Mr. and Mrs. Smith

For the past few months I’ve been reading about the box office malaise Hollywood is suffering. Tonight I got to live a little of the underlying trouble – Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

I knew the concept and had heard about the stars. Helaine says she doesn’t find Brad Pitt hot. Hell – I find Brad Pitt hot and I’m straight!

About 45 minutes in I said to myself, this is really slow getting started. It never got any better.

What I was really hoping for was a “True Lies” type movie. This movie had all the components but they just weren’t properly fleshed out or put together.

You know, it would be easier to say bad things if there was anything to hang my hat on. Let’s just say I enjoyed Helaine’s company and not much else.

Oh – there was another good experience tonight. We went to Stone Cold Creamery. I had some over the top Oreo concoction in a waffle cup. It was unbelievably delicious, though when Steve the doctor reads this he’ll undoubtedly chastise me. I’m sure you shorten your life with each incredibly rich bite.

On the other hand, as the crew makes the ice cream, every once in a while, they break out into song. It’s really odd… sort of cultish.

The ice cream makes up for it.

Distance Learning – The Disadvantage

Fall semester at Mississippi State starts next week. For me that means late nights watching my coursework on DVD and thumbing through overpriced textbooks (you have no idea – it’s robbery).

Even though I’ve never been to Starkville, I still get the same emails my fellow on-campus students get. Here’s today’s sample:

AUTHORIZED-BY: John Dickerson, Director of Enrollment Services


Dear Students:

Join us as we celebrate Dawg Daze 2004. Dawg Daze is Mississippi State

University’s welcome week for new freshman and transfer students. Join

us daily from August 15-17, 2004, to enjoy the best food, music,

movies, and southern hospitality that Mississippi State has to offer!

August 15th is open to new freshman and transfer students during our

new student block party with Bill Cooke playing acoustic guitar.

The following events are open to all new and returning students.

August 16th features our Papa John’s Pizza and Movie Night co-sponsored

by Information Technology Services (Feature Presentation: TROY).

August 17th features our back to school concert featuring the Patrick

Smith Band and Drivin’ n’ Cryin’.

Last year, over 6,000 students attended during the three days of

events. Please help spread the word to MSU students so that this year

will be another great success. For more information and a listing of

other events, please see the Dawg Daze website at: For questions or more information,

please contact Bryan Nesbit at

I suppose I could just invite all of them over to the house?