Whereever You Make It

“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” goes the famous song about New York City. Is there a place — a city, a school, a company — about which you think (or thought) the same? Tell us why, and if you ever tried to prove that claim.

I think New York City is the one that everyone will hold that as a standard. Biggest city in the most powerful country in the world. Has a lot of beauty but a lot of madness and the most number of people, half of whom are probably in various degrees of stress and strain and madness of the hustle and bustle. So if you can survive and thrive there then it can be anywhere.

To compare that to other places I dunno. Each sport has their own tournament or event that is deemed the toughest to win and if you do it there than you can do it anywhere. The Stanley Cup because of it’s format, the US Open for tennis, Tour de France for cycling etc etc. I can’t think of a personal one for me. Everything has some value and hence I can’t pick just one.

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.

Jessabelle

Jessabelle is a 2014 horror movie directed by Kevin Greutert and written by Ben Garant. he film stars Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, David Andrews, Amber Stevens and Ana de la Reguera. The movie is about ghosts and possessions and is produced by Jason Blum who also produced Insidious, Sinister & The Purge.

Jessie, a young woman who is moving to her boyfriend’s place, is in an accident that kills her boyfriend and also her unborn baby. Having injured her legs badly that she needs a wheelchair, the hospital make her call her estranged father, who she hasn’t seen in ages, to come pick her up when she is discharged. Her dad comes and picks her up in his truck and takes her home to his farm house in St. Francis, Louisiana. He sets her up in his wife’s, Jessie’s mom’s, old room which hasn’t been used in a while. Jessie’s mom Kate had died a little after giving birth due to cancer, which she hadn’t allowed to be treated with chemo. After a couple of awkward days spent mostly alone by her self, Jessie finds a few old VHS tapes in a box labeled “Jessabelle” and pops on in in the VCR. She sees a taping of her mother Kate, still pregnant at the time, back in 1988 who is addressing her unborn daughter.

In the video Kate does a card reading for her daughter in which “transition” comes up. The next card says that she has never left St. Francis and that she is never going to leave – which is untrue for Jessie. The third card is Water and Jessie laughs as she doesn’t know how to swim. She reads that Jessie is not alone, that there is a presence in the house with her, a female who wants her out of the house. At this point her dad walks in and breaks the tape and tells Jessie not to watch that garbage. He is so angry that he dumps the wheelchair into the bayou. That night Jessie sees a girl in a wheelchair in her room that latter disappears. In the morning she sees an old wheelchair, which her dad says he left there. He apologizes for his behaviour and says that it was Kate’s, which he found in the shed. After he leaves Jessie pops in another video in which her mother says that she spoke to Moses about the reading that he said the presence is a demon, and she should stop blaming herself for an accident that happened. Her mother then gives her another reading. Death comes up again, meaning transition, but further reading shows a very horrible death.

The next day a physiotherapists comes to the house and places Jessie in the bath and leaves the room for a bit. Jessie falls asleep and is attacked by a ghost girl as the bathtub fills with dark blood. Hearing her screams her father comes in and she opens her eyes, the attack seemingly a hallucination. The dad gets upset and makes the physio leave and on finding the rest of the tapes, attempts to burn it in the trash. However as he goes in to the shed for matches, it closes and locks by itself and the shed is accidentally set on fire, killing him and Jessie is unable to get to him. At the funeral she meets her childhood friend Preston but a hallucination of a partial burned African-American man makes her faint. After recovering she goes to have lunch with Preston and tells him about the tapes and that she’s been having nightmares. Later on her own at night she watches more tapes and in one of them is of her parents at Christmas and another is of her mother telling Jessabelle that she is already dead. The ghost then begins attacking Jessie, again leading to her discovery of another tape in the wall.

She calls Preston and after he comes they investigate lights across the bayou and find voodoo objects and a small grave labeled Jessabelle. Preston opens it up and finds the skeleton of a baby, which they think was still born, and they call the police who take the remains for analysis. The next day Preston takes Jessie to see a lady who used to cook for her parents and who’s son was a friend of Preston. On seeing Jessie the old woman starts chanting a voodoo song to allow spirits to possess people and she gets a bit violent. They leave and try to find Moses but only find his shrine with voodoo objects. While there, a group of men find them, attack Preston and tell them to leave. Preston takes Jessie home to get her things so she can stay at his mother’s, but he is attacked by the ghost and is taken to the hospital. Jessie later learns from the sheriff that the baby was African-American who was murdered after she was born, which leads Jessie to believe that the spirit, that of the baby, needs saving. When she is alone, she tries to talk to the ghost. She finds the last tape on the coffee table and plays it. She sees a white baby and her mother. At first it looks as if the mother will kill the baby but instead she curses her with a voodoo spell and then shoots herself.

It is then that Kate’s spirit appears and the truth comes out. The baby was half black because Kate had an affair with her friend Moses and he is father of the baby. When Jessie’s dad sees the baby, Kate’s infidelity comes out in the open and enraged he kills the baby and then Moses and adopted Jessie to hide this. Moses’s spirit also appears and together they tie Jessie’s hands and push her into the bayou. Preston & the sheriff see her from afar and rush to the edge of the water. As Jessie sinks to the bottom, Jessabelle comes up to her and takes her bracelet and swims to the surface, having assumed the form of Jessie. Preston lift her out of the water and takes her inside the house and when the Sheriff asks “Jessie” if she is alright – calling her Miss Laurent – she replies with a sly look, “It’s Jessabelle.” Spooky!

I would say that I like this film, though the “twist” ending is foreseeable by a mile. I still enjoyed them film and the lead actress Sarah Snook is very effective in her sweetness and vulnerability. No one else stands out but I will give it a 6.5 outta 10!

If I Have Wronged You….

If your furniture, appliances, and other inanimate objects at home had feelings and emotions, to which item would you owe the biggest apology?

Hmmm, my bed because I sleep alone on a bed made for two for the 8 years since it was made and that empty space is crying for a special woman? As am I? And well my bedsheets and bed get the best of my love…if you know what I mean.

My laptop? Because I use it a lot. I am using it almost every waking hour that I am at home. Poor girl could use a rest or an upgrade. I could use a new laptop I guess. My old dining table or multipurpose table that is being used as a dining table for over 8 years now? It’s seen much better days and one of the legs is shaky. Too much pressure on it and it will collapse!

I dunno what inanimate objects should you apologize to the most? I guess the toilet, the crapper. You know because of the shit it gets! Hahahah yeah I am sorry toilet!

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.

Arsenal 1 Southampton 0

After looking like a draw for the longest time Arsenal finally scored a goal and clinched all 3 points against Southampton. Alexis Sanchez struck two minutes from time to give Arsenal victory for his 14th goal overall since joining the Gunners. The Saints have never won at Arsenal and to be honest didn’t look like they were going to change that. The victory, coming on the heels of the win at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, pushes Arsenal into the top six, while Saints stay third despite a second successive defeat following their home loss against Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday. Also Southampton finished with 10 men on the field as Toby Alderweireld, who suffered a hamstring injury after manager Ronald Koeman had used his three substitutes, had to leave the pitch unable to continue.

Visiting goalkeeper Fraser Forster had kept Arsenal at bay with a collection of fine saves from Danny Welbeck and substitute Olivier Giroud, but he was powerless to prevent Gunners talisman Sanchez pouncing on Aaron Ramsey’s cross to score his 14th goal of the season. Welbeck had the first opportunity of the night when he was played in by Santi Cazorla’s pass but he could not get himself set and ended up steering a presentable chance just wide. Neither goalkeeper saw serious action until first-half stoppage time, when Southampton’s Forster reacted well to turn Welbeck’s flicked header over the top. The striker also tried a backheel at the near post but was crowded out by Saints’ defenders. As time went on Wenger brought on Olivier Giroud, which the fans liked, but took off The OX, which fans booed.

Giroud almost immediately tested Forster with a snap shot as Arsenal attempted to finally apply concerted pressure on a resolute and well-organised Southampton defence. The French striker then showed initiative with a neat flick to release Welbeck but Forster’s reactions again came to the Saints’ rescue as he made a fine one-handed save. Positives : Kos looks great at the back, Martinez looked to be gaining confidence, we have 3 clean sheets in a row, Chambers & Monreal (who was doubtful for the match) had good games. After 14 games we have 23 points with a 7 goal difference and sit in 6th.

RIP Jean Beliveau

Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Bealiveau has passed away at the age of 83. The Canadian professional ice hockey player who played parts of 20 seasons with the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens. As a player, he won the Stanley Cup 10 times, and as an executive he was part of another seven championship teams, the most Stanley Cup victories by an individual to date. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972. Jean BĂ©liveau was born in 1931 to Arthur and Laurette BĂ©liveau, the oldest of eight children, in Trois Rivières, Quebec.A star at an early age, he was spotted by Canadiens general manager Frank Selke at the age of 15. By the time he went to play for the junior Quebec Citadels in the late 1940s, he was a 6-foot-3-inch man-child with the grace and deftness of a much smaller player.

The first memories BĂ©liveau had of the team he would eventually lead to 10 Stanley Cups were from sitting beside the family radio listening to games. In 1950, he was called to Montreal for a two-game tryout and returned for another trial stint in 1952. The club thought enough of BĂ©liveau to make him the first rookie in Canadiens history to be offered a multiyear contract – worth a total of $105,000, an unheard-of sum in the day – and inserted him in the lineup that very night. After his playing days were over, in 1971, BĂ©liveau remained with the Canadiens team as an executive and goodwill ambassador. BĂ©liveau’s name appears on the Stanley Cup a record seventeen times, including seven times as an executive for the Canadiens: 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1993.

BĂ©liveau met his future wife, Elise Couture, in 1950 in Quebec City. They were married on June 27, 1953 at St. Patrick’s Church in Quebec City. They had one child together, daughter HĂ©lène. BĂ©liveau was given many awards including several honorary doctorates from Canadian universities, plus the Loyola Medal in 1995. He was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec in 1988, promoted to Officer in 2006 and Grand Officer in 2010. On May 6, 1998 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian award. In 2001, his name was added to Canada’s Walk of Fame, the same year he was honoured with his portrait on a Canadian postage stamp.

Joseph Jean Arthur “Le Gros Bill” BĂ©liveau, CC GOQ (August 31, 1931 – December 2, 2014)

Left Behind (2014)

I must admit I had no clue going in that this film would be this bad! But what did you expect? Left Behind is a 2014 Christian film about the apocalyptic rapture film directed by Vic Armstrong and written by Paul LaLonde and John Patus. The film is based on the novel of the same name written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins and stars Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, and Jordin Sparks. Yes, Cage has fallen to act in such drivel.

Ok, so what is this movie about? It’s about the rapture – where Yahweh is supposed to instantly beam or take all his believers into heaven and leave all the rest behind – that is believed to happen just before the end of days. The events of the film focus on one city (supposed to be NYC) & her people are shown and one plane and it’s crew plus passengers. Chloe is home from college to celebrate her pilot father’s birthday but is upset to learn that he is scheduled to be flying from New York to London. Things have been rough at home ever since Chloe’s mom Irene became a devout Christian, spouting off Bible quotes and heavy on the prayers. Her dad Rayford is flirting heavily with the pretty blonde stewardess  Hattie who is on the same plane, when Chloe sees him. Hattie accidentally finds out that Rayford has plans to spend his London trip with Hattie and she goes up upset.

At home after brushing off Irene’s religious concerns & preachings Chloe goes to the mall with her young brother and it is there that the shit hits the fan! Her brother disappears from her arms, as do several other people at the mall. Panic ensues and you see looting, shoving, and absolute mayhem. A driverless car crashes through the window and when Chloe is outside a small planet crashes into her car. She run to the hospital (for what?) and finds all the babies have disappeared from their cribs. She also sees television reports of chaos on the streets and of people disappearing. Meanwhile on the plane a bunch of people including the co-pilot and a stewardess have also disappeared, leaving their clothing & personal belongings behind, causing panic among the remaining passengers. A mother cries out about her young daughter missing cries while a drug addict woman freaks out as she knows what is happening. With the help of Cameron, who is on the same flight, Rayford tries his best to calm things down. An antagonistic man sees a muslim praying and has suspicions on him. Rayford has difficulty getting radio or cell phone contact with anyone on the ground, until he is finally informed that people have disappeared everywhere and the world is in uproar. Soon a pilotless jet approaches directly into Rayford’s flight path. He narrowly avoids a midair collision but the jet damages Rayford’s fuel line. He decides his only option is to return to New York and hope his fuel holds out.

Chloe meanwhile goes home and finds the shower still on and her mom’s jewellery on the shower floor and goes to their church and finds it empty with the exception of their family pastor. He explains that god has taken all his believers to heaven while those that remain must face the end of days. When Chloe asks her how come he wasn’t taken, the pastor says that he never truly believed in what he preached as he had doubts. Back on the plane, Rayford confesses to Hattie that he is married and has 2 children and she is upset as she didn’t know that he was married. Chloe feels that everything is hopeless and climbs on top of a bridge to jump to her death but at that precise moment – it’s a fucking miracle – her phone rings! Hallelujah! It’s Cameron who along with Rayford has been trying to contact her several times and it is at this precise moment that the connection gets through! Rayford apologizes to his daughter saying that it is all his fault for the rift between her mom and him.  He loves her and “I love you daddy” and but bitch this plane has no runway to land. So Chloe finds an abandoned Ford truck and uses it to clear away the equipment from a bridge under construction in order to create a makeshift runway. And she uses a Compass app and tells Rayford the coordinates of the landing site.

Using all his skills Rayford is able to make the emergency landing, saving everyone on board. As Chloe is reunited with Rayford and Cameron, they look onto a city or make that world in chaos and fire and she says this is just the beginning! What a lousy film! Shit script, horrendous acting and nonsensical cliched dialogues. Even most devout Christians would be ashamed of this drivel and they were as the rantings in critical websites show. But I laughed a lot! 3 outta 10!

The USS Brattain

The USS Brattain (NCC-21166) was a 24th century Federation Miranda-class starship operated by Starfleet. During the mid-2360s this science vessel had a crew complement of thirty-five, among which included Captain Chantal Zaheva, her first officer Commander Brink, and Betazoid science advisor Andrus Hagan. In mid-2367, the Brattain mysteriously disappeared. It was re-discovered by the USS Enterprise-D, on stardate 44631.2, following a distress call sent twenty-nine days earlier.

The ship was found to be trapped in a Tyken’s Rift near an uncharted binary star system. An investigation discovered all but one of the ship’s crew died under circumstances of violent suicides and homicides, determined to be caused by severe REM deprivation. When last seen, the Brattain was still trapped within the rift.

Someone Else’s Island

We’ve all been asked what five objects we’d take with us to a desert island. Now it’s your best friend’s (or close relative’s) turn to be stranded: what five objects would you send him/her off with?

Without picking a particular person I would have to say that I would pick the following 5 objects:

  • Candles or flashlight
  • Big box of matches
  • A large sharp knife
  • A good water bottle……and
  • Stephen King’s It

Hey if you are going to be stuck on an island you may as well real my favourite novel.

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.

There Is Something Seriously Wrong At The Emirates

Can someone call Sherlock Holmes to investigate the avalanche of injuries happening at Arsenal? This is becoming ridiculous and no longer funny. Every couple of games one or two players in an Arsenal shirt gets a knock and will either be out for a game or two or for a long lay off. It’s becoming a trend. Since last year our players have developed the glass jaw version all over especially groin, ankle, foot and knee! How many more players should go down injured before the club realize that there is something so wrong at the club? For Wednesday’s match versus Southampton both Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal are doubtful as they both suffered knocks –  Gibbs has a hip injury and Monreal a knee problem – in the narrow win away at West Brom. So Arsenal may not have a proper left back for the game.

Arsene Wenger is currently without Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Wojciech Szczesny, although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be available to face former club Southampton on Wednesday after taking a kick to the knee against West Brom.Also out injured are Serge Gnabry and long time casulty Abu Diaby and both Oliver Giroud & Laurent Koscielny have just come back from injury. Some players go out injured often – Gibbs, Wilshere, Arteta, Ramsey (though he has been ok so fart his season) and Walcott is like something we unleash only for a few games each season. Yaya Sanogo is also again fit after suffering cramp in the 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund last Wednesday. Should both Monreal and Gibbs fail to recover for Wednesday, Mathieu Flamini or Hector Bellerin could be asked to come into the defence alongside Koscielny, Calum Chambers and Per Mertesacker.

The club needs to invest in players this January – 2 defenders and a holding midfielder as this is where we are lacking – and we need to do that to ease the pressure of the current squad of fit players so that they don’t go injured next and also for those players who are injured but feel that they have to come on and play as there might be a lack of quality in the backup. I don’t see how Wenger and his staff could have lost the plot so much. Isn’t the board interested? The fan clubs? This is serious.