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{May 18, 2016}   Hoarders…OMG!

You think you just collect? Really?

So…I know I’ve talked about the show Hoarders before.  Do you remember me telling you about watching it with CKM, we would be in different places and on the phone! “Oh my goodness, did you see that!” “Did that really just happen?!” I miss that, we had so much fun!

The reason I am talking about Hoarders is that when I teach class I tell the class that I look at these software applications like hoarders, then I ask “Who knows what a hoarder is?” Then…”Who watched Hoarders and felt better about themselves?!”

I tell them I look at the application like a hoarder because it tracks all information, key strokes, everything.

That inspired me to find episodes on Hulu and now I’m watching Hoarders. CKM, where are you!


{December 20, 2015}   Jessica Don’t like?

Needing new things to watch,  we decided to give Jessica Jones a go.

This is a new Netflix original series because,  let’s face it,  they need more, right?

Jessica Jones is based on the Marvel comic book series. This wasn’t a series that I read as a kid and I read a few.

Jessica Jones is about a former super hero who is reinventing herself as a private investigator. She is dark, troubled, provocative and definitely moderately off her rocker.

She has friends or had,  she turns everyone away who cares about her.  Tragic, but all the makings of a good series, right?

We started watching,  got three episodes in and we’re still not sure if we like it. There are only 13 in total, so what could it hurt?


{May 19, 2015}   Grace & Frankie

I found a new show I love and loathe all at the same time.

I don’t know if loathe is the right word, but I’ve said it, so I need to explain.

Now, I say love and loathe because it brings up so many emotions. The show has a great cast, it stars Jane Fonda as Grace, Martin Sheen as her husband, Robert, Lily Tomlin as Frankie and Sam Waterston as her husband Sol. Robert and Sol are law partners, divorce lawyers to be exact and they have been law partners for 20 years and the couples have been married for 40 years.

Now, you have the players, let me introduce you to the couples. Robert and Grace are the proverbial upper class couple, perfect house, perfectly decorated, perfectly coiffed people, always dressing the part, with two daughters, both very different, but obviously come from money. Frankie and Sol are complete opposites, down to earth, hippie, dippy, trippy with two adopted sons, one is black and they celebrate “Chanukah Eve” if that tells you anything.

This is not a spoiler alert as the description is quite clear. The first episode opens with the women at a restaurant waiting for the husbands and it is obvious that they do not really care for each other, but tolerate each other. The husbands arrive and they think they are going to tell them something about the beach house they have shared for years.

Instead, when they sit down, Robert turns to Grace and tells her “I’m leaving you”, you could have knocked her over with a feather! But wait, it gets better! “Who is she?” Grace demands. “It’s not a she, it’s a he” What? Sol says “It’s me” Excuse me?

Well, hilarity ensues as there is a bit of a food fight as the women get pissed and of course, the men thought taking them to a restaurant would keep them quiet, nope!

There are 13 episodes in the series, so far anyway, I don’t know if they’ll make a second series, and so on. Now, back to the love and loathe part…

I’m kind of glad that this show is only 13 episodes because watching the show hit a little close to home, I am able to relate to a lot of it. Now, the parts that are funny are really funny, from a comedy perspective and some real life thrown in, the sad and uncomfortable parts are really sad and uncomfortable and I’m not a huge fan of remembering what it was like when the wasband left.

What’s also interesting is the dialog, some of it is exactly what I said to the wasband and about the situation. We even tried to stay friends, that did not work, not working so much for these couples.

You get to see the show from both perspectives, the husbands who are moving on to be together and get married and the wives who are left behind to start over. It seems to be affecting Sol and Frankie more, they were closer and he still loved her, while Grace and Robert seemed to have drifted apart and were just going through the motions.

The men are planning their wedding, while the women are picking up the pieces and having to figure out how to move on, living, getting out of bed every day, dating, rediscovering who they are as people, single people and how other people, their friends and family treat them.

I think the cast is fantastic, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston are very convincing, but I am wondering if Martin Sheen has a dental implant to re-shape his mouth. Jane Fond and Lily Tomlin play their parts to a T, I think it would have been odd to see them in the opposite roles and honestly, anyone else play them.

Should you watch it? I think so, it’s pretty funny and there are a lot of things you may be able to relate to on different fronts and if you don’t like it, don’t watch or even if you don’t like it but get hooked, there are only 13 episodes, 30 minutes each, not losing too much of your life.

Let me know what you think.


{April 16, 2015}   Lip Sync Battle…LOVE IT!

I have found a new guilty pleasure and it’s name is LSB, Lip Sync Battle.

Not saying that I am going to DVR it or seek it out, but if I find it while I’m flipping channels, I’m definitely going to watch or maybe I’m going to look for it on Netflix or Hulu or YouTube. This is not an original idea, there have been lips sync contests for years, but this is just hitting at the right time.

The show is hosted by LL Cool J and has different celebrities competing against each other. I had heard about it and thought, yeah, ok, whatever, but someone posted the battle between Jimmy Fallon and The Rock and I was hooked, there is nothing like seeing Dwayne Johnson, 6’5, built massive dude lip syncing to Taylor Swift!

After The Rock did Stayin’ Alive by the BeeGees in full Saturday Night Fever style and flair, LL Cool J asked The Rock, “Were those moves natural? Were they a gift?” his answer was “g-d delivered and I signed”!

You tell me, don’t they look like they’re having fun!

How can you beat that?

Enjoy! I am!

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Today a legend was lost.

Leonard Nimoy, better known to millions of fans as Mr. Spock, from Star Trek, not to be confused with Dr. Spock, the baby expert, I’m just saying.

I remember the first time I saw Mr Spock on Star Trek, GES and I were watching on Saturday evening as kids and I have been. fan ever since. I have seen every episode of Star Trek and every movie, I know I’m probably not THE biggest fan, but I’m up there.

A bit of background about the man, the myth, the legend…He was born in Boston, Mass, to Ukrainian Jews, began performing at age 8, served in the Army Reserves in 1953 and has had an illustrious career in television, film, theater, a writer, director, musician, was there no limit to his talent.

I know a lot of people know this, but some may not, but the way he holds his hands with the fingers spread is a Jewish symbol and something he learned attending synagogue as a child.

Did you know he was a private pilot who owned his own airplane and that The Space Foundation named him the 2010 recipient of the Douglas S Morrow Public Outreach Award for creating a positive role model that inspired untold numbers of viewers to learn more about the universe. Pretty impressive, don’t you think?

His acting career included more than 134 credits? That is staying power.

Did you love him as much as I did in the new Star Trek movies? There is something about him that is lasting and timeless. And he’s a song and dance man, do you remember the few episodes Mr Spock cut loose? I do! Singing and laughing, those showed true range and were a treat to watch.

You will be missed by millions and I know there are hundreds of thousands, maybe more, of people who will miss you, Mr Spock, thank you for the memories and wherever you are, live long and prosper.

Leonard Nimoy singing about Hobbits

New and old Spock…Challenge

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{February 25, 2015}   I heart “Chuck”

Oh boy do I love this show!

Apparently on some shows, I am not a right then, when it comes out kind of girl, I am a wait until the entire show is over and then watch all the episodes in a row. Maybe that’s so I don’t have to wait a week for the next episode, yeah, that sounds good. There are some shows I used to watch every week, but now with DVR and Netflix and Hulu, why wait.

In addition, there are some shows that don’t hook me when they’re out and I stumble upon them later and then get hooked. The Sopranos, Ugly Betty, Eureka, Warehouse 13 and now Chuck.

This is a great show! I was first introduced to the star, Zachary Levi, wow I made it sound like we’re great friends! watching Less than Perfect, which he played a tool, kind of turned me off, then in Tangled, playing Flynn Rider, which I absolutely loved and now, in Chuck, I think he’s just dreamy, so funny, sweet and cute, and he plays them all very well.

The show, “When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, CIA and NSA assign two agents to protect him and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down.” It’s clever, it’s funny, it’s smart, it’s silly, I really like it. I’ve watched about 8 episodes and I’m looking forward to more!

I don’t know the rest of the cast, except for Adam Baldwin, who I also heart, but I like the rest of the cast. It’s an interesting dynamic, each group that Chuck interacts with. The government agency, getting into scrapes and going on missions, he can talk to them, mostly, wanting to maintain a normal life, but knows it’s impossible. Then there is the group he works with at Buy More,  a Best Buy knock off, all quirky and funny, sarcastic, goofy, a good contrast to what Chuck has to deal with keeping secrets.

Then there is his family, he lives with his sister and her boyfriend, Captain Awesome and his best friend from childhood, Morgan, all supportive and love Chuck, not sure how to deal with him now that he’s become secretive and evasive and think he’s that way because he’s got a new “girlfriend”, the cover he and one of the agents have, how much would that stink, not being able to really be with the person you’re supposed to be with and you both really like each other.

This was some review. Bottom line, I am loving this show and I’m excited to watch all five seasons. I hope there is a good ending, please do not spoil it for me!

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{January 21, 2014}   Sherlock

Since I just watched the latest episode of BBCs Sherlock last night, I’m going to talk about all things Sherlock…Holmes.

I’m not going to discuss every version and incarnation of Sherlock Holmes, just the ones that stick out and are most influential to me, I think that’s the word I want.

I have loved Sherlock Holmes since I was a kid, my sister would read the books, I preferred watching the TV shows and movies on this one.

Let’s start with the latest Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch, just to get this out of the way…yum-my! I find him terribly tasty on a camera, but interestingly enough, in a few interviews I have seen him in, not as attractive as when in character, I wonder if it has to do with the character or the way he presents himself, things to ponder. And have you noticed that he’s in just about everything at the moment? Sherlock, August: Osage County, Star Trek, just to name a few, in addition to the guest roles he’s had over the years.

I really like this version of Sherlock, a modern version, with Martin Freeman as Dt Watson. He’s interesting in his own way, anti-social as they all seem to play him, rude, arrogant, self-righteous, a can’t-be-bothered know-it-all, I’m better because I’m smarter than everyone, I think that about sums it up. He’s only really loved one woman and cares only for Watson in the end, quite possibly because he’s the only one who really knows Sherlock and puts up with him, he’s a buffer to the rest of the world. Oh yeah, and he and his brother Microft are always thorns in each other’s sides, but would still do anything for the other.

I like the thought process, what goes through his mind as he “works things out”, to see everything mapped out for us as he is thinking it, it’s almost dizzying and yet, everything he says eventually makes senses. His powers of observation are uncanny, well, anyone who plays Sherlock Holmes has the same powers.

It’s new, it’s edgy and it’s good fun, I recommend it highly. Both Holmes and Watson blog, how could I not love it? Each episode is about 1.5 hours, almost a mini movie and well worth it, there are only three to four episodes per season.

If you have access to PBS, there is a great behind the scenes, “Unlocking Sherlock”, giving you an inside look at how they do it, came up with the idea, you find out that the actor who plays Microft, Stephen Moffat, is one of the shows creators.

The next Sherlock is Elementary, starring Johnny Lee Miller as Holmes, Lucy Liu as Watson and Aiden Quinn as LeStrade. Ie only recently started watching it, I thought it was going to be interesting when it first came out, I tried to watch an episode and didn’t make it and recently tried again and I like it.

I find this Holmes more disagreeable but likeable than most, I know, it’s weird. It’s very different because he’s in recovery and his father hired Watson to work with him on his recovery, I think that’s it, I’m in season 2 now, so forgive me if I’m way off base, but I’m looking for past episodes to get caught up. I think one of the things I like and don’t like is that it’s set in NYC, (I’m from NYC, so that part makes me happy) and again, it’s today’s time frame, which I like and find interesting and odd, same as the BBC version, embracing something different.

I have to say, when all these Sherlock Holmes movies and TV shows started popping up, I was curious and apprehensive, much the way I was when Star Trek, The Next Generation came along, I was an original Trekkie and Basil Rathbone was my Sherlock Holmes idol!

You may remember Basil Rathbone more from Robin Hood with Errol Flynn, but my first memory is with Nigel Bruce Saturday mornings watching Sherlock Holmes mysteries on TV in black and white. Hehad the hat and pipe and played violin and was the first to really show the drug addiction. Nigel Bruce was the first to play Watson as more of a bumbling, but love able sidekick and friend to Holmes.I loved the way he spoke, deduced, dressed in disguise, which you don’t see much of with Cumberbatch or Miller, but you do in Downey Jr, interesting…
I can still hear him say “Come Watson…”

Jeremy Brett played Holmes from the mid 1980s through the mid 1990s. He was in color and a much harder version and showed the dark side of Holmes’ drug addiction, touched on by Basil Rathbone, but really brought to light by Jeremy Brett. I enjoyed his version immensely, it was definitely much more serious than his predecessor, Rathbone. His Watson, played by Edward Hardwicke was pleasant and laughable, but a little more serious, following Holmes.

As far as the movies go, I am la la la loving the Robert Downey Jr movies, more traditional in terms of the time period, but modern in some of the weaponry and thinking and the one thing that seems to reflect the BBC Sherlock is the thought process, talking out how things are going to go.

On the sillier side, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother stars Gene Widler as Sigerson Holmes, Marty Feldman as Sgt Orville Stanley Sacker and Madeline Kahn as Jenny Hill. “The younger brother of the consulting detective tries to steal Sherlock’s glory by solving an important case assisted by an eccentric Scotland Yard detective and a lovely but suspicious actress.”

It’s a fun play on the Sherlock Holmes enterprise, a musical and if you like Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn and Dom DeLuise, to name a few, want to laugh and are ok with utter silly, watch this movie!

I’m sort of sorry…I didn’t realize I had that much to say on the matter! I know, me talk a lot, you’re sherlocked! Sorry, couldn’t resist!

{November 24, 2013}   Undercover Boss

I think I’ve told you, I’m not a reality show junkie, but there are a even we that I like and I found one that I liked and now it’s on Netflix! Undercover Boss.

The premise of the show is an upper level executive, generally a C-level executive goes “undercover in their own company”, trading in their ‘uptown living’ for a uniform and getting their hands dirty. Companies have included Subway, NASCARZ, Hooters, MGM Grand, NCL Cruise Lines, Direct TV.

The guise is employees think that there is a reality show, following two people who are vying for the same job. The candidate has changed their appearance and gets assigned to four different jobs to find out how people do their jobs. Some of the jobs seem simple, but turn out not to be and they find out their not as able as they think they are; the jobs range from deliveries, demolition, cleaning toilets, window washing, hot dog sales to satellite dish installation on a roof, the list goes on.

It seems like a lot of the people the candidate gets set up with has some sort of hardship, how they have been down and had struggles and brought themselves up. The biggest thing that you notice and the candidate notices is the attitude of the employees, how hard they work and how they don’t let things get to them, when life gives them lemons, they definitely make lemonade.

All these experiences help the executive get a new appreciation for their employees and their companies. Turns out that some executives can’t do some of the jobs, imagine that! Hey, the CEO of Subway Sandwiches had never worked in a sandwich shop, never made a sandwich, the CEO from Johnny Rockets was training on the grill, couldn’t even cook for himself! The CEO for a corporate cleaning company had never cleaned a toilet! (His wife was hoping he’d pick up a few tricks, he didn’t even pick up after himself!)

That same CEO from Johnny Rockets who said that he wanted to put into place an initiative that every new executive has to go down to the front lines and do those jobs before during their first week on the job, so they have the knowledge to make decisions instead of just making decisions blindly.

When I worked for OK Cafe in Atlanta,, for the first two weeks on the job, I trained at every single job before I got on the floor to wait tables; hosting cashier, runner, prep, baker, everything and I think that anyone who gets a job, especially at an executive level, just like the CEO at Johnny Rockets, should train so they understand every aspect of the company.

Working with the employees, they see the good, the bad and the ugly. They get the low down from employees even when they have issues with the company, but stick it out because they love what they do.

One of the nice things about the show is that after the week undercover, they bring the employees they were working with in the field, to the office, they think they’re going to vote on who to select for the job. They do things for those employees to help them out, whether it’s a raise, new job, maybe a mentoring program with the executive, training programs to move within the company, donation to a charity in their name, eduction, help with their families, to date, they have given over one million dollars to their employees. Bring tissues!

The end of the episode has the entire company in for an all hands meeting where they talk about their experiences undercover and give the company a chuckle by showing clips of the boss trying to do those jobs! Some of them even got fired!

What you hope, after everything, is that the executive team takes what they learned and make changes with the company, all for the positive.

I think more companies need to do this, without the incentive of a TV show, but because it’s good for the company.

{November 23, 2013}   Dr. Who

They say you never forget your first doctor…so true.

Did you see google today? It was a tribute to the Dr. Who series/franchise. There were all the doctors running back and forth and when you clicked on the doctors, you were taken to a game to play, serious fun for serious fans!

There have been countdowns and postings like crazy! And if you are a true fan, today was a huge day and no one should disturb you.

There are a few people I know who are ga-ga for the doctor and couldn’t wait! DCM’s youngest, DCM is one of those people, she la la la loves the good doctor, as does her mom, CG. How cool is this…she is such a big fan that for her birthday a few years ago, DCM, the younger, made her mom a clock with all of the doctors for the numbers…stellar, right?

As I mentioned, they say “You never forget your first doctor”. I am admittedly not a huge fan, but…I have to agree with that statement. (I have the socks to prove it!). I am a Dr. Who, Number Four fan, he was my first, sigh… Tom Baker, the fourth doctor, is, to date, the actor who has played the role the longest, seven seasons. I watched every episode I could from that time and one of my goals in life is to knit that scarf!

I don’t know why I never got into Dr. Who later in life, as I am a huge sci-fi nut and I loved the series as a kid, but I just haven’t. I listen to DCM (squared) talk about it, specifically David Tennant, who I loved in Harry Potter, among other things, he’s gotten her gifts with the doctor, I’ve posted things to her wall, but I just haven’t sat down to watch, maybe I need to.

Maybe it’s time I just “suck it up and deal”. It took me a while to get into a Star Trek TNG (The Next Generation, for those not in the know), OZ and NB sat with me while I got over my objections and then DR held my hand whenever Jean Luc Picard came on the screen sigh. After that, we spent every week together watching new episodes.

So…Who’s going to sit and hold my hand?



{November 15, 2013}   Leverage

I found one of my favorite shows on Netflix, Leverage.

The description on “A crew of high-tech crooks attempt to steal from wealthy criminals and corrupt businessmen.” Basically, they are a modern day Robin Hood and his band of merry men, they steal from the rich and give back to the poor.

The lead, Nate Ford, played by Timothy Hutton was an investigator for a big insurance company and quit when they denied a claim that would save his son. Now, he leads a group of former criminals, the people he used to chase. He is…’The Brains’.

The group consists of Sophie, ‘The Grifter’, someone who swindles ‘the mark’ through deception and fraud. She is amazing with accents, can come up with ideas on the fly, really quick on her feet.

Elliot Spencer is ‘The Hitter’, one guess what that means, let’s just say, I wouldn’t want to cross him or meet him in a dark alley, but I would want him with me in a dark alley. He doesn’t like guns and can disarm someone in the blink of an eye. As the show progresses, some of his hidden talents come out.

Parker, just Parker, is “The Thief’, she is a master at safes, locks and escaping, she can climb, dive, fly and is socially awkward.

Alec Hardison is ‘The Hacker’, he can crack, manipulate, fix anything you set before him.

People who have been wronged and can’t fight “big business” come to the group for help and as the opening says “We provide…Leverage”. They come up with the best cons to get back what was taken and take down the corporate bad dude.

As they say, “sometimes the best bad guys make the best good guys”

It’s a feel good show. I love it and when an episode is over…I feel good.

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