Working from Home in DC Weeks 11, 12 and 13

My observations from having to work at home because of the coronavirus starting on March 16, 2020.

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Working from Home in DC (Weeks 9 and 10)

My observations from having to work at home because of the coronavirus starting on March 16, 2020.

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Working from Home in DC (Week 6)

My observations from having to work at home because of the coronavirus starting on March 16, 2020.

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Working from Home in DC (Week 5)

My observations from having to work at home because of the coronavirus starting on March 16, 2020.

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Working from Home in DC (Week 4)

My observations from having to work at home because of the coronavirus starting on March 16, 2020.

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Bold Predictions for 2020

Well, 2019 was a some sort of year. 2020 has to be better, right? A new decade should signal good things.

My 11th incredibly sought after, absolutely viral, never repeated set of bold predictions is here! You may feel dirty after reading this, but who doesn’t these days?

What might I try to achieve in the upcoming year?

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50 Random Albums: A 2019 Music Retrospective

Welcome to the Roaring 20’s!!

Now is the time to find out how I spent 2019, music-wise.

In 2019 I added 50 new albums to my library. I witnessed 47 concerts (or the greater number of 91 music sets). I also wrote reviews for 36 concerts for the blog about DC! Check out the reviews here.

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Concertgoing, and Other Microtonal Fingerings

Sara Bareilles @ The Anthem on Nov. 20, 2019

Let’s do some exploring and answer the timeless question: What bands/artists have I seen live in concert five or more times?

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12 for December 2019: To Do List

2019 To Do

My seventh annual December To Do List! What a time to be alive!

If ONLY you had clicked on anything else, you might have found yourself with a few productive minutes. Instead of ogling puppies or Baby Yodas, all you get are a few ill-placed words. As long as your eyes are glued to the screen anyway, go right ahead and scan down to greet this legendary listicle.

As I will spend about half of December in Washington State and half in DC, what will I do?

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Bold Predictions for 2019

So…2019, eh? Well, let’s get after it.

My 10th annual, and fantastically original, set of bold predictions is dropping on your lap today like a hot splash of spilled coffee. Enjoy, but do go towel off after.

What might I try to achieve in the upcoming year?

 

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Random TV Shows: Binge 2018

Time to drop all my ‘2018 recap’ posts. Aren’t you lucky?

What new TV shows did I start watching in 2018?

I didn’t go for too many new scripted TV shows last year, rather I eyeballed a bunch of stand-up and variety shows.

I mostly focused on what Netflix was shilling, taking on the oh so short, under 30 minute episode variety. 11 of these shows are Netflix originals. Two have been cancelled!

Here are the new TV shows I started in 2018, ranked.

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12 for December 2018: To Do List

2018 went by in a blur. But let’s not sleep yet. There are still a few days left!

I’ve returned to Washington State for the holidays, so I’m puttering around looking for things to do.

So now in its sixth year, my annual December To Do List drops like a hammer on the big toe. Very painful and thoroughly unwelcome.

Watch your toes and proceed at your own risk.

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Step Off!

The World Vision International Walking Challenge is over!

For the 30 days of November, I stepped briskly about DC and other places (like Richmond – pictured), pitting myself against all walking challengers.

What did I get for my efforts? A 2nd place finish and victory for my monthly goal!

 

November Goal: Finish with 500,000 total steps.

Result: Success!

I walked 683,584 total steps in fact. Or an average of 22,786 steps per day. Try it, it’s not easy. Also, I had to step up my game during the last week, since the person in 3rd was gunning for me, using the notorious ‘training for a marathon’ scheme. Nope, didn’t work.

 

Walking Challenge Top 5
1st = 772,883 steps*
2nd (Me) = 683,584
3rd = 663,644
4th = 613,308
5th = 602,601

* I understand the 1st place person put a treadmill to good use. I did not. I was outside, in the fresh air, hiking or exploring.

My Daily Breakdown

  • 30,000+ steps in a day (8 times)
  • 20,000+ (11)
  • 15,000+ (7)
  • 10,000+ (3)
  • Sub-10,000 (1)

 

I also made a second goal, about helping Capital Bikeshare move their bikes around the city or some such.

November Goal #2: Finish with 500 total Bike Angel points.

Result: Failure! Epic! 347 points total.

I basically quit this goal with a week left in November because I traveled to Charlotte and Richmond. But up to that point, I was definitely in the conversation for reaching this goal as well, on a pace of 15 points per day (I would’ve needed a pace of 16.67 points per day).

Now step out and walk!

500,000 for November 2018: Steps

November is World Vision International’s 2nd annual Walking Challenge.

Last year I finished 3rd overall with 644,051 steps in 42 days (it ran from 8/21 to 10/1/17). The 1st and 2nd place finishers were FAR, FAR ahead of me (200,000 and 100,000 more steps respectively).

Last year my average was 15,335 steps per day. Not too bad…but let’s up the game and go for an average of 16,667 steps per day to reach 500,000 in 30 days!

 

Goal for November: Finish with 500,000 total steps.

 

Also, I’ve been participating in the Capital Bikeshare Bike Angels program, and in the first three months finished #5, #5 and #4 in the overall points rankings (for the whole city!).

My last point total was 253 in October, so let’s double it and set my November goal to 500 points!

 

Second Goal for November: Finish with 500 total Bike Angel points.

 

It is on!

Things I (Probably) Learned Using Instagram

I’ve been on Instagram for about a year now, ostensibly to take photos of interesting things in Washington, DC and the surrounding areas.

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Tarantino Movies Ranked

I enjoy Quentin Tarantino’s movies, most of them are very good, if not excellent.

Since his first movie in 1992, Reservoir Dogs, and his huge follow-up in Pulp Fiction, he’s only directed seven more movies.

So it makes it easy to rank them.

I also recently re-watched them all (within the last couple years) and finally got around to witnessing the turd that is Death Proof.

Let the sparks fly!

Not Good
9) Death Proof – Nope.

Good
8) Jackie Brown

Very Good
7) Kill Bill Vol. 1 – Enjoyable, but I’m not a fan of over the top battle scenes. (Never got into martial arts B movies.)
6) The Hateful Eight – This gets a bit long in the tooth, but the scenes are great to re-watch a second time when you already know the twist.

Great
5) Kill Bill Vol. 2 – A slow burn, the final requiem is a treat.
4) Django Unchained – Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio are all just great.
3) Reservoir Dogs – Still enjoy putting on the soundtrack, and will never get the scene with Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck In the Middle With You” out of my ear (oops, sorry).

Excellent
2) Pulp Fiction – Bring out the gimp! Ah, memories of college.
1) Inglorious Basterds – Did I like this more than Pulp Fiction? Yes, yes I did. One of my favorite scenes is Brad Pitt trying to pass as ‘Eye’talian at the final chapter’s Nazi movie premiere and Christoph Waltz gleefully exposing him.

Random Things

I know, I know.

I need to post more often. I have a few ideas knocking around in my head, just need to find a pair of tines to yank them out and splash them on the blog.

For example, I have ‘incredible’ ideas on Movie Lists and posting a ‘few’ photos from recent trips (maybe not so recent anymore – from 2016 and early 2017…haha).

Despite what’s lacking here, I haven’t been slacking!

I’ve been writing a bit about living in Washington, DC at this blog: A DC Journey (https://adcjourney.com/). (Get it? This blog is called ‘A Random Journey’…and frankly gets fairly random.)

Or if you don’t like words, follow photos: https://www.instagram.com/adcjourney/

But soon, the ideas convalescing in my head will get their day in court!

Get Out of Ebbing, Missouri When the Shape of Your Darkest Hour is a Phantom Lady Bird

(Update: I got 7 of 11 correct!)

You have come to the right place for my 9th annual Oscars predictions!

I’m not that good at it, but I’m consistent. In that I make predictions. If you copy any of these, just know…I’m sorry.

How have I done in recent years?

I typically only predict what I consider to be the major categories.

So coming March 4th, the 90th Annual Academy Awards will be awarded and my predictions will come true. Believe it.

Interestingly (okay not really), in recent years, I’ve made it a point to see as many of the movies nominated for Best Picture before the ceremony as possible. And I typically get around to watching all of the Best Picture nominees at some point. I was curious how well I was doing on that front, so I did some research (gasp!). I know, I know, pulling things out of thin air is more my speed, but this time I let the statistics be the story. #NotFakeNews

For the five years between 2012-2016, I’ve seen all but one of the Best Picture nominations (42/43 movies). And since the Academy expanded the number of nominations from five to more in 2009 (often nine), I have yet to see five of the nominations (67/72). Lastly, since 2000, I missed a mere 10 Best Picture nominations in total (107/117). So. Not bad. I guess.

Onwards!

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Best Picture – I’ve seen 6 of 9 of these so far. This comes down to The Shape of Water and Three Billboards. I liked The Shape of Water well enough, and I struggled a bit with Three Billboards. Yet I kinda, sorta think Three Billboards will actually win. The Post was the best, and Dunkirk is amazing, but more as a sound/visual experience than a Best Picture.
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water (Winner!)
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (My pick)
Best Actress in a Leading Role – Frances is mean and angry and going to win Oscar gold!
  • Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
  • Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (My pick)
  • Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
  • Meryl Streep, The Post
Best Actor in a Leading Role – No contest!
  • Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
  • Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour (My pick)
  • Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Lady Bird gets lots of acting buzz, so this will be the consolation because Three Billboards will win two acting awards.
  • Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
  • Allison Janney, I, Tonya (Winner!)
  • Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
  • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird (My pick)
  • Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Angry and racist is the winning combination!
  • Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
  • Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
  • Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
  • Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (My pick)
Best Director – Nolan may win and would deserve to, but I think del Toro wins!
  • Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan
  • Get Out, Jordan Peele
  • Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
  • Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro (My pick)
Adapted Screenplay – I want Mudbound to win. It won’t.
  • Call Me by Your Name (My pick)
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Logan
  • Molly’s Game
  • Mudbound
Original Screenplay – Probably will coincide with Best Picture.
  • The Big Sick
  • Get Out (Winner!)
  • Lady Bird
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (My pick)
Best Animated Feature Film – The only one I’ve seen is The Boss Baby, and it is brutal (aka not good)! I think Pixar notches another win!
  • The Boss Baby
  • The Breadwinner
  • Coco (My pick)
  • Ferdinand
  • Loving Vincent
Cinematography – Blade Runner would deserve a win here, and it’s likely the only chance for Mudbound to get a win, but The Shape of Water IS going to win some of the 13 categories it was nominated for.
  • Blade Runner 2049 (Winner!)
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Mudbound
  • The Shape of Water (My pick)
Best Foreign Language Film – ¡Viva Chile! ¡Viva women!
  • A Fantastic Woman (Chile) (My pick)
  • The Insult (Lebanon)
  • Loveless (Russia)
  • On Body and Soul (Hungary)
  • The Square (Sweden)
Out.

56 Random Albums: A 2017 Retrospective

I forgot to post my annual music roundup! I know all three of my readers have been disappointed…until now! I don’t disappoint forever!

In 2017 I added 56 new albums to my library. I witnessed 34 concerts (or the greater number of 61 music sets). I also wrote reviews for 15 concerts for a different blog I write for about living in Washington, DC! Check out the reviews here.

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The December List, and Other Stable Facts From 2017

I dominated my most recent December To Do List! Snooze.

Results, outcomes and the correlative aftermath of same are about to be apportioned, so cut out the tedious part (aka reading it) by aborting your web session now and hitting the sack. You’ll need the rest. We may soon have a Wall to tear down after all.

Also, it’s 2018. WTH is going on?!

Goal for December 2017: Do all 11 items on my tremendous, very stable To Do List.

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Bold Predictions for 2018

When you absolutely, positively, truly must have a list of New Year’s Resolutions, call them bold predictions.

Sounds fancier. Probably not.

What might I try to accomplish in the upcoming year? Let’s find out!

In 2018, I predict I will…

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