Movie Theatres In Fredericton (& X-Men – Days Of Future Past)

Wednesday, 09 July, 2014. 2:33 am (insanely early in the morning, or late at night?)

There is only one “Cineplex Cinemas” in Fredericton. It’s in the Regent Mall. I’m not sure whether there are 10 theatres inside the ‘Cineplex’, or maybe the #10 is their address inside the mall?

Anyway, I went there for I think the third time I went to a cinema in Fredericton last evening. I went to see “X-Men / Days of Future Past” and I’m glad that I got to see it before it goes away.

On Tuesdays you can see a movie for $5.00 cdn (five Canadian dollars plus tax comes out to more like $6.99 Cdn$) That’s pretty good. If you come in for a late show (this one started at 10:40 pm, the only time they’re showing this movie lately) There’s a sign at the ticket desk saying “Box Office is Closed. You can get your tickets at an atm or at the refreshment counter. 4 ATM terminals and they were all busy, so I went to the refreshment counter. Yes you can pay there (sigh of relief). The young woman who waited on me was trying to do too many things at once (not her fault) and didn’t press the right space on her screen at the right time or the right pressure, I stared at a blank screen on the card reader for almost a full minute before I asked for her help. She was friendly and courteous and explained what had happened and pushed the right button or space at the right pressure. I had to pull my debit card out and re-insert it, but we got through the process and everything was fine and I got to the theatre inside the complex in time to miss a few seconds of previews which didn’t bother me at all.

The movie, The X-Men / Days of Future Past, was better than I’d expected. I think I started reading X-Men Comic books when they were ten or fifteen cents each. And thought it would be really cool to have laser beam eyes. I’m not the most critical movie goer. And I’m more than a little bit critical about Formulaic Adrenaline Rush plots. But I like this genre. And they did a good job. And the message the movie left me with was hopeful (hopeful for the future of the human race).

I doubt that the statements I just made would spoil anything for anyone. I left the theatre thinking about my science fiction / fantasy novels (which I haven’t finished writing) – thinking I should finish them and publish them somewhere,  even if I just publish them for free on the web somewhere. I think I have a positive message here and I think I can deliver it in a positive manner without boring any adrenaline junkies to death.

Besides, two of my favourite Canadian Actresses (Ellen Page and Anna Paquin) were on the screen. (Anna wasn’t there for more than a cameo, but Ellen played a major part in this movie’s plot. Our ‘Tiny Canadian’ who, as Kitty Pryde, can walk through walls, has developed into quite a powerful character in the X-Men world, she can send people’s consciousness back through time, in this case to try to undo a web of events that is killing not just mutants, but anyone who might have a mutant baby in a very dark future. This movie’s plot moves too quickly to give the Actress a chance to show off her real talent, but, if the ‘real world’ doesn’t implode in the next few months, or years, the not all that bright people who make decisions in Hollywood  just might get something right and knock us out.) ((Don’t tell her I said that, she’s a Pisces and Pisces-es are stereotypically afraid that people who matter to them might expect too much from them. Of course, no generality is ever true in all cases…))

Yeah, so there is a theatre complex in Fredericton, and it shows movies for $5.00 + tax on Tuesdays, and I would recommend the movie I saw. (I don’t know if the 3-D theatres are that inepensive on Tuesdays, probably not….) (but they do have one or two 3-D capable theatres inside the complex).

~~~Yay~~

~~~~~Jim

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After Arthur: Eeeek!

Monday, 07 July, 2014.

trees and pole hanging on wires

Gibson Street: Long shot of trees and utility pole hanging on Electric Wires @ 7 am, 06 July 2014.

Closer shot of trees and pole hanging on Electric Wires.

Gibson Street. Closer to the same trees and Pole hanging on Electric Wires.

Large Tree hanging on Electric Wires

Gibson Street, just south of the above two photos, another large tree looking dangerous as it hangs over Electric Wires.

Our Post-Tropical Storm left a mess here… I went out looking for an open Tim Hortons at 7 am. Nothing open on the north side. South side, the Timmy’s on Regent street had a very long line of cars, stretching almost all the way up the hill to the Irving station. The Timmy’s on Prospect Street (the one with the temporary trailer for a drive through-) had signs up everywhere “No Power!” and employees shouting, “We’re not open, we have no power” to three or four vehicles per minute who did not read the signs. I didn’t think of trying the Tim Hortons on Smythe Street, inside the fence at the Fair Grounds (I think that’s the Fair Grounds).

I turned around drove back to Regent Street and got in line for the Regent Street Timmy’s (a long time before I could see the happy end  of that line). Some traffic lights were working. Some were not. I did not block intersections, especially when I saw cars coming toward Regent Street.

After half an hour in line, with many people behind me, line stretching farther than when I joined it, stopped at a red light. Two cars swooped in ahead of me from the west. A grey Honda and a black Malibu. I took down their license numbers. If I had the telekinetic power to explode their heads on the spot there would have been dead drivers and a lot of blood everywhere. Thank goodness I don’t have that kind of power. It took over an hour from when I first got in line until I got to the Tim Hortons. Both of those cars that had jumped in line in front of me turned left against the “no left turn sign”. I saw people standing in line as I was getting my coffee and breakfast sandwiches there. When I turned right on the no left turn street, I noticed that the line of people on the sidewalk waiting to get inside and stand in line until they were waited on went down to the corner and back South on Regent Street. I couldn’t see how far it stretched, but I was glad I did not park and think I would have an easier time going inside.

When I got home and sipped my coffee and ate my breakfast with “the love of my life” I thought, hey, if I was just a little bit crazier I might have kept the piece of paper with their license plate numbers handy and some time in the future popped all four tires, or worse.

The more I thought about that, the more I remembered a friend telling us, “Don’t think about getting even with somebody who goes out of their way to do something nasty, that will only poison your outlook on life and keep you miserable, Pray to transmute that negative energy into something positive. Ask for help with this-” (Us mere humans can’t transmute that kind of frustration and anger by ourselves, we need Heavenly help.)

So I’m hoping that anybody who would cut in front of people who have been in a line for half an hour or longer will think twice and not do that in the future. If not, they just might meet up with some angry son of a gun who doesn’t believe in trying to be a good, decent human being, who just might have had  a really bad day or two, who might jump out of his or her car in a blind rage and cripple them for life.

A lot of the Prayers that went out from me on Sunday started out with “Help! I don’t need this anger-”

~~~~~I shouldn’t sign this, should I?

The Snow (finally) Went Away – On Mothers’ Day

Thursday, May 15, 2014. 10˚C / 50˚F @ 8:00 am.

Photo of yard with stone retaining wall, trees, a bit of snow and a deer.

This was taken on Monday, May 5th, The snow near the stone wall there was the last bit to hang on. (There is a deer in the photo, can you spot it between the white birch on the far left and the first pine tree from the left side?)

The last traces of snow in our yard finally melted on Mothers’ Day (Sunday, May 11th).

 

Several Deer in a line atop a small hill.

Committee Meeting, May 5th, 2014

I think I’ve spotted little nubs of antlers on a couple heads as these guys continue to come around looking for oats and bread and decent foraging stuff.

~~~~~Jim

Minor (?) Flooding on the Saint John River at Fredericton

Wednesday, 16 April, 2014. It was +2˚C / +37˚F @ 6:45 this morning.

We had some precipitation. Started out mostly rain with streaks of white here and there. At around 10:00 am we had what looked like a determined snow storm taking place. By 11:00 am the precipitation had pretty much blown away.

At about noon, I went to the boat launch area in the park at the south end of Gibson Street and shot the following (I hope the video loads in here okay).

Seagulls, flooded park, walking trail, snow, cars on the road.

Flooded Park, Fredericton, Northside, at the foot of Gibson Street. April 16th, 2014.

Nope, the video did not load. This is a still from the video.

~~~~~Jim

Wicked Weather – Hungry Deer

Sunday, March 30th, 2014.

Snow, Ice Pellets, Freezing Rain all day.

But…

Deer eating a piece of bread.

Hungry Deer come this close to get something to eat. Photo by Cathi Harris.

The above photo was shot through a porch window and a screen at a little after 6:30 pm. The nearest deer, the one grabbing something to eat, was about 10 feet from the woman with the camera.

For most of my life, the best view of wild deer was something like the next photo here:

Evergreens with deer behind them.

You have to look closely to see the deer through the trees. Photo by Cathi Harris.

The day we closed on our house on the north side we were greeted by a deer casually munching on a neighbour’s tree across the street, ‘in broad daylight’ at about 8:30 am.

We’ve heard reports that this year’s ‘extended winter’ has hurt the province’s deer herds.

Maybe that almost explains why we’ve seen so many deer so close to our window, looking for food, hungry enough to throw caution to the winds?

Window showing deer outside.

You can see how foggy the window was and how close the deer actually came to the porch. They got jumpy when we moved and the chair creaked. Photo by Cathi Harris.

The above is a shot of the deer searching for food last night, and includes our porch window and window sill, with a salt lamp a photo, a jar and a couple other things.

One thing we’ve noticed this winter, is that a very white deer comes around with this herd. There is also a partially white deer that one neighbour believes might be the child of the all white deer. We have had a heck of a time trying to get a decent photo of the white deer, who blends in too nicely with snowy backgrounds. And, the deer rarely come around in groups larger than four individuals at a time. We have had hints that more of them might be lurking back in the trees. Prey animals need to be cautious to survive, but look at this:

Several deer walking atop a slight ridge in the snow.

The white deer is closer and easier to photograph than ever before. Orange and white lights in the photo are indoor lights reflected in the porch window. Photo by Cathi Harris.

A larger portion of the herd came out in the freezing rain and ice pellets this evening than I’ve ever seen.

 

Deer under the branches of an evergreen.

This photo shows quite a few deer clustered beneath a tree during a freezing rain event. Photo by Cathi Harris.

Like I said, more of the herd was visible tonight than ever before.

And I should finish with one more photo, all photos taken by Cathi Harris.

Deer under tree and on the ridge.

The odd lights in the photo are reflections in the porch window. Photo by Cathi Harris.

We’ve come to appreciate this herd of deer and often jump for our cameras when they’re near. After a tough day of digging our snow blower out of an inch of ice in the shed, and fighting snow and ice to clear the driveway more than once, This view of the deer was a welcome highlight.

—Even if we’re supposed to get more freezing rain, ice pellets and snow tomorrow.

~~~~~ Jim

National Novel Writing Month

November 2nd, 2013:

November is NaNoWriMo month.

Press Start
Graphic Link to NaNoWriMo Start Page.

I might not get a lot of blogging done if I’ll be chugging out at least 1600 words a day for all of November writing a nano-novel.

But then again it’s taken me 2 & 1/2 hours per night to write almost 2,500 words per night.

& because this is happening while Mercury is Retrograde, I didn’t start a brand spankin new novel, I picked one up I’d started a couple years ago and continued on with it. So far so good, the test will come on November 10th when mercury stops and then begins to move forward again, lets see if this novel can hold my interest when that happens.

 

~~~~~Jim