Whirlwind

Ran the Hoboken City Challenge Obstacle Race on Saturday, October 7th (Thanks Kelly)

Hoboken City Challenge 2017

Went to Elsie Fest at Central Park Summer Stage on Sunday, October 8th (Thanks Katherine)

Elsie Fest 2017

Went to a Vendor sponsored diner at Butter in NYC on Wednesday, October 11th, and had a private demo with Chef  Alex Guarnaschelli  (Thanks DELL/EMC)

Butter – Midtown NYC

Ran in the NBCUniversal 5K on Thursday, October 12th  (Thanks Work)

Hiked 13 Miles of the Appalachian Trail in Vernon on Saturday, October 14th (Thanks Harris)

Appalachian Trail Map (Vernon, NJ)


Lehigh Mountain Hawks have won  2 in a row as they look to rebound from an 0 – 5 Start.   They are looking to run the table and win  the Patriot League for a 2nd straight year.   Next up is at Fordham this saturday

The NY Football Giants went into Denver and came away with a victory over the heavily favored Broncos.  Next up is a home game against the Seattle Seahawks as they see if they can salvage the season.    A must win to get to 2 – 5 before the bye week

The Philly NonSports Show is this weekend (October 21st and 22nd) at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown PA.   Always a fun time to see what new cards are being produced and to try and try and pick up some older cards that are needed.

Philly NonSports Card Show

Survivor has been fun to watch as usual.   Nobody has really grabbed me as somebody to really root for but still enjoying the season.   Hopefully things will get more interesting this week as the team merge.

 

 

 

 

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Sports, Survivor, and the World in General

Been an awful start for both Lehigh (0 -5) and the New York Football Giants (0 – 4).  Looking at the bright side, things can only get better.   For Lehigh, they start Patriot League play this Saturday against Colgate.   Since the winner of the Patriot League gets an automatic bid to the BCS Play-Offs,  If the Mountain Hawks are still alive and just need to win all their league games.   For the Giants, they just need to take things one game at a time.  While they have not played good football, they have not been awful.  A win against a 0 – 4 Chargers team this week would be a start to try and get back towards .500 and then you go from there.    They need to put all this Odel Beckham stuff and other distractions behind them, and just play so football.

Enjoying another season of Survivor.   Hard to get a read on anyone after just 2 weeks, as nobody has really stood out to me.   I do have some rooting interest in Chrissy Hofbeck as she is from my hometown.   I have heard here kids are in the same schools as my daugher was in (they are a few years younger).  Also from the great state of New Jersey is Ryan Ulrich.

Over the years, three other New Jersey contestants, Michele Fitzgerald of Freehold, Natalie Anderson of Edgewater and Tony Vlachos of Jersey City took first place in their respective seasons.

Survivor Season 35 – New Jersey

Been a strange week starting with the shooting in Las Vegas, followed by the death of Rock Legend Tom Petty.   Both hit me in different ways.

I just felt numb as I read about Las Vegas.   I found it hard to imagine what it must of been like to be there.  Just the sheer terror as things unfolded.   I feel sad for all those people directly affected and wish them the best as they go through their recovery.   The thing I thought about was what it would be like in the police / FBI headquarters.    I imagined somebody standing up and saying “You will not sleep for awhile,  I want to know everything about this guy, every place he’s been, every person he’s talked to, every meal he’s ate for the past few months”  and then seeing people start running to gather information.

As far as Tom Petty,   as the news broke and people started naming their favorite songs, It really hit me of how many hit songs he had.    No wonder he had his own channel on SiriusXm.    I do feel a bit older as the artists of my youth die.  Want to give a shout out to Walter Becker of Steely Dan as well.    Been a sad few years and while the music of all who have passed will live on, and bring happines and joy to people for years to come, they will be missed.

On the bright side this week, I made my way into Washington Square Park in NY City on Sunday to catch the live start of The Amazing Race Season 30.   Saw a message on Facebook about this on Saturday, and showed it to my daugher.  She said we had to go as we missed it the last time they started in NY (Was in Time Square at 3:00 AM).  This time it was in the middle of the day (12:00 PM) so there were no excuses.   It was a lot of fun as we got to see Phil  up close – We were right next to him as he signed the bottom of a Travelocity Gnome that a lad had brought with her.  As far as the contestants, most people were there to see Cody and Jessica from Big Brother.  Other than them (who I had heard ahead of time were going to be on the race)  we got to see Tim Janus and Joey Chestnut (Competitive Eaters), and 2 basketball players (who I looked up and saw were NBA players Shawn Marion and Cedric Ceballos).   Was a lot of fun, and looking forward to watching The Amazing Race when it premiers in the spring.

 

And finally, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released its nominees for the Class of 2018

Rock Hall 2018 Nominees

Be sure to check them out and cast your votes

Here is my ballot:   Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, Eurythmics and Judas Priest

Have a few things planned for this weekend and will share them with you next time I write (which hopefully will be sooner or later)

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Quick Update

Big games this weekend for both the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (Home against Penn) and the NY Football Giants (at Philadelphia).   Both teams desperately need a win or their seasons may be over before we even get to October.

I went to see E.T. The Extra Terrestrial on the big screen on Wednesday which was presented by Fathom Events  – They present classic films and other types of entertainment in theaters.

E.T – The Extra Terrestrial (IMDB)

After 35 years, the movie still stands up and really is a great movie.  Was very interesting to see how much the music was a big part of the film.   And I forgot how great Henry Thomas was as Elliot.   If you haven’t seen E. T. recently, I highly recommend you find a way (TV, On-Demand, Blue Ray) to watch it again and appreciate how good it is

Fathom Events – Classics on the Big Screen

I finished reading Curtis Armstrong’s autobiography and will be starting a new book soon.   Will update the site as soon as I find my next book.   Going to try and read more if I can find the time

And finally,  most TV shows return next week with new episodes, including Season 35 of Survivor.    As always looking forward to another great season

Survivor Season 35 : Heroes-vs-Healers-vs-Hustlers

Enjoy your weekend everybody

 

 

 

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Big Brother 19 is in the books

Big Brother 19 wrapped up on Wednesday, and while this wasn’t one of the best seasons (according to a lot of critics and fans) it was one of the most interesting as far as game play was concerned.  As the season progressed, it became apparent that Paul was playing the best game.  He came in with a plan and stuck with it all the way to the final 2.   He played brilliantly, manipulating people to vote out who he wanted when he wanted them to.  It looked like it was his game to win.   Except he made 2 miscalculations that mattered far more than all the good things he did.

The 1st was that he misused his goodby messages,  while the winner Josh used them strategically to influence the jury. Each time Paul successfully got who he wanted voted out, voted out, he continued his charade in his goodby messages.   But Josh used the goodbye messages to let the voted out person know what was really going on.   This made each jury member madder at Paul.   If Paul has simply stated that he was sorry, but he had other alliances that he felt would get him further,  he may have been able to make the person voted out feel better about their game and appreciate his game, rather than feel bitter toward him.

The 2nd thing Paul did wrong was to misread the jury.    I saw several articles about this and agree with them in that the jury was simply bitter against Paul, and were going to vote against him no matter what.  Paul was banking on the fact that the jury would rise above their feelings and simply see that he played the best game and vote for him.   But as been seen on several seasons of Survivor,  sometimes the jury members just get in there mind that they will not vote for somebody no matter what and that is what happened here.  The two couples (Mark and Elena, and Jason and Alex) were so stung by Paul and how he voted them off, that they voted for Josh just so they didn’t have to for him.   Had Paul won the final HoH challenge and taken Christmas to the finals, he still would’ve lost.   There were 5 votes (the couples plus Cody) who were never going to vote for Paul.

Fascinating stuff and something that should be studied to see why some people can put their feeling aside when making decisions,  while others hold grudges and make decisions strictly based on feelings.

I admit I was rooting for Paul once it became apparent that he was able to manipulate everybody and would most likely voted for him if I was one of the jury members, but I was not, and that’s what makes shows like Big Brother and Survivor so fascinating to watch.

More to come

 

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Tough Start

Tough Start for both the NY Giants (0 -1 after losing to the Dallas Cowboys) and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (0 – 2 after losses to Villanova and Monmouth).  Hopefully both team turn things around this weekend

Been strange not paying attention to the NY Mets in September as their season completely imploded and they were never able to get anything going.

In other baseball news – Have to give credit to the Cleveland Indians for winning 22 games in a row.    Truly an incredible feat.   And a cool things is that TOPPS Now has been putting out cards each day for this.

Have a good weekend

Andy

 

 

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30 Days hath September

Hard to believe it’s already September (where did the summer go?)

It been a bit different this year for me as the NY Mets never got things going and have we basically out of the playoff picture after the All-Star Game in July.   The past few years were spent watching (or at least listening) to most Met games on a nightly basis, as they were a good and exciting team fighting for and making it to the play-offs.   This year they have been hard (if not impossible) to watch.   These things go in cycles so hopefully it will not be to loon before they get things straightened out.   I think they do need to let Terry Collins go.  If it was me, I would have done it already.  If you’re going to get rid of him when the season ends anyway, why wait.  The team just doesn’t have any life or spark and some of that has to be on the manager.   Also the owners and GM need to take some blame for basically getting rid of anybody who had a attitude and replacing them with bland average players.   But this has been the way the Mets have been run lately.  If your fun or rock the boat, you are probably gone (regardless of the talent level).   Say what you will, but the fans liked Murphy, Duda, Granderson, Reed.

As the calendar changes to September, and baseball an afterthought, it time for some Football.  On the college side, The Lehigh Mountain Hawks open the 2017 season tomorrow against Villanova (quick shout out on the passing of Rollie Massimino – Sad to hear – Coaching legend Rollie Massimino dies at 82 ).   Hopefully Lehigh can build off last years success and return to the FCS Playoffs for a 2nd straight year  ( 2017 Bowl Subdivision Playoffs).   Looking forward to another great season,  finishing up at home for the 153 Meeting between Lehigh and Lafayette (College Football’s most played rivalry)

Then the following week the NY Football Giants start their 2017 Season on Monday night Football.    There is lots of hype and talk of how good the team is this year.  I try to avoid all the take and just want the games to begin and will see how things go.

Switching gears to Television, it’s getting near the end of another season of Big Brother.  I have been enjoying the season as usual.   Been fun watching with my daughter (who somehow has became a bigger fan than me).   Looking forward to see if Paul can pull off the win this season after coming in 2nd last year – He is definitely climbing the ladder of all time Big Brother players and has become one of my favorites

September brings  a lot of Series and Season premieres  and there are quite a few shows that I am looking forward to.

Survivor, Star Trek Discovery, Kevin Can Wait, Big Bang Theory (and the spin off Young Sheldon),  This is Us, the final season of The Middle (which will be missed), and Modern Family to name a few.  Im sure there will be a few disappointments, as well as some surprise hits not even on my radar.

Sad to hear of the passing of Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman from the 6 Million Dollar Man) –  Was a big fan of the show back in the day.  There was even some card sets released by Rittenhouse Archives, including autograph cards.

sixmilliondollarman

Richard Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, just want to mention the passing of my uncle Robert Adam of Toms River, New Jersey.  He was a great man, and always very friendly to me and my family.   Prayers go out to my Aunt Sandy, as well as my cousins Bobby, Alex and Marc.  I will alway remember my uncle working as a delivery man for Charlie Chips years ago and having tins of chips and pretzels around

Charlie Chips

That’s it for now.  Sorry I haven’t written in a while, and will definitely try to find some time going forward.   Have lots to say on a variety of subjects and hope you find what I have to say insterding

Enjoy the long Labor Day Weekend – Make sure to spend some time with family and friends and will talk to you soon

Andy

 

 

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Jackie Earle Haley

Cool video on Jackie Earle Haley on IMDB

Jackie Earle Haley on IMDB

Was Kelly Leak in “Bad News Bears” and Moocher in “Breaking Away”, two of my all time favorite films.  Glad to see he’s still relevant today

 

 

Andy

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