Monday, November 26, 2007

Roadies Go To Charlotte!

I know it's been a while, but I'm here to make it up to you. Road trip! Yep, that means I should have a lot of things to talk about in this one. The setting? Charlotte, North Carolina. The reason was put together by my boy Scotty B and he conned me in with a Celtics game, good get right there indeed. Along for the ride was Spank and we set sail for the 5+ hour ride to the Dirty South in the old lady Buick.

Nothing out of the ordinary on the way down, but we'll still make mention. The music of choice was led by Spank being the car DJ for a while. He went with some MJG, Lil Flip and Z-Ro combo, Wu Tang Clan, old Michael Jackson out of nowhere, Nelly (the only bad choice and we both agreed) and then when we got near the city, I flipped it on some rap radio stations. No rap stations in my area at all unfortunately, but with mainstream stations, you get the same 3 songs played constantly over the day. Several times I'd flip on one rap station and a minute or two later, the same song would be on the other, go figure. Soulja Boy has lost his luster, that kid is on every 2.5 seconds, but he makes money, so I guess I can't argue it. I should rap and say the same line over and over and make a killing. It is catchy, I'll give him that, but I don't need to have it rubbed in my face all day.

Somehow I get to be the road trip driver for my crew recently. I'm by far the worst driver of the bunch, but I guess my buddies aren't scared. My gas light comes on and we see a Citgo station off the exit. We pull off and can't find it. After driving a while we see a sign that says 3 miles away. Since we were in the middle of nowhere, I cranked (crank dat) it backwards into the oncoming lane and and whipped it around. Then we went down some back road in farm land and eventually found this dirty gas station with 2 pumps. Then to get back onto the south interstate, we had to go through another town for a few miles and got it going. It felt like Deliverance. Our biggie was missing our cutoff to our final road. The whole time we were on 3 major roads, that's it. We screwed it up and ended up onto I-85 when we were supposed to say on I-77. We roll into this town called Gastonia, NC. The car of choice was a Chevy Caprice with those huge goofy rims. The rims were worth more than these cars, but it's funny. The huge rim fad has passed us too I believe, let's write that one off.

We get to Scotty's place and I love his setup. He took good care of us and his house is unbelievable. It's sure a weird change from the mean streets of Shinnston. I like the city since there's a lot of things to do, but still not sure I could ever live in one. I definitely would wreck every other day with my driving skills. The good luck part of the trip was that we were in the hometown of the greatest wrestler ever to lace up a pair of boots, Ric Flair. I had to take the laptop down since I'm ate up on here to begin with, but I was able to get some things done. Friday night I roll to bed at 6:10 AM and wake up at noon.

Food? How'd we do there? We make Cork proud by hitting up a Chili's in Charlotte. I got the honey chicken crispers that are quality, I recommend that. Also with that I got some fries that were just ok, but one awesome corn on the cob. Who has decent corn in November? They did, it was worthy. On a backtrack, for the road trip down we loaded up on 2 dozen D'Annunzio pepperoni rolls from rugged North View, WV. Right up there with the best pepperoni rolls ever. Saturday afternoon, we hit up this little Chinese shack. I get my favorite, honey chicken, pork fried rice, and cheese wontons. Thumbs up here and then I brought a gallon of tea back to the house. Some dirty southern sweet tea, it doesn't get any better.

Also while in Charlotte, I got to finally play Rock Band for PS3. You talk about an addicting game, especially if you have a group of people. Think of Guitar Hero III except it's the whole band. You have an actual drum set for this game, a guitar similar to GH, and a mic for the vocals. We didn't get to play it a ton, but what we did, it was well worth it. I manned the drums and picked it up fairly quick. Scotty's brother-in-law is legit at this and Guitar Hero. I've heard of people going nuts on expert and seen videos, but never in person till this weekend. It was a sight to behold, he can hang with those guys. Speaking of, there's already Rock Band vids on YouTube. I was hooked on watching those, especially the drum vids. Also, check out the kids that play Guitar Hero if you have never, the legendary 8-year old boy doing Psychobilly Freakout is excellent.

How can I leave out the best part of the trip? This was my highlight for sure, even if I'm one of just 4 people east of the Mississippi who are still diehard NBA fans. Saturday night it was time for a Celtics game and it is weird seeing my boys make national news and people actually report on them. It sure hasn't been like that for the past 15 years or so. Props to Scott for hooking us up with amazing seats. 15 rows up, dead center court, right on top of the court basically. The arena is really nice, I was big on the setup. Coming in with the best record in the NBA (who knew?), the Bobcats weren't going to lay down easily. They battled all game and it was a struggle. Ray Felton was working Rajon Rondo like no other due to Felton having the strength and also the moves to drive the paint at will. I was behind the great Tommy Heinsohn, Hall of Famer, and our color commentary announcer, he's the man. I wish I would have attempted to walk down to him and shake his hand. I'm not a big autograph person, I'd rather get a shake and talk for a few than get the signature. End of the game, Cats are up 2 and they mess up the inbound. Pierce gets the ball and fires it to Ray Allen wide open for a 3 at the buzzer, and it's good! I was going wild at that happening and half the crowd was stunned. It was strange seeing so many Celts "fans" in the crowd. I'd be willing to say that 80% at least were bandwagon hoppers, but it happens. Maybe the most exciting NBA ending I've seen in person, so that made my trip worth it and then some.

The ride home I was worn out for, but it's still always fun for a road trip. CD wise, we didn't do a whole lot, but jammed out to some older Wu Tang to start things out. After that, most of the afternoon was getting NFL scores and keeping up to date with that on sports radio. That wraps up the Charlotte trip in a nutshell. Hope you liked those ramblings. If not, that's how it goes sometimes.

Another basketball note. Last weekend I hit up the WVU basketball game with my boy Sidell. He was in from Myrtle Beach and he knew I'd be in for any kind of game if given notice. Unlike WVU football as I've mentioned recently, I hope the basketball team does fine and will keep up with them. I think they'll do well this year, nothing amazing, but they'll hold their own and surprise. Coach Huggins is going to be great to watch, he's a character. He was crazy pimped out that night, purple suit with yellow buttons. I'm curious to see his recruiting pool in the next few years. He's not afraid to bring in some total convincts. I'm not against that if the the coach is able to manage these idiots. Huggy Bear mania is running wild up there, shirts and the like are already all over Morgantown. For the non locals, keep an eye out for Joey Alexander. Everyone around here knows of the kid, but he's got some sick skills. A tall skinny dude but he can throw down with the best of them and has long arms that'll be useful. After the game, we hit up Applebee's and most of the team was there afterwards for whatever that's worth. Local legends Teddy Ballgame Talkington and Lil Jerry West, it's fun to see them be crowd favorites. Teddy has game if they give it to him, West is just out there due to his dad.

What's up with Kid Nation? To start things off, we get the results of the new elections, all districts have new leaders. DK wins the red after Guylan steps down without going to the polls. Michael takes out Larry Bahd Laurel for green. Blaine is the new yellow leader after he takes out Seinfeld. Greg is the new blue leader as he gets rid of Anjay. People are freaking out of how Greg and Blaine are together leading their districts, being dictators. Everyone says that Greg, Blaine, and DK have no respect and need to compliment people. Michael sets himself away from the other three leaders. Stuff is blowing up, good drama. Taylor bawls like a baby and says she's not working and will leave. Greg wins the upper class. Greg blows up at the gold star ceremony and the whole town wants him to change. Larry Bahd Laurel gets the gold star. Next week, they try to start up a school.

Bird's Dirty Thug Ho of the Week:

Bird's Video Moment of the Week: Hey Cakes, seen that first vid of yours you sent the other day, that's like a car wreck, bad times, but you have to watch. The second was new to me. Unfortunately, I'm not posting either of those on here, hah. I should thoug. A find from The_Freak and it's a great one. The video game fans will remember this gem. It's the Madden 92 Ambulance Montage, enjoy:

3 Quick Thangs:

1. Let's try some birthdays for Wednesday, November 28th. Paul Shaffer, David Letterman's buddy, he's now 58. Actor Ed Harris, 57. Jon Stewart does it big for his 45th. Anna Nicole Smith would've been 40 on this day. A pretty rough group, not a lot that really sets the world on fire. It happens.

2. Notre Dame football season is over at a whopping record of 3-9. My boys' first 9 loss season ever, it was brutal to watch. The question I get a lot is have I had enough with Charlie Weis? I'm on his side totally, no way does he (or will he) get ran out of town. Gotta give him some years and let him do his thing, he'll do his business and bounce back from this year.

3. It's getting about that time. Christmas card season! One of my favorite traditions in that I send out to people all over the place. I hope to do the same style I always have in the past, we'll see what goes on with that. If we still keep in touch and you're in my big address pile, I'll send out the words of wisdom. Get at me if you want on the list if you aren't already on.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Hopwood.. Always Up To No Good

Anything crazy been going on? Hopefully something out of the ordinary has been happening in your neighborhood. It's been over a week, so of course I'm going to have some stories to mention. I'll branch all of the place. Some things you're going to enjoy, some you'll probably hate like no other, but you'll still keep reading, that's the goal anyways.

Last Saturday it was a trip to Red Lobstah in Uniontown with the bunch. We rolled 12 deep: Me, Mudcat, Spank, Fortney, Abbey, Ozzie, Maria, Kari, Cakes, Mills, Darren, and Darren's chick. It's always a trip worth making and I'm never one to pass down food trips, even if I'm a little guy. I loaded up with the lobstah skewers, grilled shrimp skewers, baked potato with sour cream and butter, salad, and a bunch of high quality biscuits. Unfortunately, there were leftover biscuits, not acceptable, but I did my part. My food received a big thumbs up though, I was happy.

I get my bill at the end of the night and me and Spank get fired up. How so? They put gratuity on there. I realize it's on there since some bums won't tip, but that's just an insult to my face. I always tip nice since nobody gives the waitress any credit and wants to complain about everything. It's nothing major, but I just like to hook them up for a job well done. If I get gratuity on the bill, they get that exact amount and not a penny more. I know what you're thinking, why let it bother me and why not just add my normal tip on there to begin with? Because they probably looked at us, rolling in with regular dirty clothes and figured we wouldn't pay up. Their loss I say, our money is just as good as the rich guy sitting across from us. Not like it would've been a ton more of a tip, but it's just the principle. We can't be the only people that think this way.

Road trips are always fun. On the way back, with my superb driving skills, I get lost. Imagine that. I drove and in my car was Spank and Mudcat, so we had a fun time regardless. We missed our exit and then took the next one, the right thing to do, correct? Well, we get off the ramp and there's no opposite bound on-ramp to get back where we were. We ended up having to drive around through the city of Hopwood in the mean streets. I'm not sure how mean, but we drove around a good half hour through the city to backtrack to Uniontown and then start the journey again. I randomly asked how many Shinnston people my boys thought have ever been in Hopwood. Spank comes back with 7 as his guess. A few seconds later, Mud is calling Fortney on the phone to tell him we missed the exit and Spank did the same with Ozzie, letting them know we are fools. Ozzie ends up telling Spank that he bought a car in Hopwood before, the irony around here. Hopwood, always up to no good, throwing up H's.

Now we jump into two weeks worth of Kid Nation. First off, even if you're not a fan, I think you'll like this section. Maybe you can even give it a try like some I'm about to write have, for good or bad. At least an edition we're showing this week after my writeup, The_Freak's Advice on Crying Kiddies. The oldest of the two episodes we'll talk about, November 7th started with the kids getting bored. It's weird how we're just now seeing some kids that we haven't seen all year until this episode. Who is Natasha and Migle? And what kind of name is Migle? The showdown has the teams chewing gum. Then they spit the gum out into the hand of their leader and they make a collage of gum with a color key. Strange I know, but I just write about it. Green gets first class for the only time ever. Gold star to Kennedy the Kentucky wacky girl. She was the first to call her parents and they actually seemed excited the kid won $20,000. The other families are rich kids and their parents treat it as pocket change. Divad gets pissed she hasn't been given the start yet. Next week, the teams get changed around.

Next week is here and what happens? The council leaders are giventhe option to pick another person from the opposite teams they want. Nate Dogg, who we think likes boys, goes to the red squad. Emily (Fattie Chicken Pants as The_Freak would call her) is traded to blue. Blaine, one of the big kids, he's sent to yellow to be the work horse. Green team doesn't pick any changes since they feel their team is rock solid. The challenge this week is a fairness deal. They have four groups and have to try to carry 1 ton of rocks over the line. To get the reward, they need to get the 1 ton. The first to get to the line will win the challenge, but if they did that quick, the other groups would turn on them for being selfish. No group tries to be selfish and they still don't get the reward. Randi taps out and wants to go home. Blaine wins the gold star. Re-elections next week and it looks like big drama.

A short thing on new people giving the show a try. Cakes admitted the other day at Red Lobstah that he tried to watch a few episodes. He said after that, he couldn't do it anymore and didn't get into it. That's an honest dude right there, I have to respect that. Then my girl Jas watched last week's episode online and was hooked right away. It's worth a try. With that quick intro, it's time to delve into The_Freak's Advice on Crying Kiddies, for those with virgin ears, beware, we're going uncensored:

The_Freak (8:20:19 PM): They need a damn fight

The_Freak (8:25:08 PM): Isn't that the broad that loses every week?
The_Freak (8:25:13 PM): ...every single week

The_Freak (8:42:17 PM): Yeah Zach, you're a pimp with your jeri curl and mullato dick sucking lips

The_Freak (8:52:03 PM): Why are they crying?
The_Freak (8:52:07 PM): Does she have AIDS?
The_Freak (8:52:21 PM): Bitch ass motherfuckers crying

The_Freak (8:55:53 PM): It's hard to take a guy seriously when he wears a yellow ski hat.

I was hanging in my room the other day and Mom comes up and says, "You have a message from Mario." I was thinking, Mario who? So I check the phone messages and it's from Super Mario himself, she thought that was something else, cracked me up too. It's a message telling me to pick up the game. I already had it on reserve, but was funny I got a call for that from a recording. "It's me, it's-a Mario!" Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii. I know I'm a Wii biased person, but this game is very addicting after the first few days. The controls are smooth, nice storyline, game play is easy to get hooked on, no complaints yet.

The English group at my school was reading The Outsiders over the past few weeks. At the end of it, they got to watch the movie, old school style, circa 1983. Anyways, that movie is really good for those who haven't seen it in a while. The storyline is worth it alone. The thing that surprises me is the star power that movie had. In it you get the likes of Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Ralph "Daniel San" Macchio, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane, and C. Thomas Howell just to name a few. That's big time. I just thought it was worth mentioning.

It's time for an update on CDs to see what we can add to the collection. We go all rap with one R&B this time. Most of these I just got and haven't had time to listen, so can't give a full review.

Chris Brown: Exclusive. I start off with some pimpin' R&B. Sure, he's a kid, but he's still talented I think. As far as dancing goes, and this has nothing to do with whether the CD is good or not, he's about as good as it gets. Michael Jackson is still the best to ever do it, even if he likes little boys and turned himself white, but Brown does a nice Jackson impression.

Cassidy: B.A.R.S. (The Barry Adrian Reese Story). Some quality lyrics on this, Cassidy can spit with the best of them. The thing I'm not quite as big with him is that he tries to do too many club songs. Then again, that is what sells, so I guess I can't argue his theory. Cassidy's best stuff is probably his freestyle battles against Freeway, legendary. Speaking of Freeway, he has a CD coming out soon and I'm way pumped for that.

Daz Dillinger: Gangsta Party. Yep, that same Daz you're thinking of. Daz from the DPG. He has several solo projects and most seem to be good. It doesn't line up with his mid 90s work with Kurupt, but that's a tough level to make it back to.

Jay-Z: American Gangster. I never was a Jay-Z guy. People are all on his nads like he's one of the best ever, I just don't see it. He's good, but I just think he's overrated. An excellent businessman, but not elite as far as rappers go. That's just my opinion. Then again, I'm saying this and have all of his CDs, go figure. This one here has a lot of the American Gangster movie influences in it. I'll give credit where it's due here, this CD is pretty good. Plus, you can't go wrong with Nas and Lil Wayne on the album. Weird how Nas dropped what is possibly the greatest diss track ever in Ether against Jay-Z years ago, and now they work together.

Playaz Circle: Supply & Demand. These are Ludacris' boys and have been around for a minute, but haven't really been mainstream till recently. The song you know would be Duffle Bag Boy featuring Lil Wayne. That's one awesome track by the way. Members of this group? Tity Boi and Dolla Boy, go figure.

RBX: Broken Silence. If you're a fan of the greatest album ever made (Dr. Dre's The Chronic), you'll know RBX for sure. A few lines of his voice and you know it's him right away. A few famous lines the rap fans know of his? "I drop bombs like Hiroshima" and "Seven execution style murders, I have no remorse because.." Solo he doesn't really made a name for himself, but he's still living like it's 1992 all over again.

JR's Rant of the Week: "Wait a minute! What the hell.. Finley is getting in the ring! That's too much! Mysterio! And MVP in! Kane in! And Big Daddy V on the outside! My god! This is a barroom brawl! This is completely out of control here!"

Bird's Dirty Thug Ho of the Week:

Bird's Video Moment of the Week: This is a find from ManDingo. Sports fans will appreciate this. Football announcer Verne Lundquist cranking dat Soulja Boy.

3 Quick Thangs:

1. We haven't had birthdays in a good while. In that case, let's go Friday, November 16th: We didn't pick a good day, one of the worst ever. No huge star on this one. Golfer Corey "The Rat" Pavin, 48. British boxer Frank Bruno, famous for getting rocked by Mike Tyson, he's 46. Doc Gooden, he's all coked up somewhere while being 43. Cosby Show girl, Lisa Bonet, 40. Skater Oksana Baiul, 30. Rough times on this list.

2. I don't get this Tila Tequila chick at all. People, guys and girls alike, think she's actually hot? She's a mess I think, maybe I'm in the minority thinking that. She doesn't do a thing for me.

3. Conversion! I've gotten on rants before on how many WVU football fans act in my area. It's not all, but I don't have to explain myself. In a nutshell, every single year they think they can beat the world and let you know about it. Yet they schedule the School of the Deaf and Blind and teams like that on much of their schedule. No, I'm not arguing that Notre Dame is better, my boys would get creamed by WVU this year. My guys are one of the worst in the entire nation. Still, a lot of them just keep whining on how great they are, blah blah. My boy Spank had enough the other day and finally realized what I've been saying for years. This week? He's loading up on Notre Dame gear, good times. And with those good times, I'll see you in a week or two for more action!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Can of Ass Whip

Today's subject comes from The_Freak, courtesy of Santino Marella on RAW this past week.

You know what I like? It's when I gear up for a blog and have a bunch of topics to break down. The only tough thing about that is how much space to give to each topic and better yet, decide what topics to put at the top of the post. If I start out the wrong way, half the people are going to get bored and find something else to look at online. Give it a chance, you can put away the porn for a few minutes, we all gotta take a break every now and then. As I always say, there's something in here for everyone, we go worldwide. Time to giddy up..

It's time to jam like no other. That's right, I loaded up on Guitar Hero III for the Wii last week. If you're a fan of the older ones, you need this one because it delivers. 70+ songs and the track list is unreal, some very good choices from today's era and also hits of old. I think I'm a good Guitar Hero player, but nothing amazing. Some of the YouTube videos on people playing is just insane, I love watching that stuff. Also, Slash is involved with this one, so it's legit. I played Metallica's One last night and it's a chore. It wore me out, but when you get done playing it, if you don't get booed off the stage, you're jacked up. Yeah, I realize me and my buddies are nearly 30 years old and spend our time bugging our eyes out on Guitar Hero, but we could be doing much worse. It's way addicting. While reading a message board on GHIII, I read a thing that one dude played 14 hours straight and then had to go work 2 jobs after that. Then another had to ice his hand down from playing so much. That cracks me up good, but it's worthy. The game gets my stamp of approval. Go buy it now if you have a Wii, 360, PS3, and PS2. On a sidenote, as I bought GHIII, I reserved Super Mario Galaxy. It comes out in about a week and looks smooth. Mario has been around for ages and in almost every case, the game is as advertised, you can't go wrong.

Last year, I hit up movies all the time. This year, not so much unfortunately. Saturday night I was due though, so I went with my boy Spank to see American Gangster. I'm a big Denzel fan and his movies are always quality, so maybe I'm biased. Anyways, an unbelievable movie that is a must see. The plot is an actual true story and if you know a little about it, the movie will go into it even more. A funny thing we laughed about was how some parents were bringing their kids to this movie. We saw a couple bring in 2 girls that looked to be about 8 years old. The very first scene, before the title even appears, someone gets their head blown off. After that it gets mean and f-bombs galore, good times. Still, what idiot parents are out there. They'll see that stuff soon enough anyways, but take em to some kiddie movie. I went on a tangent there, but make sure you go see this movie. For the rap and R&B fans, you'll get to see parts done by Common, T.I., and Anthony Hamilton. So far, within 5 minutes of your time that I've taken to read this, I've recommended buying GHIII and seeing Denzel be a straight up ruthless gangsta. You're still on his side all movie, even though he plays a "bad" guy. Russell Crowe does a fine job in this movie too.

A few weeks ago was the epic A#BA Draft. For those that aren't on the up and up, that's the #basketball 20-man keeper fantasy NBA league. Yes, you read that right. 20 people in this league, it's the most competitive online league out there, bar none. The NBA fan base seems like it dwindles down each season. I know in my area, it's basically composed of the 12 dudes in the EDDFL you read about last week, my money league that I run. Outside of that, nobody around here as a clue about NBA, it's a sad thing, but I'm not about to let it die. The passion I have for the NBA has always been top notch. You're also probably wondering what my squad is going into this season. The first five dudes are my keepers and after that is what I went with on Draft Day. Ladies and gentlemennnn, this is youuurrrrr Memphis Sounds:

1. Dwyane Wade: Miami
2. Andre Iguodala: Philadelphia
3. Danny Granger: Indiana
4. Eddy Curry: New York
5. Andrew Bynum: LA Lakers
6. Mike Conley Jr: Memphis
7. Udonis Haslem: Miami
8. Marco Belinelli: Golden State (Dude is Rocky Balboa, circa 1976, a spitting image)
9. Antoine Walker: Minnesota
10. Stevie Francis: Houston
11. Renaldo Balkman: New York
12. Jason Smith: Philadelphia

What went down on Kid Nation last week? Our favorite Jared, is mad that Divad (what kind of name is that?) on the red team is selling snacks for cheap that she got out of the kitchen. He goes on a warpath and wrecks her table and flips out. That's good TV and it started out right away. After that, the council finds treasure money. Instead of giving it to everyone, they end up buying things they thought they all could use: baseball bats, balls, and whatever else. Jared starts to sell homemade necklaces and loads up on the money. With his money, he buys a lot of clothes to look like a pimp and even has the hat as he struts around Bonanza City. Nate Dogg, this weird home school kid gets the gold star. Greg dogged Nate all season until Nate manned up and earned his respect. Nobody cried and went home this week. Talent show this week coming up.

Some are asking how the MILF scene went on Halloween night. This year, the numbers were down. The quality was also way down. On my street, it was me and 2 other houses giving out candy. Usually our street is packed with people giving, but my neighbors turned into bums. So what would happen is that these lazy little kids wouldn't walk down my street as much since there were just a few of us with candy. No wonder West Virginia is always among the fattest states in the country. One kid did have a Guitar Hero costume though, he won my pick for most creative. Had the guitar strapped to him and dressed as an 80s hair band rocker. Other than that, there wasn't a lot that really stood out as being original. And the MILFs that were out, most of the ones that looked good on first appearance, had a cig dangling out of her mouth. Bad times right there, that'll get ya crossed of my list in about 0.3 second.

JR's Weekly Rant from a week ago:
"King do ya hear that? What the hell is the Chairman talking about? Next week! One night only! The return of DX! What a night it's gonna be in Los Angeles! Stone Cold! DX! Monday Night RAW! We'll see ya next week everybody!"

Bird's Dirty Thug Ho of the Week: This one really isn't too hot, but she's fairly filthy, so she'll work.

Bird's Video Moment of the Week: Time to give credit to my girl Mustang in the mean streets of Michigan. Can't ever go wrong with funny guido vids:

3 Quick Thangs:

1. We'll hit birthdays again soon enough, but we'll take a commercial break and go to The_Freak's Words of Wisdom. Kind of like my barber's words, some quality advice: "Delaware beat Navy, which beat Notre Dame, which beat UCLA, which beat California, which beat Oregon, which is No. 3 in the latest Bowl Championship Series rankings."

2. Today's far out there fact of the day: It is illegal to hunt camels in Arizona. True story. Who hunts camels anyways?

3.About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30.