When it comes to 1980s romantic comedies, there were many, and most were quirky and fun, and Mannequin is no exception. We start in some time during the time of the Pharoahs, when Emat-rat-su (Kim Catrall) of Emmy for short is disappointed with the life choices her parents are setting her up with. They have come to a last resort in finding her a husband, and she is about to be matched to a camel dung dealer. Emmy makes a prayer to her gods to find her a way out, and she disappears right before her mother’s eyes and we are in a cartoon history of Emmy’s adventures through the ages as she looks for her destiny, in the guise of the cat goddess, Bastet. Read more...(566 words, 89 images, estimated 2:16 mins reading time)
This past weekend, August 10th through 12th I was in Philadelphia for the Reform Party National Convention. While there I had the opportunity to eat at a wonderful place in the oriental district of the city, Sakura Mandarin. It is a local noodle house and restaurant on the corner of Race Street and 11th Street in downtown Philadelphia. Click here to see the location on Google Maps
When ever you are going to be someplace that you are not familiar with or have not visited for a long time the best way to find the best place to eat is to ask. I don’t mean asking the hotel or the information desk of the airport or train station. The very best way is to ask someone that is walking by that looks like they live in the area. When you ask them they will tell you what they think and not what someone was paid to say to recommend. A local, if you ask them nicely, is going to tell you the place they like to eat and might even give you some advice or input about the place. That is what I did when I first got off the train in Philadelphia, I asked a local, and they recommended Sakura. Read more...(725 words, 8 images, estimated 2:54 mins reading time)
For anyone that really got bored with their eighth grade American history class, you are about to get a new lesson filled with exciting adventure that is filled with clues and keys about a vast treasure that has been collected from the days of the pharaohs on through the Crusades and Middle Ages. It might be under our own feet, and there is a family that knows where to start looking, and our story begins with one inquisitive boy, Benjamin Franklin Gates (Hunter Gomez), hunting around in his grandfather’s attic in on a stormy night in 1974.
His grandfather, John Adams Gates (Christopher Plummer), tells Ben the tale of the the treasure and the Masons and the Knights Templar, and how it all falls together and how his family is involved. The have only one clue, “The secret lies with Charlotte”. The story is interrupted when Ben’s father, Patrick Gates (Jon Voight) berates his father for filling Ben’s head with stories, and that the treasure is only a myth, and that it is time for everyone to let it go. Ben is not going to heed that advice, and that leads to a team of new treasure hunters in our time hunting for Charlotte in the Arctic. Read more...(631 words, 143 images, estimated 2:31 mins reading time)