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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Bruce Springsteen Appreciation Thread
« on: August 10, 2016, 07:39:13 PM »
Springsteen has taken The River tour to Spain and even at nearly 67 years of age, plays a 33 song set list. :o

Psshhhh.... I got 34 in Buffalo 2009.  ;)

He also played the entirety of Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ.

Wrecking Ball
The Ties That Bind
Hungry Heart
Working on a Dream

Blinded By the Light
Growin' Up
Mary Queen of Arkansas
Doe This Bus Stop at 8nd Street?
Lost in the Flood
The Angel
For You
Spirit in the Night
It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City

Waitin' on a Sunny Day
The Promised Land
Restless Nights
Surprise, Surprise
Green Onions
Merry Christmas Baby
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
(I Don't Want to) Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes
Boom Boom
My Love Will Not Let You Down
Long Walk Home
The Rising
Born to Run
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out

* * *
I'll Work For Your Love
Thunder Road
American Land
Dancing in the Dark
Higher and Higher
Rockin' All Over the World

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: June 11, 2016, 06:09:22 AM »
"Mr. Hockey" Gordie Howe passed away a few days ago. He's considered one of the best to ever play the game.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: June 07, 2016, 11:28:02 PM »
Awesome story how he went from you tube video fights to actually becoming an mma fighter and winning several fights including beating the great legend Ken Shamrock!

Beating Ken Shamrock isn't really that hard nowadays.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Brendan!!
« on: April 18, 2016, 06:31:54 AM »
Thanks everyone!  8)  O0

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Your Song
« on: March 14, 2016, 09:16:06 PM »
"Footloose" by Kenny Loggins

I'll take it.  8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Number 1 Movie On Your Birthday
« on: March 14, 2016, 09:13:23 PM »
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Bruce Springsteen Appreciation Thread
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:49:51 AM »
I'll definitely be going to another show at some point in the future.

Eight years later and seven shows later...

Bruce and the band are back on tour this year promoting the re-issue of The River album. They made a stop by Buffalo last Thursday and I was there! I snagged quite a few pics with my phone:

The set list:

1. Buffalo Gals
2. Meet Me in the City

** The River Album **

3. The Ties That Bind
4. Sherry Darling
5. Jackson Cage
6. Two Hearts
7. Independence Day
8. Hungry Heart
9. Out in the Street
10. Crush on You
11. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
12. I Wanna Marry You
13. The River
14. Point Blank
15. Cadillac Ranch
16. I'm a Rocker
17. Fade Away
18. Stolen Car
19. Ramrod
20. The Price You Pay
21. Drive All Night
22. Wreck on the Highway

23. The Promised Land
24. It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
25. My Love Will Not Let You Down
26. Because the Night
27. Lonesome Day
28. The Rising
29. Thunder Road

** Encore **

30. Detroit Medley
31. Born to Run
32. Dancing in the Dark
33. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
34. Bobby Jean
35. Shout

3 hr 25 min show

This is the second time that I've been fortunate enough to have an entire album played live. At the Buffalo 2009 show he played the entire "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J." album. After this show I was able to get the sound guys attention and I told that this was a great sounding show and thanked him.  O0

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In The News
« on: February 22, 2016, 11:12:23 PM »
Thanks, Matt!

If only we could all live to 95. He had several great-grandchildren as well. Even though he knew it was coming all he wanted to do was to just go home, see his dog and have a scotch.

We lose too many of our veterans every year. This just hits a little close to home.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In The News
« on: February 22, 2016, 07:41:17 PM »
Just posting this here but my friends grandfather passed away this morning. He was 95. He lived quite the long and very accomplished life. He fought in WWII and was wounded in the failed Dieppe raid. He was captured and held as a POW for close to two years before being released. From then he joined the Hamilton police services retiring years later. I was able to thank him and shake his hand at a recent Remembrance Day ceremony in Hamilton and I'm glad that I was able too.

Dieppe veteran Jack McFarland dies
95-year-old was one of Hamilton's remaining veterans of the failed Dieppe raid
CBC News Posted: Feb 22, 2016 5:36 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 22, 2016 5:36 PM ET

Jack McFarland taking part in a ceremony at the Dieppe Veterans’ Memorial Park in Hamilton. (Adam Carter/CBC)

Jack McFarland, well-known Hamilton veteran's advocate who was taken prisoner in the 1942 Dieppe raid, has died at age 95.

A member of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (RHLI), he was wounded and captured in the Dieppe raid, becoming a prisoner of war for more than  two years before returning to his home in Hamilton. 

McFarland was a private when he hit the beach at Dieppe, on the northern coast of France. Many consider it to be one of the greatest disasters in Canadian military history. It took the lives of hundreds of Canadians and wounded many more. Almost two hundred of the fallen soldiers were from Hamilton.

'From all of us, past and present at the Hamilton Police Service, we salute Jack McFarland for his service.'
- Acting Chief of Police Ken Weatherill
When he returned to Hamilton, McFarland volunteered to serve again but the war ended, prompting his next career with Hamilton Police which started in 1947. He later retired in 1981 as a staff sergeant.

The service recognized his contributions today, noting he spent his "entire life serving his country in the Canadian Armed Forces and the community as a police officer with the Hamilton Police Service."

Thanked for service

"From all of us, past and present at the Hamilton Police Service, we salute Jack McFarland for his service," said Acting Chief of Police Ken Weatherill.

Hamilton's Mayor Fred Eisenberger echoed those sentiments saying "along with my Council Colleagues and the City of Hamilton we thank Mr. McFarland for his service."

McFarland was a constant at local Dieppe ceremonies on Remembrance Day for which he was an advocate in creating a Dieppe Veterans Memorial Park on the Beach Strip. The memorial officially opened in 2003, decades after the raid.

"I think about it this week more than ever," recounted McFarland in an interview with CBC Hamilton in 2012.

"It was 70 years ago…and we've lost a lot of friends from the raids since then."

Dedication to service

Each time the Canadian flag was raised at a ceremony, McFarland saluted proudly. He was never alone, surrounded by family and friends including two other survivors who stormed the beach of Dieppe, France on Aug. 19, 1942, Fred Engelbrecht and Ken Curry. 

"To see these veterans here reminds me of their dedication," said Reverend Bryan Robertson to CBC Hamilton following a Remembrance Day service.

"In spite of getting more elderly all the time, they still make the effort to come out, and people come out to support them, too."

The trio were three of the 600 Hamilton soldiers sent in the raid. It involved some 6,000 allied troops, mostly Canadians.

McFarland had been struggling with his health the past year however he still attended the 2015 Remembrance Day at Gore Park in November. He was inducted into the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction in December and celebrated his 95th birthday in January.

The CBC ran a piece on The National about Jack titled "Jack's Story" in August of 2012. That can be viewed here:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Best & Worst Restaurant Chains
« on: February 02, 2016, 12:34:55 AM »
I can't speak for other provinces but here in Canada, I'd say that "A&W" and "Harveys" have the best fast food burgers (with Harveys winning).

For "healthier" options I typically frequent "Pita Pit" or "Booster Juice". Lots of good choices, they're quick and always nice and I don't feel ashamed after eating there.

Here in Southern Ontario, "Toppers Pizza" is really good as a 'chain'. "Pizza Pizza" has a stranglehold on the "fast food" pizza area and I used to be able to eat their stuff but now I can't. It seems like it's too standard. Too manufactured. It's cookie cutter pizza. So now for pizza I typically goto mom and pop places.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In The News
« on: February 01, 2016, 11:17:39 AM »
This is a nice read from John Scott. He's an NHL player. He was selected to the NHL All Star game by a fan vote and the NHL tried to keep him out. To me, he's a different kind of All Star in regards to how he views himself, his career, his role and the teams he's played for over the years.

Oh and the team he played for in the All Star game? He was the captain, they won the tournament and he won the All Star Game MVP honours.  O0

General Discussion / Re: Eastwood Movie Challenge
« on: January 27, 2016, 04:57:03 AM »
I was doing this about two years ago when I ended up getting side tracked. I finished Dirty Harry. I wont be able to stick to that schedule but I suppose that I could get back into the Eastwood Fest I had going.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2015 Movie Discussion
« on: January 12, 2016, 07:44:34 AM »

The most ironic film title of a movie I've seen. 2 hours of depressing melodrama, with characters who have no appealing qualities whatsoever. I didn't care for any of it. I thought it was going to pick up half way through when Bradley Cooper showed up but no.


I hated Joy. It's just David O'Russell still clinging to the hope that his dream team will get him an Oscar.

On the other hand, I loved The Force Awakens. I was excited from beginning to end as was really engrossed in the whole thing. I never at any point had the same feeling of excitement for the prequels. They were empty, sad, pathetic shells of a movie. Force Awakens re-ignited the feelings I had as a kid when I would watch the original trilogy.

General Discussion / Re: Tag You're It #5!!!
« on: January 07, 2016, 08:03:59 AM »
For Brendan:
(From Matt) What are you doing these days, career-wise, and how could you be of the best use to an Eastwood film crew?

When I'm not with NASA, I work for one of our telecommunication companies. It's not too shabby. I get paid well, benefits, shares in the company and a pension plan. How would I best suit an Eastwood film crew? I'd get in the way.  ;)

Web Site Announcements / Re: CEWB Member Starter Packs for sale!
« on: December 06, 2015, 05:57:57 PM »
I'd have to pass on my own Starter Pack. I don't approve of that attire mainly because I don't like Bud Light or Busch beer. They're so awful that it's offensive.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2015 Movie Discussion
« on: December 06, 2015, 05:56:42 PM »

DC is raising its game.

No they're not. 

Man of Steel was awful. Batman V. Superman is going to be awful as well. I don't that Affleck is Batman. That doesn't bother me. It's just not going to be good. Zack Snyder is awful. Marvel is doing it right and has been doing it right for years now. They're laughing their way to the bank. DC doesn't know what their doing and will continue that way.

Stallone did some bad movies and got a bad rep ... But, he's a very good actor when he has the right movie and a good director.

When he doesn't direct himself he can be good. I think during the late 80's and early/mid 90's he was high on his game. He just took projects and cashed cheques. I think that's what hurt him.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2015 Movie Discussion
« on: December 03, 2015, 09:41:02 AM »
I have a feeling that Creed is going to hang around. Word of mouth will keep it here for a few weeks. It was never going to open big or have a huge take but it'll linger.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2015 Movie Discussion
« on: December 03, 2015, 09:19:10 AM »
Sounds about right...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2015 Movie Discussion
« on: November 29, 2015, 12:57:22 PM »

Fantastic. Like a modern day "All the President's Men". This one should definitely grab some nominations come awards season.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Rat Pack
« on: November 25, 2015, 10:24:09 PM »
Nascar IN Alabama counts double.

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