Netflix Resolutions

Netflix My ListIf you’re a Netflix viewer like me, you’ve got a number of items in your “My List” (that’s mine at right) that you’ll either won’t have the time to watch any time soon or you won’t end up watching at all. The more you use Netflix, the bigger that list can grow…quickly.

Thanks to being a member of the Netflix Stream Team, they’ve decided to help me go on a “diet” when it comes to my list so that I can drop some of those “show pounds”. Yes…it’s a bit silly, but I think this infographic of eight resolutions may be some I can actually KEEP this year!


1. Okay…so Lost is on Netflix?? I can’t tell you how awesome I think that is. There are so many questions I have about the series that I feel I need to watch them again so I can truly understand the final season.

2. I watched the first season of Daredevil with a bit of hesitation, but was pleasantly surprised at just how much fun it was. I can’t wait for the second season to come out later in 2016!

Heroes3. I remember binge-watching the entire first season of Heroes when it first came out on television. I’ll be completely honest…I wouldn’t really recommend any season after that, but if you want a fantastically original and character-driven show that just happens to be about superheroes, then THIS is the show for you. Binge-watch the first season (“Save the cheerleader…save the world.”) and you can thank me for it later.

4. My wife and I already finished binge-watching the entire 10-season run of Friends last year, but we’ve both agreed that it’s appropriate for our kids to watch so we’ll be introducing the show to them this year.

Family Guy5. I am one of those guys who has only seen a few episodes of Family Guy but never really dove into it. Any time I saw it on television, I usually laughed at what I saw…but I just never went looking for it on a regular basis. I will GLADLY give it a second look on Netflix.

6. I introduced my wife to Fringe a few weeks ago and, while she didn’t care for it, I got hooked and am looking forward to completing the series in 2016.

7. I really don’t know anything about Bloodline. Hmm…I should look into this one.

Jessica Jones8. I watched Jessica Jones and was instantly hooked. This show is so awesome I immediately told my wife that she’d probably like it, so we’re about 4 or 5 episodes into the season. I’m still loving it…she’s a bit hesitant…but I think it was one of the best shows of 2015. Excellent characters and storytelling.

In terms of what I am REALLY wanting to watch on Netflix this year, I’ve been able to narrow it down to a few based on suggestions for the #StreamTeam:

This one will be pretty easy because the family is already watching this together. I believe we’re into the second season now and it’s a show that, while a bit risqué for the younger set, is hilariously funny. I can’t believe that for all of the years it was on television that my wife and I never gave it a second glance.

I can’t lie…I’m already caught-up on this one. The worst part right now is waiting until June before the new season drops so that my wife and I can binge-watch the entire season in under a week before rolling our eyes and complaining about having to wait an entire freakin’ year before we can see more new episodes.

I’m the only zombie fan in the house, so this one is all on me. I’m actually completely caught-up with the current season of the show, but I’m such a massive fan that I love watching the old episodes, as well. Right now the group is at the farmhouse, and I think binge-watching the rest of the episodes through the summer until the next season starts might be the only way to satisfy my Walking Dead cravings.

I remember being SUPER excited to hear that the X-Files were coming back for a 6-episode limited edition run (starting on January 26th!!). But then I had a difficult time trying to remember just what took place that led us to now. I used to watch the show religiously and even watched the two movies, but it’s been awhile and I have to admit that I don’t remember how the show ended. I think I now have to watch every episode so I can get back into the swing of things and remember just why this show was so awesome to begin with.

I’ve always enjoyed political dramas and have heard a lot of good things about this show and Kevin Spacey’s performance. I promise to give this a shot in 2016.


So what shows are YOU looking forward to watching in 2016? Anything you plan to take off of YOUR “My List”?

My Favorite Stuff of 2010

As 2010 comes to an end, I just thought I’d reflect on some of the things that stayed with me…

1. P!nk at the Grammys. Yeah…I know…this wasn’t really “news” or anything, but I gotta be honest: this was one of the most incredible performances I’ve ever seen.  It was like Cirque de Soleil mixed in with a bit of naughtiness and eloquence in addition to an amazing vocal all at the same time. I’m a HUGE fan of P!nk and this only solidified my crush on her.  Oh…and she was SMOKIN’ HOT, too!!

Watch the video HERE.

2. George Washington’s overdue library books. What…you didn’t hear about this??  Apparently, Washington signed out two books back in 1789 and forgot to return them.  With the inclusion of inflation over the years, the late fine would be around $300,000.  Fortunately, the New York Society Library didn’t want payment for the books…they just wanted them returned.

3. Captain Phil Harris of “Deadliest Catch” passed away. I’m a huge fan of Deadliest Catch and it came as a huge shock to find out that Captain Harris passed away while filming last season’s episodes.  While he wasn’t my favorite captain, he was a straight shooter and…above all else…he was a loving father who did whatever he could to show his sons a better way of doing things. He may be gone but he’ll never be forgotten by those who enjoyed his ‘no bullshit’ attitude and good-ol-boy sense of humor.

Hot Cuts

4. The first topless hair salon opened in Australia. Hey guys (and some of you ladies)…wouldn’t you like to actually ENJOY getting your hair cut?  Well, travel on down to Hot Cuts in Sydney and you’ll be able to get your hair styled by beautiful, topless hairdressers.  Hair stylists?  Hair ho’s?  C’mon…this story is so ridiculous it’s awesome!  I mean…how long will this place actually stay open?  A year, maybe?  Is this really what the world has been waiting for??  I just don’t see the attraction of a topless hair salon.  Okay…I might actually see the attraction, but it’s not like I’m going to grow my hair out just to go there or anything.

5. Lady Gaga talented…weird…likes meat. Listen…I’ll be the first to admit that I enjoy some of Lady Gaga’s songs.  I’m also going to admit that when she wants to, she can be a very attractive woman.  But people…this chick is F*CKED UP.  I know she wants to be a trend-setter and be the new-age Madonna and everything, but do you really need to wear a meat dress in order to make that happen?  Can you not just be slightly weird and then let your talent speak for itself?  I dunno…it’s interesting and all, but at the end of the day will she want her ridiculousness to over-shadow her talent?  It might get to the point where nobody takes her seriously anymore.

6. Lost ended with a giant “meh”. I don’t know if I was one of those people who felt like I had wasted five years of my life watching every episode of every season, but count me as one of those people who was kinda let down with the ending of the series.  Sideways storylines?  Meeting in the afterlife?  It was all real but it wasn’t?  I was hoping for more bang for my buck, but I guess I got what I paid for.

7. It was cool to like Bret Michaels again. Kinda. Listen…I’m a Poison fan from WAAAAY back, so forgive me if I was just a bit happy to know that I could listen to Talk Dirty To Me one more time without feeling a ton of guilt about it. Between his battling illness and then winning The Apprentice and then having yet another reality tv show, this was the year of Bret Michaels.  Kinda.  Let’s just say that 2010 was probably the best and worst year of Michaels’ life.

8. Man v Food. I can’t tell you the hours of joy that this show has brought me in 2010.  It’s totally wrong on so many levels, but I don’t care.  I have fun pretending to have my own battles with food.  Hell…I even ate a large calzone while out with Sunshine and, once devoured, I made her take a picture of me doing the “man won” sign:

In this battle of man vs food...MAN WON!!

I know…it’s sad but true.

So what about you?  What stuck out for you in 2010?

Hospitals & Busy Sunday Afternoons: The Weekend In Review

Please forgive me for not having a blog post up earlier today but it’s a holiday here in the Great White North and I’m still recovering from the 1-2 punch of Lost and Celebrity Apprentice last night (it ended locally at 12:30am).  Here’s a recap of the weekend’s events…

Ankle Biter making the most of his hospital stay.

The ex was tied-up all day long on Friday so I came into the hospital at 7am so she could go.  Thankfully, Ankle Biter remained in good spirits (as good as could be expected, anyway) and the two of us had a fun morning.  We played with his blocks and watched movies and laughed the entire time.   It was pretty much like this until about 11:30am, at which point the nurses came in to give him some drops for his ears.

The poor kid lost it.

He didn’t want to be touched or have the drops put in.  He cried and cried because he thought it would hurt.  Once it was over, he cried some more because it just felt uncomfortable and he hasn’t been able to distinguish discomfort with pain yet.  Eventually, that cry turned into a two-hour nap.

I was told at 3pm that they would put in one more antibiotic bag onto his IV and once it was empty in an hour, we should be good to go.  That was probably the hardest part out of the entire deal…waiting that last 60 minutes for the IV to empty out. It was torture.

Ankle Biter lost it one more time when they took the needle out of his hand.  I totally understood this one because I’m sure his hand was pretty sore.  It was a little funny, though…once the needle was out and the bandage was on his hand, he saw the dried blood on his hand and thought he had a bigger “boo boo” and started crying even harder.

Fun fun fun.

Ankle Biter (finally) ready to head home from the hospital.

At this point, we were all set to go and all that was left was for him to get dressed.  And for whatever reason, he didn’t want to get dressed and leave.  So we stayed until about 4:30pm when he finally got dressed and we got to head out of there.

Friday night was basically supper, a one-hour bath, and then bedtime. Thank goodness for that bath because he was beginning to stink (lol). 

On Saturday we went out to visit my folks at their campground.  We spent most of the day there and when we weren’t at the trailer, we were at the small playground where a lot of kids were playing.  Ankle Biter was almost 100% at this point…and I could see glimpses of my healthy, happy boy as he ran around the playground.  It was awesome to be able to see him smiling and running around again.

Bret Michaels - Celebrity Apprentice 2010

Yesterday we spent the morning inside even though it was a beautiful day.  He just wanted to watch movies and play with his blocks…so I wasn’t going to fight with him.  The ex showed up mid-afternoon (because I had him the entire day on Friday) and the rest of the day was spent mowing my lawn, staining my front steps, and then hunkering down for Lost and Celebrity Apprentice…though I have to say that I only caught a little bit of Celebrity Apprentice and really only wanted to see Bret Michaels win, which he did.  And honestly, how hated do you think Donald Trump would have been if he DIDN’T name Bret the Celebrity Apprentice??  I mean, I think he really wanted Holly Robinson Peete to win but he had to go with the popular vote on this one.  To see Bret limp out on stage was inspiring, too.  He simply HAD to win.

Lost was pretty great.  I loved the sappiness of the reunions (yes, I’m a sap at heart…sue me) and wasn’t disappointed with the “parallel universe is actually purgatory” storyline.  While a lot of answers were never really provided (really…what IS the purpose of that island??), they didn’t write it off as a dream-sequence and the entire 6-seasons were wrapped-up nicely with a heroic conclusion.

So that was my weekend.  Hopefully everybody had a good one, too.

Confessions from a Cubicle

Confessions from a CubicleSometimes I drift off at work a bit. It’s not like I actually fall asleep or anything…I just let my mind wander. But sometimes on a break or during lunch I’ll hear or read something online that sticks with me.  This week has been crazy because Rugrat has been with me, and needless to say my concentration at work hasn’t exactly been 100% because I’m wanting to spend time with my daughter.

It’s been awhile since I’ve had enough downtime during the day at work to actually write down some random comments, but today is the day.

What I usually do is just jot something down and then finish these thoughts once I’m home (hence this being posted on Christmas Eve instead of, say, yesterday). And for whatever reason, people seem to enjoy my random take on the world… 

  • It’s been four days since the season finale of Survivor Samoa and I’m still bewildered and upset. I mean, Natalie won?? Seriously?? I understand that social politics play a major role in games like Big Brother, but it’s a rare occassion when a jury on Survivor is so envious and jaded that they take personal feelings and put them ahead of the end goal: choose the person who outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted everybody else. Russell should have won…hands down. I can’t even fathom those who feel otherwise. I mean, there are those who felt that Natalie was a nicer person and that her riding on Russell’s back was a great strategy. WHAT?? Since when has doing NOTHING been a great strategy?? And that argument holds little to no water because Mick received no votes. I mean, the guy won two immunity challenges and was just as nice and sweet and boring as Natalie was. Russell, however, not only found THREE immunity idols (TWO without having any clue, whatsoever) but was single-handedly the one responsible for the voting out of 90% of everybody else from the very beginning. He ran the show. Period. People don’t like him? That’s fine. Popularity has rarely been a major issue on Survivor. Sure, social politics play a certain aspect…that have to. But snakes win all the time because they, for the most part, play better games. It’s not about who is the most popular or honorable. It’s about who plays the GAME better…and there is zero valid argument out there that says Natalie played a better game than Russell. That’s not to say she didn’t play a good game…riding somebody’s coattails is certainly a valid stategy. But to say that her strategy was better than Russell’s? I just don’t see it.
  • I went out on Friday night with Sunshine to a bar with a few friends of mine from work to hear another friend from work play an acoustic set. I gotta be honest…she wasn’t that good. But that wasn’t the thing that stuck out for me the most. This hole in the wall (and literally…this bar was exactly that) had one of those machines that you pop in a few bucks and get a stuffed animal out of. A little out of place, I guess…but whatever. Upon closer inspection, though, I found that this machine contained a bit more than just stuffed animals. It contained a blow-up doll, a big-ass vibrator, and a porn dvd. Now, this got all of us laughing and we each took a turn throwing away $1 on the off-chance of getting that vibrator…but it got me wondering afterwards just why everything else in there was a stuffed toy. I mean, wouldn’t it be more fun to put a whole bunch of adult toys in there instead? If you’re going to go for it, you might as well go all the way…AMIRIGHT? I dunno…I just found it a bit odd. And no…neither Sunshine or I won.
  • Brittany Murphy was 32 when she passed away on Sunday. That’s way too young for anybody to die. Now, I was never her biggest fan so when I heard the news I just thought, “What a shame” and went on with my day. But then I saw the reactions on Twitter. Then I saw the references to drugs. See, Murphy died due to a heart attack. She has had a documented history of drug issues. People immediately went online and told the world that this is what happened when you did drugs. Perez “I’m a huge f*cking douchebag” Hilton actually had the nerve to not only blame drugs, but to also blame her husband for the death (tasteless, really).  One celebrity actually blamed her weight loss on the heart attack and claimed that Hollywood’s need for rail-thin girls was the reason for the death. In actuality, there isn’t an official cause of death yet (although the coroner initially said that it appeared to be of natural causes). Regardless of what the reasons end up being (they’re awaiting toxicology results so it probably was a combination of prescription drugs…a la Heath Ledger), it just really sucks that so many people felt the need to judge Murphy before all of the details of her death had been researched. Let the poor woman rest for at least 24 hours before tweeting that “drugs kill”. Seriously. It’s something like last Sunday on Twitter that I really get a taste for just how wacked-out and morally inept the general public can be at times. It’s a shame, really. What if it was an accidental overdose? Are you still going to sit back and say that she’s an example for Lindsay Lohan? C’mon…just let the poor woman die in peace. It’s nobody’s business, anyway.
  • Rugrat arrived on Monday without any incident. However, her step-father called me once she was in the air to complain about Air Canada. Y’see, where she’s only 10 (11 next month), there is an unaccompanied minor fee associated with every trip of $100 each way. This is kinda crappy, but it is accepted as required practise until she turns 12. Well, the argument presented to me was that Air Canada’s fee is to pay for an employee to walk my daughter to the terminal and wait for the plane, then walk her from the plane to the terminal to assist with luggage collection (at least that’s what her step-father told me on the phone). Now, Rugrat’s grandmother accompanied her to the terminal and waited for the plane…and then I was there to greet her and pick up her luggage once she landed. So why are we paying this $100 fee? The website states that the fee is mandatory for all children aged 8-11, but her step-father (who’s a good man, by the way) told me that he was already on the phone with Air Canada and was told that because her grandmother was the one accompanying the minor through until the gate, then we should be getting our money back because no service was actually performed. I’m not really on the side of us getting this money back because I think the rules are pretty cut-and-dry, but it’s difficult to justify paying $200 extra on every trip when you’re getting conflicting information from the company itself.
  • It’s funny…when I learned that there wasn’t a real Santa Claus and I told my parents that, my number of gifts reduced dramatically the following year. My little brother told me a few years ago that he didn’t believe anymore and I told him flat out: the day you stop believing is the day your gifts will disappear!! I know it’s wrong, but he at least took my advice for one more year (lol). Rugrat is 11 next month…if she hasn’t stopped believing by now, she probably soon will. I don’t know if I’ll give her the same talk I gave to my little brother, though.
  • Random Esquire wants to motorboat my girlfriend. Is it wrong that I don’t have a problem with that?
  • Is it also wrong that I’m not only REALLY anticipating the 20th season of Survivor in February (it’s the “villains” vs. the “heroes”…as the shows most popular and most hated characters are invited back for one more go-round), but I’m also looking forward to all new episodes of American Idol, Lost, Glee, and Ghost Hunters International? Jeez…you’d think I’d have a life by now or something. Maybe it’s because football is ending soon…
  • Speaking of football, I think I’m going with a New Orleans vs. Indianapolis match-up in the SuperBowl. I just don’t think the Vikings can beat the Saints and there is no other team in the NFC that’s even remotely as good. And on the AFC side? The Colts are simply unparalleled. There are too many “pretty good” teams and not enough “excellent” teams in the AFC, so as long as the Colts continue on their path (even if they lose a game before the end of the regular season) I just don’t see anybody else beating them in the playoffs. In the end, I think the Colts might be SuperBowl champs when all is said and done. But having said that, it certainly wouldn’t surprise me to see the Saints come out on top, either. It’s gonna be a GREAT few weeks of playoff football.

That’s all I’ve got on my mind today. Hope everybody has a wonderful holiday…whatever that holiday may be.