TV Series – Too Little…and Too Late

The television upfronts were last week and new shows were announced while old shows were cancelled. And it got me thinking – what favorite shows of mine have been cancelled too early…and which have stuck around a season or three too long? And, as usual, when I am talking television around here, two rules apply: 1) I am only talking about shows I’ve watched and I can’t possibly even cover all of those so I’ll choose the ones that stood out to me 2) Spoilers seem reasonably inevitable, but I’ll put a *spoilers* next to the show’s name if I say something specific about a show.

Too Little:

Veronica Mars

I didn’t watch this show live but watched later via Amazon Prime instant video and couldn’t believe it was cancelled after three seasons! It was so good! So good, in fact, that a public crowd campaign managed to finance a Veronica Mars movie that was released last year in order to tie up loose ends. And it was great. Now if they could just get started on my Gilmore Girls movie, mmmk?

Lie to Me

Lie to Me was a crime drama that focused on a consulting group that assisted law enforcement by examining micro expressions and body language for signs of falsehoods. I thought it was brilliant and very informative. A great cast and well done story lines that were cancelled far too soon.

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The Newsroom

Well-written and fascinating to watch, the Newsroom depicted a fictional news station and its anchors. The writers wove real life events into the drama, examining how a studio and anchors would handle reporting the news of events such as the death of Osama Bin Laden. I knew it couldn’t last forever with big names like Olivia Munn and Jeff Daniels, but three seasons left me wanting more. Below is the opening scene of the show, a video (HBO language, FYI) that quickly went viral:

Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23

Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 lasted a mere two seasons but I thought it was funny and quirky. Krysten Ritter and James Van Der Beek (as himself) were hilarious and I was surprised the show was cancelled so soon. My guess is that ABC just wasn’t the right fit for the show and it would have done better on Fox (New Girl-style) or Netflix/Hulu.

Too Late:

How I Met Your Mother *spoilers*

Ugh, the ultimate example of a show that lasted two or three seasons too long. I talked about the finale here, and emphasized that part of the reason the finale was so bad was because the entire final season was undone in the first 10 minutes! Let me get this straight – you’re going to do an entire season of episodes based solely on Robin and Barney’s wedding, and then in the final episode have them get divorced? What a waste of time.

Grey’s Anatomy *spoilers*

You may remember when I talked about Grey’s Anatomy breaking up with me? Well, I have stayed true to my word and haven’t watched an episode since they killed off McDreamy. Not because I was such a huge fan of Patrick Dempsey, but more a huge fan of happiness and I think that show has jumped off the happy train and into the pit of despair. My prediction is that the show does not last more than another season, possibly two.

These are my angry eyes, Shonda!

These are my angry eyes, Shonda!

Gossip Girl

Six seasons of hearing that signature sign off, “X-O-X-O, Gossip Girl” while four seasons probably would have been enough. Several of the actors and actresses abandoned ship themselves by the fourth season – producers probably should have taken a hint. In fact, that applies to most shows…when a lead actor leaves, usually its time to cancel. This fact applies to Scrubs, The O.C., Two and a Half Men, That 70s Show. Shows that have managed a few (or more) seasons after they’ve lost a leading star? Grey’s (but that reign is over, in my humble opinion it can only last so long), Criminal Minds, The Office, SVU.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Fifteen seasons and the original CSI managed to outlast all of the spinoffs but it probably should have been finished years ago. The show was finally cancelled after this season, with the announcement that a two-hour television movie will air in the fall to wrap up the show with appearances by the original cast members.

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Alright, those are some of my favorite shows and ones I think were cancelled too early, as well as those I think hung on a few years too long. I can’t recommend the “Too Little” series enough as pretty amazing weekend binge watches!

What shows do you think were cancelled too early? Too late?

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Everyone Knows J. Lo

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Josh and I were catching up on episodes of Lip Sync Battle (again, if you’re not watching, you should be!) last weekend and Josh decided to show off his pop culture knowledge by naming everyone on stage. I tried to grab a quick photo of what we were watching and who was on stage:

20150425_112915From left to right, Josh pointed at the screen and named each celebrity as follows:

Josh: “Okay, that’s Tia Tequila…”

Me: “It’s TiLA Tequila and that’s definitely not her. That’s Chrissy Teigen. She’s married to John Legend? I told you that when he was on this same show last week.”

Josh: “Then the girl from The Devil Wears Prada.”

Me: “Nope. Again. That was the girl on this show from a few weeks ago, Anne Hathaway. This is Anna Kendrick. From Pitch Perfect?”

Josh: “Then Jennifer Lopez, everyone knows J. Lo – Enough, Maid in Manhattan, The Wedding Planner. She’s awesome.”

Josh: : “L.L. – N.C.I.S. – L.A.”

Josh: “The Office and Chuck.”

Me: “Again, still not Chuck. His actual name is John Krasinski. Chuck Bartowski was a character in a show and played by Zachary Levi.”

The reason I kept saying “again” is because I promise you I have answered these exact “who is that?” questions in the past.

Now, I’m aware some of you may not know who some of these people are either, because I’m not in your living room to repeat myself every single day. So, to review:

Teigen and Tila

These are not the same people.

These are also not the same people.

These are also not the same people.

And these are not the same people.

Also not the same people.

I purposely tried to choose photos in which both celebrities looked alike – enough to see Josh’s confusion. The sticking point in his pop culture fail is the number of times I answer him on who is who. It is at the point where I can’t watch Game of Thrones with him anymore because he doesn’t remember any of the characters, faces, plot lines…It makes for a frustrating hour of television.

In conclusion, later that same day we went and saw a movie.

In which, John Mayer has a cameo:

Josh leans over and whispers: “He’s married to Tia Tequila.”

They could be twins.

They could be twins.

But the good news is I never have to help him identify a J. Lo film!

What celebrities do you always mix up? Should I do an entire post comprised of the numerous celebrities Josh always misidentifies?

Friday Five – April 10, 2015

Friday Five

1. Nivea In Shower Body Lotion

A new product to love! I gave this a shot after seeing it was on sale and clipping a coupon, doubting it would work because I just didn’t understand the science of it – body lotion that you put on in the shower…but then wash off? How does that translate to moisturizing later? But, #becausecoupon and #becausesale I obviously bought some. And I have no idea how it works, or why it works, but it definitely works! It feels like you’ve already put lotion on  – and after I get out of the shower, I can feel the difference. Plus, it’s quicker than doing it outside of the shower, which I constantly forget to do anyways. It’s a brave new world.

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2. Bingo!

I had the best time ever this week with my mother in law in West Virginia and learned a lot about the social dynamics of a Bingo crowd (I was practically begging Judi to go with me, as I find it both fascinating and super entertaining. She does not, but loves me and goes with me anyways). Want to make 58 people angry? Yell “BINGO”! And then do it again five Bingo cards later. I actually heard cursing in the Knights of Columbus cafeteria this week…and a LOT of people were glaring at me while I eyed their troll dolls and lucky rabbit’s feet. They don’t take kindly to outsiders. Just a little FYI.

All set up for Bingo! I forgot my troll dolls :(

All set up for Bingo! I forgot my troll dolls 🙁

3. Lip Synch Battle

I tweeted last week that this was the best new show on television, and this week’s episode didn’t let me down with Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt. But in case you missed the premiere, here’s Dwayne The Rock Johnson lip synching to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”

4. ESPN Bracket Winner

A 12-year-old named Sam Holtz tied for the best March Madness bracket and was only allowed to receive a Best Buy $1,000 gift card (due to his age) and decided to buy himself an XBox One. And then promptly used the rest of the gift card to buy a second XBox One to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He had a cousin that once had a wish granted and he wanted to repay them for granting his cousin’s wish (his cousin survived his illness, by the way). In a world of stories about children’s ugly behavior or bullying, here’s a heartwarming story that renews my faith in the next generation.

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5. Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Concluded

I was relieved to read this week that the Boston Marathon bomber was found guilty on all 30 counts and sentencing would begin next week. His conviction won’t bring back the victims or heal the wounded, but my hope is that it provides some closure to those most effected by this terrible tragedy. And let his conviction and the justice that has been served be a reminder of how his terrible attack ultimately failed. Bystanders ran towards smoke and debris to carry, push, pull and haul survivors from the wreckage without knowing if they were still in danger. Marathoners that had just finished finished running 26.2 miles? Continued to run another two miles so they could donate blood at local hospitals. Terrorism is designed to strike fear in our hearts. And Boston did not kneel.

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Alright, ending on serious note for this Friday Five, but it can’t be helped.

Let me know in the comments if you’re watching Lip Synch Battle or heading to the store to pick up some Nivea In Shower Body Lotion this week!

 

Running Mix Tape

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I love making mix tapes. I realize they’re not tapes anymore – but a burned CD featuring a compilation of songs chosen by me…well that will forever be called a mix tape in my mind. I still make them all the time, and often give them away so I thought I’d share a few here on the blog. And of course I’ll be starting with my very eclectic Running Mix, featuring songs about running and movement…or just say the word “run” or “move” a lot.

1. Going the Distance – Cake  

Sample Lyric:

Reluctantly crouched at the starting line
Engines pumping and thumping in time
The green light flashes, the flags go up
Churning and burning, they yearn for the cup

2. Ready to Run – Dixie Chicks

Sample Lyric:

Oh yeah
Ready, ready, ready, ready, ready to run
All I’m ready to do is have some fun
What’s all this talk about love

3. Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce

Sample Lyric:

It’s hot up in here
DJ don’t be scared to run this, run this back
I’m repping for the girls who taking over the world
Have me raise a glass for the college grads

4. Run Around – Blues Traveler

Sample Lyric:

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

5. Run This Town – Jay-Z

Sample Lyric:

Victory’s within the mile
Almost there, don’t give up now
Only thing that’s on my mind
Is who’s gonna run this town tonight

6. Dog Days Are Over – Florence and the Machine

Sample Lyric:

Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father
Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind
You can’t carry it with you if you want to survive

7. Run Rabbit Run – Eminem

Sample Lyric:

I found my niche, You gon’ hear my voice
‘Til you’re sick of it, you ain’t gonna have a choice
If I gotta scream ’til I have half a lung
If I have half a chance, I’ll grab it, Rabbit Run!

8. Move Along – All-American Rejects

Sample Lyric:

When all you got to keep is strong
Move along, move along like I know you do
And even when your hope is gone
Move along, move along just to make it through

9. Bust a Move – Young MC

Sample Lyric:

She’s dressed in yellow, she says “Hello,
Come sit next to me you fine fellow.”
You run over there without a second to lose
And what comes next hey bust a move

10. Pon De Replay – Rihanna

Sample Lyric:

Run, run, run, run
Everybody move run
Lemme see you move and
Rock it til the grooves done

Alright, there’s my 10 best running-themed songs… guaranteed to constantly remind you to keep moving while you’re working out!

Did I miss your favorite running-themed song? Anything you would add? 

Harry Potter and the Dragon of Alcatraz

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Today’s That’s What He Said is brought to you by Josh’s discussion of Harry Potter with the 10 year old girl I babysit for:

Kate: “I finished Harry Potter. Again.”

Josh: “Did he get the dragon?”

Kate, stares: “What?”

Cailyn: “He clearly hasn’t read them.”

Josh: “Have they made the last movie yet?”

Cailyn and Kate: “Yes! Years ago!”

Josh: “So which one is the last movie then?”

Kate: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part Two.”

Josh: “There’s TWO of them? I haven’t seen those. I saw the Half Blood Prince one. And the Alcatraz one. It’s not Alcatraz.”

Cailyn: “Azkaban.”

Josh: “And I saw the one where they play Quidditch.”

Cailyn: “They play Quidditch? That’s almost all of them…”

Josh: “Okay so what are the other three then? Wait, how many movies are there? Five?”

Cailyn: “Eight.”

Josh: “Oh wow. I definitely did not think there were eight.”

Kate proceeds to school him: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – and that’s in two parts for movies.”

Josh: “That was exhausting even to listen to.”

Kate seemed a little exasperated with Josh – can’t imagine why!

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It’s actually just ‘Tiffani Thiessen’ now.

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The following conversation occurred while trying to decide what to clear off the DVR:

Me: “How about a Hallmark Original movie? We’ve got “North Pole” and “The Nine Lives of Christmas. “North Pole” sounds good…it is about a woman who needs to believe in Christmas and “The Nine Lives” is about…”

…me, flipping on the DVR list to read the “Nine Lives” description…

Josh: “And that one has a photo of a cat in the description.”

Cailyn: “You’re right – too hard to choose, let’s flip a coin.”

…flip coin, we settle on “North Pole” and we start the movie…

Josh: “TIFFANI AMBER THIESSEN?!!”

Cailyn: “It’s actually just Tiffani Thiessen now.”

Josh: “So she’s available? Sorry hun, gotta go!”

Cailyn: “Why would dropping her middle name have any impact on whether she was single?”

Josh: “I don’t like your tone.”

Just another night in the Noland house!

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It’s Pronounced “WeeGee”

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This weekend Josh and I were deciding what movie to see, and Josh was reading me the list of movie options at our local theater:

Josh: “Interstellar, Fury… Ooo-ja? I don’t know how to pronounce this: O-U-I-J-A.”

Me: “Ouija.” (Pronounced Wee Gee, for those who don’t know)

Josh: “No. I’m pretty sure there’s an ‘E’ in that word you just said. That would be spelled W-E-G-E. ‘We’ like me and you, and then Ge. It could also be hyphenated.”

Me: “Trust me, that is definitely Ouija.”

Josh: “That is not a ‘Merican word. I’m ‘Merican.”

So we saw “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”

Based on a book, so I was happy.

Exclusively “American” words in the title, Josh was happy.

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That’s absurd.

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About six months ago, a commercial came on for Bethenny Frankel’s talk show, Bethenny.

Josh: “Who the heck is Bethenny?”

Me: “She was on Real Housewives of New York City, now she has her own talk show.”

Josh: “Why?”

Me: “Why what? Why does she have her own show? A lot of people like her, she invented Skinnygirl Cocktails, I don’t know. She’s not even on Real Housewives anymore.”

Josh: “And now she has a talk show. That’s absurd.”

….Cut to present day, when TMZ is on and they’re covering Bethenny’s return to the Real Housewives of New York…

Josh: “Who the heck is Bethenny?”

Me, sighing: “That girl, who had her own talk show and you thought it was absurd? Her talk show was cancelled and now she’s on The Real Housewives of New York City again.”

Josh: “I don’t remember that at all. But that’s still absurd.”

Me: “Yes, honey, I know.”

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2014 New Fall TV Reviews

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Afraid you’ll commit to a new television program just to have it be cancelled as soon as you are invested? Never fear, I believe most of the new Fall shows have premiered and I’m here to give you my reviews! Through the magic of DVR, Josh and I usually try and watch the first few episodes of anything that interests us and this year I paid attention so I could tell you all what I thought was good enough to stay on your DVR! 

DVR Worthy:

1. </Scorpion> – CBS, Mondays at 9:00

It’s like The Big Bang Theory meets NCIS/Criminal Minds/any crime drama. It’s a group of geniuses that have come together to help the government solve crimes. I’ve really enjoyed the first couple of episodes and hope they are able to continue the interesting plot lines that are loosely based on the life of genius Walter O’Brien. It’s not hard-hitting, but each episode has kept me entertained.

2. Gotham – FOX, Mondays at 8:00

Taking a look at Lieutenant Gordon BEFORE he became Batman’s bestie in the police force. Gotham introduces us to The Penguin, Cat Woman, etc and begins with Detective Gordon trying to solve the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne (Batman’s parents). My only issue with this? Anyone that has ever seen Batman knows that A. The murder isn’t solved and B. Bruce Wayne becomes Batman because Gotham is a seedy underworld that needs saving – which means poor Detective Gordon is going to be fighting a losing battle this entire series. I don’t love that. I do, however, love seeing my boy Ryan Atwood in a television series again!

3. blackish – ABC, Wednesdays at 9:30

I haven’t laughed out loud so much during a sitcom since Modern Family’s first season. Yes, I am probably not the target audience for a show based around an upper middle class black family whose father is afraid his kids are losing touch with their roots, but I have found the storylines to be funny and engaging and not at all exclusively “blackish.” There is no white or black when it comes down to the age-old husband and wife argument of how to load the dishwasher correctly! For inquiring minds? In our house, utensils go sharp end down, bowls on the top racks, plates facing towards the middle, single-file. (Edited to add: Already picked up for a full season!)

4. Marry Me – NBC, Tuesdays at 9:00

Full disclosure, I love Casey Wilson and loved her cancelled-too-soon show Happy Endings. But Marry Me looks like a good replacement. Great chemistry between Wilson and her co-star Ken Marino, as well as a fun supporting cast, though some of which I can see being weeded out if the show gets picked up. Both Josh and I laughed out loud quite a few times at Wilson’s neuroticism and the rom-com esque plotlines.

5. The Flash – The CW, Tuesdays at 8:00

First off, I love The Arrow. That’s The CW’s other show based in the DC Comics world and in its third season of awesomeness. The Flash is a spinoff and so far, so good. Great casting and the first few episodes have made my inner comic book geek very happy. (Edited to add: Already picked up for a full season!)

6. How To Get Away with Murder – ABC, Thursdays at 10:00

Obviously, there’s a Queens University shout-out here as one of the minor reoccurring characters went to college with me! But that’s irrelevant because this show is good, though a little crazy at times. It reminds me of Revenge and Scandal – you’re not going to learn anything, but all the intrigue, plotting and backstabbing is very entertaining. (Edited to add: Already picked up for a full season!)

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7. The Mysteries of Laura – NBC, Wednesdays at 8:00

I love Debra Messing so I was really hoping I would like this show. But I have to tell you, it’s not awesome. Yes, women have children and go back to work. Yes, it is a struggle. No, you still haven’t managed to make the struggle funny or new.

8. Mulaney – FOX, Sundays at 9:30

I LOVE John Mulaney. Huge fan of him. This show? Not so much. It has potential, if only because John Mulaney is an excellent writer (he wrote for SNL) and standup comedian – so the possibility to become Seinfeld-esque is there…but it’s not there yet.

9. & 10. A to Z and Manhattan Love Story – NBC, Thursdays at 9:30/ABC, Tuesdays

Two more rom-com sitcoms that are just okay. Neither made me laugh like and neither had plot lines that kept me wanting to DVR it. I’d be surprised if A to Z gets picked up for a full season, and VERY surprised if Manhattan Love Story does. (Edited to add: Manhattan Love Story has become the first Fall 2014 show to be cancelled)

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There you go! It’s not too late to cancel the duds or catch up online/on demand with some of my new Fall favorites.

Love anything I disliked? Dislike anything I love? Drop me a comment below and let me know what’s your favorite new Fall TV show!

Have Some Respect

In case you live under a rock, Derek Jeter retired last week. And even though I found the season-long Farewell Tour to be a teensy bit obnoxious, Jeter is easily one of the greatest baseball players, ever. But as I watched the coverage and social media unfold, I noticed there were quite a few people that still showed Jeter no respect. And as a Red Sox fan who refuses to say rude things about Derek Jeter just because he plays for the Yankees, it got me thinking: Who are people that are consistently disrespected by the collection of Haters & Internet Trolls that seem to be plaguing our nation?  And probably deserve our collective respect at this point? So here’s a list of people that I think have earned respect, even if we may not want to give them any:

1. Derek Jeter

RE2PECT. I mean, the entire campaign features the word ‘Respect’ and his number 2 in it. Derek Jeter played the game right and taught a generation of children that it is possible to win, lose, or be a mega successful athlete without acting like a jerkface. He had class, there was never a whiff of steroid use (even though he played in the Steroid Era), and he deserves our respect. I tip my cap, to the Captain.

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2. Paris Hilton

The original “famous for being famous” starlet has a distinct lack of any discernible talent and still became a household name with a perfume line, record deal, and several television shows and film roles. She may be one of the smartest celebrities to ever walk the red carpet, exhibiting a savvy ability to manipulate paparazzi and an early adopter of social media. Now, some people might be unhappy that she paved the way for the Kardashians and thus wish Paris had been content to be a hotel mogul – but that doesn’t take away from the fact that she managed to manipulate her name into a successful career.

3. President Barack Obama

I know, I know. His approval rating is at an all-time low and times are crazy. But. He has the hardest job on the planet. And it’s one of those jobs that is completely thankless and it is impossible to please everyone. Anyone, really. Every decision he makes is questioned by an entire country of citizens who do not even remotely know everything involved with those decisions. Imagine if every single move you made was examined and discussed relentlessly? We will never know what goes into his decisions. Show some respect to the leader of the free world. His job is tough.

4. Taylor Swift

Country lovers think she’s too Pop. Pop lovers think she’s too Country. The whole world seems to think all she does is date too many boys. When in reality, she is a 7-time Grammy winner, participates in extensive philanthropic efforts, writes all her own songs, and doesn’t date  more than any other 20-something. And in a sea of no talent, booty-shaking, lingerie-wearing Pop starlets? Her dedication to being an excellent role model for her fans is impressive. Plus, she loves cats. A girl after my own heart. But hey, the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.

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5. Angelina Jolie

Cheater, cheater pumpkin eater. And whoa, I’m #teamjen for life. But. She is a humanitarian and Goodwill Ambassador that has donated thousands of dollars and hours to various charities. And has simultaneously become both the face for adoption and the punch line of every adoption joke ever. But adopting children in need while dedicating your life to various charity organizations is probably worth our respect. Plus – Tomb Raider and Hackers? The best.

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Honorable Mentions:

LeBron James: But he’s an arrogant jerkface and I already said everything I need to say about him HERE. And, I own this place, so… sorry, not sorry.

The Kardashians: Ugh. FINE. They work hard at being famous. But they’re off the list because I can really only handle Paris. And Paris was the trendsetter.

Any major sport commissioner: They all have a thankless job where every choice they make is also questioned. But since Goodell isn’t exactly hitting it out of the park lately, I felt like maybe he needs to earn some respect back and I’ll leave them all off the list.

Alright. That’s my list of people that have earned my respect, even if I didn’t want to give it. And remember, you don’t have to like any of these people – but I think at this point, they have earned everyone’s respect.

Anyone you would add? Someone that doesn’t get the respect they deserve? Or someone you do respect, but begrudgingly?