Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Split Review

A few weeks ago (after Megan's constant pleas) I finally took her to see M Night Shyamalan's new movie Split.

I love just about every Shyamalan movie out there (except Lady in the Water) but had no interest to see this film. I hate James Mcavoy as an actor and the story line didn't look interesting at all.

However, after seeing it, I found it to be quite enjoyable and better than expected. It's not Shyamalan's best, but it is good and worth seeing. And while I'm not spoiling the ending, I have to say I did not see it coming.

Interested in what the future brings to Mr Shyamalan and his movies.

Monday, February 20, 2017

All Hail King Julien Review

Board one day and needed something to watch as I ate a quick breakfast, I saw this cartoon on Netflix and decided to give it a shot. Oh man...was I surprised.

This is one of the funniest cartoons out there. It's smart, funny and extremely well written, with episodes tying in with one where the impact is felt in later seasons. I can't believe how good this show is. One of my new favorites.

I'm not that big on Madagascar and I hope that doesn't cause people to pass over such a gem as this, but if you have kids and you're tired of seeing them watch dumb shows, turn this on for them and enjoy it with them. It's worth your time!

Friday, February 17, 2017

The interesting history of Wendys

Sorry, I'm bored this week and this was the only idea that came to mind.

Wendy's started in 1969 by Dave Thomas in Columbus, OH. Sadly that location is no longer around due to poor sales, it closed in 2007. (Yikes!!)

But the company really got it's big push back in 1984 with their legendary commercial "Where's the Beef?" which became one of mos recognizable and copied commercials ever. The actress who played the old woman with the popular line was 86 year old Clara Peller who would go own to star in several commercials. One (in 1985) would actually get her fired from Wendy's and that would be a Prego commercial where she stated "I finally found the beef!"

After firing Clara, the company made an even more popular decision for its commercials after that...

Have the Founder make them. Growing up, I must have seen Dave Thomas in over 200 commercials for Wendy's. The man knew how to connect to the audience and was a genius at selling his own product.

Fun fact, but Wendy's is actually responsible for breaking up the band the Violent Femmes when it aired a commercial in 2007 that played "Blister in the Sun" The band was at odds over having their song so "commercialized" especially when they hated fast food. They later broke up in 2009 because of this.

But Wendy's also shares some rather interesting history with other restaurants, the first being KFC.
Does that man next to the Colonel look familiar to you? He should. I just showed you a picture of him earlier. That's Dave Thomas and yeah...he not only knew the Colonel, he worked for him too!

Back in the day an Indiana chain of KFC's were doing poorly. Colonel Sanders offered Thomas (who was already working for KFC at the time) the opportunity to go up there and get the restaurants back to making a profit. If he was successful, he would own 45% of the stores up there.

Dave not only turned it around he also invented the "Bucket" sign for KFC and re-sold the stores back to the Colonel for 1.5 Million.Thomas promptly went back to Ohio and with his money from the Colonel, opened up the first Wendy's location.

Amazing, right? But that's not all! Guess who owns Wendy's now?

Ha!! I'm not lying! Wild huh? Oh and a little tid bit about Arbys...it was started by the Raffel Brothers, who got the name for the store by taking the initials "R" and "B" to form the company's name.

It's a small fast food world after all!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The interesting story of RC Cola

So I few weeks back I named off my top 5 sodas, with RC being my #5. A friend of mine was a little surprised by that pick and wanted me to explain. After doing so I decided to make this post about it for all of you to share.

RC Cola started in 1905 by a Grocer named Claud Hatcher.

Claud bought so much Coca-cola back in the day he asked the company to give him a discount. When they refused, he angrily cut off all future orders and started work making his own cola to sell. The result was RC. (and all the Nehi drinks of which Big Blue was one of my favorites as a kid!)

Mr Hatcher's company were pioneers back in the day. They were the first ones to put cola in a can and also the first ones to come out with a "diet soda" long before anyone thought to make such a thing.
Diet Rite. Something my Mom drank for years around the house as we were growing up. I never knew how popular it was. (and still is today) Of course, these days it's owned by the same makers of Dr Pepper and 7Up (both independent from Coke and Pepsi) and is the third most popular cola company in our country yet in the Philippines it's #1 and in some other countries #2 behind Coke.

Another reason I love RC, is their long running history with the Mets. As it's on and off sponsors, in the 60;s, 70's and 80's, if you were a Mets fan, you probably drank RC cola and the picture up above tells you why.

(sigh) I best they taste like champions....but I'll never know because:

A) I'll never find this can of soda
B) The Mets aren't going to win anything for a very long time to come.

But still, it's nice to know!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

An interesting history to Burger King

Started in 1953, after going out to California and seeing what the McDonald brothers were on to, a few folks tried to copy their success out in Florida. The result was Burger King. Playing second fiddle constantly to it's inspiration McDonald's, BK was infamous for starting what was known as the "Burger Wars" in the 1980's with this commercial starring a young Sarah Michell Geller.

Not only did they mention McDonald's in the clip, but also slammed it for not "appreciating" kids enough. McDonald's was furious at the move and was quick to retaliate. Though I was young at the time, I wish I noticed this more, but commercials that didn't talk about toys never held my interest.

Just some "Did you know" trivia for today!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Worthless Holiday!

My least favorite holiday of the year is here once again. Not because I don't like "love" and showing affection but because it's totally pointless holiday for business' to grab your money. I've never enjoyed this holiday...but I hope you do.

Monday, February 13, 2017

BGG Spirng CON wish list

I know it's not until May but I wanted to go ahead and talk about the top 5 games I hope I get a chance to play at this years upcoming Con!

5) Blood Rage

I hear so much about this stupid game but it looks so boring to me. I have to at least try it because EVERYONE says it's so good and I need a Viking game for my collection so hopefully I'll get a chance to try it out.

4) Star Trek Fleet Captains

I here great things and the pieces look great. From what I see, it's easy to play as well, so I'm interested in checking it out. I have a Star Trek game already but it's very easy to play and not much on strategy. This one could be an improvement.

3) Mice and Mystics

I saw this at Gencon last year and was so intrigued. Hopefully I can find a group to play with, who'll show me the game. I already have a similar "coop quest" game in Descent, but if this one proves unique enough, it could be added to my collection.

 2) Battle of the Five Armies

I'm a huge Lord of the Rings fan and this game based on the last few chapters of the Hobbit seems straight up my ally. But whenever I look at the game online it doesn't seem that fun. HOWEVER all the reviews say if you're a fan of the books you'll be a fan of the game. Guess I'll have to give it a shot and find out for myself!

1) War of the Ring

For the same reason as listed above, nothing but great things have I heard about this game. It looks awesome but (again) the gameplay seems bland. It's from the same people who did the Five Armies game so I guess if I try one and like it, I'll like the other. I've almost gone ahead and bought this game, but something tells me this is a "try before you buy" situation.

Man I can't wait for May to get here.