Next Stop: National Chicken Cook-Off

In a few minutes we’re off to Birmingham, Alabama, where Nichelle has been chosen from New Hampshire to compete in the National Chicken Cook-Off.

We’ve experienced the mixture of pre-trip and -contest stress, but Nichelle is doing well. Pray for continued serenity. (Speaking of Serenity, can anyone help but lament the only 14 episodes of Firefly?) And we have 100,000 reasons to hope she wins the grand prize.

Onward …

4 Replies to “Next Stop: National Chicken Cook-Off”

  1. My vote would be: Love the show, hate the movie.
    If the movie were just by itself, it would be an okay sci-fi action flick, but to have it come after such a wonderfully done show was tragic. IMHO, the worst two things in the movie were the killing off of two main characters, and Serenity making noise in space — about drove me nuts.

    (I’m not bitter. . . really)

    At least the movie explained a few more things about River, though.

  2. Regarding Serenity and “Firefly”:

    Nichelle and I love both. The movie provided Joss Whedon with a wonderful opportunity—to complete the stories (for the most part) that were left hanging when the series ended.

    The film still handles Firefly’s trademark witty dialog, wonderful characters, and credible action sequences with its usual dignity and grace, while providing one of the best villians in all of science fiction, even if some of the show’s history had to be repeated for those who were not familiar with it. The two scenes of River kicking butt are worth the cost of the DVD all by themselves.

    Capt. Malcolm Reynolds (into the PA system): This is your Captain speaking … we may encounter some turbulence and then … explode.

    Jayne Cobb: We’re gonna explode? I don’t wanna explode!

    Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Jayne, how many weapons you plan on bringing? You only got the two arms.

    Jayne Cobb: I just get excitable as to choice- like to have my options open.

    Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: I don’t plan on any shooting taking place during this job.

    Jayne Cobb: Well, what you plan and what takes place ain’t ever exactly been similar.

    Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: No grenades.

    [Jayne groans]

    Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: No grenades!

    Zoë: We gonna crash again?

    Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Go talk to your husband. Is the mule prepped?

    Zoë: Good to go sir. Just loading her up. Are those grenades?

    All in all, I give both film and series a very high rating. It’s a shame the series ran only 14 episodes (only 12 televised), given (with the exception of “Lost” what drivel typically survives TV ratings).

  3. I left off one of my favorite quotations:

    Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburn: This landing is gonna get pretty interesting.

    Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Define “interesting.”

    Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburn: [deadpan] Oh God, oh God, we’re all going to die?

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