Monday, September 26, 2016

It's Game Day!

Football season has started and tailgating is underway! We are season ticket holders for the Oakland Raiders and attend the majority of the home games. I think we'll be skipping their Christmas Eve game again this year but besides that we are at the games. We don't just attend them we tailgate at them and have a lot pass to do so. Our typical home game day timeline...

The night before we load up the car. We put our tent, grill, ice chest, chairs, charcoal, utensils, food that doesn't need refrigerated, paper towels etc. If we need it for the game it goes into the car the night before.

Game day...
5:15 a.m.- Wake up and get ready.
6:00 a.m.- Leave the house.
8:00 a.m.- In the line of traffic at the gates of the Oakland Coliseum.
8:15 a.m.- Park in our spot and immediately get the tent up.
8:30 a.m.- Get the grill heating up.
We grill out, eat some food. I people watch hardcore. Have you ever been to a Raiders game? These people are crazy! They come in costumes, they sell items in the parking lot, your tailgating neighbor asks for forks or foil etc. Anything goes during this time.

So what do we grill? Well hot dogs are a must. I love eating hot dogs off the grill. We will also do either chicken or a tri-tip. Sometimes we will do all three. It just depends on if we are expecting to see anyone we know during tailgating. First game of the season we did hot dogs and chicken.

If it's a 1:30 p.m. start time we have the tent and dismantlement done by 12:15. You've got to walk from the lot to the security lines and then fight the crowds to get into your seats. If you've ever been to an Oakland game then you know walking and maneuvering through the crowds can be tough! The lines for the concessions go out in to the walkway making it extremely difficult to make your way through the crowds.

Once we are in our seats, I try to stay there! We do love getting a Round Top pizza for the 3rd quarter. So one of us will face the crowds or we will get lucky and one of the guys walking around selling items will come near us with the Pizza. We usually get the cotton candy guy or the lemonade guy always coming down our row. During this time I'm people watching yet again. You never know what can happen in the crowd. Last week I watched two Raider fans actually get in an argument about them winning. After a touchdown one man ran down the isle and acted like he was going to punch the guy but ended up giving him a hug.
You just never know what you'll see at a Raiders Game!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Archive Rentals

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

4 Shows You Shouldn't Skip on Netflix

I am loving the British crime shows. I don't know what's going on over in England but I hope they continue to crank these shows out. They've had Luther, The Fall, Crossing Lines and countless others that are top notch! Marcella is about a woman who's spent the last decade being a housewife. Before she devoted her life to being a mother, Marcella use to be a detective with the London police. Now with her personal life is in turmoil and the kids growing up and gone she goes back to doing what she knows how to do... finding killers.
Hinterland is another show that takes place overseas in Wales. Hinterland follows Detective Tom Mathias who has recently just relocated from London to this far out of the way place in Wales known as Hinterland. On his new team he is paired with Rhys, a strong female detective who quickly becomes his right hand woman. As each case unfolds we begin to learn more and more about Tom. We begin to learn more about his closely guarded personal life. One thing for sure, Rhys and the other detectives can't get the information out of Tom about why he's working and living in Wales now. Each case brings us a little bit closer to Tom while he's out there looking for murderers.

We binged watched this show in a day and it's perfectly 80s. I love everything about it. I love the opening credits, the clothing, the music, the attitudes. It's the perfect television show and if you didn't know it you would think that it was actually made during the 1980s. Netflix just announced season two will be happening and I can't wait! My favorite characters from season one were Barbara and Dustin.
The show follows four young boys who come off a little nerdy to the rest of the world. When one of them goes missing on his ride home from hanging out the town and the boys begin to look for him. As things unfold, nothing appears quite like it should. The local police Chief Jim Hopper and the boys mother, Joyce begin to learn piece by piece that her son Will is out there and in serious danger. At the same time the three boys- Lucas, Dustin and Mike meet a young girl with a shaved head. She won't speak to them at first but they learn her name is Eleven and begin to call her El. They realize she's in some sort of trouble and hide her in Mike's basement. 
I don't want to give too much away but trust me... watch this show! If you see the preview and think that it's just some kid show, you are surely wrong! 
Longmire has been out for awhile now but I just recently discovered it. I had always thought it was about Lou Diamond Phillips because he's on the show square on Netflix but it turns out he's just a supporting character. I'm currently in season two and I'm loving it! Walt Longmire is about Sherriff Longmire in Wyoming. He's a man who's been Sherriff for years but recently his home life has gotten in the way of his job. Losing his wife to cancer took a toll on him. His daughter, a lawyer has moved back to town to help look after him. What she doesn't realize is he's ready to get back to work. Longmire goes back to work but he's got competition for his job now with one of his Officers vying for Sherriff in the next election- Branch Connelly. The election splits the town down the middle and since there is a large Cheyenne Indian Reservation that will also be voting, he's got to mend some fences with them.
This show is amazing. I love the scenery. It makes me want to visit Wyoming and see if that's really what it looks like.
So what are you watching on Netflix? Got any good referrals for me?