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KISS songs 78, 77 & 76 + other news!

Greetings, readers. Much news to tell you about this week. Let’s get right into it. First, the area of the blog where I type the drafts is TOTALLY different. When you work with something for 8 years or so, you get used to the format and the look. This is a completely changed template, and for those of you who know me, I hate change.

Secondly, I binge watched the final eight episodes of Fuller House, one of my favorite shows. Yes…, I cried through the last episode where D.J., Steph and Kimmy got married in a triple wedding; so sweet! You know, I wanted the series to go on a few more years, so I could watch the kids grow up more, graduate high school and have prom night, like D.J. did. Oh, and Max and Rose must get married…, one day. Lol. Perhaps another streaming service other than Netflix might pick them up.

Now to my sad news. For only the third time since 1970, I will not be going to Maine this August. With all the fuss and uncertainty of Covid-19, I just don’t want to risk the trip up and back. Plus, once I’d get there, I’d not be allowed off the property; quarantined, you know. I tried to find out how to make an angry face emoji, but I couldn’t find it, so… here’s mine – :-S

Lastly, here are KISS songs 78, 77 & 76 in our countdown:

# 78. Kissin’ Time – [ A fun, fast-paced song from the band’s fist album, KISS. The guys talk about heading around the country, loving the ladies and loving life. It’s a song that I play when I’m down because it’s in my vocal range. After I sing it a couple of times, all my woes melt away. ]

# 77. 2000 Man – [ Okay, I’m not sure if writers, Mick Jagger and Keith Richard were on something the day he wrote this song for the Spaceman, Ace Frehley, because the lyrics are a bit odd. For instance;

“Well, my name is a number
A piece of plastic film
And I’m growin’ funny flowers
In my little window sill don’t you know I’m a 2,000 man
And my kids, they just don’t understand me at all
Well my wife still respects me
I really misused her
I am having an affair
With the Random computer
Don’t you know I’m a 2,000 man……………………………………… {From The Rolling Stone Lyrics page} Anyway, I still love it!!! ]

# 76. King Of The Mountain – [ With Eric Carr’s fantastic drum solo intro to this this song, KotM delivers a powerful punch for the lead-off tune off the Asylum album. Paul Stanley’s “gonna climb the mountain and hit the top…”. The song is about going for for what you want, and not settling. If you want it, go get it and be king…, or queen of your mountain. 😉

Alright, my readers. That’s it for this week. I’ll be back next Wednesday with another blog entry, including song choices #s, 75, 74 and 73. Until next time, take care of one another, check on your neighbors, practice social distancing, and always, happy reading.

Variation of a theme

Greetings, readers. The good news is that I decided to continue the weekly, Wednesday blog going through the summer and beyond. The ‘bad’ news is that the KISS top 100 will go slower than expected. Let’s get #s 80 and 79 done today. 🙂

80. Rock And Roll Hell – [ A Gene Simmons, medium-tempo song from the popular Creatures Of The Night album, it speaks of a musician who is under the gun and wants his time in the limelight. But, it’s been too long with too many sacrifices. He wants out. ]

79. Tossin’ And Turnin’ – [ Peter Criss’ fantastic version of a Bobby Lewis hit from 1961, it talks about a guy who just can’t sleep because he and his girl weren’t right. This song is on the Peter Criss solo album from 1978! ]

Now on to other happenings. I had therapy today, which always helps. This past weekend I ‘tortured’ myself by watching 6 straight hours of YouTube marriage proposal videos. OMG! Yes, I do that to myself at times. 😦

Well, my area of the country goes ‘green’ on Friday!!! Most, if not all restrictions from the Covid-19 pandemic will be lifted. I just hope that people continue common sense and self-distance. It just takes one or two cases to spark a flare-up.

Lastly, during a flight simulation for my virtual airline I’m with, I flew the perfect flight and… almost the perfect landing. I hit the function button and the 1 button in stead of the f1 button. One ninety minute flight ruined. Grr! I think I’m not quite in reality just now. Lol.

Well folks, until next Wednesday, when I’ll list #s 78 and 77 and 76, do love one another, take good care and and always, happy reading.

 

Summer top ten list of KISS songs – #90 through #81!

Greetings, readers. Here we are with the week two installment of the top 100 songs from KISS. Today, it’s 90 – 81. So here we go!

90. King Of The Mountain – [ The first song on the Asylum album, speaks to me about going for what you want in life, and never letting anything stand in your way of reaching the top. ]

89. Who Wants To Be Lonely – [ A Paul Stanley song, a medium tempo song talking about not wanting to be alone. Find your love and be with them. ]

88. Exciter – [ The lead-off number to the Lick It Up album, Paul is the man who knows what you desire, and he’s the one who going to give it to you. ]

87. All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose – [ The first song on the second side of Lick It Up, don’t mess with these guys because they’re confident and will succeed in anything they do. ]

86. Not For The Innocent – [ This song is sung by Gene Simmons, again on Lick It Up, mean, dirty and definitely a bunch that you, “better lock up your daughters” from. Even though this song is raunchy, sexual and blatant, I like it because it’s in my vocal range. I can sing to it easily. ]

85. Two Sides Of The Coin – [ In this song from the Unmasked album, Ace Frehley talks about the fact that there’s always two sides to everything, including which woman to choose; popular stud! ]

84. She’s So European – [ Gene sings this song, also from the Unmasked album, and speaks of a woman drinking champagne, looking to snare a man in her web. A great song from KISS’ pop/disco era. Side note, in a Gene Simmons Band show, the were in Australia and changed the title to She’s Is So Australian. 😉 ]

83. Dark Light – [ A super-cool Ace song from Music From The Elder. He treats us to, what I consider, his very best guitar solo…, EVER! ]

82. Escape From The Island – [Only the second totally instrumental song by KISS, It provides us with some fantastic Ace guitar and a drum solo by 2nd. year drummer, Eric Carr. ]

81. Dirty Livin’ – [ This is the only song on the Dynasty album which Criss was a part of. He was basically on the way out, replaced by drummer, Anton Fig. His only other new song, I Finally Found My Way, would come years later on the reunion Album, Psycho Circus. It’s one of my all-time favorite songs.

I’ve added a poll…, a first for me. We’ll see if it works or not.

Well, there they are. Next week, 80 – 71. Until next week, take care, use social distancing, check on your neighbors, love one another, and as always, happy reading.

One day late, the top 100 KISS songs begins!

Greetings, readers. Today I start my spring/summer blog project. Folks tell me to write about what I know. Well, KISS is my favorite band of all time. I’m going to share with you my top 100 favorite KISS songs, from barley passable to top notch. So…, here we go with the first 10!

100. Just A Boy – From ‘Music From The Elder‘ [ A medium tempo song sung by Paul Stanley. It makes the list at last place because of Paul’s horrible falsetto in places. I can’t even figure out some of the lyrics. However it is one of the few good songs on the disastrous  Elder Album. ]

99. A World Without Heroes – [ Another selection from the Elder album. Sung by Gene Simmons, it’s a hauntingly beautiful, slow song. KISS didn’t sing many slow songs, but this one is a winner. Listen to it once and you’ll be hooked. ]

98. The Oath – [Paul’s best effort on the Elder album, it talks about a young boy being transformed into a confident and loyal man and warrior. I think it’s the best song on the Elder. ]

97. Is That You? – [ The first song on the Unmasked album, it’s a Paul Stanley song about girls who use guys to just get what they want. On a side note; even though Peter Criss got the album cover, he was no longer part of the band. Eric Carr would soon join. ]

96. Torpedo Girl – [ The first Ace Frehley song to make our list, it’s a cool song about a guy and a girl having fun and probably have sex later on. ]

95. Naked City – [ A Gene Simmons number which talks about “older women who love younger men”, throwing their inhibitions away and going for it. ]

94. Young And Wasted – [ The title says it all, but it’s interesting that though sung by Gene Simmons on the album, Eric Carr, the drummer at the time, sung it on the video, KISS: ANIMALIZE LIVE. ]

93. Fits Like A Glove – [Okay…, this is as explicit and self-explanatory as it gets here people. Gene talks about how his, “snake’s alive”, and background vocals scream about, “wet dreams”…, it’s a cool song if you’re not easily offended. Snappy beat and good drums. ]

92. Under The Gun – [ 1st. song on the Animalize album, it’s a top-notch, fast-paced song sung by Paul Stanley. In this era, the band just loved writing songs about women, sex and their own impressive packages, and weren’t afraid to be blunt about it. ]

91. I’ve Had Enough {Into The Fire} – [The leadoff song to the Animalize album, a very upbeat Paul Stanley song about going for it, and not letting anybody stop you. It’s definitely my favorite song on this album.

Well, there are the first 10 in this long list. 90-81 will be up for next Wednesday. Until then, take care, love one another, and as always, happy reading.

 

Top ten list of my favorite movies

Greetings, readers. It has been a long time since we have done a top ten list and as mentioned before my favorite movies seems to be a good topic. The choice for #1, 2, and 3 are in order, the rest are not so much. So here we go.

#10. The Village – 2004. [Bryce Dallas Howard gave a remarkable performance as Ivy Walker, the blind heroine who had to overcome her fears and travel to the town to get medicine to save her fiancée’s life.]

#9. Smokey and the Bandit – 1977. [Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, and Jerry Reed did a marvelous job in their roles respectively. This movie, as well as two others in this list, came out in the era before VHS tapes. I went to see this film 13 consecutive Friday nights in the theater. I laughed and cheered every time.]

#8. King Kong – 1976. [This is another one of these movies that I saw multiple times. This film fascinated me. This was the first film that Jessica Lange appeared in and she did very well. The special effects were above average in my opinion. Another note is that it was held over four times and was at our theatre for 56 big weeks. I saw it ten consecutive weeks.]

#7. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – 1977. [As a young teenager I was fascinated by UFOs. I loved the cast’s performances and of course I was naïve enough to actually think there was a UFO landing strip behind Devil’s Tower. I saw this film weekly all 12 weeks it was playing in town.]

#6. Green Book – 2018. [I saw this film only once during a Monday afternoon film festival with a friend. It was one of those of films that you never want to end. I loved it from the first scene to the last. It told the true story of a Black musician in the 1960s who went on tour and eventually became the victim of bigotry and racism. The scene that affected me the most was when this African-American gentlemen was told he could change and eat in the broom closet.]

#5. Star Wars: A New Hope – 1977. [Anyone who was a science-fiction buff at that time would have loved this picture. As the film starts with the now-famous line, ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away …’ it leads to the feeling that anything is possible. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford give wonderful performances as well does Sir Alec Guinness.]

#4. The African Queen – 1951. [I saw this film a few weeks ago when I rented it from our public library. I had heard about it for years but had never seen it. Boy, had I missed a good one all these years. It was my first Humphrey Bogart picture and both he and the impeccable Katharine Hepburn were amazing. That is a picture that I would highly recommend to anyone and I intend to watch it again soon.]

#3. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – 1982. [Ricardo Montalban said in an interview once that he had to re-watch the original episode “Space Seed” to learn how to get back into his character. It worked. He gave a masterful performance as the villain Khan. After Star Trek: The Motion Picture was more or less a bust, the folks at Star Trek know that this second film had to be a blockbuster, and it was. I highly recommend it to anyone who has not seen it.]

#2. Cleopatra – 1963. [The 1963 version of Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor has fascinated me for years. Liz gave a stellar performance as did Rex Harrison and Richard Burton. It was the most expensive film made to that date, and if I have heard correctly, it actually lost money because of it. SPOILER ALERT: From the opening of the film to the intermission shortly after Caeser’s death is a marvelous and exciting motion picture. The film took on an entirely different feel in the second half, and I have never been able to stay awake through it. A real snoozer. I tried the entire film straight through as well as with a break; same outcome. I loved part one, didn’t really care for part two. Her performance is what ranks this movie so high.]

#1. On Golden Pond – 1981. [My favorite movie of all time, it stars Katharine Hepburn with Henry and Jane Fonda. The writer of the play On Golden Pond, Ernest Thompson has a cabin somewhere on Great Pond in Maine and it is rumored that Golden Pond and Great Pond are one and the same. The film was shot on Squam Lake in New Hampshire and it really captured the essence and beauty of Great Pond. I have seen that film probably over 100 times.]

If I ever do a part two of this favorite movies list, George C. Scott’s A Christmas Carol will certainly be on it. That is a list to think about.

There’s our list for today. Please chime in on Facebook or here in the comments section with your list. Let’s get a debate going.

I shall try extremely hard to put up a blog entry this Sunday or Monday. So until then, take care, have a great few days, and happy reading.

Top ten list of things I hate and love about going to a movie theater these days

Greetings, readers. When I was a teenager, I would go to the movies on a Friday evening about twice a month. These days, if I go to a movie theater twice a year, it is a lot. Today’s top ten list are reasons why I don’t like going to the movie theater anymore… Plus a few reasons why I do. So sit back, grab some popcorn and a soda, and get ready for today’s list.

#10. The overall quality of films today [There are still a lot of good films out there, but unless you’re into Marvel comics… which I am not, I have to search for something I am willing to spend beaucoup bucks on.]

#9. The lack of fan interaction [Unless you want to stand in a long line on opening night, most film showings play to half-empty theaters. To me, if there is no fan interaction, and the film is not ultra-exciting, it can be a most boring and expensive 90 minutes.]

#8. The price of a ticket [Now I know it was more money back then, but I remember the good old days when $1.50 got your matinee ticket and two dollars bought you an evening show ticket.]

#7. The price of popcorn and other such snacks [Continuing along the line of money, I find it absurd to pay 5 to 8 dollars for popcorn, and slightly less for a large drink. Not everyone is made of money, and can spend it just to see a flick.]

#6. The size of the theater [In 1977, when Star Wars came out… oh, I am sorry… Star Wars: A New Hope, it played at the Garden Theater which probably sat up to 250 people or more. It had the ground floor filled with seats, plus a big balcony. Today, many theaters will have rooms for perhaps 100 people. More rooms = more films = more money!]

#5. All the sequels lately [Star Wars has had its prequels and sequels, Star Trek has had numerous films with old crew and new; and dare we not forget the gazillion Fast and the Furious series. Let’s think of something new.]

Okay, now for four reasons why I still do enjoy going to the movies.

#4. Full theater surround sound [Today, when you are watching an action-packed film with plenty of explosions or sci-fi laser fire, it is so great to hear it all around you. This is something that you just could not get back in the 70s and 80s.]

#3. At least in my small metropolis, we have relatively new theaters [Sure, there was something wonderful about the classic old theater with its beautiful balcony, but the aforementioned Garden Theater caught fire due to old and faulty wiring. It was such a great loss.]

#2. Most movie theaters around here are kept up to a high standard [I cannot remember the last time I walked into a movie theater and it either smelt bad, or was excessively dirty. I’m not going to count the few popcorn kernels which fall out of bags that kids are carrying. Kids will be kids.]

#1. Even though it is outrageously expensive today, if the film is good, the theater is a great place to take a family and enjoy an evening out. [If you think it is expensive now, wait five years. Some people will be paying their entire week’s paycheck just to take a family of four to the movies.]

Well, there you have it. That’s today’s blog entry for you. I hope you enjoy it. It is the first top ten list which I have done solo, and I’m not sure how smooth it’s going to be. Until Wednesday, when Rebecca returns to help out, I bid you a wonderful rest of your weekend, take care, love one another and happy reading.

Top ten list of blessings in my life

Greetings, readers. Today I thought I would go upbeat with the blog entry. Recently I’ve been telling you about all the things that have been bothering me in my life, and today I thought I would go cheery. I am grateful for many, many things, even though sometimes I don’t always show it. So here is my top ten list of things for which I am grateful.

#10. My late kitty cat Keekee. [Not too long after I moved into Addison Court, I’d say less than a year, a friend of mine was moving out. She could not take the two cats she had with her and asked me if I wanted one for free. I’m glad I decided to try it, allergies notwithstanding. She was my buddy for one week short of 12 years.]

#9. Princess Josie. [This cat is completely different in demeanor than Keekee. I love her to pieces, but she is a little more rambunctious than my former furry feline.]

#8. Meals on Wheels. [Although they are not always dishes which I would consider my favorites, I do eat most of them and feel blessed to have them at such an economical price.]

#7. A place over my head. [No, it’s not the family house that we used to own, but it is two nice-sized rooms with fully functional kitchen and I enjoyed the great view from the top floor for 13 years. With the new building going up next door though, I’m going to lose most of that view.]

#6. Sentimental items from my parent’s home. [When I moved to this apartment 13 years ago or so, I vowed to take as many paintings as I could get. It gives the apartment a hint of my former home. For that I am extremely grateful. I also have my mom’s desk and a bookcase of which we make good use.]

#5. Good neighbors and friends in the building. [As in any community, there are good neighbors and neighbors you’d like to run over with your car. I’m very happy to say that I have most pleasant neighbors, with only a few exceptions. I’m a very easygoing man and can usually work around any people who cause conflict. I’m glad that so many of my neighbors are folks I am happy to call friends.]

#4. Rebecca. [Every book I’ve ever done would not be published without Rebecca. Not only is she a good friend, she is a fantastic typist and an awesome editor. In her role as personal assistant, she has kept me from missing numerous appointment. Kudos to Rebecca.]

#3. Working technology. [Yes, I do like my Steam games, and to watch movies on Netflix. Sometimes I lose myself in a fantasy world of baseball, or I’ll spend and entire evening watching James Bond pictures. I’m happy for the technology to do so, i.e. my computer and gaming system to watch Netflix and YouTube on my TV.]

#2. A great bus system. [As chance would have it, my apartment is steps away from a bus stop, where many of the buses I take stop at. Though, during the summer time, when the buses run on reduced service, I find myself having to walk downtown a few blocks to catch buses at the main stop, called the College Ave, and Allen St stop. Sure, I’d love to have my own vehicle, but this is the next best thing.]

#1. And yes, it is in order, is that at least for now, I can still go to Bear Spring Camps. [I might have to stop after this year or perhaps after next, but I am going to milk it for all it is worth. Bear Spring Camps, and those people I have known all my life, are my truest blessings.]

There is today’s top ten list, on this cheery topic. I hope everyone enjoys it. Please pray for everyone who needs it, and if you are inclined to and can, please consider donating to a fund to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Such a tragic loss. I plan to donate some money myself.

Until this weekend, have a fantastic few days, take care of your family, enjoy good weather if you have it, and as always, happy reading.

Top ten list of things I loath about construction sites

Greetings, readers. Yesterday when I came up with this title, I must admit I was quite upset. Perhaps loath is a bit strong. Let’s go with perturbed; I think Rebecca agrees with me on the terminology. The construction, which really got started a few months ago, does irk me. So here comes my list of the top ten things that perturb me about the next door construction site, in no proper order except number two and one.

#10. The constant rumbling noises from 7:00am until 5:00pm. [Usually these construction sites are elsewhere and I’m in a car or on a bus when I go by them. I rarely hear them. Being right next to an active construction site is much different.]

#9. The on and off beeping of the Caterpillar machinery of various types moving forwards and backwards. [Yes, dear readers, these beep when they move forward as well.]

#8. The loading of the dump trucks. [When they drop heavy boulders in an empty dump truck, the noise could rattle Pittsburgh. Yesterday I jumped out of my chair to make sure nothing had tipped over. I do know, however, the area must be cleared and the debris taken away.]

#7. A large looming crane, that I estimate is 10 stories high. [I don’t know why I have an irrational fear of that thing, it seems to be sturdily mounted into the ground, but it is about 50 to 60 yards away from my window. If anything should ever goes wrong and it falls this way, I’m on the top floor. I will be directly in its path. Not good.]

#6. When sitting by the window, if I turn to the left, I may accidentally look at welding in progress. [I probably am far enough away that it will not hurt my eyes, but as some wise person once said, you never know. So I try not to look. Believe me, once they start putting the building up, they will be wielding all day long.]

#5. Multiple machines, such as the backhoes that pick up rocks, the Caterpillar with the jack hammer attachment, and a smaller four-wheel machine to move lighter items into place, all running at the same time in a small space. [Yes, each one is incredibly important for getting this building up in two years, but when you have four of them running at one time it gets a bit much. And let us not forget, when the dump trucks and concrete trucks pull in and do their thing it adds to the chaos and annoyance.]

#4. Dust on parked cars. [I currently don’t own my vehicle, but I’m sure that the folks that park downstairs got lots of dust in the late summer months when the bulldozer was destroying the old brick building that stood in the lot for many decades.]

#3. Mud, gunk, and snow. [So far I have seen multiple construction workers walking in pure mud, sifting through wet rocks with God knows what on them, and yes, they have already had to take a snow day the day central Pennsylvania got almost a foot of snow. They are certainly going to have fun when Mother Nature decides not to cooperate.]

#2. The lack of my beloved store that used to be next door. [Since I moved into Addison Court apartments, until the beginning of this year, we had a beautiful CVS store, one without a pharmacy in it, in the brick building next door. Two floors of apartments were on top of that. Those poor kids had to be either paid to move elsewhere or their leases were simply not renewed; probably the latter. Now I have to walk farther to a small Target store, or hop a bus and go to the Wal-Mart. It’s definitely not as convenient as having something next door. Now for the good news. When the building is completed, supposedly we will have two floors of stores and five floors of apartments for students and “young executives.” I hope to possibly be able to take advantage of one of these stores.]

#1. The all-day-long jack hammer. [For the last two days, the jack hammer began at 7:00am and did not stop until quitting time. I had to play loud music or have some other kind of white noise as background because the noise of the jack hammer was beginning to make my brain go wonky. They have been using the jack hammer for a few weeks, but only recently has it bothered me this much. Our office manager has heard that the jack hammer part of the construction may be over soon. Yay! We’ll see.]

Well, there is my list. If you wish, please drop me a Facebook note or write in the comment section things you hate about construction. Rebecca and I will be back next Wednesday; wouldn’t you know it will already be December. We’ll have another exciting blog entry for you to enjoy then. I have a couple of ideas in mind, however if major world news is in the forefront, that might take precedence. Have a great weekend, give your family a hug, take care, and, as always, happy reading.

Top ten list of TV shows I’m watching this season

Greetings, readers. We haven’t done a top ten list in a few weeks, so Rebecca and I put our heads together and came up with this idea. Here is the top ten list of shows I am watching this season either as it is broadcast or On Demand. Enjoy!

#10. The Orville. Fox network. [This Star Trek-ish TV series starring Seth MacFarlane barely made my list because it almost got cancelled. Fox is planning to bring it back for a second half season around the new year. The Orville is much better than I expected it to be, even though it has its comedic moments. I give this show a B+.]

#9 NCIS: New Orleans. CBS. [I know Scott Bakula, the head of this NCIS team, as the former captain of the Enterprise and as Dr. Sam Beckett from Quantum Leap. His work is always top-notch no matter which show he is in. This show is number nine on the list only because I’ve watched just two episodes. I’m still learning the characters but so far I am really enjoying it. From what little I’ve seen, I’m giving this show an A-. To be on the air this long it must be good.]

#8. FBI. CBS. [I’ve watched this series from the beginning and I like almost anything from executive producer Dick Wolf. This series is a combination of cop show with SWAT task force included. When they go in for the arrest they are usually dressed in bullet proof vests and one of them is wielding the battering ram to crash the door in. There really is not a dull moment in this series. So far, I am giving this series a B+. It has potential to be an A.]

#7. Manifest. NBC. [This is the series I was really worried about. The promo commercials looked awesome, but the series itself could turn out to be awful. Three episodes in, it is holding its own with me, though there are aspects of it I do not like at all, i.e. the whole government conspiracy crap. Both Rebecca and I wish it would have gone a slightly different way, with more emphasis on character development, and less on a conspiracy theory. I’m giving it a C+ … a solid passing grade.]

#6. S.W.A.T. CBS. [Even though I could not tell you any of the names of any of the characters except Hondo, I tune in every Thursday night. This show has me hooked. It made it to its second season, which is good and I wish On Demand would have kept the first season on to watch. No such luck. I am also very partial to the retro-fitted theme song. My grade is a solid A.]

#5. Hawaii Five-O. CBS.[This is the show that I’ve watched the most episodes of. It is in its ninth season and I’ve really enjoyed it. The classic Hawaii Five-O will always be better to me, for it seemed more professional. The constant bickering and comedy between McGarrett and Danno sometimes drives me up the wall. I’m also not pleased that the series failed to pay two Asian actors who played major characters what they were worth. Hence, they both walked off the series. Their replacement characters are not bad, but it is just not the same. I give this series a B+.]

#4. 9-1-1. Fox. [This emergency rescue series, starring Angela Bassett and Jennifer Love Hewitt, among others, is in its second season. I got hooked on it in the off-season watching episodes On Demand. This year I am not watching Monday Night Football, I am watching 9-1-1 followed by Manifest. I give this show an A+. It is an awesome show.]

#3. Chicago P.D. NBC. [The gritty sergeant played by Jason Beghe is my favorite character. He has a raspy voice, he takes his job very seriously with a no-nonsense attitude, but he treats every one of his detectives like family. This was evident when one of his detectives was killed and he took it so hard that he broke down in private and cried for his fallen friend. My grade for this series is a solid A.]

#2. Chicago Med. NBC. [Oliver Platt and crew work at Chicago’s hospital, Chicago Med. The thing that impresses me most about this series is how believable the characters are, especially Dr. Charles, played by Platt. You can just see him helping you with a problem you have. But don’t mess up or he will put you in line. Also, this series does not pull punches with the plethora of patients treated. For instance, ethical issues of a patient refusing an operation because she didn’t want to lose her baby. All of these Chicago series seem so real to me. Very well done. Chicago Med gets an A+.]

#1. Chicago Fire. NBC. [I would have to say that this is my favorite series of the season so far. There is not one bad character in the lot, the whole acting ensemble puts everything they have into making their characters believable, and you feel their pain as they go through their hardships. My grade for this series is A+. Great job, Chief Boden and company.]

Well, there you have it, for once in order. Hope you enjoy the read. Next week we will be back with you on Wednesday for another interesting entry. Until then, please stay safe if you are in the path of Hurricane Michael, my prayers to you, and until next week, happy reading.

Top ten list of things I hope to accomplish this autumn

Greetings, readers. I asked Rebecca to check when the last top ten list was and on what topic, it was back in April with a list of things I wanted to do this summer. Eight out of ten isn’t bad folks. So here is a list of things I want to do or continue doing in the autumn of 2018.

#10. To get it out of the way, To continue selling copies of Four’s a Crowd. [I sold seven out of eight copies while up in Maine, which was wonderful, but sales on Amazon are as of yet sporadic at best. If you purchase my book, tyvm. If you like it, pass the word on to your friends.]

#9. Find a place for everything and put everything in its place. [In an apartment slightly bigger than ten shoeboxes, to do that is difficult. But I am proud that I am trying  and that I am making progress.]

#8. Find gainful employment somewhere here downtown. [Unfortunately, I burned all my bridges at my former fast food job and I do not think they would take me back.]

#7. Continue working on a TV series pilot script. [I have two ideas in mind, both of which have hit early road blocks, but it is nothing I cannot overcome.]

#6. Find a new way to take care of my nails. [The salon I used to go to across the street is closed, and between the cost of the service and the added price of a Zipcar, the road trip to the other location in East Freedom, Pennsylvania is an unfortunate impossibility.]

#5. Try my hand at either Match.com or eHarmony.com. [I think it is time I try my hand at a relationship one last time. I’m 0-8 but I feel it’s time to give love one last shot. You never know.]

#4. Either get back to my religion, Roman Catholicism, or join another church closer to my apartment. [Long story short folks, I need more religion in my life. I am searching for some big mid-life crisis answers right now.]

#3. Continue working with my cat, Princess Josie. [I am making progress at teaching her certain things, but she still does things I don’t want her to do, like nipping. She is so different from Keekee, and I am still adjusting to the changes. I need to get some things she needs, like chew toys, while still training her away from bad behavior. I love her so much, and it is a completely blessing to have her here at home.]

#2. With the help of my therapist, learn to become stronger at setting personal boundaries. [I’ve always had a problem saying no to people, and it has bitten me more than once. I must learn to say no, and no means no.]

#1. Upgrade to a refurbished PS4 so I can get back to watching my Netflix and YouTube on my big screen TV. [Again, this will take money and money is tight right now. I might put this on my Christmas list as a gift to myself.]

There you have the list, in no particular order. Tomorrow we’ll be back with another stimulating blog entry. So take care, stay cool, thank God this heat wave is almost over, and as always, happy reading.