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    Monday, May 18th, 2015
    12:45 am
    A small tribute to Grampy
    Me and Grampy did not share many interests. I'm a big movie fan, and he told me the last time he went to the movies was to see "The Sound of Music" and they haven't made anything good since then.

    When he learned that as an adult I still watch "The Simpsons", which he referred to simply as a cartoon, he gave a look that just screamed something is not right with this one.

    Even in politics, I leaned a little to the right and learned Grampy was a pro-union, hardcore democrat.

    So did we have anything in common?

    Well, like anyone else in New England, there's the Red Sox.

    I once joked with Grampy telling him how lucky he was that he was born in 1917, he knew what it was like to been around for a Red Sox world series win, that would happen in 1918, and not again for 86 years.

    I went to visit him in the hospital one October day in 2004, and lied to Grampy. "Come on Grampy, you gotta get better, the Sox might actually win this thing." The previous day the Red Sox lost Game 3 of the ALCS 19-8 to the Yankees, causing them to be down three games to none. No team in baseball ever came back from that. I personally didn't think the greatest comeback in sports history was about to happen.

    But this year, something different happened. Grampy got better, Ortiz hit game winning hits in the 9th inning, Pedro pitched perfectly, and Schilling's bloody sock helped advance the Red Sox to beat the Yankees, go to the World Series, and win that 4 games to nothing to break an 86-year old curse.

    Grampy got to see three more Red Sox world series victories than the one that happened when he was one. And for me, I got a new nickname, Mr. Schilling, after the only member of the Red Sox who happens to be a little to the right politically.

    Of course, maybe Grampy was just forgetful when it came to names, but I'll miss seeing him and him greeting me with, "Hey, Mr. Schilling, how's it going?"

    Rest in Peace Grampy.
    Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
    3:05 pm
    My 10th Annual Oscars Picks and Wishes, 2015 edition for the 2014 movies
    This Sunday night is when they will televise the Oscars. Once again, i did my job as a movie geek, and saw all 8 (EIGHT!) Best Picture nominees. Here's how it will go, i'll say an Oscar category, who's nominated, how many i saw, then, who i think SHOULD win, and who i think WILL win. This is just for fun, but next Monday (actually, next time I'm ready to write another entry) i can recap and see how good i really am.

    I do want to admit something right now. I took a long sabbatical from going to the movies that my heart wasn't in it this year. I missed a lot of movies that I wanted to see and I just didn't find the time to drive out to the movies and do it. I could give any number of reasons, but really, my opinion means basically zero this year. Last year (and all the other years) I would really write a lot about why someone should win over another. My mind just wasn't tuned into the movies like it normally is. I'll be honest, even with movies I enjoyed, I really don't have that strong of an opinion if someone really wins or not. I'm not trying to sound like some person who finds the shallowness in award shows. I'm just being honest, I have very weak opinions this year, and with a few exceptions (I'll write total lock) I have no clue what the hell will win.

    Of the 24 different Oscar categories, i only deal with the serious 8 categories (4 acting, 2 writing, best director, best picture). Who cares about best sound mixing, or makeup, best costume, or best documentary--short subject? But i'll also throw in a couple guesses for fun. But i always keep the best picture pick and wish for the very end. So, lets knock this out.

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:

    Nominees:

    Steve Carell for Foxcatcher (2014)
    Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game (2014)
    Bradley Cooper for American Sniper (2014)
    Michael Keaton for Birdman (2014)
    Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything (2014)

    Did not see "Foxcatcher"

    Should win--Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
    Will win--Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

    This is a coin flip between Michael Keaton (who is basically playing himself) and an unknown British guy who deals an AMAZING job with the crippling work he performs to become young Stephen Hawking. I think it's time for one of these types of roles to win an Oscar again.

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

    Nominees:

    Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night (2014)
    Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything (2014)
    Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl (2014)
    Julianne Moore for Still Alice (2014)
    Reese Witherspoon for Wild (2014)

    Of these movies, I only saw The Theory of Everything, but this is a TOTAL LOCK.

    Should win--Julianne Moore for Still Alice
    Will win--Julianne Moore for Still Alice

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

    Nominees:

    Robert Duvall for The Judge (2014)
    Ethan Hawke for Boyhood (2014/I)
    Edward Norton for Birdman (2014)
    Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher (2014)
    J.K. Simmons for Whiplash (2014)

    Still did not see Foxcatcher or The Judge, but this is also a TOTAL LOCK.

    Should win--J.K. Simmons for Whiplash
    Will win--J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

    Simmons was just so fucking good, and the movie was so great. It's time to upgrade those Golden Globes and Spirit Award trophies for the Oscar he'll get.

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

    Nominees:

    Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (2014/I)
    Laura Dern for Wild (2014)
    Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game (2014)
    Emma Stone for Birdman (2014)
    Meryl Streep for Into the Woods (2014)

    Did not see Wild or Into the Woods (ironically, "Into the Wild" still one of my favorite movies of all time)

    Should win--Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game
    Will win--Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

    It took 12 years to make "Boyhood", and it's a TOTAL LOCK to win. I just really liked what Keira Knightley brought in her role for The Imitation Game. Maybe I'm just a sucker for smart girls, but she brought an extra bit of enjoyment when she was on camera.

    Best Achievement in Directing

    Nominees:

    Richard Linklater for Boyhood (2014/I)
    Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman (2014)
    Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher (2014)
    Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
    Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game (2014)

    Still didn't see Foxcatcher, while the rest are all Best Picture nominees.

    Should win--Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman
    Will win--Richard Linklater for Boyhood

    I feel this is another total coin flip, because both of these movies are so fucking gimmicky. Boyhood took 12 years to make, which means 12 years of directing, 12 years of staying with the same cast, 12 years of editing, and 12 years of rewriting a script as it seemed fit. Birdman's gimmick were the extra long takes. The movie in theory consists of 6 cuts, each lasting roughly 15 minutes. That's a long of staging, camera work, and precise blocking, hoping your actors know their lines. Add that the special effects works thrown in when Keaton literally flies. It's the more difficult movie to direct, but I think Boyhood will win out instead.

    Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

    Nominees:

    Boyhood (2014/I): Richard Linklater
    Birdman (2014): Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo
    Foxcatcher (2014): E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman
    The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
    Nightcrawler (2014): Dan Gilroy

    Did not see Nightcrawler, and I really regret that.

    Should win--The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Will win--The Grand Budapest Hotel

    I just think this movie needs to win one major award. For me, there is ZERO memorable scenes in Boyhood which might win, and Birdman just seems too full of itself. I love a good Wes Anderson script, I think it can win.

    Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

    Nominees:

    American Sniper (2014): Jason Hall
    Inherent Vice (2014): Paul Thomas Anderson
    The Imitation Game (2014): Graham Moore
    The Theory of Everything (2014): Anthony McCarten
    Whiplash (2014): Damien Chazelle

    Did not see Inherent Vice, and once again, I really regret that.

    Should win--Whiplash
    Will win--Whiplash

    My favorite movie of the year, because it's the best story. So, it has to win best screenplay, right?

    I have covered 7 of the 8 categories. Here are a few picks i think will win:

    Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Best Achievement in Cinematography
    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Best Achievement in Editing
    Boyhood (it has too, right? 12 FUCKING YEARS!)

    Best Achievement in Production Design
    TOTAL LOCK--The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Best Achievement in Costume Design
    TOTAL LOCK--The Grand Budapest Hotel (watch it on HBO, such a beautiful film all created out of the very quirky mind of Wes Anderson)

    Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
    TOTAL LOCK--The Lego Movie (2014): Shawn Patterson(Everything is Awesome)
    (Also, how the hell did this movie not even get NOMINATED for Best Animated Film?)

    Best Achievement in Visual Effects
    TOTAL LOCK--Guardians of the Galaxy (It's 2014 Star Wars, it has to win some awards)

    OK, enough bullshitting around, time for the Best Picture Of The Year!!!

    Best Motion Picture of the Year

    Nominees:

    American Sniper (2014): Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper, Peter Morgan
    Birdman (2014): Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole
    Boyhood (2014/I): Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland
    The Imitation Game (2014): Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman
    The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven M. Rales, Jeremy Dawson
    Selma (2014): Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
    The Theory of Everything (2014): Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten
    Whiplash (2014): Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster

    Saw all movies, minus the first 5 or ten minutes of American Sniper.

    Should win--Whiplash
    Will win--Birdman (but a total coin flip with Boyhood)

    I just know my favorite movie won't win, and that sucks. But when you really sit and think about it, I cam to the conclusion that Birdman will win, simply because it's about actors. I think everyone in the Academy knows what it's like to big a major something, and to nothing, and to be taken seriously for shit work, and to be not even notice when you give your everything to your craft. Birdman is all about that.

    Here's what will happen; when they announce Best Director, that movie WILL win Best Picture. Through out the night, that is where the total coin flip between Birdman and Boyhood will occur. The film with the best director will lock up best picture, that is my final thought.

    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I'm going to give Neil Patrick Harris the benefit of the doubt and think he'll do a really great job as the host. But if the Academy was smart, they should just give Justin Timberlake a 5-year deal as Oscar host, who wouldn't want that?
    Thursday, February 19th, 2015
    10:54 pm
    The rest of the movies nominated for Best Picture
    I don't want to be writing all night. Have to wake up extra early tomorrow for Period Close Friday (always sucks), and tomorrow night, I'll be back at Foxwoods. I'll try not to gamble too much, just want to get drunk and watch some kickboxing. Should be fun.

    Of the 8 movies nominated for Best Picture, I have finally seen them all* with one small little asterisk. I missed the first five or ten minutes of the movie "American Sniper" the other day. I don't think it had much impact on the rest of the movie that I did see. Who knows, maybe I'll sneak in and see the first five or ten minutes this Saturday or Sunday before seeing another movie.

    I'll do a quick review of all the movies I have seen recently. Enjoy.

    "American Sniper" *** 1/2

    Very good movie and highly enjoyable. A kickass story that was never dull about a real life Navy Seal, Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) who signed up to go to Iraq and kept going back for multiple tours. He's not much as a father or husband, but in the military, he earns the nicknamed "Legend". Very tense, and yes, it got pretty dusty at times too. I just realized I don't watch enough war movies, in fact the last war movie I did see was "The Hurt Locker", and that not only won Best Picture, it was just flat out better on every level. "American Sniper" was very good, but just not enough to be considered great by me.

    "Birdman" ***

    I'm going to admit two things; first it's a 3-star movie from me, but I can see others hating the shit out of this movie. Second, it's too damn gimmicky, and the long takes that were used throughout the movie actual hurt it from my perspective instead of making it better.

    It's this story of a once great actor (Michael Keaton) who is mostly known for being "Birdman" from a long time ago for a very successful comic book movie. (Almost like how Keaton was Batman, get it?) Now he's trying to just be a regular actor, on Broadway, dealing with the struggles of writing, acting, and directing his first play.

    The gimmicky act of having these long, long, really long takes in a single shot without any camera cuts is a nice idea. But you get this since of being a fly, not on a wall, but constantly hovering around all these actors and their crazy events. Perhaps this is why I was never a good actor, but it's just pretend, try not to become anything more than that you douchebag artists.

    "The Imitation Game" *** 1/2

    Really surprised how much I enjoyed this movie. True story of a mathematical genius from England who tries to break the Enigma code that will tell the allies what the Nazis are communicating about. Some of the acting was overly stiff, but it's 1940s England, and there's a war going on. Very sad ending just because of the true nature of the genius.

    "Selma" **

    A movie about Martin Luther King Jr. that had one good thing about it, and a bunch of white guilt everywhere else. What a boring movie that every 7th grade history kid will have to watch during Black History Month for years to come.

    This movie has two speeds: Black people marching, and the worst cast ever for actual political people. Did the director know that LBJ has a southern accent? Or that maybe a true, evil asshole like Governor Wallace shouldn't be as equally cartoony as Yosemite Sam. And neither of these famous, SOUTHERN politicians should be played by BRITISH actors.

    I'm glad this fucking movie didn't get more Oscar nominations. People just put it there so they won't be looked at for being racist. I just hate "filler" movies like these.

    "The Theory of Everything" * 1/2

    Hey, let's make a movie about Stephen Hawking, and slowly watch him not die. Also, let's make it ultra British "tea party movie" that I hate. I find it hard to believe that in 1963 England, no one listened to the Beatles, but instead we get TWO musical pieces by Wagner. People play croquet in this movie. 20-something college students referred to each other as "old chap". Constant green lawn gatherings for parties, picnics, and social gatherings. All that was missing was Alice and the Mad Hatter. Goddamn I hate these types of movies. WHO THE HELL IS THIS FOR?!?

    The only thing more tea party than this movie was the preview I saw before it. If I told you there was a movie called "A Little Chaos" starring the bad guy from "Die Hard", you would never expect this:



    Great acting skills and maybe the Oscar goes to the main guy for going normal to slowly crippled to wheelchair bound Hawking.

    "Whiplash" remains my favorite movie released in 2014, and the only movie I saw that earned a full 4-stars from me. I'm being very honest when I say I won't know what will win at the Oscars this Sunday, but keep an eye out for my 10th Annual Oscars Picks and Wishes. I'm hoping to post that this Saturday.

    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I think a great website idea would be to allow people at home to watch the first five or ten minutes of a movie online, that's currently in theaters, just in case they miss the beginning. Also allows people to watch a few minutes to see if the movie might be any good.
    Sunday, February 15th, 2015
    12:15 pm
    I got lucky on Valentine's Day (and Paul & Christie watched)
    After reading that subject headline, get your head out of the gutter you sicko. Go to the movies and watch "Fifty Shades of Grey" for some weird shit. Speaking about movies though, I have seen 7 of the 8 movies nominated for Best Picture. "Whiplash" is still the only 4-star movie I've seen nominated, with "American Sniper" left to go. Later on this week, I'll have quick entries about the movies I have recently seen with their reviews, followed by my annual "Oscars Pick and Wishes" entry. So please be on the lookout for that if you want recommendations for some good movies. Anyway, this entry is all about my adventures of going to Foxwoods with my brother Paul and his wife Christie. The entire reason we went was all because of Paul and his attempts to impress the woman that he loves, Christie. Paul and Christie, please know everything great that happened this weekend was because of you two, and I thank you guys so much.

    ORIGIN
    ---------

    Next Friday, February 20th, I have a free room and two free tickets to see this thing called "Lion Fight" at Foxwoods. Lion Fight is Muay Thai kickboxing, and I've gone a few times and it's really fun. Paul has gone with me once or twice, and we loved it, and we were going to go again. Except a few weeks ago, Paul calls me at work, and throw a giant wrench at my plans. He doesn't want to go to Lion Fight. Instead, there is a comic at Foxwoods performing on Friday, February 13th. Paul really wants me to try to get a room for that night (if possible, get a suite upgrade, but that didn't happen) and hook him up for him and Christie. The comedian performing was Jeremy Hotz, and here is some stand up he did 8 years ago.



    I decide to help Paul out, and I looked around to see what other options were happening at Foxwoods. Stand up by Jim Norton and Craig Ferguson were also happening that same night, but because I was not given any free tickets, I would join Paul and Christie for the Jeremy Hotz show. Oh, and Paul wanted to keep it a secret the entire time, so Christie had no clue who or what we were seeing. All she knew was there was a show at Foxwoods and I got them a room.

    As the norm for the past dozen or so times I've gone to Foxwoods with Paul and Christie, they meet me in Leominster, and we take their car for the drive down. One unusual snag this time was because they waited an extra 5 minutes from me (got hung up at work), we got stuck in a traffic jam when police closed the 190 South highway just as we were about to enter Worcester. We had to take an early exit, and drive down some side roads before we could continue our journey. We basically spent twenty minutes to drive a half a mile until we could reconnect with whatever caused the highway to be shut down. Maybe it was a horrible car accident. Maybe if I wasn't 5 minutes late, we would be apart of that horrible car accident. Oh yeah, it was "Friday the 13th" so take that for all it's worth.

    On the car ride down we listen to Bryan Cranston on the Howard Stern show from almost a year ago. Paul and Christie have saved it because they did not want to hear about any "Breaking Bad" spoilers until they had seen every episode. By the way, "Breaking Bad" will remain in my opinion the world's greatest TV drama of all time. No matter what happens in the last season of "Mad Men", it's ahead. I've thought long and hard about "Breaking Bad" versus "The Wire" and "Breaking Bad" is still just a better series. Don't give me any bullshit about "The Sopranos" or even "Lost", especially how both series ended. The title of best drama goes to "Breaking Bad". Here's to hoping "Better Call Saul", which is a spin off/prequel to "Breaking Bad". I am two episodes in, and I'm enjoying the show's potential.

    On the car ride down, I don't let it slip that we are going to see Jeremy Hotz. But I do let it slip that two other comedians are performing. Paul was pissed at me because that means we must be seeing another comedian. I play it off the best way possible and mention that we are seeing an R-rated hypnotist, who literally was going to perform at 10:30 pm that night. Paul dismisses the hypnotist angle, and I pretend I'm now in the dark with Christie.

    ARRIVAL
    ----------

    Despite the traffic jam (some thought we would not make it to Foxwoods until 7:00 pm) we arrive a little past 4:00 pm. We found one of the best parking spots in the garage, and made easy access to the hotel lobby, avoiding any posters or announcements for the comedian. I guess Christie really loves this guy, and this was a combo birthday gift and Valentine's Day gift event. According to Paul, they flew out to Chicago one time to watch this guy do stand up. Yeah, a $20 comedian playing at the small club at Foxwoods that would not come close to selling out, they flew 1,000 miles to see him one time. I think it's crazy, but funny is funny, and once again, this is all for love.

    We get to our room (my big thing these days is always getting a room at the Grand Pequot, which is more modern and has a bigger and better bathroom. Also, it's located very centrally to the good things. I also prefer a non-smoking room. Prefer slot machine side of the hotel, for even easier access. And also prefer close to the elevators. Room floor means nothing to me. Close to the elevators is double important. I am lazy and don't want to walk around anything more than I have to, and also the ice machines are right next to the elevators. When I make these requests, the people in the lobby really come through for me in flying colors.) and Paul finally can use the bathroom while I'm able to fill up the ice bucket. Christie unpacks a bit and starts playing some music. I come back with the ice, and start making some mix drinks mostly for me, some for Christie. Paul has a mini fridge of beer he brought. We drink, listen to music, laugh and joke, have many different discussions that go in lots of directions that make no sense now but did back then.

    One of the special perks of us at Foxwoods that night was I received a $50 Food and Beverage card. I asked around and learned we could use it for room service, or at any bar, or restaurant, or even the comedy club that Christie still doesn't know we're going to. With this knowledge, we decide to not order food, because Paul and Christie brought along the "Feed Bag", with cheese balls mixed in. The drinking of alcohol and eating of the feed bag went a long enough way.

    Fun conversations were had, and I'll leave it at that, just and case Paul and Christie get nervous about shit that was talked about. "What happens in Foxwoods..." fucking stays there. I will admit to one weird topic of conversation. I'm alluding to the time (it was 7, stand up begin at 8) with Paul, and to get on the same page, we both end up in the bathroom having a whispered conversation. I did not know Paul had already purchased tickets in advance and was going to pick them up at the club. I was giving him the chance to leave early, pick them up because he was nervous of a sell-out or something, and that way he would be all set. It was very stupid but this is the shit that happens when someone tries to keep things a secret. I play along and we break from the bathroom.

    I'm happily drunk, and Paul and Christie are probably happily buzzed, and now it's time.

    STAND UP
    ------------

    Paul is able to get the two tickets he purchased in advance. I give the club 4-red $5 chips I've had from the last time I went to Foxwoods and buy myself one ticket. We are seated together pretty central from the stage, maybe a whopping twenty feet back. It's a small club, but you can see everything from where we sit. We order more drinks, some iced water to neutralize all the booze, and some snacky stuff. Their onion rings were really fucking good in that, "God I'm hungry and drunk, these onion rings are really fucking good" kind of way.

    I don't remember much about the first two comedians, (no, not because I was black out drunk, you dick) but there were a couple of laughs. I was keeping myself together and laughing. Although yes, I did up to go to the bathroom a couple of times. Jeremy Hotz was the last performing, and there was constant laughing, but there's barely a single bit that he did that I remembered. No offense Paul and Christie, he's a fine comic, but he's just not at the level of great that I prefer. Paul would mention later that he had heard some of the jokes from a year ago being reused. I actually felt he did too much audience interaction, trying to gain new material.

    When the bill arrives, we're able to use my $50 food promo card, but our bill was over $100. I'll take some of the blame for that. I had 3-$9 mixed drinks. Still, a really great time, and it took me a good, long time to figure out the drunken math. I still think they must have charged us about $20 in just iced water. I just didn't see how we spent $70 more on food and drinks if it was just a couple orders of onion rings and a couple of beers.

    Shows over, the three of us give the guy a drunken standing-o, and now what to do. It's a Friday the 13th, around 10pm, and we go our separate ways. Maybe in the back of my mind it's to allow the couple to have the room to themselves, or maybe I just like to be drunk and gamble on my own. Either way, that's what happened.

    FRIDAY THE 13TH
    -------------------

    In my drunken state, I go and only play slot machines. I don't have the correct mental state to play poker (also, it's on the other side of the casino, and I don't want to make that long ass walk. I'd sober up just walking there) and seeing the average table game was about $25 for a minimum bet, I was priced into just playing slot machines. For the next three hours, I play on different machines. I don't hit anything big, but I also don't lose my ass on anything either. If I wasn't enjoying the game, I just cashed out and left to try a different machine.

    One of the things I really wanted to do was just play on a "Flintstones" slot machines. I saw them the last time I was there and everyone was able to win. When I finally got on it, the machine ate away my last fifty bucks. I had spent my slot bonus from earlier (every time I go to Foxwoods, I get at least a $50 slot machine bonus ticket to use) and the $150 I had for regular gambling. Instead of just calling it quits, I hit an ATM.

    VALENTINE'S DAY
    -------------------

    I notice on my ATM receipt slip that it was actually 12:40 am on Saturday, February 14th. Technically it was Valentine's Day, and the bad luck effects of Friday the 13th were actually over. After I withdraw some money, I went back to play that Flintstones slot machine again. This time, I actually leave when I'm up fifty bucks. I'm pretty happy, and walk over to a different wall of slot machines.

    BIER HAUS
    -------------

    This is the machine that I played on:




    I've played on the machine before. Two things I love about this game. The first is obviously the big breasted girls in the game. The other is the stupid German beer song they play when you are in a bonus game. Very catchy and very stupid. I learn when I am drunk, I'm in a singing mood, which Paul and Christie will back up. I guess on the walk down from our room to the comedy club, I was drunkenly humming "Singin' In The Rain" pretty loud. I thought it was in good behavior that entire night. It's always fun getting a private shaming from Paul and Christie the next day.

    In the game, if your get 5 or more girls, connected, from left to right, you are given 5 free spins or more depending on how many girls there were. In the game, there are barrel symbols, that can turn into one of 5 symbols. I play a $2.00 pull (max bet was actually $3.00) and the first line is all barrels, next line all barrels, third line all barrels, fourth line all barrels, and 5th line, first time items were barrels, and two random items beneath it. If all those barrels turned into any symbol, I would have won $500 or so, maybe more if they turned all into the "wild" symbol which is actually two beers. Instead, they all turned into the girls, and the machine gave me 150 free spins.

    ONE HUNDRED, AND FIFTY, FREE SPINS!!!

    Each spin would remain at a $2.00 bet level, and some of the girls were the golden variety, which locked them into place as a wild spot. Because of the 5 locked symbols and where they were located, no matter what would show up on the screen, every spin meant a 4-of-a-kind win. In fear no one would believe me, I just had to call Paul. Paul recalls that when I first called him up, my machine was already up to $400 in bonus money won, with 130 free spins remaining. I beg Paul to come down and check this out. This was crazy.

    I let the machine play out. Instead of hitting a button to speed things along, I just let the whole thing play out in real time. The people around me are all watching. From about 1:30 am to 2:00 am, people come and go watching the bonus game play out with all the spins. I also have the volume of the slot machine cranked out at the loudest volume. I'm singing along to the game and I'm constantly calling Paul back to see if he is coming to find me or not. "Paul, I just hit $800 and I got like 125 spins left, you got to check this out." "Paul, I've cracked $1,000 and have more than 100 spins to go!" "Dude, it's official, I'm paying taxes for this win! Where are you?"

    The casino is very loud, and I give Paul some landmarks for him to find me. By the time he finally finds me, I'm over $2,000 in bonus money, with about 30 free spins to go. When all is said and done, the machine played a total of 155 free spins (at one point, I had another 5-girls connected thing that triggered 5 additional spins) and my total amount won on that one pull was $2,497.10. A little under twenty five hundred, but I'll probably round up for the rest of the time I tell this story.

    In fact, that is what I did as I texted everyone I knew on my cell phone that I just hit a slot machine for twenty five hundred dollars. Some, like my brother John, were happy for me. Others, like my brother Mike, said "Thanks for the wake up call, you couldn't tell me a few hours later when you knew I would be at work?"

    QUICKLY LOSING MONEY
    ----------------------

    When the machine was done, a slot machine attendant came over to write down all the proper information about my name, card number, slot machine number, and total amount. Right then and there, they force you to make a pricey decision: Take all the money, or take it now minus the taxes I have to deal with for next year. If Paul and Christie were still around, I would have asked for their advice, they have been in this situation before. But for whatever reason, they wandered around while I sat and waited. I decide to pay my taxes now, and just like that, instead of having $2,500 in hand, and I was given something in the neighborhood of $1,870. I tipped the attendant, and I leave the machine.

    To celebrate, Paul and Christie and starving, and we all agree to have breakfast. There is a place called Junior's that serves breakfast all day. Only thing is it's on the other side of the casino. And I mean the other side, all the was down to the MGM Grand side (which is actually renamed to the Fox Tower, but still sounds weird, like when they renamed the Boston Garden to the FleetCenter, and you get use to that name, and they rename it again, to the TD Garden) and when we finally show up, we learn two things. It's 2:30 am, and Junior's closes at 2:00 am.

    We go back to our rooms and order room service instead and eat shitty food until 4:00 am.

    THE NEXT MORNING
    -------------------

    OK, it already was the next morning, but I was on such a rush, I was up around 7:00 am. Yeah, only got about three hours of sleep. I watched some reruns of "Law & Order" and waited for Paul and Christie to wake up. Eventually we all wake up, and I allow Paul and Christie to pack up their stuff and leave it. I was going to shower and change, and check us all out of the hotel while they played some slot machines.

    I check out, call Paul, and we meet up. All of our bags are there, and we drop them off into the car. But we still want to do some more gambling.

    Before your minds go dark, spoiler alert, nothing bad happens. I do not spend the next morning blowing through all the money I won the previous night. This is another instance where I have to thank Paul because he was golden on his suggestion. His suggestion was we walk over to a different part of the casino, near the Hard Rock Cafe, and play the slot machines there. Around 11:00 am, my brother John calls me and he's happy for me. But he can't stand that we are still at the casino. He wants us to leave before I lose my money. I tell him relax, we are just playing a 25-cent Monopoly machine. I lose about $50 on the machine as the three of us play together, cheering each other on but hoping we hit it big. After me and Paul hit our "Time to leave" balance, I go to a different machine, this Snow White themed game (based on the book, nothing Disney related) and eventually hit that thing for a little over $300.

    Then I play on a "Green Acres" slot machine game. Never saw a single episode, but still hit that machine for $400.

    Then we all played on these weird progressive machines, where if you hit three or more symbols from left the right, they lock them in place, and re-spin. If you keep it growing, it keeps locking them in and re-spinning. I lose and lose and lose and lose on my machine, and literally say, "This is my last spin" It was on that note that I played my last pull, and I had three little fan symbols from left to right. That caused a re-spin, and another and another. 10 re-spins, winning me the Sapphire bonus ($380) plus the actual pay of all the items that were locked in there at the end.

    Then I walk over to another machine, play that won, and win another $280.

    Every one of these machines, I would start with a hundred dollar bill, and when I'd hit, I'd put the slot machine ticket into my wallet and start on a different machine with a new hundred dollar bill. I turned four $100 bills into four tickets that cashed me out for $1,450.

    We left this casino, and headed for FuddRuckers. Lunch was definitely on me. We were going to eat and call it a day so we could be home before the blizzard. Before FuddRuckers, we did stop by this little candy store, and Christie was just buying up these different vintage candy for friends of hers. I myself got a bag of pretzel M & M's, and Paul pulls me aside to tell me he needs my help getting Christie a Valentine's Day box of heart-shaped chocolates, but wants to keep it a surprise. When I eat finished eating my buffalo (animal, not the spicy sauce) burger for lunch, I made up some bullshit about getting a gift for Marley back at the candy store. Christie was unaware what was going on, and it totally worked out for Paul, and I secretly got him the box of heart-shaped chocolates, plus another item he texted me while I was walking over.

    We drove home, listened to Bill Hader on an old Howard Stern show, and when I got home slept.

    I had over three grand in just hundred in my wallet. I already put money aside for next month's rent. I put some funny money aside for when I go back to Foxwoods this coming Friday for the Lion Fight thing. And the rest, I'll deposit that into the bank when they open up on Tuesday.

    Sorry for the long entry, but I just had to put it all down. If you wanted to read another crazy story about me at Foxwoods, here's an old entry from April, 2011: http://kubrick97.livejournal.com/280355.html

    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I think Paul also won money too. This entry is all dedicated to Paul, easily my top three favorite brother. I'm sure he's happy I left out all the stuff that was talked about in the hotel room before we went to see the comedian.
    Monday, February 2nd, 2015
    1:42 am
    PATRIOTS WIN SUPER BOWL XLIX 28-24. BRADY NAMED MVP FOR THIRD TIME!!!
    Finally, Pats defense at the end of the game wins it all for the Patriots 4th title.

    Feels great, and I'm not working tomorrow because of the upcoming snowstorm. Can't wait to rewatch 10 hours of SportsCenter highlights.

    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I think "Deflategate" can now go fuck itself; Pats win, and losers can only claim cheating.
    Sunday, January 18th, 2015
    11:40 am
    "Boyhood" ***, "Whiplash" ****, "Babadook" **
    I have not written (or even cut and pasted something) in a couple of weeks. For those of you that don't know, the Oscar Nominations finally came out, and because I have vowed to see every movie nominated for Best Picture, I finally had an excuse to go to the movies. This year, instead of 9 movies nominated, we only have 8 movies. And of those 8, I saw a career low of only one of these 8 movies. Pathetic. But what do you expect when the last time i went to the movies was to see "How To Train Your Dragon 2" back in August. Here's this years list of Best Picture Nominees for 2014:

    -American Sniper
    -Birdman
    -Boyhood
    -The Grand Budapest Hotel
    -The Imitation Game
    -Selma
    -The Theory of Everything
    -Whiplash

    Prior to yesterday, the only one I saw was "The Grand Budapest Hotel" which I saw a long time ago in the theaters. The movie is now playing on a loop this month on HBO. Yesterday I sat down at my computer and went to work. I had 7 movies to see, and who knows how much longer they will stay in the theater for. I had to get to work. Thankfully, through 4 different movie theaters, all 7 movies would be playing near me. Yesterday, I went about doing a double feature at the WB (West Boylston Cinema) to see both "Boyhood" and "Whiplash". I almost made it a triple feature, but because "Whiplash" ended so perfectly, I didn't want another movie to ruin my viewing of a great movie. And then after being home for maybe twenty minutes, Me, Mike and Mary order "Babadook" through VOD, (Video On Demand) and that movie kinda sucked. I was promised a horror movie that was really scary and might fuck me up. Here's the deal, and it's a total spoiler, but NO ONE DIES. It has such a weak ending where nothing really happens. Very sad way to end a movie that was like a mother-son version of "The Shining" in their weird British house. I really don't want to talk more about this movie, it's 2 stars with a weak ending and no one dies, and it did nothing to psychologically scare me.

    "Boyhood" is another movie I won't spend too much time on. It's a solid 3-star movie, but it's also 3-hours long. The making of the movie is way more interesting then the actual movie. It's about a boy named Mason, who has an older sister, a mother, and a father who is barely around due to a divorce. When the movie begins, Mason is 7 years old and in the first grade. The movie is made of little 10-15 minute vignettes over the next twelve years of Mason's boyhood until he graduates high school and goes off to college. Over the years, people mature, people move, people get married, have bad marriages, people divorce, people move, and the years keep going.

    The movie should be rewarded for the concept that was a 12-year long project that finally got released and completed, but it's not much of a story. Perhaps that's the point, i'm not sure. Young people get passionate about different things during their young lives (Harry Potter, playing video games, music) and still deal with the shitty part (school, crappy job, parents) and blow off steam with the good parts (going to parties, being with friends, drinking and/or drugs). The movie though doesn't try to make a big time message, nor does the main character go on to create something amazing. So the cynical part in us all must think, ok big twist, he'll die in a weird way, or get molested by a stepdad or something. It doesn't happen, it's just life, and struggles occur, but nothing major.

    I truly believe the movie is getting more credit for completing this project than actually being a good movie.

    Two more thoughts on why the movie didn't work on a deeper level for me than others: I don't know of a single person that lived that life of first grade through High School graduation from 2002 until 2014. Those years of music, those types of video games, reading Harry Potter, that was not something I experienced at all.

    The other thought I had was a big congratulations on writing stuff on camera that was spot on. The divorced dad is very left wing and is an Obama supporter, which they nailed. Father and son talk about a new "Star Wars", some 7 year ago, and now "Star Wars 7" will be out this year. Even talking about how amazing Roger Clemens is a pitcher at the age of 43 when he was with the Astros, only now do we know why he was so good. Those were not cheap jokes about time travelers going back in time and finding idiots excited about the Edsel. They shot some amazing footage and it totally worked under those years of not knowing what the future will hold.

    On to a movie I loved and now makes my short list of the Best Films of 2014 as it's the only entry, "Whiplash". Although J.K. Simmons is the one that got nominated (Best Supporting Actor as the cruel jazz music teacher), this movie all works because of the amazing dedication and drum playing abilities of Miles Teller. Miles plays Andrew, a young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who does not hold back on abuse towards his students. (Yes, i did just cut and paste that out of the IMDb plot description.)

    Andrew wants to be great. He understands the work ethic that goes along to become a great like Charlie Parker. Andrew has a loving father played by Paul Reiser, who loves to be with his son as they go to the movies and supports him on his goal of being a great drummer.

    Side note, I felt "Boyhood" was a good movie that reminded me of my mom, and I thought "Whiplash" was a great movie that reminded me of my dad. The reasons why I'll keep to myself, but that is just one of the best things about movies. How a story of fiction presented on a giant screen with dozens of onlookers can reach the audience on so many different levels. Movies are the greatest thing in the world, and great movies are the best thing ever. I personally took a long time off between going to the movies because I just wasn't seeing great movies any more. Ever since Roger Ebert died back in April 2013, it's been hard to find the truth in movie reviews. Trailers lie, too many commentators tell you what sucks instead of what is great. The time and cost of going to the movies and just seeing something that was "OK" was too much. I want more when I go to the movies. Hopefully me forcing myself to see every movie nominated for Best Picture and writing about them will get me back to going to the movies and finding something that I love and share that love with whoever is reading this. A great movie is hard to find, because it is so hard to make. But when it happens, that world should know about it. "Whiplash" is that great movie. End of side note.

    I went into this movie knowing very little except that it was about jazz drumming, and the pressure the teacher puts on the drummer. Simmons, who plays the psychotic instructor Fletcher, is someone that his own students don't dare make eye contact with. He belittles great musicians into tears. He throws a chair and someone's head. And he does not care what homophobic slur falls out of his mouth yelling at his students. It reminded me a whole lot of what R. Lee Ermey did as the drill instructor in Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket". Some choice quotes from Fletcher:

    Fletcher: I was there to push people beyond what's expected of them. I believe that's an absolute necessity.

    Fletcher: Either you're deliberately out of tune and sabotaging my band, or you don't know you're out of tune, and that's even worse.

    Fletcher: Were you rushing or were you dragging? If you deliberately sabotage my band, I will gut you like a pig. Oh my dear God - are you one of those single tear people? You are a worthless pancy-ass who is now weeping and slobbering all over my drumset like a nine year old girl!

    Fletcher: If you want the fucking part, earn it!

    The best quote of the entire movie though is this: "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job." Fletcher believes that to such a degree that people end up bleeding for him to be better. Andrew knows the sacrifice needed to be a great drummer. He knowingly has no friends to slow him down. He intentionally breaks up with his girlfriend so he can be a better drummer. He practices all day and night, putting on more and more band-aids for the blisters that have become full on cuts on his hands from drumming.

    Obviously is the music and the drumming was not amazing, this movie doesn't work, but they nailed that part down. I don't want to go scene for scene describing all the greatness this movie has, but anytime music is about to be played, I'm at a new level of appreciation. Finally, there's the ending. The big performance at the end. I know it would have been weird if I was the only one clapping in a movie theater with maybe 15 people, but that ending got a standing ovation in my head. See this movie.

    Last thing, in football, it's the AFC and NFC Conference Championship week. Hopefully the Patriots win big. The moment they lose, instead of listening to talk radio, I will listen to that Amy Poehler book on CD I got for Christmas. I just got off the phone with my brothers, and here is what we picked for the NFC game as we still never pick for or against the Patriots, especially during the playoffs:

    Date Favorite Line Underdog Over/Under
    1/18 3:05 ET At Seattle -7 Green Bay 46.5

    Paul has Seattle -7, Brian and John have Green Bay ($25)
    Brian has the OVER of 46.5 points, Paul and John have the Under ($25)

    Well, me writing about movies again. Have not done this in a long time. Now, if i change quickly, I can go and check out "The Theory of Everything", that biopic of Stephan Hawking before he became all wheel-chairy, and be back home before the kickoff of the football games.

    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I think i need to go all-in on another movie critic and move on from Ebert. How else am I going to find new great movies? Help me people.
    Sunday, January 4th, 2015
    10:05 pm
    Results for Wild Card Weekend, NFL Playoffs 2014
    I can't figure shit out at all. I correctly picked the 4 teams that won, but Dallas didn't win by enough. And of course, I can't pick a fucking over/under correct for all 4 games. Worse, my pick of the week was actually and Under pick, which ending being exactly what Vegas said it would. You know what happens when your pick becomes a push? YOU DON'T FUCKING WIN!!!

    Here are the results with one of my dickhead brothers winning.


    Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
    >
    >>> 1/3 8:15 ET At Pittsburgh -3 Baltimore 47

    Score: Baltimore 30, Pittsburgh 17.
    Baltimore covers, push on Over/Under

    > Brian--Baltimore, Under (UNDER POTW) -- 1 point
    > Paul--Pittsburgh, Under -- 0 points
    > John--Pittsburgh (Pitts POTW), Under -- 0 points
    >
    > -------------------------
    >
    >>> 1/3 4:35 ET At Carolina -5.5 Arizona 38

    Score: Carolina 26, Arizona 17
    Carolina covers, Over wins.

    > Brian--Carolina, Under -- 1 point
    > Paul--Carolina, Under (UNDER POTW) -- 1 point
    > John--Carolina, Over -- 2 points
    >
    > -------------------------
    >
    >>> 1/4 4:40 ET At Dallas -7 Detroit 48.5

    Score: Dallas 24, Detroit 20
    Detroit covers, Under wins.

    > Brian--Dallas, Over -- 0 points
    > Paul--Dallas, Over -- 0 points
    > John--Detroit, Over -- 1 point
    >
    > -------------------------
    >
    >
    >>> 1/4 1:00 ET At Indianapolis -4 Cincinnati 49

    Score: Indianapolis 26, Cincinnati 10
    Indianapolis covers, Under wins.

    > Brian--Indy, Over -- 1 point
    > Paul--Cincy, Under -- 1 point
    > John--Indy, Under -- 2 points
    >
    > ------------------------


    Total Scores:

    Brian-- 3 points
    Paul -- 2 points
    John -- 5 points

    John wins Wild Card Week. Paul and Brian owe him an additional $25.


    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I think this is why I don't have a real bookie, because I can't pick a fucking game to save my life. Next week, Patriots Playoffs, can't wait for that heart attack to kill me.
    Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
    8:00 am
    Weekend Plans
    I really don't have amazing plans. I don't have a trip to Foxwoods planned, or going out to see a movie (still something I have not done since, shit, August maybe?), or anything really crazy. I was told yesterday that because of what I am (single, no children, no real responsibilities, that all my plans are basically to be near a television to watch interesting things. Well, I can't defend that statement at all. I'm a fucking couch potato, and it's fucking cold outside. It's not like if it even was a nice day, I'd play a game of football in the backyard, or finally get around to raking the leaves, or whatever bullshit normal men do around the house. Me, I try to find something new on Netflix, or now, Hulu Plus. Let's face it, I have a boring office job, and my big reward is not being at work, so I can watch things of interest when I'm home. Today, things will be slightly different.

    For starters, I have to end this entry pretty soon because I have to drive out and pick up Mike and his girl Mary at Logan airport. They have been gone since the day after Christmas. They took my mom and her very packed car and drove down to North Carolina to hang out with my brother John and his family for a couple of days. Leaving mom at John's, Mike and Mary drove all the way down to Florida, when on New Year's Day, they would pick my mom up at the airport (she gets to fly from North Carolina to Florida) and drive her to her winter old person's place in Florida. She really loves it there. I wish I could see her down there, but I got too much of my money tied away that I can't pull it off. Mom, if you are reading this, I'm sorry, I won't see you in Florida this year. I am so sorry. But please call, I still need your new Florida number.

    Because mom needs her car, Mike and Mary leave mom the car, and they fly back from Florida to Boston this morning. They are probably already in the air. Shit, I just realized I don't know mom's new number yet, I don't even know if they flight was delayed maybe a half hour or if everything was on time. Don't even know the flight number to check it online or anything. Ahhh fuck it, worse case scenario, I'm just stuck at Logan's cell phone parking lot longer than normal.

    When I return Mike and Mary back home, there will probably be a mild fight over the washer and dryer as I got a load of towels to do against all of their clothes. They might get to say hello to Justi and her friend Nick, who I think crashed here last night. Or they just might drive out to Lowell and get back to Mary's place. Either way, Mike and Mary have shit to do once they return. Me, what do I get to do? The Pinball Wizard, and watching the Wild Card NFL Playoff Games.

    My brother Paul, who has built his own 4-player arcade system, is on a real arcade kick these days, and wants to go back to this place called The Pinball Wizard in the small, hidden town of Pelham NH. Here's the home link if you wanted to check it out: http://www.pinballwizardarcade.com/

    Just by checking out their website, they have 172 standard arcade games (things like Frogger and Donkey Kong, but also Moral Kombat and NFL Blitz), 113 pinball games (always adding new ones in. Pinball technology has improved like slot machines, way more stuff then two flappers and a few targets), and 33 games (things like air hockey, but also skeeball and other ticket spitting out games). I think one of the best things about this place is that it DOES NOT cater to little children. There is not mechanical rodent playing a banjo as a bunch of six year olds celebrate some little shit's birthday party as they eat crappy pizza. This place is mostly for the 30+ age group that likes to play video games. For me, I found a classic Wayne Gretzky 3-D hockey game from back when Adam Oates still played for the Bruins and spent a solid 20 minutes on that working up a nice sweat. Yeah, I really get into these games.

    Perhaps too much.

    I've been told on way more than ten times that I can't just swear out loud like that, because there are some kids running around here. But fucking shit, when the fucking pinball game doesn't have sound and it already ate my 3 tokens, I'm pissed. And when the game does not function the way it should, that gets me really pissed. And when a Simpsons pinball game goes on tilt as I slap the machine on losing a ball and causes me to lose my next ball, then fuck, I get really fucking pissed off on that fucking bullshit machine, and then kick a giant piece of metal.

    I'm hoping the football machine works this time. We (Me, Paul, Christie and even Melissa, who only a few weeks ago was with me at Foxwoods) went there a day or two after Christmas. We had a good time, and then went to the sub place next door. It's really impressive how they are able to fit over 4,000 calories into one foot-long sub, but I'm pretty sure they did it. Well, that's the plan today, and after that, go back to Paul's and watch some football. I do need to call work just to make sure they don't need me this morning, but that's what I got planned for today. Airport pick up, video games, watching playoff football later tonight. Do you have better weekend plans?

    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    Holy shit it's freezing right now. I think I need to teach Justi how to check if that heater down in the basement is working or not, because that thing can not be running correctly right now.
    Friday, January 2nd, 2015
    7:45 pm
    The Andrews' Brothers Picks for Wild Card Weekend
    In case you were wondering what three brothers thought would happen for wild card weekend, here is what we picked. In case you were wondering, POTW stands for Pick of the Week, and it's worth two points.

    Whoever gets the most points wins $25 from the two losers. In case of a tie, whoever had the best POTW wins the tie-breaker. Either way, just a simple cut and paste and something to check out during this weekend's football games. Enjoy.

    Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total

    1/3 4:35 ET At Carolina -5.5 Arizona 38

    Brian--Carolina, Under
    Paul--Carolina, Under (UNDER POTW)
    John--Carolina, Over

    -------------------------

    >> 1/3 8:15 ET At Pittsburgh -3 Baltimore 47

    Brian--Baltimore, Under (UNDER POTW)
    Paul--Pittsburgh, Under
    John--Pittsburgh (Pitts POTW), Under

    -------------------------


    >> 1/4 1:00 ET At Indianapolis -4 Cincinnati 49

    Brian--Indy, Over
    Paul--Cincy, Under
    John--Indy, Under

    ------------------------

    >> 1/4 4:40 ET At Dallas -7 Detroit 48.5

    Brian--Dallas, Over
    Paul--Dallas, Over
    John--Detroit, Over

    -------------------------


    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I think the most work I've done since Christmas was setting up a candy dispenser I got through a Yankee Swap.
    Thursday, January 1st, 2015
    11:09 pm
    Happy New Year, 2015!!!
    First time I've written on this thing and a long time. I don't have much to write as of this moment, but that I will do what I can to write more in the future.

    Not going to make any New Year's Resolutions, but now that 2014 has ended, I can write again.

    To the future!

    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I don't want big changes for the new year, I just want better versions of what I already have.
    Saturday, April 12th, 2014
    8:58 am
    A few thoughts on my dad...
    Everyone who reads this already knows that last week my dad passed away. I am going to do my best to not write anything as dark as that last sentence. Just to make things easy, here's the link to his obituary website: http://www.andersonfuneral.com/john-f-%E2%80%9Cjack%E2%80%9D-andrews-jr-townsend/obituaries/9067/

    My brother John has been elected to be the spokesperson for all of us siblings. In fact, here is the cut and paste of the email he sent us:

    Good Morning Family,

    I spoke to mom last night / this morning and I understand all of you would like me
    to be the representative to say a few words about dad at his funeral. I am touched
    and honored to have this opportunity. As I want this eulogy to be from the whole
    family, I was hoping each of you could write a paragraph or two about a fond memory,
    funny story, or a few words on how dad positively impacted your life and who you are
    today. I will then pull all of these memories together, as well as the ones I have
    of dad, and speak to them at the funeral. I will do my best to be strong and not
    breakdown in tears but I know that will be challenging.

    Mom and I also talked about having note cards available for extended family and
    friends at the wake to give everyone the same opportunity to share how dad touched
    their lives. We can collect them and then read them at a later time together as a
    family.

    Love,
    John

    ----------------------

    I have a slight problem with this request for a few reasons. Just like my mom these days, when I get an idea going, I don't stop at one or two paragraphs. And then when I really think about my dad, well that is when i write an entire LJ entry about him about the 49 things that he does that pisses me off. That classic entry can be read write here: http://kubrick97.livejournal.com/173135.html And i apologize in advance for all the classic spelling and grammar mistakes that were in that some 6+ years ago.

    But they really weren't things that pissed me off about my dad. Dad was a complicated guy, which is a nice way of saying he could be an asshole that yelled out of nowhere. These are actual memories of mild craziness that i will look back and laugh about. Things such as how he had the loudest, most scream inducing yawn; or how he always under cooked grilled chicken; or how he had such horrible taste in movies; or how he would get into actual feuds with squirrels for eating bird seed; Or how he would always quote this line from "My Cousin Vinny" after it had already be said:




    Big picture, my dad for most of my life was my best friend, which just shows i had no social skills at all until i was a sophomore in high school. I would spend a lot of time with him, which makes sense seeing i was the youngest and stayed at home the longest, during the same time frame he had retired. He would drive me out to St. Bernard's (75% of the time i would be tardy) and pick me up later on. During this time, we would talk about different things here or there. Nothing mind shattering, just hows it going, and what looks good playing at the movies. During my time with dad and those extra trips to and from school, i learned a few things about him over many different topics, and I'll start going at them one by one until I'm out. Please enter more in the comments section if you have any that touch similar subjects such as:

    SPORTS
    ------------------

    My dad loved playing hockey with us boys, as he was an unofficial coach so he could skate with us during practices.
    Me and him are the only ones that participated in high school football, and we both loved football so much even though we were so terrible at at.
    If he was ever the GM for the Bruins, every great player would have been traded for a USED puck bag. That's right, every retired number in the rafters, like Cam Neely or especially Ray Bourque would have been traded away before they got into the hall of a fame for not even a new puck back, but a USED puck bag.
    He would get me tickets for my birthday to see Red Sox vs. White Sox so i could see my favorite player Frank Thomas. The next game would be the one that Frank Thomas got two home runs.
    Whether the Sox or the Bruins, no matter what our tickets were, we never sat there. We would always improve our seats by sitting somewhere closer to the action until we got kicked out by the real ticket owners and we'd just find other seats that were better than our original seats. At the end of the 1st period or the 3rd inning, we knew we were safe.
    I loved watching hockey games in his bedroom at night when i should have been in my room sleeping, but he'd let me watch.
    He would go out of his way to make sure i did get to see the Red Wings play against the Bruins (so i could root for Fedorov) and he did not mind that i would wear my Wings jersey.

    FOOD
    --------------------

    No matter what, if my dad was cooking on the grill, if would be cooked rare. Not often do you bite into grilled chicken and still the yellow of fat and blue veins still buried in the meat. I think eating all of that under cooked food gave us all a huge immunity to whatever superflu might take us all down.
    Whenever we would go to the chinese buffet, he'd load his plate with the same nasty crap i would, but include one piece of broccoli, because that would offset the rest.
    I did learn how to make what is now referred to as the "Feed Bag" from my dad, my way of making popcorn on the stove top, and combining it in a paper bag with chips and doritos.
    My dad LOVED corn on the cob, and his face would be that of a toddler, juts smeared yellow with butter and little niblets of corn on the side of his mouth.
    He hated people who used ketchup on a hot dog.
    He hated people who used grated Parmesan cheese into their pasta, and the smell would make him throw up.

    MOVIES
    --------------------

    He loved a good car chase no matter how dumb the movie was. Last movie me and him saw together was for Father's day when i took him to see the newest "Fast & Furious 6"
    My love of movies comes from the fact that i saw sequels first instead of the original. When you think "Jaws 2" is a good movie, without ever seeing the original "Jaws", you realized you were cheated out on great movies.
    He didn't care if i saw R-rated movies when i was a kid, which i did a lot with things like "Beverly Hills Cop" or "The Blues Brothers".
    He'd eat almost all the popcorn before the trailers were done, then blame my "big mitts" for eating the very last of the popcorn.
    He actually thinks "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is a comedy.
    We easily saw the same few movies hundreds of times over, such as "Major League", "Rudy", "Jaws", and of course, "My Cousin Vinny".

    ANIMALS
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    Dad loved dogs, especially Tipper.
    Dad loved cats, but he hated going anywhere near the cat box.
    Dad loved birds, and we spend so much time and money and my energy to fill up those damn bird feeders.
    Dad loved to throw rocks at squirrels for eating that bird seed.
    Dad loved to walk other people's dogs, and i loved that too because it would mean less barking at whatever family function we were at.

    FAMILY
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    It goes without saying, he loved us all.
    He worked his ass off on the second shift just to make a little bit more an hour to pay for a family of us 6 kids.
    He loved Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    We would live in a rather nice house in really nice neighborhoods for all of us and sometimes an Uncle Louie.
    He taught me how to ride a bike.
    He taught others how to drive a stick; not me, i failed miserably.
    When i had surgery done for my tumor, he was the first to donate blood if there was a problem and i needed some.
    I miss making him laugh and giving him bear hugs.

    CARS
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    The man hated anything American; he was very pro-Toyota or Honda.
    He loved road rage, and would go into detail about what "Saw 2" lengths of disturbing violence he would do to someone who just cut him off.
    He would always leave late causing him to drive faster to make up time.
    The man knew the importance of square footage of a car: "If it can't hold a couple of hockey bags, don't get it".
    As the years went by, you'd have to be a really good navigator, or else he would go down the wrong road to someplace you had been a hundred times before.
    He would be relatively quiet at home. The moment he was driving, he would never shut up. He was the world's greatest improviser as long as he was driving a car.

    Last one: I was able to talk to dad earlier in the same day he had his accident. The night before i was looking to get a used car as my Saturn had just died. I got a rental and hated it so much it forced me to go out to several used car lots, look around, test drive a few things, and grab a few business cards. Later that night, with Mike's help, i used autotrader.com to narrow my search for a quality used car in my price range. I call my parents for their opinion and my dad called me back a few minutes later just to say, "Get a Toyota. Can't go wrong, get a Toyota."

    The next morning, i sent out an email to everyone in my family a link showing them cars in my range that are on the website. Overwhelmingly every response back was to just get a Toyota or get a Honda. I redid my search for only Hondas and Toyotas and resent the new results to the family. Later that morning i talked to my parents once again what their thoughts were about the cars listed. We were able to narrow them done, and once again, i did talk to my dad who kept telling me to get a Toyota. That night, we learned about dad going to the hospital and how serious it was. At this point, getting a car meant nothing to me, i just needed something to get me from point A to point B. In the end, i got a used 2000 Saturn Sedan SL1. It was cheap, i was able to buy it flat out with cash, and was able to drive away with it that very same day.

    Somewhere, wherever that might be, there is the spirit of my dad, just super pissed off at me. "A FUCKING SATURN!?!?! I SAID TOYOTA!!! TOYOTA!!! When the hell will you ever listen to me? Did they just get dumber the more kids we had? TOYOTA!!! GODDAMNIT!!! Why the hell did you get the same car that just--A Goddamn Saturn? You gotta be shitting me. I don't even know why they call them Saturns, looks more like Uranus. A fucking Saturn, can you believe this shit? TOYOTA! Or at the very least, a Honda! Fucking kid never learned a damn thing in his entire life." Somehow, the spirit of my dad will haunt my new car. Every time i start the engine, i'll hear the low rumblings of "S-s-s-should have gotten a toyota". His spirit will take over in the radio as i'm listening to a Sox game while driving back home. "Popped foul, making the count 2-2. Lets pause and remind everyone that WEEI's calling of the Red Sox is brought to you by Jordan's Furniture and You Should have gotten a toyota Brian"

    This Sunday is the wake. This Monday will be the funeral. This entry is dedicated to my dad, who will be forever pissed that i didn't say more kinds words about him and will haunt my new shitty car.

    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I only cried once while writing this. Hopefully you laughed a lot more than i cried while reading this.
    Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
    2:13 pm
    My 9th Annual Oscars Picks and Wishes, 2014 edition for the 2013 movies
    Sorry for the long delay between entries, but if you're reading this, you already know I'm lazy. Anyway, It will be this Sunday night that they will televise the Oscars. Once again, i did my job as a movie geek, and saw all 9 (NINE!) Best Picture nominees. Here's how it will go, i'll say an Oscar catergory, who's nominated, how many i saw, then, who i think SHOULD win, and who i think WILL win. This is just for fun, but next Monday (actually, next time I'm ready to write another entry) i can recap and see how good i really am.

    Of the 24 different Oscar catergories, i only deal with the serious 8 catergories (4 acting, 2 writing, best director, best picture). Who cares about best sound mixing, or makeup, best costume, or best documentary--short subject? But i'll also throw in a couple guesses for fun. But i always keep the best picture pick and wish for the very end. So, lets knock this out.

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

    Nominees:

    Christian Bale for American Hustle (2013)
    Bruce Dern for Nebraska (2013)
    Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
    Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

    Saw all 5 movies.

    Should Win--Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club
    Will Win--Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

    Losing that much weight, being in such a different movie than usual, and he's constantly winning the best actor award at every awards show. This is a big one, and there's a case to be made for everyone on this list. Bale gained weight, DiCaprio was amazing, Dern for a lifetime achievement, and the black guy because "12 Years a Slave" might be the big winner. But McConaughey was so amazing and his character's role went from such highs and lows, and i was enthralled watching every minute. All great performances, but this was the best of the best.

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

    Nominees:

    Amy Adams for American Hustle (2013)
    Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (2013)
    Sandra Bullock for Gravity (2013)
    Judi Dench for Philomena (2013)
    Meryl Streep for August: Osage County (2013)

    Saw 4 of the 5, never got around to seeing the chick flick that is August: Osage County.
    Should Win--Amy Adams and her sideboobs for American Hustle
    Will Win--Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

    Nothing wins an Oscar quicker than being an actress in a great script written by Woody Allen. "Blue Jasmine" is considered a rip off of "A Streetcar Named Desire", but that also won Oscars for the actresses. Cases can be made for Sandra Bullock seeing she was 90% of "Gravity", but she has already won. Judi Dench was really good in "Philomena", but my mom could have played that role. Cate Blachett walks the tight line of her ups and downs with reality while struggling with some heavy stuff including mental illness. She was great, and one wrong turn with the performance and it because a poorly done Lifetime movie. It wasn't, that Oscar is all hers.

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

    Nominees:

    Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips (2013)
    Bradley Cooper for American Hustle (2013)
    Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
    Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

    Saw all 5 movies
    Should Win--Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
    Will Win--Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club

    You might have correctly guessed that "Dallas Buyers Club" is my favorite movie of the year. How good was Jared Leto in this movie? I had to wait for the credits at the end to even realize it was Jared Leto. Never have I cared so much for a transgender role in my life that didn't fall on cheap laughs or faked emotion. It was perfectly done. I don't think there is any real competition for Leto; if he doesn't win, that will be the biggest shock of the night.

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

    Nominees:

    Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine (2013)
    Julia Roberts for August: Osage County (2013)
    Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
    Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle (2013)
    June Squibb for Nebraska (2013)

    Saw 4 of the 5, never got around to seeing the chick flick that is August: Osage County.
    Should Win--Jennifer Lawerence for American Hustle
    Will Win--Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave

    She played a cotton picking slave that had one of the LONGEST whipping scenes in movie history outside of an adult S&M porno. I'm not sure another person could have handled the weight of that role the way she did, and she seems to be heating up a lot during the awards season. For whatever reason, this award might be the one i get completely wrong, and a strong enough case can be made for anyone.

    Best Achievement in Directing

    Nominees:

    Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (2013)
    Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
    David O. Russell for American Hustle (2013)
    Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    Alexander Payne for Nebraska (2013)

    Saw all 5 movies
    Should Win--Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street
    Will Win--Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity

    I feel so weird about this one. I love both Scorsese and Cuaron, my only issue is how much "Directing" was done versus how much of everything on camera was due to thousands of guys hunched over their computers putting in a bunch of CGI stuff to make space look correct. Granted, it took Cuaron 7 years before technology was where it needed to be for him to make this movie (and he directed "Children of Men", a total game changer and it shows how great of a director he really is). Scorsese's movie was literally 3 hours long, where as "Gravity" was done in about half that time. That alone should be rewarded these days for modern films.

    Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

    Nominees:

    American Hustle (2013): Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
    Blue Jasmine (2013): Woody Allen
    Her (2013): Spike Jonze
    Nebraska (2013): Bob Nelson
    Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack

    Saw all 5 movies
    Should Win--Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack
    Will Win--Her (2013): Spike Jonze

    How do i break this down, perhaps by process of elimination. "American Hustle" lacks the proper downward spiral of Bradly Cooper's character; no one wants to give Woody Allen an Oscar because he doesn't show up and for the child molestation accusations; Nebraska isn't that good. That just leaves "Dallas Buyers Club", which i really love, and "Her". "Her" is such a high concept, crazy extra level of thought and genius. It's set in the not to distant future, that shows a realistic world of zero flying cars but people falling in love with their smart phones. The logic and thought process that went into this world is all their in the script, and for that reason i believe it is the best screenplay and the reason it will win.

    Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

    Nominees:

    Before Midnight (2013): Richard Linklater
    Captain Phillips (2013): Billy Ray
    12 Years a Slave (2013): John Ridley
    The Wolf of Wall Street (2013): Terence Winter
    Philomena (2013): Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope

    Saw 4 of the 5, never saw "Before Midnight".
    Should Win--The Wolf of Wall Street (2013): Terence Winter
    Will Win--12 Years a Slave (2013): John Ridley

    I think it's a shitty screenplay, but "12 Years" is probably going to be the big winner of the night, and it has to win some of these type of awards to do that. I loved the edge of my seat excitement in "Captain Phillips", but the greatness has a lot to do with Tom Hanks (how did he NOT GET NOMINATED?!?). "Philomena" was very sweet and caught me off guard as to how much i would enjoy it, but holy shit does the Wolf of Wall Street have everything. It has too much of it actually. It's a movie i recommend to some, but know i can't look my mom in the eyes and actually talk about that movie. I love the excess, the talking to the camera, the selling of stocks over the phone, the screenplay had everything. So of course, the Oscar will be given to the movie where it beats you over the head that slavery is wrong white people.

    I have covered 7 of the 8 categories. Here are a few picks i think will win:

    Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
    "Frozen"

    Best Achievement in Cinematography
    "Gravity"

    Best Achievement in Costume Design
    "American Hustle" Come on, those are some great clothes.

    Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013): Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Brian Burton("Ordinary Love") People in the entertainment world go out of their way to give an award to Bono.

    Best Achievement in Visual Effects
    "Gravity"

    Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
    "Dallas Buyers Club", but only because the competition is "The Lone Ranger" and "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa"

    OK, enough bullshitting around, time for the Best Picture Of The Year!!!

    Best Motion Picture of the Year

    Nominees:

    American Hustle (2013)
    Captain Phillips (2013)
    Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
    Gravity (2013)
    Her (2013)
    Nebraska (2013)
    Philomena (2013)
    12 Years a Slave (2013)
    The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

    Saw all 9 movies
    Should Win--Dallas Buyers Club
    Will Win--12 Years a Slave

    Normally i will bitch and complain about what a bad year it has been at the movies. I can't this year. All of these movies i respect enough that i would recommend them to anyone. My top three favorites for this year (they all got 4-star reviews from me) were Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, and The Wolf of Wall Street. However, the critics are much different from me, and for whatever reason, they have decided that the top three movies of the year are actually American Hustle, Gravity, and 12 Years a Slave. I have nothing crazy negative to say about Her, Nebraska, or Philomena, neither should really be up there for Best Picture.

    Some might wonder why I care so much for "Dallas Buyers Club". Well, i knew NOTHING about the movie, i think it had to do with AIDS, that was it. I didn't even know if it was based on a true story or not. Well, the story is real, the people in it acted their asses off, and i loved the whole idea of the actual Dallas buyers club, a crazy loophole of selling drugs to people with AIDS so they can remain alive longer instead of dying while waiting for the FDA to do something. I urge everyone to please see this movie, and it just so great.

    It's a shame we live in a stupid, ultra PC-world where movies about slavery are still needed to make the white guilt of the world hand out Oscars. God I hope i'm wrong and this movie doesn't win. Lots of whipping, saying nigger by a bunch of southern dipshits, and i already knew the ending going in. He probably wasn't going to be a slave by the 13th year. The movie literal took the Canadian angel that is Brad Pitt to tell us slavery is wrong and to help free the main character. Oh, did i ruin this movie for you? Who cares. OVERRATED, yet also most likely to win.

    Well that does it. You can comment on this entry, but the 86th Annual Academy Awards are going to occur in less than 6 hours. Tell me if I'm right or wrong, or if i'm just full of shit. Next time, I'll see how correct i was.

    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I think Ellen Degenerous will be a shitty and unfunny host, but worse is all the musical acts they are showing in the commercials. Way to make the Oscars longer, by having people sing their uncatchy songs.
    Sunday, September 15th, 2013
    11:10 am
    5 New Movies and a cut and paste of our Football Picks.
    22nd movie of 2013: "We're The Millers" ***

    23rd movie of 2013: "Blue Jasmine" ***

    24th movie of 2013: "The Spectacular Now" *** 1/2

    25th movie of 2013: "The World's End" ***

    26th movie of 2013: "In A World..." ***

    I continue to go out and try to watch double or triple features when possible. There are a lot of good movies out there, but it still remains difficult to find those GREAT movies. So in the past week, I went down to Worcester to see a triple feature of the first three movies.

    "We're The Millers" is just a funny R-rated comedy about a low level drug dealer (Jason Sudekis) who after getting robbed and unable to pay his drug supplier, agrees to be a drug smuggler. He will higher group a strangers to pose as his family (stripper mom played by Jennifer Aniston, nerdy weakling as his son, a scary goth/emo homeless girl as his daughter), get an RV, fill it with a "smidge" of marijuana and drive it to and from Mexico back to his drug supplier. He does this, he gets a lot of money.

    On the way, we do meet Nick Offerman who is in an RV with his family taking a vacation, and he happens to work for the DEA. We also learn the drug supplier is a liar and basically the drugs smuggled are from a Pablo Escobar type drug kingpin who wants his drugs back and to kill everyone. Wacky adventures with some funny scenes throughout made this a funny enough 3-star movies. Stay for the bloopers as the credits begins.
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    "Blue Jasmine" is Woody Allen's newest movie, and everyone believes it will win Cate Blanchett an Oscar. She plays Jasmine, who was once married to Alec Baldwin's character who was a Bernie Madoff like billionaire. She hosted rich people parties and did whatever. Then he got busted, she lost all of her money, and now has to live with her sister in San Francisco who she helped screw over when she won the lottery and invested her winnings to Baldwin. It's a good movie as it goes back and forth between present time San Francisco in the past of the rich world of New York City. I liked it a lot, except that I fucking hated the main character Jasmine. I think this is a common problem in story telling of today. Your main character doesn't have to be a hero, but you should want to see them do something to keep you interested, or to change for the better, or deserve to change for the worse if they are evil. I loved everyone else in the movie (especially the small roles played by Andrew Dice Clay and Louis C.K.) but not Jasmine. Is she a drunk, is she bipolar, is she just constantly full of shit? Maybe yes to all, but do I care about her story? No. Maybe it's a good ending for me as a viewer when the movie ends for her, but it just didn't reach a high enough level of entertainment for me. Most people compare this to "A Streetcar Named Desire", but that movie had all 4 lead roles nominated for Oscars, and 3 of them won. I doubt that would happened here.
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    "The Spectacular Now" is a really good, coming of age story about a high school senior who is the life of the party, but he really is just very friendly, wishes he dad was still in the picture, drinks way too much, and lost his girlfriend. His big theory in life is to live for now, which is fine for an alcoholic when constantly living in a state of being buzzed. But what kind of long term goal is that if you're too drunk to fill out a college acceptance questionnaire?

    One morning, he crashes his car and wakes up on a lawn and meets Amy, a smart girl in school he has never talked to. They start to date. At first, he just needs another female to accompany him to parties and hopes to talk to his ex. But he starts liking the plain Jane nature of the new girl. She also lives with just a single parent, but instead of socializing and constantly drinking, she works hard and studies a lot. Her goal is to go to a school in Philadelphia and live with her sister there, just to get away from her mom.

    The young couple do normal teenager type things, like drink and have fun, experiment with sex, and also share deep thoughts and secrets. They agree that if she will stand up to her mom about college, he will stand up to his own mom to get the phone number of his dad and be able to talk and maybe see him. That third act really kicks the movie into action when he gets his dads number and takes the long drive out to see him with his girlfriend with him. Similar to the main character in "Blue Jasmine", I was not a fan of the main character, and was pissed that all his drinking doesn't show a negative influence on him, but instead brings down the lovely girl and all of her potential. I still highly enjoyed this movie, and currently it's my 2nd favorite movie of the year.
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    "The World's End" is from the same group of guys that made "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz". In this story, another loser, played by Simon Pegg called Gary King (once again, why is this so common place in all the movies I get to see) realizes the best day of his life was when he graduated high school and his 4 boys went on "The Golden Mile", a 12-stop pub run in a shitty town in England. He is telling this story in what's most likely an A.A. support group. Back then, he was the "king" of his group of friends, but that was 23 years ago. Now, he's 40, and still hasn't group up at all since 1990. All of his friends have, including not talking to him in a long time.

    Gary goes around to find all 4 of his friends, to convince them to meet him in their old hometown to finish "The Golden Mile" as only half made it, with their last stop being pub #10. Gary wants to relive his best day ever and also finish something that meant anything to him.

    We hear backstories of some of the guys. There was an accident that makes one of them not drink alcohol anymore. One had a birthmark that the guys always teased him for having. Another had a sister that the others wanted sexually. Another guy wants revenge on an old bully.

    And then during the pub run, we learn all the people of the town have been replaced with blue-blooded robots. Fun and enjoyable for those into the "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" guys types of movies.
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    "In A World" I saw yesterday. It's about voice over actors who want to be the voice over person for the next big budget movie that will literally being with the phrase "In A World..." which hasn't been used since Don La Fontaine, the actual voice over actor who said that line, died a few years ago. Very good movie dealing with father-daughter relationships, struggles of marriage, and struggles of new relationships. I liked this movie a lot, but really thought there would be more. I was shocked with all the amazing reviews that there wasn't actually a scene that really shocked me. It was a solid and good movie, I recommend it, but with everyone making it one of the best movies of the year, I'm just a bit mad I didn't see it as good as others claim it is.
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    And for those who have any interest in mine thoughts, or my brothers Paul and John thoughts on picking NFL football games, here is what we picked for this week:


    Brian's Picks:

    > 9/15 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -7.5 San Diego 54.5
    > POTW Philly
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    > 9/15 1:00 ET At Baltimore -6.5 Cleveland 43.5
    > Baltimore
    >
    > 9/15 4:25 ET At Oakland -6 Jacksonville 39.5
    > Oakland
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    Paul's Picks:


    9/15 1:00 ET At Kansas City -2.5 Dallas 46.5
    Dallas POTW

    9/15 4:25 ET Denver -4.5 At NY Giants 55
    Denver

    9/15 4:05 ET New Orleans -3 At Tampa Bay 47
    New Orleans
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    John's Picks:

    9/15 1:00 ET At Green Bay -7.5 Washington 49.5
    Green Bay POW

    9/15 1:00 ET At Atlanta -6.5 St. Louis 47
    Atlanta

    9/15 4:05 ET New Orleans -3 At Tampa Bay 47
    New Orleans
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    Current Score After Week 1:

    >> John -- 2 points
    >> Paul -- 1 point
    >> Brian - 1 point

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    >> NFL Lines For Week 2 - NFL Football Line Week Two
    >> NFL Line 9/12 - 9/16, 2013
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    >> Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
    >> 9/12 8:25 ET At New England -12 NY Jets 44
    >> 9/15 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -7.5 San Diego 54.5
    >> 9/15 1:00 ET At Baltimore -6.5 Cleveland 43.5
    >> 9/15 1:00 ET At Houston -9 Tennessee 43
    >> 9/15 1:00 ET At Indianapolis -3 Miami 42.5
    >> 9/15 1:00 ET Carolina -3 At Buffalo 44
    >> 9/15 1:00 ET At Atlanta -6.5 St. Louis 47
    >> 9/15 1:00 ET At Green Bay -7.5 Washington 49.5
    >> 9/15 1:00 ET At Kansas City -2.5 Dallas 46.5
    >> 9/15 1:00 ET At Chicago -6 Minnesota 41.5
    >> 9/15 4:05 ET New Orleans -3 At Tampa Bay 47
    >> 9/15 4:05 ET Detroit -1.5 At Arizona 47.5
    >> 9/15 4:25 ET At Oakland -6 Jacksonville 39.5
    >> 9/15 4:25 ET Denver -4.5 At NY Giants 55
    >> 9/15 8:30 ET At Seattle -3 San Francisco 44.5
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    >> Monday Night Football Line
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    >> 9/16 8:40 ET At Cincinnati -7 Pittsburgh 40.5

    Brian's Big Thought of the Week:

    In all the things Bill Murray does in the movie "Groundhog Day", how come he never stopped the waiter from dropping the dishes at the diner?
    Sunday, August 18th, 2013
    8:10 am
    Happy 50th Anniversary to my Parents, 4 new movies, trip to Foxwoods, 2013 Football picks
    For 50 years, my parents have been married. Truth be told, the big golden moment (or is it diamond, I never remember those weird names for anniversaries) happened yesterday. But in true Andrews fashion, we're celebrating the big day on a different date when it's more convenient for everyone. We will all be at the Chopsticks restaurant for a big meal at 1:30pm today, and later additional food and drink at me and Mike's house on what is sure to be a beautiful summer day.

    On the pure simple and logical side of the universe, I only exist because of my parents. And because they are both Catholic, and in order to conceive me or my other siblings, a marriage had to happen first. With out a doubt, there are ups and downs for this past 50 years. But look at what those fifty years have created: six children, five grandchildren, numerous "grand pups" that will be not be invited to attend on today's events; a big home in Townsend, a winter condo in Florida, and millions of happy memories, moments, and guidance.

    I was a bit drunk and called my mom yesterday and told her how happy I was for her anniversary, and before you know it, she's telling me about how her doctor is so impressed with her uterus. She also informed me about how John is not actually the favorite kid because he got upgraded to "Miracle". And, as she always does, kept talking and talking a good 5-10 minutes longer than normal, but I was happily there to listen. She's a saint, I love her to death, she's the world's greatest mother of all time, and we should be so lucky to be with somehow for 50 years in any format, especially for marriage. And dad's dad.

    Happy 50 years Mom & Dad, and here's to another 50, which would mean you're most likely zombies, back from the dead due to whatever horrific plague that AMC's "The Walking Dead" has warned us about. You will scare new generations of horrified people as you do your best to kill and eat them for your zombie nourishment. This time frame would probably occur when China has already taken over the United States, so really, who cares.

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    Movies I saw since last time:

    18th movie of 2013, "Fruitvale Station", *** 1/2

    19th movie of 2013, "20 Feet From Stardom", ** 1/2

    20th movie of 2013, "The Way Way Back" *** 1/2

    21st movie of 2013, "The To Do List" ***

    Really loved "The Way Way Back", about a bored teenager who is spending a summer with his mom and her new boyfriend in a small New England town that has a water park that he secretly works at. It's a really enjoyable coming of age story that I could really relate to.

    "Fruitvale Station" is the based on true story of the last day of Oscar Grant, a young black man that was killed by a white officer on New Year's Eve. It is said and tragic, very similar to the tale of Treyvon Martin, but the director makes a crucial and big mistake. The movie begins with hand held camera footage of what really happen that last night at Fruitvale Station, and instead of cutting short, you hear the actual gunshot. That is how the movie opens, so you know how it ends. What a stupid mistake they did in allowing that. If I make a movie about the 1980 US Men's Hockey Team, I don't begin with them already winning gold medals or them cheering after beating the Russian team. A better way would have been to use the footage, but cut out after the cops said to lay down and the kid got up and there was more yelling; foreshadow that there is more to come when we get to this part of the movie. That opening lost this movie a half a star and it could have been great. It's also most likely the movie that Hollywood gets behind (black story and evil white person story, lets give it some awards) come Oscar season.

    "20 Feet From Stardom" is about the black backup singers who perform in so many famous songs, and work for so many famous bands (U2, Rolling Stones, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, and on and on) but they themselves never got to that next level. I was hoping to hear more stories about almost being famous and then getting fucked over. But the truth is when you're singing the "la-la-la" part for a Ray Charles or Tina Turner or whoever, It's Ray or Tina that have the extra talent, and they just have a really great voice. Hell of a soundtrack though, but too many stories about a young, black singer, sang in the church choir, who is now 70 years old, overweight, can't perform on stage, but still has that amazing voice in the studio. Too repetitious.

    "The To Do List" I liked because I am a big Aubrey Plaza fan. I myself know it's probably a 2-star movie, but it's really watchable, and because I like Aubrey Plaza, and she's in almost every scene, I enjoyed it. It's the story, set in the early 90s, of the high school valedictorian who is a virgin and decides the summer before going to college to do every sexual thing she can think of before losing her virginity to the hot jock she works with at the pool. There are several laugh out loud scenes, and SNL's Bill Hader nails every bit that he is in.

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    For a birthday gift to myself, I got myself a suite at Foxwoods a few weeks ago. I brought Justi and her friend Chris. They got to stay at my suite as long as they provided the alcohol. I had such a blast. We drank a shitload. The Suite at Foxwoods has a nice bar, with a mini fridge of non-alcoholic drinks, like water, Pepsi, Sierra Mist. But you bring your own supplies and have yourself some fun. We did. I brought some ginger ale because that mixes with anything. Unknown to me, Justi brought vodka, cranberry juice, and limes, so I made Brian Specials. So fucking good. We ordered room service, I watched a classic Simpsons episode as the Connecticut Fox affiliate airs those, gambled a bit, won $80 in profit, saw the stand up of Lenny Clark, Bobby Slayton, and the X-rated ventriloquist act of Otto & George all for a $15 ticket. Those guys are literally all headliners everywhere, and the 3 performed together for fifteen bucks? What a bargain.

    My suite, which I get at a very reduced rate, set me back $90.85 with taxes and fees included. Normally that suite costs $550 on a regular Wednesday night, and I was getting it for $90.85. Seeing I won on a slot machine, it was like all I paid was ten bucks for the suite, and I was prepared to pay for my room service and comedy show ticket.

    It was fun hanging out and talking with Justi and her friend Chris. They enjoyed wearing the Foxwoods robes, and hanging out on the balcony to smoke. They left me alone in the room so I could continue to drink and watch the beginning of the Red Sox game while they went to the 9th floor to find the pool. At 8 I went to watch the comics, and around 11:45pm I was back in my room, and Justi and Chris weren't there. No biggie, it was time for me to enjoy watching the Red Sox in 2 on NESN at midnight while I drank some more in my Jacuzzi. I turned the TV, got the bubbles going, and I learned that the Sox game was still going on, and it was the 13th inning. I enjoyed my Jacuzzi until the Sox finally had a walk-off win in the bottom of the 15th inning. As the Sox were winning, I could hear people coming into the room. I dried off and went to visit (the Jacuzzi is in my master bedroom, which I had the door locked off from the big living room with the bar) and say hi to the people that came into the suite.

    I was expecting just Justi and Chris, and they were there, but another person, some gay guy whose name I never got, was also there, behind the bar, making himself a drink. I asked Justi who this person was, and he said, in a very lipsy way, "I'm sorry, I'm leaving". Justi said it was a friend of theirs, and I was like, "From school, from New Hampshire? Did you invite him and he just arrived really late?" But I really didn't get an answer. I told them I drank enough and was calling it a night, and I was happy all of my shit was in my master bedroom, said goodnight, and locked the door behind me, keeping the unknown stranger away from me.

    The next morning, I learned it was a total fucking stranger they meet while walking along the casino floor yesterday, and they just invited him to our room. I don't know if this guy was there to steal shit, or just have fun on someone else's account. I did not like the fact that a stranger was in our room. It was made worse later that next day when Justi realized her wallet was missing. Turns out she left it somewhere on the casino floor and it was turned into Lost and Found. The stranger didn't steal it, and Justi did lose any money had she didn't have any to bring in the first place.

    Still, a good time. I get to go back to Foxwoods this upcoming Friday night where Me, Mike and his new girl Christie will stay at the suite at the MGM and we'll enjoy the stand up of comedian Bill Burr. I also hope to get my drink on, and continue to do low stakes gambling. Two weeks later, I'll go back to Foxwoods, this time to watch the one-man show of Nick Offerman, AKA Ron Swanson from "Parks and Rec". The ticket to this show was the birthday gift my mom got me.

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    Just finished reading the book, "Here's the Kicker", a book of interviews with 21 different comedy writers of different genres. Guys who wrote for Bob Hope, The Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Sid Caeser, Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, Mad Magazine, The New Yorker, The Daily Show, The Onion, and all the other different movies and TV shows in between. Very good. Now I've just started reading the book by Daryl Hammond who did all the impressions on SNL and has been on the show as a performer the longest. .

    Football is slowing starting as we're halfway through the preseason. Patriots look good (as always) although Tom Brady isn't throwing to anyone he's seen before (Welker trader, Gronk is injured, Hernandez is a murderer) but in two games, he's only made 2 incompletions. Tebow went 1-7 passing in his first preseason game. So, as long as Brady is healthy, and Tebow is not passing, Patriots will most likely get their 10+ wins and advance to the playoffs.

    I just sent out my Rules and Guidelines for Me, Paul and John's football picks. If you want to read them, here they are:

    We're less than a month away from a brand new 2013 NFL season, and I
    thought I should email you both and lay down the official ground
    rules(Almost all the same from last year).

    (1) On Tuesday, I'll email everyone the official NFL lines. I use the
    website http://www.footballlocks.com as this will be the official site we
    use for the spreads.

    (2) With this site, you have until Thursday 7:30pm (But we can change this
    time to Wednesday night if it works better for our schedules) to think
    over what teams you think can beat the spread. If you correctly pick a
    team that covers the spread, you win one point.

    Example: Jets are -7 against the Dolphins.
    If you pick the Jets they must win by 8 points or more over the Dolphins
    to cover and you get a point. If the final score is Jets 28, Dolphins 21,
    well that is a push, and A PUSH IS NOT A WIN. (If you picked the Dolphins
    at +7 for this game, it would also be a push) Several times last year, we
    went 2-0-1 on our weekly picks.

    (3) One of your picks must be declared your PICK OF THE WEEK. If your
    PICK OF THE WEEK (or POTW from now on) properly covers the spread, you are
    awarded two points. If your POTW does not cover, you are not penalized,
    but we will mock you a bit for thinking the Rams would beat the 49ers by
    more than 10 on the road if that was your POTW.

    (4) At the end of the 2013 NFL Regular Season, the person with the most
    points wins. His reward, $50 from both losers. (Congrats to Me, the 2010
    and 2012 Winner, and Paul, the 2011 Winner)

    (5) We can have additional betting for the playoffs, but our weekly picks
    ends on the last week of the regular season.

    (6) You must pick 3 games, but because we all root for the Patriots, we
    will not pick for OR against any New England Patriots game.

    (7) If someone is lucky enough to correctly go 3 for 3 with his picks,
    besides scoring 4 points (2 regular points and the POTW is an extra 2) he
    also receives $25 each from the losers of that week. Keep in mind, it
    always takes a few weeks before teams play normal and our systems begin to
    work.

    (8) The NFL week goes from Thursday Night Football until the Monday Night
    Football game.

    (9) On Thursday, just before we submit our picks through our emails, we
    will have a 3-way phone call (Mild highlight of my week is this conference
    call to talk and hear what is new with everyone) to make sure everyone is
    ready to submit the picks. Ideally, we like to submit before 8:00pm on
    Thursday. (For Thanksgiving week, we will have to submit before
    Wednesday night, 8:00pm.) When we're on the phone and we all agree that
    our picks are ready, we will submit our emails at the same time showing
    our picks. This is to show that no ones picks influenced our own. And
    then we will probably spend another minute asking where did you get the
    balls to think the Bills will beat the Ravens. Remember to highlight one
    of your picks as the POTW.

    (10) As the weeks go on, I'll have a running tally of how many points
    people have won. I will sometimes report on Sunday if someone goes 3 for
    3, at the very least, all scores will be mentioned before I email the
    newest lines on Tuesday afternoon. (Current vacation issues: Paul is in
    Hawaii during mid-September, I'll be in Bermuda for mid-October. We still
    just have to send in the picks in advance somehow and have another person
    record the points scored for that week)

    (11) Remember to have fun, and root against your brothers so you can win a
    little extra cash. I will highly recommend watching the NFL RedZone for
    your next Sunday afternoons until January.

    There you go, the rules and guidelines for this 2013 NFL Season. Use
    whatever method of picking games you want. You'll learn no system works
    more than one week. If there are any questions or comments, by all means
    call me back or email the group. Tuesday before the first game of the NFL
    season begins, I'll email the first lines.

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    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I think "Orange is the New Black" is a lot like the female version of "Oz". Of course, instead of seeing casual dick and ass I'm seeing casual vag, tits and ass.
    Sunday, July 28th, 2013
    10:45 am
    I turned 32, and some movies I saw in the past month
    Let's get the movies out of the way first.

    14th movie of 2013, "Monsters University" *** 1/2

    15th movie of 2013, "The Heat" ***

    16th movie of 2013, "Man of Steel" * 1/2

    17th movie of 2013, "Despicable Me 2" ** 1/2

    I really enjoyed "Monsters University", a prequel to the Pixar movie "Monsters Inc." The movie takes place during the freshman college year of about Sully and Mike as they are going through the scare program at Monsters University. Sully is naturally scary, but doesn't know anything about the technical side of things. Mike, a small, green eyeball of a monster, knows every little different roar, setting, mood, age, gender, fear, and so on to make every scare the best it can be. But is he really scary?

    The movie sets up a great premise, and before you know it, you realize this movie is the children's version of "Revenge of the Nerds" third act at the Greek Games, with the Monsters University Scare Games. I will not say this movie is better than the amazing originality that existed in the first "Monsters Inc." but I still highly enjoyed everything I watched. It was a great time at the movies, and maybe it only lost half a star for being a little bit short on jokes (half the gags in the commercials never made it to the movie. Like when Mike is unknowingly turned into a disco ball. That's only in the commercial, never in the movie, and I stayed through the credits for the last gag.) Or maybe it lost the half a star because the theater I saw it in had about 30 people, mostly children, and they were kinda noisy. I always prefer when I'm the only person at the movie theater. Still, good stuff, fun for all ages, watch it.

    "The Heat", lots of swears, good action, good comedy, everything is overall good.

    "Despicable Me 2", not enough comedy as in the first, not enough of an action story line than the first, I really think they could have done a better overall job with the script. Make Gru a better good guy, or show him more willing to date as a single guy. The small twist was already answered by a 5-year old at the theater, so they weren't pulling any Scooby-Doo magic anywhere. The movie was just OK. I really expected more. You don't need to see it at the movies, save your money and watch it when it comes on basic cable around Christmas time.

    (SPOILER ALERTS FOR THE NEXT MOVIE, SO SKIP DOWN IF YOU'RE AN IDIOT AND WANT TO WATCH "MAN OF STEEL")

    Last movie is the new Superman movie, "Man of Steel". And boy, did this movie suck. This will go as one of the worst movies I saw for the year. Granted, in the year 2013, I gave zero stars to "Les Mis" but that was a 2012 release. And yeah, I gave the movie "42" about Jackie Robinson 1 star, and this Superman movie I'm giving a half a star more. Here's the deal; on a purely technical level, they do some amazing shit in this movie. Although I didn't care for it, they did show Krypton the planet as a strange and mystical planet, instead of just a simple set where Zod and others are sentenced and baby Superman is sent away. That stuff was impressive. I also like the puberty flashbacks of Clark Kent as he is freaking out going through his powers at once. Being able to hear everyone and everything, x-ray vision of everyone in your class room, unbelievable strength that hasn't been harnessed yet. For those aspects of the movie, I'm give the makers a good job.

    Now, for all the shit that I fucking HATED about this movie. The 300 or so solar flair shots in the movie that just became annoying and make have given me a seizure if there were more. The overall lack of fun of being Superman. He can do whatever he wants, so he's on a crab boat getting shit on like a regular green horn from "Deadliest Catch"? That's not fun. The pure stupidity of Pa Kent's death. Or, the horrible ethics of Pa Kent, who more or less says to Clark, "Yeah, maybe next time, let an entire bus of children die." How about the fact that Clark Kent doesn't work at the daily planet, and instead only gets the job at the end of the movie. That means, EVERYONE fucking knows that Superman is Clark Kent, right?

    Lets see... No Jimmy Olsen. No Lex Luthor. That amazing John Williams score that can make Superman fly, also does not exist. In this movie, Superman isn't even a nice guy. He's like an asshole teenager whose favorite word is "whatever". He's such a fucking dick. Classic Christopher Reeves Superman went out of his way to save the lives of the innocent. In this movie, the entire downtown of Smallville is fucking destroyed, with no regard to property damage or even innocent bystanders who might be in those buildings when Superman and Zod go crashing through all of them. I actually thought that was what the internet was talking about when they said Superman destroyed an entire city. Nope. It's about 5 minutes later, when Superman and Zod do the same shit again except in Metropolis. Fuck 9/11, there are about 30 buildings that collapsed in this fight scene. You know how many janitors working the 29th floor never came home that day because of Superman? A lot. Superman just doesn't care. He should stand up for Truth, Justice, and the American way. Not for nonchalantly causing a few trillion dollars worth of damages, and on the moderate side, killing 50,000 innocent bystanders. In the last scene of the movie, Superman destroys a $15 or $50 million dollar plane, by throwing it on a road and almost killing a US General, who freaks out and mentions how expensive that plane was. Well, what about the fucking pothole that Superman just caused. How is it he can't see beyond his actions at all?

    Finally, there is the Lois Lane bullshit. She can just be wherever the script needs her to be. She can be walking outside in the artic, and not freeze to death. She can somehow be in both Metropolis and Smallville in a matter of minutes. She somehow gets access to wear Air Force uniform, but also to be on a top secret plane carrying a nuclear bomb. This is not great journalism, this is a fucking mistake from higher ups who should have told her no, she can't come along.

    This movie sucked, and no one should waste their time seeing it.

    In other news...

    Mike and his girlfriend Christie are not here. They are in Texas for this week. In the past week, Christie has moved in and is now a new housemate, along with her dog Knox. Yeah...

    We have officially setup the cruise to Bermuda. We are leaving the port of Boston on Friday October 18th. Mike and Christie have their cabin, next to me and Jay, the guy who used to live here, in the other cabin. Which reminds me, I need to call Jay up and get all of his information set on the online part of the cruise. The boat needs addresses, next of kin, emergency contacts, passport numbers, stuff like that.

    I turned 32 a few days ago. I mostly celebrated last week when Paul and Christie, and my parents took me to that Brazilian all you can eat place called Gauchos in Manchester. I loved the food, hated the conversation.

    After that, stayed the weekend with Paul and Christie which included drinking, night time volleyball, setting up their Netflix on their PS3, going to breakfast the next morning, a shit ton of drinking and being in the pool, me crashing hard from about 6pm-10pm, and me watching more on their Netflix through their PS3 as I could not figure out how to work Paul's impossible "Jetsons" like remote control for the regular TV and cable. I did have a blast.

    On my actual birthday, Mike and Melissa said happy birthday to me. Marley, my pain in the ass niece, went out of her way of telling me that a dog, or a stuff animal, was actually their birthday. I did not eat any cake, I did not unwrapped anything. A couple of days later, my mom get my a pretty sweet gift, a ticket to Nick Offerman (better known as Ron Swanson on "Parks & Recreation) one man show at Foxwoods in September. With that ticket purchased, I got myself a suite at Foxwoods for myself.

    In fact, that's my new thing. I'm almost certain the last time I went to Foxwoods was with Emmy and his girl Pauline. Haven't seen stand up or gambled since then. But now, here is my future. This coming Wednesday, I'm going to Foxwoods and staying overnight. I even got the next day off from work. I rented myself a suite as my own little birthday present to myself. If you can read this, you can come over and enjoy. My plans are to leave work early this Wednesday, buy some vodka, and go to my suite. So far, Justi and her friend may or may not be coming along. Then I'll enjoy my Jacuzzi, go to see Lenny Clark do stand up, maybe gamble for a bit, and enjoy my suite again. The next morning, I will still have to check out by 11am, but that's better than leaving at 4am and driving back to work. When I check out, I can either leave and go home, or check out but still stay and play some poker. Who knows.

    A month from now, I got myself another suite, this time at the MGM, for Me, Mike and Christie. We will see Bill Burr do stand up at the MGM. I already called the box office, and there are plenty of tickets left. I'm hoping that by mid-August, there are still so many tickets left that they need to give them for free or at least go half price on them. That's when me and Mike will buy our tickets.

    Yesterday I got really lazy and just napped and slept around the house. I only left the house to read by the pool for about 50 pages or so. Today I'm going to Worcester and try to see a triple feature of movies that I've been wanting to see that are now out.

    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I think getting older is just getting used to no one giving a shit that you got older.
    Saturday, June 29th, 2013
    7:05 am
    Been over a month, Update time
    10th movie of 2013, "Mud" ***

    11th movie of 2013, "The Hangover Part III" ***

    12th movie of 2013, "Fast & Furious 6" **

    13th movie of 2013, "This is the End" ****

    I'm not going to write a lot about these movies. Mud was a very independent movie that quickly came and went when it hit my local theater. "Hangover 3" was more of a heist movie than a straight up comedy. For the 3 scenes made for laughs, including a giraffe, I laughed my ass off. But it was mostly break into this, get this thing, do it quietly without getting caught, don't die or your friend will die type scenarios. The movies previews were slightly misleading that way, but I still enjoyed it.

    "Fast 6" was a Father's Day gift to my dad as I heard numerous podcast talk about that movie and I realized it wouldn't be a horrible time at the box office. In fact, every scene with a car driving is goddamn amazing, true 4-star worthy material. How else will I ever see a tank drive down the wrong side of a highway during daytime, blowing up bridges and running over anything in its way? Only if I set up some cheat codes on Grand Theft Auto 3. But I got that in this movie, plus so much more. Of course, when cars are not be driving, it's some of the most headache inducing dialogue ever written for the big screen. It also gets tiring around the 6th time someone is allowed to be launched from a moving vehicle and land without getting hurt on another movie vehicle. The best part of this movie is when it's all over, breaking the movie's balls by wondering which scene is a more bullshit. Is it a runway that is roughly 50 miles long? Is it a jail that anyone can just break into or out of, including solitary confinement? Is it an ATM rigged to spit out money for poor people? Maybe a 3,000-ton 747 plane that all of a sudden can't handle the weight of a couple of cars? My own personal favorite was when a man launched himself from his moving vehicle, and jumped and caught someone else being tossed from their moving vehicle, and having another car "break" their fall. They don't even limp away or have cuts or scratches. Hell, I think the guys shirt is now tucked in after this jumping catch. A fun movie to watch all reason and logic die a quick and horrible death. But my dad loved it and so it was a perfect Father's Day gift.

    "This is the End" is about real actors, playing themselves, at a party when all of a sudden, the apocalypse happens. The good are sent to heaven, the bad are sent to hell, and those left, are left to eventually die and go to where they end up. I FUCKING LOVED THIS MOVIE!!! I have not had so much fun at a comedy since I saw "Borat" in a full theater. I won't spoil anything about this movie, except that with all the actors playing themselves, but just sometimes asshole versions of themselves (Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, and many others including fun cameos), there was plenty of fun things to watch. It will never happen, but Michael Cera, for what he does in that small amount of screen time should get him a Best Supporting Actor nomination. The script itself should win. Once again, I won't spoil it, but the smile that was on my face just grew larger and larger. Such a fun time.

    Brought Justi to her first Red Sox game ever. This happen a week and a half ago on Wednesday, you know, during that amazing Bruins game 4. Sox ended up losing. They did not have the Ted Williams souvenir soda that I wanted, our seats sucked big time (but they were free from winning trivia night at the 99). But the weather was perfect. I did have a good time. Me and Justi actually bought some vodka before we got to Alewife, and drank on the train to have a nice buzz going for the game. We both had some Fenway Franks, and I had some peanuts, but no Cracker Jacks. At one point, the Sox starter pitched well, but had a high pitch count. We he got taken out, a tight 2-2 game quickly became 6-2, and we left after the 7th inning stretch. We left at the perfect time because the final score was 6-2. I was hoping to get home in time and maybe see the last of the Bruins game, or maybe even OT. Well, the game did go into OT, but the lost it when I was about 2 minutes from arriving back home. That marked the end for the Bruins as they would lose the series 4 games to 2, and not win the Cup this year. But hey, we'll always have 2011.

    I've been reading a lot lately. I always have a bathroom book going, but I have had an Amazon gift card just lying around since Christmas, decided to put it to use. Got me some books about comedy writers, and that Stephen King book, "11/22/63". I love this book. I'm about 300 pages into it, which still means I got about 600 pages more to go. When I got this book from Amazon, nowhere in the online description did it say no book cover. I was so made when I got the book, missing it's book cover dust jacket that I gave the guy a shitty review and told him what happened. He quickly wrote back and begged me to please change my review, and he was willing to replace everything. I took down my review, the guy refunded my money, and then sent me a new book of "11/22/63" with book cover. That is the one i'm now reading. The other one I gave to my mom and she is about 100 pages into it or so. Really great book, and here's the quick synopsis: A high school English teacher, while teaching some GED classes on the side, reads an entry from the school's janitor. It's about how his father killed his entire family and bashed the janitor on the head with a hammer on Halloween night back in 1958. Then we learn of Al, the guy who runs the diner that is friends of the teacher because he's one of his regular customers. Al looks like he has aged horribly and is dying, although last time the teacher saw him he was fine. Al informs him of a time portal in the back of the diner. You go through it, and you are in Maine, September 1958. You can stay in there for as long or as little as you want. When you come back through the portal, only 2 minutes have changed back in present day time of 2011. Al has been trying to cause a positive butterfly effect, which is to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, who was killed on 11/22/63. Al made it almost 4 years before the lung cancer got to him and he was too sick to finish the job. If you change history for the better or worse, it all gets reset when you enter the portal again. The teacher tries the portal out for himself, and really does enter 1958. His mission is to try to save the janitor from what happened to him, and if that really does cause a positive butterfly effect in the future, redo it again, save the janitor, and also stop the assassination of JFK, which could mean no Nixon for president, no Vietnam war, civil rights passing with no riots, no further assassinations of Bobby Kennedy or MLK Jr.

    Very enjoyable, totally in love with this book. I haven't read Stephen King fiction since back in high school, which was over a decade ago. You sometimes forget how great of a writer he is because he's so popular. The way he simply wrote about having a root beer float from 1958 was something so amazing. Highly recommend this book, and I haven't even finished it.

    Other things... Since the last time I wrote, I did meet with Emmy and his girl, Pauline. We spent the weekend at Foxwoods. During our time, the Bruins clinched the series with the New York Rangers I think, because we watched that entire game 5 at the hotel. We visited Mystic Connecticut to had a slice from Mystic Pizza (never would have done that). We stay at a hotel suite in the MGM, then learned as we were checking out to never get the corner suites at the MGM, they're too small. The other ones are bigger. Thanks for the info now. We checked out Lizzie Borden's house where she killed her father and stepmom. We took the tour. (never would have done that). We drove up to Boston to check out Quincy Market on a perfect afternoon day. Weather was so nice, and we did some very mild shopping, but the best thing we bought was popcorn. We almost ate some New England seafood at a restaurant some cops recommended to us, but while looking over the menu, 20 people entered, and now there was going to be a hell of a line. I offered the idea of going back towards my place, and doing the Monday Night Trivia at the 99. We did. We couldn't get seats at the bar, so we had our own little section in the corner. They had stuff clams, I had my mango iced tea, and together, we kicked ass and won trivia. Of course, we were going to win. One of the categories was about SNL stars and movies they were in. I told them if we didn't go perfect in that category, dinner was on me. I went a perfect 10 for 10. After the 99, we were partial witnesses to a stolen credit card, and then went on a hunt to find pretzels, made by Utz, that were chocolate made by Butterfinger. I still think they don't exist seeing we went to a Walmart, a Hannaford, a CVS, an even Amazon.com doesn't have it. I had a great time with my best friend and his girl, and i'm really happy for both of them.

    Pool is finally open, and when the weather is nice, I swim. The past few days it's been raining. I really like to set up my pathetic MP3 player out there, and either listen to a Sox game on the radio, or just float in the pool listening to my top 100 that I made back during my freshman year at WSC.

    Talked to the Cruise people the other day. We wanted info about how much our free cruise was going to cost. We still have to pay port fees and taxes. $175 per person for fees, $150 per person for taxes. That's $325 right there, and haven't seen a boat yet. Then there's the forced gratuity. You never tip anyone, but maids clean your room, your food is all free, and all the other things the crew does we never see. It's $12 per person, per day, per room. After a week, that is another $84. That means, we pay $409 each to go to and from Bermuda on a "free" cruise is we don't charge anything to our room. It's still a good deal. When you do see ads or commercials about cruises starting as low as $229, they are just talking about the room, for one person only. Not the $400 or so extra for the taxes, port fees, and forced gratuity that you end up paying. I think me and Mike are still going to do it. Although he wants more info on if others went with us. So, I'll put it out there to those reading. Want to go on a Cruise, leaving Boston and going to Bermuda, beginning Friday, Oct. 18th? Tell me now, and in two weeks, i'll set it up. You will get a discount, and we can go as a group. Think about it.

    More than enough from me. Nice day, think i'll sit on the porch and read.

    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I think we might be having a party today, Saturday June 29th, at our place in Leominster. Please contact my brother Mike for more information.
    Saturday, May 18th, 2013
    9:22 am
    From Mother's Day to Next Week
    Good morning all who are reading this after I post on this very beautiful Saturday morning. Even though I will have to work both days of this weekend, for the first time in probably a month I was able to sleep in and get a good amount of rest that I've been needing to get. Thought it would be fun to do a little bit of writing because I had a few interesting things happen in the past week, but also bigger plans coming up for next week. So, here we go:

    MOTHER'S DAY
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    Mother's Day happened last Sunday. Paul thought it would be a great idea for almost the entire Andrews family, minus John (that commute from North Carolina would have been hell) to all meet up at a restaurant that was hosting a special Mother's Day brunch. I love this idea for a few of reasons. (1) Brunch is fucking great. A buffet of unlimited scrambled eggs and bacon, plus other food to is great. (2) I don't have to do anything besides kick in on the bill. (3) I never been to the restaurant, Sean Patrick's, so it would be interesting to get a look inside.

    Unfortunately, those ideas were only good in theory. This restaurant tried every trick in the book to fuck us over. Coffee and juice weren't free, that was extra. Every plate was $22 for adults, and $13 for my niece Marley who had maybe 4 bites of fruits. My non-alcoholic choice of pineapple fruit was six fucking dollars. Did they literally purchase a giant can of pineapples, and the juice from that was poured into my tiny glass to justify such a markup? Those scrambled eggs fucking sucked. I've had plenty of meals from my days at Worcester State with top notch brunch options. One of the things that make it a brunch are the lunch options. At this place, it was sliced ham, sliced roast beef, and rice. That was it.

    Then it was time to do the math. There was a total of 10 people, but then all the mother's were out of the bill, and my sister whose birthday just happened, and before I knew it, I was one of 5 people kicking in $60 for the worst brunch I ever had. It was only at the end did I know that omelets were options that came with the brunch, unlike the juice and coffee. The balls on these people, charging three bucks per cup of coffee on a fucking buffet style brunch. Had I known omelets were an option (there was no omelet station which was why I didn't know) and my bill would be sixty bucks, I would have order 20 omelets, every potential variety available, had a few bits, and threw it away to even things out. Man was I pissed.

    After the whole thing was done, my mother's day gift was to take my mom out to the 99 restaurant for the next day for a nice dinner but also for her to have fun and compete at their Monday Night Trivia.

    MONDAY TRIVIA AT THE 99
    ---------------------------

    I will admit, there was a shitty side of me thinking that with my mom playing trivia, we could really kick some ass if there were a few random trivia questions. Instead, we got questions about one hit wonders (mom only knew about Chubby Checker's song, "The Twist"), Massachusetts pop culture (very fun category about fun things in this state. My mom somehow knew there was a total of 4 Kimball's ice cream stands in Massachusetts. But she thought Ben Affleck won Best Supporting Actor in "Good Will Hunting". I was there to write in Robin Williams) and another category that I have forgot.

    My mom had a good time, and I was delighted that she was cool sitting at the bar. I felt cheap because unbeknownst to me, my mom had a very big and a very late lunch at the senior center (then again, because they were seniors, it was probably a standard 4:00pm early bird dinner) and she didn't eat much. Just some sort of flat bread pizza thing.

    She did have fun, and was amazed that of the questions we did get correct, I was the reason for all except that question about Kimball's. That was definitely a highlight of the night. Oh, and because the questions were so difficult, and we were very consistent, Team Cheers (clink glasses) got another 3rd place finish, winning ourselves a free appetizer. My entire bill, complete with over 20% tip came to only $50. Me, mom and Just ate, drank, played trivia, had dessert, and the bill was under what I alone had to chip in for that shitty Mother's Day buffet.

    Another fun thing, because we were at the 99, the Bruins game was on...

    BRUINS GAME 7 AGAINST THE LEAFS
    ---------------------------------------

    When we had left the 99, the game was tied 1-1 going into the 2nd period. I show up home, and it was the third period, and I tried watching the game in the living room. But then the Leafs scored to make it 2-1. Then again to make it 3-1. I couldn't take it, and I went to my bedroom, to check on some email and my twitter, but kept the game on in the background. It was the third period by now, and the Leafs had scored again. This was what I tweeted:

    Brian Andrews ‏@kubrick97 13 May
    The Leafs just made it 4-1. It's fucking over. Better luck next year Bruins.

    I was so mad. They were down 4-1 and the third period was almost half over. I kept the game on to hate watch the Bruins, hoping that if they are going to lose, they better lose big. I mean, they only had a 3-1 GAME advantage over the pathetic Maple Leafs, you know, the Clippers of the NHL, and now they were going to lose tonight, blowing a big game lead, and on home ice.

    As I was watching, with around 10:30 left in the third, the Bruins finally get a goal. All I can think is way too little, way too late.

    I get off of my computer, and watch the rest of the Bruins game. Nothing much happens, and then, with two minutes remaining in the game, they pull Rask for the extra man out there, and they score with 1:30 left in the game to make it 4-3. Once again, I don't think about an amazing comeback. All I can think is that the Bruins will lose by a goal, but the game really wasn't that close at all.

    They drop the puck, Bruins win possession, Rask is pulled again, and somehow, someway, with the mother of all screens, Patrice Bergeron stuffs the puck in net. I scream in amazement. Alone. In my room. I quickly run to my computer and update my Twitter with this:

    Brian Andrews ‏@kubrick97 13 May
    GOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! THE BRUINS TIE IT UP WITH A MINUTE LEFT IN THE 3RD, 4-4!!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It took the Bruins only 30 seconds to go from being down 4-2 to tying it up. The interesting thing was there was still 50 seconds left in regulations, and Rich Peverly almost scored to make it 5-4 Bruins. He just didn't get enough stick on the puck with a very open net that would have tear downed the Garden with an eruption of pandemonium.

    The game, a Game 7 of the Playoffs, was tied and went into the most intense thing in all of sports, Sudden Death Overtime. First to score whens it all.

    I just remembered that the Bruins weren't skating in OT, they were flying. They were just so much faster, checked harder, had better passes, and just never stopped shooting the puck. It only took a few minutes into the OT, when there was a rush, a shot on net, a loose rebound, another save, back to Bergeron who shot it again, and the lamp went red. The puck went in, the remaining crowd at the Garden went fucking nuts, the Bruins empty the bench to celebrate, and this was what I had to write on Twitter:

    Brian Andrews ‏@kubrick97 13 May
    THEY DID IT!!! THEY DID IT!!!! BRUINS WIN IT IN OVERTIME!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In the world of Twitter, my boy Emmy was busting my balls as he basically retweeted this:

    John Gabbey ‏@jogabbeyjr Protected account 13 May
    Best quote of the night. RT @kubrick97: The Leafs just made it 4-1. It's fucking over. Better luck next year Bruins.

    I had to tweet him right back:

    Brian Andrews ‏@kubrick97 14 May
    @jogabbeyjr In my defense, NO TEAM IN PLAYOFF HISTORY HAS EVER WON A GAME DOWN BY 3 GOALS IN THE THIRD PERIOD. I did stay for the happy end

    It was an amazing game. The Bruins advanced to the next round to take on the New York Rangers. Even though that's an eastern team and an Original Six team, Bruins-Rangers haven't played in the playoffs in 40 years.

    WEDNESDAY: POKER NIGHT AT FORTY'S AGAIN
    ---------------------------------------------

    First Wednesday I played at my poker league, I had a few kills, and overall, got 3rd place. Second time I played, was getting garbage cards, and was constantly folding. I did win a hand or two, and was good enough to hang around until a finished in 10th place. With me gone, final table.

    This past Wednesday, I played really well. In the first hand I did play, I doubled up. At the very end, we are down to the last 10 players or so, with very high blinds. I go all-in when I show pocket Aces. They either fold to me and I pick up the blinds, or they call and hopefully my Aces win. I get one caller, who just wanted the extra points for getting a kill (that is when you knock someone out of the tournament). This is all pre-flop, and it my Ace-Ace versus his 5-7 of hearts. The flop doesn't give him a pair of even a chance at a straight, just one heart. Then it went Runner-Runner Heart-Heart, and just like that, I'm gone losing to a flush. A shitty way to end the night, but that is how poker sometimes works. I'm still very strong though in the standings with yet another top-10 finish after three weeks.

    THURSDAY: SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED
    ----------------------------------------

    Poker runs late. I didn't get home until around 11:30pm. I was also hungry, and picked up some food before I came home. Stayed up late, ate my food, watched some shows I had on my DVR for the past couple of nights. I knew I might have been in trouble when I took my glasses off to go to bed and my alarm clock read 1:45am.

    5:00am, alarm goes off. I smack it, and think I just need a few more minutes of sleep...

    6:45am, I wake up again and scream "OH SHIT!"

    I was actually supposed to be at work a little bit early than normal for this Thursday because our inventory was going to be a mess. I didn't even have time to properly shower. I just did a total change of clothes, a shot of mouthwash for my breath, and a heavy spray of Febreze on my body. Drove into work, with my boss calling my cell to tell me that he knows I'm this late.

    Get in, notice a shitload of paperwork that needs to be done before I can even do my inventory. Due to what we call B-Loads, which are secondary truck loads of inventory that must be factored in because they haven't been offloaded yet, I had to factor in all the cases of B-Loads before I did my morning inventory. Sometimes, we'll get a lot of B-Loads, and that can me 2,000 cases, and sometimes, 8 or 10 thousand cases. This was a new record in my 5 years at Pepsi: 24,000 cases on a B-Load. And we had to submit our numbers by 8:30am.

    We did our best, and only counted things that were really off, like our Ale and Diet Ale. It turns out it was really off because I somehow paid them under the wrong inventory ID number, and just like that, my bosses should have fired my pathetic ass that day. Instead, they were going to use this against me when I go on vacation next week and I'm not supposed to yell at them if they have any errors paying bills.

    It was such a bad day. It was so bad, I just stayed as late as I could, paying every bill with extreme precision. I then used whatever down time I did have to take care of every outstanding credit and debit, matched every invoice, and all the other pain in the ass paperwork I had laying around so the next day's period close would go that much smoother.

    THURSDAY NIGHT TRIVIA AT THE 99
    --------------------------------------

    This is a pretty long entry at this point, so I'll make this one quick. After such a bad day at work, all I was looking forward to was eating, and watching the Bruins game and the Series Finale of "The Office". I could do two of those things (eat and watch the Bruins) while also trying to win some Red Sox tickets. Me and Justi (Team Cheers!) went to the 99 again. Instead of trivia beginning at 7:30pm, they started a half hour earlier. The idea was to get in a round of trivia with the answers before the game began. Watch the first period. Intermission, do another round of trivia with the answers. Watch the 2nd period. Intermission; final round of trivia with answers, hand out the prizes, watch another Bruins OT win.

    Instead, the first round went so quickly, that we were able to jam in two rounds of trivia before the game even began. No categories this time, all random. First round was tough, we only got 4 points. But felt much better when that put us in 2nd place, with the team in first only had 5 points. 2nd round, I was on fire. I went 9 for 10, incorrectly guessing where the Lockerby Flight Tragedy was suppose to go. I felt either LA or NY, and went with LA. Turns out it was NY. We went into the final round knowing we were in the lead.

    Last round, and the questions are super hard. But there was a couple of bonus questions, and we were able to get extra points through that. Just really came alive in that final round, knowing the full name of the artist that painted "Water Lilies" (I knew it was Monet, but for the extra point, Justi knew his full name was Claude Monet) and for a movie quote, Justi knew what the man in black says as he is pushed from the tower by the Princess, "As You Wish....."

    The waitress, for extra drama, goes over the answers first, and when get annoyed that if we thought about something a little longer, we would have had an extra point. And weren't sure if one answer was good enough or just had partial credit. The waitress says, "In third place, with 13 points..." and I told Just, perfect, we already had 13 points going into the final round, and we scored at least 4 points, so it wasn't us. "In second place, with 17 points..." and it wasn't Team Cheers. Which meant, however many points we did get, we had first place to ourselves. Sure enough, "And in first place, once again, Team Cheers!" Me and Justi clinked our glasses and scored ourselves two more tickets to a Red Sox game, this time for July 3rd (obviously not working the next day, YES!) against the San Diego Padres.

    I fucking love trivia night at the 99. We used our free appetizer we won on Monday to cover our tab, which was mostly Justi's two big Blue Moon beers she always has. With tip, it was only $25 which Justi took care of, which was great.

    FUTURE
    -------------------

    Today and Tomorrow, I have to go to work and deal with my period close. I need to go to the bank today and take out a couple hundred. Tomorrow, after work is done, I'm driving over to Foxwoods. On Sunday, they are giving out the free cruises again, and I'm going to get the brochure, look it over with Mike, and see if we're going to Bermuda again, or maybe a different place and try to not lose money like we did last cruise.

    Later on next week, need to get a hair cut. Need to finally go to the movies and see something, I was thinking about this new movie called "Mud" that is getting a lot of critical praise. Next Friday, it finally happens, the reunion with my former college roommate John, aka Eminem, aka Emmy, aka my best friend. We will see each other in person for the first time in 11 years. Last time, it was February, 2002, the same weekend the Patriots won their first Super Bowl. That was the last time I saw him in person. He is bringing his girlfriend along, as we both have the week of Memorial day off. We'll meet on Friday, on Saturday, we drive out to Foxwoods (free hotel, that way we're not stuck at my house on a Marley weekend) and we'll catch up, hang out, eat, do fun things, mild gambling, and whatever else. Sunday, repeat, but do it at the MGM grand where I got a suite for $50 that is sure to be the lubricant for the threesome me and Emmy have been planning for such a long time. But, keep it quiet, it will be a big surprise for his girlfriend Pauline.

    On Monday, we will leave Foxwoods on the actual Memorial Day. If someone is throwing a party or something, we'll go there. If not, we will come back to my house, and just watch the entire new season of "Arrested Development" that will be released on Netflix that day. And on Tuesday, Emmy and his girl will leave, going back home towards Buffalo, NY. I will do very little the rest of that week, and might go to the movies or maybe, just maybe, the pool will be open and the weather will be good enough and take my first swim of the year. But that's all in the future. And the future looks good.

    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I think if you have read all of this, please know that the threesome thing was a joke.
    Sunday, May 12th, 2013
    10:30 am
    Happy Mothers Day MOM!!!
    My mom is a saint. She is the sweetest, kindest, most caring person I know, and I'm as lucky as can be to have her be my mom.

    To all the other moms out there who are a very distant second to my mom, Happy Mothers Day!

    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I wonder if this entry will make up for the fact that as a shitty son, I didn't even get my great mother a card for her special day.
    Monday, April 29th, 2013
    5:36 am
    8th movie of 2013, "The Place Beyond the Pines" *** 1/2; 9th movie of 2013, "42" *
    I really liked "The Place Beyond the Pines", and I personally thought "42" sucked. Don't see "42". It's a bullshit movie like "Lincoln" that over does the dramatic because it believes the content is very important. All it does if leave you with a poorly scripted movie.

    "The Place Beyond the Pines" has an amazing shot of Eva Mendes in a light blue tank top that has been the best image I have seen at the movies this entire year. There are other things, like exciting bank robberies, but seriously, Eva Mendes, goddamn. She discovered a new way to wear a tank top. It's not just nipping, it's like areolaeing. I've seen women win Oscars for less.

    This has been a pervert at the movies.

    (I really need to get back to writing on a more consistent basis.)
    Thursday, April 18th, 2013
    4:53 pm
    Answers to last weeks 99 Trivia Questions
    Last weekend, Me, Mike, Paul & Christie went to Foxwoods overnight on Saturday to see comedian Jim Jefferies. He was very funny as usual, and it was about 95% new material to me. Laughed a lot and had a blast. I won some money, but the next morning, pissed away my winnings. In the end, I lost somewhere between $50-$100. No biggie, seeing I didn't pay anything for my meals, my hotel room, used points for my comedy ticket, and had a nice buzz on with the alcohol I brought and drank. It was fun. On Memorial Day weekend, I go back to Foxwoods, this time with my buddy John. Should be a blast, we haven't been in the same room since the Pats won their first Super Bowl, February 2002. That's a long, long ass time.

    I don't want to go all depressing with what happened at the Boston Marathon. On the brighter side of things, my boy Emmy told me some very funny, and very offensive and way too soon jokes. So, I can always laugh at tragedies.

    Speaking of a tragedy, my Saturn has done it again. Another year it has passed the Massachusetts State Car Inspection. Got a solid D+, and no car was left behind. Thanks again you piece of shit Saturn.

    In about one hour, I'm going back to the 99 restaurant with maybe Justi, and with me will be Christa and Tom for some team trivia. Which reminded me, I never did the answers from last week. Here they are.

    Round 1:

    (1) Before becoming green, what was the color of the left field wall at Fenway? (we got this wrong)
    --Navy Blue

    (2) Who has hit the most homeruns at Fenway Park?
    --Ted Williams

    (3) Who is the right field foul post named after at Fenway?
    --Johnny Pesky
    (4) How long was the "Curse of the Bambino"?
    --86 years (1918-2004)

    (5) Who is the last Red Sox player to hit an inside the park home run?
    --Jacoby Elsbury
    (6) What does the one red bleacher seat signify at Fenway?
    --The longest homerun ever hit at Fenway, caused by Ted Williams

    (7) What team did the Sox beat to win the 2004 World Series?
    --The St. Louis Cardinals

    (8) Who was the first Red Sox pitcher to pitch two no-hitters?
    --Cy Young

    (9) Who is the very first manager of the Boston Red Sox? (No clue, we guessed Yawkey)
    --Jim Collins

    (10) How many world series have the Red Sox won in team history?
    --7 World Series titles

    Round 2: (We got these all correct with one bonus point)

    (1) What baseball themed romantic comedy stars Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore?
    --Fever Pitch

    (2) What crop is cut to make the field in "Field of Dreams"?
    --Corn

    (3) What is the real name of "The Beast" that gets the Babe Ruth baseball in "The Sandlot"?
    --Hercules

    (4) What team is Kit traded to in "A League of Their Own"?
    --Racine Belles

    (5) Besides "Field of Dreams", what are the other Kevin Costner baseball movies (3 titles, 3 points)
    --Bull Durham, For The Love of The Game, The Upside of Anger, and Chasing Dreams

    (6) Name the movie about a minor league pitcher coaching a little league team of misfits.
    --Bad News Bears

    (7) What actor plays Rob Hobbs in "The Natural"?
    --Robert Redford

    (8) What's the name of the movie about a 12 year old that inherits the Minnesota Twins?
    --Little Big League

    (9) What Brad Pitt movie is about winning baseball using computer analysis?
    --Moneyball

    (10) What movie does a kid break his arm, leading him to become a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs?
    --Rookie of the Year

    Round 3: (We had a two-point lead, and we went straight off the rails in this round)

    (1) Name the last Red Sox player to play in all 162 games? Dustin Pedroia, Nomar Garciaparra, or Dwight Evans?
    --Dwight Evans

    (2) What year was the creation of the mascot "Wally, the Green Monster"?
    --1997

    (3) He was All-American 3 times at Georgia Tech, won the starting job of Catcher for the Sox, and now consults for the team. Who is this person?
    --Jason Varitek

    (4) Before Jason Varitek, who was the last Red Sox captain?
    --Jim Rice

    (5) Who caused a 15-minute break due to a standing ovation while throwing out the first pitch at Fenway in July of 1999?
    --Ted Williams (at the '99 All-Star Game)

    (6) Who coined the phrase, "Cowboy Up!"?
    --Kevin Millar

    (7) What song is sung during the 7th inning stretch, specifically at Fenway?
    --Mildly shenangins, she meant "Sweet Caroline", but that's done in the 8th. "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is still done in the 7th. Either answer got the point.

    (8) What are the two snacks in the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"?
    --Peanuts & Crackerjacks

    (9) How much does a Fenway Frank cost?
    --$4.00

    (10) As of 7pm on 4-11-13, what is the current record of the Sox this season?
    --They were 5-3 last week.

    Hopefully all did well. Still so pissed that I missed Red Sox tickets by one point.

    Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

    I think when we eventually find the person that caused the bombs to go off at the Boston Marathon, we should go old school and tar and feather the asshole. Then, parade him around next St. Patrick's Day and allow anyone who has taken their two-drink minimum to punch the fucker out. Boston Strong!
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