Hello Scribblers! J Monkeys here. Even though I finished writing tomorrow’s blog post earlier today, I just finished something that moved me to post again. Hello October 27th!
Like many people, my job includes several aspects that I don’t care for. One of them if folding the Alpine mountain of laundry that my household seems to generate each week. Today was a folding day. I know this because I’ve spent the last two mornings fishing through troughs of clean clothes searching for pants for my son to wear to school.
This morning, I stopped at Redbox to rent myself a bit of folding inspiration – a movie. I rented several, including one that I thought looked absurd from the trailer (ok, well this trailer is better than the one I saw in the theater) – this past summer’s action flik Battleship. NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD!!! You may want to see the movie, then come back to the blog.
I rented Battleship for one reason and one reason only – that taste of Swedish Delight known as Alexandar Skarsgard. He was every bit as yummy as I could have hoped, if too small a portion. I kept watching – even when it became clear that his presence would not…how we say…continue in the film.
From the trailer this summer, I had the impression that Battleship was the red-headed stepchild of that other Hasbro great: Transformers. Au contraire! If you haven’t seen this movie then get thee to a Redbox! I laughed, I cried – honestly, I cried from the story, not the full laundry basket of socks to be mated. Why do they make so many different styles of socks?!
But seriously – it seems that good writers and good actors and good tech people can make a very good film, no matter how silly the premise.
Spoilers here: (highlight to read) I loved that one major hero of this story was a retired soldier who had lost his legs in battle. He was awesome and it was SO great to see our wounded soldiers being recognized in this way. I also loved that the final battle included long retired WWII vets and of course, a battleship that the current naval officers had no idea how to sail. And don’t forget, the movie was inspired by classic game – it was cool how they worked that in. Of course, the movie also included the standard hero-as-screw-up coming of age story and the freaked out geek who predicts disaster at the beginning. And of course, the girl – but she was spunky.
Today’s Secret: If you like a good story, give Battleship a try. The trailer doesn’t even hint at the best parts of the film.
Today’s Question: How do you inspire/reward yourself for doing those aspects of your job that you hate?