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Trump’s Home Alone 2 Cameo


It was a wonderful Christmas celebration the past weekend.  I watched the Patriots win their game against NY Jets (41-3, JESUS!), ate some delicious lamb, opened up amazing presents on Christmas, and spent Christmas day seeing a movie before eating some amazing Chinese food at Kowloon.  Christmas is officially over and MakeSandcastlesNotWar is back in business.  We have 6 days left until we leap into 2017, so there’s some VERY exciting news/posts coming up this week.  But for today’s post, here’s one more random Christmas post I had to address.

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So earlier I was talking about Christmas movies with my family and we brought up Home Alone 2.  At one point, someone mentioned that they spotted Donald Trump in the film.  When I heard that, I just scoffed and thought, “yeah right!  Donald Trump in Home Alone 2? There’s no way!”.  Afterwards I did what any entertainment junkie would do in my position: research!

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Later on I did some digging around the internet and was in COMPLETE shock with what I found.  You guys…Donald Trump was Home Alone 2!  Donald Trump, now our 45th president of the United States, made a brief cameo in Home Alone 2.  Holy…SHITBALLS!

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Trump makes his appearance a little over 30 minutes into the film when Kevin first enters the Plaza Hotel.  He doesn’t have much lines, but he directs Macauley Culkin towards the lobby of the hotel during the film.  During my digging for gold, I found out that Trump bought the hotel for $407.5 million back in 1988.  The Donald was STILL the owner at the time of The Plaza Hotel when the movie was being filmed.  Donald Trump made a brief cameo in Home Alone 2 back in the 20th century.  You guys… I just seriously CAN’T EVEN with this info right now!

Yes… just like Kevin’s famous scenes in the previous film, we’re all screaming over this information.  Home Alone 2: Lost in New York continues Kevin McCallister’s (Macaulay Culkin!) adventures away from his family, but this time he takes the streets of New York City.  The McCallisters were originally heading to Miami for Christmas, but their plans changed when Kevin boards a flight to New York City by accident.  It’s actually great that Kevin boarded the wrong place because now we get a guest cameo from Donald Trump!

This film cameo was just so shocking that I HAD to look this up!  When I found out that Donald Trump made his appearance on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, I was just simply flabbergasted and amazed.  It’s funny how you go back to watching old films you haven’t seen in while, only to discover random cameos that you never saw before!  I can’t really label this as a criss-cross because it was only on just 1 film (one rule of TV/film criss-cross is that the actor/actress HAD to have appeared in a previous project before appearing in the newest one!).

We’ve had former presidents appear on TV/films before (Ronald Regan, George Bush, Barack Obama just to name a few!) and Donald Trump made many appearances before becoming our newest president.  It seems as though politics and La-La land intertwine every now and then, providing some entertainment for both audiences.  Whatever your thoughts are about Trump, we can all agree that he’s made quite a name for himself in Hollywood before becoming our newest president.

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Saturday Christmas Eve Quote!


And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’  That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

~Linus Van Pelt, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

MakeSandcastlesNotWar’s Cannabis Christmas Guide 2016


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It’s been a week since cannabis prohibition ended in MA and people are STILL celebrating the triumphant victory.  Recreational cannabis use was made legal for Massachusetts, Nevada, Maine, and California during this year’s election (read more on the cannabis victory here).  The country’s opposition to the idea has gone up in smoke, with over 2/3rd of Americans agreeing that cannabis should be made legal just like alcohol and tobacco.  Now that the cannabis industry will be booming over the next few years, it’s time to add some cannabis products into people’s stockings (FYI it’s legal in MA to send cannabis as a gift to someone, but remember that dispensaries WON’T be opening until January 2018!).  To continue with the Christmas-themed posts this week, today’s Christmas guide is cannabis products/services.

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Christmas is just 3 days away, meaning you have limited time left to snag the perfect gifts for your friends/family.  It’s also important to grab the perfect gift for that cannabis connoisseur in your life.  Whether it was a new friend or your current boyfriend/girlfriend, that person deserves some special flowers for the Holidays.  He/she has become a special person in your life, introducing you into the cannabis culture that is flourishing in America.  Joint paper or pipes would be nice, but you’re probably searching for something more unique than that.

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Here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar, we’ve discovered some unique gifts that’ll be sure to make for one joyous holiday.  There will surely be some baking going on (and I’m not just talking about cookies!) after opening your presents on Christmas Day.  Listed below are some gift ideas that will make the cannabis connoisseur in your life very happy:

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Triple Barrel Joint Holder:  Have any of you tried to roll the infamous cross-joint from Pineapple Express, but failed to do so?  Well now there’s something even better!  The Triple Barrel Joint Holder will enable you to smoke three joints…at the same time!  What do think Bradley Nowell of Sublime meant when he sang, “Smoke Two Joints”?  At under $20, you can send the gift of this special joint holder for someone looking to expand their joint-smoking experience.  Triple Barrel Joint Holder: triple the joints, triple the power!

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The Flameless Lighter:  This is a nifty gift that uses electric heat instead of fire to heat up your cannabis.  It’s USB rechargeable, so you can charge it through a USB outlet or on your laptop when you run out of battery.  Give the gift of the flameless lighter for someone that needs a new lighter in their life (because regular flame lighters were SO 20th century!).

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PAX 3:  Pax is one of the hottest vaporizer companies here in America and their newest product is the PAX 3 model.  This sleek portable vaporizer vapes both leaf and extract.  It’s the perfect vaporizers for those vaping on the go to their destination.  Special features include charging cable/dock, maintenance kit, 2 mouthpieces, 3 different screens, Bluetooth, and a 10-year warranty.

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Cannador:  For those cannabis connoisseurs that want to keep their flowers as fresh as possible, you can’t go wrong with the Cannador!  Similar to a cigar/tobacco humidor, the Cannador is a humidor for your flowers and other products.  It comes with 2 large ½ oz. glass cups, 2 rewritable strain labels, 2 keys, and a small Humidity Bead System.  Each glass cup has a ventilated lid, sliding open to allow moist air from humidity system to keep your bud fresh.  The Cannador provides models for 4-strain or 6-strain options as well.

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The Cannabis Manifesto by Steven DeAngelo:  Written by Steven DeAngelo, founder of Harborside Health Center dispensary in California, The Cannabis Manifesto is a must read for any cannabis enthusiast.  It helps answer any essential question about the plant through extensive research to fuel a thoughtful discussion on cannabis.  DeAngelo provides insightful explanations on how cannabis prohibition warped our most precious institutions.  This is definitely a great book to pick up for anyone interested in learning more about cannabis’s role in America.

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Brick Pipe and Triangle Ashtray:  Is there a cannabis connoisseur living large and making some serious bank these days?  Get them this classy Brick Pipe and Triangle Ashtray.  The Brick Pipe and Triangle Ashtray is handmade with ceramic & gold luster design.  This classy pipe will cost you a pretty penny with $250 for the pipe and $300 for the ashtray, coming to a total of $550 ($250 for a gold brick pipe…HOLY SHITBALLS).

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Nintendo Classic Edition:  I mentioned this gift idea for my earlier post on a gift guide for 2016 (read about that gift guide here!), but this gift definitely fits this topic as well.  There’s nothing better in life than getting baked and playing some video games.  It still holds true that video games and cannabis go together like peanut butter and jelly.  If you’re a millennial cannabis enthusiast, you should definitely skip the latest consoles and go for the Nintendo Classic Edition.  This nostalgic gift will help you play your favorite NES games, all while smoking some incredible weed!

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Boost eRig:  Got a friend who’s all about that dab life?  The Boost eRig is the way to go.  The battery-powered potable device will offer the full dabbing experience on the go.  Now you can get your dab on while heading over to your event.  #AllAboutThatDABLife.

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PufferBox:  If you’re looking for the cannabis service that keeps on giving, the PufferBox is the way to go.  PufferBox is the smoking subscription box jam-packed with your favorite smoking accessories that is delivered right to your door!  The service is legal in all 50 states (not just the 4/20-friendly states!) and provides different membership options to choose from.  Why spend the money on just one pipe when you can give them a myriad of smoking accessories right to their door!

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The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook:  As mentioned earlier, there will definitely be some BAKING done during the Christmas season (not just baking cookies!).  The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook is perfect for the cannabis chef looking to cook some delicious dishes.  It’s for all enthusiasts of any skill level that utilizes cannabis as their ingredients for their main courses.  These aren’t the pot recipes you discovered at college parties anymore!

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Wick Light:  The Wick Light utilizes organic hemp flames for lighting your bud, eliminating the taste of lighter butane fluid.  Not everyone is too crazy over the butane fluid taste, so this wick lighter is a healthier alternative.  You can find this unique lighter for under $10, making it a perfect stocking staple.

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Marijuana Resin Necklace:  Nothing says, “I Love You” than a Marijuana Resin Necklace.  This gorgeous gold-chained necklace has a gold pendant with cannabis resin tucked inside.  Give this necklace to that special woman/man in your life to show much you truly love them.  You can’t really reach for the weed inside the pendant, but you can wear it while you smoke a romantic joint between you and your significant other!

MakeSandcastlesNotWar’s Best Christmas TV Specials/Movies


I’ve decided to take a quick break of Christmas gift ideas to discuss some of my favorite Christmas specials (MakeSandcastlesNotWar isn’t all about materialism you know!).  One of the best parts of Christmas are the amazing Christmas specials that air every year.  Frosty, Rudolph, and even Santa swarm into our airwaves during the month of December to remind everyone of the Christmas spirit.  It’s that special time of the month where we take a break from the typical programs and realize what’s truly important in life.

To celebrate the awesome Christmas specials, I created a list of some of my favorite Christmas TV Specials/movies that I enjoy.  Some really touched my heart while others forced me to look away.  It’s the specials that made me happy, cheerful, laugh, cry, shocked, and just heartfelt about the season.  Here are some of the memorable Christmas TV specials/movies that I enjoy each year:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas:  You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch!  You’ve got termites in your smile!  It’s the classic tale of The Grinch trying to steal Christmas from the Whos down in Whoville.  He managed to take EVERYTHING from the Whos: presents, ornaments, food, decorations, and so much more!  Why that Grinch even took the last can of Who Hash.  The Grinch even took the roast beef…that bastard!  Although in the end, he realizes what Christmas really was all about and returns everything back to the Whos.

A Charlie Brown Christmas:  It’s the Charlie Brown special that will go down in history as one of the best Christmas specials ever.  Charlie Brown doesn’t understand the meaning of Christmas, yet he’s been made as director of the school play.  He truly didn’t get it, until Linus says his famous lines near the end.  His friends gathered around him at the tree and celebrated Christmas with him in the end.  Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Mad Men “Christmas Comes But Once a Year”:  Shut the door and have a seat, because we are going to be discussing the special Mad Men Christmas episode “Christmas Comes But Once a Year”.  The episode opens on December 1964, where Sterling Cooper Draper Price is hosting their Christmas party.  Sterling Cooper Draper Price faces serious financial problems due to their limited client base and their expensive new office space.  Meanwhile, Don Draper’s private life becomes even more complicated (when has Don Draper’s life EVER been simple?).  One of the highlights was seeing Roger Sterling putting on a Santa suit for the party.  It’s business as usual for this Mad Men Christmas episode.

It’s a Wonderful Life:  This classic Christmas film airs every Christmas Eve on NBC.  James Stewart stars at George Bailey, a man who gave up his dreams in order to help others.  He was about to jump off the bridge in Bedford Falls, until he was intervened by his guardian angel Clarence Odbody.  Clarence shows George an alternative life where he was never born.  It was that alternative reality that helped him snap into reality, running into his family’s home.

Frosty the Snowman:  Frosty the Snowman was one of many television specials from Rankin/Bass Productions.  The kids run outside during recess to build a snowman whom they named Frosty.  Professor Hinkle’s rabbit Hocus Pocus heads outside with the hat that the children put on Frosty’s head.  That hat caused Frosty to come to life, starting what would be an incredible adventure for the kids.  It’s the Christmas special that made me wish I could bring Frosty the Snowman myself!

Nip/Tuck “Reefer”:  Before Ryan Murphy scared us shitless with American Horror Story, he shocked us with the series Nip/TuckNip/Tuck had a few Christmas episodes, but they were not so jolly to watch!  The episode deals with Sean McNamara as he spends his Christmas alone drinking to a great extent while his best friend Christian gets surprised with 3-year-old Wilber coming back into his life.  Sean gets asked to be a mall Santa, in which hilarity ensues.  He continues drinking and starts insulting the kids coming up to him.  One of the best highlights is when one of the elves starts blowing him while Christian watches in shock.  You go, Sean as Santa Claus!

Prancer:  Oh my god…this movie got sad quickly!  I remember watching this movie in 5th grade during the Christmas party at Doyon School with my friends.  We were all hyped to be out of school for vacation, so we celebrated with a Christmas party.  Jessica Riggs encounters a live reindeer in the woods that she named Prancer, so she hides him inside the barn to nurse him.  Her father wants the reindeer out of their life, but she couldn’t bear to lose him.  Prancer!

American Horror Story “Unholy Night”:  Nip/Tuck gave us some sullen Christmas-themed episodes and American Horror Story was no different.  The episode “Unholy Night” of American Horror Story: Asylum introduced us to a new nightmare: a killer Santa Claus.  Leigh Emerson was a man who had a psychotic breakdown, causing him to dress up as Santa Claus and start killing people.  He becomes a patient at Briarcliff, only to bite off an orderly’s nose on Christmas.  One of his victims was Sister Mary Eunice, but instead she stabs him in the neck with a letter opener.  It was a very violent/bloody Christmas at Briarcliff.

The Muppet Christmas Carol:  And now we’ve come to the final title of our list: The Muppet Christmas Carol.  Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, The Great Gonzo, and the other Muppets come together to reenact Charles Dickens’ classic tale.  Ebenezer Scrooge does not share the merriment of Christmas, so he is haunted by the three ghosts of Christmas.  Each ghost shows him his past/present/future of everyone celebrating Christmas without him.  It is then that he wakes up from his dream, running down to join everyone on Christmas Day.  Scrooge finally gets the Christmas spirit and realizes what it’s truly all about.