Thursday, March 26, 2009

Terlingua Chili Cookoff 1989

Today's topic is sponsored by none other than The_Freak. All credit goes to him.

Here we are with our last post from the month of March. In a few months, we'll rock out 5 years in this place, how time flies. Some of you have been around for the whole ride, whether that's an accomplishment or just showing how bored you might be on the internet, that's fine by me either way. What's the plan for today's post? We'll talk about a little roadtrip to Pennsylvania, hick accents, dumb Subway girls, fantasy baseball, a movie review, and much more. How's that for a mix of topics? It's weeks like these that the blog just writes itself and I can kick back.

Everyone knows I'm a huge wrestling fan and that I'll never grow up in that aspect. So be it, I like what I like. This past Friday, it was a mini road trip that I was due for. Along for the ride was my boy Spank as we headed north to scenic Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. It's in the Pittsburgh area, but for as much as I'm actually in the city of Pittsburgh, I've never been to Elizabeth. It's about 20 minutes away from the city. It reminded me a lot of home as that it's a small town with not a lot going on. The high school there is rock solid. It was nicer than most college campuses around here it seems. Oh, you're wondering why I went to Elizabeth, my bad. I did write that last week though, it was for a Ring of Honor wrestling show. I've made a few ROH trips to Cleveland before and you get your money's worth. This is their first trip to the Pittsburgh area in quite a while. I won't ramble as much on the wrestling side with details as I know that can bore people, but a few stories from the day I found interesting..

We have directions to the place, but it's basically off back roads and the like. I'm not one that is afraid to ask for directions. I know that's not a manly thing to do, but I'll ask and risk looking like an idiot to get my answer. Plus, doing that, it gives me an excuse to meet some characters that you might not otherwise. We pulled into this tire shop connected to an Exxon. We see a dude in there I'd guess his late 50s. We tell him where we are going and he knows exactly where it's at. This guy then became so animated in telling us directions that it was a sight to see. When we left, Spank said he was biting his tongue so hard not to literally laugh in this guy's face. He said if I would've looked at him at that point, he would have. The best thing about this guy's directions is that he gave precise directions. He was naming every little store and turn that we'd come across like we knew these little hometown shops. Coming from out of the area, that'd normally be tough to find, but this dude wasn't messing around. See, it pays to ask for directions, that guy started things right for the night.

We didn't have much time to kill before the show, so we hit up a nearby Subway. We may have encountered two of the dumbest girls I've seen in a long time. They're on the list anyways. Nice girls, but that won't get them far. Why do I say that? I'm ordering my sub and one chick says, "You're not from around here are you?" I said not really, but I'm just two hours south, so not that far out of range. She then gives us the comment that we get everywhere we go. She said we had huge southern accents and was just wondering. I know I sound like a big hick, but they must never talk to someone from way deep down south. Either way, it cracks me up that our accents are so different just a few hours away. If that's not enough, after the southern accent comment, she thought we were from Indiana. Indiana? Seriously girl? That's midwest, but our guess was that she must've thought Indiana was in the south? Who knows, poor girl. Learn some geography people.

Still at Subway, that store gave us a few more stories. Her buddy was helping make the subs and I give her my card that keeps track of your Subway points as I pay. She then says a penny is left on it. I'm sitting there thinking, it's not a cash card, it just keeps track of points for free subs, pretty simple. So what does she do? She throws it away and says it'd be pointless to just keep the penny. Like at the tire center, this time I was the one that could barely hold on to not busting out laughing at these girls. I had to explain to her basically how to do her job, which I did in a fun and joking around way. It didn't bother me, but more amused me than anything else. She then gets it out of the garbage and sits it down right in front of her. A few seconds later after she takes my money, she's in a panic looking for my card. I let her search and then point out that it's right in front of her, doh. Another thing one of them did: I ordered some new kind of ham sub. I asked what all was included on it, thinking she would tell me the basics which that particular sub offers. Nope, what does she do this time? She points to the picture with all of the condiments and says that I can pick whatever. Thanks for enlightening me with that bright piece of information, idiot. These girls were either that out of it or my southern charm worked, hah. I'll say they were that out of it.

We finally get to the show and the setup was pretty nice. It was in a fairly new building and I was a fan of that. For anyone who hasn't been to good independent wrestling before, you're missing out. You get your money's worth at these shows and then some, just minutes upon being there. We have nice seats there and Spank made a comment that was sad but true. He jokes that 97% of the people in the crowd were obese and it was ridiculous. I don't expect to see the world's healthiest people at a wrestling show obviously, but is it really that tough to stay in at least halfway ok shape? I've said it before, but it can't be fun to be that big and then give up on yourself without even trying to better yourself. Maybe I'm weird on that. Spank's 97% comment was pretty accurate. We saw some amazing matches that night. Our favorite was easily Austin Aries taking on Roderick Strong. They put on a clinic. The main event of KENTA and El Generico taking on Nigel McGuinness (current ROH World Champion) and Davey Richards. This was my first time seeing KENTA (yes, spelled in caps) and he's impressive. Everyone in that match held their own and brought it. Then we had the best wrestler in the world today, Bryan Danielson taking on Mike Quackenbush. It was also my first time seeing Quack in person, one of indy wrestling's best. A technical war right here and these guys are veterans of the game. Search around for ROH DVDs or even go to a show, you won't be disappointed one bit.

We're on our way home and stop at a gas station to find some road food. I wanted something to drink and out of nowhere they have protein shakes in there. At a gas station? Go figure. Due to the weirdness of that, we loaded up on some Muscle Milk. I got Strawberries 'N Creme and it's out of this world good. It's a 14 ounce shake and it has 25 grams of protein inside as well as all the other vitamins you'd need. It's a bit expensive, but as far as taste and what you get, it's awesome. There is a funny story at the same gas station. As I was paying, I noticed this older woman behind me. Inside the store, there was an ATM machine in there. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? She had this weird voice to begin with and was wondering if they had an ATM machine in the place. It was only less than 10 feet away from her, but I guess she didn't look, but how she asked it is good stuff. Don't you just say he letters, A, T, and M when you are associating that? Not her. "Do you have an Adam machine?" I guess that's how I'd type out how she'd pronounce it without just saying the letters. Who does that? The worker looked at her like she was nuts and I was walked out the door busting out.

I haven't done a movie review in a while, so I might as well jump in with that. The movie in question? Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. To begin with, this movie enticed me enough just because it's based on the video game, but with a twist. Also, Street Fighter is the best fighting game of all time, I won't even argue that. Sure, I like Mortal Kombat and those, but they can't compare to Street Fighter in my mind. To date myself, it didn't get much better at the arcades when the place was packed and you were just demolishing everyone who stepped up in the game to do battle. Once the crowd gathered around the arcade, you knew you were tearing things up and people would get amped. Even if you're not a fan of video game and don't even know of it, you can still watch the movie. The storyline was nice, I'll give it that, but I wish the fight scenes were a bit better. Overall, this wasn't great, but I am still partial. The girl who played Chun-Li (Kristin Kreuk) did a pretty good job as did Bison (Neal McDonough) and Balrog (Michael Clarke Duncan). Duncan is 51 years old and the dude is jacked out of his mind, he's a freak. Chris Klein however, he was a terrible cast call for this movie. With all of that said, I'm giving this one 6.1 hadoukens out of 10. Shouryuken! I say if you're a fan of SF, go for it. If not, stay away.

I'll end with a quick deal on fantasy baseball. I'm in two leagues this year. Anymore than that, I wouldn't feel like I'd give my undivided attention to each. One is a 30-man keeper league that is crazy deep and it's called Chin Music. We have a roster of 55 players and it branches down to the low minors. You have to track your salary cap, contract years, etc. It's intense. Then we get to the big daddy, also known as A#BL. This is an 18-man keeper league with the #basketball/Lobstah group of ours that has been around for quite a while. Enough of that, it's time to list my team. In my opinion, I think I have the best infield in the league. I have a strategy every year, whether wrong or right, I tend to draft youth and potential. I also love average and speed and am not as big on homers as everyone else seems to be. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2009 St. Paul Apostles:

1. David Wright: 3B (Mets) *Keeper*
2. Johan Santana: SP (Mets) *Keeper*
3. Brandon Phillips: 2B (Reds) *Keeper*
4. Prince Fielder: 1B (Brewers) *Keeper*
5. Justin Upton: OF (Diamondbacks) *Keeper*
6. Stephen Drew: SS (Diamondbacks)
7. Jayson Werth: OF (Phillies)
8. Chien-Ming Wang: SP (Yankees)
9. Adam "Pacman" Jones: OF (Orioles)
10. Dioner Navarro: C (Rays)
11. Jair Jurrjens: SP (Braves)
12. Denard Span: OF (Twins)
13. Wandy Rodriguez: SP (Astros)
14. Kendry Morales: 1B/OF (Angels)
15. Grant Balfour: RP (Rays)
16. Brad Ziegler: RP (Athletics)
17. Gaby Sanchez: 1B (Marlins)
18. Juan Pierre: OF (Dodgers)
19. Asdrubal Cabrera: 2B (Indians)
20. Cory Wade: RP (Dodgers)

Birds' Dirty Thug Ho of the Week: We're going to the true Dirty Dirty in the ATL.

Bird's Video Moment of the Week: Hood Fight! These are usually priceless. The punches these guys throw are pretty pathetic. There's even a guy with a Cookie Monster backpack there. Then one busts out some brass knuckles. Entertainment right here.

3 Quick Thangs:

1. Let's try some birthdays for Friday, March 27th. Who are we rolling out onto our carpet? Director Quentin Tarantino (more famous for Pulp Fiction, but go watch Reservoir Dogs right now) is 46. Footballer Randall Cunningham, also 46. You want another at 46? That'd be Easy Ed Pinckney of Celtics and Villanova 1985 fame. One of wrestling's all time greats, Kenta Kobashi, 42. We have who still ranks as probably the hottest celebrity in my mind, Mariah Carey, 39. I'll leave that for arguments. Staying on the singing path, we have Fergie who is 34 and I wouldn't have guessed quite that old. Brenda Song of Zack and Cody, 21.

2. You know what is underrated? Sunflower seeds. That's right, a good time killer and the taste is good too. Right now I'm chowing down on some David brand and it has to be original. None of the weird flavors for me. Softball season they come in handy too and we'll be playing again near summer, which I'll update everyone on of course.

3. Today's fact that you might not be aware of? The placement of a donkey's eyes in its head, enables it to see all four feet at all times.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

High Heels, Tough Love, & Coach Goes Nuts!

You know what's bad times? That's when you have part of your blog typed up and it vanishes into thin air. I was typing up some of it and saved it at work. Then when I come home to load it up, I had a page already saved as well from what I worked on with a draft. I forgot to load the one from work and saved the home version and there ya go, gone. Oh well, time to start this beast over. So what's been happening lately? This week we celebrated green for St. Patrick's Day. Everyone knows I wear that just about everyday between my Celtics and Notre Dame gear, so that was just an excuse to wear it more and let the world know of the rough years I suffered through with the Celtics to now where I can wear champion merchandise. Another thing, people are asking where this week's blog is at. When that happens, I best get to typing before someone comes and goes all Chris Brown on me. Let's get it going!

Some of the local people saw this story earlier in the week. I was sitting at the table, minding my business and tearing into some homemade spaghetti and meatballs. It doesn't get much better than that if you ask me. The parents had the local news on and I check it out on a fairly regular basis. As far as national news, I could care less about that garbage. I just don't find that stuff interesting, for it's the same stories everyday. Anyways, as I'm sitting there eating, they have a story on port-a-potty systems and how they are cleaned. I know they need to be cleaned, but our news crew actually gets the camera deep inside the pot to show you what's up. For real now? We all know what's in there, no reason to show that mess. I'm not one that freaks out over that stuff like some may, but they could've went without that for sure. Only in West Virginia. That's the level of news we get here. In actual cities you get your crime news, murders, and all of that. Then again, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else at the moment. Blahah though mentioned on our message board that he read a piece that says West Virginia is the unhappiest state at the moment. If you were wondering, yes, I finished my plate of spaghetti.

I'm on a decent running schedule as of late. Enough to keep me going aside from also playing ball and working out regularly. I was down on my town's trail where I do most of my running. One thing I never understood was dogs. Not so much dogs in general, but exercise and dogs. I can see if you take your dogs to the trail and walk them leisurely. A few people on Wednesday when I ran though, they're actually running along with their dogs on a leash. That seems to work for a bit of time and then the dog will give up, wizz on a tree, or be an all around idiot to screw up your running pace. I don't even have a dog, but just seeing this drives me wild. Maybe I'm weird, but when I'm a run, I'm not out there goofing around and having something mess up my pace. But for the people who can keep that pace with the dog, more power to em. Maybe they're just happy to get out there at half speed, but that's not me. This week though, I saw this chick that was about 45 and a dude pushing 60. To me, that's great to see people of that age actually getting it going with a run and actually putting some effort into it. Women especially, you barely see any young ones run in my area, let alone in the 40s and 50s, so I have to give credit where it's due. Not all of them can run like Kristen in Germany, who is featured again later in the blog.

Now a trip to the gas station. No certain one, just a gas station. It could be in Alaska, Iowa, even New Hampshire. You get the picture. You're there pumping your heart away at the station and look to see the price of the day. You're stuck paying it regardless, so people that complain about gas prices, what's it going to do anyways? The other day it was $1.99 here for the cheap stuff. When you go to most places, it posts the prices exact. For example, it'll say $1.99 9/10. Basically you're paying $2.00. The same theory behind store prices for anything is what I compare it to. Why is something $49.99? Why not just a cool even $50 to make it look all easy to deal with? It doesn't matter at all in the end, but it's just strange to me. I know to some people people look at that as being less than $50 and maybe that sells them, who knows. I just like things easy and straight to the point. Nine tenths of a penny? Come on people. You can't even factor that out. Also at gas stations, a thumbs down to pumps that don't have the piece that you can lock in that will pump it automatically to fill it up without you holding on.

Here's one I'll give an opinion on from my personal perspective. High heels on girls. Why would I talk about this? Why not? It keeps you on your toes, this instance, literally. I know I'm definitely in the minority, but high heels on a girl don't do a whole lot for me. It seems awkward to me and although it may look good in a skirt, I'm not a huge fan one way or the other. Besides, I don't need a girl looking to present herself as a giant. That's not attractive to me, but I know some guys go wild for that. I'll chalk high heels up with bright red lipstick on my scale of overrated things. Most times though, the chicks feel more sexy in heels or whatever, but I'm fairly easy to please. No heels unless necessary if you're asking me, but again, what do I know? Not a lot.

It's that time of year. What would that be? Even if you're not a college basketball fan, you know what it's all about. We're down to the 64 teams to fight it out till their death. Well, not that intense, but you know what I'm after. I always love picking brackets, but for the past several years, I've done fairly horrible. A lot of it is luck of course, but I'm one that tends to pick a few extra upsets than your average guy. Also, I'm not one that picks 10 different brackets. I'm in a few different ones and stick with the same bracket in all. As Mike Greenberg would say, I go for the integrity. Golic goes for the cash, but I wouldn't be able to keep track of different brackets and it wouldn't be fun since you'd be rooting against yourself in some cases. Most won't care, but I'm going to reveal my picks just because. I'll go from my Elite 8 and down. There I have Louisville, Michigan State, UConn, Marquette, Florida State, Nova, UNC, and Syracuse. Final Four time and it's Michigan State against UConn and FSU versus UNC. Finals I have UNC over Michigan State, 85-73. Yeah, a homer pick, I know. There ya go, free advice to bet on the games with. Take it and do what you wish, I'm sure my bracket will be messed up by this weekend.

Idol this week? We're now down to 10 people. That's the number that goes on tour for the summer, so that is locked in. I've been money lately. For the past 3 weeks, I've been right on who has been booted. I'm usually not good at that stuff, but maybe it's a sign. This week, Pink Hair Alexis gets send packing. Now she'll be online way too much like the rest of us with nothing better to do. I wasn't big on her, but I know a decent amount of people backed her. At this point, I think Gokey is the favorite. I like him though, he's cool with me. The two I'm rooting for at this point more than him would be Anoop Dogg as I wrote about before and Emo Adam. He's a weirdo, but I think he's talented. If you saw this week's performance, it was way over the top and straight up strange, I'll admit. At the end of this week's show, mom was talking to one of her 85 year old buddies. The old woman wanted to know who I was rooting for and we had basically the same people, so she was pumped. Old people rock. Listen to em, you might learn something.

A new TV show recommendation for people like me who have too much time on their hands. This one was sent along to me by The_Freak and I figured I'd give it a chance on the opening week. On Sunday nights, tune in to VH1 and watch Tough Love. If you're all about the crazy drama on TV that serves no purpose other than entertainment, this is for you. This show has a group of chicks who are trying to find the right guy or learn more about themselves. I'm not even sure of the entire concept. Either way, the host is a guy and he gives his honest opinions to these chicks who are mostly hot. They're the types that can basically get a guy to get with them anytime they want, but nobody takes seriously. It's too honest for some, but that's what these girls signed up on the show for. They wouldn't hear that in the general population for the most part since they get by on being hot. The host holds nothing back at all and you get your money's worth, at least from the first episode. I could see some getting offended by this show, but it's a good watch, give it a whirl if you're all about crazy drama and people whining. That's some good TV watching if you ask me.

What does the next blog hold in store for all? I'm not quite sure and that's always the joy of writing these things up. It all depends on what strange and out there things that happen in my world which I can ramble on about. I do have a little road trip planned for Friday though, for it's a wrestling trip. I'm off to Elizabeth, Pennsylvania after work for a Ring of Honor Wrestling show. I've been to several ROH shows in Cleveland, but the return to the Pittsburgh area is back and I can't be anymore pumped. I won't bore you with too much wrestling talk, but if you're a wrestling fan, you know of ROH for sure, they're that good. Some of the greatest wrestling there is, bar none. Also, it features in my opinion, the best wrestler in the world today, Bryan Danielson. Most haven't heard of him if you're just a mainstream fan and that's a shame, but look him up, he's no joke. It's time to get educated on Danielson. Other than that, we'll find something in the mix to talk about next week. Send me some ideas and I'll always consider.

Bird's Dirty Thug Ho of the Week: Arizona Jas is taking the week off from giving us a new girl. In her place, we go to Germany Kristen for this week's edition. This chick has a good body, I'll give her that, but the face, ouch. I won't bash it too much, but you'll see what I mean. Hard to tell what the guy from Tough Love would be saying.

Bird's Video Moment of the Week: The locals will know this guy for sure, but I'll introduce the clip to the masses. Coach Basile, son of legendary Angelo Basile, as he puts on quite the show at high school basketball games in West Virginia. It's 8 minutes worth of excellence, one of my favorite vids in a while. We're talking dropkicks, beating his head on the scorer's table, getting his crowd all riled up, running onto the court, and the whole works. Even with that, the guy is a real good coach. I've watched it a good 10 times at least already. You won't be disappointed. This is for everyone, basketball fan or not. Enjoy.

3 Quick Thangs:

1. I haven't plugged any other blogs lately, so it's time for that. Cali Jas, a regular in here, she's was out of the posting fun for a month and a half. After a little break, she's back in action and we might as well make mention of that since you people obviously have reading time on your hands if you're reading my stuff. She disappointed me with the Slumdog review, but our movie reviews are always completely opposite, so that makes it fun. How can you walk out on that movie? For shame, hah. Anyways, go here if you get a chance. Drop a comment off on her blog if you want to as well, it only takes a second:

2. Why not hit up some birthdays for Friday, March 20th? That's also the first day of spring. Mr. Rogers would've been 81 today. Hall of Fame basketball coach Pat Riley, architect of the 1980s Showtime Lakers, 64 and some of the greasiest hair you'll ever see. Hockey great Bobby Orr, 61. Director Spike Lee, 52. Actress Holly Hunter, she goes for her 51st. Sports Illustrated model Kathy Ireland, 46 and still looking pretty good. Chester Bennington, vocalist for Linkin Park and known for his tats, 33. Nick Wheeler, guitarist for the All-American Rejects, 27. That's about all I have on that end. It's a day past and I've already told her, but we'd like to wish Cousin Kari a Happy 25th for she celebrated that on Wednesday!

3. Today's fact to feast on that I didn't know, but most of you probably already do.. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Gangsta Leanin' At The Car Wash

We're back after a little over a week. As I always say, when people start wondering where the latest edition is, I better get the fingers typing like a madman to get some topics in. Either that or risk the mob looting my house as they drive up in a black Caddy filled with greasy haired dudes with ball bats. What will go down during this second week of March? We'll hit up automatic car washes in what I think will get a decent reaction for something that you wouldn't expect to be good, dogs getting zapped, an update on the Celebrity Deathpool, Idol's Top 13, and whatever else we can push in. It's time to get started..

Here's one to throw in that no common sense category. The topic? Automatic car washes. First off, in my opinion, these things are garbage. It speaks highly on the lazy scale. I guess if you wanted a quick fix and wanted to spend 10 times what it's worth, it's all you. Me personally, I'd rather do it myself and it turns out much better anyways. Plus you save money. Now onto the story. I got a call from one of my aunts the other day and the guy that normally washes her car said it was supposed to rain and he wasn't going to take her money in a rain situation. Good dude, I gotta respect that. Due to that, she asks me a big favor, if I'd take her car and run it through the wash. Granted, this is one of my older aunts, not the ones most of you are probably thinking. It is only about a mile from my house, so I figured I'd drive it down there, run it through, and be back home. It seems easy enough, right?

I've ran my car through an automatic one time in my entire life. I wanted to try it just because and see what the hype was. By the time it was done and what you spend, it wasn't worth it to me. It didn't even wash it all. I know most of your areas have had these for years, but my little town has only had it for a couple if that. The place I go to had options from $5 up to $8 for the big daddy. My aunt said she didn't matter which one I picked and to go for the best they had. I put in $8 and the robot voice tells me to pull through. I drive up where the lines are and the green light is still saying "go" inside the bay. I pull up right to where I thought I needed to be and the green go light was on. I then thought for a second that maybe that machine just took my money and it was still telling the guy that went before me to pull out and cruise town. I then put it in reverse and drive back through to the end of the bay. No luck yet, still green for go. I must've backed in and out of that bay 5 times. If someone was watching me during this, they would've had a great laugh. The scene is now set and I can't believe I'm about to go into my 3rd paragraph on automatic car washes.

I'm starting to get a little fired up and realize how much I hate these things and was about to pull it in the next bay and do it myself. I then put in $8 again (this time, out of my own pocket) and try to drive through. I feel like I'm driving too far into this thing and didn't want to scrape anything. I go to a point that I couldn't back out of next and finally! Yep, the little indicator tells me to stop, imagine that. Idiot me was only about a foot behind where I needed to be to begin with. Any normal person would've been able to figure these things out, but apparently I screwed it all up. In the end, the car was clean, but not impressive to me. The aunt liked it and that happened to one of my good deeds of the week, minus $8 from my own pocket, nice. That's what I get for having zero common sense I guess. Who else can mess up an automatic car wash?

I was at Posey's on Saturday night for the latest UFC extravaganza, UFC 96. I won't bore anyone with going through the entire card, but it was a nice show indeed. It had a ton of knockouts and guys getting lit up. The main event for anyone that didn't check by now, Rampage beat Keith Jardine by decision in what was a pretty good match. Anyways, I've talked about Posey's crazy dogs before. They're like the other characters that randomly pop up in the blog and you remember them. I go up there for the pay per view and the craziest dog of the two (Dexter) is just out of control. As soon as you step in, he goes ballistic. Posey decided to get one of those expensive dog zappers that you can at first to warn the dog if they go crazy and then zap them if they keep it up. Yeah, the ones they wear around their necks. Spank was in charge of the zapper for the night and he ran it like a champ. Not much warning was given, Spank would crank it if Dexter went wild. Animal enthusiasts frown on this idea I'm sure, but it definitely works. Big Dex was good the rest of the night basically unless he needed zapped. Lexie (the Taco Bell dog) used to be the same way. Now, she's all cool and tame. I'm usually not a fan of tiny dogs, but Lexie is fine in my book now that she doesn't bark nonstop. Dogs, that's all you have to do to get on my good side. I have pretty simple rules.

How is Kasher's Celebrity Deathpool fairing so far? As of today, none of us have picked a person who has died yet. I guess for the betterment of the human population, that is a good thing. It's a fine line playing that game and it's immoral, but deep down, you know it's interesting, even if it is wrong. 10 more months left, anything can and will happen. This is my 5th year playing and I haven't ended up so well. In 3 of the 5 years though, I had at least one person who did drop off, but just didn't get enough points to win the thing. A recap for when I gave my list in January, but here is who I have pegged in 2009: Scott Hall (Razor Ramon), Raven, and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan of wrestling fame, Patrick Swayze, head coach of Notre Dame Charlie Weis, former Guns N Roses mate Stephen Adler, Amy Winehouse, old time baseballer Bob Feller, Nancy Reagan, and comedian Artie Lange. For what it's worth, ManDingo has all three Jonas Brothers.

We're down to the Top 13 of American Idol that starts on Tuesday night. During the main cut rounds, I've predicted the last 6 people right. I said I should go to Vegas with that luck, but it'd change in no time. The list? Kris Allen, Tat Sleeve Megan, Anoop Dogg, Matt Giraud-Timberlake, Gokey, Pink Hair Alexis, Purple Hair Allison, Emo Boy Adam, Blind Dude, Mississippi Jasmine, Jorge, Lil Rounds, and Oil Rig Michael. If you don't get a nickname from me, you must not be too important on the Idol scene. Either that or you're just plain boring. Right now, and things change, I'm rooting for Anoop Dogg, Kris, Gokey, Emo Adam, and Lil. I like some of the others, but that's my short list. I think right now Gokey and Lil are the favorites, but it's way early. There's nobody at this point that I'm absolutely rooting against, so I guess that's a good thing, right? I'm sure in due time someone will jump out as the villain.

My town doesn't have a whole lot going for it, but I'd rather live here than anywhere right now. Someone could do a documentary just on the town legends around. You see some straight up characters here, some good, some bad. Take for example this little scene that Spank and I saw on our way home from Posey's on Saturday. It was around 12:30 in the morning and we're a mile away from home. Near one of the local bars, we see this guy in town who rides around in a motorized scooter type getup. Nothing out of the ordinary, people in town get along with the dude. To us, it's just another guy on the streets. That night though, he's coming down the hill on a sidewalk in his cart and is doing the gangsta lean on it. He's all hanging towards the side and I needed a picture just to capture that moment, it was that good. For the Atlantic City crew, it can't top gangsta pimp strut guy, but it is still worthy. Spank said the dude was cruising around for chicks doing that. Hey, whatever works. Maybe I should try that on for size and film the reactions of the girls just for laughs.

Bird's Dirty Thug Ho of the Week: I knew once I saw the message that this one had potential. This one I didn't even have to open the page up and figured we might have something when it said "freakaleak", not to be confused with our very own The_Freak. This chick gets bonus points from me for being an Italian chick, she's dirty, and also plays Mobsters, such an underrated game. She loses points for being a weedhead, but you can't win em all. Anyways, this week's contribution, straight from Arizona Jas. This dirty is one of her friends' buddies, easy searching there.

Bird's Video Moment of the Week: As long as you're not the one getting hurt, you have to admit, you enjoy watching someone fall and bust themselves. It's like a car crash, you're at least going to look. In this one, we have a drunk dude who takes a manhole cover off for no reason and then falls into it. How does that not break his arm? He gets right back up, but what are the two dorks doing on the side? Are they Star Wars nerds? I have no clue.

3 Quick Thangs:

1. Let's try some birthdays for Tuesday, March 10th. James Earl Ray, the man who murdered Martin Luther King would be 81 today, but he's been gone for 11 years. I don't consider him a celebrity, but he's a known name if nothing else, but not in a good way. The one and only Chuck Norris, he's 69, dang. 69 and still buff, something about that just isn't right. Miss November 1981 and softcore porn chick Shannon Tweed, 52. Actress Sharon Stone, she's doing it up for her 51st. Jasmine Guy, aka Whitley Gilbert from A Different World fame, 45. Prince Edward goes for his 44th. Honestly, he could walk in my room now and I wouldn't know who he was I'm sure. Olympic gymnastic chick Shannon Miller, 32.

2. I'm almost 2 weeks in to not having any pop, candy, tea, or junk food. Some thought I'd never last that long, without candy especially. It hasn't been too hard thus far, but I can't wait till the time is up and Easter hits when I can go nuts on that stuff. I'll need a huge thing of sweet tea, Doritos and hot sauce, Samoas Girl Scout Cookies, and of course Cadbury eggs.

3. This week's weird fact? Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey. Also, Jersey may go on record to having the meanest people as a group in my travel experiences. They don't have a clue on southern hospitality, acting all hard and stuff. To each their own I guess. Talk to you guys next week!