Happy Thanksgiving to all

It’s been a while since I have written (other then some re-posts) and even longer since I have written about Survivor.   I have really enjoyed this season as the players have gone back to making bold moves to try and get themselves ahead in the game.  The past few seasons did get a bit stale as alliances were formed early and remained as the players without an alliance just sat back and got picked off one by one with really no resistance.   This season casting did a great job of finding players who were willing to cross boundaries and not just accept the  tribes they got placed on as a set group that they could never leave.   Also, they went and got some interesting people and not just game want to be famous people or  super fans who are really not that memorable.   In fact, I am having a hard time remembering the past few seasons winners (this from a fan from the beginning who use to be able to name all the winners from Season 1 onward).   The thing that makes Survivor great is the combination of the game and the charisma of the players.   When they find real life genuine people (starting with Richard Hatch, and following with the likes of
Rob Mariano, Benjamin “Coach” WadeOzzy Lusth, Parvati Shallow and countless others) who were memorable for their personality as well as their game play, they make the show so much more than just a reality show.  

I will always be a fan, watching each and every week, and will continue to apply until I eventually become a contestant and can see if I can become one of the many people who can call themselves a Survivor Champion.   

As far as other TV, there are a few new shows I am enjoying.   I really like “911” (I know, it really in its 2nd year, but I finally caught up so it feels like its new to me).  And I have to admit I am enjoying “God Friended Me” as a way to wind down after football on Sunday.   I am still watching both “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” event though the original is getting a little bit to strung out.   Thinking back, I liked the original seasons better just due to the smaller cast and more thought provoking episodes.  I am giving “A Million Little Things” and “Manifest” a try and will see how long they can keep me interested.

Its was a strange year for my sports team.   The Mets were done by the All Star Game and I hate to admit, but I did tune them out most of the 2nd half.   Then both the NY Giants and Lehigh Mountain Hawks got off to dreadful starts.   The Giants have sparked a little excitement by winning their last 2 games after their 1 – 7 start, and if they can beat the Philadelphia Eagles next, things might start to get a bit interesting.   And after getting blow out in most games this season, the Mountain Hawks did win 2 of their last 3 including beating Lafayette in college football’s most played rivalry (154 games and counting).   

I did get to the movies and saw both “A Star is Born”, and “Bohemian Rhapsody”.   I really enjoyed both these movies.   As a lifetime Queen fan, it was fun to see the band in its early years.  And it reminded me (and  by the looks of it, many others) how great a band they are, and the number of songs they have that have become part of musical history (besides the title track).

And finally, I finished listening to Season 3 of Serial.  (Serial Podcast).   As with the past seasons, they do a great job and found this seasons premice (a year in the Cleveland Court System) very fascinating and eye opening.   I learned alot about a subject I really am not familiar with

And I started listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s new podcast Broken Record (Broken Record Podcast)   I love everything he does (books, podcasts) and this is a great listen.   

Wishing everybody out there a happy and safe Thanksgiving – Be sure to find the time to spend with friends, family, and love ones.   Remember to cherish what you have and don’t dwell on what you don’t have or can’t control.   Life is precious so enjoy it as much as you can

Will be back with more soon  (reading some good books to talk about)

Average Andy

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Brady Bunch meets Property Brothers

 

If you grew up in the 70s / 80s like me, you should set you VCRs now.    The real Brady Bunch House went up for sale earlier this year and was eventually bought by HGTV.    They are now planning to renovate the house back to its 70s style, and have gotten all of the original Brady Bunch Kids to help out.  I am a hugh Brady Bunch fan and enjoy watching the Property Brothers, so this is a must watch for Average Andy

Brady Bunch meets Property Brothers

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Happy Halloween by Helloween

A must listen on Halloween

More thoughts from Average Andy coming soon

 

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2019

Here is the list of 2019 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of fame

Rock-Roll-Hall-Of-Fame-2019-Nominees

Kind of disappointed with this list.   Seem to be a lot of repeat nominees (9 of the 15) and the committee continues to show now love or even acknowledgement of 80’s rock acts (corporate rock, hard rock, or heavy metal).

Also, seems like the committee has an agenda to get certain bands in based on the nominees – Heard Alan Light on SiriusXM Feedback explaining how they only nominated one band in certain fields to make sure they didn’t split the vote with other similar bands  (i.e Def Leppard or the Zombies).  Why not nominate the most deserving and see what happens.

Congratulations to all the nominees, and lets see what happens, but going forward it may be time to get some new people on the committee who have a different view other than the same old rock critics (similar to movie critics) who a lot of times seem a bit to high on themselves.

 

 

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Couple of things for today

Was very glad to hear that Steve Perry has finally released new music after 25 years.   Really like the new song and looking forward to hearing the rest of the album when it is released.    Steve will be on with Eddie Trunk on Sirius Volume 106 today to talk about the album.   Should be a great listen

Steve Perry – No Erasin

 

And for something completely different – Was listening to the This American Life podcast while on a walk, and they had this fascinating story.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/wildlife-watch-feather-thief-fly-tying-birds/

Give it read or listen to the podcast at https://www.thisamericanlife.org/

I miss writing for you and am looking forward to writing more soon

Andy

 

 

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What Makes a good Manager

As I watch the NY Mets spiral downward, I am torn on what the team should do.   Most of all I am torn on if its too early to get rid of the Manager Mickey Callaway or continue with him and his staff.   I admit that I thought it was time for Terry Collins to go after a successful run that did get the Mets to the World Series and back to back playoff appearances.    But last year he seemed to lose the team and they Mets were basically and afterthought after the All Star Break.    When the Mets hired Mickey Callaway, I thought he would come in breath some new energy into the team.   And when the Mets started the season 11 -1, they were the talk of the town.   And then they just stopped.  Since the 11 -1 start, the Mets are 17 -36 and have been hard to watch.  They cant hit, they can’t feild, and they look lethargic.  There is no energy or sense of urgency. (The season is close to 1/2)

Lately I have begun to wonder if the poor play is due to Manager or if the players are simply not that good.  The Mets have a long history of over hyping their players and  believing they are better than they actually are.   But even so, they are professional players so they have to have some talent.    So is it the Managers fault that the entire team seem to be having terrible years.  The more I watch, the more I think it is and that the Mets should make a change.

I realize it’s a short sample size but maybe Mickey Callaway was not ready to be a Manager.   Perhaps the Mets job is just not the right place and time for him to be a 1st time Manager.   Plenty of all time great Managers started off poorly and needed to learn how to become a Manager.   But in most cases, the teams they got their start with were not that good and they were not expected to do much (Joe Torre with the Mets,  Terry Francona with the Phillies, and even Bill Belichick with the Cleveland Browns).   So they had the liberty of managing for a few seasons with no expectations and were able to learn what works and what doesn’t, and what they needed to do to become better.   and based on the careers they went on to have, they appeared to have learned a lot and taken what they learned and their experiences to go on and win World Series and Super Bowls

But in Mickey Callaways’ case, the Mets are a know team.  They were expected to contend for at least a Wild Card spot.  Mickey Callaway was not hired as a gap manager to hold the fort while the Mets built towards the future.

Its funny how the NY Mets and the NY Football Giants both found themselves with Managers who were well respected and came with great recommendations,  but simply were not the right person for the job at the given time.   It took the Giants almost 2 years to realize this and ended up making a drastic move of firing Ben McAdoo in the middle of season to clean things up and refocus.   Maybe it’s time for the Mets to do the same.   This does not mean that Mickey Callaway or Ben McAdoo are bad people, or bad managers.  It’s just that they are not the people for the jobs at the present time.  Businesses evaluate and make changes all the time.  And the really successful businesses are the ones that are head of things and make hard moves before the masses.   It’s hard to admit mistakes and make tough decisions, but in the long run, the people who are able to move on from mistakes and bad decisions earlier than later are usually the ones who end up winning in the long run

Here is a recent piece from the NY Daily News with some similar thoughts

Mets and Mickey Callaway

Hope you have a great weekend

Will be back with more soon

Andy

 

 

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Just some quick notes

Going to try and see Solo this weekend.   Heard both good and bad things so want to check things out for myself

All of Fish’s (from Marillion) solo albums are now available to stream – Listening now on itunes.

Fish – The Digital Collection

At the 1/3 way mark,  the Mets are playing .500 ball (27 up, 27 down).   Been a strange beginning to the season.   After getting off to an 11-1 start, they have given that all back and are now truly an average team.   Coming into 2018, it was time for a change so I have no issues getting rid of Terry Collins.   But I am still on the fence with Mickey Callaway.  Kind of reminds be of when a guy I was working with got promoted to Manager.  He was a great guy and a great worker, but never blossomed as a Manager.  In fact he was a pretty bad manager, and I ended up moving on from the job.   Management is hard and not everybody is built to be a manager.   It takes special skills to be able to relate to both upper management (who has ways they want things done) and to the workers (who do the work).   If you give the appearance of leaning one way or the other, you can lose both sides.   Also, the best managers need to be able to separate personal feelings with work objectives and be hard on people if they are underperforming.   The saying ‘It’s not Personal’ is true,  but the hard part is getting your workers to understand this without hurting their feelings.    I think that Micky Callaway needs to trust himself more,  and stop appearing to be doing everything based on statistics and instead do what he thinks will win games.  (This is an issue all across MLB).   Funny how managers will follow other managers and teams by relying on all these statistics they have from people who have never played the game, and have never really won anything.   If I were a manager, I I would trust myself to know what my players can do.  I would also look for the Managers / Teams that are winning and follow what they are doing.   The idea is still to win games, (regardless of team Run Differential or Pitchers Quality Starts).

Have a good weekend

Andy

 

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