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Our first time at a ballpark in almost two years.

Taylor and I are both big baseball fans. Mine comes from a childhood growing up watching the Cubbies on WGN and the Nationals and Orioles (where we live now!) on MASN; hers comes from a childhood of softball that lasted over a decade.

Needless to say, we’ve missed baseball.

We followed approximately 0% of the 2020 season. It just didn’t feel right to me. …


I doubted and I was proven wrong.

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During a recent (vaccinated!) family gathering to celebrate my cousin’s twelfth birthday, he busted out one of his presents: his VR headset.

I rolled my eyes.

Listen, I grew up with a Game Boy Advance and a VideoNow. And at the time, it was the height of luxury!

How good could this really be?

I was blown away.

Taylor and I took turns trading the headset and controllers back and forth. At first, we played Beat Saber, which was a really great place to start. It’s literally a game where things fly at your face, so it was a great…


Movies to pair with Netflix’s latest offering.

Netflix

Netflix’s latest offering, Concrete Cowboy, which lands on the platform today, chronicles the (surprisingly) true story of the urban horsewrangling culture in North Philadelphia. Based on the book Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri, many may be interested to not only learn about the black urban cowboy culture still present in the modern day, but also interested in finding more films featuring black cowboys.

About a month ago, the Criterion Channel launched their curation of black westerns, with films ranging from 1960–1997. …


An update after three months on our new adventure.

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We are now three months into A Good Year, our journey to try one new thing every week in our effort to make 2021 a good year.

How is it going so far?

We’ve tried lots of great food (lots of foodsome that we’ve made, some out), we’ve tried some new games, and cheated on our mission just a little.

Take this week: We are enjoying our spring break and not worrying about the real world. To be honest, we haven’t gone out of our way to try something new. …


Do your homework before their latest matchup.

Warner Bros.

In just under one week, Godzilla v. Kong will finally be released in theaters (and simultaneously HBO Max) after many COVID-related delays. After years of waiting, their latest bout in finally here.

Not ready? Haven’t seen any of the dozens of films that led to this great international crossover? Here’s a (very) brief history of the two monsters, with some homework assigned for some essential viewing before you can appreciate their latest matchup.

King Kong (1933)

A film crew discovers the “eighth wonder of the world,” a giant prehistoric ape, and brings him back to New York, where he wreaks havoc.


And what are we doing to celebrate?

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Hello A Good Year readers,

A short note this week. If you want something expansive with a bit more research, make sure you read last week’s offering. It’s one of my favorites.

I write this surrounded by suitcases and the like. We are taking advantage of my public school spring break and running around for a week to visit our (vaccinated) families.

So what was the new thing we tried last week? After all, this publication is the proof of our mission to make 2021 great by trying one new thing every week — it’s not just a personal diary.


Our city, Baltimore, does as well.

Valarie Everett — Wikimedia

We’ve been doing a lot of bowling recently. It’s not something either one of us has ever done with any consistency and I don’t think we had ever even gone together up until a few weeks ago.

It’s a good pandemic pass-time. Every bowling alley we have visited has been largely empty and if there are other bowlers, they’re always many lanes away. Since balls are never used in any lane other than your own, you never come in contact with anyone else. …


Will it be fixed in the new Snyder Cut?

Warner Bros.

There is a lot wrong with the original 2017 cut of Justice League. Poor planning, obnoxious casting, CGI hell — all come in no short supply.

And don’t even get me started on the fact that director Zack Snyder had to walk away from the project during post-production to tend to family obligations, and they replaced him with the sterile Joss Whedon (say what you will about Snyder, the word “sterile” is often used in tandem.)

The biggest issue with the film is the studio mandated runtime to keep it under two hours, laid down by Warner Bros. at the…


Short film reviews for movies new and old.

I watch a lot of movies. I write about many of them, I don’t write about many others. Most do not warrant a full essay, but I still, of course, have my opinions. I figured that writing short musings would be a good way to get my thoughts out quickly and efficiently. Consequently, here are some “haiku reviews” for movies, both new and old, that I watched recently.

Warner Bros.

The Way Back (2020)

This director has

made the best sports movies of

the past twenty years


It went from a headache to total convenience.

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I am a public school teacher who is headed back to the classroom right after spring break. Taylor is currently employed as an essential worker. We both found ourselves in the early phases of vaccine distribution, but the process of signing up here in Maryland was all but smooth.

Despite our Governor, Larry Hogan, touting on March 2nd that “We’re now averaging a new record of 35,730 shots per day” — this was not the reality at the beginning of vaccine rollout. Maryland still ranks 25th in percentage of population vaccinated, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

On January 27…

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