or so ago, Kingsman Colin Firth (Galahad) visits the trainee’s wife with a medallion and promise to help if they ever need it.  The wife refuses so Galahad gives the medallion to the young son. The son grows up and eventually trains to be a Kingsman.

Currently, another Kingsman (Lancelot, Jack Davenport) takes it upon himself to rescue a kidnapped Professor (Mark Hamill).  He almost single handedly kills all of the kidnappers….almost….from behind he is is hit in the head, and after a few seconds of confusion, falls apart in two pieces, split in two lengthwise by a beautiful assassin, Gazelle (Sofia Boutella).  Her boss arrives once the bodies have been covered up (the boss does not like the sight of blood, it makes him “Hurl”).  The boss is Valentine (a speech impedimented Samuel L. Jackson).

It turns out that Valentine is a super geek afraid that humanity is killing the earth and has decided that the only way to stop the destruction of earth is to kill most of the human population (a story line also told in the book “Inferno” by Dan Brown). He does this by controlling people (to kill, or to explode) via a SIM card in their cell phones, or, for his closest associates & employees, surgically added behind their ears. He gets EVERYONE to load his SIM card by offering FREE cell phone service, forever (knowing “forever” is going to be a short time).

Missing Lancelot, the Kingsman interviews for his replacement. The son with the medallion is one of the interviewees, and we follow the interview process as it weeds out all but one, and then we get to the crux of the movie: trying to stop Valentine from wiping out most of the human race.

Although spies, killing, and murder is dead-on my favorite genre (I read Thrillers), I did not like Kingsman (except for a few VERY unique scenes, like the opening credits or towards the end of the movie; hundreds of heads exploding to marching, or fireworks, music). Lori enjoyed it…go figure.  It is just too weird for me.  It is definitely not for kids, or the sqeeemish, and it is rated R for a damn good reason: Killing on a massive scale.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark.

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“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” Movie Review

4-Watertowers Movie Review(The Night Life Might End)

night at the museum secretLarry Daley (Ben Stiller) has a handle on the Museum night life and uses that to his advantage during fundraisers. One night, the museum characters ruin the festivities, but, no one knows why.

Investigating, Larry sees that the golden tablet that came to museum with Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) is tarnishing, but, Ahkmenrah does not know how to fix it.  If the Tablet can’t be fixed, the night life at the museum will come to an end. Only Ahkmenrah’s father, Merenkahre (Ben Kingsley), knows the secret of the Tablet, but he is in a Museum in London (the tomb discoverers split their findings between the two museums).

Larry arranges for he, Ahkmenrah, and the Tablet to travel to the London Museum to learn the secret of the Tablet. When Larry and the box containing Ahkmenrah arrive in London, Larry opens the box and out comes the entire cast of characters from the previous movies!

You know this is going to be a fun night at the London museum!

“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” is a rollicking fun movie every bit as good as the first two, if not better. The touching goodbye near the end of the movie to Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) brought tears to my eyes as they were really saying goodbye to Williams without knowing it. This is also the last role, I believe, for Mickey Rooney.

Night at the Museum 3 is great fun for the whole family. No f-words and plenty of laughs including when Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and Octavious (Steve Coogan) respond to a video online. LOL.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark.

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“Into The Woods” Movie Review Movie Review 3-Watertowers(Musical Fairy Tale Mash-Up)

into the woodsA childless baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt) are sent on a treasure hunt into the woods by a wicked witch (Meryl Streep). They are to find items belonging to: Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), and Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford).  And when they bring these items back, within three days when the moon is fully blue, the wicked witch will reverse a spell put on the baker’s family so the baker and his wife can have a child.

“Into The Woods” they go.

Once in the woods, they meet up with a number of famous fairy tale characters in addition to those listed above. Johnny Depp is the Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, Chris Pine is the Prince who searches for Cinderella after the ball (his singing is hilarious…I mean Capt Kirk singing…I guess I have him type-cast.) and Christine Baranski is Cinderella’s stepmother.

Do they find the items in time?  You will have to watch the movie to find out.


An all-star cast highlights this musical mash-up of different fairy tales. Unfortunately, it is about 30 minutes too long, and in that time my rating of the movie took a steep slide down as it got darker and darker and quite stupid as the giant (Frances de la Tour, who was also a giant in Harry Potter) stomped around looking for Jack.

“Into The Woods” is a PG movie good for the entire family with no f-words, but, some of the main characters die, which may be disturbing to those who are sensitive. “Into The Woods” is ok, not great. But, to be fair,Kristen and Lori both liked it more than I did.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark.

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“The Interview” Movie Review

3-Watertowers Movie Reviews(Goofy, Gory, Rogan)

Seth Rogan had a major part making this film, and it shows.  “The Interview” is a gross-out movie typical of Seth Rogan.  Sexual innuendos fly, insulting everyone, over the top acting by James Franco (who is fantastic), gore, boobs, and that uncomfortable feeling I always get watching a Rogan movie. But I keep coming back for more, and will continue to do so in the future. NOT for kids, this movie is rated R for a reason.

Rogan (as Aaron Rapaport) is a TV “News” producer of the highly rated, “Skylark Tonight” show starring James Franco as the dimwitted, but, smart, Dave Skylark.

As luck (?) may have it Kim Jong-un the Dictator of North Korea loves Dave Skylark, and in fact, is a super-fan. Aaron reaches out for an interview, and, after some secret meetings, is granted an hour with the supreme leader.

The CIA steps in and wants Kim Jun Un “taken-out” by Rogan and Franco.

Do they complete their mission?

“The Interview” is a controversial film, made more so by the hack attack on Sony, by, supposedly, the North Koreans who decided that they could control (with the addition of terrorist threats) a free countries movie watching habits. WRONG! North Korea found out that a dictatorships reach is not as far as they would hope.

Santa dropped off a Chromecast for Christmas so we watched “The Interview” at home using Google Play.

For more information go to IMDb.

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“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Movie Review

4-Watertowers Movie Review(Bilbo’s Great Adventure Ends)

Covering the last 77 pages of the book, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Fie Armies” details the fight for Lonely Mountain now that Smaug has met his fate.

Thorin, the Dwarf King, has fallen ill and is not thinking straight. The Elves and humans join forces to try to work with Thorin, but, he resists.

War is on the horizon between the Elves, Humans and Dwarves.

Seeing an opportunity to ensure peace, Bilbo, takes the Arkenstone to the Elves as a bargaining chip.

In the meantime, the news of the death of Smaug reaches the goblins (Orks in the movie) and they march their army (along with the Wolves) to claim Lonely Mountain (and all the riches within) for themselves.

The five armies: Goblins and Wolves will fight the Dwarves, Humans, and Elves (with air superiority coming later with the Eagles, and in the book, Beorn in his giant bear form).

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is full of action and intrigue (and a few extra characters not in the book). The cinematography is beyond compare and the story is terrific. The fighting is comic book graphic and fine for the entire family, except the most sensitive.

Go to IMDB for more information.  We finally made it back to the movies after Lori broke her leg on October 12, 2014. It felt good to get back to “normal”. We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark.

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Ride UBER and Donate to ForCarol: Drive Safe! Never Forget

Need a Ride?  Try Uber! and UBER are collaborating to help promote safe driving!  When you go out (like when you go partying!)  leave the driving to UBER and stay safe.  If you are using UBER for the first time….save $20 on your ride!

The basics of the promo:
-Promo only valid for new users
-Good for $20 off their first ride
-For every new user who takes a ride with that code…Uber will donate $5 to ForCarol

Click on the picture below to get started.

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Trailer

Dec 2015 is a long way away, but, here is the first official teaser trailer of “The Force Awakens”.  May the force be with you.

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