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Bottom 3: Infomercial Personalities

These are the three most annoying infomercial pitch men.

#3. Billy Mays – Mays has pitched many products but is most famous for Orange Glow, Oxiclean, and now Mighty Putty. He’s probably a nice guy, but why does he have to yell all the time?

#2. Vince Offer – This was a close call. He was so close to being number one because of his incredibly annoying Shamwow and Slap Chop commercials. Half the time, I don’t know what the heck he’s talking about. You Tube has tons of parodies for Vince Offer and some of them are vulgar. It’s his fault though for throwing in phrases off the wall that are borderline vulgar. He’s a weird looking guy anyway.

#1. Kevin Trudeau – This is the knucklehead who got rich off people’s health and financial misery/ignorance. He wrote the much hyped Natural Cures, Weight Loss Cures, and Debt Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About. It looked like a sham to me, but a friend who actually purchased them said it was a complete waste. His mannerisms and insistence that the FDA is try to shut him up are also two contributing factors to his place at #1 on this list. I don’t want the government to shut him up, but I would like to shut him up.

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TV Shows I Watch Regularly

I work a 12 hour shift as many as 6 days a week, as few as three. I don’t have Tivo. I get up every morning at 4 AM and go to bed around 9 (sometimes a little later).

That means I don’t really get into TV that much. By the time I get home, it’s almost 7 PM. That leaves me just enough time to sit down and watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy during the weekdays.

My wife likes all the different incarnations of Law and Order on TNT or USA (I can’t remember). I just can’t stand those shows having worked for 2 years in the courts and seeing how hearings and trials work.

So there you have it. I watch a couple game shows at night, do a little preparing for the next day, go for a walk with the dog, and hit the hay.

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Saturday Top 5: Cartoons

Like almost every kid, I loved Saturday morning cartoons. Times have changed now with cable and satellite. There are now literally hundreds of channels with cartoons playing 24 hours a day somewhere. There is even a network dedicated to cartoons. But they just aren’t the same anymore. We had very special cartoons 25 years ago, and earlier. You don’t have to get up early on Saturday to catch your favorite cartoon. And there are also cartoons that kids like to watch but are not meant for children. Cartoons like Family Guy, The Simpsons, and Ren and Stimpy are vulgar and have no business being watched by little ones with impressionable minds. I digress. It’s funny that when Trav or I show Kourtney and McKenna a cartoon that we watched when we were little, they love it. Yet those types of cartoons are considered useless today because they don’t have tolerance or environmental messages around them, or their comical violence is too much for kids. Well, here are my top 5 favorite cartoons from my childhood. Some of them came from even before my childhood, but were still running or rerunning when I was a youngin.

Honorable Mention:

The Jetsons, The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, GI Joe, The Smurfs (I was just a little guy)

#5. Tom and Jerry – I was confused by this cartoon, because in some episodes they were friends and others they were always trying to kill each other.  Still a great cartoon!

#4. Super Friends – Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, and the weirdo Aquaman made up the main characters, but the Wonder Twins and Gleek and many others were also part of the crew who fought against the Legend of Doom.

#3. Transformers – The transformers were so cool! I loved watching new episodes on Saturday’s, and even years after, I loved watching the reruns after school.  After Optimus Prime died, it was still good, but it just wasn’t the same.

#2. Woody Woodpecker – This little smart mouthed bird was always giving someone a hard time, and his laugh is quite annoying.  Droopy, Chilly the Penguin, and that mean walrus made guest appearances.

#1. Looney Tunes – Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd, Tasmanian Devil, Pepe Le Pew, Wyle E. Coyote, the Road Runner, Speedy Gonzalez, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, and other characters made this the greatest cartoon ever.  It isn’t even close!  I especially liked Bugs’ sarcastic/confident personality.  He never let anyone get the best of him.  A lot of the humor was over my head as a kid, which was one reason I am sure this was such a great cartoon.  It was funny for kids, but adults got a laugh too.  And there has never been a better show to promote classical music.  Playing in the background of most of the Looney Tune shows was a nice orchestral piece, many times it was actually a well known piece.  I would love to own a set of Looney Tunes cartoons on DVD.  I know it is something I can still watch and get a kick.

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Free Thoughts

-Thursday is the day I post my thoughts. It’s pretty simple, I just type whatever pops in my head.

-The shooting at Wal Mart yesterday was all the talk yesterday at work. Apparently an angry boyfriend walked into the garden center and shot his former girlfriend who had just taken out a restraining order against him. He then fled to his home where he shot himself.

-The stock market doesn’t seem to like the US move toward socialism. Our economy was sick under President Bush, Obama apparently wants to finish it off.

-Hurricane season is just around the corner. I think I am going to start getting my supplies together now. Be prepared!

-Only 2 months since football season has ended, and I am having withdrawals. I hate football offseason. The Dolphins and Canes have a lot to look forward to this year.

-We are going to be even more organized in this year’s fantasy football season.

-The major football related news right now is the boat with the NFL players and agent whose 21 foot boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico in up to 15 foot seas. Friends of mine suggested that probably they plowed the nose of the boat into a large wave going too fast while rushing to get in, or they got sideways and were flipped by a big wave.

-Max had his little bit of masculinity removed this past Friday. It’s not bad enough that everybody mistakes him for a her, now he has been altered. Poor fella.

-My vacation cruise is exactly one month away from today. Snorkeling, hiking, and relaxing here we come.

-Marcela really hooked me up on Sunday. She made some excellent paella mixta with chicken, chorizo, octopus, little necks, muscles, shrimp, and scallops.

-I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I cannot wait for the TSP Anthems CD to be available.

-The work that Trav, the guys from TSP and the People for Care and Learning are doing for the people of Cambodia is God’s work. I’m so proud of them.

-I will see some of you this Sunday at the theater as we come together to worship, enjoy and learn from each other, be inspired, and be the church.

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Monday Armchair QB

I believe I will bring one more Armchair QB, for the Pro Bowl, but I’m not sure about that. Well, unfortunately my prediction for the Super Bowl came true. Pittsburgh’s defense was ultimately too much for the Cardinals. Ben Roethlisberger had the experience and determination needed to win the big game in spite of Kurt Warner who also showed resiliency and determination. Larry Fitzgerald was incredible putting on a second half show of two TD’s one of which was the spectacular fade with the catch off the helmet reminiscent of last year’s helmet catch by the Giants.

This Super Bowl will go down in history as one of the greats with two highlights specifically that will be replayed over and over for years to come.

#1. The longest play in Super Bowl history, James Harrison drops into coverage on a faked blitz and picks off Warner on the goal line and goes rumblin stumblin tumblin down the field through the entire state of Arizona (as one broadcaster put it) to score a TD as the time expires. The implications of this play were enormous. Instead of going into the half up 14-10 or at least tied 10-10, Arizona ends up trailing 17-7. Somebody for Arizona should have stopped Harrison. At least 2 or 3 guys did not try hard enough.

#2. Santonio Holmes grabs perhaps the greatest TD catch in the history of Super Bowl football tiptoing the boundary of the end zone. That, my friends, was legendary. Big Ben put it the only place that could have been caught surrounded by three defenders without the possibility of an interception. Credit should go to Big Ben as well as Holmes.

This was one of my favorite Super Bowl games I’ve watched. I am a bit saddened that Antrel Rolle, Edgerrin James and Calais Campbell didn’t get a ring, but they all played well and contributed in a where the outcome was not determined until 5 seconds left.

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Various Thoughts

-I enjoy this blog entry because the topics are whatever pops in my head while I write.

-There is a lot of junk in my head sometimes; it’s nice to get it out.

-I am working overtime for only the second day since September. The only other time I worked OT, it was on a call in. This time I actually signed up and got notice Tuesday that I would get the OT. This comes in very timely since I lost almost 4 hours of work last week due to training and qualification.

-Also, I’ll be working this weekend so I will not be able to join you at the theater for our weekly Life Pointe Sunday party.

-I requested two more vacation days and it was ultimately approved. I now have all of Spring Break off.

-I will be looking for a 7 day cruise to fit my scheduled time. Right now I am leaning towards MSC Cruises (The Orchestra) to Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Dominican Republic.

-There are some serious deals right now, even on Spring Break. I assume that it is due to the economy. Check out Vacations To Go to see what I am talking about.

-Speaking of the economy… My stand by for my first political rant since the new prez took office.

-ACORN was accused of voter fraud in the presidential election this year and years past. In this new so-called economic stimulus package ($890 billion), $5.2 billion has been set aside for neighborhood foreclosure relief. $4.19 billion of that is supposed to go to ACORN.

-How does this pass the smell test? ACORN helps perpetrate fraud, then gets a $4.19 billion cash kickback. Like they say, “Dance with the one who brung ya.”. It makes me sick.

-Max really hates being brushed. Marcela normally does it, but I figured I would help her with that duty. I don’t want the little mop to despise her because she wants to keep his hair looking handsome.

-The little runt growled at me and then snapped when I was trying to take out a knot.

-I work Super Bowl Sunday, but I should get home before the end of the first quarter. Anybody hosting a party? Naw, you guys should be down in Plantation Key, right?

-My heart wants the Arizona Hurricanes (Cardinals) to win, but my head tells me that the Steelers are going to win this with their dominating D.

-I want Edgerrin James, Calais Campbell, and especially Antrel Rolle to win their first Super Bowl rings.

-The Edge left Indy the year before they won their Super Bowl title. I’d love to see him not only win a ring, but to be a major part of the victory.

-Last night I watched a show called “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” on Animal Planet. I am sure they embellished a little, but the show was riveting. They told a story with reenactment of a couple who were hiking a trail in the Amazon Basin when they got lost. Using a compass, they actually went in the opposite direction because the map was flipped with North at the bottom and South at the top. They were stranded 6 days before finding their way to a river where they were rescued by a boatman. I highly recommend the show, but be warned that it contains some disturbing and mature content due to the nature of the material.

-I’ll see you at LPC a week from Sunday if not sooner!

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Friday Bottom 3: TV Shows of the Last 10 Years

I will avoid day time TV and talk shows for this list since they would win hands down. These are the 3 worst TV shows of the last 10 years, at least according to what I have seen. Admittedly, this list is not fair since I don’t watch a lot of TV, and when I do it’s OLN (outdoor), Sunshine Net, ESPN, Fox News, and Tru TV.

Dishonorable Mention:
Dawson’s Creek – Marcela liked to watch this teen drama some time ago. Chick TV to the core.

Charmed – The only thing good I can say about this show is that the three chicks were… um, well, I better not say anything good at all about this show.

The Bottom 3

#3. Secret Life of the American
Teenager – I came home from work to find this ABC Family network TV show from the makers of 7th Heaven on my TV. Some of the qualities making it so bad are: horrible acting from Molly Ringwald (she cannot help it, she has always been bad) and the rest of the cast with the exception of the pregnant teen; political correctness gone wild throughout the story line and dialogue; the portrayal of a pregnant teen continually scheming to do what she wants while also portraying her as a good girl who just messed up.

#2. Gilmore Girls – Besides this show being an evening soap, I have a particular reason for not enjoying this show that ramps it up to the level of the Bottom 3. The characters on this show speak at 100 miles an hour back and forth and back and forth!

#1. Operation Repo – At first glance, this is a reality TV show similar to Dog Bounty Hunter. They even show it on Tru TV. The first time I saw it I noticed that they went from one scenario to another reposessing cars and fighting everyone in the most ridiculous situations to repo cars. It was silly. I looked up the show and found out that they are all dramatizations. Between the ridiculous situations and one of the world’s ugliest women going around fighting people, this show tops the list.

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Saturday’s Top 5: Christmas Movies

One of the fun parts of the Christmas season is watching the great Christmas movies. These are my favorite Christmas films. I am revising my previous list on Thursday’s thoughts.

Honorable Mention:

Scrooged – This is a modern and hilarious re telling of the Christmas Carol with my favorite comedic actor, Bill Murray. His snarky arrogance fits perfectly for the twist that is needed to portray Frank Cross (the Scrooge character) as an ambitious man who has lost touch with what is really important in life, love.

#5. Home Alone – This movie humorously pointed out the value of family, second chances, and need for paint cans and beebee guns to make booby traps for bad guys. How can you dislike this flick?

#4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – There is a tradition in my maternal uncle’s family of watching this movie every Christmas. It really doesn’t get old. Poor Clark just wants to do something great for his family, but it always blows up in his face. This time it’s Christmas as he dreams of adding a pool to the house with his Christmas bonus money. Even though he has successfully created a non-nutritive cereal varnish that keeps the flakes crispy in milk for a longer time, he gets a “Jelly of the Month” subscription because the company’s cutting back.

#3. Scrooge aka A Christmas Carol – I like the 1951 Alastair Sim version best, but I also enjoy the remake with George C. Scott. The 1951 version was so great because the transformation of Ebeneezer Scrooge was so visibly evident when he changed following the visits by the ghosts.

#2. A Christmas Story – It’s a little dark and wierd, but funny and true. It captures the way kids are just so desperate for that one perfect gift that will make their life complete. I guess the reason I liked this movie so much was I enjoyed the quirkiness of the family and the real way that the story was conveyed. Ralphie just had to have that Red Rider BB gun. Better be careful, you’ll shoot your eye out.

#1. It’s a Wonderful Life – This is not only the best Christmas movie, but one of the greatest movies of all time. James Stewart was one of the great actors of all time and was on target as a desperate man truly unaware of his impact on those around him. This tale is moving and has a charm that is completely gone in modern movie making. I can relate a little to George Bailey’s feeling that everything is crashing in and being worth more gone than here. Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.

Of course, this is the part where you try to convince me that Miracle of 34th Street, Jingle All the Way, or Elf should have made my list. As always, my list is correct and complete.

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Brisk Thoughts

-Thanks to Chris for the cold weather alert. This chill we have had for the last 4 days has been great.
-Global warming is a funny thing. When it gets hot, they say it’s global warming (makes sense). When it gets unseasonably cold, they say it’s global warming. When it rains a lot, you guessed it! When it’s dry, that’s global warming too. When there are record frequency and strength, they say that’s from global warming. But don’t forget, we just had record low activity, so I guess that’s global warming too.
-Max loves the cool air. When I let him out, the cool air hits him and he just has to run. I guess he’s enjoying this global warming.
-I have a doctor’s appointment this morning. I’m actually at the doctor right now. Gotta get some updates on my BP and my weight.
-I’m doing OK on my nutritional plan. So far, I’m down 20 pounds since about July.
-Next week I have a planned cheat day or two because saying no to my mom’s cornbread dressing, sausage balls, and broccoli casserole will be almost impossible.
-I’ll probably hang out with my brother, Kelly, mom, and dad tonight for the big game. Miami has a tough game tonight against Georgia Tech that they pretty much must win. A win means we are one game against NC State from the ACC championship, probably a rematch against FSU.
-Marcela and I are watching 24 on DVD. We are at the end of season 2 right now. We’re trying to catch up with the whole series to date.
-I gave up double time on Thanksgiving and Black Friday via trade. So my schedule for the next week is that I work Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, then I get the next 5 days after that off.
-I may go spend a couple of days in the keys with Marcela, but one thing I have to do is take Marcela to a couple stores on Black Friday to grab a few DVD’s and maybe a few other items.
-Since it’s another weekend of work, I will see some of you guys next weekend at both Homestead and Plantation Key. I love being part of Life Pointe!

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Friday Bottom 3: Actors

These are the three worst mainstream male movie and TV stars of the last 20 years, according to me.

Dis-Honorable Mention:
David Hasselhoff – He needed Kit’s help to learn how to act.

#3. Jean-Claude Van Damme – He was a good actor in slow motion only.

#2. Steven Seagal – Another martial arts expert trying to act. Don’t get me wrong; I do like some of his movies. But his skills as an actor are nowhere close to his chops, karate chops that is.

#1. Ben Affleck – Watch the movie Pearl Harbor or Dare Devil and then try to argue with me that he was anything but horrible as an actor. How did this guy make it so big?

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