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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a great holiday season and are entering 2008 with excitement and renewed convictions.

As many of you know about me, I love to escape on road trips whenever I can. This year we took off to New Mexico. I believe the key to a great road trip is not having too many plans so you are open to being spontaneous when a roadside attraction intrigues you. Here are a few of the sites that intrigued us:

These are the Gila (pronounced HEE-LA) Cliff Dwellings. They were inhabited by Native Americans around 1280 - 1300. The Native Americans then left mysteriously and no one knows why.

Here is the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. Over two hundred square miles of white sand made from the eroded gypsum crystals of Lake Lucero. Breathtaking!

I'm looking forward to hearing what you all did over the holidays and what plans you have for the new year. I saw that several of you celebrated the season in a movie theater! Excellent Choice!

Have a great 2008!

All Things Possible,



  • At 5:36 PM, January 05, 2008 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Thanks for the pictures from your recent trip. I was only in New Mexico once, overnight, and only had a chance to see an extinct volcano in the middle of the night (long story) but do hope to make it back again in the daylight sometime.

    I find the early history of the Native Americans fascinating and the mystery of these early cliff dwellers is one of the history's most compelling. I've seen the dwellings at Mesa Verde (Colorado)and know that the southwest is dotted with these sites. It's amazing how these people were able to build and thrive for so long in such a harsh environment.

    My holidays were fairly quiet, spent time with family and at the movie theatre. I saw "I am Legend," "Aliens vs Predator Requiem." "Legend" was interesting and Will Smith gave a great performance, but towards the end I thought it became somewhat predictable. Not as predicatable as "Aliens" but I've seen every other movie of the Aliens and Predator franchises so I can't stop now!

    Sue, you asked about what I thought of "No Country for Old Men." Well, I see it listed as the best movie of 2007 on many a list and I can't say that I disagree one bit!

    Happy New Year everyone!


  • At 2:51 PM, January 06, 2008 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Oops, I also forgot to mention that I saw "National Treasure 2" - which probably indicates what I thought of the movie overall...


  • At 1:07 PM, January 08, 2008 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi Chris and Dave and the rest of the family, hope you are all well.

    My holidays were also fairly quiet, seeing "Elisabeth - The Golden Age" (phantastic!) the only trip I made to a neighbour city to see it with friends.

    Thanks for the photos Chris. The White Sands photo is amazing, it almost could be from another planet.

    Hey Dave, I also visited the Mesa Verde some years ago. Did you go up the plateau? What a view! And the cave dwellings are amazing. And to this day no one knows why these people disappeared of where they went. Incredible!

    I saw "Sleuth" last Saturday. Almost like a play, but then, not surprising, as it is based on one. Michael Caine and Jude Law are phantastic. We're going to see "I am Legend" next week, it only opens here this Thursday.

    So, "National Treasure II" isn't much good, is it? I had thought so, as I heard it broke a lot of box office records. But maybe tv viewers are turning to the movie theatres now, with the writers strike effecting the tv programming. I heard today that the Golden Globes were cancelled because of the strike. Hope this generates enough pressure for them to come to an agreement soon. We had some heave train drivers strikes going on last year, they are still talking, but the threat of strikes seems to have passed, for now, at least.

    All the best to you all in 2008 and big warm hugs,


  • At 8:22 PM, January 08, 2008 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hey Ute,
    I guess I may have been a little harsh on "Treasure," though I enjoyed the movie while watching it - I know I left the theatre smiling - it just clearly didn't make a big impression on me as I forgot I had just seen it! There are some forced similarities to the first and the logic is stretched very thin throughout, but I thought the performances were genuine and the directing was solid as well.

    Take care of yourself - and thanks for the big warm hugs, but we don't need them in my area until later in the week. We are having record high tempatures here and it was nearly 70 degrees F yesterday!


  • At 9:12 PM, January 08, 2008 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi again, Dave,

    thanks for the update on "National Treasure". We will see it later this month, as it is not in theatres here yet. Leaving with a smile is pretty good impression from a movie, especially when we are going after work. Might be just what we need then! :)

    Big hugs!


  • At 7:01 PM, January 09, 2008 , Blogger Susan said...

    Dave, Ute and dear forum family...
    Good to hear your new year is starting out great! We've been intending to go to NM sometime. Not so likely now that our daughter isn't in CA for awhile. But hear it's enchanting. Really do want to see the Native American historical sites. (NM...sounds like a great place for a Western!) Our daughter saw all those movies mentioned I think. They're like a movie Wikepedia...of facts, as well as opinions! We finally saw Live Free or Die Hard and found out she'd seen it several times and wanted it for her collection. Well, we may have beat them to No Country For Old Men. I have some opinions on that...but will wait. Wanted to see Kiterunner since we both read the book. Haven't found it locally. Couldn't put the book down...and I'm not one to read a lot of fiction. I understand No Country was a book too. I think I'll skip that...when I have time to think about it more, I'll write back about my feelings on the film. I'm thinking a lot about it. Will wait for National Treasure on DVD. Did you see or like Great Debaters? Or Sweeney Todd? How about Water Horse?
    Dave, I found a Shakespeare Quote of the Week site. Interesting and informative if someone like me wants to "brush up"! This one from Henry V sounds great for a New Year startup:
    "I see you stand like greyhounds on the slips, Straining from the start. The games' afoot. Follow your spirit, and upon this charge Cry, "God for Harry! England and Saint George!"
    (I liked the power part...ATP!)
    Wishing everyone All Things Beautiful along with All Things Possible for your Supernova Great 2008! as I plan to call it...Hugs from me, too...Sue


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