In 2006 (post Hurricane Katrina) I was an extra in the movie Deja Vu which was filmed in New Orleans. I recently saw the movie on cable while flipping through channels and caught my main scene. I was reminded of when I first saw actress Paula Patton on the set and was immediately smitten. It was my first time ever seeing Paula. I have been a fan ever since. I truly got such a big kick this week upon flipping to the channel right before my big scene came up.
Ferdie, honey, your scene was a hit.
I cannot wait for lovely Paula’s next movie to come out. Also on my mind is that now, with Carolina meeting Denver in the Super Bowl in February, I want to update my article on the playoffs.
Over the weekend, I somewhat accidentally caught my first Mardi Gras boat parade on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans. The parade was lovely and I had an excellent time. The parade was by the Krewe of Bilge.
I also love my University of New Orleans. When will the state and the LSU Board stop treating the University of New Orleans like a stepchild. We were supposed to have our Division 1 football team by now, but Gov. Bobby Jindal and the LSU Board killed the funding. I am #mad. Can the team plans be resurrected now that we have a new governor with vision and are now governed by a new/different board, the University of Louisiana System?
I was working for the Shuttle program when the Columbia accident happened. I will never forget the shock at watching from the NASA plant at work the Shuttle go down.
Note: I am about to write my review of the new movie The Danish Girl. Plus, I will explain how I happened to see the movie today in the first place.
This is a picture of Alicia Vikander, one of the stars of The Danish Girl. I first saw her in The Man From U.N.C.L.E in which she was the Bond Girl, if you will. The Danish Girl along with Vikander opened to excellent critical acclaim.
Also, once I see the new Star Wars movie, can/will I keep my mouth shut about all of the plot secrets and plot twists that the movie’s makers have kept so close to the vest? I have relatives and friends who are just waiting to do me harm if I open up my mouth about the new movie. UPDATE: I saw it, and I am keeping my mouth shut. Except, (oh, oh)… I have to say that if you can, I recommend that you see the IMAX version. I bought a ticket for the 3D-only version because it was the first showing in the morning. However, I accidentally stepped into the IMAX screening for a moment after getting some popcorn, and discovered that the IMAX audio is outstanding.
I have some videos and pictures from my daughter’s graduation that I plan to post at my Gazette. The 19th was the 4th anniversary of her receiving her Engineering Degree. Until then here is a link to where I saved some of the pictures: See the pictures.
This is another picture from around that time. This is my youngest granddaughter; but maybe she had not been born yet:
Now, here is a picture of one of Potato’s big sisters, Halfa’ Pint, from a few years ago.
I am thinking about starting up another Biggest Loser Contest in 2016. You can see the last winner at the link. Also, with the primaries around the corner, I have decided to follow Donald Trump on Twitter. Some of the earliest primaries are listed below.
|February 1, 2016
||30 / 0 / 30
|February 9, 2016
||20 / 3 / 23
|February 20, 2016
||50 / 0 / 50
|February 23, 2016
||30 / 0 / 30
|March 1, 2016
||46 / 3 / 49
|March 1, 2016
||39 / 3 / 42
|March 1, 2016
||152 / 3 / 155
Note: See bottom for the winner of our Biggest Loser Contest, and for a picture of my safety award jacket.
Now, here is a lovely picture that my daughter took on Halloween of her niece (my granddaughter). My daughters were dressing my grandchildren in their costumes for the festivities. We all had a fun time. If you want to see even more pictures of us from Halloween, you can click here: More Pictures At My Daughter’s Site.
Prepping for Halloween night. My granddaughter, Halfa’-Pint.
They came back with bags of candy. I ate plenty candy too.
Riding to the trick-or-treat Halloween party.
The next day we got 4 boats and took the kiddos boating on Lake Yogi.
Boating on the day after.
To my brother, Carl: Below is the chart which we spoke about.
Yes, Carl won it.
Picture of my safety award.
I have a question:
NEW ORLEANS (Gazette) — Seeing Hugh Hefner and his pretty wife, Crystal, together is a beautiful scene. Hefner has very good taste in women, and does himself a fine service by having Crystal by his side. I am guilty of making a silly joke below; but, to be sincere, I think that Hefner has been a man who has always had his feet grounded on a solid foundation. I think that he has an excellent cranial system.
Hugh and Crystal Hefner make a very lovely couple.
NEW ORLEANS (Gazette) — When I was young, I had one like this (in picture below) cooking for me and inhabiting my kitchen. Now, I am old and have to do my own cooking and taking care of my own kitchen. My co-pilot is still in the vicinity, but she does not dress like that anymore.
I believe that the good Lord wants everyone to have a co-pilot in this life in order to help navigate the sometimes-treacherous waters and rough terrain. Sometimes your co-pilot might run his/her mouth too much or snap off in the cranial area occasionally. However, without your co-pilot close by, you might not see an upcoming boulder in the road or a pit in the ground. Thank God for co-pilots.
I had one like this when I was young.
BOSCOVILLE (Gazette) — There are laws in our constitution that protect the White House against slanders and attacks from traitors and foreigners who are bent on crushing our president and the White House. Zionistic and terroristic Israeli leader Netanyahu and the hateful, traitorous Republican Congress need to be taken to task for their traitorous assaults against the White House and our American president.
No! No! No! Please do not tell me that the hate and ugliness which is growing in this country will reach the depths of the early 20th Century. What in the world will the upcoming years bring us in this century? I believe that no one knows the depths that hatred will take in the coming years. I blame the hateful Republicans and hatemongers like FOX NEWS.
Why aren’t the local authorities in Mississippi investigating this hanging like they should? Why is it taking the FBI to investigate this lynching? I have been recently thinking about moving to Mississippi to be close to the beautiful beaches and the lovely scenery. However, if this pot of hatred in Mississippi is brewing up and beginning to boil over, I will probably look in another direction.
Candice Bergen says that she does not eat to live, but she lives to eat. She says that she loves food.
NEW ORLEANS (Gazette) — If you are not already packing your suitcase in preparation to head to New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2015, you need to make up your mind quickly. Next weekend is Mardi Gras weekend. This weekend I am waiting on my daughter to tell me what 3 parades she and her crew are marching in on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I might already be tired by next weekend. This picture below which I saw this morning has me absolutely ready to go to the French Quarter for some Mardi Gras, Big Easy food.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME MARDI GRAS?
Ready for Fat Tuesday?
BOSCOVILLE (Ferdie Werdie) — I try to be politically correct so that the ladies on #Twitter and #Facebook do not get upset with me. However, I cannot be silent about the female referee in the #LosAngelesClippers vs. #ClevelandCavaliers game that just ended. I do not believe in #female referees in the #NBA. There ya’ go; I know you ladies are gettin’ mad now. The game was a #bitchFEST tonight. I think that the girl referee threw 6 or 7 technical fouls just on the Clippers, changing the whole “tenor” of the game. If a Clipper just looked at her “hard” or rather roughly, she called a technical, with one Clipper even being ejected from the game. She should be home cooking or washing dishes, not on an @NBA court. Sorry, ladies. Do not be mad! I’m just saying!
NEW ORLEANS (Gazette) — Also, I am sure that many fans are still following the news about Bobbi Kristina Brown. She had opened her eyes twice, and showed slight improvement, according to earlier reports. Of course, the world knows that she was found unconscious last weekend in a bathtub very similarly to how her mother, Whitney Houston, was in 2012. The circumstances are eerie!! As of this writing, she is still in an induced coma. Her family had been advised to expect the worst, and reports are leaking in that the final word is imminent.
Whitney and Bobbi.
In the latest about her condition,
Previous reports were coming out that Bobbi Kristina was showing signs of life. Requests for prayers from her family and friends (#PrayforBK on Twitter) may have been heeded from BK’s many fans. I have seen many tweets and posts about people around the world praying for Bobbi Kristina.
Here in this tweet Pete Carroll tries to explain his bone-headed play in the Super Bowl.
Why, Warren? Why?
NEW ORLEANS (Gazette) — I wish that Sarah Palin would run for president. It would make an interesting race.
I will play a salute on my trumpet to Sarah Palin. Hail to the chief!