Yesterday, I thought of how I was going to spend my summer vacation. I happened upon a survey from Hotwire.com. The survey found that the majority of Americans haven’t been to five of this country’s landmarks. 72% of us have never visited the Alamo. The Battle of the Alamo was a pivotal even in the Texas Revolution. I haven’t been to the Alamo. 65% of Americans Surveyed has never been to the Grand Canyon. I have been there twice. It is something amazing to see. 62% of Americans have never seen the Statue of Liberty. I have been to New York. Unfortunately, I have not visited the Statue of Liberty. 61% have never been to Golden Gate Bridge. I have walked on the Bridge and I have been at the Fort Point, beneath it. I lived in California and never went to Alcatraz. I know it sounds weird. But, if you live somewhere, you don’t want to visit a tourist trap. It would have been easy to take a tour. I always had something else to do besides touring San Francisco. Now that I don’t live there anymore, I would love to do that sort of thing. 57% of Americans have ever been to the White House. I have not been to the White House either. I would love to see Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, and Stone Mountain Georgia. Finally, the point of this blog is that we have so much see in the United States.It’s kind of shame that we as American don’t visit our own historical monuments.
It was a great St. Patrick's Weekend. Todd kicked off the weekend with his Kilt on Friday. Saturday at Ford's, the Big Ass St Pats party was awesome. Sunday, my husband shaved his head at St. Baldrick's, to help kids with cancer.
Hemingway is one of my favorite authors. Why? Because, he loves to write about life’s struggle. I recently saw a movie that pulls at your heart strings in that sort of way. The protagonist is a flawed hero, like a Hemingway Character. I finally saw “The Grey”. It made me think about the ultimate human frailty, suicide vs. the will to live. Liam Neeson is kind of like a rugged Hamlet in the movie. The plot involves a group of oil rig rough necks who are stranded after a violent plane crash. The survivors are left to fend for themselves in the Alaskan Wilderness. Many of them are dead or wounded. The ones that “lived” are basically left to die in the bitter cold. In the very beginning of the film Liam’s character contemplates suicide. Prior to that, he kills a wolf. This scene ironically foreshadows the plot development of the film. The villain is wolf. In my opinion, Ottway’s inner demons are the wolves. It is a classic struggle like Hemingway's "The Old Man in the Sea." The story of Santiago and the Giant Marlin reminded me of the wolf and Liam’s character. Here are the correlations Santiago stabbed the Marlin in the Heart. The fish was devoured by sharks. Ottway was the sole survivor left to face the alpha wolf in his den. There is a man with a painful revelation, just like the poem that is read in the movie.
Once more into the fray.
Into the last good fight I’ll ever know.
Live or die on this day.
Live or die on this day.
You are left to decide for yourself. Who lived and why?