Director’s Greeting: Drive Issue #70

Greetings!

The last time my kids had a day off and I was working, I sent them to the ice skating rink. And as I typed and talked, I envisioned them gliding and giggling and having a great time. Yeah, that’s what would have happened in the movies. But in real life, my life, my teenage daughter was talking to a “cute guy” who wanted to teach her skate backwards (uh huh, that’s exactly what he wanted…) while my 10-year-old son was racing a much older and bigger boy.  My guy won the race (he is small but mighty) but lost half of his front tooth as he slammed into the boards in lieu of stopping more gracefully (and slowly) and perhaps coming in second.

 

World War Z Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Brad Pitt Movie HD
World War Z Official Trailer

So, with one work day between the end of the school year and the start of Bike, Hike, and Canoe Camp, I decided to play it safe this time and send them to the movies.  I bought the tickets in advance and limited the refreshment budget to avoid snack bar smorgasbord stomachaches.  And I’m happy to tell you that it’s working (lessons learned and incorporated into the plan!).

I also have to tell you about two disaster movies headed to a big screen near you.  I discovered them as I was searching IMDB.com for a suitable movie for the kiddos.  We settled on the latest animated kid flick, Epic, but I thought of you when I came across World War Z and This Is the End.World War Zis based on the book of the same name by Max Brooks, which is both a really good read and what started this whole zombie apocalypse thing that infiltrated the BCP world, especially once FEMA got in on that act.  The movie stars Brad Pitt and looks like it might not be too true to the book, but hey, it’s summer, it’s a zombie movie, why not?

This Is the End has got to be the strangest disaster movie ever.  There are bunch of actors playing themselves (James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Emma Watson, and the list goes on and on), and the premise is that James Franco is having a big party with all of his celebrity friends…and then there’s an apocalypse.  If you’re into crass comedy, it looks like this is the one for you.  I did not include a video link here because it’s not really the kind of thing you want to be watching at work.  But I did watch the trailer, and I did laugh out loud when Franco and friends decided to take stock of their resources and found themselves with a food supply consisting of 12 bottles of water, 56 beers, a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and a Milky Way. Spoiler: Hermione steals it all.Anyway, I’ve heard from many of you that you use the TV and movie clips I share to get the word out about BCP in your organizations, and it looks like this summer is going to be a BCP blockbuster, during which I hope my son doesn’t bust anything!

Buffy Rojas

DRI International
Director of Communications
brojas@drii.org
(248) 630-7371

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