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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Goings-on Lately

Well, its been a while since I posted, and I've actually done quite a lot in that short time. Here is a short catch up.

I shaved my dog to look like a lion (don't worry, I fixed it later) :)
The king of the forest....

Ferocious looking lion isn't he? 
 Noah and I participated in another reenactment up in Flagstaff a few weeks back.
Noah being a yank flag-bearer .

Me as a sharpshootin Reb (I actually did get to play the role of a sharpshooter :) ) 

A cool shot of our muskets all stacked. Mine is the one you can't see on the right on the far stack.
 Bagged me another fur-ball back by the barn a week-and-a-half ago.
If you look real close you can see the hole behind the ear. :) 
 A few photo shoot shots I took for fun.
I like this one a lot, with the sun coming through the leaves and all... 
Our blackberries are in season.... (yum!)
We went to my cousin's graduation this past Monday.

(from the left) Mom, Grandpa, Grandma, Aunt Kimi, Cody, Cassidy, Uncle Mark, Me, and Noah
 Then, Tuesday we went fishing and had the best day we have ever had on the river.
Caught on a rubber worm not long after we arrived

Another one caught on a rubber worm a little while later.

His last of the day, caught on a long husky-jerk that the lip broke off and became a stick-bait!

My first, caught on the first cast of my brand new modified Zara Spook, not long after Noah's second fish. 

My second fish, caught on the second cast of my new Spook (Yes, two fish, two casts in a row. If you don't believe me, look at the time on the shots.  Just enough time to wade back, unhook, take picture, wade back out and cast again.)
Last fish, caught on same Spook, not long before Noah's last fish. 
That day, I had three strikes on my new Spook, all in the same 60 square feet of water, and I reeled in every one. Its all due to a hook modification I learned to do in a bass book of mine. If anyone wants to know how, I can do a post on it.
In fact, all six of those bass were caught in the same 60 square feet of water. Guess I found the HQ eh?

So, all in all, a very busy couple weeks.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Great Escape: Review

      I've seen this movie before actually, but I dug it out again when cleaning my rifle today, and gave it a second over. I like the movie a lot, and for a semi-war movie, is actually really clean. Here is my review.
      The story line is about 250 prisoners escaping from a German POW camp in Germany during WWII. At the beginning of the movie,  the Germans were emptying out several other camps, and combined all of them into one camp, over 300 people total. In doing so, they combined all the escape masterminds all in one camp: a deadly combination to the Germans.          There is a humorous scene at the beginning where the German officer is listing to the captured British officer all the escape attempts on record on each of the prisoners, all of them on an average having tried at least five or six times. Some, far more, and a lot successful.
      Starting from three of the bunkhouses, they dig tunnels, over three hundred feet long underground, out to the forest outside the compound.       Things don't quite go as planned, and on the day of escape, only 72 of the planned 250 leave, the rest being prevented by the Germans interfering. Of the 72 that escape, 50 are caught and shot in cold blood by the gestapo, two are killed en-route, a few more are captured and brought back alive, and only a handful escaped from Germany.
      A fascinating movie showing step by step how they used what they had, got from the Germans what they didn't, and jimmy rigged the rest to work for their grand scheme. There is an incredible bike chase by Hiltz (pictured) being chased by the Germans, ending in him crashing into the second level of barbed wire after jumping the first, resulting in his recapture. Hiltz, played by Steve McQueen, is one of the main characters,  an American Air-Force officer who was captured when his plane went down, and is also an escape expert. He constantly being sent to the "cooler" ( a solitary confinement unit) after multiple escape attempts, and when he does escape by himself to gather information about the country for the rest of the prisoners, turns himself back in to deliver the info. He wasn't keen on this idea at first, but is talked into it by the X-team (the escape experts) big wig, Robert Bartlett, played by Richard Attenborough.
      All in all, a fascinating story, with minimal swearing, only happening maybe a grand total of 5 times through the 2 1/2 hour movie.
      Onto Worldview. At the beginning of the movie, when the X-team leader is brought into camp, he, in a discussion with the commanding british officer, makes a interesting statement. In reply to his proposal to try to escape, the British officer asks the question, "have you considered what the consequences will be if we fail?" Bartlett replies, "have you ever considered the humiliation of bending to their rule and submitting to their tyranny? By escaping, or trying, we will tie down as many usable soldiers here guarding us, preventing them being used at the front."  (all of those being paraphrases).
An interesting statement. We are told in the Bible to submit to those who are over us, but it could be argued that he is submitting to his officers back home, and is doing his duty to his country. In a previous conversation with the commanding German officer, who was insisting that all escape efforts cease, the leading British makes a great statement.
      "Sir, it is the duty of all soldiers to try to escape, and to harass and annoy the enemy whenever possible. Would you have them stop doing their duty?" (again, another paraphrase. Sorry about not being exact, I was cleaning my civil-war rifle while watching.)
      So, from this we are to deem that harassing the enemy at all costs and trying to escape is in the mere line of duty for every soldier, everywhere. Biblical? Depending on how you argue it.
      There is a scene at the end, where after all is said and done, one of the prisoners, after being recaptured, is talking to the head British officer in camp.  The officer is listing to him and his fellow all who were killed by the gestapo, and telling them that they had completed  Bartlett's goal of harassing the enemy and keeping him occupied. One of the prisoners asks "Was it worth it?" The officers replies "That all depends on your point of view."
      That's a true statement. A lot of things in life are different depending on our point of view. Granted, some things are fixed, and are unchangeable in meaning, but still mean different things to different people.
      So, a very interesting point, and I'll leave it to you to decide.
      This movie has a very interesting score for its genre. Normally, a war movie has very dramatic, deep, exciting music. This movie's theme however is rather merry, and kinda bouncy, almost like the movie is supposed to be a comedy or something similar, but with a patriotic air that gives it touch of seriousness to it. During action scenes, or tense moments, it has fitting orchestral music, fitting the mood and theme, but during the rest, is its main theme, giving the movie the overall feel of happy seriousness. A very odd, but not bad touch. Personally, I like it.
      All in all, a very good movie. Not recommended for younger kids due to some scenes of violence, and minimal swearing, but over all, well worth it.    4 Stars.