Friday, April 30, 2010

Funny Movie Scene

I've blogged about this before. One of the more amazing movie scenes I've ever scene is the "backwards" scene from Top Secret. To actually film a scene in reverse must be darn-near impossible. Check this out and then check out the backwards scene done forwards:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Weekly Homework Assignment

It's time once again for Mama Kat's Weekly Homework Assignment! This week, I chose the following prompt: Write about an experience you have had with a celebrity.

I've actually had a couple of experiences with celebrities, thanks to my tenure as a PR assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles back in '96. Probably the coolest experience was my encounter with Boyz to Men. No, I'm not huge fan of the Motown Philly boyz, but I think some of their songs are pretty cool.

Anyway, the Birds were playing the Cowboys in a heated Monday Night football matchup. It seemed as if everyone was there. I met Michael and Mario Andretti - even brought them a couple of chicken-cheese-steaks. I showed a few Philadelphia Flyers to their seats.

But, we were so packed that night that we had no more room for Boyz to Men ... so they had to sit in the press box ... next to me ... for the entire game. They were really cool, actually - they chatted with me, and were very respectful of everybody. Not that exciting, I guess, but still (maybe I should've talked about how I was going to the bathroom next to Michael Buffer ...).

Wacky News Stories

Flyers beat the Devils in a playoff series?!?!? Am I dreaming? I'm sure I'll be woken up soon enough by Ovechkin and the Caps.

1. On North Dakota twin sisters asking twin brothers to the prom:
"This has some sort of CBS sitcom featuring Ray Romano written all over it."

2. On a North Carolina town banning thongs at beaches:
"Our European 'friends' should be happy to know that Speedos are still allowed."

3. On the invention of solar trash cans:
"The inventor of the Pet Rock thinks this is a stupid invention."

4. On 7-11 announcing it will be selling it's own kind of beer:
"Flavors will include grape and cherry."

5. On an eagle being knocked out by a golf ball on a golf course:
"So, how's this one scored?"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dope or Nope ...

The NFL just had it's draft this past weekend. Nothing's really unusual about that ... except that the NFL did something different this year. They held the first round of the draft on Thursday night - that's right, prime time! Normally, in the past, the NFL held the draft on Saturday and Sunday. It was long, boring, tiresome, and just overloaded with useless facts and annoying conversations.

For some reason, the NFL felt the need to move this "drama" to prime-time. What are your thoughts on this? Did you like it? I actually enjoyed having to only sit through one round, but there was SO much good tv on that night - The Phillies, Flyers, NBC shows (The Office, 30 Rock, etc.).

Monday, April 26, 2010

80's Corner

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial was a monster movie release in the early 1980's ... certainly, it vaulted Steven Spielberg to new heights. It even spawned a video game for the Atari 2600, one that is commonly referred to as one of the worst video games ever made (although, I loved it for some reason).

It was such a big happening that my mom took me to see the movie (usually, I went with my cousin, but for some reason, the movie wasn't playing at the local mall). I remember loving this movie, and loving Reese's Pieces because ET loved the candy (by the way, smart move M&M's, that was supposed to be your plug).

Years later, the movie was released on VHS to much fan-fare. I remember buying it so that my younger brother could experience the movie, but for some reason, it didn't really hold up for me. Sure, it's still a great movie, but it wasn't quite what I remembered it being.

Ah, the memories!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Song of the Week

Months ago it was reported that Scott Wyland was heading back to Stone Temple Pilots, and that in addition to touring, the band would be creating a new studio album. I'm not a huge STP fan, but I enjoy many of their hits. I really enjoyed Scott Wyland's other recent band, Velvet Revolver, so I was intrigued when I heard they were releasing their new song a couple of week's ago.

And after listening to it a few times ... I LOVE IT! It definitely has that "classic" STP sound, but there seems to be some influence from Velvet Revolver in this ... I could almost envision areas of the song in which Slash's guitar would've been prominent.

The song is entitled "Between the Lines," and seems to hearken back to the early days, in which there was a lot of "lovin'" and lots of drugs, which is blatantly "discussed" in the chorus "Even when we used to take drugs."

It's a straight-up rocker, and a good one ... probably has a chance to get major airplay throughout the summer. Not sure about the rest of the album, hopefully it's as good as this song!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fast Food Corner

Well ... I FINALLY tried KFC's new Double Down sandwich ... you know, the one that uses chicken breasts to replace buns. I first blogged about this sandwich over a year ago when it was being piloted (I think somewhere in Nebraska), and exclaimed that I HAD to have this sandwich.

Folks, I couldn't wait to try this "cluckin'" Heart-attack sandwich and last weekend I got my chance. And sadly, it wasn't worth it ... unless you really, really love fried chicken breasts that greasify your hands. That is my first complaint, by the way the chicken grease on your hands is unavoidable. Sure, they try to limit this by putting the sandwich in a little bag ... but, you have to eventually hold the chicken sandwich without the bag (unless, of course, you like the taste of the bag).

Second, all you taste is the chicken ... this is not a problem if you REALLY like KFC chicken (and I'm not judging you if you do). The thing is, it sounds like the bacon, cheese and sauce in the middle might actually taste good ... but, I have no knowledge of that taste ... again, all I tasted was the chicken.

Some suggestions. Maybe cut the breasts a little thinner for this ... or add more bacon and cheese to the middle. Next, maybe have some sort of "wrap" engulfing this chicken to hold it still and prevent the grease on the hands dilemma ... I guess that might take away from the "chicken replacing bun" ads they're running.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Movie Clip of the Week

I'm a huge fan of Not Another Teen Movie - a fantastic spoof movie that poked fun of more than 25 teen movies from the 80's and 90's (and did a great job, unlike those other recent spoof movies like Date Movie and Epic movie ... those were just plain awful).

Anyway, I had a tough time picking just one favorite scene - this film has TONS of them. I settled on this particular scene, which seems to have one good line after another, and finished with an awkward kissing scene. I recommend you watch the entire movie, though.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Weekly Homework Assignment

It's time once again for Mama Kat's Weekly Homework Assignment! This week, I've chosen the following prompt: “I’m mad at myself. I’m embarrassed. I can’t believe after all these years, I’m still talking about my weight.” Poor Ope. What are you mad at yourself about?

I'm the clumsiest guy I know ... just hand something fragile to me, and there's a good chance I'll hand many pieces of it back to you. I just have no idea why I'm this clumsy! I try and try and try to be careful, but I end up falling through a chair or knocking over a display rack at a local shopping mall. If you've ever seen Pure Luck, I feel like the Martin Short character.

This weekend was a perfect example. I bought a new bulb to replace an old light bulb. I had the old light bulb in a plastic bag because I brought it with me to make sure I was buying the correct new bulb. As I was going to through out the old light bulb, it "magically" came out of the bag before reaching the trashcan and shattered all over the kitchen floor. Thank goodness!

I love fishing ... so what do I constantly do? Instead of hooking fish, I hook myself - sometimes it's my fingers. Other times, I hook my fishing net, or my chest waders, or even my shoe. It's quite a thing to watch ... majestic, even.

I think my friends enjoy my clumsiness ... they sometimes even set up items to see if I'll accidentally knock them over. Thanks, guys! I guess I can't be too mad at myself about this. I tend to get some great stories out of my clumsiness.

Wacky News Stories

Rolling Stones re-releasing Exile on Main Street with 10 unreleased songs .... good times indeed!!!

1. ON a report that most Americans -- and most American Catholics -- think Pope Benedict XVI has done a bad job of dealing with the problem of sexual abuse by Catholics priests:
"In other news, the sun will come out tomorrow ..."

2. On a shoe shiner being arrested for burning down rival stands:
"That guy is such a 'heel.'"

3. On Police arresting a New Jersey man after he was accused of intentionally vomiting on a young girl at the Phillies game Wednesday evening:
"Hmmph ... this Eagles fan must've been lost."

4. On an animal hypnotist claiming to be the country's first "rabbit whisperer:"
"Elmer Fudd thinks this guy is a genius."

5. On the Ben Roethlisberger scandal:
"Man, now I wish McNabb drank more!"

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fast Food Corner

I recently saw a commercial for a new Taco Bell item called the Tortada ... the commercial, like most Taco Bell commercials, is annoying ... a guy is walking down the street with a Tortada, and another guy asks him, "Hey, what's that sandwich you're eating?" The man with the Tordata ignores him, and finally says, "It's not a sandwich, it's a Tordata." Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Thankfully, the "sandwich" itself is pretty good. Here's how the Taco Bell website explains it: A warm flour tortilla loaded with fire-grilled marinated all-white meat chicken, crisp shredded lettuce, fiesta salsa, flavorful salsa roja, and a blend of three cheeses – cheddar, pepper jack, and mozzarella, all grilled together hot and toasty.

I tried it the other night at a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant. I went in to try the Double Down, but unfortunately (and quite perplexingly) the cashier explained that they didn't have any chicken filets (That's like going to Burger King and them telling you they are out of Whoppers ... and yes, this has happened to me). So, tried the Tordata instead ... folks, it's really good - the right mix of salsa and chicken, wrapped up in a tasty tortilla.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Song of the Week

The Kinks are probably best known for their songs in the 1960's like "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," or maybe "Lola." Believe it or not, The Kinks as a band released music well into the 1990's, and are still releasing music as solo musicians ... sure, it's not mainstream, but it's still pretty good music from an underrated group.

One of my favorite Kinks song comes from their last studio album, "Phobia," released in 1993. At the time, I was deep into the Kinks, and couldn't wait for this album to drop. For the most part, this album displays undertones of the tension in the band - mainly between brothers Ray and Dave Davies.

This tension and strife is perfectly displayed in the album's best 'rocker' track, called "Hatred." As mentioned, it's very fast-paced, possibly the "fastest" song the Kinks have ever played (maybe Add It Up comes close to its tempo). Phraes like "You keep on accusing me of making your life misery, but if that's not abusing me what is it," are littered throughout the song.

The "Hatred ... whooo-hoo-hoo" chorus is catchy and addicting, and the clever use of the instruments makes this underrated Kinks track a keeper.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dope or Nope?

This week, whilst at work, I went to the rest room. It was early, maybe 8:00 in the morning. I noticed a guy brushing his teeth at the sink. I've seen him do this almost every day the past few weeks. This prompted me to think, "Is this dope, or nope?" Personal hygiene is important to me, don't get me wrong.

But, why is this guy brushing his teeth at work? Really? The guy can't spare an extra 5 minutes to do this at home? He has to do this here and spit next to me while I'm washing my hands? I guess I probably wouldn't have as much of a problem if the person brushing his teeth was doing it after lunch, because some people find benefit in brushing their teeth 3 times a day (after every meal). But, in the morning? What else? Is this guy going to come in and shower too while he's at it? Why not come in for a shave? Maybe said gentleman can clip his nails while he's at it.

Am I overreacting to this? What are your thoughts?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

80's Corner

The 1980's were famous for wars - USA vs. USSR, Coke vs. Pepsi, and Burger King vs. McDonalds ... Wendy's threatened to make it a 3-way race, thanks to an elderly lady used in a very famous ad campaign.

Clara Peller was an 84-year-old retired manicurist ... somehow, she was chosen for a Wendy's commercial, in which she was ordering a burger from a fast-food company (called Big Bun). When Peller receives her burger, she utters what would become a mid 1980's anthem, "Where's the Beef?" This one comment rocketed Peller to instant stardom. Wendy's burger sales jumped 30% almost overnight. Peller became a frequent guest on late night shows, and she even made cameos on tv shows and movies.

And one way to know you've become famous is when sex jokes are made in your honor ... I believe the "Where's the Beef" quoe was responsible for a dirty joke book.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Funny Movie Scene

I LOOOOOVVVVEEE a good spoof movie. The Zucker Brothes were brilliant with these - who could forget Airplane, Top Secret, Hot Shots .... and possibly the best of them all - The Naked Gun!

One of my favorite scenes is the "music video" scene and which Frank and Jane spend some quality time together. I particularly like when they come out of the movie theater laughing hysterically ... notice the movie that's being featured. Classic stuff!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Weekly Homework Assignment

It's time once again for Mama Kat's Weekly Homework Assignment. This week, I chose the following prompt: What does that tell you about your father? List five products your father used (or uses). Write a longer piece about, at least, one of them.

Well, let's get started with a list of the 5 products my dad uses:

5. Old Spice aftershave - you know, the kind that's in that white, glass-aluminum-like bottle ... the old-school kind that stinks.

4. Hanes- wife-beater undershirt - My dad loves to wear these in the summertime with no other shirt covering said wife-beater.

3. Wahrsteiner Bier - Good German beer that can easily be found at most beer distributors for a reasonable price.

2. Ford vans - He's been on a kick with these since the 1980's - Aerostar, Windstar, Freestar ... he's had them all ... he thinks they're cool. His Aerostar had racing stripes, shades, and bubble-lighting ... I kid you not.

And the number one product my dad uses is Vitalis Hair Tonic. I have no idea why he uses this product. He's been bald forever. He has a comb-over, which would normally be VERY embarrassing, but at this point, I'm fine with it ... I guess it gives him something to do in the bathroom.

He uses quite a generous helping of Vitalis daily to ... well, I think it's to combine the 4 or 5 comb-over hairs into one super-comb-over piece of hair. The Vitalis seems to bond the hairs together, creating one stiff, greasy "hinge" of hair.

Folks, Vitalis smells like bad vodka ... I'm half convinced you can buy a bottle of Popov at a liquor store and use it as hair tonic. I have never heard of anyone else who's ever used Vitalis before - I think my dad might have bought so many bottles of this stuff that he probably owns half the company at this point.

The worst thing about this is that when my dad drives with the windows down, his hinge-comb-over hair acts almost like a wind-sock. Some other drivers sometimes initially think that my dad's waving at them, but probably feel a bit embarrassed when they realize it's his hair that's doing the waving.

Wacky News Stories

I wish politicians on both sides of the aisle would grow up and stop being babies ... oh yea, and do what's right for the people, not the party ... just sayin'.

1. On a story about men getting their nostrils waxed:
"What does the winner get?"

2. On a man calling 911 after hooker fails to deliver in fast food bathroom:
"The advertisement said 30 minutes or it's free!"

3. On a Catholic priest punching a Jehovah's Witness in the face:
"Actually, this isn't so bad considering the other stuff Catholic Priests have been accused of doing in recent times."

4. On a trucker claiming 40,000 pounds of chicken saved his life:
"This after his truck ran 'a-fowl.'"

5. On schools using Grand Theft Auto games to teach kids about violence:
"Let me guess how they use those Leisure Suit Larry games ..."

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

80's Corner

One of the biggest crazes of the 1980's was the invention of Rubik's Cube. Mr. Rubik made tons of money off of this clever invention. This cube had 6 sides, with same-colored mini cubes on each side. The object of the game was to get all the same-colored mini-cubes together on each side of the cube.

I have to say I was not very good at this whilst growing up. I was able to successfully get two sides the same color. Usually, what I did was to take the stickers off and put them on the correct sides ... sure, it was basically cheating, but I didn't care ... the game frustrated me so much! I think I even took the cube apart and put it back together so that I had the correct colors together ... cheating? Maybe ... innovative? Absolutely!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Dope or Nope

Here's one that I just (unfortunately) came across this past weekend. I'm in a grocery line, and a lady in front of me is separating her groceries into two sections ... I know exactly what this means. She's planning on paying for part in cash, and the rest on her credit card.

For some reason, I hate this. Why can't she just do it all together? And, I'm not sure why this even bothers me. I mean, it doesn't really take that much extra time to complete the sale. The ones I really hate are the people who bring up a bunch of stuff, and then ask the cashier for a total before he/she enters everything. Then, they go and ask the cashier to take some items off the bill because they can't afford it. That one really bothers me. There should be a specific line dedicated to these derelicts, so that other normal shoppers can get through their shopping trips a lot easier.

I probably could have a dope or nope column dedicated to grocery shopping ...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Song of the Week

Most of you probably haven't heard of a band called Platinum Blonde. This band's hey-day was in the 1980's ... in Canada. In Canada, this band was HUGE, as is evidenced by their recent induction in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Outside of Canada ... not so much.

In their early days, they were compared to Duran Duran with their sound ... however, as they progressed, they became more of a glam-rock band. Their best album happens to be their first album - Standing in the Dark. It was an cassette that my parents' Canadian friends sent to me at Christmas one year (believe it was 1983). That's how I was introduced to this band. I played Standing in the Dark night and day and pretty much played that cassette into the ground. I went on to buy Platinum Blonde's other releases, but honestly, nothing compares to Standing in the Dark.

My favorite song is the very first song on the album - "Doesn't Really Matter." It has in interesting opening - a female voice asking "Are you sitting comfortabley? Then we'll begin." This is followed by quite a guitar opening which spills into quite a rocker. What's intriguing about this song is that it's really a song against military aggression ... Most of Platinum Blonde's other songs stay far far away from political talk.

Great drums, nice guitar, and a strong bass. What more could you ask for from a Canadian glam band?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fast Food Corner

A friend of mine told me about a commercial he recently saw from Burger King. I've yet to see it on TV, but I've seen it on YouTube, and I have to say ... I'm pretty surprised by it. It basically insinuates that Burger King "stole" the recipe from McDonald's Sausage McMuffin with Egg breakfast sandwich.

So, why would Burger King even bother imitating this sandwich? Well, maybe it's because the sandwich is THAT good - this happens to be my favorite breakfast sandwich. And (most importantly) Burger King is selling it for $1.00. So, if you're wondering if this has grabbed my attention .... YOU BETCHA!!!! I'll be trying this shortly and will be reporting back on it.

Oh, and the commercial is quite funny ... even with the creepy King.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Thinkin' about another "topic"

I have a bunch of weekly topics - 80's corner, Fast Food Corner, Song of the Week, Fast Food corner ... just to name a few. How 'bout this one - a favorite movie scene corner - I figure I could post a movie scene that I love, and see your thoughts on it. Let me give it a try.

I was watching Rat Race ... a movie that had several funny scenes, but was unfortunately a little uneven (the ending was awful). One particular scene shows Whoopi Goldber and her "daughter" coming out of a "rocket car" and then being mixed in with a "special needs" bus. Whoopi is normally more annoying than funny, but she pulls off (in my opinion) one of her funniest lines ever.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Weekly Homework Assignment

It's time once again for Mama Kat's Weekly Homework Assignment! This week, I chose the following prompt: Why do we need 26? If you could change the alphabet, what would you do? Add? Subtract? Combine? Simplify? Write about it.

This reminds me of a time a few summers ago. My wife, her best friend, me, and a few others were hanging out .... you know, maybe having a few too many to drink (that's when we usually come up with our best/worst ideas). For some reason, we were talking about the weekend, and how we needed to add another day to it in order to make it a 3-day weekend. In the height of our creativity (drunkenness), we came up with "Frunday," an extra weekend-day that would come between Sunday and Monday.

Our creativity didn't stop there. We came up with a new letter of the alphabet - the letter "Etch." I'm not sure if it's a vowel or a consonant, or what sound it makes ... for some reason, we felt it justified to add this as the 27th letter to our alphabet.

Sadly, our creativity didn't stop there. We also came up with the number "Foo."

Wacky News Stories

Tiger this ... Tiger that ... ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!

1. On a Vermont town that says it has won a $150,000 state grant to install a salamander crossing sign:
"Why do I get the feeling that the Geico lizard had something to do with this?"

2. On "Easter Bunny" being on the menu at a couple of Arizona restaurants:
"Geez, I wonder what's on their menu at Christmas?"

3. On a three-year-old taking a car on a 2-block spin:
"Looks like NASCAR has a new recruit."

4. On a man slapping a drive-thru attendant because it took McDonalds too long to get him his Filet-o'-Fish sandwich:
"What if it were you hangin' up on that wall ..."

5. On an assistant principal who pulled a prank on April Fools day by saying the prom was canceled:
"This guy's a real card ... we'll have to deal with him later ..."

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Dope or Nope ...

Sports athletes who try to crossover into movies ... I'm not sure how I feel about this. If you've retired and accomplish this, but what about when you're still playing sports. Shaq tried to do this a couple of times, and failed miserably - most notably with Kazam. Michael Jordan attempted this and fared a little better with the Warner Brother's "Space Jam" movie.

Now, it seems as if King Lebron James is going to take a stab at this. Really LeBron? How rich do you need to be? Isn't your face on TV enough already? What's next - a rap album (like Shaq tried to do as well)?

Am I thinking too much about this? Should I not even care? What do you think?

Monday, April 05, 2010

Song of the Week ...

Ida Maria is a Norwegian rock musician - she's pretty astounding as far as female musicians go. She's not "poppy" by any means - plays some mean guitar, and has a rock/punk sound that is very catchy.

Her song, "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" is a catchy fun punk song in which she laments about how nervous she is hanging around some guy (I'm guessing) - she gets so nervous, she smokes cigarettes.

But she truly feels more comfortable when said guy is naked. Interestingly, she never really discusses if she's naked in the song .. just sayin'.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

80's Corner

Remember Bud Dwyer? No? Well ... that's probably good. Ya see, Bud Dwyer was a local (Pennsylvania) politician who had gotten into some trouble. He hastily called a press conference. I guess most people felt he was going to come clean about whatever he did - the local news media was running the press conference live.

I was still in high school ... and, as luck would have it, school closed early because of inclement weather. I had made it home, and turned on the TV, which again, as luck would have it, was turned on the local ABC station covering the press conference.

Ol' Bud decided he'd throw everybody a curveball with this particular press conference. He first handed a bunch of people notes, and then .... he pulled a gun out of his suit pocket. He cautioned the gathered news crew to stand back, and then he shot himself in the mouth ... ON LIVE TV! It was gruesome, crazy, and just plain surreal.

I was flabbergasted - I didn't know what to think. Did I just see what I just saw? A whole controversy started surrounding this from a news media perspective. Should the media not have replayed the incident (they replayed it several times throughout the day from what I remember)? What about the newspapers? Should they not have printed the gory pictures?

The more important issue is - why would somebody do this to his family and friends. They must have been devastated. How selfish was this act? I remember joking about the incident but deep inside feeling really bad about what happened.

You can find the video on You-tube - I figured it would be too tasteless to post it.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Fast Food Corner

Have any of you seen the new Taco Bell Pacific Shrimp tacos commercial? I gotta be honest - this sounds absolutely awful, doesn't it? Obviously, Taco Bell is trying to get in on the "I can't eat meat on Friday's in Lent, and my options are limited to the Filet-o-Fish and pizza, but I want something else" sentiment. I love tacos - and for a quick fix, Taco Bell's tacos aren't too bad (as long as you don't have to wait forever). But, I'm just not seeing it ... but, in the name of fast-food research, I probably should give it a try, shouldn't I?

By the way, here's the commercial, if you haven't seen it yet. I'm a little miffed at the commercial, to tell you the truth. I mean, are we supposed to believe that this "shrimp afficionado" really thinks that the best shrimp ever are served at Taco Bell? C-mon!!!!

Friday, April 02, 2010

Happy Easter - Y-all

Easter is probably my least-favorite holiday ... or at least it was as a child. Church was somber, plus we had to go early. My mom tended to dress me up in ugly three-piece tan suits that made me look like a pound cake (I think I may have blogged about this last year). The holiday just has too many things working against me. And don't forget Good Friday - the day in which most Christians avoid meat ... and, of course, I love meat. I usually make do with pizza, or peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches, but still ...

Plus, tradtional Easter dinner included ham as the centerpiece ... as many of you know, I can't stand ham. Usually, any family that has me over for Easter dinner has to "make arrangements" for me - like cooking some turkey on the side, or something. Now, I don't ask them to do this for me - heck, I don't mind stopping a the Mickey D's and getting some sort of value meal to hold me over ... however, I'd probably just make everyone else jealous.

But, of course, the true meaning of Easter doesn't involve ugly suits, ham dinners, or meatless Fridays. No, Easter symbolizes the resurrection of Christ, and the forgiveness of all our sins. No truth to the rumor that Easter also symbolizes rabbits laying eggs in people's yards.