Season 2 of House of Cards is so damn good and compelling; just past the halfway point of this second season and we can’t stop watching!!!
There’s a new show on Friday nights this season on FOX called Enlisted. It is by far one of the funniest new shows I’ve seen but most importantly, it is by FAR the show with the hottest guys on it. I’d even go so far as to say it is the most gay-baiting show I’ve seen in a long while too, much more so than the new gay-themed show on HBO called Looking. “Gay-bait” may be a harsh word, but feast your eyes on the image above or the scattered images below….these guys are hot. Now, let’s be clear, hotness will definitely get me in the door, but if the premise or execution of the show is flawed, then I’d have to sadly leave.
Enlisted focuses on an Army squad called the Rear D, as its function is to take care of the base back on the homefront. As the show paints it though, this is where most of the undesirables are left so they’re out of the way. Pete (Geoff Stults) is a Type-A supersoldier sort who kinda snaps out in Afghanistan and assaults a superior, earning himself an immediate entry into Rear D. Waiting for him at Rear D are his two younger brothers, middle-child Derrick (Chris Lowell, also known as Piz from Veronica Mars) and youngest brother and goofily innocent and dim Randy (Parker Young, by far the hottest thing I’ve seen on TV this year). Let me restate that last part – Parker Young is the hottest thing you’ll see on TV this year. Here’s a sample:
All these pics are from the show, except for the two upper right ones. Seriously. What I think I love most about this show is that it firmly knows Randy is ridiculously hot; so they put him in as little clothes as possible, or at least the most form-fitting BDUs one can find. And let’s just say, the other brothers are smokin’ hot too. Actually, I think Derrick is just cute, but I think I’m biased as I don’t know if I would say I was a Piz fan. But back to Randy: Parker Young is also seemingly willing to go with any and every situation the showrunners put him up for, and even better, he’s a hilarious comedic actor.
I mentioned that hotness will only go so far. If all there was was attractiveness, it’d be no better than a soap opera. But Enlisted is also a very funny show with an actual perspective about what it’s like to be in the military. The Army is certainly different than the Air Force in many respects, but certain issues resonate across the services. Issues like PTSD, loneliness, and guilt are examined in this show and actually in a very well-done manner. I’d read that Enlisted is very much in the vein of M.A.S.H. and it’s easy to see the comparison; what’s interesting is that it’s the first sitcom in a while that focuses explicitly on the military.
It’s not just the brothers that dominate the show though. A very good ensemble exists in the rest of the squad that the Hill brothers serve within. You can see Keith David above who plays the squad’s Sergeant Major, while a very funny group of actors play the remaining squadmates. The creator of the show hails from Cougar Town and Scrubs and those shows certainly can inform you of the type of show you’ll be watching. Lots of humor, lots of heart, and in the case of Enlisted, lots to look at. I mean, seriously, this show is ridiculously hot. I highly recommend anyone give this show a shot – it’s certainly more than just the hotness, though that helps. I’d love to see this show get the ratings it deserves and stick around for awhile. For my sake, let’s see if Enlisted can get another few seasons. Come on!!! But seriously, it’s a funny, well-meaning show with heart and an appreciation for the military.
And an appreciation for the hotness that is Parker Young.
Let’s have a post where I get the picture situation under control and take care of it before I get way out of date! Â Got a few sets of photos for this post, one of work stuff while the rest are fun fun fun!
January 22 – 24, 2014 – Denver, Colorado
During this past week, I was out at the Dry Creek facility in Denver. Â It was a good trip and I got to see a lot of interesting stuff and see a lot of people. Â (I know, that was extremely detailed). Â It was a trip that definitely needed to be done and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to do so!
January 24-25, 2014 – Colorado Springs, Colorado
I was most excited about this trip to Denver as I was able to visit my Colorado Springs-based friends, Susan and KD & Eric. Â Timing and availability all worked out for this to happen, and so on Friday after everyone at work called it quits, I went back to my hotel and awaited my chariot. Â My chariot happened to be driven by Susan! Â She was actually up in the Denver area for Guard stuff (hello, Major Ruby!) so it really did work out for the best. Â She picked me up and drove me back to the Springs, which gave us tons of time to catch up. Â After getting there, it was dinner time at Rock Bottom Brewery (their Mac & Chicken is especially good, as are their beers). Â KD wasn’t going to be back until around 10:30pm as she had concert rehearsal, so we managed to kill time until then and went to KD & Eric’s awesome new home. Â It’s ridiculously awesome. Â More catching up ensued and I really got nostalgic for those days of 2006 and 2007. Â These folks are the best. Â We hung out until around midnight (BEYONCE tracks were played, to be sure), then Susan and I left for her place for the night. Â Early the next morning, we headed back to KD’s as Eric was also flying out from DIA at pretty much the same time I was. Â So we had more time to laugh and bond – LOVE THEM.
We are going to try to go back in March for vacation purposes – hopefully Breckenridge will be the destination! Â Oh, and if you doubted my assertion re: KD & Eric’s place, THIS is the view from their backyard!
Okay, here are the pics I took from my oh-so-brief adventure with Susan, KD & Eric:
January 25, 2014 – Pics of our New TV!
We bought a new TV! Â It had been since 2009 when I bought the 52″ LCD TV that had held the fort down in the living room starting with the UWS New York apartment, then to Santa Monica, and finally now with our Silver Lake apartment. Â But in the time since 2009, TV technology has been constantly improving, and it was time for us to indulge. Â The new TV is now 65″, 3D (with 4 pairs of glasses), a Smart TV, and is even thinner than the last one. Â After setting it up when I got back from Colorado on Saturday, we played around with it and it’s just amazing. Â I don’t have the best depth perception (I think it’s time to go to the optometrist to see what can be done about that) but I can still some of the amazing 3D we now have at home. Â It’s awesome. Â And the Smart TV functions are pretty amazing, as well as the fact that the TV can really act as media machine too with Netflix and Amazon Prime built in (along with a ton of other video features). Â So yeah, it was an awesome upgrade. Â We ended up moving the other TVs around too so that we’re making the best use of them.
So yeah, it’s been a good weekend. Â And then this upcoming week? Â I’m headed to NYC for a few days yet again for work. Â Another day in the life of me, the jetsetter. Â LOL.
– We ate at the Burbank Media Center In-N-Out yesterday after Larry picked me up from the airport. Â We ended up eating next to Mirielle Enos (the star ofÂ The Killing on AMC as well as Brad Pitt’s wife inÂ World War Z) and Alan Ruck (Cameron fromÂ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!!!!) who apparently are together and have a little girl together as well. Â It was kinda shocking to find ourselves next to them. Â Larry first gave me the eye-indication that something to be seen was next to us. Â Sometimes that look is for super hotness…in this case, it was celebrities!
– We checked out an open house on our walk back from the barbershop today. Â It’s a fantastic house that we’d certainly be right at home in, as it’s got a modern design sensibility (the MLS listing calls it “architectural”) and a lot of great space. Â Going for the super reasonable price of $1.2MM. Â 🙂 Â Chump change, truly.
I’ve got so many addictions when it comes to pop culture, and you know what, I want to write about them. Â Thank GOD I’ve got a blog…so I can do whatever I want! Â We’ll run down all the major categories, as well, I love all pop culture.
Footloose (2011): Well, well, well….a remake of what I would humbly declare one of the movies I was raised on, along with Jazz Singer, International Velvet, and Somewhere in Time. Â I kid you not. Â So of course I was skeptical upon hearing about the remake a few years back. Â Then it actually got made. Â And then reviews started coming in, and they were upbeat about the whole thing. Â WHAT? Â So Larry & I rewatched the original on Blu-Ray when it came out recently and of course loved every minute of it. Â With all these scenes fresh in our mind, we went to see the remake this Saturday. Â Â Surprisingly, we walked out after the movie was done most content. Â Sure, it’s not better than the original, but damn, it did a good job. Â It wasn’t even cringe-worthy. Â What I think I liked was that they used a few of the songs from the original, as in the exact songs. Â The opening scene was Kenny Loggins’ Footloose, but the dancing was all new, but eerily familiar. Â And the title fonts were the same, which was amusing. Â “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” in the teach-Willard-to-dance scene was also the same Deniece Williams version. Â Then they just went to town putting their own spin on many of the classic scenes from the original, but also remixed them so that sometimes the same people didn’t say things in the same order as before. Â Everyone in the cast is very charming, especially Ren and Ariel. Â Ren is super cute. Â Ariel is also cute, but I have to say I think Lori Singer was given more to work with and I bought her anguish much better than Julianne Hough’s. Â Also, Dennis Quaid as Reverend Shaw wasn’t given nearly as much character development as John Lithgow was. Â But if you are willing to look past some of these flaws, you are treated to quite a good show. Â And the final dance scene is great, especially when you see some of those familiar 80s moves…and Willard is super cute in this one too, at certain points. Â Just like the first one. Â I highly recommend this and encourage fans of the original not to worry.
Community, NBC: I’m not just shilling for the parent company. I genuinely obsess and love this show. Â Probably ever since Pravi and I watched the first episode before it premiered and both laughed our heads off when the character of Abed thinks he’s gone deaf. Â So I was quite sad when in its third season, which started this year, it felt like the show lost something. Â The first two episodes were alright and had glimmers, but the third episode was mostly meh. Â And there is just too much Chang (Ken Jeong), which is unfortunate. Â His first season character as the asshole Spanish professor was fantastic. Â But he just became psychotic and quite frankly, skeezy. Â So this last episode, Remedial Chaos Theory, was such a welcome return to form and frankly one of the most creative episodes I’ve seen for a half-hour comedy. Â Ah, NBC Thursdays. Â You’re so full of awesome. Â In the episode, there was a die roll that determined who would answer the door to get the pizza, and each possible iteration was explored. Â To hilarious, and sometimes Final Destination-y effect. Â It was awesome. Â So I breathe a sigh of relief in the hope that my favorite series is back on track. Â I also have that sigh of relief for Glee too, but since that’s not new again until November, we’ll talk about it later.
Parks & Recreation, NBC: Â Again, another NBC show. Â I swear I’m not shilling. Â But I can honestly say that NBC has the best comedy lineup on Thursday (the god-awful Whitney not-withstanding). Â CBS has Monday night locked down, while ABC has Wednesday totally wrapped up. Â Parks & Rec, which follows Community, is a show that after its first season, found a footing that it hasn’t lost since. Â That footing? Â Being utterly hilarious. Â This episode was about Leslie having a rival girl scout troop to Ron Swanson’s scout troop. Â Of course Leslie overcompensates and makes sure that it’s amazing, including fantastic candy, public forums, and naturally puppy parties. Â PUPPY PARTIES. Â The B-story was equally awesome, with Donna and Tom taking a “Treat Yo’ Self” day to buy yourself whatever it is that makes you happy. Â They notice that Ben is having a sad though and invite him reluctantly along. Â He “treats” himself by buying socks, which isn’t flying, so eventually he ends up buying a Batman costume. Â His other issues overwhelm him and he starts to cry in happiness and sadness…while dressed in Batman. Â It’s utterly fascinating, and hilarious. Â So if you’re not watching this show, you really should be.
I watch tons of other TV shows regularly, including How I Met Your Mother, The Sing-Off, 2 Broke Girls, Glee, Raising Hope, Modern Family, Happy Endings, Survivor, The Office, Project Runway (ehh….this one is on the edge of oblivion), and The Amazing Race. Â By the way, I’m still writing recaps on the secret scenes of The Amazing Race, and you can see the links to those articles in the ARTICLES link found at the top of the website.
Beyond Good & Evil, PC/Steam: Â If you are an avid video gamer, whether it’s PC or console, you’ve probably heard of this game, or if you’re better than I was, you actually played it. Â It came out early last decade (the 2000s, can you believe that is factually called “the last decade”?) and has always been heralded as a fantastic game very much in the vein of the Legend of Zelda. Â Well, sports fans, I finally made it. Â I picked this up on Steam and downloaded and eagerly began playing the game….and about 2 hours later, I came up for air. Â What a fantastic game. Â You explore areas, solve clever puzzles in diabolical factories and lairs, take pictures in-game of enemies to make money, travel around in a hovercraft that is upgradeable (I see in the shop that eventually I’ll get a space engine…sweet), and have a wise-cracking, yet caring pig as a companion who kicks major ass. Â The voice-acting is top notch and the writing gives those performances something really good to work with. Â I’m only about 5 hours in, and can’t wait to save my homeworld from the evil Alpha Company. Â And get my pig friend back.
Batman: Arkham City, PS3: Â Oh dear God, if you didn’t play Arkham Asylum, please, just go get that game and play it. Â It’s an extraordinarily compelling game that makes you feel like a superhero but one that truly has to use his wits, as Batman doesn’t have superpowers. Â Just super wits. Â Well, I haven’t actually played Arkham City yet, but it comes out next week and I have my Amazon.com pre-order up and ready. Â I don’t know how I’m going to play this damn game and keep up with everything else, like staying employed and such. Â Can’t wait to try though.
Other games I’m playing at the moment (yes, I balance quite a few at the same time): Â Rock Band 3, God of War (replaying the whole series, chronologically, so I actually just finished up Chains of Olympus in its PS3 HD port, which leads to God of War, which has also been ported to PS3), Civilization V, Rollercoaster Tycoon 2, and Fallout: New Vegas (just playing the DLC so I can call this game done).
B in the Mix, Vol 2, Britney Spears: Â I was messing around in iTunes last week and noticed that this was available for sale. Â I could barely contain my glee. You see, Britney Spears has become quite the pop/dance princess/queen. Â Back with her album In the Zone in the early 2000s, she started becoming much more dance-centric and less that annoying-as-all-hell teen pop crap. Â Don’t get me wrong….Hobie loves the Oops, I Did It Again and Hit Me Baby….but that shit is fun for the goofy, kitschy factor nowadays, not for the beats. Â Cue 2008 when Britney lost her damn mind. Â She releases Blackout, basically one long dance album. Â C’est INCREDIBLE! Â That was my soundtrack for that year of living in NYC. Â Her next, Circus, was okay, but Femme Fatale, which came out this year….well, I fucking love it. Â So many gay anthems, so many hot dance tracks, and well….it’s just incredible. Â Here are some Youtube videos that some very attractive folks have made to her songs off this album. Â Enjoy:
Drop Dead Beautiful:
Check out 1:20 and on….dear god….
Drop Dead Beautiful, again, by the Boys of Boston (gay):
Hold It Against Me, by some Army troops in Afghanistan:
Love the arm moves at 1:13….
Enough music for now…..I’ll share some more of my favorite videos in later posts.
Game of Thrones (Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire), George R. R. Martin: Â Of course I’d heard non-stop about the amazing HBO Miniseries, and I didn’t watch it. Â The back of my mind was exerting control and wanted me to read the books. Â Many of my friends had read these books and vouched for their awesomeness. Â So in my Kindle app on the iPad, I downloaded it. Â I ended up re-reading Stephen King’s IT first, which if you know how long that is, takes a little while. Â Especially when you only really read at lunchtime at work or on the weekends. Â Luckily I finished IT on the flight back home from Rome. Â So no more delay, let’s see how this fantasy novel was. Â Wow. Â What fantasy novel? Â How surprised was I when I read this compelling drama about pieces in a huge chess game of politics and intrigue set in a fantasy world!? Â And better yet, it’s written for a modern audience and not overloaded with “ye olde this” or “my ladyeth, thoueth cannot beeth hereith”. Â Whew. Â I’m not actually done with the book yet, and it looks like I’ve got about 550 pages left to go, and this is just the first book. Â There are five out now and two more to be released. Â That’s a lot left….but I better not get stuck in a Dark Tower situation, where you wait endlessly for the next book. Â But fortunately, that situation isn’t going to happen for a while for me.
Did you see that site called subwaycrush.net? Â If not, yeah, go check that out. Â In the meantime, here’s a quick pic to tide you over….God knows we could all use a little male physical perfection to get us through the day:
Yeah, yeah, yeah.Â But hey, three in one week?Â Thatâ€™s pretty good for me as of recently!Â Thursday and Friday were a blur, to be honest, and then yesterday Larry & I spent most of they day in Brooklyn or on the subway back and forth between Manhattan and Brooklyn.Â And on the way back from Brooklyn, it was also time spent being approached by recently-released psycho patients asking me â€œwhy blacks make so much noise in the subway stationâ€ in a station full of black people.Â I was not about to engage this moron/psycho in any kind of conversation, so I took full advantage of the fact that my allergies were in full effect so I open my red swollen eyes, start snorting up all the snot thatâ€™s impacting me, and tell him I donâ€™t know.Â I look like the Plague, and even InsaneRacistPatient thinks so, and mutters that I look sick and he should stay away.Â I confirm this, and tell him â€œThatâ€™s a Good Idea.â€Â Ah, NYC.
On to Days 3-6…..
Day 01 | Your favorite song
Day 02 | Your favorite movie
Day 03 | Your favorite television program
oooh… I do love me some TV.Â Iâ€™m such a media whore that I love all the media types, especially music and movies. Ask anyone who has seen my DVD/BluRay collection and you know I am not lying.Â As for my favorite TV program – wow…this is harder than I thought it would be actually.Â Runner-ups?Â Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, LOST, 24, Friends, and Will & Grace.Â But my favoriteÂ television program is Ugly Betty.Â I know, I know….really?Â But yes, indeed, it is.Â I think it lands at the top for now because not only was it insanely hilarious and had some completely unforgettable characters such as Amanda, Wilhelmina, Marc, & of course, Betty, and some fantastically written lines (â€œDid you just gesture at me when you said Kwanzaa?â€ – Wilhelmina to Daniel), but it closely and strangely paralleled my life during certain times.Â Marc came out to his mom in the first season episode â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€ literally a month or so before I did.Â And the whole NYC theme of the show always resonated with me.Â It sucks that it ended last year.Â But at least some other recent shows have started making inroads on my favorite list, like Mad Men.Â Seriously, how freakinâ€™ awesome is that show?Â I also have to admit that Survivor, Big Brother, and Amazing Race are very high on my canâ€™t-miss list, but I decided to rule Reality TV out of this for now.
Day 04 | Your favorite book
Stephen King is my favorite author, so of course itâ€™ll be one of his books.Â IT and The Stand are national treasures as far as Iâ€™m concerned, but they arenâ€™t my favorites of his.Â Hereâ€™s where we now have to determine what are the rules of this little contest.Â Can I choose a series?Â Or do I have to pick just one book?Â Because I think I can toe the line here and declare that The Dark Tower series is my all time favorite book, or story.Â I think I got the first book, The Gunslinger, from a friend in middle school.Â It started with the line, â€œThe man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.â€Â Pure wondrous story followed, andÂ I was hooked.Â The Gunslinger, Roland, is an iconic loner type, but over the course of the next two books, he joins up with several other characters, including scrappy Eddie Dean, parapalegic and schizophrenic/divided Detta/Odetta, and young Jake. Â Thereâ€™s such a great story told of doors between worlds, magic, destiny, fate and inevitability, but of course the quest to get to the Dark Tower.Â Unfortunately for 8th grade me, those first three books were all there were for YEARS.Â About 6 years later, the fourth book, Wizard & Glass, finally came out while I was in college.Â SO EXCITING!Â But then another 6 years passed before Stephen King finally decided to continue writing again, and it was looking iffy there when he got hit by a car and kept writing OTHER books.Â How dare he?!?!Â The last 3 books came out within the span of 3 years or so, when I was a Captain in the Air Force…..about 15 years after I started the series.Â Crazy.Â It was a journey well worth it, but frustrating when I think about people who can just pick up Book 1 and not have to worry about if the story will ever end.Â Although even that is kind of ironic, if you know how Book 7, The Dark Tower, â€œends.â€
Day 05 | Your favorite quote
I have a couple that always entertain me.Â One is from the movie Sunset Boulevard and is spoken by the delusional fading movie star Norma Desmond:Â â€œI am big, itâ€™s the pictures that got small.â€Â It doesnâ€™t really apply to me, but I love the sentiment in it.Â From Ugly Betty, Marc tells his boyfriend Cliff:Â â€œBeauty if pain, Cliff, and youâ€™re hurting me badâ€Â Again, not too applicable to anything in particular, but hilarious nonetheless.Â But my favorite quote is from one of my favorite movies, Romy & Micheleâ€™s High School Reunion:Â â€œWeâ€™re not being conceited, weâ€™re just being honest.â€Â You have to own what youâ€™ve got, even if it could come across as arrogant…or deluded.Â Screw all the haters.
Day 06 | Whatever tickles your fancy
I am really looking forward to moving back to Los Angeles.Â I canâ€™t wait to live in a place where thereâ€™s room to spread out, I canâ€™t wait to be near the beach, I canâ€™t wait to have a car – maybe even a convertible, and I canâ€™t wait to be out there near friends and family with Larry.Â Itâ€™s going to be an amazing experience for both of us, and the weather is just going to be the cherry on top.Â I hope it all works out. Â I donâ€™t know if Day 6â€™s topic should have been today.Â Iâ€™m spent from all the other writing to come up with something more at this time.Â Plus Iâ€™m hungry and I can smell what Larry is cooking and it smells DELICIOUS.Â That kind of sounds like a line from when the Rock was wrestling, doesnâ€™t it?Â OH yeah, by the way, I saw The Other Guys today with Larry. Â Mostly okay, funny at points, and surprisingly political at the end when they display graphs of all the money spent and lost and swindled by Madoff, AIG, Goldman Sachs, as well as within the TARP.Â WTF?