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Nashville Holiday

Thursday
November 24, 2005

I'm writing this from Nashville, where I arrived last night (following a one-hour delay at the Tampa airport.) The plane I took on the flight here had to have its windshield replaced in Baltimore; for something like that, I'm willing to wait... especially on what was the busiest travel day of the year.

It's silly on some levels that I had to leave Tampa to actually find time to be able to write on here. It's just been so busy for me lately that I've had little time to spend writing commentary columns on here. So it goes; at least things have been interesting and exciting.

A game I have to highly recommend is WWE: Raw vs. Smackdown 2006 for the PS2. It's great fun, and unlike the really sub-par game of the same title (sans the 2006 part) from last year, this one has some great gameplay. And the graphics... wow. I think the PS2 has been maxed out as far as its graphical capabilities go.

I took WWE to task in my last column (which I delayed in finally posting) regarding needing to do something about all of the pro wrestlers who had lost their lives before the age of 50. They've now announced that a new drug testing program is going into place, along with thorough cardiovascular testing. The latter part is of particular importance. Had nothing been done, this might've finally been enough to draw the ire of lawmakers, particularly with an election year looming.

We had a delicious Thanksgiving meal today, which was wonderful. I haven't eaten that well in a long, LONG time. It was great. As usual, my Mom came through with an outstanding feast, and my Grandmama Blaylock brought some of her peanut butter pie. I feel stuffed, but it is Thanksgiving...

Tonight I saw the movie Walk The Line with my bro Matt and my parents; my sister Mary Beth decided, for whatever reason, that she didn't want to see it, so she stayed at home. It was a great movie; I highly recommend it. They pulled it all off in a very believable way, with only a smattering of Hollywooded-up scenes. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon will receive Oscar consideration for this film, and rightfully so. It also warrants mentioning that the makeup on Phoenix showing the decline of his character into drug addiction was very well done, matching his spot-on acting scene for scene. And while the role for Witherspoon might not have had the same level of challenge as Phoenix's, it was certainly no Legally Blonde 2 fare, and she nailed it.

Also, I saw the trailer for the forthcoming Steven Spielberg movie Munich, which some in the know have been calling his "best film ever." We'll see about that, but the trailer sure looked compelling...


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