Monthly Archives: September 2015

Road Trip Planned #AvisTravels

In about a month #AvisTravels plans on going on the road for a few days at the end of October.

The destination: Niagara Falls.

I’m hoping to go on a quick drive up there, with stops on the way there and back (to unknown locations as of now).

Any ideas on where to stop between NYC and Niagara Falls, CA will be welcomed, as will any ideas on what to do when I’m there (although I have a few things in mind to do there) <rumor has it there is a boat ride or something>.

The Muppets Are Most Wanted – Review

I watched The Muppets new TV show on ABC this week with high expectations.

After all, they were taking a huge franchise, that already has a fan base and an enjoyability factor, and turning it into what should be an easy TV show. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, honestly, everything.

Everything was wrong with it.

The humor wasn’t there. The storyline was drab. And it all just felt so very wrong.

We all enjoy a good dirty innuendo in our shows, but they need to be witty and clever to work…instead it was just trying way to hard. Did we really need a joke about people going to Fozzie Bear’s dating profile, because they were looking for a bear?

Overall that first week was an Animal of a flop. A Piggy of a show. It is just a ton of Electric Mayhem. Statler And Waldorf would jump off that balcony if they had to watch this crap. And if it doesn’t pick up, it’ll be Gonzo.

See, how hard are Muppet jokes?!

I’ll give it another try on Episode 2…but so far it’s a poor poor 2.5 out of 10.

The Muppets

The Passing of Yogi Berra

Hundreds of articles are being written on him. Many of them that actually knew Yogi and watched him play.

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra passed away late Tuesday night at the age of 90

I have had the honor of neither. But one thing I am certain of: He is one of the greatest ball players of all-time.

You can argue other people, and you can bring up the MJ vs. Lebron “rings” argument…and it’ll win every time.

Yogi had 10 rings as a player. Let me repeat that. He won TEN TIMES AS A PLAYER. And another 3 times as a coach/manager. He had 13 total championship rings…if you combine his fingers with Jason Pierre Paul’s that’s every single finger with a ring on it!

And anyone who says “His teams won the Championships…maybe he wasn’t so good?” How about the fact that he made 18(!) straight All-Star game appearances!? By comparison, Derek Jeter made 14, missing some years throughout his career.

He was also a 3-time league MVP (Most Valuable Player) including back-to-back years in 1954-1955.

Don’t forget he also served America for many years, including being on a Navy rocket boat during the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

Yogi Berra Navy

And of course, there were the Yogi’isms: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” — “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” — “I can’t think and hit at the same time.” — “Ninety percent of the game is half mental.”

“I want to thank everybody for making this day necessary.”

Thank you Yogi for making this obit necessary.

Yogi Berra

Succah Building

All Jews have a self-given degree in engineering and construction as we do our yearly Succah building for the upcoming holiday.

Here was my Sunday of building, which time spent working on it was under an hour.

1 Succah Before 2 Succah During 3 Succah Walls Up 4 Succah Complete

Vigilance by Ray Kelly – Review

I buy my fair share of biographies/autobiographies, and most of them never get finished.

George W. Bush, Jane Lynch, Ron Swanson, – All books I’ve read, in bits and pieces, over a few month periods.

But never have I sat down and read through a life story like his.

Written in Ray Kellys’ voice, Vigilance comes across as raw writing at times, and it just makes the book that much better.

Everything from his time serving in Vietnam to both of his times as NYPD Police Commissioner, from his highs (low crime levels) to his lows (going toe-to-toe with Larry Silverstein).

Ray Kelly really was what this city needed, and what this city needs lots more of. A fearless leader who knows what needs to be done, and isn’t afraid to do it (all within the laws of the land).

Rating: 9 out of 10 and a must read for New Yorkers.

Vigilance Ray Kelly Book

NASCAR Playoffs 2015!!!

The NASCAR Playoffs start this Sunday, and it’s bound to be a great one!

Here are the rules, as mostly copied from last years post.

Let’s break it down, and then mention who is in-it-to-win-it this year:

  • 16 drivers made it into the Chase this year (based on wins during the season, not necessarily on points…so drivers winning in the beginning of the year [I’m looking at you Denny Hamlin] could relax throughout the rest of the season)
  • As usual the playoffs are a 10-race event, with each race hosting the standard field of 43, however, the amount of drivers competing for the Cup will decrease as the playoffs go on
  • 16 racers start off in the playoffs for the first 3 races (Challenger Round), this is reduced to 12 for the next 3 races (Contender Round), 8 for races 7-9 (Eliminator Round) and finally just four racers with a chance to win it in the final race of the season (The NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship)
  • To advance from one round to the next, racers must either win a race in the current round or be in the top (12, 8 or 4) in points to advance. This gives racers that have car trouble in the first race of the Chase, a chance to win the 2nd race, and still be in the playoffs, not being eliminated on one performance
  • Four drivers will enter the last race of the season, and the first to the finish line from that group, wins the cup…I smell an old fashioned Green-White-Checkered exciting race to the finish!
  • Point for the playoffs are as follows:
    • Playoff drivers start with 2000 points (+3 for every regular season victory)
    • Racers in the 2nd round have their points moved to 3000
    • Racers in the 3rd round get moved up to 4000 points
    • And finally, the racers in the Championship race will start with 5000 points

The drivers who will be competing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are (point totals in parenthesis, and drivers # listed as well):

  1. #48 Jimmy Johnson (2012) – 6 time Champion winner
  2. #18 Kyle Busch (2012) – Missed the first half of the season with an injury, yet managed to win a LOT when he came back, making it in to the playoffs
  3. #20 Matt Kenseth (2012)
  4. #22 Joey Logano (2009)
  5. #4 Kevin Harvick (2009) – Reigning Champion – SHR!!
  6. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2006) – Having his best year since 2004
  7. #41 Kurt Busch (2006) – Looking for his 2nd Championship – SHR!!
  8. #19 Carl Edwards (2006)
  9. #2 Brad Keselowski (2003) – 2012 Champion
  10. #78 Martin Truex Jr. (2003) – Finished 11th the two other times he’s made the Chase
  11. #11 Denny Hamlin (2003)
  12. #1 Jamie McMurray (2000)
  13. #24 Jeff Gordon (2000) – 4-time Champion – Hasn’t won the Championship since 2001 – Hasn’t won all year — And in his final full season!
  14. #31 Ryan Newman (2000) – Didn’t win last year either, but made it to the final 4, just by being consistent
  15. #27 Paul Menard (2000)
  16. #15 Clint Bowyer (2000)

Sprint Chase 2015

Nascar Grid 2015


Challenger Round

9/20 3PM – Chicago

9/27 2PM – New Hampshire

10/4 2:30PM – Dover

Contender Round

10/10 7PM – Charlotte

10/18 2:15PM – Kansas

10/25 2:30PM – Talladega

Eliminator Round

11/1 1:15PM – Martinsville

11/8 2PM – Texas

11/15 2:30PM – Phoenix

NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship

11/22 3PM – Homestead-Miami

Kelly Clarkson Covers On Tour

Kelly Clarkson has been on tour now for a little while, and while Taylor Swift brings celebs on stage with her nightly, Kelly shows everyone why she was the first American Idol by performing covers every night, with a wide range of vocals and sounds.

Now I’ve enjoyed a lot of time listening to most of these covers, and here are some of my more favorite ones…yup, theirs a lot here…she’s just that awesome.

Cool For The Summer – Demi Lovato — Go to 2:15 for Kelly showing off a little

Stay – Rihanna – Nailing those high notes! 1:40

Habits – Tove Lo – Elevates Tove Lo to the proper level

Love Me Like You Do -Ellie Goulding – These two are right up there on my two favorite artists — Again nailing those high notes! 1:42

Nobody Love – Tori Kelly — 1:43

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons – Completely different music style than the previous ones, yet still hitting the notes

Bye Bye Bye – ‘N Sync – Throwback! I would pay good money to see her perform this with JT

The Heart Wants What It Wants – Selena Gomez – Shows the levels of her voice, without needing “electronic help”