Monday, July 9, 2012

Fire! Wait, no, that's just Magic Mike!


*cough*

So last Thursday I came home from work... a systematic combo of walking and bus ride, as when it is over 100 degrees, I am just NOT walking all the way. But I am reading Losing Beauty (which is very good, and you should read it too) so apparently when I got to MY street, I was so sucked into the reading and walking at the same time that I failed to OBSERVE that there was a whole bunch of excitement on my street.

To be fair, they really ought to shout a lot when there is excitement, don't you think? To make things more noticeable to those of us easily sucked into reading while we are walking...

I got inside and hubby pointed out that a tree fell on a car... *look out* Sure enough... Tree branch on car. CHECK. (it didn't actually do much damage, strangely, but why is it, out of a whole street, the tree branches always fall on the cars?)

Not the ACTUAL house and fire, but this is pretty close
And there was a fire.

Wait, what?

“Didn't you see the fire truck?”
“Erm...”
“Didn't you smell it?”
“Uh...”

I tell you. That is a FABULOUS book that I almost missed the bloody fire. It was maybe five houses down and it wasn't actually the HOUSE on fire. A power line had been knocked out in a big storm around noon (a different storm than stole the power from the people across the street from us—that was the 4:30 am storm...) and the line had started a fire in a garden. Not great... But worse (meaning the part that affected ME), they were going to have to cut the line at a higher point to cut off the spark supply so they could put the bloody fire out (which they did around 6pm)... 'probably no power until Saturday night'.

GADS!

Now ME... I can live a few days without power (call it an adventure. I'm a-okay). What I have trouble living with is my HUSBAND when he has to live a few days in SUMMER without power. True story. HWMNBMOTI is a big giant BABY about the heat.

Daughter bailed on us. Her boyfriend's house had power, so she came home at midnight and left again by about 9 the next day. Son and I swam next door and then played cribbage by candlelight, which was very enjoyable. Went to bed earlyish and woke up with no alarm (only about half hour late, so perfectly justifiable with no power—besides, no morning computer meant I was actually only about ten minutes late for work)


This really served as another reinforcer that I sure love my neighborhood... it is nice when things like this happen to see everyone sharing information and helping each other out. I love where I live, shoebox or no shoebox. I mean sure... if I could buy one of the houses at the OTHER end of the street with twice the square footage, I'd do it in a heartbeat, but I don't want to leave completely.

Power came back on Friday afternoon, more than a day early, so that was a bonus... and put back ON something I'd feared we'd have to call OFF.

You heard me...


Joe (#3) is my flavor...
Magic Mike with the Couch to Keg Team and our buddy Patti

Now as much as I'm a nudist and all for all that naked stuff... and I adore men... especially naked men... This is a movie I probably would have skipped without the accompanying 'Lady's Night'. Eye candy is well and good in passing, but experiential stuff requires some company to say 'oh yeah, baby' next to me... if that makes any sense.

But about two weeks ago my friend Patti suggested she'd love to come over and see it—she lives about 2 hours from me and her local friends seem to be the wholesome exercise sort instead of the... you know... naked cocktail sort... so she thought of ME. And I invited the couch to keg team... we started with sushi, which was fabulous (HWMNBMOTI won't eat it, so I'm glad to have friends to eat it with) and then we went for the HUMINA HUMINA experience that was Magic Mike.

As a movie plot, I was left a little frustrated with 'the kid' who for all intents and purposes was central, so I thought his storyline should have been tied up better, but Mike's story wasn't bad and the eye candy was FABULOUS. It's not like I expected a knock-dead plot. From an aesthetic perspective, Joe is most my type—I like some scruff better than clean-cut (Though Channing Tatum almost won me with his dexterity.... MAN, I love a bendy man, plus the flips and such—coordination is a good thing. I wonder if they did their own stuff...). I love Adam Rodriguez for his smile and dimples, but at 5'11” (me, I mean) I gotta give the big guys the edge. So yeah... Joe...

[he's in True Blood? Holy COW, there is my incentive to get back to THAT—I haven't made a point after the first season, but that can be changed!]

The huge win of it, though, was seeing it with my girlfriends—it was definitely a movie best seen in company with a little wine lube beforehand.


27 comments:

Talli Roland said...

Wine lube, hahaha! That just sent my mind places... :)

Glad you got to see Magic Mike and that the power came back on.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Too funny that you were so wrapped up in that book! That's a good review, in itself. :)

Glad you got the power back!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My wife would've missed the fire as well, no book required. Glad your power was restored quickly. In this humidity and heat, you wouldn't want to be around me either. As For Magic Mike, I'm just really glad my wife had no desire to see it!

Em-Musing said...

So? You like a bendy man? :) And yeah, Joe is HOT. The best part about True Blood.

Old Kitty said...

Blimey!! What a most NAKED weekend! Fire, firemen, movie, muscled men, no power and a great read!! Yay!! Take care
x

Maurice Mitchell said...

That sounds like an awesome book! With all the eyecandy for the ladies I thought for sure Magic Mike would clean-up in the theaters. Go figure. A good story is everything.
- Maurice Mitchell

The Geek Twins | Film Sketchr
@thegeektwins

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Glad that they got the power back on sooner than expected and that you guys had a lot of fun.

Kathy M.

Creepy Query Girl said...

Oh , I loved magic mike! I thought it might make me uncomfortable but no... More like it made Katie's little lady jump up and say 'hello!'. That movie didnt even neeeed a plot IMO:). Lol

Patti said...

So is there a True Blood marathon in our future???? I'M IN!!!

Watched first season, then the folks I was watching with did all of second season in a day (when the hubs was visiting from out of town) so that got nipped in the bud.

And yes... that's the kind of movie that is only seen for girls night and with wine. Now if only we had the kind of theatre that provided appropriate lubrication... errr... libations...

Teresa Coltrin@Journaling Woman said...

You are a funny girl.

I haven't seen Magic Mike but I must say there is serious Eye Candy going on there, so much so, that I can see me going into a sugar coma. It would be a fun coma though.

T

Pk Hrezo said...

Wow that must be some good book!! I will have to check it out. omgosh so many books and so little time. le sigh....
I'm not familiar with Magic Mike. I have so many books to read that I don't watch TV anymore. And I don't even miss it. :)

RaShelle Workman said...

Magic Mike does look deliciously tasty. That Channing can dance. Mmmm.

Anyhoo, my husband WILL NOT eat sushi either. And I love it so much. *sigh* Now I'm craving sushi.

As for the book, I don't know that there's a better recommendation than the one you just gave. Missing a fire, and a falling tree. Yep, I'll be checking it out.

Lisa Golden said...

If a book keeps you from noticing a fire? Wow!

I'm glad you've survived the heat. xoxo

Tina said...

Sounds like a great time! Will have to steal your idea and perhaps our next wine club will also have a movie...
Tina @ Life is Good

Hissy_Fitts said...

According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the entire cast of Magic Mike did their own moves on stage. There were no stunt or body-part doubles. That was absolutely fantastic to me--that these actors were at least true to their roles. And there were more returning extras for this movie than in any other movie.
Yes, “Magic Mike” first comes off as “Coyote Ugly” with a male cast, but, all things considered, it is a good work of cinema with genuine eye candy. _ Katie Finlon, Northern Star

Emily R. King said...

Hubba, hubba. Who cares that the plot was weak with eye candy like that? :)

Sarah Ahiers said...

I used to live with a roomate and this is exactly the kind of movie she would've made us go to. It makes me a little sad.
And i'm with your husband, boo on the heat. Our house is typically 80 even with the air on (we have shit insulation) so without the air it would be TERRIBLE

L. Diane Wolfe said...

My husband doesn't like sushi, although he will eat the vegetarian ones I order. (Not really sushi then, but close enough.)

Must've been a great book then.

Cherie Reich said...

That must be a good book you're reading to miss all of that! I'm glad the power came back on early. We've had lots of power outages here (some have had their power off since Friday, June 29th).

Johanna Garth said...

So excited that LB almost made you miss a fire! You're the perfect target audience, semi-trashy fiction for smart readers ;)

KatieO said...

You missed a FIRE because you were reading... now that's a thumbs up review ;-)

Already trying to plan a GNO to see the movie - somehow missed that Joe from True Blood is in it too - yum...

Carol Kilgore said...

Plot? It's supposed to have a plot? Oh. It's one I need to see with my sister :)

Great non-review review of Losing Beauty.

Arlee Bird said...

A few days without power could be interesting, but I'd rather not find out. Just like I don't care to find out about Magic Mike. Now if it was actually about a magician and magic then I might be interested--especially if there were jugglers in it.


Lee
Tossing It Out

vbtremper said...

You gave us a lot to comment on but I'm a little drunk on your descriptions. Glad the power came back early!

Vicki

JCS said...

Wine lube?!?! You are so funny Hart! I also was hoping for a little more background to "the kid" but truth be told, I was there for the eye candy and I left very satisfied.

80s Queen said...

We saw it on opening night and it was packed! Not an open seat in the place. We had fake money that we threw when they were dancing. Yes, he is in True Blood, my werewolf husband but like you, Channing almost won me over with that dancing. Nothing like a man that can move. It's about time they made a movie like this that us women can get together with each other an enjoy and laugh and holler. The hubbys definitely won't mind when we leave them home that night.

Hattie Gunter said...

I'm like you, no power is fine for a few days. And I do that ALL the time with books. It's kind of funny.

I saw Magic Mike as well. Tatum can definitely dance all on his own (in some of his other movies they showcase that). My favourite was Matt Bomer. Tall, black hair, blue eyes, that chest... Yup, definitely my type ;)

Last night at the movie theatre, another group of people was debating seeing it. They asked if anyone in line had. I said yes. My comment was, "It was really slow when they weren't stripping."