Monday, June 24, 2013

Computers, Movies, and Geocaching

We recently upgraded out cable to a whole-house system, which also upgraded our internet speed by trillions. Okay, maybe not trillions, but it more than doubled. Well, it doubled if…

my laptop’s wireless card could be upgraded. It cannot (since it is part of my motherboard).

Oh, but does the cable company tell you that? Heck, no!

So, while my husband is able to enjoy the speedy internet connection via wireless, I have to “plug in” if I wish to have the same service; otherwise, I’m stuck with the same ol’ slow internet. Guess it’s the price I pay for keeping my laptop, huh? And I really don’t want to give it up.


How far would you travel to see a movie?

On June 7, “Much Ado About Nothing” was reported to be released. I checked our local listings. Nothing. I checked Fandango,, and Rotten Tomatoes. Nothing. Found out via a comment on one of those sites that it was released in only FOUR theatres. The big release was scheduled for June 21. Okay, guess I have to wait.

On June 21, I checked our local listings. Nothing. My daughter came over and told me that the only Ohio cities showing the movie were Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland. How is THAT a big release? Guess I should be lucky it’s in Ohio at all, huh?

So yesterday, my daughter and I drove aaalll the way to Columbus (that would be 120 miles round trip) to see the movie. Was it worth it? Yes, it was. Now, I’m not a huge Shakespeare fan, and the fact his words are basically used in a modern-day setting kind of threw me (you really have to pay attention to what the characters are saying), but it was funny and I liked the people who starred in it. My daughter is a huge Joss Whedon fan AND she likes Shakespeare, so it was doubly good for her. If I were to rate this movie on something like Goodreads, I’d give it four stars!


Have you ever heard of geocaching? Saturday, my daughter discovered this newfangled adventure using your smart phone and now she’s hooked. It’s like a scavenger hunt, but it’s not like you win anything. It’s just something to do so you can say you did it. At least, that’s what I take it for. It does require a lot of driving around and searching, searching, searching. Then, when you find the object, you write your name down and then replace it.

Sometimes I see things and think: Gee, I wish they had something like that when I was young. Like I do with iPods or even CD players. I would have LOVED to carry my music everywhere back in the 70s.

But I don’t think I would have gone geocaching if it existed all those years ago. Not because I was lazy (I was and still am, thank you very much), but because I just wasn’t (and am still not) very adventurous.

I’ll leave the adventures to my characters (which gives me an idea… See, they come at the strangest times!).

So… Do you think you’ll check out “Much Ado About Nothing”? And if you saw it, what did you think?




JeffO said...

I saw the 1993 version with Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh (and Denzel Washington, and Michael Keaton, and Kate Beckinsale, and many others) and really enjoyed it. I probably won't see it until it comes out on cable/netflix, however. Glad you enjoyed it!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - Goodness, I didn't even know that version existed and now I want to see it. There are sooo many people in there I like! Thanks for pointing it out.

Maria Zannini said...

That's a little far for any movie, but glad it was worth it for you.

I have traveled 120 miles for a hotdog once, so I can't judge. To be fair, it was a very good hotdog. :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - I don't remember the last time I had a GOOD hot dog. You'll have to let me know where this place is at!

LD Masterson said...

That's why God gave us Netflix.

Matt's family was into geocaching for a while but no so much anymore. Might have something to do with the cost of gas.

Stacy McKitrick said...

LD - Maybe he gave you Netflix, but I don't have it. Haha :)

Yeah, I would think it could get pricy doing that geocaching. My daughter likes to walk around, though and wishes she knew about it before she visited San Francisco. Apparently, there's on on the Golden Gate Bridge (and she walked across it).

Jen B said...

I love Joss Whedon too and would love to see this movie. The closest it is playing to us is 80 miles away (Toronto), but I'm probably going to wait for DVD release. I wonder why it is such a limited release? Glad you liked it! :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jen - Have no idea why the limited release. It's not like Joss isn't popular! Let's just hope it does well enough to be released to more theatres! (And the reviews have been good, so it's possible)

Donna Hole said...

I live about a 40 minute drive away from everything, so I guess driving 60 minutes one way to see a movie doesn't sound strange to me. But, I'll wait til Much Ado comes out on DVD, lol.

If you're gonna modern up Stacy, modern up. Time to back up all your files and download to a new hard drive on a new laptop! You're paying for the service, might as well use it.


Stacy McKitrick said...

Donna - Actually, the internet CAME with the service I WANTED... Besides, I have Vista and Word 2003 and kind of want to keep it that way. I definitely don't want Windows 8 and I hate anything over Word 2007 (they had to go take something simple and make it bigger and more complicated).

Sarah Ahiers said...

I haven't seen it yet. I want to, but i don't know if i'll be able to find the time

The Happy Whisk said...

I don't know how far I would drive for a movie, since the movie house is so close to where I live. I would probably just wait for it to hit NetFlix.

Glad you had fun.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Sarah - Apparently, there's always time for a movie (for me, anyway).

Ivy - We have theatres close to us, too. LOTS of them. That's why it seemed so crazy that movie wasn't in at least ONE of them.

Erin Kane Spock said...

Much Ado About Nothing with Denzel Washington, Emma Thompson, etc... is one of my favorite movies. I hadn't even heard of this version. Must look it up now.
I have friends that do geocaching. I've thought about a little, but not enough to pay for an app.

Erin Kane Spock said...

Is that Fred from Angel? Makes sense, Joss Whedon and all.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Erin - Yep, Fred AND Wesley from Angel. It was very entertaining!