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My thoughts on Fuller House season two

Greetings, readers. I’ve already talked about the Netflix original series Fuller House in a previous entry last March. Season two came out December 9th and I watched all 13 episodes in a two-day span. Yes, I’m a binge watcher. This is my review and I must warn you that there are SPOILERS. If you haven’t watched the new season yet, you might want to come back to this and read it, after you do.

I found season two just as entertaining and satisfying as season one. Both of the heart-throbs D.J., played by Candace Cameron Bure, had previously been dating, begin the season with new girlfriend’s, much to D.J’s disappointment, but she ends up with one of them by the end of the season. I won’t say which one. Also, Stephanie, played by Jodie Sweetin, gets a boyfriend. It was so cool to see Stephanie with a steady love interest. There is a touching scene towards the end of the season where D.J. counsels her sister not to push people she loves away, and to embrace the love she has received.

One of my favorite characters, young Max, played by Elias Harger, is a wonderful little actor who plays his character with spunk and spark. I’m not sure where he learned his acting skills, but he is brilliant. Towards the end of the season, he meets his puppy-love girlfriend, Rose, the daughter of Steve’s girlfriend C.J. Rose is played by Mckenna Grace. The two are magnificent together. The children imitate what they see grown-ups do for romance, for example they act out the famous bow railing scene from the film Titanic, but with such innocence that it comes off as clean and sweet. This storyline probably won’t last, but boy I wish it would. To see these two grow up together, grow close, have their first meaningful kiss, etc., would truly be a pleasure.

Kimmy Gibbler and her husband Fernando, played by Andrea Barber and Juan Pablo Di Pace, began the series almost divorced. Now in season two, they are back very much in love and caring for their daughter Ramona, played by Soni Nicole Bringas. Miss Bringas is a wonderful dancer, and the actress has a marvelous on-screen presence. Fuller House has showcased dancing throughout its two-year run with many of its cast members joining in. I love the music and their creative expressions. They even had the New Kids on the Block featured in D.J.’s birthday episode.

If I had to give this series a negative mark, believe it or not, it would have to be for the presence of Danny, Jesse, Rebecca, and Joey, played by Bob Saget, John Stamos, Lori Loughlin, and Dave Coulier. The actors are all in their late 50’s and somehow just don’t fit in. I get the sense that the actors are trying way too hard. Especially Bob Saget, whose over performance in the mid-life crisis episode was almost laughable. I know, I know, Danny Tanner was always the comic relief as the house-cleaning geeky dad, which worked back in the original series, Full House. It just doesn’t work in Fuller House.

A very sweet moment took place at the very end of season two, when Jesse and Rebecca adopted a baby. Next year, there will be another bundle of joy, saying her first words.

I’ve tried to be as thorough as I can with my report of Fuller House, season two. I hope I didn’t give away every plotline. From all indications, there will be a season three, more than likely in seven to eight months. I give season two a solid 7 out of 10 rating. I think this series could go on another five or six seasons if it wanted to. But please, give the Olsen girls anything they want to make an appearance during a holiday episode. Either that, or kill off the character of Michelle. It truly looked bizarre to not have Michelle, played by either of the Olsen twins, in holiday episodes where everyone else in the family was present.

We will not be working next week here at the office. Rebecca will put up a blog entry sometime on Wednesday on a topic not known yet. On Thursday or Friday I will put up a blog entry myself, more than likely dealing with how my Christmas holiday is coming along. Until then, take care, have a great weekend, and happy reading.

Girlfriend is back in the hospital

Greetings, readers. I found out that my girlfriend Traci is once again having heart issues, so playing on the side of caution, she went to the ER to get checked out. I know we said this was going to be a From Rebecca blog day, but the computer went wonky and slowed her progress down. She will finish that blog entry and will post it on Wednesday.

Within the next half-hour I will be off to the hospital to see Traci and try to cheer her up. She likes when I make her laugh. Hopefully this is nothing serious, but I did agree with her decision to have it checked out. Her heart doctor should be on the way there now.

On a brief other topic. I was watching a documentary last night about a possible conspiracy theory dealing with the Titanic and her sister ship the Olympic. Could it have been the Olympic that sank that night? That very well might be next Friday’s blog entry. Usually I don’t believe in conspiracy theories, but I will admit to you that this one intrigued me.

So sorry for the short blog entry today, much more next week. Take care, have a great weekend, and happy reading.

Top ten list of the worst tragedies

Greetings, readers. First of all, my heart goes out to the families of the victims from the attack on September 11, 2001. Never, ever, forget. Keep them close to your hearts and hopefully a tragedy such as that one will never happen again.

Here is a top ten list of tragedies that I remember; that have either happened in my lifetime or that I have read about.

#10. The Oklahoma City bombing. [Ruthlessly planned and executed, it destroyed a building, killed human beings, including little children in the first floor daycare center.]

#9. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill. [For 87 days, oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig owned by British Petroleum, completely destroying the eco-system in that area.]

#8. The Johnstown flood of the 1977. [A terrible line of thunderstorms passed over Pennsylvania and stalled over Johnstown. Almost a foot of rain fell on the city. Dams broke and roads and bridges were washed away. This was Johnstown’s third flood. Some of this information came from the flood museum site.]

#7. Hurricane Hugo. [A massive storm which killed many, injured more, and did billions of dollars in damage, in South Carolina.]

#6. Branch Davidian disaster in Waco, Texas. [After a 51 day stand-off, the authorities moved in on a cult and an inferno began. It is not clear how the fire started but almost everyone inside burned alive.]

#5. Titanic. [In April of 1912, one of the worst maritime disasters occurred. The so-called unsinkable Titanic hit an iceberg and went down. There weren’t enough life boats for everybody and a real pity, which I found out many years later, was that they were only approximately one day away from their destination of New York City.]

#4. The Hindenburg. [On approach to Lakehurst, New Jersey, the massive airship was either struck by lightning or a massive static charge ignited the hydrogen. It quickly became a fireball and its metal frame fell to the ground. Very few survived and most burned alive.]

#3. Hurricane Katrina. [In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina went over Southern Florida, gained steam again in the Gulf of Mexico, then slammed into Louisiana and parts of Mississippi. The beautiful city of New Orleans was effectively drowned. Not only from massive storm water amounts, but also by a break in the levees. In my opinion, relief from the federal government was slow and grossly ineffective. There are many families still trying to recover.]

#2. Pearl Harbor. [The Japanese thrust us into World War II with this attack. On that fateful December day, numerous seamen lost their lives, and the destruction to ships and the military base was great. This would have made number one on my list, but my next choice occurred when I was alive.]

#1. The attack on September 11, 2001. [Just the phrase 9/11 still conjures up visions of death and destruction. I can vividly remember sitting in front of my television watching reply after reply on CNN or Fox News. The twin towers, a symbol of our financial strength, was destroyed. The Pentagon, a symbol of American’s military might, was damaged and then repaired. United flight 93, some experts concluded, was on the way to the capital building; we will never know. The first heroes of this war brought down that aircraft, denying the terrorists their prize. In the months following the attack, I must admit President Bush had his shining moments, but the war on Al Qaeda, because there are so many of them, I fear will go on indefinitely.]

#1 and #2 were attacks on both ends of the country. We can never allow this to happen again.

There is my top ten list. I hope it stirs emotions in you, and I invite you to leave comments on Facebook, Twitter, or here on the blog.

Until next week, have a good weekend, take care, and happy reading.

Top ten list of terrible disasters

Greetings, readers. Here is my top ten list of what I consider to be the most terrible disaster that I have heard of. I was born in 1965 and I’m certain that in the 1800s or 1900s when plagues were around that could be considered a terrible disaster, too. However, I have decided to go with topics that I’ve learned about in school or that have happened so recently that I was able to watch it on TV.

#10. Flight 19: 1945, December 5. [Five Avenger bombers took off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on a military bombing practice run, and soon found themselves smack in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. Hopelessly lost when they ran out of fuel, they fell to the sea and to this day have never been found.]

#9. Loma Prieta California earthquake: 1989, October 17. [At the beginning of the third game of the 1989 World Series, at 8:04 pm local time, this earthquake struck the San Francisco area. Fans were startled and the players’ families were very upset. As far as the World Series went, there was structural damage to Candlestick Park, so it was decided to postpone the series until the stadium was repaired. The Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants resumed the World Series ten days later, on October 27. A much bigger story was all the damage caused by the massive quake, including two bridge failures, where whole sections of the top layer fell on the bottom layer, trapping people in their cars.]

#8. The B.P. oil spill in the Gulf: 2010 April 20. [The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded. It leaked massive amounts of oil in to the Gulf of Mexico. It took several weeks to get on top of the problem. Although the event is now over, the lasting effects on the ecology will be felt for years to come.]

#7. Three Mile Island: 1979, March 28. [On that date, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas almost became uninhabitable. Reactor 2 had a coolant problem and released a small amount of radioactive material into the air. Folks in the area were evacuated promptly, but through the news later it was learned that this accident could have been a hell of a lot worse.]

#6. Hindenburg: 1937, May 6. [This terrible air disaster occurred as the giant airship was docking at Lakehurst, New Jersey. It had come from Europe and was scheduled to head back later that evening. Due to a static charge of some type, the Hindenburg caught fire near the tail and the hydrogen-filled Zeppelin was quickly engulfed in flames. Thirty-six people died, including one ground handler trying to moor the ship. Some passengers and crew miraculously survived.]

#5. Great Chicago Fire: 1871, October 8. [At least 300 people perished in this terrible fire, and 100,000 people were left homeless. It began in someone’s barn and quickly spread to neighboring houses. Before firefighters could arrive the situation was out of control, and burned a lot of homes and businesses before finally being put out days later with the help of rain.]

#4. Japan earthquake and tsunami: 2011, March 11. [The underwater 9.0 earthquake off the coast set off a massive tsunami, causing horrendous flooding that devastated Japan and actually reached parts of Hawaii. At least 19,000 people died in the disaster and the aftermath. The event impacted three nuclear power plants, including the Fukushima Daiichi (plant one) which lost power and had meltdowns. Radioactive material was released into the air and water, and people were evacuated in a 12 mile radius. Clean up of the plants and the recovery of the country took many months.]

#3. Hurricane Katrina: 2005, August 29. [After striking Florida first, the hurricane set course for the Louisiana/Mississippi border and hit it after regaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico. Much of New Orleans, which is near sea level anyway, was wiped out due to the massive flooding when the levees broke. Several thousand people were evacuated to the Super Dome for more days than they would have liked. Once there they became trapped. The administration at the time unfortunately had a slow response with their forthcoming aid, adding to the frustration of the victims.]

#2. The Titanic: 1912, April 14 and April 15. [The sinking of the ship has always fascinated me and I have studied it much. According to several documentaries and movies, many mistakes were made during that fateful evening. For example, the chairman of the White Star Line was trying to set a speed record. This would have been fine had the Titanic not entered a field of ice, which included the massive iceberg it hit. Another issue I have is that if the person in command would have simply turned the ship without putting it in full reverse first, the whole incident might not have occurred. There are other issues, but we don’t want this to become a book in itself.]

#1. Chernobyl: 1986, April 25 and April 26. [The world’s most devastating nuclear disaster occurred when a test went wrong. When the Chernobyl power plant had an explosion and meltdown, it released massive amounts of radioactive material into the environment. Many brave men went back into the building that evening to try to contain what they could, knowing they would be dead in hours. Experts say that the town of Pripyat and the surrounding zone will be uninhabitable by humans for close to a quarter of a million years. This to me is utterly frightening, for I live only a couple of hundred miles from Three Mile Island. I might have had to evacuate from my home as those people did.]

There’s the list. Please chime in with a comment if you agree, disagree, or have your own. Until next week, have a good weekend, take care, and happy reading.

R.M.S Titanic 100 years later

Greetings, readers. It’s hard to believe that the great unsinkable Titanic sank 100 years ago tomorrow on her maiden voyage. I’ve always had a special fascination with Titanic. And yes, there’s my morbidity shining through again. Perhaps fascination is the wrong word, so I shall try to explain.

I have seen many films depicting the events dealing with the ship’s final hours. My favorite was called The Titanic, with George C. Scott as Captain Smith. It was a CBS made-for-TV movie shown over two nights. Very well done. But what isn’t well done that George C. Scott stars in?

As far as the particulars of the accident, several things are universal in the storytelling. Point number one was that the Titanic was thrown into reverse. If the ship was simply turned at the first instant of the iceberg’s spotting, the incident never takes place and the Titanic has a long and illustrious 30 year career. Point number two, from my understanding about the way the ship was constructed, if it had hit the iceberg head-on, perhaps only one or two compartments would have flooded and the ship could have limped to New York harbor. That would have been a minor inconvenience, but the Titanic would not have sunk. Point number three, and to me the biggest boo-boo of them all, when the wireless operator took the message that icebergs were spotted in the area, he should have stopped what he was doing and taken that message directly to the captain, and made certain he saw it. If this had been done, Captain Smith slows the Titanic, the ship has extra time to pass the iceberg, and everyone laughs at it as they go by. The Titanic crosses the Atlantic hundreds of times. I think you now get my point.

Yes, I’ve pondered all the ins and outs of the Titanic tragedy, all the things that could have happened but didn’t, should have happened but didn’t, oh, if only I had a time machine. For the survivors, they were truly blessed to be at the right place at the right time, and I suppose at the right age. Remember women and children were allowed to board lifeboats first.

Having seen most of the Titanic documentaries, where underwater submersibles dive down to the depths to find Titanic and come across eerie shadows of the great ship that was, it is humbling to see the mighty ship, a twisted wreck on the bottom of the Atlantic. Now filled with barnacles and bacteria growing out of every open port-hole, the remains of the great vessel is 10 to 20 years away from collapsing in on itself due to her steel being weakened.

Over the years, much memorabilia has been retrieved from the site. I’m going out on a limb here to say that I think that is wrong. I know I will probably peeve off some Titanic buffs, but remember we are talking about a gravesite here. I’ve now said my piece.

With Friday the 13th and the morning the Titanic went down soon behind us, my blog entries will go back to normal for a while. They will consist of me writing about my kitty cat, my books, the goings-on in State College, but don’t worry, when there is something which makes the news or something I’m reminded of, that ignites my passion and fury, you will all know about it. Until soon.