Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Childhood Icon Falls

Now I'll be the first to admit I'm a bit of a dork, but I don't think I've gone into the realm of nerd quite yet though. Maybe I just lack the imagination. The example I’m thinking of is that when I was young I loved cartoons but didn’t like comic books (graphic novels for the collectors.) I just never could get into them.

My favorite cartoon was of course Batman (followed by the X-men.) Everyone liked Batman. I liked Batman because he was a normal guy. Well compared to most superheroes anyway. He wasn’t bitten by a super spider, didn’t have a magic ring, didn’t have some special mutation, or wasn't exposed to radiation. At a very early age I learn if you get exposed to just die. No, Batman was special because he chose to be. He just had some serious psychological issues. For the most part though, he worked at it.

For those that don’t know the story of Batman, his parents were killed right in front of him. His hate consumed him. He formed it and used it to make himself stronger. He did everything he could to prevent that from ever happening to anyone else. *SPOILER* If you saw The Dark Knight you may have notice the tie in at the end of the movie. Batman save Gordan son from the same fate. He was about to watch he father being killed. Didn’t catch that did ya….(like I said, I'm a dork)

My point is that I like Batman. He has inspired generations that if you work hard enough, 1 person can make a difference. You don’t need to be super to do it.

Then my friend sent me this.

“Batman to be replaced by Lesbian Counterpart.”

What The Heck!?!

Now I'm all for reinventing the character every now and then. Give him a new car. New gadgets. New villains. New women. New internal struggles, etc...but this?!?!

This is creating a character out of the fallen carcass of one of the most popular superhero's of all time. It's horrible.

I know what some of you are thinking. I hate gay people right! or women! That's not it at all. Email me and I'll argue you both those or any other points all day.

My point is simply this...Batman is Bruce Wayne...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Watch Your Kids Part I

Sorry about this, but I’m going to have to get on my soapbox here for a bit. I don’t like it, but it really really bugs me. Like I said before I’m not perfect but everyone has some pet peeves. If you have a good rant and I like it, I’ll put it up here.

Now let me set the scene. The Little Mama, Little Mister and I had just finished some shopping at the local Target. It wasn’t quite dinner time yet, and the Little Mister had some energy to burn before we hit the Taco Bell. Lucky for us, there is nice little playground in the same little shopping center. This playground has many different restaurants, and shops nearby(including and Amy's Ice Cream!) During the summer there is a little sprinkler thing for the kids to play in, as well as an area that they have little concerts at as well. It’s a nice little place.

For those of you who don’t know, The Little Mama is just over 8 months pregnant. You could say she’s not as active as she use to be. She found the most comfortable rock she could and popped a squat while Jake and I went to play.

I’m not arguing that parents should hover over their kids. Not even in the slightest. I hover a little right now because my son is 2. There are a few things on the play ground he has problems with because of his size. I would rather give him a helping hand under the butt than let him fall 3 feet. That’s just me. Plus he can’t really hold his own yet against some of the kid 3 times his size, but that’s another part in this series.

Well Jake and I are having a grand ole time. Little Mama’s watching and smiling from the sidelines when a kid (about 6-7 yrs old) wipes out 3 feet from her. When I say wipe out, I mean lands face first into a rock next to her. There is blood. There is crying. Possibly has a chipped tooth. This is promptly followed by my beautiful pregnant wife, visibly uncomfortably squatting to console this poor child while looking around for a parent.

This poor kid mom was inside eating with her friends.

What The Heck!?!

Yeah the kid got hurt. It's sad but let’s face the facts. Kids are going to get hurt. It’s a fact of life.

The part that bothers me is she wasn't even near the playground. Her child wasn't a priority. She a couldn't even see a corner of the playground from her table. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that’s right. Maybe I’m just over protective. I’ve let Jake fall. I’ve made him pick himself up and dust himself off. I’ve had some other parents ask me how I could be so "mean." So no, I don’t think I'm over protective at all.

Maybe it’s because I read the news. Maybe it’s because I remember why John Walsh does what he does. Or that I remember why that Amber Alert system is in place. That scares me more than a chipped tooth ever could.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I Drive an Invisible Car!!!

Batman had the batmobile. The X-men had the X-jet. Ghostrider had that flaming Harley thing, and I have an invisible car!

You may ask yourself...Does this mean Big Daddy is a Superhero?

I wish! What kid (or immature adult) hasn't thought about having superpowers. I have! Unfortunately I'm a long way from wearing brightly colored spandex and protecting the citizens of this great country from evil doers.

No mine is a tale much less fantastic/dramatic, but it still gets my heart pumping. Almost on a daily basis some other car (usually a much bigger car) tries to hit me and my little Rubbermaid container. They pull out in front of me after waiting until I enter the intersection, change lanes while I'm still occupying it, or try to pass someone through me(that was an interesting one!)

Its amazing I can find it in the parking lot.

Do I dare and see if it is invisible to cops too? We can't afford to pay for a ticket right now.

Now it might be cool if I was the only person I knew with and invisible car..but I'm not. A girl I work with named Abigail has been rear ended 25 times while stopped at a red light or stop sign! 25!!! That's got to be some kind of record.

It really makes me wonder what some people are paying attention to since its not me or anyone else on the road. Now I'll admit some times I may get distracted by a sweet '67 mustang(or any classic muscle car for that matter), a really cute girl in a CJ, but I'm not changing lanes while I'm doing it.

It just make wonder What The Heck!?!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Brett Favre

This one has been bugging me for a while now, and for the most part I've been biting my tounge. Seriously though Brett...What The Heck.

Now, I'll admit I'm a fan, as is my wife, my brother, and just about everyone else I know that likes football. It's hard not to like Brett Favre. If you don't like him, you have to at least admire him. No one in the history of this planet has ever made me consider buying a pair of Wranglers and playing football in the mud. I've tried Wranglers before. They aren't that comfortiable, but for a moment I considered getting a pair.

If you still have no idea what I'm talking about you could at least respect this....he played quaterback with a broken thumb on his thowing hand for almost half a season!!! AND HE WAS STILL WINNING!!! He's a real true tough football player. There are a lot of players out there right now that could learn a lot from guys like him. Prime example the "cute," dimple faced, my poor pinky Tony Romo. I think I've said enough. (That's going to make a lot of Cowboy fans mad...sorry honey!)

At the end of this season Brett Favre retired. Again. I read/heard in an interview that he doesn't understand why the fans, the media, the coachs, the players, the NFL or pretty much anyone doesn't believe him that he means it...this time.

We love you Brett, but What The Heck!?!

Why would we believe that you were really done this time? Would it be because you threw more interceptions than touchdowns last year? Everyone has a bad season. Is it because you've got a torn bicep? You've had worse. Other player have come back from worse and have had amazing seasons. I won't even start listing names. Is it because you say you're serious this time? Well, you said you were serious before. You even cried last time. Is this the 4 or 5 time you've retired. I've lost count.

Bottom line. I say there is a 20% chance in '09 we will see Farve playing again, and its a day I look forward to.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

John Scalzi Hates Your Politics

I've pretty much dedicated this blog to rants and raves of some sort. I try to have a little fun with it but I avoid politics. I recently found this little tidbit that John Scalzi wrote in '02 and found it to be highly entertaining. Especially since my own personal political beliefs have never really fit into a single "branch of political thinking." So then I thought...Self, why should I limit my blog only to my own personal rants...hmmm

You can read it here. Try not to be offended.

If you don't know who John Scalzi is, he's an author. I can't say he's one of my favorites because so far I've only read 2 of his books. I can say I really enjoyed both of them and I intend on reading many more. He mostly writes sci-fi so if this makes me a dork, them I'm a dork. If you want more info on him here is a link to him on wikipedia

If you wish to read his blog here is a link to it here...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Chock This One Up to Laziness

I'm still amazed by this one.

I saw a woman cross the road. You're probably telling yourself that's really not a big deal right. People cross road all the time right, and if that were simply the case it really wouldn't rate mentioning here.

I saw a woman run across six lanes (three each way) with a raised median in the middle. Kind perks your interest a little bit more huh.

I saw a woman run across six lanes of heavy traffic causing at least 20 cars (myself included) to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting her while still avoiding hitting each other. For some reason a real life version of the old video game frogger comes to mind.

I saw a woman run across six lanes of heavy traffic causing at least 20 cars to slam on their brakes to avoid making her road kill while avoid hitting each other, when all she had to do was walk 150 feet east or west to an intersection and press a button for a cross walk a wait for the light. That's right she was exactly halfway between 2 intersections. Both of which were armed with stoplights to give her a safe crossing of the six lanes of traffic. I assume she thought is was too far to walk. We're talking maybe half a football field here people!!! 50 yards! 150 FT!!! You've got to be kidding me!!!!

Are you ready for the kicker!!!!!

She was pulling a Wagon.

With a Toddler in it.

What The Heck were you thinking lady!?!

Saturday, February 14, 2009


This is my first post! Yeah!!! I'm new at this. While I have guest blogged on my wife's" blog a few times (this is even on her account) so you'll have to bear with me here a little bit.
I started this as a way just to vent. Maybe (hopefully) I can raise some awareness so that some people may start to think about their actions before hand. I however seriously doubt it. I would even be surprised if anyone actually reads this, let alone let it affect them in anyway.
I mean come on people we all have seen some pretty stupid stuff happen out there in our daily lives. Some of it has become so common place we don't even notice it anymore. I just decided to start pointing it out.
Now I don't want to be mean and I don't want to point fingers. I'm by no means perfect myself, (My wife reminds me of that everyday) but I'd like to think I'm above the average stock. I did spent 5 years in the Marine Corps (hence the alpha numeric title.) That fact alone should tell you I'm not the brightest bulb. For those of you that don't know one of my fellow Jarheads, we call it like we see it. So tact is one of those things I may lack a little bit. If I offend you, I'm sorry. Its not my intention at all. At the same time though....if the shoe should ask yourself why. Maybe you're the guy or gal I'm talking about.
So with without stalling too much longer...
These are my personal experiences and observations people (sometimes myself included) that make you say, think, or mutter to ones self....What The Heck!?!