Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Little CR Eating Pizza

Apparently my youngest niece Little CR has quite the appetite. She tries to eat her sister's pizza when she's done eating her own.  

Fact of the Day: Hugh

The name Hugh (and its related name Hugo) is derived from Old French to mean "mind" or "spirit."

Things I Like: Big Bird (Super Mario Land 2)

Not to be confused with Sesame Street's Big Bird, this one is just a boss in Super Mario Land 2 on Game Boy.  
A pretty simple battle. The bird flies around and tries to attack.  
With just a few jumps making quick work out of the bird brain. A basic but enjoyable battle. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Fact of the Day; Snow in the Wizard of Oz

Fake snow can be seen in the classic movie The Wizard of Oz. It was actually made with asbestos, which wasn't an uncommon ingredient in artificial snow at the time.  

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Things I Like: Merlin (Once Upon a Time)

 While far from my favorite incarnation of the character Merlin in all fiction, he was a decent character on Once Upon a Time.

Great Dane Dog Downtown Greenville

This is a Great Dane I saw while walking downtown Greenville one day in South Carolina. He really was the center of attention. 

Fact of the Day: Snellen Chart

A Snellen chart is the most common type of eye chart used around the world. It was created by the Dutch doctor Herman Snellen in the 19th century. 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Things I Like; Witch (Super Mario Land 2)

 The witch was a decent boss in Super Mario Land.

Little CR Sweeping Floor

My youngest niece really wanted to help "clean up" but little toddlers are rarely "helpful." 

Fact of the Day: Edmond Halley and His Comet

Halley's Comet was named after Edmond Halley, an astronomer who did a lot of scientific research on the comet in 1705. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Things I Like: Sewer Rat (Super Mario Land 2)

 Sewer rat is one of the major bosses in Super Mario Land 2. A decent battle.

Danny the Cat Being Weird

While at my mom's house, her cat Danny started to lick the package of water bottles. I'm not going to try to reason why he was doing so. 

Fact of the Day: Freemasons and Religion

The freemasons have been called a religion by many over the centuries, but they are not a church or a religious house. They typically accept all faiths, but do not allow atheists and other non-theists to join their ranks. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Things I Like: Pako (Super Mario Land 2)

 Pako is boss in Super Mario Land. He's a decent challenge.

Rick and Morty (TV Series) Season 3 Review

 Rick and Morty is a TV series I started not long and not counting the latest season (currently not done in production) I'm now all caught up for what I've been missing for years. Now is season 3 the best of them all? 

Play on Main at Denny's

 While downtown, I took my Little Brother Mr. B (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) to one of the city's newest playgrounds. Since it was right next to the Denny's Headquarters (they occupy the tallest building in Spartanburg) Denny's helped in the creation of the place. 

Fact of the Day: JFK's Grandma

John F. Kennedy was the first president inaugurated with a living grandparent, which was his maternal grandmother. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Things I Like: Tatanga (Super Mario Land 2)

I thought it was neat that the final boss of the previous game was a major boss in this one. 

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019 Film) Review

 As a kid, Jumanji with Robin Williams was one of my favorite films ever. Seeing the sequel Welcome to the Jungle at first glance was horrific...but it actually turned out really good even if it was not really the same kind of film as the original movie.  I had my doubts on The Next Level as I could see it being a big case of deja vu. Was I wrong? 

Meeting the Dog Named Teddy Bear

After the pizza/arcade place, I took my Little Brother Mr. B (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) for some ice cream downtown. While walking around, we saw this dog named Teddy Bear with his owner. He's apparently a pomeranian mix. 

Fact of the Day: Gummy

Gummy candy as a term came from Germany, though spelled as gummi. In British-English, jelly is a more popular name for the candy. 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Things I Like: The Simpsons (Season 10)

 While far from the best in the series, I still think season 10 has lots of good moments.

Bob's Burgers (TV Series) Season 2 Review

 Not long ago I started Bob's Burgers which came out on Fox quite a number of years ago and is still running strong. It's not my favorite show of all time, but I have enjoyed it quite a bit. But how did the second season fare against the first?

Taking Mr. B To Gattitown Spartanburg in February 2020

 Near the end of February I took Mr. B to the local pizza/arcade place for some pizza and fun.

Fact of the Day: Ancient Hockey

While hockey has been around for awhile, its origins date back to ancient times. Even ancient Egyptians were known to play games with curved sticks 4,000 years ago. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Things I Hate; Isaac Heller/The Author (Once Upon a Time)

 We first think he's a normal guy, but he was the infamous Author that was hinted at for a long time.

Painting the Bathroom Closet White

 Since we had some flooding leak under the baseboards during a tornado, we got everything out of the closet. I put some Lexel caulk underneath to keep future water out of the inside as best as possible, which I wish I had done before the tornado.

Fact of the Day: Australian Alps

The Australian Alps are a mountain range that actually get more snow the Swiss Alps. 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Things I Hate; King Arthur (Once Upon a Time)

 I did not like this take on King Arthur, whom appears during the Dark Swan saga. He is the King of Camelot and he knows of Merlin.

Fallen Tree From Tornado Damage Near Mom's House

My mom's house didn't really have much tornado damage but her next door neighbor had a huge tree almost fall on her house. 

Daisy and Her 2020 Valentines Dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse

Daisy had her Valentines dinner a few days early because we both worked on the holiday. She had quite a full plate. 

Fact of the Day: Jessica

The English name Jessica is Hebrew in origin meaning "to see before." Its current form in English first appeared in William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice as there is a character named Jessica in it. 

Friday, March 20, 2020

Things I Like: Tatanga (Super Mario Land)

 Tatanga is the final boss of Super Mario Land. While he doesn't hold a candle to Bowser, he was a decent bad guy.

2nd Trip to Antonino Bertolo's Pizza in Boiling Springs SC

 We went shortly after they opened last year but I try to take Daisy with me but that only works if I work and she's off and the place is close by my work. She had the wings and the celery.

Fact of the Day: Mayor

The English word mayor comes from the Old French word maire. The Old French word comes from the Latin word "major" meaning "greater."

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Things I Like: Biokinton (Super Mario Land)

 This cloud serves as the fourth boss of Super Mario Land. A bit forgettable but a decent boss battle.

Taking Mr. B Bowling at Star Lanes

 In early February I took my Little Brother Mr. B (Big Brothers Big Sisters program) to a few games of bowling at the alley near my house.

Fact of the Day: The Idea of Disneyland

Walt Disney got the idea of Disneyland while watching his two daughters ride a merry-go-round.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Things I Like: Hiyoihoi (Super Mario Land)

 Hiyoihoi is the 3rd boss in Super Mario Land and a decent boss battle.

2020 Spartanburg Tornado

A few weeks ago Spartanburg county had a real deal tornado and it made a lot of damage especially on the west side of town. We live on the east side and while we did get some flooding, it wasn't the end of the world. But getting home from work was a nightmare. Two paths home were blocked by trees, but luckily my 3rd attempt was successful. 

Fact of the Day: Rivals

The English word rival comes from the Latin word rivalis meaning "person using the same stream as another."

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Things I Like: Dragonzamsu (Super Mario Land)

 Mario fights this sea-dragon-like creature in the 2nd boss fight of Super Mario Land on Game Boy.

Using Rain-X Waterless Car Wash

 Since I can't get a garden hose near my car at my house this waterless car wash had caught my eye. Especially since my car had not been washed for quite some time.

Fact of the Day: Purple Versus Violet

While purple and violet might seem synonymous, they are not the same. Violet is its own color on the light spectrum. Purple is merely a combination of blue and red.  

Monday, March 16, 2020

Things I Like: The Simpsons (Season 9)

 While I still liked it then and now, this is certainly the first season to see a change in direction and a big dip in comedic quality.