Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Lack of Labor ...

So, it was a pretty relaxing Labor Day weekend for all intensive purposes. I got to clean up around my house, mow the lawn, wash the cars, and watch some movies I’ve been meaning to see – and I feel sort of refreshed for the coming work week … although, it would’ve been nice to have the entire week off.

I took Friday off, and the wife and I went to see the King Tut Exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philly. For the most part, it was ok, however, it just really seemed more like chaos than anything else. Too many people walking around, getting in everybody’s way, making it tough to see the artifacts. Plus, no King Tut mummy – which really disappointed me … especially, considering that I spent $32 a ticket to see this. Truthfully, I probably would’ve gotten more out of watching a King Tut documentary on the History Channel.

On Saturday, I began watching “Band of Brothers” which was a mini-series documentary on HBO about World War 2 and the E Company of the 506th regiment. I ended up watching all ten episodes between Saturday and Sunday – a fantastic series (I know, I should be watching all the series on HBO, shouldn’t I?). On top of that, I decided to watch the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” also about World War 2 – I guess it’s fitting that I did this on Labor Day weekend. If you haven’t seen either of these, I highly recommend it.

Don’t worry, I decided to watch something less intense than this – Fargo. It was kind of a dark comedy/drama based on a true story. Many friends have told me to watch this … it was pretty good – just a plain weird movie. I guess the Minnesota dialect was kind of funny. I also saw The Breakup with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. I really expected this to be funny … however, I was disappointed. It wasn’t an awful movie (like That Darn Cat), but it certainly wasn’t a typically funny Vince Vaughn movie.

Outside of that, I went to a barbecue in the city yesterday afternoon – night, and even though we only had a small group there, I had a blast. Sometimes, those are the best kinds of parties … for whatever reason.

It was a good way to unofficially end summer … oh yeah, and the fact that Notre Dame got trounced was the icing on the cake … can’t wait to see the Nittany Lions destroy them this coming weekend. Go Lions!


Jeff said...

King Tut: The Penn State Alumni Association's event in February was awesome. The exhibit was a lot less crowded, and PSU sent an archaeology prof to discuss that era.

War movies: Next, read An Army at War -- Pulitzer-winning book about WW2.

Football: Even better than the Notre Lame loss was Asshole U losing at home to a 1-AA team.

Kristin said...

Ugh, how painful was The Breakup?

Happy September!

sirgeb said...

After Saturday's big upset, it has never felt better to ask the question:

"What time is it?"

-B- said...

Band of Brothers = Fantastic.

I think I'm all Vince'd out - I'm definately tired of Jennifer - and him and Jennifer together = Must miss.

Hope everyone had a great summer!! Sad to see it go. *sniff*

minijonb said...

I need to do a Band of Brothers marathon like you did. I've only seen a couple of the episodes and they were great.

Crassius Maximus said...

PSU is gonna crack the domers.

Superstar said...

Dang! You have your WWII groove on! The best part about Saving Pvt Ryan was Vin Diesel! ;o)

I just loved Band of Bro's. I love how it captures perfectly what Americans today miss. "solidarity".

Los said...

Jeff - Should've gone for the King Tut PSU exhibit night ... damn!

Kristin - It was a bad movie, and worst of all, the ending stunk. Ugh!

Sir Geb - Michigan fans are walking around like Zombies right about now.

B - Can't believe how quickly it ended ... It felt like just a few weeks ago, I was on my way to San Fran ... sigh.

Minijonb - I never saw it before at all - it was an excellent series, one of the best I've ever seen.

Crass - I hope they beat the living snot out of ND, after what happened last year.

Superstar - The best part of Saving Private Ryan was Vin Diesel dying so early in the movie ... sorry, I can't stand the guy.

Ink and Stone said...

Good to hear you had a good Labor Day weekend. I spent mine down at the shore. It was good times all around!

Oh, and Band of Brothers is definitely one of the best WW2 productions out there.

Christina_the_wench said...

*kicks summer's ass out the door* Bu bye now.

I watched a marathon of CSI: Miami. I am palm tree'd out.

snowelf said...

Fargo rocked because of it's total dark weirdness.

We bought my dad Band of Brothers for Christmas one year. I have never watched it, but as he has been hording my Lost DVD's, maybe I should go and borrow it!

I love both Egyptian and Greek/Roman/Mediterranean history. It sucks that the museum exhibit was such a bust! Our science center is having an exhibit on Pompeii right now that my parents went to and I'm all jealous cause they said it was great. I gotta get over there before its gone.