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Happy New Year 2021!!

With midnight only a few moments away, I want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year.

I hope you enjoyed your holiday celebrations SAFELY and that will have a great time today and throughout the first week of the New Year.

Please make sure to be cautious, following health mandates of social distancing, washing your hands, not gathering with others outside of your home and wearing your mask when you do leave home.

Enjoy the holiday safely!

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2020 may be behind us, but the pandemic that drove us all inside and has separated us from those we care about the most is still very much alive. 2021, unfortunately, could very well be much the same; but as I have said before, we have to look for the small things that make us happy, that put a smile on our faces and that lighten the heavy load for which we are dealing.

Despite all the bad that has happened this year, I hope that each of you have found some good things to keep you entertained, keep your mind off the world’s problems (even for a short time) and has allowed you to carry on in the face of all the odds stacked against us.

Here is to hoping that things will get back to whatever new “normal” awaits us; here is to hoping that 2021 can start to improve upon the year that was 2020; and here is to as prosperous a New Year as possible.

Thank you to everyone who has visited my site this year. I hope you’ll come back next year!

Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas 2020!!!

Yes, this year has been extremely difficult for all of us because of the Coronavirus pandemic; and all of us (I sure hope ALL of us!) will not be celebrating the holiday as we normally do, staying safe at home without gathering with family or those outside of the home, wearing our masks when we are out, social distancing as much as possible and washing our hands.

It’s a mantra we’ve all gotten used to (albeit sick of practicing), but very necessary.

With that said, I do want to to wish everyone who has visited this site for the past 10 years a very blessed and wonderful Christmas Day!

Please stay safe, and celebrate quietly at home.

And, thank you SO VERY MUCH for visiting Rueben’s Ramblings and I hope you will continue to visit as often as you can!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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This year, unlike any other – for 100 years anyway – has been extremely difficult because we – all of us, in every country on the planet – have faced a fierce and unfailing foe: COVID-19.

This horrible virus has caused the, quite honestly, needless deaths of over 315,000 Americans (with the number growing exponentially each day over the last couple weeks), unemployment levels are at an all-time high and all the other collected stats throughout the United States (and the world) are staggering to say the least.

In the middle of March everything came to a grinding halt in the US. Businesses closed down, the country went into lockdown and we all started on this “journey” into disinfecting, wearing masks, learning about social distancing, washing our hands and everything else that came with this worldwide pandemic; including the shut down of nearly all productions in the US, little to no movie theatres being open, restaurants (and every other business) struggling to stay open – when it has been safe to do so – and so much more.

Needless to say, it’s been an extremely stressful and excruciatingly cruel year for everyone. Beyond the virus, there have been some other horrible occurrences in the weather ranging from wildfires in Australia, tornadoes in the South, unprecedented tropical storms, intense heat waves on both coasts of the US and horrific fires throughout the Pacific West.

There were also public scandals like Harvey Weinstein FINALLY being found guilty of rape and sexual assault. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison for sex crimes, effectively putting the 67-year-old behind bars for the rest of his life. There was also the conviction of NVIXM cult leader Keith Raniere who was sentenced to 120 years in prison. Now we just have to wait to learn what will happen to Raniere’s right-hand woman – disgraced Smallville actress Allison Mack. But, thank you, God, these two despicable men have been put behind bars!!

Also upsetting was the fact that near the end of November, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who shoot and killed non-violent protesters in Wisconsin [crossing state lines with an AR-15 assault rifle, keep in mind] was able to post a $2 million bail; and some of that money reportedly came from right-wing supporters Mike Lindell, the founder of MyPillow, Inc., and former Silver Spoons actor Ricky Schroder. This basically makes Ricky Schroder the Kirk Cameron of Scott Baios (as has become the joke on social media). For shame you men, for shame!!

Then there was Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family, basically losing, or more to the point, giving up their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex in an effort to be financially independent, and moving to Los Angeles to live.

There was also that devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon where 2 ½ thousand pounds of chemicals went off, rocking that city; as well as the downing of a Ukranian jet by Iran (they took credit for it too – damn bastards!); and the continued (and needless) murders of people of color all over the country that led to countless protests all over the globe.

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And then there is the state of politics in the United States. Americans have that orange-faced baboon in the White House, who has decimated our country, making us a laughing stock all over the globe and clearly proving that he is a racist, egotistical megalomaniac with the ego the size of Texas. He was defeated – DEFEATED!!! – in the 2020 Presidential election by Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. It’s even worse that the soon to be “dethroned dictator” still hasn’t conceded that he lost; he has hosted Christmas parties where most of the attendees DO NOT have masks on; he isn’t really addressing the critical state of the entire country with the rapidly increasing pandemic numbers; and he seems more interesting in playing golf than doing his damn job! It’s deplorable!!!

The result of the election is one of the few shining moments out of the entire year. Please allow the fantastic artwork included in this post to brighten your day and provide a complete “laugh your ass off” moment.

Photo Credit: “The Slingshot” by Portuguese Cartoonist Vasco Gargalo

Needless to say, it’s been a grim year, and while two vaccines are now being sent out – mainly to front-line workers and those in senior living facilities – the new year is still going to be a bit bleak, as it’s going to take time to get vaccines out to every single person in the country (let alone to all those suffering all over the globe).

All that being said, we all have to look for the little glimmers of hope, the little things that make us smile, laugh and feel good.

So with all of that in mind, over the course of the next 9 days, starting tomorrow, I will focus on the best and the worst of 2020 in the worlds of TV and movies, TV ratings and so much more.

NOTE: I apologize in advance for any omissions, spelling errors or oversights I might have made, but I definitely don’t apologize for any choices I have made.

TOMORROW: TV Highlights

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I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you enjoy the holiday as safely as possible given our current circumstances.

Take time today to call or video chat with your friends and family; have a virtual dinner with them through Zoom or Facetime; share food with your neighbors and be thankful for what you have especially given all has been happening this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Happy Fourth of July Everyone!

I wanted to take the time to wish all of the readers here at Rueben’s Ramblings a very Happy Fourth of July.

This year is going to be very different (obviously) because of COVID-19. We can’t go to the movies like we normally would; BBQ’s, picnics and shopping are done at a distance or in very small groups. We have to take precautions to keep ourselves and others safe; but if you’re gonna celebrate, please be careful and enjoy the day as best you can.

Enjoy the holiday safely!

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Yes, 2020 has been a VERY unsettling, scary world to live in; and we have all been shattered by what is happening all over the world!

All that being said, I have to take at least a few moments, especially today, to say how excited I am that it has been 10 YEARS since I launched Rueben’s Ramblings, as a companion site to my long-running, weekly column over at NiceGirlsTV.

It been an incredible journey that wouldn’t be possible without the support of my readers.

I hope you will continue to visit Rueben’s Ramblings as often as you can.

As always I am available by email to answer any entertainment questions you may have. You can email me at ruebenpreymate@gmail.com

Happy 10th Anniversary!

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2019 – the year that was – was filled with plenty of good and bad events. Whether it was in the world of politics, scandals that have rocked Hollywood, natural disasters that affected the multitudes all over the world and so much more.

The world is a very unsettled place. I hope that some of the good events that happened this year will continue to grow, allowing more good things to happen, hopefully, at some point, overshadowing the bad. I also hope that some of the things I have shared in these year-end round-ups will put a smile on your face and bring you some cheer.

We have all had good and bad times throughout the year, but we can all rejoice in the great entertainment these medium – television, movies, music and books – have provided.

Have a wonderful New Year!

PS: Thank you all so very much for visiting my site. I hope you will continue to visit as often as you can.

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This year has been quite a tumultuous year with natural disasters affecting a lot of people from arctic temperatures to fires to earthquakes; Hollywood scandals (most notably the college admissions scandal); more than 360 shootings throughout the United States that have simply devastated so many people’s lives (when will it end?!); the unnecessary ICE raids that ripped families apart – to name just a few unsettled current events.

But there have also been some amazing events take place this year like watching 13-year-old figure skater Alysia Liu win the 2019 National Championship; watching the amazing athleticism of UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi; the US Women’s Soccer team winning the 2019 World Cup and the birth of the royal baby: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.  How about the unprecedented winners of Miss America, Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe all being women of color?  And, while time will tell if anything will come from it, quite a lot of people have been glued to their seats for the impeachment hearings.

What is to follow, starting tomorrow with the hits and misses on television, will be my look at what took place this year – good, bad or otherwise.

NOTE: I apologize in advance for any omissions, spelling errors or oversights I may have made, but I don’t apologize for any of the choices I made.

TOMORROW: Hits and Misses of Television

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Happy Thanksgiving

I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you enjoy the time with your friends and family over this long holiday weekend.

Please know that while I am obviously observing the holiday, the news waits for no man or woman, which means I will be posting occasionally over the weekend, bringing ratings results as soon as possible and other news items that come along over the next 4 days.

Please stay tuned and I hope you will visit as often as you can over the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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