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05 May 2008 @ 09:26 am
Iron Man  
Well, Iron Man was pretty darn great. I'd have to put it in the top five superhero movies of all time. Superhero origin films are always a difficult beast with economic screenwriters seemingly forced to tie the bad guy's origins in with the hero's, but this one handled it very well, I thought. Of course, Robert Downey, Jr. was superb as Tony Stark, even with the difficult task of convincing the audience he was both a nerd and a playboy. Frankly, my only real complaint was that it spent a bit longer in Afghanistan than it needed to.

In other news, I made the mistake of weighing myself today and am back to where I was when I started losing in September. I'm considering spiraling into a nice little depression over it, but am so far keeping the faith and trying to get myself excited about the concept of eating salad for lunch and then walking home from work. Mmmmmm... lettuce!

Current Mood: 243
Listening to: Grant Lee Phillips - "Lily-a-Passion"
theballadofyoko on May 5th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
hey-- I started walking to work today!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: comics: cowboy monkeyassmonkeydiary on May 5th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Professor Mortis: Timprofessormortis on May 5th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
I hear you man. I've stalled out at about ten pounds lost; I can get down to 15 pounds lighter but then I go back up. I'm hoping that resuming biking to work in addition to judo will help, but I really wanted to have lost quite a bit once I hit my physical (which is tomorrow).
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: kirsten ulve assmonkeydiary on May 5th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I think dehydration might be the answer. I'm going to wrap myself in plastic from head to toe and then go running 'til my flesh turns to powder.
Professor Mortis: Timprofessormortis on May 5th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
I swear I read somewhere that Vampirya used to sprinkle meat tenderizer on her skin before she put on the corset made of rubber inner tubes that was part of her outfit.
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on May 5th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
You know what I do, I make HUGE salads with romaine and baby spinach as a base & different bean salads as a topping. Tuna and chickpeas, which I seem to remember you said you can't have because of K's super tuna detector; turkey and black bean salsa; chicken and pinto bean salsa; hard-boiled eggs and two-bean (green and kidney) salad. It's filling because you can eat as much romaine and baby spinach as you damn well want, and also protein is filling. They taste good, too. Now that the weather's warming up, I'm going to start back on them & will probably have recipes in my journal, if you want.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: fishingassmonkeydiary on May 5th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Yum! Those sounds really good. I love bean salads but rarely make them myself. Do you do anything special with the chickpeas (like toss them in olive oil?) or is it just straight form the can into the salad? Salsa on a salad sounds great too. Yes yes yes to recipes!

Edited at 2008-05-05 09:29 pm (UTC)
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on May 5th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
For the chickpeas and two-bean salads, I make a tiny amount of vinaigrette like 1 Tbsp olive oil + 1 Tbsp lemon juice for the chickpeas and 1 Tbsp veg oil + 1 Tbsp cider vinegar + 1 Tbsp sugar for the two-bean salads. The salsas don't have oil at all, those are just regular tomato or tomatillo salsa with beans added. If that gives you some ideas. I will put more detailed recipes in my journal in upcoming weeks...
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ballerina escapeassmonkeydiary on May 5th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Young Rapscallionmdnitemarv on May 6th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
I like the idea of Stark as a playboy nerd. But moreso, they presented him as a big kid, tinkering in his lab, never having to grow up for the most part, until he was confronted by death. Very well done movie.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: angel and the apeassmonkeydiary on May 6th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, definitely a big kid. I was surprised how much I enjoyed him kidding around with the robots. That could have been really annoying with another actor, but with Downey it was downright charming.
Young Rapscallion: skull & crossboobsmdnitemarv on May 6th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
That's part of Downey's charm, that he can say anything and make it sound normal. He's talking to robots, for cryin' out loud, and it didn't seem forced at all.
captian_whamo on May 6th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
i just saw iron man last night. i agree...it was awesome...so awesome...

bikes...my answer to weightloss is getting your car totalled for you then getting a nice road bike. its been working out really well for me. i ride half an hour each way to work and have enough energy to lap a toddler.

good luck sir. and this picture is compleatly fantastic!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Glen Barr assmonkeydiary on May 6th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks... yeah, I'd really love to ride a bike to work, but I'm too big of a chicken to ride one in downtown Philadelphia. The drivers are crazy and I have a tendency to space out a little when I'm riding.
captian_whamo on May 6th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
nice. just wear a helmet? I dont know they ever made me safer as i tend to do far more irrational things in the challenge of safety, but they do work for others...that and you learn to punch cars, its really satisfying.
Professor Mortis: Cthulhuprofessormortis on May 6th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
If you want to get over that, you could try a bike tour-I did one in Boston and lost (most) of my fear....a little fear is healthy.
jerolj on May 7th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
I am in total agreement on Iron Man - even my wife liked it and she generally dislikes superhero movies. My question is, did you stay for the scene after the credits because ohmynerd that was awesome!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue statueassmonkeydiary on May 8th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah.... although I was surprised how few did stay. There was only a handful of us left to watch it. I'm still not sure they can pull off an Avengers movie, but I'm willing to hope.