Tuesday, October 27, 2009

When Is It Okay?

One of my new most favorite blogs belongs to my friend Laura. It's called District Ramblings. She actually writes about interesting things worth reading most of the time in comparison to me, who never writes anything worth reading.

Long story short, she elicits some very strong reactions from her readers (friends) and usually can provide me with a day full of entertainment and arguing with strangers (not MY friends).

Today the topic was essentially, would you give up meat to be with Natalie Portman? The answer: In a heartbeat. But someone who was responding and didn't actually answer the question used the term "manjuice" [sic]. That alone made my day.

When is it okay to use the phrase "man juice?" Just amongst close personal friends? In an open forum where you can hide your identity? In Presidential speeches? Israli Bond pitches? Golf courses? Or just general every day conversation?

Do you have any other favorite phrases that are commonly overlooked in society?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Gaslight Anthem/Murder By Death/Loved Ones - 9:30 Club - Washington D.C.

Anything I could write would not be as succinct or accurate as what Andy wrote.
Same show, but in D.C with my buddy Ross. Good times all around!

A few things I want to mention in bullet format:
  • I feel like I've seen this show a million times and I'm always uber-excited to see it again.
  • Holy crap Dave Hause has hair?! And a lot of it too. We thought he was balding so he just made an effort to shave what little he had all the time. We were wrong - dude's hair is wild.
  • Every time I see The Loved Ones live, I love them even more and Andy is right when he says it's probably the best set I've ever seen them play.
  • I forget on which song by former Loved Ones bassist, Mike "Spider" Cotterman came out and played on maybe Arsenic or Player Hater Anthem. Shit was solid.
  • This was the first time I've seen Murder By Death live and their singer's voice does not match his look at all. Very interesting, just bizarre.
  • They turned the sound way up for Gaslight which kinda distorted it which was upsetting. But either way they're playing to bigger crowds who know their music and it almost feels like maybe when you've realized that you're baby has grown up. Andy has it right when he says that they need to play more from Sink and Swim.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Crushed Dreams

The road trip has been officially postponed indefinitely. The good news is that I will not be left without a car. It's being fixed at the moment and I should have it back in the next 2 weeks.

Q: So why not leave as soon as it's done? (I know that's what you're asking)
A: The trip I wanted to do was planned to take about 4-5 weeks and end up in Boca Raton, FL for Thanksgiving. If I were to leave when the car is finished, there is no way that could happen.

I also managed to screw one of my best friends over because he was planning on coming from Chicago to San Fran with me. So now he has to rearrange his life.

However, this will happen at some point. I promise myself.

In short: awesome week.
See you all soon - especially since I am not going anywhere.

Monday, October 19, 2009


Real quick, I just want to say that on a freezing cold night one spring I was sharing a tent on the campus of Rutgers with my buddy Andy. We were cold and had some warm pbr's and tried to watch the Incredibles. On that night we coined the acronym FML. This was before some douche allowed thousands of people to post fake accounts of their supposedly crappy adventures. F that guy. We demand our royalty checks.

In real FML news (for those who don't know):

Yeah, that just happened Saturday night. I was supposed to leave this coming Friday for a trip across the country in this car. I'm not sure whats going to happen yet. I really needed this trip in a big way so I'm going to do what I can.

The lesson to be learned here is: If you feel bad and are wearing sweatpants under no circumstances should you put real pants on to go socialize...

Friday, October 16, 2009

Test Run

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day 2OO9, Son!

Let's rap about climate change for a hot minute in honor of Blog Action Day. Through the power of moving pictures and annoying hippies, we've become aware that yes, it is a fact that the Earth is going through some changes. One may claim that these changes are "normal" and that everyone goes through it. But Earth isn't going through puberty, it's going through... uh...um... it's having a stroke?!

Either way my buddies and potential future career move, The Polar Bears, who are left-handed and can't help it, are literally drowning. Just like Uncle Graber, Polar Bears aren't able to swim the increasingly long distances between sheets of ice. According to the National Wildlife Federation, last year the Department of the Interior listed the Polar Bear as threatened, under the Endangered Species Act.

Some claim that 2/3 of the Polar Bear population could be gone by 2050. This upsets me. 2050 is only 40 years away. In 2050 I'll turn 65 years old. That's old. You can help by signing a petition here.

In closing, don't be a schmuck and let these Polar Bears die. Arguably, they want to kill you too, but c'mon! If they die, who will bring you delicious Coca-Cola during Christmas time? Do you want to be the one responsible for upsetting Jesus?!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Horrible Awful Time Sucks

I'm just going to come right out with it and admit that I started playing Farmville on Facebook. Please don't boo too loudly, you may wake the neighbors. However, as incredibly entertaining as it's been, I can't help but think about similar games that have eaten months if not multiple years (10s) of my life.

So I've decided to list the greatest time sucks of my life in the form of video games.
  • SimCity 2000 - The Godfather of all time wasted on a computer during my formative years. This game was badass and I'd probably be all over it still if I could.

  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - I mean, you could fly planes! How hard is it to put the controller down when you're dog fighting with the Air Force?!?!

  • Super Mario Bros 3 - Never beat it... could be the biggest missed opportunity of my life.

  • Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 - I know for a fact that I spent a lot of time playing this game, yet my memory won't allow me to look back fondly on that time for some reason...

  • www.Candystand.com - Mini-Golf, Home Run Derby, Billiards, Field Goals... need i say more?

  • NBA Live 2000 - The times were simpler, it was the first game I ever really played on the PS2 and I would rush home from school to play for hours until I heard my dad opening the garage and then I would book it to my room to pretend that I was doing homework. (hint: I just pulled out the old school game boy...)

  • Bonus Time Waster: Spear Toss - Hell Yeah! You remember that shit?! (p.s. you're welcome.)
The best part about this is that even the ladies will eventually find some awful crappy game on the internet to waste their time with (pre-facebook).

So what games did/do you waste your time with the most? And I will not accept "porn" as a legitimate response...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pedicab Confessionals 3.0

I'll reserve the number 3 for "nicer" stories. Please know that I prefer 1 + 2.

I took a Russian dude and his young daughter for a tour around the momuments last week just as the museums were closing. After we left the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin he starts to tell me how much he enjoyed it.

Apparently, when he was 20, he was living in the communist Soviet Union. He said that he had a book in Russian about Thomas Jefferson, his life and Monticello. He was arrested for possessing the book when the police searched his home, because it expressed American ideals and such and such.

This was his first time in D.C. and finally got to see the memorial. He was then immediatley stopped by park police, searched and arrested for being suspicious. USA, USA, USA! Let freedom ring...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tea Day Protests

On September 12th of this year, Washington D.C. was invaded by about 500,000 misinformed people who call themselves teabaggers. The name is genius because who doesn't love teabaggers? I think we all remember Rachel Maddow's take on the whole thing...

Regardless of political views, any group of 500,000 people is going to be great for pedicabbing. When there's that many people, the prices go up as demand goes up. Surprisingly, they tipped well too!

I took pictures...