Lithuanian Music

On my European vacation I was exposed to a lot of Lithuanian music.  It seems every other day there was a concert on television.  To be honest it was not all that bad.  Here is a youtube video of Agne and Radzi.

Agne ir Radzi – Verksi Tu

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Lithuanian Basketball

Hi all,

 Just wanted to share some highlights from Lithuania playing in the Euroleague Championship in 2007.  Lithuanian took bronze. Lithuania lost only once during the tournament. Lithuanian has qualified for the 2008 Olympics in China.  Watch out!  I won’t be surprised if Lithuania takes home a medal in the 2008 Olympics.

Best Movies of 2007 So Far

Well I had the opportunity to see some movies this year.  I am the type of guy who likes to see the blockbuster movies.  Usually the movies I like, are not even mentioned during the Academy Awards.  Well here is my list of favorite movies.

The best movie so far had to have been The Bourne Ultimatum.  Is it me or does it just get better and better with each new installment.  I have to admit I did see this both in the United States and Lithuania.  Great action flick and the story was great.

The next best movie had to have been Transformers.  I just picked it up on DVD today.  Yeah, I did grow up on the cartoon and this movie did not let me down.  Great visual affects and a fun movie to watch. 

Next on my list would be Shrek the 3rd.  I love the first two movies.  I use to think the first one was the best but after watching the second movie countless times with my son, I think the 2nd movie was the best.  I did not get to watch the whole movie, just parts of it.  We took the whole family and when my youngest got bored, I was walking around the movie theater complex with her.  My son enjoyed it and what I saw of it, I liked.

Next decent movie was Die Hard or Live Free.  I like the Die Hard movies a lot.  This had many great action scenes.  The story was not bad.  I guess I was disappointed not in the movie, but the day I went to see this flick, I really wanted to go see Transformers but it was sold out.  It was a fun movie.

The last flick on my list was Rush Hour 3.  It was ok.  I don’t know if it was me but it seems that the Rush Hour franchise is getting old.  I love Jackie Chan movies but something was lacking.  I am looking forward to watch this again when it comes out on video.  I just came back from Paris and I want to see all the footage from Paris. 

I missed all the new movies from mid August through September.  I would love to hear what others thought.  Again here is my list.

  1. The Bourne Ultimatum
  2. Transformers
  3. Shrek the Third
  4. Die Hard or Live Free
  5. Rush Hour 3

Superbowl Ideas

Recently the NFL Comissioner suggested that London would be a good place to host a Superbowl.

One important fact that the NFL should realize.  Europeans do not care about American football.  Fans should not be forced to go to another country to watch the biggest US sporting event.  Let’s keep it in the Unites States.  I understand the business aspect the commissioner is looking at.  He wants to develop interest in the NFL overseas, especially in Europe.

I have a couple ideas for the NFL. 

  • How about letting the team that won the Superbowl, host the next Superbowl. 
  • Let have a Superbowl in a cold enviroment such as Green Bay or New England?

Kobe Bryant Saga

I am a huge Laker fan! 

Ever since the Lakers traded away Shaq a dark cloud has been hanging over this organization.  His name is Kobe (ballhog) Bryant.  Kobe is a great scorer.  I would be to if I took that many shots.  Kobe lacks one quality to take him to the next level, leadership.

Why was Kobe banned from practice?  Read this articl from th NY Post.

Phil bans Kobe from practice

Posted: Friday October 19, 2007 06:31AM ET

The way I hear it, Phil Jackson banned Kobe Bryant from being around the Lakers Tuesday when his petulant VIP – offended that owner Jerry Buss alerted the Los Angeles media he was available in an equitable trade – informed him he wouldn’t be practicing, for the third straight day, because he wanted to rest his legs, knee, bruised ego, whatever. “I don’t want you riding the exercise bike in front of the team,” Jackson hipped Bryant, according to a source. “There’s nothing wrong with your legs. I need you to be part of the team. I need to come to practice and work hard. And I need you to come to games and play defense.” Last season, Inaction Jackson felt Bryant had gotten a little lazy on the sidelines and at practice. In his considered opinion, he and his coaching staff were too easy, too soft on the players, especially Mr. Big Stuff.

New York Post

It’s time to trade Kobe.  Dr. Buss please trade Kobe now before his rotten attitude affects the entire team.  Rebuild and in a year or two the Lakers will return to the Finals without Kobe. :>

I understand that Kobe fills the stands but there is one problem.  He has not been able to lead the Lakers back to the Finals.   Kobe will never be able to lead the Lakers to the Finals.  I will hold off on saying if he could lead any other team to the Finals.  I honestly believe that Kobe and Dirk would be a killer combo and could lead Dallas back to the Finals. 

I honestly believe that for any team to win the NBA Finals, they need two superstars.  The only exception are team like San Antonio and Detriot.  These teams win by playing like a team.

Pumpkin Patch 2007

Well it was another fun year at the pumpkin patch at Underwood Family Farms.  It seems every year we go we have fun.  I was bother a little by the fact that they charge the same price for kids as audults.  On the weekdays it is $3 a person, age 2 and up and weekends are $8.50 a person, age 2 and up.  Children under 2 are free.

I understand that on the weekends they have live music and some shows for the kids.  The weekdays they still have some things for the kids to do.  We like going there to take pictures anyways but we still support them by buying a few pumpkins.  But let’s get real.  Paying $8.50 for a kid to get into a pumpkin patch on the weekend is outrageous.  Many of the activities and basic rides requires an additional ticket purchase.  They do have some free activities but not worth $8.50.

As long as the kids have fun I guess I am alright with that.  I guess I will just go there during the weekday. 

European Vacation Part 1

I have almost been back for over a month.  So many things I haven’t done yet. I guess I will start blogging about my trip to Lithuania.

The flight over was not that bad.  I had to make some last minute arrangements for my trip.  I booked my vacation in January and it seems that route was no longer in service.  After a brief discussion at the desk I was accommodated for this problem.  To keep my schedule, I was given a first class ticket to Detroit and there I hopped onto my international flight to Amsterdam.  I made it in time to Amsterdam to catch my flight to Lithuania. 

Quick note to anyone who will ever fly Lithuania Airlines.  It may be a cheap airline ticket but if you want a snack or a beverage, such as water or soda, then you have to pay for it.   I understand business but let’s get real.  I cannot take any drinks on the plane due to security restrictions but then when I get on the plane if I want a refreshment I have to pay for it.  This is a horrible business practice.

Well after that little disclaimer, I made it in time to Lithuania.  I was a little thirsty when I got there but I made it. Currently the airport in Vilnius is under a renovation.  Every person leaving or coming must exit the airplane and board a bus to and from the terminal.  Hopefully they will be done with this renovation soon.