Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Birthday Special

November 4th, 2013

A man turning 100 decided to do something special for himself. So Saul booked himself a first class ticket to San Francisco, and booked a suite in the fanciest hotel in on the waterfront. Upon his arrival the concierge met him at the door and walked him to the suite. The concierge told Saul to feel free to contact him for any special birthday needs. A couple hours after getting settled, Saul heard a knock on the door. He opened the door and there was a lovely woman standing there. Saul asked, “May I help you?” The woman replied, “The concierge sent me to offer you super sex for your birthday.” “GREAT” Saul exclaimed, “please tell him I’ll have the soup!”

Splendor of Fall

November 4th, 2013

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Like myself, many people are drawn to fall colors. Fall colors are warm, vibrant,  and inviting. It makes me  wonder how appealing I am as a Christian?  Do other people gravitate to me because I am a warm, vibrant, and inviting  person?

There’s just something about the trees that are full  of extraordinary red leaves glistening in the sun. They stick out and  you notice them. Red brings up the thought of passion. No matter where we  are in our Christian walk, we should stick out in a good way. We should reflect all that  brilliance of Christ.

The color orange is so beautiful in the fall leaves, but in those beautiful pumpkins as well.  Orange reflects warmth and symbolizes thoughtfulness and sincerity. As  Christians we should be that warm inviting  person that cares about others.

But when I think about the colors of Fall, yellow is my favorite. The yellow color of  fall just makes me happy. I really like yellow/gold. Yellow conjures up joy and cheerfulness. If we aren’t cheerful as Christians, other people won’t want what we  have. If we have Christ, we should have joy in our hearts and that joy  should reflect out through us.

There’s also a lot of brown in the midst of the  bright fall colors. If there wasn’t, I doubt if the other colors would be so brilliant. Brown represents  stability and it anchors the other beautiful colors of fall. Christ is our anchor. Others can see if we are living for Christ and depending on Him  in our lives. It comes out in our actions and behavior.

Our “colors” matter. How we act  and behave is what people see when they look at us. I hope I portray vibrancy and warmth so that  people will want to get to know me and learn about Christ through me.


Let’s Hit Vegas!

November 4th, 2013

Last week I went to an advanced screening of Last Vegas. It’s about three sixty-something friends taking a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal. 

Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. Fifty-eight years later, the inseparable Flatbush Four had gone their owns ways. But when Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Vegas and tests their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands, Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it’s these four who are take over Vegas!

Sometimes when a movie loads up with a lot of big name stars, it usually is compensating for something the film is lacking. I’m happy to say that this isn’t the case for this film. I left the theater surprised at how charming and sweet it was. It’s not only a celebration of friendship, but sets a great example that just because someone is growing old, they aren’t dead.

Michael Douglas plays Billy. He looks like the typical rich Californian with his expensive house and wardrobe. He has a ridiculously younger gorgeous girlfriend. The only thing I didn’t like about Douglas’ character was his awful orange spray tan, but I think it was the film’s point because his buddies were commenting on it. Paddy, played by Robert De Niro, has lingering issues with Billy. This is the major conflict in the movie. Billy has to redeem himself and Paddy has to forgive him.

Along for the ride is Kevin Kline as Sam and Morgan Freeman as Archie. To me, these guys really stole the show. Sam was a bit awkward and naive, but he was a sweet guy.  Morgan Freeman is the last of the Flatbush Four. He plays Archie. He’s a retired Air Force veteran that lives with his overbearing son. He has to live on a strict regimen of medication schedules. Like a lot of older people, he can’t drink, eat salt, or enjoy a lot of things. Freeman plays Archie great as he finally gets to live life like his younger self and uses Vegas as an excuse. All the characters learn valuable life lessons that only this trip could teach them.

What makes Last Vegas such a nice movie is that instead of making fun of older people it shows respect. Last Vegas doesn’t depict them as dumb or burdens to society. Instead it shows that just because people’s bodies have grown old, their hearts and minds are still young.  It’s a funny movie for all age groups. Adults will love the honest depiction and probably relate to a lot of things like the loss of a spouse or the relationships with their grown kids. Younger audiences will simply love the story and hope they grow up to be as cool as the Flatbush Four.

I recommend Last Vegas as a funny, charming movie with a lot of heart that celebrates what it means to get older. Enjoy!

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.