smockmomma: March 2007 Archives

how do i find this coolmoe cr*p? this is totally cool, if a little deceptive...

check out the popularity dialer. Have you ever been in a situation where you wished your cell phone would ring? Maybe you wanted to look extra important or popular on that hot date. Or maybe you just needed an excuse to escape from an unpleasant meeting.

see mamaT, i'm not nearly as popular as you thought!


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just for fun, i took the "what religion am i" quiz at here are my "top 5" results:

1. Eastern Orthodox (100%)
2. Roman Catholic (100%)
3. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (91%)
4. Seventh Day Adventist (79%)
5. Orthodox Quaker (74%)

according to the website, even if YOU don't know what faith you are, Belief-O-Maticâ„¢ knows. answer 20 questions about your concept of God, the afterlife, human nature, and more, and Belief-O-Maticâ„¢ will tell you what religion (if any) you practice...or ought to consider practicing. take a gander here if you're curious.

first let me begin by saying, i will admit that i must be old. i just don't understand modern music lyrics. given that they aren't too loud to understand as they're gasping for life beneath a blare of bass, that they aren't just overtly stupid, and that they aren't downright repugnant, they're simply ... well, dare i say it, simple. bland. trite?

this is coming from a woman who has never claimed to be a music lover in general as well as a woman who has never had an ear for country music in particular. i know. you're asing yourself, smockmomma? a complete texaphile who doesn't like country music? it's sad but true.

until now that is. you see, relatively late in life, i think that i've discovered that country music is the absolute last bastion for clever lyrics. if you don't believe me, tune in to your local country station. even the young whippersnappers are writing catchy, fun, or thought-provoking lyrics. i leave you with just one fun example:

All My Exes
George Strait

All my ex's live in Texas,
And Texas is a place I'd dearly love to be.
But all my ex's live in Texas
And that's why I hang my hat in Tennessee.

Rosanna's down in Texarkana; wanted me to push her broom,
And sweet Ilene's in Abilene; she forgot I hung the moon,
And Allison in Galveston somehow lost her sanity,
And Dimples who now lives in Temple's got the law lookin’ for me.

All my ex's live in Texas,
And Texas is a place I'd dearly love to be.
But all my ex's live in Texas
And that's why I hang my hat in Tennessee.

I remember that old Frio river where I learned to swim.
And it brings to mind another time where I wore my welcome thin.
My transcendental meditation, I go there each night,
But I always come back to myself long before daylight.

All my ex's live in Texas,
And Texas is a place I'd dearly love to be.
But all my ex's live in Texas
And that's why I hang my hat in Tennessee.

Some folks think I'm hidin',
It's been rumored that I died,
But I'm alive and well in Tennessee.

300: a smockperspective

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sure critics tore "300" to shreds, calling it "overscaled and overwrought" and a "visually dull picture." the fact that the movie then quickly banked $70 million speaks volumes. all i have to say is that the critics must be totally high. actually, this movie is so masculine and so heterosexual you can smell the spartan testosterone all the way from the audience. no wonder the critics hate it so much.


300 is based on frank miller's graphic novel which is based on the ancient battle of thermopylae in which king leonidas (deftly portrayed by gerard butler) and 300 spartans fought to the death for democracy and freedom against the "godking" xerxes and his massive persian army. yes, this is a film based on a graphic novel. that is the beauty behind 300's incredible film techniques which mix live action and virtual backgrounds to bring the novelist's vision to life.


from a catholic perspective, it is an emotional portrayal of a cohesive unit. spartan boys are trained to live and fight as "one" and to live or die for one another. the women wait for the men at home, caring for their young ones. but, heads up, ladies: some of the most intense scenes involve the fiesty queen gorgo (played by the beautiful lena headey - whom i remember from the merchant-ivory classic "remains of the day"), the embodiment of the strong, sexy spartan wife and mother. king xerxes and his minions are portrayed as whorish, evil, and eerily effeminate. caveat: after you get a look into the debauchery that lies in xerxes' camp, you may have a sudden urge to take a shower to remove the grit.


smockdaddy, who has read several accounts of the battle at thermopylea, has seen the epic twice and thinks it's a visually stunning film with incredible battle sequences and shakespearean dialogue. i think it is a very seductive, very intense movie that i look forward to seeing again...hopefully at IMAX. how coolmoe would that be?

the bottom line: this movie is an intense action film about a very bloody battle and it does not disappoint.

*rated R for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity.

okay, so i no longer have to hang my head in shame when i see something like this parody of "pimp my ride"* ...

mom my ride

... i now feel that i have a relatively immaculate ride, aka the newly christened smockmom-mobile.

*for those of you without children under the age of, oh let's say 21, to "pimp a ride" means to deck out or accessorize your vehicle with appropriate gizmos and gadgetry.



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