Saturday, March 20, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ballpark...Again


Today was my third Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training game this week. I'm not a big baseball fan, just worked out that way. Although, have to admit I'm enjoying the Spring Training energy.

Tuesday night was Rays vs. Boston Red Sox. I purchased the tickets the day they went on sale because:

1. I wanted to go to a game this season.
2. Figured if I couldn't go or find someone to go with me, I could sell the tickets because it would be a sell out game.

Wednesday I sat in the County's box along with a magazine travel editor so that was for business. Which was the day Sean Rodriguez made an amazing catch in the outfield.

Today I went because my vet gave me two tickets yesterday. I've dropped a lot of money in that office so took them. Ended up going alone (it's March Madness) which allowed me to try out my Nikon 5000 some more. Check out some of the results over on Flickr.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

AVATAR Coming to DVD and Blu-ray April 22, the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

Okay, I'm lame. I'm probably one of 99 Americans who hasn't seen James Cameron’s history-making movie, AVATAR yet. It's the highest grossing film of all time, raking in over $2.6 billion in worldwide box office receipts. Apparently if I want to have the total 3-D experience, I better hurry because I received word this week the movie will be available in the U.S. and Canada on DVD and Blu-ray April 22. Already??? Where has time gone?

Honestly, I have no interest in seeing AVATAR but EVERYONE is telling me it’s fabulous and a must-see, although, I’m told conservatives may not appreciate the underlying political messages. Are there really hidden political messages? I thought it's about a bunch of blue people running through the jungle and flying over cliffs and canyons. And there’s something about filling in elements on the Periodic Table? Suppose I need to see AVATAR to catch up with 21st century pop-culture.

I also heard some news show discussing the euphoric impact the movie has on people but some people experience depression after watching AVATAR because of the let down. The talking heads said the movie paints a Utopian society which is probably an escape for viewers but once they are back to reality, they are saddened reality isn’t like AVATAR-land. Can anyone enlighten me?

April 22 is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. I imagine because of the movie’s theme, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment purposely coordinated the release date. So when seeking that perfect gift to give your favorite tree hugger, pick them up a copy of AVATAR and you probably should pick one up for you. After all, it’s epic.

Pre-order Avatar on DVD through Amazon here or pre-order the Avatar Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo here.

Monday, March 15, 2010

I Tried to Be Discreet, Baby!


Perhaps I was a bit too discreet in trying to snap a shot of Dickie V (Dick Vitale), famed basketball sportscaster when my parents and I enjoyed lunch at the Broken Egg, Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton/Sarasota, Fla.). That's my Dad's shoulder in the foreground with the announcer in the background.

Vitale was there raising funds for a pediatric research grant for local hospitals. He was selling and signing books, basketballs and even Dickie V bobbleheads. Now, that's a lotta bobbleheads to raise $1 million and think he realizes that because May 21, 2010 will be the Fifth Annual Dick Vitale Gala. Being held at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, the event will honor Tony Dungy and Tom Izzo.

Will you be attending? Event tickets are ONLY $1,000 each. Magic Johnson will be there. Last year's gala sold out and you can download event info through Dick Vitale's site. If you cannot attend and would like to make a donation, call 1-800-4-JIMMYV.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

What's an ABC's Extreme Makeover House Look Like in Person?


Smaller. At least that's what I thought when seeing the Extreme Makeover home in Buffalo's West Side (228 Massachusetts Ave.) this past January. It's a lovely house and the shots from ABC's show made the interior look huge but suppose it's true, the camera dds about 10 (or 20?) pounds, even to a house.

This is a drive by snapshot of the home belonging to the Powell Family.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Dancing with the Stars Spring 2010 Line Up

ABC released the names of celebrities competing in the Spring 2010 season of Dancing with the Stars tonight during the final rose ceremony of The Bachelor. Very appropriate to have Melissa Rycroft, a former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader who was the finalist in The Bachelor (Season 13), then dumped on national television and later competed on Dancing with the Stars (and now happily married), join DWTS host Tom Bergeron. If you missed it, the line up is...

Pamela Anderson (Actress, Entertainer)
Chad Ochocinco (Wide Receiver for Cincinnati Bengals)
Aiden Turner (All My Children)
Erin Andrews (ESPN Reporter)
Shannen Doherty (90210, Charmed)
Buzz Aldrin (Astronaut, 2nd to Step on the Moon - no, he's not Buzz Lightyear)
Niecy Nash (Clean House, Reno 911)
Nicole Scherzinger (Singer, Pussycat Dolls)
Evan Lysacek (Olympic Men's Figure Skating Gold Medalist)
Kate Gosselin (John & Kate Makes 8)
Jake Pavelka (The Bachelor, Season 14)