Where Did The Week Go…
Every fourth of July we celebrate Independence Day by blowing stuff up. It’s what every red-blooded American loves to do and it’s why we spend millions of dollars each year buying fireworks both legally and illegally.
But once you finish your own personal amateur hour, you get ready to watch the fireworks show in whatever town you live in. You know the standard routine they go with; start a little big with large, loud fireworks, then mix it up with some spider showers, a few Saturn-looking explosions, maybe throw in a face we can’t quite make out (Remember it’s a marathon not a sprint) and then you conclude with a spectacular display setting off all the different fireworks I jut mentioned so everyone goes home happy.
Usually this goes well (unless you happen to have grown up in Bend and remember on more than one occasion Pilot Butte catching on fire). But in San Diego where one of the nations largest Fourth of July fireworks shows occur, you expect bang for your patience. Unfortunately, Wednesday’s anticipated event was ruined after a glitch caused all the pyrotechnics to ignite all at once.
About five minutes before the Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Boom was to begin at 9 pm, spectators saw an amazing display of fireworks, that only lasted for 15 seconds. The show is supposed to last 18 minutes.
The 12th annual spectacle – which was advertised by the port this year as being “bigger and more intense than in past years,” typically attracts half a million spectators. Organizers set up free buses and shuttles to handle the crowds of people and about a dozen bayside hotels offer special Fourth of July rates just so customers can watch the show form their rooms. They certainly got a big bay boom, but how many of them were ready and witnessed it?
In a statement issued before midnight, the port said that just before the fireworks all exploded, technicians sent a signal that would set the timing for the rest of the show after the introduction. But instead of the introduction, onlookers got the hole show before anyone could sit down in their lawn chairs and listen to God Bless the USA.
Here’s the video of the short but sweet fireworks display. At the end everyone claps and cheers. Little do they know that’s all they’re going to get.
Cops mistaken for male strippers
There’s a popular movie out now about male strippers. One of the more common outfits for a stripper is the police uniform. But it shouldn’t be too hard to distinguish between a tight uniform with a plastic badge and the real thing right? Apparently it is for some women in Darwin, Australia.
Police officers in Australia were called in to respond to a disturbance at the Humpty Doo Tavern (Wow!), but a few partying women had other ideas for the men in uniform.
After Darwin’s finest had finished inspecting the tavern, they moved on next door to the Humpty Doo Hotel, where they were met by the women who were there for a bachelorette party. Normally when police arrive, people either scatter or remain calm. These lively ladies instead shouted “the strippers have arrived.”
But soon after the officers informed the party goers that they were indeed legit and all the excitement soon subsided. However, the officers were good sports about the mix up and posed for a few pictures with the women.
Netflix Instant Pick: Goon
Sean William Scott has played basically the same character in all of his movies. Whether it’s Stifler in the American Pie movies, Road Trip, The Rundown or Role Models, Scott is usually the obnoxious, foul-mouthed fratboy who despite getting the best lines, isn’t usually thought of as much of a character.
The movie Goon is chocked full of the usual Scott trademarks: cursing, vulgarity, drug use and sexual content. But ironically, it’s everyone around Scott who gets most of the laughs and the lines while Scott turns in his most understated performance to date.
Doug Glatt (Scott) is only good at doing one thing, fighting. While he comes from a family of doctors, Doug relies on his fists rather than his brain to pay the bills. Not content with his job as a bouncer at a local bar, Doug seeks the one thing that can give him happiness.
While attending a minor-league hockey game with his friend Ryan (Jay Baruchel), Doug has a chance encounter with a player who goes into the stands to pick a fight. Doug easily wins and as a result, he is offered a chance to be the enforcer/thug/goon for the Halifax Highlanders despite a lack of any hockey playing ability.
With the encouragement of his hockey obsessed friend and numerous violent encounters with fellow players, Doug quickly becomes a rising star in the minor league circuit. But more than just a thug on the ice, Doug also attempts to straighten out a fellow teammate who was once a rising star, possibly find love and of course help his team make the playoffs.
Scott is surprisingly restrained and quiet as the lovable lug. He might be a little slow, but Scott plays the character as an endearingly earnest guy who has no idea where he belongs in the world. His frequent outbursts of rage never occur without reason, such as defending a fellow teammate or friend.
While the film can occasionally fall into the cliches of a typical sports movie, Goon not only feels refreshingly original but it does an outstanding job of balancing the humor, extreme violence and touching moments.
A throwback sports movie in the vain of The Longest Yard, Bull Durham, Major League and another famous hockey movie, Slap Shot, Goon is worth a look.