Do you like Kung-Fu Movies?

I love Kung-Fu movies. I am addicted to them and find that I must watch some kung-fu every couple of months or I start going through withdrawals.

The first martial arts film I ever remember seeing is one staring Sonny Chiba. I don't remember the name but it was one of the ones he made back in the late 1960's or early 1970's. I think I was living in Greenville, Mississippi at the time and my mom and dad bought a TV just for the kids. It was a cheesy black and white set and of course there was no remote and you had to adjust the antenna differently for each channel but I was young and at the time we thought we had died and gone to heaven. There was one part of the movie where Sonny's character is confronted by this guy so Sonny does this little double kick and his wooden sandals fly off of his feet and into the guys face. I thought that was so cool that I was flipping my shoes off of my feet like that for days. My folks probably thought I was nuts.

Back in the late 1970's or early 1980's cable TV was getting popular and Showtime was having Kung-Fu marathons. I would go over to a friends house and we would watch those movies and then try to kick each others asses. My favorite martial arts film of all time is 5 Masters of Death. I wish I could find a decent copy but when I finally tracked it down on the internet a few years ago I was disappointed that it was a copy of a copy of a copy.... I am still looking for a DVD.

I thought about taking KF lessons but I wasn't sure if I would be able to stay with it so I never did. But me and my buddies would go down to a couple of shops and buy some of the weapons. Throwing stars, knives and numb-chucks. I called the numb-chucks because I always seemed to smack myself right on the outside of my elbow and half of my fingers would either go numb or feel like they were on fire. Looking back on it now I should have either taken the lessons to learn how to use all of that stuff or stick to just watching the movies.

My buddy Bill Finch and I used to watch Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee movies even after high school and he put my ass through my apartment window on more than one occasion (usually after drinking a 12 pack each). To this day we still refer to ourselves and Bruce and Jackie.

Some of the more modern films that I like are The Bride with White Hair and of course Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon which I even managed to get Linda to go and see at the theater.

I could go on and on about this but I won't.

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Microsoft does it again

I found this story in the London Free Press. VANCOUVER -- Like any good fledgling businessperson, Mike Rowe knew he needed a catchy name for his website design company. Being possessed of a sense of humour and the cheekiness of a typical 17 year old and given his name, what better than to register his Internet domain name as As in, but not quite, Microsoft Corp. \"Since my name is Mike Rowe, I thought it would be funny to add \'soft\' to the end of it,\" the Victoria Grade 12 student said. But the folks at the world\'s biggest software company aren\'t smiling. They\'ve demanded he give up his domain name. Mike, a self-described computer geek, registered the name in August. In November, he received a letter from Microsoft\'s Canadian lawyers, Smart & Biggar, informing him he was committing copyright infringement. He was advised to transfer the name to the corporation. \"I didn\'t think they would get all their high-priced lawyers to come after me,\" Rowe said. He wrote back, saying he\'d put a lot of time and effort into his business and asked to be compensated if he was to give up his name. Microsoft\'s lawyers wrote back offering him $10 US. Rowe asked for $1,000. Then, last Wednesday, he received an ominous, 2.5-centimetre-thick package with a 25-page letter accusing him of trying to force Microsoft into giving him a large settlement for his name. \"I never even thought of getting anything out of them,\" he said, adding he only asked for the $1,000 because he was \"sort of mad at them for only offering 10 bucks.\" Now he\'s going to sit back and see if the organization that registers domain names will take his name away from him. No one from the law firm or Microsoft would comment.

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Get ready for the 2004 MS150

Hello all,

On Saturday and Sunday, April 17 - 18, 2004, I will be joining over 10,000 other cyclists riding 180 miles from Houston to Austin in the annual BP MS 150 Bike Tour. The tour is a charity fundraising event supporting the National MS Society's fight against multiple sclerosis.

As many of you already know my wife Linda has MS so this cause is near and dear to me. I am calling on you and all of my friends, family and co-workers and neighbors to contribute on my behalf to the National MS Society. By making a pledge, you are supporting MS research, programs and education. You are also helping me achieve my fundraising goal of double last years donations of $1050.00 to at least $2500.00 this year!

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax-deductible. Instead of going to the trouble of mailing a check, you can use the following link to donate online in my name. Clicking on the link below will take you to the BP MS 150 site, where donating is fast, easy and secure. At the website you will be able to choose an amount to donate and make the donation immediately with a credit card. I will be notified via email as soon as you make your pledge.

If you prefer to write a check please make it out to "National MS Society" and mail them to me at
6818 Peace River
Spring, TX 77379
Feel free to email me at with any questions.

Thank you!

Greg Gillis

About multiple sclerosis:
MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. The symptoms include blurred or double vision, numbness or tingling in the limbs and can become as severe as paralysis and total loss of vision. Diagnosis usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 50, but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be life-long. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease. I appreciate your support of the National MS Society and the BP MS 150 Bike Tour. The funds raised on the BP MS 150 Bike Tour provide equipment, financial assistance, self-help groups, counseling, information and resources, as well as education for people with MS and their families. Your support truly makes a difference in the lives of people with multiple sclerosis.

Movie - EuroTrip

I watched the TRAILER for EuroTrip and it look like the stupid movies that I usually love. I will probably try to get Linda to go see this one. Matinee of course.

Just so you know my tastes, Linda and I went to see Dude, where's my car and loved it. We were the oldest people in the theater but we still laughed our asses off. The 3 big beers I had at TGI Fridays before the show might have enhanced my enjoyment a bit but I still laugh at the TRAILER.

Still 40

I turned 40 this summer and I still can\'t believe it. I have been waiting to see if I wake up, but I don\'t. I guess 40 is here to stay, at least until I turn 41. Linda did a great job and gave me a surprise party that really surprised me. Many thanks to all those that attended. Here is my dad and I

Shiner Bash 2003

This is from last years Shiner Bash. This is a great but long ride and has three starting cities. Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and all roads lead to the Spoetzl Brewry in Shiner Texas. Home of my favorite beer, Shiner Bock.

Fishing Trinity Bay Summer \'03

Here are some photos of fishing in 2003. This was a very good day for fishing but I forgot my wading pants and the jelly fish about ate me alive. I was glad we got our limits early. This is my brother in-law Matt.

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"The cave's collapsing!
This is no cave."

Princess Leia
- Han Solo

Submitted by: gtgillis / 2004-11-03
Category: Star Wars

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