Let’s Go Mets

The NY Mets play their 1st play-off game since 2006 tonight in Los Angeles against the LA Dodgers in the NLDS.    It’s been a great year for the Metropolitans and I’m psyched for the game.   I have to give Terry Collins credit for the way he handled the team this year (those of you who have read my posts over the past few years know I was not a big fan) and admit that I was wrong in wanting him fired.   He kept the team together during some rough stretches and has found a way to keep the team motivated and plating some good ball.   It will be interesting to see if the Mets bats can come alive after being silent the last week of the season, but everything re-sets once the playoffs start so we will see.   They need to at least take 1 of 2 in LA against Kershaw and Greinke.


Switching gears, I have really been enjoying Survivor this year and love how they have mixed things up such as hiding the immunity idols at the challenges, and swapping the tribes after only a few days.   It has been fascinating to watch how each of the returning contestants have changed or not-changed from their previous seasons.   Need to remember that there were no immunity idols until  Survivor: Guatemala (season 11) so they were never even an option for players like Kelly Wiglesworth, Jeff Varner, Andrew Savage, and Kimmi Kappenberg.   Also during the early seasons, people really didn’t form alliances, and if they did, they weren’t thinking about them right out of the gate.   Its also interesting to see players like Spencer realize they need to do things differently than the last time if they want to win.   Was king of bummed when Shirin got voted off, as I found here to be an interesting person.   Peih-Gee was kind of bland so no big loss.   Will be interesting to see how things play-out.

Haven’t really picked a favorite for The Amazing Race, but was upset when Alex and Adam were eliminated.   They seemed like nice guys and real people.  Have to admit that there are a bunch of phonies this season (The TMZ team that got eliminated 1st, the Reporters, and the The Paparazzi) that really don’t interest me.   Have always liked the average people who are on the show for the adventure, and not as a way to get some publicity.

Been busy so haven’t had a chance to see the premiere episodes of The Leftovers, Homeland or The Affair.   Between the Giants playing this Sunday night, and the Mets Play-off games, thank God for the DVR as will most likely be a few weeks before I have the time to catch up

Also the Season 6 preview of The Walking Dead is this Sunday, so will need to find some time to squeeze this in

Only 1 week to the next Philly Non-Sport Card Show in Allentown PA.   Looking forward to the show and hopefully findings a few things to fill some holes in my sets.  And as always will check out the going price for the William Shatner  / Leonard Nimoy Dual autograph card  from the Star Trek 35th set by Rittenhouse Archives.   Top card on my list, and would be the 1st thing I buy after winning Survivor.

Kirk_SpockHope all is well and will write some more soon


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Quick Update

Saw that the powers to be are going to remake “Flatliners”, one of my favorite movies from the 1990s.   This could be interesting, but the problem with a lot of remakes is that the original movie worked for more than just the main idea.   It had a great cast of then up and coming actors who you believed.   And while the special effects were not the best,  they played into the time of the movie.

Have the feeling that the remake of Flatliners will make a bunch of money for 1 or 2 weeks, and then be quickly forgotten like most other remakes of 80s and 90s movies (The Karate Kid, Bad News Bears, Total Recall, ..)

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Hard to believe it’s almost October

Really enjoyed the season premiere of Survivor this week.   Thought they did a great job of mixing the old with new (Both with the contestants and the challenges).   Being a fan since the beginning it was great to see some of the original contestants, and interesting to see how the game has changed from when they were originally on.   Seeing some of them struggle to adjust to the later ways of playing that didn’t even exist when they were on (Forming alliances, Hidden Immunity Idols) is fascinating to me.   I also found myself wondering if the newer and younger players would want to work with the older players since they had more experience before realizing they really don’t, and most likely have less of an idea on how to play.   Going to be really interesting to see how the season plays out.

Wasn’t upset that Vytas was the 1st to go.  Not one of my favorites.   Here is my early impression of the contestants (may change as the season goes on)

Joe Anglim Nice guy (almost too nice)  – Like to see him go far
Vytas Baskauskas Already gone
Jeremy Collins Neutral
Terry Deitz Like him – Hope he does well
Ciera Eastin Wouldn’t mind if she went far
Stephen Fishbach Non descript – not a big fan
Tasha Fox Neutral
Abi-Maria Gomes Anoying but not the worst
Woo Hwang Like him, but may be a bit too laid back
Kimmi Kappenberg Always liked her an hope she does well
Peih-Gee Law Neutral
Kass McQuillen Like her alot – One of my favoites
Keith Nale My daughters favorite, so hope he goes far
Shirin Oskooi Actully like here and the way she plays
Monica Padilla Neutral
Andrew Savage Like him for his name
Jeff Varner I’m a fan of the old timers
Kelley Wentworth Not a big fan
Kelly Wiglesworth Like to see her do well

Another fun and entertaining season of Big Brother ended with Steve the big winner.   Was very happy to see him win, and he deserves the $500,000.00.     Was glad he won the final HoH and voted off Venessa.   While Vanessa played a good game, she was just to annoying for me.   Was nice to see Dr Will Kirby back to interview the jury members.  After 17 Seasons of Big Brother, he is still the all time best player (Sorry Dan Gheesling).   He was able to control the game like no other – He manipulated everybody (just like Vanessa) but did it while coming across as a nice and likeable person

Dr Will Kirby – Big Brother winner

Switching topics and going back a bit, I finished listening to all 15 Genesis studio albums, and really enjoyed the musical journey.    Was interesting to see how the band and music evolved over time.   Was interesting to learn that Phil Collins was not the singer on the final album (Calling All Stations), and while it was not a commercial success, I actually enjoyed listening to it.    All in all,  it was a great experience, and am thinking of doing the same for another band (I’m open for suggestions).   Needs to be a band that has mass appeal (like maybe the Police), and that is not to heavy or light.   Will see what i come up with.

I finally got around to try listening to a book using audible.com   My daughter got me to sign up so she could listen to some of here You Tubers books (Yes – There is such a thing as a You Tuber, and besides posting videos, they writhe books).  Anyway when you sign up you get some free credits, so I decided to give it try and downloaded The Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials and am really enjoying it.   Never read the 1st Maze Runner book (wanted to), but saw the movie and thought it was very entertaining.    Listening to a book is a little different than reading, as your mind can wander, or you can become distracted but the book keeps on going.    Will let you know once I’m done  (again I am open to suggestions on any books to read  / listen to)

That’s all for now –  more to come soon


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Survivor, The Amazing Race, and others

Lots of returning and new TV shows will premiering new episodes  the next few weeks, including new seasons of Survivor (Wednesday, September 23rd) and The Amazing Race (Friday, September 25th).    Can’t wait for both of these shows to return.

For Survivor, usually, I am not a big fan of returning players, but I am actually pretty excited to see this season.  I am intrigued to see what happens when all the players are past contestants.   Will be very interesting to watch.   As in the past, I have avoided almost all internet feeds and chatter since last season ended, and will simply enjoy watching the show each week as it airs.   I got upset in the past with all the people posting spoilers and ruining the enjoyment of the show.

Also excited for another trip around the world with The Amazing Race.   Nothing beats settling down on a Friday evening with my wife and daugher for some quality time together watching the teams travel around the world

Next Wednesday is also the season finale of Big Brother.   Been another enjoyable season, although I really don’t like Vanessa and can’t believe she made the final 3.   Been rooting for anybody to get her out the past few weeks.    Of the final 3, I’m rooting for Steve and hope he is able to win it all.

I will be voting for Meg and James to win the 25,000 Favorite House Guest prize

Big Brother Fan Vote

There are a few new shows that look kind of interesting, so I set my DVR and will give them a chance – Limitless on CBS and BlindSpot on NBC.      Im sure there are a few more that will peek my interest

And finally, next Sunday is the 2 Hour CSI Finale.  Sucks the show is ending as it has been one of my favorites, and I looked forward to watching every week.

CSI Bids Farwell

Big series between the Mets and Yankees this week at Citi Field.   As long as the Mets don’t get swept, they should be able to clinch a play-off spot without having to take things down to the final 3 games against Washington.   While I’m 99% confident that this years team will not collapse as in the past, there still is that small ounce of doubt that the Mets will somehow find themselves having to win the last game of the season to get in, bring back memories of 2007  and Tom Glavin getting pummeled by the Marlins as the Mets season came to an abrupt end.

Mets lose to Marlins to end 2007

Nothing more to say about the NY Giants and last week’s debacle against the Cowboys other than to move on with the season and beat the Falcons on Sunday

Lots of fun stuff coming up in the next few months including the next Philly Non Sports Show, a Marina and the Diamonds concert and hopefully some NY Mets Play-Offs


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Happy Labor Day Weekend

Hope everybody has a great Labor Day Weekend.

Enjoy the time off with friends and family and I will catch you next week


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Mets / Genesis Update

The is getting to be fun.   The Mets continue to win and at this point, they are favorites to win the National League East.   A 6 1/2 game lead with 35 games to go should be enough.  Will be a change watching / rooting for the Mets through the beginning of the football season.  In past seasons, once the Giants started their season, the Mets would become an afterthought.   Also the way the team is made up (with the likes of Uribe, Johnson, Conforto, and Wright) off the bench instead of the lesser John Mayberry Jr, Eric Campbell, Darrell Ceciliani, and others they are never out of a game.

Really enjoying the ride and hope it continues into October and November.  Stay tuned

Talking about Football, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks open their 2015 season next Friday with a road game against Central Connecticut State.  Hopefully they can rebound after last years disappointing 3 -8 season including getting crushed at Yankee Stadium for the 150th Game

Lehigh Mountain Hawks 2015 Schedule

Still making my way through all the Genesis albums (mostly on Apple Radio). I’m up to album 11 “Abacab” and have really been enjoying seeing how the band has changed and evolved.   There is a big difference between the early albums and the later ones.   Overall, Genesis is an awesome band, well deserving of its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Staying on the topic of music,  here are 2 music videos for songs that popped into my head on the way to work.

The 1st “Don’t Pay the Ferryman” by Chris De Burgh was always a favorite of mine

The 2nd “St Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” by John Parr is from the soundtrack of one of my all time favorite movies.   Make me laugh and cry everytime I watch it

Lots of things planned for the next few weeks up to the much needs Labor Day Weekend Holiday.    After that, we get into the new TV Season (Already looking forward for the return of Survivor and The Amazing Race, as well as Homeland and The Affair on Showtime)

Hope all is well


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Let Go Mets

Even I have to admit that I was wrong and Terry Collins is doing a very good job managing the NY Mets this season.  There were numerous times when this team could have folded like previous years but he managed to keep a positive attitude.   Once management made the moves to bring in Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, Tyler Clippard, and Yoenis Cespedes, Terry was able to get the team to believe they had a legitimate shot at the play-offs.   Should be lots of fun the next few months.

Decided to give Apple Music a try (3 month free membership).    Between all of my old CD’s,  SiriusXM (I’m a subscriber), Pandora and other free music streaming apps, I have plenty of music to listen to, but the thought I would give it a try based on the fact that my family and I could simply play any song we wanted at any time (As long as it’s available).. Once I signed up, the 1st thing I decided to do was listen to every Genesis Album in order.   Always liked Genesis (mostly from the 80s and 90s) but would hear people say their best stuff was the early albums with Peter Gabriel.

Wiki – Genesis Discography

So far, I’m up to  The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and have been really enjoying listening.  The 1st 2 albums sounded like other 60s psychedelic rock songs, but after that they started to get more progressive, and really show off their musical skills.   Some really great stuff that I will definitely revisit once I get through everything

If anybody has any suggestions of  other bands I should check out from beginning to end, let me know.

My suggestion to you would be the UK band Marillion going back to Script for a Jester’s Tear

Wiki – Marillion Discography

On other music notes,  Iron Maiden have released the 1st single from their upcoming album The Book of Souls.  The album was actually recorded a year ago, but lead singer Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his tongue.  He has since been given a clean bill of health and the band will tour in 2016

Wiki – Iron Maiden Discography

On TV, still watching “Big Brother” and enjoying another great season.  Last nights eviction show was moved to 11:30 PM due to NY Jets pre-season football here in the NY area so will have to catch up this weekend.   At least CBS updates there scheduling for this so my DVR picks up the change.  In past years I would be ready to watch and realize the DVR recorded the football game, and having to watch Big Brother either On-Demand (Low Def with Commercials), or on the CBS website.

I am also watching “Mr Robot” and although it has had some ups and downs, I am really enjoying it.    Have always likes Christian Slater (going back to Heathers) and he is weird strange self in this

I’ll  end today’s post with the Theatrical trailer for the movie “Sky Riders”, one of my favorite movies as a kid.   Will try to come up with some more of my favorites in upcoming posts

Average Andy

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