Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette Blogs
It was the summer of 1995. I had just seen the movie “Clueless” and believed that two things would vastly improve my existence: a French manicure and this thing called a “cell phone.” So I drove immediately to Staples and signed up for one. I knew my mom would be so mad at me, but ohmygod, I was so excited.
Sure enough, that woman made me return the 4-pound phone the very next day, because spending $55 a minute to say, “Guess where I’m calling you from! A CELLULAR TELEPHONE! ... Hello?” apparently put my ability to stay in college at great risk.
During that one glorious night, though, I stood in front of my mirror posing with my thick Motorola Flip Phone and laughing at a very flirty but imaginary conversation with a cute boy, thinking about all the awesome social possibilities that my cell phone would have brought me if only my parents would just stay out of my business. I mean, how much damage could a phone really do?
Blessedly, “Angels and Demons” is more entertaining and less self-serious than its predecessor, the dense and dreary yet enormously successful “The Da Vinci Code.”
In again adapting one of author Dan Brown’s religious-mystery page-turners, director Ron Howard has wisely given in to its beat-the-clock thriller elements, which makes for a more enjoyable summer movie experience. Whatever controversy surrounded “Da Vinci Code” — the brouhaha among Catholics, albinos, “Da Vinci Code” purists, what have you — has subsided, and all that’s left is air-conditioned escapism.
When a play’s director has to stop rehearsals because she and the cast are chuckling too much to continue, that’s a pretty good sign that the audience is going to have a good time, too.
“Sometimes, I think we’re having too much fun,” says Jodi Dupuis, director of the May River Theatre Company’s new production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” opening this week. “Rehearsals are going really well. The cast is great and arrives ready to go to work, but we’ve had to stop and start a lot because we’re laughing so much!”
If you’ve been twiddling your thumbs waiting for the opening of the proposed Family Dollar store on St. Helena Island, be prepared to wait a little longer.
The Beaufort County Development Review Team on Wednesday deferred the project until three main problems with the site plan are addressed:
• Construction of the building must be adjusted so it does not affect vegetated buffers.
• Construction of the road must be lengthened to include the full 50-foot easement on the property, not just the 25-foot portion where the Family Dollar will be.
The debate will rage again this weekend at the annual Kiwanis Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest starting noon Saturday (May 16) at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island.
Eric Anthony's Iron Pig team thinks they can lay claim to the title of best barbecue around with their Crescent Moon Sauce.
Then again, restaurants such as The Smokehouse and Dosido's have consistantly placed in recent years. Check out the winners for the past several years here.
The location of a proposed port in Jasper County doesn’t resemble a busy international shipping terminal yet.
But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see.
Hardeeville officials arranged for a handful of reporters to tour the place last week.
Getting there from U.S. 17 required visitors to sign several forms and travel with escorts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along six miles of dusty, bumpy dirt roads atop earthen dikes.
“You couldn’t accidentally get here,” Hardeeville economic development director Ted Felder said as we bounced around in an SUV.
By SHANDA COOK • 843-706-8126
After careful consideration, I think I’ve finally decided who I think should be eliminated from “American Idol” this week. It’s not Kris Allen (obviously). It’s not Adam Lambert. It’s not even Danny Gokey (although he did have the weakest performances this week). It’s the judges. Randy, Kara, Paula and Simon’s childish bickering and biased, inaccurate critiques left me wishing I could slap each one of them upside the head in an effort to knock them out of their collective “Danny can do no wrong/Kris is destined to fail” daze.
The company that has been the Beaufort County School District’s maintenance contractor for 10 years might be replaced this summer if the Board of Education follows the recommendation of the district’s bid evaluation committee.
The evaluation committee — primarily composed of district office administrators — recommended that GCA Services Group be awarded the maintenance contract after the district’s contract with Sodexo, Inc. expires June 30.
By MORGAN BONNER • 843-706-8236
As we were waiting for a recent staff meeting to begin here at work, the idle chit-chat turned, as it sometimes does, to NASCAR. My fellow production droids were talking about things like raceways, the noise from the engines, getting to listen in to the pit crew talking to the drivers, and so on. Not being a fan, I sat silently, then finally piped up with, “You know, listening to you guys reminds me that I haven’t been to a ‘Star Trek’ convention in a while.”
By MORGAN BONNER • 843-706-8236
THE TOP TEN 'STAR TREK' MOVIES, AND YES WE KNOW THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN TEN
1. “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”: Who cares if Ricardo Montalban was totally rocking a chest plate? Khan is and presumably always will be the greatest “Trek” villain of all time. Best quote: “KHAN!!!”
2. “Star Trek: First Contact”: Again, a villain makes a movie, and the Borg Queen more than suffices.