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Ramblings: Side trip to the Twilight Zone?

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Aug. 13th, 2011 | 09:20 am
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mood: soresore

The wife and I drove down to Durham, NC yesterday to see relatives and I'm sure it was via the Twilight Zone.

There is a stretch of Interstate 85 that is perfectly straight and is hemmed in on both sides by tall, dense forest. Yesterday was warm and overcast with a low ceiling and there was a haze on the top of the trees and the horizon that made the road look like it actually disappeared in the distance. There was a stretch of time when no other vehicles were visible in front or in back of us. Interstate drivers should be familiar with the small, blue signs near exits that tell you there's a McDonald's or an Exxon or a Holiday Inn off the exit. We passed a series of them that were Totally Blank. And the kicker was when the Richmond radio station we were listening to faded I hit the scan button on the radio and it searched from the bottom of the spectrum to the top and NEVER found a signal.

dodododa dodododah

In other travel news, we visited our youngest daughter in New Jersey last month and I got lost, both going there and coming home. I have a built-in GPS, I can find places I visited once 10 years ago. I never get lost, but I did in New Jersey.

First of all there's the annoying factor that you can't make a left turn anywhere in the state. It's a series of three right turns. Then there's the fact that the maps I looked at on line showed an intersection of two routes and when I got there, there was no intersection.

We did eventually find our daughter's place. She admits she gets confused by all the right turns and U-turns herself.


Otherwise this summer has been a movie festival. We've caught all the blockbusters.

Thor -- Saw it Imax 3D, but it wasn't worth it. Oh a few scenes, particularly involving the rainbow bridge Bifrost were pretty cool, but I finished the movie with a headache from the weird Imax glasses and the overpowering sound.

X-Men First Class -- It was decent, but I was particular intrigued and touched by the back story for Eric, Magneto.

Greee Lantern -- Saw it in 3D and there were a few good scenes. Generally a very enjoyable flick, particularly where Carol told him "Hal, I've seen you naked. You honestly think I wouldn't recognize you simply because I can't see your cheek bones?"

Transformers -- The wife didn't want to see it, but I did. Also saw it in 3D and there were some scenes where it was very effective. An enjoyable enough movied but some of the scenes in the final battle were rather disturbing.

Deathly Hallows 2 -- Didn't bother with 3D, there just didn't seem to be any compelling reason to see it that way. I liked it, but not as much as part 1 which was much closer to the book. I won't say too much more since maybe someone hasn't seen it yet, although I doubt that. Not enough of Ginny and Harry, as usual. The Gringotts scenes were pretty cool, though. And I loved Helena Bonham Carter playing Emma Watson playing Helena Bonham Carter.

Captain America -- I thoroughly enjoyed this one. A nice stand up and cheer sort of superhero flick. Saw it in 3D and it was worthwhile to do so. I'm really looking forward to next summer's Avengers movie.

Cowboys and Aliens -- My favorite flick so far this summer. It was just lots of fun, and how can you go wrong with Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig fighting big, ugly, nasty aliens with six guns and bows and arrows?

Planning on seeing Planet of the Apes and Conan. Well, my wife doesn't necessarily want to see Conan. And on of the previews during C & A was for a movie called In Time which has a very interesting premise.


Hope everyone's had a good summer so far.

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hollyboo2001

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from: hollyboo2001
date: Aug. 13th, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
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Ah, the Great Dismal Swamp fire, we had haze all the way up here too from it! Hope you got to treat yourself to some great BBQ while you were down there!

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pettybureaucrat

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from: pettybureaucrat
date: Aug. 13th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
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OH, hadn't heard about that. It's nice to hear from you. Are you still drawing? Haven't seen anything recently.

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e-liz-a-beth

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from: thepastperfect
date: Aug. 13th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
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I've only been to Jersey once or twice, but I remember the trip being stressful. Of course, that could be because we were trying to get to a very fancy wedding in north Jersey (i.e., the suburb-of-New-York part).

I won't say too much more since maybe someone hasn't seen it yet, although I doubt that.
I haven't, but since I haven't really made the effort, I can't complain. I am so bad about going to movies when I don't have people nudging me to go with them, and the fact that I haven't gone by myself would indicate that what I really like about the HP movies is going with my friends.

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pettybureaucrat

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from: pettybureaucrat
date: Aug. 22nd, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
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We were in the same general area, the Amboys.

I hope you found some friends who finally made you go to DH with them.

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luna_plath

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from: luna_plath
date: Aug. 14th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
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You were in Durham? I live about 40 minutes from there :D I'm not surprised you went through a really deserted patch on your route. NC is mostly agricultural, and there isn't usually any traffic (even on the highways really) unless you're driving between the hours of 5-7.

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pettybureaucrat

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from: pettybureaucrat
date: Aug. 22nd, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
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Actually we were in Butner. Which college do you attend?

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luna_plath

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from: luna_plath
date: Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
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I go to Appalachian State University in the blue ridge mountains. It's only about 3-4 hours away from central NC.

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triomakesmehot

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from: triomakesmehot
date: Nov. 27th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
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I've never actually contemplated NC and The Twilight Zone in the same thought, but I suppose I could imagine it now that you've brought it up. I live about 90 minutes sort of Southeast of Durham and I distinctly recall coming home from work really llate one night (around midnight...roughly a 40 minute commute) and finding the stretch of Highway 11 that I travel completely and utterly desserted. There was not a car moving anywhere, and being the late hour that it was, all the businesses were dark. Rather spooky actually.

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