Crossed wires

I’ve just finished watching the final season of The Wire and it’s left me feeling very frustrated. I feel as if I need another season to come along and make me feel better but of course the characters are all either dead now or out of a job so that’s not happening. Except Marlo of course, he survived and he’s one of the things frustrating me the most as he just had no character or personality (until the last five minutes). It was a hard act to follow the Barksdale crew because they all had so much character and we saw more of their personal and family lives whereas the Stanfield mob just went about mumbling and shooting people. At least Slim Charles survived, maybe he can go and kill Marlo for me and also, making Dukie use heroin was very uncool writers.

I don’t know if it ever aired here and if it did I never saw, read or heard anything about it. The only reason I became aware of it now was because I watch The Walking Dead and when I read that three actors from The Wire were in it I went to the local library to see if they had it on dvd.

I liked the first four seasons (some more than others) and I was just wondering, was it popular in the USA when it aired there? Since I started watching it I’ve read two novels that referenced it so I’m guessing it had some kind of following so why only five seasons? Besides the fact everyone was dead or crooked.

So I need something else to watch now – what’s good? I like police dramas but I don’t like to spend too much time lurking about the lab or the courtroom. I liked Cold Case a lot when it was around and I watched a lot of years of the original CSI and Dexter was mostly good and I’m not into comedy or doctor drama. And I don’t want anything that went for so many seasons it died a painful death.

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The 20Q Meme

From Bzoink

1. When you buy a greetings card are the words or the picture more important to you?
I make my greeting cards so it’s usually all about the picture. Although I did go through a stage of making up Dr Seuss style verses to put inside and they were pretty cool. Or I thought so.
2. What’s your favorite kind of cake?
I’m not much of a cake eater but probably just plain old basic chocolate.
3. Do you ever make gifts for people, if so what, or do you buy them?
I make lots of gifts for people – usually using a photo I’ve taken or one of Papas. If I buy something I put a lot of thought into it and consider who it’s going to.
4. You are chosen to have lunch with the President. The condition is you only get to ask one question. What do you ask?
I wouldn’t choose to have lunch with the President. I wouldn’t choose to have lunch with our Prime Minister either. Why ruin a good lunch with politicians.
5. Which do you dislike most: pop-up ads or spam email?
Pop ups I guess – I don’t get much spam email, my filter must be pretty good.
6. What was the best party you’ve ever been to?
It was a fondue party in about 1985 that one of my friends threw for some reason. He had about twenty fondues set up with all sorts of things to dip, sweet and savoury, lots of cheese. Lots of loud music and the alcohol was flowing – it was a pretty fun night.
7. Which is worse, being in a place that is too loud, or too quiet?
I don’t know anymore. Since this tinnitus developed they’re both awful, I just like moderate constant noise. Too quiet and I concentrate on the crazy chirpy ringing noises in my head but too loud drives me to distraction and I can’t concentrate on what anyone’s saying. Especially scraping noises – cafes with tile floors and chairs dragging in and out and coffee machines blasting – ahhhhhhhh.
8. You are offered an envelope that you know contains $50. You are then told that you may either keep it or exchange it for another envelope that may contain $500 or may be empty. Do you keep the first envelope, or do you take your chances with the second?
I’m not a gambler, I’d keep the first
9. Do you wish cellphone etiquette was a required class upon purchasing one?
No really. People on phones don’t bother me, I can block them. People with no manners need etiquette lessons in all areas of life not just in phone use. The ones who do annoy me are the ones who walk along the footpath looking at their phone and not where they’re going and assume other people will move out-of-the-way but I don’t, I just push them.
10. What’s the most messed up food combination that you’ve had that was actually good?
I think people are usually surprised about vegemite and avocado toast or egg and vegemite toast. It’s the contrast between the creamy and the sharp that works.
11. What’s one of your most random pet peeves (something that annoys you)?
When you tell someone something and then they come back a couple of days later and tell that same thing to you as if you weren’t the one who just told them.
12. When is the last time you had home cooking?
Last night – I have it every day.
13. If you could be a fictional character from a book who would you choose?
Well I always fancied being Sugglepot or Cuddlepie (gumnut babies)
14. If you could be in a television sit-com, which would you choose?
None – I don’t watch them.
15. If you could be any animal or creature for one day, what would it be?
Chicken Little – just so I could know what goes on in that little head.
16. What’s your favorite girl’s name?
Well probably the ones I chose for my daughters but I do like the name Eadie for a girl and I didn’t get a chance to use it as my third baby was a boy. It was the name of one of my grandmothers friends.
17. What’s your favorite boy’s name?
Lloyd. It’s always cool to meet another one, they pop up every now and then.
18. What’s your supermarket of choice?
Wherever things are the cheapest and not many people go to.
19. If you were to attend a costume party tonight, what or whom would you go as?
I don’t know – I really don’t have many dress up supplies in the house and I’m not going to the shops. There’s an afro wig up in the spare room.
20. What is your concession stand must-have at the movies?
Nothing!! All food and drinks should be banned from the movies. Unless it’s oatmeal or something soft like that. I have never understood why people can’t just sit for two hours without having to eat and drink. I mean seriously – is there anything more annoying than the slow chip packet opener cracking open that packet second  by slow second in an effort to be quiet.

Chicks in castles

Watching Snow white and the huntsman last night and Daz asked me if Rumpelstiltskin was going to be in it.

Me – Umm, no, I don’t think so.

Him: didn’t he hang around with a chick in a castle?

Me: they were all about chicks in castles!

He’s concerned this morning about the dwarf that died because there were 8 dwarves and then one died so there were seven.

Him: so it was really Snow White and the 8 dwarves to begin with?

Me: were there 8 before one died?

Him: yep

Me: what, did you count them?

He’s out there mowing the lawn at the moment and I bet he’s pondering the whole issue of Rumpelstiltskin and dwarf population numbers. He’ll have to get busy on google later.

Day 18: a tv show I’m addicted to

I watch a lot of tv shows, I’m definitely not a TV snob – I’ll give anything a go.

Ones that I watch all the time and don’t like to miss an episode of are True Blood and Dexter. I’ve watched every season of these two and they’ve both had seasons that weren’t so great and others that I loved.

The only TV show that I’ve ever watched more than once is Buffy. I’ve probably watched the whole thing – every episode of every season – three times. I’ve just listened to a lot of it again as my daughter has having a Buffy marathon in her bedroom. Like Dexter and True Blood it had a couple of seasons that I didn’t really like i.e. the whole Initiative thing with Adam and Riley, didn’t get into that much.

Lol, I used to love a bit of Dr Drew a few years ago as well but we don’t have pay TV anymore, don’t even know if he’s still doing it. I watch QI with Stephen Fry every night although they’re repeats and at the moment and I’m watching a show called Prisoners of War which is an Israeli programme upon which the series Homeland is modelled. I think the guy who wrote and directed Prisoners of War is the producer of Homeland. Anyway it’s really good – although I find it to be very sad.

I think my favourite show would be Project Runway which probably seems strange when you take into account that I can’t sew. I just love the challenges and seeing what they come up with in such a short amount of time – they’re are a lot of talented people out there. I also like Masterchef for the same reason – seeing what the contestants come up with in such a limited time. There was another show I liked a couple of years ago called The Renovators – I don’t think it rated very well but I liked it. Like Project Runway and Masterchef the contestants were given a challenge and a time frame and had to renovate a room and eventually a house.

So I guess my favourite shows are ones like that, ones where talented everyday people are challenged with a task and come up with amazing ideas under pressure.

tube time

The last season of Dexter was pretty good wasn’t it. I’ve only just watched it. The two seasons before it were so ordinary that I hadn’t bothered with the barrel girls season. I thought the trinity season was a bit bla and the season with Jimmy Smits was a bit of a yawn. But this one was pretty good. Although I wish he’d just kill Quinn, I can’t stand that guy. And even though his hair looked better this season he now looks like he spends way too much time in a spray tan booth.

And season four of True Blood has just started and it seems okay. Although I’m already sick of the inbreds out in the forest and I am not at all a fan of Eric the simpleton. That’s just not right. And neither is Lafayette, somethings gone wrong with him. Every time I look at him I think he’s Whoopie Goldberg. Maybe he’s hamming it up too much.

And Masterchef is a bit boring this year as well. There are no characters on it, they’re all a bit bland. Like their food. How can you make it to the top ten of a cooking show that had thousands of applicants and not know how to make hummus or how to cook a lamb chop. It’s a mystery.

Not much on at all,  it seems to always be either Law and Order or CSI.

Like A Bat Out of Hell…… I was sort of like

So this morning, when I did my 40 minute “easy” run, I picked Stadium Fillers as my music option. I have a look at the four music channels we have and pick one. Max usually has a countdown of some kind and today was Stadium Fillers.

Man, I never knew Thriller went for so long.

In  my 40 minutes, I heard four songs. In this order.

Stairway To Heaven
Thriller
Bat Out of Hell
Another Brick in the Wall

I’m still not sure if it made the time go faster or slower. Although it beats the day I picked the itunes top 50 countdown and had to listen to Bieber twice. And I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with him but we have to remember that I’m 46 and he’s about 10 or something. So when he’s singing something about wanting someone to love him, I’m thinking to myself, that would be your mother young man.

And the last thing I see is my heart
Still beating
Still beating
Oh breaking out of my body and flying away
Like a bat out of hell
 
Now that brings back some memories.

 

too much tv

The dark and gripping novel I’m reading, has so far not been dark or gripping. I’m glad I only paid $12 for it.

I just realised I still know the words to Funky Town. Not sure if this is a good thing or not.

I watched Daybreakers last night. Please don’t judge me by it. In fact maybe I shouldn’t mention it at all, because maybe you’ve never seen it and now I’ve mentioned it you’ll race out and watch it. And it’s just so embarrassing. All these australians walking around with terrible american accents. Like Vince Colosimo who is so hot and that nice looking guy from Play School and Claudia Karven who is one of my favourites. (Watch Love My Way – it’s a fantastic australian series with her in it).

But Daybreakers – it was terrible.

This week I also watched Blindside – which went for about half an hour too long. State of Play which also went for half an hour too long. And WTF was going on with Russells hair!? I also watched GI Joe, Uptown Girl, The Ugly Truth and Date Night. (I’m looking for an opportunity to tell some one – you, zip your vagina). You can tell when my daughter has been home for a visit, I’ve always watched a lot of tv. I have also caught up with the Kardashians. I’m also up to date with The Hills. I can’t believe Audrina and Kristen are besties now. I’ve obviously missed something.

We have also started season 3 of True Blood. DON’T TELL ME ANYTHING. But it’s looking good so far. Hope it doesn’t drag on as long as season 2 did. And thank god Bill has sorted out his hair. Dexter must be due back soon. Is it on or finished over there yet?

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and then there was none

So I finally got to watch the Lost finale last night.

I'd just like to say it was the dog that pushed me over the edge in the end. Vincent.

And I'm an ugly crier. You see those people crying and they just dab the corner of their eyes with a tissue and they're good to go on. I'm not one of them. My eyes get all swollen and my nose gets blocked, my face goes all red and blotchy. Its a terrible sight.

It started with Claire and Charlie really. I didn't like Charlie at all throughout the whole series of Lost but their recognition thingy was really sweet. Juliette and Sawyer cranked it up a bit more, but it was the bloody dog that really got me.

I'm like that with books as well. I find it almost impossible to read a book about a boy and his dog or a man and his horse, or a girl and her horse, or a horse and it's dog.  Don't even talk about The Incredible Journey. If I'm reading the blurb on the back of a book and see there's an animal involved I always flick through the last few pages to make sure it's still alive before I borrow it. A few sneak past me. I mean I was devastated when Almondine died in The Story of Edgar Sawtell. I loved that little dog.

Where's Richard anyway? And why wasn't Ben in the church? And why wasn't his daughter there?

And where the hell have the writers of the final been for the past five or six episodes anyway. I almost considered giving up the whole thing a few weeks ago because it'd become pretty ordinary. But that ending will do me I think.

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