Archive for June, 2010

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Posted by: Frances

June 29th, 2010 >> Movie Mania

The other night I watched The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus with Heath Ledger.  This was the last movie that he made before he passed away.  I thought this movie was very different and original in many ways.  I have not ever seen a movie like this one.  At first it was hard to follow because of how bizarre it is.  If you want to see something completely off the charts different this is the movie to see.


Where the Wild Things Are

Posted by: Frances

June 23rd, 2010 >> Movie Mania

So… I watched Where the Wild Things Are and I HATED it! I mean really, the beginning of the movie was awful! The little boy was terrible and acted like he had a personality disorder throughout the entire movie.  I do not think this was a good movie for a child to see and if I had children they sure as hell would not be watching it.  It also had some really bad examples of parenting.  For example, you run away and come back to be welcomed in with some chocolate cake.  NOT!


Tom Tom GPS

Posted by: Frances

June 22nd, 2010 >> Uncategorized


So Matt bought a TomTom GPS about a year and a half ago.  This weekend while we were in Chattanooga, TN it decided to completely die on us.  This was due to the charger frying the circuit board because it was defective!!!  We called TomTom customer service and all they had to say was sorry, but they only have a one year warranty.  WHAT?!  It was obviously defective and they will not repair it or replace it or offer a discount on a new one!  I would completely understand if I was at fault for it breaking, but it FRIED due to a defective charger and motherboard!!!  I will not buy any TomTom products again and neither should you!  Garmin here I come because I have read great things about your customer service and back your products unlike TomTom!




Chattanooga, TN Riverbend Festival and Hang Gliding

Posted by: Frances

June 21st, 2010 >> Concerts, Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities

This weekend we went to Chattanooga, TN and the boys flew twice on Friday at Lookout Mountain Flight Park.   Then, on Saturday it was rained out so we went out that night to the Riverbend Festival and heard Charlie Daniels play and watched the fireworks show.  Finally, on Sunday the boys flew twice again at Henson’s Gap this time in the Sequatchie Valley.


Frances, Matt, Barry at Riverbend inDowntown Chattanooga, TN


Smiley Face Fireworks!




Matt and Ricker Soaring in the Sequatchie Valley

Legion & The Men Who Stare At Goats & Monsters vs. Aliens

Posted by: Frances

June 16th, 2010 >> Movie Mania

Legion was an alright movie.  I thought it was a really short story that was drawn out into a long movie with lots of fluff.  I was not impressed although some of the fight scenes were pretty good.  This movie is not exactly one of my favorites and neither is  The Men Who Stare At Goats.  This movie could not keep my attention.  I thought it was cheesy and not very interesting.



I also saw Monsters vs. Aliens and thought it was a cute movie.  I enjoyed watching it and Susan Murphy reminded me a little of myself throughout the movie.  Good movie for kids in that it reminds people to keep an open mind in life and not to be judgmental.


1st Boat Tow Hang Glide Lesson this year!!!

Posted by: Frances

June 13th, 2010 >> Hang Gliding

I went out to Lake Norman in Charlotte, NC and met Ben Burril.  It was early morning and the wind was very light with scattered clouds.  It was really hot though!  I was towed up four different times and got a total of about 10-15 minutes of airtime, which is great for me!  I was flying a Gemini glider that is way too big for me, but works.

The first flight I was able to get about half way across the lake and then came down.  That was the longest I have flown boat towing yet!  I was really excited.  I finally figured out how to shift my body weight to control the direction of the glider, but I was over compensating.

The second flight I flew the ENTIRE way across the lake!!! WOW, I was totally stoked! I made it!  I did much better this flight, but was only leading with my feet and was forgetting to move my shoulders too.
My third and fourth flights were about half way across the lake again and I started to get tired so it was time to call it quits.

I had a great day out there and was taught a bunch of new things.  LOTS of progress for me! Yea!!


Me hooking in!


Getting the lines straight to fly!



The Right Stuff & The A-Team

Posted by: Frances

June 11th, 2010 >> Movie Mania

This week I watched The Right Stuff and I loved it.  The entire story was very educational and it kept my attention the whole movie.   The flying scenes were sweet!!! If you do not know the history of how we made it to space, this is a great movie to watch.  All the characters were outstanding.


I also saw The A-Team and I think it was one of the best action movies I have seen in awhile.  I originally thought it was going to be cheesy, but it turned out to be really good.  If you watched the show when you were a kid, I recommend watching this movie.

The Blind Side

Posted by: Frances

June 7th, 2010 >> Movie Mania

I watched the The Blind Side yesterday and it was fantastic!  I thought it was a terrific story and Sandra Bullock did a great job.  S.J. was definitely my favorite character in the movie because he had so much pizazz.  I highly recommend watching this movie.


Bell Mountain & Triple Falls at Dupont Forest

Posted by: Frances

June 7th, 2010 >> Outdoor Activities

This weekend a few of us went to Bell Mountain in Hiawassee, GA.  There is a paragliding launch site at the top that is gorgeous!  It used to be a quartz mine and has rose, yellow, and black quartz everywhere.  The road to the top is a forest road that is in HORRIBLE condition.  I still can’t believe people could drive all the way up it.  There are 2 1/2 foot deep snakelike trenches the entire way up.  We did have an opportunity to watch a tandem paraglide flight.  They actually had to stop in the middle of launching because there was a knot in the line.  That was scary.

Here are some pictures from the top of Bell Mountain.  On one side at the top you look out a a group of lakes and mountains in the background and on the other side is just rolling mountains.  There is quartz rock all over the top and there is spray paint all over them.





Then, a few of us went to Triple Falls in Dupont Forest.  Wow, the falls are beautiful and very entrancing.  We took the dogs with us and that was interesting.  Natasha does not like the water at all.  I pulled her into the water and got her out on a rock in the middle of the river and she just stood there.  Then, when it was time to go back to the shore I tried to get her to swim back over and she refused!  Literally!  I called her repeatedly and she just stood there looking at me.  Finally, Matt gave her a good pull and she swam back to the shore.  It was very entertaining though and we tried for about 10 minutes to get her to swim back.  I think I am convinced she HATES the water, but I love her.



Then, on our way out we stopped at Bald Mountain that overlooks Table Rock.


Idiocracy, Food Inc., & Crazy Heart

Posted by: Frances

June 2nd, 2010 >> Movie Mania

Idiocracy was so bad I watch 45 minutes and turned it off.  It was awful and a waste of my time to watch.  I was very disappointed!  Luke Wilson can do so much better!


Food Inc. was not very good either.  I thought the movie was somewhat educational, but to many missing links since so many people chose not to be interviewed.  I watched about 3/4 of this movie and turned it off.  It became very monotonous as it continued towards the end.


Crazy Heart was not to bad.  I enjoyed it very much.  I think you have to be a fan of the music though if you really want to enjoy it.  Jeff Bridges earned that Oscar for sure!  He did a great performance throughout the entire movie.  If you like fast pace movies, this is not for you.