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!
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.
Dinosaurs, Vikings, Chainguns, Ninjas, Lamborghini Countaches, Kung-Fu Renegade Cops, Nazis, Hacking….it’s like Laser Unicorns peeked into my retro psyche and pulled out what was inside. Maybe I should quit now because I can never hope to achieve the level of awesome that this movie does.
Nah, I’ll still keep shooting for it. In my own way.
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It’s better to win ugly than to lose gracefully. Fortunately, the fourth-seeded San Diego State University Aztecs went with the prior.
SDSU had built a 14-point lead early in the second half; however, the 13th-seeded New Mexico State Aggies came charging back after a 14-4 run. With 16.9 seconds left, the usually reliable senior guard Xavier Thames mishandled the inbounds pass which eventually led to New Mexico State’s Kevin Aronis making the clutch 3-pointer and tying up the score 60-60 at the end of regulation. It was the fourth overtime game on the first full day of the NCAA Tournament.
However, in the end SDSU was victorious outscoring New Mexico 13-9 in OT. Up next the Aztecs face the North Dakota State Bison who beat the Oklahoma Sooners in overtime earlier in the day. Tip-off is at 3:10 p.m. PT on TNT. The Bison are a team best known for their offense averaging a nation-best 50.9 percent from the field. Nonetheless, I Believe…
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In the summer of 2005 I began seeing promos for a new comedy coming to CBS with the tagline ‘A Love Story in Reverse.’ Instantly I recognized a few of the actors and actresses: “Hey she’s from Buffy! Hey he’s from Freaks and Geeks! Hey it’s Doogie!” On September 19, 2005 I (and the rest of America) was introduced to ‘How I Met Your Mother‘.
The show had me at “Have you met Ted?” Actually, it had me the moment I heard Bob Saget’s narration. See, one of my favorite shows ever is ‘The Wonder Years‘. And HIMYM is essentially a modern take on that. Both shows have an unreliable narrator, an exceptional soundtrack, and a girl that was never meant to be “the one”. But unlike ‘The Wonder Years‘, we are told at the end of episode 1 that the woman our narrator is aching for is not his destiny.
Still, that first episode quickly cemented my infatuation with this show. I adored all of the characters and was fascinated with its unique storytelling. In fact, only one other series has ever knocked me out right out of the gate like HIMYM did (see: ‘Arrested Development‘). Nearly every episode from that first season of HIMYM was one I either could relate to or was inspired by. Whether it be drinking far too much and proceeding to make ill-advised phone calls resulting in strange encounters the next morning (‘The Pineapple Incident’), always striving to get great stories out of an evening with a friend (‘Sweet Taste of Liberty’), or throwing a last minute party in hopes that a certain someone stops by (‘Purple Giraffe’)…(don’t tell my parents), I could see myself in Ted Mosby.
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One particular moment that stands out for me is from the episode ‘Okay Awesome’. In this episode Future Ted declares, “Clubs weren’t awesome. Clubs weren’t even okay. Clubs sucked.” Later on in the episode Ted admits to Marshall, “The problem is you can’t do any of that couples stuff unless you have someone to do it with. And the only way I’m gonna find that someone is by going out and doing stupid singles stuff with Barney!” I shared those exact sentiments all those years ago. Because while going out and participating in stupid singles stuff on the weekend was indeed good times, it wasn’t what I wanted to do every weekend. Ted’s words have always stuck with me because at the time the show seemed to be the only thing that understood how I felt.
Actually, there are a lot of moments from that first season that still stick with me. Aside from what I’ve already mentioned, another scene that’s preserved in my own personal television registry is the ending of the episode ‘Drumroll, Please’. It’s an episode that showcases everything I enjoy about romantic comedies. I can recall jumping up and shouting “Yes!” as Ted walked into Victoria’s bakery. That perfect moment of bliss provided me with this sense of optimism that I’d one day live out that scene in reality. There’s also that moment in the ‘Slutty Pumpkin’ when Ted and Robin are sitting on the rooftop when Nada Surf’s ‘Inside of Love‘ begins playing; perfectly capturing their individual dilemmas. Speaking of great music, ‘Barney’s Get Psyched Mix’ from ‘The Limo’ is a true highlight. Another Barney highlight that stands out is from ‘Game Night’ where we learn how the man went from giving “high-twos” to “high-fives” and are treated to an epic “Suit Up!” sequence. Then there are the equally as epic episodes ‘Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M.’ and the season one finale ‘Come On’. Seriously, how good is this season? Come on!
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However, watching HIMYM then was a bit of solitary experience. I just didn’t know more than one other person who watched it. Back then it was still very much considered a “bubble show”, on the verge of cancellation at any moment. So after the first season ended I made it a point to pick up the DVD and tell everyone I knew about the show. I remember one particular night I had thrown a get together at my place. It was around midnight and I had decided to go to bed. Still, I told those who were still around that they could hang out for as long as they wanted. They asked me what DVDs I had and I recommended they check out HIMYM. They agreed and I went to bed. Several hours later, despite it already being morning, they were still watching! To this day every time I hear about someone who hasn’t watched HIMYM I offer my Season 1 DVD.
Fortunately the show eventually overcame its “bubble” status conundrum and became a bona fide hit. In these past 9 years we’ve hypothesized ‘The Olive Theory’, held ‘Interventions‘, followed ‘The Platinum Rule‘, diagramed ‘The Hot/Crazy Scale‘, kicked out a naked man 1 out of 3 times, shouted “Woo!”, abided by ‘The Lemon Law‘, saluted “General Consensus“, walked 500 miles, donned a ducky tie, gone on a ‘Two-Minute Date‘, built sandcastles, dressed up as a hanging chad, examined ‘The Bro Code‘, and pulled off the greatest play of them all – ‘The Robin‘.
At the time of this writing there are only 2 episodes left. Still, throughout this final season we’ve been given glimpses of Ted’s future with his wife and those scenes have been nothing short of awesome. Actually, this final chapter of HIMYM reminds me of the first chapter of the movie ‘Up‘. We meet this wonderful woman yet unexpectedly we find our moments with her fleeting. Nonetheless, no matter how this show ends, I am content. Victoria, Stella, Blah Blah, Cindy, Zoey, Robin, etc. – all of these failures were merely Ted’s training grounds for true love. And though it’s finally coming to a close, this journey we’ve been on to meet the woman with the yellow umbrella whom Ted achieves his happy ending with has undoubtedly been Legen-wait for it…
Jonathan’s Top 5 Episodes of HIMYM by Season
1. The Pineapple Incident
2. Drumroll, Please
3. Game Night
4. The Slutty Pumpkin
5. Okay Awesome
Honorable Mention: Pilot, Purple Giraffe, Sweet Taste of Liberty, Return of the Shirt, The Limo, Life Among the Gorillas, Nothing Good Happens After 2.A.M., Mary the Paralegal, Best Prom Ever, Milk, Come On (I think I’ve made my feelings about this season pretty clear)
1. Slap Bet
3. Single Stamina
4. Arrivederci, Fiero
5. Something Borrowed
Honorable Mention: Ted Mosby: Architect
1. No Tomorrow
2. How I Met Everyone Else
3. Sandcastles in the Sand
4. Ten Sessions
Honorable Mention: Wait For It, The Platinum Rule, Third Wheel, Everything Must Go, Spoiler Alert, Miracles (okay this too was just a really good season)
1. The Front Porch
2. The Naked Man
3. Three Days of Snow
Honorable Mention: Right Place Right Time
1. Girls Versus Suits
2. The Playbook
3. Say Cheese
4. Robin 101
Honorable Mention: The Rough Patch
1. Last Words
4. The Mermaid Theory
Honorable Mention: Natural History
1. Symphony of Illumination
2. The Burning Beekeeper
3. Ducky Tie
5. Tick Tick Tick
Honorable Mention: Trilogy Time
1. The Final Page (Part 1 and 2)
2. The Bro Mitzvah
3. P.S. I Love You
4. Band or DJ?
5. The Time Travelers
Honorable Mention: Something New
Season 9 (does not include final 2 episodes)
1. How Your Mother Met Me
3. The Lighthouse
5. Bass Player Wanted
Honorable Mention: Gary Blauman
Florendo Fact: I named my first dog Teddy Mosby
Hi— I’m Ted Mosby. In exactly 45 days from now you and I are going to meet and we’re going to fall in love and we’re going to get married and we’re going to have 2 kids and we’re going to love them and each other so much. All that is 45 days away, but I’m here now I guess because… I want those extra 45 days with you. I want each one of them. Look and if I can’t have them I’ll take the 45 seconds before your boyfriend shows up and punches me in the face, because… I love you. I’m always gonna love you, til the end of my days and beyond. You’ll see.
It’s that time of the year again. Number 2 pencils sharpened. A thin film of Eraser dust covers the work space. A never ending, and ever changing itunes playlist carries through the background. Twitter and Instagram are more or less being left to the wayside. The same t-shirt starts to see more than a few days of wear in a row…Sounds like another All Nighter
SSB offers our blessings and the ability to stay awake all night and study! For all those at school who will need the well wishes for the approaching exams, Good Luck. Handle all those academic responsibilities and prepare to celebrate the completion of those exams and papers with a RAGER.
Top Gear won’t win any points among cyclists, that’s for sure.
You know, this is probably my favorite Blink-182 song.
Yesterday, I had a chance to spend some time with my family. And then….it happened. THE INEVITABLE QUESTIONS.
- ARE YOU MARRIED? (no)
- ARE YOU SINGLE? (yes)
- ARE YOU DATING? (sure, why not?)
- DO YOU WANT TO TALK TO MY DAUGHTER/NIECE/FAMILY FRIEND/DISTANT RELATIVE FROM MARS? (wha…what!?)
It was then that I got to thinking….how would that first date go? If I did decide to go through with it, that is. Which I didn’t. I mean, I’m still a hopeless romantic and I wish that I could just fall in love with someone and live happily ever after. Still, I’m 30. Not gettin’ any younger.
My first real brush with arranged marriages came when I was 25 or 26. I was hanging out in Oceanside with an old acquaintance of mine, and he wanted me to meet a few friends of his. Then it turned into something like a marriage meeting, because they wanted to find a husband for one of their relatives in the Philippines. Yikes.
That same day, another friend of mine called me up, asking me to straight up marry her cousin so she could get a visa.
Sheesh, maybe I’m the weird one and this is how dating goes nowadays.
What if she turns out to be crazy? What if I actually like that kinda shit?
Anyone ever heard of the Seven Churches Visitation? Well, it’s an annual tradition that usually occurs on Holy Thursday of Lent. It involves visiting 7 churches and praying before the Blessed Sacrament. Supposedly the number 7 came from one of the popes visiting the 7 churches in Rome. It is a tradition in my family to attempt this feat in under about 2 hours after Holy Thursday mass. We succeeded this year again and ate a late dinner at Chili’s to end the night. =)
Here is our timeline:
7:00 pm – Mass at St. Charles, Imperial Beach
8:15 pm – 1st church: St. Charles, Imperial Beach
8:30 pm – 2nd church: Most Precious Blood
8:49 pm – 3rd church: St. Pius X
9:02 pm – 4th church: St. Rose of Lima
9:17 pm – 5th church: St. Anthony of Padua
9:25 pm – 6th church: St. Mary
9:50 pm – 7th church: Corpus Christi
10:00 pm – Dinner at Chili’s
So I wasn’t exactly sure what type of prayers I was supposed to be saying while I was in the church, and I decided to just say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be at each church. After reading about the Seven Churches Visitation online, turns out I was doing it correctly the entire time. Yay me! =) Even though there are no set prayers, but saying each of those basic prayers was good enough.
I’m still trying to understand as best as I can why some people seem to have such a grand disdain for organized religion. It’s like all some people see are the negative characteristics that have been exaggerated and popularized by the media. There are such wonderful things in religion, and institutions in general. I’ve heard various arguments on religion and institutions, and it’s funny to me how they always focus just on the negative things. I’m not trying to get all preachy because I respect everyone’s opinions and choices, but honestly sometimes it feels like people think it’s weird to be religious. It’s almost like I’m a religious geek, outcasted because I dare to have faith in God and in His church. Weird how people can make freaks and geeks out of almost anything. Just pick whatever is not the majority, and it can be deemed as a freak or a geek. It would work the same if most of America was religious, then the few that weren’t religious would be considered weird. Our world is weird. No wonder we have so many weird people in it (me included). =P