And it Begins!

A little scared, but super excited…. I just signed up!

My first marathon though the 4 parks of the  happiest place on earth: 26.2 on 1/10/10

Disney Marathon

Disney Marathon

Here is write-up about this past years marathon.


Two Shows I Really Want To See….Join me?

I’ve always wanted to see a show at Cafe Eleven in St. Augustine. It just seems like a great venue with a cool group of people who support them.

I missed two shows last year that I’m really kicking myself for, Vampire Weekend and Against Me! Now is the time to redeem myself. I plan on seeing Junior Boys in October and Elvis Perkins in November.

I have found that October-November are the months to catch good shows in North Florida. Last year I got a chance to see The Faint w/ The Show’s the Rainbow and then followed it up the next day with some Portugal. The Man.

Junior Boys 10/27 $12

Elvis Perkins in Deerland 11/6 $10 –

Karen Kurycki, Dog & Pony ShowPrints Collaborations - Elvis Perkins in Deerland

Karen Kurycki of, Dog & Pony ShowPrints Collaboration - Elvis Perkins in Deerland

There is another show I would love to go see, but I’m not sure I can make it out. I had never heard of them until I saw this YouTube video on the Cafe Eleven website, BLK JKS. I could listen to this all day and I can’t figure out what it reminds me of, but I love it.


A new restaurant in town, Taverna, is in the middle of their soft opening and the little lady and I ventured out to try it.

I’m not a food critic…so bare with me on my lack of knowledge on classy food.

Overall: The atmosphere and staff are all great. The bar looks pretty cool too, like it could actually be a happenin spot for cocktails after work…like Bonefish at the beach.

Food:  The portions are nice. Not too big, but not small enough to say “Hey! What the hell is this?”

  • We had shrimp for an appetizer which are actually prawns. Meaning it comes out with the head and all the other stuff. We didn’t like them…they were just scary and too fishy tasting.
  • We have heard the pizza is quite delicious and made in the wood burning stove that is visible for all to see. Since this was like a date night for Jess and I we did it up a little more.
    • I had the NY Strip which was very good and a much larger portion than I expected. It came out at the right temp and had a light sauce that was good.
    • Jess had the paella. She LOVES paella, but she is Colombian and this just wasn’t the same. It doesn’t have the crispy sides and the texture and spices were off. This dish was also served with prawns which didn’t help the situation.  But to be fair….Jess didn’t like the paella at the Columbia Restaurant in St. Aug. either, and they’re cuban!
      • She has said the best paella she has ever had was at the World of Nations that’s held every year around the beginning of May.
    • In the end I think we would of been happier with the pizza.
  • MMMM Desert: The desert was great. Chocolate Pave (with an accent on one of the letters somewhere). It was very rich, but was very good. It was enough for both of us to share without feeling like we didn’t get enough (click here for a kind of example of what it is)

All and all it was good time. I hope the restaurant does really well. They have a few kinks to work out, but that’s what soft openings are for.

A letter to Mr. Swayze

Dear Mr. Swayze,

You will be missed. This may seem like a sarcastic letter, but I assure you it is not. It’s something that I wish I could of handwritten and mailed you, but I waited to long. So, this is the best option I have.

I have loved your movies and the characters you have played since I was kid. One of my only and last memories of my Grandmother was sitting in her lap when i was about 6 years old and watching Dirty Dancing on HBO. She died of lung cancer at about the same age you did. I never really got a chance to know her as much as I would of liked, but I keep those great memories. I think this is one of the reasons I looked up to Johnny. He was a rebel, but he had his morals…and his lady….and that was all he needed. I’ve been known to sing “Had the time of my life” in the shower, but more importantly this was played as the final song at my wedding a few years ago that everyone danced to. It’s my favorite and always will be.

I sang “I’m Henry the 8th I am” countless times to try and get my way….I credit that move to you Sam Wheat (Ghost)

While playing the movie game with friends I reference Bohdi from Point Break in almost every round of play.

Donnie Darko…wow! what a movie. Jim Cunningham creeped me out, but that was the point.

But….the best of all your films by far, Roadhouse. Sure it was a little cheesy, but there isn’t a weekend that goes by that I flip through the channels hoping to stumble across this. There were many a Saturday that I watched Roadhouse in the afternoon and then went to go work as the “bouncer/door guy” at the club I work at.

My favorite characters of yours stood for all the same things (except Donnie Darko). Honor, self worth, strength, staying positive, standing up for what is right and the ability to kick your leg really high. I can’t kick my leg high, but I don’t really try to. I do however try and stay true to all the other lessons learned taught by you over the years.

Once again Mr. Swayze. You’ll be missed very much.

Patrick Swayze and Anthony Catanese


Anthony Catanese

Stalking Cat

A little Anticlimatic: Forgotten Warrior

It’s been 3 years and I finally beat it!

Forgotten Warrior on my Samsung T509 has been taunting me since I was 23….well HA. I win sir.


This game is the biggest pain in the ass. It’s just flat out hard, but for a cell phone game it’s awesome. I have to thank my night job at the club for allowing me the time to play with my cellphone during the early hours of the night.

Forgotten Warrior

Forgotten Warrior

It was a disappointing ending though. You don’t even get to fight the last guy…you climb a ladder and then…boom! you watch the computer take your guy…beat the crap of some other big guy (who doesn’t even move).

You then jump to a little cliff and stand next to the princess you’re saving.  Randomly some old man strolls from the corner of the screen and then it goes black…..the end.

It sort of reminded me of DOOM for my Sega Genesis 32x I had when I was kid. I played the hell out of it, but in the 32x version there is no ending…no final boss. You walk over to a door on the 15th level and bam….the credits roll. The computer version was much better.

Oh man I miss my Genesis/32x/Sega CD combo, but man was it ridiculously huge!



It has Gone from Love to Hate

Weeds: Season 5…..Oh how I hate thee….let me count the ways…

What happened Weeds? We were getting along so well. In the beginning, Season 1, you were so shy and misunderstood. You had a wonderful little story going about a mother who truly loved her husband and cared for her children (but she sold drugs…so she was still a crappy mother). The topsy turvy world of criminals can get out of hand, but things happen.

Season 2 then started. Right were we left off. Like a best friend who left for college and then came back. It was as if the conversation had never stopped.  Everything went very well, and what an ending I might add. Season 2 you are one of the few (rhymes!).

WEEDS (season 4)

Season 3. I was so excited with glee. I had no idea what was in store. How could you top the beloved Season 2! Well in the end my question was answered. You didn’t. It was still fun and lots of the adventures were really quite crazy, but why Nancy…why have you become so… slutty.

Season 4. Curious…I watched because I was curious to see what crap you would get yourself into (period)

Season 5. I was in New York back in May and I saw buses sporting the green spiderweb advertisement with its great catch phrase “Oh what a tangled web we weave”.  I got excited. I was actually really excited. So, I intently watched…and waited…and waited for the show that was once loved to return…., but no more

now I watch TrueBlood…which is following down the same weed ridden path. Who could of thought that a story about Vampires who drink manufactured blood could get too far fetched.

trueblood cmcl

MadMen…please keep true!

(but damn you Don Draper and all your womanizing…your the man…you know, but you still suck!)



Are you stupid if you know your stupid?

There are plenty times that I say things, in fact it’s more like I’m standing outside of myself watching me say things, that are the just…dumb.

I think I may just be lazy and not fully think through the things I want to say.

I’m going to go with lazy…not stupid. Yeah!

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