Monday, October 25, 2010

Remember this summer when I didn't post much?

Well this week may see sporadic, at best, posting. Some residual crap from this summer to deal with.

For now check out some 90's fashion and tell me if you own/owned any. Personally I didn't have any. Although if they had ripped jeans in this I'd admit to destroying about a dozen pairs. (via)

Not a skateboarder. He's a great athlete.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Back to mah music roots

All we see anymore is Ronald?

What happened to all the other McDonalds' characters? You never see them anymore. No Hamburglar, no Grimace, no Mayor McCheese. WTF?

Only 1 arrest at the Mullet Festival?

How disappointing.
NICEVILLE — A man who tried to enter the Mullet Festival without paying the $10 admission fee was arrested.

Niceville Police were called to the vendor parking area at the festival after a man tried to re-enter the event after leaving it, according to an arrest report from the Niceville Police Department.

When the officer approached the man, he smelled “the distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person and mouth,” the report stated.

Old, drunk and stupid is no way to go thru life.

Make sure the motor home is stopped before you walk out of it.
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS – A 55-year-old woman suffered serious injuries after she fell out of a motor home that was traveling on Interstate 10.

About 4 p.m. Tuesday, three people from Midland City, Ala., were heading westbound on I-10 a few miles from the U.S. Highway 331 exit in a 1975 Dodge motor home when Sharon R. Glover walked to the rear of the motor home to use the restroom, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Glover somehow fell out of the vehicle and slid 100 feet on the paved emergency lane before hitting the grass shoulder.

“It is unknown if the passenger opened the wrong door or leaned on the door,” an FHP news release said.

Act selfishly (bad advice of the day)

Put your health ahead of your kids' and your soon to be dead parents.
When asked about her health and that of her fellow generation Xers, Paula McGarrigle laughs wryly.

"Well, I just had knee surgery last week and I got reading glasses two weeks ago," says the 43-year-old.

"Now I'm realizing that I'm just like everyone else in that I'm getting older. When the surgeon says, 'You have a degenerative tear,' I'm thinking, 'But I'm only 43!' "

She wonders how she'll fit post-surgery physiotherapy into her jam-packed schedule.

McGarrigle is part of a generation that's being squeezed. Hard.

Roughly defined as the generation born between the early 1960s and the late 1970s, gen Xers are often simultaneously building their careers, raising young children and dealing with aging parents. Health? Who's got time for that?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"You should have been here yesterday"

Greatest surfing movie ever.

Shallow thought

Dudes that pop boner pills wouldn't have to take them if a hot naked college girl wanted to sleep with them.

What the hell happened to Snapple?

They sold the hell out of that shit and then it just seemed to disappear from the 7 Eleven refrigerators. A lot of it tasted good, too. Weird.

I suppose I could just Google it, but I'm one lazy blogger.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Teenage Axl Rose mugshots

via

The Redcoats are coming, too

Drugs? Or just crazy?
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Officials at a South Florida safari said a woman, wearing an open robe, drove her car through the park and then sped away. A Lion Country Safari official said the woman made comments Wednesday that terrorists were coming to kill the animals. Park employees called authorities and secured the park, but she drove off. The woman was not identified.

Father Doug speaks

Remember when you heard the good times take its final breath?
Mr. DOUGLAS COUPLAND (Author, "Player One"): I think way back, the '20s or the '30s, when Kodak came out with the Brownie and they put a list of instructions on the box, like how to use this thing, I think someone arbitrarily said, make sure the person in the photograph is smiling. And we went from that one sort of set of industrial instructions to this whole culture of perkiness.

In the future, it's going to get worse: no silver linings, no lemonade. The elevator only goes down, and the bright note is that the elevator will, at some point, stop.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fave song during high school

Hammerhead

Had the employee been allowed to carry a hammer this would never had happened.
ORANGE COUNTY -- A hammer was the weapon of choice for two angry men Friday night.

According to Orange County Sheriff's Office, two men became upset after they were asked to show their identification at an ABC Liquor store on South Orange Blossom Trail. The two men left the store, but came back a short time later with a hammer and chased down the store employee, hitting him on the head.

Sad little waves we received

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Love cheap video camera footage

Please use texting as your main form of communication. Please?

Okay, it took me forever to own a cellphone, but it's obvious that texting is the most efficient way to communicate 95% of all dialogue. I'm at a point where if someone calls me I don't answer, let it go to voicemail, listen to their voicemail and then send a response back via text. Got it baby boomers?
For example, a Baby Boomer is approximately half as likely as a member of Generation Y or Generation X to own a smartphone. Only eight percent of younger Baby Boomers and six percent of older Baby Boomers say they use a mobile device for work E-mail, compared with 12 percent of Gen Xers. Understanding how different generations interact with technology will help you tailor your implementation and training strategies so that all employees can make the most of your initiatives.

The Naked Surfer

So happy to learn Florida doesn't have a monopoly on crazy. (hat tip: BB)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City man returned to his business after lunch to find a naked stranger sitting at his desk, surfing the Internet.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Too big for moi

Groups that should have become more popular

Before I die

I want to own a new car. Nothing crazy, just something like the above ride. Fast reliable, not overly expensive. My current day to day ride has 296K miles. No bullshit. And I think I'm finally getting tired of little annoyances, like the trunk latch busting, and just want to not have any worries for 5 years or so. I've learned how to work on my cars and it saved me probably $15K over my lifetime, but I hit a point where working on a Toyota Corolla no longer feels fun.

Oh well. Just a vent, I guess. In reality I don't think I can quit on my commuter car until the engine finally throws a rod or the tranny says "I will no longer leave 1st gear".

Minor League arrest in FL

If he filled the pillowcase with nickels it would seem more Florida-ish.
NICEVILLE - Police have arrested a man for attacking his wife with a pillow.

It happened like this: On Oct. 1 Niceville Police were called after the man and his wife got into an argument at their Peachtree Street address.

According to the report, the two were arguing about the fact that he doesn't have a job and isn't helping her with the kids.

NSFW

Naked athletes on ESPN.com. I'd feel honored if a magazine wanted to post pics of my butt. Although I think there's little interest in people desiring to see the tush of a bad blogger/amateur surfer/IT industry worker.

NOTE: looks like the ladies have more eye candy than us dudes.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Very underrated band

Another man's treasure

Better than a cheap Walmart knockoff.
TAMPA - A Hillsborough County man thought he was buying a Halloween decoration when he spent $8 for a box of bones at a yard sale in Brandon. But when he and his wife got the box home, they realized it was an actual human skeleton.

"I got looking at it and thought, gosh, this is the real thing," recalled Judith Fletcher, wife of Mitchell Fletcher, the retiree who bought the box of bones.

Gen X Pop Culture Timeline

From Fast Times to John Hughes death. I just wish they skipped the reference to the god awful show, Friends. After college I briefly worked in the NYC area and never did I see a 20-something live in the lavish apartments as the actors did. Still had a good time in that 1.5 years, and the New Jersey surf was decent (but cold even in the summer).

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Some pretentious tunes for ya

East Coast Yesterday

Before reading, look at his mugshot and guess the crime

Looking at this mugshot you'd think he'd have been heartless enough to run over a nun pushing a baby carriage. But......
BRADENTON, Fla., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida man used water guns and water balloons to spray weed killer on his neighbor's plants because he was owed money for drugs, police said.

Why? Just fucking why?

Seriously fucked up.
ST. PETERSBURG — Less than 24 hours after a family was held hostage at gunpoint, police said it happened again — this time with a bizarre twist.

A woman was forced to melt butter, and one of two armed men rubbed it on her chest while robbing her home late Monday night, police said. She wasn't injured, police said, because the butter cooled before she poured it on herself.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Nifty Footage

3!SLOBS teaser from Jeremy Asher Lynch on Vimeo.

The 401K Famine

No BLLSHT, but I've already accepted that if I want to retire at a reasonable age I'll have to move to another country (as long as they have surf, I'll be a-okay). This decade has become a lost fucking cause. The market has ended where it began. I've made no interest on what I've invested in and no one I know has, either (believe it or not I, and my buds, have our shit together, for the most part).

Wonder if they have retirement communities in Somalia?
For those of us unfortunate enough to be in our 30s and 40s, the outlook is overwhelmingly dismal. Shackled to huge mortgages we have neither the option of fleeing a country which saw GDP plunge 7.1% in 2009 or of scraping by until retirement. Overwhelmingly we are employed in the private sector and so, in addition to staring at the ceiling each night worrying about negative equity andthe looming flurry of tax increases, we fret whether we'll be in a job next
month (with unemployment tipping 14%, our paranoia is justified).

And now, the final insult. As we woke the morning after Black Thursday to survey the smoking crater that is the economy, it was with the knowledge that it is we who will be made to pay for the venality and corruption of a business and political class almost exclusively drawn from the ranks of the generation ahead of us (I know of nobody my age who has ever voted for the party of cronyism and patronage, Fianna Fail, while all our parents did so religiously).

The biggest crime they'll likely commit is smoking weed thru a snorkel

If a cop can't subdue the kids from Key Fucking West he should be carrying a pink pistol.
At least one parent, however, is upset at a recent talk the school resource officer (SRO) gave students, including her two daughters, that outlined when he can use an electric stun gun on unruly students or intruders on campus.

"Both of the girls had a class in which school resource officer and [Key West patrolman Robert Bulnes] came into the classroom and told the students that this principal is not messing around; how and when he can tase the kids," Karen Ortega told The Citizen Thursday. "What I gathered from the kids was basically it was a lecture and sounded more like when you go into prison; when you first get there, you are going to follow this rule, that rule, and if you're not in line, we can do this, we can do that."

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I wish the backup vocalist would STFU

My bad advice of the day

Don't listen to these financial people, just buy a ski mask and revolver and hit up 1 convenient store a week for a little extra scratch. BOOM! Mortgage payment taken care of.
Traditionally people have accumulated wealth over their lifetime, becoming richer over time as they saved, invested, paid down debt — growing their nest eggs, acquiring full ownership of their homes, and securing the years of service needed for a nice monthly pension. From a financial perspective, life got better with age.

For most Gen Xers however, this trend has been temporarily reversed, where their finances have likely gotten worse over the last 10 years due to the mortgage crisis, a stock market that has shown no growth, companies terminating pensions and passing on more health care costs to employees, job losses, furloughs, and pay cuts, not to mention increasing costs of college tuition for their children. Many Gen Xers are actually financially worse off than when they graduated college, something that was almost unheard of in previous generations.

Exile in Nostalgia

This creeped me out in the coolest of ways. Liz Phair sounding all over the place about the Matador Records alum getting together after a few decades. So glad she fears becoming lame.
In the early nineties, many of the bands on the label and Matador staffers themselves came from well-educated, upper middle class backgrounds and we wasted no time putting all that good grooming to use “sticking it to the man.” We made up outrageous bios to pass on to legitimate publications like Newsweek and People, we encouraged provocative answers to dull interview questions, basically trying to channel a kind of late-stage Beatles malaise, believing this to be the only way to force mainstream media to focus on the songs and not the performers. The music was all that was left standing once we were finished with our schoolyard shenanigans.

But forgive me, I sound like a member of a bygone generation, one of those bewhiskered hippies from the LSD era, bemoaning the straying spotlight and nostalgic for the past. Which I am. What else are reunions for if not a chance to reflect on the past in the company of those who shared it, measuring progress, good or bad, from goals set when we were barely formed? How many of the artists coming to play this weekend will feel ambivalent about their lives and careers now? How many have moved on, and how many have stayed back?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The only baby boomer that matters

Up in smoke

Better ways exist to let your significant other know it's over.
A man in a combative relationship is accused of setting fire to photos of his current flame in their apartment — putting neighbors' units at risk of burning, police said.

Hollywood police arrested Jonathan Sanchez Jimenez, 23, on Wednesday. He is charged with one count of first-degree arson and one count of aggravated assault, Hollywood Police Lt. Manny Marino said.

On Thursday, Broward County Judge John "Jay" Hurley set Jimenez's bail at $20,000. The judge ordered him to have no contact with his girlfriend, and required him to get a mental evaluation and wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

"You know"

Noticing an annoying speech habit people have. When in the act of describing something that I don't know they continually say "you know".

For Example: "I wanted to get a better Metal crunch for riffing on my guitar, so I, you know, dropped the E string down to D tuning".

If you don't play guitar how the fuck are you supposed to, "you know", realize it makes sense?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Can't believe this has 13 million hits on YouTube

KISS snubbed again!

A quick vent. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees came out today and KISS has been passed over again. I mean Bon Fucking Jovi was nominated over my favorite dudes in makeup and tights. Please kill me.

I have to think that they're paying a heavy price for the dreadful song 'I was made for loving you'.

He must work for BP

This man should be given a straw and forced to drink the mess he created.
According to a Charlotte County Sheriff's Office report, Obidov told employees at the station that he'd accidentally put unleaded gas into his diesel engine car. He then attempted to use two garden hoses to pump the gas out.

The fluid from one hose drained onto the asphalt near a storm drain, and the other
hose drained down a grassy slope that leads to a protected wetland area, 6 feet away from a sign indicating the protected area.

When approached by the Wal-Mart Assistant Manager who pointed out that he was draining the gasoline into the wetlands, Obidov reported stated "I got to do what I got to do" and continued to drain his fuel tank.

RIP

Goddamn prescription drugs.
Comedian Greg Giraldo died today at the age of 44 -- five days after he was
hospitalized for an overdose.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Diggity

Turn out your heart light

Looks like Neil's gonna take the boomers $ one more time. Suckers.
Neil Diamond, one of the most successful singer-songwriters of the past four decades, will release his new album on Nov. 2.

The album, titled “Dreams” will be a collection of covers of his favorite songs from the past rock era, such as “Ain't No Sunshine,” a song by Bill Withers’s album "Just As I Am" and “A Song for You,” written and performed by rock singer Leon Russell in the 1970s

Honda sorta 'gets it'

Honda owes much to Gen X. We sat front row when the 'tuners' started turning Civic hatchbacks into Camaro killing rockets. They gave us the still very cool CRX which looked sporty and felt extremely fun to drive and didn't cost much..........and then they came out with the CR-Z (above) as some kind of replacement to appease us old school Honda lovers. The thing is a hybrid, for christsakes. I'd have to drive to the Georgia/Florida state line before I hit 60 MPH. Oh well, at least their marketing team had us in mind. Better luck next car.
Honda created a 3D circus in Times Square last Thursday with "CRZ3dNYC," an event showcasing the 2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid.

Targeting Gen X & Yers who love gaming and music, Honda chose an ideal venue to showcase its car with a heavy dose of 3D technology.

Monday, September 27, 2010

as I said earlier

RIP

Wow. Blanda was still playing when I was 4 years old.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of the great George Blanda," the Raiders said Monday in confirming his death. "George was a brave Raider and a close personal friend of Raiders owner Al Davis." The Pro Football Hall of Fame said on its website that Blanda died Monday after a brief illness.

Blanda retired a month shy of his 49th birthday before the 1976 season. He spent 10 seasons with the Bears, part of one with the Baltimore Colts, seven with the Houston Oilers and his final nine with the Raiders.

"Here is something you can't understand...

...how I can just kill a man. (After you kill a robber just remember to flush your drugs down the toilet before the cops arrive).
Deputies say the husband was able to grab his loaded gun near the bed and open fire, hitting one who was masked, once in the head. The other was hit in the torso.

Both are teenagers.

Otilio Rubio, 15, is in critical condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. The other injured teen, William Murphy, 16, was shot in the torso and is in stable condition.

Judd says the homeowner called 911 and responding Davenport police and Polk Sheriff's deputies took the injured suspects into custody and found two other suspects hiding behind a nearby fence.

Over-estimating one's athleticism

Well at least a gator didn't eat him.
Authorities say a South Florida man who bet $50 that he could swim across a canal behind his house drowned while attempting the feat.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

take that exit

Endless Summer

I don't think education is the magic cure all bullet for Florida's stoopidness, but I'm sorta sure this kid didn't learn that much from playing video games every day during school hours.
DeLAND, Fla. -- A DeLand woman's lax attitude about school attendance landed her in jail, according to the state attorney's office in Volusia County.

Penny Kersey, 32, was arrested after the Volusia County Sheriff's Office discovered her 10-year-old son had missed more than 64 days of school at Freedom Elementary. All of the missed days were unexcused absences.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sorry, had to skip town for a few days

When I had a few vacation days to burn I had intentions of staying local to get some tasks I've put off for awhile finally taken care of. And then Saturday morning my bud called me from the Atlantic Coast, tellin' me the surf looked epic, and that he has beer in his fridge and he'd welcome me to crash on the couch. I strapped my board to the car's roof and crossed Interstate 4.

Then on Sunday night I received a call from another bud wanting to rub it in that he's fishing in The Keys and that I'd have to go back to work on Monday. I told him "work is for kids" and that he'd "see me in 5 hours".

Now I sit here at home again wearing the same boardshorts I pulled on 5 days ago. Not a chore complete, not a blog post in nearly a week, slightly hungover and dreading my return to work tomorrow.

You can always count on me to flake out on you.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Oh, deal with it

Kid Rocky

Why did he go to a Waffle House? After the bars close that's where you go if you wanna fight.
DECATUR, Ga. – Musician Kid Rock testified Thursday that he exchanged some tough words with a customer before a 2007 melee at an Atlanta-area Waffle House
restaurant but didn't start fighting until provoked.

"I gave it to him verbally, I said, 'Shut your mouth, man,'" the singer testified in DeKalb County court, adding that while members of his entourage hit Harlen Akins during the fight, the musician never landed a punch.

Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, and five members of his entourage are being sued over the 2007 fight.

1990's hits the recycle bin

I don't necessarily want to see a bunch of youngins' trivialize my most favorite decade. I just hope they take the best of what we offered and expand on it to create something of their own.
The 1970s had Happy Days and Grease. Generation X heroes like Beck and Beastie Boys made ’70s kitsch cool. The ’00s loved the ’80s. And as the wheels of time grind toward the ’10s, the whole world feels that 20-year itch to revisit the effortless cool and mud-caked melancholy of a time before microblogging, ubiquitous 3D movies, and easily accessible MP3s. It’s in the context-free repositories of nostalgic JPEGS currently clogging your Tumblr feed, and it’s also heavily apparent during a week that sees Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, Shonen Knife, and Reality Bites all playing in Austin: The ’90s revival is fully underway.

When Gen X ruled the basketball courts

Just because I believe in Zombies

It doesn't mean I believe in UFO's. Yet it goes without saying that stoopid Floridians thought E.T. had phoned home.
The U.S. Coast Guard says they were notified after-the-fact that the Air Force was conducting a "flare exercise" offshore. Spencer says they typically notify the Coast Guard of any exercises.

Rusty Parham, who witnessed the light show over Fort Myers Beach, says he believes there might be more to it than flare exercises.

"I don't understand why you'd be in that formation doing drills, and another thing I don't understand is why you'd be doing that off the coast, where everybody could see you in South Florida," he said. "Listen, I'm not nuts. I've lived here my whole life. I've never seen anything like this."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

not so Young Guns

Gen X does seem skeptical of "community" more so than boomers and Gen Whiners. We seemed to have traveled in "tribes" rather than as a measurably large citizenry.

Still, it's unlikely it will interest me in reading this book written by Gen X politicians. I follow politics closely, too closely perhaps. But every time I've met a politician I feel like taking a deep cleaning, scum-scrubbing shower afterward.
This week three top Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives-- Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and Paul Ryan -- will release their new book, Young Guns, outlining a vision for America's future that reflects their Generation X philosophy of individual autonomy and hostility to community or collective action.

He's like the biggest man that has walked the Earth

Why didn't he just dunk him?
A former employee of NBA player Shaquille O'Neal is claiming that ball player may have taken the whole ‘Hack-a-Shaq' thing to another level.

The Boston Celtics center is being accused of computer hacking, destroying evidence
and attempting to plant child porn on a former employees personal computer.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bad ass movie when I was a kid

Really thought this must have been in Tampa

A story I wish happened in FL.
Covington cops say alcohol and drugs may have been a factor in a modern-day version of "Lady Godiva."

According to a Covington Police spokesman, a cab driver picked up 29-year-old Jennifer Gille from a local motel, after she asked to be taken to an address off Harrison Avenue.

Covington Police Capt. Jack West said that upon arrival at the address, the woman refused to exit the cab. Further complicating matters, the cab driver said the woman "began acting crazy," taking off her clothing and demanding the cab driver take her to Michigan.

My heroes

The boomers are like a generation of MC Hammers. They had money, notoriety, life by the balls and then they just fucked it all up. So I'm finding comedy that The Atlantic thinks the biggest fuckups have a clue as how to clean up their mess.
Self-absorbed, self-indulged, and self-loathing, the Baby Boom generation at last has the chance to step out of the so-called Greatest Generation’s historical shadow. Boomers may not have the opportunity to save the world, as their predecessors did, but they can still redeem themselves by saving the American economy from the fiscal mess that they, and their fathers and mothers, are leaving behind.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Gets me pumped up for my next surf session

This is my 1500th post!

I guess giving the kid "time out" didn't work

Hey, at least he apologized.
A Leesburg man accused of using a BB gun to motivate a teenager during football drills in blistering heat said Monday he's sorry and that the incident was a misunderstanding.

Robert Lynn Barker, 41, left his family home and was forced to cut off all contact with his stepson after he was arrested Saturday on a child-abuse charge. He told the Orlando Sentinel that he would never hurt the boy he raised from infancy.

"I didn't mean for this to get out of hand," a tearful Barker said. "I'm sorry if I did something wrong. Maybe I was a little over-zealous. I'm sorry."

No one cares

Lately their hasn't been too much GenX info out there. Hope you're not getting sick of all the crazy Florida news?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I used to have friends that looked like them. Eventually we all conformed. Suckers.

We don't raise them very bright down here

If a FL politician runs on spending more on education they'll have my full support. Half the people that live here have bolts in their neck.
NICEVILLE – A 22-year-old woman driving around with an open can of alcohol and crack cocaine was arrested after she flagged down a Niceville Police officer for directions.

Thought this only happens in rich towns?

Local governments love to drop the full weight of the law on the powerless.
But Pearson lives in North Port, a city that has targeted citizens for violating rules regulating everything from how often you mow your grass to the cars in your driveway.

North Port took Pearson to court this month over fines of more than $27,000 for keeping her old car in the driveway without a license plate. If the city wins its case, Pearson could be facing bankruptcy.

"It's been a nightmare," said Pearson, 49, who works two jobs to stay afloat as she raises three teenagers.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

You'd think I hate this but I don't

I always dug performance art bands like The Velvet Underground. Which in turn makes me really enjoy metal acts like Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson. I guess I just like acts that want to make sure the audience gets what they pay for. But strangely I like a lot of bands that show up to a concert too drunk to play their instruments.

Am I even making sense? I'm up kind of late. And this isn't one of those times, but sometimes I show up to my laptop too drunk to blog.

She did this cuz she felt jealous of Jennifer Lopez

Stories like this make me really appreciate my girlfriend.
MILTON – A 34-year-old Milton woman was arrested after her husband alleged she attempted to burn his boat, go-kart and Jacuzzi after an argument.

Shannon Wriska was arrested Sept. 2 and charged with a first-degree battery charge and arson, a second-degree felony.

At 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Santa Rosa County deputies were dispatched to Fleetwood Drive in Milton in reference to an arson complaint, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. When deputies arrived, they noticed a boat parked in front of a trailer was partially burned. Flames had reached the side of the trailer.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Yeah, I laughed

Can't figure out what personal memories this song should bring back?

From a reasonably cool boomer

An interview with, Tamara Erickson, the person I did a book review for a few months back.
Ms. Erickson: It will be harder to get the jobs because more [boomers] will be fearful of moving on or cutting back, which I always thought was the more practical solution for boomers. I never really thought that they should in fact leave totally. But I do think they should cut back and move into part-time positions and turn over the leadership reins to the Xers. I think you're going to see less willingness to do that than even before. I also think to the extent that they get the jobs, the challenge is just a lot tougher. So there's almost an element "Do you want that top job or not," because it's going to be really tough if you get it.

The one silver lining is that I don't think Xers were surprised by the recession in the same way that boomers and Generation Ys were. I think those are both very rose-colored-glasses generations. I think boomers were absolutely stunned that something bad had happened to them. Most Xers I know have always thought about the great what-if and have worked hard throughout their careers to think about back-up plans and alternatives.

After putting up with boomer music for 50 years

It seems about time at least 1 radio station gives enough of a fuck about us to spin our tunes.
New slogan at the former current-focused rhythmic Hot 93.9 KIKI is “Your generation’s ol’skool.” The appeal is to Generation X listeners who want a great deal of variety, including some Hawaiian flavors, but a rhythmic beat throughout the playlist.

Most Useful Course in History of Education

You laugh, but I'm tellin' ya Zombies are coming. (HT: to the world renowned Kath)
Students taking the class will watch 16 classic zombie films and read zombie comics. As an alternative to a final research paper they'll be allowed to write scripts or draw storyboards for their ideal zombie flicks.

The university isn't the first to have a class on the undead. Columbia College in
Chicago has offered a course on Zombies in popular media for years, and at Simpson College in Iowa students spent the spring semester writing a book on "The History of the Great Zombie War."

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Rough summer nearly over

Hey! Just wanted to thank you for dropping by this summer. Particularly since I had to miss a lot of blogging due to some crappy crap. The fact that I have people who willingly drop in here to see what nonsense I posted truly blows me away.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Girls, Girls, Girls!

Take my freedom of speech

But you'll have to pry my roll of single dollar bills from my cold, dead hands.
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. -- Some locals are trying to stop the opening of a bikini bar, but city leaders said there is nothing illegal about Cheaters.

Ormond Beach residents spoke out about the business, which plans to open on US-1, near I-95.

"I will do everything in my power to stop people like you," one resident said.

The location is not in Ormond Beach, however, it is an unincorporated area of Volusia County. The business is properly zoned and legal.

The owner, who runs strip clubs in Cocoa Beach and Rhode Island, said this bar will bring more than 50 jobs to the area and put money on the tax roll.

I'll never be accused of acting mature

But you'll never see me trying to act young.
In a recent USA Weekend magazine, the cover story was about Drew Barrymore. Generally, that wouldn't interest me, but this story caught my eye. The cover quoted her as saying, “I'm trying to figure out what the second half of my life is going to be.”

Barrymore, 35, is only six months younger than me, and only slightly young enough still to remain within the youth-obsessed media's acceptable age demographic.

From the perspective of today's teens, I suppose she's been an adult for a long time now. By any reasonable standard, 35 is fairly adult. But, as someone who's known about (if not actually known) Barrymore since we were both 7, it's odd, having to consider that someone still so youthful and immature-seeming is barreling towards 40. Because that means that I am, too.

This isn't a problem for me, though. I'm one of those people who got called “an old soul” by concerned teachers. I can't wait to yell, “Get off my lawn!” at some rambunctious kids without having to worry that they might still consider me young enough for a fight.

Monday, August 30, 2010

I hate the song I posted below

So here's another song that gets on my nerves.

not as cool as Rob Zombie

He woulda kicked some azz

I thought one only lies about being younger when they're my age?
Julious Javone Threatts is 21 years old. He's now behind bars without bail after Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said he used the alias Chad Jordan to pose as a 14-year-old boy, join the Tampa Bay Youth Football League and try to register at a Tampa middle school. Threatts was on probation for burglary charges, authorities later determined.

He now faces charges of trespassing on school grounds, obstruction by a disguised person and violation of probation.

Hillsborough County jail records Saturday did not show whether he was represented by an attorney.

"He really acted like a kid," McCloud said. "My son is 13, and my son was hanging out with him, and (Threatts) acted more immature than (my son)."

Nope, this relationship wasn't going to end well

Just read the 1st line of this article and you'll get the jist.
A 24-year-old man was charged with false imprisonment of his 66-year-old girlfriend following an argument Wednesday.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Awesome Prank

I surf because I love it

I truly do. Most of the time I paddle out it's in the winter when the water is cold by Florida's standards and no one is on the beach.

Although as you see from the pic below surfing does attract certain spectators when the weather is nice and they tend to get surfers attention.....

Suburbia Created Mall Rats

I grew up in suburbia like a bazillion other kids from all generations and I gotta say they kinda suck.

I know parents think they're doing a good thing by raising their shitty little kids like me out in the land just past the city limits, but until I got my drivers license I felt trapped within the confines of a bland neighborhood that didn't exactly cater to my needs as a pre/early teen. Public transportation was virtually non-existent, I got kicked off every piece of land that was skateboardable, and it inconveniences parents since even a simple trip to the movies involved major planning that involved them.

And guess what parents? Just because we lived outside the city we still found "city trouble". Particularly since there was never a shortage of drugs and booze outside the city limits.
It’s a trend demographer Bernard Salt says is growing, as more Generation X and Y families shy away from the suburban dream.

‘‘There’s a shift coming in apartment requirements,’’ Salt says. ‘‘Traditionally, the model is as soon as you have the child at about the 12-month mark you sell up and you move out to the ’burbs."

‘‘I think what we’ll now see is a generation of apartment inner-city aficionados who cannot abide the thought of suburbia and who will make compromises to their lifestyle and living arrangements in order to remain in the inner city. I think that’s going to place pressure on the types of apartments that are being built"

Hurricane Danielle Surf


East Coast is blowing up.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Drummers, bassists and singers are worthless

Buy a guitar and call yourself a band.

Glad I wasn't surfing here

Yeah, Redington Beach is about 5 miles south of moi.
A 48-foot yacht has mysteriously run ashore on Florida's Gulf Coast, west of St. Petersburg.

Detectives are still trying to figure out who owns the luxurious 48 Sundancer, which sells for about $1 million new.

No one has reported it lost or stolen. The only sign of foul play was the still-churning engine that propelled the ship onto Redington Beach.

Well I'll be goddamned

I'm def not included in this movement. Although I consider myself a Porn Again Christian.
Generation X, the set of Americans who came of age in the late 1980s and early 1990s, is often branded as a rules-rejecting, authority-questioning group.

But when it comes to religion, new research has revealed that Gen-Xers are surprisingly loyal to their faith – a finding that also suggests the rising non-religious tide in the United States may be leveling off.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

See how your favorite Metal stars 'measure up'

Metal Sludge, the infamous website, let the groupies write 'reviews' of their conquests.

(Admit it. You clicked the link.)

Happy Birthday dear.....

Just because one can afford the 458...

...doesn't mean one can handle the power.
Making its debut last September, the $260,000 supercar can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in a little over three seconds, and has a top speed in excess of 200 miles per hour.

Faulty design has been ruled out as the cause of the string of accidents, and appears to be just a streak of bad luck, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.

I'd make a set of teeth with this

There's only 1 escape route from Key West. Unless you own a boat, of course.
Authorities Friday were checking fingerprints and clarifying video images showing the theft of a $550,000 gold bar from a museum in Key West, Florida.

For 25 years, visitors to the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida, had the opportunity to lift the glittery piece of treasure in a special display case.

"It was touching something that came off the ocean floor," said Melissa Kendrick, the museum's executive director.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Chest high waves today

Not like Cocoa has become the armed robbery capital of FL

Maybe they should've practiced with water pistols.

A 72-year-old woman was accidentally shot in the chest by her husband Sunday as the two trained for robbery scenarios, ClickOrlando.com is reporting.

Arnold Morris, 77, pulled the handgun out of his pocket during the "robbery drill" and accidentally fired it, hitting his wife, Patricia Morris, police said. The Cocoa couple has been married for 54 years.

I'm for it

Well sorta. I can't fully embrace the death penalty, but it'd be nice to see a bunch of rich dudes get the punishment others have received for much less.
Brad Pitt says he would consider the death penalty for those responsible for the BP oil spill.

Monday, August 23, 2010

So not helicopter parents

Sad that this poor boy probably missed his parents when they went to jail. (via Fark)
Entering the residence, Hopkins said he saw the man, later identified as Patrick, in the master bedroom lying on the bed. Marion County Fire Rescue personnel were summoned. Officials were able to wake up Patrick, who they say had slurred speech and difficulty standing.

Patrick told officials he takes medications and showed them the prescription bottles. Officials say the man told them he drank one alcoholic beverage.

Covered with a blanket and lying on the kitchen floor in a puddle of milk was Patrick's wife, Nicole, authorities said. The little boy said he poured milk on his mother in an attempt to wake her up.

Helicopter Parents

I think I'd still prefer the standoffishness parents than the kind that are always in my shit.
Since the New York Times never gets tired of running "Kids these days!" stories, I geared myself up for yet another one when I saw the headline "Students, Welcome to College; Parents, Go Home." But this time it was a twist on the usual narrative. Instead, we got a "Parents these days!" article. The article comically addresses the various ways that universities have tried to convince overly clingy parents to leave when they drop their kids off at college, but for once, the kids themselves are portrayed sympathetically.

Most articles I've seen in the past couple of years about "helicopter parents" address the anxious parents of very small children trying to get their kids into the best kindergartens and making sure that their coloring books get them diagnosed as geniuses. Boy, those kids aged faster than the kids on a soap opera, because now we have an article about parents of children 12 or 13 years older. But for all the hyperbole, the writer Trip Gabriel actually paints a touching picture of parents who've just spent the past 18 years making their offspring the center of the lives and now, having to set their cubs free, they don't know what to do with themselves. And so they find excuses to linger, even as the kids are eager to get on with it.

Lauryn Hill Back on stage

If she didn't disappear it's possible Britney may never have gained popularity. Actually, who am I kidding? Stupid always conquers over quality.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

When kiss went Disco...so sad

And you thought no one lived here until retirees settled in FL

Wouldn't you be sad to know that civilization may have begun in FL.
TAMPA - In the pitch-black depths of an isolated North Port spring sits a silt-covered ledge that is revealing secrets about a prehistoric nomadic people, secrets held in murky silence for 100 centuries.

Now, with diving gear and artifact-collecting bags, archaeologists with the University of Miami and The Florida Aquarium are sweeping away the muck and uncovering that distant past.

This stuff could be as old as 13,000 years old, when wandering tribes traversed Florida. Their travels included stopovers at what is now known as Little Salt Spring, 90 minutes south of Tampa.

Artifacts are delicately uncovered from a ledge 90 feet below the surface, archaeologists say, offering up glimpses of what life was like for who is believed to have been Florida's first residents

Sympathy for the Little Devils

I've watched very motivated, intelligent, college educated Gen Y'ers come into my company over the last 3 years and get stuck with some really entry level jobs. Basically we have the most overqualified customer service dept I've ever known about. And they're the lucky ones in their early 20's.
When I first read this article in the NY Times Magazine about how 20-somethings are delaying the supposed markers of adulthood---marriage, kids, financial independence---longer than they had in the past, I thought that the main flaw of it was that it didn’t address why financial independence was so hard to achieve. By casting the entire situation as a matter of desire and choice, the author missed the big picture, which is that people delay adulthood because the ability to be an adult requires a certain amount of privilege increasingly unavailable to young people. I tweeted about it at the time, noting the answer to the question, “Why don’t people grow up faster?” is incredibly, stupidly simple---because they are no longer any jobs for people in their early 20s that provide the means to be a full adult. Full stop. I don’t mean that entry level jobs only pay enough for a small apartment or a simple lifestyle. Often, they don’t pay enough to cover the rent on that small apartment---if they can find those jobs in the first place---and that’s why people move back in with their parents.

Which is why I saw red when I read this smarmy, self-righteous screed from some Baby Boomer. It’s a classic example of being born on third and thinking you hit a triple. She assumes that her ability to pay rent with her first job out of college is strictly because she’s so much more fucking awesome than you spoiled kids these days, and her parents were so much more responsible than the softies of today. For a millisecond, she ponders the possibility that things have changed because of financial constraints, but then dismisses that possibility with a handwave. It’s so much more fun to be self-righteous! It’s way more fun to wag your finger at young people and tell them how you lived on Ramen and beans to afford your apartment, never pausing for a moment to wonder if those kids might not be able to afford that apartment even if they lived on dog food.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

If I wasn't a Metal Head I would have liked these dudes more

Good, I hate these fucking things

McMansions have destroyed so much scenery in Florida over the past 15 years I can't feel more happy than to see their owners take it in the ass. Besides, truly wealthy people don't try to impress by stuffing as much house as possible on an acre of land.
They've been called McMansions, Starter Castles, Garage Mahals and Faux Chateaus but here's the latest thing you can call them - History.

In the past few years, there have been an increasing number of references made to the "McMansion glut" and the "McMansion backlash," as more towns pass ordinances against garishly large homes, which are generally over 3,000 square feet and built very close together.

What sets a McMansion apart from a regular mansion, according to Wikipedia, are a few characteristics: They're tacky, they lack a definitive style and they have a "displeasingly jumbled appearance."

Well, count 2010 as the year the last nail was hammered into the McCoffin: In its latest report on home-buying trends, real-estate site Trulia declares: "The McMansion Era Is Over."

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It's a madhouse

Empire Strikes Back turns 30

Happy birthday to the greatest movie ever. Luke had has hand chopped off, they froze Han Solo like a people-cicle, and the Princess and Chewbacca were taken as POW's. Perfect ending since I love when the bad guys win. They should have ended the whole Star Wars series here instead of that dreadful Return of the Jedi with those damn stuffed animals they called Ewoks.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Even though it samples CSN, I likey

If I didn't hate cold weather I'd move

I know this happens everywhere. It's just always doubly sick in Florida.
Detectives found the men by trolling on the website Craigslist. They took out ads that simply read, “Mom seeking guidance for my daughter,” and, when the suspects answered the ad online, they actually traded emails with undercover deputies.

WFTV was the only local television station there as four of the men were taken away in a van (images raw video) ( explicit ). Ray Damon of Plant City spoke to reporter Blaine Tolison.

"I told her what she wanted so she would invite me here so I could hook up with her mother," Damon said. "I figured if she kept pushing it with the daughter, I was going to leave. That was it."

Fifteen men ranging in age from 18 to 67 years old, are among the worst people you'll ever meet, the Polk County sheriff told WFTV.

"This group of folks were absolutely as disgusting as any we've every arrested," said
Sheriff Grady Judd (watch interview) . "They're nasty individuals and they need to be exactly where we're putting them, in prison."

The arrests included men like Robert Chan, from Pinellas County, who allegedly brought Skittles for a 13-year-old girl he was after.

Chill folks, the shows will go on


I suppose it's believable if Axl flipped out and cancels the tour, but this time it was just a prank.
Welcome to the Twitter jungle.

..Hours after Axl Rose proclaimed via Twitter that Guns'N'Roses' upcoming tour was canceled, U.K. promoters said at least a portion of it is still on and that the singer's account had been hacked.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

As a kid, my sister loved him (snicker, snicker)

Leftovers today

Whammer goes back to the slammer

Wake me up before you go-go.
LONDON (AFP) – Singer George Michael has been charged with possessing cannabis and being unfit to drive after allegedly crashing his car into a photography shop last month, police said Thursday.

The "Careless Whisper" star has been bailed and is due to appear before magistrates in London on August 24.

Donald Duck has too many hands

Quack, quack.
AUGUST 10--While visiting Epcot Center in Florida, a Pennsylvania woman alleges that a Disney employee dressed as Donald Duck grabbed her breast and molested her after she sought an autograph.

After the alleged groping, Donald Duck made gestures--apparently with his snowy white hands—“indicating he had done something wrong,” according to a lawsuit filed last month by April Magolon. The Upper Darby woman, 27, was visiting Epcot with her children and fiancĂ© in May 2008 when the incident reportedly occurred

Put Woodstock on the book's cover

Then it'll hit the NYT best seller list in a week.
What is the premise of the book? One aspect of the book is about the baby boomer generation. As they move toward retirement, there are methods an organization can use to capture and transfer their knowledge to the next generation of workers.

I'm actually gaining much sympathy for boomers that have been laid off. The prospects of them getting re-hired in a position equivalent to what they once held is near impossible. Gonna be some bumpy retirements for them if they're able to retire at all.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Went to Mayhem Fest yesterday

Rob Zombie killed the crowd. I'll share pics soon.

More flavor than Bud Light

Now that I know one could go to jail for this, I'll have to stop.
A man who is accused of urinating in two cups and putting them on a bar at House of Blues has been released from the Orange County jail.

Adolfo Mosmann, 24, who is from Brazil and in the U.S. on a student visa, was arrested about 1:15 a.m. Monday.

An off-duty Orange County Sheriff's Office deputy who was working security at the bar in the 1400 block of East Buena Vista Drive noted in an incident report that Mosmann was caught urinating in the cups and placing them on the bar, where other people were drinking, even though bathroom facilities were nearby.

Embracing one's inner X

As soon as I realized baby boomers were a bunch of pat-my-own-back azzholes I knew I was of a different generation. This personal event happened at the age of 4 months.
There's a psychological as well as a pop-cultural component of being a Gen-Xer too, of course, but that's harder to write about. Unlike a lot of my generation -- at least as the official story of us goes -- I didn't feel alienated from the work world. Within a few months after college I had a job in theater management with good prospects, and throughout my 20s I almost always worked second jobs or attended classes in the evenings. But I do feel there's a certain quality of skepticism about Gen X, and I share that.

Are you "formally hot"?

Personally I've found some grey on the chin whiskers over the last year. Whatever though, I guess I'll embrace becoming the 'creepy old guy'.
This morning, Generation X awoke to discover that its favorite jeans no longer zipped up effortlessly, its laugh lines stayed put even when it most assuredly had nothing to laugh about, and an entire generation knew Courtney Love only as that crazy lady on Twitter. Sure, it continued to make plans for Burning Man and enthuse about the new Arcade Fire, but it also found itself adjusting its reading glasses to take in the crushing news that it was now officially a "Formerly." As in, "Formerly Hot."

That's the verdict from author and (surprise!) women's magazine editor Stephanie Dolgoff, who according to this week's New York Times story most likely to make you want to drink a quart of Botox, is "currently struggling" with being "just the other side of young." Reporter Pamela Paul breaks down Dolgoff's approach to the passage of the time thusly: "You no longer have to be annoyed at being ogled by strange men on the street. Then again, you no longer are ogled by strange men on the street."
Welcome to the age of mixed blessings, you rapidly wrinkling Janeane Garofalo wannabes!