Tuesday Thoughts

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by Travis Cody in

Mr Tucker is getting tired of taking medicine.  I can't blame him.  He has 4 different meds.  He takes all 4 in the morning, and then 2 of them in the evening.  He doesn't hide from me, but he has started rolling his tongue when I give him a pill.  That gets the pill underneath his tongue, and then he spits it out.  I keep telling him that if he'd just relax, they would go down easier.

And then I remember that I can't swallow a pill without a bite of food.

I think that the penalty for a college player doing a somersault into the end zone should be a one-game suspension.  

I stopped reading books by Tom Clancy after Executive Orders.  I don't really remember why.  I usually enjoy his stories.  He has a way of holding my interest despite the vast number of characters he uses.  I'm fascinated by his insider knowledge.

So I downloaded the book Rainbow Six.  I must say I'm disappointed by it.  I think Mr Clancy repeats himself too much.  There are way too many information dumps that stop the story cold.  He tells too much back story about minor characters.  The plot takes forever to become clear.  And the book is much too long.

One other thing...Mr Clancy falls in love with the word notional.  It's a good word, but it's also an unusual one.  Being unusual, it stands out as distracting.  At least it does to me.

I guess I could overlook this stuff if I thought the book was enjoyable.  I'm struggling to finish it because my Kindle rule is that I don't download a new book until I finish the one I'm reading.  Maybe I'll like the next Clancy book I try better.


I don't like two games on Monday Night Football.  I don't like that the first game starts at 4pm here on the west coast, so I can't get home in time for kick off.  And I don't like that the second game doesn't end until well after 10pm.  One of the benefits of living on the west coast is not having to stay up so late to watch an entire Monday night game.  

I know it's just a gimmick for opening weekend, but I still don't like it, particularly when the first game runs long and bleeds into the second game.

Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren...all in one film?  Yup.  It's called Red and I just saw the trailer last night.  It's due for release on 15 October 2010, and I think we'll go see it.  I'm a little worried that all the best bits are in the trailer.

Still, those actors can probably make even a sub-par script enjoyable.  Malkovich can do eccentric wacko in his sleep.  Willis can still do action at age 55.  Freeman, well Morgan Freeman is one of the finest actors of his or any generation.  And really...tell me the idea of Dame Helen Mirren playing a retired CIA hit woman doesn't appeal to you!


  1. Akelamalu says:

    It's not easy getting pets to take their medicine - they're very wily!

  1. Barb says:

    My Dad and Mr. Tucker are simpatico. Totally.

  1. love the cat pic! Taking medicine is bad all around. Our cat has been busy these past few days and on mouse patrol because we have a trapped mouse that lives under our stove. He caught it once, let it go, and now the mouse is scared for his life. That's fine with me :) Best wishes for a great week.

  1. Anonymous says:

    I can't blame Mr. Tucker for feeling that way.

    Now that movie sounds great! Let's just hope the previews are not as good as the movie. HM as a hit woman... One sexy dame!

    I'm struggling with a book, too. Glad to know someone who shares the same kindle rule. I've got a list of several books after this one.

  1. What is wrong with Mr.Tucker? That is a lot of pills for one cat to have to take. I hope he does well with it all.

    You just can't win with that football schedule. I guess you could tape it.

    RED sounds really good. I hope it is that good.

    I don't have a Kindle but would love to get one. I have this thing about paper and texture so I think I would love a Kindle.
    Have a great week.

  1. I read a couple of Clancy's and enjoyed them too, but they were always a bit slow and long for my tastes.

  1. Wow...a full plate today

    Maybe some peanut butter with the medicine in it?

    The backflip thing has to go...when someone lays there with a broken vertebrae people will take notice

    Check close on the Rainbow Six books. Some Clancy co-authors , some he did not even write...he just 'owns the franchise'

    MNF...was installing new TV, and then the show, so I did not get to see much of it...broke down and replaced the broken TV and now do not have to watch a 17" screen! WOOOOO

    Red looks fantastic...umm why the Russian Poster?

  1. JohnH985 says:

    I agree with Mr. Tucker. I hate taking pills too. And I can't swallow them well. I've been known to gag on an aspirin.

    I never was able to get in Tom Clancy. For some reason his stories never held my interest when I tried to read them.

    And just some useless, Red is based on a comic book mini series.

  1. Akelamalu: At least he's not hiding from me...yet!

    Barb: But do you have to shove your fingers down your dad's throat and hold his mouth closed to get him to swallow? Bwahahahahahaaa!

    AMTG: My folks' cats keep insisting on bringing bunnies in the house and letting them go!

    Lois: I tend to pile up regular books and read several at a time. I didn't want to start gathering Kindle books like that. Since it's so easy to purchase and download, there isn't any need to do ebooks that way.

    Pam: He's got a heart condition, but the meds are really helping him. I tell him that every time we sit down to take them. And I love my Kindle!

    Charles: He does tend to plod along. I think I like his earlier work best. It tended to move a bit faster.

    V: This is the Clancy novel...I think it launched the Rainbow Six series. Great catch on the movie poster! Google images was wonky for me last night and that was the only one I could get to save.

    John: I was reading about the comic/graphic novel history of Red last night. I didn't know anything about it. I'm definitely looking forward to the movie, mostly due to the casting.

  1. Jeff B says:

    I didn't watch the trailer for the same reasons you noted.

    MNF- I got home last night only to find out half of the first game was over. That was a bummer.

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  1. I don't mind the two MNF games because my Monday nights are a more relaxing night. My biggest problem with MNF is having to listen to Jaws and Chuckie. Ugh.

    You forgot to mention Mary Louise Parker. She's wonderful in just about anything. The flick looks amusing, but like you, I hope the trailer isn't all there is. ;)

  1. I can't believe I forgot to say: I hope Mr. Tucker gets off the meds soon. Does he look like he's feeling better?

  1. Linda says:

    I have no problems taking pills and can dry swallow some of them as long as they aren't those big huge ones. That said, though, I wouldn't want to take as many bills a day as Mr. Tucker does either! Hope he's able to be off of them soon!

  1. Jeff: I only missed about 5 minutes of the first quarter of the first game.

    Songbird: I also forgot Richard Dreyfuss, and perhaps several other cameos by known actors. And Mr Tucker is doing pretty well, thanks.

    Linda: He'll probably have to take some for the rest of his life. I guess we'll have to deal with it.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Poor Mr. Tucker! Regular meds are no fun, no matter who takes them I guess.

    I'm with you on two games. Gram can't stay up that late on a work night!

  1. Jamie says:

    Nice Thursday rant. It is getting to the time of year for the good movies to be released and Dame Helen in anything is worth the price of admission though I'm still waiting for her as Prospera in the Tempest. I hope it didn't get bogged down in final financing. Then there is Secretariat and Harry Potter ...

    Hope Mr. Tucker feels better soon.

  1. Jamie says:

    Went hunting for "The Tempest" and came across this interview of Dame Helen that you might enjoy


  1. jennifer says:

    You may think this is silly, but my husband quit reading Clancy because of the use of cuss words. My husband is no prude and hasn't always used the cleanest language. Still, something about the way Clancy strung his words together inserting 'certain' words just annoyed Bryan.

    I have recently learned the importance of NOT missing the kickoff. I'm tempted to say something vaguely offensive like "Men!" but I won't do that :) Not to you Travis Dear.

  1. Years ago I had to care for a cat-friend of mine (it wasn't my cat, but I loved him enough to care for him.) He was a mainly outdoor cat, forced to wear one of those horrible collars while recouperating in my house from some ear trauma. At one point he grew so lethargic and unresponsive that I thought he was dying (there was a possibility of skin cancer, since he was all white.) I removed the collar so he could enjoy his last days in peace and wouldn't you know it--he perked right back up to his old self!

  1. Mr. Tucker is looking like his old feisty self again. What a cat.

    eccentric wacko....good description (I didn't mean Mr.Tucker!)