Harry the Fourth

Gail and I played hookey flexed some work time this afternoon and went to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The movie raised a few questions: How many times can you say that the fourth movie in a series was just as good as the first, if not better? How many movies would Gary Oldman agree to be in if he was offered maybe 3 minutes of screen time, and you could barely even recognize him? How do you make a 2 1/2 hour movie out of a 700 page book without skipping any important stuff?

It had its flaws (Harry, Ron, and Hermione all look older than the 14 they’re supposed to be), and some stuff was missing (the Dursley’s and Mrs. Weasley weren’t there at all, Fleur and Krum said almost nothing, and I missed Krum’s trouble with Hermione’s name – “Herm-o-ninny”) but we really enjoyed it. As usual, the views of the school and surrounding grounds were amazing, Snape was sufficiently slimy (though less negative towards Harry than in the previous movies), Draco was somehow a bully and a chickenshit at the same time, and Ron was scared silly (though this time, it wasn’t spiders or other monsters that scared him, it was (gasp) girls). The only person who seemed out of character was Dumbledore – he seemed more angry than usual, and also seemed to have more energy than a man his age should have.

It’ll be a two-year wait, but we’re already looking forward to the next movie – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!

In other news, I ordered a new home gym yesterday, and it’s being delivered tomorrow. Click here, then click on Strength, and look under “Northern Lights Multi Gyms” for a model called Granite. I didn’t get the 50 lb extra weight – 150 lbs should do me for the time being (and the forseeable future). I’m not planning on entering any weightlifting or bodybuilding competitions or anything, I’m just hoping to tone a little and hopefully lose the “love handles” around my waist. I started working out shortly after Ryan was born – we bought a treadmill, and I lost 25 pounds in about 4 months. I bought a cheap little weight bench and a few free weights a year or so later, and I’ve been using them ever since, though the fact that I work out alone and don’t have a lot of time to be switching plates and stuff around meant that the number of exercises that I could do was very limited. With this thing, there are tons of things I can do, I can change weights in seconds, and there’s no danger of dropping the weights on my chest or neck or anything, so it’s safer. I’m really looking forward to this…


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