Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I Ain't a Scared of No Ghosts

Good Afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen,

The moving continues… the weekend was large & hard (phrasing boom!) but we got a LOT done… and we capped it off with an evening of selling my fantastic couch to a lovely Hispanic family, and then watching “Ghostbusters” with Izzy’s coworker Sally in a surprisingly empty living room. By the way, if you haven’t seen “Ghostbusters”, check it out! It’s a legendary movie… and always funny… even on the thousandth time watching it… fact!

Speaking of movies about ghosts, Izzy & I also watched movie from her childhood called “Ghost Story” from 1981 starring some aged actors like Douglas Fairbanks, Fred Astaire & Dan Housman… along with younger actors Craig Wasson & Alice Krige (“Star Trek: First Contact”) and director John Irvin (“Raw Deal”). The movie revolves around a man’s mysterious death… and his brother (Wasson plays both parts) comes back to his hometown in the Northeastern U.S. to settle things with his elderly father, whose part of the Chowder Society… which is basically like those kids from “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” where they share ghost stories… but these guys drink brandy. Well, a few more mysterious deaths… and there are questions… and they find out that they’ve all been haunted by a lovely spectral woman (Krige)… but how can that be? And why? The movie is a little slower than today’s horror flicks… but it’s pretty good. I highly recommend checking it out. There is some suspect acting (especially in the flash back to the 50’s portions) but overall, I would definitely recommend checking it out. Need some more incentive? There’s some flailing penis… and also one of the weirdest sex scenes that you will EVER see. It’s brief (that’s what she said) but well worth checking out for the amazing boobage… and just overall craziness. You’ll love it!!!

Tuesday night, Izzy & I went to our class to be certified as beer judges through BJCP program at Ferment.Drink.Repeat (now doing a soft open, so go check them out) and after the class, we went back to my Jeep Gretchen… and some miserable cunt busted the side window & stole Izzy’s backpack (and a tool kit that hadn’t already had the good tools picked clean by moochers, but that’s not a big thing). Why do people steal? Seriously? Because they need money for crack? The real question is… why don’t we have laws like in the Old West? You steal my horse, I get to watch you hang. Too dramatic? Why? It’s not the first time they’ve done this. Hell, there were two other bashed windows in the same parking lot with about 8 stalls. Are they contributing to society? Of course not! Anyway, just a thought. The important thing is… they’re probably severely disappointed with what was in the back pack (apparently a Gameboy that they probably won’t even recognize as a video game console, a Pokemon game, probably some dirty undies?) and a tool box that only has hex bits for a ratchet… but the ratchet is safely at my home because I’ve been moving & breaking stuff down. Replacing the window is a few hundred bucks that I didn’t want to spend & the backpack replacement was on sale but… basically you’re just costing me money & not making you any. F**king waste of life… but the important thing is that if our paths cross again, then you’ll still be a miserable cunt & now I’ll just despise you instead of pity you. Job well done. Anyway, onto a brighter note…

Time Travel Month CONCLUDES in a few days… and for the grand finale of this first themed month, the Everything I Learned From Movies Podcast features the 1982 classic “Timerider: Adventures of Lyle Swann” starring Fred Ward as a motorcycle champion racing in the Baja 1000… and stumbles upon a time machine that inadvertently sends him back over a century into the Old West surrounded by rapists, thieves & murderers… and it may surprise you who the rapist is in this time traveling classic. It’s a truly crazy movie… but definitely check it out… it’s worth the $2.99 rental on Amazon Prime… and if you REALLY want to be cool… go through our Amazon link when you do so we get a few scheckles, let us know what you think… and you may make it on the podcast. Until then, have a great day everybody!!!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Movin' & Groovin'

Good Afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen,

Yes, even more moving stuff… so not much really interesting to anybody out there… but some other things happened this week.

Tuesday night, Izzy & I started our training to become beer judges through the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) thanks to our teacher, legendary homebrewer & fellow SFHG member Keith Kost and our gracious host & fellow SFHG board member Kevin Inglin at Ferment.Drink.Repeat (opening soon). This introductory class essentially went over the criteria of the scoresheet, the process of judging, and delved into the first few beer styles (essentially lagers & lighter beers… like Pabst Blue Ribbon was one of the tests). During the three hour class, we sampled different types… and basically I learned that I have a LOT to learn, especially in preparation for the blind taste tests and written exam coming up in July. Wish us luck!

Unfortunately that’s really about it this week besides all the other stuff with moving… forwarding addresses, packing up possessions, paperwork, lease forms, roommate BS, all that mess… and you don’t want to hear anything about that. Let’s be honest. If you do… let us know on the podcast because…

Time Travel Month continues on the Everything I Learned from Movies Podcast with our latest installment featuring “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III”. Yes, this is the 1993 movie in which the four legendary heroes go back in time to feudal Japan in order to save their reporter friend April O’Neill. As you may suspect, this movie is absolutely flawless! It’s acting, story, logic, all without reproach. Better than even that… it’s currently streaming on Netflix, so you can check it out, remember it for the first time (bad time travel joke) and let us know what you think. In the meantime, have a great weekend everybody!!!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Eating Seeds is a Pastime Activity

Good Afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen,
The move continues… but we’re making some GREAT progress! However, we of course find time for fun things between working hard…
Friday night was a Friday the 13th Movie Night at Palace of Fine Arts hosted by the Innovation Hangar where we watched a pair of classic horror movies from 1932, the German movie “Vampyr” & the American movie “The Most Dangerous Game”. Both movies were pretty fantastic, especially for being well over 80 years old. I highly recommend checking them out. “Vampyr” has subtitles… but is worth it… and you’ll see some great visuals (though the acting is oddly, unintentionally hilarious at times) and you’ll see some things used in Coppola’s “Dracula” 60 years later… and “The Most Dangerous Game” is basically a cut down version of JCVD’s “Hard Target” but set in the 1930’s. Definitely check both of them out if you’re into the good black & white classics. Here are some pictures of the Palace of Fine Arts area though…

Sunday afternoon, our friend Kristin had a Birthday Karaoke Jam & Picnic… at Ben’s family home (sister lives there now) and it was ONE BLOCK from where Izzy& I will be living. How convenient of a “stumble home” distance is that? Well, we had a great barbecue with plenty of great food, great beer & great people… and then it was time to sing our hearts out… here are some pictures…

Aside from that, just busy moving stuff… oh… and the latest episode of our podcast, Everything I Learned From Movies is still in the thralls of Time Travel Month with our latest episode on 1992’s sci-fi action movie “Freejack” starring Emilio Estevez as a race car driver who pulled into the future as an organ donor… but escapes & is pursued by the future’s greatest bounty hunter… Mick Jagger. Throw in Rene Russo, Sir Anthony Hopkins & a hot pink tank… and you’ve got adventure! Check it out & then check our podcast out to share your opinions & let us know what you think. Two more great movies after this for Time Travel Month! Send us in your suggestions! Until then, have a great day everybody!!!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Good Afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen,
This past weekend was Mother’s Day, a happiest of times for all the mothers out there! We met up with Izzy’s mom and Izzy cooked her an amazing dinner of chimichirri seasoned steak, roasted Brussel sprouts, gorgonzola gnocchi, and an amazing salad… and for dessert, the currently streaming “Bloodsport” starring Jean Claude Van Damme! Here are some pictures…

This past week has been a lot of packing & moving smaller things around between the houses & storage unit… but Izzy & I were also able to attend the SF Homebrewers Guild’s Monthly Meeting at Barebottle Brewing. We had a special guest speaker, author & homebrew experimenter extraordinaire Mr. Drew Beechum who came and shared his wisdom. He’s a fellow podcaster (Experimental Brewing podcast) with his co-author / homebrew legend Denny Coon and they specialize in brewing experiments on a large scale to really bring home the truth & science of homebrewing… kinda like a “Mythbusters” but with booze. Sounds pretty sweet, right? We purchased a book of theirs called “Homebrew All-Stars” in which they interviewed some of the legends of homebrewing for tips, recipes, backgrounds, etc. Should be a great read!!! Thank you for coming to our meeting, Mr. Beechum!
We also announced the winner of the Muir Woods IPA competition that we entered. We didn’t win but we got some great feedback. It was really just a great, fun meeting… and here are some pictures of Barebottle Brewing again & the festivities…

Other than that, like I said… it’s mostly moving stuff… so pretty boring… except for the fact that I’m SUPER excited to move in with my longtime ladyfriend Izzy, share my life with her (and her pets), and also just be done with roommates. I’ve had some good roommates… but yeah, time to stop with that BS. Plus I love Izzy’s neighborhood, her home, and most of all her heart & soul… so it’s going to be EPIC!!! I can’t wait… but moving just sucks… period… but I’m also used to it so… here we go!!!
Time Travel Month continues on the Everything I Learned From Movies Podcast with 2003’s “Timeline” starring Paul Walker, Gerard Butler & Billy Connelly where an archeological team is sent back through time (using a hall of mirrors & bright lights) to save their professor… and try not change history along the way. If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s currently streaming on Netflix so give it a glance & let us know what you think… you may get a shout-out on a future podcast! Our review & jokes will likely make more sense too… and if you’re not interested in watching the movie, listen to us & hear all the best parts in about 20 minutes (and another 20 minutes of great stuff). We look forward to hearing from you… but in the meantime, have a great day everybody!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Portuguese Picnic

Good Afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen,
Sunday, Izzy & I took a trip to the Sacramento area to meet up with her family at the Portuguese Holy Ghost Festa Picnic in Lincoln, California. Izzy’s family has some strong Portuguese ancestry… and apparently this was the 93rd such meeting of Portuguese & Portuguese enthusiasts in the Lincoln area… so there were a few booths to buy some sweet stuff, a carnival eerily similar to the Alameda County Fair was set up, and there was a GREAT lunch picnic featuring Supas (basically bread in broth with some meat… but it’s super f**king good) provided by the local chapter. There was even a parade!!! Here are some pictures…

This last week has been a little busy with running around… but I was able to squeeze in a movie night with the roommates (one of the last?) when we watched “Spectre”, the latest James Bond installment starring Daniel Craig, Christopher Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux & Dave Bautista. In this episode, James is hunting down the people responsible for killing the woman he loved (3 movies ago) and have been coordinating shenanigans all over the globe… but then he finds out that MI-6 is being shut down & replaced with a kind of worldwide spy network with questionable credentials… and the criminal organization is even bigger than he imagined… and may or may not be headed by a figure from his past (Waltz). Overall though, James Bond seems to do about 20 minutes of James Bond-ish stuff over the course of almost three hours runtime. I don’t know… the action scenes are pretty cool… I liked the opening sequence in Mexico City for the continuous shot portion… but then it basically ends with him falling to his certain death. Oh wait, I mean he lands on a well-placed couch as a building tumbles around him. The car chase scenes are pretty sweet… the fight scene on the train was pretty brutal… Rome is beautiful… Christophe Waltz is menacing… Dave Bautista is silent… Monica Bellucci is in the movie for about three minutes… Lea Seydoux is gorgeous… it’s just an overall, completely forgettable movie that I feel like I’ve seen before… many times. I don’t know… if you like Bond, maybe check it out. If not, you probably watched it when it was a Mission: Impossible movie the first time. It’s okay at best…
I also got a quick tour of Barebottle Brewing while dropping off a beer for competition (more to come on that) but here are a few pics of this place before it opens...

We also kegged our Honey Porter that we started on Learning to Homebrew Day... reviewed on an upcoming podcast...

The newest episode of the Everything I Learned From Movies Podcast is coming up in a few days… with a special Mother’s Day edition involving a badass mother… and time travel. That’s right, ladies & gentlemen… we’re talking about the classic sci-fi slasher flick 1984’s “The Terminator”. I know… I tweeted out that it was going to be “Timeline” but… then a giant cyborg came back through time & reminded me that Mother’s Day was Sunday… so you guys will get a double episode this week… and Izzy & I talk about the concept of time travel… and what movies got it right… and what movie got it wrong. It’s a thrilling conversation. Be sure to check it out & let us know what you think. Until then, have a great weekend everybody!!!

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