1. The 2016 Movie List

    Like the years before, this is an ongoing list. This one spans January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016. Here are the other years' lists: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.


    I will rank each film from one to four stars.

    2016 Films:



    Non-2016 Films seen this year:

    Truth ~ 3

    Updated January 20, 2016 at 12:15 AM by realitybites

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  2. Hitch Void

    Four years ago today, the world lost one of its greatest thinkers and wits. Do you feel the void? I do.

    Oftentimes I wonder what Hitch would have to say about this or that? No one alive today even comes close to matching his perception and ability to articulate a reasonable argument of such powerful persuasion with charisma, charm and graciousness.

    I'd pay good money to hear his thoughts on ISIS, the Paris bombings, Donald Trump and other various plagues.
    ...

    Updated December 15, 2015 at 02:37 PM by realitybites

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  3. Have Passport Will Travel

    I love my job but I took today off because it is my birthday and I want to treat myself to a nice present. I have an appointment at 1:00 PM to have my passport renewed. Got my photos yesterday so I am good to go. My tentative plan is to go to England this coming August. I'd like to visit Cornwall, the Cotswolds, London, Manchester and York. If time permits, I would also love to go to Paris and Barcelona. Dream a little dream with me.

    *Update 11/7/15: Passport came in the mail yesterday. ...

    Updated January 2, 2016 at 08:44 PM by realitybites

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  4. Mom Gone Wild

    Phoenix was a trip—back—to my twenty-one-year-old self. Sunday, early evening, David, his girlfriend Hannah, and I are having drinks and starters at Chili's. I had won a gift card and thought I'd take us all out. A beer in, David asks, " Would you be down for a party? It's Gustavo's birthday and the guys (skater pals) are having a party for him." I could just picture it: anti-social stonerheads sitting around playing video games on a large screen TV. Not my idea of a fun night out. David ...

    Updated September 17, 2015 at 04:00 PM by realitybites

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  5. If You Need Me, I'll Be Here

    It seems like forever since I last blogged. Work is so mentally stimulating that all I want to do when I get home is plant myself in front of the TV and watch mindless shows like Project Runway and Face Off. But as we all know all work and no play... will lead to burnout or even insanity. We don't need any of that. And so, I am taking a three day vacation. Booked my hotel several weeks ago. Staying at the same place my parents stayed when they came to Phoenix last. It was so magical I just had to ...
  6. Short and Sweet

    Mexico was cancelled. David had to work on Friday so it was just me in my rental car, headed south towards the border...




    Hello Tucson!



    Training on Thursday was short and sweet—1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. But it was worth the drive. My supervisor is very charismatic, dynamic, and inspirational. ...

    Updated August 16, 2015 at 06:41 PM by realitybites

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  7. Katie Says Hi!

  8. Pretty Certain It's Happening

    Tucson/Puerto Pensaco, Mexico trip August 13-17.




    Tampa FL trip October 14-20.



    Woo-hoo. Can't wait.

    Updated August 5, 2015 at 04:30 PM by realitybites

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  9. Symbols

    Symbols can be powerful—evoking strong emotions to rise to the surface from some deep, out of view space. I have been subjected to three Confederate flags this last week—all were flying from long wood poles alongside the US flag—both attached to the beds of four wheel drive trucks, validating at least one stereotype perfectly. OK. This is Arizona. I am not in the South. The West should not feel any affiliation or loyalty to the Confederacy. What exactly are these fools embracing and expressing by ...

    Updated July 13, 2015 at 04:26 AM by realitybites

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    Polemics , Random Cultural Things
  10. Success is the Only Revenge I Seek

    I am not superstitious and I certainly think Karma is bunk. But something makes me hesitate shouting at the top of my lungs, "life is good," out of fear that I will jinx myself—that the hubris police will come cracking down and put me back in my miserable place. Maybe I am simply not used to success. It feels different. I feel vulnerable. Could I lose it all in a moment's notice?

    I should feel I deserve this chance at greatness. Haven't I suffered enough? I don't want ...

    Updated June 13, 2015 at 10:09 PM by realitybites

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