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December 28, 2003
Lists of Five

Hey, Michelle started it.

5 books queued up, ready to read, on or next to my nightstand:

Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War
Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda
An Illustrated History of the First World War
Wellington in the Peninsula

5 movies I viewed on pay-per-view:

Anger Management
The Core
The In-Laws
Shanghai Knights

5 web sites at which I made purchases:

American Airlines
Lee Valley & Veritas

5 TV shows I record on the DVR for later viewing:

The Green Hornet
New Yankee Workshop
The Simpsons

5 best foods I prepare:

Smoked Duck
Salsa fresca / pico de gallo
Pan-seared ribeye steak

Other lists of five....

5 countries in need of regime change:

Saudi Arabia
North Korea

5 countries we will be at war with sometime in the next 25 years:

[see previous list]

5 people I have shaken hands with:

Ronald Reagan - no explanation needed
Jonathan Winters - entertainer
Frank Herbert - author, "Dune"
John Chambers - CEO, Cisco Systems
Larry Wall - creator of the Perl programming language

5 places in the US I've never been but would like to visit:

Shanksville, PA
Arlington National Cemetary
Pearl Harbor
Cape Canaveral & the Kennedy Space Center

5 countries I would like to visit:

United Kingdom (and Australia and New Zealand)

[OK, technically, that's more than 5....]

5 countries I once wanted to visit, but now I'd rather have a sharp stick in the eye:


5 of my favorite FoxNews info-babes:

Molly Henneberg
Linda Vester
Lauren Green
Amy Kellog
Jane Skinner

Posted by Russ at 03:37 PM, December 28, 2003 in Bloggery

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Have you been to Israel or does that not make the list? I can understand the safety concern, but to see the land of the Bible live would be awesome.

Maybe you could follow up for brief reviews on the 5 PPV movies, and if they were worth the $$.

Posted by: MarcV at December 29, 2003 01:14 PM

I'd like to see Israel... but it's not in my top 5.

As to the PPV reviews... well:

- "Anger Management" was amusing, but not as funny as Happy Gilmore.
- "The Core" sucked. Must be a gravity thing.
- "Hulk" was the chick-flick version of a comic-book movie. "Spiderman" was far better.
- "The In-Laws" was not as good as the original, though I did like Albert Brooks' performance.
- "Shanghai Knights" was dopey and full of historical anachronisms and errors. I loved every minute of it. Chan and Wilson are an excellent pair.

Posted by: Russ at December 29, 2003 03:11 PM

The In-Laws: Gotta agree with you there. It was good, but didn't measure up to the original. Alan Arkin and Peter Faulk were fantastic in the first one. It's one of my all-time favorite movies, along with Hopscotch.

Shanghai Knights: I'm with you here, too. Nothing redeeming about this movie other than the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a good 'turn off your brain for 90 minutes' flick. Jackie Chan tends to come across as fairly pretentious in interviews and such, but I really enjoy his on-screen persona.

As to the others...well, I haven't seen them yet, and may not even bother with the Core or Anger Management - I guess it all depends on what's at Hollywood Vodeo next time I visit...

Posted by: Scott at January 2, 2004 01:17 PM


Is that where you try to ride a virtual steer for 8 seconds??

And be careful not to step in the virtual patties.

Posted by: Scott at January 2, 2004 01:19 PM

While you're reading Wellington on the Peninsula, you should watch a few episodes of Sharpe's Rifles, a British tv series based on Bernard Cornwell's books. Sean Bean (Boromir in LotR) played Sgt/Lt/Capt/Maj Sharpe. Thoroughly enjoyable, I thought.

Posted by: chris hall at January 6, 2004 02:09 PM

As it happens, I have the complete set on VHS :-)

As soon as they're worn out, I'll replace them with DVDs.

Posted by: Russ at January 6, 2004 03:03 PM