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My favorite scene in Guardians of the Galaxy, plus some thoughts on the EnCe (forensics) and the art of clumsiness

August 24, 2014 2 comments

Hey y’all… been out for the EnCe Prep Course. Pleased to say that I passed the written part, and now I have to work on the practical. My recommendation is that if you’re going to take the written exam and don’t feel that you’re prepared enough from going through the study guide, sign up for the prep course. Yes it’s expensive (unless you have the training pass or are lucky enough to get it paid for by your organization) but it’s worth it. Make sure you have taken Forensics I and II because they will ask you to send proof. If you haven’t take those two classes, the Bootcamp package will include it in “onDemand” format. I prefer to go to training myself because in my work environment it’s hard to get time away enough to do computer based training and I work better under a live instructor, but that’s just me.

The test is hard, not going to lie. 2 hours, 150 questions, and you absolutely have to keep track of time throughout. If you have any additional questions about the written test, send a comment. I may or may not be able to answer depending on what it is, but I’ll try to help as much as possible 🙂

The day before I actually flew out for the prep course, I managed to fracture my toe by tripping over my suitcase. That’s how clumsy I can actually be, folks. Talk about pain. One of the hardest things I ever had to do was make the choice to fly out the next day, but I couldn’t exactly cancel on the prep course and flight, could I? No refunds at that late date. So, I turned off the fear in my head and went. Still hobbling a week later (and my toes are still a nice shade of blue), but I’m confident it’ll heal. Note: If you go in for a toe fracture, 9 times out of 10 the doctor will not give you warning he or she is going to set it. I screamed, and I didn’t care who heard me at that point. But do see a doctor right away. You don’t want it to heal wrong.

Anyway, now that I’m back home and getting back into work mode, I thought I’d share a video that kept my spirits up during trainings. Actually, any time I need a smile, I click on it. It’s the scene in Guardians of the Galaxy where baby Groot is dancing. I debated posting it for some time because some could see it as a spoiler, but then Marvel released it due to popular demand. So, why not.

Fun fact: James Gunn (director of the movie) did the dancing for baby Groot. Apparently he threw everyone off set, turned on a video camera and got jiggy. Then, he sent it off to the animators for the scene and made them promise to never show the video to anyone. Homie’s got some moves 🙂 Remember: dance like no one’s watching whenever you feel the need. It’ll get you in a good mood quick.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy review: a rip rocking good time (Spoilers possible)

August 3, 2014 2 comments

I’d been waiting for months to catch this movie in the theaters. And let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. Starring Chris Pratt (Andy Dwyer in one of my favorite shows, Parks and Recreation), Zoe Saldana (is she in like every Sci Fi movie released lately?), Dave Bautista (he used to wrestle with Ric Flair and Triple H, y’all), and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, Guardians of the Galaxy takes the Marvel Universe fun from the usual home base of Earth to outer space.

So the story goes like this: Peter Quill, aka Starlord (Pratt), is a human who pretends to be an almost Indiana Jones, but instead of yelling “It belongs in a museum!” constantly, he just steals relics that are worth a lot of money. Gamora (Saldana) is a Zen Whoberis who has an association with Thanos (Josh Brolin) and Ronan (Lee Pace), and she’s after the same relic as Quill but for different reasons. They form an unlikely alliance with three criminals, Rocket Racoon (Cooper) and his sidekick Groot (Diesel), an Ent looking being who loves a dance, and Drax the Destroyer (Bautista), a big bad burly dude who has an issue with metaphors and carries a raging desire to murder Thanos. And rightly so, because Thanos is a Titan on a quest to destroy the universe and he likes to kill for fun.

(For you Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. viewers, you get to spend some time with the Krees. How cool is that?)

Standout performances for me: Pratt (of course), Bautista and Cooper. I tend to think Cooper overacts (American Hustle comes to mind), but he really nailed Rocket’s anger and snarkiness. Pratt is an old favorite, and it’s nice to see his comic chops translate from the small screen to the big one. I mean come on, how can you not like him?

Dave Bautista knocked it out of the park. Believe it, the wrestler turned actor stole the show. Evidently, he was so intent on doing a good job that he went out and got tons of acting lessons, and it shows. His comedic and dramatic chops were on point. Plus obviously, the action sequences were crazy good. My husband thought that maybe his body was somewhat CGI, but nope. That’s him all right:

Drax the Destroyer/ Dave Bautista

If you like the Marvel movies, go see this one. It’s great. Stay after the credits for some interesting footage.

Video: Guardians of the Galaxy first official trailer

February 20, 2014 Leave a comment

I’m so used to seeing Chris Pratt as lovable Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation that I keep thinking Andy’s gone to save the galaxy as a buff smartass named The StarLord. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, is it?

Here’s the trailer, and following is a best of Andy Dwyer just for kicks:

And since the new season of Check it out! with Dr. Steve Brule is premiering on Cartoon Network on February 27th (set your DVRs, kids), I thought I’d throw in a little John C. Reilly in what should absolutely be an Academy Award winning portrayal of a man who goes against the odds to make a hilariously awkward public access cable show.

Check it out!

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