The Secret Window

I now have installed threads into my comments. You can now make a subject for your comment, and, if you so desire, comment on a comment made by someone else. It’s in the style of livejournal. Gotta give credit to this guy for writing the plugin. Tim’s Blog and The Scattered Thoughts Photoblog also use threads.

Saturday night, Erin and I went to the movies to see The Secret Window, the new movie starring Johnny Depp. I’ll start by saying that it was entertaining. I wasn’t too impressed with the general plot. It was a typical psycho-thriller (that’s what I like to call them). Twenty minutes into the movie, I already knew exactly what was going to happen. Let’s analyze this…

The camera work was amazing. Definitely some of the coolest camera work that I’ve seen in a while. That’s really the best part of the movie, sadly.

Since it is based on a novella by Stephen King, you can imagine what the general plot is. Psycho shows up, threatens to kill the main character, ends up “killing” main character’s friends, main character ends up being the psycho, realizes this and kills his soon-to-be-ex-wife and her soon-to-be new husband and gets away with the crime becasue there’s not enough evidence to convict him.

The movie pretty much follows the Fight Club plot to the letter. I wasn’t impressed at all by the plot, but it was an entertaining movie. I guess the fact that the camera work was good was enough to make me enjoy it. I’m really tired of going to the theater to watch a movie and seeing the same stuff regurgitated with new characters and new specific details. Someone needs to write some new material…


I’ve been thinking a lot about camp recently. About being with the campers, touching their lives in the most positive way possible. I wish camp would be a year round thing. John’s post from March 27, 2004 has me thinking a lot tonight…

How many campers tell stories about climbing up to the top of the COPE course? How many parents are sick of hearing about the zip line, but are happy that their sons were able to participate in a program designed to foster leadership? I hope that I have an impact on these young men as much as Sox, John, Tim and others do.

I seldom get to hear about it because I don’t live in or near Indianapolis and I don’t spend much time up north. I did run into two campers the other day, Will and DJ. These two guys were elated to see me, came running up to me and started asking me all kinds of questions. Granted it was a while ago, but they really made me appreciate working at Ransburg, realizing that it’s a privilige to be able to touch as many young lives as I do every week.

It puts it all into prospective.

That’s all I got for today. Check out the Link Below for the update of my life.

The End-of-the-Blog Rundown

Song of the DayEverything – Ben Harper

Quote of the Day – “My parents were extremely cruel to me. We had fire drills round the house so that in case of a fire we each had a special duty. My father had to grab the pets, my mother grabbed the jewelry, my sister ran out to get help and they told me to try and save the washer and dryer..” –Luke

Darwin Award Recipient for the Week Begining March 21, 2004
The manager of the Walnut Street Taco Bell a.k.a. Taco Bello. You are the worst manager on the face of the earth. Who staffs only two people after eleven in the evening? That’s the time when most college students start getting the munchies. I could run your Taco Bell better than you. If you can’t afford to hire staff who will work those hours, don’t open your store that late, close it when you run out of money to staff… Wow… truly a “missing link” in the mystery of why stupid people still walk this earth.

Current Mood – Accomplished because I got the threads to work in my comments 🙂

Expect a new design on this site sometime in the next week or so. By new design, I mean new picture and new colors. I love the three columns, so they’re going to stick around for a while.

Until the next post…
Be cool, man, just be cool.

The Life Update

Not too much has been going on lately in the Life of Tom. Here’s what I’ve been up to the last few days.

Friday night, we went over to Will’s. There was a get together at my place, but I didn’t want to attend. Check out THE LiveJournal for more details about why. Will’s place was hella good times. So much to tell, so little space. I’ll sum it up by saying that I’m really looking forward to living with Chris and Will next year. It’s going to be a blast.

Saturday was awesome. I took a trip out to lovely Ransburg Scout Reservation. I helped Dave, Roy, Russ, and John set up the COPE course and the Climbing Tower. It’s the pre-season set up. We got everything done that we needed to get done, thanks to me being able to traverse the entire COPE course with rabbit ears and me and John being able to fix all the loose holds on the Tower.

John, buddy, you really need to work on your endurance. Do some dead hanging as well as bent-arm hanging on your campus board. Hang bent-arm first until you can’t anymore, take a 30 second break, hang dead (straight arm) for the same time you hung bent arm, take a rest, and repeat with half the time until your muscles fail. It’ll increase, slowly, the hanging endurance you have in your arms.

Saturday evening, Erin and I watched the above-mentioned movie, and that’s about it. Brings us up to now where I’m sitting bored out of my mind at work.

That’s all I got.

Peace yo!

13 thoughts on “The Secret Window

  1. I told you at the time that the cache was a micro. It’s going to be really tough to find, especially since the site gets bad GPS Sattelite reception.

  2. I must have completly missed that then. We’ll look again, this time with with two GPS.

    Oh, and thanks for the workout tips.

  3. i was the one that showed him that you mentioned him in your blog. he would’ve never figured it out if it weren’t for me. then again, he wouldn’t figure a lot of things out if it weren’t for me.
    hi tom!!!!!

  4. Sorry, Tux is gone for the time being. He’s taken a trip to the Amazon Rainforest to study the flight patterns of the Yellow Crested Cockatoo.

  5. Tom, I am sure that you have made a huge impact on the lives of many scouts. I am with you in the fact that I don’t think I do but that is because I am at the University of Indianapolis and basically go to class and my room. Everyone on staff has an impact on scouts or even other staff members in their own way. Don’t expect the praise guys just know that some kid is going to remember you and come back next summer and see you at camp and remember who you are.

  6. Yea, I know, I just wish I could see the guys who went through COPE with me every now and again. It would be a nice escape from school and such.

    I guess that just means I need to find a troop to get involved with down here.

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