Locally Fresh/Shiny

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Locally fresh donuts. The glazed chocolate variety.

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So much shining change in this money drop game that I finally won at (but it didn’t count because I needed to use a nickel).

WPC: Local, Shine


The Cubs have won the pennant! The Cubs have won the pennant!

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The echo from the Cubs last World Series trip in 1945 finally was increased to a full on boom of cheering and ovation as the lovable team from the North Side shut down the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 last night. It almost seemed too easy, save for a few bobbles of the ball to Cubs infielders and a late base hit in the ninth that immediately raised suspicions of the Curse of the Billy Goat rearing its ugly head again. But tonight was an entirely different story. The Cubbies were a team of destiny, as they had been all season long and through the playoffs. They were meant to win this time and not come up short again as they had done for the last 71 years.

My prediction in one of my previous posts is halfway correct.

There is now only one more thing to do: get four more wins and really shock the world and hope something devastating doesn’t happen. Because breaking a 108 year drought is not for the faint of heart. There are 108 more outs to go for the Cubs to win their first World Series since 1908. Eight of course goes into four, the number of wins they need. Eight divided by four equals two, the number of championships the Cubs have. The eights seem to be a pattern here. The Cubs were six outs away in the eighth inning of the 2003 NLCS up 3-0 before their dreams went down the long drophill of the Bartman coaster and the Marlins scored eight runs, forcing a Game 7 and winning that to go to the World Series. 2003 is irrelevant now of course now that the Cubs have finally broken through But Steve Bartman is a permanent part of Chicago Cubs history. If he came out during a World Series game next week, he would probably get the loudest applause Wrigley Field can manage (including the rooftops that act as an extension).

So they are in the 2016 World Series. Well, that is quite an accomplishment that was over 70 years in the making. If the ivy walls could speak, they’d tell us of the heartbreaks and disappointments over the years. The ivy wasn’t even on the wall at Wrigley back in 1908, being added in 1937.

It’s going to be the Chicago Cubs vs. the Cleveland Indians, two teams from two Midwest states separated by Indiana, so the traveling is going to be very short and straight forward.

The story is simple. The Indians haven’t won since 1948 and the Cubs haven’t won since 1908. One franchise’s drought is going to be snapped while the other will live on for God knows how long.

The epic 2 hour movie of the Chicago Cubs 108 year struggle will end fittingly if the Cubs win the World Series. If it ends in disappointment, well, there’s always next year as Cubs fans say.

May the best team win and let’s play ball!

Slumdog Millionaire

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If there is one film I would definitely like to see again, it would be Slumdog Millionaire. This was a true treasure of a film and is something that requires a little research to understand. The culture and history of the Indian subcontinent portrayed in this film have been the subject of controversy because some believe it isn’t quite accurate and is being exaggerated (like the issue of poverty in India), while others see this as a way for the country to improve the state of its cities.

Once a sleeper hit in 2008 that wasn’t expected to do much, it went on to win many awards, including eight Academy Awards, one for best motion picture of the year. The film was first shown at a private film festival before being released to the U.K. and elsewhere. As with many of these international films, they don’t usually gain widespread popularity until something big happens, such as winning major awards. I love these kind of films that have very little widespread promotion and go on to become big hits later on. They are instant classics in my mind, one of a kind films that deserve a little more thought and analysis when viewing them.

When I first watched the movie (getting it off a bootleg Internet site), I had no idea the answers to the questions for the eventual Who Wants to be a Millionaire? segment were shown in different scenes of the film. When the quiz show contestant Jamal Malik (played by Dev Patel) got up to the 20 million rupees (US $300,000) question, he was suspected of cheating because no one would have thought a simple “slumdog” would know so much with very little education. He was beaten and tortured by the police and asked how he got the answers. Jamal confesses that his secret to getting so many of the questions correctly was based off his past experiences, such as getting the autograph of a famous Bollywood actor and the death of his mother in the Bombay riots. The police questioning him think this is a ridiculous idea and eventually let him continue playing. He ends up getting to the final question that asks who the third musketeer in The Three Musketeers was. After using his Phone-a-friend (calling his brother Salim in his prison cell), his childhood friend Latika picks up and tries to help him. She doesn’t know the answer so he randomly chooses Aramis, getting the question correct and winning the grand prize of 20 million rupees (the same currency used in the Zelda games).

When watching this film again, I’ll look for those subtle clues that lead up to the ending. It’s quite a far-fetched plot that is used and is quite unbelievable but I still loved the film otherwise.

I have figured that the final question given to Jamal about the musketeers was supposed to be simple enough (even a child could have answered it) in order for the organizers to prove that an uneducated slumdog couldn’t possibility walk away with the big money. They thought he wouldn’t even be smart enough to make it that far, let alone past the first few questions, which is why the questions were set up the way they were, but he proved them all wrong. His winning was all based on a lot of real good luck and being in the right places at the right time, which I see as a rather convenient plot device by the writers, but done in a way so as to amaze the viewers later on.

Millions (of rupees)

Eat More Chicken

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White’s Chicken is one of those restaurants I rarely hear or even talk about, being kind of lost. The marquee sign has always said “Delivery” in those small black block letters, with the iconic red arrow pointing towards the entrance. I had never eaten at White’s Chicken in my city ever, that is until today for some special reason. The food there, especially the main course chicken, is very authentic and fresh, maybe even more so than KFC. It’s an old restaurant, dating back to the early 20th century, and has been on that same corner for as long as I can remember, right across from the Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s a small and modest eatery, seating only about twenty with the kitchen area behind the service counter in plain view. The only other time I went into that place was to get a job application. I’m surprised that this place is still in business with it looking so down and empty all the time (according to my eyes) but they also have catering which helps bring in a lot more money.

The place is mainly served by one waitress, who today looked like she would have to work two jobs in order to make enough money to make ends meet.

White’s isn’t ancient but it may as well be with it being stuck in a perpetual time warp of the early progressive era. The walls and decor clearly scream 1920s.

Fifty Shades of Fall

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Excuse another one of my classic puns.

JNW’s Halloween Challenge – Fall/Autumn 

The Uprising

The revolt is set

The crowd is ready to rush in

Order will be torn apart

The onslaught of the inevitable sin

Grab your guns, grab your armor

It’s going to be a real dogfight

To defend our rights, uphold our honor

The uproarious hysteria filling the night

Anti-government, rise against the machine in full bloom

Not holding back, the tank turrets go BOOM!

At the end of it all, the battlefield lay strewn

Over a thousand souls exhausted, the painting of DOOM

And now the power rests in the hands of the victorious few

A wartorn flag is planted in the cold hard blue

The New Order has risen, salute and respect us now

Until the fallen have their revenge, for the kings and queens they bow

Inspired by listening to “Uprising” by Muse, which got me pumped up today, as all songs by Muse do. They are one my favorite bands of all time. I was going for a power walk today, listening to a set of my favorite songs through my headphones, when this great song came up, instantly having a powerful effect over me. I can instantly trust that I’ll like any of Muse’s songs that play on the radio or I play on YouTube, which I was doing today. The album The Resistance, which includes, “Uprising”,  won the Grammy for Best Rock Album in 2011 and I can’t argue with the selection. There’s a real sense of urgency with the these lyrics, the powerful motive to rise up and revolt against governmental control and other organizations such as Scientology.

This Is Our Year

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The Cubs are going to win, you bet your lucky stars
The Curse is going to die this year, the most ridiculous thing by far
All these years they’ve been dreamin’ only to come up short
Now Chicago’s north side will endlessly celebrate, sadness is no more
The Billy Goat force thought it could win again
But the true talent of the Cubs would not give in