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Random Friday Thoughts — October 23, 2015

Happy Friday!  It’s been a month since I posted some “Random Friday Thoughts”, so here are a few.

It’s time to put the final touches on your Halloween costumes and stock up on candy that you buy for yourself and the candy you hand out to trick-or-treaters.

Gretel Halloween

Yes, that’s Gretel from a few years ago!  Visions of “The Walking Dead” are dancing through my head.

“HALLOWEEN” IS STILL MY FAVORITE

John Carpenter’s “Halloween” is still my all-time favorite horror movie and Michael Myers still rules 37 years later (and he hasn’t aged one bit!).

Michael

I’ve always wanted to be in a “Halloween” sequel and a new one is coming to theaters next year — without me!  It’s being shot this fall.

CHECK OUT THIS HALLOWEEN MOVIE

While we all have our favorite scary movies (if you like them), the little seen “Hellbent” from 2005 is one that I make sure that I watch ever fall.

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While it didn’t become a blockbuster, it has some great pedigree.  It’s from the co-creator of “Halloween” and the executive producer of “A Nightmare on Elm Street”.

SOMETHING SCARIER THAN HALLOWEEN…

… Presidential politics!

DT Masks

A new Quinnipiac poll yesterday shows that Donald Trump no longer leads in the Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus.

An even scarier candidate, Dr. Ben Carson has jumped to 28 points with Trump at 20 and Marco Rubio in third with 13.

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Up until now, I thought that Jeb Bush would be the Republican nominee, but now I think it’ll be Rubio!

By the way, if a Rubio is going to be in the White House, I vote for Paulina Rubio (even though she wasn’t born in the United States)!

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BIGGEST THREAT TO POLITICIANS — INTERNS?

After the poll came out showing Trump had fallen behind Carson in Iowa, this tweet came across Trump’s Twitter feed.

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Trump now claims it was an “intern” that posted it.

Maybe people should manage their own social media — it’s always the “intern”!

Again, another case of the lack of responsibility!  And, there are hearings today about Benghazi?

Oh, about that…

LAST POLITICAL COMMENT TODAY

Like the email server controversy, I’m ready for the Republican House-led Benghazi hearings with Hillary Clinton to be over and for people to get the answers they need.

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Many think (not just me and not just Democrats) that these hearings are being held now to sidetrack Hillary’s bid to be president.

Look at this graph of attacks on U.S. diplomats.  More have happened under which side’s control of the country?

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Are you not convinced?  In January, just two weeks ahead of the Iowa Caucus, director Michael Bay (the “Transformers” series) will be releasing a Benghazi movie!

Coincidence in timing?  I think not!

FALL TELEVISION — HITS AND MISSES

How are your television favorites this season and what new shows are you watching?

I’m really enjoying the new hits, “Quantico” (ABC) and “Limitless” (CBS).

I love the quirkiness of “Limitless” and the character, Brian Finch.  If that wasn’t enough, actor Jake McDorman is so sexy!

I plan on getting around to checking out the new season of “Fargo” and the series, “Wicked City” and “The Man in the High Castle”.

“Scream Queens” is entertaining if you love camp — deliciously bad!

As for my returning favorites, I think “How To Get Away With Murder” is even better this season than it was in the over-the-top incredible first season.

How the heck are we going to get to this teased ahead shocker???? I can’t wait to find out!

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I’m still loving “Madam Secretary” and the sixth season of “The Walking Dead” is off to a refreshing (and violent) start.

The Walking Dead

I’m reserving my judgement on the Lady Gaga-led “American Horror Story: Hotel” and after three episodes, I’m on the fence about liking the return of “Empire”.

Empire

The first season was fresh and exciting.  This season just seems tired even with the amazing Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett.  I even loved the music of the first season more than the new music this season.

Let’s hope it changes before I abandon the show.

READY FOR MOVIE POPCORN!

We’re approaching the end of October and I still haven’t been to the movie theater this year!  I’m missing my movie popcorn and free refill.

There are two movies I want to see out now and I think I may see one of them this weekend.

I want to see “The Martian” with Matt Damon, but I’m putting my money on “Sicario” with an Oscar-buzzed performance by Emily Blunt.

ROBIN WILLIAMS’ LAST ON-SCREEN MOVIE

We watched “Boulevard”, the late actor’s last on-screen movie role, just out on DVD, and it’s very touching.

It features heartbreaking performances from both Williams and Kathy Baker (“Picket Fences”).  Also, relative newcomer Roberto Aguire stands out as Leo, the man that helps Williams’ Nolan Mack to re-evaluate his life at 60.

A must see!

GRADE:  A-

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

While you may be thinking of the candy rush of Halloween, I’m already salivating over turkey and cheesecake for Thanksgiving.

Our Turkey 2012

But, Christmas is also right around the corner.

I just bought LeAnn Rimes’ “Today is Christmas” album, but the one that I’m really excited for and counting down to (November 13th) is “Kylie Christmas” by Kylie Minogue.

Kylie Christmas

The deluxe edition not only comes with extra songs, but a DVD, too!

CHRISTMAS WOULDN’T BE CHRISTMAS

There are three albums that instantly come to mind when I think of Christmas and two of those artists are featured in this one video!

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without these staples:  “Christmas” by Michael Buble, “Merry Christmas” from Mariah Carey featuring the incredible “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Christmas Portrait” by the Carpenters!

‘Tis the season early!

PICK HIT

24-year-old Alvaro Soler of Barcelona, Spain, is ready to move beyond Europe and take the United States and the world by storm.

Alvaro Soler

His debut album, “Eterno Agosto” came out this past summer to moderate success in Italy and Switzerland.

The first single, “El Mismo Sol” topped the charts in Italy and Poland and the song hit the Top Ten in Austria, Belgium, Finland, and Spain.

The song now has a bilingual version subtitled, “Under The Same Sun” featuring Jennifer Lopez and is currently at #22 on the Billboard Latin Airplay chart here in the U.S.

I’m still waiting for the full version, but here’s the amazing teaser.

The song is so uplifting (both versions) and to feature these two beautiful people makes it even better.

Here’s the original version.

I hope that Alvaro becomes a huge star in America.  There’s enough love for him and Enrique Iglesias!

FINAL THOUGHTS

As always, I appreciate you checking out my random thoughts.  If you agree with me on something, let me know.  If you don’t, tell me, too.  We can disagree — diplomatically.

And, since I mentioned Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas today, this sums it up.

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Have a great weekend.

Anthony

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Random Friday Thoughts — February 22, 2013

Good Friday morning!  If you live across Iowa or Illinois, you have new snow this morning, but it could have been worse.  If you still have to work or go to school, be careful out there.  More on the departing snow and the possibility of another one coming up early next week shortly, but I’ve got some other random thoughts to share.  And, the first one is awesome.

HAPPY 4th ANNIVERSARY RAY!

Ray and Anthony -- LV -- January 2013

I’m not sure about you, but we have two anniversaries — the day we met and started dating and the day we got married, September 30, 2011.  (Gretel and I will have our 4-year “friendaversary” in April.  Yes, I waited two months before I was ready to meet her.)

It was four years ago today that Ray, ABBA, and I met.  We always mark that date with lunch at Exotic Thai, the scene of the crime for our first public date.  So, I’ll be having pumpkin curry for lunch today as we continue that tradition.

Anniversary Lunch

This picture was taken atop the Stratosphere in late January 2013 with Las Vegas sprawled out behind us.

SNOW, SNOW, & MORE SNOW

Before last night and this morning’s snow, we had only picked up 12.2″ of snow this winter in the Quad Cities.  Officially, 2.8″ fell from this storm at the Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois.  Here are some other official and unofficial totals:  3.2″ Davenport (IA); 4.9″ Dubuque (IA); 6″ Iowa City (IA), and 6.3″ Keokuk (IA).  As you can see, most snowfall amounts were between 2-6″.

You have to admit that the snow from last night is pretty.  Gretel got up this morning and started looking out the windows to see if there was enough snow to cancel school!

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While we’ll see some light snow or flurries today, quiet weather is on tap this weekend with highs around 30° Saturday and 30-35° Sunday, which will allow for a little melting.

Another system coming in Monday could bring a rain/snow mix that will change over to snow during the day and then another accumulating snow Monday night and Tuesday.  More on that later in the weekend closer to the storm.  No need just yet to hype it up like some forecasters do.

But here’s how it’s depicted on two different computer models at noon Monday:  the GFS (first) and the NAM (second).

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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So, just like that you didn’t think about the snow outside for a moment and were thinking of summer and going fishing, right?

20TH CENTURY FOX, GET OFF THE “PICKET FENCES”

Back in the early 1990s before moving to Chicago, my two favorite shows on television were “Melrose Place” on Fox and “Picket Fences” on CBS.

Picket Fences

The drama, created by David E. Kelley, ran from 1992-1996 and won 14 Emmy Awards during its four years, including “Best Dramatic Series” two years in a row.  It followed the lives of Sheriff Jimmy Brock (Tom Skerritt) and his wife, Jill (Kathy Baker), the town doctor, and all of the weird happenings in fictional Rome, Wisconsin.

This video shows some of the best, or worse, of lawyer Douglas Wambaugh (Fyvush Finkel).

Once I moved to Chicago in the summer of 1994 and started having a real life (sorry, Kentucky life!), I didn’t watch the series until its conclusion.  And, I wasn’t alone.  In the first three years on the air, an average of 9.5 million people tuned in.  In its last season, that number dropped to 7 million.

Now that the DVD market is oversaturated with almost every past television show, I want to know why 20th Century Fox released the first season in 2007, but never released seasons 2-4?  I have no reason to buy that first season and not know if I’ll see the rest of it.  So, if someone at 20th Century Fox reads this, please make the rest of “Picket Fences” available for fans of the series.  I’ll buy it!

PEEPS’ ’80s FRIDAY FLASHBACK

Bon Jovi Versace 50

This is Jon Bon Jovi.  I wish I could look like that at 50!  Heck, I don’t even look like that in my 40s!!!!!!!!!

Bon Jovi 1980s

And, this is what he looked liked in the 1980s when he and his band started their chart run that produced 17 Top 40 Hot 100 hits (ten of those reached the Top Ten and four reached #1).  Bon Jovi would have two solo hits in 1990, including the #1 song, “Blaze of Glory”.

Bon Jovi has sold more than 135 million albums world-wide.  Their biggest album was 1986’s “Slippery When Wet”, which sold 28 million copies around the world.  It also produced three Top Ten hits, two of which were back-to-back number one hits, “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Livin’ On A Prayer”.

THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS THE FUTURE

I’ve had some success picking future hits.  Early last year, I picked “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen and I think, by now, you’ve heard it a few thousand times.  I also picked Chris Wallace’s “Remember When (Push Rewind)” and Marina and the Diamonds “How To Be A Heartbreaker”.  Both are getting some radio airplay even now.  As a matter of fact, Wallace is in the Top 25 on the airplay chart.

My pick hit today is catching fire at Top 40 radio.  It’s “Alive” by the Chicago electronic dance band, Krewella.  The trio formed in 2007 and their first full-length album will be released this summer.  With the recent radio successes of EDM dance artists like Calvin Harris and David Guetta, I think there’s room for a few more like Zedd, Martin Solveig, Madeon, and Krewella.

 WEEKEND PLANS

Now that the weekend is here, I hope you have some fun things planned.  As far as I know, we don’t have anything going on.  However, this is my last weekend off before I start back to work Monday.  So, I think it should be a weekend filled with movies, finishing season two of “The X-Files” and “Six Feet Under”, and checking out the Oscars.  I’ll have my Oscar picks Sunday.

Dexter Season 7

Oh, good news for “Dexter” fans that wait for the DVD to see the show.  Season 7 will be released on May 14th!  Typically, the series’ last season arrives on DVD in August just before the new season begins in September.  But, since this is the “last” season, Showtime is starting early this summer with all new episodes beginning June 30, 2013.

I guess that’s enough random thoughts for now.  Have a great weekend!

Anthony