Kicks Out At 2 1/2

Salutations all! As most of you might have heard, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair is currently being hospitalized, in a medically induced coma, and is awaiting surgery from what I hear is organ failure (Please don’t quote me on that though). Honestly, I’ve been kind of confused from all the stories that have been coming out but i digress. I’m writing this here post to share what kind of influence Ric Flair had on my life. I’ll try to keep it short.

As long as I can remember, while watching WWF or WCW. I’ve always been a fan of the “heel” or the “bad guy” if you’re unfamiliar with wrestling insider terms. Growing up, there was no better heel than Ric Flair. The 16x World Champ was extravagant, cocky, brash, and villainous during his in-ring career. He bragged about his skill in and outside the ring, how much money he had, and how much better he was than all of the fans in attendance and watching at home. All these qualities and traits that would make me absolutely HATE any other man, didn’t apply to Flair. He made being the bad guy ‘cool’.

“I’m every woman’s dream, and every man’s nightmare”

– Ric Flair

In a world (of wrestling) filled with ‘Do gooding’ gigantic tanned meat heads in ripped shirts. Flair stood alone, looking proper in his gator shoes, perfectly quaffed hair, and custom tailored suites and robes. He was unique in every way. Watching Flair break the mold of what a Wrestler should look and act like changed me. I didn’t want to be like everyone else. I didn’t want to like what everyone else liked. I didn’t want to dress how everyone else did. I strived to set myself apart from the people around me at a young age and that’s definitely something I still do to this very day. Sure I became a little bit of a snob or as some of you would call it “a hipster” but being that way helped me develop appreciation for originality in all walks of life. I loved being different, the feeling was freeing to me. I credit Ric Flair for teaching me something that most people don’t get until their late 20’s. Now I know I could have totally misinterpreted what Flair was all about when I was young. if so, it was probably the best mistake I’ve ever made.

I’m Hoping and praying that he pulls through this ordeal. Me and the rest of SSB would love to see him recover and strut out of that hospital and straight into a limousine. 

The Strawberry Scented Fantasy Football League

Oh boy, oh boy…Ladies and gentlemen the talking of proverbial “smack” has begun!

From all corners of the world and from all realms of existence people are coming out of the woodwork to tell me about how they would destroy me in some Fantasy Football.

From emails, texts, DM’s, Snaps, even by assault with deadly Facebook-account I am being attacked in preparation for this seasons antics. Well all I can say my good friends is that I hope you are prepared in the most proper way possible. I am coming out in the most tip top Shane Falco form of competition and there is no Coach McGinty to hold me back from my quest to reign supreme. I welcome all sorts of competition, Sports Guru’s, Auto Drafters, Former FF Champions, Waiver Wire Surfers, I don’t care!

I’ll be starting my very own Strawberry Scented Fantasy Football League In the next day or so with plans of bringing the respective internet friends and family along with a live draft. Friendships will be broken, tortilla chips will be consumed, wide screen high definition broadcasts will be watched, and an epic live draft will take place.

Old Man Diary

-DISCLAIMER: NO PICTURE BLOG. YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO READ THIS ONE-

Someday in the not so far away future my daughter is going to laugh and shake her head at the concept of a “blog” or a “taxi,” or “Twittering.” Think about how drastically our world has changed just from three decades ago when the internet was a novelty. Than consider how far we could be only five decades from now into the future, a time in which you and I will still be alive but the picture and reality of our world could be completely shifted.

Every morning I wake up and consume a massive bowl of granola cereal and then wake my daughter up so she could get ready for school. Every time I see my daughter, I realize how fast she’s growing and how old i’m getting. I seriously cringe at the sound of my age and find myself thinking of my life (so far) more and more often.

Like most people taking a stroll down memory lane there is always something you wish you could take back and re-do. I, being a perfectionist for most things, have a huge amount of things I wish I could have re-done, but the point is that you do what you have to do, and don’t look back with regret. I’ve changed a great deal since my “Hypebeast” days and way more since my dragonball hair days. Things ALWAYS change and as long as you carry that same youthful energy that you’ve had since you were a kid, and make it shine through everything you do, you can’t go wrong. which is why I can’t be anything but happy with the outcome of my life.

Just know without a doubt that every season incites more growth. who really knew what they wanted growing up anyway? When I was younger I wanted to be a Weather Man by day and a Cop by night. Fast forward 20 something years and I’m a elemantary school teacher…and then a leasing agent..and then a teacher again.

Life is a trip.

Anthony Green & The Trolley

So I was recently blessed by the awesome people at A Red Trolley Show with the opportunity of seeing one of my favorite artists of all time, Anthony Green in person. When I say in person, I was literally right in front of the dude.

By this point you should already be largely familiar with Anthony Green…you know, from Circa Survive… No? What about Saosin? alright I get it, sometimes I forget that I don’t know my audience. Most of you didn’t care about music as much as I did while in school. If you were, I bet it was music from Dance Dance Revolution but, I digress.
Emerging out of just about no where in a large way with a sound so absolutely refreshing it’s a wonder he hasn’t already exploded into the general mainstream. To listen to his crooning voice come over his effortless guitar strums (Hand claps for alliteration there) was amazing.
Catch me in the background in the video below and enjoy the music.

OtakuFighter – Reborn!

Being sick of being sick, and constantly watching my weight fluctuate, I decided to take a stand.  2 weeks ago, I’ve started a formal training regimen and diet plan with my fitness coach, Coach Jessica Lopez.  Before I began actually training with her, we had a meeting to discuss my goals, eating habits, and training schedule.

What it all boiled down to was:

  • Training too much
  • Eating improperly
  • Beer is like 7 slices of bread.

She established a few guidelines for me.  Notably my RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate of 1877).  With the way I train, I need a steady supply of good nutrients to foster muscle growth and fat burning.  I’ve also significantly reduced the amount of alcohol I drink.  That one’s probably a no-brainer.

My training schedule was more formalized and streamlined to include weight lifting and running.  After running through some lifting drills I learned that I had been doing it wrong my whole life.

What’s my goal?  I want to eventually get down to 165 lbs, and get shredded in the process.  I started out at 190 lbs.  Currently I’m hovering around the 180-185 lbs range.  Is it possible?  Follow me on the road to getting ripped on my new weekly series, #OtakuFighter, with updates every Sunday!

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Speak up.

I’ll never understand this…If you have a problem with someone, why not go handle it like a man? I’m not saying go out and fight that person but, go address the issue you have, and handle it. Talk about things before it turns into something worse. Instead most people would rather keep it to themselves, having those thoughts brew and fester inside, making themselves more and more angry. Others will take the slander approach and add lies and bs to the mix and talk about the issue with everyone and their moms. Everyone BUT, the person they have a problem with of course. I couldn’t tell you which one is worse because they both suck!

Let me put this in a way some of you might better understand…
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Most people who have this issue probably think they’re so awesome…kind of like a Charizard. In realty, they’re more like a Garbador…you’re literally trash.
For all you kids/teens/ and heaven forbid, grown ass men who are having this problem. SPEAK UP! GROW SOME NUTTS! AND HANDLE IT!
life would be so much better for you in the end.

Summer Beaters

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There are certain days in the Summer when you simply are not allowed to have plans. You roll out of bed sometime around 11:48 to the sound of your cell phone ringing underneath your pillow. You probably fell asleep in the same clothes that you were wearing last night, and most likely you were planning on sleeping off whatever night time antics occurred the previous evening. The cell phone has very different plans however, and is absolutely relentless in requesting that you open your eyes.

When you finally get around to finding the phone and picking up the call, without doubt it is one of your close friends who, unlike you, is already wide awake and in front of your house to pick you up to head down to the beach for the rest of the day. Because it is far too early in the morning to formulate any sort of effective argument as to why you can’t go you roll out of bed, you throw some water on the face, brush your teeth and proceed with going downstairs, grabbing a poptart, throwing on your summer shoes and jumping into the car.

The reason for my narrative (Besides the fact that I just like writing a whole bunch with a generally uneeded amount of extravagance and fluff.) is to speak on the idea of the “summer beaters.”

 

When it comes to the Summer schedule there has to be a shoe/shoes that get worn absolutely every single day regardless of the destinanation and without a second thought. The shoes will usually start off the Summer in great condition: brilliant color, fresh laces. Than by the end of the season they will most likely be fully destroyed with holes, rips, tears, stains, and exsisting in a completely different color than the one they started as. It’s all part of the beautiful process that only comes about in summer…i guess.

I went with 2 pairs of Jordans this year. A pair of Jordan 3 “True Blues” and a pair of Jordan 9 “playoffs”
and in a way I feel kind of bad, They both were completely unaware the amount of pavement, skateboard grip tape, grass, sand, and utter life that they are about to come into contact with the last couple months.

For the Hundredth Time.

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At some point last eve, perhaps around midnight or so, a distant corner in the far reaches of the SSB room was lit by the dim yellow glow of a tired old lamp. Hushed whispers punctuated the soft warbling of a Dom Kennedy record in the background. I decided to return to this here forum. It’s been..2 years or so since my last post? I don’t really have any good excuses for not posting. I just got burned out I guess, It’s been a long and involved road, and for some strange reason, I thought that after joining SSB, I would somehow magically become less busy. Of course the complete opposite of that has occurred. but I hope you’ve all been doing well. Despite neglecting my duties on this here particular forum like the wrestling god’s neglect Danielson’s (Daniel Bryan) right to stay healthy enough to return to the WWE, I haven’t been sitting on my hands or partaking in absolute nonsense. I’ve been busy on our YouTube channel. If you haven’t already, check out what we have to offer. I definitely recommend it if you lack randomness/jackass-ery in your life.

check out our collaboration with our good friends Jimmy and josh of SwoletakuTV. We played the “newly weds” game but with our own spin of course. Hope you enjoy and see you again in another 3 years or so…lol jk….maybe.

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Dom’s Still Callin.

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Dom Kennedy serves up some visuals to accompany the release of “Get Home Safely”. “Still Callin″ to me was the stand out track from this particular tape, so it’s only proper that it gets the full video treatment. I’ve said it many times before in my writing and I will continue to make sure that it is said. Dom Kennedy has next where the West Coast is concerned. Kennedy has one of the most layed back, graceful voices to lace a rap track in years and whether or not he stuns you with his lyrics you will no doubt leave a listening session with at least four phrases to raise your ego in the face of any situation. Dom is the kind of rapper who effortlessly laces beats in a manner that makes listening to his tape an absolute pleasure. If these record label folks don’t see it, then they continue to prove again and again that they’re blind and out of touch with the industry. Never mind a rushed and oblivious XXL review, Kennedy spits raps that seem to come as natural as Cali kids wearing flip-flop’s and socks. Not to mention the fact that Kennedy seems determined to make sure the only thing that leaves his camp are quality, completed projects. You don’t see random leaks and throw away tracks on off days. If there’s a method to this industry madness, they have the recipe.

The video is a continuation of Kennedy’s laid back approach. Simple but dramatic, the video is an entrance to a larger national stage, a statement of purpose. Hard work be payin’ off but only if you can manage to just be cool along the way.

Her Crimson Love X SSB – This is gonna be awesome!

This band is dope.

This band is dope.

You might be wondering why I’m doing an entry for a band.  Lemme break it down for you guys.

This band is dope.  Her Crimson Love is an all-female pop-rock(I LOVE THAT CANDY) band haling from our fair city, and they have an enjoyable sound.  You might remember, I did an entry about them last year when I caught their gig at the griffin.

Here’s a short bio from their official facebook page:

It happened in chemistry class. Hailing from San Diego, CA, the female rockers of Her Crimson Love (aka HCL) started out their days as a high school rock band that jammed in a garage to cover songs and made their own songs — and still do. The pop-punk, all-female band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Jennifer “Jay Jay” Juliano, lead guitarist and backing vocalist, Jamie Manalili, bassist and lyricst, Melanie “Mel” Buhay and drummer, Phonesavanth “Pon” Elena Navasak. Pulling influences from bands like Jinxed, Rufio, and New Found Glory guides them in creating the sound that they have today.

They performed at bar venues in San Diego such as the Griffin and the Office Bar and recently, AMP Music Festival 2013; their first was the AMP Music Festival 2012. Her Crimson Love enjoys sharing the stage with the talented, local musicians and getting to know and share similiar musical interests. Currently, the ladies are writing new songs, are working on releasing their first EP, and have some shows lined up.

Sooo…I was talkin’ with their drummer earlier tonight and we talked about geeky shit.  The usual.  And so, we decided to combine our powers for good and defend the geek realm from all that is pretentious, creepy, troll-looking, and #notaboutthatgeeklife.  What can you expect from this movement?  Um….interviews, maybe a video or two, Pon kicking Jared, the sky’s the limit.

So fans, be on the lookout.  HCL & SSB are gonna be rocking out, punching kittens, drawing manga, and partying really hard!

Although one of the things probably won’t happen too soon. :/

Their ReverbNation profile is here