Breaking Patterns and other random shit

Wow, I really haven’t written here in a long time-and looking back at the last time I wrote here, things just seemed slightly simpler then. In reality they really weren’t: I knew nursing school was coming back to claim the rest of my free time that wasn’t being taken up by work, student org stuff, and the social life stuff too. I just didn’t realize it would take up over a year and a half of time! Besides not writing here, I didn’t post on FB or tweet as much, and trying to keep up with just about every one of my favorite sports teams became an exercise in simply checking the box scores the next day (I love my teams, but I love sleep even more). Was it all work and no play? Hell no, it was a lot of fun with some incredible experiences and probably some of the most rewarding stuff I’ve done over the last year and a half (Red Wings Alumni Game, Winter Classic, and Nick Lidstrom Retirement Night with some of the closest friends I have, traveling down to Crossville, TN for Alternative Spring Break, volunteering at the Heidelberg Project a couple of times, doing a bike tour of Detroit, being part of a PTK officer team that’s accomplished great things on many levels, and even running a 5K with two of my best friends-twice-and getting talked into signing up for a half-marathon next fall-and that barely scratches the surface of all the fun crap I got to do). I wouldn’t trade any of it, because I learned a lot from it and developed so many great friendships along the way. That doesn’t even cover all the amazing friendships I made in the last two years of nursing school either-we all went through hell and back together and I consider them all great friends that will excel in whatever they do. We’re going to be amazing nurses, and I don’t think that’s the least bit arrogant (I’m arrogant in a bunch of ways but I’m confident about that). By many accounts I’m lucky and I don’t think I’m taking that for granted.

Now if you think this is going to be another one of those “New Year, New Me” resolution posts, sorry (or thankfully depending which side of the fence you’re on) but it’s not going to be. Just not a big fan of them-yeah, I’ll always make the “lose more weight/be in a better shape than round” attempt, but they really don’t work for me.

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I hope you can read my chicken scratch.

I wrote that note a year and a half ago, and I still have it hanging in my cubicle at work. If I had to make a resolution, that would be it-I just want to be better than I was yesterday. Some days I am, and some days I’m not…but I’ll keep trying. I think overall I’m a good person, although my mouth tends to get me in trouble from time to time (and just about anyone reading this that knows me well is nodding their heads in total agreement). But I know I’ve got some patterns I need to fix, and I’ll get to that in a moment-once I spend a brief moment talking about the year that’s about to go walking out the door.

The great moments in 2014 were great, and there were plenty of them-more than I thought I deserve, but I’m appreciative and thankful everyday. I’ve got some of the most amazing group of friends that I can trust. There were definitely more wins than losses, but the losses were there and they’ll leave scars. I was lucky enough to have some really close friends and family to help out. Even when I’d end up ignoring their advice, they were there to pick me up when their advice turned out to be the right thing to do. I’m not completely innocent or without fault either though, and I guess now’s as good a time as any to see what patterns I can break.

For someone that has few problems running his mouth and making comments (even when he shouldn’t), my communication sucks in other spots and I need to change that (one of my best friends said it perfectly a few weeks ago: “You absolutely suck at communication”). There’s a few things I left unsaid, and I should’ve said them sooner-hell, or even just got around to saying it at all. That was a mistake, and I’ll learn from it. It doesn’t matter at this point, but it’s something I have to keep in mind for the future (and once again, you’d think someone that lets his mouth run free on just about everything else would have no problem making this happen but here we are).

One of the best things a close friend said to me this year was “Well you can’t read the next chapter if you keep rereading the last. Let it go. It’s time to move on.” I’d told her that I’d occasionally let an old relationship cloud what I do, and that was her response. I needed to hear that, and I’ll always remember it.

Anyway, if you’ve made it to the end of this rambling and scrambled post, I appreciate it. I hope your 2015 is absolutely amazing…because I’m pretty confident mine will be. I want that for you too.

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40 for 40, Part Two

So yesterday I started a list of 40 songs and published the first 20 here, just in case you haven’t seen it. If you have already seen it (and I thank you for coming back to check out more), it’s time to wrap up this list. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and if any of these songs end up stuck in your head well, sorry (I’m not sorry).

21. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down

and I’d like to take a minute just sit right thereI’ll tell you how I became Prince of a town called Bel-Air

Since this is now stuck in your head, I think I can move on now.

22. The Who – The Seeker

They’ve got more notably famous tunes like “My Generation”, “Baba O’Riley”, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, and “Who Are You” but this one is my favorite. There’s a message in that song somewhere, but I’m tired of desperately looking for it so I’m not going to.

23. The Charlie Daniels Band – The Devil Went Down to Georgia

One of the few country songs I don’t mind, it’s just a lot of fun-and Charlie Daniels plays the fiddle like I’d never heard played before this song. Love listening to it.

24. Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight

His amazing voice just makes this favorite of mine even better. I know a bunch of singers have performed this one (Sinatra’s was also a remake since the song was originally performed by Bing Crosby and Dixie Lee), but in my opinion this version is the best.

25. James Morrison – You Give Me Something

Confession time: no matter what I’m still a hopeless romantic. This song just has soul and a great melody, and it’s one of those I can listen to on repeat. Feels like hope for a better day.

26. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

This song was one of their best even before it resurfaced thanks to the movie Wayne’s World. Freddie Mercury’s amazing vocals are on full display in this classic, and hearing the band perform this is electric.

27. Sara Bareilles – Uncharted

Typical pop fare, but I just love her voice and the piano work throughout the song. Would love to see her live someday, seems like she puts on a very good show!

28. Bill Withers – Use Me

I love the bass line in this song…and while this song reminds me of Any Given Sunday or She’s Out of My League now, it also reminds me of a couple of people I used to know a long while ago and that’s all I have to say about that.

29. Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire

The Man in Black has some great tunes, and this might be the one memorable to most. Don’t really have much else to say, although one person reading might be wondering why it took so long for Mr. Cash to show up here in the first place (and for the record I’m playing all the songs on random).

30. Imagine Dragons – It’s Time

Sure the song is fairly new, but it’s got a great feel to it that just seems to resonate with everything that’s been going on with me lately. No matter what happens I really don’t like letting anyone down, but I won’t change who I am either.

31. Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five

Whenever I need to relax a bit, I just turn this song on and close my eyes for a few. Dream of someplace warm, sunny-preferably a beach. Drink in one hand, slice of bacon in the other. All problems go away for a bit (whether it’s the tune, the drink or the bacon that makes it so, I’ll leave that up to you-sometimes you need all three depending on the problem).

32. Norah Jones – One Flight Down

Her voice just has this almost hypnotic effect on me, and on this song it’s just perfect-her voice and the melody just blend in perfect harmony. It’s a mellow tune but I can’t help but smile while listening to it.

33. The University of Michigan Marching Band – The Victors

Best fight song in the land, don’t even bother trying to argue against this because you’ll be wrong (keep dreaming, ND). Also makes me think of fall Saturdays, tailgating and waiting with 110,000+ friends for the band and the football team to come out and lay waste to whoever dare sets foot on the field to play them (Rich Rod era not included). Leaders and best!

34. The Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud to Beg

A Motown classic.

35. Joe – No One Else Comes Close

In the lead up to this project, I got into a big R&B kick-and this is just one of those tunes I could never get tired of listening to. Hopeless romantic, all that stuff.

36. Led Zeppelin – When the Levee Breaks

They’ve got other songs they are more known for, but this is the one that I like the most-the drums, guitars, and harmonica just all blend together in this sweet Bluesy piece topped off by Robert Plant’s vocals.

37. Squeeze – Tempted

All that really needs to be said is that this song reminds me of someone I used to know. This song was actually remixed in the early 90’s and featured on the Reality Bites soundtrack, and I like that version even more than the original.

38. Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl

It was a tossup between this song, Moondance, and Tupelo Honey (all classics). This is ultimately the most memorable for me, past and present. Bass line is fun to play, too.

39. Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay

One of those timeless classics I simply can’t get enough of. On a side note, also liking the amount of jazz and blues that made it to this list.

40. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

This goes back to something I mentioned in a previous post: the song just reminds me of one of those nights that turned memorable and eventful when it didn’t look like it would happen that way at the beginning of the night. Besides that, it’s also just a catchy, fun tune that feels 1980s.

So there you have it-the 40. Hope you enjoyed reading, I thank you for making it this far-and if you come up with a list of your own I’d love to see it!

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40 for 40, Part One

A couple of years ago a good friend of mine had a great idea around the time of her 27th birthday: pick 27 songs that evoke some strong memories and write about them. I remember telling her the idea was great and that I wanted to use that too, and she said go for it. That was two years ago, and I still haven’t done it (and if you’re at all familiar with how often I write a post here, this shouldn’t be a shocking development to you).

Until now.

I absolutely love music, and I couldn’t imagine a day going by without listening to it. Different songs can have so many different emotions for everyone, either dredging up some great memories or even some awful ones. There are a bunch of songs that seem to fit every single situation I might be going through (and my iPod seems to have a knack for playing those on random at just the right time), and I know there are many others that feel the same way. What I chose to do was go through my music library and throw songs that either had some powerful memories for me or were just songs I had never grown tired of on a playlist, and then go from there. My first draft of that playlist had 173 songs (whoops). It took a bit more time, but I was finally able to get that down to 40 for me.

Anyway, enough with the explanation-here’s the first 20 (in no particular order-haha, no way in hell I was going to rank them):

1. The Beatles – A Day in the Life

My all-time favorite Beatles song seems to change every few months, but usually alternates between this one, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Something, or Paperback Writer. Come Together tends to sneak in there from time to time too. But this one just seems to play on my mind the most. I absolutely love the work Paul McCartney does on bass with this song, and the changes that happen throughout this song are a nice little ride.

2. Hall & Oates – Out of Time

To be completely honest, I had a bunch of Hall & Oates on my initial playlist-they’re one of those bands I just grew up listening to and liked quite a bit. I’m always partial to their earlier stuff, but there’s just something about this one that evoked a bit more emotion for me instead of some of the others. The melody just seems a bit joyful even if the lyrics don’t carry the same message.

3. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – American Girl

There’s just something fun about this one for me-I remember sitting at a bar one day with my good friends Mike and Michele, and he used this tune as a trivia question: in Silence of the Lambs, what song was the girl jamming along to before her fateful run in with Buffalo Bill? Maybe it was the course of the entire day (pretty much that whole day was worth remembering), but that always stood out to me.

4. The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back

Song came out way before I came along, but I’ve always loved this one for as long as I can remember. It was always a great tune to listen to, but once I started playing bass I finally started to hear Nathan Watts’ excellent work in this song (or was it Jamerson? not sure) as well. Lyrics carried some meaning too, but that’s a story for a different day.

5. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy

Sure it’s a fairly recent song, but this song just sticks with me. Can’t help but turn this song up whenever it comes up on the radio while I’m driving along, or even at the office when I’m working. I really have no other memories for this song other than I absolutely love it, so I’m going with it.

6. Dave Matthews Band – #41

My favorite DMB song, and may very well be my favorite song ever. For those that don’t know, I’ve seen this band more often live than any other-probably at least 10 times dating back to 2000. I’ve always said I’d retire from seeing this band live once I heard them play this, but as it turns out they played it at Comerica Park back in 2001 (day 2, and was on the field to the right of the stage) and I simply don’t remember it (I’ve got the recording though). I have fun times each and every time I see them play-some I remember, and others are a bit more hazy. But this song is my favorite.

7. U2 – All I Want Is You

U2 has had a bunch of great songs, and this is definitely one of them. Two of my best friends also used this as their wedding song (wow, that was 10 years ago????), and their wedding (and reception) were an absolute blast…I also worked midnights at the time and had worked the night before and that was also an interesting night. So whenever I hear this song, it reminds me of that whole time. Ha.

8. Rush – Tom Sawyer

I’ll admit to having not gotten into Rush until at least high school, but this song was my introduction to the band…and it’s awesome. I also like that an episode of Chuck even used this song as the basis for an episode titled “Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer”. Any show that can tie-in this song and Missile Command wins bonus points from me, and it was a great episode.

9. Barenaked Ladies – Brian Wilson

That same friend that introduced me to Rush also introduced me to this group too-it didn’t even hit me until just now that they’re both Canadian bands. Two entirely different genres for sure, but here they are. This song (and this band in general) reminds of undergrad…also saw these guys quite a bit live, including one night in December where I turned down Red Wings tickets since I was seeing them. Turns out that night Sergei Fedorov scored five goals in that game…and that one of my bosses now was also at this concert. Small world.

10. Earth, Wind, & Fire – September

This song is just one of those really upbeat tunes that gets me going-can’t help but smile when hearing this one. Also love the bass line!

11. Debbie Gibson – Out of the Blue

At one point in time, I thought Debbie Gibson was quintessential 80’s pop…and I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. To this point, I’m not ashamed to admit I still like the stuff too. So there.

12. John Mayer – Belief

“Belief is a beautiful armor, but makes for the heaviest sword…

Like punching underwater, you never can hit who you’re trying for”

His live version of this song is the best, but I really like trying to interpret the lyrics. I believe that he’s saying we don’t do anything without belief, but I also know others feel that he’s saying beliefs are ultimately meaningless. I don’t know if I agree with that, but I really like this tune anyway.

13. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone

This guy is mostly remembered for a string of hits he had for soundtracks back in the 80’s, and this one might be his best. I’m pretty sure I wore out at least three cassette tapes of this soundtrack, and even when I hear it know I can’t help but drive just a little bit faster.

14. LL Cool J – I’m Bad

This is classic LL at his very best, letting everyone know he was the best out there. It doesn’t get much better than this.

15. The Eagles – Take It Easy

One of my favorite bands, and one of their best. This song reminds me of one of the many driving trips I used to take out west, usually to Las Vegas or Arizona (ha…both).

16. Smashing Pumpkins – 1979

They had better songs than this, but this is one of the ones that I simply never got tired of. It also reminds me of the aftermath of a Del Amitri concert, but I think I’ll just put it this way: ever have one of those strange, really eventful nights that you really had no idea was going to turn out that way when the evening started? This was one of them.

17. Aerosmith – Dream On

One of their best songs ever. Also used in an epic ESPN video montage as well as the end credits for Miracle. Also a nice little reminder that time moves quickly, and (for me anyway) it’s better to act on things instead of just watching chance after chance pass you by.

18. Elton John – Tiny Dancer

Love this song, but it also reminds me of one of those nights that just took off into the strange/eventful territory really quickly.

19. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together

This song stood quite well on its own way before Quentin Tarantino used it in Pulp Fiction (and for some strange reason the song worked at that moment too, even if it had nothing to do with what was going on in the scene).

20. Weezer – Island in the Sun

Two memories stand out: driving from Cocoa Beach to Orlando with two friends back in late 2007, and the Blue Leprechaun in Ann Arbor just a couple of years ago. Felt the same thing both times, though: I had a feeling changes were coming for me, but wasn’t sure what…and I was right.

If you’ve actually made it this far, I thank you for sticking around this long-the next 20 will be posted…eventually.

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“I just decided to.”

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

This has to be one of my all-time favorite quotes-it instructs a person to just learn to flow with things, and not go against nature. Seems like practical enough advice, a decent way to avoid drama and not get sucked into worrying about things you simply have no control over.

So why the hell is it so hard for me to do lately?

liked being calm and cool about things no matter the situation, and just rolling with whatever gets thrown my way. No BS, no regrets, just complete confidence that I knew I was doing the right thing, making the right decision, if you agree with me and want to ride along, cool, if not, that’s cool too. Pressure didn’t matter, I was certain I could face it. Did I always keep cool and stay collected? Of course not, I think everyone has those moments where they feel like they were on the verge of cracking…I’d always do my best not to show it though, and I think I succeeded.

(Before I go any further, I should probably add this: I’m not writing this based on one situation or one decision. Really.)

I miss that me. I’ve been questioning a good majority of things I do for months. Are the stakes a bit higher? Probably, but that never bothered me before. I could willfully detach emotionally from a situation in the past, but that’s been absolutely difficult. I’ll still follow my instincts, but not with the conviction I usually followed them with because I’m not sure how it’ll play out or I’m going to pull a Mosby or I’m going to Britta a situation (and there are your pop culture references for this post…How I Met Your Mother and Community in case you were curious).

The confidence is fleeting, and I don’t like it. Not one bit. So now the question becomes: what to do about it? (Besides be like water)

Talking it out is alright…writing it out like this is good too. And sometimes it might just be worth going the distraction route…like now. Not even sure why I’m throwing this out there, but what the hell…it’s just something I decided to do. Might as well stick with it.

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Nicklas Lidstrom and Class in Detroit Sports

“And time waits for no one, and it won’t wait for me.” – The Rolling Stones

It really was the moment every Red Wings fan had been dreading for years, but after an absolutely brilliant 20 season career filled with accolades (really, there’s a bunch: 7 Norris Trophies, 1 Conn Smythe Trophy, an Olympic Gold Medal, a World Championship Gold Medal, 12 time NHL All-Star, and 4 Stanley Cup Trophies to go along with never seeing his team fall short of a playoff berth) defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement from the NHL this morning. Lidstrom is easily one of the best defensemen to ever play this amazing sport (he’s without a doubt the best defenseman I’ve ever seen play the game), but he’s also one of the classiest and nicest players this league and the city of Detroit has ever seen. He’s been referred to as “TPH – The Perfect Human” or “Norris”, but anyone-whether they be media, fan, or opposing player-has never had a bad thing to say about him. It’s probably not an understatement to say that there’s a huge hole to fill on the Red Wings’ blue line with #5 retired, but his class will be missed too.

When I think about it, the city of Detroit has been pretty blessed with its share of humble superstars. Just in my timeframe of watching, Alan Trammell of the Tigers, Barry Sanders of the Lions, and Steve Yzerman of the Red Wings have all represented their teams and city just like Nick Lidstrom has. Odds are I’ve missed a few, but those are the ones that immediately popped into my head. I can only hope that the current and future athletes will represent their team and city as well as those four have.

I seriously thought I had more to write, but what else is there to really say? Countless words have been written about Nick Lidstrom from mainstream media and bloggers alike, and if you’re looking for something with a bit more substance, you’ll want to start at The Malik Report-George Malik is an excellent writer and the first one you’d want to go to for information about the Red Wings. I guess I’ll just end with this: thank you for one hell of an amazing Hall of Fame career. Your talents on the ice, as well as your class and patience off of it will truly be missed.

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May 31, 2012 · 9:25 pm

Michigan Hockey Post-Mortem, and a word on Shawn Hunwick

It’s been a long time since I’d written about sports here (for that matter, it’s been a long time since I’d written about anything here), but I feel compelled to write about it now, a little more than 12 hours has passed since the Michigan Wolverines hockey team had their season ended way sooner than many fans had hoped…and no less agonizing than the year before when the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs scored in OT to win the Frozen Four Championship (not sure what I’m talking about? If you watched any of the NCAA hockey coverage on ESPNU or yesterday, then you saw the highlight pretty much EVERY COMMERCIAL BREAK. It doesn’t sting any less with repeated viewings, ESPN, thanks).

The start of this game gave plenty of hope, simply because Michigan started off quickly and took control early. Compared to the CCHA Championship weekend games against Bowling Green and Western Michigan where they found themselves trying to dig out of two-and-three goal holes, the start against Cornell couldn’t have gone much better. Luke Glendening scored just 1:11 into the game, and then just :13 seconds later Kevin Lynch appeared to make it a 2-0 game and the Wolverines looked like they might just steamroll all over Big Red. An official review would overturn Lynch’s goal however, and then a combination of the Wolverines deflating/Big Red getting their legs under them would make this contest much closer than it looked like we’d all get to see. I really am torn on the goal being overturned: my Michigan bias thought that goal should’ve counted since the goaltender interference came just as much from a slight bump by Luke Moffatt as it did from a Cornell defender, but as someone that’s also dabbled in playing goal I’d be pissed off if I didn’t have a shot at making the save.

Special teams had a huge part in Michigan’s downfall: Cornell was able to score on the power play to tie the game up later in the first period, and then early in the second period Big Red took the lead on a shorthanded goal (the first SHG the Wolverines had given up this season couldn’t have come at a much worse time). If it seemed like the Wolverines spent a decent portion of that game on the power play, they did-but they couldn’t score with the man-advantage once. Not to take away anything from Cornell’s special teams or the play of goaltender Andy Iles (they were stellar), but a team with Michigan’s firepower throughout the lineup can’t have that many chances and not bury them. Down 2-1 heading into the third, and for a large portion of that period it seemed the Wolverines just couldn’t get anything going until Kevin Lynch scored the game-tying goal with about four minutes left. An odd-man rush and some very mediocre back-checking led to Cornell’s OT goal: Shawn Hunwick made the initial save but couldn’t control the rebound, giving Big Red forward Rodger Craig the easy tap-in. Bubble burst, season ended too soon.

Speaking of Shawn Hunwick, the fifth-year senior that by most accounts was never even supposed to see ice time at Michigan and yet proved everyone wrong: man, he’ll be missed. There’s no way Michigan keeps the NCAA record streak of tournament appearances alive in 2010 without a stellar performance from Hunwick to win the CCHA Tournament. There’s no way Michigan gets to the Frozen Four final without Hunwick carrying the team and shutting down the cage night after night. Easily one of my all-time favorite players to ever wear the Maize & Blue, up there with RB Mike Hart and guards Zack Novak and Stu Douglass. Not much was expected from any of those guys, but every single one of them delivered above & beyond and helped the Wolverines in their own way. So Shawn: thank you.

For the record, Michigan Daily’s Zach Helfand wrote one hell of an article about Hunwick and you should definitely check it out: The midnight gesture of Shawn Hunwick.

Michigan Daily Sports and MiHockeyNow were both referenced in the writing of this post. Thank you.

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Shows that need to be added to streaming services immediately

Holy crap, it’s been almost a full year since I posted last??? Ooops, my apologies to all two of my readers for keeping you waiting for so long.

What the hell has been going on with you lately, and where have you been???

So glad you asked, and the answer is: not much. Things are going very well, though: still have my health, great family, great friends, an awesome girlfriend, and a bunch of other things to help kill the time. My sports teams are doing well, Brady Hoke has brought Michigan football back from the disaster of the [name redacted] era, and this winter wasn’t really much of a winter at all (although these warm temps the last few days are going to seem far away once the Tigers Opening Day hits and it’s 30 degrees out and snowing…c’mon, you know it’s Michigan).

Just decided now is as good a time as any to post, and tv shows streamed online seemed a good place to start. Seems like just about anyone has access to Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Videos, Hulu, or any other instant streaming service I haven’t thought of yet. I was thinking about shows that simply aren’t on any of those services though, and seem like they never will be there (and my response to that is: WHY???). Sure I could just buy the dvd’s for all of these shows, but for some reason once I buy a dvd set I don’t even bother watching it, and that happens with a lot of the movies I buy too. Seriously, I bought Boondock Saints on DVD almost ten years ago from Tower Records in Chicago (a store that’s no longer there, I might add) and I still haven’t watched it. No idea why.

So anyway, here’s the list of shows that I think would be in high demand for viewing on instant stream sites…

Aaron Sorkin's masterpiece: The West Wing







1. The West Wing: OH NO!!!! LIBERAL SCUM SHOWING HIS LIBERAL AGENDA!!! RUN AWAY!!!! *conservative leaves website, never to return*

Ok now that I’m down to one reader, the West Wing was a popular show that ran on NBC (maybe their last truly popular show?) from 1999-2006. It was brilliantly written by Aaron Sorkin (and others, click the link above) and had an exceptional ensemble cast led by Martin Sheen as President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet. It wasn’t afraid to tackle social issues and current events. Just how close it was to the real West Wing is up to debate but I thoroughly enjoyed the show.










2. Homicide: Life on the Street: Created by Paul Attanasio and based off of David Simon’s book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets (the author’s name might be familiar to fans of the HBO show “The Wire”-one of the best shows ever made), this focused on a Homicide unit in Baltimore, Maryland. This also featured an ensemble cast but Andre Braugher’s performance as tough veteran detective Frank Pembleton was usually the most noticed. Perhaps the reason this show isn’t streaming now is simply because the show was usually low rated throughout its entire 7 season run. If this show ever hits Netflix though, I highly recommend checking it out.

A Bruce Campbell show that hardly anyone watched *sigh*









3. The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: A short-lived series that ran on Fox  for 27 episodes back in 1993-1994, it featured Michigan’s own Bruce Campbell as the title character hired to hunt down the outlaw John Bly gang. Since I’d just seen Army of Darkness earlier in the year, I was really curious about this show and it didn’t disappoint. A Western with sci-fi and steampunk elements? What’s not to like?

I’m sure I’m missing quite a few more off of this list *cough*Batman: The Animated Series*cough*, but those are the ones that stuck out to me. Have more to add? Feel free to mention them in the comments section…and maybe, just maybe, I’ll write more than once every 11 months.

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