Each week (give or take one here and there) I share three things I like – It could be a book, a movie, a podcast, an album, a photo, an article, a restaurant, a food item, a beverage, or anything else I simply enjoy and think you might too. You can find a whole pile of things, especially books, I like and recommend HERE.
1) A Star is Born
I hoped I would like this movie. I expected a bit of Bradley Cooper charm and fair amount of Lady Gaga vocal chops. Suffice to say, I set the bar way too low. Bradley Cooper was beyond exceptional as a worn, jaded, alcoholic blues/rock star. Gaga is masterful as an off-beat aspiring singer and song writer who Cooper’s character discovers. What follows I will not share in detail here for fear of ruining what is the best movie I have seen this year and maybe in the past few years. It’s a story of art and love and loss and honesty and emptiness. It is a beautiful movie, a heart-breaking movie, a thought-provoking movie, and masterfully performed movie (both acting and singing). I’ve been chewing on it non-stop since I saw it and listening to the soundtrack. If you like happy endings this isn’t for you. If you like formulaic romance or predictable story lines this isn’t for you. If you like Disney-esque “you can be anything you set your mind to” tropes this isn’t for you. But if you like raw, honest, human art weaving together sadness and beauty and complexity acted to perfection this movie will blow you away.
2) Chick fil-A App
I didn’t know Chick fil-A had an app until about 2 weeks ago. I hadn’t used it until today. I went to get breakfast for my kids and I this morning, and when I pulled in to the parking lot I saw the drive-thru line wrapped around the building twice. Even with their exceptional customer service, that was too long a wait for a spicy chicken biscuit. Neither could I disappoint my kids. Then I remembered the app In about 1 minute I had placed an order for the kids and for me. 30 seconds after I walked across the parking lot and into the building my food was waiting. And my guess is that by the time I got home some of those people were still waiting in line cursing the time it would take them to get their sanctified chicken. Oh, and I got reward points toward free stuff in the future. To sum up: easy-to-use app that saves time and offers free stuff at the greatest fast foot restaurant in America.
3) Jim Gaffigan on Camping
I actually like camping, but this bit by Jim Gaffigan makes me question my sanity just a little bit. so funny.