Party Hopping on the 4th

For the 4th of July, Wife and I began at the Lezack’s new place. After fixing their PS3-HDMI-Television problem (I know, I am a nerd), we played a new game called washers. Michelle (@mlezack) and I beat Jen (@beachJen81) and Dan with a score of 21 to something. After then watching a few more rounds, Wife and I headed north to visit Tom and his new apartment on the what I am calling Tom’s Harbor (it is more of a cove, but I like harbor better).

After finding a great parking space (close to Tom’s), we enjoyed the view from the balcony, a delicious crock pot dinner, hanging on the dock, and then some fireworks. While we did not see much of the official fireworks, the neighbors definitely made sure we saw some sparkles.

I have to give it to both our host, they have great party locations. The Lezacks have a wonderful backyard with a pool (unfortunately too cold this 4th) and jacuzzi, while Tom has a very vibrant spot on the water with a dock and some friendly neighbors. Looking forward to the Labor Day Party!

July Movie Night – Cheesy Moon

Fourty years ago this month (July 20th, 1969 to be exact), humans stepped foot on the moon for the first time. Much to their dismay they discovered that the moon was and is not made of cheese. However, some filmmakers never knew or took the cheeseless moon to heart and decided to make some cheesy space movies. So for July’s Movie Night, we present to you Cheesy Moon. So please join us at the Talmadge Bernasconi’s house for some space and cheese.

Voting has now been moved to e-vite to prevent people from gaming the system *cough*Joe and Juli* cough* so please vote there. If you did not recieve an e-vite and would like to come please send me an e-mail.

Below are the descriptions of the cheesy films:

Plan 9 from Outer Space

After the embarrassing failure of the first eight plans, a group of evil aliens enacts plan nine — resurrecting the dead to take over the Earth. Bela Lugosi makes his final film appearance — along with Vampira, Tor Johnson, Criswell and a chiropractor acquaintance of director Ed Wood– in one of the most popular cult classics of the 20th century, a two-time winner of the Golden Turkey Award for Worst Film and Worst Director of all time.

Robinson Crusoe on Mars

When his spaceship crash-lands on Mars, astronaut Kit Draper (Paul Mantee) must figure out how to survive on the barren, lifeless planet with only a monkey to keep him company in this 1964 sci-fi take on Daniel Defoe’s classic novel. As Draper searches for food, water and oxygen, he eventually discovers that the dead planet may actually harbor life — but it’s not clear whether the Martians are friends or foes.

Silent Running

In a ruined future, huge orbiting spaceships preserve the last remaining trees from pollution and overcrowding on Earth. Botanist Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) receives an order to destroy the trees. He refuses, setting himself against his superiors and fellow crew members. Directed by special-effects titan Douglas Trumbull, Silent Running’s innovative effects and powerful themes ensured its cult status.

Forbidden Planet

A pulp-fiction sci-fi classic, Forbidden Planet stars Leslie Nielsen as a heroic starship captain who finds the paradise planet Altair-IV, which is inhabited by Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughter, the sole survivors of an earlier expedition. Morbius uncovered the secrets of the long-lost civilization that made Altair-IV a paradise — the same secrets that unknowingly destroyed the society!

Food, Drinks, and Fireworks

You have to love the fact that in the United States of America people are always looking for a new holiday to eat and drink with friends. However, only on the Fourth of July can a person do those two and add in some fireworks.

So to honor those who decided the British had to go, Wife and I invited some friends over to my parents house (because they have a bigger backyard, okay, a huge backyard) for some BBQ and fun. One (for anonymity sake) of our guests was gracious enough to bring us some sparklers and some bigger fire spewing toys. While enjoying the lights and sounds we made sure not to burn down the house and left at the end of the evening successful.

Afterward our own little show (as you can see in the video above), we headed to Balboa Park to watch the professionals light off some fireworks. Then we drove back to the parents house for some dominoes and finally the bike ride back to our place.

I love holiday (a.k.a. three day) weekends.