2014 in review – THANK YOU!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Thank you to all of my readers!

This was a most exciting report to read, (aren’t stats always more fun to read than calculate!? Ha!).

Anyway,  I just want to say THANK YOU.  I appreciate you stopping by this site, whether to read just one post or all of of them…..

The most thrilling statistic in this report, which was so surprising,  (and deeply humbling!)) was the fact that you, (my readers!) hail from 84 different countries and yet, somehow, found and clicked on martinisandbonbons.com to read a post!! WOW!!!  I’ve gone global!!!!  That put the perfect finish to 2014!

From NYC –  I wish you all a HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR wherever you may be!

Yours truly,



Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Why Downloading The Interview Right Now Is A Bad Idea – CINEMABLEND


Hollywood ….. you STINK!!

Seriously??? You gave in to to the demands and threats of hackers??  Why?

Is it that Sony is afraid of more ‘not-so-very-correct‘  emails that may be released to the general public? By the way… regarding that …didn’t your momma ever teach you that you should NEVER write ANYTHING in an email that you wouldn’t mind seeing on the very first page of the New York Times or Wall Street Journal ???

My issue with what’s going on is this… First, I ENJOY watching Seth Rogen and James Franco on screen – they are entertaining! Second, I’m not sure why we are acquiescing to someone else’s demands… since when does America do that???  Really? Are we really  just going to pull the movie from being released and then walk away with our tails between our legs saying “Mea Culpa”?? Um, NOPE. Sorry.  Not me. I want to see this movie, was looking forward to it, and I think it’s ridiculous that they are preventing the theatrical release! Lastly, we live in a country that values FREEDOM. In fact, the very FIRST Amendment in the The Bill of Rights (written by our wonderful James Madison) states the following:

Amendment 1

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Now, Congress didn’t pull ‘The Interview’ from being released, but at this point, I’m starting to feel a need to petition the government! I mean seriously, if they do this now…. What’s next to be banned???

What do you think? Are you with me?

via Why Downloading The Interview Right Now Is A Bad Idea – CINEMABLEND.

Why Downloading The Interview Right Now Is A Bad Idea - CINEMABLEND

Gone With the Wind Movie – Was Released in 1939


Gone With The WindGone With the Wind Movie Was Released in 1939.

And now, in celebration of the film’s 75th Anniversary, you have the opportunity to see it on the big screen!  I may have to go see it.. Will you?

Have a great week everyone!


Movie Review: The Lunchbox



A film for everyone, especially for romantics.
Nothing “bad” is shown in this movie, but people under the age of 18 may not have an appreciation for it – I think it may appeal more to celibate and married, middle-aged/older people.
The Lunchbox is an interesting film about a friendship that develops due to a error in the day-to-day process of having lunch delivered.
I was fascinated to see – and subsequently learn – about dabbawalas, which I didn’t know about. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dabbawalas
During the film I thought, why aren’t there cafeterias? Why aren’t folks bringing their own lunches to work? But then I realized, this system helps increase wealth through the creation of jobs, and this process is part of a culture different than to what I have been exposed to. It really is fascinating, and I am so grateful for having learned something new!

The story and acting are terrific, I highly recommend this movie!


Beauty.. Does Your Face Fit “the Mask”?


Chasing Beauty


Have you seen the documentary, Chasing Beauty“? 

I am completely fascinated by this beauty “mask” they mention in the movie. Apparently,  utilizing The Golden Ratio, a mask has been devised, which, when placed over a person’s picture, shows you how “beautiful” a person is.

See a video demonstration here: http://www.goldennumber.net/beauty/

Try it out for yourselves here:   http://www.beautyanalysis.com/index2_mba.htm

What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree?


Marquardt Beauty Mask