Saturday, April 18, 2009

Natinal Pastime?

OK, it's bad enough that my favorite baseball team is 1-9 to start the season, but apparently pitching isn't the only facet of the team that is in dire need of assistance.  In last night's game, not one but two players sported the Natinals name across their jersey.   Today, the team lost after leading by two runs with two outs in the 9th, giving up a home run to Jeremy Hermida of the Marlins.  Then Hermida blasted a three-run homer in the 11th inning to send the Nats to their 9th loss in 10 games.  It's good to see that the team's hitting is competitive this year, but the pitching (especially the bullpen) is abysmal.  

If the team's losing ways continue, the Nats could be in for a nightmare attendance total at Nats Park in just the stadium's second season.  Today's game (on a perfect 75 degree day) drew only 19,000 fans.  Just under 50% capacity.  Apparently, "if you build it, they will come" does not apply to baseball in Washington, D.C.  Right now, only winning will turn around the franchise and put bodies in the seats at Nationals Park.  It's just hard to imagine too many wins coming out of this pitching staff.  At the least, team management can hire a more competent seamstress.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Strawberry Oreo Goodness

This tastes good.  Believe that!  Lori bought it for me as it was on sale.  Those of you who like adventurous new snacks like I do, head on out to your local supermarket and pick one up.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Observing the News

In case you missed it (and I did), the Observer was on the scene of a news report during last night's lukewarm episode of Fringe.  And can Idol please get its act together?  That's twice in a row that Fringe cut off before the end of the episode on my DVR.  One of the weaker Fringe eps thus-far in my opinion.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Well the axe has finally fell on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.  Guess I don't need to bother finishing up the last episode I have on my DVR.  I'm actually OK with this cut as I do think the series was slow and plodding for most of this season.  It did come on stronger towards the last few episodes but overall my viewing lineup will not suffer with this show off the air.  At least we can now focus on Terminator Salvation (which looks kick-ass) that releases next month.   

I wonder what Summer Glau's next vehicle will be and it sure looks like Shirley Manson may have to get Garbage back together.

Kill Simon: Vol 1?

Tonight on Idol we get that perfectly natural pairing of Simon Cowell and Quentin Tarantino.  With the Songs of the Cinema theme of the evening, the goofy auteur of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction will be the "mentor" for tonight's performances.  I'm not sure how Tarantino can qualify as a singing mentor but it is what it is.  Now that Scott has rode off with his piano into the sunset, I declare that the competition officially begins tonight as the remaining 7 contestants are all deserving of their status.  With so many songs to choose from on "movie night" I can come up with a few ideas for our remaining singers.  In picking these choices, I'm going off the list of the top 100 songs of all time in film according to AFI.  

Danny Gokey - Unchained Melody (Ghost) - C'mon, you can totally see him belting out this power ballad.  It would completely fall in his wheelhouse of starting off a song slow and finishing with a flourish.

Lil Rounds - I Will Always Love You (The Bodyguard) - Although the judges keep telling her to pick a fun song and make it her own, I expect Lil to once again copycat a diva and try to out-Whitney Mrs. Bobby Brown on this one.

Kris Allen - Mrs. Robinson (The Graduate) - Paul Simon's folksy hit is perfect for Kris to sing with his guitar.  He'd have to put a current spin on it to avoid seeming Karaoke.

Matt Giraud - Footloose (Footloose) - Now this choice will definitely be a cheesy one, but Matt has done this before (Coldplay, Fray) and it wouldn't shock me to see him channel Kenny Loggins.  Everybody cut, everybody cut.

Adam Lambert - Born To Be Wild (Easy Rider) - Adam could go nuts with this one and transform it into a more energetic rock song.  Steppenwolf and Lambert go well together and I can imagine him nailing the high notes here.

Allison Iraheta - Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me) - She could totally put her own spin on this Carly Simon number.  Picking song choices for Allison is a bit tough but I think this could work for her and I really do see her passing Lil Rounds as the best female left in the contest.

Anoop Desai - Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany's) - I can see Anoop Dogg building on his strong performance of last week and smoothing out this timeless classic.  He's got his work cut out for him though as he is arguably the weakest male singer still alive in the competition.

That's all for this week.  I hope we get some humorous banter between Q.T. and the contestants tonight.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Egg Finding Madness

Yesterday we spent Easter at my Dad's house up in Centreville, MD.  We had a fantastic meal and a great time overall.  While the kids took their naps, Dad and I went out and hid Easter Eggs around the outside of the house.  Lori also hid eggs inside as well so when the kids woke up from their nap they had a full EGGstravaganza on their hands.  My stepmom put letters the eggs we hid outside so the kids could tell which eggs belonged to which kid.  Josh was extremely enthused about the whole egg-finding operation while Alex was pretty much just along for the ride.  

I appologize for the poor sound quality here due to the whipping wind outside.