For those of you who followed me from my old site, Cru Jones Society, then you already know what this is all about. For my new found readers, this was something we would do every week. In an effort to help whittle away those useless Friday work hours (seriously what’s the point of going to work on Fridays?) we gather up some links from around the web that are interesting, funny, or just plain wacky. In a recent chat with my former website partner, E Dagger, we reminisced how much fun we had writing these, and in my new attempt to not sit on my creativity I thought I would revive the art form that is Happy Friday. I have fun writing them and you get to waste the morning, the only loser is your productivity, and your boss I suppose. So let’s get to the wrestling, Chuck Taylors, and hockey!
Continue reading “Happy Friday #1.0: Guess Who’s Back”
The car came to a stop. I got out and viewed the road ahead. Sight was limited, but I kept looking. I knew I had to go. I wasn’t sure what was out there. I have no idea what lies ahead, but as Thoreau told me, that is but a tiny matter to what lies inside me.
Continue reading “Tha Crossroads”
It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times; or so the opening to A Tale of Two Cities goes, or something close to that. This is my version of that book, or probably not. Aside from that first line I know nothing about the book. This is probably more like Country Mouse, City Mouse. But also not really. Ok, here it is: recently I took a couple of trips to two different areas and I learned a few things about myself.
What? The actual line is, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”? You stupid monkey.
Continue reading “Big City”
Here in Colorado there are a variety of license plate options. Maybe too many, but that’s not my place to say. There are the two standard ones of green-mountain peaks against a white sky, or white-mountain peaks against a green sky. Then there are ones for charity supporting a cause like breast cancer or adopt a greyhound, noble causes even if those little horses are ugly, ugly dogs. When I see any of these, and most of the other ones I don’t think twice. But there are few that always bring up the same thoughts when I see them. These are those thoughts.
Continue reading “Pontiac Blues”
On March 8th, 2014 I met Keith and Corrie at local brewery to try out some new beers. I had a few, but kept the intake low enough that I could still drive home, where I got some Thai food and drank another beer. While I have had a few tastes since then, this beer would be the last one I drank.
Continue reading “The Black Pint”
I was recently talking to a friend about birthdays. I’m usually one to not care too terribly much about my birthday. I don’t like to be the center of attention or make a big deal out of nothing. But this friend of mine said she approaches birthdays in a different way. It’s more of a reflective day for her. She re-evaluates where she is in life and where she wants to be. Or to use a Bouncing Souls lyric, “Who am, who I was, and who I want to be.” I liked this notion, and based the past year, I thought I would take this approach with my upcoming birthday.
Continue reading “Matchbook”
I must have been 6 or 7 the first time I experienced the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I was hooked immediately. These heroes in a half shell were my life and I consumed as much of it as I could. Unfortunately I missed out on the comics as my comic fandom wouldn’t start for another year or two, but the cartoons, and the toys, then the fateful day when a live action movie was made came and I was in heaven. Weird side note, this was the first time I made a note of the film company and was probably the start of my love for movies.
When the announcement came of a rebooted movie invading our screens, I was hesitant at first, like everyone else, but I knew I would eventually watch it. Then a new cartoon aired on Nickelodeon, and I was pleasantly pleased with it (I still get up on Sunday mornings in time to catch the new episode) so I started getting a little more excited for the new movie. Then I saw the trailer and decided I would see the movie. I never got around to catching it in the theater, but I as I procrastinated wrapping presents on Christmas eve, I finally watched it. Continue reading “Mutate With Me”
There is a nice quote from Kevin Smith about the importance of encouraging a person’s creative endeavor. It’s a bit wordy, after all it is Kevin Smith, so I’m not going to repost it, and in the spirit of the thing I think it is more apropos to link to this comic version of it from Zen Pencils.
For this reason when I was contacted by my cousin, Josh, asking if I would review his latest album, Folklore and Whiskey, I knew I had to say yes. Then I had a moment where I thought, “what if it’s just terrible, do I compromise my integrity and spare his feelings?” Then I remembered this is a cousin on my dad’s side, which is musically proficient (for the most part, I mean it did skip me). Continue reading “Folklore and Whiskey”
It’s the time of the year when most of the internet decides to look back on the year. When I do that one of the first things I see is the summer afternoon where I curled up on my bed, clutched my childhood stuffed animal (a mouse I call Eekers), and listened to one of my first punk rock albums: The Swingin’ Utters’ A Juvenile Product of the Working Class. I found much comfort as those songs transported me back to middle school days.
Do you remember middle school? Yeah, it was nightmare. But I still found that better than the state I was in. So when I look back on the year that was, it looks pretty miserable, and for the first time in years I am actually looking forward to the New Year’s holiday.
Continue reading “The New Auld Lang Syne”
Halloween is a time when people get to pretend to be someone or something else. Something I really wanted to embrace after the year I have been having. Instead I got to be the same person having medical issues. While you were getting dressed up and trying to win your office costume contest, or at your kid’s school watching the parade of tiny goblins, and ghouls, and Frozen characters galore, I was at the hospital getting ready to be jabbed in the liver.
Continue reading “Bleeder”