December 26th, 2019

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Christmas '19 Post With A Bonus "What the Bear is Watching"

Christmas has come and gone once more. I did have an interesting thought this year, however, when I realized that I may have only one more year of having to go back to work after the holiday. If things work out right, I may just not come back to work in 2021. We shall see!

Trump gave us Christmas Eve off as well as Christmas. I guess in the era of quid pro quo I am now obligated to vote for him. He sent out a Christmas email to all employees and it was what you would expect from the most narcissistic human being on the face of the Earth. He thanked us for carrying out his most awesome policies. Whatever. I got a free day off.

I spent part of the day watching "The Irishman" on Netflix. This was Martin Scorsese's 3+ hour story about Jimmy Hoffa and his involvement with the Mob. Of course it had DeNiro and Pesci but it also had Al Pacino as Hoffa who I hope will get an Oscar nomination. While I enjoyed it, it was just more of the same mobster stuff from Scorsese. Not that it's a bad thing. I love his style. It's just that it felt like I've seen this before either in "Goodfellas" or "Casino."

I also brought out the old classics like "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." I was bummed that I would not be fursuiting Old Town Plaza because Kitty still had to work, and we would have had to rush downtown. But I was vindicated when it started to rain. When Kitty did get home, we baked a big salmon fillet. It was then time to put in "It's a Wonderful Life" and watch that until bedtime.

Christmas dinner was once again a boneless rib roast, but I went for the "choice" instead of the "prime" this year. Once again I nailed it at a perfect rare/medium rare. I also made scalloped potatoes and steamed broccoli. Kitty made it more furry by making cheese sauce.

Most of the day was full of vegging in front of the tube. There were so many shows we had been wanting to watch that we did a sampler plate.

"The Mandalorian" - I told Kitty that I was really reaching a saturation point with all things "Star Wars." All of the buzz about Baby Yoda just made it that much more worse. But I gave it a try. The 1st episode was quite watchable. We'll see how long I can last.

"Jack Ryan" - Amazon has turned Tom Clancy's super CIA agent into a series. We really enjoyed season 1, so we dove into season 2. So far so good. I always like a good spy thriller if done right, and they're doing it right.

"Goliath" - I have written about this series in LJ in the past. I love Billy Bob Thornton as a down-and-out lawyer in LA who tries to help folks. I'm getting a weird vibe from this season. I'll have to see if it gets too weird, but since they're talking about water issues in the Central Valley, that has piqued my interest. I think the "bad guy" (played by Dennis Quaid) is modeled after the billionaire who owns the Wonderful Company (think Pom Wonderful or Wonderful nuts). I have read that he is doing some pretty shady water deals as well as growing water-intensive crops in an unsuitable environment.

"Mr Robot" - The show that made Rami Malek a household name after winning an Emmy for his performance. Unfortunately I think the writers lost their way after season 2. It went from a thriller about hacking into a psychological mindfuck. At least they pulled the plug as the Fonz started to sail over the shark.

"His Dark Materials" - I just wrote about this a few posts back. I really binged it and got to the last episode. It also spurred me on to re-read the trilogy. I'm already half way through the third book which probably won't be filmed for at least 2 or 3 seasons. I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed it.

"The Crown" - Another season has started and Kitty and I found ourselves getting into binge mode. We had to stop ourselves and hope to savor the remaining episodes.

"Disenchantment" - Matt Groening's fantasy cartoon on Netflix. I found season 1 very cute and season 2 is more of the same.

After I finish up with all of the rest of the episode mentioned above, there's still more episodes of "Bojack Horseman" to catch up on. Heck, I haven't even watched "El Camino" yet! So much boob on the tube!