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Posts published in “Day: May 22, 2007

A meal fit for a Queen

Had our first tomato samiches of the year this weekend, ‘Twas good too.
Read with interest about Queen Elizabeth II visiting President Bush in Washington and having dinner.
It was one of those hoity toity events where you would never find my presence.
Not high on the social scale and the menu was not one to my choosing should she come to the little house on Goose Creek.
The menu included: Spring pea soup with fernleaf lavender. Bet she hasn’t been served pot liquor with cornbread.
Chive pizzelle with American caviar; yuck! I’d do some chicken livers with a sliver of jalapeno and wrapped in bacon with Kraft BBQ sauce. Some would say yuck to that.

A bottle of Chardonnay Unfiltered 2004; that’s wine for those of you who don’t take a snort.
Dover sole almodine. Wonder if she has ever had crappie filets (fried)?
Roasted artichokes, pequillo peppers and olives. That’s something I’d try just to see how tis.
Saddle of spring lamb Chanterelle sauce. Don’t like lamb or anything to do with it. Nasty stuff indeed.
Fricassee of baby vegetables which is a fancy name for cutting something in pieces and stewing it in gravy.
Peter Michael Les Pavots 2003, that’s a $200 bottle of wine which the President didn’t touch.
Argula, Savanna mustard & mint romaine. Had to Google that and it’s a lettuce type product that in Roman times was considered an aphrodisiac.
Champagne dressing, trio of farmhouse cheeses; wonder who cut the cheese?
Rose Blossoms; wonder if you are supposed to eat them or look at them?
Schrambert Trute Rose 2004; Ahh another snort before heading back to the house.
The dinner was a white tie event with guests seated at 13 tables.
I’m sure they all enjoyed the dinner and wondered what was for desert as none was mentioned on the menu; maybe it was that last sip of wine.
Somebody once told me, you take the boy out of the country but you can’t take the country out of him.

Spider-Man 3 : No razzle dazzle, just fizzle

“Spider-Man 3”
Running time: 140 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13

By the time you read this, “Spider-Man 3” will have made so much money, it would be enough for Angelina Jolie to adopt three-fourths of Africa. Which means, even though I say this movie is sloppily written, woodenly acted and a colossal waste of time, it won’t matter. If you wanted to see the movie, you already have; and if you have no intentions of seeing the movie, well … you wouldn’t be reading a review of it, right?
So, how do I review a “critic-proof” film? Same as I always do: By callin’ ‘em as I sees ‘em.
There’s a scene near the beginning of the picture where escaped convict Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church) transforms in to the shape-shifting villain, Sandman. At first all we see is a pile of sand. And slowly, painfully it wills itself into becoming a man. It is one of the most poetic and beautiful scenes I’ve witnessed in the past year, and a great piece of acting.
Problem is, it was entirely computer-generated. The best acting in the movie was manufactured by a team of computer nerds — not performed by an actor. What does that tell you about the movie?

None of the lead actors in “Spider-Man 3” give noteworthy performances. In fact, some of them — Kirsten Dunst in particular — are just painfully annoying to watch.
Tobey Maguire (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) isn’t much better. When he isn’t doing that googly-eye Froggy Face expression, he’s crying like a whipped Girl Scout. When his character becomes possessed by the Alien Black Suit, he’s supposed to become a Bad Boy. For Toby, that means wearing too much mascara and combing his hair down. I’m paying 10 bucks to see Spider-Man, not Emo Boy, for cryin’ out loud.
The script is also a mess. It’s like director/co-writer Sam Raimi didn’t know whether he was making a comic book movie or a B-grade chick flick. The film jerks back and forth between mostly-computer-generated action sequences and overwrought, teary-eyed soap opera-esque melodrama. Everyone in the movie cries at some point. And what’s worse is that the soap opera stuff is two-thirds of the movie.
And the less said about the musical and dancing sequences (and there are quite a few) the better.
I honestly can’t recommend “Spider-Man 3.” If you MUST see it (and you haven’t already), wait for it to hit the dollar movies or rent the DVD. For a film that cost Sony a reported $500 million to release, we should expect a lotta bang for our buck. “Spider-Man 3” just fizzles.

Graduation held for area students

On March 26, at 8 a.m. members of the Aldine Senior High will celebrate the completion of their grade-school career with Commencement. The ceremony will be held at the M.O. Campbell Center on Aldine Westfield Road.
Gina Rosalie Roberts is this year’s valedictorian. Salutatorian is Melinda Soeung.
Rounding out the Top 10 are Michelle Crystal Hurtado , Felipe DeJesus Corral, Abel Barrera, Annette Leija, Cindy Carolina Bonilla , Amanda Renee Maglitto, Denisse Ramirez and Maria Hilda Jaimes.
Students from MacArthur High School will gather at the Campbell Center on May 28 at 5 p.m. for their Commencement.
Feross Khalil and Priscilla Cavazos are MacArthur’s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

Also making the Top 10 are Milton Morales, Maegan Ramos, Renee Cohn, Michael Burciaga, Jessica Guerrero, Lizbeth Gonzalez, Jose Cornejo and Monica Tapia.
Students making up the Top 10 of the Class of 2007 from Forest Brook High and M.B. Smiley High were celebrated at a banquet on May 14, at the DoubleTree Hotel on JFK Boulevard.
On May 16, Forest Brook held Commencement at Texas Southern University’s Health Science Building.
Christopher Viramontes earned the honor of being named valedictorian of Forest Brook High’s class of 2007. Forest Brook’s salutatorian is Shaniqua Johnson.
Richard Bailey, Lance Calloway, Lawrn Calloway, Kiara Fontenot, Brittany Forster, Teanna Harris, Jacci Law and Anthony Wiltz round out Forest Brook’s top ten for 2007.
Jer’Lisa Miles and Danielle Lewis are M.B. Smiley’s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
The Class of 2007 was recognized during Commencement on May 17 at the TSU’s Physical Education Arena.
Victor Holcomb, Tiffany Joe, Amber Jones, Claudia Turcios, Devon Wade, Leigh William, Tonya Williams and LaSundra Witchet also make up M.B. Smiley’s 2007 top ten.

Airport Festival planned for June 16

The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, The North Houston-Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce, and The Humble Area Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce the 25th Anniversary IAH Bush Intercontinental Airport Festival on Saturday, June 16th at the Continental Airlines Hangar, from 12 noon until 4 PM.
In addition, our annual scholarship award luncheon will be held at Wyndham Greenspoint on Thursday, June 14th. Last year 12 deserving scholars were awarded $1500 college scholarships! This year we are also pleased to fund our 6th annual scholarship in memory of news reporter, Barbara Olson, who died in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.
The IAH Bush Intercontinental Airport Festival will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2007, noon-4:00 p.m. at the Continental Airlines 777 Hangar, Building E at 4849 Wright Road. This family-centered event is a fun and educational way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Admission is $10 for adults in advance, $15 at the gate and children 3-12 years is $5. The ticket price includes food tickets good at the food and beverage booths.
This year’s festival theme is “IAH-Houston’s Silver Lining”. Popular attractions include static displays of F-16s, a C-130, the Fed-Ex Wide-body, the Hurricane Hunter, helicopters and antique airplanes from the Lone Star Flight Museum.
Pilots will be on hand and families can climb inside to see the inner workings of these aviation marvels. Children will enjoy games sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital, Search and Rescue dogs, the mounted Airport Rangers and lots of prizes. The Art Cars, EMS vehicles, food and beverage vendors and musical entertainment will also be on hand. Sponsoring corporations and local organizations will showcase their organizations in the Expo Area. Each hour there will be drawings for prizes, including trips donated by airlines to destinations around the world.
Corporate sponsors for this year’s event include Continental Airlines, the North Harris Montgomery Community College District, Aramco, Centerpoint Energy, HNTB Engineers, Texas Children’s Hospital, and All Right Parking. Countless organizations and volunteers will also be supporting this year’s event.
For more information or to order event tickets, contact the Chamber nearest you: Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce at 281-440-4160; the Humble Area Chamber of Commerce at 281-445-2128 or the North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce at 281-442-8701. Tickets are also available at these Continental Federal Credit Union locations: inside IAH at gate C-45, downtown at 500 Jefferson, Suite 250 and at the Continental Reservation Center, 900 Grand Plaza Drive at Beltway 8 and Ella (use the Veteran’s Memorial exit). It should be noted that this is a rain or shine event.