‘Black Panther’ Spoiler-Free Movie Review

The Sci-Fi Critic

(Disclaimer: This post does not contain spoilers for Black Panther but does for all previous MCU movies.)

The newest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe dropped today in the form of Black Panther and earlier today I got the opportunity to see it. Predicting a $165 million opening weekend, just missing the mark of $180 million set by Captain America: Civil War in 2016, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up, 42), Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fantastic 4), Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 12 Years A Slave)Danai Gurira (The WalkingDead, The Visitor), and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Sherlock) and is directed Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitville Station). Black Panther will be released worldwide on February 16th, 2018.

Performances and Casting

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First of all, the casting for this film, as with the greater MCU was…

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Pets as Good Medicine – Let Them Entertain You

Being Lydia!

While everyone with a chronic illness (physical, emotional, or both) has a different set of health circumstances, one factor remains constant. We all feel lonely, trapped in a world of feeling crappy.

I hadn’t checked the daily prompts for awhile now and since I have not been able to get a post written lately, I decided Sunday I would see if it could generate some inspiration. It didn’t let me down – in fact, I had already thought of what I would try to write about and it all just came together! I just wasn’t feeling well enough (fatigue and pain mostly) to finish it.

Dogs have been known as “Man’s Best Friend” for generations. They can be trained to do many things from fetching the newspaper to guiding the blind and everything in between. The one thing that doesn’t need to be taught is unconditional love.

And while cats…

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Growth is Intentional

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Deciding to sail in BajaThere is nothing like a new year to inspire us to reflect on personal growth.

Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for growth. Bryant McGill

I haven’t posted anything about my windsurf journey in a while, so this seemed like a great time to demonstrate my growth in the sport of windsurfing. I have to push myself a little as I write this because this is one area of my leisure choices that is lacking.

In the above image of me in Baja, Mexico in January 2016, you can see the hesitation and uncertainty in my body language as I get set to tackle shore break waves slightly over my head. Sailing in the ocean is a scary proposition and I have used this same image with the Eleanor Roosevelt quote on several of my social media accounts.

Face your fears. Windsurfing in Baja, Mexico.

Because this does scare me even now!

But not willing…

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From Growth to Gold Medal!

HorseAddict

In the spring of 2012 Charlotte Dujardin, and her horse Valegro, came to Florida to compete in the Dressage Masters at the Jim Brandon Center.  Some of us had heard of her but she was not well  known outside of her native England. From what we saw  we were impressed and we knew she would be a contender. But we did not know how exponential that  growth would be.

Charlotte and Valegro warm up for the GP

London Olympics, August,  2012. I was lucky enough to be there with 22,000 other people to see this.

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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro were on the Gold Medal team for Great Britain. And…..they also won the individual gold medal. Here they are before the world’s press, in the center , the Gold Medal  winners.

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To see the other responses to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge “growth” click here:

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The State of the ‘Business’ in Show Business

Michael Christopher Cole

Earlier today, I read confirmation that Disney is buying 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion.  While I can see a couple of benefits personally, I think overall this isn’t a good thing, and I’m worried about what this could potentially do to the film industry (and possibly beyond that scope).

First, I want to mention two things, two disclaimers really.  I own some stock in Disney, nothing too crazy, but some, so consider that when reading this story.  The second caveat is that I love a ton of the films/properties that Disney owns, and some of those that they’re purchasing.

Ok, now with that out of the way, let me dive into my worries.  In case you missed it at the very beginning of this post, but they’re purchasing it for $52.4 billion dollars, so I hope that impresses upon you the size of a deal like this.  According to…

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Today’s Featured Blog…Rendezvous En New York!!!

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I’m a little late posting about this amazing event that I finally got to attend in July. It was CURLFEST and if you haven’t heard of it that is fine because you will. It’s hosted by the Curly Girl Collective and it is a yearly event that celebrates curly, kinky hair and promotes you loving your hair and the texture you were born with without feeling judged. It really wouldn’t cross most people’s mind unless you…

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Today’s Featured Blog…Charlie Country Boy’s Blog!!

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This was a landmark birthday and I thought a bit of spoiling wouldn’t go amiss, so off we trundled to London. Because I’m not from Peru, don’t possess a red coat and never travel…

Danny’s World: Disney World Prep and YouTube

Danny's iphone 439I have been watching a ton of YouTube videos about Disney tips and tricks in preparation for our trip in November.  There’s so much to consider when planning a Disney trip; even when you’ve been several times before.  I found a channel that I love (The Tim Tracker) and have binge watched it over the weekend.

Tim and his wife Jenn live in Orlando and chronicle their journeys throughout the parks. It seems that they visit the parks 3-4 times per week and investigate the different resorts, new foods, new events, changes and upcoming changes and much more.  I will admit that I am addicted to their channel.

We are staying at the Port Orleans Riverside resort this trip and I am using a simple tip that I believe will make our stay a bit more enjoyable.  I am using Amazon Prime and shipping all of our daily snacks, water, sunblock, ponchos, backpack and a few other items straight to the resort; our packages will be there waiting on us upon our arrival.

Another trick I’ve learned is to book breakfast in the resorts before the parks open which allows us to eat and then venture in before any crowds and lines develop.  This will be especially important at Magic Kingdom where certain rides develop long lines.

I’ll be curious to read how many people who follow my blog enjoy Disney.  Some can take it or leave it, but we think it is the most magical place on Earth!  Cheers folks!

Danny’s World: Our Up-Coming Trip

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I am super excited to tell everyone that Evelina and I are going to Disney in November for her birthday!  For the first time I am using a travel agent to assist with the trip as there's a bit more planning and a few more new elements.  This trip we are staying at the Disney resort Port Orleans Riverside and we are including the Disney Dining Plan.

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I'm paying for the dining plan to relieve the burden of having to constantly monitor a budget; it takes a bit of the fun out of the trip for me to constantly be counting every dollar spent.  Also, I have Disney planning some cool surprises for Evelina for her birthday (11/18) which is easier to plan through the agent.

I will say the agent is making this trip the most fun yet as she offers up suggestions of things we didn't realize existed.  Also she is able to track any new discounts and apply them to our trip, discounts we would have missed had we not used her services.  But the biggest reason I will always use an agent from now on is the payment structure.  I put down a simple $200 deposit leaving the remainder of the balance due 30 days prior to our check-in date.  I like being able to make payments and have her handle all the details.

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For those who are new to my blog I'll give you the quick back-story.  When Evelina was a little girl growing up in Poland she always dreamed of going to Disney.  She would watch the movies and see Disney on television, but was never able to go due to it being in the United States. Communism frowned on travels to the United States, plus Disney would have been a long trip for small children.

So when I learned about this I decided that the only place for us to get engaged would be at the Magic Kingdom during the fireworks, in the Rose Garden near Cinderella's Castle.  Following our wedding we honeymooned at Disney and spent our first anniversary there also.  Now we take family trips with my mom and dad, sister and her family each year.  I guess you could say we are Disney fans.  Danny's iphone 599

On this trip we will be purchasing the Annual pass option using a little trick I learned from my sister.  When we go to the gate on our last day prior to checking in, we can buy the annual pass and Disney will credit us all the money we spent on tickets for this trip against the value of the annual pass; which means we will only be paying approximately $700 total for 2 annual passes (normally $1600ish).

I have been planning dinner reservations, birthday surprises, roadtrip details, Amazon shipping list, etc. for this trip the last 2 weeks and I'm getting excited!  I want this to be the best birthday ever for Evelina; lord knows she deserves it for putting up with me!!