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The Oldest Man in the World

All good things must come to an end, right? Well for Jiroemon Kimura, the oldest man in the world from Japan, he lived more days than most of us can ever hope.

Not only was Kimura the oldest man alive according to the Guinness Book of World Records, but he was also the oldest person to have ever lived! That’s a pretty amazing feat when you think about it. And what’s even more amazing is the fact that he died of natural causes at the ripe age of 116. And by ripe, I mean pretty old.

Jiroemon Kimura

I hope I’m this happy when I’m 116.

Kimura was born on April 19, 1897. Just think of all the amazing things and events this man was alive for. Both world wars, dinosaurs, and most of the stories from the Old Testament.

I think the thing I learned from this story is that even if you live to be 116, life is still short. Do the things you love and go out with a big smile on your face.

To read more about this story, check out the link.

Music Video of the Week- Be Your Own Pet

It’s been a while since I’ve graced this blog with my presence. It’s been a busy two months, and unfortunately this blog was put on the back burner. However, the posts shall continue whether you like it or not.

Be Your Own Pet

Be Your Own Pet

This week’s music video comes from a band that I recently discovered even though they broke up a few years ago. Once again, I’m late to the party. It’s like high school all over again. Just kidding, I was never invited to parties in high school…

That’s neither here nor there. This week’s I have chosen the band, Be Your Own Pet. This punk/garage band came to us from the sweet dwellings of Nashville, Tennessee. Which is weird, because the lead singer is the only Ten I See. In other words, she’s attractive.

Anyways, here is there video for the song, Adventure. Enjoy yourselves.

Music Video of the Week- Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday is one of my favorite rock bands. Yeah, I know some people describe them as “emo,” but I do have a problem with that term. Technically all music is “emo” since all goods songs convey some sort of emotion. But that is neither here nor there.

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

Personally, I think Taking Back Sunday were in their prime when the album, Where You Want To Be came out. Yes, Tell All Your Friends was a great record, but for some reason I could relate and enjoyed WYWTB even more.

This week, I have chosen a live music video from these guys. The song is called One-Eighty By Summer and it just happens to be my favorite track from WYWTB, even though I thoroughly enjoyed every song from the record.

So sit back, and enjoy an amazing performance by one of my favorite bands.

What’s your favorite Taking Back Sunday song? Tell me about it in the comments.

Cheers.

Barney and Friends…and Murder

When you think of Barney, the popular purple dinosaur, what words come to mind? Children? Education? Learning? Murder?

Now I know what you’re thinking. How could a fictional character that is both loving and caring be tangled up with murder? Well he’s not. But the son of the show’s creator is.

Barney

Barney’s response after he was asked if he had ever murdered someone.

Sheryl Leach, the creator of the show Barney, has a son named Patrick that is being accused of attempted murder. He was also charged with one count of assault with a semi-automatic weapon. Someone obviously missed the episode about forgiveness.

Patrick apparently got into an argument with his neighbor over a trespassing issue and shot him. The neighbor called the police after he was shot. Patrick was later arrested and is now scheduled to appear in court next month.

This story just makes me sad. What’s next? Is the daughter of the director of Wishbone going to rob a liquor store or hold up a bank? What’s this world coming to? And what really makes me sick is how this story will reflect on poor Barney. I wonder if he will do an episode about gun control? Or an episode about how to survive in prison? Either way, I would watch those episodes.

If you would like more information on this story, you can check it out here.

Also, if you know of any other amusing news stories, feel free to send me a link and let me know about them.

Music Video of the Week- Bright Eyes

When an artist is compared to the likes of Bob Dylan, they must be doing something right. That’s what first drew me to the band, Bright Eyes.

Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes

After listening to multiple songs over and over, I really began to respect and admire this band. At the helm, is Conor Oberst, who plays guitar and handles lead vocals. His shaky, folk style and heartfelt lyrics are really quite a combination.

The songs that drew me to this band the most were Lua, At The Bottom of Everything and Landlocked Blues. If you haven’t heard these tunes, then I highly recommend you check them out after you check out this week’s video.

The video I chose to share is from their record, Casadega, and the song is called Four Winds.

I love this video because it shows the band slowly getting booed of stage while still delivering an amazing performance. I thought it was pretty comical.

So here’s the video, Four Winds, by Bright Eyes.

If you know any other bands similar to Bright Eyes, please let me know about them in the comments section.

3 Things I Learned From Sports

I haven’t played a team sport in a few years. However, I can still remember the “good ole days” playing basketball and tennis in high school. Looking back on those experiences, I’ve discovered that there are 3 things that sports taught me.

3. If you play a sport that doesn’t matter, you don’t matter- I think some people deny that student athletes get special treatment, but it does happen. If you’re not getting special treatment, then you’re playing the wrong sport.

When I was a sophomore in high school, I switched schools and the only sport I played was tennis. Needless to say, no one cares about tennis.

Basically, unless you played basketball or football, you were still considered a nobody in the eyes of your peers. For instance, every time we had a pep rally, the only two sports that were celebrated were basketball and football. However, one time, the tennis team was recognized because we had made it into a big tournament. We were welcomed with little to no applause and you could subtlety hear the question, “We have a tennis team?” being mumbled.

confused student

Tennis…is that like water polo or something?

So basically, here is my advice. If you’re looking to be popular, have tons of friends and have the admiration of your peers and teachers, I recommend you play a well-loved sport and get really good at it. And no, golf doesn’t count.

2. It’s not about winning, it’s about having fun- This is the biggest lie that I have ever heard. For years, I heard this over and over and over. But yet for some reason, I never really believed any coach that said this.

When I played basketball in middle and high school, I had numerous coaches tell me this before a game. But guess what? Once half time came around and we were down by 20 points, the coach was yelling and telling us how if we didn’t win, we were going to be running our asses off at the next practice.

But what if we were having fun playing the game? Sure, we were losing, but what if we were okay with that because we just loved the game? All of sudden that “having fun” part went out the window.

“It’s not about winning, it’s about having fun. But winning is the only way to have fun! So get out there and win!” I feel that’s the better expression.

angry coach

“Now you get out there and start having fun!” Yelled no coach ever.

So the next time you’re playing a sport and having a good time with some friends, look up at the scoreboard. If you’re down by a few points, it’s time to step up and start having more fun. And if you’re a coach, then you scream and yell at those little punks until they start crying tears of fun! Because that’s what all the great coaches do, right?

1. It’s okay to cheat to get to the top, just don’t get caught- This wasn’t a lesson I really learned by playing sports. This was a lesson I learned by watching sports. In the world we live, sports are so important that people are willing to lie, cheat, steal, murder and take all kinds of drugs to reach their full potential and get on top.

These same athletes are considered role models and tell our kids that if you work hard, say your prayers and eat your vegetables, you can be successful too.

One scandal we can look at in recent news is Lance Armstrong. This is a story of a man willing to do anything to be number one and reach the top. So was he sorry that he cheated, or was he sorry that he got caught cheating?

It’s baffling to me that some athletes are willing to cheat to obtain their goals and be number one. But what happens when all of your hard work adds up to nothing because you cheated and cut corners to get there?

And if a majority of pro athletes are taking performance enhancing drugs to get there, what kind of message is that sending to the youth? It’s telling them that it’s okay to cheat, just don’t get caught.

But I also think sports drive people to cheat. Think about it. Let’s say you really loved football and you were a pretty good player. You did well in high school and even had a few colleges look at you. Then, all of a sudden, some coaches tell you that you need to work on building mass and strength. Sure you could hit the gym and work hard, but when every pro athlete and their mother is taking steroids, perhaps it would be tempting and easier to give yourself a little boost.

And if everyone else is doing it, it must be okay right? And let’s say you don’t have enough time to get bigger. Are you willing to kiss those scholarships goodbye? Man, life has some tough decisions.

But that’s what sports are there for right? To separate the strong from the weak. If you can’t get bigger, maybe little Timmy down the street can.

kid flexing

Good Lord, Timmy got swole!

Hell, even Buggs Bunny and the rest of the gang took performance enhancing drugs in Space Jam!

Makes me sick!

Don’t get me wrong though, I really enjoyed playing sports. Why? Because I had fun. I was just there to hang out with friends and have a good time. And I think we’ve lost sight of that. Sports are suppose to be fun. So ignore all the people who take it too seriously and let your coaches get upset if they want. Just don’t take anything they say personally and remember that it’s a game and games are suppose to be fun! So get out there and enjoy yourself! Unless it’s dodgeball. That’s war, not a game.

Space Jam

And yes, Space Jam is the greatest sports movie of all time.

Music Video of the Week- The Rocket Summer

Whenever I’m feeling kind of down and out, there is always one band I can count on to put me in a good mood and that’s The Rocket Summer. Not only is it great music, but I also have a lot of respect for the man behind it all, Bryce Avary.

The Rocket Summer

Bryce Avary from The Rocket Summer.

The Rocket Summer is a solo project started by Bryce Avery. He plays multiple instruments, writes and produces every song that is on his albums. He’s creative and always has a positive message within his songs, which is refreshing.

He has released 5 studio albums along with several EPs. This week’s video is from his latest album, Life Will Write The Words. The song is called 200,000 and is one of my favorite songs he has done. This video is also cool because you get to see Bryce play all kinds of instruments and see just how talented he really is.

Check it out.

Do you know of any artists similar to The Rocket Summer? If so, tell me about them in the comments.

Music Video of the Week- Rooney

This week, I’ve chosen a band that I’ve liked for a few years now. Named after the principal from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, (Ed Rooney) the band, Rooney is this week’s pick.

Rooney

Rooney

The cool thing about this band is there sound. I really enjoy there British invasion rock type feel. With their shag haircuts, catchy melodies and rocking guitars, this is one band you should definitely check out.

The video I have chosen is called, I’m Shakin’, off of their first album. Enjoy!

If you know of any other bands that are similar to this one, let me know about them in the comments!

Rednecks: The New TV Trend

The world of entertainment has followed some odd trends over the years. I remember when reality TV was just starting out and it grew very popular. The first reality show that I can recall was Cops. Which is ironic because most “reality celebrities” end up in prison.

But in the last few years or so, we’ve seen an even more bizarre phenomenon taking place. Our homes are now filled with redneck stars that have somehow gained fame.

The wonderful world of reality TV has brought us gems such as Duck Dynasty, Moonshiners, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, and the newest addition, Buckwild.

I personally thought once we all got past Jersey Shore, it would be really difficult to replace their interesting and almost disturbing lifestyle. But once again, I was wrong.

Jersey Shore cast

We scraped the bottom of the barrel for these clowns and discovered that the barrel was deeper than we thought.

Now the world of reality TV has produced a new trend that has created conversations and clever status updates on Facebook and Twitter. A lot of them have been from yours truly. We have stumbled into the world of the redneck.

The first show that began to display this lifestyle was Duck Dynasty. I have no problem with this show and I know a lot of people who enjoy it. I think it’s hilarious that these guys started a business of making duck callers and ended up turning it into a million dollar empire.

But then, there are shows like Honey Boo Boo and Buckwild. And these people are just idiots.

First of all, Honey Boo Boo really bothers me. This girl has been raised in the world of beauty pageants where everything is fake and the girls are shallower that the kiddie pool in my front yard.

kiddie pool

Ladies, the water is fine.

And what’s even worse about this show is that it is on The Learning Channel. You know where you are suppose to learn stuff? If Honey Boo Boo is on The Learning Channel that technically makes her a teacher. And technically, that makes us stupid.

Now, let’s talk about Buckwild. Sweet Lord.

First of all, if you are speaking the English language, and you need subtitles so the viewers can understand you, then there is a problem.

Second, why in the world was this show even made? We are glorifying people who do stupid things, get in fights, drink all the time, and have no decency. But guess what? I’m just as guilty because I watch every episode and I will continue because it makes me laugh. I’m part of the problem.

Somehow, MTV looked into my mind and the majority of people my age and found that we all have one thing in common; we love to watch stupid people do stupid things.

I’m not sure what’s so addicting about these programs. Maybe after I see a few episodes, it helps me to feel better about myself and my life. Sure I got a flat tire, my dog peed on the carpet and I got stuck in traffic, but at least no one recorded me eating boogers or drinking so much beer that I ran around the town in my underwear. So it’s still a good day.

What do you think of these reality TV shows? Tell me your opinion in the comments.

Music Video of the Week- Macklemore

I don’t listen to a lot of rap music. Every now and then there is a song from the genre that I will enjoy. So, this week, I’ve surprised myself by picking an indie rapper by the name of Macklemore.

Macklemore

Macklemore

This guy released his first studio album back in October of 2012. I’m pretty sure that I’m a little late jumping on the bandwagon since his music video, Thrift Shop, has been viewed about 50 million times.

Here’s the video for Thrift Shop and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Good luck getting it out of your head.

Do you know of any artists similar to this one that I should know about? If so, tell me about them in the comments section.

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