Star Trek, Enterprise; My Review

As a life-long Star Trek fan, I have watched all of the various series with the exception of the two currently available on CBS, All-Access; Discovery, and Picard. I just can’t bring myself to subscribe to CBS’ paid TV on the strength of Star Trek alone. If they ever land on Netflix, I’ll binge the hell out of them.

Right now, I’m revisiting Enterprise. I didn’t even get through season one on my first attempt because I had some issues with it going in. One of these issues was the main lead, Captain Jonathan Archer, competently portrayed by Scott Bakula. In my prior experience with Trek, the Captains had all been–to me at least–relative unknowns. Sure, they had achieved some level of fame, but I was largely unfamiliar with them when they landed on Trek. Patrick Stewart, an experienced Shakespearean actor was only known to me through his role in a B-grade Sci-fi film called “Lifeforce” and the much more well-known “Excalibur.” The same with Avery Brooks, who portrayed Captain Benjamin Sisko on ST, Deep Space Nine. I knew him from Vega$, but that was it. Scott Bakula, however, was very well known for his long-running TV series, Quantum Leap. I can’t really explain why it bugged me, but it did. The other issue I had with Enterprise is that it’s a prequel occurring before the original Star Trek series, but was made with far superior special effects. To me, this made it less believable because the “technology” was older than what we saw in the original series, but it LOOKED much, much better. Anyway, this is just me unable to suspend my disbelief about a sci-fi show. Pay me no mind. =P Fast forward to a few weeks ago. ST, Enterprise is now streaming on Netflix so I gave it another go, AND I LOVE IT! Bakula and Co. do an excellent job almost right out of the gate. I can recall during season 1 of Star Trek, The Next Generation, noticing how wooden the performances of the cast were, all of them. But as the show progressed, they all improved, each of them finding their characters. Another thing about Enterprise I love is that you really get your money’s worth. They produced a TON of episodes, over 20 per season. Compare that to the measly 7 or 8 you got per season from Game of Thrones. Seriously, I feel that some of the episodes are rather derivative of the original series (and possibly others), but they are well written, well acted and have excellent FX. Who knew the crew of the NX-01 would save the universe and make friends with the Antarans all before Kirk ever set foot on his Enterprise. Thanks for reading.

Surf’s Up!

Are you a surfer?  There’s an Australian company called Rip Curl that makes a line of surf boards and lots of surfing accessories like board shorts, wetsuits and such.  Well, they also make a line of surf/tide watches.  So, if you’re a serious surfer and you monitor those tides for the best conditions chances are Rip Curl has a watch for you.

Rip Curl’s website says they are “a company, for, and about, the crew on The Search.”  I don’t know about you but that evokes images of Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze and Swayze going after “the big one” at the end of Point Break.

Anyhoo, we’ve got a decent selection of Rip Curl watches on Amazon.  Whether you’re looking for a water-resistant tide watch or something to wear every day I bet we have you covered.  Click the affiliate link below to see our selection…

Rip Curl Watches on Amazon.com sold by Great Timing Inc.

It’s time for Watches N’ Stuff!

Welcome to the first post in what I expect to be a long and glorious period of commentary about watches. I have been in the watch business as an e-tailer since 2000. My business partner and I have watched our business grow from the VERY modest beginnings of literally boxing watches up on our bed and running them to the post office to peaking out in a very small parallel to the growth curve of Amazon.com with retail sales of around $1,000,000.00 for a couple of years in a row. After that, the online watch business became very competitive. And why shouldn’t it? Watches are really the perfect item to sell online. They are small, lightweight for the most part (and so are easy and inexpensive to ship), and “back in the day” they had pretty good profit in them.

Since then, however, the profit all but gone. There are so many players in the online watch game now that you can really only make money on volume. But we’re not giving up. We still love watches and this blog is an effort to come at this thing from a different angle. My business is called Great Timing. Our presence is primarily on Amazon.com, although we also compete in other sales channels. Today, I’m hoping you’ll click the affiliate link at the end of this article and have a look around our Amazon store. We carry several lines and I think we have something for just about everyone. I can remember going to trade shows and agonizing over what lines to take on and ultimately telling my partner that there was a seat for every butt in the watch biz. LOL! It’s hard to know what will sell and what won’t.

We’ve got sport watches, dive watches, fashion watches, surf watches, a few pairs of sunglasses (and I mean like 3, ok?), and a few jewelry items as well. So come on over and take a gander. I realize this first post isn’t loaded with substance and is more or less just a blatant request to come and spend your money, but it’ll get better. I promise! Here’s the link:

Great Timing Inc. Products

Blog 1: Nonsensical BS

I’m going to preface this with a few comments. What you are about to read is the product of my brief cranial musings after following the instructions of an e-book on blogging. Please don’t judge me too harshly. =]

Will anyone read this? I doubt it. Just sitting here, thinking about what I should write. I feel like I have something to say, but I don’t know what. I like sharing my opinion on things I like, like movies, music and other entertainment. I’m an Atheist and that is a huge can of worms. I’m a Libertarian and there’s another controversial aspect to me that is usually met with negativity. Here’s the kicker; I think Ayn Rand was a genius. I’m seeing many of the things she wrote in Atlas Shrugged coming to pass today. And yet, she is vilified and hated and attacked viciously. People I encounter on social media claim to know her work and dismiss her (but not before they mount a vicious attack on her, and by extension, me). I feel these people do not have a realistic grasp of what Capitalism is, or any clue as to what “rational selfishness” means. Everyone thinks they are an expert on philosophy. I also think I have a story in me. There is my personal story, certainly. I’m 58 now, so that story is a bit long, but I’m talking about a fictional story. Maybe one that blends fantasy with Randian objectivist ideals?