365 Daily Challenge

365 Challenge: Day 198 – Bilt

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Bilt: shortened name of the Dutch family who founded Biltmore, where I toured this week and took pictures of a great man’s estate (different Vanderbilt in the picture)

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Cornelius Vanderbilt was a man who developed great wealth for his family during the mid 19th century. Their name was originally Dutch, and part of it was dropped when they immigrated to the USA in the 1600s. “Van” in Dutch means “from” and “Bilt” was the town in Europe where they lived. Thus was born the name Van-Der-Bilt (Coming From Bilt). His grandson, George Washington Vanderbilt, inherited the least amount of money in the family, being the youngest of all the boys. He was also responsible for taking care of his mother after his father died. When his mother was told by doctors to go south to Asheville to heal her respiratory problems, George took her there to ensure she recovered, but she soon fell in love with the town. It was here that he built the beloved Biltmore estate, which gets its moniker from his family’s surname / town and Scottish moors, which were one of his favorite things to see. He changed the spelling and thus was born this great estate. Today’s post covers all the pictures from the “Roof Top” tour, where you will see the ornate limestone carvings, the domes, the observatory, various components of the roof and the gorgeous, sweeping views around the property. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 196 – Country (Top 10)

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Country: (a) the third entry in the list series for Jay’s favorite pastimes, (b) a part of the US that is beautiful to visit

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me.

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held

The current set of 5 Sundays covers the top 10 countries Jay has visited or researched extensively and would like to visit or live in; however, since I’m on a vacation and unable to post a lot, this is just a brief list and some pictures of the ‘country’ trip to Asheville, North Carolina. The ‘Top 10’ list for countries listed below, other than the USA, come from places I’ve either been and loved, or I know I want to I want to visit, as potential options for the future as a home or extended vacation. There are tons of other ones that I think would be cool, but these all have a special place in my heart, e.g. ancestry, things to do, culture or historical educational review:

  1. Canada
  2. Spain
  3. England
  4. Argentina
  5. France
  6. Scotland
  7. Ireland
  8. Australia
  9. Germany
  10. Italy

Below are all the pictures from today’s drive between Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Asheville, North Carolina. It includes a few pictures from the Great Smoky Mountains, Cherokee Indian Nation properties and the views from the hotel where I am staying on the Biltmore property. More to come this week when I share all the pictures from the Biltmore House and grounds.

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About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 195 – Smoky

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Smoky: The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina where I spent my entire day — at the Dolly Parton Dream More resort and amusement park.

Below are about twenty pictures I took today with a few captions all about the trip! More to come in separate posts, i.e. the smoke from the train that stalled due to a passenger’s medical alert, the various names I kept calling Pigeon Forge, the town where this resides and the humor from seeing Dolly Parton memorabilia all day!

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Entrance to the resort where we stayed

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Sadly, this doesn’t start until 9/28, but they were beginning to set up for it

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Random singers all over the park

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A replica of Dolly’s childhood home (2 room wooden house)

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Walking around the booths and shops

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Eagles in the trees in the top middle of the picture

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Random pictures of the park

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Entrance to the mine

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Pumpkin Fun

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No clue, but it was hilarious

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Me sun burnt playing my own music in the park

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Old cars on the property

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1960s set to show what it looked like while she was growing up

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Cool cop car

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Her wedding dress

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Various clothing outfits

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More outfits

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Clothes she wore in ‘9 to 5’

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Clothes she wore in ‘Steel Magnolias’

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Her bedroom in the bus she travels around in

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 194 – Forgetful

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Forgetful: when Jay doesn’t remember to take pictures along the way on a day in a trip

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Every so often, my brain doesn’t work as well as I’d like it to work. When that happens, I call myself forgetful. It’s not anything to be worried about… I am usually not a camera person. Unfortunately, it happened today on a few occasions. I either left my phone in the car or forgot to take pictures. But there were also very few things to take pictures of as we did a lot of driving and looking at real estate in residential areas, which doesn’t work well when trying to photograph things to share with everyone. So… today’s 365 Daily Challenge word is forgetful and I apologize for no fun pictures. More to come tomorrow though; I promise.

Today we drove to Hillsborough, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and a few other smaller towns in between. It was a solid five hours in the car between all the stops and total round-trip distance of the trip. Hillsborough was a great town with a beautiful downtown area. We walked around the residential areas, stopped in the historic Welcome Center and strolled tree-lined streets, popping in and out of small stores. It was also a big site for the Revolutionary War. You should definitely look up and visit this town if you’re ever in North Carolina.

The other highlight was Old Salem in Winston-Salem, where I learned it was founded by Moravians, which is a tad ironic given I went to Moravian College. They had an entire village setup with early 1800s tools and spaces. It was a pretty cool street to stroll, given the architecture of the buildings and homes. All-in-all, a great day. I was forgetful, but I at least wrote down all the places I went to. Many thanks to everyone for their suggestions, with special thanks to Stephanie and Patty for all the details on places to eat and visit. We hit a few of them, but that’s when I didn’t have my phone with me. W had his phone, but it’ll take forever to upload/transfer right now, so I’ll do that in a future post.

Tomorrow we leave for… a small surprise… as we had one night open in our trip depending on where we were having the most fun. As we looked at places to go, something else popped up unexpectedly and we booked it! We will be getting up quite early tomorrow (probably while this is being posted) to make a four-hour trek somewhere a bit further away before we head to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate on Saturday. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s exciting adventures when we cross the border into Tennessee singing ‘9 to 5’ throughout the Great Smoky Mountains and arrive for 24-hours in Dollywood! Now that’s something not to be forgetful when it comes to pictures…

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 191 – Relaxed

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Relaxed: at ease while on day number two of the trip to North Carolina

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Today’s 365 Daily Challenge word is relaxed. After an eventful issue being delayed yesterday at LGA, we arrived later than expected into Charlotte and had less time than planned to explore on the first leg. It was still a fun half day, and we’ll be back there again for two days at the end of the trip. We had a delicious breakfast at the hotel this morning, met several other nice folks, and drove four relaxing hours to Wilmington. Along the path, I found some similarities to my recent trip to Louisiana, in that there were churches every mile on the main roads. On this one though, it wasn’t just Baptist; there were every denomination. Growing up in NY, we really only had one Catholic church in each major town, so this is definitely something new for me to experience when it comes to other parts of the country. The other fascinating part of our drive today was the ultimate relaxed situation — death… there were multiple cemeteries in every town along the drive. I stopped counting after 20 in the first hour, but I did ask W if we could consider buying or building a home near a graveyard. Perhaps it was because he drove the whole way today (his choice, not mine), but the answer was a resounding NO. I thought Ryder might like to sit outside our house and watch the ghosts. Oh well…

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Court Building in Wilmington

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View over to the areas with the beaches

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View at the dock in the downtown area

We had a late lunch and cocktails in the downtown area, walked around a bit and did some shopping. Bought a new candle and body soap made with bourbon; now I can drink in the shower and not feel weird! All in all, the town is not exactly what I thought it would be. Less ‘seaside’ and more ‘downtown’ than other areas close to the water. But we have tomorrow to explore too, so I’m hopeful to see more of it.

I hope you don’t mind these short posts, as I am trying to stay in vacation mode. I am reading everyone’s comments but not able to respond right now, as I’m either navigating the drive or trying not to trip and fall while walking around each city. I will respond when get back to New York. Thanks for all the well-wishes… looking forward to catching up. For now, I’m relaxed — the exact goal of this trip… at least the first ten days. The wedding at the end will be more for fun. Can’t wait for Orlando!

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 190 – Delayed

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Delayed: when your trip doesn’t start off as planned, some might be upset the flight takes off later than expected — not me, I just drink wine at nine in the morning

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It’s the first day of the trip to North Carolina. We arrived at the airport at 7 AM for our morning flight and were even asked to board the plane early in the hopes we could take off sooner than planned. It was a different kind of boarding experience than normal for a few reasons: (1) They had us form into lines to get to lines to get on the bus, (2) We boarded a bus that took us to another part of the airport, and (3) The pilot said we’d be delayed due to a ‘missing message’ on one of his systems. I just knew it was going to be a fun travel day! We sat on the plane for about 90 minutes when they had us de-board, sit on the bus for ten minutes and re-board another plane just a few feet away. What a fun experience!

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We finally took off, landing in Charlotte, North Carolina about 2 hours later than planned. Oh, well… it happens. We are staying at the Duke Mansion, an unbelievably gorgeous old mansion full of gardens and pathways to wander all about the grounds. Above is a shot of the sitting area in our bedroom.

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Above is a shot of the fountain in front of the mansion that welcomes you when you pull up to the front entrance.

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A small piece of the garden in the backyards. I took about 50 pictures for future posts. At least 15 different sitting areas with landscaped paths, benches and beautiful flowers.

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Me sitting on the screened-in veranda / porch attached to our hotel room. A swing hanging from the rafters. A bunch of comfy chairs and a ceiling fan. No delay in hopping on that one!

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And then there was the need for something to drink. Our lovely concierge mentioned there were no bottles for sale at the hotel (only glasses). She suggested a store called Harris Teeter, about a 5-minute walk from the hotel. We embarked on our little trip… and 20-minutes later, we found it. It was a grocery store that also sold wine. Quite a delay for a much-needed beverage to relax. Inside the grocery store was a wine bar. We almost sat down to have a glass, especially to avoid the 20-minute walk in the heat back to the hotel. I forgot to take a picture, sorry!

Took a brief siesta and then went to a great taco dinner. Back at the hotel now, writing tomorrow’s post which you will read in the morning. I’ll try to take better photos along the way. Hope you had a good weekend! No more delays – it’s bedtime. Sleepy! Zzzz…

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 189 – TV Shows Watched (Top 10)

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TV Shows: the ‘Top 10’ favorite TV show Jay currently watches

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me.

  • Weeks 1 – 5: My Ethnicity
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Meaningful Colors
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held

The next set of 5 Sundays covers the ‘Top 10’ of entertainment options that I spend my time thinking about or doing: Authors/Books I Read (Week 26), TV Shows Watched (Week 27), Countries to Visit (Week 28), Foods to Cook (Week 29), and Places to Spend Time (Week 30). It’s a bit of an unwieldy set of similar items, but these are five leisure activities where I spend a majority of my time, which clearly speak volumes about who I am and how I like to keep myself occupied.

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Next up this week are the TV shows I find myself always recording and watching. It wasn’t too difficult to pick these shows, as I have slowly started to drop a lot from my regular queue given my focus on writing and reading. The ten in this list, in no particular order, are the ones I absolutely adore and will always watch new episodes. There are also a few older shows that I always watch, but they aren’t on the air anymore, e.g. Frasier or I Love Lucy. All in all, this will definitely tell you a lot about who I am!

  • Younger
    • About a 40 year old woman in NYC who gets divorced and pretends she’s 28 to get a job in publishing. While I’m not a woman or divorced, this feels a bit like my life. I turned 40 this year and constantly tell everyone I’m 30 (most of the time they believe it, too!). I quit my job to work as a writer and have been thrown into a whole new world.
    • Josh is adorable (can’t deal with the tattoos — I melt!). Maggie is hilarious. Liza does exactly what I’d do most of the time. I swear they based this show on parts of my life. Season 4 just ended but I can’t wait for the new one next year.
  • Great British Baking Show
    • A cooking show based in Great Britain where 12 contestants have a bake off over ten weeks, cooking delicious desserts and breads based on a variety of challenges.
    • It’s civilized. It’s in the Cotswolds. I could eat everything they make. And it’s always so beautiful. I would like to be a contestant but I’m not from that country. They made an American version, but I’m not interested in it. Mary Berry and the two hosts from Seasons 1 thru 6 made the show. But they all left and I may stop watching. I’ve only seen the first 3, but plan to buy the rest later this year.
  • How To Get Away With Murder
    • A show about students in law school that teaches me how to murder someone? I love it. The acting is superb. The story lines are just insane. But it’s always packed with drama and suspense. Seasons 1 and 2 were the best, and I’m getting a little worried about what’s happening in the last few, but I will still watch. {Scandal used to be in the top 10, but last season made me annoyed, hence it’s #11 of about 15 that I watch now.}
    • My favorite character is of course the primary one that Viola Davis plays. I am scared of that woman. I hope the final season (whenever that is) focuses on who kills her. So many would want to, it would be amazing drama. Yes… I like shows about murder but only because I can enjoy it from a distance! 😛
  • Schitt’s Creek
    • A quirky show about a family who lost all their money and move to a town they bought years ago on a whim. The actors are all ‘out there’ with the characters they play, but the humor is top notch. They all have the same facial expressions and you would swear they are related. Well, actually, the father and son (Eugene and Daniel Levy) are father and son in real life.
    • This one might be my favorite, but I won’t commit. The whole list of shenanigans will have you in tears from laughing so much. The stupidity of the things each family member actually thinks will have you exploding!
  • Who Do You Think You Are
    • A show that helps celebrities trace their genealogy. I love ancestry research and have traced my own relatives back to the 1700s in Germany, England, Ireland and Scotland. Two branches have been in the USA since at least 1750 from what I can tell.
    • I learn new techniques from watching the show and I get to know a few of my favorite stars. Always amazing to learn who has connections to what part of history. Some day I’ll find a branch of my own family there!
  • Modern Family
    • A family full of reality — as you know while watching this, it’s exactly what happens in each of our own families. They capture the weird moments, the loving memories and the hilarity that we all go thru with parents, children, siblings and in-laws.
    • This one has been on the air the longest, and might be starting to go down hill, but for the most part, it still has a good deal of humor. I love the concept of family drama, that’s what I write about in my own novels, so this is perfect storytelling in my opinion.
  • Grace and Frankie
    • About 2 couples in their 70s. The two men leave their wives and marry one another. The two women live together as best friends. They learn how to deal with each other and a bunch of hilarity ensues. I’m not beginning to properly do it justice, but you must give it a chance.
    • I struggle to believe the characters in the two male roles, but the women are amazing! If I name everyone, this post will go on for too long, so just look it up! I did write a post all about this show a few months ago.
  • Mom
    • A comedy about mothers and daughters, alcoholics and a bunch of family dynamics. The best lines come from this show, and the looks between all the actresses are amazing. Sometimes it’s sad, too. Makes you almost cry.
    • It actually takes a difficult topic, and while it teaches you about the impacts of drinking too much, it also helps you learn how to recover. I love how the show isn’t always about just making you laugh. It pushes you to really think about a situation. I did a separate post on this show months ago.
  • American Horror Story
    • No one quite knows what it is about, but each year is a completely different set of characters and stories. They are all connected somehow, but I won’t share any of the theories at this point. It focuses on every possible topic, always includes science-fiction and fantasy, as well as completely weird plots you can’t even begin to understand.
    • We’re on the 7th season at this point with a focus on the impacts of hysteria over the 2016 election results, entitled ‘Cult.’ But it’s also about killer clowns. So I’m not quite sure where it’s going yet. Murder House will always be my favorite.
  • Kimmy Schmidt
    • A show about a girl who was trapped in an underground bunker for 15 years by a cult leader. She moves to NY and has to learn about everything she missed. Every character is over-the-top and unbelievable, but you constantly laugh or shake your head, thinking “it’s funny but I don’t quite get it!”
    • This one has so many different weird story lines, you can’t help but find yourself curious how far the show will go sometimes. And you don’t really need to watch them in order, as it’s often an individual episode with a few connections to prior ones.

A few interesting things pop out at me when I look at this list: (1) With the exception of the two ‘reality-like’ shows, the other 8 all have a main character who is gay. And even in the reality shows, there’s always guests or contestants who are, 2) They all have some sort of extreme component to them, e.g. murder, based on a weird character, and (3) They are primarily dominated by women. If I had to step away from my life, those are actually three things very apropos about my own life, so it makes total sense why I love these shows. It’s a bit amusing when you make this type of list and discover the common threads, huh?

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What are your favorite TV shows? Which ones can’t you miss?

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.