Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday Musings

Its 8:53 am

    Went to bed last night with thunder and rain and woke up this morning to a glorious morning,full of sunshine.
Turned on the iPod and am listening to Live while I'm getting my blogging thoughts together. I think coffee is also in order so before I start writing,I'm going to do just that.
 So now I'm back....
Lori came back early Sunday night and I indeed did cook my wife dinner and did 100% of the meal...prep,cook and washing the dishes. I actually had a lot of fun and was really happy when she said she liked my spaghetti sauce better then her own. I know I hear some of you laughing but Lori doesn't flatter for the sake of flattering. That is what made her comment so special....and you know I'll be heading back into the kitchen on Saturday trying my hand at making a Michael Symon kale salad that we saw on Symon's Suppers on the Cooking Channel.
  Sunday saw the annual selection for the NCAA Men's hoops tourney. Shockingly San Jose State did NOT make it despite a 9-22 record including finishing dead ass last in the WAC. Aye,the Berry curse still resides with our men's program. But the women's team did much better this year finishing 4th this year about being one of the worst teams last year not only in the WAC but the entire nation.
  I signed up on Yahoo and filled out a bracket....and I'm picking Syracuse to upend Kentucky to win the title. But I think SJSU's old foe,Long Beach State will make some noise and surprise quite a few people.
Michigan is well represented with 3 schools making the tourney,U of Michigan (c'mon Ohio,please beat that Wolverine ass!!),U of Detroit and Michigan State (maybe Izzo's best coaching job in a long,long time).
Oakland U also got an invite to one of the minor tourneys as well.
 Caught a snippet on the Foster-Valenti Show on a local sports radio station. Valenti was saying that any blue chipper who plays at a mid-major school coached by his father when he has offers from big name schools shouldn't be allowed. See,in Michigan we have had that happen twice in one year. Two very sought after recruits being chased by the likes of Duke,Arizona,Michigan State decided to sign with the schools where their fathers coach,Trey Zeigler of Central Michigan,whose dad,Ernie is the head coach and Ray McCallum Jr,whose dad Ray,coaches at the U of Detroit.
  Valenti thinks its not right that these young men turn down offers from the big boys to stay home and play with their fathers. Really....I mean how completely wrong can someone who claims to know about sports can be? That is the beauty of being recruited,that a young player can look at the whole picture and see which school will suit them best. CMU and Detroit are both excellent schools to get a education,no matter who is coaching. Now maybe you won't be on ESPN every week and some folks may think the father may play favorites but hey,thats going to happen no matter where you go. How many players get recruited to play at a big boy school only to find themselves being the 11th or 12th player coming off the bench to play the last 45 seconds of a blowout game as a senior? This after being wined and dined as the next big NBA type star?
I think its great that these kids decided to stay home and play for their dads,at least you won't see their names on a police blotter doing stupid shit and getting kicked off the team.
  Now there is a risk that if pops isn't coaching too well (CMU was terrible this year),he could be fired and then the question can be asked,will the player stay or transfer? Again,a moot question because of the vast amount of players who transfer every year looking for the magic button that will get them playing on a higher level. Sometimes a transfer works and sometimes (hello Tate Forcier) it doesn't. But questioning a player who wants to play for their dad? Just stupidity.
  Lori and I went over to the new MJR Theater in Westland yesterday. Seems like one of her co-workers had went and watched "Act of Valor"and said it was a good movie. Now Lori isn't into fanboy or violent movies so I was surprised when she said she wanted to see this with me as I hadn't planned on it myself.
 But since we had a day off together and were planning to make a Randazzo's run....we stopped at Subway,got a sammie and headed on over. The new theater is clean and well laid out. The matinee price was 5.00 so that that nice. There was maybe about 15 folks for the 1:40 pm showing,nice and cozy seats.
  Now "Act of Valor" is different then most war movies because the Navy SEALS in the movie are the real deal. To see how they operate in the field was pretty amazing and the movie had 3 great set pieces where the tactics and firepower that they can bring into a fight were full display. I read a couple of reviews about how "Act of Valor" was a SEALS recruiting tool much like Top Gun was for Navy fighter pilots. Not even close,I daresay you might have better odds being a Harrier or SuperHornet fighter jockey then you do a SEAL. The SEALS are the best of the best. The movie was well done and very exciting. The ending titles were pretty sobering as the producers listed the SEALS lost in action since 9/11. Sadly,there were quite a few names that they listed.
  We headed to over to Randazzo's after the movie and picked up fresh veggies. Lori's car needed gas so we went to a tiny station that was selling gas for 3.79 a gallon while everyone else was selling it at 3.92. Needless to say,the place was packed and we had to be very careful getting in and out .
    Filled up and dropped by Big Lots for a pick peek. We got a laugh seeing Jesse James's book "American Outlaw" already at Big Lots. Big Lots is a step up from Dollar Tree when it comes to books. It answers a basic question,"just where do books go to die"after they sit on a shelf and gather dust at a local Barnes and Noble. They get sold to discounters,who sell them to yet another discounter and then to dollar stores and flea markets. You see a lot of books that were just being talked about here at stores like this....I passed on buying it and left.
  Got a note from a very good writer friend of mine. Seems like she has decided to pick up her "pen" and start blogging again. I for one (and I'm sure Slade Wilson agrees),am glad to see this. I read her first entry and I shake my head at how easy she makes this thing called blogging is. While I can't hype her up (per her request),I did post a link to her blog along with another new blogger pal of mine,a English chap named Dave. He too,is now listed on my Blogs I Follow list.
  Alrightly......I'm out for now.  Below is the trailer for "Act of Valor".

60 comments:

  1. Wow very interesting day lol, thank you for sharing!

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    1. Yes,we really did have a simple but very happy life. I miss it very much.

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  2. What a day, a movie, good food, a trip to Big Lots and More! My kinda of do nothing and something mixed together day!

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    1. Agreed...on some days,we would the car west or south and go poking around somewhere new.

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  3. A very full day :) :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. thanks for sharing some of your life! my wife too doesnt flatter to be nice

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    1. Thank you for reading.....have you tried cooking for your wife?

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  5. I can't remember that last time my husband made me dinner. He's all about ordering out when it's his turn.

    Michelle F.

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    1. we need to fix that,don't we? Maybe read this entry to him....*s*

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  6. Okay first thanks for a few chuckles. Great post and thanks for sharing.

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    1. thank you for commenting Rebecca! I started reposting some of my earlier posts because I really didn't promote my blog then. It was just a way of venting my fear about Lori's cancer. She didn't know about the blog until she became advanced.

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  7. Sounds Like You Had A Busy Day LOL! Thanks For Sharing!

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  8. Sounds like a great day. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I give anything to have it back.....

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  9. That was a full day... I appreciated your discussion about athletes and their futures... and the time a man may have to be away from his family.

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    1. I like sports quite a bit so it easy to call this guy out. He is a decent guy,he is a rabble rouser on his show,he says things like this to rile up people enough to call in...

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    2. That's great! He definitely needed to be.

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  10. You've been busy and that's great for your friend that she started blogging again!

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    1. I agree,she is a very talented writer....

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  11. Wow!
    Your been a busy person today. I thought I had it tough.. Blogging friends are great.
    Best of luck with your blogging journey.

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    1. It was a busy but fun day,I am happy to have the memory....thank you for dropping by!

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  12. Interesting post! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. thanks Jeanine! Thank you for reading my entry...

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  13. aww making dinner for your wife is awesome. i love that jesse james book was at big lots! funny

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    1. I am waiting for it to drop down to Dollar Tree before picking it up....*s*

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  14. Sounds like a busy yet fun day.

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    1. Yes it was.....thank you for dropping by

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  15. Wow i feel like you had a long day but i think that its worth it.

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  16. You were able to do a lot in a day, which is really very productive.

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    1. Consider where we were at the time,we were indeed very busy!

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  17. Wow, you had quite a full and busy day :)

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  18. I like the explanation of your day, we all have busy days and really slow days. kudos to making supper can you train my hubby :P

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    1. Be happy to,Samantha! I wish I had learned more....

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  19. You sure know how to pack a lot into a day's time. I'm worn out!

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  20. I love nighttime showers and waking up to a gorgeous sun :)
    I see that you're from Michigan. We are just across the ditch from you (Ontario). We go shopping there a lot. Can't say that I've been drawn in to a Big Lots though. I can never find anything good there.
    I used to love playing basketball...not to toot my own horn but I was MVP in highschool for juniors. We played a team in Detroit just for kicks, and they KILLED us! Like big time. So my hats off to Michigan.

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    1. Big Lots is a hit and miss store,sometimes they have great deals and other times,not so much. I liked the book section until I found Dollar Tree...and if one patient,you would see the same books trickle down to Dollar Tree.

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  21. Wow you're so good!! Such a productive day you had!

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  22. What a great day you had, and i have fun reading. Thanks for sharing this.

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  23. I am in awe of Navy Seals. What an incredibly special group of people that train hard to protect others.

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    1. No doubt,those SEALS are the best of the best...a lot of stress however,must be hard to come back down after a mission.

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  24. I wish my husband would cook! He claims he cannot cook so I do 100% of the cooking. It gets tiring. Sounds like you had a busy day.

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    1. Oh,I am sure if you decided to go strike for a week,he would figure it out! I mean grilling counts as making dinner!

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  25. I woke to thunder & lightening today so I know how it can affect your day, a Navy Seal Wow!

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    1. It was pretty interesting to see real SEALS on the big screen. No fake Chuck Norris stuff....it was a good look at tactics and team work.

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  26. Hey, just popping in from the Facebook Blogger's Corner ... you certainly packed a lot into one day! I'd just like to know one thing (same thing other women have commented on): how do I convince *MY* hubby to prepare and serve dinner, AND do the dishes afterward? ;-) Bless you for being so considerate of your wife!

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    1. We always did chores together except for cooking,which she loved to do and I mowed the grass which I still like doing. We found it so much more fun doing even these mundane things together....of course as her illness progressed,I did everything and I was happy to do it.

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  27. Rain rain go away. Come again another day. Ok, I just couldn't resist. HA!

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    1. Still looking pretty muggy even a day later!

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  28. You made my day!!! Thanks for sharing such incredible article :)

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    1. you are most welcome! Thank you for reading it

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