Trifecta #9

PICTURE OF THE WEEK

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WORD OF THE WEEK

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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Menace is Nothing but Real

Menace has become my favorite person on the Woody Show. 

You can always listen to their podcasts and watch videos on YouTube or Facebook. 

Enjoy the Weekend! 

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Three Quotes

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Random Pictures From This Week

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if you had to escape quickly down these, could you do it?

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thai elephants

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thai dragons

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people will thank you silently if you don’t spread germs willingly

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March Random Info

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The last American troops departed South Vietnam, ending nearly ten years of U.S. military presence in that country.

Jeopardy premiered on March 30, 1964 with host Art Fleming.

The U.S. Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time in March 1918. 

Violinist Midori Goto made her concert debut in 1982 with the New York Philharmonic symphony orchestra at the age of eleven.

Compact disc players and music CDs made their debut in the United States and the UK on March 2, 1983.  The products were released in Japan the previous year.

To remove unpleasant odors from your microwave, add a tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of water and microwave on high for a minute.  Your microwave will smell lemony fresh.

The dwarf planet Pluto is only four hours away when traveling at the speed of light

The Sahara Desert once had a wet climate.  The area was covered with forests about 12,000 years ago.  Today it is the world’s largest desert.

Professional mime Marcel Marceau had the only speaking role in Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie.

Total winnings of Ken Jennings was $2,520,700 during his record-shattering seventy-four game winning streak on the TV quiz show JEOPARDY! (not including a $2,000 consolation prize for coming in second on his final game in 2004).

In 1958, the Boston Red Sox signed Ted Williams for $135,000, which was then the highest salary in baseball.

Number of postage stamps in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s personal collection, according to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum is 1.2 million.

Source Material: Andrew McMeel Publishing

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Book Recommendation: The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics

Publication: 2005 First Edition

Page Number: 288

“She stared at her reflection in the glossed shop windows as if to make sure, moment by moment, that she continued to exist.”

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Plath’s noteworthy book goes without saying, and she remains one of the best creative minds that could have gone much further. The Bell Jar is her only novel written, notably semi-autobiographical, and was first published in 1963 under a different name. It was first published in the United States in 1971. Her book explores the experiences, thoughts, frustrations, and dreams of Esther Greenwood. She views her life much from a place of darkness where she tries to stand under as much light as possible. It is sometimes forced by herself. You get the sense Esther does things she is not fully certain about, and when all is said and done, there is even more confusion and self-loathing at the end of her internship days. There is a naiveté about her as much as conviction. She wonders if she will ever feel good enough and be better than she is currently.  Esther’s beginning is full of uncertainty, the middle has disappointment, and the end was nothing what she imagined. While this is often cited as a book about mental illness, as Plath suffered from bipolar, it should also be remembered for the way she wrote it: honestly and brutally.  It was basically written from her bleeding and broken heart as tragic as that sounds.

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“Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.”

-Sylvia Plath-

Explore The Bell Jar on Amazon

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10 Sports Movies You Should See

These ten sports movies are in no particular order.  They are the ones I liked and thought were worthy of my eyes.  If you’re wondering why I didn’t include Rocky, it’s because I’ve sort of spoken about it before.  Let’s begin before the night ends.

A League of Their Own (1992)

aleagueoftheirownWhile the men serve their country in WWII, in come the women to prove that they have just as much right to swing a bat and fight with each other.  Dottie and Kit Hinson who are sisters along with other females aren’t taken seriously during the women baseball tryouts until publicity and interest can’t be ignored.  Sibling rivalry, competitive game playing, and sporting legacies are all a part of this movie.  It was one of the selections to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry in 2012 for good reason.  A League of Their Own is directed by Penny Marshall.  It stars Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Tom Hanks, and David Strathairn. 

The Wrestler (2008)

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2008 was the year when many thought Mickey Rourke would win the Oscar.  He didn’t win, but he secured a roll of a lifetime.  It was personal and professional in the same vein for him.  This movie digs into the wrestling world. The character of Randy Robinson finds himself past his prime. ‘The Ram’ works on making his career relevant again and personal relationships better.  The Wrestler is directed by Darren Aronofsky. It also stars Marisa Tomei and Rachel Evan Wood.

The Fighter (2010)

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This is based on the true story of two boxers, Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund.  The half-brothers also have too many sisters to count including one played by Conan O’Brien’s sister, Kate.  Micky Ward overcomes his Lowell, Massachusetts odds, including his overbearing mother and his drug addicted brother. He is presented with a chance to prove himself in the world light welterweight title.  Let the training begin.  The Fighter is directed by David O. Russell.  It stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, and Jack McGee.

Moneyball (2011)

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Billy Beane is not your average guy in baseball.  He’s the Oakland Athletics GM who builds a team with the help of Peter Brand.  He finds resistance in his scouting approach, but stays the course.  As time passes, he reaps some rewards, never wavering from his principles.  This is less focus on an actual game and more on the activity behind the scenes.  It is well worth the watch.  Moneyball is directed by Bennett Miller.  It stars Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Foxcatcher (2014)

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The antagonist in this movie is the heir to the du Pont chemical company, and based on a true and tragic story.  Today the company advocates genetically modified foods, but back in the 1980s John du Pont immersed himself into the world of wrestling.  Piggybacking on the success of the Schultz brothers in the 1984 Olympic Games, du Pont sought the help of Mark Schultz to help him have a successful wrestling team in the 1988 Olympics.  It was during this time that events happening at his training facility led to him being in the newspapers for all the wrong reasons.  Foxcatcher is directed by Bennet Miller.  It stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Vanessa Redgrave.

The Karate Kid (1984)

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You love to love this movie. Daniel from New Jersey becomes Daniel-san of California under the direction of Mr. Miyagi.  As he moves through the painful halls of his new high school, he becomes more disillusioned with his situation, and you become more sympathetic.  He’s not just a bratty Italian teenager from Newark with enemies all around him.  He really is picked on by Johnny and his friends.  It’s just not fair.   His journey is one of self-discovery and redemption as he masters the crane kick.  The Karate Kid is directed by John G. Avildson.  It stars Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio, Elisabeth Shue, William Zabka, and Randee Heller.

Raging Bull (1980)

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Jake La Motta knows how to be a bull inside and outside the ring.  While it serves him well inside the ring, outside is a different story.  He has a way of offending friends and family members where many abandon him during this period in his life.  Time heals most things.   La Motta was remembered for his world middleweight champion win and stand-up comedy routines.  Raging Bull is directed by Martin Scorsese.  It stars Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, and Frank Gallo.

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

milliondollarbabyClint Eastwood remains one of my favorite directors.  He knows his craft to the point of ridiculous.  He often chooses stories that have subtly within them.  This movie is no different.  Maggie Fitzgerald is past her prime, but finds passion in boxing.  Under the direction of a washed out grumpster, she rises the ranks of the lightweight boxing division.  There is retribution and amends to be had for the major characters.  It’s a great movie from start to finish, and really touches home if you have a heart beating inside your chest.  Million Dollar Baby is directed by Clint Eastwood.  It stars Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, and Jay Baruchel.

Prefontaine (1997)

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If you ever visit Oregon and specifically Eugene where the University of Oregon is home, there is a household name in running, and that is Steve Prefontaine.  A long distance runner who worked closely with Bill Dellinger and Bill Bowerman (look up Nike), Prefontaine competed in the Munich Games of 1972.  After this experience, he works even harder to prepare for the Montreal Games of 1976.  This is no thrills story where the only way to attain your goals is by doing it.  Prefontaine is directed by Steve James.   It stars Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ed O’Neill, Breckin Meyer, and Amy Locane.

Chaempieon (2002)

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This is a true story about a boxer from South Korea.  Not letting his childhood affect him, Kim Deuk-Gu rises to become a force of nature during the 1980s.  ‘Gidae’ fought in Las Vegas in 1982 against Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini.   The movie is a look into the sacrifices people often are forced to make.  It is a movie that also gives you perspective about life in general.  Chaempieon is directed by Kwak Kyung-taek.   It stars Yu Oh-seong, Chae Min-seo, and Jung Doo-hong.  There is also a worthwhile documentary The Good Son that includes that speaks of this particular fight.

 

 

One Sheets from IMDb

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Four Quotes

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Poem: Not You

Not You

I’ve kicked you out many times

From my mind.

I’ve bolted down the tiny path,

Always leading somewhere toward mistakes.

I played with death

Because of you.

I wanted it.

I craved it.

I needed it.

My chest was crushed under your weight.

The weight I thought was something else.

The something else that was fear.

The fear that turned into pure ugliness.

I screamed.

I sobbed.

I mourned.

It wasn’t that you betrayed me,

But the way you did it,

So viciously and carelessly.

You simply didn’t give a damn,

Despite all your promises.

You’ve been replaced with pain of another kind,

Broken and dejected.

Similar yet different.

Empty feelings.

Nothingness.

I wonder.

I wander.

I wait.

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Trifecta #8: Picture, Word, Video

PICTURE OF THE WEEK

Jeez, not you again!  Weren’t you on these tracks recently?

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WORD OF THE WEEK

Do you do things willy-nilly?

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Getting old sucks, but wisdom is also gained.

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