Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Movie Review: Shorts

Tonight, I and my son went to an advance screening of the movie "Shorts". I found out about the free advance screening from following MichMoms on Twitter. I was not looking forward to seeing the movie since the promos on TV did not look great. But, it ended up being very entertaining. The movie is called "Shorts" because the story is told out of sequence as SHORT stories -an interesting and entertaining idea.

It had everything that a kid, especially a boy of my son's age, looks for in a movie - action, silliness, snakes, crocs, gross science, transformers, silliness, aliens, a nearly all boy cast, dumb parents, silliness, magic, space ships, giant man-eating boogers, and, oh, lots of silliness. Needless to say, my son enjoyed every silly minute of this movie and is already asking me when it will come out on DVD. I could have waited for the DVD since giant man-eating boogers are not really my thing.

The hero of this movie is a boy with braces who has to go through an eloborate process to keep his teeth clean. So, on the way out of the theatre, all the kids there given lots of free teeth flosers. Now that was a first as a giveaway....

Movie Rating
A+ for boys and men who love silly, gross stuff
C for girls and women who are sane

Friday, August 14, 2009

DISCOUNTS at The Henry Ford & DSO from American Express ENDS 6/30/2010

Summertime in metro Detroit still means making the most of your free time and soaking up Detroit culture with family and friends in the process.

Funds are tight, but fun doesn’t have to be. How about hitting The Henry Ford Museum before the ultra-cool exhibit Rock Stars, Cars and Guitars closes on Sept. 7; or upping your culture cred with a concert by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September? (FYI, single tickets for the DSO in September just went on sale this week).

Thanks to two just-released incentives from American Express, it’s possible to secure some summer fun (at a discount!) and earn coveted frequent flier miles on Delta Air Lines faster than ever, redeemable for vacations later.

Here’s a quick summary of what American Express rolled out August 1 for its Delta SkyMiles Credit Card holders:

Discounted entry at Detroit-area attractions. From August 1 to June 30, 2010, Delta SkyMiles Cardmembers can take advantage of special offers at popular Detroit destinations, including Buy 1, Get 1 Free tickets at The Henry Ford Museum (up to four) and 20 percent off Detroit Symphony Orchestra tickets (up to four). Extra bonus: Cardmembers will also earn frequent flier miles on their ticket purchases in the process.

How to redeem: For The Henry Ford Museum, the Cardmember must present coupon received in the mail from American Express in order to redeem Buy 1, Get 1 Free discount. To redeem the DSO discount, Cardmembers must present their Card at the theater’s box office to pay for tickets or go online and use the code: AMEXDELTA at

Double miles on gas and groceries. From August 1 to December 31, 2009, Delta SkyMiles Cardmembers can earn double miles on all U.S. standalone gas and grocery purchases, for up to $1,000 of eligible spend each month. Cardmembers need to enroll for this promotion.

How to redeem: Visit or call 1-800-794-1308 and enter the promotional code 148790001. There is no cost to enroll. Not a cardmember yet? No worries. Consumers who are applying and are approved for the Delta SkyMiles Card from August 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009 can also enroll their card to take advantage of the promotion.