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Watcher’s Corner is another blog I just started yesterday. This one is mostly about writing reviews of movies, TV shows, plays and other stuff involving the entertainment business. So far I’ve written about some of the upcoming new shows I plan on watching this fall. So drop by the new blog and let me know what you think.

Have anyone ever walked up to you and asked you directions on how to get somewhere?

I’ve had that happen to me a few times. Sometimes I know the place and sometimes I don’t. Well, I heard about this I was like “holy crap!”

The article I read was about this woman, Jennifer Vasilakos, who was at ¬†an intersection trying to raise $20,000 for a stem cell procedure she needs to help save her life because she suffers from kidney failure and doesn’t qualify for a transplant. Suddenly a man drove up to her asking for directions. She gave him one of her flyers and he gave her a $50 donation.

An hour later, he comes back and introduces himself. It turns out the guy was Ty Warner, the founder of Ty Inc, the Beanie Baby company. He tells he was going to help her. And true to his word, on July 16, Warner sends Jennifer a check for $20,000. There was also a note that read,

“someone up there loves you because I was guided to you meet you Saturady. I never lose my way, but fate had me lost and ask you for directions. The rest of the story I hope you will be a wonderful new life for you.”

A few weeks later the check clears and she booked a surgical procedure at a undisclosed foreign hospital to begin hematopietic stem cell treatment. Basically they take a cell from bone morrow or blood that can renew itself and develop into a variety of specialized cells.

I thought this story was amazing. What Ty Warner did for Jennifer was very kind. I wish there were more people like that in the world. Instead of all these crazy maniacs running around with guns and killing people for no good reason.

I remember one time I met this woman who asked me a ride to the drug store because she didn’t have a car. I notice that her feet were really swollen from walking many miles on the freeway. I felt sorry for her so I gave her a lift. When I dropped her off she said that she would pray that good things would always happen to me.

A week later, I was at this restaurant asking for a job application when this man walks up to me and asked if I would like to have a free dinner. I was like, huh? You see it was his wife’s birthday and he and his son were taking her out to celebrate, but they needed four people in their party in order to get this birthday deal.

Wow! Who would have thought huh?

I think we can all learn something from all this. Help your fellow man. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Happy Independence Day!

We have a lot to be thankful for on this day. A lot of men and women sacrificed their lives to give us this freedom. So when you guys are watching the fireworks, or just enjoying a family barbecue in the backyard, take the time to appreciate what you have.

God bless America!

 

“It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the light. It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight.”

Who doesn’t know that song?

No matter what generation you are from, people know about the Muppets. I was a huge fan back in the day. I watched anything Muppet related, including the TV special where the Muppets went to Disney World (1990). The Muppet Babies were one of my favorite cartoons when I was a kid. I’ve seen all the movies. The Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), etc.

Last year when I heard they were going to make a Muppet movie for the big screen I had to be there. It was my first time to watch a Muppet movie in theaters.

The movie is about a Muppet named Walter, who is a hardcore Muppet fan. Walter, along with his human brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams) go to Los Angeles to visit the Muppet Studios. Unfortunately, the studios is pretty much a dump now. Walter overhears Statler and Waldorf selling the theater to Tex Richman, an oil magnate, who wants to tear the place down because there’s oil underneath the theater. But if the Muppets can raise $10 million they can save it.

So, Walter, Gary and Mary set off to find Kermit the Frog and together they try to get the gang back together.

I thought it was funny seeing what the other Muppets have been doing all this time. Fozzie Bear is performing in Reno with the Moppets, a group of uncouth Muppet impersonators. Gonza has become a plumbing magnate. Animal is in a celebrity anger-management clinic with Jack Black as his sponsor. You see also Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem perform in a subway. Scooter working for Google, etc. They got pretty much everyone, except for Miss Piggy. She’s editor of this fashion magazine in Paris. Apparently she and Kermit had a falling out a few years back. But in the end she joins the team again to put on a show.

It was great seeing the Muppets do their thing. Have a big adventure and break out into song and dance like the old days. Jason Segel was actaully one of the writters for the film.

I like the new Muppet, Walter. He was funny. Plus, we could use a couple of new faces.

I think it’s great that Gary wants to look out for his brother, but he had to let him grow up. Walter belonged with the other Muppets. Not to mention his devotion to Walter was getting in the way of his relationship with his girlfriend.

The trip was origially meant to celebrate Gary and Mary’s tenth anniversary but Gary had Walter tag along. Mary wants it to be just the two of them.

Same thing with Kermit and Piggy.

Miss Piggy may be a diva but she loves that frog. But it’s always been them and the other Muppets. If there’s one thing Piggy loves more than fame is Kermit. And I know if Kermit asked her to give up everything so they could be together she would do it in a heartbeat.

Yeah, seeing this movie will make you feel like a kid again.

I read this article a few days ago and I thought it worth mentioning.

The article talks about this dog in Ghana that spent the night protecting an abandoned newborn baby. Authorities said that the dog and the baby were found under a bridge in Winkongo (it’s near Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional Capital of Ghana), near the farm where the dog lives with the tiny baby snuggled against him. Aw!

Originally a search party was sent to find the dog, not the baby. The dog’s owner was worried when her pet didn’t come home that night. When they found the dog they were surprised to find him with the baby.

As for the baby, we learn that he’s at least two week’s old. Though his umbilical cord had not been cut and had gotten infected, the little guy is fine and is unharmed. He got all his vaccinations and is currently in the custody of a local health directorate until new, non-bridge arrangements can be made for him.

Okay, this is another example of a terrible parent. The baby’s mother just threw her child away like it was trash. And I thought the mom who left her baby on the roof on her car was bad.

The dog who protected that baby deserves a metal and a steak. Dogs are really man’s best friend and more capable of human compassionate that this baby’s god awful mother.

This made my list of favorite new shows that just came out. I remember going to the panel for this at Comic Con last year. I decided to check it out to satisy my curiosity and I wasn’t disappointed. The show did so well that it’s coming back for season two. I’m so happy. Usually the shows on NBC have potential but don’t last long.

It’s about this Homicide Detective in Portland, named Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) who discovers he is descended from a line of “guardians” known as “Grimms”. It’s basically their job to fight the supernatural forces and maintain the balance between humanit and mythological creatures (called “Wesen” however use of Germanic pronunciation renders it sounding like “Vessin”).

Nick learned about all this from his Aunt Marie, who raised him after his parents died when he was young. She was injured by a Reaper (a secret society dedicated to eliminating Grimms, get it, Grimm Reapers) when she came for a visit, although she was dying of cancer anyway. Before she died, Marie left Nick her trailer, which contains books, tools, weapons and everything he needs to know about what creatures he might run into as a Grimm.

I like this show because it doesn’t separate one world from another. It’s one world, where it shows mythical creatures hiding in plain sight trying to live normal lives.

Through out the episodes you see Nick trying to find the balance between his normal life and his new role as a Grimm. But don’t worry he isn’t alone. He has help.

 

First you have Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), a reformed Blutbad (wolf-like creature, you know Big Bad Wolf). When Nick can’t find anything in his aunt’s trailer he goes to Monroe who is knowledgeable about the Wesen world. Monroe is one of my favorite characters. I think he’s sweet. By day he’s a simple clock maker but when he turns into a Blutbad he’s a total bad ass.

There’s also Nick’s partner and best friend Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby), who is unaware that Nick is a Grimm. He’s somewhat sarcastic but always has his partner’s back. Through out the season Hank starts to notice the strange occurrences that have been happening in Portland and on some the cases they’ve been working on. In the last two episodes Hank gets a real close encounter when he sees Monroe in Blutbad form while throwing such search dogs of the trail. He also saw a Wesen change before his very eyes. Now Hank is all paranoia and having nightmares.

There’s just some people who aren’t meant for this life.

It’s not all about the guys,though. You have Juliette Silverton (Bitsie Tulloch), a veterinarian and Nick’s girlfriend. She also doesn’t know about Nick being a Grimm. Aunt Marie suggested to Nick that he leave Juliette for her own safety but Nick decides to stay with her, hopping to one day propose to her like he originally planned. In the season finale, Juliette suffers a scratch from a cat who was given a position from Adalind Schade (Claire Coffee) a Hexenbiest (kind of like a witch), who has a grudge against Nick. Nick is forced to reveal the truth to her. But she was rushed to the hospital and when she wakes up she has black eyes.

For those of you who watch these kind of shows, having black eyes is never a good thing.

Sergeant Wu (Reggie Lee) is a policeman who works with Nick and Hank. He does the grunt work, running down facts and information. I’m hopping next season he’ll a bigger role and more scene time. So far the only major thing that’s happened to him is when he ate the ‘love sick’ cookie that Adalind Schade made for Hank and he suffered some side effects, like eating pillow stuffings and carpet fabric. They cured him though.

Another character on the show I like is Rosalee Calvert (Bree Turner), a Fuchsbau (a fox creature) who takes over her brother’s Wesen spice shop after he is murdered. She helps by providing additional information and remedies to supernatural problems. I heard they’re gonna make Bree Turner as series regular next year. I’m glad, we need more female characters. Also I’m hopping she and Monroe will hook up. I think they would like a cute couple.

Finally, you have Captain Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz), Nick and Hank’s superior officer. Unknown to Nick, Captain Renard is a member of the creature community and seems to be royalty. So far, he’s seems to be a threat. He was the one who hired Adalind to attack Nick’s aunt at the hospital in the pilot episode. I’m not sure what to make of this guy really but I’m gonna kept my eye on him.

Another thing I like about this show is the different creatures.

First you have the Blutbaden, who have great strength and keen sense of smell. They are very violent in packs and are provoked by the color red. Although their smell can be weakened by Wolfsbane. Wider Blutbad is a reformed Blutbad who manages to control their violent side. Monroe follows a strict diet and exercise to help him with his ‘wolf’ problem.

Then there’s the Hexenbiests, the witch creatures I mentioned. So far the only Hexenbiests I’ve seen have all been women. In their human form they are very beautiful but in their Wesen form they have silver hair and ugly rotten faces. They are infamous for brewing potions that have compulsive, highly emotional and/or deadly effects on humans. But they’re greatest weakness is the ingestion of the blood of a Grimm, killing their Wesen side and making them completely human. This is why Adalind wants revenge on Nick so badly. She blames him for taking everything from her.

Fuchsbau, the foxes, are extremely sly and cunning. I remember Monroe saying once “count your fingers after shaking hands with a Fuchsbau”, suggesting they are a bit on the shady side. That would explain Rosalee’s brother, Freddy, who was selling human organs and blood back in episode 10.

Geier are vulture-like creatures that move quickly through the trees and are pretty sadistic bastards. They deal with harvesting human organs and blood, with the victim still alive. From what I gathered Geier sale the human organs as remedies to the creature world, like they use male testicles as a form of Wesen Viagra. Ew!

Siegbarste are ogres, who have a incredibly high threshold for pain and incredible strength. There’s also known for their tendency to hold vendettas. You know the saying, “an elephant never forget”, well neither do these guys. Nick found that out the hard way when he got the crap kick out of him after a Siegbarste named Stark attacked him at his house as a way to get to Hank, since he was the one who sent Stark to prison in the first place.

Damonfeuer are dragon-like creatures. They’re pretty rare in the Wesen community. They have the ability to vaporize their own fat, which they can cough up as a cloud of highly flammable particles. It gives them the appearance that their breathing fire. There was a Damonfeuer fire dancer (played by Danielle Panabaker), who wanted to start Nick’s fire and she didn’t take the rejection very well. Man, Danielle Panabaker grew up!

Spinnetods are spider-like creatures, whose women have a condition that causes them to age rapidly unless they suck the life out of young men. I’m not sure if the males have the same kind of condition. What they do is vomit this weird juice into the victim’s mouth that liquifies their insides, then draining them. It’s pretty gross. Truth by told, they don’t have to do this but it’s all about survival. I mean, who wants to look 70-years-old when in reality you’re only 23.

But not all the creatures in the Wesen world are dangerous.

You have Eisbier, beaver-like creatures. They appear meek and cowardly, but have their strong points. They have a knack for repairing things, and their pretty good at baking and crafts. I thought it was funny when Bud was repairing Nick and Juliette’s fridge and he got freaked out by Nick at being a Grimm. I don’t blame him. Grimms are considered the Boogie Man in their world.

Reinigen are rat-like creatures. They’re scavengers and not usually violent, unless pushed too far. Pretty much the bottom of the food chain. But they can control rats behavior by using their musical ability. I thinks it’s clever what they did, twisting the whole Pied Piper concept.

Seltenvogel are bird-like creatures. They used to be kept as pets by royal families, you know like a canary. But these days you hardly see one anymore. It’s been said that once in it’s lifetime, a Seltenvogel will develop a glandular bump in the center of it’s neck below the chin. Inside the bump it’s suppose to be some kind of golden egg, but they have to cut it out quickly or the Seltenvogel will die. The egg is suppose to be worth a lot of money but if it’s broken it’s worthless. Why couldn’t they have her lay the damn thing instead cutting it out of her jugular? It would be less painful.

After the way they ended season one, especially when they revealed that the woman in black was Nick’s mom (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), who is suppose to be dead, they got to bring it back. I heard they’re already filming season two and there’s having a few new guest stars, like James Frain. He was the guy who played crazy vampire Franklin on True Blood in season three. I heard he’s suppose to play Captain Renard’s brother.

I can’t wait for season two.

This morning when I went on Yahoo to check my email I noticed a couple news articles. This one immediately caught my attention.

The article talked a woman in Phoenix, Arizona putting her 5-week-old baby on top of her car in his car seat and drove away, forgetting all about him. The neighbors found the baby in the middle of intersection, still strapped in his baby seat, but he was unharmed. I would like to say thanks to the people who made that baby seat. You guys have yourself a good product.

Bascially, the baby’s mother, 19-year-old Catalina Clouser, was high from smoking marijuana with her boyfriend and their friends. Catalina’s boyfriend got arrested for on suspicion of aggravated DUI and she was so upset she went to a friend’s house and smoked even more marijuana. She left around midnight and putting the sleeping baby on the roof of her car and driving off.

Oh my god! Are you fucking kidding me? Despite being high she managed to remember her car keys and her cell phone, yet she forgot all about her baby?! Even when he fell off the car, the stupid bitch still didn’t notice that her son wasn’t there!

I remember a while back that I read another article about a baby drowning in the washing machine because the baby’s idiot mother left the baby on top of the machine and the lid was open. Also, a month ago there was that incident about the baby-sitter putting the kid in the washing machine at the laundry mat.

What the fuck is wrong with these people? These are your children! They’re not toys. You can’t break them and just get a new one.

I think it’s unfair that losers like Catalina are able to have babies, yet good hard working women can’t. I hope Catalin goes to jail and that her baby finds real parents that will love and care for him.



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