Saturday, December 31, 2011

Resolutions That I Probably Won't Keep.

1.  Lose 20 more pounds.
2.  Eat breakfast every morning.
3.  Exercise at least twice a week
4.  Be more organized.
5.  Support the arts more.
6.  Start painting again.
7.  Renovate more of the house.
8.  Uncomplicate my life.
9.  Be more thankful for what I have in my life.
10. Keep up with my grading.

2011: A Retrospective

I know that many bloggers write about the past year at the end of the year, so why the heck not?

2011 was a big year for me only in the sense that I finally wised up and left something that I was miserable in. Namely, the school system that I teaching in. I had been unhappy for sometime and it was seriously affecting my health. My blood pressure was high, I was drinking more often than I usually do, I was taking anti-depressants.  All in all, it was an unhealthy environment. I'm still not too sure if I want to stay in education (at least on a secondary level), but moving to a new school system has done me a world of good. I loved many people at the old school, but there are a lot of people that I hope to never see for the rest of my life and if I do...I hope I can be civil.

Writing a blog on the morning of the day before my birthday (an event I NEVER look forward to) is probably not the best idea, but I'm behind in my blogging. So, a random thought just popped into my head. An Indiana lawmaker wants to set standards as to how people sing "The Star-Spangled Banner"  C'mon, lawmakers, do we have to set standards on everything? Do we really need to waste tax payer money on something like this? Here is a link to the story on the Huff Post. Indiana National Anthem Bill

I discovered that there are a lot of people out there who care about me. I probably knew it in the back of my head, but I didn't really "see" it. I need to be more appreciative of those people. I've never thought much of myself (and probably never will) but I am starting to listen more to what people say even though I feel like any sort of feeling proud of things I do is committing the Sin of Hubris.

Resolutions? I really feel like they are for suckers and are rarely kept, but here goes.  I want to be more positive this year. Start weeding out those who bring me down. Start living healthier (yes, this one might include diet and exercise). Be a better teacher. Be a better father. Be a better husband. Be a better person in general. Work harder and wiser. Blah blah blah.

If you want to comment, please do. You can do it here or send me a message on Facebook. Todd's Facebook Page.

That's all I have to say for now.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Game is On...

I've spent a good amount of time in my life watching mysteries but I've always been fascinated by detective fiction. My favorite has always been Sherlock Holmes. I grew up watching the Basil Rathbone movies, but as soon as I was introduced to the brilliance of the late Jeremy Brett as Arthur Conan Doyle's consulting detective, I was hooked completely. I've never encountered someone with the absolute spot on take on the character.
That is until Mark Gattis and Stephen Moffat's recent (okay not so recent) rendition of the Holmes legend.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Annual Sickness during the Holidays Begins!

I usually get sick during the holidays because my body just decides to shut down and this year was no exception. Just as I thought I was gpoing to make it without becoming ill...you guessed it.
Actually, it was probably just something I ate. I feel much better today. Plus, I'm not throwing up (which is always a bonus).  Well, that's it for today.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Why Blog? Seems an act of futility, really.

I really want to blog, but I'm not always sure what to write about. I guess I could talk about myself, but that seems so narcissistic.
This has been a really stressful year for me. I left my job of nine years and began working in a new school system. I really have been enjoying it but I sometimes wonder if I should just give up teaching and work in some other industry. I just don't know. I"m not sure what I would be good at. I mean I would love to be in theatre full time or teach theatre full time, but that isn't going to happen anytime soon because a.) there are no theatre jobs out there in my area, and b.) I don't have the education to teach on a university level.
I turn 47 in less than a week and I feel inadequate and don't really feel like I've done a whole lot with my life nor made a difference in general. I feel like my favorite quote from the movie 24 Hour Party People, "I'm a minor player in my own life story."
I'm not saying these things to gain sympathy nor try to fish for compliments. I just continually wonder if I'm ever going to measure up to life.
I don't want to be just a forgotten man, but the way my life seems to be going, I will be. I want more for my life, my wife, and son. I don't want to live in the house I'm in for the rest of my life. I don't know if I want to do what I'm doing for the rest of my life. I want to provide for them.
I'd like to write, but feel uninspired. I don't know where to begin. I have ideas in my head, but every time I try to put them down on paper, I give up because it is just too difficult to continue on or I lose interest with it. Is it laziness? Probably.  I want to do something where I can stay home all day and muse about things and get paid for it. Isn't that ridiculous? I mean really.
Maybe, someday, I'll buy a lottery ticket and get lucky. The prospect of that seems highly unlikely.  I don't really play the lottery. I think it is a waste of money.
Anyway, if you read this blog, congratulations! I think I would have given up a long time ago.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

So What?

For the sun will rise
And the moon will set
And learn how to settle
For what you get.
It will all go on if we're here or not
So who cares? So what?
So who cares? So what?

When I was a girl,
My summers were spent by the sea.
So what?
And I had a maid
Doing all of the house-work, not me.
So what?
Now I scrub all the floors
And I wash down the walls
And I empty the chamber pot.
If it ended that way,
Then it ended that way,
And I shrug and I say:
So what?

For the sun will rise
And the moon will set
And learn how to settle
For what you get.
It will all go on if we're here or not
So who cares? So what?
So who cares? So what?

When I had a man,
My figure was dumpy and fat.
So what?
Through all of our years
He was so disappointed in that.
So what?
Now I have what he missed
And my figure is trim,
But he lies in a churchyard plot
If it wasn't to be
That he ever would see
The uncorseted me,
So what?

For the sun will rise
And the moon will set
And learn how to settle
For what you get.
It will all go on if we're here or not
So who cares? So what?
So who cares? So what?

So once I was rich
And now all my fortune is gone,
So what?
And love disappeared
And only the memory lives on,
And so what?

If I've lived through all that
(And I've lived through all that)
Fifty marks doesn't mean a lot.
If I like that you're here
(And I like that you're here)
Happy New Year, my dear,
So what?

For the sun will rise
And the moon will set
And learn how to settle
For what you get.
It will all go on if we're here or not
So who cares? So what?
So who cares? So what?

It all goes on.
So who cares? Who cares?
Who cares? So what?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

You might think that, I could not possibly comment.

There are very few performances in film and television I can say that I really admire, but Ian Richardson's performance as Francis Urquhart is bloody amazing. I can watch House of Cards, To Play the King, and The Final Cut over and over and over again.
If you have never seen these shows, you need to find them and comment. I think you will love it.

Next week, I'm going to have more a purpose for my blog. You will see it then. 'Til then, have a good weekend.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's been a long day.

I'm not always sure if blogging is something I really should do. I mean, to me, most bloggers are talking about their lives or doing some sort of celebrity blogger thing. I really don't want anyone to know about all my foibles and facts.  I mean, who really cares? As for the celebrity thing...well, I don't really care.
I was talking to a friend of mine recently and she suggested I put my writing up here. I suppose that would be interesting to a few people, but I honestly don't think I could consistently put up fresh material and that is a real disservice to those who might actually want to read what I'm writing. Is there anyone?

Anyway, hope your lives are going well.....

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Smoke em if you got em.

Even though I take medication to stave off depression, it doesn't always help me. Right now, I'm really been having a difficult time giving a damn about anything. I want to start smoking again and that is a bad sign. I loved being a smoker. I loved the act of it. There was something so sophisticated about it in my opinion. I felt like that was what sophisticated people did. They did in those black and white movies that my parents let me watch as a kid.

Enough of that....what I'm really writing about is getting older. I hate getting older. I feel like I've missed out on so many opportunities. Hell, I was in my mid forties before I ever went to DisneyWorld.  To top it all off, I was told by a clerk in a store today that I looked like Phil Silvers. PHIL SILVERS!!! What the F? 

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Serious Entry: Support Public Broadcasting.

170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting.

Think of everything that Public Broadcasting offers. I am particularly talking to all of us with children that were the first generation of Sesame Street viewers. But Public Broadcasting cares more about education than TLC (Jon and Kate?) Discovery, or any of the other "educational channels." You don't see marathons of "19 Kids & Counting" on PBS.  What you do see is strong educational programming such as NOVA, Sesame Street, and various other shows. You get intelligent dramatic works from Mobil Masterpiece and Masterpiece Mystery.
We also can't forget about our friends at Public Radio. To me, it is the last major outlet for intelligent UNBIASED reporting. They don't go for just the big stories. They give us stories that no one else will because the major news outlets are all chasing ratings.  These stories remind us of our humanity and that we are all connected on this vast ship tumbling through the cosmos.
 Do your part and support Public Broadcasting by following the link above.


The Honorable Mentions

This list (in no particular order) is for the women who didn't quite cut the list for this past year.  Still, all are hot and I wouldn't want to offend...

 Stacy Keibler:

    Former professional wrestling diva. 

 Heather Graham:
    Lovely blue eyed beauty who has my heart...

 Leann Rimes
    Great body, butterface.

 Marisa Tomei
    Sentimental favorite. Loved her since she was on A Different World.

Hayley Williams:
     Orange haired beauty from the group Paramore.


 Yvonne Strahovski
    The ONLY reason to watch the NBC show, Chuck.

Laura Vandervoort
    She's Supergirl. Nuff said.

Amber Heard
   "Actress" I guess, but Hot.

 Marisa Miller:
    SI Swimsuit model....

 Blake Lively
    Apparently she is on a program called Gossip Girl.

 Michelle Williams:
    Sweet looking, practically widowed, unafraid to take chances.

 Jayma Mays
    Emma Pillsbury on Glee.
 
Rose McGowan:
    Sultry and sexy...

Giada DeLaurentis:
    Proving that the proof is in the pudding.

Christina Ricci:
   Spooky, but cute.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Top Fifty Hottest Women of 2010 THE TOP 10



10.  Kate Beckinsale:  
      From her first role in Much Ado About Nothing as Hero to her kick-ass role of Selene in the Underworld films, Kate never fails to deliver the hotness action. I can't wait to see her in her next Underworld movie!



9.  Emmy Rossum:
     Her 18th year really was her break out year with roles in both The Day After Tomorrow and my favorite, The Phantom of the Opera. She was radiant as Christine Daae in Phantom and she is now graduating to a more adult role in Shameless.



8.  Lindsey Lohan:
     Who would have thought that little red head cutie from the remake of The Parent Trap would be one of the most screwed up hotties ever? Lindsey is a train wreak. Of that, there is no doubt, but she is still super hot for being a skanky ginger.



7.  Amanda Seyfried:
     I, for one, cannot wait for Red Riding Hood this spring. It stars the sexy young blonde who looks like she just came out of some sort of gothic novel. From Veronica Mars to Mama Mia! to Chloe, this cutie is going to make some major news in the years to come!


6.  Penelope Cruz:
     This Spanish actress seems to just get hotter and hotter as she gets older. I suspect she will be my generation's Sophia Loren. From her breakthrough role in Jamon Jamon to her later works including Vicky Christina Barcelona and the lone reason for watching the abysmal film version of the musical Nine, she is a class act that I look forward to seeing for many years. 


 5.  Anne Hathaway:
     From her early days as a Disney Princess to her adult breakthrough roles in Havoc and Brokeback Mountain, this sassy brunette always delivers. Although she has done some recent stinkers, her role in Love and Other Drugs is giving her good reviews and hopefully will get her back on track to being a major player in Hollywood.



4.  Natalie Portman
     Princess Amadala, my how you've grown. Natalie Portman's classic delicate features belie a major acting chops and she is well on her way to an Academy Award with her role in Black Swan. Her recent announcement that she is expecting and getting married made thousands of geeks go mad, but I'm sure she will not fail to disappoint in her roles post child.



3.  Renee Olstead:
      Some of you are going "Who?" This sexy little ginger first caught the public's eye in the show "Still Standing" as the middle sister Lauren. Well, she is all grown up now and has demonstrated not only some great acting but also some pretty darn good singing abilities as well. She is one to watch...(sorry, I liked this picture of her better than some of the others I've found on the net.)



2.  Scarlett Johansson
     Scarlett has been really busy lately in the last few years. She has been pretentious artsy films like "The Girl With the Pearl Earring" to interesting films like "Lost in Translation," to outright blockbusters like "Iron Man 2." Through it all she is hot. I think she will be one of those ones that will be known for her looks in her youth then eventually be know for solid acting later in life. In the meantime, I'll just take her for the looks.



1.  Katy Perry
     All I can say about my number one choice is that every time I see a picture of her, I just go WOW! Yes, she strikes me as having the IQ of a muppet with out hand up it's backside. This is obvious when you see that her husband is the annoying Russell Brand. But, hey, I'm looking at hotness here and when she shows up in all manner of campy pvc/leather/latex outfits for performance I can't help but go WOW!

Well, that's my list. I will be adding my honorable mentions later on this month, but for now, I hope you enjoy!