Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Friday Funnies

April 29th, 2016

If you wear cowboy clothes, you’re ranch dressing. (LOL)

Visitor: Wow, you have a lot of flies buzzing round your horses and cows. Do you ever shoo them? Cowboy: No we just let them go barefoot.

Q: What do you call a cowboy with a case of bad gas? A: Darn tootin’!

Q: Why did the bowlegged cowboy get fired? A: Because he couldn’t keep his calves together!

Q: What did the cowboy say to the pencil? A: Draw, partner.

Q: What do you call a happy cowboy? A: A jolly rancher.

Q: Why did the cowboy die with his boots on? A: Because he didn’t want to stub his toe when he kicked the bucket!

Q: How do cowboys like their duck? A: A L’range

I Never Thought I’d See the Day

April 27th, 2016

Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. Genesis 2:22

Prince George is a lovely child with those dimples and wavy blonde hair. And Queen Elizabeth is showing the world that ninety can be graceful and beautiful while serving her country.  It seems Americans are in love with everything royal. Of course, renowned photographer Annie Lebowitz has a knack for making everyone look flawless.

I must be getting old because I know I’m far from flawless. And so is the world around me. Things that the younger generation seem to see as normal I cringe at with remorse. I’m not claiming to be perfect, but how many were aware Prince William and Kate Middleton lived together for eight months before announcing their engagement?

Wow, attitudes towards marriage are changing. If the Queen, who attends church faithfully, listens to the teaching of Scripture, and has supreme authority over the Church of England, approves of her grandson’s cohabiting with his fiancée, who are we to question the practice if they choose to ignore what the Bible says? If the royal couple could do it, why couldn’t anybody simply live together?

I’m not trying to single out Prince William and Kate Middleton. I only cite them because of their visibility and stature on the world stage with their ecclesiastical connection and as a modern couple. But I give them credit for planning to marry, a decision that makes them seem almost old-fashioned. I never thought I’d see the day when marriage was deemed obsolete to many.

When a 2010 Pew Research Center survey asked American’s if marriage was becoming obsolete, nearly 44% said yes. The present concept of marriage and family in America stands in stark contrast to God’s design for marriage. Once viewed as a safe harbor and basic building block of a stable society, multiple causes have led to its destruction. We’ve become a prosperous, proud country led by a government that no longer defends the Defense of Marriage Act. Should we expect anything besides increasing cohabitation and divorce? Both no so widespread and accepted they seem “normal?” I’m divorced and not proud of it.

This post may not be popular with everyone, but I believe the Biblical ideal for marriage goes back to the creation of the world, when God created both male and female in His image to be the stewards of all creation. God didn’t create a social group of multiple humans and suggest they form their own order. One male, one female in that order coming together as one. A pair whose potential is greater together than if they remained single or lived together without commitment. Something stable happens when two unite as one.

The permanence enables them to build for the future, passing on their children material security, education and knowledge of God. All of which form the building blocks for a stable society. This is fundamental to how couples are to act as stewards of creation. As I see it, one central truth stands unchanged: the design for marriage originates with God and rests on His eternal principles.

I never through I’d see the day that I would say traditional marriage is in trouble. Our selfish natures, increasingly godless society and government are working against God’s first ordained institution. We can’t always control the choices of a secular society, but as Christians we can guard our marriages. And by doing so we can show the world what it’s missing.

I began this post by telling the story of Prince William and Kate Middleton living together for eight months before formally marrying. Despite their cohabitation, they were married in a traditional Christian ceremony watched by many of us. During their wedding the name of Jesus was proclaimed many times, and Kate’s brother read a passage from the Bible urging the couple to resist worldliness. Then the Archbishop prayed a prayer needed by all couples today: O Eternal God, creator and Preserver of all mankind, giver of all spiritual grace, the author of everlasting life: send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy name; that living faithfully together, they may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, whereof this ring given and received is a token and pledge; and may even remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Sunday in Nevada

April 24th, 2016

Elko has a museum? And it’s open for a couple hours on Sunday? YES! If you’re passing through Elko with a couple hours on hand, the Northern Nevada Museum is a decent way to spend it. There’s an excellent display of western art, including work by local cowboy artists (notably William Matthews watercolors), photos from Ansel Adams and a section about the diverse history and culture of the region. Most surprising was the Wanamaker Wildlife Gallery, it has an amazing number of taxidermied animals from around the world.

Northeastern Nevada Museum

Northeastern Nevada Museum

Original Pony Express station

Original Pony Express Cabin

William Matthews watercolor

William Matthews watercolor

William Matthews watercolor

William Matthews watercolor

The museum has natural and regional history artifacts on exhibit that chronicle northeastern Nevada history and culture, including exploration, railroads, mining (imagine lots of rocks in cases), and ranching.  There are displays of early Elko County culture highlighting household items, clothing, sporting goods, toys, 100’s of antique rifles and pistols, medical practice, and a vintage printing press.  Other exhibits feature American Indian, Basque, Chinese, and Cowboy cultures.

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Part of Cowboy culture has always been cattle rustling. Ingenious shoes were created by a cattle rustle named Crazy Tex Hazelwood. Ol’ Tex practiced his thieving craft in Northern Nevada during the 1920s with great success thanks to clever boots now on display at the museum. Elko ranch hands were confused when cattle were disappearing but there were no telltale boot tracks. The only indentions in the ground were hoof prints. Following the trail to a nearby clearing, the they discovered one Crazy Tex Hazelwood (a harmless, small-time criminal) wearing clever, homemade boots with a pair of attached cow hooves, respectively, protruding from either sole. You can’t make this stuff up!

Crazy Tex's hoof boots

Crazy Tex’s hoof boots

In the Wiegand Gallery visitors can view the very rare remains of 2 million-year-old Mastodon bones that were recovered from a construction site in nearby Spring Creek, Nevada, are on exhibit. Spring Creek is a small town 10 miles south of Elko.

And last but, but not least Nevada’s largest collection of wild animals from around the world is on permanent exhibit in the Wanamaker Wing.  There are more than 180 specimens exhibited in habitat dioramas, as well as animal mounts and historic hunting gear. The majority of these animals were donated by the late Jack Wanamaker of Burbank, California. Why? The animals aren’t from this region. There are a LOT of stuffed animals in this room with no information on the hunter himself or why he would donate his prizes to this museum. I figure his wife told him it was him or the stuffed animals but something had to go. Just a thought.

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Overall the small town museum was a real bargain at 5 bucks, a steal for seniors for $3, on a lazy Sunday in Nevada. Enjoy your day wherever you find yourself.

Friday Funnies

April 22nd, 2016

In honor of the eight-day festival of Passover, which is celebrated by many of my close friends in the early spring to commemorate the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt, here are some funnies to share the joy of freedom that their ancestors gained.

First a little known tale of how G-d came to give the Jews the Ten Commandments. G-d first went to the Egyptians and asked them if they would like a commandment. “What’s a commandment?” they asked. “Well, it’s like, THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY,” replied G-d. The Egyptians thought about it and then said, “No way, that would ruin our weekends.”

So then G-d went to the Assyrians and asked them if they would like a commandment. They also asked, “What’s a commandment?” “Well,” said G-d, “It’s like, THOU SHALT NOT STEAL.” The Assyrians immediately replied, “No way. That would ruin our economy.”

So finally G-d went to the Jews and asked them if they wanted a commandment.  They asked, “How much?”  G-d said, “They’re free.”

The Jews said, “Great! We’ll take TEN!”

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G-d: And remember Moses, in the laws of keeping Kosher, never cook a calf in its mother’s milk. It is cruel. Moses: Ohhhhhh! So you are saying we should never eat milk and meat together. G-d: No, what I’m saying is, never cook a calf in its mother’s milk. Moses: Oh, Lord forgive my ignorance! What you are really saying is we should wait six hours after eating meat to eat milk so the two are not in our stomachs. G-d: No, Moses, what I’m saying is, never cook a calf in it’s mother’s milk!!! Moses: Oh, Lord! Please don’t strike me down for my stupidity! What you mean is we should have a separate set of dishes for milk and a separate set for meat and if we make a mistake we have to bury that dish outside… G-d: Moses, do whatever you want….

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How did Passover get its name? Since the Seder table is usually made larger, people can’t reach for the items on the table and invariably ask others: “Could you please Pass Over the matza, etc.”!

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A little boy once returned home from Hebrew school and his father asked, “what did you learn today?”

He answered, “The Rabbi told us how Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt.”

“How?”

The boy said “Moses was a big strong man and he beat Pharoah up.  Then while he was down, he got all the people together and ran towards the sea.  When he got there, he has the Corps of Engineers build a huge pontoon bridge.  Once they got on the other side, they blew up the bridge while the Egyptians were trying to cross.”

The father was shocked.  “Is that what the Rabbi taught you?”

The boy replied, “No.  But you’d never believe the story he DID tell us!”

I Never Thought I’d See the Day

April 20th, 2016

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. 1 Corinthians 10:23

Biblical Christians draw no distinction between secular and sacred because ALL life is sacred. But lately America has been losing that respectful viewpoint. We live in a culture where nothing is sacred anymore. When Jesus is profaned on TV shows like “The Simpsons” and “South Park,” He is reduced from Holy to a cultural characterization of crude and common. When people watch such shows the national religious and spiritual psyche is changed.

These media images can have a radical desensitizing effect. As Christians we’re personally obligated to censor what we approve, what we call entertainment, what we say and think, and what we tolerate in a supposedly moral culture. And just because something isn’t crude doesn’t mean it’s noble. Somebody doesn’t have to use profanity to use Jesus as a source of laughs and debase our Savior who saved us from sin.

I never thought I’d see the day in America when Jesus would be fair game for comedians, spoofers and even scholars who profess to believe in Him. It seems so easy today to get squeezed into the mold of this world if we do not constantly filter out the profane from what we find entertaining. We can stop waiting for the next generation’s dangerous follies to appear. They’re in our midst today.

Cultural messages are a bit like elevator music in the background. Always on. Always being absorbed into the brain. If we aren’t careful, those message, like background music are subconsciously absorbed as part of our thinking.

Our challenge is to stop being surprised by what our culture says and become more concerned about our own relationship with Jesus and what He expects from us. America is no longer the country founded on Christian values. In fact there seems to be a growing hostility towards Christians in this country. It’s time for Christians to decide who they’re going to serve: Jesus Christ the Son of God or the Jesus of the comedians, critics and cultural “Christians” who opt for the tolerant, meek and meaningless Jesus.

Damage is being done to the cause of Christ by non-Christians and pseudo-Christians alike living as if He isn’t Lord of anything. Given all that Jesus has done for us, I never thought I’d see the day when Jesus would be treated the way He is in America. It seems incredible that such demeaning, demoting, and devaluing of our Lord could happen. But it has happened and will continue to happen until He returns. What are you going to do about it?

Sunday in Nevada

April 17th, 2016

Between 1841 and 1869, up to 250,000 people sold their belongings, packed wagons, and set out for California. At the California Trail Interpretive Center, I learned the stories of the pioneers who endured the 2,000-mile trek; some seeking land, some gold, others seeking adventure, and some for reasons we may never know. The murals, dioramas and interactive exhibits immerse visitors in the trail experience.

While there I didn’t want to pass the chance to enjoy a hike on the trails. The easy hiking trails adjacent to the Trail Center offer spectacular views of the Ruby Mountains, the historic South Fork Canyon and the Humboldt River. There is a bench overlooking I-80 (originally the California Trail) which is where the Donner Party should have traveled. The trails are roughly 4,500 feet long and very well maintained, rattlesnake free.

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The most common shrub scattered across the vast landscape is big sagebrush. Sagebrush is a woody evergreen shrub with silvery leaves that stay green all year. You can identify sagebrush easily by its sharp odor, especially after rain. Early pioneers traveling along the California Trail described the scent as a mixture of turpentine and camphor, however I found the scent quite pleasing, somewhat spicy and woodsy without being pine.

California Trail Interpretive Center sagebrush

If you’re ever in Elko, Nevada discover in their words 2,000 miles of adventure at the California Trail Interpretive Center. If you’re more of an armchair traveler scroll down for photos or simply click here: http://www.californiatrailcenter.org/

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Friday Funnies

April 15th, 2016

A few years ago, the Sierra Club and the U.S. Forest Service were presenting an alternative to Nevada ranchers for controlling the coyote population. It seems that after years of the ranchers using the tried and true methods of shooting and/or trapping the predator, the tree-huggers had a “more humane” solution. What they proposed was for the animals to be captured alive, the males castrated and let loose again and the population would be controlled. This was ACTUALLY proposed to the Nevada Wool and Sheep Grower’s Association by the Sierra Club and the USFS. All of the ranchers thought about this amazing idea for a couple of minutes. Finally, an old cowboy in the back stood up, tipped his hat back and said, “Son, I don’t think you understand the problem. Those coyotes ain’t mating with our sheep – they’re eatin’ ’em.”

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On a hot, dusty day a cowboy rode into a small frontier town in Nevada. After dismounting, he walked behind his horse, lifted it’s tail and kissed it where the sun don’t shine. An old man rocking by the general store witnessed the whole thing. “Whudd’ya do that fer?” he asked. “Got chapped lips,” the cowboy replied. The old man asked, “Does that help?” The cowboy said, “Nope, but it keeps me from lickin’ ’em.”

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A lady went into a bar in Elko and saw a cowboy with his feet propped up on a table. He had the biggest feet she’d ever seen. The woman asked the cowboy if it’s true what they say about men with big feet. The cowboy grinned and said, “Shore is, little lady! Why don’t you come on out to the bunk house and let me prove it to you?” The woman wanted to find out for herself, so she spent the night with him. The next morning she handed him a $100 bill. Blushing, he said, “Well, thank ya Ma’am. I’m real flattered. Ain’t nobody ever paid me fer mah services before.” “The woman replied, “Don’t be flattered …take the money and buy yourself some boots that fit.”

I Never Thought I’d See the Day

April 13th, 2016

We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

Today’s wars are not like your grandfather’s and certainly not like wars in centuries past.  How do we identify the enemy and understand his strategy against us?

We’re in a spiritual war. Our enemy isn’t in uniform, and he doesn’t meet us on an identifiable battlefield. He uses ruthless tactics such as deceit, deflection and disguise. And a large number of pastors downplay spiritual warfare to the point that many professing Christians don’t even know they’re in a war. This puts us in serious danger and we need to learn how to gain victory over this enemy.

If the idea of knowing your enemy makes military sense and common sense, it makes even more spiritual sense because the enemy is stronger and the stakes are higher. Our task then is to embrace what the Bible tells us and be prepared to do battle.

Let’s look at three things the Bible tells us about Satan:

Revelations refers to Satan as the one who deceives the whole world, which he does by imitating the work of God. His greatest deception will be to bring the Antichrist in the form of a peacemaker with persuasive speeches and deeds in order to win favor to lead people away from God. Deception may be Satan’s most insidious weapon against us.

Satan has also always been a divider. When he was cast out of heaven he divided the angels, taking a third into rebellion with him. He divided Adam and Eve, bringing sin and disharmony to Eden. He divided the first family, pitting brother against brother. Satan continues his strategy of division in our culture today using suspicion, intolerance, hatred, jealousy and criticism. These poisons find a place in our media and on our tongues. Poison words spoken divide husbands from wives, brother from brother, friends from friends, church from church and even nation from nation. Only our dependence on unifying can prevent this from happening.

Finally, Satan is consumed by his obsession to destroy the work of God in the universe. He will delay, demolish or dismantle any part of creation he can. Destroy. Wreck. Ruin. Kill. And then confuse the victim enough that he’ll blame it all on God. The sad thing is that it works so often. But it’s NOT God’s doing. We open the door to him ourselves by our indifference to his strategies.

We must stop looking at life only as religion or science as the culture conditions us to do and begin looking at it through Scripture, through which we will see the realm in which spiritual warfare is fought. If you belong to Jesus, you are living and breathing in a spiritual reality where you are subject to attack. The only way to protect ourselves from Satan’s infiltration is to not give him the tiniest toehold in our lives. Don’t open the door to your heart even a crack! It is written, “because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

Satan may try to clutter our lives with a frenzy of programs, activities, and useless Internet trivia, but Satan is on a leash. He has no rights. We don’t have to live in fear of the devil. We need enter only the spiritual battle that we’ve been called to, fully aware of its reality and armed with the truth that the victory has already been won. We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us! Thanks be to God.

Sunday in Nevada

April 10th, 2016

As I explore Elko, Nevada over the next 13 weeks, you’ll quickly get a sense why this truly is the Great American West. A land capable of stretching the limits of my adventures to the fullest. The raw majesty of Elko County’s Ruby Mountains and the rugged canyon streams will let me discover the unspoiled drama of the West.

The city of Elko sits at an elevation of 5,060 feet. This high desert community experiences four mild annual seasons. Spring in Northern Nevada explodes with color as acres of wildflowers bloom in splendor. Abundant wildlife awaits my discovery including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, Himalayan snowcock, and a variety of peak-dwelling birds. With an annual average rain fall of less than 10 inches, the dry climate makes this area an ideal year-round vacation spot to experience a variety of outdoor adventures.

Elko, a one horse town with Ruby Mountains in the distance

Elko, a one horse town with Ruby Mountains in the distance

Elko County has so many things to see and outdoor activities to enjoy and I’m not sure what to do first. I only know I’ll soon discover why they’re slogan is “The Adventure Starts Here!”

I’ve already seen “Metaphor: The Tree of Utah.” Metaphor is a strange 87-foot tall sculpture poking up out of the white plains of the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Tree was created in the early 1980s by European artist Karl Momen. It was dedicated in 1986 as “A hymn to our universe whose glory and dimension is beyond all myth and imagination.” Artist Momen doesn’t have to look at it; one of his rich friends gave him the land, he built the thing, then went back to Sweden.  LOL! You aren’t supposed to pull off to pose with it as there is no parking lot or pull-off. There is razor-wire-topped fence that now surrounds the sculpture. I’m not sure what kind of a metaphor that is, but it doesn’t seem very friendly.

Metaphor, the Tree of Utah

Metaphor, the Tree of Utah

I’ve also seen one of the most unique natural features in Utah, the famous Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s so barren not even basic lift forms can survive. I plan to return for a hike. You can see more at: http://utah.com/bonneville-salt-flats

Bonneville Salt Flats

Bonneville Salt Flats

The adventure has begun!

Friday Funnies

April 7th, 2016

A cowboy rides up to a saloon on his horse. He goes in, orders a drink, then leaves. His horse is gone. He goes back to the saloon, and asks, “Where’s my horse?”

No one replies. So he says, “I’ll order one more drink, and then if my horse isn’t outside, I’ll have to do what i did in Texas and I don’t like doing that.”

So the locals hurry around, and when he leaves, his horse is outside. As the stranger gets on his horse, the bartender asks, “What did you do in Texas?” to which the cowboy replies, “I had to walk home.”

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Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put his boots on?

He asked for help and she could see why. With her pulling and him pushing, the boots still didn’t want to go on. When the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost whimpered when the little boy said, “Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet.”

She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn’t any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on – this time on the right feet.

He then announced, “These aren’t my boots.” She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, “Why didn’t you say so?” like she wanted to do. Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off.

He then said, “They’re my brother’s boots. My Mom made me wear them.” She didn’t know if she should laugh or cry. She than mustered up the grace to wrestle the boots onto his feet again.

She said, “Now, where are your mittens?” He said, “I stuffed them in the toes of my boots…”

 

Have I lost my mind? Why would I post Friday Funnies on Thursday night? Honestly, after the week we’ve had I’m thrilled I still have my wits about me and know what day it is! Truth be told, I want to ensure y’all have a good chuckle before I go off the grid for a bit. I’m pointing my cowboy boots west to cowboy country in the morning and can’t guarantee when I’ll be online next. BTW: I checked the toes of Mom’s cowboy boots before I put them on. Elko, Nevada here I come!

It’s kind of a long story. I told Mom I'd have to look for a pair of boots and she pulled these out of the closet, and I was shocked. I remember the day 35 years ago she bought these while we were vacationing in Bozeman, MT.

It’s kind of a long story. I told Mom I’d have to look for a pair of boots and she pulled these out of the closet, and I was shocked. I remember the day 35 years ago she bought these while we were vacationing in Bozeman, MT.

I Never Thought I’d See The Day When Atheists Are Angry

April 6th, 2016

Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 2 Corinthians 6:15

I’ve shaken my fist in anger at stalled cars, storm clouds, and incompetent meteorologists. I’ve even, on one terrible day that included a flat tire, a blaring tornado warning siren, and a horribly wrong weather forecast, shouted at all three at once. I’ve fumed at furniture, cursed at crossing guards, and held a grudge against Gun Barrel City, Texas. OK, before you write me letters, not really. But you get the point that we’ve all been mad at just about anything you can imagine at some time. Except unicorns. It’s unlikely you’ve ever been angry at unicorns either.

We can become incensed by objects and creations both animate and inanimate. We can even, in a limited sense, be bothered by the fanciful characters in books and dreams. But creatures like unicorns that don’t exist, that we truly believe not to exist, tend not to raise our ire. We certainly don’t blame the one horned creatures for our problems. The one social group that takes exception to this rule is atheists. They claim to believe that God does not exist and yet, according to empirical studies, tend to be the people most angry at him.

Why such anger? How can people be so angry with God if they do not even believe in His existence? And why would the most angry among them feel so compelled to preach their anti-God religion with such evangelistic zeal?

It’s impossible for me to explain why the New Atheists are angry at God. Is it because the number of Christians is increasing while the number of atheists is decreasing? Because several of their advocates are abandoning them? Is it because they are not swaying the mainstream with their arguments? I wonder if the screaming voice of the New Atheists may indicate the presence of a conflict within themselves between belief and their unbelief. Maybe they’re angry because their reasoning is discrediting them? Or simply attrition diminishing them leaving the remainder angry? Whatever the reason, their aggressiveness is defining them.

I don’t know. I don’t understand the hearts of these angry atheists. Today’s vocal crop of atheists has ramped up the volume of their attack on religion that we see going on around the world. We’ve always had atheists, and we always will until the Lord comes again. But the shrill scream of today’s atheists is nothing like the more respectful opposition to belief we’ve seen in the past.

I never thought I’d see the day when atheists would so openly and viciously attack Christians, abandoning rational argument and descending into toxic vitriol and groundless accusation. But that day has come.

We have overwhelming evidence for the existence of God, and the historical life of Jesus on earth. Yet all this evidence leaves in our hearts a place that requires faith in order to come to full belief to eradicate anger. Anger takes energy to maintain.

Seek after God, and wait as God’s will becomes clear to you. And you shall know the truth, let go of your anger, and the truth shall make you free.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

April 2nd, 2016

A family secret brought the beloved characters of my family back together. Oh wait. It was the Portokalos family characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding. It just felt like my family!

I can’t believe we waited this long to revisit this amazing collection of characters. When the original movie came out, they were like a refreshing storm, giving us a funny but insightful look at close families, with enough commonalities to make us all laugh at ourselves. We could all relate to the large family dynamics of loud relatives, loneliness, love, and other themes. Like Listerine – don’t ask.

The family is back with a fresh spin that parallels the original and has multiple generations dealing with similar situations. Toula is back and she is still dealing with her parents’ proximity and meddling. She is also about to experience her own separation from a daughter that belongs to the new generation and might be overwhelmed by too much affection.

Greek Wedding 2 opens the door for a succession of jokes, one-liners, and some very funny situations. They might not have worked had it not been because the cast, though looking older, remains as charming as ever. They’re loud, and we love them for it.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a Greek movie, if we still didn’t have various traditions throughout and clash with the American counterparts. It’s not offensive, just like adding a different type of spice to the mix, and of course, there is a new wedding in the picture, and everyone is involved.

One of the freshest turns is Bess Meisier, as the great grandmother who is surprisingly old and funnier than ever, with her gestures. Check out her new look late in the movie. She has perfect comedic timing.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is everything a sequel should be. The script, directing and strong ensemble acting all remain true to the original characters that feel like our own loud family. Great running gags from the first film continue, while many of the new jokes and sight gags are laugh-out-loud funny. Although there’s a minor Gus-centered sub-plot that I could’ve done without, the multiple story lines are fresh and woven together wonderfully. This film isn’t perfect, but it’s as hilarious and has even more heart than its much-beloved inspiration.

Get together with your friends and family to enjoy the celebration. Be ready to smile, laugh out loud and have a great time. And don’t forget to pull your friends neck! “A”

Friday Funnies

April 1st, 2016

HAND:

Q: Have you heard the one about the guy who got all of his fingers chopped off? A: He didn’t feel too good after that.

Three fingers were willing to cooperate but the thumb and forefinger were opposed.

He won the twister contest hands-down.

FOOT:

Q: Why isn’t your nose 12 inches long? A: Because then it would be a foot

Q: What is the last thing you take off before you go to bed? A: Your feet off the floor.

Q: What was the foot surgeon’s favorite Olympic event? A: Arch-ery

MOUTH:

Bible verse hanging in a dental office: Psalms 81:10:” . . . open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.”

Man: “Darling, your teeth remind me of the stars” Woman: “Because they gleam and sparkle” Man: “No, because they come out at night!”

A patient asked the dentist, if it wasn’t nasty to be all the day with the hands in someone’s mouth. The dentist answered “I just think of it as having my hands in their wallet.”

Think this is all silly fun? Let me assure your hand, foot and mouth disease in a household of 8 people is no laughing matter. Regardless, we need to maintain humor in the situation. Have a weekend full of laughter my friends!

 

 

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.