Despite my current hobby, as a kid my passion wasn’t Transformers…it was the great green ninja force, that’s right, the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Only recently have they celebrated their 25th anniversary, and sadly, in fashion to the franchises past…they kinda got forgotten.
Sure there was a Cartoon Special and a Toyline…but, even then they kind of got thrown under the bus. For the Cartoon, they couldn’t even get “Uncle Phil” to reprise the voice of Shredder for godssake! I mean, it’s not like he’s got anything better to do, I’m sure he’d do it. I’m pretty sure it was just plain lazyness on the part of the cartoon produces.
And, as for the toyline…*sigh*…much to my dismay…
The AMAZING 25th Anniversary reissues had everything you could have wanted. Everything down to the original card art and child-choking hazard weapons. I was on my way to getting them all. I had the four Turtles, Splinter, April, Bebop and Rocksteady, and of course the delightful reissue of the Turtle Van. All I had left was Shredder, the Foot Soldier, and two figures I had never owned as a kid…Slash and Casey Jones.
However, it was not meant to be. Apparently kids don’t dig the Turtle scene anymore, and sales were not as good as they hoped…not to mention f*cking GREEN LANTERN toys are made by the same company…and so…the line was canceled.
Thankfully most of the line was released before cancelling, so I can find them on the internet…I’ll pay up the ass for them, but I can find them if I so choose. EXCEPT the one I really wanted…Casey Jones. As far as I can tell, he was the only one not to be released anywhere, because even online, he is nowhere to be found.
So, I sit here wondering…do I bite the bullet and complete what I can of the 25th Anniversary Re-Issues regardless of price? Or cut my losses, enjoy what I have, and live in my sweet, sweet, memories of a time where Turtles reigned supreme?
So, today I had to be in at work for 5pm. In fact, I’m sitting here at work typing this. So, most of my day was a little disjointed for some reason.
Having a fully thawed Pot Roast in the fridge, I got antsy, and felt obliged to make it. So around noon I stuffed the thing in my dutxh oven for two hours, figuring a big meal in the late afternoon would take care of dinner…this of course has yet to prove itself.
I’ve never really felt right eating such a large meal in the middle of the day. Even thanksgivings and christmas “dinners” in such a manner throw me off kilter.
Today, it just made me feel like it was 6pm when it was just barely after 2…an odd feeling.
Add that with the disorientation of deciding to watch the first three DIE HARD movies out-of-order (3,1,2) and I don’t know what to feel about today.
Thankfully next week ends my crazy schedule for the foreseeable future. I can’t effing wait!
So, yet another apocalypse theory. Oddly enough, this one sort of came up out of nowhere with the most random of dates. It’s almost as if someone said…
"Oh shit, the 2012 theory fizzled out before the snow melted. We need something to scare the shit out of people for no apparent reason!"
Being an atheist, I’m not exactly changing my dinner reservations for the 21st. But, I wouldn’t be my lovable, hopelessly paranoid self if there wasn’t a small fraction of me that approaches the date with apprehension. It’s the same part of me that gets unnerved by the boring, and absolutely horrid PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies.
Needless to say, I’m quite ashamed of this part of me. It makes me feel like a hypocrite, the thing I hate most about people. I can’t seem to help it though.
I’m a deciple of Math and Science, and to a lesser exstent Logic. Logic is to a “lesser extent” because anything can sound logical to the person who says it. Hell, back in the dark ages, it seemed logical that flies spawned from cheese because when covered with a blanket and left to rot, and when uncovered flies were found. I guess I’m more a deciple to common sense rather than logic.
So then why is there still apart of me that still tends towards the supersticious?
Maybe because I’m just a stupid, barely-evolved, monkey?
Now THAT makes sense. Maybe I’m being too hard on myself. I mean, we as a species are just BARELY civilized. Most of are brains are still programmed in the primal “fight or flight” mode, and therefore superstition on any level is understandable. Superstition was originally spawned by man trying to explain that which he doesn’t understand and is so ingrained into our brains, it’s going to take FOREVER to break free of it.
I mean people still believe that spilling the salt is bad luck for crying out loud…I’m sad to say I’m one of them.
So, I think I can forgive myself a few primal, self-preservation twinges…no matter how ridiculous they may be.
Drawing? Oh man, that’s tough…I’m sure something I did in college before my passion for art was beaten out of me by the concepts of “Modern Art.” Although I’m also fond of my early work for my defunct “Trippy” flash project.
So, I’ve been getting a lot of compliments recently about how much weight I lost, and apparently I’m continuing to lose. Of course, as anyone else who’s lost weight knows, these compliments are followed by the question…”How’d you do it?”
Well, I’m a personal believer in that everyone has something that works for them, so I’m not sure how helpful my process will help you but for the sake of answering the question for all who wants to know…here you go.
First thing’s first…this is NOT a diet. Diets do not work, this was a complete change in the way I eat and live. If you try a diet, you go in with a psychological viewpoint that it is temporary and once you lose the weight you can go back to what you did…which is not the case.
My change in lifestyle basically followed a few simple rules when you break it down. Some were easier to follow than others…
Cut out Sugar: I followed a “Double Digit” rule when looking at the nutritional facts. If a serving size has a sugar, gram content in the double digits, it was rejected…however…
Treat Yourself: One indulgence a week never killed anyone.
Eat your fruits and veges: Green vegetables are always in the house, and I have a piece of fruit with every lunch I bring to work.
Water is the giver of life: Water is my primary source of thirst satisfaction, usually a large sports bottles-worth every day, sometimes two.
Everyday Exercise: My work helped out, but I also did simple things, taking the stairs, parking further back in the lot, etc. Basically at least an hour of walking a day is all I found I needed.
Common Sense: Taco bell may be tasty, but it is by NO MEANS a common indulgence.
That’s it really…cooking also helped out a bit. Cooking from scratch gives you better control of what goes into your food and portion control, but other than that, those six simple rules guided me from 297 to 217 pounds in just under four years…yeah, four years. What? I didn’t say it took me a short amount of time to get here…
GOOD EATS is “retiring” this year…this is coming directly from the man Alton Brown himself, who just recently started a twitter account. While we got 14 seasons out of it, this nevertheless makes me quite unhappy. Who shall I turn to for my cooking advice now? Will there be another cook book? Better yet…will there be more season DVDs? Even if so, things will never be the same.
In other dissapointing news. We’re getting a new MST3K boxed set…every…last…disc…in the set a Joel episode. Ugh…
Now, I’m not a person who is rabidly against Joel. I’ve got nothing against the man personally, I have no loyalty to Mike outside the fact that I find him to be the funnier of the two. Joel has his moments, but let’s face it…his delivery is bland and he has little to no energy to him. It’s like taking NyQuil beforehand. Besides, let’s not forget, the man was a prop comic…the lowest form of comedy, second only to Jimmy Fallon. Mike on the other hand, not only is a comedy writer, but a character actor, thus when he took the reins it was far more natural for him to perform.
But, I’ve said all this before, no use in running it into the ground…
I tried watching TANGLED again last night to give it an honest second chance to prove itself.
I got maybe 15 minutes into the movie before it became intolerable. In it’s defense the back half is far more watchable than the front half, but it’s still a Disney movie and therefore should be gold all the way through. Sad really…
Watched CASINO ROYALE again too, and was very sad to notice that it doesn’t hold up well since last I saw it. Sure the first two acts are badass, but Bond falling in love…ugh…cancelled. And to read that the new one will be another DIRECT SEQUEL?? Why???? I think from now on I’ll stick to GOLDENEYE and call it good.
My gas has been taking quite a hit lately. I put 3/4 of a tank in on Thursday and already I need to fill it again. Usually I can go a whole week before filling, but I haven’t been as much of a shut-in as I usually am. While I’m sure in some ways this is a good thing, I’m kinda broke-ish and need to keep gas for work.
And yet I hear that oil prices plummeted last week and we have seen no change whatsoever in gas prices. That’s greed for you…I can’t wait to get an electric car and take oil completely out of the equation. I get my power from a Nuclear Power plant, add that with an electric car and I’m taking greener than green baby!