Wednesday, March 5, 2014

An Oldie but Goodie

We are currently renting the DVDs of "Smallville" and enjoying them. I didn't know much about the plot other than that it had something to do with Superman, which really seemed a little odd to me. But when we started watching it I was impressed with the writers' ability to take something which had been done over and over and make it seem fresh and new. And really, that is what good writing is all about. Maybe that is part of the reason that the series had a long run.
In this story, it is all about Superman as a boy before he becomes the well-known Man of Steel. I think it is a lot of fun because the viewers are in on the secret but few others in the story are. When he uses his growing super powers, he tries to keep it a secret but as the story goes on, this is naturally becoming more difficult. Some of the well-known characters are changed in various ways but this doesn't seem to matter somehow. It's a classic that you can enjoy just because it is timeless. The Superhero must be a character that goes back to our beginnings. And somehow, there seems to be a little of the appeal of "Back to the Future" in this show. It combines sci fi somehow with a downhome background. Just fun to watch.
I wish there were more movies and shows that were just fun and creative rather than anything else. But then I also wish to win the lottery. I can dream, can't I?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Is it Over Already?

Vacations go so fast, don't they? We were looking forward to a cruise and now suddenly, it seems, it's over. Just as we were getting used to being waited on hand and foot. Someone ELSE cleans the cabin, makes the food, does the laundry and looks eager to do anything you want them to. Yes, I call that a vacation. We did have a wonderful time going to the Caribbean on Norwegian Gem. Now that we are older people, we don't get out to much entertainment so this is also something that is constant on a cruise ship. I like music and I like to dance so when the opportunity availed itself, I would join in. Art not so much, but he did make the effort. Also, for the first time, I travelled around St Maarten on a sailing catamaran. This kind of boat seems to have a very smooth ride and it's ideal if you want to swim off it. (We did.) There seemed to be lots of catamarans around the Islands.
One thing that reminded me of a book I wrote (Deep Blue Murder) was that just as we were leaving the harbor at Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, an announcement was made of a possible man overboard. Then about an hour later, after all ships in the area had been alerted, including the Coast Guard, the port was shut down, and the ship stopped, it was determined to be a false alarm. I had someone disappear in my book but I made it happen under cover of darkness so it would have been hard to say when it took place. It surprises me how many people actually do manage to fall off ships. It can't be an easy thing to do as the railings are quite high.  However, who is to say what happens if people are drinking or have sinister plans for someone. I'm not trying to scare you, now! Or am I, hee hee. No, real life cruises are by and large really great fun.