Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Voice Prediction

The teams are not even complete, but I'm going to make my prediction for who will win The Voice right now:

Pharrell Williams.

I'm sorry. I guess I should have said the "winning coach" on The Voice. Only 2 episodes of the blind auditions and Pharrell already has a formidable team. But it really doesn't matter. I get the feeling that Pharrell Williams knows how to create a star.

Just listening to the comments he makes to the contestants: thoughtful, relevant, true. He doesn't make crazy promises. He just offers valuable insight and advice, and he has the experience to make it happen.

I know. I know. All you die hard music fans out there are saying "Duh!" Of course he's going to win.

I'm way late jumping on the Pharrell Williams bandwagon. I have to say though, it's refreshing to hear his interaction with the contestants instead of the coaches interacting with each other.

Go Team Pharrell!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Arrested Development

I know. It's been out for awhile, but I just signed up for Netflix a couple months ago. I've binge watched Breaking Bad and House of Cards- both awesome.

Then I remembered that new episodes of Arrested Development were made only for Netflix. I was a HUGE Arrested Development fan, right from the very beginning. I've loved Jason Bateman ever since Silver Spoons. And who knew that Jessica Walter, the psycho from Play Misty for Me, was such a brilliant comedic actress?

I loved the show, so hilarious. I couldn't believe it was cancelled. Cut to a few years later and Netflix announces that they will make new episodes of Arrested Development. Would it hold up? Could it be even close to what it was?

In my opinion, the answer is yes. After watching just a few episodes, I'd say it hasn't lost a beat. Plus there are awesome guest stars in nearly every episode.

Better news? I've heard there are going to be even more episodes filmed just for Netflix.

Just what I needed- something to keep me from writing.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Iowa Hawkeyes Football

Okay…I'm just going to say it.

Is it time for Kirk Ferentz to go?

Yes, I sat down yesterday afternoon for my annual viewing of the Iowa- Iowa State football game. I attended both schools so I can be happy whoever wins. Still, I have to admit to jumping on the Hawkeye bandwagon.

It was a delightful midwestern fall day and I was ready to watch a good game. So you can imagine my dismay when I was treated to yet another poorly coached game. I'm not talking about the kicker cooling time out at the end of the game.

Seems to me over the past 2-3 years, the Hawks have had some poor leadership. I know, Kirk Ferentz seems like a good guy-  Hayden Fry protege. He loves Iowa City, wants to stay. Well, who doesn't?

I, like all Hawkeye fans, am loyal to my guys. I've rooted for Ferentz and the Hawks all these years. Yes, there's been some good years, some great years. But also some mediocre years and bad years.

This year, the Iowa Hawkeyes were thought to be contenders for the Big 10 championship, and they can barely beat UNI and Ball State. They lose a game to the Cyclones that they should have won.

I don't know. It pains me to say it. But maybe, just maybe Ferentz should go.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Starbucks Pay it Forward: How is this still a thing?

Today I started my morning by going to Starbucks to pick up a latte. I pulled into the drive thru, a few cars ahead of me, a few behind me blocking traffic.

I ordered my drink and was given the total. The line seemed to be moving extra slowly, but I tried to be patient, even though my dog was going nuts in anticipation of a puppacino.

When I finally reached the window, I was told that the gentleman ahead of me had paid for my order.

Seriously? Again?

How is this still a thing? Maybe it's just finally seeped into the Midwest from the coasts. I get it, it's probably kind of fun for the baristas to see how long of a run they can get.

But let's be honest. The only person who's being generous and charitable is the one who starts the whole thing going. The guy ahead of me pays for mine, I pay for the person behind me, and so on…

All the rest of us are paying and Starbucks is getting all their money.

I think I'm a reasonably generous person, but why is it that whenever I get trapped in one of these "pay it forward" lines, I buy a measly latte and the person behind me is picking up breakfast for the whole office?