Monthly Archives: March 2015

Insurgent Is An Elegant Mess

Insurgent 2 First off, let me say that if you haven’t seen the first part of the Divergent trilogy, you could get lost easily in this complex story. That being said, the production crew does a great job of salvaging any newbie audience members. The good-looking cast, capable screenwiters, and terrific video effects willingly pull you into this post-apocalyptic Chicago, isolated by a giant wall, and you take in and believe everything you see and hear without question.

Like last time, the story centers around Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), and Caleb (Ansel Elgort) on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the Dauntless faction in control. There is an artifact–a box–that supposedly will answer all the questions about this world, but it can only be opened by a Divergent, so Jeanine orders all Divergents be rounded up in an attempt to open the box. The fact that Divergents not strong enough to do it will die means nothing to her.

As the story progresses we discover that Four’s name is really Tobias, and his mother, believed dead, is the opposition leader, and her ultimate motives are suspect. Tris decides to give herself up to avoid further deaths, and at this point we get treated to awesome visual effects as Tris goes through the tests needed to open the box. The fact that she succeeds leads to a complicated ending that is meant to catapult you into the third movie yet to come.

Rated PG-13 for violence and some sensuality, “Insurgent” runs 119 minutes of action-packed adventure in a science-fiction vein. It’s complex yet easy to follow at the same time.What is outside the wall around Chicago? Has humanity destroyed itself beyond the walls? Will we find out in the third installment? Do we really care?

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The Blazing Onion Offers Variety

Inside Blazing OnionBlazing Onion Gig HarborLocated in Gig Harbor, Washington, at 4701 Point Fosdick Drive Northwest, the Blazing Onion is basically an upscale sports bar masquerading as a full service restaurant while subtly blending the two in a manner that will satisfy everyone.. The requisite proliferation of flat screens abounds inside the spacious room, but the first thing you see when you walk in is a  take-out counter and large menu on the wall above it. If it seems too intimidating, you’re invited to go have a comfortable seat and a crew member will bring you a menu for your consideration.

This will be no easy task as they offer over 25 varieties of gourmet burgers, as well as fish and chips. Their impressive repertoire includes a meatloaf burger, as well as a genuine buffalo burger and one made from wild boar, all of which can be served with an intriguing side of something called Bob Sauce, a delightfully tasting concoction I couldn’t identify but was extremely tasty.

I opted for the buffalo burger, something I hadn’t eaten in ages. Considering the fact that buffalo is leaner and tastier than beef, I can’t imagine why it’s not offered at more places. The price is a little higher ($12.99 at the Onion) but well worth it. It arrived with a generous portion of fries and smothered with ketchup, onions, sauce, and crispy lettuce. I was genuinely satisfied. The attentive crew made sure our drinks didn’t stay empty long. if at all.

There are several Blazing Onion locations in the Seattle area.It should be one of your choices for delicious gourmet burgers in a clean place with friendly employees.

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The Great Time Scam Strikes Again

clockHere we go again! Daylight Savings Time rears its ugly head once more. Why? What is it that makes people go mad around this time every year and take away one hour of our time and put it in limbo until the fall? The history goes back a long way, but it should be noted that Arizona, parts of Minnesota, and several other places don’t use DST and get along fine without it.

Any of my friends will tell you I never used it and never will. How do I cope with it? I have a logical, analytical mind and realize that for several months the world will be in “mindless mode” and I’m one of the few who really knows what’s going on. It’s a well-known scientific fact that DST is a dangerous time as people every year have to reset their biological clocks, leading to rushing into things, coping with missed appointments, and even getting into potentially deadly accidents because of what is basically an idiotic idea.

So, how did we get to this point? Blame that demented crazy fool Benjamin Franklin. While acting as our ambassador to France, he discovered that French people were being hit hard by a candle shortage. To make up for it, the monarchy there declared all clocks should be moved ahead one hour to increase the time there was natural light, thereby cutting back on the time candlelight was necessary. Because he was mentally deficient himself, an idea formed in his head. This plan would work in the United States too. It would especially be beneficial to the southern plantation owners who depended on slave labor for cotton and could get an extra hour of work a day out of their captive labor force. This law was kept even after slavery was abolished because it worked equally well in factories. The seed was planted.

So, who benefits from DST? About the only people who do are surfers and hunters, who want more daylight to do their thing. For the rest of you, it’s frustrating as you go to bed and have to get up an hour earlier the next morning. You might say “but I’ll get it back in the Fall”, but why should you have to wait months to do it? By that time you’ve forced your body to work under false pretenses and you’ll wake up earlier that first day of the next time change because you’re now used to getting up “later”..

Research shows how harmful this behavior really is. People who lose sleep are irritable and cranky, and can even become violent when confronted. They cause untold work injuries from their reactions to the cycle change in their lives.or erratic behavior in their cars or operating heavy machinery.How many hours of productive work time are lost each year because people can’t properly adjust to the time changes? How much longer are we going to put up with this stupidity?

Every year for over the past 50 years, as fans of my old radio show know, I have been pushing for a repeal of DST. It is no longer needed and does more harm than good. Think about it and get back with me in an hour. You’ll get it back in the fall.

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El Guadalajara: Mexico in Washington

El GuadalajaraShelton, Washington may not be your top choice for a Mexican dining experience. Taking that into consideration you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find comida mexicana autentica this far north of the Mexican border, tucked away among the forested backdrop of Northwest evergreens in a former Kentucky Fried Chicken place.You can have your choice of nice tables or more plush booths along the walls.

The friendly crew is attentive to your needs and the delicious food is presented with typical Mexican touches of salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. My Chicken Crema Burrito was residing in a luscious pool of cheesy tomato sauce and was quite fulfilling.All the while a pleasant medley of Norteno Mexican music played over the sound system, moderately loud but not overbearing. It was like being in a Mexico City plaza, every bit as good as anything I’ve experienced in southern California.

If you’re coming to the Pacific Northwest and love Mexican cuisine, you’ll want to add El Guadalajara to your list of places to go. Located at the intersection of State Route 3 and Pioneer Way in Shelton, Washington. One more plus: they serve Coca-Cola, which any local will tell you is almost illegal in this part of the country.

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