What's going on in my neck of the woods lately? Easy week at work, one that is over already basically. Today (Thursday) is my last one of the week with kids. Tomorrow is used for teacher meetings. Basically I have a few short meetings through the day. The other time, I'm hanging out in my room getting plans ready for next week (which I already have done) and killing the rest of the time on the internet. What a day.
Movie day today for the kids since they're off Friday. What'd we watch? XXX: State of the Union. Good movie here. I liked the first XXX better, but this one is also worth seeing. I saw it in the theater too. Surprisingly, not much cussing in this one. Rated PG-13 mainly for the violence. Another Ice Cube movie that I like, imagine that.
How was Real World this week? Frankly, I'm getting tired of the Danny and Mel saga. They're both immature if you ask me and I think the rest of the crew is right on them. Although I agree with Danny in that I'd probably be jealous too if my chick was all over another guy, but I guess it could be worse. If you look like her, guys are going to be all over you no matter what. They're both being punks about it. Also, with their job, only a few of them seem to be into it. Nehemiah and Lacey are meaning business. Next week we see Rachel find out on tape that Lacey was talking behind her back. You can't cut this drama with a butter knife. Good show this week though, just too much Danny and Mel for my liking.
Quick update on my Yankees. Tied 1 game a piece with the Angels. I'll take that for now and see how the rest of the series plays out. It's off to New York now for a few games, so my guys have a shot to win there. Then again, the Angels can also win in New York if they win out. Big Wang pitched good last night, but faltered late in the game. Not a bad outing at all though, we just didn't get the win.
I can go on and on for a few posts on how WWE Homecoming was this week. I'll do my best to make it fairly short, but don't take my word on that since it is wrestling after all. A 3-hour show, very well done in my opinion. The last 20 minutes or so I didn't care for, but the rest of it was pay per view quality. I know they've done it a bunch in the late 90s, but the interaction with Austin and the McMahon Family was pure gold. I'm usually a type that would much rather have a wrestling match going on than talking, but if the mic skills are this good and entertaining, I don't mind some mic work. Nice to see Shane on the show too. HBK and Angle put on a clinic and the Ladder Match where Edge beat Hardy was great as well. Hogan teased a match with Austin one day. Would be a crazy money maker, but neither would want to lose. SmackDown got screwed hard, because they had a scheduled 8-Man Tag and Bischoff called it off.
My favorite part of the show may have been seeing the legends in attendance. Dusty Rhodes was given the mic for this segment which I was loving. Good to see Dusty and WWE on good terms again. Also, for the diehard wrestling fans, if you are anything like me, you absolutely loved seeing Kevin Von Erich there. It was in Dallas, so of course the fans went wild for that. I wish people nowadays would have some idea how big of a name Kevin was in the 80s as he was right there on Flair level for a while. The entire family is a big soap opera as only a few are left who didn't overdose on drugs. Sad to see. Kevin might have the best Dropkick I've ever seen. If not him, it's Lance Storm or Jumpin’ Jim Brunzell of the Killer Bees.
Update on the EDDFL for anyone that cares. Our draft this year (fantasy NBA) will be on October 29th. We're doing it on a Saturday for a change to switch things up. We're also having it at the Fairmont USA Steak Buffet, which will be a unique setting, but we do get a backroom to ourselves. Not many other options we had, but I'll roll with whatever. Those people up there won't know what to think when a crew of 12 guys rolls in carrying magazines, pens, printouts, and me walking in with the huge draft board (more on that later this month). We're a rowdy bunch, should be fun to take over that place. Or as the nWo famously said in 1996, "We're taking ovahhhhhh!"
I've loaded up big on CDs this week. I'm back in the grind of going insane and getting a bunch and this week I've done well. Here are the new ones:
DJ Quik: Trauma. I haven't listened to this one yet, but everyone and their brother is on it. B-Real, The Game, Chingy, Wyclef, T.I., Jodeci, and Ludacris. Oh yeah, Nate Dogg is on this joint. That's worth the buy alone.
E-40 Presents The Bay Bridges Compilation. If you're into Bay Area stuff, you'll recognize some guys on this. If not, you won't know too much. It's real nice, but I'm probably biased towards anything Bay Area. Outside of E-40, you get Keak Da Sneak, Mac Mall, The Federation, and many other lesser name guys. The beats are done by Droop-E. You have to hear this guy do an exact impersonation of the old school cartoon character, Droopy.
Hieroglypics: Full Circle Tour. These guys are from Oakland and I don't know anything about them. I read some reviews and they were all positive. A term that cracked me up that seems like it can't go wrong in rap is that they are "wordsmiths". Hopefully their lyrics are as good as the reviews say.
Jin: The Emcees Properganda. My first Chinese rapper. This guy made it big by dominating BET’s 106 & Park Freestyle Friday a few years back. He’s one of few who have been retired on that show since nobody could touch their flows. The rest of you would know him from being in The Fast and The Furious. He’s good.
Little Scrappy: Full Metal Jacket. This one is a mixtape and has 29 tracks on it. You know what you get with mixtapes. Some of them are fun, so I look for this one to do well.
Ray J: Raydiation. Pimpin' music here. Ray J is Brandy's brother for those not in the know. Fat Joe, R. Kelly, Mya, and Brandy on this CD. R.Kelly and Nate Dogg are at the same level to me. If they're on an album, I'm definitely interested.
Three 6 Mafia: Most Known Unknown. Real good stuff here. If you just want one song to get from this album, go with the one just released. That is Stay Fly featuring 8-Ball, MJG, and Young Buck. Also on these tracks are newcomer Chrome who gets big hype, Paul Wall, Project Pat, Frayser Boy, Lil Flip, Remy Ma, and Lil Wyte.
3 Quick Thangs:
1. I’ve said it before, but Cherry Coke is about as good as it gets.
2. Did you know that 9 out of 10 men will be considered overweight at sometime in their lives? And 1 out of 10 men are 250 pounds or more?
3. Powerball is over $200 million now, nuts.