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A bunch of us went to watch Jurassic World last night and it was a lot of fun. i am a HUGE Chris Pratt fan [before it was cool to be] and he totally brought it. Indiana Pratt Jones? Bring it on!

But on the way home it was brought to my attention that there have been rumours on the internet that his character Owen is a grown-up version of the young boy from the original Jurassic Park movie.

So first thing i did when i got home was to jump on the Google-machine and do some research. Cos at first i thought, ‘No way, it isn’t possible.’ But when you put the two pictures next to each other, of the young boy from the original movie and Chris Pratt’s character Owen from World… well, see for yourself…

Whit Hertford

Wait, the cute little lovable dinosaur grew up to become Chris Pratt’s character Owen, who is cute AND lovable?

Wow, it may not be conclusive, but it is uncanny. Is it possible the director of Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow threw in that little teaser as a puzzle for die hard fans of the original movie. Layers upon layers.

What do you think? Is Owen the little guy from the first movie all grown up?

How did you find the movie with the biggest ever opening in the world to date?

And how does a T-Rex cut wood? That’s right. With a dino-saw.

You saw it here first folks…

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we [myself, my beautiful wife Val, our housemate Sueihn and my gym and office buddy Coe aka ‘Bubbly’] just got back from a very long trip which involved two twenty-five-plus hour two day road trips on either side of a one day Nurturing Communities conference which lead directly into the Christian Community Development Association [CCDA] annual conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota… what a complete blast.

we had a great time road-tripping up, but it was our decision to take some moments on the way home in particular, to stop and in the absence of any roses to smell, just do some really silly things for good photographing and memoryabilling and so we did…

from upside down white house buildings to giant cow hay bales to halloween head platters to being asked why we climbed the ‘mountain’ with the native american on the horse on it [“it’s dangerous because we haven’t glued the rocks down”] we did a crazy bit of everything and had a LOT of fun…

Coe’s big desire on the way up was for us to take a jumping pic next to a “Welcome to [insert state name] State” board and every time we entered a new state there was a different reason why we missed them and on the way back it looked like the same thing was going to happen [to be honest he spurned the one i offered to stop at because it was not impressive enuff] and so when we hit our state of Pennsylvania on the way home i did a ‘now or never’ and we stopped at the Welcome Centre just inside of the state and took jumping pics near an even crappier sign… mission accomplished.

and then there was Coe’s new friend(s) mr and mrs stick insect hand creatures who at various parts of the trip made an appearance next to him or on both sides of him or occasionally on his head just to keep him on his toes and navigating well [has a bit of a spider underappreciation]

but the point was that life needs to be taken seriously, at all times, but sometimes it is the having fun aspects of life that need to be taken really seriously… we did that a lot and it made the whole trip a lot of fun and bonding and laughing goodness…

thankx team white lightning [our car’s name!] for making it there and back despite creative brake moments, oil light flashings and the dashboard lights pretty much coming on and off at random intervals as they always do…

so my beautiful wife Valerie for some reason purchased some Playtime Barney the Dinosaur Cupcakes (she claims it was the purple icing and i quote – “that was the only reason”) and decided to make them for cell tonite (church, not terrorist) and so she did – the actual cupcakes were green in hue and she was not mightily impressed and we were also one cupcake holder paper cup vibe short of the twelve they had promised us and then when she made the icing and tasted it she was grossed out as it had a chemicly (i said marzipanny but chemicly was the word i was looking for) kind of taste and was really not nice at all – so with a cry of “you can do what you want with them cos i’m not touching them any more” she ‘gracefully’ stamped up the stairs and into her office and the door was lightly closed with hardly a sound at all…

i had to defend her honour and so i grabbed Excalibur… i mean Toshiba (my laptop make, it’s not named ‘Toshiba’ except by the company) and internetted the Snowflake people who produce Playtime Barney the Dinosaur Cupcakes and found a contact email address and sent Gary an email – although before i got to the contact page i realised that Snowflake also make those premix packets we love so much (choc chip, chocolate, choc mint chip and savoury muffins plus their waffle mix which we use to make flapjacks as it does it better than their flapjack one) and so i started with some good vibes about how we like those and then proceeded to castigate (no, no, castigate, means take issue with) them on their horrible horrible icing.

that was this afternoon around 3pm and i just received at 5.30pm one of the funniest phone calls of my life where a dude from Snowflake phoned Mr Brett Fish Anderson? to apologise and tell me they are going to send the email to head office – with both the compliments and the complaints – and to confirm my address so they can send correspondence (within 7 to 14 working days) and confirm that my cellphone number they just called me on is my cellphone number and every time he apologised (four to six at least) for the barney cupcakes he would add “especially the icing” and of course the phone call was recorded for some kind of reason and the dude made me write down a reference number (what? For when i phone and complain that my seven to fourteen days correspondence has not arrived on time?) and as i type i just got an sms – “Thank you for contacting the Premier Foods Careline. We are delighted to receive your feedback and to be of service to you” and of course a repeat of the reference number (ARE…YOU…KIDDING…ME…?) in case i didn’t write it down properly the first time? For when i phone and complain that my seven to fourteen days correspondence has not arrived on time i imagine…

seriously, i did everything i could do not to laugh.

there is a lesson to be learned though and i will explain what it is when Snowflake have sent a big box of premixes for us to enjoy.

in the meantime, stay away from the Playtime Barney the Dinosaur Cupcakes – the free gift of a light switch cover with pictures of Barney on it is probably not quite enuff to make the experience worth it… oh, and Valerie (the beautiful), next time go for the purple food colouring…

especially the icing…

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