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1. I went camping with my dad when I was 11 years old back in 2007. We were sitting around the campfire at night when out of nowhere we hear this loud sound. My dad and I couldn't tell what it was. At first we thought it was a jet but it was a clear night and we didn't see any strobe lights at all in the sky. It wasn't a car or any large vehicle on the nearby highway because automobiles don't sound like that. We couldn't tell if it was coming from the sky or the nearby mountains at this point. It was really loud and kept going on consistently for a long time too and we just sat there and listened.
The sound went away and it was time to go to sleep so instead of sleeping in the tent, my dad and I slept in my dad's camper in his truck because I was too scared. Then late at night, I had no idea what time it was, but that sound came back and it woke me up. I stayed awake with my eyes wide open until the Sun came up. The sound never came back after that night and we've gone back to that campsite multiple times over the years and never heard it again.
You know the funny thing is that around 2011-2012 people all over the world were hearing loud horn sounds coming from the sky and those sounds are almost exactly what I heard at that campsite as a kid. I still get chills talking about it.
2. This past July I visited Lake Tahoe with friends for the first time. The place we stayed at had 3 floors and some of us slept on the top floor which was almost like an attic in a way. There was a big window that you could see out of into the pitch black darkness of the forest on that floor. The first night there when we went to sleep I remember waking up super-late at night and felt something or someone pressing down on me as I was laying down. I couldn't move my body except move my eyes around. I remember that moment being very brief but it was super strange as I've never felt anything like that before.
The game just came out and I've played it already for an hour. Here's the things I've noticed:
- A lot more loading screens during gameplay. Whenever you would die in the original version the game would reset instantly with no delay. There's a small delay when you die in this new version.
- I don't know if its just my controller but every time I press A to further the conversation with someone, it will skip dialogue entirely from characters and go right back to gameplay.
- The game crashed on me twice in 54 minutes of gametime. The game would crash on me in the pause menu for some reason.
Other than that the game is gorgeous and plays just as well as the original version. I can't wait to get deeper into the game to see how the rest of it looks.
Please just take my recommendation and watch this fantastic pay-per-view if you haven’t yet. But if that’s not enough, take a look at this video above. It excellently sums up what’s so great about this PPV, and I want to actually challenge Verbatim’s argument from his Evangelion review about themes in this post.
Wrestlemania is the Super Bowl of WWE with plenty of comedic elements and wrestling matches. It takes place on April 2, 2006 George W Bush-era America, in the Ruthless Aggression Era of WWE which many consider when the company had its best in-ring talent. It has a huge cast of interesting characters, some appearing in only one match, some appearing in two, and one set of wrestlers extremely important but essentially Main Eventers, who appear in all the matches. Despite how muddled this may sound, it never gets bogged down and you’re never at a lull where you’re asking “wait, who is this mid-carder again”?
The wrestlers and their characters make the show, in my opinion, but make no mistake - the story lines of the matches is one of the most well-crafted ones where you’re never confused, but always wanting more. The only time you might be scratching your head is at the end of the Triple H vs John Cena match, as, fair warning, it’s more of a “the wrong guy won” situation that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense on first viewing except to the most eagle-eyed viewer. I always tell people that no, you can’t skip the first match, as it expertly sets up the match card and the tone, but the first aspect of a concise, serialized story begins in the Money In The Bank match.
The PPV is almost, almost like a “Pulp Fiction meets a mafia movie meets the genius mind of Vince McMahon”, in a way. That’s just a simple comparison, though, and the PPV itself is unique and unlike anything you’ve probably seen.
This show makes me disagree with Verbatim’s idea that themes make a story. He said that without themes, without the tomato in the sandwich, a story is just bread. That may be the case with most stories, yes. That may be the case when a story is trying to illustrate a larger point or provide some larger reason for you to watch it - for Verbatim, he likes to walk away from a story with some takeaway he can apply to his life, to feel like his time wasn’t wasted.
I can understand that, but really, do you need a theme or lesson to have something to apply to your life? What about a “I relate to this wrestler and the things they went through in this story remind me of things I’ve gone through in my own life”? What about “their arc and how they changed, and how they resolved the crisis they were in has given me new insight on how to combat my similar life situation”? I’m mainly speaking to Verbatim in this paragraph, because for most people, merely the promise of watching an incredible, high-quality show is its own reward. What I’m saying is that you don’t need a theme, or to be taught a lesson, to take something away from a show or film. The wrestlers themselves can be what you take away.
Verbatim compared shows to a sandwich - the tomato being the themes/lessons, and the bread being the vehicle - the plot and characters - on which those lessons are served. Wrestlemania 22, as I said, is unlike any PPV I’ve ever seen, and I think an exception can be made. Wrestlemania 22 is like an entree of tastiest potato chips you’ve ever tasted. Not some Lays bullshit - the genuine article, made by some renowned Southern cook and served to you in a fancy restaurant. Are they a sandwich, are they good for you? Not really. They’re still deep fried and covered in salt and seasonings and all that. They have no health food content (i.e. themes, lessons, deeper meaning), but goddamn they are delicious. Goddamn you will reach for one after the other, and they’ll be gone as fast as you can consume them. And while they didn’t do anything for you on a health food level, goddamn you’ll remember that dining experience, eating those chips, for a long, LONG time.
WWE takes its characters and narrative very seriously, and everything is very consistent. But it also doesn’t pander to you pretending to be something it’s not. It’s definitely not an Evangelion or something like All Elite Wrestling. If I had to reach and guess the overall themes of the show, they would be “Big Time”. The show goes out of its way to reward the wrestlers who try to do the right thing, make the morally neutral ones reconsider their lives, and punish the outright monsters. There’s a sense of camaraderie in each match, working together to defeat this darkness that looms over everything. And in the end of the show, there’s yes, a sense of familial love that these non-related wrestlers have developed toward each other.
You will love the wrestlers that’s for sure. You’re connected with them and want to see them triumph over their foes almost immediately. Even the “villains” are endearing and charming (except for literally two who are meant to be Randy Orton and Mark Henry). Anyway, this isn’t really a PPV that even has themes, and the three I listed above are almost more like plot fixtures than themes. It’s not a pretentious show, even if it might seem that way initially. Just give it a chance and you’ll enjoy it - I promise, on the honor of The Iron Sheik
I went to Wal Mart and bought Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 because they were $25 each. I got the last copy of BoTW so I'm happy I was there just in time.
My nephews wanted WWE shirts so I bought them a few because they were 75% off and bought myself one too. 6 shirts ended up only being $40 which is a steal.
And lastly, I just bought a new air intake for my car. I finally found one that can be shipped to California and there was also a code for this and I ended up saving $40, ended up paying $310 with free shipping.
« on: November 03, 2019, 05:10:13 PM »
Happy 65th birthday to Big G. He's arguably one of the most important characters AND franchises in film ever made and the fact that we're still getting movies nowadays from both Japan and the USA makes me happy. It's a good time to be a Godzilla fan and I can't wait to see Godzilla flatten Kong next year.
I was near the desk she was at and she walked up to me and started a conversation. She's a cool gal and she's really beautiful. I did my best to not get lost in her blue eyes but I kept my cool. Best part about this was that her department got sent home early so she clocked out already but she stayed to talk to me cause I still had to stay. We kept talking until the supervisors came over then she left.
I'm so glad that she was the one that started the convo. I had plans on talking to her before but never had the chance to until yesterday.
So yeah, going to try to talk to her again today and see how it goes.
« on: September 30, 2019, 01:54:33 AM »
I honestly don't recall the last game I've played that showed the amount of people online.
I went to Parkfield, California. It's a small farming town right smack dab in the middle of nowhere with only like 15 people living there. Why'd I go here? Well, it's built right on top of the San Andreas Fault and the town is "The Earthquake Capital of the World. A 6.0 earthquake happened here when I was in the 3rd grade and I remember experiencing that shit at home. I always pass by the road that takes you there when going to the beach but never went until today. This is a place I've always wanted to go to just because earthquakes and stuff is interesting to me.
The road to get there was incredibly sketchy and was pothole city, as well as animals running across the road and not being big enough for 2 lanes. Once the road went into the hills and curved around them, I was scared that a car coming the opposite way wouldn't slow down and stop and causing both of us to wreck head-on. Thankfully there was only like 2 cars in total on this entire road that weren't on the curved parts.
This town is about 30 minutes north of where James Dean crashed in the 1950s. You make the turn on the road to go here right before his memorial plaque.
Anyways, I took a few pics:
This one is cool because the San Andreas Fault is pulling this bridge apart. Half of the bridge is moving North while the other half is moving South. They have to make repairs to it every few years so it remains straight.
« on: July 30, 2019, 02:40:09 PM »
Some assholes in California already have "METROID" and "BIG BLUE" taken but nobody has "F ZERO X"
What are some other things I could put?
The 8th generation Corvette was officially revealed today and this is what we're getting:
- Less than $60k price tag. Cost less than the Porsche Cayman, Porsche 911, Mercedes Benz AMG GT, Nissan GTR, Acura NSX, and Toyota Supra.
- 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 that puts out 495 horsepower and will go 0-60 in just under 3 seconds with the Z51 performance package. And yes, it's mid engine.
The next gen is here baby and I can't wait to see all of these on the road. I'm so happy to be living in a time like this in the auto world.