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I don’t care for guacamole. It’s like…whatever. If you want to prepare it at my table while I watch, okay I’ll eat it. But 9 out of 10 times, that lump of green goo is the only thing left on my plate at a Mexican restaurant. And the same for avocados. Just stop.

In ‘N Out Burger is not the greatest burger ever. Not even close. Plus between chicken mole in Tijuana for lunch and an animal style In ‘N Out burger for dinner, I got food poisoning. You know which one my money is on. In then out!

Kale is just weeds in a bowl. As a kid I would sample the dandelions in our yard. Neither wise, nor good. Same thing with kale, only dandelions are free. And kind of cool when they turn to white puff balls. I wrote balls.

Citizen Kane is not the greatest movie ever made. And Titanic was not terrible. Stop winkingly trashing it like you’re in the know. You are not.

The New England Patriots are proven cheaters. But the NFL doesn’t care. I didn’t write balls.

I do not like the word foodie, nor being called one. But call yourself what ever you want. You Epicurist.

I like snow. Shut down DC all you want. But the same does not go for Congress, no more shut-downs for you.

Pretentious and self-important people are annoying. Including me. Especially me.

I like the fact that suddenly so many in America are against Seattle and its sports fans, because of the brash and cocky Seahawks. Boom.

Overly opinionated lists of things are deflating. And ballsy.

Oops, I blasphemed!

No-Kale

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Since 2015 has started cold (and I didn’t post one of these in December), you get double the pleasure. Double the bang for your buck! Double bonus!

10 random photos. Don’t thank me.

Okay, thank me. But keep it short.

In honor of the Seattle Seahawks making it to the Super Bowl two years in a row, many of these contain a Seattle theme.

 

Seahawks at Eagles! Victory!

Seahawks at Eagles! Victory!

 

Rams at Seahawks! Victory!

Rams at Seahawks! Victory!

 

True

True

 

Pour extra salad sauce on my Teriyaki

Pour extra salad sauce on my Teriyaki

 

This is the UW Quad on camera. Any questions?

This is the UW Quad on camera. Any questions?

 

Getting busy at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

Getting busy at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

 

Book learnings in DC

Book learnings in DC

 

Gimma some Chilaquiles! Now!

Gimma some Chilaquiles! Now!

 

Snow Trek

Snow Trek

 

Frozen Balls

Frozen Balls

 

May nothing work out for you. If you’re a Patriots fan, that is.

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In 2015, I predict I will…

…visit three new baseball stadiums. Surprised?

…do something crazy. Climb a mountain crazy. Run a half-marathon crazy. Crazy like that.

…read at least 35 books. I haven’t read that much the past few years. Doubling down.

…read seven books I own that I haven’t read. I estimate I have over 30 unread books lying around!

…run 300 miles. That’s 25 miles per month. That sucks.

…get myself to at least one new country. I haven’t been to a new country since 2012.

…write more.

…volunteer to be a commissioner of a sports league. (Hint: I already did this for volleyball…victory! 1-0 already!)

…win a championship with one of the sports teams I play on. Let’s do this!

…play with a puppy.

 

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Let’s look at how I fared from my 2014 list:

Success rate: 7.5/10

…read four ‘classic’ science fiction novels. From this listDone! See the which ones here.

…participate in three races. Maybe even a sprint triathlon? 1/2 credit for this one. I paid for three races, but was out-of-town for one and hurt my back for another. I did run the Army Ten-Miler however.

…prance about in at least one new country. Maybe Croatia? Nope. I went to Malaysia and Thailand this year, but I’d been to both countries before.

…visit 2-3 new baseball stadiums. Yes! Went to Globe Life Stadium (Texas Rangers) and Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros).

…attend another music festival. Maybe the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware? Oh yeah! I made it to the 3rd annual Firefly Music Festival.

…find a new job. True. I started working on e-learning for WV’s information management system.

…hike more than last year. Benchmark: 17 hikes/177.5 miles. Fail. I did a scant 14 hikes/154.75 miles.

…finish watching the American Film Institute’s (AFI) Top 100 movies and all the Oscar Best Picture winners. Don’t get too excited, I only have 18 movies remaining. Boom! Done!

…cook more. I got a CSA share of veggies and cooked lots of new things. And I slapped together mucho sloppy tacos.

…win. I played on six different sports teams throughout the year (volleyball x 3, soccer, softball and flag football). We won 29 games I played in. Oh yeah. (But not because of me…). Plus the Seattle Seahawks went 3-0 in games I attended.

Out!

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Here is my annual look at movies. Take a deep breath, hold your nose and wade through the best and then five that were squeezed out of the turd factory.

I would also like to change the name of the third Hobbit movie to: The Hobbit: Legolas, Who Stares Dramatically Into the Distance.

Best

11. Nebraska – A look at that thing called ‘family’. Told from the perspective of a father, who believes he’s right, and the children who don’t believe but indulge him.

10. Philomena – Heartbreaking. Poignant. Disturbing. Those words.

9. Enough Said – One of James Gandolfini’s last roles, and one of his best movie roles. Julia Louis-Dreyfus bumbles relationships. But does learn something, in the end.

8. Gravity (3D) – If floating weightless in space is your thing, you’re in luck.

7. Her – Scarlett Johansson’s voice + Joaquin Phoenix / technology x heartbreak = love. Don’t check my math.

6. Guardians of the Galaxy – Whiz. Bang. Marvel takes little known characters up a steep mountain – to get you to care. With a go for broke attitude, they finally make a superhero movie as good as the first Iron Man.

5. Out of the Furnace – Gritty. What would you do to avenge your brother? Ask Christian Bale. And Woody Harrelson is crazy.

4. Chef – Food truck enthusiasts unite! A fine tale of finding your passion. Again. Now I need a Cuban sandwich.

3. Gone Girl – A forceful adaption of the novel by the same name. If you know nothing going in, you will be shocked, mortified and ultimately ready to watch it again.

2. The Imitation Game – Crackling good yarn about how Alan Turning helped win World War II by cracking the code to the Nazi’s Enigma machine with his precursor to modern computers.

1. 12 Years a Slave – Unflinching. Brutal. There was a good reason this movie won the Oscar for Best Picture. That is all.

 

Worst

5. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – I blame Netflix streaming… I had lots of G.I. Joe action figures when I was a kid. I gave the second G.I. movie a chance. For nostalgia’s sake. Bad move.

4. Lone Ranger – What the? Stupid. Johnny Depp you are on notice. Desist with the weirdness.

3. Day of the Dead (1985) – No. The Dead did not have their day. Probably the worst zombie movie ever made.

2. Sharknado 2: The Second One – I had choices. Netflix streaming plopped this in front of my face. I bit, no pun intended, so I should blame myself for pressing my eyeballs to my iPad. I won’t. It had to be watched. Yet. Wow. What a flying pile of steaming shark feces. Sadly, Sharknado 3 is based in Washington, D.C. Sigh. Now I have to watch that one too.

1. The Amazing Spider-man 2 – Amazing, it was not. In the expansive bloat of superhero movies, this one is just about cashing in. It’s the worst movie on this list because it had potential AND was the least necessary. Failed, it did.

 

Stats on Movies Watched

  • 91 movies watched in 2014
  • 27 on a plane
  • 0 on a train
  • 0 in an automobile
  • 17 Oscar Best Picture Winners
  • 2 AFI Greatest Top 100
  • 5 superhero movies
  • 7 repeat viewing

 

Extra Special Bonus Time (All 91 movies)

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Less music. That’s the theme of 2014. I did everything less than last year.

It’s still a high volume, but not turned up to 11.

Proceed to some less notable lists.

Lesser stats: I burned 53 new albums into my iTunes library. I attended 23 concerts (or 60 music sets). I invaded the 3rd annual Firefly Music Festival in Delaware. I stormed the Concert for Valor in DC.

Enough about me…oh wait, never mind.

Top Albums Listened to in 2014*

  1. ‘Let’s Be Still’ by The Head and the Heart
  2. ‘AM’ by Arctic Monkeys
  3. ‘My Someday’ by Blondfire
  4. ‘Haerts’ by Haerts
  5. ‘Education, Education, Education & War’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  6. ‘Himalayan’ by Band of Skulls
  7. ‘Forcefield’ by Tokyo Police Club
  8. ‘Talking is Hard’ by Walk the Moon
  9. ‘Turn Blue’ by The Black Keys
  10. ‘Spreading Rumors’ by Grouplove

Honorable mention: ‘Beacon’ by Two Door Cinema Club

*Does not have to have been released in 2014.

Bonus #1: Top Concerts of 2014

  1. Firefly Music Festival Day 2 (Dover Downs) – including Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters
  2. Firefly Music Festival Day 3 (Dover Downs) – including Tegan and Sara, MS MR and Grouplove
  3. The Head and the Heart (DAR Constitution Hall)
  4. Tegan and Sara (9:30 Club)
  5. Kaiser Chiefs (9:30 Club)
  6. The Sounds (9:30 Club)
  7. Band of Skulls (9:30 Club)
  8. Kasabian (9:30 Club)

Bonus #2: Most Listened to Songs in 2014 (According to iTunes)

  1. ‘Homecoming Heroes’ by The Head and the Heart (30)
  2. ‘Ash Tree Lane’ by MS MR
  3. ‘Hurricane’ by MS MR
  4. ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ by Arctic Monkeys
  5. ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ by HAIM
  6. ‘Don’t Save Me’ by HAIM
  7. ‘Hearts Like Ours’ by The Naked and Famous
  8. ‘My Number’ by Foals
  9. ‘Hemiplegia’ by Haerts
  10. ‘Coming Home’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  11. ‘Another Story’ by The Head and the Heart
  12. ‘Hot Tonight’ by Tokyo Police Club
  13. ‘Where the Kids Are’ by Blondfire
  14. ‘Alive’ by Empire of the Sun
  15. ‘Are You What You Want to Be?’ by Foster The People
  16. ‘I’m With You’ by Grouplove
  17. ‘Hey I Don’t Know’ by Kongos
  18. ‘I Never Learn’ by Lykke Li
  19. ‘Nuclear Seasons’ by Charli XCX
  20. ‘Wings’ by Haerts
  21. ‘Springtime’ by The Head and the Heart
  22. ‘Weight of Love’ by The Black Keys
  23. ‘Waves’ by Blondfire
  24. ‘Summertime’ by The Head and the Heart
  25. ‘Let’s Be Still’ by The Head and the Heart (15)

Bonus #3: All Albums Acquired in 2014

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