Reviewed: The Five-Year Engagement

Since it was raining and cold and windy yesterday I decided to take shelter inside a movie theater where it was warm and there was popcorn and pop and movies.  And since I like the comedic stylings of Jason Segal, I decided upon “The Five-Year Engagement.”  Segal, you will recall, starred in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and his daytime job is some TV show with the guy that used to play Doogie Howser.  Anyway, his indifference to most things makes me laugh and he seems like the kind of guy that I would want to sit down with and have an Orange Julius.

“Five-Year Engagement” is slightly better than I thought it would be.  There are more than a couple of laugh out loud moments and some very humorous bits.  The premise is good and many of the issues tackled in the movie are very real.  Most movie goers will identify with one or more of the characters.

Towards the end of the movie, the pace slows down and some seriousness prevails.  That might be a good time to go to the bathroom or call your parents.  For some reason the running time is a shade over two hours.  I could have easily cut fifteen minutes out of the film if anyone had asked me.  Alas, they didn’t.

My recommendation is that most of you would like this movie.  Probably 75% of you.

As for the jab taken at the great state of North Dakota?  It was pretty funny.  I consider it an honor that they took the time to include us in their little movie.

I ate some popcorn and drank a lot of Diet Mountain Dew.  I also smuggled in a bag of Peanut M and M’s.  I didn’t count, but I think there were less than 15 in the bag.  What’s up with that?

The Five-Year Engagement:  3 out of 5 stars.



Random Thursday

*This NFL Draft gem from Summer Sidekick:  Vikings will trade Adrian Peterson and draft Trent Richardson from Alabama.

*I’ve had pretty bad luck lately with movies, but I’m putting a lot of faith in “5 Year Engagement.”  I have a good feeling.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Debbie in Florida.

*A recent tragic event in Stephen and the town’s reaction to it remind me of why it was a special place to grow up.

*Last night after the latest Twins loss, Alexi Casilla said this, “We’ve got a good team.”  I wish I lived in Alexi’s world.

*The Stanley Cup Playoffs are shaping up quite nicely.  Tonight the New Jersey Devils will take down the Florida Panthers in Game 7 of their first round match-up.  I really don’t have a strong feeling about the Senators and Rangers.

*Good news from my garage:  Both my grill and my lawnmower survived the winter and are working quite nicely.

*Happy Birthday wishes to Kevin in D.C..  I hope your liver and stomach survived our recent visit.

CJ and the Dogma Dog Bakery

CJ Gets a Package in the Mail.

The full power of the Internets was evident the other day.  I received a nice e-mail from the good people at Dogma Dog Bakery in Arlington, Virginia last week.  If you recall, during a trip to Washington, D.C. last month, we made a stop at hamburger joint.  While at Elevation Burger, I took a picture because I was excited to see that the store next door was called Dogma Dog Bakery.  I didn’t go in because I was worried I’d start buying everything in there.  Because CJ likes food.  He’s funny that way.

Elevation Burger (L), Dogma Dog Bakery (R)

Fast forward to last week.  The good people of Dogma Dog Bakery saw my blog and the accompanying photo.  Concerned that CJ was missing out on some well-deserved snacks, they asked for my address and told me to be on the lookout for a package.  Just a couple days later it was in my mailbox.  Inside the box was a bag stuffed with various dog treats.

Full disclosure:  The dog treats actually look like real cookies.  I haven’t eaten any, but the thought has crossed my mind.  Repeatedly.  They look that good.  And judging by CJ’s response to them, they have to be good.  I can always tell how much he likes a certain treat by how far he takes it away from me before he eats it.  The better the treat the further he goes.  Let’s just say if he had the ability, CJ would take these treats to Fargo before he devoured them.  He somehow has the idea that I might want to have some.  Wink.

His favorites are the ones that look like gingerbread men.  He’s about halfway through his ultimate doggy bag.

To the incredible people of Dogma Dog Bakery, thank you.  To take the time to read The Tales, write, and then send a box of dog treats to North Dakota tells me what kind of dog and blog loving people you really are.

Random Thursday

*Last night following the Twins win over the Yankees, Fox Sports North announcer Anthony Lapanta said the game “had a late season feel to it.”  Hey, I might be the biggest Twins fan in the world, but that has to be one of the most preposterous statements of 2012.  I really hope The Common Man was listening.

*Good luck to Red Sox Daughter, Blonde Daughter and the entire Grand Forks Central Girls Tennis team as they head to West Fargo today to take on the Packers in an East Region showdown.

*It’s been 15 years since the Flood of ’97.  It’s strange, but I can remember certain aspects of it like it was yesterday.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Gary in Wannaska.


We’ve been pretty busy here at the Home Office.  And, as usually is the case, when we take well deserved time off we really have to scramble when we get back to the “real world.”    It’s been the perfect storm of my other job colliding with my duties at The Tales.  And since my other job pays much better than what the people at The Tales pay, well, I think you get the picture.

But this, too, shall pass.  I’ve got some really good blog ideas in the near future.  And to think I’ve barely said a word about the Minnesota Twins.  Standby.

Random Thursday

*Good to see the Twins won’t go winless this year.

*I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  There is nothing better than the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Bro#3’s significant other.  She spearheaded an Easter Buffet that might have been a Top 3 all-time holiday meal.

*I recently watched Jurassic Park.  For the first time.  I was underwhelmed.

*I think the Generals are due against the Globetrotters on Saturday night.


A Video Worth Watching

I realize that you are bombarded on a daily basis with “friends” sending you videos that have been forwarded 37 times.  I don’t think I’ve ever led you astray when it comes to introducing you to cool videos worthy of your time.  Who can forget classics such as the two year old Indonesian boy smoking cigarettes?  Or the dog playing the piano?  Or my favorite, the eyewitness to the car crash in Arizona?  I think my track record speaks for itself.

So sometime during your two hour lunch today, I ask that you set aside 10 minutes to watch this very well done video.

You’re welcome.

Special thanks to Bro#1.

Random Thursday on a Monday: L.A. Edition

Manhattan Beach

*I vacation with so much intensity that when I get home I need a vacation from my vacation.  Or maybe it just feels like that when you go somewhere like Southern California where the sun is seemingly 800 feet above the earth’s surface.

Crenshaw Boulevard

*If you drive up and down the Pacific Coast Highway you can see a lot of “interesting” things.  Especially in the areas of Long Beach and Compton.  Summer Sidekick and I were on our best behavior while on our driving tour.

*If you ever get the opportunity to make the trip, visit Hermosa Beach, Long Beach, Newport Beach and of course, Manhattan Beach.  So, basically all the beaches is what I’m trying to say here.

Public Yoga in Long Beach.

One of the more interesting sights were the 200 or so people doing yoga Monday morning in Long Beach alongside the ocean.  Apparently it’s a daily activity and all you have to do is show up and be friendly.  SSK and I briefly (5 seconds) thought about joining them but we were in a hurry to beat the noon rush at the In-N-Out Burger.  Mission accomplished!

*I realize that going to an In-N-Out Burger in California is kind of a touristy thing to do, but it should be mandatory and I think we fit in quite well.  And the burgers (I had a double-double, animal style) and the fries are worth the trip alone.  I also had a chocolate shake which I found to be quite pedestrian and lackluster.

Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.

Dodger Stadium

*We took in some sporting events during our well-deserved time off.  The Los Angeles Kings are professional ice hockey team and we watched as they squared off against the Oilers of Edmonton.  The Kings won and I met Tom Arnold.  In the business we call that a win-win.

*Dodger Stadium turns 50 years old this season.  It doesn’t look a day over 40.  If you go I suggest you leave early.  Traffic is nuts.  Six lanes of bumper to bumper insanity.  At7:00 at night.  Where are these people going?  I also suggest you sit in the second row of Dodger Stadium with a box full of meat like we did.

*Special Reggie Tales shout out to Hawke and Alyssa.  Hospitality and laughs at its finest.

Chay to Make NHL Debut Tonight For Wild

Chay Genoway

Former UND Fighting Sioux standout Chay Genoway will make his National Hockey League debut tonight in St. Paul with the Minnesota Wild.  The Wild take on the Phoenix Coyotes in the last game of the regular season.

Chay will be the 47th player used by the Wild this year and appropriately enough will wear #47 tonight on the ice.  He is the leading scorer amongst defensemen for the Houston Aeros, the Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate.  He has 7 goals and 32 points on the season.

Here’s to one of the all time greats to play for the Fighting Sioux.  A good guy on and off the ice.  Two years ago a concussion called into question if and when he might ever play again.  And while I realize that one NHL game does not a career make, it is a great accomplishment for one of the good people.

Good luck, Chay.