My Week in Books, TV, and Movies 12/7/18

My reading has picked up, but my movie watching has pretty much stopped. I’m not sure why. Here’s the recap of my week.

Books – I gave up on Little Heaven by Nick Cutter. I just couldn’t get in to it and I didn’t want to waste a lot of time on a book I wasn’t enjoying.  Here is what I did finish:

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillipps – I listened to this one. I enjoy listening to memoirs read by the person who wrote them. I’ve always liked her and I enjoyed hearing her story.

French Exit by Patrick DeWitt – It was a weird little book about a rich woman and her son losing their money and moving to Paris. It also includes a cat inhabited by the soul of her dead husband. I did like it, but it was weird.

Home After Dark by David Small – A very good graphic novel about a boy in the 50’s abandoned by his parents.

Sabrina by Nick Drnasco – Weird. I finished but didn’t really like it.

TV – We watched the first episode of Nghtfliers on Syfy. We didn’t like it. It was a little boring and we didn’t care enough to go further. As I mentioned in my TV 2018 post, we’ve been watching the new season of Lethal Weapon and enjoying it. I hope it can survive the departure of Damon Wayans. It can be good without him. Having the Lethal Weapon name without Murtaugh and Riggs will be unfortunate, but it could be a good show.

Movies – I don’t think I watched a movie this week. That’s odd. I will use this space to say that I am ready and willing to take Kevin Hart’s place as the host of the Oscars.

On Deck – I have four movies from the library: Black KKKlansman, The Meg, Crazy Rich Asians, and Hotel Artemis. I’m sure we will watch at least one of them.  I’m about to start reading Holy Ghost by John Sandford. I love his books. TV will just be a continuation of catching up on shows we’ve DVR’ed.

 

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The One Where Tater Thinks He’s Hilarious

One of the things I enjoy about Facebook memories and Timehop is the reminder that I think I’m hilarious. Here are some recent statuses that have popped up and other things I’ve sad that I Can remember:

Wife: Is there a Tuesday Morning in Annapolis? Me: Yes, Once a Week.

When I was a kid smoking crack meant you were standing too close to the fireplace.

Imagine when we were in high school telling someone you poked his sister and wrote on her wall.

I wanted to study abroad in high school, but I never could find one who would let me.

While in Finland – I don’t speak Finnish. I speak start.

I wish I had moves like Jagger, but instead, I got moobs like Meatloaf.

If you can’t figure out how to use a photocopier, you should not be allowed to reproduce.

You might catch flies with honey, but you catch more with bullshit.

I constantly make some sort of “naked” joke when they say a player is dressed for a game.

When my mom would leave the house when I was a kid she would say “If anyone calls I’ll be at the grocery store.” I would respond with “Where will you be if no one calls?”

I once picked up the second phone in the house while my mom was on a call, disguised my voice, pretended to be an operator and insisted she needed to insert more coins to continue the call.

Once, at dinner, someone asked “Do you wanna roll?” and I said “Sure” and then got down on the floor and rolled.

For some reason, no one else agrees with my assessment that I’m hilarious.

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Tater’s Best in TV 2018

This is mostly going to be about the Fall 2018 season. I don’t think I could remember back to the early part of the year. By best I mean what I most enjoy. A lot of these will not be critically acclaimed shows.

Best New Comedy – I’m watching three new comedies this season. Two will likely get a second season, one will not. One that will is my favorite new comedy, Single Parents. It has a very good ensemble cast and it has gotten better as it has become more of an ensemble and not an attempt at making Taran Killam a lead. If anyone should be the lead it is Leighton Meester. She is very good. Even the kids are good in this one, and I usually am annoyed by the precocious kids in sitcoms.

Best New Drama – There are actually several that we are watching and enjoying. This was a hard one as my two finalists are very different shows. I’m going to go with my first instinct and go with All American. It is a high school drama about a kid from Crenshaw moving to Beverly Hills to play football. It is based on a true story. As with Single Parents, there is not a weak point in the cast. I like the storylines and they are doing a good job of balancing the Crenshaw and Beverly Hills stories. The only weak part is the whole “is Spencer the coach’s son?” story. The faster they move away from that the better.

Best Revamp of a Current Show – Until the last week, I would have given this to The Connors. It is a much better show now that Roseanne is gone. She was the worst part of the Roseanne reboot.  We have been watching the new season of Lethal Weapon lately and it is very good. I thought the show was done when Clayne Crawford was fired and they killed Riggs off, but Seann William Scott’s new character is very good and different enough not to make it look like they are just trying to replicate the Riggs character. Then there was the news that Damon Wayans might quit and we would also not have Murtaugh. That might kill the show, but I don’t think it should.  It could become a very good ensemble show with Scott, Michelle Mitchenor’s Detective Bailey, her new “Riggs-like” partner, Kevin Rahm who is very good as the captain and a new partner for Scott. It can still be very good. I should call FOX.

Most Disappointing Revival – Murphy Brown is just not that good. The characters are caricatures of themselves. The stories are mediocre. The writing is bad. It’s just a mess. A better show – focus on Jake McDermott as Avery Brown. Bring in a good cast as his Wolf Network colleagues. Move Miles over to produce the show. Make Murphy and her crew recurring characters. It might still be mediocre, but it would be better than what we have right now.

Most Disappointing Second Season – I might be the only one who feels this way. I haven’t read any reviews, so I don’t know. I did not like season 2 of Westworld and ended up deleting half the season without watching it. I was just bored.

Long Running Shows I Still Love – Grey’s Anatomy and Survivor. I think Grey’s has done a good job of lightening the mood this season and finding the right mix of old and new characters. Survivor has been really good this season. I love the show even when it has a mediocre cast, but a good cast like this season really makes the show a must watch for me. I will be a sad day when Survivor finally ends its run.

Best in Streaming – I only have Netflix and I don’t watch much there, so I don’t have a lot to work with here. I loved the second season of American Vandal and I’m not happy with the news that they have canceled the show.  There are only a handful of Netflix originals I watch regularly. I’m now down to Thirteen Reasons Why and Dear White People. I guess I should finally watch some of the others.

That’s all of the categories I can think of at the moment. Any categories I missed? Any shows you think should be included? Tell me in the comments.

Some Dumb Tuesday Tater Thoughts on Sports and Work

This season in football I’ve heard the following:

You can’t bench Joe Flacco. He’s a Super Bowl MVP!

You can’t fire John Harbaugh. He won a Super Bowl!

I can’t believe the Packers fired Mike McCarthy! He won a Super Bowl! You don’t do that to a Super Bowl winning coach!

Imagine if this was real life. I can’t imagine anyone thinking that my place of work could never fire me because I won an award a while back.

They can’t fire Tater! He won an Out of the Box Award once! You don’t do that to someone who won a bonus award!

I imagine if I had become mediocre to bad at my job the fact I won an award once would not shield me from being let go. I also can’t imagine anyone would actually care if they did. How did professional sports become a place where past wins shield you from current failures? You are hired to win games. If you can’t win games, you shouldn’t have your job. That’s just the way it is.

Other ways sports business would be weird in my life:

X Library System has traded Tater to Z Library System for a box of bookends, a cart with a bad wheel and an incompetent intern. We’re not sure who got the best deal.

The bigger branches could become the majors and the smaller branches the minor leagues. Librarians are moved up and down based on performance. I’m pretty sure I would be exiled to the far reaches of the minors forever.

Just some dumb Tuesday Tater thoughts.

What’s Good in Tater Town 12/2/18

It wasn’t a terrible week, but it wasn’t necessarily a great one either. Let’s see if I can find the good.

  1. My son came back home on Sunday and went to church and the Ravens game with me.
  2. The Ravens won and the trains actually ran consistently and got us to and from the game in a timely manner. That doesn’t always happen.
  3. I covered the desk at another branch on Wednesday. It’s always nice to get a break from the norm and go somewhere new. They also gave me food.
  4. I received a call on Wednesday that tells me that at least one other place might view me as a desirable employee. I don’t know if there will be a job offer or if I would accept said job offer, but the interest is nice.
  5. A new person came to my book club at work Wednesday night and it was someone I know. A double bonus.
  6. I’m not a fan of meetings in general, but my meeting on Thursday got me out of the branch, had some good information and got me home earlier than normal so I will take it.
  7. Panera has once again given me a free daily bagel for the month of December. I won’t go every day, but I will get a few days of relaxing with a free bagel and coffee and reading a book before work.
  8. I received a very nice email from someone that shows me that my efforts at work have not gone unnoticed by everyone who matters.
  9. I finally had a dry window of time Saturday morning to rake and bag my leaves. I finished just in time. The rain started less than an hour after I finished.
  10. I enjoy going to the Ravens games, but it’s nice to have a day today to stay at home and relax and watch the game on TV.

The next week does not look to be one full of good, but Christmas and a nice break to visit family are coming.

Also coming soon – my year in review posts. I will wait until January for my year in reading post, but I might do my year in general, year in blogging and likely a “best and worst in TV” post in the next couple of weeks.