‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: ‘Behold,’ Dave Bautista says (only) as Drax

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When Dave Bautista took the stage at Marvel’s Comic-Con International panel in San Diego last year, he was overcome by emotion sitting beside his “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast mates. The film had only begun shooting, but when the former champion WWE wrestler talked about winning the role of Drax the Destroyer in the interstellar adventure, he appeared overwhelmed.

“There’s a point where I go to set every day and I still can’t freaking believe I got this job,” he said at the time. “It’s something that I wanted more than anything I ever wanted in my life. When I got it, I broke down and cried like a little baby.”

One year later, Bautista, 45, seems just as moved when he thinks back to being cast in “Guardians,” which blasts into theaters Friday as the first installment in Marvel’s latest franchise (a sequel to the movie was…

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Why Does it Have to Get Ugly?

I’m not a person to get too deep into politics. I don’t watch Fox News or MSNBC though I will watch CNN because that seems to be the most politically mild of the two. I don’t spend my Sunday mornings watching Meet the Press and I cringe when it’s voting season and the political ad campaigns begin. I can’t stand all the bickering and the mudslinging on either side. Oh, this politician picked his nose in public! Oh, the politician on this side left the bathroom without washing his hands! How anyone can stand all that backbiting and arguing is beyond me.

When it’s time to vote I do my duty and I’m done. I don’t talk about it at work. I don’t discuss it with friends. Other than the people in my household, no one knows the way I voted. I like it that way. I don’t feel like arguing and I don’t like people in my personal business.

What I don’t understand is how the comment section of online articles can turn into a den of political trollery (yes I made that word up). It can be a story about a lost dog and somehow it’s Obama’s fault. Just a few minutes ago I pulled up the hilarious article about Steven Spielberg ‘killing’ a dinosaur. I thought there may be some funny comments in the feedback section of the article and lo and behold every other comment is politically slanted.

‘The only person dumb enough to fall for that is a liberal.’

‘Yeah, those teapublicans are stupid.’

For the past few years this political trollery has gotten worse and worse and it’s annoying. I’m reading the comments to get more insight as to how people feel about the story, not argue about whose side is better. It’s childish and it makes both sides look like a bunch of toddlers arguing about whose toys are the best. Nobody wants to know how you voted and what side you’re on, get real. Vote and keep your civic duty to yourself.

The politicians do enough arguing. Why do we have to do the same?

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What About the Kids?

Saturday I met up with some family members at the Detroit Zoo. Over the years I’ve made several trips to the Zoo starting in elementary school. Whether it was with my parents as chaperones, tagging along as they chaperoned my siblings’ trips, or just going with my classmates I’ve been to the Detroit Zoo at least a dozen times.

Back in the day even if your class didn’t go on any other trip for the rest of the year, you could count on going to the zoo. For Detroit Public Schools I assume it was a top choice because it was nearby and economical. Though my parents made good money the majority of the kids I went to school with were from lower income households.

As I was walking through the zoo with my family all I could think about is how much it’s changed. For one thing it’s expensive. Kid’s tickets are ten bucks and adult tickets are fourteen and parking is six bucks. The train which was a free attraction as long as you paid admission back in the day, now requires a fee. Even the price to rent a stroller is outrageous.

I know prices change, but I think that something educational for kids should be more affordable. Walking through looking at the expensive treats and souvenirs I couldn’t imagine a struggling single mom, like my mom was, being able to afford to bring her kids. It’s not Disney World.

When I think of The Detroit Zoo, I think of an inexpensive place to take kids where they can learn about the world around them. Why should people have to pay a premium price for their kids to learn?

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