Some Kind of Comeback

It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks for me and a very good one too, especially when it comes to my weight loss and my social media career.

As of last Tuesday, my weight went down to 227 pounds which means that I have lost nearly 35 pounds in just eight weeks. For me, it’s a big accomplishment especially since I’ve wrestled with my weight throughout my life. But now I think I may finally be starting to get it together.

And that’s not all. I think I may have found the platform that can replace YouTube for me as far as popularity goes. Since I decided to up my Instagram game, I have started to see more likes on my content, whether it’s the cat memes I post or the hot women pics I post every Wednesday for Woman Crush Wednesday or just random pics from my day-to-day life. I started posting pics of my scale documenting my weight loss journey and that was well-received. Now I wish I had posted a before pic of 261-pound me back in April. But other than that, things are going really well.

Throughout my social media career, I found it important to check my demographics for people who view my content. On YouTube, my core audience was male and a majority of my viewers came from the U.S. and Western countries made up the rest of my top viewers. However on Instagram, I noticed a change. On Instagram, while half my audience is in the U.S., I noticed that more than half my core audience is women and Eastern countries are rounding out the top five countries and out of that number I noticed that ten percent of that number comes from Ukraine (they’re second behind the U.S.) followed by Russia. Pretty awesome that I’m pretty much known all over the world even though I’m just a 40-year-old blue-collar American guy from New York.

Also my job recently updated their dress code policy so it’s a little more lenient and I just gotta say that it feels good to not wear collared shirts to work anymore. I feel more normal now.

The weather has gotten better out over the last couple weeks. We had two ninety-degree days back-to-back and last Tuesday I managed to go back to the Canal Trail. However, I couldn’t hang out over by the ruins over by the Fort Herkimer Church because there’s construction going on. And today, I had to watch the shop because my folks are away at a show this weekend and it was a pretty slow day today. But I managed to get some editing done on an older video I am planning to put up on the site.

And I guess that was it for the last two weeks. A very good couple of weeks which I guessing is the start of some kind of comeback for me. Now if I can just get my Facebook page to 100 likes so I can get added features to my page. And I have been thinking about possibly going back to the gym at Herkimer College. I think I can get a membership as an alumni but I won’t be able to do it this time. Maybe next check I might be able to. I’ll have to wait and see.



Hawaii Five-0 Reboot Review

Hawaii Five-O

Hawaii Five-O

“Book ’em, Danno.”

For 12 years on TV, that signature line was uttered by Detective Steve McGarrett whenever he brought a criminal to justice on the original “Hawaii Five-0” series that aired on CBS from 1968 to 1980. Now McGarrett and company are back, reimagined and reinvented by Hollywood’s newest “Dream Team,” screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (along with “Underworld” director Len Wiseman) for a new era in a brand-new, updated “Five-0” series which premiered on CBS this past Monday night. Considering that this is an era in Hollywood where all the classics (TV shows and movies alike) are being remade or rebooted, the big question is: Does this new “Five-0” live up to the spirit of the original series?

But before we get into that, let’s take a look inside the revamped “Five-0” as opposed to the original. The premise here is that McGarrett (played by Alex O’Loughlin), an ex Navy-SEAL, returns to Hawaii searching for his father’s murderer when he is recruited by the Governor of Hawaii to lead an elite police task force that specializes in pursuing some of the Aloha State’s worst criminals.

“Your rules, my backing, no red tape,” the Governor (Jean Smart) tells McGarrett. Every cop’s dream.

McGarrett is joined by Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan, James’ son), here portrayed as a cynical, by-the-book divorcee detective whose methods sometimes clashes with McGarrett’s more cowboyish methods. Also along for the ride is Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae-Kim of “Lost,” which ironically was also filmed in Hawaii), an ex-cop wrongly accused of taking bribes but is persuaded by McGarrett to return to the force. Rounding out the team is Chin’s sexy cousin, Kono (played by “Battlestar Galactica’s” Grace Park), a rookie detective who surfs and packs a mean right hook to boot.

You can tell right away that this cast has pretty good chemistry, most notably the “buddy-cop” relationship between this generation’s McGarrett and Danno, which is somewhat reminiscent of Riggs and Murtaugh, the cops made famous by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the “Lethal Weapon” series.

The chemistry between the cast as well as the in-your-face action makes this seem like more of a big-budget movie instead of a one-hour TV series, let alone one that’s a reboot of a classic TV series. Not that it’s a bad thing. Personally, I do believe that this series offers a shot of adrenaline that has been sorely lacking for a genre that has been suffering from endless procedural cop shows (do we really need another “Law and Order” series, anyway?).

However, there are some elements from the original that remain intact, most notably the intro. “Five-0” fans will be happy to know that the iconic theme music is still intact, which was a wise move by Orci and Kurtzman. After all, it isn’t “Hawaii Five-0” without it. And some elements of the original intro (including O’Loughlin channeling Jack Lord’s famous “McGarrett dramatic stare” and the close-up of the police car light) are also present.

In short, this is not your father’s “Hawaii Five-0,” but it’s definitely way better than many of the procedural cop shows that are on the air right now. So if you want action on Monday nights, I’ve got three words for you: “Book ’em, Danno.”