The Soccer Gods Are Smiling – Semi Final Edition

Here we are!  We’re getting closer to the end, ya’ll!!!  Just 4 teams left!

(Here are how the games looked before the beginning of the Round of 16.  Will update as we go.)

Update 6/28: Just watched the games I missed.  Here is how the standings look!  Sorry I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to update… ;(  I’m sorry I missed a game, though…

  Game Date Team 1 Team 2 Time
49 06/30/15 US Germany 07:00 PM
50 07/01/15 Japan England 07:00 PM
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The Soccer Gods Are Smiling – Quarter Finals

Hey Ya’ll!  It’s time for the Quarter Finals!  We’re down to 8 teams still in the tournament!  Here are the matches!  I hope you’re having as much as I am with all this Soccer Madness!  😉

Note 6/22: Just 1 more game until we have our final 8!  Congratulations on some hard-fought battles!  🙂

Note 6/28: Just finished watching the Japan/Netherlands game.  Here are the new standings.  That was one HELL of a last minute goal Netherlands.  Good games all!

  Game Date Team 1 Team 2 Time
45 06/26/15 China USA 07:30 PM
46 06/26/15 Germany France 04:00 PM
47 06/27/15 Australia Japan 04:00 PM
48 06/27/15 England Canada 07:30 PM

Wow!!! Whatta Rush!

Last night was pretty epic.  For those that knew, Emptyeye, Amy (his cousin), and I had a night out in Boston.  We went out to Boston Beer Works, Canal Street to eat beforehand.  I had two tall glasses of their “Watermelon Ale,” Emptyeye had two tall glasses of their “Boston Red Ale,” and Amy had two of their “Blue-beery Ale.”  They were all SOOO good. 

The Watermelon ale actually had slices of watermelon that you can dunk in the ale if you want [which I did.  It made it yummier! ;)].  Watermelon Ale I have to leave you with stock photos from Beer Work’s website, as I was a dummy and left my phone in the car.  Emptyeye took a photo of it with his phone, at my insistence, but you can’t see the watermelon in it, so I said “screw it.”  Stock photos it is!!!!  🙂

 

Amy’s had blueberries that keep fizzing to the top.  I kept commenting that it looked like a lava lamp.  See for yourself: Amy's Beer 

 

Emptyeye’s was good too.  But I can’t say much more than that.  I only tried several sips of his (as he was hording it).  But I’ll recommend it, based on the small sip-age I did get to enjoy!  We didn’t get pictures of it, as we clearly forgot.  Oops.  We bad!

We had a bucket of FIERY FRIES to start off, which were SOOOOO good.  And gone super fast!  They were gone before the first round of beer was completely finished!  I do recommend them.  Trust me.  Don’t let the word “Fiery” get you.  They’ve just got enough kick to be a good starter with a seasonal beer like the Watermelon Ale.  But then, I may be biased…  Winky Face LOL.

 

For my main course, I had the CHARLESTOWN BURGER with a side of fries.  They weren’t as good as the Fiery Fries, but they helped to complement the flavor of the burger.  There’s just something about burgers, fries, and a good beer that just hit the spot, huh?

Anyway, Emptyeye had the CHICKEN CHEESE QUESADILLA  meal.  Amy had the GARDEN BURGER.  They must have loved their meals as much as I did.  There was almost complete silence as we ate.  Besides my commenting on Amy’s beer looking like a lava lamp, for the third time, that is…

 

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Now that we’re done discussing dinner, on to the reason for this blog post.  The Rush Concert at the TD Garden last night.  The main event, if you will!!!  Let me just preferace it all by saying:

OMG!  I still can’t believe I got tickets to an AMAZING CONCERT!  Especially for such an amazing band.  Rush is pretty much my FAVORITE band of all time.  They happen to have 3 AMAZING KICK ASS musicians who love to show off their talents.  If you don’t believe me, here’s Neil “The Professor” Peart on the drums last night! 

I just sat there like thisEYES during his solos.  In fact, I did that while both Getty Lee (Bass/Keyboard) and Alex Lifeson (Guitars) did their own shredding too.

 

This awesome 3-Man band has been around for more than 40 years, and have 27 albums (if you include their live albums, which you should as they are equally as awesome) spanning over that time.

Rush - 1974rush-cover-600x600   “Rush” from 1974   – >  clockwork-angels-cover-600x600“Clockwork Angels” from 2012

Here is their website.  If you go here, you will be able to see every one of their wonderful and amazing albums!!!!

 

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Here is the show as we experienced it last night!  They did an awesome job.  I am still trying to recover my voice from all the screaming I did last night.

Set 1:  The World Is…The World Is

The Anarchist

The Wreckers

Headlong Flight

Far Cry

The Main Monkey Business

How It Is

Animate

Roll the Bones (This isn’t recorded from last night, but it is the best one out there at the moment.  Mostly because you can see everything)

Between the Wheels

Subdivisions

 

Set 2: No Country for Old Hens

Tom Sawyer

The Camera Eye

The Spirit of Radio

Jacob’s Ladder

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres Part 1: Prelude

Cygnus X-1

Closer to the Heart

Xanadu  (Sorry about this guy’s shaky hand, but you can get a glimpse of the Double-Bass/Double-Guitar action)

2112 Part I: Overture

2112 Part II: The Temples of Syrinx

2112 Part IV: Presentation

2112 Part VII: Grand Finale

 

Encore: Mel’s Rock Pile starring Eugene Levy

Lakeside Park

Anthem

What You’re Doing

Working Man

 

Exit Stage Left…  (Where we were required to leave, duh!

 

Thanks to Setlist.FM for the help with the set list.   I was trying to remember the exact order of the songs from last night, when I remembered that there were people recording EVERYTHING!  The videos that were in the middle of the set list portions were actually recorded by those at the concert.  So a large thank you HAS to go out to them for taking the time (and the wasted phone battery) to record those as they happened.  I didn’t want to include all of the night’s festivities (as there were quite a bit) because I don’t want to ruin it for those later on in the tour.  Have fun, those that are lucky enough to have tickets to Rush’s 40th Anniversary Tour!  If you have seen them before, be aware that they’re up to their usual tricks and bring back some awesome bits from past concerts.  I just showed you a clip with some of them.  Can my fellow Rush fans figure them out?  Tell me what tour they’re all from, if you can…

 

Wish I was able to get more than one ticket to see their show this time around!  🙂  Getting back to reality today has been hard.  I’m still jazzed from last night!

#R40BOS Forever!!!    

Test Knitters Needed

Hey everyone!  I’m about to roll into the testing phase for the Tetris blanket.  I was wondering if anyone wants in.  Please PM me on Ravelry (or here).  I appreciate the help.  Here is what you will need:

“182 yards per color for the pieces (14, if you use 2 per), then the grey will need 182 for the border pieces. Then the Black you will use 364 yards.”

 

Thanks in advance!  -Silver-

The Soccer Gods Are Smiling – 16 Teams Left

Hi Everyone!  As most of you know, I’m still following the World Cup 2015 passionately.  Before we start the Round of 16, I thought I’d give you a piece of my past when it comes to the sport.  I found the love of the game when I was 5 years old.  The only reason I gave up on team play, was because I sprained both of my ankles in High School while slide tackling in the mud.  I’ve done everything I can since then to keep up with the game.  I was a Ref, a Coach, then I even sat on the Soccer Board in my hometown for awhile while being their Referee Assignor.  Since then, I mostly sit on the couch and watch the games while yelling at the TV like the players can hear me.  It amuses and scares both my husband Emptyeye, and my Tuxedo cat Mario….

 

Now, on to a bit of explanation of what the Round of 16 is.  It is that…  16 teams trying to knock the other out of this grand tournament.  Below is a chart of when each game is.  The number in the left-most column will be the match #.  It will help  you follow along on FIFA’s tournament flow chart.  Each time is based on US EDT time, so you will have to translate it to your own timezone…

  Game Date Team 1 Team 2 Time
37 06/20/15 China Cameroon 07:30 PM
38 06/22/15 USA Columbia 08:00 PM
39 06/20/15 Germany Sweden 04:00 PM
40 06/21/15 France Korea Republic 04:00 PM
41 06/21/15 Brazil Australia 01:00 PM
42 06/23/15 Japan Netherlands 10:00 PM
43 06/22/15 Norway England 05:00 PM
44 06/21/15 Canada Switzerland 07:30 PM

The Soccer Gods Are Smiling – Group Edition

Hello Everyone!  As you probably have figured out, I am a HUGE soccer fan.  Sorry I haven’t done a post about the Women’s World Cup happening in Canada right now.  I’ll do the highlights and try to keep you apprised of how the US is doing in the grand scheme of things.  I think a majority of my followers are from the US, and only care about them, right…?

I may be wrong.  I just follow the cup for the same of the game, not just because the US women are doing well in their group right now…

Each team will earn 3 points for a win, 1 for a tie, and 0 for a loss.

 

Here Are The Groups And Their Final Standings:

(updated as we go into the Round of 16.  Read on to find what that is…)

Group A Match Points Wins Draws Loses Goals Scored Scores on Them Total Group Points
Canada 3 1 2 0 2 1 5
China PR 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Netherlands 3 1 1 1 2 2 4
New Zealand 3 0 2 1 2 3 2
               
Group B Match Points Wins Draws Loses Goals Scored Scores on Them Total Group Points
Germany 3 2 1 0 15 1 7
Norway 3 2 1 0 8 2 7
Thailand 3 1 0 2 3 10 3
Ivory Coast 3 0 0 3 3 16 0
               
Group C Match Points Wins Draws Loses Goals Scored Scores on Them Total Group Points
Japan 3 3 0 0 4 1 9
Cameroon 3 2 0 1 9 3 6
Switzerland 3 1 0 2 11 4 3
Ecuador 3 0 0 3 1 17 0
               
Group D Match Points Wins Draws Loses Goals Scored Scores on Them Total Group Points
USA 3 2 1 0 4 1 7
Australia 3 1 1 1 4 4 4
Sweden 3 0 3 0 4 4 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 6 1
               
Group E Match Points Wins Draws Loses Goals Scored Scores on Them Total Group Points
Brazil 3 3 0 0 4 0 9
Korea Republic 3 1 1 1 4 5 4
Costa Rica 3 0 2 1 3 4 2
Spain 3 0 1 1 2 4 1
               
Group F Match Points Wins Draws Loses Goals Scored Scores on Them Total Group Points
France 3 2 0 1 6 2 6
England 3 2 0 1 4 3 6
Columbia 3 1 1 1 4 3 4
Mexico 3 0 1 2 2 8 1

“Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner!” . . .

. . . That’s probably my favorite line that Patrick Swayze ever uttered in a movie.   If you don’t know that movie quote, that’s from Dirty Dancing.  This movie was made in 1987 and revolves around the story of a young woman named Frances “Baby” Houseman,  who learns the reality of the world around her.  She learns about who she really is, and what she wants from her life.  She gets a glimpse into the world of Johnny Castle, a dance instructor, as he teaches her how to dance.  She in turn, teaches him about how to stand up for himself and what he wants in life.

Dirty Dancing Poster

Dirty Dancing is directed by Emilie Ardolino, and the script is credited to Eleanor Bergstein.  Together, the director and writer use dancing as a way to bring two different classes together to teach each a lesson. Within this lesson, we also see that the couple fall in love.  This movie is chronological, and shows us the entirety of their relationship.  This gives their audiences the opportunity to see how each grows over the course of one summer.  I firmly believed that if the story had been told a different way or with a different style, we wouldn’t have the classic that this movie has become.

Here are the key actors in this film:

Jennifer Grey Jennifer Grey
Patrick Swayze Patrick Swayze
Jerry Orbach Jerry Orbach
Cynthia Rhodes Cynthia Rhodes
Jack Weston Jack Weston
Jane Brucker Jane Brucker
Kelly Bishop Kelly Bishop
Lonny Price Lonny Price
Max Cantor Max Cantor

If you would like to see an example of how the characters describe their relationship (and personally, my favorite parts of this movie), make sure you skip to 1:46.11 in this clip and watch it all the way to the closing credits.  Unless, you wish to see the whole movie to see what I see, for yourself.  Which I won’t be mad at!  Trust me.  It’ll be worth your time!   😉

References:

IMDB.com. “Dirty Dancing: Full Cast & Credits.”  Retrieved From: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092890/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm

Full Movie, Dirty Dancing.  Retrieved From: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIR1vZlvOKg