Short Bursts

DIDN’T YOU USED TO BE AN ATHLETE? DEPARTMENT
There was a freaking marathon this past weekend here in Champaign-Urbana. I actually know a couple of peeps who participated.

Back in November, I toyed with the idea of actually trying to train to just run the 5K portion of the race. And then my ankle hurt, my knee groaned in pain and I decided maybe I’d think about it next year.

DID JESUS BRING YOUR EASTER CANDY DEPARTMENT
For the last several years, the Easter tradition in my family is to go to the Thelma Keller Convention Center in beautiful Effingham, Illinois and dine at their Easter Brunch. It is to die for.

There is more food and more variety of food than I’ve ever seen at any other comparable buffet. You name it, its there. You want freshly made omelets while you wait. Done. You want 12 different kinds of desserts? Done. You want a champagne fountain? Done. You want five different choices for entre (two chicken dishes, pork cutlets, roast beef and ham)? Done. You want stuff for the little kids to eat like chicken fingers, curly fries and macaroni and cheese? Done. You want it to cost just $20 per person? Done.

In year’s past we’ve had large family gatherings and tables of 15 or 20. This year it was just me and my Mom and Dad. I loved every second of it.

If you want to make the trip to Effingham to experience the best brunch in arguably southern Illinois, make plans to attend their Mother’s Day Brunch in May.

NOT ALL PIRATES ARE JOHNNY DEPP DEPARTMENT
I am quite happy Capt. Richard Phillips is safe. However, I’m not turning the incident into some sort of Presidential level crisis.

This was not, say, the Cuban Missile Crisis.

President Obama signed-off on the attack and that was it. WHICH IS ALL HE NEEDED TO DO! We had all the highly trained people in place to take down the pirates and we handled it. The only thing I can see with this crisis which was Obama-like is in the way it was handled with patience and precision. I admire a cautious, thoughtful President and by extension the military professionals who call him Commander-In-Chief.

Treating it any other way is pure politics.

DOCTOR DOCTOR DEPARTMENT
I don’t understand people sometimes. I never blurred the line between character and performer. I never ran up to Kevin Smith and called him Silent Bob or called Wil Wheaton Ihateyouwesleycrusheryoumadestartreksuck. So, I’m at a loss when people who treat fictional characters like real people.

The commentary on the Lawrence Kutner Memorial Facebook page borders on the ridiculous. I feel like Bill Shatner yelling at these people: “It was a character on a TV show!” It’s not like Kal Penn is dead, you mouth-breathing morons.

I CANNA CHANGE THE LAWS O’PHYSICS DEPARTMENT
The new Star Trek movie drops in a few weeks and I’ve pretty much taken myself out of the hype loop. Look, I’m interested in seeing the movie and will probably be right there the first weekend, but I’m not looking for major spoilers or any of that.

I think its going to be great. I think I’m not going to nitpick it to death. I think I’m going to greet this new incarnation with open arms. Still, I’m a bit apprehensive.

I don’t like the look of the new Enterprise. I really, really don’t. I’m concerned the time travel aspect of the story will be too confusing (so far, nobody’s said that). I’m concerned Kirk will be way too dickish and unlikable.

Since I have so much control over these aspects of the film, I should probably just shut up, sit back and enjoy it. Just like your wife.