Ever since I was little I have loved trains. My dad took my brother and I to see many different exhibits and museums of the railroad. We have seen Promontory Summit where the golden spike was driven, taken Amtrak, seen countless museums and events showcasing rail cars and locomotives. Even growing up we had our own Lionel train sets and would do set ups during Christmas time. Well the other night I was perusing YouTube and came across a vintage film titled “Meet Uncle Pete” which is a public relations video for Union Pacific. It is an interesting video that covers many different aspects of railroad operations during the 1960′s and several are still relevant today. I hope you enjoy the video and learn something new.
Last week was police week and there were many cops from nation wide here in the DC area. It is nice that we celebrate and remember those those work hard to keep us safe. A lot of you know my past and the mistakes I have made but it will surprise you that I haw great respect for police officers. It actually bothers me when people say “Fuck the police” and music and movies make them out to be the bad guys. I know there have been stories about bad or rotten cops however no matter where you go in society there will always be bad people and they sometimes do get into law enforcement. There are plenty of great cops out there and they deserve our cooperation and respect.
Almost none of you know this but after high school when I was denied into the Army due to medical, I applied to the Alexandria Police Department. I took the test and was selected to go to the academy. I had to wait six months however for the next rotation and needed a job so I had to back out not to mention the classes would have been in Loudon County. I do regret not going through with it but oh well. I will say I have only met hard working and amazing people at the APD and are very kind and respectful. I really like the officers at Alexandria and think they are some of the best.
A while back an officer was shot in the head here in Alexandria and miraculously survived. When that happened the entire city came together and helped. The suspect was caught very quickly and will face trial. The residents of this city came together and have raised money to help the family and pay medical expenses. I am glad he survived and will be able to see his children grow up.
Laws are here for a reason and even though I have broken a major one I can saw I now abide by the laws and understand why they are here. I have great trust that the officers of Alexandria will get to the truth of any crime committed here. The other day there was a shooting invoking a cop from another county and there is a lot of hostility to the police but I think that is misplaced. The person who is accused will have their day in court and the police will find the answers we seek wether we like the outcome or not.
Be thankful of the officers you have in your community and work with them because they are trying to keep you safe. Just imagine what it would be like without police or with a police force that is above and beyond the law.
Ok I just need to rant about the new Star Trek because as a long time Trekkie I am unhappy with this movie.
Official ——- SPOILER ALERT!!! ——
1) this is a remake of Star Trek Wrath of Khan. We don’t need another one. I understand that this new Star Trek is supposed to be an alternate reality but really? So many other stories one could tell.
2) they changed Klingons! This is a no no no-matter what. I don’t care if it is a different reality you still don’t change them. The ships, armor and even the Bat’leth was changed. I was so pissed when I saw that.
3) if you never saw Wrath of Khan then you wouldn’t know the ending but Spock would not yell Khan. O wait that wasn’t even the ending….
4) Star Trek is all about the science and I would have expected more on some aspects. Such as a starship wouldn’t be able to withstand the pressure of underwater and none of starships during that era could enter a planets atmosphere.
There are so many other things but I am very upset by this movie and I hate it! I hope I am not the only one. I am very concerned about the new Star Trek and what this means for the new Star Wars.
Such a great music video and love that they chose Space Oddity by David Bowie! ENJOY!
Happy Whacking Day! Twenty years ago one of the best Simpsons episodes aired creating a new holiday, Whacking day. It was a satire about weird local customs, animal rights, and doing the right thing. It is in season 4 if anyone is interested in watching it because I will. My favorite part has to be how agile and serious Homer is while practicing for the day.
Since today is Whacking day and we all should honor the day, take out our whacking sticks and beat up those snakes! The Simpsons Tapped Out game for iOS and android has already celebrated it all month long with new missions, a ninja Homer, and old buildings. I am happy that the game is remembering its past and bring back some interesting moments such as Whacking Day along with some new story lines that are very amusing.
I am very happy May fourth and fifth fall on a weekend this year. I spent all day watching all of the Star Wars movies in order. I can not wait for the next three movies to come out. Yes I am worried and understand others concerns about the damaging of the story line however I highly doubt they will fail. If we look at the major box office movies these days, the best producers and directors really care about the story and this is such an important story I don’t think Disney or any other studio would allow it to be ruined.
The Star Wars movies are great and the games are just as great. Rouge Squadron, Knights of the Old Republic, the Old Republic and Lego Star Wars have all been successful thanks to a wonderful story and the vast galaxy of Star Wars these games are apart of what makes Star Wars awesome. Today I played some TOR and KOTOR while tomorrow I will be playing Rouge Squadron most of the day.
You don’t have to be a nerd to appreciate Star Wars and how Shakespearean the story can be. I love the internal battle of self of good and evil and the struggles of family while the one of them blows up your home planet. Anyone can relate to Star Wars however many people I know have never seem it or even want to because they feel it is to nerdy or something they will not like. This is many ways bothers me however it also makes me feel sorry for them for not wanting to be entertained by a marvelous story.
Anyways I thought I would share a few personal likes and dislikes of the whole Star Wars galaxy.
Favorite Characters: Yoda, R2D2
Favorite lightsabers: green and purple
Favorite type of Jedi: Jedi Sentinel
Favorite starship: B-wing
Favorite world: Kashyyyk
Favorite game: Rouge Squadron (NGC)
Favorite pod racer: Dud Bolt
Favorite Scene: Yoda vs Count Dooku
Disliked character: Jar-Jar Binks
Disliked scene: Mace Windu out the window
Disliked starship: A-wing
Disliked game: Battle for Naboo