Sunday, December 14, 2014

"Sorry for your loss" - Part Two

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In my last blog I wrote about how phony that sounds.

Recently my mother passed away and I got a card from the company I work for, signed by about a dozen coworkers, and at least half had written that.

And while I appreciate the card, it seems like they could have written something a bit more original.

Also, my dad died ten years ago, and I had forgotten that everyone has a "when my [insert relative here] died" story.

That's it. Short and sweet.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

"I'm Sorry For Your Loss"

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That phrase used to mean something - you found out someone's friend or relative died and you were genuinely  sorry for their pain.

But now, it is so overused it is just like "have a nice day" or "call me" or "how are you?".  It is said but not really meant for anything but making conversation.

If it is going to be used, why can't it sound more like, "I'm sorry for the loss of your [mother, father, wife, son, etc.]?

Just saying.
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

TV shows ... Bits and Pieces

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As usual, haven't written in a long time.

The new TV season is starting up so I thought I'd write a few lines, or more, about some of them -- new and coming back. (In no particular order.)

     NCIS -- I've been watching this one from the beginning. I think I watched it when the characters were introduced on JAG (another show I followed). And for the most part I have liked it. I hated it when Kate (Sasha Alexander) was killed off. But after a few episodes I really began to like Ziva David (Cote de Pablo). And I hated IT when she left the show. And it just hasn't been the same without her.
    The one character I never cared for (and still don't) is Anthony diNozzo (Michael Weatherly).  He was/is nasty, mean-spirited, sarcastic, misogynistic, and rather unlikable. And if this had been real life, he wouldn't have lasted two weeks with his attitude!

    Selfie -- This is a new show starring the delightful Karen Gillan (Amy Pond of Dr. Who) and John Cho. Only one episode has aired so far. And while I pretty much hate sitcoms  (not funny, boring, stupid and not funny) I kind of like this one. The only reason I watched was because of Karen. But the one thing I don't like is her American accent.
    Karen is Scottish, and I love hearing a woman with a Scottish accent (even more so than one with and Irish accent). Her voice sounds the same, but I want the Scottish back.
    The pilot episode was actually funny in spots, so I may watch a few more just to see how it turns out.

     Longmire -- This is (WAS)  modern western set in Wyoming near an Indian reservation. It starred Robert Taylor (who I never heard of) and Katee Sackoff (from the new Battlestar Galactica). I only started watching because of Katee. It was a good show but after three seasons it was canceled even though is got good ratings (for A&E) , but the audience was not the 18 - 40 demographic. So that sucks.
     I hear it is being shopped around for another network. USA or FX or TNT would be good homes for it.

    The Witches of East End -- This one is starting its third season on the Lifetime channel. I started watching since I was a big fan of Charmed. And like Charmed, the witches are all gorgeous women. But the only one I ever heard of was Julia Ormond, --Joanna, the mother.
    One of the daughters, Ingrid, is played by Rachel Boston. She looked familiar but I couldn't place her.
   The other daughter, Freya is played by Jenna Dewan Tatum. I had never heard of her, but she IS gorgeous. The other witch is an aunt, Wendy, played by M├Ądchen Amick, who I never heard of, but also is a real looker.
     The show has cool and clever magic, and interesting story lines, so I'll stay with this one.

{getting rather long, so just one more}
   
      Haven -- This is a show similar to The X-Files -- odd goings on and the investigators. I really don't like shows like this (couldn't stay with The X-Files or Supernatural), but for some reason I started watching this one and really like it.
    It is set in the small town of Haven, Maine. The town is plagued with the "Troubles."  Bad things happen because certain people of the town have supernatural powers, they sometimes don't realize they have, that causes other people to die, or buildings to burn or collapse, things like that.
     The star of the show is oh-so-attractive Emily Rose, who I had never heard of until I started watching.  Her character has lived in Haven as a different person many times in the past.
     For most of the first four seasons, her name was Audrey, and she was immune to the Troubles, so she could investigate and solve (with the local sheriff/love interest) all the chaos and mayhem. But in the current season she is now Mara, and she is evil.
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

And AGAIN, Shows That Were NOT Nominated for an Emmy!

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Every year I say I am not going to get pissed about the shows I like that are not nominated for an Emmy while shows I hate, I think everyone on them should fall over and DIE!

But when not only shows I like are ignored, but the ones that millions of other people like as well, then I have to write something about it.

Those who should be nominated (as the Christians put it: "If there was a God." Or maybe that's the Agnostics who say that.) --
(Not an all inclusive list, many have been left off, but these are the ones I'm most pissed off about.)

Tatiana Maslany for "Orphan Black" - Best Actress

Juliana Margulies for "The Good Wife" - Best Actress

Archie Panjabi for "The Good Wife" - Best Actress

Of course, there are those in the past that deserved Emmys but never were even nominated - Lauren Graham, "Gilmore Girls", Kristen Bell, "Veronica Mars", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

And while I'm on this rant, I don't think ANY shows on channel you have to pay for (HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc.) should be nominated since not everyone can afford  to buy these channels.

That's All.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Under the Dome

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Just watched he first episode of the second season. I had heard two people were going to be killed off in this episode. And they were.

The first was Linda, the deputy sheriff. That sucked.

But the second person to be killed was at the end of the show. and it was Angie ( Britt Robertson )!  And THAT pissed me off!

If she, somehow doesn't come back to life in the next couple of episodes, I'm going to stop watching!

Britt was one of the reasons I started watching it in the first place.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

DVD Commentaries

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I have tons of DVDs, as I'm sure many people do. Some are movies and some are TV series. And sometimes I like to watch them with audio commentaries running.

But what I don't like are the commentaries by the writers, directors, producers, etc.

One of the reasons I want to watch a movie, and end up buying it, is because of the actors and/or actresses in the movie, and if there is a commentary track, they are the ones I want to listen to.

And this goes double for a TV series DVD.  When I follow a TV series I get invested in the characters and when there is a commentary track THEY are the ones I want to listen to, not the people I don't know or care about - the aforementioned directors, producers, writers.

With two exceptions -- Joss Whedon, creator, writer and director of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel series, and Rob Tapert, creator, writer and director of Xena: Warrior Princess.

And one other thing -- why can't the Blu-ray DVDs include the option to watch the movies or episodes with the deleted scenes included? Sometimes they add important or needed scenes that were taken out for whatever reason (usually for running long on TV episodes).

And that is all
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Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Amazing Spider-man 2

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Went to see the movie yesterday. And I didn't like anywhere near as much as I wanted to. It just wasn't amazing.

 The first one (The Amazing Spider-man) wasn't too bad, and I bought the DVD when it was released, but I seriously doubt if I'll buy this second one.
(Maybe if I find it in the used bargain bin for a few bucks I might.)

I think the problem was that there was just too much pathos between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy (played by the cute, sweet-looking  Emma Stone .
PP broke up with her because of a promise he made to her dying father in The Amazing Spider-man #1. Then he made up with her, then he broke up again, made up. Then she broke up with him, back together.  SO tiring.

The main villain, Electro was pretty cool, and the SFX were great, but there was just no real excitement. And then just at the end Harry Osborn as the new Green Goblin shows up for about 10 minutes when Spidey kills  him - whoopee.

And since I don't care about giving any spoiler alerts -- Gwen also dies at the end.  She is falling from about 20 stories and at the last moment Spideys' web catches her in the midsection and it obviously broke her back since she was bent almost double.

Months go by, then Spider-man resurfaces to begin the fight against the next movie's baddie - The Rhino.

And who will be his girlfriend in the third movie? My candidate would be Osborn's assistant, Felicia, played by the very attractive  Felicity Jones .                                                


Out of 5 stars the best I can give this is a 2 (the first one a 4)
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Gorgeous Girls - Photos with no explanation

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Just nice to look at!

                                                                  Anne Hathawy



                                                                    Olivia Munn


Catherine Bell

Katherine Heigl


Danica Patrick
                     

                                                                       
Sarah Shahi


Simone LeBlanc

                         
Shiri Appleby


Alison Haislip

                                                                       
 Katee Sackoff


Simone LeBlanc

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The new "Veronica Mars" Movie

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If you never watched the "Veronica Mars" series, you should - NOW!

I went to the "Veronica Mars" movie starring Kristen Bell as Veronica.  If you've seen the series then I don't have to list the characters. And if you haven't, then they won't mean much to you.

But you CAN go the the movie even if you haven't seen the show and still enjoy it. But if you go, make it soon. It is one of those special releases that may, or may not, be shown for a couple of weeks, depending on how many people attend.

Of course, you can buy all three three seasons of the TV series, and the movie from Amazon.com .

The movie is GREAT. And most of the old, familiar actors are back, and do a wonderful job recreating such delightful characters.

I don't know what else I can say, except if you DON'T see the movie, you are missing out on a good time!
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Friday, January 31, 2014

The Hottest, SEXIEST Woman on Earth ! !! !!!

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All I know about her is that her name is Kim, and she was on the cover of the 2011 WingHouse calendar.

I have tried several time to find more pictures of her, or more about her, on the WingHouse website, but there is nothing.

I also know that I would gladly give up one year of my life to spend one night with her (or two and two).  Which means that I would only live to be 98 or 99 instead of 100.
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Night TV - AGAIN!

Been a long time since I last posted. Thought about it a few times, but just didn't.

So, now I will again bitch about the way Monday night TV has been overloaded with too many shows I want to watch (if it weren't for Comcast's On Demand, I'm not sure what I would do).
So, to start:

8 p.m.
Lost Girl (Syfy)
Switched at Birth (ABC Family)

9 p.m.
Being Human (Syfy)
Beauty and the Beast (CW)

10 p.m.
Bitten (Syfy)
Castle (ABC)
Intelligence (CBS)
The Blacklist (NBC)

The rest of the week isn't so bad, except the some of the shows I watch are on at the same time -
Killer Women (ABC), Justified (FX), and Chicago Fire (NBC) are on at 10 pm Tuesday nights.
Arrow (CW) and Revolution (NBC) are both on at 8 pm on Wednesdays.

Of course, when the network suits read this and realize there are shows I watch that aren't scheduled to air at the same time, they will certainly fix that!