Category Archives: entertainment

You know you live in a starter castle when…/Sabes due vives en un castillo inicial cuando …


Note: –  first try at a completely bilingual post. Sincerest apologies if Google Translate and/or autocorrect mess up the translations. Nota: – primero prueba en una publicación completamente bilingüe. Sinceras disculpas si Google Translate y/o autocorrección estropean las traducciones. —— … Continue reading

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Best brewed coffee shop names from around the globe


The following is a list of my favorite coffee shop names that have creative, catchy, edgy, and fun names from across the world. Part of the success in any business is a memorable name. That being said, a great name … Continue reading

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It was forty years ago today…


—– Spoiler Alert – If you don’t want to know what happens in the book, Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, stop here. —– No, it wasn’t “…when Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play.” It was, on Christmas Eve in … Continue reading

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Fictional cities of television commercials


While writing this post, I’ve been trying to recall past examples of where imaginary cities were created as a part of a product’s television advertising campaign. Thus far, I have struck out – any help or suggestions would be appreciated. … Continue reading

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50+ Favorite Holiday Season Tunes


Film and Television Originals “Where Are You, Christmas?” – Faith Hill from the film Grinch “Christmas Time Is Here” – from A Charlie Brown Christmas TV special “Somewhere in My Memory” – John Williams from the film Home Alone “I Wish … Continue reading

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Favorites of 2019


Below are my favorites in film television, books, and music for 2019, subject to possible additions during the last two weeks of the year. Films Released and Seen in 2019 Favorite Drama Ford vs. Ferrari – favorite overall motion picture … Continue reading

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Largest exclusively Esports gaming arenas


Zhongxian E-Sports Stadium – Chongqing, China = 7,000 seats (2018) Fusion Arena – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania = 3.500 seats (2021) Esports Stadium – Arlington, Texas = 2,500 seats (2019) Esports Arena – Santa Ana, California = 1,400 seats (2015) Esports Arena … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Chicago’s Northside Neighborhoods


  Below is my list of top ten planning lessons garnered from visits to nearly all of Northside Chicago neighborhoods over the past few years, especially those located to the north and east of I-90/94 (The Kennedy Expressway). Even with … Continue reading

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“Some Like It Hot” – Cities/towns built around natural hot springs


  The cities and towns listed below from around the globe are located amidst, around, or near natural hot springs. As a result, many of them have become centers for health spas, retreats, and environmental tourism. Unlike their rural counterparts, … Continue reading

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Proposed City Theme Songs


  The following are my choices for the song(s) that should be used as the theme song or anthem for the selected cities listed below. Some are familiar, some historic, some new, some inspirational, some witty, and some are even … Continue reading

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