A nerd who is into cars, video games, movies, book and more. I love to write and hope to share what I have written with others. Please enjoy!!
Tooth Fairy Hotline
So as a parent sometimes you must think fast on your feet. It was September of 2013 and my daughter had pulled her very first tooth. Not lost, pulled and there is a difference. It sort of stands as a rite of passage for getting more mature and growing up to pull one’s own tooth. My wife and I sang her praises as she was indeed “a big girl now.” After all she did not even cry which again is a monumental feat for a seven-year-old. We were in my Uncles Dental office when she pulled it out, which was the perfect place really. After applying a little gauze, she was proudly going to every patient and employee presenting her tiny perfect little white baby canine to the world. It was a big moment for her, and everyone she showed asked her the same question, “How much is the tooth fairy going to bring you!”
Wild Arms Review
The first RPG released on the PlayStation and it set the bar high for all the games that would follow it. Released in North America in 1996 I would not get around to playing this game until 2012. And I can tell you right up front that I regret it. From the very first moment that I hear the music I knew; I just knew this was going to be great. For those of you not in the know, this game is made up from several elements that on paper should not work. It is a Japanese style RPG, that strives to emulate a Spaghetti Western and if that was not weird enough for you it attempts to accomplish this by using standard Anime story elements. But like chocolate and Peanut Butter, this game comes together to be greater than the sum of its parts.
The Special Banana with a factory bench seat.
When I was 14 or so my parents drove out west to pick up a car my uncle had bought for my cousin who was about 6 months older than me. They had bought it through some family in Texas and my Dad was going to bring the car home to Mississippi for my uncle. My Dad was pulling a trailer behind his diesel ford to haul the car home on since when my uncle test drove it, he said it ran at very high rpm’s and was overheating. He bought it anyway despite these apparent flaws because the car honestly was kind of special. It was a 1956 Mustang Gt A-Code with a factory bench front seat (say that five times fast.) Springtime yellow was the color and the car looked and felt special to drive. I say that because while it was technically my cousin’s car, I have a surprising number of memories attached to it.
Family Stealth Fighter Convertible
The Year was 2012 and I needed a new car. Having recently sold my daily driver I had bought GMC Sonoma pick-up truck and I hated it. It rode like an ox cart and was incredibly tiny. Of course, I bought it because I thought I would like it but after only a few weeks driving it around I could not take it anymore. The truck was not new by any means, but it was incredibly low mileage and had been sitting in a barn for most of its life. Buying it felt like the deal of the century but considering how much driving I was doing at the time for work on not the smoothest roads in the world it was just not working out.
Ganondorf's is King
Ganondorf is a cool villain. Sometimes painted as a ruthless tyrant and others as a sympathetic villain in pursuit of understandable motivations, Ganondorf never fails to deliver menace and intrigue to a story in the Zelda universe he appears in. I wanted to take a minute of your time to go through his history and highlight some of what makes him engaging and special to me. To do this in orderly fashion we will examine the character in an order based on the Hyrule timeline, except for Breath of the Wild which I will discuss last. With the premise established let’s do a deep dive into the truly terrifying King of Thieves, Ganondorf.
Pop Up Headlights
The year was 2014 and it was our tenth wedding anniversary. To celebrate we sent the kids on ahead to Disney with my parents and took two days just the two of us to drive down and have our own little adventure. This left me with an important decision to make, what care were we going to take. A convertible cruiser seemed to be a likely pick. Now my uncle was generous enough to offer us one of his cars to take and choosing between his fleet at first seemed to be difficult. Eventually though I realized that one of the cars was the same age as our marriage and the decision was made. Of course, the fact that it was a 2004 special edition Chevrolet Corvette probably helped it to be picked as well.
I Love Sci-Fi, But...
Okay I love science fiction of all kinds. Star Wars, Star Trek, Jurassic Park and Aliens are incredible stories and concepts and anytime some new piece of information comes out concerning Back to the Future or The Predator I am eating that stuff up. But over the countless years of reading and watching science fiction you tend to pick up on some tropes. Some of them add to the entertainment value for sure. But others just need to either become less common or disappear entirely. Here is a list of things I would like to see less or more of in sci-fi.
My Angst Playlist
Who remembers Napster? I mean the real Napster, where the music was unlimited and free for you to download. Every night I would pick seven songs to download and let them run all night on my computer, internet was a lot slower then, then I would wake up early and burn a new cd to listen to on the way to school. It was the ultimate expression of rebellion, and that is why after only a few short years they shut it down. But over those years I found and downloaded music I would never have had otherwise. Sure, know I know that it was bad, piracy and all that. But as the aforementioned angsty teenager it was almost a form of self-expression. As an homage to the short-lived Napster rebellion here is a short list of teenage angst songs from my youth.