Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Martian - Dinner with Dottie Harris - The Yankees - The Gators

Saturday==>Well, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, we will begin today’s posting with your favorite blogger’s report card on last night’s entertainment event ... the just opened movie ...

THE MARTIAN - “When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.”

Billi Pod’s report card==>A

Folks, this is a totally enjoyable survival-and-rescue adventure movie that concludes with a white-knuckle climax.

The story line is involving and believable and the cinematography is amazing, especially the Mars landscape scenes.

Matt Damon gives an Oscar-worthy performance as Mark, who spends around 75% of the two-hour-plus film alone on screen. He creates a character of determination and grit, mellowed with just the right touch of humor.

The rest of the supporting cast is stellar, headed by Jeff Daniels as the conservative NASA director who must make critical decisions throughout the movie.

My only quibble with the show is that about 10-15 minutes could be cut from the running time of 2:21.

Billi Pod says==>see this movie!!

I saw it at the Regal Cinema in Winter Park Village with my dear friend Dottie Harris. She gave the show a B+ and her main concern was also the running time.

When the show was over we had a great dinner at Brio Tuscan Grille in Winter Park Village. We had about a 10 minute wait and then were seated outside and that was nice because the weather was very pleasant.

I had Pesce Piccata and Dottie had a massive Salmon Salad. The food was great.

We did some much needed/wanted catching up. Dottie had just spent a month in Maine to be with her son Bruce for the birth of his 6th child.

So ... Dottie ... it was great being with you.

When dinner was over we split and I came back to the apartment to watch the remainder of the Yankees/Orioles game, from Baltimore.

WTF, the game had been rained out. Oh well ... it will be made up in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Moving on ...

Today and tonight will be totally devoted to sports as your favorite Sunshine State blogger will remain in the cool and comfortable confines of his apartment to watch ...

12:05pm==>Game 1 of the Yankee/Orioles doubleheader from Baltimore.

On the mound for the Yankees (87-72) will be Ivan Nova (6-10), who has been struggling, vs. Wei-Yin Chin (10-6) for the Birds (78-81).

In between the doubleheader I will watch college football.

The second half of the doubleheader will be at 7:05pm

On the mound for the Yankees will be rookie Luis Severino (5-3) vs. Ubaldo Jimeniz (12-10) for the Orioles.

We need to win one of these games to secure home field advantage for the wild card game on Tuesday, October 6th.

Of course, everything on the TV will be secondary to ...

7:00pm==>Ole Miss/Gators from The Swamp.

Today’s papers reported that there is a “possibility” that our starting QB, Will Grier, may be out due to "flu-like" symptoms. If so, then Treon Harris is available, after serving a one-game suspension.

Billi Pod’s prediction==>Ole Miss 31 - Gators 17.

OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, it's now time to post this and then get ready for my sports binge ... but ... first ... let’s ...



Yesterday’s mileage==>2.79 miles (or, 6,112 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>1,106.08 miles (average 4.02 miles per day)

Billi Pod
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”

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