As a refresher, on May 1st these were my predictions for the first round:
East Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs. New York Islanders (8) - Penguins in 6. Montreal Canadiens (2) vs. Ottawa Senators (7) - Canadiens in 7 Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Rangers (6) - Rangers in 7 Boston Bruins (4) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (5) - Could go either way, but I'll say Maple Leafs in 7.
West Chicago Blackhawks (1) vs. Minnesota Wild (8) - Blackhawks in 5 Anaheim Ducks (2) vs. Detroit Red Wings (7) - Ducks in 7 Vancouver Canucks (3) vs. San Jose Sharks (6) - Canucks in 6 Los Angeles Kings (4) vs. St. Louis Blues (5) - Kings in 6
Now, below, here they are updated, mostly my thoughts on what could occur in the series that haven't ended yet (I'm not gonna be stupid and just switch my predicted winners, because that'd be sore losing)
East Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs. New York Islanders (8) - Penguins in 6 - This prediction could still come true, but in order for it to do so, the Penguins must win tomorrow's game. Do I think they can do this? Absolutely. However, I anticipated the Islanders putting up a good fight, and although they've done so already, I do think they are capable of pushing a game seven, and possibly even eliminating the Penguins. Tomorrow night will tell.
Montreal Canadiens (2) vs. Ottawa Senators (7) - Canadiens in 7- WRONG. Senators defeated the Canadiens last night, winning the series in five games. To be honest, I knew this series was lost by game two, but again, wasn't going to just change stuff on the record books. That said, I think the Senators will be lucky to get matched with a team they can beat in Round 2.
Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Rangers (6) - Rangers in 7 - As I write this, the two teams are tied 1-1 in the second period of game five in a series that is tied 2-2. Despite the blitz of the Capitals throughout April, I believed and still do believe that the Rangers have the firepower to take them down. I don't believe the Rangers can win the cup, but they can certainly defeat this team that should be executed for removing the Jets from the playoffs. EDIT: After the Capitals won game five, they are up 3-2; I still believe that the Rangers might be able to win the series, however.
Boston Bruins (4) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (5) - Could go either way, but I'll say Maple Leafs in 7. - As I write this, the Maple Leafs also lead 1-0 in the second period of game five. However, the Maple Leafs are currently down 3-1 in this series. If they do not win tonight, they will be eliminated. I will cop out slightly here and point out that I originally said the series could go either way in my first prediction; the Maple Leafs victory was my Canadian bias coming out. I do believe though that if the Maple Leafs win tonight, they might be able to push game seven. After that, who knows. EDIT: Maple Leafs won and are now down 3-2. Who knows, honestly...
West Chicago Blackhawks (1) vs. Minnesota Wild (8) - Blackhawks in 5- 100% correct. Gosh darn, can you believe it? Don't worry, the Canucks and Canadiens proved me wrong enough to compensate for this, but man, it is nice to know that I really understood the Blackhawks (don't expect this again). It was five simple games, and I could see the Blackhawks making the final round, if the Sharks don't catch them on the way.
Anaheim Ducks (2) vs. Detroit Red Wings (7) - Ducks in 7 - As I write this, the Red Wings lead 1-0 at the end of the first period of game six in a series that the Ducks currently lead 3-2. If I'm off by a game and the Ducks win tonight, I'll consider it no big loss. I got the winner right, and that's what matters. However, I can still see the Red Wings pulling off a victory tonight only to fail in the grand finale. EDIT: Red Wings won, and the series is tied 3-3. Prediction can still stand.
Vancouver Canucks (3) vs. San Jose Sharks (6) - Canucks in 6 - 100% WRONG. I honestly did not see this one coming - the Canucks being swept? But issues with the coach and which goalie to play let me know by Game 3 that the series was lost, and it was only a matter of time. Luongo should have been in net games three and four. Maybe it would've changed the fortunes of the team, it probably wouldn't have, but at least the Canucks look to be heading towards a restructuring they desperately need. If the Sharks continue to play like this, I could see them finally winning the Stanley Cup they deserve. St. Louis Blues (4) vs. Los Angeles Kings (5) - Kings in 6 - In just over an hour these two teams will meet in the sixth game of a series that the Kings currently lead 3-2. I'll admit, I'd love for the Blues to go far, and I was a little worried during the first two games that the Kings would lose the cup in the first round, but the royal team has picked it up since, and I can definitely see this game being the end of the road for the Blues. EDIT: With the Kings emerging victorious tonight, I got another series spot-on.
And that means, of course, that I am now once more up for Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, and Minecraft (BZPC AT LAST!!). Those of you who I have played/tried to play L4D2 with, I'm hoping to get a session going this Friday.
At long last, I have a can of Dr. Pepper once more. It has been too long! It has been like three weeks! This is the pop of whatever deities exist, and if no deities exist, then I am that deity, so that it is still the pop of deities!
Dr. Pepper is perfection in a can. Cherry Dr. Pepper is perfection multiplied by seven.
And I swear to my own iBrow's eyebrows if anybody calls me out for calling your so-called "soda" as "pop", I will burn YOUR eyebrows. In your DREAMS. Because I am Canadian, and that is how we roll. We say "pop". Because we will be different.
To be honest I'm about 100% certain I ruined that reference, and I'm not sure why I did that, but hey, welcome to my blog of Volts. Except there is no electricity in here so whatever. Also here is a picture of me, except good luck trying to figure out what I really look like.
PS in that left hand of mine it is a stick of dynamite and I am currently planning in my head of heads how to use it in a film as soon as possible, so any story suggestions welcome
Trip ends tomorrow, did a waterpark yesterday, etcetera etcetera. We did a mystery dinner show tonight which was pretty cool, and very funny.
Anyway, hopefully I can return to normal time in a few days.
Sleuths Mystery Dinner was the place - it was a little cramped (I hate hate hate tiny tables), but otherwise fun. I unfortunately nailed the wrong guy, in a way. I said he did it on the orders of the guy that actually did it, so I was sort of half right I suppose? I don't really know how it's supposed to work.
I watched some "Bones" and "Castle" today, since my grandparents left us at the hotel for several hours and there was nothing else to do. One of the Bones episodes had the main character getting framed whilst having amnesia and voodoo and stuff, so that one in particular was very interesting to watch.
I bought a wand today! It is made of birch, I am going to guess 10-11 inches? long, and more of a rough cut stick than those fancy doodad wands you can buy. I'll post a picture here if I can get one. The wand shape is actually the shape I always used to pick whenever my friends and I used sticks for wands as we played Harry Potter (why I remember that detail is beyond me since it was like 8 years ago but whatever).
I really liked the Spider-Man and Harry Potter Forbidden Journey rides - I love that kind of 3D/4D special effect kinda ride when it's done well. Probably one of my favourite sort of rides.
I also enjoyed the Hulk rollercoaster - although due to a mistake by myself I ended up in the very front row, it was still awesome. Front row is always the best.
We watched the Mardi Gras parade, and I got seven of those plastic jewel necklaces you can buy at dollarama. Man, people went crazy over those!
I waited 45 minutes for a pepporoni pizza and then when other people got theirs whilst ordering after I did I rage quitted the place (after I made sure I had my pizza in hand of course, because late or not it's pizza, goodness).
I tried raspberry vanilla coke. I wish I had just raspberry though, because I've never had raspberry coke. I've had lime and cherry and vanilla and orange and all that sort of stuff, but never raspberry. Maybe I can get it tomorrow too? Doubtful.
I was soaked early on by the one river rapids ride in the world that makes sure every rider is soaked, and walked around all day in squelching, soaked shoes. Bleeeeeagh. I washed my feet for fifteen minutes when we got back to the hotel and they still feel gross. We missed a few other water rides, because I didn't feel in the mood to get soaked all over again. I'll probably try them out tomorrow or Monday if I bring a change of clothes or something.
I failed to mention it yesterday but I got a stick of dynamite that has popcorn inside yesterday in St. Augustine, so I can light it and throw it and then have popcorn. Although I must admit that the first thing that popped into my head when I saw it was "heist film prop".
Anyway that is it for today and I'll post again tomorrow.
We took an extended stop this afternoon in St. Augustine. We took a short tour around, and my brother and I spent an hour or so at this old fort thing taking pictures of stuff. Maybe if I ever get ahold of them I can share some on here.
Nothing much of interest, although disappointment - we have 3 days for 2 parks, nothing else planned, three days where we are doing nothing and have no lodgings scheduled, and then another three days of travelling. Color me disappointed - not even a water park.
2013, you find a way to make everything suck.
On the bright side of life, the place we're staying at is pretty nice and spacious. Just wish it was a little closer to Universal.
I'm off to Florida today, and you're very welcome for the extended warning! I will be doing my best to get online each night, so you Mafia folk need not worry, and I will be writing up a series of journals with regards to my experiences at Universal, Legoland (pick a brick at last finally yesh), some chocolate factory, and anything else in Orlando.
So I broke a window two nights ago, but nothing really happened except that we now have a window with some holes and a lot of cracks. It was actually an accident and I didn't get in trouble, so hurrah! Something actually went right for me in real life!
Because to be quite honest, 2013 sucks.
2012 was probably the greatest year of my life so far (which isn't saying much because I only remember like ten years or something if that), and it's not just that 2013 can't really measure up, but I dunno... something out there just doesn't want this year to turn out well for me. Every single thing I do seems to end up bad in some form, which isn't doing much for my procrastination troubles.
Also, I'd like to say that I really enjoyed the My Little Pony Season 3 finale, and I think there should be more musically oriented episodes.
I decided to attempt the challenge for myself, and am about a third of the way through Tolkien's The Two Towers as we speak. The following novels that I haven't read are on my to-read list this year:
-Animal Farm -The Return of the King (obviously) -Ender's Game -The Great Gatsby -Les Miserables
Which isn't that many, so I'm here to ask you all to throw the 1001 books that you all must combined know of that I can't remember at this specific moment in time, and one by one, I will hunt them all down. I believe I'm about 10-12 books done so far, which is good. I'm hoping to get a good head start by June, because I won't have time to read anything during the summer and then school in September promises to chain me to a wall and force feed me textbooks.
Speaking of school, I was just assigned the task of writing a novella in my Writer's Craft class. >:] iBrow will win this. I always write my best when I'm forced to write, and I have a rather neat idea in mind. Perhaps I'll even let some of you read it, because I'll need proof readers of course.