Month: February 2017

Death Cab For Cutie LP
Death Cab For Cutie “Plans” (2005)

Every record has a story from the people that wrote it, perform it, and the fans that listen to it. My story is one of heart break. “Plans” came out in 2005, and I immediately picked it up. I was a fan of theirs for some time, but I didn’t become huge fan until this album came out. The album was one of those records that you play so much, you have to buy another copy because you wear it out. For me, this reminds me of my life at the tail end of my college career, switching jobs, and trying to be a good guy. It played me through my first marriage, and it was part of my life as I would wake up at 4:15 AM every day for years.

The lyrical elements of “Plans” really focuses on life in general. There is hope, sadness, heartbreak, and so much more. The instruments take you through a journey of the heart, mind, and soul. There are moments where you will tear up, and will reflect on your own personal life, and then there are points where you visualize so much about the world around you.

This record is a heart wrenching one for me because it reminds me of my marriage rising up and then crashing in 2011. There are things that break us down, and things that bring us back to that place of yearning, and this is one of those records. “Your Love Is Going To Drown” is a true statement in the first song of this record, as it leads you through the kaleidoscope of what Death Cab For Cutie does best.

“Brothers on a Hotel Bed” is the one song that still rings out to me. If you’ve ever been on the tail end of a relationship, you know how that is. You love each other, but you are not going to be doing anything together. It’s weird, it’s repulsive, it’s the end. You’re not even really friends, and yet you’re sharing a bed to literally sleep.

There are 11 songs on “Plans”, and it is perhaps one of my favorite records from the band. Every son on this record is great, and you will find that you can relate to a lot of it, if you’re an adult. I discovered this record in my twenties, and now that I’m in my 30s, I can still say it’s one of the finest slices of life.

Looking back on the record, and listening to it with fresh ears, I can truly say that it is one of my favorites of all time. It may be your next favorite record, if you haven’t heard it. I recommend it.

Click Here to pick up Death Cab For Cutie “Plans” on vinyl, or Download/Descargar MP3 Here.

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Why should you be picking up WWF Hasbro Action Figures? Simply because they are going to get more expensive. You may not believe me, but I can assure you that these things are not going to get any cheaper. The reason is simple. As we age, those that grew up with the WWF Hasbro Action Figures from the past, are starting to buy them. We now have jobs, we have money, we don’t need our parents’ permission and we want to collect all of the action figures we can. That means that a lot of people that grew up with WWF in the early 1990s and even mid-1990s, want to buy their old collections.

So, if you’re going to start collecting, or are already collecting, here are the top 5 WWF Hasbro Action Figures you should buy right now. Why not a top 10? Because starting with 5 is a lot easier to manage, if you ask me. I also wanted to pick some that were not so hard to pick that you would never find them or get them. I will also link you to Amazon, where you can pick them up, but you can always find your own way to getting these options.

Hasbro WWF Roddy Piper
Roddy Piper Hasbro

WWF Hasbro Rowdy Roddy Piper Blue Card – (amazon.com here)

I can already hear the bagpipes. Roddy Piper coming down the aisle, slowly, and soaking in the praise that comes from the fans that loved the wrestler. If you are going to collect Hasbro figures and you are not going to open them, you must get your hands on the Rowdy Roddy Piper action figure. This is a figure that has Hot Rod smiling. I love how big the smile is, and the action on this is the Piper Punch. It’s not going to kill your budget. It’s a solid solution that is way under $100.

Razor Ramon WWF Hasbro
Hasbro WWF Razor Ramon

WWF Hasbro Razor Ramon Yellow Card – (amazon.com here)

Razor Ramon was so cool, he was dripping machismo. Scott Hall may have started getting attention as the Diamond Stud in WCW, but it wasn’t until he put a mark on the WWE in the early 1990s that he really took on a whole new persona. I loved the character, and Hall really knew how to put on a show. Pick up this one with the black vest, gold chains, and red trunks, and you’ll no doubt enjoy the stance he has on this card. It’s not the only one from Hasbro, but it’s my favorite.

Texas Tornado WWF Hasbro
WWF Hasbro Texas Tornado

WWF Hasbro The Texas Tornado Blue Card – (amazon.com here)

The Texas Tornado was my favorite characters to come from the territories. Well, he wasn’t the Tornado there, but he was a cool wrestler with a good build. I’m saddened to have heard about the issues that the family had, but if you were a fan of early 1990s wrestling, then you bought into Kerry Von Erich’s gimmick. Did you know he didn’t have a foot? I never knew.

Jake The Snake Hasbro
WWF Hasbro Action Figures

WWF Hasbro Jake The Snake Roberts Blue Card – (amazon.com here)

This is a great one. This is Jake Roberts with Damien! That’s right, you get this on a blue card, and you get Damien with him. I love this figure, and if you can find it complete, buy it. You don’t always find this loose with Damien, and so you should definitely pick this up when you see it. It’s only going to get more expensive, that’s for sure.

WWF ACtion Figure
WWF Action Figure Andre The Giant

WWF Hasbro Andre The Giant Blue Card

If you’re going to collect WWF Hasbro Action Figures, you should pick up Andre’s figure. Andrew The Giant is a great option, and it’s bigger than other Hasbro figures. This one is going to get more expensive because Andre’s getting a couple of films about him made right now. One is a documentary, the other is a biopic. Whatever the case is, you’ll definitely want to pick this up before it gets outrageous.

Honorable Mention WWF Hasbro Action Figure

If I’m going to give you one option to find, it’s Kamala. Find Kamala’s WWF Hasbro Action Figure and you have a thousand dollar figure on your hands. It’s really hard to find that one. Oh, Kamala has to have a moon on his belly, so remember that.

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It’s been cold throughout the Indiana area, so I haven’t been able to pick up a skateboard and get to the roads, but that hasn’t stopped the western world and those with indoor skate parks. If you’re looking for a skateboard this spring or summer, you owe it to yourself to check out what’s coming out from Creature.

Creature skateboards is coming out with this series called the “Tanked” series. These skateboard shave cool graphics, and look like tattoo flash, but when you shut off the lights, they glow in the dark. That’s right, they glow in the dark.

Check out these boards and see if you can pick them up from your local skateboard shop, or wherever you can shop online. These are just awesome. I am highly tempted to get one of these from creature skateboards.

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Revival by Stephen King

I was working on a novel about revivals, and then this book hit the stands. This is the second time someone has usurped my idea, so I stopped working on that novel. I finally sat down to read this book, and it was fascinating. If you have read other Stephen King books, then you can expect a similar scope of writing. King knows how to pull you in with a good opening, then slowly leave you with bread crumbs in a forest full of truth and lies. With the release of “Revival”, King branches into a story that mixes what you would expect from Mary Shelley and Nikola Tesla. That’s about as much as you need to know without getting too much into the plot.

Fast Moving Religion

I loved the way that Stephen King creates a smoking gun of religious intent. The religious elements in this book are fascinating, as they fall in line with my own experiences, and changes. The obsession, the death, the life, and the belonging that you wish you had. This book takes on Christendom in such a subtle way, but it doesn’t mock faith, and it doesn’t charge it as a bad thing. It’s a fascinating look at our humanity, mixed with a science fiction horror tale that really does work well.

Taking On Frankenstein

If you’re a fan of “Frankenstein”, then you are going to feel like you’re reading a spiritual sequel. King navigates a lot of arenas that are similar, and then turns into a Lovecraftian writer. I loved it. There are moments towards the end that even reminded me of “Shocker”. If you love Mary Shelley, then you will no doubt love how King has used the source work of her writing and turned it into an even greater element. This is a mix of horror, science fiction, and religious elements. This all works well.

Revival Flies By

“Revival” by Stephen King is a fast-moving book. It’s breezy, it has a simple premise and then unravels into chaos towards the end. The finale may leave you stunned, but the buildup is great, and fun to read. I enjoyed it immensely and recommend picking it up if you’re a fan of Stephen King but don’t want to journey into some of his older books.

You can buy “Revival” by Stephen King by clicking here.

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