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@Marvel #Punisher: So Much Punishment…For Me.

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Omg, omg, omg and one more for good measure… O.M.G! Soooo much violence. I have watched all the previous #Netflix #Marvel series in either one sitting or over a couple days. Punisher took a couple weeks.

The amount of violence in this series is staggering. I am not one for violence and it was very difficult to watch through some of the scenes. It’s why you”ll never see me watch MMA. The last two episodes especially… wow.. I was doing the sign of the cross constantly.. And by the way… not a good idea having food during these ridiculously violent and gory scenes.

As for the series itself. It isn’t too bad. The storyline was decent. I sure despised the villains. We all know that we haven’t seen the last of Russo. After the first four episodes I was questioning the choice of Jon Bernthal for the role but as the series went on I realized that he’s perfect for the role. It’s incredible how much punishment he was able to take 😜. Pretty unrealistic if you ask me but hey… he’s the punisher. He can take as much as he gives, I guess. His sidekick ‘micro’ is a fantastic sidekick. Loved him. I am looking forward to Punisher 2 but I’m ok if they take their sweet time.. Like nice and easy. I need to recover.

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My First Experience with @BBM Support, Kinda Meh.

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In all the years I have been a BlackBerry user I have never had the desire or need to open a support ticket. I recently found an issue and initially tweeted @BBM and on their suggestion sent details on the issue at hand.

My email to support:

From my email you can clearly see I am on an Android phone. I think I clearly explain that the issue is trying to share a screenshot to BBM using the long press of O on Android feature. Basically the image is rendered as black. I do have a work around in that I first share the image to noteable and then to BBM to get it to work correctly so it’s not a show stopper albeit it means an extra step. I am all about productivity and apparently so is BlackBerry.

Their response:

Where did I ever mention that my BBM is crashing in my email to them? Needless to say, it’s the last time I will bother.

I don’t know maybe it’s a language thing. Makes me think of the movie ‘Lost In Translation.’

@Marvel #InHumans: My Joe Dirt Review

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I feel like I shouldn’t spend too much time on this review. It would just be inhuman 😜. Obviously the reviews that came in prior to it airing were not good at all but that’s never stopped me before. I watched all eight episodes. It wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be but I did cringe alot during the eight episodes. I would be stunned if there is a second season. Stunned. The acting was for the most part horrible. I mean outside of Medusa I don’t know that anyone else stood out in a good way. And speaking of Medusa.. She’s all about the hair and even if the cgi was horrible, she loses her hair episode one and that’s that. Black Bolt for the most part had a frown for all eight episodes and there’s so much you can do with the sign language and he could have been repeating the same set of signs and I wouldn’t be the wiser. As for Maximus, so freaking annoying. And his beard was also so annoyingly distracting. Last and certainly last 😜… The story line was weak. No substance at all and predictable. It also ended with a wimper. The only bright spot was Louise. She was a fun character and atleast added some comedy to an otherwise drab series.

2/5 stars (because I have a good ♥).

Time to Hang Up The Coaching Cleats

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After 14 years I decided this season would be my last as a volunteer soccer coach. Fourteen years. That is a long time. I could make this post a very, very long one but I won’t. It will only be a long-ish one 😋. Although there were some bumps in the road, the 14 years for the most part were great years. I’d be lying if I wrote that I remember every single detail of these 14 years. I don’t.

When I set out on this adventure, it was innocent enough and really for my son. You want to do right by everyone but eventually you realize you cannot. It is impossible. I don’t have any regrets but certainly I wish I could have done some things differently. You want to be everyone’s friend but you cannot and will not. I definitely learned a lot over the years. From the great moments, to the good moments and also the not so good moments. I definitely made friends over the years but I also made a lot of what I will refer to as FBFFS … fake best friends forever. These are the folks that needed something from me and so either befriended me or family members for motives that were anything but sincere. There are a lot of bad people in this world.. But you know what? To each his own. I am far from perfect but I would rather be me then some of the folks I got to know over these years. From the down right evil, to insecure people who need to be the center of attention, to parents who think it’s ok to trash talk kids because as long as the kid doesn’t hear it, no harm no foul. To bullies and to those parents that supported this bullying. To parents who themselves bullied but poo poo’d when the tables were turned. My biggest disappointment came four years ago when a family we had such a fantastic friendship with over many many years turned out to be less than the people we thought they were. It truly shattered our family. I can go on and on but that would take away the good that came out of all these years as coach. For one, I continue to watch as these kids are growing up to be fine young adults. It’s amazing to see. Many I have known since they were 4-5 years old. As much as you want to be that coach that affected, in a good way, all the players that crossed your path, it doesn’t work out that way but I know that I did so with many. I have had the opportunity to reminisce in recent years with former players and it’s always a great feeling. Four years ago our family had the pleasure of hosting a 14 year old young man for three months during the summer. What a pleasure indeed. So disciplined. So caring. So focused. A truly genuine lad beyond his years who also showed true friendship to my son; unlike some others. We learned a lot from each other; our cultures. It’s something I will forever cherish and remember. I continue to follow his success in football (he’s gotten a scholarship in the US) and I expect to see him one day in the NFL quarterbacking a team all the way to the Super Bowl. No doubt in my mind 😀👍. It was his birthday over the weekend and I wished him well and he sent love our way. Very heartfelt. This is the kind of stuff you live for. The bad, you toss aside. As with anything, quality over quantity. There are alot more moments but if I don’t stop myself this will indeed become a very very long post!

I would be incredibly remiss if I didn’t write about what a great human being my son is. A fine young adult as well. He had to endure a lot over these years. An exceptional player at a very young age, he went through difficult times starting at age 13 when everyone around him was growing but he wasn’t. It became a struggle for him on the pitch and he suffered for it. Both on and off for several years. Many a time he had to endure being collateral damage on account of my being a coach. Very difficult for a kid to go through but he showed strength in overcoming this and we are proud of who he is becoming. In his first year at college last year he made the Dean’s list twice. That’s who he is. We know he will achieve greatness. That’s what matters. A few years ago an ‘adult’ went on this rant on Facebook about heroes and zeroes. He was trying to send a message. It was ridiculous especially coming from him and the hypocrite and bully he is. Well.. Let me tell you, I strive to be a hero to my kids. That’s all that is important to me but in the end for all he had to go through my son is my hero.

I stopped coaching my son three years ago. The plan was to retire then but I was talked into staying on. I wish I hadn’t. The past few years have been an eye opener. my expectations and what actually happened, night and day. At the beginning of this season I made it clear it would be my last. Over these many years I put my heart and soul into this. I worked very hard at it. As a family we sacrificed alot. It’s time now to make our family the center of attention. Yup, it’s actually a very very late wake up call but in the end better late than never.

#IMAK case for my @BBMobile #KEYᵒⁿᵉ

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After getting my #KEYᵒⁿᵉ back in May one of the first things I knew I had to get was a case. I didn’t like what was out there at the time so eventually I opted for a transparent one like this:

Obviously on top of protecting my phone this case also allowed me to show off this beautiful looking phone. It also didn’t add too much weight to the phone. Even though the buttons are covered, it was still easy enough to press on them.

Even though I was happy with the case I am always perusing amazon for accessories and stumbled across this IMAK case. I honestly don’t know what the material is made of. It looked intriguing and it also included a ring so I opted to purchase it. Here’s the thing, I only realized after seeing the estimated delivery date where it was coming from.

Right.. So the estimated delivery date was between Sept 12 and 28!!! I ordered it August 16th. Lol.. Anyway good thing I wasn’t in a rush to get. To my pleasant surprise I received the case this past Tuesday.

This case is ridiculously light weight. I mean it honestly adds zero weight to the phone. I love the texture. Again, no clue what it’s made of. I love the cut outs. It took me five cracks to get the ring where it suits me best and so far so good. The only drawback to this case is of course the fact the phone is somewhat hidden. It would have been great if the BlackBerry logo was on the back. Oh well, can’t win’em all.

Ps: if you try to go to the website imak.hk the browser blocks it for reasons of possible malware. Oopsy.

My ‘Joe Dirt’ Review of #thedefenders: Meh.

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I am a comic book fan.. Grew up reading comics. However, I will not refer to myself as a geek. I didn’t follow every single hero and I don’t know every single storyline of every single hero. My all time favorite is Hulk. Back in the day I actually read/bought Hulk comics but I also followed The Defenders because Hulk was part of the group. Yes, I opted for the Defenders rather than the Avengers.

I just finished watching the Defenders on Netflix. Somewhat disappointed. This series seems to have continued the trend started with the individual hero series. The four series; Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist… I rank them in the order they were released. Daredevil as the best of the bunch followed by Jessica, Cage and then lastly Iron Fist. With Iron Fist I am trying to be respectful. It actually shouldn’t even by ranked! I will say that Defenders should be sandwiched between Cage and Iron Fist.

Although I liked the dynamic of the four and how they interacted, the storyline was somewhat weak. It was great to see that they weren’t all buddy buddy from the get go and that there was conflict between them. That’s about the only good thing that came out of this. I mean I was so upset at myself that I didn’t see the Elektra angle coming. You know. The obvious. Having said that, that whole Elektra storyline; dear God. From zombie, to self proclaimed leader to let’s make out after a punishing battle. I want to say too freaking clichés but more stupid if anything. And can someone explain to me how stick severs his hand and then goes about everything like it was nothing. I am no doctor but shouldn’t he have bled to death? And lastly, for the love of Jesus… how many times was ‘the hand’ referenced in this series? Holy smokes almost as worse as the number of times Danny reminds everyone he is the immortal Iron Fist!! Had I played a drinking game for every time ‘the hand’ was referenced I would have been sloshed after the 2nd episode! Lol.

Anyway – Netflix shows the Defenders at 5 stars. Someone I think is sloshed. I can’t give it more than 3 stars. I am being generous.

How My @BBMobile #KEYone Battery Blew Me Away!!

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I have had my KEYone since May so I have already been accustomed to how great the battery life is on this phone. However, this past weekend it proved it’s worth once again. I have been volunteering at a local soccer club now for over 10 years. Every year we hold a Soccerfest where tons of teams from all over come for a weekend of friendly competition. I wear several hats at the club and one is ‘social media’ guy. I handle their twitter, Facebook and instagram accounts. This weekend was a busy one. I started my day around 8am and called it a day on the social media front around 4pm on Saturday and a little after 6pm on Sunday. On both days I checked what my battery life was like and wow. On Saturday it was at 68% and on Sunday it was at 51%. I should mention though that Sunday was the busier of the two days. Throughout the weekend I was constantly firing off mostly pictures on all 3 accounts. I took alot of photos and video footage. To boot on Sunday we did a Facebook live. Granted it was only a little over 6mins long as we inaugurated the reopening of a field but this I did from my KEYone! Stupid me I didn’t take screen grabs of the battery percentage and I know that if there is no photo it didn’t happen but trust me, it did happen!