May 31st, 2006

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Dentist, Truck Maintenance, Geocaching

I went to the dentist yesterday. I had a good report. I'll be back in October.

After work, I stopped by the Jiffy Lube to get an oil change and my state inspection. Their waiting room was hot, with little breeze. But now I'm good for another year until I need another inspection.

Shortly after I got home, yarbiedoll asked if I wanted to go geocaching. She visited a lot of local colleges to take pictures of a travel bug at the colleges. While we were out, she also picked up a few caches that I had already found. After that was all taken care of, we headed out to "Walking On Needles" and looked for it. It involved a 0.65 mile walk to the cache from the parking area (and, of course, a 0.65 mile walk back). That served as some exercise for me yesterday. It was nice to search for a cache that involved a little bit of a hike, with all the urban micros and park-and-grabs that I've been looking for lately.

Fun times.
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Movie Reviews: United 93, X-Men 3

OK, here's the deal. Last week, we went to see a couple of movies: United 93 and X-Men 3. I enjoyed them both. No spoilers in this post, but feel free to discuss spoiler info in the comments.

United 93
This played like a documentary. It was very powerful. It didn't concentrate on any character development. It just presented the events of the day, mostly from the perspective of the folks in the plane. I really wasn't planning on watching this movie in the theater -- maybe put it on my NetFlix queue. One of our friends wanted to go see it, so we all went out to see it. It was worth seeing in the theater: it's a big movie.

Now, I know it's not a movie everyone's going to even want to see. The story that's presented is a tough story, especially since everyone remembers it in real life. So if you want to see it, go see it. But if you know that you're just going to hate seeing it, don't see it. But even though it will make you uncomfortable, it's worth seeing.

X-Men 3
This played like a comic book. It had The Beast, and that was cool, even though he was played by Frasier. The story held together well enough. It could have been better, but it could have been a lot worse. If you go see it, stick around to the end of the credits -- it's one of those movies with an extra post-credits scene.

As is often the case, after seeing it, I wanted to start reading comic books again.