HERE IS MY FAVORITE FOODS IN ABERDEEN FROM THE PAST YEAR….

5. “THE CIRCUS

tried their hamburgers and love love loved them….and their chili competes with anything i’ve had before.

 

4.  JIMMY’S PIZZA

my whole family loves their pizza…it reminds me of the pizza we used to order when we were kids….not too thick, awesome sauce, and the right amount of ingredients on them….

 

3.  PERKINS

their “tremendous twelve” meal is second to nobody when it comes to pancakes, eggs, sausage, hash browns and more….i like my hash browns with cheese and onions, and i love my eggs scrambled…i’ve never had a bad meal when i’ve ordered this…

 

2.  BULLY’S

love their steaks, but it was their “burger bar” that turned me on this year….very creative and the burgers are AWESOME…

 

1.  MAVERICKS

i can’t really go wrong when i’m ordering a steak at mavericks….i love the steak and shrimp combo, but what blew me away this year was their BBQ RIBS….i have never had them before, so i couldn’t wait to try them…i tapped my fork on the bone of one of the ribs and the meat fell off….that, combined with the incredible sauce, made these ribs second to only K.C. MASTERPIECE in KANSAS CITY….(and that’s a great compliment)

HERE ARE SOME RANDOM LISTS FOR 2011…

 

the “PLEASE GO AWAY” award to worst celebrities of the year:

THE KARDASHIAN FAMILY….

please go bye-bye…..you’ve worn out your welcome….

 

MY NEWFOUND MUSIC GUILTY PLEASURE:

VAMPIRE WEEKEND

my sons turned me on to this band, and i really like their sound…see if you know their songs, or like their style of music…

here’s their hit “A-PUNK”….(cool video, too)

http://youtu.be/_XC2mqcMMGQ

and here’s their hit “HOLIDAY”.  (another cool video)

http://youtu.be/vraoiVCDdaM

 

JAY’S TV “GUILTY PLEASURE” AWARD:

“THE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON”

how many late night shows have a robot as their sidekick?  nobody else….CRAIG absolutely cracks me up with his wit…he’s very very sharp when it comes to interviewing somebody, and his banter with his robot, GEOFFREY PETERSON, is second to NOBODY…

JAY DEAN’S FAVORITE SONGS OF 2011…..

 

this will be fun….but, it was very very hard trying to pin down the top five songs of the year…there were so many great songs….but, here’s what i thought were the best songs of the year….

5. “ANIMAL” by NEON TREES

very very catchy lyrics and catchy beat…liked it the first time i heard it….check it out…

http://youtu.be/gM7Hlg75Mlo

 

4.  “SECRETS” by ONE REPUBLIC

exceptional song…love the string part at the beginning…it’s a song that i would walk around singing in my head all day long….you will also find these guys on my favorite band list, too….

http://youtu.be/qHm9MG9xw1o

 

3.  “IF IT’S LOVE” by TRAIN

i really wanted to move this one higher, but the top three were super hard to pick….you’ll also find these guys on my favorite band list…..this, to me, is one of their best hits…THE VIDEO IS SUPER COOL, TOO….

http://youtu.be/RxWK3qACDGk

 

2.  “RHYTHM OF LOVE” by PLAIN WHITE T’S

man, this song was EVERYWHERE this past year…and the fact that i saw them sing it “live” in MINNEAPOLIS helped make this song huge for me…it’s so catchy…it’s so quirky…it reminds me of some songs back in my high school days…..

http://youtu.be/JWiwuiT58Yc

 

AND JAY DEAN’S NUMBER ONE SONG OF THE PAST YEAR…

1. “NEED YOU NOW” by LADY ANTEBELLUM

yeah, i know it’s country…but it crossed over to pop and BLEW people away….this group is really really good…and this is a song that sticks in your head forever…..

http://youtu.be/eM213aMKTHg

this was a very tough list to put together…but i thought long and hard about it, and came up with my top five…umm..i mean TOP SIX…i couldn’t take number six off the list…

JAY DEAN’S TOP SINGERS OF 2011

6.  “PLAIN WHITE T’S”

my love for this band was propelled by seeing them at a small club in MINNEAPOLIS last january…they are AWESOME…we really need to get them in ABERDEEN..and with songs like “RHYTHM OF LOVE”, “HEY THERE DELILAH”, “1,23,4, I LOVE YOU”, and others, how can you not love this band?

5.  “SARA BAREILLES”

how can you NOT love this ladies voice?  with songs like “A LOVE SONG”, “KING OF ANYTHING” and others, this young lady has shot to the forefront of pop music….the only disappointment i have of SARA is that she was in FARGO this past year and i missed it….dang it….

4.  “ONE REPUBLIC”

i would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see this band in concert…great songs like “THE GOOD LIFE”, “SECRETS”, “ALL THE RIGHT MOVES”, “STOP AND STARE” and others makes this band a no-brainer to make my top five…..

3.  “LADY ANTEBELLUM”

there’s hardly ANY of the new country that i like, but this wonderful band crossed over to pop this year, and i fell in love with them…their darling little lead singer is the daughter of country music star LINDA DAVIS…..with songs like “NEED YOU NOW”, “I RUN TO YOU”, and their hit with JIM BRICKMAN called “NEVER ALONE”, this band shot to superstardom this year winning many many awards….

2.  “ADELE”

ADELE is number one for the year on many people’s list…and frankly, she could have been number one here, as well….ADELE had a monster year this year with “ROLLING IN THE DEEP” and other hits…..but it was that song that stayed on the charts FOREVER that really pushed this beauty into the hearts of many….i think she’s around for the long haul….

AND THE NUMBER ONE CHOICE FOR JAY DEAN:

1.  “TRAIN”

i have known about these guys for years but have never listened to their music…well, at least i THOUGHT i had never heard them….their early hit “DROPS OF JUPITER” was a monster hit…and recently they had hits like “SAVE ME SAN FRANCISCO”, “IF IT’S LOVE”, “HEY SOUL SISTER” and many more…..LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM…and that makes them my number one choice!!!

alright, here we go again……

which tv shows gave me fits?  which tv shows made me sick to my stomach?  which ones came on where i couldn’t grab my remote fast enough?

here they are…the worst tv shows of 2011….

5.  “GLEE”

this pick will be controversial, no doubt…but i tried watching it one night, and just couldn’t get into it…and i’m tired of this cast ruining all of my favorite songs from the 70’s and 80’s….

i heard a stat recently that the cast of “GLEE” broke a record held by the BEATLES for most songs in the top 100 at one time, or something like that…..i really don’t care for a tv show cast breaking a record held by the legendary BEATLES…..

4.  “REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER”

this arrogant jerk makes my skin crawl….his sarcastic wit, and that goofy look on his face is enough to make me throw the remote thru the tv set…..his views are WAY OUT THERE…and his view on religion certainly make my blood boil……

3.  “JERSEY SHORE”

this is one of the big things wrong with AMERICA….we make CELEBRITIES out of COMPLETE IDIOTS AND MORONS….this show definetly does that……

2.  “TWO AND A HALF MEN”

this show would have been in my top ten if CHARLIE SHEEN were still on it…ASHTON KUTCHER just doesn’t do it…and the show has become even dirtier than it was when CHARLIE SHEEN was on it…..the comedy almost seems “forced”…..

1.  “ANYTHING WITH THE KARDASHIANS IN IT”

goodbye…your five minutes of fame are up…please pick up your last check at the front office as you leave the building…..you are no longer wanted here….please go back to the “fantasy world” life you had before we once again, made celebrities out of complete idiots….

now we turn our attention to tv….i have a weird selection of favorite tv show’s, but i think these are by far, the best out there….

here we go…

5.  “ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA”

my kids have been into this show for years, and have been trying to talk us into watching it….i finally did…AND I LOVED IT….this has to be one of the best cast of characters on tv, and they work so well together…even DANNY DEVITO is on the show….

***i guarantee you that this show will climb the ladder up in this poll by the end of next year!!

4.  “JUSTIFIED”

i really try  not to get hooked on tv shows that have a “running theme”, where you have to watch weekly to keep up with it….with that said, i am DARN GLAD that we found “JUSTIFIED.”  this is one great show…..great plots…great cast…..TIMOTHY OLYPHANT is fantastic as the lead character…..can’t wait for the next season to start in a couple of weeks…..

3.  “THE OFFICE” 

(the MICHAEL SCOTT years only!!!)

this has been one  of our favorite shows for years…until STEVE CARRELL left…..this number three ranking only has to do with STEVE CARRELL playing the boss…..the new episodes without him wouldn’t even graze my top ten……

2.  “OUTSOURCED”

this show, to us, was a “hidden gem” among a pile of cow poop….there were a lot of shows that were almost painful to watch this past year, but “OUTSOURCED” kept my wife and i glued to the tv every week….and thanks to the DVR, we recorded every episode so we could watch them again….(and of course, our old DVD broke down, so we lost all the shows….the box set is out in stores, but we haven’t picked it up yet….too spendy..ha ha)

this show was funny…and i say WAS, because they cancelled it after one season…crushed us…still can’t believe it……and for what? this new show called “WHITNEY?”  yuck…

1.  “HOT IN CLEVELAND”

this show is HILARIOUS…and what a cast, lead by the legendary BETTY WHITE…i had heard great things about this show from other people, but had not watched it until this past summer…WE BOTH LOVE IT…when i was in COLORADO this past summer, i spent a whole day watching reruns of the show….

and i’ve always had a crush on VALERIE BERTINELLI….she’s around my age and looks INCREDIBLE….

great show..i think you would like it too….

there were a bunch of dogs in HOLLYWOOD this past year…and it seemed like i saw most of them..ha ha…

here they are….

JAY DEAN’S WORST MOVIES OF 2011

5.  “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3”

this pains me to put this movie on this list…i am a HUGE fan of the “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY” movies, but this one disappointed me….the beginning and middle of the movie were great, but the ending was horrible….i remember watching the first two movies in the theater and walking out of the theater numb from being scared…with this one i walked out scratching my head wondering why i just lost 90 minutes of my life that i could never get back….

4.  “CONTAGION”

with an all star cast, this movie had potential….however, GWYNETH PALTROW starts out the movie, and her character is very very hard to love, so you really don’t care what happens to her…and when you can’t hook me at the beginning, then you can’t hook me later in the movie….yucky….

3.  “LIMITLESS”

i was very excited to see this one….so, one afternoon i went by myself….i almost cried with pain as i watched this one….this is one movie where the previews were more interesting than the movie….in my opinion…and speaking of BRADLEY COOPER….

2.  “THE HANGOVER PART II”

this movie didn’t have to be made…the first one is a classic…this movie had the same premise as the first one….HEY, WHEN IT’S ALREADY BEEN DONE…DON’T DO IT AGAIN!!!  i actually wanted to walk out and go do something else, but i was a courteous moviegoer and painfully sat thru it….

AND, JAY DEAN’S NUMBER ONE WORST MOVIE OF 2011…

1. “BRIDESMAIDS”

i know i’m going to get some crap about this one, but i was very disappointed…they kept billing this movie as “THE FEMALE HANGOVER.”  it was NOTHING like that movie….i think that KRISTIN WIEG is a good actress..very funny…very sexy…but, this movie didn’t do anything for her, in my mind….i could have skipped this one…..and to think, i cancelled a lobotomy for that night to go see this…i should have kept my appointment…