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Amazing Race Route Concept #2
Warning: massive amount of text ahead. I created a mostly functional race route around the world (all loactions like buildings, businesses, landmarks, etc. are REAL locations and could theoretically actually work in the race). I tried to have a good variety in locations and types of challenges, but it's really hard! I find it a lot harder to complain about challenge design after making this. Even though this could technically happen there are probably some safety concerns in going to South Africa and Lesotho and it's probably not possible for the American Amazing Race to film in Cuba, but I decided to do it anyway. If you have any questions or feedback please let me know! RACE #2 Leg 1 (USA - Japan) Leg 2 (Japan - South Korea) Leg 3 (South Korea - India) Leg 4 (India - Oman) Leg 5 (Oman) Leg 6 (Oman - South Africa) Leg 7 (South Africa - Lesotho) Leg 8 (Lesotho - Greece) Leg 9 (Greece) Leg 10 (Greece - North Macedonia) Leg 11 (North Macedonia - Cuba) Leg 12 (Cuba - USA) LEG 1 USA - Japan Start at Cloud Gate, Chicago, Illinois Run to clue at Millenium Monument Clue #1 Make your way to the Gunma region of Japan, and travel to Sarugakyu Onsen. However, to get your tickets to Japan, you must make your way on foot through the busy streets of Chicago to Navy Pier, where flights will be given out according to the order of your arrival. Flights go to Tokyo, and you must make your own travel arrangements from there. Flight 1 (5 teams): Chicago - Los Angeles - Tokyo, arrives 8:00 AM Flight 2 (4 teams): Chicago - Tokyo, arrives 9:30 AM Flight 3 (2 teams): Chicago - San Francisco - Tokyo, arrives 9:45 AM Clue #2 Both team members must go into the hot springs and search it for the partly submerged cluebox to get your next clue. Clue #3 Travel to Sarugakyo Bungy for your next clue. Clue #4 Roadblock: Who’s ready to take a jump? Bungy jump at the largest bungy jump in all of Japan at 62 meters, or over 200 feet! Once you’ve taken your leap of faith, you’ll receive your next clue. Clue #5 Travel to Uenokunirokunomiya Haruna Shrine, Takasaki, for your next clue. Clue #6 Create one string of paper cranes in Senbazuru. Senbazuru is the crafting of 1000 paper cranes for good luck. Following the demonstration, learn how to craft paper cranes. Once you have created forty of them and strung them together, deliver them to a Shinto priest at Akiba Shrine. He will give you your next clue. Clue #7 Travel by train to Akihabara, Tokyo, and go to the top of the Tokyo Skytree to receive your next clue. Clue #8 Roadblock: Who can ‘go’ kart? The teammate who did the first roadblock cannot do this one. Travel to Akihabari Street Kart 1 and dress up in one of the many ridiculous costumes the company has to offer. Then, join a fifteen minute go-karting tour around the streets of this bustling region and look for three enormous signs in race colors with three different Japanese characters on them. If you can spot and write all three characters down correctly during the rush of Tokyo, you’ll receive your next clue. If you can’t get it right, you’ll have to join the next available tour. Clue #9 Travel to Horin Park on foot to find the first pit stop! The last team to check in here may be eliminated. Pit Stop, Leg 1 trip to Canada last: eliminated LEG 2 Japan - South Korea Clue #1 Fly to Busan, South Korea! Upon arrival, make your way to Beomeo-sa for your next clue. Fast Forward, Leg 2 Go to Songdo Beach and swim out into the ocean, locating the five whale statues in the water. At each statue, pick up marked letter tiles. Once you have all seven (two statues have two tiles), you can go back to the beach and unscramble the letters that spell out the name of a traditional South Korean delicacy that the other contestants eat at their first challenge. If you get the right word, you’ll be given a clue that takes you straight to the end of the leg. Clue #2 Master the art of Korean meditation. If you can master all of the moves correctly, then your instructor will give over your next clue. Clue #3 Head to Taejongdae for your next clue. Clue #4 Roadblock: Who’s desperate to eat? Take the marked path over one mile uphill to the marked food stand, and finish one serving of Soondae, a traditional South Korean delicacy that is made of pig intestines and pork blood. Once you have finished the food, you can run down to your partner and get your next clue. Clue #5 Take the Songdo Marine Cable Car from Songnim Park to Amnam Park to receive your next clue. Clue #6 Detour: Fish Identity or Fish Delivery Fish Identity: Go to Jagalchi Fish Market and search for the marked stall. Once there, sort an enormous box of fish and organize them. Once the stall owner approves, put them up for stock in the stall to receive your next clue. Fish Delivery: Go to Jacky’s Seafood and take three orders and three addresses that need to be delivered. Once you have delivered all the fish to all the correct addresses throughout the Gamcheon Culture Village, you will receive your next clue. Clue #7 Make your way to the pit-stop at Haedong Yonggungsa. The last team to arrive may be eliminated. Pit-Stop, Leg 2 -first: trip to Belize -last: non-elimination LEG 3 South Korea - India Clue #1 Fly to Hyderabad, India, and go to the Charminar for your first clue. Clue #2 Travel to Ramoji Film City Main Entrance to receive your next clue. Speed Bump, Leg 3 Make your way to Saha’s Adventure Park and zorb down a steep hill. Once you’ve made it, you can continue racing. Clue #3 Detour: Birdy Woods or Bollywood Birdy Woods: Dressing up in clumsy bird costumes, search through Asia’s largest aviary for a cutout of the bird your partner is dressing up as. Once you’ve found the two cutouts, head to the Bonsai Garden. If you match the right bird, you’ll receive your next clue. Bollywood: Head to Ramoji Movie Magic. Dressing up in traditional Indian outfits, memorize a short dance to the tune of some Bollywood music and perform it to the live audience and judges. If you meet their standards, you’ll receive your next clue. Clue #4 Head to Nehru Zoological Park where your next clue will be waiting. Clue #5 Take an amazing elephant ride! With both teammates on the elephant’s back guide it through a short course. If you can reach the end in under two minutes, you’ll receive your next clue. Clue #6 Make your way to Bidar Fort by public transport for your next clue. Clue #7 Roadblock: Who’s itching to get etching? One team member must help in the process of the creation of bidriware. First, you must chisel one section in the piece of bidriware very precisely. Any error and you must restart. If given the clear, then you must then make their way inside Bidar Fort and collect a total of three baskets of soil for the artisans to use later in the process. Finally, you must use some of the soil you collected and coat a piece of bidriware in it. If every part of the challenge was done to the satisfaction of the artisans, you will receive your next clue. Clue #8 Make your way to the Bahmani Tombs and the pit-stop! The last team to arrive will be eliminated. Pit-Stop, Leg 3 -first: trip to Japan -last: eliminated LEG 4 India - Oman Clue #1 Fly to Muscat, Oman! Once you have arrived, make your way to Al Alam Palace, where you will find marked cars waiting outside. Your clue will be waiting on the car. Clue #2 Drive all the way to the Nizwa Souq in Nizwa, Oman, where you will find nine different tags, each releasing teams at different times the next morning, when you will be given your next clue. Tag 1: departure at 7:00 AM Tag 2: departure at 7:05 AM Tag 3: departure at 7:10 AM Tag 4: departure at 7:15 AM Tag 5: departure at 7:20 AM Tag 6: departure at 7:25 AM Tags 7-9: departure at 7:30 AM Clue #3 Detour: Selling Goats or Weighing Dates Selling Goats: Navigate through the souq to the weekly goat market. You must select a seller and help them sell their goats. First, thoroughly clean five goats so they are ready for selling. Then, parade five goats around the “walking circle,” where potential buyers will inspect which goats to buy. You must finally buy a goat yourself, haggling for a price under 100 riyals, or 260 US dollars. Once you can purchase a goat, you will receive your next clue. Keep the goat for the next challenge. Weighing Dates: Find the marked stall in the souq that is selling dates. Your goal is to weigh out 200 grams of Ajwa Dates, 175 grams of Barhi Dates, and 125 grams of Hayani Dates. To do this, you must travel across the market to a scale at a different date stall. If you can get the perfect amount of dates, you will receive your next clue. Keep the dates for the next challenge. Clue #4 Travel on foot to the Contemporary Mosque with either your goat or dates and trade them with the man waiting out front for your next clue. Clue #5 Make your way back to the souq, and head to Omani Craftsman's House where you will find your next clue. Clue #6 Roadblock: Who can work and weave? The teammate participating in this roadblock must help create a small basketwork bowl. After watching the example, you must use the provided materials to finish off the bowl. If it meets the requirement of the shop owner, you will receive your next clue. Clue #7 Make your way to the pit-stop for this leg of the race, Nizwa Fort! The last team to arrive may be eliminated. Pit-Stop, Leg 4 -first: continue racing -last: continue racing LEG 5 Oman Clue #1 Drive yourself to Bimmah Sinkhole in Muscat, Oman! You will receive your next clue after having a cup of delicious locally-made coffee. Caution! Double U-Turn ahead! Clue #2 Detour: Script Write or Shipwright Script Write: Drive to Bait al Zubair and go into the Manuscript Room. Using a provided paper and translation guide, figure out what the marked manuscript says in English. If anything is wrong when submitting it, though, you must start completely over. Shipwright: Drive to Oman Maritime Boatyard and find the marked boat. Oman Maritime has been reviving the craft of making the traditional wooden boats of Oman’s past, and you must help with the process. First, you must hand-sand a small section of the marked vessel. Then, you and your partner must work together to stitch coconut palm fiber through twenty holes, or eighty total stitches. Once you’re done, you’ll receive your next clue. Clue #3 Make your way to Mutrah Souk for your next clue and the U-Turn board! Clue #4 Search through the enormous market for one of three marked stalls. One you’ve found a stall, search through their wares for a trinket with a red/yellow flag on the bottom. Give the correct trinket to the shop owner, and they will hand you your next clue. Clue #5 Drive yourself to Qurum Beach, where you will receive your next clue. Clue #6 Roadblock: Who will pass the shells? For this challenge, one team member must watch the demonstration of two fishermen playing a traditional Omani game, Al Hawalees. You must first create a “board” in the sand and collect the required amount of shells to play. You must then challenge a local fisherman. If you can win while following all of the rules correctly, you will receive your next clue. Clue #7 Make your way to the pit-stop at Wadi Bani Khalid. The last team to check in will be eliminated. Pit-Stop, Leg 5 -first: trip to Tanzania -last: eliminated LEG 6 Oman - South Africa Clue #1 Fly out of Oman to Durban, South Africa, on one of two flights. Flight 1 (2 teams): Muscat - Durban, arrives 7:30 AM Flight 2 (6 teams): Muscat - Dar es Salaam - Durban, arrives 8:00 AM Upon touching down, make your way to Moses Mabhida Stadium, where you will find your next clue. Clue #2 Roadblock: Who will swing for the skies? One team member must strap in and complete the Big Rush Big Swing, the largest swing in the world! Dive 263 feet down. Once you have finished the swing, you will receive a section and seat number. You will search the stands for your next clue. Clue #3 Make your way to Umhlanga Lighthouse for your next clue. Clue #4 Shake it up! In this challenge, you must create Lighthouse Bar’s famous “Umhlanga Schling.” Use the provided recipe to create fifteen drinks to perfection, and you will receive your next clue. Clue #5 Head to Addington Beach and dig underneath one of the large sandcastles for your next clue. Clue #6 Detour: Tree or Sea Tree: For this detour, go to Durban Botanical Gardens. Use a provided golf cart to make your way to the famous Wood’s Cycad, a tree dating back to the age of dinosaurs. It has been cared for here since 1848. Once there, use one of the provided pieces to put together a large 3d puzzle of the tree. Once it has been approved, you will be handed your clue, and you can drive back to the front of the gardens and continue racing. Sea: Go to uShaka Marine World and help out with some chores! First, help the kitchen staff and prepare 5 pounds of specially made vegetables for some of the aquarium’s fish. Second, travel around the park and take water samples from each of the specified exhibits. Finally, record blood test results taken during routine health check-ups. If you’ve completed all of the steps correctly, you will receive your next clue. Clue #7 Head to the pit-stop at Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World! The last team to check in may be eliminated. Pit-Stop, Leg 6 -first: 5k each -last: eliminated LEG 7 South Africa - Lesotho Clue #1 Drive yourself through Qacha’s Nek and into Lesotho! Once in Lesotho, drive yourself to Maletsunyane Falls where you’ll find your next clue. Fast Forward, Leg 7 By completing this fast forward, you will skip an overnight rest point and will be able to head directly to the pit-stop. Head to Sehlabathebe National Park. Once there, using the provided map and compass, ride by horseback to the nomadic tribal people’s current village. At the village, help cook pap-pap, a type of porridge common in Lesotho. The first team to complete the challenge will be able to head directly to the pit-stop. Clue #2 Drive yourself to Seshoeshoe Decor and Fashion Designers in Maseru for your next clue. Clue #3 Who can cut up a pattern? One teammate will choose one of the complicated tribal Lesotho designs, and must find five pieces of fabric that match it perfectly. But be careful, the designs have miniscule differences between them. Once you’ve found all of your fabric, cut them at the directed places to receive your next clue. Clue #4 Make your way to the Subeng River Dinosaur Footprints, where you will find seven tags, each releasing you at a time in the morning when you will receive your next clue. Tags 1-2: departure at 7:00 AM Tag 3: departure at 7:20 AM Tag 4: departure at 7:40 AM Tags 5-7: departure at 8:00 AM Clue #5 Detour: Cave or Maze Cave: For this challenge, go to Liphofung Cave. You must memorize all of the rock paintings in a specified section (15 paintings), and then run approximately a quarter-mile away and select the correct paper cutouts and put them in the right order as they were shown in the cave. When you have everything selected and ordered correctly, you’ll receive your next clue. Maze: Make your way to the second largest dam in Africa, Katse Dam. Enter the first marked gallery and record the air temperature and the humidity. Use those observations to crack a complicated code, and enter the parallel gallery it directs you into. Be careful, it might be hard to find! If you enter the correct gallery, you will find a boat key, which you must give to the boatmaster. He will then give you a small ride around the reservoir and you’ll receive your next clue. Clue #6 Drive yourself to Sani Stone Lodge for your next clue. Clue #7 Help a local Basotho Shephard and their dogs move their sheep to a new grazing location. Don’t let the sheep get away! Once they’ve all been successfully moved, you’ll receive your next clue. Clue #8 Make your way on foot to the pit-stop at Sani Top Chalet! The last team to check in may be eliminated! Pit-Stop, Leg 7 -first: trip to Egypt -last: non-elimination LEG 8 Lesotho - Greece Clue #1 Via Maseru International Airport, make your way to Athens, Greece, known to be the home of the first democracy! From there, make your way to the Theatre of Dionysus on The Acropolis, where you will take part in a U-Turn vote. The two teams with the most votes will be sentenced to an automatic U-Turn when they arrive at the detour. After the vote, teams will be given their next clue. Clue #2 Fly to Chania, Greece on the island of Crete! Upon touching down, use the provided cars to make your way to the Agora and search for the marked stall. Speed Bump, Leg 8 Together, team members must eat through a total of twelve Greek figs. Once all of the fruits have been stomached, that team can continue racing. Clue #3 Detour: Traverse or Immerse Traverse: Make your way to the Maritime Museum of Crete, and find the small yacht model outside the museum. Your goal is to remember as much as you can without writing it down, then make a half mile walk through the streets of Crete to the yacht harbor, where you must find a marked yacht and rearrange the items until it is just like it was in the model. Once the actual yacht matches the model, you’ll receive your next clue. Immerse: Travel to Minoan’s World 3D Museum, and get treated to a five minute long “9D movie” on Cretan History which engages all of your senses. If you can answer all five questions correctly, you’ll receive your next clue. However, only two teams can participate in the show at once. Clue #4 Drive to the Palace of Knossos for your next clue. Clue #5 Use the provided map to navigate through the ruins, collecting puzzle pieces at each of the marked rooms. Once you have all ten bundles of pieces, head outside and recreate the large painting using the pieces you collected. Once it has been finished, you’ll receive your next clue. Clue #6 Drive to Cretan Olive Oil Farm for your next clue. Clue #7 Roadblock: Who is feeling oily? In this challenge, one teammate will help in the process of creating olive oil. First, set up special tree-shaking equipment and a net, used to efficiently get olives out of the tree without bruising them. You will then sort the olives between bruised and fair. Finally, crush both bruised and fair olives with a traditional granite olive press. Once they have been successfully grinded into a paste, you’ll receive your next clue. Clue #8 Find the pit-stop along the coast of the small village of Loutro back on the west side of Crete. You will soon discover, however, that the village is completely blocked off from the mainland by mountains, so you will have to find alternate transportation. Hurry, because the last team to arrive will be eliminated. Pit-Stop, Leg 8 -first: trip to Austria -last: eliminated LEG 9 Greece Clue #1 Fly back to the mainland in Thessaloniki! When you’ve arrived, search Aristotelous Square for your next clue. Clue #2 Detour: Serve or Observe Serve: For this detour head on foot to Bougatsa Giannis, a renowned restaurant in the Ladadika area. You must take the orders of twelve total people and retrieve the correct dishes for them from the kitchen. Each person also has a dessert, which must be retrieved from nearby pastry shop Trigona Elinidi. You may take notes, but if you mess up someone’s order, you must start it over again. Observe: Go by taxi to the Thessaloniki Science Centre Technology Museum and make your way to the main planetarium. The night sky will be projected above, and will be moving around you at one hour of regular movement per second. Using the provided key, identify five Greek constellations first identified by Claudius Ptolemy- Orion, Ursa Major, Cassiopeia, Centaurus, and Perseus. Be careful, it might be dizzying! Once you’ve found all of the constellations, you’ll be rewarded with your next clue. Clue #3 Find the Arch of Galerius for your next clue. Clue #4 Use one of the marked cars to drive yourself for the rest of the leg. Go to the Thessaloniki Concert Hall for your next clue. Clue #5 Roadblock: Who can blow a note and hold a tune? Macedonian brass bands are extremely popular in the Macedonia region of Greece, so for this roadblock, learn how to play the trumpet, a popular instrument played in these bands. If you can play a few notes of the folk song with the band, you’ll get your next clue. Clue #6 Drive to Dalamara Winery. Once there, follow the guide to the directed area, where you must load two empty kegs onto a horse drawn cart. Direct the horse approximately half a mile through the vineyard and return back to the kegs. You will continue to load and deliver a total of eight kegs to receive your next clue. Clue #7 Drive to Ski Center Voras and take the lift to the top where Kajmakcalan, a chapel right on the border between Greece and North Macedonia is situated. The last team to arrive at this pit-stop may be eliminated. Pit-Stop, Leg 9 -first: trip to Colombia -last: eliminated LEG 10 Greece - North Macedonia Clue #1 Drive yourself across the border into North Macedonia to Popova Kula Winery! Once there, pull a tag that departs you at a certain time the next morning. Tag 1: departure at 8:00 AM Tag 2: departure at 8:10 AM Tag 3: departure at 8:20 AM Tags 4-5: departure at 8:30 AM Clue #2 Roadblock: Who is a master chef? The teammate doing this roadblock will use the provided recipe to cook the national dish of North Macedonia, Tavche Gravche, a special type of baked beans. If it is cooked to perfection, you’ll receive your next clue. Clue #3 Drive yourself to the Millenium Cross in Skopje for your next clue. Clue #4 Detour: Art Block or Charity Walk Art Block: Drive to the Art Bridge, which is home to 29 statues of important Macedonian artists and musicians. Wandering on and around the bridge are 29 people dressed up as those artists and musicians. You must match nine total people to their statues. A maximum of three teams can complete this challenge. Charity Walk: Drive to the Mother Teresa Memorial House and load a trolley cart with a marked group of items that will almost completely fill the trolley. On foot, travel to the SOS Children’s Village National Office where you are to deliver the items. If you do not choose this option, your items will still be donated after the leg. Clue #5 Drive to the city of Struga, where the North Macedonian national anthem was created. Make your way to the Saint Archangel Michael Cave Church for your next clue. Clue #6 Teammates must work together to memorize four total stanzas of the Macedonian national anthem- in Macedonian. If you can perform it with the orchestra without forgetting the lyrics, you’ll receive your clue to the next pit-stop. Clue #7 Drive to the Monastery of St. Naum and the pit-stop! The last team to check in may be eliminated. Pit-Stop, Leg 10 -first: trip to Indonesia -last: eliminated LEG 11 North Macedonia - Cuba Clue #1 Make your way back to Skopje, then fly to Havana, Cuba, on two predetermined flights. Once there, go by taxi to Taller Calle 8, a car repair shop, where you will receive your next clue. Flight 1 (2 teams): Skopje - Paris - Havana, arrives 6:30 AM Flight 2 (2 teams): Skopje - London - Miami - Havana, arrives 7:10 AM Clue #2 Roadblock: Who can fix it up? The teammate doing this roadblock must follow the example to repair one of the classic Cuban cars. If it makes it past inspection, you’ll receive your next clue. Clue #3 For the remainder of the leg, you’ll have to drive the car you just fixed. Head to Fusterlandia, where you’ll find your next clue. Clue #4 Find where the attached image is in person throughout the folk neighborhood of Fusterlandia. If you can find where the image actually is and show the judge, you’ll receive your next clue. Clue #5 Sell the Box or Find the Band Sell the Box: Drive to Santa Maria del Mar Beach and sell the provided boxes of boxed rum, the “juice box for bug kids.” While never selling any box for under 25 Cuban Pesos, make 375 Cuban Pesos (around fifteen US dollars). Once you’ve made your sales, you’ll receive your next clue. Find the Band: For this detour, drive to the Cuban Art Factory and observe the large, marked piece of sheet music in the first room. Going from room to room in the factory, try to find the band who is playing the music that was in the first room. You must make your guesses ten minutes apart, so be confident in your answers! Once you have chosen the right band, you’ll be rewarded with your next clue. Clue #6 Drive to Vinales Valley Tobacco Field and search the marked area for your next clue. Clue #7 Perfectly roll ten Cuban cigars, five per contestant. Watch the example closely, as any small mistake in rolling the tobacco leaf will cause the cigar to fail. Once all of the cigars have been perfectly rolled, you’ll receive your next clue. Clue #8 Take a long drive to the eastern side of Cuba and the pit-stop at Ignacio Agramonte Park in Camaguey! The last team to check into the pit-stop will be eliminated. Pit-Stop, Leg 11 -first: trip to Botswana -last: eliminated LEG 12 Cuba - USA Clue #1 For the first part of this leg, you’ll be staying in Cuba! Drive yourself using the car you used in the last leg down Neptuno street in Havana, where you will find a guarapo stall with a flag. Clue #2 Using the hand-press to crush sugarcane, make forty glasses of guarapo. Once all of the glasses have been successfully made, you’ll be handed your next clue. Clue #3 Drive to the Tropicana Night Club for your next clue. Clue #4 Roadblock: Who can make it and shake it? For this challenge, one team member must follow the instructions of the costume designer to create a costume for one of the showgirls. If the costume is made correctly and given a pass, teams will be given their next clue. Clue #5 Teams must drive to Aeropuerto de La Habana Ciudad Libertad, where you will embark on a charter flight to Key West, Florida, back in the United States. Once in Key West, teams must go to the southernmost point in the continental United States for their next clue. Clue #6 Make your way to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, where you’ll find your next clue. Clue #7 Roadblock: Who is a reader, a writer, and a decipherer? Ernest Hemingway, known for books like The Old Man and the Sea, had a notoriously bad handwriting, with little regards to punctuation or accuracy. One team member must copy one of Hemingway’s notes perfectly, letter for letter, on the provided typewriter. If it was typed perfectly, you will be handed a decoder key which you can use to find the hidden message, which will reveal the location of your final challenge. Answer: Smathers Beach Clue #8 Now that you’ve made it to Smathers Beach, you’ll partake in a final challenge. Out in between the marked buoys are bundles of letter tiles. You must dive down to retrieve them and bring them back up to shore. Figure out what you’re supposed to spell out with them, and once you think you have the answer, hang the tiles in order on your clothesline. If you have the correct answer, you’ll be given the final clue. Answer: United States, Japan, South Korea, India, Oman, South Africa, Lesotho, Greece, North Macedonia, Cuba, United States (teams must figure out that they have to spell out all of the countries they visited in order on the race) Clue #9 Congratulations! Make your way to the final pit-stop at Fort Zachary Cruise Pier! Go, go, go, the first team to reach the pit-stop will win 1 MILLION dollars! Pit-Stop, Leg 12 10 countries 4 continents over 27,000 miles first: 1 million dollars
A Vegas Miracle - how I won $129,000 in my 3rd tournament ever
This is how I won $129,000 in my 3rd ever poker tournament. Note: don't try this, it probably won't turn out well for you. I spent about 6 months grinding up a $5,000 bankroll playing home/casino games ranging from .5/1 to 1/3. The week that I hit that $5,000 mark, Matt, one of my best friends from college informed me that his job had placed him in Las Vegas for the next month and that I could crash with him for a few nights if I wanted to come on out west. I had frequent flyer miles for the flight and some Mlife/Fremont hotel comps for the rest of the trip. My grand total for flight and lodging for 10 days came to $200. Now, I’m not going to bore you guys with low-level cash hand histories. The next 10 days were filled with me playing lowstakes poker for 10-12 hours a day. It’s as fun as it sounds – it’s not. I was having a good time in Vegas otherwise – but towards the end of the trip I had a realization: 1/2’s the same everywhere. I didn’t have to fly out to the desert to raise to $7 preflop. After 10 days, my grand total from poker (and a fair amount of dumb degenerate shit on Fremont) was -$186. That wasn’t what I came out to do — I knew that I was a better player than my recent results had indicated. The morning of my return flight, I decided I was going to play tournaments until I either busted my $5,000 bankroll or hit something worthwhile. I impulsively decided to not get on my plane at 11:30am. Checkout time from Luxor was at 11:00 – and I didn’t know where I was going yet. I had 30 minutes to pack up my stuff and figure out where I was going before they’d charge me a fee. I sorted TripAdvisor by cheapest first – I’ve stayed in crappy hostels/motels before and overall am a very low maintenance person. I figured that by staying somewhere for $20 a night, I’d be able to maximize the amount of shots I could take before flying back home. I accepted that there was a real chance I’d go back broke – but I didn’t really care. If I didn’t take my shot now, then when? I booked the cheapest bed in Vegas - a 6-person shared hostel just past the Stratosphere. Let's just say you get what you pay for — it was not a happy place. A fair amount of the people in there were bordering on homelessness and there was barbed wire surrounding their outdoor gym. In addition to this, I had the constant stress of knowing that all that separated my bankroll from the rest of my roommates was a tiny lock. I took the Deuce to the strip, lived off food comps, and turned down invites from my friends to hang out. I was in town to play poker, nothing else. Disclaimer: I had never played tournaments prior to heading out to Vegas. My only knowledge of hand ranges was from watching televised events. I downloaded a free Nash chart app on my phone while on the Deuce to the strip and studied it for 5 minutes – whatever, I get the jist of it. Let’s play some cards. The first day of doing this I played the $140 daily at the Aria. Top 13 spots paid -- I finished in 15th. It was depressing to say the least — I felt as if I was at rock bottom. Before the first night of sleeping at the hostel I called the airline to see if I could get on the flight that I had deliberately missed the day prior. I couldn't. I made it my goal to at least cash something so that I could get a decent hotel room. I couldn’t have slept more than 2-3 hours the first night there. One of my roommates was loudly vomiting all night, the sheets itched, and I was going through an existential crisis... like dude, you’ve got a finance degree and you’re really doing this shit? While on the bus to the strip, I opened Poker Atlas and saw that there was a $200 satellite to win a seat into the $1,600 Venetian main event. I decided that I was going to go take a shot at that. I was at risk twice in the satellite but after studying the GTO method on how to win coinflips, I persevered and won a seat to the main. The first day was surreal – once again, I was running on minimal sleep due to my housing arrangements, but I remember the following hands from day 1:
Button opens to 2.2x, I’m in the BB with Q9cc. SB folds, we go HU to a flop of 832c. He c-bets, I call. Turn 4x, x/x. River Ax. I check, he bets, I x/r to like 3x his bet, he insta folds. I take it down and show air.
UTG+1 opens, MP calls, I flat on the button with K10ss. 3 ways to a flop of Qs43xx. UTG+1 bets 40% pot, MP calls, I call. Turn is the Js. UTG+1 bets 60% pot, MP calls, I flat. River comes the 8s. UTG+1 snap bets 80%. MP flats, I flat. I announce king high flush, they both muck.
Folds to the SB, he limps, I look down at Q10o, and check. Flop comes KQ6r. He leads 35%, I call. Turn 10. He bets, I call. River comes a J. He bets, I tank for about 45 seconds then flick in a call, he shows 76o… ship it.
The average stack after day 1 was around 40k, I bagged like 65k. I walked back to the Deuce stop outside of the Venetian and headed on my 30 minute ride back home. I kept thinking to myself, someone’s gotta win this thing, why not me? I had to get in the money for this tournament to be able to get the fuck out of there. A min cash here was over $3k – that was more than enough for me to get a suite on Fremont for a few nights and party for a bit, then get home with my head held high. Day 2: I get up at 7am after already being completely awake for the past 4 hours. There’s no way I slept more than 3 hours last night. I hit the Denny’s by the Stratosphere then get on the Deuce. I get to the Venetian and feel like I’m about to fall asleep. I go to the self-serve coffee/tea dispenser in the middle of the room and make myself an iced coffee. I get to my table, and the cocktail waitress comes around. I ask for another iced coffee and toss her a fiver. Here are some highlights from the 1st half of day 2:
I open 97ss on the button, BB flats. Flop comes AK3s. BB checks, I bet 35%. He throws out a 5k chip – which I interpret as a x/r to my bet. I groan, make a joke about it being the first hand of the day, and start to muck. The dealer stops my cards midway before hitting the muck, and informs me that he didn’t raise, that he called my flop bet. Everyone laughs, I go silent and wait for him to make change. Turn is the 2s. He thinks for a second and bets 30%. I tank for like 30 seconds, then flat. River is a blank. He thinks for a second, then checks. I bet like 30% pot. He tells me that I’m an angle shooter and mucks. I tell him I’m not an angle shooter and show my 9 high. Everyone laughs, we get on with playing.
CO opens, I 3b 87dd in the SB to 4x, he flats. Flop comes 1032d. I check, he checks. Turn is the 6d. I bet 55% pot, he flats. River comes the Kd. I bet 60%, he tanks, tells me he thinks I backdoored diamonds, then folds. Damn, these players are pretty good.
I open KK UTG to 2.5x, UTG +1 flats. Heads up to a flop of K43r. x/x. Turn 8, I bet 40% pot, he calls. River 3, I bet 80% pot, he tanks, then calls with AK.
I bring my 3 racks of chips to the new table and immediately get some comments – whatever, I’m just on a heater, it happens. At this point, my body was giving out. I was trying my hardest not to fall asleep in between every hand. Cutoff opens, I’m in the SB, I look down at KK. I put in the 3b, folds back to him. He puts in a healthy 4. We’re the two big stacks at the table – I’d guess he was 50bb effective while I was around 65bb. God damn, am I good enough to fold kings here? No, I’m not. I shove, he snaps, I know that I’ve just fucked up my tournament. He shows the aces. The dealer puts a king in the window, and I hold. I’m for sure the chip leader now. I lose a few 40/60 and 60/40 flips and chip down a bit. I still have a very healthy stack, probably around 80bb. The next 3 hands are from the second half of day 2:
Aggro Asian guy on the button. Folds to him, he opens to 2.2x, SB folds, I look down at 43ss and raise to 7.5x, he flats.
Flop comes 894cc. I check, he bets, I call. Turn’s another 9. I check, he bets 75% pot, I call. River’s the 10c. I check, he bets 1.2x pot. I ask the dealer for a count of the bet – meanwhile, villain looks like he’s going to shit himself. I flick in a chip, he throws down KcQx. I laugh a little, show my 43ss, and obnoxiously say ship it.
I open KQo UTG+1, MP 3bets me. I figure that a 4b from UTG+1 could take it down a fair amount of the time, so I decide to go for it. He thinks for a second and flats.
Flop comes AK4r. I check, he checks back. Turn is a 6, goes x/x again. River’s another brick. I put in a 30% value bet. He does a little grimace and tanks for like 20 seconds. It looks like he’s going to fold so I start verbally telling him that his queens are good. The dealer informs me that you’re not allowed to talk about your hand to another player. I inform him that I’m not talking about my hand, I’m talking about villains’ hand. Dealer laughs and lets me continue to antagonize villain. MP starts talking back, asking if I’m really bluffing. I inform him that once he folds, I’ll show the bluff. He ends up calling, I snap show, he pays me then gets up from the table to go for a walk.
We’re playing 6 handed. UTG opens, MP flats, I flat TT on the button. 3 ways to a flop of AT9ccc. UTG bets 50% pot, MP folds, I put in a medium sized raise. He thinks about it and flats.
The turn is the Kd. He pauses for a second then checks. I figured AxKc was his most likely combo. I didn’t think he could fold AxKc to any sizing – I decide to overbet jam 2x pot. He tanks for like 5 min and eventually lets it go. He tells me later he folded AxKc. Nice fold sir. I finished day two 2nd in chips out of the 64 players remaining. More importantly, I was in the money. My friend Matt offered to give me a ride to the hostel to grab my stuff. On the way to the hostel I’m telling Matt how trash the place is and he’s kind of like yeah man, whatever, it can’t be that bad. We gather my belongings and head on out. Matt remarked to me that the hostel reminded him of jail mixed with a summer camp. I open a same night hotel app and see a room at the Four Queens available for $110. The lady at check in was nice enough – however, she informed me that the only room they had available at my price point was a smoking room overlooking the Fremont St. experience. I paid the $20 to upgrade to a non-smoking in the quiet part of the hotel. Vegas man, I swear. It’s like 2am at this point -- I get to my room, sit on the bed and close my eyes. I open them and it’s 11:00am. Ah fuck man, I gotta get to the Venetian. I hop in the shower, brush my teeth, and freshen up. Even if I don’t have clean clothes, whatever, I’m second in the main, who cares. Some interesting hands from the first part of Day 3:
I had two inexcusable punts in this tournament. This is the first one: I open 5h5c from LP, BB calls. Flop comes J62hhh. x/x. Turn is a 4x. x, I bet 50% pot, BB jams 15bb. I called – and immediately realized I fucked up, big time. He had 2 big chips in his stack that I didn’t see, making his shove effectively like 25bb. In addition, I didn’t have the 5h, I had the 5d. I really didn’t ask for a count or double check my hole cards. Villain turns over 64o and holds. In my defense, I literally didn’t know what ICM meant at the time. Whoops.
Someone who I recognize from poker TV jams 22bb UTG. I’m in the CO with JJ, I ask him how much it is, he’s talkative and seems genuinely comfortable/down for me to call. I fold – I run into him a few days later at the Aria, he tells me he had AA there. I believe him.
CO opens, button instantly jams 30bb effective. I’m in the SB with TT and 25bb – live reads, we’re flipping. I call for all in my effective stack, CO folds, button has AQ. I hold. He’s not happy I called with tens. Oh well, sorry bro, gg.
MP opens, CO 3 bets to 7bb, button jams 20bb. I look down at 2 black aces in the big blind. I reshove, MP folds, CO calls off his 20bb stack. I’m up against AQ and QQ. I hold.
Even with my atrocious punt earlier in the day, I’m the chip leader again. We’re down to about 15 left in the field. UTG opens, I 3b AKo on the button, he jams 20bb, I call. He has 99, a king comes on the flop and he’s gone. It’s day 3 of the main and we’re playing 5 handed with 12 people left. Let’s fucking go.
Button opens to 2.5x, I’m in the BB with A8dd, I flat. Flop comes A104r, I check, he bets, I call. Turn is a 7, x/x. River A, I bet 1.2x pot. He tanks, calls, I show, I’m good.
CO opens to 2.5x, I’m in the BB with 108dd, I flat. Flop comes Kd4x2d, it goes x/x. Turn is a Kx, I check, he bets 60% pot, I flat. River is the 4d. I check, he bets pot. I tank and let it go. He tells me later he checked back a weak king on the flop.
SB completes, I’m in the BB with J9o and I check my option. Flop comes Q108r. The SB donks out into me for 60% pot. I flat. Turn comes a brick and he leads into me for 60% again. I raise to 3.5x his turn bet, he thinks for a while then flats. River is another brick. He bets 80% pot into me. I tank for a while, then shove. He starts laughing and folds QQ face up.
Less than a week ago I was grinding buffet comps at Planet Hollywood. Now I have guys correctly folding top set to me. I’ve made it to the final table. I pick up a few small pots and the two shortstacks at the table get eliminated in quick succession. This is without a doubt the most pointless and just plain out stupid punt of my entire life: I open J2dd on the button into a ~18bb SB and a GTO robot with mid 7 figures in career earnings in the BB. Don’t do this, this is quite literally lighting money on fire. SB folds, BB flats. Flop comes Kh8h3d. I cbet, BB calls. Turn is the Kd, goes x/x. River comes a 7h, he leads into me for half pot. Whatever, I’m going for it – I put in a raise. He thinks for all of 5 seconds then calls me with KQh. Wow, I just punted away $50,000 in ICM. Jesus Christ dude, what the fuck. For the next orbit or two, I’m clearly pissed at myself. I get up after my button and do a lap around the poker room – I’m good. The monkey tilt is gone, and I’m ready to get back to playing normal ranges. Anyway, nothing else really happens for a while – I look down at AKo UTG and raise it up. Folds around to the BB, he thinks for a while, then jams for about 20bb. I snap, he has AQo. I hold. I’m now second in chips. We go on a 10-minute break. When I get back to the table, the prospect of a 5-way chop comes up. We’re all tired – and the pay jumps are very significant. If you couldn’t tell from this story, I’m a degenerate, but in this spot, I’m willing to reduce variance a bit. We run the numbers and come to an agreement – we all agree to take a very slight ICM bump to give 1st place a bit more money than his stack is worth. I just won $129,000 -- huh? This was my second tournament cash – not too bad considering that it was my third tournament ever. Maybe I should start learning how to play MTT’s now. I take $124,000 in a check and $5,000 in cash. I’m leaving Vegas in 4 days and don’t plan on coming home with any of the cash. The winner of the tournament’s a pretty cool guy and he asks if I want to crash in his guest room tonight… like yeah, if that’s a real offer, I’m down. I pick up my toiletry bag from the Venetian concierge and we hit the Uber. The next morning Matt picks me up at his house – I hit the Chase bank and deposit the $124,000. I take Matt and my other friend, Spencer out to the Sterling Brunch over at Bally’s – the entire time, Spencer just kept repeating “Davis, what the fuck”. I don’t know dude, seriously, what the fuck. I get a suite at the D downtown that night and (very) long story short I end up hitting $100 on a number at roulette at 5am. It’s time for bed. Here’s a link to my Hendon Mob, verifying my tournament result. Hopefully I see some of you guys at the WSOP in 2021. https://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=783521 Davis
OBLIGATORY FILLER MATERIAL – Just take a hard left at Daeseong-dong…9
Continuing... “I say that you’re way the fuck out of line, Chuckles. Are you an educated, experienced, fully licensed and internationally renowned master blaster?” I asked. “No, but…” he tried to continue. “But nothing, Scooter.” I said, “What, other than your insane xenophobia and nationalism, causes you to come to such unfounded, not to say stupid, conclusions?” He looked down at the deck. Evidently, he was not used to being challenged in such a manner. He realized he walked face-first into a metaphorical wood chipper. “I’m waiting for your answer, pally.” I continued. Still nothing. He was either deep in thought or ill at ease from newly soggy undergarments. “Want to know why I chose what I did? Fine, meet back here in 15 damn minutes.” He looks at me with a most perplexed, and ignorant, look on his face. “Dax, Cliff? I need you.” I say. We go back to the weapons locker and I explain my idea. “Let’s load a case of typical, TYPICAL Chinese-made dynamite. Then let’s load a case of American C-4. Be very careful with that leaky Chinese shit. Wait one. I’ll do it if you want and you can handle the C-4.” I say. “Ah, Rock; yeah. We’d appreciate it. You being the Pro from Dover, after all.” Cliff agrees. “No worries”, I say, “I got this. You make me up a nice, tightly packed case of C-4. For demonstration purposes.” I find a near-empty case of dynamite and begin to judiciously fill the thing with random samples of shitty and leaky Chinese manufactured and Korean not-too-well-cared-for dynamite. This stuff was so incredibly shitty and poorly manufactured that even when leaking and nasty, it was nowhere near as dangerous as its Western counterpart. It was loaded with so much and many interstitials, like sawdust, diatomaceous earth, literal horseshit, and shredded newspaper, the nitro denatured itself to some degree as it oozed out. Plus, in the non-climate controlled weapons locker; the high humidity, salt air, and poor circulation from the small open grate facing the sea, the nitro had desensitized somewhat and evaporated. It left only sticky, thin, fly-ridden films rather than the usual ‘waiting for a good reason to explode’ puddles. It was in no way as twitchy as that locker back in Nevada. Oh, but be assured, it was still a shit show. If I really wanted to, I could blow myself, this boat and all occupants into the next dimension rather easily, but it was nothing like that old locker back in that disused Nevada mine. I still needed to be scrupulously careful as there could potentially be puddles of the pale yellow, viscous liquid explody stuff, instead of the thin films I was mostly finding. Either way, it required caution and judiciousness. Nitro’s twitchy as fuck and the last thing I need is a dropped nail, blasting cap, or hunk of the rotten box falling into an errant nitro wet patch… Extra attention was exercised. Dax and Cliff are halfway through, and I’m still picking through the leaky, smelly bundles. “Next time”, I mused to myself, “I‘m writing in a ‘Handling fucked-up explosives”-clause in my contract. No matter how much I’m being paid for this, it ain’t enough…” We find a couple of expendable, dry-rotted ‘life preserver’ floaty-rings, upon which we secure both cases of explosives. They’re tethered with a rope and primed with a number of blasting caps. I let the head local Korean crank examine both to ensure that I’m not trying to pull a fast one. He did not notice the 3-pound bag of Tannerite (an impact-actuated explosive) I snuck in the middle of the box of Chinese TNT. “Now. Satisfied that they’re equal?” I asked. “Nothing fishy here. Just dynamite in bundles, with caps. Then, over here, C-4 blocks with cap. OK?” He was satisfied; but only after letting a couple of the shiny suit squad check as well. “Well”, I smirked,” So much for your ‘covert observation’, asshole.” This guy was DPRK secret service or equivalent. “Holy cold-pack cheese-food product fuck”, I cogitate, “They are so goddamned suspicious”. I ask Dax to go over to the pilothouse and borrow the mauled AK-47 I saw hanging on the bulkhead there. They keep it for run-ins with cranky sharks, walruses, and lovesick blue-footed boobies evidently. “OK, here’s what we’ll do. We’ll float each out, and I‘ll trail with demolition wire. Once we’re a few hundred meters out, you can press the big, shiny, green button and detonate your dynamite. I even used 6 blasting caps, to give each bundle its own. You saw that. We green?” I ask. He was, although suspicious of what I had in mind. He agreed although he refused to use my terminology, the stodgy prick. So float away the dynamite case we did. The case of Chinese dynamite floated out and away from the boat, leaving an oily slick in its wake. As it got to around 200-225 meters or so, I requested a rendition of the Korean version of the Safety Dance, as it was just too fucking hilarious to watch. Once completed, I handed Doubting Korean Thomas the detonator. “Your turn, Tweedles”, I said, “Hit the button to spark off your “much-better-than-the-West’s” Oriental dynamite.” He grabbed the detonator, gnashed a tooth in my direction, and mashed down on the big, shiny, green button with a vengeance. PFftt!PAH-foof!fuff There was a cheery little pop, a puff of acrid smoke, and not much else. Let it be said from the onset that I just selected examples of the Oriental manufactured dynamite at random. I didn’t look for the worst or leakiest. Though truthfully I really didn’t have much too choice in the matter. “You! You swindled me! You knew the dynamite wouldn’t explode! Somehow you knew it!!” he swore in my general direction. “Try it again”, I said after retrieving the detonator and doing a quick re-wire to another bank of blasting caps. “Gumeong-e bul!” [“Fire in the hole!”]. MASH goes the big, shiny, green button anew. Pfffft!” *Pop. Poooof! Piffle. Blerp. Nothing but a cute little pop, a poof, and a few acrid puffs of smoke. He was crestfallen. He had taken on the Motherfucking Pro from Dover in a necessarily explosive subject, with inevitably disastrous results. I asked if anyone here was weapons trained. A couple of Coasties raised their hands. “And you are? “ I asked the closest one. “Lt. P'an Tae-Hyun, Sir”, as he snaps a snappy salute. “Groovy.”, I reply and retrieve the AK from Dax. “Can you squeeze off a couple of shots and hit that floating box of dynamite?” I asked. “Yes, sir!” he replied, smiling. “OK then”, I replied and turned to the crowd. “Dynamite is usually pretty stable stuff and won’t detonate without a blasting cap or impulse source. A bullet will most certainly not detonate it. However, I’ve stuck in 3 pounds, imperial, of Tannerite, which is a type of binary explosive used for targeting. Tannerite will most definitely and energetically explode when impacted by a high-velocity bullet. I think we can agree that an AK-47 round is high-velocity?” I asked. There were nods and a buzz of general agreement. “Now, there’s the better part of a case of unexploded dynamite out there. That’s what we in the business call very, very fucking dangerous. Now those three pounds of Tannerite should vaporize everything within a 10-meter radius if it detonates as designed. Agreed?” I asked. Again, there were nods and a buzz of general agreement. “Lieutenant P'an?” I asked, “At your discretion. Fire at will. Or the dynamite case, as it were.” He nodded. He walked over to the furthest point on the stern, checked to see everyone was back and out of harm’s way, as he was a consummate professional. He futzed around with the old AK for a bit and took a shot. It was low and outside. “Ball one”, I snickered. “Sights are off. Not any problems.” He remarked. The next round found its mark. The Tannerite exploded adeptly. It threw sticks of unexploded Chinese dynamite over a 20-meter radius. They each sank into the briny deep leaving only an oily spot to mark their entry and eventual watery grave. The top of the case of dynamite was blown off, but the floaty ring remained. We reeled it back in to find a few more scorched, but unexploded, sticks of fine Oriental manufacture explosive on the bottom of the case. These were motherfuckingly dangerous. Cantankerous dynamite has no place on a ship. I remarked, however, that this would be no problem. Dax and Cliff brought up the case of C-4, which I had wired with one single blasting cap and booster. We had Korean Doubting Thomas and his shiny suit buddies give it the once over to ensure I wasn’t trying to pull a fast one. He agreed, it was nothing but C-4 as advertised. One of the more expendable Coasties jumped down on the stern transom-rack which is just above the waterline on the back of the boat. He wired the two rings together and set them adrift, tethered by a good nylon rope with my nasty, silky demolition wires trailing. Dax was working the rope and I was handling the spool of demolition wire. I had a good 350 meters of the stuff on the spool and wasn’t about to return a single centimeter. Old habits and all. As they floated away, Mr. Kwan asked if we’d like a bit of refreshment, as, gosh, it sure was dusty out here today. Of course, we agreed in unison. Good old Mr. Kwan. So, we’re unspooling our lines slowly, drinking our end of the day refreshers, smoking cigars, and watching our Oriental colleagues getting antsier every minute. I knew what a case of C-4 was going to do when detonated. It would be one hell of a show. I was so confident with my design I had Lt. P’ay return the AK to the pilothouse. Wouldn’t work here anyways if the C-4 failed to detonate. But that’s not going to happen. Dr. Pro from Dover Rocknocker has spoken. Finally, I’m almost out of demolition wire, and Dax has tied off the tether. I motion over to Herr Doubting Thomas and hand him the detonator. “For ye of little faith”, I smiled, recalling the entreaty that even Satan quotes the Bible for his own nefarious uses. But first, an encore of the Korean Safety Dance. They're guaranteed to raise a smile. I look to the character fumbling with the detonator. “At your convenience, good sir”, I say, dripping insincerity. “Gumeong-e bul!” [“Fire in the hole!”]. Mash goes the big, shiny, green button. KA-MOTHERING-FUCKINGLY-HUGE-BOOM! Even over 300 meters away, every one of us not only saw but felt that shock wave. It was like a solid Savate kick to the chest. The boat even rocked a bit in appreciation. I smile, retrieved the detonator, safe it, and reply: “And that is the singular reason why I used good old American manufacture C-4 as a sonic seismic source rather than shitty, leaky Oriental dynamite. Any further questions?” He shook his head in agreement, bowed slightly in my direction, slunk away, and that was the very last we ever saw of Mr. Korean Doubting Thomas. The Captain saw and felt the detonation. He put the boat in park, actually, he handed it over to the sub-pilot for station keeping and came back to the fantail. He wanted to know if we were now officially finished with our project. We maintained that we were and it had come off very, very successfully; in no small degree because of his boat handling abilities. He came over to me and shanghaied one of the translators. “Doctor Stone?” he asked. “Hrmph. Close enough.” I smiled. “May I be first to congratulate your team. In eight sorties, you and your teams are the first to fulfill mission parameters. I am pleased to say that this will go on all our permanent records. It will mean bonuses for all present. I salute you.” And does with a naval flourish. “No shit? Well, thanks, Cap”, I reply, “But I’m just the den mother for this special education class. Without them, and all their hard work, it’d never have happened.” “I knew you would say this”, he smiled, “You are leader of men. We see that. You are teacher, but also not afraid to work. You should do this more often. Use your education and experience to train and teach others.” He says, shaking my hand. Now it’s time for me to wonder. Did he hear of my offer back home? I don’t think he did, I’ve been playing those cards very close to the vest, as it were. I am now officially confused and bebothered. But, since I don’t believe in anything, much less coincidence, I’m going to chalk it up to happenstance and just gratefully consider the source. He asks that we wait here and he’ll return forthwith. “On a boat this size, there are not too many places we can sneak off to…” I chuckle. He returns with a very, very old bottle of something quite unidentifiable since it appears to be lacking a label. He yells something in official Korean and suddenly, a tray with little, itty-bitty demitasse-style glasses appear along with some smoked fish, I think, nibbles of some kind. He pours a dram for all present. No one dares take as much as a preemptory sniff until he’s finished with the ceremony. Everyone thusly charged, he begins a toast. “Shoo-buddy”, I think, “I’ve been down this road before.” It was quick, succinct, brief, and laudatory. According to him, we had ‘hung the moon’. I liked this style of toasting. Left more time to drink and for camaraderie. The project thus finished, as we were running out of potables, especially freshwater, victuals, and toilet paper; we were headed back to base. That is, back to the hotel to see what our comrades who chose to stay onshore had developed. But, that was going to be for another day. First, we needed to chug our way back to port, both literally and figuratively. Ahem. Before which, though, there were some housekeeping and paperwork chores. Dax, Cliff, and I did a quick reconnaissance of the explosives locker and created a ‘used’ manifest; which all three of us signed. They may be officious, they may be obtrusive, but damn, they certainly love their goddamned paperwork over here. We gave copies to the head shiny suit, one for the Captain, and we retained copies for our records. Along with notes that we expended two rounds from the pilothouse AK, as we were trying to out-officious these officious paper-pushers. We made certain the keys were returned and logged in the proper logbooks and the explosives locker was locked securely, solidly, and soundly. Before which, we policed up the weapons locker and actually offered to the gods of the briny deep, quite the quantity of unsafe, leaky dynamite, and other ordinance that was more a disaster waiting to happen rather than inventory. Seawater would neutralize the nasties and in the case of anything metallic, it’d be gone within a fortnight. and the phosphates might provide some nice fertilizer for some lucky passing Cnidarians. We were in water of near 45 fathoms. This stuff would never hurt another living thing. The Captain was very pleased that we had taken that task upon ourselves. He wasn’t allowed to do anything about what was in the locker, but he was responsible for it and keeping the wrong people out of it. I commented that was a fairly stupid way of handling things, and he mentioned that he’d appreciate it if I made an official note of it to the powers that be once we go feet-dry, i.e., get back to shore. I assured him we most certainly would. From then on, all we had to do was putt-putt our way back to port. It was going to take some hours and we’d end up berthing during the wee hours. This would not be a problem as our bus and driver would be waiting for us no matter what the time. He would briskly and without fanfare, return us to our hotel. That we were actually looking forward to bunking back in the old hotel sort of gave one an idea of the Spartan arrangements we had endured for the last three days. Most of the Westerners groused and complained in a humorous manner. Hell, it was only three bloody days. Some of our Oriental friends were so totally aghast they vowed to lodge formal complaints once they returned to dry land. Landlubbers. Odd that once we hit the beach, they all scattered to the four winds and not a single letter nor either a peep of protest was ever forthcoming. Yes, this is an intensely weird place. We wandered down the gangplank, cigars a-fume, and drinks recently and for one last time, refreshed by Mr. Kwan. The shiny suit squad was supervising the offloaded of the seismic data we had collected and had seen it soundly sealed and concealed in the very living bowels of the bus. It was to return with us to the hotel, where we’d demand a receipt. Then it would be off to the ‘Technological Center” on Scientific Street for processing. They assured us that they’d handle that themselves. Evidently we were good enough to acquire the data, but not good enough to see the finished product. Ack, Volna, and Ivan chuckled. “OK, you pirates. What did you do?” I asked “They can try with all their might. But without the decryption key, they’ll spend years processing encoded compressed nonsense.” They snickered. “We did offer to come and help set up the decryption for the decompression of the raw data, but they said they could handle it themselves. Oh, well. We tried. Seriously, we did.” Ack and Volna snickered. “Well, keep it handy in case they come to their senses before we get out of here,” I said. “Always our intention, Herr Denmother”, Volna chuckles. “Oh, you heard that?” I snickered quietly. Back at the hotel, the majority of us sent our sea-gear to our rooms via the on-site laundry. That being settled, the majority of us retired to the catacombs of the basement. We needed strong drink, decent, non-tinned food, and seats that didn’t slop around every time you sat down. Well, with the acquisition of our sea legs, two out of three wasn’t bad. Since the hour was much too late, I decide that tomorrow, well, later today, would be a day of R&R for everyone. Moreover, I was informed that tomorrow would be the “Day of the Sun” celebration, the insanely earnest celebration birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung, founder and Eternal President of North Korea. It’s supposed to be some sort of big, hairy nationwide deal. But aside from a couple of small posters, we heard little and knew less about the holiday and its celebration. Everyone’s being even more uncharacteristically low key. It’s odd like there’s something weird going on here. “What? Something weird and covert and sneaky going on in Best Korea? Pshaw, you old fart. You’re letting the paranoids get to you!”, I mused to myself. This place will do that to you after a while. I asked the front desk to place a note that made the rest of today a day of R&R in everyone’s mailbox. After another cigar, some decent prawn stir-fry, and a couple-twelve really stiff drinks, we were all ready to invade the land of Nod for a few hours. I went downstairs for a drink, a nosh, and a smoke. I ran out of NK won as we tend to use them in Western Expat high-stakes poker games, so I needed to trade some of my weird Middle Eastern currency for weird Best Korea currency. I was used to the 900:1 won:US dollar (equivalent) trade-off, but after cashing in the equivalent of US$500 in Middle Eastern dinero, I walked off with 650,000 won, not 450,000. “Pardon me, Ms. Cashier”, I said to the nice little local woman behind the bird-cage security wires, “I do think you gave me too much.” She took my stack, re-counted it, and proclaimed it correct. “I thought the exchange rate was 900 to the dollar?” I asked. “No”, she remarked, “Now 1,336.” “Any idea what’s causing the fluctuations?” I asked. She just smiled and shook her head ‘no’. I smiled back and tipped her 50 UAE dirhams for the information. “Weird. Now what?” I mused. Little did I know… The next morning dawned dim and early as there some sort of something going on outside. Oh, yes, it was ‘The Day of the Sun’ celebration. I discovered it was is an annual public holiday in North Korea celebrating the birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung, founder, and Eternal President and local Poobah-in-Charge of North Korea. It is the most important national holiday in the country, and is considered to be the North Korean pseudo-secular equivalent of Christmas. “Well,” I thought to myself, “I picked a damn good day to call for an R&R break.” Then I found out, why no one told us about any of this is still unknown, that the next two days after the holiday would also be considered a holiday. Come to find out, there are all sorts of intrusive, inconvenient, and wholly unnecessary nonsense that accompany these high holy days here in Best Korea. There are exhibitions, fireworks, song and dance events, athletics competitions, idea seminars: “Think about it!”, and visits to places connected with Kim Il-sung's life, including his birthplace in Mangyongdae. Shops close, the hotel televisions block any other ‘programming’ and show only ‘special’ movies. Either ridiculously fake documentaries on the life of the also ever so ronrey Kim Il-sung or movies he especially enjoyed. People parade to his statue on Mansu Hill to deposit flowers; later in the day, it resembled a pollinated glacier. There’s general obviously forced elation, all of which is extraordinarily strained and appears fake. People are trucked by the groaning busload to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun where the dead maniac lies in state. “Fuck this”, I said in the exact spirit of international amity, “I’m going to the bar.” I go downstairs to the basement bar, and even though it’s a high holy day, it’s open early. It didn’t used to be open until the afternoon, but since we’ve arrived, they have adjusted their hours for us. They have also doubled their daily receipts. So they’ve got that going for them, which is nice. One of my favorite barkeeps was station keeping that morning. I greeted him in the usual style and expressed to Mr. Ho Gun the best holiday wishes. “Hi! Ho!”, I said, “Annyeonghaseyo”, which comes out ‘Annie young eez-yo!’ in my Baja Canuckian dialect. Mr. Ho laughs at my attempt at Korean, but he does appreciate the effort. “Doctor Rock”, he says, “Dawn greetings. You will drink what?” Nice and direct, I like that. “Ye’ ken Greenland Coffee, me ol’ mucker?” I asked in a swirl of different dizzying dialects. Koran confounds me, so I thought I’d return the favor. “No, but I’m sure it’s coffee with some of your usual high-proof liquors, correct?” he smiles as I hand him a nice, oily Oscuro cigar. “For Best Most Happy Returns: Day of the Sun”, I said, waggling the stogie, as I hand it over. “However, you are correct. Normally, ‘authentic’ Greenland Coffee is a paltry 1/3rd ounce each of Whiskey, Kahlua, and Grand Marnier with excess coffee. Well, I don’t cotton to those liquors or measures. So my Greenland Coffee recipe, really from Greenland, by the way, is Siku Vodka, or any other high-octane vodka, as long as it’s premium. Then Immiak, which is Greenland’s version of Jagermeister, so let’s just go with Jager. Then finish it off with a shot of Tia Maria or Kahlua, if available. Oh, yes, then hot coffee. Silly me, almost forgot…” I conclude. “And measures?” Mr. Ho asked. “Whatever fills the cup”, I replied, in a bastardization of an old Russian toast. “OK, how about a 35 mils (~1 ounce) stiff shot each booze, then hot coffee to fill your mug? With a chilled vodka chaser, as per usual?” He asks. “Make it so, Mr. Ho,” I say. “No whipped cream or crème liqueurs, please. I’m lactose intolerant, and, well, no one wants to hear that…” He laughs and whips together a very nice morning sunriser. It’s a real day off. In a very, very weird land. It’s Festival outside and I stayed up most of the night calling people back in the world, creating and updating dossiers, doing explosives-tracking paperwork, worrying over logistics, and how and when the fuck we’re going to eventually get out of here. Fuck it, double front. I’m doing my ‘people watch’, perched high on Mahogany Ridge. I’m taking, for the first time since, hell, I left the Middle East, some real downtime. I figured I deserved it. I was the only one at the bar, but after a short time, there were festival-goers who infiltrated down into the hotel's subterranean catacombs. They didn’t know of the bar’s recently expanded hours and when they saw me sitting high up on Mahogany Ridge, smoking my ubiquitous cigar, they rejoiced. Obligatory Festival and alcohol! Better than beer and power tools. In the Baja Canada time-honored tradition, I have a pile of the local currency sitting on the bar. At the new exchange rate of 1,386 won to the dollar, I’m making out like a bandit. Drinks here are cheap, really cheap, to begin with. With this fluctuation in exchange rates, which I figured reflected the holiday, I was flush. In the chips. Well-heeled. I've got a lot of what it takes to get along. So, I was feeling magnanimous. I was tipping people very well. “Paper?” one local asked. “Sure. How much for a week-old English version of the Daily Worker’s Manifest and Pork Belly Futures Digest? 100 won? Here’s 1,000. Keep the change.” Not wanting to become over-caffeinated, I switched from Greenland Coffees after a couple to my usual potato juice and citrus concoction. Each one came in a tall, frosted gimlet glass, a very nice touch, and was expertly made my Mr. Ho after I showed him once when we first arrived. Each one, with the current exchange rate, was about 500 won; an exorbitant sum for any local. It was about US$0.40 for me. I bought several for people who bellied up to the bar and tried to engage me in conversation. I was used to handing out business cards, hell, one never knew where contacts could lead; and not receiving one in return. Today, I collected four new business cards; two from various European ex-pats, and two from locals. I guess Festival! time brings out the best and least paranoid in people. It’s only 1000 hours in the AM and people here are already seriously lubricated. This will be a fun few days. I decided to get a rather tall drink in one of my 100-ounce Kum-n-Go travel cups. With all the hoo-ha going on around here, I haven’t seen a handler, translator, or guide since we got off the boat. I decide with all the shenanigans and goings-on around the place on this festival day, no one would give me nor my wardrobe a second look if I were to venture outdoors for a walkabout. Besides, we’re on a bloody island. It’s not like I can go too damned far. So, quicker than a bunny fucks, I get my drink, fire up a cigar, and walk around the lobby of the hotel. There are the usual comings and goings of tourists, local workers, the security forces, and all that allied tat. I wait until a tour bus pulls up and all eyes are somewhere besides me. Pfft! And I’m standing outside the hotel, looking at all the sights. Which, truth be told, weren’t much. Yanggak Island is a slovenly-manicured island with shrubberies, tracks, trails, and assorted support buildings. The river is basically hidden behind stunted shrubs and nevergreens, and the remains of the defunct golf course. There’s a stadium on the island, which was thronging with festival-goers today. I don’t know what sport, if any, they play there, and didn’t care enough to ask anyone. There was a cinema hall, which was currently empty and looking in need of some dire repair. There’s some sort of Chinese health complex in the process of being built or torn down, it was hard to tell which. Needless to say, the scenery paled almost immediately. I did, after a concerted effort, find a small platform that overlooked the Taedong River. It was a very nice little observation platform with a couple of new-Tudor-esque electrical replica gas lights and two concrete benches where a weary traveler could sit and just watch the river. So I did. I was interested in the fish of the river, and wondered if any of the locals did any fishing; or if it was forbidden, as are so many ‘proletariat’ activities are in town. I did see a few locals, huddled out of plain sight, down by the shores of the river fishing with long, 10 meter, reel-less poles. In Britain, they would call this type of fishing ‘noodling’. I didn’t see them catch anything, but in the bar later, I spoke with a local who told me that they catch various species of fish here. These include Asian Aroana, Blue Guppy, Catfish, Crab, Eel, Halibut, Hucho Perryi, Octopus, Orange Guppy, Pacific Flying Squid, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, and Tuna. I’m not saying my informant was lying or embroidering the tale, but from the nasty condition of the river, I think Coney Island Whitefish, Cotton River Horse, Dumpster Trout, and Bugle-Mouthed Salmon would be the more common species. I had enough perambulation and even though I wasn’t given the least look, I felt a bit uncomfortable out here. That unfiltered sun and equally unfiltered air. After that, I wandered back to the hotel and went to enter to go to my room. “HALT! Who goes there?” some door guard yelled at me. “An American tourista who was out on a walk”, I replied. “Impossible!”, he replied, “Tourists are not allowed out without their guides.” “Look, Herr Mac”, I said, “I’m Dr. Rocknocker, and I am an invited Western Petroleum Scientist with the UN special-invited group here to evaluate the country’s oil and gas potential.” “You are not allowed.” He replied loudly. “My good man”, I replied, equally loudly, "Not allowed? Not allowed? I’m a geologist, I’m allowed everywhere.” With that, I grab the handle of the ornate door, take a slurp out of my drink, and sally forth into the hotel. Of course, he goes non-linear. He follows me and is making all sorts of bad noise. He is almost literally dancing around me, pointing, and exclaiming that I’m not allowed. Then, he made a bit of a mistake. He grabbed my arm. Really, really poor career move. I switched my drink to my left hand and executed a pretty spiffy opposite-side wrist grab on the noisy little nerf herder. He was so shocked by this turn of events, he went slightly white and was rendered mute for a short time. I frog marched the little irritant up to the front desk and asked the head clerk there to explain to my captive audience who I was and why I was here. The clerk smiled and gave the character whom I was dragging around a quick background on the guy who was currently holding him captive. When I heard “닥터 락 노커” [dagteo lag nokeo, “Dr. Rocknocker”], I dropped this guy’s hand and just took a few steps back. After a minute or two, he comes over, very, very abashed. He apologizes as he wasn’t told that any Americans were allowed outside the hotel. I told him ‘No problem’, as I really didn’t have any special permission and didn’t want to get the guy into any trouble. I offered him a cigar, which he refused, but he readily accepted the half-pack of Sobranie pastel cigarettes I had in the pocket of my Hawaiian shirt. I decided from that point to just stay inside the hotel to smoke, drink, and avoid any further Imperial entanglements. I wandered on down to the casino because I was bored and it was unusually quiet. Too hepped-up to sleep, too tired to work, it was that odd interarea between “should I be giving a fuck” and “who the fuck cares?” Leaving the basement, I wandered around the ground floor, just taking in the sights, and looking at the “Festival Specials” at the hotel shops. I found an empty, unlocked conference room that looked inviting. About two dozen chairs, a large wooden table, TV monitors, and a southern view of the city from slightly above ground level. I walked in like I owned the place, as it is always monumentally easier to get forgiveness than permission, sat down at the head of the table, propped my feet up, found an ashtray, and began playing with the remote to see what was available. Evidently, these rooms were available for rent by various factions, cadres, and other sorts of like-minded individuals. However, whoever was here last forgot to re-set the filters on the satellite television. There was real the BBC, real-time. There was German TV, Russian TV, Japanese TV, and even some American TV; all the best of the absolutely prohibited hit parade. I shut it down and left immediately. I went to find my comrades. They simply had to see this. I located Dax first, as he was losing won at a rapid rate down at the basement casino. He said he’d spread the word to any of the team members down in the tunnels and we’d meet at Conference Room #1. I had taken the precaution before leaving to move the “Occupied/Unoccupied” placard to indicate it was in use and that if you hadn’t reserved the room, you’d do best to stay the fuck out. I waited the obligatory 20 minutes for the elevator and went up to ‘our’ floor. I knocked on all the doors where I knew they were occupied by our occupants. I found a few of our team and informed them that if they were so inclined, there would be an unannounced, impromptu, and wholly illicit meeting down in Conference room number 1; complete with refreshments and real, uncensored television. They all agreed and said they’d rouse the rest of our team on the floor. I was feeling so brazen, that when I went down to the ground floor, I stopped at the front desk and ordered lunch and drinks for my team in Conference Room #1. “Oh, sir”, the desk clerk responded, “We don’t have any reservations today for Conference Room #1.” “Well”, I replied, “We are in there and if it wasn’t reserved, how would that have happened? The room would have been marked as unavailable, which it clearly was not; as it was open and available and we are now occupying it. Therefore, it wasn’t marked unavailable so it must have been available; not unavailable as you postulate. It’s almost a simple example of the single equation theory of universal containment. So we are meeting there now and requiring refreshments. It’s simply a logical progression of the facts of the matter.” “You are, of course, correct”, she immediately responded, distracted by all the Festival goings-on in the hotel, “Now, you said you’d like to order 4 dozen assorted meat and cheese sandwiches, two cases of beer, and a mixed case of bottled liquor?” “Yes”, I replied, “You see, it’s only going to be a brief meeting. I’ll also need ice, carbonated and non-carbonated mixers, sliced citrus fruit, and an on-call bartender if you have one available.” “Oh, yes sir,”, she replied, “That will be immediately arranged. Anything else?” “Yes”, I replied, “I’ll need about a dozen ashtrays, of the larger variety. Also, I am going to leave explicit instructions with you to disseminate to hotel staff that we are not to be disturbed. This is a very high-level meeting of the scientists of the IUPG. We will be discussing, umm, ‘sensitive information’”. I used the international ‘don’t-even-think-of-bothering-us’ buzzword to let her know were being very serious indeed. “Oh, yes sir”, she stiffened. “Marvelous”, I said and slipped her 1000 won for her troubles. All sighs of nervousness instantly disappeared. “Excellent. Excellent service.”, I said, rubbing both hands together most Mr. Burnsly. I go over to the conference room and see that our order has begun to already arrive. Have to hand it to them, you call for room service and you get room service. Especially if you’re well known around the hotel to be free with imported cigars, pastel cigarettes, and lavish tips. One by one, my teammates filtered in. There was everyone from out earlier pleasure cruise, and most of the force that remained back in the hotel to prepare the paperwork for our ground assault. Cigars, cigarettes, and pipes were lit. Sandwiches consumed and drinks were downed. After everyone had a chance to see their home-town, or at least home-county, version of the news, I decided that it would indeed be a good time to have a bit of a meeting. It was going nuts outside with the Festival, and as long as we were in here, we were being left alone. After the obligatory facilities break, I returned from a 40-minute round trip to my room to get a couple of my field notebooks. I wanted a record of the proceedings, no matter how spur-of-the-moment. When I returned, I thought the room looked a bit spare. I did a quick headcount and I noted we were missing someone. I glanced through my notes and saw that our Bulgarian geomechanic, Dr. Iskren Dragomirov Dinev, or ‘Iskren’ was not present. “Hey, guys”, I asked aloud, “Anyone seen Iskren lately?” There was a brief conclave and the answer was a solid negative. I called the front desk and got his room number. I asked them to ring his room for me. His room phone rang and rang and rang, but no answer. “Who last saw Iskren?” I asked the assembled crew. The Finnish PT, Joon, recalls drinking with him at the casino the night before last. He seemed normally jovial as was normal for him. “Anyone else? Or since?” I asked. Again, the answer was negative. “Something’s not right”, I thought, my rock sense was tingling. “Dax, Cliff, you’re with me.” We all left, stopped by the front desk, and asked for medical assistance. We explained where we were going and the sudden absence of our Bulgarian friend. We expressed deep concern. 25 minutes later, Dax, Cliff, me, the hotel security chief, and hotel doctor were standing outside Iskren’s room. We had pounded on the door for a good 3 minutes. He certainly wasn’t in the shower. No answer. “Fuck this. Open it”, I said. “Under whose authority?” the chief of hotel security asked. “Mine. Dr. Rocknocker. I’m the team leader of the IUPG crew. Do it.” I said. The door was laboriously opened, as both door bolt locks had to be breached. The room was dark, silent, and entirely unnerving. In the gloom, it appeared that there was a human form, unmoving, on the bed. “I’m a rock Doctor. I think we need a medical doctor here.” I said to the hotel sawbones. The hotel doctor went in without switching on the lights nor touching anything. He examined the mound on the bed. Apparently, it wasn’t a pile of dirty laundry. “Was the occupant of this room a large Caucasian male, approximately 60-65 years of age?” He asked. “Yes”, we all answered together. “I’m afraid he’s dead.” The doctor replied. Dax looked at Cliff who looked at me. In unison, all that was heard was a tripartite: “Oh…fuck.” To be continued...
I set out to watch a total of 366 movies this Year. I tired to watch as many new ones as i could . I thought I would do a mid year post. Let me know what you think and which you have seen.
Starting this year off on a bright on I thought i would challenge myself to watch 366 movies. One for every day of the year. I started off trying to watch as many new movies as i could or ones i have never seen before. However with theaters closing this became a little harder to do. I thought i would do a half year post and see what everyone thinks. I plan on doing a full rating on each for the end of the year post. So Far as of July 2 i am at 194 so i am about 10 movies ahead of the goal so far. Let me know what i should watch next. In Bold Are the movies i had never seen before. Movies watched- January Rocky --- Rocky 2 Rocky 3 Rocky 4 Rocky 5 Rocky 6 I tonya Mary queen of Scots Hunter killer The grudge 2020 Doom Annihilation Hell or High water Under water Scooby doo Scooby doo 2 American Assassin Galaxy Quest The King 1917 IO The sister brothers Aeronauts Bad Boys 3 Rambo Last Blood Midway Peanut Butter Falcon Scooby doo Return to Zombie Island Wind river True grit Midsomer Hitch Outlaw King Night Hunter The turning The report FEBRUARY Zero dark thirty The gentleman Casino Royale Quantum of Solace Hotel Transylvania Skyfall Spectre Golden eye Tomorrow Never Dies The World is not Enough Die Another Day Uncut Gems Honey Boy Birds of Prey Monsters Inc. Bombshell Zodiac Hotel Transylvania 2 The Post Sherlock Holmes A Beautiful day In the Neighborhood Black and Blue Parasite 21 Bridges Dark water Charlies Angels 2019 Ratatouille Black coats Daughter Keep Watching The Boy 2 Train to Busan Ford Vs Ferrari Matrix 2 Matrix 2 Fifth Element Pokemon mewtwo strikes back 2020 Source code Sicario 2 Whiplash Life of Pie Invisible man Superman Red son MARCH Looney toons back in action The Island Manchester by the sea The Italian job Onward Batman Gotham Knight Saving Ms Banks Constantine City of Demons The Silence Contagion Outbreak Little women The Beguiled Bloodshot Quarantine 2 Adjustment Bureau Hotel Transylvania 3 Kill Bill Kill Bill 2 Enemy at the Gate Red Eye Mystic River Usual Suspects The Platform 100 There Will be Blood The Hunt APRIL Anna Space Jam Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters Tomorrow Spiderman Homecoming Spiderman Far from Home Thor Ragnarok Godzilla King of the Monsters The Farewell The way Back Extraction Fantasy Island The Bay MAY The Goonies Black Christmas 2019 Justice League Dark Justice League Dark Apokolips war Good Time Patriots Day Scoob Hot Tub Time Machine Mud Lincoln Lawyer Super Dark times Ben is Back Colossal Piranha The Final Destination Final Destination 5 The Zookeeper's wife The Titan ARQ Avatar Captain Philips Disney Dinosaur Battle LABig Eyes JUNE The Assignment The Big Short Haunted Manison Money Ball Inside Man Minority Report Twister First man Goosebumps 2 Kingdom of Heaven director's road show cut The House with the Clock In the Walls Tremors 6 Our House The Night Clerk Priest Apollo 13 All is Lost Artemis Fowl Escape From New York Disobedience Jack and Jill Shot Caller Becky The Lodge Shirley Dredd A Goofy Movie The Nutcracker And the Four Realms AN Extremely Goofy Movie Mom And Dad Radio Flash Mandy Future World Demolition Man The expendables The expendables 2 The expendables 3 Pride Prejudice and Zombies Phoenix Forgotten Spongebob Sponge out of Water Mom Mother of monsters Apollo 18 Monsters Dark Continent Gi Joe Star Trek Star Trek Into Darkness Star Trek Beyond The Clearing Eurovision July The Darkest Dawn Occupation Who Framed Roger Rabbit Treasure Planet 194/ 366 51 i had seen before 143 new Last movie i saw in theaters was Blood Shot.
(It's a long list so hold on to your butts) 1903 "The Great Train Robbery" 1916 "Intolerance" 1923 "Safety Last!" 1924 "Sherlock Jr." 1925 "The Gold Rush" "Body and Soul" 1926 "The Son of the Sheik" "Sparrows" 1927 "IT" "The Jazz Singer" "The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog" 1928 "Lights of New York" "Steamboat Willie" "The CameraMan" 1929 "The Kiss" "The Hollywood Revue of 1929" 1930 "A Lady To Love" "Anna Christie" "Animal Crackers" "The Big House" "The Blue Angel" "Morocco" "Bubbles" "All Quiet on the Western Frontier" 1931 "West of Broadway" "Dracula" "Frankenstein" "Monkey Business" "Blonde Crazy" "Laughing Sinners" "Little Caeser" "The Public Enemy" "The Champ" "Possessed" "City Lights" 1932 "Grand Hotel" "The Mummy" "Horse Feathers" "Red-Headed Woman" "Scarface" "Blonde Venus" "Red Dust" 1933 "Queen Christina" "The Invisble Man" "King Kong" "Duck Soup" "Gold Diggers of 1933" "Footlight Parade" "42nd Street" "Baby Face" "She Done Him Wrong" "I'm No Angel" 1934 "It Happened One Night" "Twentieth Century" "Kid Millions" "Of Human Bondage" "Manhattan Melodrama" 1935 "Mutiny on the Bounty" "The Bride of Frankenstein" "A Night at the Opera" "Gold Diggers of 1935" "Symphony In Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life" "The Little Colonel" "The Devil is a Woman" "Dangerous" "The 39 Steps" "Triumph of the Will" 1936 "San Francisco" "Swing Time" "My Man Godfrey" "Show Boat" "The Petrified Forest" 1937 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" "The Awful Truth" 1938 "Bringing Up Baby" "Love Finds Andy Hardy" 1939 "The Women" "The Wizard of Oz" "Stagecoach" "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" "Love Affair" "Ninotchka" "Of Mice and Men" "Only Angels Have Wings" "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" "Gunga Din" "Wuthering Heights" "Young Mr. Lincoln" "Gone With the Wind" 1940 "The Philadelphia Story" "His Girl Friday" "Rebecca" "The Great Dictator" "The Grapes of Wrath" 1941 "The Wolf Man" "Sullivan's Travels" "The Lady Eve" "Suspicion" "Citizen Kane" "The Maltese Falcon" 1942 "Casablanca" "Wake Island" "The Battle of Midway" 1943 "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" "Bataan" "Air Force" 1944 "Double Indemnity" "Laura" "Meet Me in St. Louis" 1945 "The Battle of San Pietro" "They Were Expendable" 1946 "Notorious" "The Best Years of Our Lives" "It's a Wonderful Life" "The Killers" "The Big Sleep" "My Darling Clementine" 1947 "Out of the Past" 1948 "Rope" "Fort Apache" 1949 "The Third Man" "Samson and Delilah" "Conspirator" "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" 1950 "The Asphalt Jungle" "Gun Crazy" "Sunset Boulevard" "All About Eve" "Born Yesterday" "Rio Grande" 1951 "Quo Vadis" "An American in Paris" "The Thing From Another World" "The Day the Earth Stood Still" "A Streetcar Named Desire" "The African Queen" 1952 "Singin' in the Rain" "High Noon" 1953 "The Hitch-hiker" "The Robe" "The Band Wagon" "From Here to Eternity" "Roman Holiday" "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" "How to Marry a Millionarie" 1954 "A Star is Born" "Them!" "Gojira" "On the Waterfront" "Rear Window" "To Cathch a Thief" "Creature From The Black Lagoon" 1955 "Tarantula!" "Blackboard Jungle" "East of Eden" "Rebel Without a Cause" "The Seven Year Itch" 1956 "The Ten Commandments" "Godzilla, King of the Monsters!" "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" "Giant" "The Searchers" 1957 "The Deadly Mantis" "A Face in the Crowd" "Sweet Smell of Success" "The Bridge on the River Kwai" 1958 "I Married a Monster From Outer Space" "Vertigo" "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" "The Defiant Ones" 1959 "Ben-Hur" "Some Like It Hot" "North By Northwest" "Rio Bravo" "Pillow Talk" 1960 "Exodus" "Spartacus" "The Apartment" "Psycho" "The Bellboy" "The Magnificent Seven" "One-Eyed Jacks" "Sergeant Rutledge" "Breathless" 1961 "West Side Story" "Breakfast at Tiffany's" "Splendor in the Grass" "Lover Come Back" "The Ladies Man" "The Errand Boy" "El Cid" "The Hustler" "The Misfits" "A Raisin In The Sun" 1962 "The Longest Day" "How The West Was Won" "Lawrence Of Arabia" "Lolita" "Cape Fear" "The Manchurian Candidate" "That Touch of Mink" "Mutiny On The Bounty" "Dr. No" "Ride The High Country" "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" "To Kill A Mockingbird" 1963 "The Thrill Of It All" "The Pink Panther" "The Nutty Professor" "Tom Jones" "Jason and the Argonauts" "Cleopatra" "Hud" "Charade" "The Ugly American" "The Great Escape" "From Russia With Love" "Lilies Of The Field" 1964 "Send Me No Flowers" "The Patsy" "Dr. StrangeLove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the Bomb" "The Fall Of The Roman Empire" "Becket" "My Fair Lady" "Mary Poppins" "Goldfinger" "A Fistful Of Dollars" "Cheynne Autumn" 1965 "The Great Race" "The Agony and The Ecstasy" "The Greatest Story Ever Told" "Doctor Zhivago" "The Sound Of Music" "The Cincinnati Kid" "Thunderball" "A Patch Of Blue" 1966 "The Shooting" "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" "The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming" "The Sand Pebbles" "A Man For All Seasons" "Harper" "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" "Thr Professionals" "Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?" "The Wild Angels" 1967 "Doctor Dolittle" "Barefoot In The Park" "The Producers" "Cool Hand Luke" "Hombre" "You Only Live Twice" "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" "To Sir, With Love" "In The Heat Of The Night" "Bonnie and Clyde" "The Graduate" 1968 "Finian's Rainbow" "The Odd Couple" "The Lion In Winter" "Funny Girl" "The Thomas Crown Affair" "Bullitt" "Once Upon A Time In The West" "Night Of The Living Dead" "Rosemary's Baby" "Planet Of The Apes" "2001: A Space Odyssey" 1969 "Paint Your Wagon" "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" "The Wild Bunch" "Easy Rider" "Putney Swope" "Alice's Restaurant" "Downhill Racer" "Medium Cool" "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" "Midnight Cowboy" "True Grit" 1970 "Patton" "Little Big Man" "Five Easy Pieces" "MAS*H" "Husbands" "Love Story" 1971 "The Last Picture Show" "Play Misty For Me" "The French Connection" "Straw Dogs" "Dirty Harry" "Klute" "THX 1138" "Bananas" "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" "Shaft" "Carnal Knowledge" "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" "Harold and Maude" "Minnie and Moskowitz" "A New Leaf" "A Clockwork Orange" "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" 1972 "The Getaway" "Deliverance" "The Godfather" "Boxcar Bertha" "Play It Again Sam" "The Heartbreak Kid" "Cabaret" "Jeremiah Johnson" "The Candidate" "What's Up, Doc?" "Sounder" "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex*" 1973 "Badlands" "Scarecrow" "The Long Goodbye" "The Last Detail" "Mean Streets" "Sleeper" "Serpico" "Coffy" "Enter The Dragon" "American Graffiti" "The Sting" "The Way We Were" "The Exorcist" "Papillon" "The Paper Chase" "Save The Tiger" "Don't Look Now" "Paper Moon" 1974 "The Sugarland Express" "The Godfather Part II" "Blazing Saddles" "Young Frankenstein" "Foxy Brown" "Lenny" "Chinatown" "A Woman Under The Influence" "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" "The Great Gatsby" "The Conversation" "The Parallax View" "California Split" 1975 "Love and Death" "Dog Day Afternoon" "Sheba, Baby" "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" "Jaws" "Nashville" "Shampoo" "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" "Three Days Of The Condor" "Monty Python and The Holy Grail" 1976 "Taxi Driver" "Marathon Man" "All The President's Men" "Network" "Rocky" "The Outlaw Josey Wales" "Carrie" "Silver Streak" "The Bad News Bears" "Bound For Glory" 1977 "Annie Hall" "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind" "Opening Night" "Saturday Night Fever" "Star Wars: A New Hope" "The Turning Point" "The Goodbye Girl" "Slap Shot" "New York, New York" "Julia" "Smokey and The Bandit" 1978 "National Lampoon's Animal House" "An Unmarried Woman" "Grease" "The Deer Hunter" "Coming Home" "Superman The Movie" "Heaven Can Wait" "Days Of Heaven" "Midnight Express" "Halloween" 1979 "Manhattan" "Being There" "All That Jazz" "Apocalypse Now" "Alien" "The China Syndrome" "Norma Rae" "Breaking Away" "Kramer Vs. Kramer" 1980 "Raging Bull" "The Elephant Man" "Coal Miner's Daughter" "Cruising" "Ordinary People" "The Shining" "Heaven's Gate" "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" "Airplane!" "The Blues Brothers" "9 to 5" "Caddyshack" 1981 "Raiders of the Lost Ark" "Escape from New York" "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" "Reds" "Ragtime" "The French Lieutenant's Woman" "Chariots of Fire" "On Golden Pond" 1982 "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" "The Verdict" "Gandhi" "Blade Runner" "Poltergeist" "Sophie's Choice" "Diner" "Tootsie" "The King of Comedy" "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" "Rocky III" "48 Hrs." "First Blood" "Conan the Barbarian" 1983 "The Big Chill" "Terms of Endearment" "Zelig" "The Right Stuff" "Scarface" "Flashdance" "Trading Places" "Risky Business" "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" "Silkwood" 1984 "This is Spinal Tap" "Ghostbusters" "Beverly Hills Cop" "The Natural" "Purple Rain" "Gremlins" "Sixteen Candles" "Splash" "Police Academy" "Footloose" "A Nightmare on Elm Street" "Amadeus" "The Terminator" "Broadway Danny Rose" "Once Upon a Time in America" "Blood Simple" "Missing in Action" "Stranger Than Paradise" "The Killing Fields" 1985 "Back to the Future" "Brazil" "The Purple Rose of Cairo" "The Goonies" "Witness" "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" "The Breakfast Club" "Desperately Seeking Susan" "Spies Like Us" "Rambo: First Blood Part II" "Rocky IV" "Commando" "Out of Africa" 1986 "Aliens" "Platoon" "Top Gun" "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" "Stand By Me" "Crocodile Dundee" "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" "Three Amigos" "Blue Velvet" "Hannah and Her Sisters" "Pretty in Pink" "Hoosiers" "The Color of Money" 1987 "The Princess Bride" "Fatal Attraction" "RoboCop" "Empire of the Sun" "Wall Street" "Raising Arizona" "Three Men and a Baby" "Dirty Dancing" "Lethal Weapon" "Broadcast News" "Ironweed" "The Untouchables" "Good Morning, Vietnam" "Hamburger Hill" "Full Metal Jacket" "Predator" "The Last Emperor" "Moonstruck" "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" 1988 "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" "Coming to America" "Big" "Beetlejuice" "Bull Durham" "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" "Working Girl" "A Cry in the Dark" "Mississippi Burning" "Die Hard" "Rain Man" "Bloodsport" 1989 "Batman" "Do the Right Thing" "Drugstore Cowboy" "Crimes and Misdemeanors" "Sex, Lies and Videotape" "Born on the Fourth of July" "Dead Poets Society" "My Left Foot" "Field of Dreams" "When Harry Met Sally..." "Say Anything ..." "Parenthood" "The Little Mermaid" "Glory" "The Abyss" 1990 "Goodfellas" "House Party" "To Sleep with Anger" "Pretty Woman" "Edward Scissorhands" "Dances with Wolves" "Miller's Crossing" "Awakenings" "Ghost" "Slacker" "Blue Steel" "Home Alone" 1991 "The Silence of the Lambs" "Thelma and Louise" "L.A. Story" "JFK" "Boyz n the Hood" "Barton Fink" "New Jack City" "Daughters of the Dust" "Point Break" "The Prince of Tides" "Hangin' with the Homeboys" "Trust" "Poison" "Beauty and the Beast" "Little Man Tate" "Rambling Rose" "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" 1992 "Basic Instinct" "Malcolm X" "Reservoir Dogs" "Wayne's World" "Juice" "Just Another Girl on the I.R.T." "Gas Food Lodging" "A Few Good Men" "Boomerang" "Aladdin" "The Last of the Mohicans" "Unforgiven" "A League of Their Own" 1993 "Philadelphia" "Schindler's List" "Groundhog Day" "Mrs. Doubtfire" "Poetic Justice" "Six Degrees of Separation" "Sleepless in Seattle" "Dazed and Confused" "The Nightmare Before Christmas" "The Piano" "Jurassic Park" 1994 "The Shawshank Redemption" "Forrest Gump" "Heavenly Creatures" "Quiz Show" "The Mask" "Dumb and Dumber" "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" "Crooklyn" "Four Weddings and a Funeral" "Clerks" "Fresh" "Pulp Fiction" "The Lion King" "Ed Wood" "The Hudsucker Proxy" "Little Women" 1995 "The Usual Suspects" "Casino" "Apollo 13" "Higher Learning" "While You Were Sleeping" "Friday" "The Basketball Diaries" "Braveheart" "Dead Presidents" "Waiting to Exhale" "How to Make an American Quilt" "Bad Boys" "Clueless" "Welcome to the Dollhouse" "The Brothers McMullen" "Toy Story" "Heat" "Se7en" 1996 "The English Patient" "Happy Gilmore" "Waiting for Guffman" "Set it Off" "Independence Day" "Jerry Maguire" "Swingers" "Hard Eight" "Fargo" "Grace of My Heart" "Walking and Talking" "Romeo + Juliet" "Trainspotting" 1997 "L.A. Confidential" "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" "Soul Food" "My Best Friend's Wedding" "Men in Black" "As Good As It Gets" "Boogie Nights" "Titanic" "Contact" "Rosewood" 1998 "Out of Sight" "The Thin Red Line" "Saving Private Ryan" "Rushmore" "The Wedding Singer" "There's Something About Mary" "Dr. Dolittle" "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" "The Big Lebowski" "You've Got Mail" 1999 "The End of the Affair" "Office Space" "The Best Man" "Runaway Bride" "Notting Hill" "Toy Story 2" "Magnolia" "The Matrix" "The Sixth Sense" "The Talented Mr. Ripley" "The Blair Witch Project" "Man on the Moon" "The Cider House Rules" "The Hurricane" "American Beauty" "Girl, Interrupted" "The Insider" "Election" "Boys Don't Cry" "The Virgin Suicides" "Three Kings" "Being John Malkovich" "Fight Club" "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" 2000 "Gladiator" "Erin Brockovich" "Memento" "Miss Congeniality" "Cast Away" "Almost Famous" 2001 "A Beautiful Mind" "Ocean's Eleven" "Legally Blonde" "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" "Training Day" "Moulin Rouge!" "The Royal Tenenbaums" "Shrek" "Monsters, Inc." 2002 "Minority Report" "Ali" "Chicago" "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" "Gangs of New York" "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" "Men in Black II" 2003 "Something's Gotta Give" "Lost in Translation" "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" "Old School" "Elf" 2004 "The Incredibles" "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" "The Bourne Supremacy" "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" 2005 "Brokeback Mountain" "The-40-Year-Old Virgin" "Batman Begins" 2006 "The Devil Wears Prada" "The Departed" "Dreamgirls" "The Holiday" "Casino Royale" "Little Miss Sunshine" "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" "Pan's Labyrinth" "Children of Men" 2007 "There Will Be Blood" "No Country for Old Men" "Transformers" "Knocked Up" "Superbad" 2008 "Mamma Mia!" "WALL-E" "Slumdog Millionaire" "Twilight" "Step Brothers" "The Dark Knight" "Iron Man" 2009 "Up" "It's Complicated" "Inglourious Basterds" "The Hangover" "Avatar" "The Hurt Locker" "Precious" 2010 "True Grit" "The Social Network" "Black Swan" "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" "Winter's Bone" "The Kids Are All Right" 2011 "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" "Bridesmaids" "Thor" "Captain America: The First Avenger" 2012 "Django Unchained" "Lincoln" "The Master" "Moonrise Kingdom" "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" "Zero Dark Thirty" "Silver Linings Playbook" "The Avengers" "The Hunger Games" "Good Deeds" 2013 "Fast & Furious 6" "The Heat" "Gravity" "American Hustle" "12 Years a Slave" "Fruitvale Station" 2014 "Boyhood" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "American Sniper" "Guardians of the Galaxy" "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" "Selma" 2015 "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation" "Spy" "Joy" "Ant-Man" "Creed" "Tangerine" "The Revenant" "Straight Outta Compton" 2016 "La La Land" "Doctor Strange" "Moonlight" "Fences" 2017 "Spider-man: Homecoming" "The Shape of Water" "Mudbound" "The Florida Project" "Lady Bird" "Get Out" "Wonder Woman" 2018 "Avengers: Infinity War" "Black Panther" "Crazy Rich Asians" "Roma"
21 Events Before and During Spring Break at Virginia Tech & the New River Valley...
With Spring Break starting on Friday, I wanted to share this week's of events early so those who are leaving Blacksburg for the week can enjoy some local fun before they leave and also help those staying behind (hand raised, that's what I did every year in college). So here's this week's 21 events:1. Women's Lacrosse: William & Mary vs. Virginia TechIndoor Practice Facility, Virginia TechWednesday, March 4, 2020, 4:00 - 6:00 PMAdmission: Free Watch the Virginia Tech Women's Lacrosse team compete against non-conference and in-state opponent William & Mary. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540289 2. College Baseball: Marshall University vs. Virginia TechEnglish Field, Virginia TechWednesday, March 4, 2020, 4:00 - 7:00 PMAdmission: Free Watch the Virginia Tech Baseball Team compete against non-conference opponent Marshall University. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540294 3. Men's Basketball: Clemson vs. Virginia Tech (Senior Night & Home Finale)Cassell Coliseum, Virginia TechWednesday, March 4, 2020, 7:00 - 9:00 PMIndividual Ticket: $30.00, StubHub.com starting at $6.00 The Virginia Tech Men's Basketball hosts ACC conference opponent Clemson University in their 2019/2020 regular season home finale. This game will serve as Senior Night. Halftime entertainment will be provided by the Red Panda. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=535891 4. Comedy Night with Headliner Sonya WhiteMcClain's at First & Main, BlacksburgWednesday, March 4, 2020, 8:00 - 9:30 PMAdmission: $10.00 Bonkerz Comedy Club - Blacksburg presents Comedy Night featuring headliner Sonya White with comedian and professional wrestler Tate Griffen. Sonya White is based in Chicago, IL and originally from Virginia. White’s observational comedy is enhanced by dead-on impersonations and appropriate sound effects. Both her comedy stage show and her one-woman show, “Airing Dirty Laundry,” are based on real-life experiences and her fond, but irreverent, interactions with friends, family and the world at large. Must be 18 or older to enter. She has combined southern charm with big city street smarts to create a show that won her multiple appearances on CBS’ “Star Search”, a promo spot on NBC’s "Last Comic Standing 4" and CMT'S production “Southern Fried Chicks”. Sonya has also appeared on Oxygen’s “Girls Behaving Badly", been featured on “Comcast Comedy Spotlight Roadtrip 2002” and at The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival 1999 which was aired on HBO, E, and Comedy Central. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540878 5. The Jared Stout Band Duo in ConcertMcClain's at First & Main, BlacksburgThursday, March 5, 2020, 6:00 - 9:00 PMAdmission: Free Enjoy the music of Jared Stout and Robby Carden. Jared Stout is a musician based in Blacksburg, VA playing all the music under the sun. Enjoy him and his band performing a firm variety of country, pop, rock, R&B, folk and many others. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540716 6. Public Lecture: The Oldest Green Seaweed: Come and Taste One Billion Years of Evolution”Museum of Geosciences, Virginia TechThursday, March 5, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 PMAdmission: Free The Museum of Geosciences at Virginia Tech presents a public lecture titled "The Oldest Green Seaweed: Come and Taste One Billion Years of Evolution”. Virginia Tech paleontologists have discovered the oldest green seaweed yet, over 1 billion years old! This is the first presentation for the general public. Enjoy brief presentation about this important discovery followed by a hands-on, meet-the-scientists reception. There will be examples of ancient and modern seaweeds and even some seaweed you can taste! Admission is free and preregistration with [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) is appreciated, but not required. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540797 7. FLIP Fabrique: “Blizzard”Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, BlacksburgThursday, March 5, 2020, 7:30 - 9:00 PMAdult Tickets (based on seat location): $25.00-$55.00, Students with ID and Youth 18 and Under: $10.00 FLIP Fabrique takes you on a crazy, poetic, and gentle journey in the dead of winter and invites you to lose yourself in a moment of complete wonder. "Blizzard" is the story of a group of friends, each one different from the other, like snowflakes, exploring the awe and wonder of a winter storm. Through the lens of their very special and intimate relationship with winter. With some of the most exciting circus performers of the moment, all original music performed live, and breathtaking visual poetry, "Blizzard" is taking the stage by storm! Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=517713 8. Women's Tennis: NC State vs. Virginia TechBurrows-Burleson Tennis Center, Virginia TechFriday, March 6, 2020, 2:00 - 5:00 PMAdmission: Free The Virginia Tech Women's Tennis team hosts ACC conference opponent NC State. Virginai Tech's Shiran Arol Wiegand's home country of Israel will be highlighted. The match will include trivia and facts about Israel with a prize pack winner. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540975 9. Leslie Brooks in ConcertIndia Garden Restaurant, BlacksburgFriday, March 6, 2020, 6:00 - 8:30 PMAdmission: Free Leslie Brooks is a singer-songwriter, performing solo with guitar, playing jazz, folk, blues, rockin' country and popular favorites. She has played the best venues in a 16-state area, as well as in Norway and Monte Carlo. Opened for Heart, James Taylor, Bob Margolin and Willie Nelson to name a few. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540524 10. Kat Mills in ConcertEastern Divide Brewing, BlacksburgFriday, March 6, 2020, 6:00 - 9:00 PMAdmission: Free Kat Mills is a songwriter, folk singer, guitarist, community cheerleader and seeker rooted in GenX habits, nodding to 60s and 70s troubadour traditions, and openly commenting on the aches and triumphs of the moment. She was a founding member of acclaimed newgrass band, Grass. Kat is currently based in Blacksburg VA and touring as a solo singer and songwriter throughout the East and beyond. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540971 11. Waltz Disney DanceOld Dominion Ballroom, Virginia TechFriday, March 6, 2020, 7:00 - 11:00 PMAdmission: Free Ballroom Dance at Virginia Tech presents the Waltz Disney Dance in their first dance of the semester. All of the music played will be from Disney. Dress up to show the spirit or just wear some jeans, they don't discriminate. Admission is free and no experience is necessary. There will be free snacks and drinks and a Viennese Waltz dance lesson for beginners. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540977 12. Men's Tennis: NC State vs. Virginia TechBurrows-Burleson Tennis Center, Virginia TechSaturday, March 7, 2020, 12:00 - 4:00 PMAdmission: Free The Virginia Tech Men's Tennis team hosts ACC conference opponent NC State. There will be a raffle for Bull & Bones Gift Card. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540974 13. Play: Oliver Twist by Charles DickensWarm Hearth Village Center, BlacksburgSaturday, March 7, 2020, 3:00 - 5:15 PMSaturday, March 7, 2020, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Sunday, March 8, 2020, 8:00 PMAdults: $12.00, Seniors: $10.00, Students: $10.00 New River Stage presents the play "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens with six performances. This adaptation is a fast moving melodrama about the adventures of an orphan redeemed from a cruel life of poverty and crime. The cast is made up of 14 local actors playing over 30 roles and will include original music by Anna and David Smith. The play is recommended for ages middle school and up due to depictions of child abuse, domestic abuse and stage violence. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=538797 14. 2020 Wild Life DinnerCamp Tuk-A-Way, BlacksburgSaturday, March 7, 2020, 5:00 - 8:00 PMAdults: $10.00, Kids Ages 5-12: $5.00, Kids Age 4 & Under: Free Craig Valley Gospel Fellowship presents the 11th Annual Wild Life Dinner. Enjoy a great dinner with lots of wild game options including deer, turkey, bear, squirrel rabbits and more. In addition, non-wild game meats will also be offered including chicken and pork in addition to sides. There will also be music, raffles, door prizes, great fellowship and music. Proceeds benefit the Craig Valley Gospel Fellowship Church. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540877 15. St. John Neumann Academy's 2020 Casino KnightGerman Club Manor, Virginia TechSaturday, March 7, 2020, 5:30 - 10:30 PMAdmission: $45.00 Picture an elegant evening at the Virginia Tech German Club, all of the energy of a Las Vegas casino, fantastic prizes, a fabulous silent auction, delicious food and great music at St. John Neumann Academy's annual Casino Knight promises to be a fabulous evening. The admission price includes: $10,000 in "play money" for casino games including Roulette, Black Jack, Craps and Texas Hold’em, five prize tickets for fabulous raffle prizes, heavy hors d’oeuvres & delicious pasta stations, a magic mirror photo booth, and more. All proceeds support student scholarships and needed curriculum materials. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540790 16. March Jazz JamTea & Jam Cafe, BlacksburgSaturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30 - 9:30 PMAdmission: Free Tea & Jam Cafe presents the March Jazz Jam. Bring your instrument and jam with some local jazz legends in the tea shop. This month the jam will be led by Bob McGraw the front man of local jazz group Wine and Roses. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=538273 17. The Floyd Radio Show March Edition with The Deer Creek Boys, Paul Brown & Terri McMurrayFloyd Country Store, FloydSaturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30 - 10:00 PMAdvance Tickets: $12.00, Day of the Show: $15.00 This month’s guests include the Deer Creek Boys, Paul Brown and Terri McMurray and The New Macedon Rangers. The Floyd Country Store brings together a new variety show every month celebrating American roots music. A series of guest hosts will perform original radio plays, comedy bits, ads, jingles, music and more. Each show features the finest old-timey musical acts, from storytelling banjo players to flatpicking guitarists to hard-driving string bands. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540038 18. Prime Time Wine SeriesBeliveau Farm Winery, BlacksburgSunday, March 8, 2020, 12:00 - 5:00 PMAdmission: $15.00 The Prime Time Wine Series is Beliveau's biannual "mini wine festival". Each of the participating local Virginia Farm Wineries will offer intimate tastings lead by the wine maker or owners so you are guaranteed a unique experience. The two guest wineries are Zephaniah Farm Vineyard out of Leesburg, VA and Brix & Columns Vineyards in McGaheysville, VA. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=536128 19. Women's Tennis: Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech (International Women's Day Celebration)Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center, Virginia TechSunday, March 8, 2020, 1:00 - 4:00 PMAdmission: Free The Virginia Tech Women's Tennis team hosts ACC conference opponent Georgia Tech. The match will celebrate International Women's Day with a giveaway of Virginia Tech scrunchies for the first arriving fans. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540976 20. Sunday Blues & Brews (and Bloody's) with The WoogemenEastern Divide Brewing, BlacksburgSunday, March 8, 2020, 3:00 - 6:00 PMAdmission: Free Eastern Divide Brewing and the New River Blues Society present the first Sunday Blues & Brews (and Bloody's) with The Woogemen. The Woogemen are a New River Valley group playing a true variety of all genres of music. In addition to food and their craft beers, Eastern Divide will be offering Bloody Marys for this event. The New River Blues Society formed to help keep traditional blues alive in the New River Valley and surrounding area. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=540882 21. Elkhorn and Eight Point Star in ConcertOdd Fellows Building Lodge #20 (Wilson Avenue), BlacksburgSunday, March 8, 2020, 7:00 - 10:00 PMAdmission: Free The Rays of Joy series presents Elkhorn and Eight Point Star with the Blacksburg Drone Orchestra in concert. Elkhorn is a mesmerizing, sound-scapey guitar duo of acoustic 12-string picker Jesse Sheppard (Philadelphia) and electric player Drew Gardner (New York), touring to support their newest album of instrumental vignettes, “The Storm Sessions". Eight Point Star is a New River Valley-Roanoke collective gathered around old-time and improvisational fiddler Mike Gangloff and bluesy fingerstyle guitarist Matt Peyton that draws on traditional and international roots to create a sound all their own. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Link:http://www.nextthreedays.com/FeaturedEventDetails.cfm?E=539369 For all those traveling, drive and travel safely, and for those staying in Blacksburg, there's still fun you can enjoy! Have a great rest of your week!
If I could have written season 3, here's how I'd do it. Please read would love feedback :))
Riverdale Season 3 ~ My Way
Mystery: The third season's mystery revolves around The Farm, a cult run by new-age guru Edgar Evernever. Edgar is the son of the travelling preacher buried alive by vigilante's for The Riverdale Reaper (Louis Cooper's) crimes. Elias - his father - founded The Farm and Edgar continued to preach his father's gospel and made the organisation grow into what it is today. However, Edgar twisted it into something dark...an organ farm where he uses his power over his followers to trick them into undergoing surgery to remove their organs so that Edgar can sell them on the black market. He decided to move The Farm to Riverdale (it's home) because he's heard about the several murders and awful things to have occured in Riverdale and he wants to recruit as many of its citizens as possible to kill them all of in a mass suicide to save their souls from the wretched town they live in. Edgar is obsessed with recruiting Betty because it's important to him that he wipes out the Cooper bloodline for good. Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day NOTE - this episode would be exactly the same as canon minus the Dilton/Ben/G&G stuff Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune And Men's Eyes Veronica turns her back on her parents & moves in with Betty to help keep her sane after her stress-induced hallucination. Jug convinces Betty to pretend to embrace The Farm but at Betty's first meeting with them she discovers Alice has told them all their family secrets. Penny starts successfully poaching Serpents & convincing them to join the Ghoulies much to Jughead's chagrin. Archie brings the prisoners together through football as Veronica feuds with Cheryl after she steals Archie's presidency in his absense. Kevin worries that Moose is trying to pull away from him after he joins the RROTC. Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below When Hiram & his goons try to sabotage La Bonne Nuit's opening night, Veronica enlists the help of Reggie, Josie, Kevin, Cheryl & Toni to ensure opening night goes off without a hitch. Betty & Jughead discover their parents are involved making their lives awkward but Betty makes the best of a bad situation & gets F.P to gather intel about The Farm from Alice. However, he ends their relationship after finding out Alice spilled the bean's about the Shady Man's death. Archie is forced to compete in an illegal underground fight club beneath the prison. Chapter Thirty-Nine: (i don't have a name for this one) Cheryl is horrified to discover that Hiram is paying Sister Woodhouse to drug her girls & allow them to be used for the pleasure of men in Penelope's brothel. She sets about stopping this by gathering evidence of the brothel & threatening her mother as Jughead & the Serpents tail the Ghoulies to sabotage their deliveries to the Sister's. Veronica aligns herself with Attorney McCoy & they manage to successfully shut down the Sister's for good. Whilst this all goes on, Archie becomes Warden Norton's star fighter at Leopold & Loeb which causes the other's to grow jealous. Betty discovers that the student chapter of The Farm has finally caught on and she questions it's newest recruits (Ethel, Dilton & Ben) to find out more about the mysterious cult. Chapter Forty: The Great Escape Betty finds solace in Jughead when she discovers The Farm is searching for a headquarters in Riverdale. They aqquire the Sister's Of Quiet Mercy convent that went up for auction when the Sister's were arrested & the facility shut down. Veronica finds out about the underground fight club & immediately resolves to break Archie out of prison. To help her pull off this hair-brained scheme, she enlists Betty, Josie, Kevin & Reggie. Jughead finds out some teen Ghoulies have transferred to Riverdale High and when he sees them dealing on school premises he tries to expose them to Principal Weatherbee before Riverdale High becomes just as bad as Southside High was. Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter Veronica must deal with the aftermath of breaking Archie out of prison as a manhunt ensues for him. Hiram instructs Penelope to cause chaos & spur people to action. Every deputy at the Riverdale Police Department search for Archie who travels to Shadow Lake Mines with Kevin to find the witnesses Hiram paid to lie under oath. Meanwhile, Betty & Veronica follow a different clue in their quest to exonerate Archie which leads them to discover Cassidy is alive. The Ghoulies believe the Serpents are responsible for the break-out & antaognise them to force Jughead's hand & make him reveal Archie's whereabouts. Chapter Forty-Two: The Man In Black Jughead & Archie - who've skipped town to escape The Man In Black - come across a farmhouse occupied by Laurie Lake & her little sister Gracie. However, their hospitality turns out to be a ruse...they're actually cannibals who want to eat the boys. In Riverdale, Betty consoles Veronica following her break-up with Archie & convinces her to distract herself with work leading Veronica to partner with Elio & host a Casino Night at La Bonne Nuit. The third and final tale of the trilogy takes place during Summer on the anniversary of Jason's death. Cheryl takes Toni for a picnic on Sweetwater River then invites friend's over for a sleepover where they hold a seance to contact Jason's spirit...and it works! Chapter Forty-Three: The Silence Of The Lambs Jughead & Archie visit Gladys & Jellybean in Toledo where they bond with her & explain the chaos ensuing in Riverdale. Betty is furious to find out Alice wired her college fund to The Farm, forcing her to visit Hal & make him sign an affidavit stating she forged his signature. Hal reveals he has valuable information about The Farm that he'll tell Betty in exchange for regular visits. La Bonne Nuit continues riding the high from casino night & an elated Veronica celebrates her success with Reggie but discovers from Pop that Hiram still owns the diner & the Bonne Nuit. Josie starts noticing Kevin sneaking out & assumes he's cruising again but finds out the truth is far more sinister...he's been meeting Farmies. Chapter Forty-Four: Sojourn Alone in Canada, Archie has become a gigalo but after tiring of the humilation he decides it's time for him to go home. Gladys & Jellybean come back to Riverdale with F.P & Jughead to get a second chance at being a family. She challenges Penny Peabody to a duel that Gladys wins & the Ghoulies agree to leave the Serpents alone. Eager to meet his girlfriend, Gladys asks Jughead to invite Betty over for dinner. Betty discovers Alice is being baptised into The Farm & speaks with an escapee who reveals her sister drowned during her baptism. Betty ends up missing the dinner because she was saving Alice - who resolves to sell the house and move to The Farm. Veronica enlists Reggie & Cheryl to help her bring down her father & upon discovering his prison is a front for a drug lab, they tip off the FBI who raid the prison & arrest Hiram. Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger Archie returns to Riverdale a changed man suffering from PTSD due to the horror's he endured & his friends don't know how to act around this 'New Archie'. Jughead enlists Cheryl to throw a welcome home party for him at Thistlehouse whilst Betty sabotages Alice's attempts at selling the house & deals with Kevin betraying her when he joins The Farm. Veronica decides not to pick things back up romantically with Archie as she wants to explore her connection with Reggie. Additionally, The Lodge's face a financial downturn following Hiram's incarceration & Cheryl is furious when Vixens quit the squad to join The Farm. Chapter Forty-Six: Children Of The Corn Not wanting them raised as "Children of the Corn", Cheryl kidnaps the twins as she fears The Farm is dangerous but Polly later convinces her to check out the group for herself. To celebrate their move to Elm Street, Gladys throws a housewarming party that's derailed by the shocking news that Juniper & Dagwood have been kidnapped. Jug helps Betty, Alice & Polly search for the twins whilst Veronica & Reggie decide to turn La Bonne Nuit into a speakeasy that serves real alcohol as they're not making enough money. Jughead discovers that Jellybean's started playing with a group of mysterious children from The Farm. Archie spirals downwards dissapointing a concerned Fred whilst fighting off predatory Farmie, Evelyn, who sees he's in freefall and tries to exploit this. Chapter Forty-Seven: Bizarrodale When Cheryl becomes queen of the Farmies, a jealous Toni tries to sexually manipulate her into spending more time with her. However, Cheryl sees through this eventually & reveals she's all in with The Farm because they let her talk to Jason. Reggie & Veronica discover that Hermione sold Gladys some left over drugs from Hiram's lab that were moved prior to the FBI raid but before Gladys can get her hands on the product, they burn it. Kevin & Josie plan a lavish wedding reception for Tom & Sierra at La Bonne Nuit but clash over ideas. Alice & F.P confess their love & agree to spend one more night together before calling it quits forever. Edgar becomes the new guidance councillor. Chapter Forty-Eight: Dead Men Tell No Tales After finding out that Edgar allows Alice to see and talk to Charles, Betty goes to great lengths to prove to her mother that her son is dead. Toni tries to prove Jason's dead to Cheryl but ultimately her love for him trumps everything and she breaks up with Toni. As Jughead adjusts to living in Betty's house, he invites everyone over for a movie night to distract his friend's from the recent going's on in Riverdale. Gladys demands money for the drugs that Veronica burned & goes after Hermione when Veronica refuses to pay up. Archie begins councilling sessions with Edgar & finally agrees to explore what The Farm has to offer. Chapter Forty-Nine: Spring Fling After reports of Ghoulie sightings & a string of mysterious seizures (& one death), Jughead concludes that the Serpents' arch rivals are back dealing a dangerous new drug. Evelyn slowly teaches Archie about The Farm causing tension between he & Betty. Veronica is horrified to discover Josie's decided to quit La Bonne Nuit and start performing at The Farm's mixers for new recruits causing a reckless Reggie to storm right into the belly of the beast. As Betty looks forward to Spring Fling, she also reaches out to Attorney McCoy but suspects she's indoctrinated too. When Gladys finds out Alice is chaperoning Spring Fling along with F.P, she tags along as she's afraid Alice might come between she & F.P Chapter Fifty: American Dreams On the eve of F.P's 50th birthday, Gladys has Veronica & Reggie organise a party for him down at the speakeasy but Jughead enlists Fangs to go undercover in the Ghoulies & he reports back that the rumours are true...his mother has taken over Riverdale's drug trade. Meanwhile, Evelyn continues grooming Archie to join The Farm leading Betty to try & help him work through his trauma's by returning to his music; she gifts him a guitar. Betty also helps Veronica prepare for her first official date with Reggie and when it goes well she happily agrees to be his girlfriend. Meanwhile, at The Farm, Cheryl & Kevin must each present their case for why they respectively feel "Heather's"/"Godspel" should be the next musical. Chapter Fifty-One: Heather's As rehearsal's for the musical "Heather's" get underway, Betty grows increasingly annoyed as Evelyn inserts herself into the lives of her friends & treats the musical like one big recruitment drive. Tension mounts between Cheryl & Toni as they're forced to work together for the first time following their break-up leading Toni to make a surprising decision. Jughead searches for Gladys' drug lab so he can destroy it and cease production. Archie & Evelyn reveal their relationship to the "Heather's" cast much to everyone's horror & finally. Enemies of The Lodge's target them after realising they're no longer protected by Hiram & Veronica uses this as an entrypoint to get into The Farm to take it down from the inside. Chapter Fifty-Two: The Raid Betty enlists Veronica to infiltrate The Farm leading her to uncover how Farmies are seeing dead people - Edgar hypnotises them. Jughead discovers that the Ghoulies are cooking drugs for Gladys in a ram-shackle apartment building & with the Serpents help he organises a raid to flush out the Ghoulies before blowing up the building. Archie blackmails Governor Dooley into pardoning his friends from L&L & he gives them refuge at The Farm. Although disturbed by the cult at first - one by one they all succumb to The Farm's allure much to Mad Dog's horror. Cheryl introduces Toni to The Farm's way of life & Toni reveals her intention of meeting Jason. Chapter Fifty-Three: Outbreak Evelyn pretends Betty assaulted her on school premises causing Principal Weatherbee to suspend her. She resumes visits with her dad in her free time & Hal gets into her head by making her believe she'll only stop The Farm by killing Edgar. Meanwhile, Jughead & F.P go after Gladys when she grabs Jellybean & makes a break for it following the revelation that she'd taken over the drug trade in Riverdale. Veronica is shocked to discover that Edgar's asked Archie to arrange the sale of La Bonne Nuit as it's distracting her from her studies at The Farm but she saves the establishment when she agrees to make it a safe space exclusively for Farmies. The Farm continues to spread like a virus throughout town so Hermione arranges a town hall meeting to address the mass fear. Chapter Fifty-Four: Jawbreaker In an attempt to derail Alice & Edgar's upcoming nuptials, Betty investigates Evelyn's past and discovers she's 26 & Edgar's wife. Jughead must keep the peace between the Serpents & Farmies when the former launch a smear campaign against the cult. Archie & Fangs organise a boxing match with the conditions that if Archie wins the Serpents must leave The Farm alone and if Fangs wins they must transfer to a new school. Reggie yearns to spend more time with Veronica & finds out she's undercover at The Farm - fearful she's in over head, he joins to protect her. Cheryl & Toni make a last ditch effort to indoctrinate Betty into The Farm as Alice wants her there for the big day. Chapter Fifty-Five: Prom Night As prom swiftly approaches, Betty spirals following her accidental murder of Evelyn & Jughead helps her cover it up as Edgar & Alice grow suspicious of them. Reggie & Veronica run for Prom King/Queen which is against The Farm's rules and angers Kevin who feels they don't take The Farm's rules seriously. Archie grieves Evelyn and argues with Mary who visits Archie to stage an intervention and convince him to leave The Farm. Cheryl & Toni (who are both heads of the Prom Commitee) use the extra-curricular to promote The Farm and indoctrinate new recruits. In a shocking turn of events, Principal Weatherbee closes Riverdale High to study at The Farm full time. Chapter Fifty-Six: The Dark Secret Of Harvest House At The Farm, Betty is allowed to speak with her shadow self & starts snooping around after learning about strange procedures the Farmies endure which leads to her discovery of The Farm's Harvest Program - Edgar is butchering his disciples and selling their organs on the black market. Archie is suspicious about whether or not Jughead truly believes in The Farm's cause and organises for him to partake in a dangerous ritual that could prove fatal to show his loyalty to the group. Veronica uses a tip from Betty to expose Edgar's hynopsis scam to Reggie and tries to de-program Cheryl who rebuffs each attempt. Chapter Fifty-Seven: Apocalypse Now! Following their escape from The Farm, Jughead & Toni rally the Serpents to rescue their friend's from the cult & face off against the Farmies in a battle royale. As the outside world encroaches upon them, Edgar locks up the facility like Fort Knox & chillingly announces the Ascension - which is mass suicide disguised as an attempt to escape the impending apocalypse brought forth by Baley's Comet. Alice is exposed as an undercover informant for the FBI whilst Betty confronts Edgar & finally gets the answers she's been looking for. Veronica & Reggie frantically try to talk Kevin & Archie out of ascending to no avail whereas Cheryl is allowed to speak with her beloved brother Jason one last time before the end of days...
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