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2011 in review–Thank You for Your Support

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When I started this blog I didn’t know where it would take me but I knew the writer in me had to get out. It has been fun making new friends and keeping in touch with long trusted friends through this forum. I thank you for indulging me in my passions and putting up with my occasional rants.

I recently wrote my 120th post. My mother asks me where I get all my ideas and my answer to her is, “When have you known me to not have an opinion on things?” When I sit down to write, my goal is to educate and entertain. I hope, along the way, I have caused you to think or see the world a little differently. I know I have angered some of you at times and I apologize for that but my hope is that through an exchange of ideas we will find the answers together.

It has been great fun blogging with WordPress and I highly recommend their format to any future bloggers. They have an easy to navigate template and the finished product is professional looking and one to be proud of. I encourage my readers to start your own blog and we can create our own network of linked blogs and expand our readership.

You never know who is reading your blog as I found out when the head coach of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan, left me a message on my bulletin board. Thank you Coach Ryan. As a year-end wrap up the people of WordPress prepared a summary of each of our blogs and I have chosen to share the results with my readers. I was shocked to see that my readers have come from all around the world. Click on the link below to see the number of countries represented and other statistics.

If everyone on the New York City subway were reading my blog it would take four trips to carry everyone. When I think of it in those terms it makes me excited, proud, and a little nervous.

For better or worse, this blogger is here to stay and I have a lot more to say in 2012. Stay tuned!


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

MOVIE REVIEW: Arthur Not Ready for Crown but Top Hat Suits Him Well


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Arthur, played by Russell Brand, is funny, sweet, and sad. Brand, who admittedly has had a notorious past with drugs and alcohol, is the perfect person to play the perpetual child/playboy who resists growing up. Helen Mirren, as always the consummate British professional, is the perfect foil against Brand’s zany character.

I have not seen the original Arthur with Dudley Moore and, therefore, cannot compare the two but what I saw in this remake I loved. Brand is able to accurately portray a crazy drunk (after all he has had plenty of practice) who works hard to cover his vulnerability hidden just beneath the surface.

Jennifer Garner is cast as a power-hungry shrew. It was fun to watch her sink her teeth into a different type of role. She seemed to enjoy this part. It was also good to see Nick Nolte on the screen again as Garner’s gruff, macho contractor father. He is, literally, tough as nails.

This Arthur probably won’t be headed for any awards as in King Arthur movies; but Brand proves himself worthy of wearing Abe Lincoln’s top hat. It is a fun ride through New York City in some of Arthur’s collection of famous movie cars. For a fun night out you can’t miss with Arthur. I grade it a B.