Pushing Forward Back September/October 2018

Back at September

Pushing Forward Back September October (1)

The month began, as planned, with a four-day weekend, but not as originally planned was a funeral with my aunt Eleanor passing away at the end of August at the age of 87 after being in declining health for several years. While it was naturally sad, it wasn’t unexpected and it was good to see cousins I hadn’t seen in several years at the funeral on Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. Monday, I finished mowing the lawn before noon and then chilled “day drinking,” concluding with watching Drunk History with Kim, which has become somewhat of a Monday night tradition.

The first week of September ended with my college roommate Joe visiting us for a few days. As for the rest of the month, I worked two Saturdays this month and had one Friday off and a couple of days one week with shorter hours. I had planned to use that one Friday to go to the Corning Museum of Glass, fitting my goal of one day trip a month as outlined in my 25 before 50 post earlier this year. However, that didn’t happen.

I finished two books this past month: The Late Show by Michael Connelly and Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke, both of which were good. Highlights on the TV and movie front were Kim’s Convenience and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, both on Netflix.

The month ends today with Kim and I going over to our neighbors for pizza. Earlier in the day, I’ll be watching NASCAR with my neighbor Mike and another neighbor Fred, and then later Kim and Mike’s wife, Kathy, will join us as we’re getting pizza for dinner. So the month will end with friends just as it began with family.

Forward to October

The first weekend in October is another long weekend for me as I took a vacation day off for Columbus Day, not because I am a fan of Christopher Columbus, but because I had a vacation day to use. In fact, I’m more in agreement with this image that my wife has on a shirt she wears often on Columbus Day:


On that Monday, Kim and I invited our neighbor over for a Drunk History binge-watch/drinkalong. We attempted to have one last month but her plans changed a few times, but she has off that Monday afternoon and evening. We are caught up with Drunk History on Hulu so I think we’re going to pick out a few of our favorite episodes to binge-watch to introduce our neighbor to the show.

On the reading front, I’ll be participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on Saturday, Oct. 20. I don’t know what I’ll be reading yet, but I will keep you posted. On the TV front, I know I’m looking forward to the third season of Daredevil on Netflix.

So how was your month of September? Read any good books, seen any good movies and/or TV shows, listened to any good music? What was the highlight of your month? What are you looking forward to in October? Share in the comments.

My favorite TV shows on Netflix

Bryan & Kim's FaVStarting today and running every Wednesday in May, my wife Kim and I are doing a series on our favorite Netflix and Amazon Prime TV shows, alternating among mine, ours, and hers. Today, I start with my favorite TV shows on Netflix.

My favorite TV shows on Netflix are three Marvel shows: Daredevil. Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones, and in that order. Ostensibly missing is Iron Fist, which, to be honest, I didn’t give a chance after seeing the horrible reviews and hearing about its negative portrayal of women and Asians. I think I’ll just skip that one and wait for The Defenders, which brings all of them together.

Out of the first three mentioned, Daredevil was, and is, the standout, especially for its first season, for me. It was dark, it was gritty, it was unlike anything I’d seen on TV in terms of a comic book adaptation, and its action sequences kicked ass.  Vincent D’Onofrio also took that first season to a whole other level in his role as the “bad guy” Wilson Fisk. The other two, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, are good, but nothing in my mind like that first season of Daredevil, in which we were introduced to a new darker version of the Marvel universe. However, both Cage and Jones are definitely worth watching, especially for their leads, Mike Colter and Krysten Ritter.



What are your favorite TV shows on Netflix? Any you’d highly recommend?

Tune in next week to see what Kim’s favorite TV shows on Netflix are.