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Learning the Curve

A military brat, Robyn found home sweet home here in Wauwatosa. Moving here in 1989, "just till the kids get settled," she found the Milwaukee area hard to leave and a great place to put down roots. Join her as she tries to handle and make sense of whatever curves life decides to throw.

Driving Matters

My youngest has his driver's license test scheduled.  Soon I will be out of a job.  No more driving Miss or Mister Daisy.  In other words - mark chauffeur off my list of tasks.  Come to that, mark driving instructor/masochist off my list too.   No longer will I sit beside a teenager saying calmly "You could start braking now"  when inside I am screaming "Are you insane?  Do you NOT see that the light is red?  You are a child and should not be behind the wheel EVER".

Luckily I think I have been able to mask the Mr. Hyde part of myself when we are out driving.  Every child so far seems to have thrived and survived and joined the ranks of gas guzzling commuters.

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Oscar Worthy

Every year my husband and I try to see most of the movies that are nominated for Best Picture in the Academy Awards and guess the winner.  This year, with 10 nominated - not so much!   I've read the reasons why they expanded the field  and the only one that seems to recur is that they don't want "good little movies" overlooked.  Okay, I'll go with that.  But doesn't having ten instead of five somewhat dilute the votes?  And having a money-making behemoth like "Avatar" on the list probably puts many "little movies" in the shade. 

Which of the 10 is an overlooked "good little movie"?  "An Education" might fall in that category as hardly anyone I talk to has heard of it.  Its up for Best PIcture and Best Actress.  Do you think being included in the 10 will really give it a chance to win?  I don't, but being nominated might help it be seen by a few more people.  "Up" is cute, well done, heartfelt etc.  But Best Movie - as in "Lawrence of Arabia" best movie?  As in "Gone With the Wind" best movie? Hmm, not sure about that.  "District NIne" is awesome.  Especially if you like sci-fi, gore and conspiracy theories.   I thought it was good.  But I doubt it wins either.

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