Archive for November, 2009

Mr. Pancake

Gayer than a toothpick.

I think it’s time to move on…from a lot of things.

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Happy belated Thanksgiving wishes to you all out there. I hope all of you had a wonderful break with your families and/or friends are ready to go for this Christmas season.

I have just come back from a week in SE Virginia spent with my father and stepmother. Always an adventure and always a story to be told but all in all it was nice to visit with them and nice to get away for a little bit. They live in the country – like, country country – where every morning you see about two dozen animals lying on the side of the road and you have to be careful not to run into bears going to the local trash dump. On the other hand, this lets you see an openness that is very hard to find here in New England. You can see for miles and miles the red dirt and mountains of Virginia and you can count more stars than there are numbers.

I’m not going to go into all the details of the trip but here are some highlights:

  • Dad and Madelene, about half a year ago, took in a stray dog that was nothing but skin and bones and nursed the poor thing back to health. Her name is Princess and she is…a pit bull. There’s a bad reputation with that breed but after a week of having this dog sit on my lap, lick my face and pretty much follow me everywhere I can safely say that this is one the most peaceful and gentlest dogs I’ve ever known. She’s a sweetie. Never thought I’d let a pit bull lick my face but, then again, kinda hard to stop one too.
  • Watched A LOT of football this week. We watched three games last Sunday and all three games on Thursday plus the Monday night game. It was fun to watch football with people again, especially my dad who knows the game in and out.
  • I saw evidence that I have at least two of those Tea Party, Glenn Back wackos in my distant family. Thank goodness Dad and Madelene aren’t like that.
  • Speaking of knowing something in and out, I did get my father to take me to see The Twilight Saga: New Moon last Monday afternoon when all the screaming fangirls were still in school. Loved the movie! Am trying to find time to go see it again. Better than that though is that I think I’ve successfully converted my dad into a Twi-hard. He kept asking me questions about it all week long. šŸ™‚
  • Did a lot of shopping and got a lot more Christmas decorations, none of which I needed. I got so many that I had to have Madelene ship them to me as they wouldn’t fit back in my bag. The saddest part is that I don’t even have time in the next week to decorate.
  • Madelene and I went and had our nails done. Without asking me, the lady that did mine added two really cute designs to two fingers. A little more feminine than I usually go but hey.
  • New favorite crime serial on TV: NCIS. That’s a damn good show.
  • $70 taxi ride from Logan airport to my apartment. Took 20 minutes. So worth it!

So you don’t think I’m completely shallow, a lot else went down this week that frankly I’m just not ready to talk about. Nothing bad, don’t worry. Like I said, all in all it was nice to see them and nice to have a break from work.

One final thought: I must have been crazy to sign up to work at the theater the Sunday after Thanksgiving. What was I thinking? Even with Mr. Pancake there.

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Friday Thoughts:

  • Yeah, so obviously I’m wicked excited that The Twilight Saga: New Moon comes out today. I desperately wish I could go see it but I have to wait until Monday or Tuesday to go. So sad. I do apologize to all of you who are not into the Twilight thing that you have to put up with what has been an all-out media blitz this week. It’ll calm down by Thanksgiving. SPOILER ALERT! The down side to this movie coming is that, as a hard core Team Edward fan, Jacob Black gets awfully irritating and awfully close to Bella in this story. Thank goodness we know how that turns out. Vamps vs. wolves? Please. No contest.

  • In other vampire news (like I’ve said, I really like vampire stories), I opted to watch The Vampire Diaries last night live instead of FlashForward which I think was a good idea because OMG! Stefan is fucking hot! Seriously, if we have to pick teams, screw Team Edward vs. Team Jacob, I’m all about Team Stefan vs. Team Damon. That was a great episode even though Stefan was leading Elena on way too much. That ending was something though. Oh and history teacher guy is so a vampire. He even has one of those nifty “daywalker” rings.
  • Okay, I’m done with the vampire stuff now. šŸ™‚
  • This time tomorrow I’ll be landing in Raleigh, NC, for my week long trip at Dad’s. Very early flight tomorrow morning and I’m not prepared at all. I still have laundry and all the packing to do and I have to be up at about 4am tomorrow. Somehow it will get done.
  • Haven’t had a week long break since January. Today’s my last work day before the break. WOOT!!!!!
  • I’m glad it doesn’t rain all that often here in Boston because this city sucks in a storm. People are rude with umbrellas and all the streets have standing water so it’s impossible to stay dry.
  • New code name for that guy: Mr. Pancake. Thanks Alyssa! šŸ™‚

I have more thoughts but I just caught the time and, uh, yeah I have to go. šŸ™‚

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Oh. My. GOD!

What a way to start a morning:

From upcoming GQ Man of the Year Issue.

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In white, about Parks and Recreations


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My take on “The Decision” controversy at the end but first here are some random thoughts:

  • Going to see Avenue Q tonight. I’ve seen it twice before and each time I’m reminded how good this show really is. If you haven’t seen it, you really need to try to catch it either on tour or Off-Broadway. It seems that in theater circles, there is an ongoing debate about whether or not Avenue Q should have won the Tony for Best Musical over Wicked. Each time I see Wicked, I think it was robbed and then I see Avenue Q and I agree with what happened. I’m not sure there’s even a right answer to that one.
  • Do you ever have trouble getting your water temperature right in the shower and then spend your whole shower trying to adjust it? That was so my morning.
  • How I Met Your Mother: Hahaha – “The Scuba Diver”Ā  šŸ™‚ That was awesome!
  • The Big Bang Theory: I know it was old-hat comedy but I very much enjoyed seeing Raj, Howard and Leonard getting high while camping.
  • I apologize to you all for the madness that was my last post. I’ve regained my mental stability but thank you all for the advice and support.
  • I found out last night that some of my relatives – and no, it’s not my Dad or Madelene – are huge supporters of Glenn Beck. IĀ  knew a bunch of them were conservative but Glenn Beck is, quoting my dad, “a raving lunatic.” Very depressing.
  • Dilemma: I’m one of those that lumps Thanksgiving in with Christmas. I don’t think that takes away from the holiday at all. For me, Thanksgiving is just part of the fun of the season. In years past, I’ve started my Christmas decorating and listening of Christmas music around this time of year, about a week or so out from Thanksgiving, to get me in the mood. Having a hard time getting into this year. I’ve already decided to not decorate much at my work. I can’t decorate my apartment until at least the week after Thanksgiving due to time constraints. Question: do I force myself this week to start in on the Christmas music to get into that holiday spirit or do I just say screw it and sacrifice a bit of the holiday cheer at least for Thanksgiving? If the former, what do I start with? South Park Christmas maybe?

The Decision: A better controversy title than Spygate

Set Up:

New England Patriots at the undefeated Indianapolis Colts. Sunday Night Football. The Patriots have played an amazing 3 quarters and then the unbelievable Peyton Manning shows up in the 4th to make it a 34-28 game with 2 minutes, 8 seconds left. The Patriots have the ball on their own 28 yard line with no time outs left. It’s 4th down and the Patriots need two yards to end the game. They get that first down and they can run the clock, keeping the ball away from Manning and they win what was already one of the most epic games of this rivalry.

The options on 4th down:

1. Punt the ball, pin Peyton Manning and his extremely now-hot offense back 70 yards away from a game-winning touchdown and let your worn-out defense try to stop them, keeping in mind that the defense just allowed 14 points in that quarter.

2. Go for it, trusting in one of the best offenses in the league to get those two yards and win the game.

The Decision:

Bill Belichick decides they are going for it on 4th and 2.

What Happened:

Brady throws a short, 3-yard pass to Kevin Faulk who comes down with the ball over the line and is pushed back 2 yards by the Colts defense. The refs do not award Faulk the forward progress due to what they say was shaky possession of the ball. As it is still before the 2 minute warning, the Patriots could challenge the call except they don’t have time outs left so the call stands and Indy gets the ball back with less than 30 yards to the winning touchdown. Game over.35-34 Colts.

My opinion:

  • It was a good call and the right call to make, whether they made it or not.
  • To Peyton Manning on the hunt for a win, his 30 yard line and the Patriots’ 30 yard line is the same thing.
  • The key to this decision was to keep the ball away from Manning in any way possible. If Manning got the ball back from wherever on the field, he was going to use the rest of the time on the clock to score that touchdown and ensuring that the Pats did not get the ball back.
  • Had the Patriots had a time out left, that final score would have been 34-28 Pats.
  • Had they converted that fourth down, Bill Belichick would be an even bigger hero than he was on Saturday here. They’d rename this city Belichicktown.
  • If this was the AFC championship game in January and it was the same situation, going for it on 4th down would still be the right call to make.
  • I’d far rather have a coach willing to take those kinds of chances than a coach to afraid of public opinion to do what’s best for his team.

Media and Fan Reaction:

  • Shame on you. All day yesterday I heard commentators and fans bitching about Bill Belichick. One radio host even said Bill is “losing it.” Are you fucking kidding me? Where is the loyalty? This man has brought you 3 Super Bowl wins in the last decade, an undefeated season and an 11-5 season with a backup QB. Name me another coach that can do that!
  • All you hypocrites out there whining about this would be singing the praises if they had gotten that first down.
  • Just so you know, the world has not ended and neither has the Patriots’ season. They are 6-3, on top of the division by a very healthy margin and are still in line to make the playoffs. The Patriots don’t need home field advantage and especially not over the Colts. They proved they can play in Indy.
  • Calling Bill Belichick’s decision arrogant, taking offense to it if you’re some of the Colts defense (true story, look it up) or the Pats defense (for the first time as a fan I’ll say this: shut up Tedy Bruschi), or using this as just another example of how Belichick is only in it for himself and doesn’t think about his team is all bullshit.

Bottom Line: Stand by your team and stand by your coach. This is what infuriates me about sports fans in this area of the country. We’re so spoiled by the success of the Red Sox, the Patriots, the Celtics and even now the Bruins that any time something even remotely goes wrong, it’s doomsday and there’s gotta be someone to blame. If the Pats were 1-8, yeah, I’d say panic. They’re 6-3 with only one game left that is even remotely as difficult as this last one was.

ETA: Thank God for Tom Brady. Listened to his weekly interview on WEEI this morning and he’s standing by Belichick 100% and you can tell he’s not just toeing the line.

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This just sucks. The whole thing sucks.

ETA: Eh, if you haven’t read it by now, you didn’t need to read it to begin with. šŸ™‚

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