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I wanted to write this post prior to Super Bowl XLVI, last night, but I got caught up picking up wings from Hooters and watching the twelve hour Super Bowl Pre-game show.

I’m obviously a huge football fan and am quite disappointed that my beloved Packers did not make it to back-to-back Super Bowls.  The next best thing, besides hoping for a close game, are the commercials.  However, in recent years I have found the ads to be sub par–there have been way to many movie trailers.  Last night was no different.  There were easily a half dozen commercials that were previews for the Big Screen.   In addition, to the movie trailers, there were many commercial duds (Teleflora and Fiat). In my opinion, the worst commercial(s) created was by Coca Cola.  Ironically, my favorite commercial was one of the early aired ads in last nights lineup; created by Pepsi with Sir Elton John and Melanie Amaro, with an appearance by Flavor Flav! 

I also really enjoyed the CRV Honda Commercial with Matthew Broderick based on “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.

Below are my favorite commercials (by category) of All-Tme:

BEST SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL EVER – Reebok (2003) – Terry Tate Office Linebacker, my friends brother actually created this add which was originally a compilation of scenes adding up to a total of 20 minutes.   Reebok bought the rights and they came up with this clip 

BEER – Bud light (2007) – No Speak English

SNACKS – Doritos (2007) – Crunchy Crash

CAR – Chrysler (2010) – Eminem Motor City

SODA – Coca Cola (1979) – Mean Joe Green 

1. God’sgift Achiuwa (St. Johns) – I guess his parents wanted to provide the literal meaning of his name apposed of giving him a traditional tribal name.

2. Sir’Dominic Pointer (St. Johns) – Born and raised in Hockeytown, his parents must be Royalty– having prefaced their son’s name with Sir.  The sad part is that Sir’Dominic does NOT have the best name in his family.  His sisters name is Miz’Unique.

3. Scoop Jardine (Syracuse) – I heard a rumor that his parents founded Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.  I also came across this soundbite which makes a strong case for Scoop to be #1 on this list–check it out (just click Play).

4. Shabazz Bozie Napier (UCONN) – with a middle name of Bozie… I’d say his parents were sippin’ on too much Booze.

5. Fab Melo (Syracuse) – Honestly, I think his first name is pretty FABulous but he shouldn’t have gone to ‘Cuse with that last name.  They already had a Melo aka Carmelo (who wasn’t suspended for grades)

6. Cashmere A’keem Wright (Cincinnati) – He is majoring in Fashion and if his dreams of playing in the NBA collapse, he would like to open his own store which specializes in selling sweaters, scarfs, and cardigans. I’ve been told he’s a very soft and gentle individual; unlike his teammate Yancey Gates.

7. Kiwi Gardner (Providence) – I guess Oakland, CA can be confused with New Zealand… After all, Kiwi refers to people from the Land Down Under.

8. Ge’Lawn Guyn (Cincinnati) – his name is so Mizter’Unique that on the Bearcats web page they have a section for “Pronunciation”.  Just in case you need to some yard work give Ge’Lawn a call; he’s my guy.

9. Jawanza Poland (South Florida) – Do I want to go to Poland?

10. Junior Cadougan (Marquette) – Tenth place was a toss-up between Cadougan and (number two) Vander Blue, also from MU but I went with Cadougan because of a the video game Street Fighter–sounds to much like Ryu’s special move “Hadouken”

Cold, snow, cheese, brats, Harley’s.  These are a few things that come to mind when the average non-Wisconsinite thinks of Milwaukee.  Here are a few other terms that I think about when I think of Milwaukee: Festive, tailgate, relaxing, and delicious.

Last night, I went to SummerFest, an 11 day music festival which includes 11 stages with over 700 bands.  The most notable bands in attendance were 311, Maroon 5, Wiz Khalif, Owl City, and Ben Harper.  All these bands and singers performed on eleven general admission, street stages, which cost $15 per ticket.  Artists such as Kanye West, Britney Spears, Toby Keith, and Katy Perry performed in the Marcus Amphitheater which costs a minimum of $50 (lawn tickets) and goes as high as $170 for reserved seating.

Fortunately, my favorite band, Of A Revolution (O.A.R.) whom I saw play, always performs on a street stage at SummerFest.  The best part about last night was the OAR group members meet and greet/autograph session prior to their show.  Having already met Richard On, the guitarists, at a bar in Arlington, VA, I was excited to meet the lead vocalist, Marc Roberge. The crowd was treated to an exciting two-hour performance, including saxophonist Jerry DePizzo, while O.A.R. rocked the Miller Lite Oasis Stage.  O.A.R. played a few songs songs from their up coming (Aug. 2) album “King” including their new single “Heaven.”  My favorite song they played was “Hey Girl” which was the last song of the night.

When you aren’t at SummerFest, “sipping beers and making faces at the senoritas” you can be tailgating outside Miller Park before and after a Brewers game! When driving down I-94 with the windows open, seeing the parking-lots at capacity, you can smell the brats and charcoal burning. Miller Park is a spectacular place to see a ball game (rain or shine) since it has a retractable roof.  If you are a baseball fan, you have to come to Milwaukee to witness the Sausage Race.

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Finally, my favorite place to hangout in Milwaukee during the summer is Bradford Beach!  Yes, there’s a beach in Wisconsin and there aren’t any worries like jellyfish or sharks–I’m talking about Lake Michigan.  If you are the athletic type, you can either go on a jog, or play beach volleyball/soccer in the designated areas.  For the less adventurist individuals, you can just relax and catch some sun and people watch.  My activity of choice was people watching! After spending the day at Bradford Beach, you can conclude your evening at my favorite restaurant Lake Park Bistro which is located just north of Bradford Beach on top of the hill, over-looking Lake Michigan.  Lake Park is part of the Bartolotta family, but it isn’t a chain.  It is a romantic French restaurant that has delicious food and great service.  I either order the steak frites or the entrecote aux Champignons (Steak Ribeye with grilled mushrooms).  A typical meal (for two) costs between $60-115 depending on what you order.  But my motto is “You only live once” and each dollar spent at Lake Park is well worth it!

It is only fitting that my Grandma, Sue Remington, would pass on the day of the year, where the sunlight lasted the longest of the year–on the Summer Solstice.  She was 89 years-old when she died in her home in Madison, WI.  In this very house on Dartmouth Street, she raised a family of five boys and a daughter.  These same children (my Aunt and Uncles), were along her bedside to show their love and support as my my Grandma peacefully slept away.I was raised just outside Washington DC by my Papa, Michael Remington, who was my Grandma’s oldest son.  Growing-up, we were fortunate to have the means to be able to travel to WI, as a family, to visit my Grandparents (Sue & Frank).  I will forever remember Grandma as a traditional, competitive, and humorous human being.Our family vacations to the Mid-West, consisted of canoeing down the Brule River, fishing for northern pikes, playing king of the raft, eating pie in Port Wing, and me almost biting my tongue off (I have scar to prove it).  In the evenings, when we weren’t exploring the outdoors of Iron River, we had family dinner at the cottage.   Grandma was all about the Clean-Plate-Club. She would say “Food wasters don’t get dessert.”  Dessert normally consisted of a scoop of ice cream from a gallon jug (I have a ton of cousins).In the morning, I would awake to the smell of maple syrup and pancakes on the griddle. According to Grandma, we were not allowed to sit at the table unless we had brushed our teeth and washed our face.  Another rule that Grandma enforced was no hats inside.  When I say she enforced this, she scolded my Uncle Pat, a little over a month ago for sitting down at the dinner table, wearing a HAT when my Papa and I were in town visiting.In addition to being very traditional, Grandma was also very competitive.  She was the biggest Wisconsin Badgers fan that I knew.  She had 50-yard-line seats at Camp Randall during the Fall.  During the Winter, you could find her sitting center court at the Kohl Center.  As you can imagine, when I transferred to Marquette, basketball season became very interesting within my family.  The already in-state-rivalry just became a little bigger to include the Remington Family.  During my first year at MU, the Golden Eagles played at Madison and I requested a ticket to join my Grandma for the game.  Just before the opening-tip, Grandma looked at me and said with a straight face, “Christophe, you are not part of the Remington family during the next 2.5 hours!”  I thought she was kidding but through the game she would nudge her elbow into my side when MU made a good play.  At one point, she told me to “keep it down” when I cheered one of Dominic James’s dunk!  In fact, after the game, I asked Grandma if she would wear a shirt that said “Marquette Grandma” and her response was priceless, “Over my dead body.”  Well I guess, I should go pick her up a shirt from the Spirit Shop (only kidding).Her competitive personality didn’t end with the Badgers.  It was also prevalent at her dinning-room table were Grandma and I competed in a card game called “Casino.”  The point of the game was to get to 21 points first; based on a complicated scoring system.  I was one of Grandma’s toughest opponents.  From what I hear, my cousin Natalie is also really good.  Grandma rarely beat me because she claimed that I was “a little rascal” because I never built any “piles.”However, even though I beat Grandma during the majority of our card matches; she did beat me at something more significant.  One summer, in Northern WI, my Dad, Grandma, and I played 9 holes in at the Poplar Golf Course.  Papa, obviously dominated; but 2nd place came down to the final hole where Grandma beat me by one stroke sinking a high-pressured putt.  Grandma was a gracious winner and that day was one of my favorite days spent with her and my Dad.Grandma was not just traditional and competitive–she was also naturally funny.  She had the most random ideas in the world.  One of which took place during a dinner conversation which I recorded on my camera.  Unfortunately, my apartment in Milwaukee was robbed and the thieves took my laptop which the video was saved on.  However, I still remember this conversation as if it took place yesterday.  This dinner took place about seven years ago, when Grandma suggested that she wanted to open a “Drinking School” she explained that kids need to learn how to drink responsively.  She wasn’t implying that her grandchildren where alcoholics because I asked just that!  She truly believed that it was a good idea to open this school.  When asked, “where will you teach classes?” she said “here” meaning her house.  Everyone laughed.

From this video above, you can witness Grandma’s great sense of humor.  You can also see her fierceness doing a fist bound, as well as her love for dogs.  Present in this video are myself, grandma, my cousin Frank, and my girl friends dog, Maisy.

Grandma will be survived by 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  But more importantly, by her only daughter Ann and her five sons Mike, Jim, Tom, Pat, and Frank as well as their spouses.  We will forever remember Sue Remington as a caring and loving grand/mother.

FAMILY PHOTOS (Click here)

Who doesn’t like music…? Simple answer–No one! Music gives people a sense of therapy, a way to connect, but most importantly, it’s open to interpretation.  I tend to listen to every sort of genre, minus classical but if my classical radio station started playing cover songs by violinists’ Eric Stanley or Josh Vietti, I would definitely tune-in.  My favorite genre of music is Country music because I enjoy the story-lines in the lyrics.  I also like Hip-Hop because I believe rappers are the most creative and talented singers in the music industry.  The way a rapper matches their rhyming lyrics to a beat is just dirty!  However, this post is only going to depict music that is instrumental.

While exploring YouTube in search of great instrumental and cover bands I came across some fascinating, talented, and gifted individuals.  The first individual that I found was Eric Stanley, of Richmond VA, a violinist who turns pop songs into instant classics. According to his web site Eric would define his music “more as world music mixed into modern.”   

The next musician that I came across was David Sides “D-Sides” a talented pianist who lives in California.  D-Sides took the internet by storm with his piano cover of OneRepublic’s “Apologize.”  However my favorite cover he composed was “Buy U A Drank” originally by T-Pain & Yung Juc.  According to David’s web site, “His personal renditions of today’s popular songs are truly a work of art.”

The third musician I found was another violinist named Josh Vietti who started out as a street “Mall” performer in Santa Monica.  Josh made his national debut performing in the 2010 NBA-All-Star commercial.  Josh may be my favorite musician on YouTube.  According to Josh’s website, his music “is an urban blend of hip hop/jazz violin and will make you want to dance, bob your head and leave you wanting more!”

The next talented pianist that I found was Neal Kern who was covering “Shattered” by my favorite band OAR.  I was unable to find a web site for Neal Kern to provide additional information about his background.  But, I did find under his YouTube info, that he has a son who he loves dearly.  He has studied music earning his Masters in Jazz from North Texas.

The last musicians that I discovered were twins Janice and Sonia aka Jayesslee.  These two adorable sisters were raised in Australia by Korean parents.  According to their YouTube site, they “have always shared a passion for singing and now, they are set on pursuing music.”

Finally, I discovered this band two years ago and just wanted to add them to this post because I think they are super talented.  They are called Boyce Avenue “B-ave”.  They started off covering bands and became a YouTube sensation covering songs by Oasis, Boyz II Men, Journey, Chris Brown,  Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Michael Jackson.  B-ave has now come out with their own album that can be purchased on iTunes.  They are so successful that they are touring nationally.  In fact, they are coming to Washington DC and performing at the 9:30 Club on October 10, 2011.

Like I said in my into, music can be interpreted however the listener wants.  These musicians took the work from famous artists’ and turned them into their own works of art.  I hope you realize that it takes creativity, hard work and talent to compose music.  So please continue to show support for musicians across the world by purchasing legally and going to shows or in Josh’s circumstance, stopping at the mall and  just listening.

My best friend, Peter has had a passion for flying his entire life.  He spent his youth building model planes in his basement and  then flying them in open fields with his Dad.  He later enrolled at Ohio University where he earned his degree in Aviation.  I was only able to visit him once while he was at school; but it was awesome.  Since Pete had his pilot license he was able to take me up on a solo ride.

Over the past two years, Peter and I have attended the Joint Forces Air Show at Andrews.  The 2010 Air Show featured the Blue Angels from the U.S. Navy while this years attraction was the Thunderbirds from the U.S. Air Force.  I have to admit, I preferred the 2010 Air Show for several reasons:

  1. Greater variety of  events (helicopter/seals act).
  2. The Blue Angels performed better then the Thunderbirds.
  3. The planes were closer when performing their maneuvers (the main runway was under construction this year).

I’ll let you be the judge though.  Here are two videos that I’ve created while filming at the show.

I have decided to switch servers regarding my blog from blogger to WordPress.  To view my past entries over the past 3 years please visit: http://www.goldeneaglesfan.blogspot.com/

My Former Blog Titles & Links:

Athletes, Models, and Reporters (May 11, 2011)

Hey Vince, let’s get our trophy back (January 26, 2011

2011 Rose Bowl Video (January 10, 2011)

2011 Rose Bowl (January 9, 2011)

Cabo is Paradise (April 10, 2010)

World Cup Controversy (November 19, 2009)

Marquette GoldenEaglesFan see’s Wade in DC (November 5, 2009)

Grad searching employment (June 4, 2009)

Reflection on Twitter (April 1, 2oo9)

A Sad Day for Marquette Basketball (February 26, 2009)

Traveling to our Nations Capitol (February 18, 2009)