Monthly Archives: August 2014

Bucket list.

One thing I’ve never done that they always do in movies is eat pizza while holding the box with the lid open.

Btw, I have a weird analysis of what the bucket list might do to your psychological state of happiness.

I actually have no bucket list.

Don’t be sad that I don’t have one…it doesn’t bother me.

Updated my avatar (forcibly through Gravatar).

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Took this one right after the barbershop. I can never style my hair like the barber does.

There it is in all its might.

Uh huh.

Eric Weddle inspired, Snoop Dogg modifications made.

Snoopify is such an old app, but if used sparingly and with care, you can come up with some nice things.

OUT.

Guardians of the Galaxy movie review from a guy who doesn’t watch movies…often.

[press play and allow true inner peace]

I hate movies. (BOO! YOU STINK!)

http://spongebob.wikia.com/wiki/Pickles
Reference made and clarified.

So movies are boring to me. It doesn’t help that I have an attention span akin to a toddler. Most people would say I have ADD (arguably since childhood), but I’d like to just say that I’m down with OPP. I hope you are listening to my conveniently placed song so that you chuckled up to this point.

Some of my favorite moives (not in any particular order):

Because we all need a little romantic love in our life.

I still use my Space Jam themed comforter and pillow case.

Tevin Campbell helps this soundtrack flourish and reach Grammy-winning potential.

I could list a bunch of other movies I slightly remember, but then I would probably be lying like the time you decided to add random bands/rappers/singers under the music section on your MySpace page just to make you seem such a well-rounded listener.

My favorite sum-it-all-in-one-phrase music entry: “Everything but country and techno.

I went into the theater knowing I was ready to be locked into a seat for 2 hours and 2 minutes. I walked to theater 8, on the right. Just a minute detail I can still hear the door guy tell me.

Watched a preivew of some hobbit movie coming out and the lights dimmed right after. Aww yeeeeah, less time stuck in this anxiety inducing black box.

To avoid spoilers: let’s just say I liked this so much that I was willing to praise it on The Internet where I have millions of viewers everyday. Jk. But really, I dislike movies because they are predictable or just downright cheesy. In order to save time, writers have to use stupid lines that sound more scripted than the boring voices of certain women on Keeping up the Kardashians (excluding Khloe); I end up thinking out all the possibilities of what will be next in the movie and boom, my prediction is right. I’m not saying I do this with every movie, but from some of the ones I tried finishing all the way through, I shut it off due to boredom.

Some notes I took on my phone right after taking a pee once the movie finally ended because I drank a large iced coffee throughout the movie:

  • Awesome soundtrack
  • For those who aren’t familiar with the Guardians of the Galaxy back story, they make it easy for new viewers (like me) to catch up on some character development (Not whole backstories, but just enough dialogue to paint a big enough narrative)
  • There is plenty of tension/release that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat (I had to provide some kind of cliche phrase in this review!)
  • I found a lot myself in Rocket Raccoon’s sarcastic personality;
  • Drax the Destroyer, played by Batista, is the buff Filipino we all hope to be;
  • Gamora kicked major booty crack and seemed like an independent, ain’t-needin’-no-man type of woman;
  • Star-Lord’s taste in music kept my head bobbing in a non-head bobbing environment (and some good line delivery for those moments of comic relief);
  • Groot has more personality than many of you do
  • I also felt a “Save the Earth” message from it–nothing crazy or blatant or maybe I’m just thinking too much

Now for the negatives? They aren’t even plot related; I just noticed a few unnecessary moments on camera.

The male gaze is hella present, hella:

  • There’s a random set of boobs that sit in the background behind…Drax? I forget who. A more clothed individual could have been behind the character in the foreground of the shot and the scene would have been unaffected.
  • Another scene involved Star-Lord and Gamora in a clothed pillow talking sex position and I’m like HUH. I get it though–they need scenes to help create a love storyline.
  • The whole male gaze is a topic worthy of discussion in the future, but for now, just use your online researching skills!

The soundtrack was too good. All of the songs remind me of my dad and how he loves to sing the higher harmonies in any song, and if there aren’t any present, he’ll still falsetto the crap out of it. The feeling you get from each song when they play entices you to stand up and happily bang your head while playing a semi-intense air guitar. Harmonix and MTV should get out some PS/XBox DLC of this soundtrack for Rock Band. My family loves Rock Band.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1” track list:

  1. “Hooked on a Feelin”-performed by Blue Swede
  2. “Go All the Way”-performed by Raspberries
  3. “Spirit in the Sky”*-performed by Norman Greenbaum *not in film*
  4. “Moonage Daydream”-performed by David Bowie
  5. “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”-performed by Elvin Bishop
  6. “I’m Not in Love”-performed by 10cc
  7. “I Want You Back”-performed by Jackson 5
  8. “Come and Get Your Love”-performed by Redbone
  9. “Cherry Bomb”-performed by The Runaways
  10. “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”-performed by Rupert Holmes
  11. “O-O-H Child”-performed by The Five Stairsteps
  12. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”-performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

The entire track list is of road tripping quality, and thanks to this movie, I have found the sound that my brain was craving for the journey to San Francisco with my girlfriend this weekend (16th-18th).

I’m going to channel a lot of Uncle Jesse on his trip because his musical taste and talent are exceptional.

Here, he’s actually tasting something that is not musical.

How do you formally sign off from a blog…?

Sincerely?

Thanks for reading?

Until next time?

Got it.

Thanks Earth, I’ll be here all week!

 

 

Tracklist and album art pulled from Marvel’s site: http://marvel.com/news/movies/2014/7/10/22846/get_the_full_tracklist_for_marvels_guardians_of_the_galaxy_soundtrack

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Boom, crash!

Badum-tish! (I had to do a Google search for spelling purposes [I had to specify Google because I could have said Bing or AskJeeves {Does AskJeeves still exist?}] and came up with this #1 result: http://www.badum-tish.com/

Hmm…where was I?

Oh, so I was in the shower not too long ago and I knocked a bottle off the shelf but I caught it in time to avoid that horrific sound it produces. It’s so unnecessarily loud; when you’re downstairs and you hear bottles causing mayhem, I’m pretty sure you feel the same worry I do.

In order to avoid this unnecessary anxiety about a family member that might have been knocked unconscious due to a 1, 2, slip (now sing that in your Ciara voice…you sound great!), I like to just pretend they’re bowling.

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This angry soul is far from bowling.

 

 

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A Sneakerhead’s Confession

More like “A Memoir of a Sneakerhead.”

8/2/14 — The release date of the KD 7 “Global Games”

5:55am  — The blaring sound of my alarm goes off and my eyes remained shut as I proceed to snooze it.

6:00am — My second alarm sounds and now I’m ready to take the  day head on. I check my inbox and see a message from my friend Peter time stamped at 5:45am, “I KNOW YOU’RE AWAKE!” I proceed to brush my teeth and gather my belongings. I skipped out on washing my face because for a sneaker release, timing is crucial.

Every minute wasted is a minute someone else is taking advantage of to take your spot in line.

As I leave my girlfriend’s apartment, her dad is awake and to save my breath & time, I simply tell him I’m going to play basketball (It was easier than letting him know that I was going to sit around at the mall for 3 hours just to buy a shoe). As I walk through the door, he said, “JUST WIN.” Winning is what I intended to do…just not on the court.

Time saved? Probably 1 minute and 27 seconds of explanation.

I get to Peter’s around 6:32am and that’s already rattling my nerves. He opens his garage with two lawn chairs in hand as I suggested that we bring. Nonchalantly, he walks down the driveway with his typical cool step, we exchange daps & pounds and load up the car. We’re off.

Our quick trip led us down the 15N freeway with a slight journey on the 91 West. We grabbed some iced coffee from a Starbucks nearby. Side story: Whenever I get an iced coffee, I ask for light ice so that I’m not stuck with half a cup of frozen water and the rest milk with barely any coffee. Not only was it not iced lightly, in order to fit a lid without having the cup overflow, the barista poured out some of my precious energy inducing liquid into the sink and handed it off to me like it was all gravy. It wasn’t all gravy. End story.

7:05am — We’re at a stoplight about to take a left into the parking lot of the Galleria at Tyler and Peter is coming up with the scouting report. Foot Locker is on the second floor not too far from the food court. This meant nothing to us since we don’t frequent this mall.

We found the nearest entrance to the store, parked, and pressed our luck by walking towards the entrance. As we walk towards the entrance, a car of three dudes pass by us with eyes fixated towards the ground; that is a typical indication of a fellow sneakerhead. It’s not a threatening size-up of a potential enemy, it’s just a natural gaze that begins at the feet that slowly leads to an assessment of the outfit and ends at the face.

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Peter rocking his LeBron 9 “Dunkman’s” and me in my NYC “City Pack” Polka Dot Roshes. No, we didn’t match Active socks on purpose; if you’re not from SoCal, reading active on someone’s leg is a common sight.

7:11am — We walk towards the automatic doors and YES! They slide right open. An empty mall before official open times is quite eerie. You’re used to a loud and bustling environment: loud kids, frustrated parents, and beauty kiosk employees forcefully handing out coupons. Like the Promenade in Temecula, the Galleria opens up early for people to use the indoor, air-conditioned building as a walking area for morning cardio.

Peter quickly locates the escalator that leads to Foot Locker and to our suprise, we were the first ones present. Success. We ended up ditching the lawn chairs for some comfortable seats across the way from the storefront. Two minutes after sitting, I see the three guys from the car that passed us earlier walk into the mall, look at the store and try and scan the area for other potential customers; they spot us and I see some slight disappointment that they weren’t first. Hehe.

7:25am — A kid and his what seems to be his sibling sat in front of the store.

8:02am — Five teenaged boys scout the storefront.

8:08am — Peter and I decide to stand in front of the store to secure our position as first and second. We’re a bit defensive at this point. No definitive line.

8:19am — A man dressed in jean shorts, tank top, reflective sunglasses, and a long chained Jesus piece walks up. Not in line…more off to the side and I’m worried. Was he going to try and jump the line? I hope not!

8:46am — Still no definitive line but Peter and I stand firm. Everyone was nice though. We were all there hoping to snatch the same pair. Some of the questions: What time did you get here? What shoe are you buying? Are you from here? What size are you? Did you buy the 35k Degrees?

9:24am — An employee walks towards the store and talks to some people in line…we were in front of the wrong entrance. The fronts of the Foot Locker and the House of Hoops were right next to one another: Foot Locker on the left and HOH on the right. I’m carefully eyeing the situation; I see a customer give a handshake to the employee and that worries me. Are they friends or is he a frequent customer? Are they going to secretly hold a pair for him…he looked like he could be my size. Crap, I’m not going to get the shoe.

The employee then asks those on that side of the “line,” who first in line was and right as I heard that, my hand shakily raises up, but now there is an official start point, and we were officially customers one and two. Phew!

9:31am —

Our view.

The employee was wearing a pair of the Oregon Foamposites that can be seen for sale on eBay for $1,000+! He apparently had the right connections for the sneaker and was able to buy them for retail ($240).

9:56am — Two employees walk towards the gate and I get all giddy inside. Peter was first in line and the employee called him up. “You getting the KD’s? What size?” Before Peter answers with a numerical response, he first makes sure I get the chance to go in and pay at the same time.

"He's with me."

“He’s with me.”

Good look Peter. He locked in his size 9 and and I, my 11.

10:01am — My hands are shaking from excitement during the transaction. Told them the phone number associated with my VIP Member card, handed over my military ID for a discount (thanks for serving in the Navy, dad), and then my debit card for payment.

A question employees cannot answer until release day is “How many pairs did you receive?” Well, now that I’m an official owner of a pair, I asked and knew I was going to get an answer. So how many did they get? 24 pairs. With men’s sizes ranging usually from 8-14 and half-sizes in between, there isn’t much room for foot size variation!

Oh well, I got mine! Pair 2 of 24 at that location to be exact.

10:08am — We walk out of the store the line probably extended to about 30-40 people. All were there to press their luck for a pair of Kevin Durant’s 7th signature shoe or a pair of the retro Jordan 14’s that were releasing that day.

We get to my car and we counted down, “1, 2, 3…,” the top of the boxes popped open and betcha by golly wow, these shoes are a beaut.

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One of the more popular colorways of the KD 7 out of the first five scheduled releases. (Shoe 3 out of 5 in the lineup.)

Our efforts were worth it. I don’t care if I had dark circles. Eye boogers? A wet napkin solved that problem. Sure I was hungry, but meal time was worth the wait. For a retail price of $150, these are one of those shoes you can’t not try and buy. Reminiscent of the “Red October” Yeezy 2’s, sneakerheads across the country (and globe) made this a definite yes on their list to add to their collection.

Thank you Foot Locker in Riverside for making this an easy release to deal with. The first come, first serve system worked thanks to organized and stern employees. This is only my second sneaker campout and no bad experience was taken from it.

Good thing I don’t fall for EVERY sneaker like some sneakerheads do, or else I’d be spending more time in line waiting to drop ca$h I shouldn’t.

 

The title of this blog is a shoutout to an online sneaker community named “Sneakerhead Confessions” that I am a part of. Check it out: www.sneakerheadconfessions.com.

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