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Yesterday I posted my 200th blog post!
Unfortunately I wasn’t around to pimp it like I wanted to,
so check it out today.
It was a good post that I put more time than usual into.

So far we’ve talked about quite a bit.
You’ve gotten to know some of my very important people.
You’ve been lectured by me to watch for motorcycles.
You’ve met my dog Isabella.
There are so many more things to come!

At this point, my top 3 blog posts have been:

I Love A Good Heist

PLEASE HELP!  My Friend Needs Relationship Advice!!

No Longer With Us

Thank you to all of you for hanging around and reading my ramblings!!

My blog jumps around quite a bit.

What else should we discuss??
Do you have any favorite blogs I’ve written?

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200th Blog Post Image from: http://mariannsimms.blogspot.com/2009/11/fired-up-over-my-200th-blog-post.html

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The Weekly Movie: American Pie 2, The Score (Also referred to in my Heist Movie Blog),

The Weekly Downer: I didn’t ride my own motorcycle 😦  Soon though….

The Weekly Schadenfreude: Anything to do with Kate Gosselin (of the Jon & Kate Plus 8 fame) – between all the arguing with your ex-husband Jon and dancing on Dancing With the Stars, and photo shoots….  Who the hell is raising your 8 kids????


The Weekly Beverage:
Lemon Drop Shot

Brooks BBQ ~ Oneonta, NY

The Weekly Food: Brooks BBQ, Easter Ham, Michael’s awesome hamburgers

The Weekly Amazing Fact: One quarter of the bones in the human body are in your feet!

The Weekly Birthdays: Cute~Ella Is Bold, Bill Flandreau, Sabrina Hayles, Kevin Kretser, Dean Temple, Beth Sarris, Nellie Haywood-Reynolds, Victoria Collier, Carl Clark, and Andrea Roome-OsterhoudtI hope you all had wonderful birthday celebrations surrounded by those you love. Did you do anything special for your big day??

The Weekly Activity: Motorcycle Riding with Michael

Merrell

The Weekly Shoes: Flip Flops!


The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Kelly Monaco, Bradford Anderson, Laura WrightSteve Burton from General Hospital, The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Paul Miles, and The Empire State Book Festival.

Weekly Milestone: I published my 100th blog!!

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: What would you like me to blog about??

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The Weekly Anniversary: Michael & I – Tuesday was 4 years!!
I wrote my anniversary blog Duck… Duck… No Goose!!
Michael wrote his anniversary blog With This Rose…

Michael & I

The Weekly Read: Soap Opera Digest

The Weekly Music: Kim mentioned the song “That’s What Friends Are For” on Facebook the other day.  That song reminds me of an assembly in elementary school when our school principal Mr. Lewis was retiring.  The student body sang it to him 🙂  Suzanne Rielly-Werbeck remembers it too!

The Weekly Movie: Heist while I wrote my heist movie blog.

Danielle & Brianna

The Weekly Yay!!: My friend Danielle’s daughter Brianna has leukemia and really wanted to win a contest through Jamz 96.3 to go bowling with Justin Bieber.  I didn’t have enough notice to get it up here on my blog, however I posted it up on Facebook and Twitter and she got enough votes and she won the contest!!  Thank you Jamz!!

Brianna is 2nd from the left ~ Bieber is in the middle.

The Weekly Time Waster: Saratogian Job Fair – See Michael’s blog….

The Weekly Schadenfreude: Joe Biden telling Obama “This is a big F*#king deal” and the microphone catching it….

The Weekly Food: We ate well this week 🙂  Broccoli, yellow & red peppers, garlic, parsley, zucchini, chicken, and chicken broth over bowtie pasta / Nachos / Chicken with mushrooms over rice / Duck with plum sauce along with mashed potatoes and gravy / chicken milanese from Bellini’s Italian Eatery

The Weekly Amazing Fact: A giraffe can clean it’s ears with it’s 21-inch tongue!!

Giraffes

The Weekly Birthdays: Stephanie Castronova Farina, Patrick Onufer, Katy Cagle, Amy Lynn Hunt, Meghan Touhey Santucci , Jessica Hainor-Bucci , Jodi Bridges, Tim Sorsdahl, Stephen Piorkowski, Matt Essery, Markus Armstrong, Kelly Humphries, and Mark LoseeI hope you all had wonderful birthdays!!  Did you do anything special for your big day?

The Weekly Craft: Learned the treble crochet stitch 🙂

The Weekly Activity: Searching for duck.  Finding a fresh duckling to make for dinner isn’t always an easy task.  I think we called about 6 places looking for one before someone had them 🙂

The Weekly person from Twitter that will be missed: Kelly G AKA: @AlbanyKelly is moving out of the Albany area.  We wish her well at her new job and hope to see her again soon!!

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: On April 19th my friend Maureen McCann is going to be running a marathon for Joints in Motion Arthritis Foundation in Boston, MA.  She is less than $600 from her $3,500 goal.  Please click this link and donate to help her reach her goal!!  Good luck with your training Maureen.  I know you can do it!!

Weekly Cookies: Dolce & Biscotti Fine Italian Bakery’s Italian Wedding Cake Cookies, Italian Frosted Cutout Cookies, Raspberry Drops and the Lemon Raspberry Shortbread cookies.  They’re all so yummy!!  Thank you to Mary & Donna for making up all the wonderful goodies that you do!  Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Breads…  Keep up the good work!  The wedding cakes on your Facebook page look great too!

Italian Wedding Cake Cookies

Italian Frosted Cutout Cookies

Raspberry Drops

Lemon Raspberry Shortbreads

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: How do you go about meeting new people?

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I LOVE Heist Movies!!!!!I’ve always loved heist movies.  The word heist is defined as: “to commit armed robbery or steal.
I’m an honest person.  I don’t steal things or rob places, but for some reason these movies have always been my favorites.  I’m going to tell you about a few of my favorites.

The Thomas Crown Affair ~ 1999

The Thomas Crown Affair I think this one is my all time favorite.  In the movie Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) is a millionaire who loves his Monets.

San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk ~ Claude Monet

Throughout the film Catherine Banning (Renee Russo) is an insurance adjuster is trying to prove that Thomas Crown was the one who stole the painting.  There are twists throughout the movie and it’s fun to watch Thomas toy with Catherine and the local detective on the case.   (Denis Leary)  There’s also a great sex scene on the stairway of Thomas’ mansion….  The music in the movie is wonderful.  The theme song The Windmills of Your Mind is performed by Sting and is a great song.  So check out my favorite cat and mouse game that is The Thomas Crown Affair.

Ocean's Eleven ~ 2001

Ocean’s Eleven What a great movie!  There’s one of the best all-star casts you could ask for as far as big names: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Bernie Mac, Elliott Gould, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Andy Garcia, and Julia Roberts.  In the film they rob 3 Las Vegas casinos (Bellagio, The Mirage, and the MGM Grand).  They plot and plan with the precision of surgeons.  George Clooney plays the ringleader Danny Ocean.  He has a personal vendetta against Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) because he is dating Danny’s wife Tess (Julia Roberts).  The only way to get to Terry though is hit his pride/hit his wallet.
I found out a few interesting flaws in the movie (there are many) while I was researching this post:

  • Danny Ocean says that Nevada Gaming Commission regulations require casinos to have enough cash in their vaults to cover every cent in play on the floor. In fact, no such regulation exists.
  • The $100 dollar bill is currently the largest US note in circulation (and has been since the sixties). One million dollars in $100 bills (10,000 notes) weighs about 22 pounds according to the US Treasury Dept web site. Therefore $160MM dollars would weight about 3,520 pounds. There is no way eight people could carry that much weight in canvas bags in one trip from the vault to the SWAT van.
  • During the robbery, the first set of 6 bags which allegedly contained half of the $160 million actually held fliers for hookers. As Rusty had instructed, they were sent up from the vault using the elevator, and carried out of the casino and placed in the white van by Benedict’s men before the SWAT team arrived. However, there is no explanation about how the fliers were transported into the vault in the first place – Danny and Linus did not bring them, and there would not have been enough extra space for that much paper in the cart that held Yen.

The Real McCoy ~ 1993

The Real McCoy is a movie that not too many people remember.  In the movie Karen McCoy (Kim Basinger) is a former bank robber who was recently released from prison.  Her greedy parole officer (Gallard Sartain)  holds her son hostage and threatens to put her back in jail if she doesn’t pull off one final bank heist for his boss Jack Schmidt (Terence Stamp)  She enlists the help of her biggest idiot fan J.T. Barker (Val Kilmer) to pull it all off.  Check this one out if you can find it.

The Maiden Heist ~ 2009

The Maiden Heist is a newer movie out to DVD.  I watched it for the first time last month and found it amusing.  It was an art heist where 3 museum security guards decide to steal their 3 favorite pieces of art before the new museum curator can have them sent to their new museum owner in Denmark.  Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, and William H. Macy all put in amusing performances.  (If you like art, check out my Art Blog)

Gone In 60 Seconds ~ 2000

Gone In 60 Seconds has got to be another one of my favorites!!  Aside from the fact that it stars one of my favorite actors Nicholas Cage as Memphis Raines the movie kept my interest the ENTIRE time which is tough to say for alot of movies.  Like Ocean’s Eleven this movie has another all-star cast.   Angelina JolieGiovanni Ribisi, Robert Duvall, James Duval, Scott CaanDelroy Lindo, Chi McBride Christopher Eccleston, Vinnie Jones, Timothy OlyphantWilliam Lee Scott (He’s from Hudson, NY), and T.J. Cross.  Just in case you live under a rock and haven’t seen the movie, it’s about a retired car thief who has to come out of retirement to pull off a 50 high end car heist in 1 night to save his little brother’s life.  There are some BEAUTIFUL cars in this movie as well as funny scenes (remember the snake?) to keep you glued to the TV.

The Saint ~ 1997

The Saint is a movie that many people have forgotten.  I was always a big Val Kilmer fan so when this movie came out it was something I needed to see instantly….  Val plays a character named Simon Templar (one of many names he uses throughout the movie) who is a professional thief/master of disguise who says once his bank account gets to $50,000,000 that he’ll retire.  His last transaction is working with the Russian Mafia and his last assignment is to steal the formula for cold fusion from Dr. Emma Russell. (played by Elisabeth Shue)  What he doesn’t count on is falling in love with her.  When he realizes that the formula isn’t complete and the Russian’s will stop at nothing to get it to work Simon realizes that Emma won’t be safe and goes to her to keep her safe.  Also stars Rade Serbedzija as Ivan Tretiak.

Heist ~ 2001

Heist starring Gene Hackman, Danny DiVito, Delroy Lindo, and Sam RockwellGene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman’s youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. Summary written by John Sacksteder (off IMDB)

Flawless ~ 2007

Flawless starring Demi Moore and Michael Caine is a diamond-heist thriller set in London during the 1960s. Demi Moore plays Laura Quinn, a bright, driven and beautiful executive at the London Diamond Corporation who gets frustrated as she watches man after man get promoted ahead of her despite her being more experienced.  Michael Caine plays Hobbs, the nighttime janitor at London Diamond.   Nobody notices Hobbs, but over the years he’s worked there he’s acquired extensive knowledge about how the company runs. Observing Laura’s frustration, he convinces her to help him execute his plan to steal a hefty sum in diamonds.

The Score ~ 2001

The Score was a great movie starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett and Marlon BrandoDe Niro plays Nick Wells, a professional criminal who almost got caught on his last job.  He wants out of the business for good.  His plan is to live in peace with his girlfriend Diane (played by Bassett), and to run his Montreal jazz club NYC.   Nick’s good friend Max (played by Brando who’s also his financial partner in his illegal dealings) has an offer Nick can’t refuse.  A historical and priceless French sceptre has been discovered while being smuggled into the country.   It is under intense surveillance in the Montreal Customs House, and soon will be returned to France.  Nick has to team up with Max’s man inside.  When Nick and Jackie Teller (Norton) meet it isn’t exactly love at first sight.  Nick thinks he’s young and careless.  They go into the job together, and only one question remains: Who will trick whom out of their share?

The Italian Job ~ 2003

The Italian Job starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland, Jason Statham, Seth Green, Mos Def, and Edward Norton.  A team of expert thieves pull off a heist in Venice, Italy stealing 35 million dollars worth of gold bars.  One of the thoieves betrays his team and swipes the gold for himself.  A year later, in Las Angeles, the remaining team members create a smart and devious plan to steal back the gold and get their revenge on the traitor.

The Doberman Gang ~ 1972

Finally I’m going to mention a movie you’ve probably never heard of.  In The Doberman Gang a bank thief decides to train a pack of doberman pinschers to rob a bank after a failed bank robbery attempt.  Dobermans are a breed of dog that trains extremely well and there’s less room for deviation in the robbery.  Even though this is an old movie, it’s nice to go back to an old school movie to remember how it was all done before we had computers and all the technology used in most heist movies we see today!  According to Wikipedia there were two sequels to this movie as well which I haven’t seen.  If anyone has them I’d love copies!!

What are some of your favorite heist movies?  Tell me, maybe I haven’t seen them yet!!

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UPDATE!!
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I was tagged by Cute~Ella is Bold here and Cassie here to do this blog.
I have to post 10 facts about myself and then tag 6 other bloggers.  So here we go.

6 Bloggers I tag

MichaelThe World Through My Lens
KimLaDorka – They’re Only Words
KatKatmasutra
ChrisRude Cactus
LisaMilwifeaviation
SaraConfessions of an Army Wife

10 Random Facts about me

1. I took Irish Step Dancing lessons as a child.  I was pretty good too! (and I’m not one drop Irish, I just fake it REALLY well)


2. I put mushrooms in 75% of the things I cook.

I've been to 10 countries - This map says 9 because it counts Vatican City as "Italy" but it has it's own government so....

3. I’ve been to 10 countries.  USA, Canada, Ireland, England, Spain, France, Italy, Vatican City, Germany, and Austria.
4. I have 4 nieces and 2 nephews.


5. I once wrote a 60 page paper about Levi Strauss for my Senior Seminar class in high school.

My FJR-1300AE and I in Montreal Canada

6. I own my own motorcycle.
7. My favorite meal is duck.
8. Peonies are one of my favorite flowers.

Me with STRAIGHT HAIR!!

9. I have NEVER dyed or permed my hair.  The biggest modification I’ve ever made was having it flat ironed ONCE and people didn’t recognize me!!
10. I LOVE heist movies!!!

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