Happy Thanksgiving

Today is of course Thanksgiving. A time foreveryone to give thanks for all that they are thankful for and a time to be with family and friends.

I’m thankful for a lot of things, but most of all I’m thankful for my family.  Today I’m going to be celebrating Thanksgiving with my parents, my two sisters and their families.

This is also a time to remember those who can not be with us, like those who have passed. So I’m thinking about my great grandmother (who didn’t like being called that), my grandfather (one grandfather is still living), and two grandmothers as well as my little brother Joe.

So from my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.

Never write when you are angry

I believe there is an old saying somewhere that says that when you are angry or upset, or something like that. Anyway I believe that is the right thing to do.

Over the past few days there has been a few things that have annoyed me and I’ve thought about blogging about it, however if I had then the post would have been filled with a lot of bad words and probably wouldn’t have done anything.

So I’ve been practicing the just sleeping on it and waiting to the next day and see if it’s worth writing about it, which so far it hasn’t been worth it.

Therefore if anyone has been wondering why I haven’t been writing any posts then that’s why. Well, that and I have been trying to think of stuff to blog about.

My Picks for the People’s Choice Awards 2015

The People’s Choice Awards are January 7th, 2015 on CBS.  Below are my votes. You can cast your vote here.

 

FAVORITE MOVIE – 22 Jump Street

FAVORITE MOVIE Actor – Mark Wahlberg

FAVORITE MOVIE Actress – Melissa McCarthy

FAVORITE MOVIE Duo – Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum

FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE – Divergent

FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE ACTOR – Mark Wahlberg

FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE ACTRESS –  Shailene Woodley

FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE – 22 Jump Street

FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTOR – Adam Sandler

FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTRESS –  Melissa McCarthy

FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE – Heaven Is For Real

FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTOR – Robert Downey Jr

FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTRESS – Reese Witherspoon

FAVORITE FAMILY MOVIE –

FAVORITE Thriller MOVIE –

FAVORITE TV Show – The Big Bang Theory or NCIS  (I couldn’t decide because I like them both)

FAVORITE NETWORK TV COMEDY – The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Comedic TV Actor – Jim Parsons

Favorite Comedic TV Actress – Kaley Cuoco – Sweeting

Favorite Network TV Drama – Chicago Fire

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor – Taylor Kinney

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress – Emily VanCamp

Favorite Cable TV Comedy – Melissa & Joey

Favorite Cable TV Drama – Rizzoli & Isles

Favorite Cable TV Actor – Matt Bomer

Favorite Cable TV Actress – Angie Harmon

Favorite TV Crime Drama – The Mentalist

Favorite  Crime Drama TV Actor – Simon Baker

Favorite  Crime Drama TV Actress – Robin Tunney

FAVORITE NETWORK SCI-FI/FANTASY TV SHOW –  I don’t usually watch SCI-FI Shows.

FAVORITE CABLE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV SHOW –  The Show I liked wasn’t a Nominee and see above.

FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTOR –   See above.

FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTRESS – Jennifer Morrison

FAVORITE COMPETITION TV SHOW –  I don’t like Competition shows.

FAVORITE DAYTIME TV HOST(S) – Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan

FAVORITE LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST – Jimmy Fallon

FAVORITE DRAMEDY – Suits

FAVORITE TV ICON – Mark Harmon

Favorite TV Duo – Nathan Fillion & Stana Katic

FAVORITE TV CHARACTER WE MISS MOST – Dr. Lance Sweets (Bones)

FAVORITE ACTOR IN A NEW TV SERIES – Scott Bakula

FAVORITE ACTRESS IN A NEW TV SERIES –

FAVORITE SKETCH COMEDY TV SHOW – Saturday Night Live

FAVORITE ANIMATED TV SHOW – The Simpsons

FAVORITE NEW TV COMEDY – Black-ish

FAVORITE NEW TV DRAMA – Forever

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST –  Blake Shelton

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – Taylor Swift

FAVORITE GROUP – Imagine Dragons

FAVORITE BREAKOUT ARTIST – Megan Trainor

FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST – Tim McGraw

FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST – Miranda Lambert

FAVORITE COUNTRY GROUP – Florida Georgia Line

FAVORITE POP ARTIST – Taylor Swift

FAVORITE HIP-HOP ARTIST – Drake

FAVORITE R&B ARTIST – Usher

FAVORITE ALBUM – Ghost Stories (Coldplay)

FAVORITE SONG – “All About That Bass” Megan Trainor

 

Little Known Fact about Me

Like I said in my first post, I’m the quiet person. So I don’t broadcast that much about myself, even to those closest to me. Well that’s not exactly true, the teddy bear I had as a child knows a lot about me LOL.

But yeah, not a lot of people know some stuff about me. Though I promise none of the stuff I’ve kept private is bad.

Okay well the little know fact probably isn’t anything exciting, some of you will probably think ‘Oh, that’s nothing.’

Anyway, a few years ago I became an ordained online minister.  I bet a few of you are thinking ‘Okay so what?’ and how those probably aren’t even real.

Now I’m not going to all of a sudden get all religious on you or anybody else. Everybody has their own views on religion, and I’m not going to try to change that.

My beliefs, for anyone who is wondering, is that there is a heaven and hell. I’m not convinced that there is a god but I leave open the room to be someday proven wrong. If that is possible. Also I’m baptized Episcopalian, my father’s church, but I myself haven’t been to church since I was a little kid. (Sunday School age as far as I recall)

I wasn’t dared to become an ordained online minister or was made to do it, I did it just for doing it.

Well there is one little know fact about me.

Oh and here is a copy of my ordination credential.

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Who should the Yankees get?

Now is Major League Baseball’s off-season, a time when teams make trades and sign free agents. It’s a time when fans start wondering what their favorite teams may end up doing. My favorite team is the New York Yankees. (Once upon a time it was the Boston Red Sox’s)

I don’t speculate on what a team should do, especially the Yankees since I’m still annoyed that they traded for Alex Rodriguez.

But I do however wonder the question, Who should the Yankees get?

In my honest opinion, I don’t think the Yankees should get anybody; at least nobody other than maybe a new starting pitcher. I only think that since to me the Yankees were alright last season, they were just hurt by the injuries to their starting pitching corp.

Of course with Derek Jeter retiring, there are probably a few people who would be thinking, are you nuts with Jeter gone there is a hold at Shortstop that needs to be filled. My answer to that would be that I have no idea who the Yankees have at shortstop in their minor league system, maybe they have someone in their system that can easily replace Jeter so they wouldn’t have to worry about either trading or sign someone. Or maybe the Yankees can make a deal with Stephen Drew, he’s a shortstop. I mean who knows maybe the Yankees thought of him as a replacement for Jeter when they acquired him from the Red Sox’s last season.

Yes I know that sounds like me speculating on what the Yankees should do this off-season, but that wasn’t my intent.

Anyway all I wonder who should the Yankees get, other then probably a reliable starting pitcher?

A Retraction to my post ‘When did winning become so important….and what makes a Champion?’

As the title states, this is a retraction to my earlier post ‘When did winning become so important….and what makes a Champion?’.

In the post I stated how the Chase for the Sprint Cup was created in part because the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion had won the championship without winning a race. That turns out to be false. The 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Roush Racing’s Matt Kenseth, had won one race that year.

Apparently, contrary to what I had been lead to believe, there has never been a NASCAR Sprint Cup champion (Either in the Grand National Division Era, Winston Cup Era, or Nextel Cup Era) that has won the championship but never won a race.

Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, the day we honor all the veterans, both men and woman, that have served in America’s Armed Forces. We also honor those that are in the Armed Forces that are currently serving on active duty all over the world, to protect our freedom.

It’s not only America that uses this day to honor their Veterans or Active Duty service members. Countries all around the world use this day or days around this day to honor their Veterans and Active Service members.

Besides being the day for honoring veterans and active duty service members, today is also the day that World War I ended.

So today honor a veteran in your family or that you know, and if one has passed then use today to remember them as well as their service and sacrifice for our country.

And if you happen to be a veteran or on actice duty, thank you for your service.

New York State will only go Republican when an Apocalypse happens

The elections are over and the citizens of New York State have re-elected Democrat Andrew Cuomo for Governor. Well that is if you don’t look at the breakdown of voting by counties, then you’d see that the Republicans would have won since 46 of the 62 counties went Republican. Basically it seems that whoever wins the voters of New York City will win the office of governor.

Anyway, there seem to be a lot of people who do not like that do not like that Cuomo was re-elected. Me included but I wasn’t surprised that he won since New York is historically a Democrat state (or Blue state) hence the title of this blog.

So it got me thinking what it would take for a Republican to win the office again, the last Republican Governor for New York was George Pataki who led the state from 1995 to 2006. The short answer to my question was an Apocalypse, yes that’s right I believe the only way I see a Republican winning the seat of New York Governor is if a huge Apocalypse happens.

Since as I said before New York City seems to be the swing place, and New York City voters seem to always vote Democrat, just look at their latest Mayor, then you would have to put a huge scare into them to vote for the opposite party. That is why I believe only an Apocalypse of either financial, natural disaster, or biblical would have to happen in order for the Republicans to win.

One reason for my thinking is, other then everyone seeming to dislike the Democrats because of President Obama, is that the last two Democratic Governors had less than stellar terms in office. Eliot Spitzer resigned after half a term because of a prostitution scandal, then his Lieutenant Governor David Paterson had to contend with a power struggle between Democrats and Republicans in the State legislature, then he had problems over nominating a Lieutenant Governor and then a small scandal over Yankees tickets. His term too was half a term. However in Mr. Paterson’s defense, I have the feeling that Democrats didn’t really like him and only saw him as a placeholder either until Cuomo was ready to run or someone else who had the political muscle in the Democratic party was ready to run. (This is probably the only time I’d come to the defense of a Democrat.)

So if that wasn’t enough to scare people away from voting Cuomo into office the first time, then why would a seemingly whole country turn away from the Democratic party change New York voters mind. That is why I believe only a Apocalypse would change the voters minds.

Now I know I that I’m probably being over dramatic but being that I’m a registered Republican (Did I forget to mention that earlier?) that is honestly the only way I see the New York Governorship turning red, or even either of the two Senate seats.

When did winning become so important….and what makes a Champion?

I know people like to win, but when did it become so important to people. Like it’s the only thing that a person should do.

When I was younger, I remember being taught that you should go out there and do your best and if you win then you win.

The reason I’m wondering this is because of recent events in Nascar. For those who may not know what Nascar is, it’s basically a sport (though many don’t consider it a sport since the drivers sit in cars) where drivers race a stock version of a regular street car around a racetrack from anywhere from 90 to 200 MPH (Depending on the track)

Really I think my questioning winning being so important started back when Nascar changed their Playoff format (Called Chase For the Sprint Cup) so that basically only a driver who has won a race could compete for the Championship. Since a few drivers won multiple races in the 26 race ‘Regular Season’ a few drivers advanced because of points.

Anyway the new Playoff system has created some controversy lately from fans being unhappy that the champion may be a driver who hasn’t won a race the whole season, or at least until this point (there are two races left) to drivers seeming to be a bit too aggressive going for the race win to advance to the next round. A round equals three races, the winners of the first two races advance to the next round no matter how they finish in the next two races. This upcoming race would be the last race in the last round before they set the final four who will be eligible to compete for the championship in the final race of the season.

Now as I’ve said on Twitter, Nascar isn’t like other sports who base who can compete for their championships on wins because in Racing they get points for every race no matter where they finish whether it be first place of last place. Not to mention in Racing you get points for leading a lap or most laps led and in some series you get points for where you qualified. In Baseball, Football, Basketball, etc; you get credited with a win or a loss depending on who had the higher score. That means that no matter what you in racing there is a chance that your champion may be a driver didn’t win.

It probably has a low probability of happening, I mean in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series I believe it only happened twice and the last time which was in 2003 was one reason they (NASCAR) created the Chase For the Sprint Cup. The other was that a new series title sponsor was coming aboard in The Nextel Corporation and they wanted to have the Nextel era be a bit different from the RJ Reynolds Winston Era.

As I said this whole questioning started three weeks ago but it really had me thinking after an incident between Nascar Sprint Cup Drivers Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon last week at Texas Motor Speedway.

Brad who drivers the number 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion for Penske Racing and needed to win to advance in the championship because he’s at the bottom of the the eight who are currently eligible to advance at the end of the round, tried to get through a gap between the leader and the number 24 of Gordon.

Gordon is higher in points then Brad and would have been safe, barring any incident in the next race, to transferring into the final four.

Anyway after a little scuffle between Gordon, Brad, and crew members from both teams after the race had ended, which left Brad a little battered. Brad gave a statement where he said that he was there to win.

There were 42 other drivers, the Sprint Cup field is made up of 43 drivers, there besides him that wanted to win just like he did. but you didn’t see the lowest running car on the lead lap out there forcing their way to the front so he could win.

Now to be far I’m not a big Brad Keselowski fan so if it sounds like I’m a bit too biased against him thats why. Though for the record I’d be saying/thinking the same thing if it had been any other driver out there.

What kind of annoys me to is that Brad is also a former Champion, having won in 2012. It annoys me because even if he’s racing for the win, he’s a former champion and therefore should know when there is an appropriate time to make a move and how to act.

That brings me to another question. What makes a Champion?

Many Nascar fans have been saying recently that the champion needs to be a driver who has won this season, just like the aforementioned sports. A few have even made reference that the champion should be the driver with the most wins.

To me it doesn’t matter how many wins a champion has, I mean both the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals were wild card teams this year (which means they had fewer wins than the Division winners) yet they still got to play in the World Series. To me a Champion is a person who plays their sport well and knows how to act appropriately, and someone who mans up and admits when they did something wrong and understands why someone is mad at them. Those are qualities that Brad hasn’t seemed to show in the last three weeks, he even admitted on television three weeks ago that he didn’t understand why two other drivers (Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth) were mad at him. That’s why I don’t think Brad deserves to have been champion in 2012.

Brad’s attitude towards winning being above everything, makes me fearful that his fans especially the younger ones, will fail to learn the basic fundamentals of good sportsmanship that I and so many others have been taught and play by just because their favorite driver doesn’t follow them.

First Post

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a while now, but never started it because I really don’t know what to say.

I mean I’ve imagined what I would say in my first post a few times, but now that I’m actually writing it I can’t seem to get those words to come to my mind.

This to me is something new, and probably some what out of character for me. Normally quiet and keep my thoughts to myself.

The only thing I ask is that you don’t ask me to describe myself, because normally I’m not good with that.