Rambo Series Ranked

I never thought in my life that a new Rambo movie would come out. The third one released about a year before I was born, so for a very long time, I thought that was it. I remember always thinking, ‘I wish they would make five, so that they could be even with the Rocky series.’

In 2008, the impossible happened. A fourth one came out, along with it, the possibility of another sequel, but eventually it tapered off, Stallone basically saying he was too old for a fifth. And then one day, nearly 11 years after the fourth one came out, my brother informed me that he was indeed making the film, and showed me some set photos.

I was floored. It seems in less than a week, I will get my wish at long last. Five movies to match Rocky, even though thankfully that series has increased in number as well. But I am not  going to wait for a sixth one, for that just isn’t ever going to happen. I am satisfied completely with the fifth one. The trailer alone makes me confident this movie is going to be intense and incredible. I just watched it again, and it gave me chills

So to celebrate this monumental occasion, I will be ranking all the movies from my least favorite to my most favorite.

So away we go!!

 

#4 Rambo

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This movie is incredibly moving and emotional, due to the fact that it very accurately portrays war in third world countries and the cruelty of humanity. Each weapons effects on human bodies is realistic and brutal, which really brings into light how horrible war is and why Rambo tries his best to get away from it.

While I find the movie to be utterly fantastic, it also has a bit of disappointing parts in it. I wasn’t thrilled that Rambo wasn’t doing pretty much everything on his own, despite the fact that I really like all the mercenaries he works with.

I also don’t like that there isn’t any cool stealth kill parts like they have in the first three. That is definitely missed.

The final thing that bugs me is that during the finale scene, Rambo just sits behind a machine gun mounted on a truck the whole time, which is cool, because he shreds up all kinds of stuff, but it is also boring in a way.

 

#3 Rambo III

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This movie is a masterpiece. It’s got intense action throughout most of the movie, and even has Colonel Trautman doing a bit of fighting, which is something many people have wanted to see I’m sure. While Rambo does receive a bit of help in this one, it really just focuses on him, and actually the help hinders him at times.

Rambo faces his most vicious and largest enemies yet, fearlessly taking on an entire army that culminates into the best finale in the series. He drives a tank into a helicopter for God’s sake. This move is the epitome of 80’s action.

#2 Rambo: First Blood Part II

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If the third one is a masterpiece, this  is just a little bit more so. The action, the hate, the betrayal, the message… Everything about it is amazing. And when Rambo starts to fall for someone, she dies immediately, as if the movie is punishing itself for daring to be anything other than awesome. The “Murdock, I’m coming to get you,” scene is one of the most badass scenes in history.

#1 First Blood

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This one is just slightly more of a masterpiece than 2 & 3. The whole calm, sad Rambo being pushed to take on a whole town theme is amazing. How he takes down every cop in the woods, incredible. Showing off his survival skills in said woods and in the mine is fun to watch.

I really like that a lot of the movie is just music and not a whole lot of talking goes on. Trautman’s ridiculous warnings to Teasle really hype up Rambo’s deadly skills. Just every second of this film is either tense, action packed, or awesome in some shape or form.

 

As a whole, this series is one of the best out there, despite it’s ridiculously inconsistent titling. I could watch these every day, they simply blow me away like all the stuff Rambo blows up in his life. I am completely confident that the fifth will be able to stand among these four incredible films. I already like it better than the fourth one just from watching the trailers!

 

Top 10 Worst Eminem Songs

In my opinion, Eminem is by far the greatest rapper to ever live. I’m just going to say that flat out. If you disagree with that, okay. Makes no difference to me.

But nobody is perfect. While 99% of Eminem’s songs are good to incredible, he has slipped up a few times over the years. So I thought it would be fun to compile a top 10 list putting a spot light on his 10 worst songs (in my opinion).

 

-Okay, it was actually hard to find 10 bad songs, so I have to stretch it a little bit.

#10

“On Fire”- Recovery, 2010

This song isn’t bad at all. I actually like it. I just don’t really like the chorus that much, and compared to the rest of Recovery, this song jumps out as the worse by far.

#9

“Jimmy Crack Corn”- The Re-Up, 2006

Again, this isn’t a bad song whatsoever, I just don’t love the rhythm he raps with in the first verse, even though it is reminiscent of the actual Jimmy Crack Corn song. And it has 50 Cent on it, and I absolutely hate him, so that doesn’t help. The chorus is a tad annoying too, but nothing that really hurts the song.

#8

“Yellow Brick Road”- Encore, 2004

Yet again, this isn’t a bad song. It’s just kind of boring. He tells a story about his origins at a slow pace with an unexciting beat under it. This is all fine, it’s not one of his best, and again, it was hard to find actual bad songs.

#7

“Maxine”- Infinite, 1996

I expect you’re tired of hearing this, but this is not a bad song either. The issue is that half the song is a phone call with Maxine, who is a prostitute basically, and you can barely hear anything she says. And I guess just rapping about a whore isn’t great source material to me. But yeah, it’s still a decent song.

#6

“Ass Like That”- Encore, 2004

This song isn’t horrible either, it’s just okay. And weird. It has some indian beat, and he raps with a slight indian accent or something. The lyrics are kind of all over the place as well.

#5

“Untouchable”- Revival, 2017

This song borders on being bad. It just has not a lot going for it. I don’t really like the beat, the chorus is maybe okay. But the main body just sounds messy at times, especially at the end of the song. It’s also weird that he talks in the perspective of a black guy, which makes it difficult to take the song seriously.

#4

“Nice Guy”- Kamikaze, 2018

I don’t know what he was thinking with this song. The song features Jessie Reyez more than Eminem, and she has the worst voice I’ve ever heard. It is scratching on a chalk board in human form. She is a terrible person and should never sing again.

But anywho, it’s a very short song, and half of it seems to be intentionally weird and bad, which makes it almost forgivable. It’s pretty obvious they didn’t take the song seriously or put a whole lot of effort into. So basically, they should have just cut it, cuz intentionally bad is still bad.

 

 

#3

“Mosh”- Encore, 2004

This has a slow, marching beat to it. So like Yellow Brick Road, this is a very boring song. And Em gets all political, complaining about war and whatever, which doesn’t really suit him. On top of that, the song isn’t catchy at all, there isn’t any great rhymes. It’s just…ugh…

These next two…these are really the only two songs I can truly say are absolute terrible.

#2

“Rain Man”- Encore, 2004

What was he thinking with this one? This song is just stupid. It’s like he wrote half a song, went into the booth and just muttered a bunch of stuff in between to make a full song. It’s just 5 minutes of bad. But it does have one of his most offensive lines of all time in it, which is both hilarious and really mean.

#1

“Big Weenie”- Encore, 2004

This song makes Rain Man look good. That’s how bad it is. I have no idea what he was trying to accomplish with this one. It has no purpose, there is no message. He just says random things,  the rhymes aren’t great, the beat is slow and boring. There’s nothing redeeming about this song at all.

There you have it. I probably would have been better off doing a top 5 worst songs, since I like most of the ones on this list, but oh well. 5-10 bad songs over a 20+ year career is a pretty good record, I’d say.

 

 

My Top 10 Developers/Publishers

Over the past few years I have made top 10 lists for my favorite games on most of the consoles I own. I have recently ranked the #1 games from each list against each other to decided the best of the best.

But now it is time to pick the 10 publishers/developers that most often appeared in those top 10 lists, #1 being the company that most often made it.

I can tell you my top three developers by personal opinion right now, but I won’t. I am curious to see if those three make the list and in what position.

So here we go, the 10 most recurring companies that made games that made my top 10 lists! Okay…So there was a LOT of ties, so it turns out every developer/publisher that has made the games in my top 10 lists will make it here, so think of this as more a celebration to all these companies that have brought us such wonderful games! I thank you all!

#10- There’s a Whole Lot of Them

These companies all tied for the #10 spot, which also happens to be last place. Each of these companies appeared once in my top 10 lists…

I will list them all in no particular order

HexaDrive

Game Arts

Monolith Soft

Quintet

Mercury Steam

Naughty Dog

Electronic Arts

Visceral Games

Pandemic Studios

Jupiter Corporation

Atari SA

Spike

Activision

Treyarch

Good-Feel

Valueware Co., Ltd

Sierra Entertainment

Monolith Productions

Nordic Games Publishing

Kaiko

Devolver Digital

Flying Wild Hog

THQ

Volition Inc

Westwood Studios

Blizzard North

Takara

Eden Entertainment Software

Sega Interactive

Traveller’s Tales

Sega Technical Institute

Flying Edge

Sculptured Software

Clover Studio

Flagship

TOSE

h.a.n.d. inc.

Dimps Corporation

Grezzo

Banpresto

Arzest

Phew…Told you it was a lot…But thanks to these companies for delivering at least one video game that I very much enjoyed!

#9 There’s A Handful

Not nearly as many as the number 10’s though. These next companies made it into the top 10 lists twice.

PlatinumGames

Ubisoft Montpellier

Sucker Punch

Square EA

Raven Software

Camelot Software Planning

Game Freak

There ya go, not too bad.

#8 A Few Here Too

The next companies appeared three times in my top 10 lists. This is where the companies really start to shine in my eyes.

Ubisoft

Konami

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Blizzard Entertainment

#7 Another Handful Here

These next companies appeared an impressive four times on my lists!

Namco Bandai (or Bandai Namco)

Retro Studios

SquareSoft

Alphadream Corportation

Inti Creates

#6 A Few Here As Well

The next companies appeared 5 times on the list. Now we are starting to see the cream of the crop!!

Intelligent Systems

LucasArts

Square Enix

Sonic Team

#5 There’s Only Two Here!

We skip the number six, because these two companies showed up seven times with amazing games!

HAL Labs

Sony Computer Entertainment America

#4 Rare Ltd.

At last, one company stands alone! Rare has made the top 10 lists eight times!

#3 Sega

The guys behind Sonic and a few other amazing titles make the number 3 spot, due to appearing a whopping 10 times on my lists! As it would so happen, I actually consider them my third favorite developer!

#2 Capcom

The company that brought us Mega Man and Resident Evil has appeared 19 times in my lists! Wowsers!! They would actually be about my fourth favorite developer in my personal opinion, but clearly they deliver more of my favorite games than any other company except…

#1 Nintendo

These guys are absolutely my favorite developers. Practically every game they have ever made has been incredible, and the ones that aren’t are just plain good. This company has destroyed the rest, taking a massive 82 spots on my lists! They are indeed my favorite video game company!

That’s all folks! Every single developer that has made my lists!

I always update these lists if new games make the top 10’s, which really doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I will update this list as well, which has the potential to change this entire thing drastically. Who knows what the future will hold? If this list does change, that just means I have discovered some truly incredible new games!!

 

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Sylvester Stallone- I Thank You For A Lifetime of Entertainment

This guy. This crazy action star. This crazy not action star as well. He is an amazing writer, fairly decent actor, and master of the entertainment biz.

I grew up in the 90’s, and what I watched was the usual Nickelodeon shows, Hercules and Xena, and FRIGGIN AWESOME 80’s ACTION MOVIES!!!!!

Stallone, Schwarzenegger (thank god that’s in spell check, cuz didn’t know how to begin spelling that), Steven Seagal, Mel Gibson, whatever other movies that involved machine guns that never ran out of ammo and enormous explosions. Though oddly, I’ve never seen a single Die Hard movie.

But it was the Stallone movies that were always my favorite. Demolition Man, The Specialist, Tango & Cash, Cobra. It didn’t matter what, I just love them. But above all, I absolutely love the Rambo series. I still consider them some of the best action movies ever made. Seeing the fourth one opening night was the best movie-going experience I have ever been to. The sold out theater was so full of energy, some of the crowd in red bandanas, everyone in love with the same series as myself. We cheered at the awesome parts, shouted quotes from the older movies; it was like going to a convention all about Rambo.

Then, when I thought his career was over, he brings us a truly incredible trilogy. I am of course talking about the Expendables. Again, these are some of the best action movies out there…all three of them. And what’s more, he gave us something every 80’s and 90’s kid always hoped for. A movie with Stallone and Arnold (not trying to spell his last name again) kicking butt side by side. But he didn’t stop there. He brought in all these action stars from over several decades and actually did a great job balancing screen time for them all. Stallone and Jason Statham are the main characters, so they get the most obviously, but there is plenty of other time for everyone else.

Did you ever think you would see Jet Li fight Dolph Lundgren? How about Steve Austin beat the hell out of Stallone? This is a dream come true, and all done in the style of 80’s action with modern cinematics.

But there is one franchise that sits above all Stallone’s feats. You know I am talking about the Rocky movies. The film that made Stallone world renowned. This movie and it’s five sequels are just phenomenal. I actually have a post where I rank them all.

They are my favorite films of all time. And having him in the Creed movies is just as wonderful, again all these years later, he is still giving us the characters we grew up with, that we love. They age as we age, making it easier to connect with them. We get to watch them deal with struggles throughout these characters lives. We grow and learn with them. It’s just a fascinating experience.

And Stallone, on the downhill slope to 80, is doing it to us again. I am of course talking about Rambo 5, or rather Rambo: Last Blood. When my brother told me that he was making this, I went through the roof. Then the trailer came out, and I went through the clouds. Right away, I gasped, “This looks like it was going to be the best one.” The second trailer solidified that feeling.

I of course will reserve judgement until I see the movie, but damn. What a way to go out. Though I assume Stallone will give us more, and maybe even a Rambo 6 when he gets bored in his late 80’s.

It scares me to say that. If you are like me, you worry about when actors you love get old. I have now lived through this with all my favorite action heroes now senior citizens. But I can’t imagine a world without Sylvester Stallone in it. The movies he comes with out with are always my cup of tea. When he dies, it will be like losing a family member. I know that sounds weird, but it’s the truth. I felt the same way when Han Solo died. I was upset over that for like three days! Stallone will take me a lot longer to get over, because we will lose the actor himself, Barney Ross, Rocky Balboa, and John Rambo. All of them, dead. I have never met the actor and it’s pretty safe to say I never will, but all the characters he’s played, I feel like I know so well. It is going to be a devastating time.

But anyway, that’s kind of depressing talk, so for now, I am going to be anxiously waiting for Last Blood to come out on Sep. 20.

But I just want to say thank you Sylvester Stallone. My life would literally not be the same without you in it.

What Are You Supposed To Say When A Girl Asks You If She’s Pretty?

Hey gentleman, have you ever been asked by a girl/woman if you think they are pretty or if they have gotten less pretty or fat or something?

If you have, and you were foolish enough to answer, then you know there is no right answer. You will always come out a horrible person after this question.

I’m not talking about girls asking you if you think they’re pretty in a flirtatious way, and from someone interested in dating you. I’m talking about friends of yours who just ask for their own self worth or however you want to phrase it.

In high school, I learned the consequences of answering these questions. I remember a time one of my best friend’s girlfriend, who I was close friends with, asked me if I thought she was pretty, (or some other version of attractive) and I, being a naturally honest person, said that yes she was. I probably would have said yes as to not hurt her feelings, but the fact was she was indeed a beautiful girl, so I said so.

And her response was that I was a creep and that she was my friends girlfriend and I shouldn’t be looking at her like that.

Okay…my bad…?????

This same girl, a few months later, asked how I thought she looked in an outfit she had worn that day. And I stupidly told her she looked hot, thinking that’s what she wanted to hear, and because frankly, she looked hot in everything. Also, I was half joking, because as I said, we were close friends, and I thought I could get away with saying this.

The result was her backing away from me, a disgusted look on her face and told me I’m not supposed to say that and that she was going to tell her boyfriend…

Okay, sorry…

Another girl asked me later on if I found her attractive. She wasn’t unattractive, but nothing head turning, and learning that saying yes is a bad idea, I said “no.” I got yelled at and I don’t think I ever talked to that person again.

Sheesh…

Another time, my sophomore year, I was in a class with my friends girlfriend, the same one who I talked about first in this post. She introduced me to a friend of hers, female, and the three of us became good friends throughout the year.

I was in between girlfriends and just had enough of women for the time being. These two were hounding on me on who I thought was hot and who I wanted to go out with, and the fact was, I didn’t want to date anyone and didn’t care who was hot or not, and that’s exactly what I told them. And of course, they both asked if I thought either of them was hot. Both of these girls were attractive, like 8/10’s, but I just shrugged my shoulders and said I didn’t care.

Well, they both got mad at me for not telling them I thought they were hot. They bickered with each other and argued with me, but I just sat there, not saying anything and only half listening. Eventually, they reconciled by saying, “Well at least he didn’t say we were ugly,” and everything was fine after that.

Effing shoot me…

Years later, when I was in my early 20’s I think, a girl I had worked with for years was sitting alone in the break room when I walked in for my lunch. We were friends, but had sort of drifted apart at this point.

Now, first a tad of background. This woman used to be absolutely gorgeous, a 10/10 if you will. We were very flirtatious when we were younger, but she always would shut me down, saying I was too young for her (she is four years older), but then a week later it would start all over again.

Eventually, as she moved into her mid 20’s, she let herself go and gained a lot of weight and just looked a mess usually. So that day, when I walked into the break room, she asked me if I thought she had gotten as fat as this other girl who worked there, who was not attractive at all.

Her exact words were along the lines of “I know I’ve gotten fat, but I don’t think I’m that fat, do you?”

I looked at her for a second and said, “I wouldn’t know anything about that and I’m not dumb enough to answer that question.”

I had wised up, you see? Or so I thought…

She got mad at me for not answering the question. She insisted that I tell her the truth, but I refused. She asked me some more questions about her and the other girl. I can’t remember what exactly, but it was something along the lines of, “well who is better looking,” and “who has the better…” I did not answer any of these questions. We hadn’t flirted in years at this point, so maybe she was trying to bring up something as to why that wasn’t so anymore, despite her having a boyfriend and I think I was engaged at the time, so duh…why would we be flirting?

Anyway, I didn’t answer any of her questions, and went to have my lunch elsewhere. She got mad, and I think that may have been the last or one of the last times I ever talked to her.

WTF!?!?!?!?

There is no winning with women! What are you supposed to do? What are you supposed to say? It’s ridiculous. This is a battle you will not win.

Does anyone else have similar experiences out there? Or ladies, what do you truly want to hear?

 

 

Robin Hood (2018) How Is This Considered A Bad Movie?

The wife and I just watched this movie, which is one I’ve been dying to see ever since I saw a trailer for it last year. But it was only in theaters for a few weeks and we missed it. Turns out, it’s short ride in theaters was because it bombed in the box office. This alone confuses me. If it’s pulled from theaters, how’s it going to ever make money?

Anyway, I bought the bluray, and it turned out to be better than I could have hoped for! They even left it open for a sequel, but because it lost so much money, that got canned, which is super upsetting, because we were extremely excited for one.

But this movie just further imprints upon me how distant my views for all things media are compared to the rest of the larger world.

Movie critics gave this a next to zero score, and regular viewers didn’t give it much more.

I personally would give it a 9.5/10. But then, I’m just looking to be entertained, I don’t expect everything that 90% of the rest of the world is hoping/looking for.

I don’t care about reviews or what other people think…at all. But I’m tired of being shafted out of sequels because of box office numbers and bad critiques and all that. Terrible movies that do great in theaters are good movies and vice versa. Yes, I am aware we live in a business world and making money is truly all that matters, but come on!

Going back to Robin Hood, I just can’t imagine how anyone would watch this and come out saying, “Man, that sucked!” unless you don’t like action movies at all.

Which speaking of, the action is top notch. It has unique/incredibly awesome action scenes, doing some crazy stuff with bows and arrows that is just super fun to watch.

The style of the movie is pretty interesting as well. They made the scenery, costumes, attitudes, weaponry, personalities, and dialogue with the typical stuff you would expect from a time period for Robin Hood, but combined it with a lot of styles and workings from today, resulting in a truly fascinating world.

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And on top of that, the characters are all done in the same fashion in a way. You have all the classic Robin Hood characters, tweaked just enough to be both familiar and fresh. And they are a lot of fun to watch, especially since the acting is so good from literally every actor/actress.

The story gets the same treatment. It is actually an origin movie of how he becomes Robin Hood, which to my knowledge is a new one. And in a world filled with origin movies (I’m talking about you, Marvel) this one is by far the best. Yes, it’s not super hero related, but the premise is the same. And most of Marvels origin movies are crap to okay at best. I know they are not really comparable movies on a lot of levels, but as for action movies, Robin Hood blows away most in it’s genre.

So I think Robin Hood is one of the best movies ever made to be honest, and my wife thinks it might be her favorite movie of all time.

So I’m just really curious, what the heck do people look for in movies that this gem would be considered bad?

Side note: Apparently there is a King Arthur movie similar to this that got just as bad reviews. I very much want to check out this movie as well!

 

My Top Video Games: The Best of the Best

Over the past few years, I have been ranking the top 10 games on most of the systems I own. Now it is time to rank the game that I chose as number 1 game from each of these, to find out who the best of the best is! I’ve already talked about each game, so I will just attach a link to their respective original posts if you are interested in the games they beat out and such.

 

#15

Sonic & Knuckles

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Sega Genesis

Sonic Team/ Sega

1994

 

 

#14

Metroid II: Return of Samus

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Game Boy

Nintendo

1991

 

#13

Mega Man X4

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PlayStation

Capcom

1997

 

#12

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

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PC

Raven Software/ LucasArts

2003

#11

inFAMOUS

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PlayStation 3

SUCKER PUNCH/ SCEA

2009

 

#10

Super Mario Bros. 3

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NES

Nintendo

1990

 

#9

Metroid: Zero Mission

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Game Boy Advance

Nintendo

2004

 

#8

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

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DS

Alphadream Corporation/ Nintendo

2009

 

#7

Super Mario World

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SNES

Nintendo

1991

 

#6

Super Mario 3D World

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Wii U

Nintendo

2013

 

#5

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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Wii

Game Arts/ Nintendo

2008

 

 

#4

Super Smash Bros. For 3DS

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3DS

Bandai Namco Games/ Nintendo

2014

 

#3

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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N64

Nintendo

1998

#2

Kingdom Hearts II

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PlayStation 2

Square Enix

2006

 

 

#1

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

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GameCube

Intelligent Systems/ Nintendo

2004

 

 

And there you have it!

This isn’t a list of my favorite games of all time, but just my favorite game from each system.

I Want To Punch The Voice Mail Lady In the Face

You know when you call someone, and they don’t pick up, it sends you to voice mail. Now I am talking about those who don’t use there own custom message. Some people’s phones ring 4 times, some people’s like 12. So you sit through the rings for 2 minutes, finally getting voice mail. Then that bitch lady finally says something along the lines of, “we’re sorry,”

First off, whose “we?” I’m calling one person, they’re not talking to me. This lady voice is. Is there more than one bodiless voice listening in? How does that work?

Anyway, then it slowly spells out the number, again, if the phone owner doesn’t input their name here. Yes thank you bastard lady, I’m glad you told me the number I dialed. Like I’m gonna know if it’s the right number or not. No one remembers numbers anymore. Everything is all electronic or digital. It’s all in our phones already, we just need to press a button to make a call.

Then the lady has to tell us how to leave a message just as slowly. As if no one has ever left a message before. It isn’t exactly rocket science folks! And then sometimes it gives you the choice to leave a call back number.

WHAT THE FLUFF FOR!!?!?!?!?!?!!? It’s 2019! Your number shows up on every person you call, you dumb bitch!

After you sit through all of that, then it tells you, “or press 1 for more options.” What the hell do you need more options for? Has anyone ever actually pressed one for more options? It’s a god damn phone call. How many options do you need?

So 5 minutes later, you finally get to leave a god damned message, and I always sound pissed off on my messages because I am extremely impatient and by the time I hear that tone and can say what I have to say, I am completely irate.

This is how pathetic our race has become. We need complete and detailed instructions with several options available to leave a friggin’ message. And the worst part is, all that talking is in there, because people probably asked for it, or couldn’t figure it out, or something like that.

And what’s worse, depending on the phone, some people leave their own custom message, short or long, and then the lady starts her spiel, minus the spelling out the number, making it even longer sometimes.

Remember 20 years ago, when phones rang like 4-6 times, then “hi it’s so and so, leave a message after the beep,”

Those were the good old days. Of course I am talking about when they merged phone and answering machines and you didn’t have to replace tapes anymore.

Richie Ramone’s “Entitled”- Reminding Us Why We Fell In Love With Punk Rock

The third drummer of the legendary punk band, the Ramones, has been touring around with his new band for quite a few years now. His first album, Entitled, which came out a while ago, is simply incredible.

Punk has changed to a very different sound, and has almost died out all together by now. But this album brings back that classic punk sound circa the 70’s/80’s. Basically, he takes what the Ramones did, modernizes it, and gives us an intense punk album…the way punk should be.

The guitar tones are excellent. The drums tight and also great sounding. He’s not a great singer, but it works with the sound, giving us even more of a blast of that great old punk sound.

And if I’m not mistaken, Richie Ramone wrote and recorded all the instruments except for the bass guitar, so that’s awesome. We know he still has it and he’s eager to remind the world why punk is such a great form of music.

If you’ve been missing the punk glory days and have been itching to hear something new that resembles it, then this is the album for you! It’s definitely worth checking out.

Dump Trucks Need Their Own Roadways

Seriously, I am so sick of sitting behind these damn things. I live under 10 minutes away from TWO quarries. So there are dozens of them around the roads I take. And there just seems to be a ton of them all over the place aside from that. So I see about 20-40 of these bastards a day.

99% of them rarely exceed 25 mph, and I live in a very mountainous area, so they often drop to 10-15 mph going up the steeper hills.

I just can’t take it anymore. Every road I take…bam! Dump truck to ruin your day. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been late to just about anything because of these trucks.

I know the impossibility of it, but wouldn’t it be grand if they just made roads that only dump trucks could use? Think of how much traffic would be lightened up! I suppose tractor trailers and other slow moving vehicles could utilize them as well, but none come close to being as bad as dump trucks!