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The Bromance of Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Matthew Lillard

In the late 1990's and early 2000's, there was no greater bromance than that between Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Matthew Lillard. The two of them appeared in no less than five movies together in a five year time span. These two were meant to be. Two young stars destined to take the world by storm as a team. Hanging out, meeting women, and enjoying the good life. And then, just like that, stardom was ripped away from them. Though they continued to work, they would never appear together again in a film.
What was it that pulled them apart? Did they just choose to go different directions? Was it Sarah Michelle Gellar that drove a wedge between these two? While Lillard eventually went on to star in an Oscar nominated film (The Descendants), Prinze, Jr. went on to write for the WWE and occasionally show up as a guest star on television shows. While both have tried, neither has recaptured that joy that once displayed on screen. Tonight, I want to dutifully remind the world of t…

The Cover of the Rolling Stone

"We take all kinds of pills that give us all kind of thrills
But the thrill we've never known
Is the thrill that'll get ya when you get your picture
On the cover of the Rolling Stone."- COVER OF THE ROLLING STONE lyrics by Shel Silverstein.

The cover of the Rolling Stone. You have arrived on the music scene. The nation will know you now. It is what you've always dreamed of. The song above says it right there. You've now got the biggest music critics in your corner. You must now deal with the upside of fame along with the perils that come along with it. Welcome to the 70's.

Over time, Rolling Stone has remained a respected magazine while expanding their horizons to cover all issues of culture. Now, I'm sure this has always been the case (as Charles Manson once graced the cover), but it seems to have jumped to the forefront over the years. Stories of night club owners, drug smugglers, politics, and wars have graced the issues of said publication…

A Wednesday night rant...

I'm in a little bit of a ranting/venting mood. It will be short and to the point.

Think of it as Lewis Black meeting Clint Eastwood telling people to get off his lawn.

This dates back to the around the Presidential Election of 2012, but it finally reached a boiling point today. We have become a lazy society. I understand how we have progressed to a twitter age of abbreviating everything. With a limited amount of characters, it was only inevitable. The same thing goes with text messaging. I, for the most part, still type out an entire text, word for word. Once in awhile I abbreviate because it's only so long that I can fight a losing battle. Abbreviating is inevitable.

It started with this: POTUS. I saw this on the scroll of CNN or Fox News or some other news station. Then the anchor(person) was using this term. I, for the life of me, could not figure it out until someone correctly used the "acronym". President of the United States. Doesn't that perso…

The Los Angeles... Celtics?

Rumors continue to swirl regarding a trade for Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and player Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Clippers for at least two players. My initially problem is not with the trade itself. Trades happen all the time in the NBA and other sports. My problem lies with Doc Rivers himself and he is most likely part of the reason this trade is being orchestrated.

Doc Rivers has three years remaining on his contract and has thus far been mum this off season on his coaching plans for the future. He has still been participating in the teams off season practices and trade evaluations. And yet this man has still not officially stated he is coming back or resigning. Now, it would seem that at this point he would move forward with coaching the team, seeing how it has been over a month since the Celtics packed their bags for vacation.

Suddenly, the Clippers head coaching position opens up and it seems that Doc Rivers is interested in heading there. Now, he has not come ou…

The Grand Finale

It's time to get down to brass taxes...

99.) GET A FULL LENGTH PLAY PRODUCED-COMPLETE
The first edition of POISON was produced in February of 2002.

100.) GET MARRIED
Step 1: Find a girlfriend. Or start writing letters to Russia to find a mail order bride.

101.) LIVE IN BOSTON, MA (1yr)
This is do to a life long love affair with the city of Boston. This goal will happen one day.

102.) VISIT A CASTLE IN EUROPE-COMPLETE
Done the same time I went to Ireland. There are more I would like to see so a return trip is necessary.

103.) SEE A GAME AT FENWAY PARK
For awhile, about 15 years ago, this looked like it might never happen. I imagined that this park would be demolished like other great fields of the past. Then, the Red Sox won the World Series. This probably bought me some needed years to do this and I hope to accomplish it soon.

104.) VISIT BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
I have not been to any of the professional sports Hall of Fame(s). I love history and feel I coul…

Into the Homestretch

Waste not, want not...

88.) LEARN TO SPEAK LATIN
If I had lived in a different time, perhaps I would have already learned this while in school. While the desire to learn this language has waned over the years, I did go as far as buying a Latin to English dictionary. And I look at it from time to time. Though it never happened, I had a goal to go to Mel Gibson's Church in Malibu while I lived in L.A. The mass is done in Latin and would have been quite the adventure.

89.) ENTER THE FBI
I like to watch CRIMINAL MINDS from time to time, so I think my chances are pretty good at getting in. Just need a few lucky breaks, right?

90.) BECOME FAMOUS IN HOLLYWOOD
Just need a few lucky breaks, right? And some dedication and hard work. Though at this point I don't really need fame, just a steady paycheck.

91.) VISIT IRELAND-COMPLETE
I was lucky enough to travel here for about 3 weeks back in 2005. The trip was well worth it and I thank the people that helped me to trave…

Tuesday Calling

(Clearing of throat) I apologize, but I'm back. A sickness came over me the last few days, but I am here now. Let us climb ever closer to the end. And may the odds be ever in your favor? (I added the question mark to hopefully avoid any trademark battles in the future.)

76.) TRAVEL TO EVERY STATE
After nearly 35 years on this planet, I think I've knocked ten states off of this list. I still have a long way to go, but I can do it.

77.) COME EYE TO EYE WITH A GREAT WHITE SHARK
I can make this happen with my great snorkeling adventure. Pictures to follow...

78.) EXPLORE THE BOTTOM OF AN OCEAN
See goal 77.

79.) WRITE A MOVIE SCRIPT AND GET IT SOLD
I have completed 3 movie scripts. One was a horror film optioned to Richard Sankey. For my hard work, he paid off my share of some bills I owed him. So technically I have completed this goal, but am going to call it official when I get paid the handsome sum of at list five figures.

80.) MEET A FORMER OR CURRENT U.S…

A Few Days of Silence...

First off, I apologize. I have been slacking in the blog department for the last few days. There are no excuses, but let me just say... well, nothing. No excuses, right? On with the list...

66.) BE IN A MAJOR PLAY PRODUCTION-COMPLETED
The first play I was in on the main stage at Boise State was "King Stag" directed by Mike Baltzell. The cast I was able to work with was extraordinary and the director was simply amazing. The first play I was in was in the summer of '99. It was entitled "Private Wars" and I acted in it along with Cody Hyslop and Ken Rothwell. And doing this play was the reason I stuck with theatre. I thank both of the actors that I was in this play with for inspiring me every day.

67.) LIVE IN AUSTRALIA
Who wouldn't want to live here, at least for a bit?

68.) LEARN TO SPEAK GERMAN
I guess by time all is said and done, I imagine I'll know how to speak at least 6 languages.

69.) LEARN TO PLAY ICE HOCKEY
Now, I know the r…

The List

Getting back on here a little late tonight. I actually accomplished some good writing before this tonight, so the list is the final task for the evening. Enjoy.

56.) TRAVEL TO SPAIN
I can plan a trip to Spain and France. Seems pretty logical.

57.) VISIT HONG KONG
An ancient city in The Orient. Why not?

58.) BECOME MUSCULAR
I was not very big in the seventh grade. I suppose I thought this would get me all the ladies. I don't really consider this a goal these days, other than maintaining the shape I'm in. And improving on that, of course.

59.) PUBLISH AN ARTICLE IN READERS DIGEST
I believe this goal has become harder to reach. Mostly because I don't believe that READERS DIGEST actually publishes a periodical anymore. I don't even know if it is online. Something I'll have to look into.

60.) VISIT NEW DELHI
I believe I had just seen the movie GANDHI. And I was looking to do good in life.

61.) READ 1000 PAGE BOOK IN 2 DAYS
This is the sole…

The Continuation of the Bucket List...

I watched ST. ELMO'S FIRE again for the first time in ages. At one point, when Judd Nelson is telling Aly Sheedy what records she can take, he tells her she can take the Billy Joel albums but not THE STRANGER. I remembered that I own that record and have been listening to it all weekend. I would say that it is Billy Joel's finest record and definitely one of my all time favorites.

What does this have to do with the bucket list? Nothing, really, except I just wanted a short story before continuing on with the list.

45.) GO SCUBA DIVING
I haven't really been too many places to take advantage of this. I will learn how to do this.

46.) PLAY A GAME OF WATER POLO
I'm sure I have played some form of this game in a recreational sense over the years. What I'm looking for is a competitive game in a full length pool. Don't know how this will happen, but I will find a way.

47.) BECOME AN ARCHITECT
There's time for everything, right?

48.) BUILD A MUSEU…

Keep Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'

Let's just cut to the chase today...

33.) READ THE BIBLE
I have started this goal a few times. And I have read and learned various passages throughout, but I still have not completed it from start to finish. One day...

34.) PHOTOGRAPH BIRDS IN SOUTH AMERICA
Hey, nothing wrong with dreaming. I can get there. I like taking photographs. And what's better than taking pictures of the beautiful birds in a tropical environment.

35.) BE BURIED IN ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
At this age, I had dreams of being a national hero and one day being buried here. At this point, I would say this goal is a pipe dream. And I supposed, if by an act of God it did happen, any relatives would have to cross this one off the list for me.

36.) OWN A CHIMPANZEE
Who doesn't want to own a monkey or chimpanzee? I really regret not getting that free monkey off of Craig's List all those years ago.

37.) BUILD A SHELTER FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE
This one speaks for itself, really.

38.)…

Give Me Some More...

Yes, I know I skipped a day. I was debating with myself the pros and cons of the "A-Team" movie. I do believe I wasted too much of my time deciding that the movie, aside from one or two moments, was a failure. There goes some more of my youth ruined...

On with the countdown...

22.) STUDY ABORIGINE CULTURE
I do believe I meant that I wanted to study them by living with them. Whether this was a two week expedition or a year long study, I do not know. Still something that might be interesting...

23.) VISIT A GREAT PYRAMID
Still on the list. I think if I can achieve the goal of getting rich, this might happen. Or I can save up enough money to travel there.

24.) LEARN TO SPEAK FRENCH (FLUENTLY)
I took a semester of French in the eight grade. I still remember some of the basics i.e. saying hello and my name is and counting to ten, but I'd like to become conversational. That way when I go there I can properly order a bottle of wine and a loaf of bread.

25.) V…

That Ol' Bucket List Thing

Man, I nearly forgot my own promise. Here's the next batch before I may or may not take the weekend off. Enjoy...

12.) LEARN MORE ABOUT FAMILY HISTORY
I actually did delve into this for a bit. Still not completed, though I do believe I am in charge of carrying on the Haskins' side of the genealogy part of the family tree.

13.) LIVE TO BE 100 YEARS OLD
Guess we'll find out in about 65 years if this one comes true. Does it count if I have my head frozen like Ted Williams?

14.) VISIT MOLLY BROWN MANSION
I believe I saw a film in class about her. It probably also stems from my obsession with The Titanic.

15.) MEET MICHAEL JORDAN
I'd still like to accomplish this one. Maybe it's time I buy a basketball team so I can attend some owner meetings.

16.) START A FAMILY
One day...

17.) GO TO DISNEYLAND-COMPLETED
Now, as a seventh grader, I had been to Disneyland when I was younger. I wanted to go back again so I could remember more of it. And I did. At least three tim…

My Very Own Bucket List

Well now. It certainly has been awhile. As I prepare to sit down to write for a bit, I figured I'd get warmed up with a little writing on ye ol' blog. This one (and the next few) is going to be a bit different. Today I am going to begin with the first ten goals of my very own bucket list. 
Now, this isn't an ordinary bucket list that I just started today. This was first written as an assignment in I believe the 7th or 8th grade for one Mr. Weeks. I remember we had been given a handout about a gentleman that set out do do 100 things in his life and thus began a great adventure. Mr. Weeks is one of my teachers of all time and the stuff I learned in his class I can still recall to this day (for the most part). 
The list has been expanded over the years to reflect certain points in my life. I will hopefully do ten goals a blog and go from there. One, it will always be a nice writing warm-up. Two, it will hopefully help push me to maybe accomplish some of these goals…