Happy Friday # 1.11: Gabba Gabba Hey

The original band name was Marky Mark and the Punky Bunch
The original band name was Marky Mark and the Punky Bunch

I heard Sham 69 on Marky Ramone’s Punk Rock Blitzkrieg on Sirius XM station Faction this week and was taken back to high school. I had a Sham 69 cassette tape that I would often listen to while mowing the lawn, the Walkman didn’t skip like the Discman did despite the so-called skip-protect. This is just one example of how Marky Ramone’s Punk Rock Blitzkrieg has this great way of making me feel like I’m 13 again. Discovering punk rock for the first time and consuming as much as I could to find out what I liked and what I didn’t. And every episode also serves as a reminder that for every awesome punk rock song there are at least three awful ones. Still a better ratio than good internet to bad internet. The only real difference is both good and bad internet serve the purpose of wasting time on a Friday. So hey-ho, let’s go!

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It’s that time of year when baseball fans add their team’s nickname to October in hopes of playoff dominance. And whether you’re calling it Cubtober, Blue Jaytober, or Astrober (probably don’t call it that) I think we can agree that the one-game wild card play-in is fun. Unless you’re the losing team. I missed the Cubs/Pirates game because I was pretending to be a wizard and super excited for the bus all under the guise of learning, but I hear it was a great game. And last year’s A’s/Royals game was stupendous, my A’s lost but I wasn’t that upset, because it was a helluva game. I don’t have a point here, I’m just excited for the playoffs and enjoy the wild card games.

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Maybe sports aren’t your thing. Perhaps you’d rather listen to Neutral Milk Hotel while playing Magic the Gathering. Or maybe one of the other 24 things on this A to Z guide of cult classics. I was right on board with them but was turned off by D, then quickly saved by E. I guess what I’m saying is, I like half the things on this list, but still don’t get the appeal of Dr. Who. Maybe I need a sonic screwdriver. I have no idea what that actually is. All of my Dr. Who knowledge comes from things I’ve read on the internet out of context. Also, daleks, something about statues, and Tardis is bigger on the inside. Now we’re all caught up. Groovy.

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Do you remember Pete Holmes’ bit about a time before Google when you wouldn’t know where Tom Petty was from and you would just go about your life not knowing, but staying ever so curious about Tom Petty. Until randomly one day you would meet someone wearing a Heartbreakers t-shirt and you ask her, “Where is Tom Petty from?” and she knows the answer? You probably don’t remember because according to a new study, computers are lowering our ability to remember. We have become too reliant on our mighty Google answer machines. But with their fun doodles, we’ll never stop going!

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I try to keep my mind sharp by playing Mah Jong on my phone. At least that’s the way I justify playing the stupid game so much. I stumbled upon this game years ago and the version I am familiar with is a solitary matching game. But apparently it is more commonly a 4 player game similar to rummy. So this week’s random Wikipedia is all about the Chinese game of Mah Jong. More comprehensive than the inline skates page, yet not as fun. Despite being young and American, I think I’m ready to play the non-solitary version. I bet everything on black!

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I have never ridden a motorcycle, but I did binge watch Sons of Anarchy and have read half of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance so I think I know all about MCs, or motorcycle clubs to the lay-person. As such I can say Russia’s premiere MC is pretty frightening. There were many inaccuracies in the preceding statement, but the part about the Russian MC is accurate. I mean they have full support and are even buddy-buddy with Putin, and that man is off the charts bonkers. I used to wonder if I can handle what SAMCRO would do to me if I ended up on their wrong side, I can only imagine it would be worse to cross The Night Wolves. Also, I wouldn’t cross SAMCRO, but I’m too much of a pussy to ever be even marginally associated with such an MC. Such a cool, dangerous, and fascinating world I will never be a part of.

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One of the reasons I probably wouldn’t be invited to join an MC is due to my enjoyment of brightly colored musicals from the thirties. Or just the one brightly colored musical from 1939. Well, maybe, I mean who doesn’t like The Wizard of Oz? I bet Jax watched it with Abel. Anyway, L. Frank Baum wrote a bunch of books about the land known as Oz, and there have been many attempts to bring those books to life. Yet most of these attempts fail, including a theme park in North Carolina. But I feel like putting it in North Carolina was just asking for it to fail. But don’t fret, if you really want to go they still open it once a year, or you can rent it out for a wedding! And you’ll be able to keep the guest list low as no one will want to come to North Carolina! This isn’t fair, I’ve never been to North Carolina and have nothing against them. South Carolina gave me a kick-back to say such things about their northern neighbors. But let’s face it, the only thing either Carolina has going for it is they aren’t Georgia.

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There was once a time, before we did everything online, when our mother’s maiden name was enough to double confirm who we were. But now it feels as though every website has at least two security questions to verify who we are. I had to confirm the city I was born in before I could make an online order for nachos from Chili’s. Every site has different questions too, all trying to out-clever each other. If there’s one thing that’ll encourage nihilism it’s answering and remembering all these stupid questions. So maybe it’s time when start using questions that more accurately embrace those feelings. For those wondering: my mom’s maiden name is Gale, I was born in Gainesville, my first pet was named Cubbie, and my high school mascot was the night wolf. Have fun.

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Oops.

I really want the Pirates to now have a long title drought.
I really want the Pirates to now have a long title drought.
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