Friday, October 31, 2008

End of week ramblings 10/31/08

Happy Halloween!  Good 'ol Biz Markie sends his love...
This is from Nick Jr.'s show "Yo Gabba Gabba!" and it's what you're kids are watching.  So if in 15 years your kids turn out to be really cool, this show is why.  Kinda makes Sesame Street look like a bunch of jackasses. 

You know, everyone has a couple Halloween memories they look back on and have a bit of a laugh at...  For about a 6 year period I went as The Devil - same costume every year, but strange enough - a bit more convincing year after year, I must have grown into the character.  I remember one Halloween as a kid growing up in Cheyenne, I must have been in 3rd Grade cause I was Batman for the holiday.  Halloween in Wyoming means your costume is on the outside of your snowsuit, and if it doesn't fit, then you wear the parts that do.  So this adventure consisted of me in a black ski mask and cape jetting door-to-door in 70 MPH wind gusts.  The cape acted as more of a sail and threw me into ice-laden snow drifts and leaf piles instead of front door mats.  And of course the final halloween excursion was my senior year of high school, yea - we went out with a bang.  My buddy Nate and I ran into an old friend at a house party in a trailer park (where the best/worst Chey-dive house parties/domestic abuse calls/"accidents" always start/finish at).  There were a couple masks in the house so we went out, and since people who hand out candy fear old kids going door-to-door more so than the devil himself, we made out like bandits.  Now, I've got a little one and we're heading out the door tonight to partake in tricks and treats of our own.  She's going as a little witch, with blond moppet hair and missing front teeth.  Best Costume Ever.

Have a great holiday and party your asses off cause it's gonna be a while til Halloween is on a weekend again.  I'll be off hunting zombies of my own with the crew, so I'll tell Shaun and the gang hello for ya.

Have a HAUNTED weekend.  Maharigato.  -H

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Candy feva!!!!!

I gotta admit, I've got a HUGE hankerin' for some candy corn.  Growing up in my house was all about these bad boys:

Brach's Mellowcreme Pumpkins, or what I like to call "The Devils Teets" due to the green stem/nip on top.  I just checked the nutritional content and 6 punkins are 150 calories.  But one serving back in the day was 1 bag.  Mom would actually have to hide them.  The pantry, on top of the cupboards, the vegetable drawer, and in the office were some of her favorite places.  She'd always eat them frozen out of the freezer with a glass of skim milk with ice.  Um... Ew.  Cause skim milk isn't already watered down enough.  

And is it just me or has "Fun Size" candy decreased in actual size since last year?  Are we truly in a Fun recession that we need to cut down on the amount of Fun?  

Do we need to keep an eye out for Mildly Amused Size, Fatigued Size, Blase' Size...  And who's the jerk-ass that came up with the size smaller than Fun Size?  What sick sonofabitch thought it would be funny?  Screw him, I'll eat the whole bag - that'll show him.

It's also probably a good thing that the tradition of Bobbing for Apples is pretty much dead.  There are some sickos trying to make "Bobbing for Razor Blade Apples" and "M&M or Barbiturate?" new party favorites.  

And I was going to dress up as Sarah Palin, but after I ordered the bikini and the gun, I totally changed my mind.  I could just go head-to-toe lycra and be Josh.  Just need the dirt bag mustache...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My bad

Never doubt the power of Wikipedia. I got the date wrong on the Bertuzzi/Moore story. See the full story on Wikipedia HERE.  And thanks to Jefffy Jeff for pointing out that I hate fact checking.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Good 'Ol Hockey Game

Today marks the 4 year anniversary of when Canucks' Todd Bertuzzi slammed Av's defenseman Steve Moore on the ice during a game in Vancouver.  Here's an old post of mine from my first Av's game after the incident.  And, if you've never heard of "Stompin'" Tom Connors, find his song here and play it in the background as you read this old post of mine from years back.  And to Bertuzzi who's still playing, I'll always have your photo next to my bed...


So Saturday night, I was at the Avalanche game with my pal Andy.  He was lucky enough to score tickets to the game, in some REALLY REALLY good seats.  We were the 2nd row behind the glass, so needless to say I was excited to just be that close to the action.  It's like you're sitting on the bench with the players.  Not only were the seats frickin awesome, but the Avs were playing the Vancouver Canuks.  And depending on your opinion, one of the newer/better rivalries in the NHL, due to the whole Canucks Todd Bertuzzi beatdown on Avs' Steve Moore almost 2 years ago.

So the first period goes by, with all the non stop action, fights and near misses of your typical hockey game.  But it was happening less than 10 feet right in front of us.  GO to re-fill the cocktails and we're back in our seats for the 2nd period.  Again, pretty typical 20 minutes - Canucks get the call on a delayed penalty, their goalie leaves the ice for an extra skater till the touch up.  One of the Avs knocks the puck loose near center ice towards the open goal, going... going... -*TINK*- off the post.  A near miss, and right in front of us...

Enter 2nd intermission...  refill cocktails, back in the seats for the start of the third.  Here's where the action picks up...  Avs forward Dan Hintoe is up for the face off and at the drop of the puck, instead of taking the face off, he throws his stick aside, drops the gloves, picks his man, and the fight starts.  Time on the clock stops at 19:57, and the fists fly.  LOL...  Five for fighting for both and the game continues.

Now since the Bertuzzi-Moore, well let's jsut call it an incident, and Bertuzzi an @$$hole, his games in Denver have been met with the "BOO!"'s of an entire sold out crowd at the Pepsi Center.  You'd be a little tense too with 10's of thousands of people telling you "YOU SUCK" as loud as they can yell it everytime he steps on the ice or touches the puck, but the guy brought it on himself.

Towards the end of the 3rd period, about 13 minutes or so left, Avs are down 3-2.  Both teams line up for a face off in the Vancouver zone, 10 FEET RIGHT IN FRONT OF US AGAIN -*WINK*-, and Bertuzzi has his back right to us.  If the glass wasn't there, I literally could have leapt from where I was sitting to tackle the guy.  Out of nowhere, and over my head, flies this little stacking doll thing they gave at the door when we came in.  It flies over the glass onto the rink in front of us just missing Bertuzzi.  Witthout hesitation he turns around and looks right at Andy and I.  The guy sitting behind me and everyone else in our section starts shouting at Bertuzzi "YOU SUCK," "CRIMINAL," and "GO TO HELL BERTUZZI," you know, that sort of thing.  The NHL official STOPS the game, comes over to talk to the Pepsi Center usher by the glass, while everyone in our section is still screaming at the top of their lungs.  The officials and the ushers are trying to pin it on the guy sitting right behind us, TOTALLY WAS NOT HIM.  The damn thing flew from about 15 rows back and a whole section over, obviously the guy that threw it had a hell of an arm.  When they couldn't figure out right away who threw it, the officals and ushers started pointing fingers at Andy and me!  WTF!  I handed my box that had the giveaway doll still inside it to the usher and told her "Go ahead check it, mine's still in there!"  Then they tried to toss me out cause I was flipping off Bertuzzi.  Yea, I TOTALLY flipped him off, the guy is a jerk.  But if you're gonna kick me out, you might as well toss out every one else in the arena, cause it safe to say, I wasn't the only one flipping the bird last night.  So this goes on for a good five, almost 10 minutes, and they have our section on the JUMBOTRON in the middle of the arena.  I was feeling a little tense arguing with the refs and the ushers, up until the ENTIRE PEPSI CENTER started chanting in unison "BERTUZZI SUCKS."  Then the officials and the ushers knew who was on our side.  The 'suits' at the Pepsi Center go and check the tapes from the TV cameras, (FYI: there wetre double the cameras there last night cause the game was broadcast on both Altitude Sports Net and CBC Hockey Night in Canada, plus that really cool wire cam thing)  The PC suits found the guy that actually threw it, like I said he WAS sitting 15 rows back and a section over from us. 

Yea, crazy.  But the insanity doesn't stop there.

The game finally gets rolling again, now everyone in the arena is insane after the stoppange and chanting.  Carnival type atmosphere, totally loud and nuts.  The Avs score a goal to tie up the game with 7-8 minutes left in the game.  Just as this is happening, two sections to our right now, this 40-something year old man just starts beating the hell out of this other guy, IN THE STANDS!!  FANS, NOT HOCKEY PLAYERS, THE FANS!!!  This scrum in the seats goes on for like 30 seconds until security, aka Pepsi Center Ushers, are diving from the aisle into the middle of the seats to break these guys up.  So now, half the crowd is watching the game on one side, and the entire other half of the crowd is watching this old guy beat the sh*t out of this other guy.  The fight gets broken up and the cops start escorting people up the stairs.  Just so happens it's two young guys with Vancouver Canucks jerseys.  As they're walking out, people in the seats are razzin' them and they talk crap back, then the cop behind them shoves him and he falls down.  HA!!  He gets back up and looks at the cop like "What the..."  It's always funny when it's not you, huh?

So the final seconds of the game tick off the clock, and it's a 3-3 tie.  Going to OT, 4-on-4 for five minutes.  Intense, fast moving and hard hitting for five miuntes, then the horn.  Still a tie after OT.  My favorite rule of the "New NHL" states that if there's a tie after OT, then teams will go into a shootout.  As if the crowd weren't worked into a big enough frenzy already.  To sum it up, Vancouver takes it 1-0 in the shootout and wins the game.

Far and beyond the craziest, intense...  I'm still at a loss for words.

Monday, October 27, 2008

You'd have to agree

It's the perfect shirt you wish you'd wore on the first day of school in 6th grade.  Only from the cats at Swobo.  Get one HERE.

How can someone ride a fixed gear bike in Seattle?  It's so damn hilly!!  Here's how:

Friday, October 24, 2008

FTC Alley Cat/Post-Halloween Bash

Check it HERE. Embrace the local fixed gear guru's, they're good people and put on fun things.

End of week ramblings 10/24/08

So, I guess this is my first official post on the 'ol blogski here.  Wooo.  Here's the weekly wrap-up.  Ang was pretty sick this week so she took a day off to recouperate. Poor gal was really knocked out, but things could always be worse.  Got to take the kid to school and rocked some great tunes in the car on the way there.  She loves Kaiser Chiefs, Black Kids and Ghostland Observatory.  Gotta admit, the kid's got taste.  Went to Kings of Leon in Denver last night with Jesse:

Wow.  I either need a new cell phone camera or parkinson's medication.  Sorry for the Blair Witch effects there.  Great time though, sold out show.  I don't think I've ever seen that many folks inside the Fillmore before.  Kick ass time though, paying for it now as I spend the day in recovery mode.  Got some coffee and Casino is on, so the healing process begins.

If you've got kids, or know someone who does, you're surely aware that High School Musical 3 comes out today.  I've seen kids as young as 3 and as old as 16 that love those movies.  It's crazy that one franchise can have such a spanning demographic.  So instead of heading to Veloswap this Saturday morning with Bald Andy and Jeffy Jeff, I'll be learning all the new songs.  Catchy stuff though.

I'll leave you with one more thing:

Oh yea, Obama rides fixie.  You should see the skids on Palin's face.  If you've registered to vote, and you live in CO, go vote early.  The ballot is LOOOOOONNNGGGG so do your homework and take a cheatsheet.  See, I'm saving you time already.

Have a _____ weekend.  Maharigato.  -H

Thursday, October 23, 2008

AND, if you haven't already...

A must have

So, I found a new must have, can't-live-without, life necessity.  Corduroy smoking jackets from Lindland - local indie company in SanFran.  Get 'em HERE