Good Morning

Well, I have been kind of down for the last couple of days. It is probably due to one of my Dad’s uncle’s passing away. We were not particularly close, but he was one of the people in my family that looked like me. I know he saw me grow up and I think he was probably one of my Dad’s closest uncles. His name was Rodrigo Guzman, and he passed away this week of a heart attack.

I have very good memories of him, he was always smiling and like I mentioned before looked a lot like me. Actually had a little red on his hair and I sometimes get a couple of red hairs on my beard. One think I hope I don’t inherit was his baldness… but if I do it will just add character ;)

I do wish I could have seen him one more time before he passed away… his kids were my Dad’s cousins but were closer to my age than his. I always wanted to be closer to them but really never got the chance. I think the whole event is bringing me down because I realize that mortality is something that I don’t like to face. Not my own mortality but that of those around me. My grandparents back in Colombia are not getting any younger and I fear that the worst will happen before I get to see them again, or before I can have kids and they can meet them.

I am very close to my Dad’s Dad. When I say GrandPa I always think of him. He is probably in the top 5 people in the world that I am closest to. He was not a scholar but was full of knowledge, yet he always advocated school and learning. Even though he has practical experience on a lot of subjects, he still valued education and always pushed me towards it. His views religion are pretty broad and even though he finally chose Hinduism as a religion, he explored everything from Christianity to gnosticism. He was very active on his company Union when they were not the most popular thing or safest in a place like Colombia. He is probably one of the most caring people I know, and I would be content just being half of the person he is.

I really hope I can take a trip to Colombia this year, because I need to see my family again. Times like this make me miss them a lot and even though I tell themt that I love them over the phone all the time, I want to tell them in person as soon as I can.

First Quote

“Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.”
- Golda Meir (1898-1978), to a visiting diplomat

Ok, I wanted to start a quote log for a while and here it is… I found this one in a ver interesting web site.

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The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

Books have been an important part of history, well some facets of history itself begin with books or written records. Literature is very important to me and I have a teacher to thank for that… but that is a whole other post.

The DaVinci Code is a book that was recomended by a coworker, besides I had been hearing a lot about the book in the news and such so it was a book I really wanted to read.

At first I was somewhat taken back by the subject, should I be offended as a Catholic or a Christian? but then I thought, my whole life I have liked things that are thought provoking. Also I needed to remember that even thought there are tons of factual things on the book it is still just fiction.

I do have to say that by the end I loved the book, It is not only a very good read but it also has a lot of message within it. I say pick it up, read it and let me know what your take on it is.


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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (**)

Starring Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng, and Richard Roxburgh
Incredible technology wielded by a mind of infinite evil is threatening the safety of the entire world. To fight the unthinkable, the British government will have to mobilize the extraordinary. This team — The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen — is the only thing standing between the future and total destruction. (20th Century Fox).

Well, this movie is defenetly a rental. The movie starts with the promise of being excellent. With good characters that could have been a lot better if they all had their own movie. I think the concept of a league works if the characters have already been developed and you can get right into the action. Like Blade teaming up with Spiderman and Daredevil. But in a single movie introducing 6 or 7 main characters just does not do justice to any of them. Granted most of them are notorious figures in literature, but what is interesting to me in this type of movies is the portrail of such known characters.

The movie has some decent scenes with good special effects, martial arts and gun fights. But there is really not a good story to hold it all together. The DVD has soome good behind the scene features but a rental will suffice.

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Logtar Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
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Some Pictures

I just got a chance to post some of the pics from the Colorado trip… this are not the ones I took, those will come in about a week :)

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