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We’re off to See the Wizard…

Went to the movies with a friend today.  I texted and said, “I want to see OZ.”  So, we did.  I am not certain exactly what I was expecting or even wanting, but it sounded good.  Besides, with both Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis and directed by Sam Raimi?  What’s not to like?  It’s a kid’s movie if you considered the original “Wizard of Oz” truly a kid’s movie.  I more or less felt like the lion when he jumped through the window.  The movie was scary for a kid.  Evil flying monkeys, green evil witch, pull out the stuffings of a living scarecrow, and all so a little girl could kill a witch and go home.  I know it’s not much compared to the movies today.  Heck, it’s not much compared to even regular TV (if there is such a thing) today.

But, back to our original story (no, not that one – Oz, the Great and Powerful).  I don’t like spoilers, so I will only say this:  It is much easier to write a prelude when the second part is already done.  All the details fit together well.  It is written and acted in much the same way as the original “Wizard of Oz.”  It is hokey, corny, and just as over-the-top.  However, it has one thing going that the original never had – CGI.  And, boy, did they pour that on!  I was very happy with most of the special effects and, I have to admit, the kid in me came out and zeroed in on the story plot and hung right with it.  When it was over (130 minutes), I was a bit worn-out.  The cast and writers and all managed to take something that you already knew how it was going to come out and twisted it tight enough to make you hold your breath at times.

I don’t know what the rest of you would say about it, but I give it just shy of 4 1/2 stars and I may be under crediting it.  Have some fun; be a kid; go see it.  It’s a big picture. And, no, I didn’t see it in 3D.  My friend doesn’t like 3D and, with my double vision, it’s kinda wasted on me.

Extra note:  I told Zoe that I would post a pic of the painting of hers that I won some time ago when I got it framed.  It is hung right near the poem “Lovely Death” that I won from another blogger who I will not name as she had some problems and had to move her blog and make it more private.  Here are a couple of pics:

I get to see them every day.

I get to see them every day.


My camera is crooked not the poem!




We’re off to see the Wizard

Okay, so psychologist and Wizard are not exactly the same; regardless, it was an interesting event.

A lot of it because of the trip, just like in OZ. It was my first Interstate solo driving since my stroke almost 2 years ago!

Not Indy, but…

You know that great feeling you get when you have prepared for something for a long time and you just know you will do great? Well, this wasn’t like that, at all!

I was nervous. I don’t mean shaking, sweating, dry mouth nervous; I just mean that my stomach and brain kept saying, “You know, you can still cancel. It’s not too late.” I left in plenty of time (70 minutes for a 45 minute trip), went during low traffic in Indy, left during low traffic, and paid attention really well.

Still, I did manage to miss my exit while going home and added about 20 minutes and more traffic to my trip, and I did get just a bit concerned on the way about what I would do if I had a lot of trouble and didn’t want to come back. However, it went well; I didn’t have any trouble and I was able to follow things pretty well.

Wasn’t my car, but I can hope, can’t I?

That was big for me. I love driving and traffic has always been a no-brainer. The problems come from my double vision. My glasses take care of most of it, but my night meds made it rough in the beginning just getting back and forth to work.

I found this out one morning when I left for work, swerved out of my lane three times and was pulled over about 2 blocks from work after I missed my turn. For some reason, it, apparently, takes 3 squad cars to do this. Needless to say, it was a topic of conversation at work as many people saw the spectacle. As for the pulling over part, the officer saw my glasses, saw my cane, listened to my story, and said, “I think you need to get this taken care of.” I assured him I would that day. I did make changes in route, in med times and so forth, but now I understand that it was, mainly, the meds still being in my system.

I, of course, felt like one…

So, I try really hard to give it 11 hours before driving and I always drink 1 1/2 cups of coffee for breakfast. It makes me a bit jittery, but I can handle the driving.

A lot of this came about because my psychologist told me that “there will be some brick walls you just can’t knock down.” The job was one; that one I figured out on my own. The driving in Indy thing, I believe, was what she had in mind and she seemed very pleased that I had managed it. That, certainly helped.

Praise always helps!

So, now 4 counties, instead of 2, need to watch out! 🙂

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