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Monday, October 28, 2013


Yes, this is a blog on sustainable resources and the environment.  However, after years of mostly focusing on those two topics, my readers kept telling me that my blogs were too long and, by the way, they mostly enjoyed my postings on food, entertainment and travels.  As this site has evolved, I promised to keep the tone of Mondays upbeat.  So, here is what I'll do for the next three days:
  • Today:  four "video" events plus astonishing news about coconuts.
  • Tommorrow:  the NBA season starts, and I will draft three fantasy teams today.  What are fantasy teams?  Then you must return on Tuesday for the scoop on this topic.
  • Wednesday:  a monthly review on wind power, solar energy, biomass, geothermal, etc.
Let me start with a message from Patricia Golden, who sent me this link about coconut oil.  As an older individual who is probably entering into the shadow of dementia (nothing confirmed, mind you, but there is a correlation with increasing age), here is a quote that astounds:

(TruthSeekerDaily) Health tip:  Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are the primary types of fat found in coconut oil. MCT’s have been found to boost cognitive performance in older adults suffering from memory disorders like Alzheimer’s. What’s most astonishing about this fact is that brain function is boosted immediately after one dose of 40 ml.

I last week bought a pint of coconut oil for $17.  I thought this was a bit pricey, but I now use it to fry eggs and just about anything else.  I'll need to try it with balsamic on a large salad today.

I went to two movie theaters this weekend.  On Saturday, as I thought it was outrageous to pay $75 to watch the Rainbow Warriors lose to Colorado State (yes, they did, but the University of Hawaii is THE best college football team with a 0-7 record), so I went to Koko-Marina for a $12 game seat.  As the drive was not insignificant, I thought I would first catch an appropriate movie.  In this case, it was Carrie, for nothing else worked on timing.  Interestingly enough, both the film and football game were in the same theater auditorium.

Carrie was rated by Rotten Tomatoes at 47% by reviewers and 58% by the audience.  That was about right.  The book was written by Steven King.  Interestingly enough, the original in 1976, with Sissy Spacek in the Grace Chloe Moretz role, Piper Laurie as the mother, played menacingly in this sequel by Julianne Moore, and John Travolta as the current Alex Russell in the Billy character, got Rotten Tomatoes numbers of 92% and 72%.

Then on Sunday, I saw Escape Plan with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with Rotten Tomatoes numbers of 48% and 65%, again, about right.  They are getting old, but the production was entertaining.  The second flick was Jackass Presents:  Bad Grandpa, rated at 61% and 76% by Rotten Tomatoes.  Just the title gives it all away:  pranking, shock value, gross, dumb, etc.  Revealing American interests today, the film was #1 at the box office this weekend.  This really is Jackass 4, but with a small plot holding together hidden camera vignettes of "normal people" being sucked into the scene.  There were moments of hilarity, for even I, at one point, laughed so much that I lost control and choked.  Thought I would die.  It was the balls scene.  Thirty-one year-old Johnny Knoxville played 86 year-old  Bad Grandpa, revoltingly, but reasonably well.


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