Its My BirF’Day

Thank you Daniel for the Birthday wish and the title for my post. Yes it is my Birf’day and I am going to party like its my BirF’day. Actually we partied yesterday to celebrate my birthday and we had an excellent time. Despite the weather conditions, we expected 6 inches over night, plenty of people made it out to the party some of them traveling over 2 hours to just make the celebration. I would like to thank all the people that made it out and made this a very special birthday.

I always think that there is not going to have enough food for the party and we end up with a lot of left overs the next day. We made Hot Dogs Colombian style (Pineapple topping and crushed potato chips), Arroz con Pollo, Congri, Papas Chorriadas, and other h’orderves. Lily, one of my coworkers traveled all the way from Novi, Michigan with her husband and prepared my favorite Chinese dish for me Jajang Mion. I was also lucky enough to get other gifts, which were all appreciated. I got gift certificates to my favorite stores and restaurants as well as some special birthday cards. Even thought we made the festivities BYOB, we also provided a little Sangria to celebrate.

Today is the actual date of my birthday and besides waking up right next to the woman I love I also got to have Jajang Mion for breakfast was awesome. Am I the only person that thinks that having “recalentado” (leftovers) for breakfast is awesome?

I also had a couple of online celebrities in my house. The AlmightyGuru (who lived up to his name being a wealth of information on our Scene It and Battle of the Sexes games) and MikeP and (star coder who just this week released a new version of his Weather software Seasonality) his wife Katrina all came out and had an excellent time.

I always like to remember this post about the day I was born the day of my birthday. Even though my Family could not be here with me for my birthday they all called me and gave thier good wishes over the phone. That and having my online friends send me their congratulations for another day lived is awesome. Now I have to update my little introduction to reflect another year lived.

They say success is not measured by the stuff that you have but by those around you, well I don’t think even Bill Gates can feel as lucky as I feel to be surrounded by such wonderful people. Thank you everyone for making my birthday such a special day.

*** Update ***

I share a birthday with a fellow blogger and online friend (and I did not even know) stop by and give Jorge Q a Happy Birthday!

Reality TV

I have loved reality TV since I was a little kid. Now you might all say that I am not that young, but I think I have been watching what people call reality TV for a long time. I think reality shows are mislabeled. I watched the premiere of Survivor Panama last night, and it was great. I think the show has done a good job of evolving into something that is still interesting to people. I am still not a true fan of survivor. I can say that I enjoy it, but I would not call it reality TV.

Survivor to me is not a reality show, while it is the mix of MTV’s the real world meets game show and American Gladiators, it is not something that should be considered reality TV. If there is a game involved or strategy I think reality TV really loses its right to use the name. The Real World used to be real, but right now the only MTV shows that I think can count as reality shows are Made and True Life. A show that you have to “cast” should not be considered reality TV anymore.

A show that might fall under the “reality” show umbrella but are true gems is MXC (go to Spike TV’s website to find information on the show, but wow, it is a perfect example of design overload… My brain was almost complety fried byt the overflow) that is actually a spoof on Takeshi’s Castle. Takeshi’s Castle reminds me of a show that used to watch as a kid back in Colombia but I cannot remember the full name of except for having the word “match” on its title.

I love documentaries; they are what I really consider reality TV. POV is a great show that you should try to catch on whenever you can. I have seen some of the greatest stories on that show and they can be considered true Reality TV.

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Something for nothing

I am curious to find out if this happens in all professions or if it is only limited to IT(Information Technology, Computer Work). Do people tell their friends that are doctors if they can do that MRI on the weekend when the office is closed, or maybe their Orthodontist friend if he can get you a free crown? Well it happens to me quite a bit, people want something for nothing. Read more…

Two for the Money (****)

As the movie started and the words “based on a true story” displayed across the screen I knew I was in for more than what I had originally bargained for. A scene in the previews for the movie had really interested me from the moment I first saw it. Al Pacino grabs McConaughey by the back of the neck and whispers into his ear something like “If you want something from me you are going to have to earn it, and then rip it from my cold dead hands.”

I love Al Pacino; while he is not one of my all time favorite actors I have enjoyed all the movies that I have seen him in. He personifies a strong character better than other people that might have a more commanding presence. One of the interesting aspects of his character in this movie is that it also had a vulnerable side to it, something I don’t remember as clearly from his other portrayals. While there was the physical weakness that his character had, his emotional one was a lot deeper and damaging.

The movie started delivering from its first scene. The emotional set up of a kid trying to please his father at all cost really paved the way for the movie and made it believable. It was something that was very necessary not only because of what the based on a true story means but also because the perseverance that the character showed was outstanding, if not foolish at times. Brandon really wanted to pursue his dream of becoming a professional athlete at all cost, and until faith stepped it he seemed to want to be stuck in a dead end where a single track mind was keeping him back from greatness at maybe other careers.

Rene Russo played Al Pacino’s wife flawlessly. A complex character from difficult beginning that was everything that Al Pacino’s character needed to balance him. Several scenes in the movie really show how behind every great man, there is always a great woman. Her delivery was not only believable but showed commitment to the character. Her character built the bridge that the very polar characters portrayed by Pacino and McConaughey needed. Also worthy of mention is Jeremy Piven who’s fast talking character really helps build some great scenes in the movie.
The movie was already earning four stars, but then Al Pacino delivered a speech in an AA style addiction meeting for gamblers that truly put the whole movie into a different perspective for me. Pacino told the other addicts that their addiction to gambling had nothing to do with winning, but with losing. They were al lemons, damaged human beings that needed the reassurance of losing to feel like they were still alive. From that moment forward I watched as his character continually gambled with his own life. That cemented the four stars and a full recommendation to go rent or buy the DVD today. You will love this movie.

As if this movie needed any other reason to be cooler, the person the movie was based on is actually from Midland, Michigan. I had to rewind the special features like 5 times before I convinced myself that he was saying, Midland, Michigan. His name is Brandon Lang and he actually has his own website. He also has some cool words to say about McConaughey

One of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received in my life came from Matthew, who said “Thank you for bringing me a character where I had to dig down and draw on the emotions that every actor dreams about. This was by far my most enjoyable role.” You can’t beat that. A kid from Midland, Michigan getting complimented by a major Hollywood actor. Talk about dreams coming true!

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Two For The Money.

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