My Unpopular Opinions

A friend posted his 10 non-political unpopular opinions on Facebook recently and then I saw someone else ask the question on Twitter. I’m not sure I can think of 10, but I decided to post some of mine.

  1. Elvis over the Beatles – It is probably because I grew up in an Elvis house and didn’t really know the Beatles’ music until late teens, but I’ve always liked Elvis more than I like the Beatles. If I had to make the choice to never listen to one of them again I would choose to keep Elvis. I do like the Beatles. I just like Elvis more.
  2. Pineapple on Pizza – My friend had this in his list as well. I also didn’t realize it is as controversial as it is. I love pineapple on pizza. It is one of my favorite toppings. Ham and pineapple, bacon and pineapple, chicken and pineapple. It all works and works well. Why would you not want pineapple on your pizza?
  3. Benching High Priced Players – I hear all the time “They can’t bench him. He makes too much money.” This makes no sense to me. The purpose of a professional sports team is to win games. If your high priced, QB, RB, point guard, pitcher, outfielder, etc is not playing well and there is someone on the bench who might be better why would you not make a change? Is this like the Wall Street bailout of “too big to fail”? If I thought Ryan Mallett would give the Ravens a better chance to win(he wouldn’t) I would be fine with high priced Flacco on the bench, It drove me crazy when the Braves would play Dan Uggla. I don’t care they you overpaid for him. He is not good and shouldn’t be on the field. I also think there are times when you should be able to bring in a “relief QB”. If your starter has thrown 3 picks in the first half and can’t get anything going, go to the bullpen. It works in baseball.
  4. Various Education Opinions – College isn’t for everyone. Instead of pushing all kids in to a college prep curriculum schools and parents should work instead on removing the idea that non-college work isn’t good enough. You can make a good living as a plumber, carpenter, mechanic, police officer, etc. but no one is working toward those careers because we are insisting that everyone go to college. College isn’t for everyone. Similarly, why are we requiring kids to take 4 years of math but not offering a variety of math courses for those who aren’t going in to a field where they need calculus. There should be business or “every day” math available for those students who don’t want or need to move on to higher math just to get the 4 years done. There should also be English classes that teach practical writing skills for those who don’t want or need to take AP Lit. Of course schools get money for the number of kids who take AP classes, so they will keep pushing kids to take them to get the money and the rankings.
  5. I Like TV – This one isn’t as unpopular as it used to be as we are in what they call the golden age of TV, but I’ve been a big TV guy since I was a kid. Working on libraries I got a lot of the “I don’t own a TV” over the years said in a way that made it obvious that the person ho said it thought it made them superior. I still read books. I’m at 92 for the year right now and that is below my average, but I love TV. Not just “quality” TV, but sitcoms, cheesy dramas, Survivor, etc. One of the things that makes me sad about my new work schedule is that my weekly daddy/daughter night watching Survivor gets pushed to tape delay. Every Wednesday night for years we have popped popcorn and watched Survivor together. I’m sad about Alan Thicke’s death because watching shows like Growing Pains was a big part of my younger years. I even wrote a poem for English class in high school where I turned the TV Guide in to a poem.

So, that’s all I can think go for now. Feel free to add your own in the comments or make fun of mine.

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Tater’s Thursday Thoughts

Yesterday, I decided I was going to stop thinking about upgrading this blog and just upgrade to the premium version of wordpress.com. I know there are a lot of articles out there that say there are better options, but the one thing they said was good about what I did is that it is easy and doesn’t require much from the user. That was what I was looking for because I have no idea how to do most of the stuff that would come with migrating and this means I can just keep doing what I’ve been doing. Of course, now I feel pressured to post more. If I’m paying for it, I need to make it worthwhile. So be prepared to see more rambling posts for now.

As I type, it is pouring down rain again. It seems these days we either have drought or we have flood conditions. I really miss the days of a light, steady rain that gives the lawns and gardens the water they need. We really don’t need 3-6″ of rain every time it rains followed by weeks of drought. I also don’t like the days of cloudy, rainy weather because it does affect my mood and no one wants me crankier than I already am.

I have been posting about TV recently and have said a little bit about some of the new shows I have tried. Below is a list of what I’e watched and what I think:

Kevin Can Wait – typical laugh track heavy sitcom. Not horrible, but the laugh track is too much. Not bad as a time killer if nothing else is on.

Speechless – a really good, laugh track free comedy. We laugh a lot while watching this one.

Designated Survivor – I really like this one. A mix of mystery, political drama and family drama. Well done show.

Lethal Weapon – A lot better than I expected. Very funny and good action scenes.

Pitch – Also very good, but my wife thinks the premise will get old fast

Macgyver – mediocre at best. could improve, but not a good start.

This is Us – I watched because I was curious about the twist. It was very good, but I’m not sure it is a show for me.

The Good Place – another one that is pretty funny, but another with a premise that may not be sustainable.

I will be trying Timeless, Conviction and Frequency once they air and will report here.

TV Tonight, September 23 Plus a Review and an Observation

We watched Pitch last night. It is the show about the first female MLB player. It starts with her first day with the team and includes flashbacks to her dad training her. I do agree with some who say that there are several sports movie cliches in the opener, bur being someone who loves sports movies, I didn’t mind them at all. It was well done and enjoyable and I will watch it again.

An observation: I look at comments on TVLine.com to see how others grade the new shows and I always see people who not just predict a show will be canceled, but basically demand it be canceled. I see the same for returning shows. People apparently think any show they hate should immediately be taken off the air. I guess they think it can be replaced with something better? I think they should just find something else to watch at that time or, maybe read a book.

On to tonight:

ABC: Last Man Standing at 8, Dr. Ken at 8:30, Shark Tank at 9, 20/20 at 10. I actually like Last Man Standing, but they have added Jay Leno’s horrible character as a full time character. The more he’s inserted in the how the less time they have for the better stuff. That might do it for me.

CBS: Macgyver at 8, Hawaii 5-0 at 9, Blue Bloods at 10. I have no hope that the new MacGyver will be good, but I will watch it. I still really enjoy Blue Bloods.

FOX: Hell’s Kitchen at 8, The Exorcist at 9. I sense a theme.

NBC: Repeats of Superstore and The Good Place followed by Dateline at 10.

CW: Masters of Illusion at 8 followed by repeats of Masters and Penn and Teller.

Cable: Disney and Nick have new episodes of some kids shows. Syfy has Z Nation and Van Helsing

My advice: Watch Macgyver and Blue Bloods. Record Last Man Standing if you like Tim Allen. Maybe catch up on shows you DVR’ed earlier in the week. Or, don’t be like me and actually go out and do something fun. I hear some people actually do that.

TV Tonight, September 22 and a Designated Review

We watched Designated Survivor last night. The premise: Kiefer Sutherland is the HUD secretary who has just been asked to resign. He is also the designated survivor for the State of the Union address. The Capitol is blown up and Sutherland becomes president. Looks like it will be a mix of whodunit, political drama and family drama. I thought the premiere was really good. They did a good job of introducing all of the major players while moving the story along. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here. I will definitely be watching again.

Now tonight:

ABC: Grey’s Anatomy at 8, Notorious at 9, How To Get Away with Murder at 10. I am not ashamed to admit that I have watched Grey’s since day one and still love it. I thought I might try Notorious because I like the stars, but I have not seen one good review for it. I watched about half a season of HTGAWM and got tired of it real quick.

CBS: Football

FOX: Rosewood at 8, Pitch at 9. Never watched Rosewood. Pitch is a new show about the first female MLB player. I’m a sucker for sports shows/movies so this one intrigues me.

NBC: Superstore at 8, The Good Place at 8:30, Chicago MED at 9, Blacklist at 10. I love both comedies. I was only able to watch half of Med on demand this summer so I’m not sure if I will feel like I can start season 2. I still enjoy Blacklist, but I feel the time is coming that I won’t care anymore.

CW: repeats

Cable: Better Things on FX.

My advice: Watch Grey’s, record the NBC comedies(though I will do the reverse since my family does not like Grey’s), watch Pitch, record Med and watch Blacklist. Or, just record them all and watch football.

TV Tonight, September 21 Plus a Review

Last night I watched the premiere of The Good Place that aired Monday night. The premise: Kristen Bell dies and is mistakenly sent to the good place. In order to try to stay, she asks her soulmate to help her learn to be good. Ted Danson plays the architect of the neighborhood. I really enjoyed it. I laughed a lot(even without the help of a laugh track). Kristen Bell and Ted Danson are great as usual. I really enjoyed the live action version of Siri who answers any questions they have. The interaction between Bell and William Jackson Harper, as her soulmate, is great with good chemistry. The only worry I have is that the premise can’t carry the how for more than a season.

Now for tonight:

ABC: The Goldbergs at 8, Speechless at 8:30, Modern Family at 9, Black-ish at 930, Designated Survivor at 10. I still really like Modern Family. I’ve heard good things about The Goldbergs and Black-ish but never watched them. I’ve seen the pilot episode of Speechless and really liked it. I think it could be a hit. We are very excited about Designated Survivor. I’m hoping it’s less thriller and more West Wing in nature.

CBS: Survivor at 8, Bib Brother finale at 9:30. Survivor is still the only show I always watch live. I love the show and usually kind of live tweet it. I will be watching again tonight. Big Brother does not interest me at all.

FOX: Lethal Weapon at 8, Empire at 9. I’m hoping Lethal Weapon is good. I will be recording and hoping for the best. I’ve read some good things about it.

NBC: Blindspot at 8, Law and Order: SVU at 9, Chicago PD at 10. I don’t watch any of these. We started watching Chicago Fire over the summer and I feel like I should watch PD, but I am several seasons behind right now.

CW: Whose Line Is It Anyway at 9 I will record because I love this show.

Cable: Mr Robot finale at 10. I gave up on this season a few weeks ago.

My advice: Watch Survivor live. Record Lethal Weapon, Speechless, Whose Line  and Modern Family. Watch Designated Survivor.

TV Tonight, September 20, 2016(Plus a Review from Last Night)

Update: I realized I called the show from last night Kevin With a Plan. It is actually Kevin Can Wait. Man With a Plan is Matt LeBlanc’s new show. The premises are very similar. Not a good sign that I just watched it and already have it confused with a show that has yet to air.

 

Day two of the TV season will feature a lot more new stuff than day one. I will get to that in a minute but first a few thoughts on Kevin Can Wait: It was your typical sitcom. Kevin James plays a police officer who has just retired and is looking forward to a life of leisure. He plans to rent a room over his garage for income. Instead, his oldest daughter announces her plan to drop out of school to support her fiance as he develops his app. So, they end up moving in instead and Kevin starts looking for a job. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as the comedies I already watch. Kevin James is good as is Erinn Hayes a his wife. Ryan Cartwright plays the fiance and I really like him, so it is possible I would like this more if they spend a lot of time on his relationship with Kevin. It also suffers from the normal sitcom problem of way too much laugh track. It just distracts me and makes me enjoy the show less. I will likely not bother to record it while I’m at work.

Ok on to tonight:

ABC: Dancing With the Stars again at 8 followed by SHIELD at 10. Again. I will not watch the dancing, but I will record SHIELD for later. I really want to like SHIELD more than I do, but it is nowhere near as good as the DC shows. I would probably stop recording if my wife didn’t still want to watch it.

CBS: NCIS at 8, Bull at 9, NCIS: GUMBO at 10. I would just ignore these shows, but my wife watches both NCIS shows and both she and my daughter want to watch Bull. NCIS is dealing with the departure of a long time character by throwing multiple new characters at the audience hoping one sticks. I’m sure that’s a recipe for success. NCIS: GUMBO is also adding a new character for unknown reasons. Bull has received mixed reviews, but will likely hold the NCIS audience since it stars the guy who left NCIS. He plays a guy loosely based on Dr Phil who works as a jury consultant. Meh.

FOX: Brooklyn Nine Nine at 8, New Girl at 8:30, Scream Queens at 9. I love Brooklyn Nine Nine. I think it is one of the best comedies on TV. I used to watch New Girl, but got bored with it. We liked Scream Queens last season, but it fell victim to a DVR logjam on Tuesday nights, so we weren’t able to keep up with it. John Stamos joins this season. If my wife knew that, she might start watching.

NBC: More Voice auditions at 8, This is Us at 10. Again, too much Voice. Do we really need more than two hours a week? This is why I gave up.. This is Us is one of the bet reviewed new shows of the season. I have no idea what it’s about, but it looks like a sappy tearjerker type of show. It’s called a dramedy, but I’ve seen nothing funny in any of the commercials. It is a Dan Fogelman show, though. I tend to like his stuff.I probably won’t watch and will spend the entire season listening to people tell me how dumb I am for not watching.

CW: A new MadTV at 9.

Cable: Halt and Catch Fire on AMC at 10 and Atlanta on FX at 10.

What I will watch: Brooklyn Nine Nine and SHIELD. We will probably watch Brooklyn Nine Nine and then watch the recorded NCIS and Bull after. I will read during NCIS, but I guess I will watch Bull to see if it has any redeeming qualities at all. I will also admit that I say I will read, but I might get sucked in to NCIS if it is on in the background.

Fall TV Starts Tonight!

Due to being on the road a good portion of the day, my post about what’s on TV is a bit delayed. It is, however, in time for you to read before the shows start tonight. As always, I will continue these posts until all of the shows have premiered. Here’s tonight’s list:

ABC: Dancing With the Has Beens at 8 and Match Game at 10. The only reason I would consider watching the dance show is if they could guarantee that someone would try to attack a contestant each week. Match Game is entertaining, but not something I feel the need to watch regularly.

CBS: Big Bang Theory at 8, Kevin Can Wait at 8:30 and The Case of Jon Benet Ramsey at 9. I am one of the few people I know who does not like Big Bang. I watched it for a little bit, but got tired of it quickly. I will admit that I am a fan of Kevin James and I like sitcoms, so I will watch the premiere tonight. Normally, I’m at work on Monday night, so this might be the only episode I ever watch. I am intrigued by the Jon Benet Ramsey show, but I’m not sure I will commit the time to watch it.

FOX: Gotham at 8, Lucifer at 9. I watched Gotham for a couple of seasons, but decided last year that I had no desire to continue. No particular reason. I just never felt compelled to watch the episodes I had recorded. Lucifer is one of our favorite shows. I was surprised by how much I enjoy it. I really expected it to be much worse. You should watch. You won’t be disappointed.

NBC: The Voice at 8, The Good Place at 10. The Voice is another show I used to watch, but stopped. In this case it was the time commitment. It’s on way  too much. Ain’t nobody got time for that. The addition of Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus is interesting, but not enough for me to watch again. I think The Good Place looks interesting, but I’m not sure how the premise can last more than a season. I have seen really good reviews and really bad reviews of the show. I will report back once I get around to watching it.

CW: No new shows until October

Cable: All I can find of interest is Monday Night Football and the  finale of Major Crimes, a show I have never watched.

What I will watch: Kevin Can Wait, Lucifer and The Good Place.