Bah, Humbug!

Monday, December 13, 2004 | 0 Comments

Christmas has been one of my least favorite holidays for quite a few years (since early childhood really). It has come to symbolize inadequacy, disappointment, family feuds, ungratefulness, and sickening materialism. The calculations one must perform in order to get just the right kind of gifts for the right amount of people to avoid appearing to favor one loved one over another is way too complicated for a holiday that really is supposed to symbolize good will toward your fellow human being. This holiday has been the source of many a family brawl and has always lead to ill feelings in my family. Not to mention the stores during this time of year become battlegrounds where only the ruthless survive. Because of these reasons I went years without really celebrating it. Then one day I had a brilliant idea. Instead of getting gifts for people who already have everything that they need, why not get presents for those who don't? That made so much sense I couldn't believe that I had lived so long without thinking of it before. It perfectly fits the spirit of the season and it finally makes me feel good about Christmas again. I know that the people who get the gifts will appreciate them. It gives me a greater appreciation for what I have. No more returns and re-gifting (come on, we all do it!). I now look forward to Christmas; it has regained it's meaning for me. I think that all the people that have grown cynical of this holiday should try it. If enough people do it I feel the world can be a much better place to live. If you still feel that you need to get something for your family members, you can give them a card that says that a donation has been made in their name to whatever organization you decide to give your gifts to. I do Toys for Tots (there's just something about a bunch of tough Marines giving toys to needy kids that melts my heart) and I buy a cart full of groceries for the local food shelf. How can you not feel fantastic about that? People in need have a happier holiday and I get a high that last the whole season.

"Ronald Dumsfeld" Strikes Again!

Monday, December 13, 2004 | 0 Comments

I have to say I giggled outloud when I saw the soldiers stick it to Donald last week. The funny-because-its-ironic thing was that he was going there to rally the troops. Oh, he rallied the troops alright, just not in the way he was intending. His excuses for not having answers to these very pertinent questions at first were so weak- "I'm old" and "It's early". But then he really shined in all his glory with- it doesn't matter if there's armor on the vehicles, if they get hit with a bomb they will be destroyed. Fantastic way to boost morale! This administration likes to talk the talk but they don't walk the walk when it comes to "Support Our Troops". He later said that he was glad that the news stations aired the confrontation because it showed that those higher up were listening. Huh? If they were listening they would have sent the recommended amount of troops in the first place. If they had been listening the soldiers would already have the equipment that they needed. If they were listening they wouldn't be keeping these fine men and women who so valiantly volunteered their time and risked their lives past the time that they agreed to serve.

The New James Bond

Sunday, December 05, 2004 | 0 Comments

Now that Pierce Brosnan is no longer interested in being James Bond (or is no longer being offered the part.. whatever the case may be), there has been much debate as to who will be the next James Bond. Ewan McGregor seemed like an obvious choice to many. Not to me. Although I think that he could do a fabulous Bond, he would only be able to pull it off for a couple of films. A role like that is very demanding as far as time. He would not be able to do as many of the growth roles that he has become famous for. I feel that he would not be happy playing the same role over and over. Besides, he has already said that he is not interested in playing 007 (probably for those very reasons).
I think that the perfect guy for the role is Adrian Paul. Just look at his work as the Highlander! It has James Bond written all over it. He's handsome, debonair, popular with the ladies, he dances, he can do martial arts, he's a world traveller, he has been known to pull off a MacGyver now and then, he's a loner who plays by his own rules, and he is great at hiding secrets. This man NEEDS another good role to play and I really can't think of one that is better suited for him. He even meets the accent requirement. Just give him a gun instead of a sword, and even the immortality thing can stay- as if James Bond could ever really die.
I am not alone in my opinion either. The Profindpages News readers were asked to send in suggestions for the new James Bond and they overwhelming wrote in Adrian Paul. Here are some of the readers comments:

"I've heard much of the talk about wanting a younger actor for the part, but I'm one of the many who doesn't think Bond should be under 40. Adrian is around 45, I think, but doesn't look it. He's got the accent, he's got the looks, he's got the talent."
"There is only one actor I can envision as the next 007 and that talented, athletic, sexy actor with the charisma and style necessary for Bond is Adrian Paul. He could give a dangerous edge to the sexy agent, wooing the females and taking down the bad guys, all with a smooth style and a humorous one-liner. Adrian Paul.....there can be only one!"
"The next James Bond should be Adrian Paul so far best known for his staring role in the TV series Highlander. He has the acting ability and the athletic ability to be the best Bond ever and he looks wonderful in a tuxedo holding a martini"
"Adrian Paul is the best choice--he has the Connery-like dark looks, great action chops and can handle humor and the more dramatic scenes. He has the charisma and the ladies like his looks."

The majority of the posters at agree that Adrian Paul is the obvious choice. There were a few other names mentioned, but I will not even humor those as possibilities by listing them here. By the way, if you were one of those alternate posters- WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?
I also have addresses you can send your opinon to. I got them from the website

"Hints and Tips When writing TPTB of any movie or tv series, fans should always: be polite, keep it brief, positive and to the point. (You might even send a postcard) Remember that we are only fans writing to say why we would like to see our favorite actor in a certain movie or role. Letters from fans are not meant to be professional businesslike expressions and shouldn't be. Just have fun and be enthusiastic. This is a free will offering on your part so remember it's just for fun.
MGMRE: James Bond
2500 Broadway St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
EMAIL MGM (Select James Bond as the subject and type why you would like to see Adrian as the next James Bond.)
Barbara Broccoli
c/o EON ProductionsPinewood Studios
Pinewood Rd.
Iverheath, Buckinghamshire, SLOONH, England"

There can be no other sensible choice for this role. There can be only one- Adrian Paul!