Adieu Summer 2014 (or “That Flew By Fast!”)

Labor Day 2014…

Time to put away the grill, after using it one more time (let it cool down first).

Time to dig out the dark clothes, Halloween decorations, Christmas decorations…DON’T PUT THEM UP YET!

Time to get the car winterized.

Time to save up for Christmas gifts.

The movie theaters will be less crowded. Speaking of which…

I have to say that this summer film season has been O.k…Not good or awesome, but O.k. Earlier, I had posted a mid-summer film review.

Admit it, this summer was not particularly epic as far as blockbusters were concerned. However, it was not a total fail-fest.

Does that mean I will not be seeing any films this fall/winter? Nope.

I am still interested in seeing Birdman. Supposedly, this will be Michael Keaton’s comeback of sorts. Everyone is even talking Oscar nomination!

Originally, I was looking forward to seeing it along with Kingsman: The Secret Service…But, that got pushed to winter…February 13th…To go up against Fifty Shades of Grey…Valentine’s weekend…Smooth move, Fox!

It’s not that I do not have faith in K:TSS, it’s like D.C. moving their Batman VS. Superman movie so it wouldn’t compete with Marvel’s Captain America 3 in 2016; admitting possible defeat in the box office race…or admitting that the film might be crap! Ugh!

30 years ago, I never would have imagined what summer 2014 would have been like…or 1994…or 2004…

1984 was one of the best years of my life. I was officially a teen! The films of the year for me were The Karate Kid and Ghostbusters. That year brought along the best 4th. of July ever! We had every kind of firework there was and blasted almost each piece with reckless glee…Until the cops came and confiscated them…

I can still see the smirk on that cop’s face as my cousin had his hand over my mouth muffling the obscenities toward the evil civil servant… and me almost throwing a giant punk stick at his cruiser as he drove away (I missed and hit the bush instead)!

Thank god he didn’t see it! Otherwise, well…It would have made one huge dent in my future!

I still insist to this day that he was “confiscating” those fireworks for his kids! Seriously! Because there was still fireworks going off for days and even weeks after!*

O.k…Enough stories of childhood trauma. Read the book!

(If I ever write one.)

The other 10 year intervals:

  • 1994…Worked, drank…Not much.
  • 2004…Trying to find full-time work, drank…Not much.
  • 2014…Worked, not much drinking, helping my mother out…Not much.

Prediction for where I see myself in 10 years:

  • 2024…Won a poop-load in lottery…Retired at palatial estate in Beverly Hills, married my celebrity crush…Sitting on the shore of Lake Whoknows…Not much.

All I know is that life is short and moves pretty fast. If you have children, please show them this blog post.

However, I will not leave you on a down note.

There were other good times between ‘84 and now. There is just too much to list…

And that is a good thing!

*NOTE: I do not have contempt for all law enforcement…Just the one’s that abuse the system.

A Truce… (Or; Mending The Cord…Sort Of)

It looks like there is a “cease-fire” in the “war” against big cable…For me, anyways. But, I am not going back to cable. Not unless these monopolies stop! No! I am not going to try to illegally tap into a Comcast feeder box (or whatever those bright green boxes are at the side of the road). I have decided to go with satellite. Dish Network, to be exact! They seem to be the lesser of the evils. In fact, they are the Luke Skywalker of the pay television providers. Dish is family owned and have refused offers to be bought out or merged by not only Comcast (Palpatine/Darth Sidious), but AT&T (Lord Dooku), DirecTV (Anakin;  would have created a satellite monopoly) and Verizon (Darth Maul); the dark side!

I would have went back to DirecTV (I had them years ago), but it would appear that they have crossed over into the dark side (just like Anakin) by merging with AT&T. But, before that, they were raising their rates, dropping packages (ie; NFL Sunday ticket) and providing [terrible] customer service! Which should have indicated that they were trying impress their suitors!

(Don’t be surprised if Comcast sues AT&T/DirecTV for trying to steal stealing their customer service model!)

Now, don’t call me a “sell-out” or “surrender monkey”! Though, not perfect, Dish seems to be the only logical choice. What industry is “perfect”? Their plans are reasonably priced, and like I said, they refused the temptation of the dark side!

Here is why I am mending the cord…

  • After attending the Wizard World Comic Con last week, I realized I was missing a lot of great entertainment out there, namely Doctor Who and The Walking DeadWaiting for newer/recent episodes and seasons to show up on Netflix could take a while; months…even years! Amazon and iTunes charge too much to rent recent episodes which could cost more than a cable/satellite pay-per-view bill! For that I could rent some DVD’s at a Red Box!
  • I love football, golf, wrestling and the occasional basketball or baseball game. I also thought I would check out MMA. Haven’t been able to follow sports much these past couple of years. I would catch a game when the antenna signal was right…or wonky at best. It is very difficult for someone from my generation to follow a game on the radio (we Gen-Xers have no imagination, I guess). I need to see where the ball and the players are going. I have the WWE Network (which is kind of wonky) on my Apple TV. But, I also want to catch TNA and Ring Of Honor. UFC has been around for 20+ years, but the only time I get to watch is if it is on Fox (via antenna…wonky) or if I subscribe to their UFC.tv (more wonkiness). I have good internet; Clear/Sprint.  I could get separate satellite internet, but it is too expensive and not very good speedwise. Comcrap is…Well, you know their story (monopoly)! For some reason, Clear streams Netflix and Amazon pretty well, but WWE Network and UFC Fight Pass are…Yes…Wonky; even their on-demand content! Hmm…
  • Live streaming torrents are risky and some are illegal!
  • IPTV is still a new and buggy tech. USTV Now is O.k., but doesn’t provide much choice in content if you don’t have a cable provider, and most programming is in standard definition. It’s only good if you are an expatriate, military stationed overseas, or just travelling outside the U.S. Besides, you’ll miss clicking the remote if you only have this as you TV “provider”. It’s point (mouse or finger), click (or tap), wait for content to load…
  • I miss Turner Classic Movies…’nuff said!
  • I miss Boomerang…’nuff said again!
  • I miss FX and I want the new FXX, because of DVD On TV and…The Simpsons!
  • I can get all my local stations with less interruption, (see antenna in the boonies and the luck needed getting CBS over-the-air). But, the antenna is staying up because there are some over-the-air channels and subchannels that still come in strong and clear (ie; METV and the subchannels and Antenna TV) despite windage, humidity, goose migration and solar flares. Also would be nice to know when a tornado or a blizzard is coming!
  • Everyone that I know that has Dish, have no complaints!

This is not Appomattox and I am not pulling a Robert E. Lee. I am also doing this out of necessity (I do live in tornado/blizzard alley). You can best describe this as a compromise or an armistice/truce. But, only time will tell whether this is long standing like WW2 or shaky and iffy like Korea.

Stay tuned!

georgetakei:

Would you pay this much for a television? 
The reviews left me in stitches.

Read the reviews! Don’t just glance over them!

georgetakei:

Would you pay this much for a television?

The reviews left me in stitches.

Read the reviews! Don’t just glance over them!

A little pit stop on the way home. :)

A little pit stop on the way home. :)

Late lunch at King’s Bowling and lounge. Steak tips, butter green beans, and garlic mashed taters! Not bad for a post-con meal.

Late lunch at King’s Bowling and lounge. Steak tips, butter green beans, and garlic mashed taters! Not bad for a post-con meal.

Late lunch at King’s Bowling and lounge. Steak tips, butter green beans, and garlic mashed taters! Not bad for a post-con meal.

Late lunch at King’s Bowling and lounge. Steak tips, butter green beans, and garlic mashed taters! Not bad for a post-con meal.

Leonard Nimoy Skype panel.

Leonard Nimoy Skype panel.

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Cassandra Peterson! 

(Note to self: Play it cool, T. Play it cool.)

Cassandra Peterson!

(Note to self: Play it cool, T. Play it cool.)

Anthony Mackie and Sabastian Stan.

Anthony Mackie and Sabastian Stan.

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Anthony Mackie and Sabastian Stan.

Anthony Mackie and Sabastian Stan.

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