Hardest Job First, The Rest is Downhill

A few days ago I started the arduous task of getting algae from my pool. It is a common and difficult thing as any pool cleaner and/or owner will tell you. It sounds like an innocuous task but I have learned year after year that it takes hard work, time, and patience to do it. The filter is the biggest weapon. You can put all the chemicals you can buy into your pool and the algae may wane. Eventually however it will come back and usually when you are away on vacation or otherwise unable to offer a retaliatory strike. When you have algae, the filter needs to be cleaned or backwashed. This is the “fish gill” through which the water must pass. It can take 48-72 hours for all the water in a pool to pass through a filter but when it’s clean, boy howdy it really cleans the water. There are other tips I may get into at another time but the universal takeaway is this: Do the big jobs first when they pay the biggest dividend. You can see the top of my filter tank behind me in the photo. That is my biggest wrestling job when getting algae out of my pool.

Gravity

gravity-largeMovies about space always freak me out but documentaries showing real footage are worse! Gravity looks like both. I watched a documentary of the Hubble telescope a few years back and the space walking really had me taken aback. Imaging weightlessness. Now imagine momentum that doesn’t stop! In other words, in space if you start twirling, there is no resistance so you keep going at that same velocity. Gravity makes us all too aware of this law of physics. It also takes us on a terrifying journey to the satellites, unencumbered by the title.

Sandra Bullock is mystifying. She is dedicated to her tasks in space and that keeps us hopeful she may get home. Still, we are reminded by George Clooney and her failed attempts that the ship cannot re-enter the atmosphere. Without giving spoilers, I will say this is a movie you cannot turn your eyes away from. I had the notion it might be boring when I saw the previews: no way man. Besides stellar effects like you have never seen, This is a thriller, adventure, and drama experience. What’s more, it’s all┬ádone with only two characters! I highly recommend this flick.