What I'm Binge-Watching on Netflix

What I’m Binge-Watching on Netflix

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Netflix binge-watching is a staple in our household. We are able to watch older shows that we never picked up when they were in their actual run, and shows that are Netflix originals. Even though I have satellite service with a DVR, my primary source of entertainment really does come from Netflix streaming service.

Here’s what I’m binge-watching today:

Criminal Minds

I’m very late in the game on watching Criminal Minds, but I am very glad I started watching it. Although it can be very disturbing (most of the time), it’s a very good cast and the writing on the show is phenomenal. The cases the BAU works in each episode seem to get creepier as the series goes on. I’m currently in season 6 and am already recording new episodes on my DVR so that when I’m caught up I can keep going!  There have been a few cast member changes throughout the first 6 seasons, but most of the main cast remains.

Lost

When Lost first came out on TV, I watched most of the first season, then for whatever reason I didn’t watch the rest of it.  I’ve picked back up where I left off and am really enjoying it. There have been many shows and movies about people being stranded on a deserted island, so it could have been easy to make the show exactly like previous ones, but Lost isn’t anything like its predecessors in that it has a mixture of personalities on the island, which quickly changes the tension between all of the survivors.  I’m only in the 2nd season, so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens all the way to the series finale.

Bones

Bones is a fantastic show!  My wife and I are in season 4 and are really getting addicted to this series.  I’ve always been fascinated by forensics, and with the main character being a forensic anthropologist helping the FBI with unsolved cases, I just couldn’t help myself to binge-watching Bones.  This show is loosely based off of real-life forensic anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs (who also produces the show). If you’ve never watched Bones , it’s a very binge-worthy show to pick up today.  Make sure you set up your DVR to pick up new episodes so that you don’t miss a beat when you are all caught up from the Netflix stream.

Are you watching anything on Netflix that you would recommend I pick up?  Share in the comments!

8 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The Back to the Future Trilogy

8 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The Back to the Future Trilogy

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I’m a HUGE Back to the Future trilogy fan and expert.  I have watched the movies hundreds of times since I was a kid. Over the years, I’ve learned many interesting and not widely known facts about the making of the movies so I thought I’d share those with you today.  If you are a man and have not seen any of the trilogy, what the hell is wrong with you?  Hello? Hello? Anyone home? Think, McFly, think!

1. Michael J. Fox was not the original Marty McFly

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That’s right.  Eric Stoltz was actually cast as Marty because Michael J. Fox was too busy working on Family Ties and was not available.  As the first film was being shot, it became obvious to the directors that Stoltz just didn’t bring the humor and life to the character they were looking for, so they again reached out to see if Fox was available.  It was finally agreed that Fox could do Family Ties in the morning and then shoot Back to the Future in the evenings.  Needless to say, Fox didn’t get much sleep!

If you look carefully during the scene where the terrorists have just shot Doc and Marty is running to jump in the Delorean, freeze frame right when Marty is mid-flight.  You will notice that this is actually Eric Stoltz, not Michael J. Fox.  Several scenes already filmed with Stoltz were not filmed again with Fox.

2. Disney refused to produce the movie

Disney, among many other studios, turned down the opportunity to produce Back to the Future .  Disney claimed that the suggested infatuation Leah Thompson’s character had with her own son when Marty traveled back to 1955 was too risque at the time so they passed on it.  Luckily, the film was eventually made with Universal and the legendary Steven Spielberg.

3. Crispin Glover is not in the 2nd and 3rd films

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I think we all can say Crispin Glover made George McFly’s character unique and come alive. That being said, he demanded pay equal to that of other cast members for the sequels, which didn’t happen, so he did not appear in the last 2 films. If you notice in part 2, at the beginning of the movie, there is recycled footage from the 1985 George and Lorraine.  Other than that scene, another actor is made to look like Crispin Glover. Glover didn’t like this at all, and successfully sued for his likeness being used without his permission!

4. The Delorean was not the original time machine

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Bob Zemeckis and Bob Gale didn’t originally come up with the idea for a Delorean time machine.  One of their first ideas was actually a refrigerator.  However, they were concerned that young children would attempt to climb inside their refrigerators at home and get stuck. Besides, a car is more mobile and stylish time machine idea, and is now a legend of its own.

5. Biff Tannen is based off of a real studio executive

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I’ve always heard that Biff Tannen was modeled off of Donald Trump, which the two Bobs never really confirmed, but actually Biff’s character was based off of a bullying studio executive named Ned Tannen. What better way to get back at your bully than base the bully in the movie after him?

6. Take a closer look at all of Doc Brown’s clocks in the opening sequence of part one.

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If you look closely at all of those crazy clocks in Doc Brown’s lab at the beginning, you’ll see one clock with a man hanging on one of the clock’s hands.  This foreshadows the end of the movie where Doc Brown has to hang from the clock’s hands in order to reconnect the cable that was to channel the lightening into the flux capacitor.

7.  The name of the mall changes once Marty returns to 1985 from 1955

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The name of the mall where Marty meets Doc and Einstein to witness the time machine’s first piece of action was called “Twin Pines Mall.”  Doc explains that he remembers when the mall wasn’t there and it was all open farmland as far as the eye could see. When Marty accidentally goes back into 1955 right after Doc is shot, he crashes into Peabody’s barn.  When he is chased out of the barn and drives off, he runs over one of Peabody’s pine trees. Near the end of the movie, when Marty arrives back at the mall to try to stop Doc from getting shot by the terrorists, you can see the sign has a new name – “Lone Pine Mall” because of Marty’s actions in the past.

The name of the farmer, Old Man Peabody, and his son, Sherman, was a nod to time traveling duo Mr. Peabody and Sherman!

8. You’re Just Too Darn Loud!

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Remember the scene at the beginning of the movie when Marty’s band auditions in the gym? The judge that cuts the band off because they were “just too darn loud” was none other than Huey Lewis.  The song that Marty’s band was playing was “The Power of Love,” which was the song Huey wrote especially for the movie.

 

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Winning the Video Game Battle With Your Kids

Winning the Video Game Battle With Your Kids!

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Do you have video games in your house?  I do.  And I’m one that likes to play sports games like crazy.  What guy doesn’t, right?  I can’t count the number of times my kids have fought over whose turn it was.

How do you manage a house that has several video gaming consoles and still keep the peace?  As a daddy of 4 it can be challenging to keep everyone happy when it comes to video games.  Here are 10 tips I came up with to help others in my situation:

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Tip #1: It’s a Privilege

We teach our kids that video game time is a privilege and they have to earn it.  Homework, chores and family time come first.  Those things are necessities.  We can survive without video games.  Nothing we do with video games directly impacts our survival.

Tip #2: Set a Time Limit

If we didn’t set a time limit, our kids would probably play all day and all night.   Use a phone timer or the microwave timer to provide a reminder that time is up.  Don’t extend the time!  If 30 minutes is the limit you have set then stick with it.

Tip #3: Add In Educational Games

There are many different types of educational games out there so it’s a great idea to try to incorporate these into your household.  There are trivia games that the whole family can play together.  Yes, it is possible to play video games and have quality family time at the same time!

Tip #4: Permit Only Age Appropriate Games

Limit the genres that your kids are allowed to select when buying new video games.  A 6 year old should not be playing Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto.  My kids usually play Lego games, sports games and Barbie games.  If you would play it during a guy’s night out it’s probably not appropriate for kids.

Tip #5: Promote Patience, Sharing and Helping

Even playing a video game can give your kids ample opportunities to practice patience, sharing and helping.  Take advantage wherever you can! Your 6 year old may be dying to play his game, but his sister still has 30 minutes left with her turn.  Having patience is a skill that should be taught at an early age.

Tip #6: Teach Organizational Skills

The fun is over so now what?  It’s time to take the game out of the console, put it in its case and back in storage.  Teach your kids that a condition of playing the game is to take care of it and store it properly. This also prolongs the life of the game by preventing scratch and dirt from destroying it.  There’s nothing more frustrating that a game that won’t work when you are itching to play the game.

Tip #7: Recognize Achievement

Your child wins the World Series or the Super Bowl in their video games. Just like anything else, he or she gets excited and seeks out recognition.  Celebrate with your child and congratulate them on a job well done.  This goes beyond it just being a game. It’s becoming more about sharing successes with them.

Tip #8: Teach Them How To Cope With Failure

Your child is not going to immediately win every game he or she plays.  Mine get easily frustrated and tend to try to restart the game or quit altogether.  If they try to quit at a video game chances are they will try to quit at other things in life.  Teach them to play the game until the end.  Down by 50 points?  Teach them to keep trying and play it out.  This scenario could definitely happen to them in real life.

Tip #9: Promote Games That Require Physical Activity

The Wii is good at requiring the user to get up and do some sort of physical action.  Back in my day it was a pad made for running on and jumping on.  Kids seem to like these games a lot and at least they are not being still for 2 hours!

Tip #10: Buy Used Games Instead of New

There are many stores today where you can buy games at a deep discount.  We’ve bought many sports games from the previous version year $20-$30 less than the most recent version.  This will help save money in the long run. You can also sell games back when you are done and get cash back!  Some stores have rewards programs.  Take advantage where you can and score free games!

Believe it or not, you CAN have video game consoles in your house and still keep your sanity!

My Top 10 Favorite Movie Quotes

My Top 10 Favorite Movie Quotes

I love funny movies.  Here are 10 of my favorite funny movie quotes of all time.  Share yours in the comments!

“We got no food, we got no jobs… our PETS’ HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!”   – Lloyd Christmas, “Dumb and Dumber” (1994)

“Shampoo is better. I go on first and clean the hair. Conditioner is better. I leave the hair silky and smooth. Oh, really, fool? Really. Stop looking at me, swan.” – Billy Madison, “Billy Madison” (1995)

“The thing is, Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.” – Peter Gibbons, “Office Space” (1999)

“Well, I could be wrong, but I believe diversity is an old, old wooden ship that was used during the Civil War era.” – Ron Burgundy, “Anchorman” (2004)

“Hey, you! Get your damn hands off her!” – George McFly, “Back to The Future” (1985)

“Stupid cat? How could you say that? That cat’s been like a brother to you. And we’re supposed to just let him wander the streets without food, water or toilet?” – Jack Byrnes, “Meet the Parents” (2000)

Annie: Whatever you say ‘Stove’.

Flight Attendant Steve: It’s Steve.

Annie: ‘Stove’ what kind of a name is that?

Flight Attendant Steve: That’s not a name. My name is Steve.

Annie: Are you an appliance?

Flight Attendant Steve: No I am a man, and my name is Steve.

Annie: You’re a flight attendant.

Flight Attendant Steve: That is, absolutely accurate. You can close that.

– Annie & the flight attendant, “Bridesmaids” (2011)

“The price is wrong, b*tch.” – Happy Gilmore, “Happy Gilmore” (1995)

“How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains?… Yeah… Coach woulda put me in fourth quarter, we would’ve been state champions. No doubt. No doubt in my mind.” – Uncle Rico, “Napoleon Dynamite” (2004)

“Name? Austin Danger Powers. Sex? Yes please!” – Austin Powers, “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” (1997)

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