The Notebook

I finally got to rewatch a movie that I had been wanting to for a long time – The Notebook. I just missed a bit of the beginning but enjoyed the movie just the same. The Notebook is a romantic novel by Nicholas Sparks. The story opens in a present-day nursing home, where an elderly man reads a story to an elderly lady. Though her memory has faded, his words give her the chance to relive her turbulent youth and the unforgettable love they shared. The story is contained within a notebook that was written by a woman to her husband. The story is about young Noah Calhoun, a lumberyard worker, who is instantly smitten with seventeen-year-old Allie Hamilton, the daughter of a well-to-do Southern family who is spending the summer at their vacation home in 1940s North Carolina.

Allie’s parents disapprove of their relationship, and Noah and Allie are separated. However, Noah and Allie’s paths cross again seven years later, but by then, Allie is engaged to wealthy Lon Hammond. Noah is dating a neighbor named Martha Shaw. It is evident that they still have feelings for each other, and Allie has to choose between her fiancé and her first love. As the story in the book draws to a close the ill woman realises that the man reading the book is Noah, her husband, and that he is reading the notebook that she, Allie, maintained. But her illness proves too much for her to handle and her memory lapses again to her husband’s distraught. They both die together on a bed at the end of the film.

The film version was released June 25, 2004. It starred James Garner, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Marsden, and Gena Rowlands and was directed by Rowlands’ real-life son, Nick Cassavetes. The Notebook film adaptation became a “sleeper hit” in Summer 2004 and put Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling on the map in Hollywood as “up-and-comers.” Funnily enough, Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling have been linked together since the movie and are were supposed to be close to getting married at one point. Both Gosling & McAdams were born in the same hospital in their hometown of London, Ontario, Canada.

9 out of 10!

Alfie To Stay One More Year With Senators

Thirty-nine-year-old captain Daniel Alfredsson stopped the speculation Tuesday and confirmed he won’t be hanging up his skates. Instead, he’ll put on his No. 11 sweater and return for his 17th season with the Senators. Alfredsson confirmed an Ottawa Sun report last week that he’s been talking about an extension with GM Bryan Murray, but said he will play out the final year of his deal at his $1 million salary. That will make him one of the NHL’s best bargains. Alfredsson said he made the decision last week and his wife Bibbi along with his four kids are fully supportive.

Alfredsson said he needed to test himself in rigorous off-season training to see if his body could withstand another NHL campaign before deciding whether to return. The result was positive. Alfredsson will return for a 17th season with the only NHL team he has known and where he has been captain since 1999-2000.

The gifted playmaker and scorer has amassed 416 goals, 666 assists for 1,082 points in 1,131 games — all team records. He holds the same records in the playoffs, with 111 games, 47 goals, 43 assists and 90 points. He had suggested he might retire after last season, when he had 27 goals and 32 assists in 75 games and helped Ottawa reach the playoffs. The Senators lost in seven games in the first round to the New York Rangers. He also said staying on for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia did not factor into his decision as it was too far in the future to contemplate. Alfredsson won Olympic gold in 2006 with Sweden.

Alfredsson’s history goes back to the club’s early years. He was drafted 133rd overall in 1994 by Ottawa, and won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 1996. The six-time all-star had a career-high 43 goals and 103 points in 2005-06.