Monday, June 11, 2007

Hell's Kitchen

Chef Gordon Ramsay may be cruel, but he's a realist in my opinion.

Chef Ramsay heads up a show on Fox called Hell's Kitchen. 12 contestants vie for the prize of running a fine Italian restaurant in the Green Vally Ranch and Spa in Las Vegas.

For the losers, utter disgust from Chef Ramsay, and humiliation on national television.

I didn't watch the first two seasons, but I watched the first two episodes tonight, and I think I'm hooked.

Chef Ramsay doles out the insults like make-up at a clown convention. It's fantastic!

To me, this show has the appeal which keeps me watching American Idol.....the honest truth. As with Simon on American Idol telling it like it is, Chef Ramsay holds no punches when telling his wannabe chefs just how tremendously they have failed at preparing food.

He tell them what they did wrong, how bad the food tastes, and hurls profanity at them. He is simply telling them what they should be told. And he's right 100% of the time so far.

When someone fails, what's the point in sugar coating it? Tell them they failed, what they did wrong, and how to fix it in the future.

The only criticism I have of Chef Ramsay, is he should learn how to approach different personalities with different coaching techniques. Not everybody responds to his style of verbal abuse, and he could stand to take a few courses.
Granted, it's his restaurant and his money going down the drain when the food is prepared wrong. But I would imagine he's getting a healthy sum from Fox fro hosting the show in his newly renovated restaurant.

When all is said and done, I still like the show, and will be back to watch it next week.

Best of luck to the pawns on the show, just watch out for the rook called Ramsay.


Sunday, June 10, 2007

Golfing with the Mafia

I've been a fan of The Sopranos since it began. Watched almost every episode, and was very excited for the finale tonight.

But, as with a lot of shows these days, they decided to go with the "unanswered questions" ending.

I was a little let down.

Until I thought about it some more.

I suppose the writers could have made some big shoot out ending, with Tony Soprano either being killed, or ending up at the top of the heap. But they went the went a way which I think, in the end, is more realistic.

It was basically another regular episode, with the ending being up in the air. The family is meeting for dinner, and there's all this suspense happening. Strange characters entering the diner, you are really wondering if Tony was going to get whacked!

It left you wondering what would happen next, and opens tho door for the show to continue a few years down the road, or maybe even a movie.

Will Tony go to trial? Will he be indicted? Who else will get killed in the course of events? You have to work it out for yourself now, and think of the different possibilities.

And as a small note - I liked the choice of music for the last scene as well - Don't Stop Believing by Journey. Great song!

So what else is going on.

I bought a few new golf clubs! Yessir.

I found a Calaway X Tour driver on sale, pretty much half price. I also picked up a new sand wedge, lob wedge, putter, and a hybrid 3 iron/fairway club.

I took my new clubs to the driving range 3 days ago, and after a little getting used to them, I started hitting well.

The driver feels very good. It has a 460 face, and I was hitting solid.

But the lob wedge, well let me tell you, this is already my favorite club.
I swung a few full ones with the lob wedge, and it felt great. I was getting good contact, and the ball was straight.
The best thing was, the face on this club is extremely gritty, and grips the ball like crazy. So when the ball lands, I get some good back spin, and the ball comes back from it's landing spot.
After that, I picked a spot on the range with two lines running the length on the field. My first shot, and landed smack dab in the middle of the lines, the ball roles back 3 yards, and ends of right where I wanted it.
There rest of my practice shots with the lob were exactly the same.

I love my lob wedge!

Enough gushing about my clubs.


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