Two Brothers Brewery

Jeff and Dawn head out to the two brothers Brewery in Warrenville, IL. See the inside of Illinois second largest Beer manufactures! Yep, it is the Coffee with Jeff crew on the road!

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Goin' South Tribute Show

Willy hijacks the show this week and presents a retrospective of Goin' South. The band, who called in quits this year, was Illinois premiere Southern Rock and Roll band. So, site back, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy some great music with Willy and Goin' South! Rock and Roll!

Requested Prostitute Refund

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Coffee With Jeff - 16% New Stuff

More clips, this time for the first three months of season 2. You'll see the travels of Willy, the comedy of the Manchester Gallery and I've got a few announcements. What more could you ask for? A new car, well forget it!

Do you know the band, Pomplamoose?

Oh sure you do! Their the two piece band that does those holiday Hyundai ads.

Get the New Pomplamoose Album

Operation Double 007

Read my thoughts on Sean Connery's younger brothers film epic - click here!

New Website

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SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE WITH JEFF

A New Place for Coffee

Well, I've spent the last year building this site up and are finally getting decent amount of traffic. So, of course, I've decided to move the site to a new location.

Why?

I find these blogspot sites way too limiting and there is so much I want to do with Sunday Morning Coffee that I just can't do on this site.

Oh, happy Thanksgiving!

Anyway, this will be my last post on this site. Hopefully by Monday you will be able to use

www.coffeewithjeff.com!

Coffee With Jeff - 17% New Stuff

Ladies, find out how to get your husband to get you a new home. Mark travels in time, Willy takes about death in Rock and Roll, and Jeff shows a bunch of old stuff. You laugh, maybe.

Cartoon Ducks and The New World Order

There comes a time when we much face facts. I will say I didn’t believe it until I read the What is the Pyramid blog. It’s the Illuminati and there attempts in infiltrate our culture. Can you believe it, in this age, we could be so blind as to not see how they are attempting to brainwash our children? And I let it happen to my kids!

If I had only known I would have shielded the minds of my two young impressionable kids before it was too late. Both of them are grown now. They are adults. Am I a bad parent for letting their eyes gaze at the Disney movie, Ducktales?

Yes folks, open your mind to the clues that are systematically being left behind by the Illuminati! The Illuminati, if you don’t know is the power behind the throne, not just for the U. S. of A. but also for the whole world (and maybe beyond that). They are the shadowy figures that are steering us all into the New World Order!

The site, What is the Pyramid, clearly shows three frames from the 1990 movie. The first frame clearly shows an airplane on its side, tumbling towards the ground. How could I have not seen that as a warning to the upcoming 9/11 tragedy. The next couple of frames shows several Illuminati symbols scattered around in the background. There is the pyramid with an eye in the center and another which is a representation of the Sun! Beyond those two, we see, well, nothing really.

Now I thought the eye was suppose to be the Eye of Osiris or the Eye of Horus being that this movie is a treasure hunt in Egypt, but I guess if you put that into a triangle, it becomes a Illuminati symbols. And the Sun! Oh, crap!

Come on now! This is a kid’s cartoon in which the artist filled the Egyptian scenery with pseudo- hieroglyphics and these so called Illuminati symbols are just what someone would use for such a purpose.

Here is the big question . . . WHY!

OK, here is this secret organization with plans to control the whole planet for their New World Order and they are going to leave stupid symbols in kid’s movies? To what end? What is the point of being a secret organization if you are going to advertise it? I wish someone could tell me what is their motive? Brainwashing? Right! Apparently they have been leaving these for years and I’m not brainwashed . . . or am I.

Do you think, after 9/11, they all looked at each other in their top secret meeting place and thought, “We warned them about this in the Ducktales flick!”

This reminds me of the paranoid rambles of a certain General Jack D. Ripper about the Communist conspiracy!

“Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face? Mandrake, do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk... ice cream. Ice cream, Mandrake, children's ice cream.”

Coffee With Jeff - 11% New Stuff

Yes, we show more of those boring clips of our show from 2009, season 2, when we had no idea of what we were doing. 11% of this show is new material!

Ask Grim 2

Yes, Grim is back answering more of your questions. And you can ask death questions too. You can find him on Blip TV! Funny Stuff!

How Do I know When It's Love?

"Mom?", they young boy asks, looking up at his mother, "How do I know when love is real?"

"You'll just know." she says back with a warm smile.

10 Years Later . . .

Man accused of trying to run down ex-girlfriend after rejected marriage proposal was holding flowers at time of arrest, officials say


A Whittier man has been arrested for allegedly trying to run down his ex-girlfriend after she turned down his marriage proposal.

Officials said Francisco Hernandez, 22, was spotted walking down the street after the incident, carrying a bouquet of flowers.

He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, said Lt. Andrew Berg of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The incident took place Thursday afternoon at Burger Stop, a restaurant on Slauson Avenue in Pico Rivera, where Hernandez had proposed to the woman, Berg said.

Hernandez's car had the proposal “Stacy Will You Marry Me?” written on the back window of his car, according to reports.

"She said no. He was a little unhappy with that," Berg said.
Hernandez allegedly drove onto the sidewalk through some bushes and into the restaurant parking lot, narrowly missing the woman, Berg said. Hernandez then allegedly tried to drive away from the scene with two flat tires.

He left the car and ran off, but witnesses pointed out his car to deputies, officials said.

Deputies were heading to his house in Whittier, "then our helicopter guys spotted him walking down the street carrying a bouquet of flowers," Berg said.

Deputies provided the unidentified woman with victim-assistance information and details on how to file a restraining order, officials said.

The story comes from the Los Angeles Times Website. Oh, and I made up the conversation with Mom. That's just me guessing!

Death Comes to Town

Or so it would seem.

I'm not a huge fan of the cold, the snow or the short days but I can deal with it. There are some good things about winter was well. I love a hot cup of coffee right after I finish clearing the driveway and walks of the fallen white stuff. That's one. Hold on, I can think of some more . . .


Anyway, what I can't stand about this time of year is the bitching about this time of year. I know someone who every time I see them feels it neccessary to remind me of how much shw hates this time of year. Also 50 years of living in the area, you'd think they would have learned to deal with it, huh?

"Yes, I know, I know you hate winter. You hate the early sunset and late sunrise, you hate the snow, you hate the cold. This I know. You have made it painfully clear over and over and over again! Move somewhere else if you don't like it. No one says you have to live up in northern Illinois! Do whatever makes you happy, but just SHUT THE FUCK UP!"

That's what I would like to say. But, alas, I say nothing. I smile, nod and hope the conversation moves one.

So, What About this Learnin' Thing

When cable became to really boom in the 1980s or 1990s, a lot a great channels began to appear. There were many channels that were devoted to select areas. MTV was Music Television! Not so much anymore.

The one that gets me is The Learning Channel. Have you looked at today's line up?

County Jail: Oakland
I guess you can learn what to do if you ever go to prison! Hey kids, this could be you!

Police Women of Dallas
OK, if that is a career goal for any of you kids. Men don't apply. Isn't this just an excuse for guys to watch ladies on uniform?

Street Customs
This one is good learning for potential grease monkeys. Has a slight bit of learning for anyone who restores cars, I guess.

Home Made Simple
Hey, a bit of actual learning! A Home improvement show.

Bringing Home Baby
I think this is another "reality" show about a baby changing peoples lives. Um..OK The good news it is on 3 times today!

A Baby Story
A show about people dealing with the birth of their child. I don't see how this is entertaining or educational!

Pregnant for 46 Years
OK, there is a something to this, a lady carries around a baby inside her for 26 years. I guess the lesson learned it listen to your doctor!

Say Yes to the Dress
A guess this is a "Reality" show about a dress maker. Why is this interesting? As as far as learning????

Wedding Day Makeover
Seriously, if you watch this crap, you have a very boring life. Stop watching other people in their lives and get one of your own! And this show is on, and on and on during they day,

What Not to Wear
Fashion experts tell people what they feel comfortable in is wrong and people listen to these jerks. The lesson here, the way you think, feel and act is wrong and these self proclaimed "Experts" will tell you why, Hey kids, don't think for yourself!

Cake Boss
If you are interested in cake design, you can watch this, or one of the many shows like it. Personally, I think, it is just a freakin' cake. Stop taking it so seriously. Slap a little frosting on it and eat it up!

Four Weddings
Let's watch others get married and dream about that special day of are own. And let's hope things go wrong, because I love to laugh at others. Makes me feel good about my pathetic life!

The Weapon, A Rigid Feminine Pleasure Device

Some people think what makes the place you living in important is property values, or the schools. No, not really. It is not the shops or parks, nor the quality of the police or fire department. It is the people in your community that make it worth living in. I live in Gurnee, Illinois and it is the folks in this town that make it an ideal place for raising a family.

Take Carolee Bildsten, 56, of the 5300 block of David Court, for instance. According to the TribLocal.com, she has been charged by the police with assaulted an officer on Tuesday evening with “a rigid feminine pleasure device.” that is what Gurnee Police Cmdr. Jay Patrick called the weapon.

Allegedly she left Joe's Crap Shack without paying and that is how this whole thing started. When the police went to her home to investigate, is when she apparently “attacked” them with the sex toy.

Fox News reports the this lady has been in trouble before for not paying a restaurant tab and according to The Smoking Gun, she was arrested last September for drunken driving.

For those of you that think, “I glad we don't have people like that in our town”, your missing out. It is colorful folks like Carolee Bildsten that make Gurnee worth living in!

The Show Needs Help!

In a effort to keep expanding the show, I am always looking for fore contributors. Watch this and see if you want to be a part of the Sunday Morning Coffee family

Coffee With Jeff - Behind the Scene

A young man named Mark takes us behind the scenes of the show, Sunday Morning Coffee with Jeff. He reveals some of the hidden secrets of what goes on during the making of an episode, including the truth about walking the dog!

Crazy Crazy World Part 2

Authorities: Florida woman, boyfriend tried to sell her grandson for $30,000

Associated Press
11/06/10 12:30 AM EDT


DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. — A Florida woman and her boyfriend have been charged with trying to sell her infant grandson for $30,000.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents arrested 45-year-old Patty Bigbee and 42-year-old Lawrence Works on Friday in Daytona Beach after they met with an agent posing as a buyer. Both were charged with illegal sale or surrender of a child, and Bigbee was also charged with communication fraud.

FDLE agent Wayne Ivey said an investigation began last month after an informant told authorities the woman was trying to sell the baby. Authorities say the woman originally wanted $75,000 but was talked down to $30,000.

The child's mother is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges.

The infant has been turned over to child welfare officials.

Authorities said they didn't know if Bigbee or Works had an attorney.

Coffee Short - How to be Popular #1

This is from a short, public domain film called, "How to be Popular". Have things changed that much, or has life never been this way?

Joan Crawford was Creepy

Random Thoughts on Joan Crawford

I've watched two Joan Crawford films over the Halloween weekend, Berserk and Strait-Jacket.

It seems later in Joan's career she was only allowed to act in crazy horror films. I believe there is good reason for this. She was one scary looking lady. Something about that harsh face just screamed evil. Whether she was or not is a matter of some debate.

Of course there is the whole Mommy Dearest thing. I have read quite a lot on both sides of t he fence. Was she the bad, crazy parent that was portrayed in the film and book or was Christina Crawford a spoiled brat, who couldn't handle things when they didn't do her own way? No one can say. I would think a little of both. I mean, just as the book was a cruel bit of vengeance on Christina part, so was Joan leaving her and Christopher nothing in her will "reasons which are well known to them."

It is always hard to say, looking back, what is real and was in fiction. The human brain in really a horrible information unit. Just ask five people to right down events of a week earlier and you will probably get five different stories. People are not necessarily lying, they believe what they are saying, but the mind record keeping is not an accurate one.

Anyway, back to Joan and her creepiness. I watched Johnny Guitar a few weeks back, and that wasn't even a horror film, and yet there was something creepy about her.

The fun part about these later film is that, her career was such on a down-curve that she is trying very hard, so hard that the over acting is really hysterically funny. Watch Strait-Jacket for a great example of this.

This reminds me that Blue Oyster Cult had a song on one of their later albums called "Joan Crawford has Risen from the Grave."

Halloween - The Day After!

All is quiet now. There are no gangs of children roaming the streets, looking for free handouts. Not anymore. They had to stop before the Sun set. Those are the rules here is Gurnee.

The sun has just risen and I am sitting with Ally by my side, watching Peter Lorre. He has just attached new hands to Colin Clive, a pianist who's hands were amputated after a nasty trains accident. Of course, being a Halloween film shown on Turner Classic Movies, those hands belong to a killer, and not Clive has all types of problems.

Ally is my dog.

I DVR'd a bunch or classic horror films this weekend, and now are watching the ones I didn't get to over the weekend. Peter Lorre in a wonderful mad doctor.

The candy! What about the candy! Not too many children this year, so we have plenty left over. Is this a good thing?

The reception of yesterday's Coffee with Jeff was a bit of a disappointment. I worked harder on that episode than any other. I thought it turned out fantastic and expected a few more comments that I recieved. The Manchester Gallery was exceptional and Willy did a great season end piece. We will see how the week goes.

Anyway, now we have two months to try to put together some idea's for season 3.

Coffee With Jeff Halloween Episode

The last show of the season is, of course, the 2nd annual Halloween show. Screams, chills, and all that B-Movie magic. Within all this madness is the 20th episode of the Manchester Gallery! See how Terrence wraps all the problems he's got himself into. And finally, Willy continues his search for a new band to follow! You'll laugh and scream!

Coffee Outtake - How to be Popular

I used a bunch of clips from this film called "How to be Popular" in the last Coffee With Jeff. This one, however, didn't fit and I thought it was amusing,

Coffee With Jeff 10-24-10

How to be popular, who is that artist, this day in history, Vampires, buy a mug to help me out, and much much more on this episode of Coffee with Jeff.
Pete's YouTube Channel - MrInterlocutor

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Broken Hearted Toy - Terry's Rock and Roll blog

The Free Sound Project - A lot of sounds we use come from here!

Okemos Brewing Internet Radio - Rock and Roll Deep Cuts!

Zecom Radio Internet Rock and Roll Radio with Marty!
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Enforcer Music - Chicago's Premiere Heavy Metal Band

Slim Rughead and the Texas Hangover - Great Music

Goin' South - Southern Rock and Roll

Willinois Nation

Wicked Whimsy Studios - The Art of Dave Mezger!

This Weekend, on Cable

Got some good movies on Turner Classic Movies tonight:

X The Unknown (1956)
Five Million Years To Earth (1968)
These Are the Damned (1963)
The Stranglers of Bombay (1960)
The Boogens (1982)
Night Of The Lepus (1972)

Set the DVR!

Coffee Short - On the Road #3

This is the On the Road episode in which Willy visited The Volo Auto Museum in Volo Illinois. Willy checks out the vehicle from Ghostbusters, The Great Race, Wayne's World and much much more!

Roadblocks on the Internet Super Highway

My quest continues...

Part of finding a good reading on the Internet is much more than finding a blog of interest. It is more of a mater of finding a blog that’s active!

I don't know how Blog Catalog ranks the blogs but it seems the same blogs are always on the first page. There are 150 pages with about 30 blogs listed per page, so I’ll go to the end. I thought I’d visit blogs that most people don’t and I might find a diamond in the rough.

One thing that is nice is the screen shots. When I see this:


The blogs dead! That is a generic screen on hosting service gives for web address that no longer are in use.

Of about the 20 I attempt to enjoy, 3 were dead, and many blogs most recent post was something like this “I know it has been since I last posted but I am back and planning to post more often…” and usually that post was a year or two ago. Planning to post more often and actually doing it are two different things.

Most people consider themselves creative, insightful and intelligent but the idea or writing a book or sculpting a statue is much too time consuming and the learning curve is way to high. A blog, however, is a great way to let the creative juices flowing, or so it would seem. For a while you have a lot to say but after a few months you are writing about the great sandwich you had last night and eventually you lose interest. After some months you get the urge to post again and that is the apology post, and usually the last post.

That is why the there is now an Internet junkyard of dead blogs and website.

And that is why I rarely find a blog to read!

Coffee With Jeff 10-17-10

With only three shows before the seasons over, we pack this episode with lots of goodies. The 19th Manchester Gallery, Who Dat Artist, The Shaft of History, and now the story of a bad album cover!

Today's ending song was "Icon" by the band Panico - Click Here for Free Download!

Pete's YouTube Channel - MrInterlocutor

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Broken Hearted Toy - Terry's Rock and Roll blog

The Free Sound Project - A lot of sounds we use come from here!

Okemos Brewing Internet Radio - Rock and Roll Deep Cuts!

Zecom Radio Internet Rock and Roll Radio with Marty!
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Enforcer Music - Chicago's Premiere Heavy Metal Band

Slim Rughead and the Texas Hangover - Great Music

Goin' South - Southern Rock and Roll

Willinois Nation

Wicked Whimsy Studios - The Art of Dave Mezger!

Coffee Short - Manchester Gallery #3

The Hollies wing at the Manchester Gallery gets busy after the Hollies get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. See the Galleries extensive collection of Hollies memorabilia!

Ask Grim #1

A very humorous video I came across!


My Internet Integrity

Anyone who has a blog, or posts regularly to YouTube, which I do both, knows the game. You'll get a message from someone saying they are following you. For my blog, I use Blog Catalog a lot and I get these messages all the time, as well as on YouTube.

But when you look into it, you know damn well that these people have never watched your video or been to your blog. It is the game they play. They have no interest in your blog, none what so ever. They just want you to follow them and read their blog, or watch their videos!

I can't help but have some integrity when it comes to the Internet. Here is my rules!
  1. I never "Follow" anyone unless I truly enjoy their work.
  2. I never leave a comment unless I have something to say about the post or video.
  3. Anyone who has the courtesy to visit my blog, I will do the same back, using rules 1 & 2 when I get there.
YouTube is the worse when it comes to this. Everyone wants you to watch there videos buy most of them won't take the time to watch others work.


I have come across another blog that I enjoy reading called kelley's break room. You might want to check it out. Anyway, I went there, read a post that was interesting, left a comment and a few days later, Kelley was nice enough to leave a comment on my blog. That is Internet Integrity!

Crazy Crazy World Part 1

Drunken Wausau man rescued from river after chasing goose!

WAUSAU, Wis. — Wausau rescued and arrested a drunken man who plunged into the Wisconsin River while chasing a one-legged goose. The 40-year-old Wausau man told officers he wanted to catch the bird and roast it. He said he took off his shirt and shoes Thursday afternoon and jumped into the frigid water.

Authorities said he was overcome by the cold water and had to be rescued by firefighters. Police said the man had been drinking heavily before the stunt.

The man was arrested on an outstanding warrant for bail jumping.

Witness Sergio Lopez works by the river. He said he often sees people jump in the water during hot summer days but rarely in October.

Police told the Wausau Daily Herald that as far as they know, the goose is still on the loose.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

My Poor Video Collection

Since home video first became available, I have been recording, well, stuff! I mean some of my VHS tapes go back to 1980! Some of these tapes have gone from three different apartments, two houses and a storage space. And worse than that, it seemed the stuff I would really like to keep now, I recorded in the dreaded 6-hour mode. Yikes!

Way back in the day, films I really liked I would record in the "High Quality" of 2 hour speed. Other stuff, TV specials and what not, I would stuff as much on a tape as I could. Now that has come to bit me in the ass. All those precious films I so carefully preserved, I now have a DVD. Those other things, which are much more interesting, are in such bad shape, I don't know if I will ever be able to recover.

So now I am on a quest to burn all these old tapes to DVD and get tide of the boxes and boxes of tapes.

It doesn't help that these tapes have been a in a garage for the last couple of years. The heat alone probably did a bunch of damage!

And how much is worth recovering? I have tapes of Dark Wing Duck and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I recorded for my kinds when they were small. Part of me wants to just pitch them into the garbage and the other half ponders the idea of burn them.

And then there were shows like, The Incredibly Strange Film show. No matter what I do, I just can;t seem to get those to play without all types of strange flipping and craziness. And I have every Doctor Who from when WTTW, Chicago's PBS station.

Much much more that I might never fully recover! Oh Well!

Coffee With Jeff 10-10-10

What's up with those new Burger King commercials? A film strip? Willy checks out Motorbikes and some new bands. Also, The shaft of History and Who Dat Artist! All this comic excitement on another addition of Coffee With Jeff!

Top Ten Toes and Huntington, Indiana

OK, I've been doing more research on how to attract visitors to my blog. One thing that keeps popping up is lists. Apparently lists attract visitors. People, from what I understand, like lists.

That being said, I'm going to list my top ten toes.

Now you understand I am not being lazy. If I was lazy, I would just list my top five toes, but, as we all know, the big toes on the left foot is different, and usually better, than the big toe on the right foot. So, here is goes, from 10 to number 1.

10 - 4th toe, left foot
9 - 4th toe, right foot
8 - 2nd toe, right foot
7 - 2nd toe, left foot
6 - Middle toe, right foot
5 - MIddle toe, left foot
4 - Little toe, left foot
3 - Little toe, right foot
2 - Big toe, right foot
1 - Big toe, left foot

If you really look at my list, you can see that it also shows my top five toes, if I would have done it the lazy way. I have to point out that I really can't justify whether the right or left came first. Really, when I think about it, I really can't justify why I picked one toe over another. What a complete waste of time this was. I should really thing about a list that actually is interesting.

Changing subjects, I'd like to write about a guy from Huntington, Indiana. Actually, I don;t know if it's a guy but I like to assume. It's easier to get mad if it is a guy. Look at this screen capture from my stat service. Visit Length 0 seconds!

Look, I know this is not the most exciting blog, but at least give it a look over. I mean, really!

I Keep Informed - Thanks Yahoo

Yes, I have to admit it. I keep up with all the news of the world from Yahoo.

Oh, I don't go to Yahoo News. No, no, no! I still use a Yahoo email, usually for when I need to use an address for a site that might give me tons of spam. So when I go to Yahoo you to get my email, the have a middle window that has the current news. I rarely actually click on actual story. I figure I get the jest of the story by reading the headline and the 10 word description.

Today for instance, I learned: How to save $1,000 in time for the holidays - These easy moves can keep you from going into debt when it's time to go gift shopping. One tip to save $484. Wait, I didn't actually learn how to save, since I didn't read the article, but I learned there is a way.

Just thought I'd share that.

Coffee Short - Perversion #1

An except from the classic, Perversion for Profit! More to come!

I Don't Eat at Burger King.


On of my pet peeves is stupid, what I call insulting, commercials. You know, these ads that treat you as if you are a brainless moron.

What about these new Burger King Ads!

Every time these come on television, with these "actors" walking down the street singing a stupid song, marching towards a fast food restaurant like a bunch on lemmings on their was to a cliff, I want to run to the bathroom a vomit violently.

OK, that is a little extreme.

I don't really like Burger King, but even if I did, I wouldn't eat there. It is a rule of mine. I use advertising to decide where to spend my money. If I feel the ad treats me like an intelligent adult, I will consider the product. If the ad treats me like a 2-year old, forget it.

Look, an ad has nothing at all to do with the product. Advertisements are created by smart people to attempt to trick you into buying whatever they are selling. If the ad is trying to convince you that an airline as great consumer service, it is because a advertising company has decided that is what they will sell, regardless of the truth.

Since I never, ever believe anything I see in commercials, I only have the intelligence level of the ads to make up my mind.

Someday I tell you about beer commercials, especially for Bud Light, and how they must thing beer drinkers are the biggest fools on the planet.

Coffee-Manchester Special

Today we look back at just how Terrence got himself into such as mess. This is the tail of the Manchester Gallery, known as the button saga, or the great blimp disaster, or the scramble egg controversy! Whatever you call it, this is The Best of Manchester Gallery!

Coffee With Jeff 9-26-10

Jeff considers taking up a bad habit, if only for the congratulations when he gives it up and he also tries Jerky, a new breakfast treat. A story about Annie Taylor, the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and much more. Can you guess the musical artist? So come on now, have a cup of coffee with Jeff!
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The ending song to today's show is
By British Sea Power and is called "Zeus"
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In the Peter - Brian NFL Challenge, Brian is ahead 19 to 18.
Here are both these teams picks for this week


Herman's Hermits Hold On!

A couple days ago, the 1966 film Hold On! was on Turner Classic Movies. This, of course was the wacky adventures on Peter Noone (AKA Herman) and his fellow Hermits. I tried to watch this with an open mind and put it into a historical perspective, and with keeping this all in mind, the film a still an embarrassment.

A quick history lesson for those who don't know Herman's Hermits. They were originally a English rhythm and blues band fronted by former soap opera star, Peter Noone. Eventually the band was taken over by Mickie Most. Mickie controlled everything about the band, picking songs and projects and pretty much used the band like puppets. With his guidance, the band had a huge success, even giving the Beatles a little competition, but only for a very short time. By the late 60's, the band had faded into the rock and roll history.



I assume this film was the bands answer to the Beatles films, Hard Days Night and Help but, unlike those films, Hold On! was neither fun or entertaining and the music was dismal.

As I watched, I could help but feel embarrassed for the band. There is a scene in which Peter, in a fantasy segment, is dressed up as Knight and singing a silly childish pop song to a girl on the beach. I can't even begin to describe this scene.

While a few years earlier this film might have been understandable but by 1966 rock and roll had really began to move away from this kind of nonsense. Herman's Hermits manager failed to realize this and kept the band in 1965. Yet, the band seemed happy and I've never read an interview in which any of the band members complained about their situation. Maybe they were all just five happy guys who enjoyed the ride as long as it lasted.

They are still touring today, with Peter Noone

Coffee With Jeff 9-19-10

Another great show. Terrence seeks the Rock & Roll memorabilia black market to help with the Manchester Gallery, Willy and Lisa goes to the Uproar Festival and we learn the importance of not using gasoline to do laundry. Also Jeff talks about better booties and Parallel universes.
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The Brian - Peter NFL Picks Challenge!


The Song used on the ending credits to this weeks Coffee With Jeff was Urge Overkill with the tune Effigy - Click to hear the complete tune!

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Star Wars Remake - Empire

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

The first thing I'd do with this film is chop out that whole beginning section on the snow planet, Hoth. Even if I did have that scene in the film, I'd get rid of the insane At-At's. These things are not illogical. I mean, a vehicle that a thin piece of yarn could cause to topple over isn't much use. At-Ats are slow and the size, how did they get them to the surface? I notice George didn't show us that, now did he.

Since I save an half hour or more with losing that scene, I can actually have the rescue of Hans from Jaba the Hutt as part of Empire. This way it makes Chapter 5 a complete film. Although Empire is probably my favorite of all the films following the original, it still bugs me that it ended with w cliff hanger.

So film start out with the whole gang together in a space station. Luke and R2D2 go on a patrol in his X-Wing fighter. He is attacked by some TIE fighters and Hans, Leia and C3PO go to help in the Millenium Falcon. Before help arrives, Luke crashes onto a planet, maybe that ice planet. This is where the ghost Obi-Wan tells Luke about Yoda. One little change, Obi-Wan will still have his complete beard.

Now for a while the plot goes back to the George Lucas version. Once Luke gets his ship up and running, he goes to Dagobah, the other three run from the Empire and wind up on Cloud City, being followed by Boba Fett. On Cloud City (which could use a better name), all goes pretty much like before except there is know big battle between Darth and Luke. They only meet for a second or two. I would also add a scene in which Darth senses something about Leia, after all, she is his daughter. Again George's version is so full of sexism as only the boy child mattered. The twin sister is not important in the original.

Now the big finally in on Tatooine. Darth show's up during the rescue and it is then, when Hans is getting ready to be thrown to the monstrous Sarlacc, Luke gets his hand chopped of by Darth and finding out that he is daddy. It is Lando that saves Hans and Leia at the pit. This confirms him to really be a good guy, and then Hans, Leia, Lando, R2D2 and C3PO pick of handless Luke and fly away, leaving Darth a bit angry.

What all this means is a major re-write of Return of the Jedi. And Leia wil have a much better role in the third film.


Me and Kane

For a couple of weeks now, during Coffee with Jeff, I've been talking about explaining my fascination with the Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane. Instead of boring the folks that view the show with my story, I decided to write it out. Why not.

It was 1973 or 74 when this story took place. Sorry if I'm not quite sure but it was a long time ago.

One of the first changes from grade school to Junior High School was the joy pf picking some of your own classes. Junior High is sometimes called middle school. In out area is was grade 7th and 8th. A course in film study seemed like an easy one, so, of course I registered.

Now at this time movies were just a mild form of entertainment. I thought things like Tower Inferno and Dirty Mary Crazy Larry were classics. I really don't remember if these two movies were out at the time, but you get the idea. Movies were just something my and my friends went to so laugh, joke around, and eat a little popcorn.

And then near the end of the class, we watched the film that would change the way I look at films, and possibly the world. OK, I know that may sound a little pretentious but in some small way, I was introduced to film making as an art form and perhaps, to art itself. Not in a grand, I'm a changed person, I now wear scarfs spend my time at the art institute, but, and this is looking back 35 year, but one of the small seeds that help my grow into the person I am today. Wow, what a load of crap.

Now that I got that bull out of the way, the film!

I don't think I even new the name of the film. I remember the teacher telling us about Rosebud and trying to keep it a secret and that it was based of the life of William Randolph Hearst. I'm sure I really didn't care at the time. The only thoughts I probably had was, just show the damn movie!

I have a memory of being totally absorbed my Citizen Kane. I don't remember being bored at all. (I have receive that complaint my many people who've I've convinced to watch the film). It was a way of making films that I have never seen before. Suddenly I began to see the importance of the director. It was the way the film was shot, the angles and the atmosphere of every single frame of film, I found amazing.

And the story. What story? Although in later years I would begin to understand there actually was a story, but at the time I remember thinking how could a movie without a real story fascinate my so much. No one was trying to solve a murder or save a people from a burning building, no one was could in a silly situation because of a hair-brained scheme. It was just of a man and his life, and what others thought of him. Simple.

The one shot that I remember going on and on about was the one in which the camera pans up to the club Susan Alexander is singing at, though the sign, to the skylight on the roof and looks down into the club. Years later I would appreciate the depth of field used in many shots and much more but that was beyond my understanding in 7th grade.

I almost never recommend this film to anyone anymore. Too many people tell me how boring it is. I don't argue when they do. I know this is one of those films that isn't for everyone. When I friend goes to great lengths ti tell me why the new Adam Sandler film is a masterpiece, what are the odds they would appreciate at film like Kane!

Coffee With Jeff 9-12-10

Star Wars, cooking, a couple of phone interruptions and you've got the next installment of Coffee With Jeff.

Star Wars Remake Part 2

So I watched Star Wars the other day. The original, that is, Episode 4!

Do you realize there are no Women, except for Leia and Aunt Beru! Talk about sexism. There was not one lady in the empire and not one in the rebels.

I guess this was a long, long time ago in a sexism galaxy far, far away. While the men are out fighting, what are the women doing? Cooking? Cleaning? Even Leia, who was portrayed as a strong leader who can handle a gun early in the film just sits a watches while the attack on the Death Star takes place. Not one freaking female in a TIE Fighter! Not one?

Now I realize that George Lucas was making a action film for young adolescent boys, but come on! Who wouldn't want to see a lady or two get blown up at the end? OK, so maybe that is something we don't want to see, but it would give the film a little edge that it needed.

And as the series goes on, how about giving Luke a girl friend? Seriously! He has the hots for his sister, and as soon as he realizes that ain't happening, there should be someone around that would do the hero of the rebellion! But we will get into the other films later.

One last note. Do you really thing a bunch of bad ass Nazi style Storm Troupers wouldn't have a bordello or something in the Death Star? Don't Storm Troupers have urges?

I think there is going to be a lot more work on this Remake than I thought!

Coffee With Jeff 9-5-10

Wake Up! In this show, Jeff doesn't tell you why he loves Citizen Kane, but he does tell youabout is old band, Stratofortress. Willy has a special tribute to Goin' South. As a special bonus, we have some bowling tips and, of course, Who Dat Artist!

Star Wars Remake

I'll let you on to a little secret. I am waiting for Coffee With Jeff to take off to I can buy the rights to Star Wars from George Lucas and make the whole thing over.

First of all, I'll never believe that George had the whole thing planned out from the beginning, as he claimed. For one, at the end of Return of the Jedi, Leia tells Luke show has vague memories of their mom. One freakin' good memory since their mom died the DAY THEY WERE BORN!

There are so many inconsistency, I could write about forever.

Let's start with Episode 4:A New Hope. This will stay pretty much the same. The two big things will be that my film will be more like the original version, before George got the neat toy called CGI and had to fill every frame with strange characters. Whatever. Hans will shoot first and we will cut that line near the end when he is leaving with his reward. He looks at Luke, and says "May the force be with you." Never have I seen an actor trying so hard to keep from laughing.

Oh, and I'll figure out a better seen, after Ben dies and Luke help console him. That is bullshit. She just lost her whole damn planet and she is a princess. Are we really suppose to believe she wouldn't be having her own grieving?

Speaking of that, now that her whole planet his gone, is she still a princess? Princess of what.

Next Friday I'll write my changes to Episode 5:The Empire Strikes Back! That one needs a lot of work!

The Personal Blog

I've gone back in forth on the personal blog. More often than not they are more like these blogs are more like a diary. When my search for intelligence began I came across hundreds of these and I first thought "Why?" Do I really want to hear about they guy you met at Starbucks today? I'm sorry you're lonely but . . .

Now as time went by and I've read a few of these, there is something I find intriguing. There are those that just tell you about there boring day, in a lifeless and humorless way but some people do a wonderful job baring their soul for all to read. I mean, I've thought of this but family and friends read this and do I really want them to know what a sick bastard I really am?

Sometimes you find some bloggers who really dig deep to express real insight into their lives, as if they are using the Internet as a virtual analyst. Others tell you about their lives in a more humorist fashion. And then there are those that combine both humor and deep insight.

Of course I guess we have to mention family blogs. I have come across many of these, parents documenting the raising of their kids. There are many single moms who write blogs about their struggles. Most of these are only an interest to those involved, family and friends, yet some do offer a bit to others who might be in the same boat, like the struggling single parent.

Now as far as intelligent blogs, I've got one that has nothing to do with what I've just wrote. It's called It's Good to Mock. This is a blog by Billy Y in which her pretty much mocks everything. Funny stuff here and you should check it out.

What Ever Happened to ESPN

There was a time whne ESPN was a fresh, hip, funny sports channel. Now I find it almost unwatchable. Every day it is the same guys with the same joke drooling over the Yankees or Tiger, How many times can you hear then say "Because we edit it that way", of "He brought his adult glove".

I'll watch ESPN news for a few moments to get last nights scores, because that is all I want anyway.

That's it today, just a quick rant and I'm done.

Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds

You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin' business; we in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-boomin'. - Lt. Aldo Raine


Finally I watched Inglourious Basterds. I know, it's Tarantino and I should have gone to the theater. I rarely go to the movie theater these day and I have to really want to see the film to sit in with a bunch of people in uncomfortable chairs with people who can't keep their mouths shut paying too much for popcorn and Pepsi. (and that's another thing, they don't have Coke!)

Anyway, like I said, I have to really want to see a film on the big screen to want to see it and I thought I really wasn't interested in the latest Tarantino film. It was all in the way it was advertised.

Remember those trailers? Must of it concerned Brad Pitt talking to his men about killing Nazis. First of all, I have a problem with Brad Pitt. I know, I should be able to let my own prejudices of any actor go and just watch the performance but there are a few I can, like Pitt and Tom Cruise. So I thought this film was just Aldo and his men going around brutally killing.

What the ad didn't let us in on was the whole other plot, the real plot of the film, the movie theater and the girl played by Mélanie Laurent, which was far more interesting than the Brad Pitt Stuff. It what was what the film was about. Christopherer Waltz as Colonel Hans Landa was wonderful as the crazy "Jew Hunter".

Was the misleading ads done on purpose? My guess is that due to the fact there is a lot of dialog in this film, including lots of subtitles, the studio thought the best was to advertise the film was to show the trademark Tarantino brutality. And there was some it, but not as much as I would have thought.

I really enjoyed this film and I thing many who didn't watch it due to the advertising might too. I also thing that those who expect to see a violent, bloody, killfest with lots of action and dark humor might be a little disappointed, especially what they find out about of the subtitles that they will need to read!



Coffee With Jeff 8-28-10

The Manchester Gallery is in trouble, somethings wrong with the set, and what breakfast cereal should I eat? Also find out why what happened at Beatlefest 30 years ago!

Overly Nice Drivers

I don't mind jerks when I drive, as long as I don't get into accident because of them. I think these jerks do enough on their own to show their stupidity. What I HATE (yes, I know it is a strong word) is the overly nice driver. These people drive me up the wall.

I must apologize for this post, for it is very long.

One morning I'm driving east, approaching an four-way stop intersection to make a left turn. Another car going west, is already stopped at the corner long before I even put on the breaks. The sun is shinning down and reflecting off his windshield. I assume he is waiting for me to come to a complete stop before proceeding, but once I'm stopped, he just sits there. Why isn't he going? On closer inspection through the reflecting sun, I notice he is waving his hands like a moron telling me to go first. ARGGGG! WTF!

Follow simple driving protocol and the world will be just fine. When it is your turn, GO!

I'm waiting at a stop light. Due to construction, The four lane road I am on will merge to two after the light. The idea is simple, the cars in the left lane go's first, followed by a car from the right, left, right, taking turns. On this day, I was third in line on the left lane. Once the light turned green, the second car in made it clear he was not going to let a car in the right lane merge. Jerk, but that's OK, at least he made it clear. Without a thought, I ease back to let the pick-up truck in the right lane in. As I slow, so does he. Taking turns is so logical, I don't even think about it for a minute, so by the time I realize this what this guy is doing, he are going like 10 miles an hour and I hit the gas in anger.

When it is your turn to go, GO. In America we take turns!

One last example:
The company I work at is on a side street. To get out onto the main street, you must wait at a stop light. Sometimes you must sit through three of four red mights before you can get on the main road. There is also a shopping center on the right and cars are always waiting to get onto the side street, so they can get on the main street. This should be another one of those simple situations.If you are waiting for the might and row of cars are waiting to get onto the road, you let one in a proceed, and then the car behind you let's one car in and so on. One day I was behind a guy who decided to let EVER DAMN CAR waiting onto the road. Even people who were not ever paying attention. He just kept waving his arm, trying to get the day dreamers attention.

I had waiting four lights, now I missing the next two as windmill arm gets a whole parking lot onto the road!

I'm all for courtesy and respect while driving but when you are so insecure you must prove to the world how wonderful you are, you cause more problems and inconvenience to everyone.

The Blog Search - Found One

Before I get started, I wanted to share a few observations in my search for intelligent blogs

1. The World does not need another "Best of YouTube" blog.

2. There are too many dead or dieing blogs out there.

I found a intelligent blog!
Confessions of a Recovering Cynic

This blog is by a 30 something lady named Tricia and I want to talk about a comment to one of her posts. She wrote a very entertaining piece called "I Love My Boobs". I thought it was funny. It is just a list of all the reasons she loves her breasts.

Anyway, most of the comments were positive except one. This is what someone wrote.
"You kind of sound like a whore..."

First of all, I find it sad that a person is so backwards that he or she things a women talking about she body makes her a prostitute. This is an old school mentality, you know, girls are not suppose to enjoy sex, or even talk about it,without being though of as a slut.

But I understand that some people still live in the early 20th century!

What gets me is the face that this person didn't even have enough guts to sign there comment. They left it as "Anonymous". Hey Anonymous, Tricia might sound like a whore to you but you sound like a pussy to me! If you are going to call someone a name, at least have to courage to stand by what you said.

And we have to wonder how that Anonymous found Tricia's blog? Could it be that Anonymous was searching for porn on the internet and found it? If so, it sounds a bit hypocritical to me!

Anyway, back to her blog. I find so many of the personal, diary style blogs to be of no interest to me. They are more geared to family or friends. Confessions of a Recovering Cynic is different due to both its subject matter and sense of humor.
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Also on the subject of Blogging, I found a great, very comprehensive list of 52 points to help one become a better blogger. It is on a site called The Writer's Pulse. If you think you are not doing something write, or are just beginning, I suggest you read this. In fact, I think, from what I've seen on the internet, most people could use this:

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On last thing. I've got some friends that have some wonderful blogs. They are listed on the right column. I just wanted to point that out. I don't want them to think that when I say I can't find intelligent blogs, I include them. All the blogs I list on the right are intelligent, and very much worth reading. What are you waiting for? Check them out!

Mike Shanahan & Albert Haynesworth

I thought today I’d write about the Shanahan/Haynesworth drama in the NFL. If you are one of the lucky people who are not into sports, you should not visit my blog on Tuesdays, for Tuesday is Jeff’s sports reflection.

Anyway, for those that are unaware, Mike Shanahan is the head coach if The Washington Redskins and Albert Haynesworth is the highest paid defensive tackle in football. Albert plays football for Mike, or would if he could. Right now the two are having a war of words and other nonsense.

I'm sure you know the details but if you don't, I will not bore you with the details of the situation, you can check out ESPN for that.

There are two sides to this, and I don’t mean Mike and Albert.

SIDE 1:
These are two professionals who are part of a highly competitive sport in which the amount or pressure to win a championship is almost unthinkable. As celebrities in the public eye, every detail of there lives are magnified and scrutinized by the public and the media. This pressure can lead to outburst of frustration and anxiety.

SIDE 2:
These are two men who are getting paid millions of dollars to play a game. They are both on the same side. Each one can help the other succeed. Yet, with the amount of money and fame involved, perspective and reason is lost and both men are reduced to the acting like 8 years-old children.

And not a seen that expresses the way I understand the conflict

Mike
Albert's lazy

Albert
No, I am hurt.

Mike
He won't practice.

Albert
Because I’m hurt.

Mike
You won’t play till you practice.

Albert
Mike is just singling me out.

Mike
And that is not going to change.

Albert
Mike's a liar.

Mike
My dad can beat up yours.

And then they end up at the playground after school to fight. They are surrounded by a bunch of kids with microphones and video cameras.
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Update 8-25-10:
I don't want to pat myself on the back, and maybe my blog had nothing to do with it, but I have read that Shanahan and Haynesworth are meeting to talk about things. Hummm... Good luck gentlemen!

My Thoughts on James Cameron's Avatar

This is not a review for the James Cameron film, Avatar. I have never seen the movie Avatar and I really have no plans to see it. Most likely I will, when it is on cable or maybe one day my daughter will drops off the DVD.

I have no doubt that it is a good movie. The estimated costs of the film are between 230 million to 310 million, so it better be a good film. It is beyond me to think someone could spend that kind of money and fail miserably (remember the American abomination called Godzilla)! Avatar is, I'm sure, entertaining since we know James Cameron can tell a yarn.

The film is close to three hours long, Maybe I'm getting old, but that's a long time to sit in a theater.

I keep hearing something along the line of “You have to see it in the theater for the special effects”. I don't care about special effects. I'm sure they are excellent but they don't impress me anymore. I watched the first Transformer movie and that had great effects that put me to sleep.

This film is being show now in 3D with added scenes in iMax theaters. I find 3D a distraction that ruins a film for me. It is nothing more that a gimmick and doesn't interest me. The iMax theater? I am not sure about that yet. I've never seen an actual film in one yet but if I remember when I saw a film about The Grand Canyon in once, it was hard to see the entire screen all at once. Anyway, if I need and over sized screen and dorky glasses to enjoy a film, it is not worth my time.

I still completely enjoy watching John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, which I've seen 50 times, on my 25 inch TV, in black and White and mono sound. Will that same be said for Avatar years from now? Who knows. I know I watch Titanic once and never had any desire to view it again.

I have read that over 150 million was spent on promotion! That's crazy.

You know, making a good film with over a quarter of a million dollars to spend, with great actors and the best special effects men in the business doesn't impress me. DO you know what impresses me? I independent filmmaker, with no budget and amateur actors who makes an entertaining film. Now that is a challenge.

Coffee With Jeff 8-22-10

Today, as you sit down with you java, you'll enjoy a little history of the telephone, Willy and Lisa go west, Brian and Tammy talk Green Bay Packers and we discuss what is considered coffee!

I Thought I Had Something to Say

I am attempting to have a schedule for my posting. Wednesday is the day I post my search for intelligent blogs. Thursday is the day I post something more personal; my thoughts or experiences. You know, all the things personal blogs post that no one really wants to read. Hopefully there will be enough good content the rest of the week so you can overlook my self-indulgence.

That being said, I've got a problem. Before I went to bed last night I had come up with something I thought was interesting to write about. Now I can't remember what that was!

I am watching the James Bond film, Octopussy right now. What a horrible film. I love the early Connery ones, thought the Dalton films were very good, didn't care much for the Remington Steal (Although I have to admit I only saw one from beginning to end), and have not seen any of the reboot films but the Roger Moore films, wow. Live and Let Die was an OK film, even though it was the beginning of the silliness but they slowly went down hill from there.

Playing poker tonight and tomorrow night. Friday is the game I am really hopping for a good showing. We'll see! I know there are going to be a few really good players and a LOT of beginning/bad players. These players are the landmines of poker, hidden dangers that you must watch for.

OK, enough of my rambling. I'll have something more substantial tomorrow!