Game of Thrones Season 4: Scheming and Murder and Dragons, Oh My!

 

No lunch time post today dear readers, because my normal 5 PM slot over at Lefty Pop posted early today!  Love Game of Thrones?  Excited about Season 4?  Go check out my post and let me know what you’re excited about this season!

Click here to read the post over at Lefty Pop!

 

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Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

 

Today:

Listening to: 

Eating:  Quinoa burger, asparagus, brussel sprouts, and white beans.

Random thought:  GRRM is not a small or young guy.  Is it wrong that I’m concerned that he may up and kick the bucket before finishing this series??

 

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In Obvious News: My Thoughts on Duck Dynasty

So if you’ve somehow avoided Facebook and Twitter today…and likely the “real” news outlets as well unfortunately, you may be unaware that the entire planet is up in arms about the comment one of the Duck Dynasty necks made.

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It was the one with the beard I think.

My thoughts on the subject are as follows:

I really don’t care what the dude says or thinks.

Come on people, he’s not some world leader.  He’s not making policy.  He’s some backwoods hillbilly who is on some “reality” show about a family of rich rednecks who made their fortune off of a duck call whistle.  Do we really care what his world views are?

An overwhelming lack of surprise.

You mean to tell me that he’s not a proud supporter of equal rights?  Get out!  I was sure he was going to be the grand marshal of next year’s pride parade.

Don’t make him apologize.

He meant what he said.  Saying I’m sorry doesn’t change a thing.

The world is filled with all sorts of people and they all have their own shows now.

I get what some of my gay friends are saying (surprisingly I haven’t seen any friends upset over his comment about blacks); it stinks.  And it hurts, no matter how many times you hear it, no matter if they tie it in a little pretty bow of belief, and no matter who says it.  There are people out there who believe/think this way and they have the platform of reality TV on which to share their views.  Is it influencing others to think like him?  Who knows.  Is it right?  It doesn’t matter.  People watch, and so it will continue.

It all comes down to business at the end of the day.

Remember when Paula Dean said the N word?  Yeah, this is kind of the same thing.  You’ll have people on both sides.   And in the end, A&E will have to decide which side equals the most money.  If there are enough people who are cool with his views and love the show, they’ll win.  That’s probably what will happen based on my completely unscientific survey of my news feed.  People love that shit.  I’ve seen beard-o-grams on everything from dogs to babies.  Life will go on. Honey Booboo will still be my garbage TV of choice.

You have a vote folks.  That is your voice.  And in numbers, it’s loud.  No, I’m not talking about some stupid change.org petition.  I’m not talking about the election day ballot box either (though you SHOULD be voting there too).  I’m talking about your $$$.  It’s just like the saying goes, “Money talks and bullshit walks.”  Decide who gets your hard earned cash.  Support the companies you’re cool with and shun those who you think suck.

At the end of it all, I suppose my feelings on the matter are somewhat ambivalent.   I don’t agree with his way of thinking, but I support his right to say whatever he pleases.  I will say that I think it sucks that we pay this much attention to what boils down to garbage news, but no one wants to discuss actual, important current events.  Ah shit, who am I to judge, I just wrote over 500 words on this nonsense.

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

Today:

Listening to:  The White Stripes – Fell In Love With A Girl

Eating:  Willie’s

Random thought:  I’ve never been so excited for a week off of work in my life!  Less than two days till family visiting time with my favorite person in the world and our canine companion.

Five for Friday: Five Things I Learned from Breaking Bad

So we are nearly one week post the Breaking Bad finale and I’m still concerned.  Where did Jesse go?  What happens to him now?  When will Flynn get the money?  What will he do with it?  I still have so many questions about the future!  But, as far as finales go, wow, they really closed it out nicely.  As a fan, I appreciate when I’m given some answers and story lines are finished.  I loved the Sopranos, but the fade to black while Journey plays left me a little unfullfilled.  And don’t even get me started on Dexter.  Seriously, we end with him in some pseudo Wolverine existence?!  Lame.

I’m happy to be back here this week to dedicate another Five for Friday post to the Breaking Bad crew.  I’ve enjoyed bringing them into my home over the last 5 years!  Man was it tense at times, but it was always entertaining!  It was also a bit educational.  Don’t believe me, well check out:

5 Things Breaking Bad Taught Me

Number 5:  How to Cook Meth.

This one is pretty obvious.  After all, the show is about cooking meth.  Should I ever need to set-up a lab, I need only pick up the box set and treat it like a home study course.  I mean if Todd can get to the low 90s in terms of purity, I’m confident I could turn out a pretty bang up product; maybe add a hint of basil or mint.  You know, if I seriously ever wanted to change careers…..

Every episode was a class on chemical calisthenics.

This song makes my nerd heart swell with happiness.

Number 4:  Arsenic is so played out. 

Walt makes Hannah from Dexter look like an amateur when it comes to offing someone via sneaky poison infusion.  Ricin is the way to go.  And it’s kind of retro too which makes it even more stylish:

The United States investigated ricin for its military potential during World War I.[46] At that time it was being considered for use either as a toxic dust or as a coating for bullets and shrapnel. The dust cloud concept could not be adequately developed, and the coated bullet/shrapnel concept would violate the Hague Convention of 1899 (adopted in U.S. law at 32 Stat. 1903), specifically Annex §2, Ch.1, Article 23, stating “… it is especially prohibited … [t]o employ poison or poisoned arms”.[47] World War I ended before the United States weaponized ricin.

During World War II the United States and Canada undertook studying ricin in cluster bombs.[48] Though there were plans for mass production and several field trials with different bomblet concepts, the end conclusion was that it was no more economical than using phosgene. This conclusion was based on comparison of the final weapons, rather than ricin’s toxicity (LCt50 ~40 mg·min/m3). Ricin was given the military symbol W or later WA.[citation needed] Interest in it continued for a short period after World War II, but soon subsided when the U.S. Army Chemical Corps began a program to weaponize sarin.

And it is continued to be considered for use as a chemical weapon.

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“I wish I’d known about Ricin.  Those damn arsenic donuts took FOREVER.”

Number 3:  Personal Injury attorneys are definitely shady.

Oh the ambulance chasers, the DUI defenders, the loop hole finders!  I’m not saying all of these guys aren’t on the up and up, but I suspect there are quite a few Saul Goodmans out there.  I wonder if Neil Flitt is secretly defending the crack cookers around Atlanta?

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Number 2:  Need to launder money?  Get a car wash.

Lots of traffic.  Lots of cash payments.  Illegals working.  Perfect.  I was a fan of the nail salon idea as well.  Now every time I go to a car wash or to get my nails done I look around for signs….oh my god that guy delivering Cokes is totally sneaking in millions of dollars!

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Have an A1 day!

Number 1:  Sometimes the bad guys are good guys and the good guys are bad guys.  Looks can be deceiving. 

Look at Gus, he was the hero of the community.  What a good guy!  Aside from being bat shit crazy and power-hungry coo-coo he’s an alright dude.  Oh that guy that looks strung out and clearly hasn’t showered for days?  Yeah, stay away from him.

Breaking Bad was full of examples of a bad guys with hearts of gold:  Jesse (loves kids, doesn’t want to see anyone hurt, wrestles with any level of wealth obtained through evil), Mike (will off someone and then check in on his granddaughter), and of course Walt (pre-Heisenberg with flashes of compassion just often enough that you still somehow were pulling for a pretty evil-ass dude).

It’s enough to make you wonder, who is scarier, that guys in the suit that you thought nothing of or that tweaker kid you looped out 5 feet to avoid?

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It’s all just too much for one guy to take yo.

And a few other lessons:

If you want to kill a meth head, just leave an ATM unattended and the problem will take care of itself.

Fried chicken batter is likely contaminated with meth from time to time.

Grown women who choose an array of purples as their interior decoration pallet are likely crazy and also bitches.

If you are forced to sit home and watch enough daytime TV, you will go crazy and start buying stuff off that gem channel.

Acid will eat right through your tub.

Thanks for the education guys!  Here’s to hoping that “Battle Creek” and the new Saul spin-off don’t suck!

 

Want to read last week’s Breaking Bad post?  Breaking Bad:  Five Things I Will Miss Yo.

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

Today:

Listening to:  State Radio – Riddle In London Town

Eating:  Jimmy Johns!

Drinking:  H2O

Random fact:  For some reason a drug that will definitely make your face break out in scabs, your hair and teeth fall out, and will most likely destroy your life never appealed to me.  Huh, strange.

Five for Friday (The Breaking Bad Edition): Five Things I Will Miss, Yo.

It’s Friday folks and you know what that means, time for another Five for Friday post!  And for those of you who are living under a rock, it also means that we are regrettably only two days away from the series finale of Breaking Bad.  I’m starting to experience something akin to bereavement.  I seriously love this freaking show!  So I decided that it would be fitting to give it a good ‘ole Five for Friday send out.  Oh, and I suppose I should give the whole *SPOILER ALERT* here.  Seriously, why are you reading this if you’re not up-to-date on the show?  Stop!

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Number 5:  Hating Marie

What constantly wears purple, whines incessantly, and is a kleptomaniac?

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Remember when Hank was recovering and he got all obsessed with acquiring minerals?  Yeah, that’s because hanging with a rock would be way more fun than being forced to talk to this twat.  Never has there been a female character who annoyed me more.
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Number 4:  Hating Skylar

So this season I almost turned a corner with her and reduced my hatred down to a strong dislike.  But then I thought, isn’t that just like Skylar White, tricking you into not thinking she is a nagging, spineless, waste?  Ugh, I have been hoping she would get offed since the first season.  I thought I’d gotten lucky when she tried to drown herself, but no dice.   Get over yourself lady! You waited until the very last season, after you thought Walt was in jail, to do what you thought was right?  Oh wait, no, you only did what Marie told you to do.  That’s all Skylar did for the entire series, took orders from others:  Walt, Marie, her boss/lover.  She somehow sniffled her way through 5 seasons.

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Number 3:  The Cook Scenes

These were some of the best scenes of the show.  You get a little science and some funny lines (Yeah Mr. White!  Yeah Science!); also, some of the best songs used in the show played over cook montages.  My favorite:

Easily the best montage of the series.

Number 2:  Loving a character just to watch them die.

We’ve seen a whole lot of death during this series, let’s take a moment to mourn those who are not longer with us:

Andrea Cantillo, Andrew Holt, Anthony Perez, Benicio Fuentes, Chris Mara, Christian “Combo” Ortega, Dan Wachsberger, Declan, Dennis Markowski, Domingo Gallardo “Krazy 8” Mollina, Drew Sharp, Duane Chow, Eladio Vuente, Emilio Koyama, Gaff, Gale Boetticher, Gonzo, Gustavo Gring, Hank Schrader, Harris Boivin, Hector “Tio” Salamaca, Issac Conley, Jack McCann, Jane Margolis, Joaquin Salamanca, Juan Bolsa, Max Arciniega, Miguel, Mike Ehrmantraut, No-Doze, Peter Schuler, Raymond Martinez, Rival Dealers, Ron Fornall, Spooge, Steven Gomez, The Cousins, Tomas Cantillo, Tortuga, Tucco Salamanca, Tyrus Kitt, Victor, and William Moniz.

That’s 45.  None of them will I miss as much as Mike.

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Number 1:  Jesse Pinkman

Oh, you thought it would be Walt.  Yeah, I can understand that.  But one, that’s too obvious, clearly Heisenberg is Breaking Bad.  And two, without a killer sidekick, this show wouldn’t be half a great.  Of course there is the matter of my inexplicable Jesse crush that might have influenced the ranking a bit.

Jesse is a mess, but he has a good heart.

That’s it; that’s what makes him so great.  His life is never figured out.  Someone is always dying or he’s strung out, or someone’s dying while he’s strung out.  Somehow the dude is still alive (though barely at this point).  And let us not forget, he has some of the best one liners of the show, bitch.

New Zealand, that’s where they made Lord of the Rings. I say we just move there, yo, and, I mean, you can do your art. Right? Like, you can paint the local castles and shit, and I can be a bush pilot.

“This is my own private domicile and I will not be harrassed… bitch”

“Gatorade me, bitch!”

“It’s just basic chemistry, yo.”

“Possum. Big, freaky, lookin’ bitch. Since when did they change it to opossum? When I was comin’ up it was just possum. Opossum makes it sound like he’s Irish or something. Why do they gotta go changing everything?”

“Yeah Mr. White. Yeah science.”

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Freaking adorable.

Finally, my prediction for the finale (more of a hope): 

Jesse somehow escapes the Aryan gang of crazies and kills Walt.  Final line, “It’s over….bitch.”

So long Breaking Bad!  It’s been a fun, wild ride.

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Sweet original Walter White painting sent to me by my Reddit Gift Santa.

I’ll be back next week for part 2 of my Breaking Bad send off:  5 Things Breaking Bad Taught Me About Life.

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

Today:

Listening to:  Paramore – Careful

Eating:  kidney beans and broccoli

Drinking:  H2O

Random fact:  I’ve lost two favorite shows in the last two weeks.  The other was Dexter.  The difference is Breaking Bad is going out on top.  Dexter’s last season was a bit of train wreck and not in a good way.