Saturday, December 22, 2012

Baby, It's Cold Outside

The world didn't end. What a surprise...

I tried to go Christmas shopping today (it's Saturday, 12/22 as I write this). Trying to find a parking spot was like the end of the world, to me, anyway. I ended up deciding that Amazon gift cards sounded like a great idea, and went the heck home, lol. The family is at the mall, though. Yeah, I know. I shouldn't wait until the weekend before Christmas to start shopping. I'm a fool, what can I say?

So I watched the Bones Brigade Documentary the other night, and it was every bit as awesome as I'd hoped it would be. Granted, I grew up in the 80's, and these guys were just hitting their stride as I became involved in the sport (of skateboarding). It was great to hear the history of the Bones Brigade from the guys that were on the team... but, man, some of them haven't aged too well. They really look like they've been through it. And I have to admit, as much as I love Rodney Mullen, he's a little bit "out there," lol. Granted, he's a legend, but he's one of those guys that is super-smart and introverted and quirky and somewhat socially awkward... but I like a lot of what he has to say.

Here, check this video out of Rodney giving a TED talk earlier this year...

So he's like that. Anyway, yeah, great documentary. Here's a clip if you'd like a taste. Or check it out on Netflix, under Watch Instantly.

So a week from today I have another LAN party planned. Gonna kill some zombies, and get some Modern Warfare deathmatch going, and maybe start a Minecraft world on the LAN and have everyone join in to build stuff together. They're usually fun events. Right now, there's more than a dozen folks invited, but who knows how many will actually show up. I thought I'd have it on the Saturday before New Years, as opposed to New Year's Day itself, to increase the odds of people being able to attend.

If I get some pics, I'll post some here.

Look, I get it... skateboarding and video games... a very limited subset of interests that I'm sure has next to no appeal to most of you reading this. But it's where I'm at, at the moment. I suppose I could trot out other topics, in an attempt to try and hit on a topic that you find more interesting, but even if I did make a lucky guess, I doubt the fire would be there... or rather enough fire to make it interesting to you.

My brother John is getting ready to head off to boot camp in January. He's joining the Navy, in the intelligence field. I'd tell you what he'll be doing, but it's classified, and once I told you, you run the risk of being waterboarded. Let's just say that, if he shows up on your doorstep, you probably deserve it... yep, trained assassin, with a ninja mask and Hello Kitty socks and everything.

Looks like he's sittin' in the proverbial catbird's seat...

Holy mackerel... the Wagner Women have returned from a marathon six-hour shopping journey, and Wifey looks so energized. She's regrouping and heading out again for more. Wow. I will never understand that. I get agita just thinking about it. I also get the trembles, the shivers, the chilblains, spastic colon and St. Vitas Dance.

OK, it's not THAT bad, but it's bad enough...

I'm going to pull the plug on this post now. If you made it through to the end, you have my appreciation.


Dave Gump


Anonymous said...

I actually enjoyed Mr. Mullen's presentation - a nice blend of keepin' it real, kitchy, facts, humility, and how one changes with the times.

I, too,hate the mall around the holidays. You can't go wrong with Amazon - I've done it myself.

PS: Love the beautiful pic at the top.

Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas with your family.


David Wagner said...

Glad you liked the video. Rodney's a strange bird, but not necessarily in a bad way...

Enjoy your new iPad!