Thursday, March 16, 2017

TOP 10 80s Movies Streaming on Netflix Now

                One of my favorite time periods for movies definitely has to be the 80s.  During this decade, I became a pre-teen, a teen, and finally an adult.  That is if you consider being 18 and na├»ve an adult.  Anyhow some of my favorite movies of all time came out during this decade.  These are the movies that inspired me, made me laugh and at times made me cry.  The 80s was a great time in which to grow up.  Even to this day when my schoolmates get together we still recite lines from our favorite 80s films.  Right now, I would like to share with you some of my favorite 80s movies that you can currently stream on Netflix. 

                First up is a comedy classic that debuted in 1980 and it is called “Caddyshack.”  This is an all-time comedy classic and is a must see for anyone that loves to laugh.  It stars comedy icons like Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, the late Rodney Dangerfield, and more.  I am so glad they waited until 1980 to release this movie otherwise it would have been considered a 70s film.  The second film favorite on my list from the 80s is a dark comedy called “Heathers.” This movie stars a young Christian Slater, Winona Ryder, Shannon Doherty and others.  I must warn you the movie is dark and twisted but it’s worth the watch. 

              The third movie on my Netflix steaming 80s list is one of director John Hughes classics called “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”   I must have watched this 20 times as a kid and it never gets old.  This movie stars a young Matthew Broderick who plays the main character Ferris Bueller.  If you don’t laugh your butt off while watching this movie there is certainly something wrong with your funny bone.  

       Here is my complete list of 80s movies that are streaming right now on Netlfix:

1)      Caddyshack
2)      Heathers
3)      Ferris Buellers Day Off
4)      License Too Drive
7)      Can’t Buy Me Love
8)      Turner and Hooch
9)      Max Dugan Returns

***Disclaimer:  These are not all my favorites from the 80s or necessarily the best movies from the 80s. These are movies from the 80s that are streaming right now on Netflix*** 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Where Have You Been Little Sheep, Oh Where Have You Been????

It is difficult to believe that I have not posted anything on this blog in almost a year.  I guess what is the point since no one really reads my words.  A comment, a like would have been nice throughout the years.  Maybe it is this damn URL.  What the hell is .net anyhow?  If this is called the Internet then why aren't the .nets of the world better than the .coms?  Maybe during the .com era they became sexier than a .net.  Does it really matter anyway?  The whole game is rigged, fixed, bamboozled, in the favor of a few and mighty.  The political system if you could even call it political is a joke.  The whole thing is rigged.  We are to believe that we actually have a choice and that our rulers actually rule for us the people.  That is the biggest lie told since the Nazis told the Jews they were going into shower rooms.  The absolute monarchy could no longer exist.  The feudal system needed to be re-branded and re-packaged in order to be made more palatable.  We have been fed lies upon more lies and then more.  It is to that point where they do not even care if the veil is lifted.  Because those who we see in power are not truly the ones with it.  They are puppets putting on a show for us to consume.   We are all slaves to the system. Nothing will ever change until the system cannibalizes itself out of existence.  By then it will be too late and nothing will matter. No deity, no person, no amount of riches, there is no hope. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Search for No-Carb Cloud Bread. #cloudbread

What’s the story with Cloud Bread?  This past week or so all I have been seeing on social media and Pinterest are posts about #CloudBread. I have never seen so many photos about bread.  What is going on?  Is this bread made in the clouds?  Is it bread you eat while sitting on a cloud?  Or is this bread so soft and delicious you feel like you are eating a cloud?  I really had to check this one out for myself.  I mean come on millions of people on the Internet can’t be wrong. Right?  All I could think of is that if cloud bread is the latest web craze than I need to check it out.  The only problem that came up for me was that I really wasn’t in a baking type of mood.  So I decided to head out to the stores and shops in my neighborhood to see if I could purchase some cloud bread.  

The first logical places to check out were the local bakeries. I stopped into one, then another, and another, but no one there ever even heard of cloud bread.  I tried to explain it to them and even showed them pictures but they were dumbfounded.  How could the bakeries, the places where bread is made never have heard of this new type of bread?  I then took my search to a couple of organic supermarkets figuring they might be more in tune with the healthy eating trends.  I was amazed that no one working in either of these two stores had heard anything about cloud bread. There I was standing at the main intersection in my town about to give up my search when I saw it.  About half way down one of the intersecting blocks I noticed a couple of hipsters congregating outside a shop. 
I eagerly walked down the sidewalk in their direction.  As I got closer I noticed a corral of baby strollers next to the group of bearded hipsters.  What was this place?  My interest was definitely piqued.  The hipsters were all sipping lattes and perusing the web with their free hands.  It was a coffee house.  I had stumbled upon a newly opened independent coffee house.  I opened the door and took a half step into the place when a waft of coffee and cinnamon goodness hit my olfactory bulb.  I felt my heart begin to race.  Finally this may be a place that sells the cloud bread that I’ve been looking for.  The line was enormous almost reaching the door.  I couldn’t wait all that time in line just to see if they had cloud bread.  I decided to take a chance and approach the counter to ask my question.  I could feel the patrons on line staring at the back of my head as I passed them by.  I even heard one woman say, “What does he think he’s doing?”  I got to the counter and before anyone could object I asked the question, “Do you sell cloud bread?”
I could see the baristas lips beginning to form that all too familiar “NO” I’ve been hearing all day.  She said, “NO, but we are working on it.”  YES! There was finally a ray of hope in my search for this famous No-Carb Cloud Bread.  My quest for the day was lastly coming to an end.  Without another word I turned around and walked away from the counter.  As I made my way towards the exit I couldn’t help but notice pictures of cloud bread on several tablets and smart phone screens of the patrons.  Hipsters and moms, sipping lattes with visions of no-carb cloud bread. My world at that moment couldn’t get any more surreal.  

#cloudbread #nocarb #healthyeating #hipsters #latte #coffee #organic 


My Netflix Anxiety Disorder. #Netflix #Lilyhammer #TheWalkingDead

          Ever since Netflix went to a streaming platform there has been a new phenomenon developing in my household.  Unfortunately I cannot think of one word that can adequately describe this phenomenon.  So I will just call it what it is, “I’ve got too many choices I can’t commit to watching one thing lets just browse endlessly for hours syndrome.”  You see there are even too many words to come up with a catchy acronym for this thing.  I really don’t think that: IGTMCICCTWOTLJBEFHS is going to catch on as the next catch phrase.  I mean for one there are just way to many consonants in that one.  The thing is I’m sure that many of you have experience with this in your own homes.  Whether it is you, your spouse or another family member this level of indecisiveness has not been seen since the advent of the first TV remote control.  My wife and I can sit there for at least an hour perusing Netflix reading the descriptions of countless movies without being willing to commit to one. I especially have this fear of starting a movie only to find out 15 minutes or so into it that we’ve made a big mistake.  My wife keeps telling me we can just stop the movie and start another one.  But no I refuse and wont give up until I have found what I think is the perfect movie.  More times than not these picks end up being decent but at that point my wife ends up falling asleep half way through them. 
          On these nights it is good to have a back up plan in mind.  Maybe something that we saved onto our watch list, a good documentary, or maybe a Netflix original.  Some of the things that are in our list right now are movies like, “Night at theRoxbury”, “The WalkingDead”, “The Machine”, and of course the Netflix original “Lilyhammer.”  This by far is one of my favorite shows on Netflix.  Why oh why did Netflix cancel this wonderful show is a mystery to me.  I have to say Netflix this is one of your biggest mistakes.  “Lilyhammer”was such a unique show.  

 The cast and characters were something like I have never seen before.  For those of you who have not seen this show I highly suggest you give it a try.  Now much of the show is in subtitles because the characters speak Norwegian but this does not detract from the overall greatness of this series.  Watch a couple of episodes and I am sure you will be hooked.  Steven Van Zandt who plays the main character Frank Tagliano is phenomenal.  Trond Fausa who plays his Norwegian business partner Torgeir Lien is a quirky, nervous, ball of laughs.  I hope someone from Netflix reads this post and gets the crew and cast back together for another season.  

#Lilyhammer #Netflix #thewalkingdead 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I am Patient yet Decisive

On first glance the title to this post looks okay. Then I re-read it several times and it seems to bother me. Am I being patient with my decisiveness? And why am I typing in such a large font? Does it really matter? I will just go with it for today.  Maybe when I click the publish button this font wont look so large after all.  The real question here is can patience and decisiveness walk hand in hand.  For me the answer is yes. One can be patient in their life yet be ready to make a decision when it is necessary.  I believe a good combination of these two traits is a good way to approach many of the challenges we face.  To me being decisive is all about making a well thought out move without letting too much emotion cloud your judgement.  

This is where the patience comes into play. Okay maybe I am a bit indecisive and inpatient about the font size. Maybe you're thinking I just couldn't wait until I was done to see what it all looked like.  In truth after I posted the picture the font went back to the default size and I just left it that way.  You see sometimes life has its ways of making decisions for you.  Like this upcoming snow storm that is supposed to hit the east coast.  Several weeks ago I was facing a disagreement with someone regarding plans for this coming weekend.  There was some heated discussions back and forth and both sides stood pretty firm.  Now it seems as though nature is going to settle the arguement between us.  You see planet earth and mother nature are patient. They have endless time on their side.  Time is something us mortals must treat as a limited resource.  Be patient and decisive in your life. 


#time #patience #goodlife #bedecisive #choice #nature #motherearth #cloudhead #willitmattertomorrow


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Release the Negative Thoughts..........

While I was writing my morning affirmations and coming to the end of the page two thoughts came to mind.  These two thoughts transformed into two affirmations.  "I let go of anger", and "I release negative thoughts".  These thoughts jumped through my subconscious mind and ended up on paper.  I can only think that they were a manifestation of the state of mind I was in yesterday.  How one negative thought ended up ruining my lunch and several hours of my day thereafter.  Thoughts are powerful and they can have a tremendous influence over how we feel. With this said I come to realize the importance of focusing on positive thinking to transcend our  moods to a higher level of awareness.

I sit with my thoughts for a brief moment and then turn meditation music on Pandora Radio.  I am now here in the moment not back in yesterday.  I feel myself breathing in and out deeply focusing on the words developing in my mind before the spill out through my fingers.  It is possible for one to control their own thoughts rather than have those thoughts control the self.  Are we are own worst enemies after all?  Do our own thoughts get in the way of our happiness?  If the answers to both of these questions are yes than what can be done about it?  The words stay in the moment, and be of present mind revolve around and around.  They must be put into practice at all times.  Not to our own complete fault but we have years and years of practicing negative and destructive behaviors.  We have gotten quite good at anger, rage, jealousy, worry, hate, procrastination, and a slew of other soul eating routines.  Let us replace these with incompatible thoughts.  

  • replace anger with calmness
  • replace rage with kindness
  • replace jealousy with trust
  • replace worry with comfort
  •  replace hate with acceptance
  • replace procrastination with persistence 
Feel free to share some of your own ideas and suggestions.  What behavior within your soul needs replacing?  And what would you replace it with?  Let me leave you with this Sanskrit proverb: Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. 
#meditation #positivethoughts # mymind #betrue #wearewhatwethink #thoughtsbecomethings #affirmations

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Let's Go to the Beach for Christmas.... no seriously......

Yah seriously grab your surf board, towel, beach chair, and radio and lets head down to the beach.  I am pretty sure the water temperature is not that cold yet.  Isn't it pretty cool that it was almost 70 degrees F the other day in NYC?  Everyone just keeps talking about how amazing the weather is for a December.  I can't seem to remember the last time it was this warm.  According to the Weather Underground last year on this date the average temperature was 38 degrees Fahrenheit. By the way if anyone knows how to enter the degree symbol into blogger post a message please.  I searched it and the only instructions available are for computers with a number pad.  Anyway so if you look further on the Weather Underground site it shows that the record high for December 15th was 61 degrees F in 2001.  If you look on the site today it shows that the maximum temperature for today will be 63 degrees F.  I guess we will beat the record from 2001.  Now I wonder does that mean that the world is getting warmer?  Maybe it just means that we are paying more attention to numbers and figures.  Additionally you add in the increased awareness of most people and the prevalence of social media and everyone is talking about the weather.  Now I am in now way one of those climate deniers that you hear about on the news.  You know I've yet to meet one of those people.  You see them on TV and you hear about them on social media but you very rarely meet one in person.  You see they hear the word "Global Warming" and they think it means that the temperatures everywhere should be warm.  So for example when NYC was experiencing crazy snow last year they were like what are you talking about with this Global Warming mumbo jumbo.  The reality is the scientists and environmentalists didn't do themselves any favors when they came up with the term Global Warming.  A more accurate description for what is going on is Climate Change.  In some areas of the world they are experiencing an overall increase in the average daily temperatures where in others they may see a decline.  One thing that cannot be denied is that there is a change in the weather patterns and seasons.  It is almost like Mother Nature has a major personality disorder combined with an identity crisis.  Well whatever it is you should get outdoors and enjoy it while it lasts.  I have a feeling that Mother Nature is getting ready to hit us with something cold and nasty.
#globalwarming  #NYC #climatechange  #surfing  #beach #christmas #holidays

Can you name that Bridge? 

Now that's one cool tree. Thanks Mother Nature.