A Second Crack At Childhood

If I could trade in my adulthood for a second childhood, I’d…

…..do it in a heartbeat. I’m not sure about you but I’d love to get another chance at doing things all over. I wanna be that young again. Remember being that age when your biggest concern was about what cartoons you were going to see that day? I so miss being that innocent and carefree. Where the promise of ice cream and/or chocolate was worth living for!

Meeting your friends, playing games and discussing silly stuff. Boys vs girls! Ah remember the times before you really knew girls? Back then they were the yuckiest creatures around right? Hahaha. Ok not that I hate girls but I miss that innocence of the ages before we knew about sex. I would like to live my life all over again. Make different decisions and changes to my life that will ensure that my life as an adult would be much better than it currently is.

I’d trade this adulthood for another crack at the kid life again! I’m the opposite of Tom Hanks in Big! An adult who wishes to be a kid again!

Halloween 4, 5 & 6

Halloween 4 : The Return Of Michael Myers (1988 ) sees the return of the character 10 years after the events of the first two movies. The explosion and fire at the end of the Halloween 2 doesn’t kill Myers or Dr. Loomis but puts the masked killer in a coma while Loomis has a permanent limp and has suffered burns to one side of his face. 10 years pass and Myers wakes escapes while being transferred via ambulance between sanitariums, killing the driver and paramedics, having overheard the fact that a deceased Laurie, had a young daughter who lives in Haddonfield with her foster family. Loomis follows Michael’s trails and at a gas station finds Michael in a mechanic’s clothes wearing another mask. Michael escapes in a tow truck, almost running down Loomis, who hikes his way back to Haddonfield. It’s Halloween again and 8 year old Jamie Loyd mourns the loss of her mother and is living with the Carruthers, close friends of Laurie. The parents are out for the evening, forcing a reluctant Rachel, an older teen and their daughter, to take care of Jamie. Jamie meanwhile has visions of her uncle Michael which frighten her. Rachel & her friend Lindsey take Jamie  to buy ice cream and a Halloween costume after school and Michael almost attacks Jamie at the store.

That night, Rachel and Jamie go trick-or-treating and Michael goes to the electrical substation and murders a worker by throwing him into live high voltage parts, plunging the town into darkness. Dr. Loomis has now arrived in Haddonfield and joins forces with the town’s sheriff Meeker and they go looking for Jamie. Michael single-handedly takes out the rest of the police station, while a bunch of men form a lynch mob to get him. Rachel discovers her boyfriend Brady cheating on her with the Sheriff’s daughter, Kelly, and loses Jamie. After being chased by Myers, Rachel meets up with Jamie and both are found by the Sheriff and Dr. Loomis who warns them about Michael. The 4 of them lock themselves in Sheriff Meeker’s house along with Kelly, Brady and a deputy. Meeker leaves to the station for an emergency while Loomis leaves to find his former patient. Michael arrives and systematically takes out the deputy before killing Kelly by impaling her on a shotgun. He chases the other 3 and kills Brady while Jamie & Rachel escape via the roof; but Rachel is knocked unconscious as she falls. Jamie hides in the local school and is almost caught & killed by Michael when Rachel arrives and sprays Michael in the face with a fire extinguisher. The two girls are given a ride by some of the lynch mob but Michael jumps them and kills the men, as Rachel struggles to control the jeep. finally rams him with the truck, sending him flying into a ditch near an abandoned mine. The police arrive and as Jamie approaches Michael and touches his hand, he rises. The police shoot Michael until he falls down the abandoned mine and is presumed dead. However at the end of the movie as the Carruthers are reunited with Rachel & Jamie; however as the movie ends Jamie dons a clown mask and stabs her foster mother with a pair of scissors (much like young Michael Myers). The film ends with Jamie standing at the top of the stairs with the scissors in her hand, covered in blood, with Dr. Loomis screaming as Richard, Rachel and Sheriff Meeker stare in horror.

Halloween 5 : The Revenge Of Michael Myers (1989) begins right at the end of the events of the previous film. Michael escapes the mine shaft and makes his way to a nearby river and is found by a hermit. he collapses into a coma while in the hermit’s care and remains in a comatose state for a full year. On October 30, 1989, Michael awakens, kills the hermit, and returns to terrorize Haddonfield, where his young niece, Jamie, who was rendered mute due to trauma suffered during the events and committed to a children’s psychiatric ward. She also seems to have developed a telepathic link to her uncle which only Dr. Loomis suspects and he tries to convince Sheriff Meeker that Michael is still alive. Michael then kills Rachel at her house and then stalks her friend Tina (who is the most annoying character I have seen in a movie recently). Michael kills Tina’s boyfriend Mike and steals his car & using a different mask gives Tina a ride to a store. He almost kills her but the police arrive and Michael makes off. Tina and her friends Samantha, and Spitz go to a Halloween party in a barn. Michael kills both Samantha and Spitz, who are having sex, then kills two scab deputies that Loomis has asked to keep an eye on Tina for her own protection. Jamie, having recovered her speech, goes to find Tina along with her friend Billy and is chased by Michael in a car until he crashes it. Tina sacrifices herself to give the kids time to escape. Afterwards, Jamie agrees to put herself in danger to help Loomis stop Michael for good. With Jamie’s help, Loomis lures Michael back to the abandoned Myers house where Michael once lived.

A mysterious figure in black who arrives in the town, causes a death in the hospital causing some of the cops to head there. Michael attacks and kill the remaining cop and then attacks Loomis, who tries to reason with him. A cop who is sitting with Jamie helps her down before being killed by Michael while Jamie makes her way to the attic where finds her and Rachel’s dog Max hung from a noose, and also finds the bodies of Mike and Rachel.Michael finds her, and Jamie tries appealing to her uncle’s humanity but ultimately fails after touching Michael’s face, sending him into a fit of rage. An injured Loomis attacks Michael with tranquilizers to weaken him and then proceeds to violently beat him unconscious with a wooden plank. Michael is taken to the jail by the cops and put in a cell but the stranger in black arrives and attacks the police station, shooting the officer and causing an explosion, thus killing Sheriff Meeker and six others. At the end of the movie, Jamie walks through the station finding the bodies of gunned officers, and goes over to Michael’s holding cell to discover that it is empty.

Halloween : The Curse Of Michael Myers which came out in 1995 also takes place 6 years later. The man in black who took Michael away from the jail and killed the cops has also kidnapped 16 year old Jamie who has been impregnated and her baby is born on October 30, 1995. The baby is carried away by the man in black who seems to be the leader of a Druid cult. At night a nurse helps Jamie escape with the baby but Michael is in pursuit and kills the nurse. Jamie hides in a bus station and tries to call the radio station that is doing a Halloween special on Myers and asks for help but is ignored by DJ Simms. She hides the baby in a cupboard of the station’s bathroom and leads Michael away. He kills her at an old barn but finds the baby missing. Meanwhile Dr. Loomis, now retired, is visited by Dr. Terence Wynn (Mitch Ryan), the chief administrator of Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, who wants him to return. They hear Jamie’s plea on the radio and head to the town. Tommy, (Paul Rudd in his debut movie role) the boy who Laurie babysat in the first film, also hears the plea and goes to the station, finding the baby there. Tommy lives in a lodging house opposite the Myers house, which is now occupied by relatives of Laurie Strode, which include her foster cousin Kara and her 6 year old son Danny. Tommy runs into Dr. Loomis at the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital and tells him of the Strodes living in the Myers house. The two are convinced Michael has indeed come back to Haddonfield.

Dr. Loomis warns Tara’s mother about Michael Myers and she calls her husband to convince him that they should leave. He doesn’t listen to her and soon the two fall victim  to Michael. Later, Kara returns home to find Danny in his room with Tommy, whom he had met while on his way home. The three of them go to Tommy’s house across the street, where Tommy reveals to Kara that he believes Michael is under the curse of Thorn by the Druid cult. Thorn is an ancient Druid symbol that represented a demon that spread sickness and caused destruction. To prevent this, a child from each tribe was chosen to inherit the curse of Thorn to offer a blood sacrifice of its next of kin on the night of Samhain (Halloween). When the corresponding Thorn constellation appears, Michael appears. The curse explains why Michael is out to kill his family and also accounts for his superhuman abilities. Tommy believes that baby Steven will be Michael’s final sacrifice. The old lady who runs the lodge tells Kara that she babysat Michael when he was a boy and that Danny hears the “voice” (from the “Man in Black” telling him to kill just like Michael Myers heard when she was babysitting him the night he killed Judith and that Danny will be next cursed after Steven is killed. Michael then kills Tara’s brother & his girlfriend and heads to the lodging house. Dr. Wynn reveals himself to be the man in black and his cult members drug Loomis & Tommy and take Tara, Danny & Steven to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium.

When they awaken Tommy & Dr. Loomis make their way to the sanitarium where the latter has a brief confrontration with Wynn before being knocked out. Tommy rescues Tara and then find Danny in a surgery room with Steven about to be part of a ritual. Michael, angered at being a pawn, kills all the cult members (not sure about the status of Wynn) while Tara & Danny escape with the kids. Michael breaks into the room where Tommy injects him with tranquilizers of a corrosive and beats him into unconsciousness with a lead pipe. As Dr. Loomis, Tommy, Kara, Danny, and Steven are about to escape, Loomis tells them to go on without him because he has “a little business” to attend to. Back inside the building, Michael’s mask is found lying on the floor of the lab room as the screams of Dr. Loomis can be heard in the background.

After the debacle of III, the Halloween 4 & 5 two are welcome returns to form. However with Curse, I feel that they took a ste backwards; while giving a sort of explanation for the immortality & powers of Michael, the plotline has a lot of holes. There’s so many twists for the sake of twists that don’t make much sense. I’d give Halloween 4 & 5 a 7 outta 10 each while Curse only gets a 6!

Attacking Accents!

I don’t know what the big deal is with people having an accent different than yours. Ignorant, racist assholes look for irrelevant things such as accents to try and embarrass someone or a group of people. Only losers & jealous people do that. One of the lowest and most stupidest thing a person can make fun of, and by that I mean a person for whom English is a native language, is making fun of someone’s accent. Especially someone who knows and speaks one or more languages than you do! Which usually is the case.

People in different countries speak in various accents. Some accents are similar due to similar languages, closeness in geography etc. Your mother tongue influences the way you speak English. In India, there isn’t a single Indian language and hence when Indian speak English, it’s not one Indian accent. Someone from North India will have a different accent when h/she speaks English from a South Indian accent. I’m a Malayalee. My mother tongue Malayalam, although I initially grew up speaking mostly English and spoke more Malayalam only after I moved to India at the age of 11, highly influences my pronunciation of certain word. Especially when they have the ‘R’ sound! I know that. Most Indians, most Asians, most Africans, most Europeans and most South Americans are aware of what their accent sounds like. We don’t need YOU to tell us what it sounds like. And making fun of us by exaggerating the way we sound just makes you a racist and a moron!

For like the 10,000th time I read a racist comment by some asshole who couldn’t even string two proper sentences together, and whose spelling was atrocious by the way, that – after watching a video of an Indian family who migrated to the US speaking to their young children – that “some people” who can’t speak English properly shouldn’t speak English at all! That goes the same for you buddy! You can’t even write it down properly and English is your native language! I’ve noticed that there is a trend among those racist people – certain areas or states, certain religion too! Grow up. Apparently your parents didn’t teach you better when it comes to respecting others but try and learn it yourself!

Peace!

Top 5 Reasons To Rants Today

mindbump suggested by Tattletale

“The top 5 things to rant about and end up with a blog post

  • The harm that religion does, holding back human progress and coming up with lame excuses to have their propaganda spread. Of all the stupidest laws in the nations of this world, the Blasphemy Law is the worst, stupidest and most backward thinking of all. The “crime” where there is no victim and only the feelings of the religiously weak and immature. In some of the cases that have been filed, the “blasphemer” has actually uncovered a harmful or possibly harmful effect of believing in rubbish ideas – yet they are persecuted!
  • In the year 2013 there is still racism!
  • Kerala’s political parties and unions and their penchant for declaring and enforcing bandhs/harthal/strikes. I live in a Communist minded (read that as small minded) state where for silly reasons the opposing political parties will conduct a state wide harthal – which means no going out on the streets in cars or bikes, no public transport and offices & businesses  must remain closed. The political parties have lots of supporters who have no other job than to riot on the streets if things don’t go their way. The rest of the public have to suffer.
  • The lack of funding for sports in India other than cricket. And as a result, us non-cricket fans must endure countless hours of bad commercials & whole tv channels dedicated to this nonsense.
  • How come there’s no support for good music anymore?

Planning Your Own Funeral!

mindbump suggested by Gothic Home“If you knew when you were going to die and you had to plan your own funeral, what type of flowers would you choose? What songs would you choose?”

I would love to plan my own funeral. I’d have a Star Trek and Scifi themed party going. There would be lots of music perhaps even a live band playing great covers of my favourite rock songs. Pearl Jam, Barenaked Ladies, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Nickelback, Rush, Queensryche, Guns n Roses, Megadeth etc etc. Lots of good food – pizza, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, hot dogs, Chinese, some tandoori, shawarmas and kebbas! Vodka, brandy, whiskey, beer, Coke Sprite, 7up, Pepsi and Mountain Due! And maybe even some marijuana!

It won’t be a sombre affair – it will be lots of fun. Have a party, enjoy yourself. As for flowers, anything will do! I’d set everything up, just send me off in style! Celebrate my life and do not mourn it! Some games and charades, a stand up comic, movie clips from my favourite films and tv shows!

Awesome!

Miikka Kiprusoff Retires From Active Hockey

After much reflection, Finnish goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has decided to hang up his skates for good. The Calgary Flames goaltender announced his retirement from the NHL on Monday, a move that was expected by both the team and many of its fans. The 36-year-old spent the last nine seasons with the Flames, the biggest highlight being an integral part of the club’s memorable run to the 2004 Stanley Cup final. Kiprusoff said he made the decision at the end of last season, but took the summer to be “100 per cent sure.”

A native of Turku, Finland, Kiprusoff holds team records for wins (305), games played (576) and shutouts (41). With the Flames well out of the playoff picture, the team discussed dealing the veteran netminder at last season’s trade deadline. Although he didn’t have a no-trade clause, Kiprosoff indicated that he would not report to another team if dealt. The Toronto Maple Leafs pushed hardest to acquire his services but were unable to convince Kiprusoff to leave southern Alberta. Calgary general manager Jay Feaster said Kiprusoff was adamant that he wanted to end his career with the Flames. “Miikka has been up front with us since the trade deadline that he wanted to finish his outstanding playing career as a Flames player, and that the 2013 season was going to be his last,” Feaster said. “We, as an organization, made it clear to Kipper that we did not want him to make a rash or hasty decision.

Kiprusoff spent parts of three seasons with the San Jose Sharks before being dealt to Calgary for a second-round draft pick in November 2003. The deal would help shape the franchise for the next 10 years. Kiprusoff finished that regular season with a modern-day NHL goals-against average record of 1.69 and continued his stellar play into the playoffs. He won 15 post-season games and had five shutouts while leading the Flames to within one victory of a Stanley Cup. He was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy that season and won the award two years later after finishing the 2005-’06 campaign with a 42-20-11 record, a 2.07 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and a team record 10 shutouts. Despite the lack of team success later in his career, Kiprusoff’s numbers are still impressive. In 623 career regular-season games with Calgary and San Jose, he had a 319-213-71 record with a 2.49 GAA, a .912 save percentage and 44 shutouts. Kiprusoff also represented Finland at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

The Malayalees’ Love For Southern Fried Chicken

Ok, I have written about this in the past but I must rant about it again as there are new developments and new additions to the players of this little game. The name of the game is ‘southern fried chicken’ and we Malayalees / Keralites absolutely love them!

All this is due to the large population of expats (loving called Non-resident Indians or NRIs) in the Arabian gulf. Most of these countries where Malayalees flock to for jobs, along with their families, had already had plenty of KFC outlets. I myself being an ex-Kuwait resident (from birth till the age of 11) have been to the KFC outlets with my family when we lived in Kuwait. However once we came back to settle in Kerala in 1987  there were no KFC or similarly fried chicken outlets in Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram, Calicut or Thrissur or anywhere else in Kerala. The first time we saw something pop up was a small restaurant, maybe 10 tables in all called Kentucky Chicken Broast which popped up in early 90s on MG Road. The only person I know of who  had been there was an older cousin and he said it was ok. Apparently it was started by a couple of Gulf returnees who had worked in a KFC outlet. They didn’t last long and Kentuckey Chicken Broast shut their doors for good in the mid 90s.

Well since then lots have changed in the southern fried chicken scene in the state. KFC entered India in the early 90s (and had huge issues in some states, what with protestors and breaking down of their glass walls) but they were only in the metro cities and didn’t touch Kerala. That changed with the entry of Chick King, a Malaylee owned UAE based restaurant chain based on the KFC formula. They opened a few outlets in Cochin and they started booming and would later spread to other cities slowly.

Closely following on the heels of Chick King, two new ones started in Cochin around the same time. Chicken Chicago and Chiknik; while the former has a couple of outlets, the latter was a single restaurant about 2kms from my place. They had some issues and no longer serve the fried chicken style menus but are still a good restaurant that serve Chinese & South Indian style dishes and I’ve been there with friends twice since the change. Chicken Chicago now has only one outlet, in Padamugal (Kakkanad) near my office and is a Qatari-Malayalee owned restaurant. Nothing to do with Chicago and apparently they also do not know the meaning of the word “downtown”!

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MarryBrown (I know the spelling is crazy) is a Malaysian based restaurant chain. They’re the only ones, other than KFC, that doesn’t seem to have a Gulf-Malayalee connection. They have outlets mainly in Tamil Nadu (with the strong Tamil diaspora in Mayalsia), Bangalore, Hyderbad and have only 2 in Kerala at the moment, both in Cochin and both in food courts in malls. I love their burgers and friedchicken. Next up is Chickos, also started last year. They have an outlet near me which I have visited, and a couple of others in the state. Not much different from Chick King but it’s decent. I can’t find a website but their Cochin branch has an active Facebook page. And then there is SFC Plus (Southern Fried Chicken Plus) another UAE based & owned by Malayalees. I haven’t had their chicken but I do enjoy their good sub sandwiches, burgers, fried and good pizza. Although for a UAE based company their Facebook page is only about Cochin. This is the case for many others – makes you wonder!

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More recently, as in 2012 or was it 2011, Fawaz Broasted opened up in Padivattom (Kakkanad) at a large & busy junction in the city. This restaurant is a Saudi Arabian owned (Malayalees ofcourse) and there is an array of Arabic dishes which you can check out here. From combo meals to grills and burgers, they serve chicken strips too. They seem to have outlets in the other Arabian countries too. I haven’t had any from them, but those who have say that the taste is different. NYPFC (New York Pizzas & Fried Chicken) is a brainchild of a us citizen who relocated to India and setup his own chain of fast food restaraunts. This one, like MarryBrown has no connection to the Gulf or Malayalees; their sole outlet in Cochin (Kunnamthai – Edapally)  isn’t even shown in  their official website. Funny their Mumbai & Pune outlets, not even open as of yet, are still shown in their Contacts page. I just heard about this outlet and have not been there yet. Krisy Chicken or Fried Krispy Chicken has an outlet in the Oberon Mall’s food court but I have no clue if this is a single outlet or part of a chain.

I saw in the newspaper classified that EFC is looking to hire staff. EFC? European Fried Chicken claims to serve the fried chicken, burgers, sandwiches, fried & pizzas. The “difference” is that their “exotic chicken preparations” are European inspired with “real European spices” Hey these are their words, not mine! They have 3 outlets in Thrissur and none in Cochin or anywhere else. I’m guessing that it’s probably a Gulf returnee or returnees that have started this chain. No plans on going to Thrissur anytime soon but I might get my best friend who lives there to try them out. Also found out about Magj’s American Fried Chicken, a group joint venture of overseas Indians. Their site says that they experimented in Atlanta, GA with various Indian & Asian spices and their products are pure and unique culinary inventions. Their Cochin outlet is in Aluva and I’ve never seen it yet. Their website shows outlets in many countries (only one in the US & UK). Their contact number is in both India & Kuwait. And finally an outlet called NFC (Newyork Fried Chicken) that has one outlet in the large Cochin Food Mall in Revenue Towers. I recently visited it – it’s a much smaller outlet, just a small stall really, very badly run. I had a garlic chicken burger and a piece crispy fried chicken from there – the chicken was saltless but the burger was good. Sorry no photo of their chicken bucket as they don’t even have a website. This image is from a photo I took of their logo.

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So that’s it, the list of fried chicken restauraunts in Kerala that I can find. Of these EFC is the only one that doesn’t have an outlet in Cochin. I have yet to try the food from 5 of them. Which one is your favourite?

Flight

Flight is a 2012 drama movie, the first live action film from director Robert Zemeckis’ since 2000. It stars Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Kelly Reilly & Tamara Tunie. Flight was nominated for two Academy Awards at the 85th Academy Awards: Best Actor (for Washington) and Best Original Screenplay (for John Gatins).

Airline pilot Captain William Whip Whitaker Sr. wakes up on the morning  of October 14, 2011 after a night of sex, drinking, drug use, and very little sleep. With him is flight attendant Katerina Márquez and she is scheduled to be on the same flight as him in 2 hours. Whip snorts cocaine to wake himself up and boards the plane he is to fly from Orlando to Atlanta. After Whip threads the plane through severe turbulence due to heavy stormy weather at takeoff, copilot Ken Evans takes over while Whip discreetly mixes vodka in his orange juice and takes a nap. 20 odd minutes into the flight, the plane takes a huge nosedive and the descent wakes up Whip. Unable to regain pitch control, Whip rolls the plane upside down to arrest the dive. With the engines failing he realizes they will not make it to a runway, so he rolls the plane upright, after calming Ken and taking help from attendant Margaret, and manages to make a forced landing in a field. He loses consciousness on impact and is dragged out of the aircraft by a passenger.

Waking up in the hospital with an injured eye and a limp, he is greeted by his old friend Charlie Anderson, who represents the airline’s pilots union. Charlie informs him that he saved 96 out of 102 onboard the plane; the 6 dead includes Katerina and another flight attendant. While recovering in the hospital Whip meets Nicole, who had overdosed on cocaine and they promise to keep in touch. Whip gets his friend & drug dealer Harling Mays, to pick up some of things & money from his house and sneak him out. Whip goes to his late father’s old farm house tosses out all the bottles of alcohol. Although branded a hero by the public, Whip is informed by Charlie & the union’s lawyer Hugh Lang that NTSB performed a toxicology screen while he was unconscious, showing that Whip was intoxicated – this could land Whip in prison and cost him his pilot license. Hugh works on getting the report dismissed while Whip goes to see Nicole – he is is just in time to rescue her from her pushy landlord. He takes Nicole with him to the farm house and they become intimate. However while Nicole gets a job and goes to AA meetings to stay sober, Whip is driven to drink heavily, possibly by the tension of the investigation. Nicole takes him to an AA meeting but he leaves and his drinking escalates, causing her to leave.

Finding a bunch of reporters at his farm, a drunk Whip goes to see his ex-wife and estranged son but they force him to leave as he is intoxicated. As he steps out he addresses the media who are in full force camped outside. Fearing the NTSB hearing, Whip goes to Charlie and begs him to let him stay there in an effort to stay sober. Hugh has had the report on Whip’s toxicology dismissed as it was done on faulty equipment. It works for 9 days and on the night before the hearing Charlie & Hugh set up Whip at a hotel with a guard posted outside to keep him away from alcohol. His minibar has only nonalcoholic beverages, but restless and unable to sleep Whip finds the door to the adjacent room unlocked and he discovers it has a full minibar. Charlie and Hugh find him the next morning, passed out, still intoxicated. Whip has them call Harling who brings him some cocaine that revives him enough to attend the hearing. At the hearing the lead NTSB investigator Ellen Block explains that a damaged  elevator  assembly  jackscrew was the primary cause of the crash. She commends Whip on his valor and skill, explaining that no other pilots were able to land the plane in simulations following the crash. She then reveals that 2 empty vodka bottles were found in the trash can of the plane but none were served to the passengers. Only one of the crew’s toxicology reports was positive for alcohol, although one was excluded. Since Katerina’s report was positive for alcohol, Block asks Whip if he believes that she drank it. Rather than lie and permanently taint her good name, Whip bravely admits that he drank it, that he flew intoxicated, and that he is intoxicated at that moment. The attending people are in shock and the press goes wild.

13 months pass and Whip is in corrections facilitym imprisoned and telling his story to a  group of fellow inmates that he is glad to be sober and does not regret doing the right thing, because he finally feels “free”. He has pictures of Nicole, his ex-wife and son in his prison cell. As the movie ends, he is visited by his son, who wants to write an essay for his college application on “the most fascinating person I’ve never met” – he has chosen Whip!

Good movie, excellent acting although there are a couple of things I do not understand about the storyline. Great songs featured in the film – includes artists like RHCP, Barenaked Ladies & The Rolling Stones. 8.5 outta 10!

Why I Follow The Blogs I Follow

mindbump suggested by Inspired to Write

“What things prompt you to subscribe to a blog or become a regular reader?”

The kind of blogs that I follow have only a couple of things in common – 1) they are genuine and 2) they blog regularly about themselves and their lives or things that I have  common interest in with them. Plain and simple.

It can be a blog that’s mainly about music or hockey or football (the kind that North American calls soccer). Or it can be about my favourite science fiction tv shows. Or about movies. Or about food and cooking. With lots of amazingly delicious looking photos. Or it can a personal blog, capturing thoughts, events and ideas. Travel blogs. Anything! As long as it’s original and from the heart, I’m likely to follow it.

The personal blogs are my favourite kind. With plenty of photos from their life. I want to get to know you. So blog. From the heart.

Revenue Towers & Kochin Food Mall

I was in Revenue Tower (near St. Theresa’s College) for the very first time today. I was there to meet a person who works in HR & Recruitment for a job consultancy and was there for about an hour or so. I decided to have lunch at their food court, which I had come to know has the one of the largest options of various food vendors in Cochin. I hadn’t even know about this place for a long time and thought I should check it out. Here are some photos.

I have to say that they could really do a lot with it. It was deserted the whole time I was there and one other customer came to sit at a table just as I was leaving. There was a 15 minute wait for the food to arrive. I do like their colour chairs and in one section they had some nice colourful designed floor tiles. But much like the entire building, the place is shabby and dull. Plenty of food stalls though. A shame this is not properly maintained or advertised to attract a big crowd.

I had decided to try out the vendor for NFC (Newyork Fried Chicken) which is a Indian owned restaurant (unsure if they are a single stand alone outlet or if they have a few outlets as they don’t seem to have a website). They serve food similar to KFC and Chick King. But they should keep someone who knows the language. Also he wasn’t sure what they had – he had to check and find out if my order was available. Plus they had no fries – which is odd as they have fries with most of the combo meals – due to some reason. And they had no Pepsi even though they had adverts for Pepsi all over their menu and especially in their combos. Very shabbily run stall!

I ordered the Garlic chicken burger with a piece of crispy fried chicken (as they didn’t have fries) and I drank water. It came to a total of Rs.155.  Below is a photo of the slightly mashed up burger, but it was hot and quite tasty. The chicken – not so much; it lack a basic ingredient known as salt!

Exorcist Dies During Ritual

In one of the most bizarre & stupidest stories I  have heard in a while an exorcist in Sri Lanka was killed while performing a cleansing of a house that had “evil spirits”. Apparently this man, Maxi Castro, was called to perform this ritual just outside the capital city Columbo and according to the police, he sacrificed a cat and was then buried in a shallow grave after instructing onlookers to dig him out once he gave a signal of pushing a sword he was carrying through the ground. After 3 hours there was no sign or signal from Castro and no sword coming out of the ground.

This is when the onlookers decided to pull him out anyway, but he was unconscious. The 32-year-old man, identified by police as Maxi Castro, a local exorcist, was taken to hospital early Thursday morning but he had already died, the official said. The man had been requested to drive out demons feared residing in the home of a school teacher at the village of Pelanwatte. “I saw him perform a ritual like this at a temple six months ago and invited him to check my property,” the teacher, Wasantha Bandara, told local radio station Shree FM. “He said I had bad luck because someone had sprinkled human ash at my house, but he could drive out evil spirits through this ritual.”

Police spokesman Buddhika Siriwardena confirmed the incident and said an investigation was underway. Many in Sri Lanka, where 70 percent of the population are Buddhists, have faith in black magic, sorcery and exorcism, and place great importance on astrology. Important state functions are held according to the auspicious times chosen by astrologers.

Paranormal Activty 1 & 2

It’s time to look at the Paranormal Activity series of movies. I have seen 1-3 before today and this afternoon lay back in bed to watch the 4th one. Written & directed by Oren Peli Paranormal Activity is a 2007 movie that was only released in 2009. The movie stars Katie Featherstone & Micah Sloat as a young couple who setup cameras in their home to capture & document a supernatural presence that seems to haunting them.

It’s September 2006 and Katie & Micah have just  moved into a new house in San Diego. Katie claims that an “evil” presence has haunted her periodically since childhood and believes it is still following her. Micah sets up a video camera in their bedroom on a tripod to capture any activity that occurs while they sleep. They hear keys being dropped and running footsteps in the night and wake up the next morning to find their keys on the floor. They consult a psychic who informs Katie that she is being haunted by a demon and not a ghost. Each night the camera records some movements like the door moving on it’s own and they hear low rumbles and demonic noises. Katie wakes up in the middle of night to hear a loud thump. On the thirteenth night, Katie is awakened by movement in the hallway; the demon loudly screeches and there is a loud bang. Micah tries to taunt the demon and ask it many questions. During the 15th night, the hallway light flickers on and off and demonic noises are heard by Katie’s side of the bed. Katie gets up in an apparent trance and stares at Micah sleeping for two hours before going outside to sit on the backyard swing. Micah tries to convince Katie to come inside, but she refuses. Micah returns inside and finds the TV on and is randomly flicking through channels. She remembers none of this the next morning.

Micah breaks his promise to Katie and brings home an Ouija board. After the two leave the house that evening, leaving the board in the living room. Curtains open and shut by an invisible force and plants are blown around. A howling wind is then heard and the Ouija board’s planchette moves on its own and a small fire erupts on it and extinguishes itself. They next day they find non-human footrints in the talcum powder that Micah left on the floor and he finda a burnt photo of a young Katie. They then contact the demonologist but he is unavailable. On the 18th night the demon slams the bedroom door loudly and Micah hears loud angry growls from behind the door. The next day while they eat their lunch, they hear a glass shattering and find their photo frame broken and Micah’s face scratched in the photo. During the 19th night, the bed covers move, a light turns on and off, a non human shadow is seen on the door before Katie awakes from a blow in her face. A low demonic snarl is then heard downstairs. On the 20th night Katie is pulled out of their bed and they hear hisses from the demon. Micah rescues her back and they find bite marks on her back. They pack to go to a motel but Katie says they will be ok, her voice changing slightly inhuman. Katie is possessed and the following night, after starring at a sleeping Micah for 2 hours, she goes down and screams for him. Micah is thrown aside by Katie who smiles into the camera before lunging at it, her face looking demonic. The next day the police find Micah’s dead body and Katie is reported missing.

Paranormal Actvity 2 was released in 2010 as a parallel running prequel to the movie. Peli co-produced the film which was directed by Tod Williams and written by Michael R. Perry. The events of the movie begins 2 months before the events of the first film and the ending is after the ending of the 1st movie.

It’s August 2006 and a burglary attempt happens at the home of Kristi & Dan Rey, leaving the entire house trashed except for their baby Hunter’s room. All that was stolen was a necklace that Kristi’s sister Katie had given her. However Dan setups security cameras around the house and that’s when they notice a few supernatural occurances in the house. The housekeeper Martine attempts to cleanse the house of evil spirits but is fired by Dan for burning incense. Kristi tells Dan that the house is haunted but he dismissed it. Katie, who is visiting, and Kristi talk about being tormented by a demon when they were children. Ali, Dan’s older daughter by his first wife, researches the mysterious happenings; she discovers that humans can make deals with demons for wealth or power by forfeiting the soul of their first-born son–Hunter was the first male to be born on Kristi’s side since the 1930s. Soon the family dog is attacked and it suffers seizures and Dan & Ali take it to the vet. Kristi, alone at home with Hunter, is attacked by the demon and she is dragged to the basement where she stays for an hour and walks out possessed. The next day Ali finds the Latin word for “Mine” etched on the basement door and finds a bite mark on Kristi’s leg. Ali begs Daniel to come home; after he arrives, she shows him the footage of Kristi’s attack. He immediately calls Martine, who prepares a cross to exorcise the demon; Kristi will have no memory of having been possessed. Dan tells Ali he is going to pass the demon onto Katie so that Kristi and Hunter will be saved. Ali begs him not to because it is unfair to Katie, but Dan sees no other way to save his wife and son.

In the night Dan touches Kristi with a cross and attacks him as the house lights go out all at once. He finds Kristi and Hunter have disappeared. Furniture begins toppling over, and the chandeliers shake. Dan chases Kristi into the basement, where she attacks him. He touches her with the cross, causing her to collapse. Dan hears demonic growls and finally, the shaking stops. Dan puts Kristi to bed and burns a photo of a young Katie (the same photo Micah later finds in the attic of his and Katie’s house in the first film). 3 weeks later Katie speaks to Kristi about strange occurrences in her house and then we see the begining of the first film. On Octoer 9th a blood stained Katie enter Dan and Kristi’s home and kills Dan by breaking his neck while he’s watching TV. She then kills Kristi in Hunter’s room, violently hurling her against the camera, and takes the baby. She leaves the room, cradling Hunter. The screen fades to black as Hunter’s crying turns into laughter. Ali was on a school trip when this happens and as she returns she finds the dead bodies of her father & stepmom. Katie & Hunter are missing.

Good and scary eh? 8 outta 10 for the first movie and a 7 outta 10 for the second!