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Verizon FIOS – Don't Believe the Hype

The End of my Failed Experiment

I had been watching all of the commercials for Verizon’s FIOS service and reading a million articles on the internet that made it seem awesome. When FIOS became available in my neighborhood, I jumped right on the bandwagon. I was going to be burning through the web, watching a million hi-def tv channels, and generally just riding the wave of the future. Well, things aren’t always what they seem.

I have had cable forever Cablevision or Comcast depending on where I lived. When we moved into our new house, we got the Optimum Online "Triple Play" for the house. I didn’t have a Hi-Def TV

Here is my cautionary tale about Verizon’s Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time service.

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Movie Review – Juno – Great Date Movie

Juno (16 years old) gets pregnant after having sex once with her friend Bleeker. She decides to have the baby and put it up for adoption. I don’t want to spoil the movie, so I’ll withhold some of the plot. The rest of the movie revolves around the trials and tribulations of a pregnant teen trying to live a “normal” life until the adoption takes place. As you might expect, some weird stuff happens along the way (most of it funny) and she grows up while she navigates the choppy waters. The ending is a toss up, there were two things that had to get closure: Keep or Give Away the baby and Find true love or Not. I’m not going to tell you what happens, but one goes the cliche Hollywood route and the other does not. See it for yourself to find out.

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Movie Review: Dan in Real Life

Fun Movie to See With the Family

Dan-in-Real-Life Dan in Real Life is a cute, touching movie about a widower / single father of three girls struggling to hold his family together and find love. Dan (Steve Carell), an advice columnist has been a widower for 4 years and has focused all of his attention on his kids, who are growing up, despite his best efforts. The kids are all starting to grow a little weary of dad’s “focus” on them and need a little breathing room.

The family goes away for a yearly “bonding” weekend with the extended family and that’s where the fun begins. Dan meets an amazing woman, whom he later finds out is dating his brother. He loves her, she loves him, but this love is FORBIDDEN. Will he back off, will they sip wicked nectar of this off-limits lovin’? Well, I’m not going to spoil it for you.

Let’s just say that it’s a fun, funny, touching movie that I watched with my wife and my teenage daughter. One hug (daughter) and one cry (wife) let me know that it was a good choice.

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