Lets Go Mets

How about the New York Mets.   Winners of 11 in a row (and 10 in a row at home to start the 2015 Season).   It;s been awhile since the Mets were relevant and actually playing some solid ball.   Was nice watching some of the games and seeing people in the stands, and making some noise.   Eerily similar to 1983 where the they were also 2 and 3 after 5 games and then went on to win 11 in a row (and 17 out of 18).  Hopefully they can keep things up.    I might even have to venture out to CITI field for a game

Lots of fun things coming up the next few weeks.    Will be going to a Kentucky Derby Party next Saturday.    Hopefully will be able to try a Mint Julep for the 1st time.  Will be good to see some friends I haven’t seen in a while

http://www.kentuckyderby.com/experience/traditions/mint-julep2

Next Sunday is the 62nd Annual Philly Non-Sports Show in Allentown Pennsylvania.   Always a good time attending the Card Talk Breakfast in the morning, followed by the show.  Hoping to pick up some hard to find promo cards as well as pick up some chase and parallel cards for some of my older sets.

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Inkworks Spike p-i Prome Card

Inkworks Charmed p-i Prome Card

Inkworks Charmed p-i Promo Card

http://phillynon-sportscardshow.com/

Loved last weeks 2 hour Amazing Race.   Still love seeing all the countries and places they travel to.    One day I will travel the world as well (Hopefully as a contestant on the show). Thought it was awesome when the team won a trip to New Zealand from Travelocity for winning the leg of the race.   I would love to take a trip to Australia / New Zealand.   One day…

Was sad to see Jenn voted off of Survivor last week.   She was a true free spirit and really didn’t care if she was voted off  (Really telling to watch her Poderosa video on http://www.cbs.com).    She didn’t want to play the game the way the other contestants wanted to and they didn’t like her for this.   Good for her for not conforming and doing what she wanted to.   This season has been wild and like the way they are mixing things up with new twists.   Will help when I am on the show as people will need to use more of their social skills instead of relying on past ideas and knowledge.   This will help me as I get along with almost everybody,  and can rely on social interaction to get me further.

Lastly have really enjoyed listening to the James Altucher Podcast while driving to / from work.  The past few guests (Jon Acuff, Nicholas Megalis, Dan Buettner).   Some really good interview and it has really opened up my mind to new and exciting things and ideas

https://www.stansberryradio.com/James-Altucher/Latest-Episodes

I have also been listening to the “This American Life” podcast.   Again some really interesting stories about things I never would have sought out, or even knew existed.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/podcast

Lately I have found myself switching from listing to the same old, repetitive,and mostly worthless sport take radio (except for Mike Francesa, who has remained relevant and  local to the NY / NJ area)  to listening to Podcasts, and trying to read more books.  This is so much more fulfilling, as well as opening up my eyes to all that the world has to offer.

Finally, Marillion weekend is this week in Montreal.  Things again did not work out this year for me to attend.    But on the bright site, they have announced that they may be touring the US in 2016 and I will definitely be attending shows in the NY Area.

I will leave you with the video for Genie from the great Marbles album

https://youtu.be/980JP9L8HOo

Andy

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Been to long

Been a long time since I sat down and wrote some new stuff so here it goes

Really enjoying the new seasons of both Survivor and The Amazing Race.  Both shows continue to set the standard for this type of reality show.    For Survivor, I try to avoid most online chatter for fear of spoilers, but do enjoy watching the Ponderosa Videos of the contestants voted off and on the jury.   Last weeks showed with Joe how much the show means to people.   After watching that, it makes me even more determined to get on the show.   Will be working on my next audition video soon.    As for The Amazing Race, this season shows that it can carry itself no matter who the contestants are.   Whether it’s family members, married couples, or people who just met, they all are appreciative of the opportunity to travel around the world.

How about the New York Mets.   Needed to get off to a good start and at 7 – 3 they have started to gain the confidence they needed.    Last night’s game is one they would have definitely lost the past few years.   Good to see them show some spunk with a good comeback win.   Let see if they can keep it up and take at least 2 of the next 3 from the Marlins.    With Harvey and Degrom (plus Colon pitching well to start the season), this may just be a fun year for us long time Mets Fans

Saw the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and have to admit, I like the direction they are going with the new movie.   Seem to be showing just enough of the old and the new to make us older folks excited about the movie.   I am a fan of most of J.J Abrams stuff (loved LOST and ALIAS on TV, but am not a huge fan of the new Star Trek Movies).   Hopefully he learned something from them and the fans and we will all be celebrating the new movie.

http://www.starwars.com/the-force-awakens/

I am having a fun time with the new Star Wars Digital Card Trader for iOS (as well a the BUNT – The Baseball version).  Lots of fun chasing and collecting Star Wars cards (both old and new).   Dont know if this will ever totally replace collecting physical cards (Average Andy is a Non Sports Card Collector), but it can be addicting.   Right now just playing for free with the coins they give each day which is plenty to build a decent collection

http://www.starwars.com/games-apps/star-wars-card-trader

Speaking of Non Sports Cards – The 62nd Annual Philly Non Sports Card Show is only 2 weeks away.   Will be attending the show as well as the Card Talk breakfast and hope to pick up a bunch of promo and chase cards for my sets.

http://phillynon-sportscardshow.com/

Had a great vacation last week in Hilton Head Island.    Was able to be active (swimming / biking / running) while also relaxing.   Was also great to see my cousin who lives there and works at the Disney resort.   Already looking forward to next year

Finally, here is a great video set to Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance”.  I dare you not to smile and think of all the great dancing in movies.

https://youtu.be/kVJu9AMJJr4

Andy

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Just saw this and think its cool

I know there are some Autograph Cards from the 1st few seasons of Survivor.   They show up on ebay from time to time.   When searching to see what was available, came across this  card from Topps 2009 Allen and Ginter Set and just thought it was kind of cool

Bob Crowley was the winner of Season 17 of Survivor

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Crowley_%28Survivor_contestant%29

Bob Crowley Auto

http://www.cardboardconnection.com/2009-topps-allen-ginter-baseball-insert-set-checklists

AA

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Live Long and Prosper – RIP Leonard Nemoy

A part of my childhood has left us today as Mr Spock (Leonard Nimoy) has passed away.  A very sad day for Star Trek fans as we say goodbye to one of the greats.   Will always have fond memories of watching Star Trek after school on WPIX 11, and the excitement of going to see each new Star Trek Films with friends.   Thank you for the memories

My Nimoy was also  very popular to Non-Sports card collectors,  signing cards for numerous Star Treks sets that have become highly sought after.

Her are a few of his signed cards  (Love the Dual Auto with William Shatner, and hope to own one some day)

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He also appeared in other shows such as FOXs Fringe  and had a long running show of his own in the late 70s / early 80s

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Live Long and Prosper Mr Nimoy.   You will be missed

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The Buford Files (Episode 1)

Woody, Cindy and Buford go to Jeb Crowley’s place only to find him missing. As they pick Jeb’s trail, they find also two escaped bank robbers, the Swamp Brothers

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Thoughts on things

Spent last Sunday watching the Academy Awards, and sad to say, I was disappointed with the show.  I’m a huge movie fan, and have always enjoyed watching the Oscar telecast, but this year just seemed boring and disconnected with the history of movies.  I actually really enjoyed the opening number with references to older movies.  But after that, they totally ignored anything not from this year except for the music when the presenters came on stage (played some great and memorable scores, which gave me the best feelings of the night), and the tribute to 50 year old Sound of Music.   Has to say something that one of the biggest applauses all night was for Julie Andrews.   Would have been nice if the had given a hint or at least mentioned the Sound of Music  tribute earlier in the show.  Seemed to come out of nowhere and felt out of place

I know the shows main purpose is to honor this years nominees, but with no reference to history or any kind of context, it just seemed hollow.  I thought the Grammys a few weeks back did a good job of mixing old with new.    And they need to show actual clips of the movies instead of the lame graphics.  The only time I got a good feeling of some of the movies (Full disclosure – the only movies I saw was American Sniper), was during the award for best score.  They showed a clip with music and it felt real

And they totally missed the boat with the In Memoriam part of the show.   Showing water color images of people when they were younger had no real meaning.   Felt totally disconnected.   Even my wife said she didn’t feel moved.  And why do they need to show all the people who have died, and then also have a song afterwards.   Show actual clips and pictures of the people, then fade to black and silence for a few seconds and go to commercial

And then there are always the people they miss / forget.    I realize they do have a certain amount of time, but the show is to celebrate the movies and those who made an impact.  And if they need to choose, the should show more of actors and actresses then  behind the scenes people.  Not to take anything away from all who passed, but not showing Joan Rivers or Taylor Negron is wrong.

As far as Neil Patrick Harris, I like him as a performer (He is very talented, and Barney Stinson is a classic TV character), but he felt out of place during the show.  Almost all of the Jokes were not funny (They must have hired the SNL writers), and felt forced.   And while the whole thing with his predictions actually had a pretty good ending, the set up and execution was terrible.  Most people had tuned out by the time of the reveal, or figured it was going to actually be his picks, and could care less.

My Rating:   I give the 2015 Academy Awards a 3

I leave you with some classic Taylor Negron from Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Dont forget that both The Amazing Race and Survivor start up again tomorrow so set your DVRS now

AA

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Its February

We are going through some cold weather in New Jersey.    While everybody has been complaining how cold it is, to me, it hasn’t seemed as bad as last year.   I have gone on a few walks, and it hasn’t been that bad.  Last year there were times when I could not feel my hands and face after a few minutes.

Stopping to say hi to the cows during my walk

Stopping to say hi to the cows during my walk

Me and my yellow hat

Me and my yellow hat

Couple of things happening this week.    Pitchers and Catchers are reporting to Spring Training.   Hopefully this will give the sports radio stations something new to talk about.   Was getting really tiers of worthless NFL and NBA talk.    When discussing baseball, at least it will be something new, and not mostly made up situations and rehashing of the same things over and over again

As for my New York Mets.   On paper they look to have the makings on a solid team this year.  They have some good pitching which should be able to keep them in games.   If there hitters simply put the ball in play, and put up some decent numbers, they should be a solid team.   I’m glad they didn’t go out and spend a ton of money of some mediocre free agents. They need to get off to a good start, and if they do, it should be a fun summer

Quick thought on teams like the Yankees having special days and retiring players numbers.  Good for them.   More team should take the Yankees lead and better honor their older players.   Instead of lashing out against the Yankees, teams should spend the energy embracing  and celebrating their own players more.   Sports is about the fans, the history and the memories.    I would love the Mets to retire numbers of players such as Darryl Strawberry or Dwight Gooden.   Would that be a knock on Tom Seaver.   Absolutely not.

Looking forward to the series premiers of both Survivor and The Amazing Race on Wednesday.  Looking forward to the new twists they have for the upcoming season.   Will let you know which people and teams I am rooting for.   Hope there some fun and interesting contestants.

Will be watching The Academy Awards on Sunday.  This will mark the 3rd straight Sunday with a Major Live event (The Grammys on CBS, and the SNL 40th Special on NBC).   While I am not a big award show fan (other than the Oscars) , and haven’t really watched SNL in years, both shows did garner my attention.   I enjoyed a lot of the Grammys and liked how they mixed up the older artists like ELO and Annie Lennox with newer artists. And while I like most all types and styles of music, I have to admit that I really do not like the Jay-Z / Beyonce / Kanye West music.   It just does nothing for me.  Overall I would give the Grammys a B.   I was disappointed with the SNL 40th show.   Think they got stuck between it being a Reunion Show or a Tribute show.   While I found some of the skits funny, and enjoyed a lot of the old clips, I wish they had found a way to better incorporate all of the returning cast members into the show rather than have them walk out, introduce something and then basically disappear.   There was a golden opportunity here to break out of the box and do something special, but they fell flat.  Overall I would give the SNL 40th Reunion show a D

Thats all for now

Time Waster

Time Waster

Average Andy

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