Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Smoky Days and Nights

Ugh. Going to bed with the windows closed and the air conditioning on, because of the smoke from the forest fires. Our eyes are red and our throats are irritated.

And it's going to keep getting worse, every summer. The annual forest fires will die away when there's nothing left to burn in the mountains. Surely there won't be many people living in the mountains, once that happens. There'll be little tourism, summer or winter. The rare heavy snows or rains will mean serious mudslides and flash flooding. Denver won't be covered by smoke from fires then, but it will be covered by dust. Extreme water rationing will mean no more lawns, and we'll all have cacti instead of trees, like Arizona.

Of course, the important question is, what will this mean for the value of our house?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Star Trek: Into Lameness

We finally saw the new Star Trek movie today. Cumberbatch dominated the movie, unsurprisingly. Lots of action and extraordinarily believable special effects. It was entertaining and had some occasionally good dialogue. However, take away the action and the special effects, and there wasn't much left. Even Cumberbatch's presence couldn't add substance to the movie.

We really liked the first of the new ST movies. I'm willing to make allowances for this one because #2 in a series is usually lame and #3 is usually good. So I was expecting a touch of lameness. Nonetheless, I was really hoping for a movie that wasn't aimed at 15-year-old boys.

Maybe #3 will be good.