eaten alive or not

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So, how many of you watched Discovery’s Eaten Alive two-hour special on Sunday night? As I am sure it was only a handful, I will give you a brief recap. This nature documentary had a  special focused on an expedition by wildlife author and conservationist Paul Rosolie in a remote location of the Amazon rainforest to locate a green anaconda named “Chumama”, which is believed to be the world’s biggest. The special was also to feature Rosolie “entering the body”, hence the name of the show: EATEN ALIVE, of an anaconda by intentionally feeding himself to it—protected with a custom-designed suit.

You might be able to tell through my distressed attitude that Rosolie in fact, was not ingested. Now, I am not saying he didn’t try, it was pretty evident from the footage that he tried, but with a name like Eaten Alive I want to see some action. Myself along with, dare I say it, thousands of people lost total faith in Discovery.

Sorry for the spoiler alert, but there was not eating going on during this series. Rosolie made sure the viewers were invested in the Amazon, his team and the anaconda but I think he forgot about himself. Rosolie took the bullet and didn’t think about his career and what this was going to mean for him once the show aired.

Let me leave you with this quote Rosolie said in an interview with NJ Advance Media, “I don’t care if you’re upset I didn’t get eaten by (an) anaconda. A, I tried, and B, there’s a chance for me to do work with the Discovery Channel and bang my drum about the dangers [to the Amazon], and I’ll do that.” Now knowing that, at the end of the day do you respect Rosolie more for taking this opportunity? Do you have less respect for Discovery for leading us on?


specifically river monsters

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Tiger_fishWhat you are going to read is going to change the course of your life. Now, I don’t know how or why Matt and I started to watch River Monsters, rather why he introduced me to this show, but I couldn’t be more happy. River Monsters is a documentary television series that airs on Animal Planet, hosted by Jeremy Wade.

HEres a little information on the show, and yes it is the Wikipedia version they just have the information down pat. River Monsters travels worldwide with Suffolk, England born host, biologist and extreme angler Jeremy Wade to explore freshwater mysteries and local folklore, possibly debunk these myths and track down these harrowing tales. The show has taken viewers to Germany, Spain, Italy, Scotland, Iceland, Norway, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, India, Japan, Russia,Suriname, Brazil, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, the Republic of Congo, Mongolia, Guyana, and the American states of Alaska, Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Vermont.

The beauty of this show is you don’t need to know anything going into it because Jeremy will teach you everything you need to know about the area, the fish and the myths behind the Monsters he is catching. Thanks to Netflix you can sit back, relax and become engrossed in four exhilarating seasons of River Monsters.

If you don’t believe me that this show is worth watching just take a look at these stats. Be warned, once you start watching you will be hooked (all puns intended). River Monsters had the best series premiere in Animal Planet’s network history by delivering 1.3 million viewers. It was also its most watched regularly airing primetime telecast in over six years. The second episode of Animal Planet’s River Monsters delivered a 39% boost in total viewers (1.866 million) compared to the series premiere. Those numbers made it the best performing regularly scheduled primetime telecast in Animal Planet’s history. The first season of River Monsters made it the best performing show in Animal Planet’s history with every episode averaging over 1 million households. The season finale delivered about 1.47 million households.

thank you

for being my friend

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Here’s a shout out to all of my friends. Now, if you’ve never had the opportunity to watch Golden Girls, I’m sorry.  The Golden Girls is a true American sitcom. Let me give you a little recap, the Golden Girls is based on the lives and interactions of four older women whom have all been divorced/widowed, and are now roommates. One of the main character’s, Dorothy, main goal during the series is to find a companion who she can relate to while her mother Sophia adds her comical outlook and frequents “Picture This” stories.  Another character, Rose, who is from St. Olaf has many cliches which make her a little corny but lovable. One thing that changes nearly every episode is whom the last main character, Blanche, is dating.

This is one of the best American sitcoms that came into our homes. With a great theme song, “Thanks For Being My Friend,” I can’t think of a better way than this to say thanks to my friends.

what are your top three?

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“We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.” ― Leslie Knope

SO to Diego for sending me this quote. I just needed to pass this along because I have a Leslie mentality. To me, work is always third. In fact, I think for most of us, work falls into third place. So what ranks at your one and two?

spring training

Much like Matt, I love baseball. I wish I could say I love it just as much as he does, but I don’t think that is humanly possible…for anyone. The start of baseball is finally here. Read below to learn more about Matt’s love for baseball.

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& the joy of baseball

guest blog presented by: Matthew D. Shalbrack
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Welcome to my favorite time of the year. Why is it my favorite time of the year you may ask? It’s because baseball is finally back. The smell of freshly cut grass, the taste of hot dogs and ranch sunflower seeds, the loud roar of the crowd, the heckler down the first baseline who won’t stop jeering Ryan Braun for taking steroids, the crack of the bat and the snap of the catcher’s mitt after receiving a 98 mph fastball – those are some of the greatest sounds, smells and tastes associated with baseball season now here.

Baseball is in my blood. It always has been, ever since the first time my Dad put a baby baseball glove in my crib as an infant. I pretty much eat, sleep and breathe baseball. I’m a diehard Cubs fan, (or the “Little Bears” as Kendal Ann likes to call them) with every season being an up-and-down rollercoaster ride.

In the last two days, I’ve watched four Spring Training games. For me, baseball is baseball. I don’t care if the Opening Day starters are playing or if the prospects or Non-Roster Invitees are playing, I’ll watch it. For example, I’m currently watching the Washington Nationals versus New York Mets. In 30 minutes, I’ll be flipping to the Chicago Cubs versus Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game. Like I said, I love baseball.

Hip hip hooray for baseball being back on TV. I know Spring Training doesn’t mean much, but it’s the last time from now until November where there won’t be baseball on TV. That right there brings joy to my heart.

new girl

this show gets me every time!

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This show is simply amazing. There are no more words for it than that. Have you ever watched New Girl? What, no? You haven’t? OH MY GOSH– you need to get on it. Here is a little clip of the show. Please enjoy.

Alright, now that you are laughing and in a good mood. I know you want to hear more about this show. Heck, you probably don’t even want to know more and you just want to watch this show. Word of advice, my friends, it’s on Netflix! Basically the jest of the show: After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her – most of the time.

This show will have you in stitches. It’s lovely. It’s the perfect amount of anger and hilarity, which makes it real-life-like. Also I just learned that Zooey Deschanel produces this show, so that just upped the awesomeness factor.

One day I saw my boyfriend, Matt, tweeting about New Girl. I was so shocked that 1. he knew what the show was and 2. that he watched it and 3. that he liked it! (honestly what’s there not to like?) We love this show. He even wrote a little blog about it. Take a read at this. If these two things don’t convince you, then I have no idea what will.

New Girl = No Productivity

I’ve been staring at a blank WordPress page for the last two hours. I’ve also had to wake my computer up numerous times for the last two hours. You may ask why I’ve lost all my creative juices this evening? Four words. New Girl Season 2.

This might be my favorite TV show of all-time, which is saying a lot because I have a variety of favorite shows that I keep track of all the time. But even as I’m writing this, I find myself distracted by the hilariousness that is New Girl. This show is fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Nick Miller, played by Jake M. Johnson, who is also a Cubs fan, is my favorite character on the show. He’s a bartender with a very low credit score and he can’t talk to girls or express his feelings whatsoever. I’m bad at describing it because I’m currently watching the show.

I give up at trying to finish a coherent post because of how great this show is. This is a horrible post with a lack of creativity and for that, I apologize.