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A Little Traveling Music, Please

Still can’t resist my older son’s beautiful blue eyes!

Still can’t resist my older son’s beautiful blue eyes!

The Mister and I pulled on our traveling pants (big pockets for lots of snacks) Saturday and yesterday and put about 560 miles on the Honda Odyssey.

Our goal? To take our sons out to lunch at their individual colleges.

Result? Mission accomplished!

Our older son was first on our list. Saturday we drove the 190 miles to San Antonio, picked him up, and went to see “We’re the Millers,” which was surprisingly good despite the awful, woeful, disgusting abundance of foul language, even by Jennifer Aniston (you’re better than that, Jen!). Then we enjoyed lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings and chilled for a bit at his nice apartment.

Love that Sirius XM!

No commercials rock

Finally, the Mister and I hugged our senior collegian goodbye (we probably won’t see him until Thanksgiving) and made the three-hour trip back home. We lightened the load by attempting to harmonize to songs played on Sirius XM’s the Bridge station. Usually putting that capital L to our foreheads, though, is the Mister’s inability to remember most of the lyrics despite his fine singing voice coupled with my out-of-tune pipes despite knowing most of the words.

Our finest moment? Our rendition of Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville.” Even Simon Cowell might have been impressed! And, yes, we were 1 for what seemed like 236 songs. At least we weren’t shut out!

RJ and the kid

RJ and the kid

Yesterday we pretty much repeated the procedure, but without the movie. Fortunately, Huntsville is only 88 miles from our house; it takes about 90 minutes to get there. We picked up our younger son and his roommate, RJ, at their dorm and made the scene at Chili’s, which was their choice.



Naturally, the kid needed a molten dessert pick-me-up. It doesn’t take much to raise his spirits, thank goodness. After a stop at Walmart and a small disc golf course to play a few holes, we returned to Sam Houston Village. There we deposited the boys, gave our freshman a hug (we’ll see him a few times this month thanks to disc golf and SHSU football games), and then it was back to our horrible harmonizing.

Whew! Glad we don’t have to labor on Labor Day!!

Ending My Adam Sandler Boycott

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler star in “Just Go With It.”

Here’s a little known fact (LKF) about your humble blogger: I boycott Adam Sandler movies.

I never allow my morning-matinee five dollar bill to be tainted by being associated with one of his flicks. Meaning that the Mister always has taken the boys to the theater when they want to see Sandler’s latest bomb feature. He’s not only too lewd and crude for my tastes, but I don’t think he’s funny or talented at all.

Plus he bears a distinct resemblance to an ex-boyfriend. Ugh!

So what made me actually go see Sandler’s latest attempt at a romantic comedy last Saturday?

Ah, my tousled-haired, blue-eyed #1 son! In person!!

This beautiful boy, my older son. We made a quick trip to visit him in San Antonio over the weekend, where I decided to swallow my aversion to Sandler and watch “Just Go With It” with my guys. Surprise, surprise! It wasn’t the worst movie ever!! It was loads better than “Going the Distance” and other recent rom-coms.

Maybe I’m only one of the three people who like her as an actress, but Jennifer Aniston saved the movie for me. I appreciate her light touch, passion, and humor. Playing his assistant Katherine, she was a great comedic foil for Sandler, who can be so obnoxious that you just want to smack him.

Here’s a quick summary of the movie: Sandler plays Danny, a plastic surgeon who pretends to be married to pick up women. Yeah, I know . . . how lame is that? He falls for a gorgeous, young schoolteacher played by gorgeous, young model Brooklyn Decker, who finds a wedding band in his pocket and doesn’t want to be involved with a married man.

So instead of being honest (resulting in a very short movie), Danny concocts a series of lies that spiral out of control once Katherine, who he convinces to play his soon-to-be ex-wife, adds to the charade with a whopper of her own. It makes for a fun romp in Hawaii with surprising results.

Danny rents a couple of kids.

I really enjoyed Danny’s scenes with Katherine’s kids, wonderfully played by spunky Bailee Madison and Griffin Gluck. They provided the only believable part of the movie . . . they truly acted like children of a divorced mom who miss their oft-absent father.

“Just Go With It” (rated PG-13 but absolutely NOT appropriate for younger teens) really belongs more in your Netflix queue; however, it’s not bad for matinee prices. Did it make me an Adam Sandler fan, ready to permanently lift my boycott of his movies?

Probably not!

Oscars kudos

It’s hard to tell what the movie is about from this poster’s graphics.

Bravo to “The King’s Speech,” which won the Oscar for best picture of 2010 last night at the Academy Awards! So well-deserved! I love, love, love this movie. Colin Firth, of course, snagged the statuette for best actor . . . he was bloody brilliant.

Adam Sandler could learn a thing or two about good acting from that British bloke!