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Did you see it coming?

That’s the question fans were talking about after episode 9. The show started out with Dexter and Travis in the old abandoned church. Dexter was trying to find out what Gellar’s next move would be as he pressed Travis for details. Travis however, claimed to know little about Gellar’s agenda. Dexter saw that a painting had ‘2LOT’ written on it. Since Travis was not useful in deciphering the meaning, Dexter started looking it up and figured out a professor at a school in Miami is a crusader for the 2LOT, a connection to atheism. Dexter set Travis up at a hotel to keep him safe and told him to stay put for now.Dexter Photo: Randy Tepper: Showtime
 
At Miami Metro, Deb’s met with her psychiatrist, who suggests they meet more than once a week after Deb talks about her history with her father and her relationship with Brian. In the briefing room, Quinn is a no-show and Masuka discloses that Quinn was probably hurting after a late night at the strip club, where he was proposing to strippers.
 
Being the good partner he is, Angel heads to Quinns, and when he is ready to do some detective work, Quinn realizes his gun is missing!  The duo head to the ‘hot strippers’ house to see if Quinn left his gun in her car where the deed took place. When they knock on the door a young girl answers and says, ‘oh you must mean my mom.’ Quinn and Angel are shocked at the less than modelesque woman who he was with last night, and Quinn begs Angel to stay silent.

Meanwhile, Gellar’s blog has been updated for the first time in ages, and Masuka’s intern Louis tells Deb he can look at the IP address to see where Gellar might be hiding out. It works, and the team ends up in a park not too far from the abandoned church. This will surely evolve in the few remaining episodes!

When Deb gets back to her office, the father of the woman who was killed last week (the ‘overdose’ case LaGuerta urged Deb to close) is at Deb’s desk pleading for her to reopen the investigation. Deb tells LaGuerta she’s going to open it. The audience later sees LaGuerta telling the chief it’s out of her hands, and that he picked Deb for the job.

Dexter heads to the Miami school and finds Professor Casey. He tells Casey he thinks he’s in danger, but Casey dismisses the warning! Dexter heads to the abandoned church and sets a kill-room up for Gellar. He picks up Travis and they stakeout the office building where Casey works so they can intercept Gellar before he gets to Casey. Travis tells Dexter he sees Gellar and when they enter the building, Dexter tells Travis to stay put while he hops on an elevator. He gets stuck and figures Gellar is on to him! Casey ends up dead and his hand is missing. He’s found in his classroom and buckets of his blood pour onto the detectives when they move the body!

Later, Dexter asks Travis why he got involved. Travis tells Dexter that Gellar convinced him they were chosen by God. Dexter tells Travis they may have missed Gellar at the University, but they can respond to his blog to get him to come out from hiding. Travis wakes up to find Casey’s hand in his hotel bathroom and writing on the wall that says ‘Bring the False Prophet to the Church.’

Travis gets Dexter to the church but doesn’t mention the message. The plan is for Travis to go in first and Dexter to sneak in later. When Dexter enters he finds Travis on the ground, and it looks like he’s been struck in the head.  Dexter starts looking for Gellar, goes down a trap door and finds a frozen Gellar, who has apparently been dead for some time!!! Travis is back on his feet a floor above, and a puzzled Dexter looks as though he can’t imagine Travis has killed all these people.

With three episodes left, it will be a roller coaster ride of where this can go!

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Over Thanksgiving, I got to hang out with my grandparents who just recently hit 60 years of marriage.  It’s a milestone I know I’ll never reach because I would have had to have gotten married last Thursday to do so. This all started me thinking about the concept of being old fashioned, and what did my grandparents generation NOT do which mine so obviously does, and I concluded with the games we play. Phenique photo: drugstore.com 

Just think about it, a text message at 2:41 in the am is enough of a “bat signal” to have all the girlfriends gather for lunch the next day and dissect the covert meaning. We spend hours and justified calories discussing the perfect “next move.”  

Ladies, you KNOW what I’m talking about here. A move that will convey your obvious interest but still come off aloof enough to spare any (inevitable) embarrassment. All of this energy wasted on boys, who in a nutshell, took the cowards avenue towards a woman. There are so many men (emphasis on the word “MEN”) out there who aren’t interested in wasting your time, or theirs for that matter, with vague tactics if their intentions are beyond a bang.

Save this energy and put it to better use. Take that energy and learn how to Dougie, anything other than playing into a game where everyone walks away confused, going in circles, and eventually left with holding onto nothing more than words. It’s like me playing a game of Monopoly. I believe I have never once finished an entire game of Monopoly in my life. This does not make me a quitter, it just translates to my personal inability to continue in circles when all I have to show for it after a few rounds are bank transactions and hotel stays. The concept for me very quickly gets old, and that’s where I see myself now.  Monopoly Man: amnesta.net

Sure, I can look back on some interesting “games” I’ve played myself or seen played. One of my personal favorites include my friend staging a “Leave Behind” (Author’s note: think back to Seinfeld circa 1994) where she left her tube of Campho-Phenique, just so she could have a second visit at her crushes house. If you don’t know what Campho-Phenique, is Google it and then you will understand why this was, as my friend called it, “the worst leave behind ever. Ever.”   

When did games get so not-fun?  I don’t recall a moment in my life where I burst into tears at the thought of a challenging game of Hungry-Hungry Hippo’s (unless someone already called the Pink Hippo).  



Here’s what I say; change the game. Make the game fun again. Think back to the times of high school candy grams. A moment where you caught a glance of one another, but you didn’t really mean to look at each other, and you do that shy look away thing like the floppy eared dog in Lady and the Tramp. Those are the moments!  The games where no one lost, where there was fun in the flirting and not ambition.

You’re not playing with little plastic hotels and houses, metal cars, or money sporting a monegal anymore.  When your heart and reputation is on the line, the stakes are higher and the risk is greater. So take the extra time to notice where your energy is going and really ask if it’s wasted on a game, or if you think it may be re-evaluate and take back your worth.  You cost a hell of a lot more then you know, regardless of how many times they pass go.  

Believe me.  

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Cyber Monday 2011 is here and while the day is halfway over, there are still plenty of deals to be had! I will make things really easy on you so you don't have to scour all over the web. All of your favorite stores from Walmart to Target to Sears and Macy's are partaking in the shopping holiday also known as Black Friday Part II.

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Cyber Monday deals can be found on walmart.com, target.com, kohls.com, bestbuy.com, amazon.com, macys.com, sears.com, overstock.com and buy.com.

Gizmodo.com has a complete Cyber Monday breakdown on this page here.

And, even if you're not in the market for a new gadget or clothing, there are Cyber Monday travel deals to be had as well.

Now get out there and help support our economy! After a record-setting Black Friday, this appears to be a Cyber Monday for the record books as well!

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Episode 8 put things back into slow motion for Dexter fans and left them wondering when and where the suspense will be. Will it ever come back to the show that swept them away for a few seasons? And what the writers will do for the few episodes that remain?Dexter Photo: Randy Tepper: Showtime

‘Sin of Omission’ was an ok episode. Some things were blown off in ways that one normally wouldn’t let them go, and other things were so bizarre it was hard to watch and keep a willing suspension of disbelief. Dexter and Deb had a few scenes with their issues about Dexter not telling Deb he would be off for a week instead of a day, and Deb trying to ‘talk’ to Dexter because she never lets him open up to her. She saw a pen from Nebraska and realized he went and saw Jonah. Deb is also upset that Dexter didn’t tell her he went there, and that he can talk to Jonah but not her, since Trinity killed Lundy, too.

Deb sees her therapist and realizes it might be her fault Dexter never opens up because the conversation is always about her. So Deb tries to get Dexter out to dinner and he brushes her off, saying he has things to do (he is really going to find Gellar at an old church). When he comes home to say goodnight to Harrison before running back out, Deb is there and gets pissed he won’t open up to her for even a minute!

Dexter goes to Sam’s memorial service and is handed Sam’s bible. He wonders if he can or will ever see the light. He pays a visit to Travis at work and asks why Holly was freed. Travis tells Dexter he’s been thinking about what Dexter said and how he doesn’t want to hurt anyone.

Later Dexter is called to a crime scene and it turns out it’s Travis’ sister as the ‘whore of Babylon.’ As the investigation is unfolding, Dexter wonders whether Travis played a part. Deb however, tells him that there were no numbers in the victim’s body.

 

 
Meanwhile, Travis is now chained in Gellar’s hideout church. Gellar tells Travis he had to do it because she talked to the cops, which is true (Deb stopped by and interviewed her earlier in the show). Deb took to the streets to help the detectives find Gellar’s assistant. During this time, LaGuerta was constantly on her back asking why they weren’t any closer and why Deb wasn’t behind a desk. Then another homicide victim was found (unrelated to the Doomsday spree), but LaGuerta brushed it off as an overdose and then urged Deb to close the case. When Deb finally closed it, LaGuerta made a cryptic call to say it was all taken care of…

At Miami Metro HQ, Angel is upset that his sister, Jamie, is still dating Masuka’s intern Louis. She asked Angle to have dinner with them. Then at dinner, Jamie excused herself for the ladies room and Angel told Louis that Jamie’s too young to get close to anyone. Later, Louis was ignoring Jamie’s texts.

The show wraps up with Dexter popping in at a church where he believes Gellar is hanging out. He pulls in, enters the building and finds Travis in chains. Travis says he’ll help Dexter and the audience sees Gellar hiding in the background.

Whatever happens next, the season is coming near an end, and it’s almost time for Dexter to get that kill.

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Did you ever have that awkward run in with an old friend or acquaintance and they inevitably ask the poignant question “What have you been up to?”, and you got nuthin’?   Or at least after having asked them the same question and hearing how they single handedly returned Siam to a self- governing nation, and re-populated a small village in Uganda with flax seed and honey, you don’t feel very comfortable about your own accomplishments.
 
This plagues me all of the time, and it’s not because I want to get into a “pissing contest” with someone over who’s making more of their life, but I succumb to an immediate intimidation that I haven’t accomplished anything TRULY purposeful.   Obi Wan photo: spatiallyadjusted.com

It’s such a subjective word; “purposeful”.  A purposeful accomplishment in one day to a person may be to run a marathon, and maybe to another walk at all.  I’m going to try to not fall into this Jedi Mind Trick anymore and immediately filter through an internal rolodex for the most impressive fact about myself when asked.

The bottom line is if I have to dig to find purpose, then I don’t have the definition of PURPOSE correct.  I don’t know what the definition is because, truth be told, it differs between us all.  My perspective is going to attempt to from now on when asked “what have you been up to?” rather than focusing on all the classic standards I haven’t accomplished, like marriage and children, I’ll find deeper value and pride in what I have.  

Just recently I ran into a friend who I haven’t seen in over ten years. I asked the common question of him and “well I just completed two tours in Iraq, finished special agent training with the US States Department and function as a liaison in the foreign affairs division specifically.”  Um…wow.  When it was my turn I immediately got intimidated and desperately took inventory of what I’ve been doing, and at that moment my catalogue felt so empty that I almost found myself commenting on my new found ability to make really really good deviled eggs. I had nuthin.’  But it shouldn’t have been true and here’s where the purposeful concept really is tested, because with all of the grandiose valor and impressive recent activities he listed, he never mentioned his newborn son. I had come across this information through a third party and was whole heartedly expecting to hear this bit of news, and it never came.  

I don’t know why it was never mentioned, maybe he thinks that is a piece which “scares” off women, or maybe he holds that fact the MOST purposeful and doesn’t see the advantage of using it as a chit-chat item. Whatever the reason, it was obvious interpretation that what is purposeful differs.

We all have accomplishments, just be sure you’re not allowing your own to get lost in any other shadows because there will be those who cast a far and wide fog, and it’s easy to lose sight of them. You know what they are, so don’t let them get downplayed, especially by yourself.  It’s not so simple to learn how to be your “biggest fan,” but at least make more attempts to not be your own worst enemy.  

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The Delaware Valley Stroke Council held its 16th Anniversary “Stars for Stroke” gala November 12th, hosted by Shirleen Allicot of 6abc.  The event honored several locals who have been instrumental in stroke care in the Greater Delaware Valley.

Dr. Ben Usatch of the Lankenau Hospital Emergency Department and the late B. Franklin Diamond who worked at Abington Memorial Hospital were both honored as the Physicians of the Year. Toby Mazer and her grandchildren with the proclamations and her Lifetime Achievement Award, which were all presented to her by Shirleen Allicot of 6abc.

Sam and Sharyn Abramowitz were awarded with the Stroke Survivor and Caretaker of the Year. The Merion Civic Association also awarded Mr. and Mrs. Abramowitz as 32-year residents of Merion whom exemplify strength and strong values to members of the community. The Lower Merion Commissioners awarded them for being 32-year residents of Merion and congratulated them for the Stroke Survivor and Caregiver of the Year Award.

Recognition was also given to Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Physicians in the Greater Delaware Valley.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Toby Mazer, M.P.H., who founded the Delaware Valley Stroke Council.  Mazer also received proclamations from the Camden County Freeholders and Larry Farnese, representing the Pennsylvania State Senate, to congratulate her on her work to improve stroke care.  Lastly, she received a proclamation from the State of New Jersey Legislature that states that November 12th, 2012 will be celebrated as Toby Rotman Mazer Day in Cherry Hill.

The event took place at the Hilton on City Avenue where hundreds of people enjoyed food and cocktails before participating in a silent auction to benefit the DVSC. The event raised approximately $200,000.  The Delaware Valley Stroke Council aims to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke through heightened public awareness, continuing professional education and legislative and patient advocacy.

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In just its fourth year, “The Comcast Holiday Spectacular” has become a must-see holiday tradition in Philadelphia, entertaining thousands of people of all ages and spreading holiday cheer.   Comcast Holiday Spectacular at Comcast Center starts Thanksgiving Day.

Full of captivating original holiday imagery and music, this year’s 15-minute show dazzles with new and enchanting scenes from The Nutcracker, beautifully performed by the renowned Pennsylvania Ballet, a magical sleigh ride through the snow covered Pennsylvania countryside, the majestic sounds of a 64-piece orchestra, and the harmony of the Commonwealth Youth Choir’s  Keystone State Boychoir and Pennsylvania Girlchoir, and more.

Shown on The Comcast Experience video wall ― the world’s largest 4mm LED video display ― it can be seen at the top of each hour at Comcast Center from Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day.  

In the spirit of the season, The Comcast Holiday Spectacular 2011 welcomes all to share in celebrating the holidays in this free, unique, and family-friendly tradition.  

Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., PhiladelphiaThanksgiving Day – New Year’s Day

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Really!? How is it possible? Those were the questions Dexter fans asked themselves in the first few minutes of episode 7. The show kicked off with Dexter and his brother Brian on Dexter’s boat, discussing the darkness and dumping a body.
 
Deb called and told him to meet in person, where she said that Trinity’s wife and daughter were killed at their protected home in Nebraska, and Trinity must have done it! Dexter was intrigued and knew that Jonah had to be the culprit here. He told Deb he’d need some time off to process things. She told him to take a day, but in true Dexter fashion, he took a road trip to Nebraska.Dexter Photo: Randy Tepper: Showtime
 
He planted himself in front of Jonah, confirmed that Jonah did it, and the two got into it a bit. Dexter planned to kill him, and with Brian trying to keep Dexter ‘dark’ throughout the duration of the episode, it seemed likely this would happen. Dexter realized that Jonah wished for this to happen, willed Dexter to kill him because he couldn’t cope with the guilt and sorrow. Dexter saw Jonah had a soul, feelings, and would not be just like Trinity!  

During his time in Nebraska, Dexter stays at a shady Motor Inn. The manager on duty helps fix a flat tire for Dexter but steals his knife in the process. Dexter and Brian end up killing him before they leave and give viewers a few suspenseful moments for the episode.

Meanwhile, back at the Doomsday storyline, Travis disobeyed Gellar and started spending time with his sister (Molly Parker). As he was doing dishes, he saw Gellar outside the window and Gellar told him to get back to work. Travis refused saying he was done with Gellar and Gellar’s beliefs. Gellar said God decides, not Travis, and assured Travis he’d be back. When Travis later showed himself at Gellar’s place, Gellar thought Travis was back, but he simply came to drop of Gellar’s belongings.

At Miami Metro HQ, Deb and Angel interview a woman named Holly (Lacey Beeman), who Gellar tried to use as ‘The Whore of Babylon.” They realize Holly was forced to drink blood while she was blindfolded and more importantly, they learn that Gellar isn’t working alone, and figure out he probably has a former student assisting him.   

Deb tries to reach Dexter and can’t get a hold of him. Jamie’s watching Harrison and Deb prods Jamie to see where Dexter went. Jamie says the Keys but Deb’s not buying that story since Dexter’s boat is in the marina! When Deb shows up at the apartment, she calls Dexter from his home number and Dexter is quick to pick up!  He gets her off the phone quickly without getting into much detail. Masuka’s intern is at the apartment too because he’s dating Angel’s sister Jamie, and Angel doesn’t like that idea at all!  

At the end of the show, Dexter is seeing the light, and Harry shows up to help guide him. Only a few more episodes left this season. They should be action-packed.

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Thankfully, the gunman behind yesterday's White House shooting was captured in PA yesterday. His name is Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, and at just 21-years-old, he has pissed his life away.

Just who is the young man with more names than sane cells in his body?

He apparently was obsessed with President Obama. Not to mention he's a resident of Idaho and recently came to Washington D.C. to join in on the "Occupy D.C." protests. oscar ramirez ortega-hernandez

He also believed his attempt to take out President Obama was a mission for God.

In other words, Oscar Ramirez Ortega-Hernandez is just another lunatic who flew off the handle - in the mold of Jared Loughner.

Fortunately, the White House's windows are ballistic-proof. Even more fortunate is that he didn't decide to go shooting in a public arena like Loughner chose to do.

And hopefully he'll spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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