There’s rich history concerning the ancient Olympics and equally fascinating information pertaining to the modern Olympics. While I only broke down the list of year, summer or winter, city and country, it’s all quite fascinating. I’m looking forward to February when it all starts.
Time really does fly by. It’s the Winter Olympics soon. I remember the “Flying Tomato” missing standing on the podium in the snowboarding half-pipe event at the Sochi games. Shaun White gets his chance again in PyeongChang. I’m excited to see how it materializes. I hope he gets a chance to redeem himself. I hope great things happen at these games.
The physical best of the best are found in the Olympics. As much as I love watching summer sports, the winter sports edge them out. It might be that there is a harshness to them because of the snow, ice, and cold temperatures. It seems forever ago that the Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding ice skating incidents happened before and during Lillehammer. The media sensationalized their feud, and the world watched with anticipation. Nancy Kerrigan went on to win silver. Tonya did not medal and came in 8th place. The latter was forever banned from the U.S. Figure Skating Association, and stripped of her U.S. Championship win in 1994. If anyone was a tortured physical athlete, it was her. There’s a movie coming out called I, Tonya, if you weren’t born yet and missed it all.
How things have changed too from the ancient Olympics. It’s no longer only for able bodied, free men of Greek origin. It includes participation from more countries than not, and women and men have, in a general sense, equal access to the winter and summer sport competitions. It includes more than running, wrestling, boxing, pankration (primitive form of martial arts combining wrestling and boxing), equestrian (chariot and horse races), pentathlon (running, long jump, discus, javelin, wrestling), and boys’ events (running, wrestling, and boxing).
Olympia was discovered again in 1766 by Richard Chandler and after archaeological work by the Germans, its finding would inspire Pierre de Coubertin, creator of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The first modern Olympics took place in Athens during the summer of 1896. They started with summer only games, and in 1924 included winter games. It was in 1994 that the Olympics were scheduled every two years.
We are soon approaching the XXIII Olympiad, beginning February 9th on Friday and closing February 25th on Sunday. The mascots are Soohorang and Bandabi, motif from the white tiger and Asiatic black bear. The emblem is taken from Hangul, the Korean alphabet, with significance of “where the earth meets the sky.” There are 259 medals, made by designer, Lee Suk-woo. The torch is 700mm in length. Eight new medal events at PyeongChang will take the total of golds up for grabs to 102, more than any previous Olympic Winter Games.
The following 15 disciplines from seven sports will be included in the 2018 Olympics. Let the games begin. I can’t wait.
Outstanding police departments can make you feel safe in your community. I would venture to say they are cities not heavily populated, which are basically small town U.S.A. Corrupt police departments can dampen a whole city’s image. Los Angeles comes to mind, which The Shield is loosely based from, and in particular the Rampart Division. The rest who carry a gun and badge are in between the two. When you talk about the FBI and CIA, there appears to be more gray areas when it comes to procedural affairs. It might be because these institutions are so large compared to police departments. Nevertheless, these are the shows that have stuck with me over the years, and the ones I want to watch, but not finding the time.
The ones I have watched!!!
21 Jump Street
This show catapulted Johnny Depp as a heart-throb centerfold for teenyboppers. I was not one of those teenyboppers even though I was ripe for the age. I swear on my own hands, I was not, but, oh, Tommy Hanson and all the characters of 21 Jump Street. It ran from 1987 to 1991. It had a total of five seasons. Its creators are Stephen J. Cannell and Patrick Hasburgh. It even had a spin-off show, Booker, with Richard Grieco that lasted one season. I can hear the theme song, Hot in the City, to Booker now. 21 Jump Street involves an undercover police unit whose focus was on solving crimes committed by primarily young people in high school. I remember the ex-hippie Captain Jenko that was in the first season’s episodes before Captain Fuller came and stayed. The topics ranged from alcoholism to racism to child abuse to promiscuity. It had an overall seriousness with sporadic goofiness to make it realistic, primarily done by Peter DeLuise’s character.
This show has gotten criticism for how they portray certain Middle Eastern people, but it goes to show you can’t please every living person. This heavy laden topic is important, not the purpose of this blog. I’ve watched up to season three. Remember the shows collecting dust on my shelf. This is one of them. I have yet to watch the other three seasons. It premiered in 2011 and the seventh season starts in 2018. Its creators are Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. Homeland is about a CIA operative, Carrie Mathison, whose personal complications with her bipolar disorder often get in the way of being taken seriously by her co-workers. The end of the third season brought full circle the story of character Nicholas Brody. I look forward to what happens in season four because another personal complication arises for Carrie and her prevailing is what she does best.
I watched Quantico twice so far, both two seasons, because it was that good. I’m a sucker for learning about different characters and what makes them tick, question, scream, and punch their way through life. It premiered in 2015 and the third season starts in 2018. Its creator is Joshua Safran. The show is about a group of FBI recruits who train at Quantico. The mystery unravels to find out who is the terrorist or if one even exists. The main focus is on the characters of Alex Parrish and Ryan Booth. The ending of season two leaves it at a nice spot to leap into a new story line, sort of, but whether it goes there remains to be seen. There are some borderline knocking on 90210 door moments, but not enough to turn me away.
This is another show I watched partly in high school. It ran from 1993 to 2001. It had a total of nine seasons. The X-Files picked up again in 2016, but have not watched them. Its creator is Chris Carter. The episodes involve unsolved cases with questionable and often un-explainable phenomenon. Its main characters include two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who eventually come to the same conclusion about the government agency they work for and their personal and work related discoveries. If you are fascinated with the extra-terrestrial as I am, then this show is definitely up your alley. Yes, I saw the movie too.
This show I could watch a million times and never get sick of it. Okay, maybe I’m stretching it a little too much, but DAMN is this a good show. Someone recommended this to me before I moved to Los Angeles. Thank you E.H. Then when I moved here, I saw the taping of The Shield by accident on one of my runs (when I actually ran instead of now jogging). In addition to seeing Michael Chiklis smiling in a doorway not very far away, I’ve seen a fair number of cast more than once: Walton Goggins (many times with family), Jay Karnes (airport), Benito Martinez (what a nice guy), and Kenny Johnson (many times with family). I’m still waiting to see CCH Pounder, Catherine Dent, and David Rees Snell. Michael Jace will die in prison for a killing his wife in 2014, which is a shame, because he played his character so well. It ran from 2002 to 2008. It had a total of seven seasons. Its creator is Shawn Ryan. The episodes involve the lives of a dirty cop and those that serve with him on his anti-gang task force. The notable guest stars of Forest Whitaker, Glenn Close, Anthony Anderson, and Laurie Holden, to name a few, made it all the better. The final episode is hands down one of the best I’ve seen.
Forget about Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. He blows his character, Paul Spector, out of the water in terms of creepiness. Then again, how many teenage girls are turned on by serial killers. Well, maybe some, but not to the level of C.G. This is a slower show, but once you get past that, you are able to see it for what it really is: a masterpiece showcasing a serial killer from Belfast going head to foot with law enforcement. It becomes a cat and mouse game between a methodical killer, Paul Spector, and driven police officer, Stella Gibson. It premiered in 2013, and has three seasons so far. Its creator is Allan Cubitt. I have yet to watch the last season, but it was the last for Dornan, so I’m sure it will blast the pressure to maximum force.
The ever revolving door of actors and actresses for this show, but I’ll still take it. I’m still a little upset I’ll never know how Hotchner really was supposed to finish. This is a long running show. It premiered in 2005 and the thirteenth season is going on now. Its creator is Jeff Davis. Criminal Minds is about FBI agents, part of the Behavorial Analysis Unit (BAU), who are profilers hunting serial killers and those committing heinous crimes. It is led by Emily Prentiss. Her team uses the ever catchy term: unsub or unknown subject. I’ve seen all except the current season. This is the reason Netflix exists. I do a dive bomb when it is released, and don’t leave until I’ve watched them all.
I’ve watched this show about three times, and each time the ticking of the clock bothered whoever was around me. 24 ran from 2001 to 2010. It had a total of eight seasons. Its creators are Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow. The episodes involve Jack Bauer, director of a counter-terrorist unit in Los Angeles, and his team. I prefer to think of him as a bad ass who walks the thinnest of lines between sanctioned protocol and what’s on the other side of it. It’s hard to think so much action could happen in one day, and how the people involved are still functioning by the end. Yet, it does happen so it makes the show all the more impressive. There was a mini-series 24: Live Another Day that aired in 2014. There was a spin-off, 24: Legacy, that aired in 2016. It had one season.
This show has basically replaced The Shield, for me, in terms of caliber. The level of corruption is astounding where it grabbed me from the start. The well-developed characters was a pleasant surprise. The character arc of Mr. Kaplan at the end of season four was one of the best I’ve seen. The Blacklist premiered in 2013 and season five resumes in 2018. Its creator is Jon Bokenkamp. The show involves primarily two characters: Elizabeth Keen and Raymond Reddington. Keen is a newly married FBI profiler. She comes face to face with Reddington, and throughout the show questions his motives and behaviors at every corner. It will be interesting to see how the second half of season five progresses since a major bomb was dropped on Keen.
This show was slow to start, and admit I had to give it another try. I’m glad I did because it is well worth the watching. Stay invested in it because I eventually didn’t want to turn it off, but had to because I needed sleep. The Killing ran from 2011 to 2014. It has four seasons. Its creator is Veena Sud. Its main characters, Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder, work as a team in a police investigation. As they uncover pieces to the story of what happened to Rosie Larsen, things get unhinged on personal and political levels. It is a great whodunnit and whydunnit show.
This show had the ever revolving door of the main actor that would bring a sex appeal factor to the television screen. David Caruso left the set, never to glance back, and actors kept replacing the last. This never detracted from the show because the writing was superb, but I wish actresses were given more credence to their profession. I think of A.D.A Sylvia Costas and Detective Connie McDowell. NYPD Blue is about the professional lives of detectives in their precinct, and how it often bleeds into their private lives. It ran from 1993 to 2005. There were twelve seasons. Its creators are Steven Bochco and David Milch. It is led by Lt. Fancy and later Lt. Rodriquez. The mainstays throughout most of the seasons were Detective Sipowicz, Greg Medavoy, Bobby Simone, and Connie McDowell. NYPD Blue was a groundbreaking show for a reason.
This show surprisingly I had to give another try as well because my eyes weren’t cooperating at the first round. But the second time, I was all in and ready to go. Mindhunter has one season so far, and can’t wait for the next one in unknown. Its creator is Joe Penhall. It involves the formative years of FBI research into the mind of killers by the hands of two agents: Holden Ford and Bill Tench. Both actors are excellent in their roles, but Holt McCallany knocks the ball out of the park. They forgo the old method of looking at crimes and delve deeper into a criminal’s modus operandi. This show is based from actual research and events. I’m willing to watch anything psychologically and/or criminally related. It’s one of the few things that can keep me up at night when I’m bone tired. Enough said.
This mini-series was discovered as I was surfing Netflix. I’m not sure if it is still on there, but it’s worth the watch. It keeps you invested. The Assets is about the ultimate capture of a CIA mole by other CIA officers. This is a cat and mouse game between Aldrich Ames and Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille. This is based on actual events where Ames fed classified information to the Soviet Union. It aired in 2014.
There you have it: the shows I’ve seen that stuck with me. I’ve purposely left out other notable shows for a time factor. On that note, let’s move to the ones I have yet to see.
The ones I still need to watch!!!
Graceland is a show about a rookie FBI agent trained by a FBI legend in a beachfront residence. Its creator is Jeff Eastin. It had three seasons.
The Wire is a show about the Baltimore inner-city drug scene from the view of the criminals and police department. Its creator is David Simon. It had five seasons.
True Detective is a show about police investigations. It follows different cases in each season. Its creator is Nic Pizzolatto. It has two seasons so far.
Justified is a show about a U.S. Marshal going back to his poor, rural hometown in Kentucky. Its creator is Graham Yost. It had six seasons.
Luther is a show about a genius detective who is dedicated, obsessed, and consumed by his work in the Serious Crime Unit. Its creator is Neil Cross. It has four seasons so far.
Top of the Lake
Top of the Lake is a show about a detective attempting to solve crimes while keeping herself in check. It has a gap in between the seasons. Its creators are Jane Campion and Gerard Lee. It has two seasons so far.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a show about forensic evidence team in Las Vegas. It had sixteen seasons. Its creator is Anthony E. Zuiker. (I haven’t watched enough episodes to say I truly know about it.)
Southland is a show about the LAPD. It had five seasons. Its creator is Ann Biderman.
The Americans is a show about Soviet spies in America. It has five seasons so far. Its creator is Joseph Weisberg.
There you have it: the shows where people wear badges and/or affiliated with crime in some way. I could say so much more about this topic, but given the lack of time, I won’t. On that note, happy television watching because there’s a lot out there.
Supercentenarians are people who live past the age of 110. This is few and far between given everything that is happening today, but surprisingly, there are more in existence than I thought. I admit it’s crossed my mind when I’ll bite the big one. I guess time will tell. In the meantime, here’s a few top ten lists of the current longest living people, and the ones who hold the record of being the longest living who are now gone.
We all have emotions running up and down our bodies thanks to our brain. I would say emotions are the most powerful part of any human being. There may be many physical substances, whether good or bad, that are just as powerful (tobacco or sugar to name a few). Yes, the addiction process people go through life is daunting. We are all addicted to something whether it be certain foods, activities, or whatever else that hijacks your life. Some behavior you put up with and some you don’t. Some you ignore in yourself or others during certain phases of your life while on the flip side, you do everything in your power to let others know how you feel about said behavior. The same goes with addiction. Sometimes you do it to drown out the stress you’re encountering. Other times you just don’t give a damn and will stuff a whole box of chocolates into your body, basically swallowing them. Sometimes you have to face the ghost in the closet holding the spoon with the remaining ice cream dripping off it.
Hopefully, there is no retreating back with a new tub of ice cream after reading this book, but if you do, oh well. Life goes on. There is ebb and flow. There’s always tomorrow, right? Life is never easy. If it is for you, please tell me what you are doing with yours. I don’t want you to think of this as being preachy because I’m the last one to give advice out of desperation and/or narcissism. I’m on a narcissism kick because one of the books I’m currently reading is about selfishness and narcissism. So far a great read as it is informative and educational. Everyone is selfish and narcissistic, on some level. You have to be in order to survive. I feel Anger Antidotes is the same kind of book. It was recommended to me. It’s not what you think. Okay, maybe a little bit. Another topic to talk about later might be nature versus nurture, but in all seriousness this book is for everyone who has emotions and wants to understand them better. I’m all about understanding things better. I’ve done it my whole life.
Trust me when I say I’ve read enough self-help books to know this one is beneficial. I’ve read some books that have been good and not so good. I’ve read some that are 300+ pages long and by the time I was done reading it, I wondered what the hell I’ve read and how to use that in my own life. It isn’t that I have a short attention span. Sometimes, I want to read a shorter book. I’ve heard enough people say in direct conversations or nearby conversations talk about mental illness, mainly depression or anxiety, with kid gloves. I’m glad there isn’t such a stigma on it as there once was back in the day. Sometimes, you need to get down and dirty. Sometimes, you need to open a book and really read it, not just once but twice. I’ve read this book twice, so far. It does more than give you the solution of “don’t do this” or “just try this” although any author and/or professional that does this is quite laughable. I wish life were that simplistic. Truly, I really do. I’m the first person to stand up and say life is beyond complex. Some of it is due to my very early formative years and some to my personality for the things I take part of and the questions I ask about myself and the world. I own that I’ve done a lot of hard work to get where I am: physically, socially, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Bottom line, this book does more than talk about anger. It delves into other emotions that can ruin or help you in the modern world you live. I had to read it in increments because one sitting would’ve been information overload. Some of the subject matter was new to me so I had to take my time to digest it. I’m a person who loves to learn new things, and you will find new things in this book. Even if you have a good grasp on the psychology of emotions, it will be a nice refresher. My favorite part of the book was the appendix. There you will find practical information beneficial for everyone. The same person who recommended it asked me if it helped. My response was yes. Enough said.
I wasn’t doing anyone favors by picking such small font on my blog posts. I’ve made it bigger on my blog pages. I usually put everything I post onto one of my pages so it is all in one area. I’m having a hard time with my font and all capitals since I’ve changed themes. I like the new format, but I’m NOT going back to change all my past blogs. It’s too time consuming and don’t want to be thought of as that rigid. I will let you know I have about six unfinished blogs sitting ready to be completed and fired off into social media space. I also have twice as many sitting somewhere in my brain, but the thought comes to me that I’m becoming too hell bent on everything Pisaries Creator blog. This doesn’t mean I’m going to stop. I can’t do that. That isn’t going to be a possibility. They will have to take it from my cold, chapped hands. I’m just letting you know even when I’m not blogging I think about stuff to write and say without sounding preachy or stupid. Thanks for your patience because sometimes I feel as if I’m not producing stuff as quickly as I should. On that note, I’m posting a few new things and then going home to eat and work on my rewrite. Wish me luck because I’ll need it.
Thought on my Brain
I’m thinking about starting a thought blog and just write anything and everything I feel in any given week. It won’t be long or formulated. I will just spew nonsense out. I’m going to give this more thought. I’m not sure people will read it. Just have to see, but I feel as if I’m becoming more interested in keeping up with blogging than rewriting and writing. Hmmm, I need to think about this. I think I need to subtract instead of add. This might be a procrastination technique I’m using on myself.
I live a busy life and sometimes all I have time for is hello, a good handshake, and a goodbye. It’s my life and I can write if I want to… sorta.