Friday, February 27

House of Cards Season 3 - some spoilers

Game time, woot woot. House of Cards season 3 went live this morning and I have been gearing up all day for 4p to start the marathon. Also, a mild-spoiler live blogging if you will.

May the butchery begin..


Chapter 27:
Hot damn. A surprised guess, which will surprise most I think becomes the focus of this one. And boy it is painful to watch. It is interesting to see where the players from last season are, even more interesting on who was not shown in the first episode. If this episode is any indication season 3 will be starting out very slow.
Finished February 27 at 5pm

Chapter 28:

And we are back with the Underwoods. The most awkward sex scene I have ever seen. A West Wing reference. "When the gale is blowing at full force, there is no point of changing course." Entitlements and a pretty real speech. Maybe on to the Claire show?
Finished February 27 at 5:55pm

Chapter 29:
My glasses are off, hot dogs are eaten, nachos made and game on for the next one. "You cannot turn a no to a yes with out a maybe in between." Russia! And world politics are in the mix. Beer Pong in the White House. And a whole bunch of policy.
Finished February 27 at 6:44pm

Chapter 30:
Bag pipes. I hate to say this, but this is becoming slightly, if no totally unrealistic. Some grasp of reality is needed to keep folks engaged. Dodging gay rights? Some great Church talk. Some great Church imagery. God's ear.
Finished February 27 at 7:27pm

Chapter 31:
Mayor of DC. Remy is nothing this season so far. I am bored. Russia for Raymond Tusk, no deal. Yes, they are smoking together. AmWORKS. And a wonderful BBQ reference.
Finished February 27 at 8:15pm

Chapter 32:
Marijuana. The Sentinel. Totally bored now. When the two main characters have too much power there is no conflict.
Finished February 27 at 9:02pm

Ok, I am going to bed for a bit.
That nap lasted longer than I thought it was going to.

Chapter 33:
A marriage in trouble. I enjoyed this one more than the last couple surprisingly.
Finished February 28 at 6:50am

Chapter 34:

Hurricane. No Hurricane. Hurricane?
Finished February 28 at 7:45am

Chapter 35:
A whole lot of political talk. I liked it a bunch. FREDDY. 2016 baby. War maybe? And totally convinced this season is about Doug.
Finished February 28 at 8:31am

Chapter 36:
Russia, arghhhhh! Over there. Putin...I mean Petrov. The Underwood and Petrov exchange is simply mesmerizing. I miss Frank talking to us, jealous maybe? You know what, truly, some of the best dialogue as a whole in this episode than I have ever watched. "Everyone is hurting."
Finished February 28 at 9:25am

Chapter 37:
DEBATE TIME! And a freaking dirty debate at that. Seven years and a surprise. It also seems the last 5 episodes have been about everyone figuring out their lives. More over slightly nostalgic for last seasons love affairs, maybe even closing some of these loop. Not complaining, just saying.
Finished February 28 at 10:15am

Chapter 38:
What is the book about? Claire for President? DOUG. IS. BACK. In style. And a heart to heart between Frank and Claire.
Finished February 28 at 11:00am

Chapter 39:
AND HERE WE GO.
A great opening song and scene. Wowzers. UNDERWOOD. Dissension in the ranks. A marriage truly in trouble. Tying up loose ends. AND THE END.
Finished February 28 at 11:56am

Tuesday, February 24

Lost Cause ~ Beck



Your sorry eyes cut through the bone
They make it hard to leave you alone
Leave you here wearing your wounds
Waving your guns at somebody new

Baby you're lost
Baby you're lost
Baby you're a lost cause

There's too many people you used to know
They see you coming they see you go
They know your secrets and you know theirs
This town is crazy; nobody cares

Baby you're lost
Baby you're lost
Baby you're a lost cause

I'm tired of fighting
I'm tired of fighting
Fighting for a lost cause

There's a place where you are going
You ain't never been before
No one left to watch your back now
No one standing at your door
That's what you thought love was for

Baby you're lost
Baby you're lost
Baby you're a lost cause

I'm tired of fighting
I'm tired of fighting
Fighting for a lost cause

Sunday, February 22

City Slickers Explaining Life



Jack Palance:  "Do you know what the secret of life is?  One thing.  Just one thing.  You stick to that and everything else don't mean shit."
Billy Crystal:  "Yeah, but what's that one thing?"
Jack Palance:  "That's what you've got to figure out."

Saturday, February 21

Avery 5 Pillars of Life

If you have read this in the past you can see the trend that I, at times, am anally retentive. I tend to write everything down; I do keep a journal, I have a very detailed budget; and to the point of this post, I keep a detailed track of every day life.

I call it the The Avery 5 Pillars Of Life (I see your eyes rolling).

It is very simple. I have broken a typical day into five categories : Job/Education, Finances, Love Life, Family/Friends, and the Day.

Each category is rated per day on a scale from 2 through -2, with 2 being the best possible day in a given category and -2 being the worst possible day in a given category. For example a 0 would be a typical day with nothing exciting happening, a 1/-1 would be a slightly better/worse day, and 2/-2 would be the absolute best/worse day.

So, a break down of points you ask, sure. At most a day can receive a 10 and at least it can receive a -10. Further, a year can at most be a 3,650 and at least -3,650 (yes, leap years are odd balls, being keeping it simple.)

So in conclusion - my life is great and I have no complaints.
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I have been keeping track since 2008 and with over three points of reference I can point out trends :

Best day(s): January 1-3, December 14 and 25.
Worse Day(s): March 19, 22, April 3, and June 11-13
Best Month: January
Worse Month: March
Best Year: 2008
Worse Year: 2012

Average day: 1.9
Average Year: 711.9

As with many money is the biggest obstacle I have, followed closely by love. With the best just being the overall day.

So...judge now I guess...

Wednesday, February 4

Friends - A Decade of Amazingness


I finally got a chance to watch all 10 seasons of Friends consecutively (thank you Nichole!!). I amazed at how much it reminded me of the 90s, my teens, friendships, the firsts and how Jennifer Aniston was my first real crush. FEELINGS!

I remember watching when it originally came out, in pieces and trying to place plot lines together. Then as I got older watching reruns and some plots making more since. Now, after finishing all of them, so much makes sense. Perfect example, where the hell did the duck and chicken come from.

Which also highlights an amazing piece of the show, the ability to connect every season, an area most shows just cannot do. Sure it easy to connect character, and love interest; but the ability to keep two animals going for years is incredible. Or Janice, she came pack at the pitch perfect points.

The viewer can also see growth among the characters throughout the decade. You can see Ross grow into the person you are cheering for at the end to get the girl, regardless of how annoying he may have become. Or Rachel, oh sweet Rachel, how her material nature evolves into the strength of the show. AND OH MY GOD, Monica and Chandler, watching their love form and grow is pretty impressive television.



Simply put the cast worked, the chemistry was amazing. Every piece of it makes sense. Every character made sense and were truly apart of your life. At any given point I can see myself, or a friend, or a family member in each character or moment. Truly impressive.

And Gosh darn I loved Jennifer Aniston.

Tuesday, January 27

James Blunt ~ Same Mistake



Saw the world turning in my sheets and once again I cannot sleep.
Walk out the door and up the street; look at the stars beneath my feet.
Remember rights that I did wrong, so here I go.
Hello, hello. There is no place I cannot go.
My mind is muddy but my heart is heavy. Does it show?
I lose the track that loses me, so here I go.
And so I sent some men to fight, and one came back at dead of night.
Said he'd seen my enemy. Said he looked just like me,
So I set out to cut myself and here I go.
I'm not calling for a second chance,
I'm screaming at the top of my voice.
Give me reason but don't give me choice.
'Cause I'll just make the same mistake again.
And maybe someday we will meet, and maybe talk and not just speak.
Don't buy the promises 'cause, there are no promises I keep.
And my reflection troubles me, so here I go.
I'm not calling for a second chance,
I'm screaming at the top of my voice.
Give me reason but don't give me choice.
'Cause I'll just make the same mistake,
I'm not calling for a second chance,
I'm screaming at the top of my voice.
Give me reason but don't give me choice.
'Cause I'll just make the same mistake again.
Saw the world turning in my sheets and once again I cannot sleep.
Walk out the door and up the street; look at the stars.
Look at the stars fall down.
And wonder where did I go wrong.

Sunday, January 25

"After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn't it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings." ~Richard Dawkins