Joe Michael Sasanuma Obituary

Joe Michael Sasanuma, who earlier today died at the eternal age of 18, never had a moment in which he didn’t enjoy life.

He lived by the words “What’s the point of living if you can’t feel alive?”, a line fittingly taken from the James Bond movie “The World is Not Enough”.  Of the many things Joe loved about life, watching and critiquing movies, with the James Bond series closest to his heart, was on his list of top ten.

Joe’s unique talent was having opinions and verbally expressing them, often with very little thought.  One-liner insults were his specialty.  Joe referred to actress Denise Richards, who co-starred in the aforementioned James Bond film, as “The bitch who ruined a perfectly fine James Bond film.”  Of Picasso, he said “I know shit when I see one.”  But Joe always kept the best lines for liberals, about whom he memorably declared “Everyone has the right to be wrong.”

 

I Hate Wednesdays

I recently had a revelation. The day of the week that I hate the most is not the widely-detested Monday, but rather is, far and away, Wednesday.

The best day of the week is, of course, Saturdays because they’re right in middle of the weekend, as defined the American way as lasting from Friday through Sunday. On Saturdays, I get to sleep in, look forward to catching a movie at a theater and have a long, nice, relaxing dinner together with the family. Nothing, not even work, can ruin a day that starts out in perfect fashion without an alarm going off. And the best part about Saturdays is the way they end: with another long night of sleep that is not rudely interrupted.

Because I value sleep over pretty much anything, Friday comes after Saturday on my list of favorite days of the week. Yes, there’s that annoying thing called work on Fridays, but for all practical purposes, Fridays are like half-days because people are already in weekend mode by the early afternoon anyways. By 3:00 P.M. on a Friday, work is mostly a lost cause, so I figure I might as well just give up completely and look forward to the hours and hours, hopefully numbering in double digits, of sleep that is coming my way.

 

There’s Not Much Football Or Entertainment in “Draft Day” (2014)

If ESPN with Chris Berman and Mel Kiper can pull off making entertainment out of the draft for four full days, certainly, the thinking goes, it can be made into a two hour Hollywood film.

It can’t. And any football fan who’s gone to see the NFL draft live knows why. After all, there’s simply not that much that happens at the event.

The first day of the draft may stretch for nearly six hours, but for any single team, most of that time is waiting for the turn to make a pick. “Draft Day” is essentially an effort to leverage the half an hour of excitement leading up to the pick into two hours of dramatic entertainment.

And so it is that the film ends up spending a lot of time and characters with storylines that have little to do with football, much less the draft.

 

I Hate Indecent People

These people, and others like them, infest this world, from the academia and business to politics and law, and higher their IQ and more elitist their education, the more unbearable they become. They think and act as if their intelligence and their ivy-league education somehow entitles them to treat others, and society in general, with disrespect.

They do not.

Their unjustifiable behaviour only highlights how smarts and stature are worthless without the most basic human decency to accompany it. Whatever ideas, thoughts and opinions these people may have, however intellectually-sound, interesting or thought-provoking they may be, I am not the least bit interested in listening, considering or giving the slightest attention. To do so would be a tremendous waste of my time. By failing to have that most fundamental of things called common courtesy and human decency, none of what they do or say can lead to any valuable contribution to society.

 

There is So Much to Love About Autumn

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Four Seasons

Autumn is one of those gifts from God where it seems like everything comes together. It’s not only pleasant to be outside, but also beautiful to see. If my mood is to be indoors, there’s plenty of things to do and get excited about indoors. The season of autumn is special all the way to the end. Thanksgiving, that most wonderful of holidays in the States, marks the official end of fall (at least for me), as the weather begins to feel exactly right and the Holiday spirits fill the air. Yes, I love the fall. It’s a shame it only comes once a year.

 
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