I won't lie to you. I feel like sh*t today and I'm not entirely sure why. I didn't get too messed up last night nor did I eat anything questionable. Why then, does my stomach and ass feel like they are going to explode. That is the exact feeling I have trickling through my bowels. It's been this way all day is seemingly only getting worse.
Most people would say, "Thrill, you disgusting jackass! WHY are you telling me this?!?" And after admonishing me, they might follow it up with, "Thrill, go take a sh*t, you quivering ignoramus!" (Obviously I don't hang out with kind people), but to that end, I have ridden the toilet more times today than I probably have in the last week. It's been a rough day.
That said, I've been doing the show as though nothing horrible is happening to my innards. What has surprised me is that none of the odd noises erupting from me have made it on air.
That's not always the case.
OK, so enough about my nastiness.
Our entire show is off the rest of the week. We are headed to Vegas. Gonna be a f**king mess!
Until Tuesday (President's Day on Monday), do what you do best and STAY BEAUTIFUL!"
Hey, gang! You may have heard this bizarre news about our good friend Kevin Smith's daughter recently:
The director's daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, was almost kidnapped in L.A. on Saturday, while she was waiting for an Uber outside of a Starbucks. A car pulled up, and it had an Uber sign in the window…but Harley had a feeling that the two men inside weren't actually Uber drivers, and she was right. They refused to answer any questions, tried to get her into the car, and wouldn't offer any identification. Harley refused the ride, and they sped away.
Harley was obviously shaken up, so Kevin got her a cake with "SORRY MEN SUCK" written on it. The message was well received, and Harley was cheered up by the gesture.
First off, the men who made this attempt are monsters, and we don't need them walking around on our planet. I have zero tolerance for this garbage, and I'm in favor of the harshest punishment possible for the people who commit such scarring crimes.
On the other hand, SORRY MEN SUCK is a message that I personally feel is a little too all-inclusive. I'm a father, and I get the concept of the apology, but there's no need to lump us all in together. Not all men are bad! Some of us are even close to great!
(No, I don't mean myself, but if you want to say it, I won't stop you.)
If you aren't a wrestling fan…it's probably best if you just skip this one. I just wanted to thank Daniel Bryan for all he has done for wrasslin'. I am certain that he won't be reading this, but I had a full day to process what happened on Monday Night Raw, and I just wanted to blog about it.
On Monday, just hours before RAW was going to be at the Key Arena, Daniel Bryan made it official that he was going to retire, as the concussions he's had over the years have made it too dangerous to go on.
Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I'll have a chance to elaborate. #gratitude
If by chance that video above gets pulled, here is the shorter version that the WWE posted, it's not as awesome as the full one, but still gives you a taste of what he said.
For those that don't know, Daniel Bryan is from Aberdeen…and over the last several years he has become one of the most popular, and the most IMPORTANT wrestler of the last decade.
Yes, I did not say one of the most important… there is no one else deserving of being in the category of importance when it comes to furthering the professional wrestling business.
Daniel Bryan opened the eyes of not only mainstream wrestling fans, but also the eyes of the WWE that you don't need to look like a giant physical specimen – you don't need to look like Batista, Randy Orton, John Cena, etc in order to win over the love of the fans. He proved that an "indy" wrestler can make the jump to the "big leagues" and not just hold his own, but rise above everyone else.
I remember interviewing him on our show when he first joined the WWE…as part of the original version of the show, NXT… it was fun to talk to Bryan "The American Dragon" Danielson about his excitement to be given this opportunity. That still stands as one of my favorite interviews, because after that we have talked to him many times over the years and he has always been appreciative of our support.
Watching him rise and battle in the WWE to prove that he can be himself and thrive was an inspiration. He proved that hard work and being true to yourself pays off…it might take a little longer, but when it does pay off…it's beyond rewarding. I'll never forget watching him at Wrestlemania when he finally won the WWE Championship…it was the ultimate story book ending.
Sadly, that was the beginning of the end, as he was soon injured after that…and despite a few comebacks, he continued to battle injuries and concussions. He was just on ESPN, and went into more details about how bad his concussions are…where he has been dealing with seizures because of them.
Thank you Daniel for all that you did. I truly don't think guys like Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles…guys that are the future of the WWE…would have been given a shot had it not been for Daniel Bryan showing that a non-stereotypical wrestler can succeed and dominate in the WWE world. I don't think NXT would be what it is with "indy" darlings like Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, and more tearing it up down there.
I've been lucky to have met Daniel a few times, always a great guy…and I have been lucky to have seen him wrestle many times, one of my favorites was his match against John Cena at Summerslam a few years ago in LA…where he won the championship (briefly).
I have to say though… my favorite memory is the one he mentioned in his retirement speech… it was at the Key Arena when he was in the ring for a segment that was supposed to be about Triple H, Randy orton, and other…but we, the fans took over that moment and made it about Daniel Bryan. I was yelling so loud that I lost my voice for the first time in my life.
I was so glad to be there for that moment….but even more glad that I was there for his retirement speech, and even had a chance to give Daniel a high-five after his speech!
A woman in England bought herself some new red bed sheets over the holidays, finding them festive and "beautiful". After a few days of sleeping on them, family members pointed out that her gray hair had turned PINK on the back of her head. She had no idea. And on the topic of having no idea, 40 'food critics' (I put it in quotes because 'food critic' is, in my opinion, one of the most ridiculous and 'jobs' you can trick people into giving you) gathered for an 'experimental' 5- course meal. A renown chef prepared the meal, including things like avocado soup, spicy meatballs, bacon- wrapped chicken and a coffee custard for dessert. Only ONE of the 40 so- called 'food critics' figured out that every single thing they ate was repurposed McDonald's food. Yep. Food critics.
Happens to people; you're unaware of something until someone else points it out to you; fly was down, something in your teeth, dried booger in your nose, stain on your clothes, missed a spot shaving... today we wanted to know: WHAT DID YOU NOT REALIZE UNTIL SOMEONE POINTED IT OUT?
All kinds of stories of boobs or d*cks hanging out... and all were amusing enough, but the one I remember most involved a woman who had a crush on a guy for years.
When she was 13 or so she had a major crush on this guy. "Finally", as she put it, she was invited to a party that he was. Even luckier, she found her way into a Jacuzzi with him. It's when she stepped out of the Jacuzzi that she was mortified.
The guy she liked pulled her aside and pointed out that her pubes were climbing out of her briefs. Apparently it looked like Buckwheat was wearing a bandana.
I'll let that image sink in.
I'm outta here.
Until tomorrow, do what you best and STAY BEAUTIFUL!"
It's no secret that I'm both a connoisseur of micro brews and a frequent hunter of the newest breweries. In my hop quests over the years, I've encountered a few breweries that were born in a garage, and they have produced some of my favorite IPAs of all time. If you're a home brewer, these three breweries provide some great inspiration if you're looking to take your craft to the next level!
1.Skookum Brewery - Arlington, WA: The first (30) times I visited Skookum, it was located off King Thomson Road in a beautiful community surrounded by trees, horse pastures, and wildlife. A home brew dream realized, Ron & Jackie Jenkins invited beer drinkers (and their dogs) from all over the place to their property in an extremely laid-back environment. Fire pits, picnic tables, and a bathroom accessed through their horse barn made this special place feel like family. Fast forward to the present time, and Skookum now lives in an awesome warehouse across from the Arlington Airport. Still dog friendly both inside and out, they have a great food menu and three IPAs that I love - Olde Tom IPA, Jackass IPA, and Mammoth Jack Double IPA.
2. 5 Rights Brewing - Marysville, WA: I JUST learned about 5 Rights last week, and made my way there over the weekend for the first time. Located in a quiet neighborhood not far from where I live, they're clearly the neighbors you want to make friends with! In talking with owner and head brewer R.J., they're on the hunt for a forever home! Right now, the focus is on brewing great beer, which they do WELL. The IPAs they create are masterful, and as follows - the OTC IPA, the Bakuhatsu IPA, and the Suge IPA. Oh, and the 5 Rights are water, grain, yeast, hops, and BEER! When you go visit, keep in mind that it is in a neighborhood, so you'll want to go the speed limit and respect their neighbors!
3. Foggy Noggin - Bothell, WA: I remember stumbling across Foggy Noggin after a Google search one time, and I was OBSESSED with the name!!! If I had a nickel for every time my noggin felt foggy... I had to find this place STAT. I didn't realize it was in a garage at the time I started my journey to Bothell! I was pleasantly surprised, because it was such a warm and inviting environment. A fantastic spot to taste some craft beer and take a growler to go, it's also dog friendly! You know how I feel about that. They brew English-style beers in one of the world's smallest production breweries, and although I'm typically the biggest IPA snob, their Chief Lightfoot Irish Red and their Oski Wow-Wow Scotch Ale are my go-to-brews. Definitely check them out! Remember to adhere to the speed limit and be respectful of the neighbors!
Shout out to all the brewers who take their passion for home brewing to a new level and share their passion for micro brews with thirsty folk like myself! If you know of a commercial brewery that is operating out of a garage, send me an email so I can go sample their garage-grog! Cheers to all!
I have some Facebook friends who really have NO love for the police, and I thought I'd take a second to speak on that. There's a meme going around that says we should stop applauding cops for doing their jobs without hurting anyone, making the comparison to a barista giving you coffee without burning you.
Yes, we know that there are bad cops in the world, but that's because there are simply bad PEOPLE in the world, and some of them have weaseled their way into having the job of being a cop. The fact of the matter is this: there are more good cops than bad in the world, and those good cops keep us safe. If you're not out there doing the job, maybe you should keep your comments to yourself…because you don't know what it's like to take on that responsibility.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm going to keep on applauding the men and women who protect us every day. Your thoughts, as always, are welcome…
Today's blog will be a little different, but I found all of this super interesting and I have a lot of outdoorsy friends that I know will enjoy this.
A couple of my buds, Jeff and Mike were telling me about an event called the SHOT Show. What is the SHOT Show? SHOT stands for the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show. For all of my buds in the military, law enforcement, etc…this sounds like nirvana!
Jeff and Mike were planning on making the trip to the event (find more info on the SHOT Show HERE: http://www.shotshow.org) and were hoping to cover it for my blog, and I thought it was an awesome idea.
I have to say… dang there are some cool things available for the outdoor enthusiasts, and in a world where us guys are being exposed to potential Valentine's Day gifts for our significant other… I thought it would be a great idea to show off some cool things that your man, or your woman, would love as a gift. Hell, these are things that you will want to just splurge and get for yourself. I am drooling over the watch that they show on the video… the MTM Vulture Watch. Check them out here: www.specialopswatch.com
Once thing about that watch… there is a slight error in the video. The watch seen on the video is actually in rubber, not nylon (but it does come in nylon), the light is only seen up to one mile away (not 5), and the biggest feature is that the light can detect blood unseen to the naked eye.
Enjoy the video, once again thanks to Officer Jeff Shepard and Mike Hockett for making this happen, thanks to Frazer Loveman for filming and editing the video, and huge thanks to the SHOT Show for allowing us access!
Today is the day we do the Random Question Question... we have a bunch of different "news" stories (well, stories that made the news) which make us contemplate all sorts of different things... leaving us with many questions. Those are the questions we ask as the Randoms.
Today however, I'm gonna reflect on the Super Bowl. Not the game... it was what it was. Congrats to Denver. Peyton will always be remembered as "going out on top" as a result of last night's win but, honestly, he didn't do sh*t. Not bashing the guy, just saying that history will treat him well.
Don't remember any of the commercials, really. I DO remember chuckling at one, but I couldn't tell you what it was advertising.
Anyway, I want to talk about Super Bowl food. It's not like ever eat that healthy or worry about it, but I still use the Super Bowl as an excuse to be more gluttonous than usual. Two Men's Room Sausage sandwiches, one meatball sub, a plate of meatballs with mac and cheese and 4 wings, plus copious amounts of chips and various dips... including Ted's sausage dip. His dip is bomb.
I'm outta here, bitches.
Until tomorrow, do what you do best and STAY BEAUTIFUL!"
Today's blog comes from one of my mentors, Dan Sanders:
This blog was inspired by a group of young males I saw on a street corner before school while I was stopped at a red light. Whether they ever made it to school remains a mystery.
It troubles me when I see people of any age marking time, lock-stepping to a beat chosen by the world around them, falling in line, afraid to disrupt the order of things. One thing that drives me crazy is inertia, a resistance to change.
The Stepford Wives, a 1972 satirical thriller by Ira Levin, is a story about Joanna Eberhart, a photographer and young mother who moves to a perfect Connecticut town and begins to suspect that the submissive housewives there might be robots created by their husbands. In that case, the wives were simply replaced by machines. These days we have advanced way beyond the Stepford wives, no longer needing to replace a person with a machine. We do that ourselves by sticking the machines in our hands and ears. Unless some outside force knocks us in the head, we will continue staring at our hands and listening to the programmed hypnosis attacking our ears and eyes. It bothers me most of all when I see young people—anyone under age 30—doing that. I remember when we use to say, "Don't trust anyone over 30." Now I would reverse that and say, "Don't trust anyone under 30."
On February 8, 1931, James Dean was born, and in 1955, at the age of 24, he made a movie called Rebel Without a Cause. It offered both social commentary and an alternative to previous films depicting delinquents in urban slum environments. Dean played Jim Stark, a teen from a troubled family who in the end loses a friend to death but gains a father. On that corner, I witnessed what appeared to be the Belt Buckle Rebellion. The group of young men stood puffing on electronic cigarettes, not one of them with their pants up to their waists. I supposed this was some sort of rebellion, although I'm wasn't sure against what. Belts?
Politicians moving into New Hampshire have no doubt noted that the state is in drug addiction shock. In one survey, the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies placed New Hampshire among the top 10 states in the nation in terms of abuse of either alcohol or drugs by teens, a self-induced inertia, to say the least. It's time for young people to stop standing around with their pants down and do something and time for older people to kick conformity and acceptance in the behind. Everyone should grab life by the bull rope and ride the damn thing to the buzzer.
There will be more thoughts on inertia maybe and other things on the shores of Rambling Harbor. Join me there.
So over the weekend I went to Vegas…many assumed I was going to party in Sin City for the Super Bowl, but that wasn't the case…hell I watched the Super Bowl at the air port bar, and then on the plane. I was in Vegas for another one of those Draft Tournaments (hockey). This was my 4th one in the past year… easily the most fun time playing hockey and making new friends. This time around the team I was on didn't win the tournament; hell…we didn't even win a game! We went 0-4-1 (one tie), but still had a blast at the rink in Vegas all weekend. Plus we had a sweet view from our room at Treasure Island!
This one was no different than the other ones I have attended; I met and partied with some awesome people. Plus I got to rock the Senor Frog head on Friday night… Ok, I wasn't technically allowed to and was told that cannot happen again, but I got some pix with it on!
Here I am with my fellow Donkey, The Jay Mac…and the man behind the Draft Tournaments, Nick. If you ever listen to the Migs Cast, we have had Nick on a few times in the past. Plus he now hosts an awesome podcast about beer league hockey called " Beer League Talk".
Here are a couple other pix from our weekend. The theme for the jerseys this time was the Village People, which is why my bud Chris showed up dressed like this… at least I think that's why he dressed up like this… hell maybe this is his "Vegas Attire"… Chris is one of the coolest and funny dudes… every time we are at the same tournament; we have been on the same team.
Clearly a lot of beer was consumed in a room full of beer league hockey players…
Somehow, thanks to our bud "Swampy" (he's playing on my phone in this pic)…we ended up with a limo taking us around…
Here I am with my bud Dave…just like with Chris, we have been on the same team every time we have attended the same tournament. Dave is an awesome fella, both him and his son Jack play in these tournaments, and I love hanging with them both! We ended up being on the "Biker Guy From The Village
I have no pix of us playing hockey (yet)…lets just say we love playing hockey, but that's not the main attraction…the main thing is having friends with new and old friends.