Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Unnecessary Protest

I'm disturbed by the idea that the Catholic League feels it necessary to boycott the movie The Golden Compass. I have listened to the whole trilogy on audio book, and I have never felt so many emotions from a book. The author Phillip Pullman is an atheist. I do see their point about the book having an anti-religious bent, but there is so much more to the book then that. The ultimate theme of the book is love. You have parents sacrificing themselves for their child. You have a girl and a boy learning what love is. I don't see how this is a good reason not to see a movie. I believe I read somewhere that they didn't bother to read the book or see the movie, before they started the boycott. I'm a firm believer that just because you read, watch, listen to music, movies and books doesn't mean it will influence your behavior. After listening the trilogy I didn't feel like I hated religion or the Catholic church because of it. I was more compelled by the characters in the story and the sacrifices they made. It also reminded me of what love is suppose to be about.

Check this link out to read a very well-written letter on the topic http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071212/LETTERS/71212002

Not cut out for Beverly Hills

I came to an interesting conclusion yesterday as I was at a holiday luncheon. We went to this restaurant located in Beverly Hills. It was one of those steak houses. In a nutshell I came to realize that rich people seem to like bland food. Most of it seemed flavorless to me, and stuff I could have probably cooked out home. Would you go to an expensive restaurant to have mashed potatoes and gravy? Can get the same thing at Kentucky Fried Chicken for less. I realize it's a whole status thing to pay more for things, but what about the quality?

My favorite place to go in Glendale is a buffet restaurant called Q Q's. They have a wonderful selection of food. Anything from fried chicken, orange chicken, pizza, crab legs and even frog legs. My favorite is the oyster in black bean sauce. I've never tried oyster before, but I had to try it. For me, how things taste is important. There is something about the way the flavors just mingle in your mouth.