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Friday, December 4, 2009

It's Showtime for Adrian Monk...

Eight years ago, a story about a quirky detective with many fears, phobias, and a liitle thing called OCD was brought into our households. This detective, Adrian Monk, was rather odd. And he was deeply affected by the death of his wife.

It's been thrilling, funny, entertaining, and has envoked more emotions within us then almost any other Cable TV show- ever. Monk has made a huge impact in all of our lives, and has reshaped TV forever.

Tony Shalhoub is an amazing actor, and anyone who watches the Emmys know that he has won numerous awards and has constantly been nominated. He has played this incredible character and made us love the big guy. It's my hope that we'll see him once again, and possibly go up against Lost's Matthew Fox (Jack) and Terry O'Quinn (Locke).

Tonight, it will be a bittersweet goodbye. We find out who killed Trudy, but we loose a great TV show.

In just a few hours, it's the beginning of the end...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Disneyland Resort Info And News

It's been ages since I did a Disneyland Resort column. But I'm back to bring you up to speed on the progress in Disneyland!

Now for those of you who may have forgoten, I changed my Disneyland Updates. The rumors and rebuttals are being scrapped in favor of actual news. I realized I don't want to be the type of person who "claims" to bring news, when really I am just speculating and spreading rumors.

First, the Park Hours for the entire month will be listed.
Second, any closures and/or refurbs will be noted.
Third, info about the general goings-on throughout the resort will be listed.
Fourth, pics! Due to my distance from Disneyland, I'll mostly have pics from internet freinds up.

With that out of the way, let's get started!

December Park Hours
December 1-December 3: 10a-9p
December 4-6: 8a-2p
December 7 and 8: 8a-6p
December 9 and 10: 9a-11p
December 11-13: 8a-12p
December 14-16: 9a-11p
December 17-23: 8a-12a
December 24: 8a-9p
December 25-30: 8a-12a
December 31: 8a-2a
Disney's California Adventure
December 1-3: 10a-6p
December 4: 10a-10p
December 5-8: 10a-9p
December 9-10: 10a-7p
December 11: 10a-10p
December 12 and 13: 10a-9p
December 14-16: 10a-7p
December 17: 10a-9p
December 18-19: 10a-10p
December 20-23: 10a-9p
December 24: 10a-6p
December 25-30: 10a-10p
December 31: 10a-1a

Attraction Closures:
The First 50 Magical Years- Closed for good, soon to be replaced by Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln (see below for more info!).
Orange Stinger: Closed for good, soon to be replaced with Silly Symphony Swings, opening April 28, 2010.
*Rides are subject to close without warning and subject to change.*

Comings, Goings, and Tidbits from around the Resortc
Yesterday, I recieved word that Lilo and Stitch Character Meal at the PCH Grill in the Paradise Pier Hotel will end December 11 and be replaced by the "Surf's Up! Breakfast With Mickey & Friends" breakfast. A new and updated menu will also be in place.

Troubador Tavern has also opened, featuring Bratworsts, baked potatoes, and drinks. It is located in Fantasyland near the Fantasyland Theatre.

After much speculation, many of you will be excited to learn that Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln will be returning on December 17. The show will not only feature the latest advancements in Audio-Animatronics, but the lobby of the Opera House will be connected to the new Disney Gallery. The fan favorite "Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years" will still be playing in the lobby. I'll be back with a brand new update as soon as it opens!

Meanwhile, construction continues all around DCA. While Carsland and Little Mermaid are starting to see an expodential increase in construction, it's clear that World of Color is the prime attraction on Disney's plate right now. The bay is now completely full, and the vewing area is coming along nicely.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I do not have any recent pictures to share. However, expect many pictures on January 5, 2010 when my next DLR Update can be seen.

Until then, this is PirateGuy with the Disneyland News!

Monday, November 30, 2009

GH Weekly Roundup: Week of November 23

Last week was a short week on GH due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. We had the arrival of James Franco and a little insight into his personality and life. He still is a mysterious character, and will continue to unfold before our eyes during the next few months.

Since Franco will be around for quite some time, I'd like focus this post on the Thanksgiving special. I enjoyed every minute of it. We saw families get together, selfish teens acting selfless, and some touching movements.

We had several different Thanksgiving dinners going on. Jax and Jocelyn were going to have a quiet night at home while Carly was going to ditch them and go to Sonny's with Michael and Morgan. Surprisingly, Michael helped Morgan when Morgan objected to leaving Jax at home. It was quite funny to see Morgan scheming on getting his "parents" back together. Together, they broke each car so they would not start, and would have to spend Thanksgiving at home with Jax. It worked, and may have did even more. By the end of the night, Carly and Jax shared a kiss.

Diane also flew back into town. Some of you may know that she has landed a roll on ABC's primetime show "Cougar Town". But she's back on GH and will be playing both roles. And boy, how I've missed Diane's spunk, comedy, and her attitude. It was nice to see Milo and Spinelli conspiring to get them back together. And it was great to see Diane and Max finally make up and then share dinner with Milo. Great stuff!

Robin and the Davis girls were scheming to get Alexis and Mac together- and it's about time! They both need a significant other. Somehow, the topic of fathers was brought up, and as Kristina said "My dad is a mobster", and Molly said "My dad is a mob lawyer", I realized we don't know who Sam's father is. Perhaps this is something that will be explored in the future. I hope so!

Finally, we have the Quatermaines. Though they have diminished over the years, they still keep up the Pizza tradition. Last year, I remember they ditched that in favor of a "what-if" crappy show. I was glad it was back in it's glory this year! And when Edward sang "We Gather Together" it was touching.

It was a great, short week in Port Charles. Let's hope next week is as great!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

"Mr. Monk and the End" Part 1

While I was watching the Monk Series Finale, I was experiencing what many call "a mixed bag of emotions". I'll explain.

Confusion. When Trudy appeared to Monk and told him "it's almost time", I wasn't sure what that meant. Was she telling him he is going to die? Or was she referring to her muder finally being solved?or could it mean something else.

The episode began with a flashback to the day Trudy died. She was visibly nervous about something, and left a mysterious Christmas gift for him. Of course, we know Monk has never opened up that gift... until now.

Sadness. Monk went to investigate a murder at the place where he first heard of Trudy's death. We know that the murder is somehow linked to Trudy's, and the murderer was involved with both. I think I know who it is, but won't say who I think it is in case I may spoil it for you. And that was a little dissapointing.

The murderer has a score to settle with Monk, and orders his aquantiance to kill Monk. More sadness. Monk is poisoned, and unless an antidote can be found, Monk will die within a few days.

Laughter. Upon hearing the news that he will die, Monk is preoccupied with the fact that he will be vomiting before he dies, which upsets him. Add in the way he takes his pills, his regular antics, and Randy's... well, "Randyness" and you have one funny hour of TV.

Happiness. As Monk talks with Dr. Bell about his death, Monk realizes all the time he wasted after Trudy's death. It's something that I have been waiting for him to realize since I started watching the show.

Action. Everyone tries to help catch Monks "murderer" and evidence eventually leads them to a train station. Stotelmyer chases the killer, but alas, the killer is killed after being hit by a train. It looks like it's the end for Mr. Monk.

More sadness and confusion. As Monk realizes his death is approaching faster and faster, he visits Trudys grave, professes his love, then quickly leaves, saying he will "see her soon". The really sad part is when Monk finally opens Trudy's gift. He finds a vidoe inside. A video of Trudy saying that because he is watching this, chances are he is dead. She begins to tell him a secret.

And of course, we have to wait to see what that is. In honor of the Monk Finale, I will suspend all regularly scheduled posts and recap, comment, and savor the Monk finale. Stay tuned!