The Holidays have come and gone, we’ve had not one but two major snowstorms and we’re officially into the New Year. Something I always love doing in January is checking out the new movies coming out. Personally I have been waiting (a little bit like a kid on Christmas morning waiting to open presents) for one film in particular. Can you guess what it is? Drum Roll…
Lone Survivor. Gee bet ya didn’t see that one coming. Yes it’s true Greek girl loves movies about boxing and our military. Especially when they are based on a true story. Super especially when they star one of my favorite actors. So of course it should come as no surprise that I have been waiting like a kid on Christmas morning for this film to open, so I can be first in line with a BYOB cup of Dunkin’s hidden in my purse (hey they don’t sell my favorite coffee at the movies what can I say) and a popcorn. Popcorn and coffee?… YES that’s how I roll.
The Mr. is an Air Force Veteran and my mom works for the Military Order of the Purple Heart which has partly influenced my love and appreciation for our men and women in uniform. However anyone using their noggin should appreciate them really. I mean since the beginning of our nation it has been our men and women in uniform who have stood up and kept us free. They go to places and endure things that most of us would not be able to stomach for a day let a lone months if not years on end. It is my opinion that they are not thanked often enough and above anything that they should not have to wait for anything. Especially for medical care for ailments that were sustained while standing up and serving our nation. The VA Hospital System is well lets just say less than efficient and thousands of our finest end up getting lost in the system, wait for months and years for appointments, and in many cases end up worse off than the original reason they sought treatment in the first place. If any “healthcare” system needed fixing in this country it was the VA, yet they say that is what The Affordable Care Act was modeled off of… Lord help us!
OK so back to the movie… Lone Survivor is Based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission “Operation Red Wings”. Four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. It stars Mark Wahlberg and when I saw the preview a few months ago the waiting began. Not only does it look like a great film, but I really respect the comments Mark Wahlberg made after hearing Tom Cruise’s idiotic remarks about being an actor can be compared to the job of a solider. With good reason at a press event Mark went off, as anyone with even half of a brain in their coconut knows an actor and a solider hello, no comparison. Saying so is beyond insulting.
The other thing I like about Mark Wahlberg besides his acting is he seems to be very down to earth. So many media figures let success go to their heads, they end up living in excess, partying, leave their spouses and children yada yada… Mark Wahlberg works very hard physically to train for various roles, stays in excellent shape and has had so much success yet seems to stay grounded as a family man, married with children and even going into business with his family in a restaurant called “Wahlburgers”. In fact he will be starring along with his mom and brothers in a new reality series on A&E about the Restaurant. Which I most definitely will be tuning into.
So on January 10th your happy friendly Greek Girl next door will have her butt parked in the theatre with Dunkin’s and popcorn in hand watching Lone survivor. In the meantime say “Thank You” to a Veteran today. There are so many ways we can help people, and yes even the little things matter.
Blessings, Love & Music,