2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,000 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


It’s A Wonderful Life


Did not discover It’s A Wonderful Life until I was an adult. Perhaps the best time to discover this gem of a film. Starring James Stewart & Donna Reed, and directed by Frank Capra. It has stood the test of time and currently sits with a 94% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Released on December 25th, 1946, it is the story of George Bailey and his wonderful life. There is something so terrific in the messages of this film. That our lives are really about others, the love we receive and the love we share. And ways that our live impact others in profound and meaningful ways. It’s no wonder we revisit this holiday classic every year. It reminds us what wonderful living is really about.

Some quotes from the film:

Little Mary: Is this the ear you can’t hear on?
[whispering in his bad ear]
Little Mary: George Bailey, I’ll love you ’til the day I die.

George Bailey: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.
Mary: I’ll take it. Then what?
George Bailey: Well, then you can swallow it, and it’ll all dissolve, see… and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes and the ends of your hair… am I talking too much?

Mary: Bread… that this house may never know hunger.
[Mary hands a loaf of bread to Mrs. Martini]
Mary: Salt… that life may always have flavor.
[Mary hands a box of salt to Mrs. Martini]
George Bailey: And wine… that joy and prosperity may reign forever. Enter the Martini Castle.
[George hands Mr. Martini a bottle of wine]

Violet Bick: I’m glad I know you George Bailey.

Clarence: Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?

Clarence: You see, George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?

George Bailey: [running through Bedford Falls] Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!

Harry Bailey: A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town.

Zuzu Bailey: Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.
George Bailey: That’s right, that’s right.
George Bailey: [Looks heavenward] Attaboy, Clarence.

Clarence: [In book inscription] Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.


Robbie Rogers

Los Angeles Galaxy v Real Salt Lake

Robbie Rogers is a professional soccer player who recently came out. According to Wikipedia: In May 2013, he became the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league when he played his first match for the Galaxy. He has just released a book titled, “Coming out to play” and his star seems to be on the rise since he has made his announcement. Times are changing, just one step at a time.




Here is a video where Robbie has been selected as on of the Men of the Year for GQ:


Dunkin’ Donuts


Having grown up on the East Coast I also grew up with Dunkin’ Donuts. The Maple Frosted and Double Chocolate Cake donuts were always my favorite. Turns out their coffee is pretty good too. However, the reason it is showing up on this blog is because of the story behind the newest SoCal location to open in Long Beach.

In January of 2014 the franchise owner announced the purchase of the existing pastry and coffee shop with plans to remove an iconic giant pink donut sign that had been in place for years. After getting pressure from city officials about keeping the sign, DD agreed.


And on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 the new Dunkin’ Donuts location opened with lines spilling onto 7th Street. With the refreshed giant donut (now with chocolate frosting and multi-colored sprinkles) sitting prominently atop the Dunkin’ Donuts sign.

It’s always reassuring when people do the right thing. Even if it takes a little pressure to get them there. Bravo Dunkin Donuts. And Bravo to those who stood up for an iconic image that adds a little joy to the thousands of commuters who pass by it everyday.









Serial is a podcast that tells a new chapter in the same story every week. The podcast is meant to be listened to in order. The first season deals with the nonfiction story and circumstances around the death of Hae Min Lee. Completely compelling and continues to unfold each week with new information and twists. Check it out before the final episode comes out on December 18, 2014.

From wikipedia:

Serial is a podcast exploring a nonfiction story over multiple episodes. First released in October 2014, it is a spinoff of the radio program This American Life. Episodes vary in length, and are available weekly. Even before its debut, it ranked number one on iTunes, and remained there for several weeks.[1]

Sarah Koenig created and hosts the series, which is co-produced by Koenig and Julie Snyder, both producers of This American Life.

Season 1 (2014)

Season 1 is an investigation into a 1999 Baltimore murder. Koenig has said, Serial is “about the basics: love and death and justice and truth. All these big, big things.”[2] She also has noted, “this is not an original idea. Maybe in podcast form it is, and trying to do it as a documentary story is really, really hard. But trying to do it as a serial, this is as old as Dickens.”[3] Episodes are released weekly on Thursday, and vary in length.

Hae Min Lee was an 18 year old student at Woodlawn High School. Lee was last seen at approximately 3pm on January 13, 1999.[4] Her corpse was discovered on February 9 in Leakin Park and identified two days later, with the case immediately being treated as a homicide.[5] Lee’s ex-boyfriend Adnan Musud Syed was arrested on February 28 at 6 a.m. and charged with first-degree murder, which led to “some closure and some peace” for Lee’s family.[6] A memorial service for Lee was held on March 11 at Woodlawn High School.[7] Syed was found guilty of Lee’s murder on February 25, 2000 after a six-week trial,[8] and was given a life sentence despite pleading his innocence.[9]