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First of all, let's start with something important ... and that is my saying "thanks" to the folks at Western Michigan University, who hosted the school's 48th annual food marketing conference this week. Tom Furphy and I had the opportunity to do a version of our "Innovation Conversation" as a keynote, and it was a great time ... we just wish we'd been able to get to all of the dozens of questions we got from the audience.

It may still be cold out, but the Major League Baseball season is about to begin.

Thank goodness.

Baseball, as the late, great Robert B. Parker used to say, "is the most important thing that doesn;t matter."

Though I have to tell you ... I cannot understand the utter idiocy of the New York Mets and the New York Yankees both opening their seasons at home on Monday at almost exactly the same time. it makes absolutely no sense at all.

Oh, well. This weekend, at least, I can believe that the Mets will have a surprisingly good season. This weekend, at least - to once again paraphrase RBP, the world is filled with possibility.

My wine recommendation this week - the 2010 Brancaia Tre, a lovely and juicy red wine from Tuscany that is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Yummy!

Last weekend we were sort of in the mood for a mindless movie with lots of explosions - so we went to see Olympus Has Fallen - which certainly fit the bill. Olympus Has Fallen can best be described as Die Hard meets Air Force One, with some similarities to - but none of the pleasures of - In The Line Of Fire.

That said, it was diverting for a couple of hours. Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman in the three leading roles are as good as you'd expect them to be, and there are plenty of explosions and not a lot of believability. But it does what it is supposed to do ... including make me wonder how the next movie about the White House being attacked, White House Down, due in June, will be.


Y'know what's really amazing to me? The extend to which really good television series can be so much better than the vast majority of what is shown in movie theaters. I watch series like "Justified" and "The Following" and am consistently impressed by the writing, their ability to surprise, the ever-heightened suspense, and the fact that they seem to be about something ... and I wonder what happened to the movies. Sure, there are exceptions ... movies like Zero Dark Thirty can thrill us and make us think at the same time. But more and more, they seem to be exceptions.

That's it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday. (Which, I'm warning you right now, is April 1.)

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