April 21, 2010
February 26, 2010
I have yet to travel outside the country. I’ve had my passport for a few years, just in case the chance came where I might go to Canada. It’s not a pressing issue, as there are plenty of places inside the country that I have yet to visit. Still, with the Olympics I am reminded of all the places I want to go.
1. Egypt – I’m a sucker for history, museums, and shiny things. Egypt gives me all of these in one place. I’ve also never ridden a camel.
2. Rome – See Egypt. For some reason Egypt just beats out Rome.
3. Scotland/Ireland – Maybe a surprise choice considering the first two things I thought of to do are golf and drink. I’d be curious to find some relatives. Oh, and castles!
4. Australia/New Zealand – Have you seen it? It just looks amazing. Kangaroos, reefs, and if I’m ever going to see an opera, shouldn’t I go to the Sydney Opera House?
5. Antarctica – Cooold. I can’t get enough of the cold, so I might as well really put that to the test. I’m not sure there is much going on down there but there must be something good.
October 14, 2009
Traveling to North Carolina last weekend I was able to go to one of my favorite chains for dinner, Noodles. Got me thinking of the other chains that I really like but aren’t anywhere near home.
1. Steak ‘N Shake – If I’m in a place that I knows has one then this is my first stop for a banana shake.
2. Noodles – My Minnesota favorite.
3. Buffalo Wild Wings – While I lived in Minnesota this was the place to go. I see commercials for it a lot but haven’t ever seen another location. Is it called BW3 everywhere?
4. Shoney’s – I had to reach a bit but I remember going here on vacation when I was little and I absolutely destroyed the breakfast buffet. I can’t eat a third as much these days as I could when I was little.
5. White Castle – In the 5 spot because Jersey is too far away and the last time I went it wasn’t the best.
For these, I’d like a location a little closer.
Sonic – Slowly moving closer. There is one about 25 minutes away now.
Pita Pit – There is one in Philly.
I’m sure some of the California burger chains would make this list, but I didn’t try any of them when I went last year. It’s on my list of things to accomplish when I return.
October 24, 2008
I thought of it as if each team won a championship, which would I be most excited about. That works for me since none of these teams have won a championship since I’ve been aware of sports (only the Sixers and PSU have won since I was born).
2. Penn State Football
I already talked about the Phillies and why they top Penn State Football. The Flyers topping the Eagles might also be surprising to some, but again, less Eagles games make each one more exciting. For me, it doesn’t get much better than watching Flyers playoff games. The Sixers easily come in at 5. I pay attention to them all year, watch a few games. I watch all the playoff games. I just don’t get into them as much as the other Philly teams.
September 24, 2008
My most hated teams usually are Division Rivals or Geographical Rivals. The Nationals don’t make the cut because they haven’t been good yet and when they were the Expos I just felt bad for them. The Pirates haven’t been good in so long, I’d like to see them win a few. They would have made this list in the early 90s when they were in the same division as the Phillies and winning the division. I think the league boundaries in baseball help the Orioles out here, I’ve always kind of liked them.
Only four teams really qualified for the hate designation. So I went through the list and the Rangers were the only team that stood out for that fifth spot. Not even sure why.
May 6, 2008
1. Comcast Sportsnet – Its just too perfect. Not only do they show the Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers but the Post Game shows for all of them are fantastic. The Eagles Post Game show is two hours every week, and how many other teams have the state’s current govenor as an analyst? The fact that you can’t get this channel on satellite not only has kept me from ever considering a dish but makes me worry that I can’t ever move out of CSN viewing area.
2. ESPN (all of them) – I hate SportsCenter and just about every show except for Around the Horn, PTI, and Baseball Tonight. They show so many big games I have to watch, even if its on mute. Big points go to ESPNews (I can’t wait to have ESPNews HD full time) because they show highlights, that’s all I need.
3. Comedy Central – The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. They should just show these on a loop as their own channel and I’d be in. I don’t even have to mention South Park to get this ranking. Ok, I’ll mention South Park. I remember not too long ago being worried that they might be slowing down. After this season, it may go on forever. By this point in the Simpsons run I was bored.
4. NBC – Here is my list of NBC shows: The Office, Scrubs, My Name is Earl, 30 Rock, Heroes, Chuck, Friday Night Lights, Conan, Saturday Night Live, and Last Comic Standing. I looked at the other networks and I only watch 2 or 3 shows on each of them.
5. CBS – There are a lot of channels even for this final spot. I went with quality. The only shows I watch on CBS are How I Met Your Mother and Letterman. All of the other contenders have slightly above average shows.
Up and Comer: HGTV. Ever since I got this channel in HD I started watching more. For some reason I love shows about kitchens. I don’t like to cook so I think its the number of creative designs and gadgets that can go in a kitchen. HGTV also has a lot of shows about houses. Either shopping for them or looking at expensive or interesting ones.
March 19, 2007
I was just thinking the other day about some of my favorite game shows and remembered back to Freshman Year when for most of my Spring Semester, my roommate Ben and I would watch the Game Show Network for at least six hours per day. I think it began as both of us thinking the other was watching and didn’t care to change the channel. It became tradition and actually is one of the best things to just have on in the background when doing homework or whatever. I’m not a fan of the Food Network and can’t watch CNN or MSNBC (except of course for Countdown). Even if we would have had ESPNEWS that just repeats the same stuff most of the day. Thinking about it if I’m ever working at home GSN might be exactly what I’d put on.
Here are my favorite game shows ever:
5) Lingo – A simple game that is great to play along with. During my Sophomore Year of college we didn’t get GSN off campus so I was the only one who had seen it. I was able to find it online and it led to countless hours (late into the night) of my friends playing Lingo online. It got pretty crazy with fights breaking out in the Lingo Waiting Room.
4) Press Your Luck – Watching it now I don’t get it but I loved this game when I was younger. Probably because you have the excitement of the big board and the questions are at a 3rd grade level.
3) Jeopardy – If I get in the habit of watching this I get better at it and then I get hooked.
2) Idiot Savants – No one seems to remember this one. It was on MTV in the mid-90s. The categories were completely random, testing your useless knowledge. The questions were right in my wheelhouse and the host made fun of the contestants.
1) Two Minute Drill – The best sports game show, no question. From what I remember there were four people asking the contestant questions. This included sports celebrities, some of whom weren’t the best or quickest at reading the questions. I don’t think any show has ever fit more questions into a single half hour.
I could actually name a lot more. Besides GSN, if you have Nick Games and Sports, always worth checking out for the old Nick game shows. MTV needs one of these channels to also show Remote Control and Sand Blast as well as the old Rock n Jocks.
February 7, 2007
I was going to go with the cliche Top 5 Superbowl commercials, but we kind of discussed that yesterday, so I’m doing something different this week. After a rough day yesterday, this was my shower thought of the day. The difference is, I don’t have all 5 answers yet. I don’t want to half-@ss it, I still need to ponder, but, I feel you all may need to ponder as well. So, I’m going to post the question, and when you feel you have adequately solved the world’s problems (or at least 5 things), post-away!
February 1, 2007
What are the top five careers you would want?Â Not to include your current job.Â I don’t mean what else did you want to be growing up, but what are some awesome jobs that you wish you had thought of.
5) Zoo/aquarium animal caretaker – when i was in Brisbane Australia, we went to see Steve Irwin’s zoo.Â There were a couple of trainers playing with baby tigers (kittens?).Â Thats a jobÂ that would be awesome!
4) Mythbuster – I would give anything to be on that show!
3) National Geographic photographer – I’ve always liked photography and travel.Â Maybe if i worked for them i could go to Antarctica and play with the Penguins!
2) Navy Seal – They get all sorts of cool toys!Â I wanted to be one for awhile, butÂ i’m neither male norÂ buff.
1) Fighter pilot – This was my older brother’s dream, and I didn’t want to copy him, but now i kinda wish i did.Â I don’t know if i have the stomach for it though.
January 23, 2007
I decided to break away from the usual Valerie ranting and raving and go with a positive one this time. Plus, last week we covered where we’ve been, and where we’d like to go, now I want to know…
The Top Five Things I Love About Living in ____________. (Insert wherever you are currently living)
5) You can take a ferry boat for 30 minutes and feel like you’ve completely escaped.
4) Sporting events end before my bedtime.
3) I don’t have to scrape ice off of my windshield every morning for 4 months straight (normally).
2) It has GORGEOUS mountains (and volcanos).
1) Dr. McDreamy!!!!!! (HA!)
January 16, 2007
The only rule is you have to have been there yourself, this is not a top 5 “where I want to go”Â
5. Jackons Hole, WY – Where I was adopted into a family of Bison.
4. Outer Banks, NCÂ – only if you’re in a really big house with lots of people
3. Colorado – The woman flock their like the salmon of Capastrano
2. Ireland – It’s where I learned to drink.Â That’s like Wayne Gretzky teaching you how to score, Michael Jordan teaching you how to be clutch, or Terrell Owens teaching you how to be a dick.
1. Hawaii – Needs no explanation