Sunday, June 11, 2017

Abe's Adages 06/11/17

Abe's Adages: Week 16

On Justice:

"The severest justice may not always be the best policy."

Source: Gene Griessman, The Words Lincoln Lived By

Saturday, June 10, 2017

DLR LotD 06/09/17

Disneyland Resort
Line of the Day

Friday, June 9, 2017

"It's Spongebob Squarepants' house!" -- Sherry, explaining why Cindy's pineapple coconut sorbet tasted like fish, at Catal

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hello Again, Hello!

It's been five years since "The Book of Mormon" last graced the Pantages stage.  This June, it was back by popular demand!  I was going to get a ticket via Goldstar, but Liz's next door season seat neighbor wasn't able to attend, so he offered her his ticket, and she offered it to me.  Yay!  Then my friend Jen couldn't use her ticket because she didn't think the show would be appropriate for her younger daughter, so she offered that one to me, too!  So I got to see a show that I love two times in the same week!  Thank you to both of my friends for thinking of me.  

  • This post joins the two performances together.  Both Elder Price and Elder Cunningham were played by different actors in each show.
  • Kevin Clay (Price on Thursday night) resembled original cast member Andrew Rannells so much that I wondered for a while if it was him. He also sounded like him.  I preferred his portrayal over Gabe Gibbs', although Mr. Gibbs did a fine job, and was funnier.
  • I also preferred Thursday's Jordan Matthew Brown's version of Elder Cunningham over Sunday's version played by Conner Pierson's.  I wasn't thrilled about Pierson's speaking voice because it was screechy at times, but he was funny.  Brown also had the Josh Gad hair going on.
  • Leanne Robinson has a gorgeous voice, and it had me close to tears on my second listen.  I'd rather hear hers than the one on the OBC recording.
  • PJ Adzima was probably my favorite cast member.  His portrayal of Elder McKinley had me in stitches.  "I've had that dream before.  Was I in it?"  Yes, you were, dressed in a lot of pink, and you were hilarious!
  • On Thursday, I was in the Orchestra section, at house left, so I didn't get to see some of the stuff on stage.  But Sunday night, I was sitting in the Mezzanine, and got to see Joseph Smith's reactions to Elder Cunningham's telling of his story.  I especially loved when he talked about the frogs, and Smith just threw his hands in the air, like, "What in the actual eff?"
  • Enjoyed the running gag of Cunningham not actually knowing Nabulungi's name: Jon Bon Jovi, Non Bon Jovi, Neosporin, Nicoderm CQ, Necrophilia, and Nala are the ones I remember.
  • Liked the humorously approached seductive dancing for the baptism.  
  • My companions on both nights had never seen the show before, but they all enjoyed it.  Unlike the couple in front of me on Sunday night that left at intermission. I thought I saw them laughing at the beginning, but maybe it became a little too much for them.  Or they wanted to go to Shake Shack.  Whatevs.
  • Oh, food!  Liz and I went to Sushi of Gari, and it was very good.  They had warm washcloths on the table for us to wipe our hands, but Liz still used the restroom and talked about the fancy toilet when she came back.  Owner/chef Gari-san's face was on the tea cups and the chopstick wrapper!  I enjoyed the trout sushi with applesauce on top.  I definitely want to return there.

  • Chef Gari-san on cup

    ,,,and on chopstick wrapper

    Rolls of salmon and eel

    Trout with applesauce and apple slivers

    Liz's salmon with baked tomato

    Brown tea ice cream (made with roasted tea leaves)
  • A great time was had by all.  Thank you for the tickets, everyone!  I have awesome friends.

Monday, June 5, 2017

You're A Wonder, Wonder Woman

After months of waiting...OK, years of waiting...I wasn't able to see "Wonder Woman" on opening night because I had other stuff going on.  I had to wait until Saturday.  SATURDAY.  That's a long time.  I mean, WW was my superhero when I grew up.  I wanted to be her whenever I watched Lynda Carter spin around to change her clothes.  I was in love with Lyle Waggoner as Steve Trevor.  How could I possibly wait?!?  But I figured I should be awake for this, so I waited.

I checked "To 3D or Not to 3D" on and saw that yes, indeed, this would be a good film to watch in IMAX 3D.  So there I went.

  • Loved seeing young Diana mimic the other Amazonians as they trained.
  • Because I can't love Robin Wright Penn more, right?  What a freaking badass Antiope was!  
  • Gal Gadot is a Goddess. 
  • I saw that "The Little Mermaid" reference!  I half-expected Diana to start singing when she tried to revive Steve. 
  • "It's really hot!"
  • "I would say I'm above average."  I really liked Chris Pine's portrayal of Steve Trevor.
  • Etta trying to hold the shield and the sword.  That's me trying to carry anything awkwardly shaped and heavy.  You know, because I'm often lugging around shields and swords.
  • Love the homage to "Superman: The Movie" in the alley.  I had seen it during the DC panel at WonderCon, too, when director Patty Jenkins showed some clips.  What's even cooler about it is that Diana's outfit is much like Clark Kent's in the 1978 film.
  • No wonder Steve calls it "Paradise Island", other than the probably reason that he can't pronounce "Themyscira".
  • I'm really glad they finally let WW smile after 50% of the movie had passed.
  • "SHIELD!!!"  Badass.
  • I am such a shipper.  Loved the whole swaying/dancing scene.
  • "You should be very proud."
  • So who names her "Wonder Woman"?  And when does she get her invisible jet?
  • There was crying involved.  
To borrow from the film: Thanks, DC, for bringing her back to me.  I hope I can see it again before it leaves theaters, because I loved it!

I posted this video on FB because I had the TV theme song stuck in my head for a couple of days.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

You Are My Treasure

Ahoy, Maties!  I watched "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" earlier this week.  I didn't make it to my planned showing (stupid people in the stupid Mickey and Friends parking lot -- mostly guests), so I saw it in IMAX instead.

  • I like the pirate flag on top of the castle at the opening logo.
  • On this journey, they're looking for Poseidon's trident for several reasons.
  • Aw, Jack was named after his Uncle!
  • I knew that song sounded familiar: "Maggie Mae".
  • Nice casting for Henry: Brenton Thwaites really does look like a combination of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley.
  • I like Barbossa's gold leg.
  • "Do you even have a ship, a crew...pants?"
  • "Does mummy ever ask about me?"
  • Oh, Johnny Depp, I heart you.
  • I have never seen a ship eat another ship before.  
  • Ooh, zombie sharks. 
  • "I saw her ankles."
  • I did not know that I was going to cry at this movie.  
I liked this one.  I'll probably be seeing it a few times when it's aired on TV, unlike a couple of the other ones (I still get confused about the 2nd and the 3rd because I didn't like them as much as the 1st and 4th installments).  

We received posters when we left the theater.  Nice!  I thought of going to the ride later that day, but forgot all about it.  Maybe next time.

Abe's Adages 06/03/17

Abe's Adages: Week 15

On Influence:

"If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.  Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which...when once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing his judgment of the justice of your cause."

Source: Gene Griessman, The Words Lincoln Lived By