Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Le Grand Bleu, Hardee's Thickburger

Caught Jean Reno and Rosanna Arquette in a 1988 movie "Le Grand Bleu" (The Big Blue) on DVD. It's a story about the dangerous competitive sport of deep sea diving. The movie traces the relationship between Enzo and Jacques who live in Greece. Both have an affinity for the sea they never outgrew. Both grows up to be involved with deep sea rescues.B ut though Enzo lives a bohemian life, the other finds a family among dolphins. The movie is quite languid, like a sailboat meandering the open seas in search for stronger wind to carry it forward in a more defined direction. Reno is as always, a great actor, uncannily mixing a bit of humor with seriousness. The saving grace are the spectacular underwater scenes especially with the playful dolphins.

P.S.  It's hard to think that it's just 13 days away from Christmas. So much to do.L ast night, was designing and printing out my gift tags. At lunch break, had to squeeze in getting some more gifts in between errands for the boss. Hmmm, no wonder some people consider the holidays as especially stressful.

P.S. 2   It's being reported in U.S. and internet media, the hullaballoo about Hardee's 1,000 calorie Thickburgers. The monster burger comes at a time when the fastfood giants like Mcdonald's and Wendy's are downsizing their portions. Personally, I think this reflects lack of concern for the health of consumers. At a time when even the airlines are complaining that they are consuming more fuel because of increasing waistlines and weight of their passengers, this is turning a blind eye on a soon-to-be-epidemic -- obesity. With two-thirds of the American population overweight or obese, and over half of the children population overweight or downright obese, this is another cause for concern.

While having a juicy burger can be one of life's real pleasures, we really have to take a closer look at how our diets (and lack of activity) can affect our quality of life. The fastfood companies can say all they want to say but it's hard to control portions when you've been offered more food for less cost. I mean, put a big bag of chips in front of me and it's hard to say I would eat just 1/4 of the bag.


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