5/19 Sunday Funday Quote


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When you are tempted to look elsewhere for greener pastures, just remember someone else is probably looking at yours. And if another pasture looks greener, perhaps it is getting better care and attention. Grass is always greener … where it is watered.

~ Ezra Taft Benson

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Prehistoric Payphones in Boston


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Whenever I roam around Boston, I always stumble upon something truly eye-catching.  Some intriguing things I have seen include flashy billboards, artistic statues, a pop-up event, and other things of the sort.  Within the hustle and bustle of the city, there is always something amazing happening each day.  You have to really observe your surroundings in order to find things that would capture your attention.

Just this week, I randomly spotted something that caught my attention near Downtown Crossing.  A mere block away from the big Walgreens on Washington Street was something I haven’t seen in a long while – pay phones.

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I happened to spot not one, but THREE payphones nestled onto the sidewalk.  Each payphone was back-to-back within each other in working order.  Not only did they work, but there were free numbers to call for either a job search or a bank.

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Here we are in 2019 and payphones STILL exist around Boston.  Payphones are still around even as mobile technology continues to skyrocket in popularity.  It was rather odd to see three deserted payphones being bolted onto the sidewalk while thousands of people walk by using their smart phone.  Seeing these payphones was a step back into much simpler times.  You can see the shift of technological trends already changing in this scenario.

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It is easy to get caught up with what the world will offer next rather than what has already been created.  Walking past a payphone while using your mobile phone is a true sign of how much times have changed since the 20th century.  Surprisingly enough, people still use payphones during their time of need.

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The central point is this – when you lift up your head to observe the world around you, you stumble upon so many amazing things.  Through mindful observations, you are able to discover a small trinket of treasure right nearby.  It could be a payphone or a pop-up event or a newly constructed statue.  Any of these hidden things can be found once you see the world before you.

By looking up into the world, you may discover something you haven’t seen or used in merely years.

BoJack Horseman/Tuca & Bertie TV Criss-Cross


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This Monday we looked at Tuca & Bertie, the latest animated sitcom out on Netflix.  Tuca (Tiffany Haddish) and Bertie (Ali Wong) go on extravagant adventures in throughout each episode, helping each other out through thick and thin.  These 30-year-old bird women are two birds of a feather who certainly flock together.

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Throughout the series, I couldn’t help but notice the significant similarity of the animation.  It kept bearing a striking resemblance to BoJack Horseman.  The strange part about it was that there were no characters from the BoJack Horseman universe that appeared in Tuca & Bertie.  Surprisingly enough, both BoJack Horseman and Tuca & Bertie by three of the same companies.  Which brings us to… ANOTHER TV Criss-Cross!

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Here we go – Tuca & Bertie was created by three production companies.  Those companies were ShadowMachine, The Tornante Company, and Boxer vs. Raptor.  The three production companies are also involved with producing BoJack Horseman as well.  Two brilliant animated series on Netflix, produced by three of the same production companies.

This was a rather unique TV criss-cross to point out.  It’s a TV criss-cross seen from within backstage, hiding in the series itself.  The two bears striking resemblance in the animation style and that was the key giveaway to this criss-cross.

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With that, another TV criss-cross has been discovered.  Boxer vs. Raptor, ShadowMachine, and The Tornante Company were all responsible for producing both Tuca & Bertie and BoJack Horseman.  This unique TV criss-cross came from backstage, but the answer was revealed through the familiar artwork between the two series.

That’s all for today’s TV criss-cross.  Now that it was discovered, it’s time to enjoy a binge-watching session of both BoJack Horseman and Tuca & Bertie.