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C is not superstitious. Not really.
C does, however, like rituals.
We both do, really.

So it should come as no surprise that we have a ritual for traveling by flight.
(And when I say “we” I really mean “me” actually.)

1. Touch the outside of the plane as you board the plane. (My cousin taught me that one.)
2. During take-off and landing, you must “help” the airplane by “flapping your wings.” (In the interest of decorum and limited space, you may define “flapping your wings” as something as simple as moving your fingers back and forth in a vaguely vertical fashion.)
3. If available, one should drink tomato juice or bloody mary mix. If that isn’t available or you can’t handle that, then Ginger Ale may be substituted. (This is in honor of Zeke and our trip to the coast.)

That is all.
Yes. I’m serious. We do flap our wings when we fly. How do you do it?

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Today, I finally got a chance to see The Incredible Hulk.
(I went with Occam’s Rev.)


I had a great time. We both enjoyed the movie.
I believe, and I’ve been thinking about this all day, that it is my new favorite super hero movie.
I’ve been trying to think of one that was better. I’ve looked at my list. I think there are plenty on that list that are equal to it– but none I’d place higher on the list.

So, here’s my take on it.
Why: Sticks to the mythos. (It does replace the comic book origin with the TV-show origin, but it does it with such grace and style that I didn’t mind. Plus, I admit, I was a big fan of the TV show.) The story was good. The acting (with one minor exception) was very good (especially Ed Norton.) It only had one major villain and it was good one. The CGI was acceptable and actually quite good in some scenes. It was also chock full of Easter Eggs for the fans/geeks. It answers a question I’ve had for over two decades. (That, alone, makes it worthwhile.)
Why Not: It does make use of the POV, shaky cam a little too much. There are some small reality snags. (From Occam’s Rev, “How did she still have her purse? Why didn’t they get her when she paid for the hotel room?” Hmm. Good questions. Not hugely important, but O.R. is a very detail oriented person.)

Spoiler Alert
Below, I shall post the Easter Eggs and Geek Gifts. (The ones I remember anyway.)

1. Homage to Bill Bixby, David Banner in the TV series. Bruce Banner watches The Courtship of Eddie’s Father at one point.

2. Lou Ferrigno, the Hulk in the tv series, as the security guard at the lab.

3. Stan Lee cameo (he has one in every major Marvel movie) as the old man in Wisconsin.

4. The many homage moments to the TV series. (“You wouldn’t like me when I’m hungry.” The theme music sprinkled throughout the soundtrack. Even the shot of him hitchhiking in the rain.)

5. The other characters or groups that show up. (Tony Stark, S.H.I.E.L.D., The Leader –though to be honest, I thought he was Doc Samson at first, I completely missed him when he did show up–, McGee, Doc Samson, and of course, The Abomination.)

6. The purple shorts.

7. The secret of the non-ripping shorts. (see above)