A new study in the "American Journal of Infection Control" found that a fist bump is way more hygienic than a handshake…a fist bump passes about 95% fewer germs than a handshake.
We all need to get on board with how we great each other because I'm getting sick of it. We just don't know what to do. That's great that fist bumping passes less germs…but next time I go in for a "fist", the other person will probably go in for the "shake"…then there is that awkward moment where I switch to "shake" and they switch to "fist", and then the next thing you know I'm shaking their fist. Then there are times that someone goes in for the bro hug and you aren't prepared for it…or vice versa, and then someone if feeling odd for awkwardly pulling another person closer to them. Then there is the fast slap shake thingy…someone inevitably is "that guy" that grabs the hand going in for just a slap.
My point…it's a dumb one, but it's still a point….we need the President's help on this. We as a country need to have one set way of greeting each other. Why do we even need to touch each other any way? Let's be like Japan…lets bow…or let's make it our own and just have a simple head nod as a greeting. We know what to expect and we will stop these awkward greetings all together.
Bam. Off my soap box.
Now here is something funny. Dogs never seem to learn their lesson no matter how many times they do something…this video is a great example… a mailman in Oklahoma posted a 12-second video of a bulldog running face first into a FENCE trying to get to him. He says it does it every single day.
Last night was the final Motley Crue concert in the Western Washington area…I sadly did not go. Thankfully I have seen them 3 times in my life, and they are always awesome, but I just couldn't be out late on a Sunday night when I get up at 2:15 in the morning.
I was mostly curious to see what Tommy Lee was going to do. Ever since I saw them back in the late 80's (or early 980's – whenever the Dr. Feelgood tour happened), Tommy has always done something spectacular behind the kit…from playing upside down…hovering over the crowd…etc…and it looks like yesterday was no exception. Thanks to our concert photographer and blogger, Iron Mike Savoia, for posting this!
Yesterday afternoon I met up with some of my fine friends and co-workers for a "Dog Day Afternoon" at Gasworks Park. Lulu and I met up with Ben & Miles from The Men's Room…Ryan Castle…and Sgt. Hairclub for a fun day out. Lulu loved it there!
Miles took this awesome pic of Lulu and me…
Here is Miles dog, Chewy, hanging…
Here is Hairclub's dog, Bentley, enjoing the view!
When it comes to documentaries…I am such a fan of anything music related. I loved the Pearl Jam Twenty doc, and have loved other documentaries like the Foo Fighters one, Sound City, A Band Called Death, Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story, and Hit So hard (the Patty Schemel of Hole story)…the list goes on and on.
There is a guy by the name of Marcus Haney, and he has never paid to go to a festival. He makes replica wristbands, sneaks past security guards, and walks in with confidence. Somehow he weasels his way into the photo pit and has documented some awesome moments.
Check out this movie trailer for "No Cameras Allowed." I look forward to watching this…
I posted this on my Facebook…and I love this comment about this movie by Andrew…it's a great observation:
Andrew: Never pays to get into a concert…wants people to pay money to see his movie. I'll definitely pay money to see this and most certainly won't download it by illegitimate means. No siree.
Huge news…The 50 Shades Of Grey trailer is out. OK, not huge for anyone that has testicles, but I'm sure the ladies are going nuts (pun intended) about it! I watched it, and I have say that I sadly geeked out for a second. At about 24 seconds in, you will see a building in the background…it's OUR building! Yup…the home of KISW is featured in this movie (the story is based in Seattle). Check it out:
Buzzfeed.com made a list of songs that are supposedly "guaranteed" to help you "seal the deal" in the bedroom … here is the top 3.
1. "Come Live with Me Angel", Marvin Gaye
2. "Feel All My Love Inside", Marvin Gaye
3. "Make Sure You're Sure", Stevie Wonder
Screw this R & B crap…this is my pick:
This song inspires me…so much show that I had to show "what's up"…and The Rev caught me on video!
If you think jumping on a trampoline while DRUNK sounds like a terrible idea, you're right. Here is video proof of that!
Very classy moment when he has the kid hold his cigarette…what the hell!?!
Since today's weather is so crappy…I choose to go back in time…to Saturday, when this was my view…
Every year our church hits the road and we post up in the backyard of one of our member's home. It's in Lakewood with an incredible view of Lake Steilacoom. I have been lucky to play drums in front of thousands of people in my life, and even though a packed room at the EMP Sky Church or the Capitol Theater in Olympia is awesome…it doesn't compare to playing the drums with that view!
Have you heard the new Weezer song? I have been a disappointed fan for the last couple of records (I will always love the band, but the last 2 CD's were not my favorites)…well it seems like Rivers and the boys are back to being awesome! If , and this new song is any indication of what their record will sound like…I think 2014 will mark the return of Weezer! The new CD is called "Everything Will Be Alright In The End", and it's coming out on September 30th. It's being produced by Ric Ocasek (he produced their debut CD, and their 3rd disc)…here is the first song "Back To The Shack", which lyrically feels like a public apology from Rivers for losing their "way" over the years…I think if you are a fan of Weezer, you will geek out about this song! =w=
If you don't follow me on Twitter, you are seriously missing out on some thought provoking "ess". Especially on Sunday when I was watching the WWE's Battleground Pay Per View.
Speaking of Sting… I am so pumped that he is going to be featured in the new new WWE Video game, . If you pre-order the game, you get his characters…yes…both of his characters (I'm assuming "The Crow" Sting, and "Surfer" Sting). I ain't gonna lie…when I saw this on Monday Night Raw over a week ago…it was goose bumps city for me!
I hope that the WWE and Sting get it all figured out so that he has at least one match… I know he's around 55, but he's in great shape and I believe he has one more match in him./.. I (an millions of others) would love to see The Icon take on The Phenom… Stink Vs. The Undertaker in Wrestlemania 31!
I'm also doing some powerful stuff on Instagram…things that will bring peace to your soul. Like this:
Ok…I'm about to talk about a band that some of you might not have heard of, but for those in "the know"…I think you will be nodding your head in agreement as you read this.
On Friday night I went to The Hold Steady concert at the Neptune. I have jokingly said after every concert that the band that I saw put on the "greatest show I have ever seen"…however; I say this with all sincerity…their show on Friday night was the greatest show I have ever seen.
I was first introduced to the Hold Steady one late night while watching Conan (back when he was on after the Tonight Show), and they were the musical guest. They played a song off of their second record "Seperation Sunday"…the song is called "Your Little Hoodrat Friend", and I was blown away by their energy, the songwriting, and their front man Craig Finn. He was more telling a story than singing a song, and I was hooked.
That night I went online and ordered both of their CD's ("…Almost Killed Me" and "Seperation Sunday")…I wanted to hear it so bad that I spent more money on the shipping (I had it sent as "next day mail") than the actual cost of the records. At the time I was un-employed (this was prior to being hired at KISW) and not being able to sleep, depressed, etc…and their music became the soundtrack to picking my spirits up. His stories were interesting, and their music, for a lack of better words, was "rocking".
Many years ago, my wife and I were visiting my family in Brooklyn, NY, and I saw that they were playing 3 sold out shows in Brooklyn…luckily they released more tickets online and we scored a pair…that show was amazing, Craig Finn had the crowd in the palm of his hand (us included) as we all danced and sang along to our favorite songs!
I was nervous to see them as this time we wouldn't be aided by the ultimate concert enhancer: Alcohol, and also this time we wouldn't see them with their keyboardist, who left the band a few years ago. That being said…the minute they took the stage at the Neptune…all of these doubts instantly disappeared as they started off with "Positive Jam" from their debut CD, and then powered through a "greatest hits" type set… the highlight (too many to actually name) was when they played my 2 favorite songs back to back: "Stay Positive" & "Your Little Hoodrat Friend".
They also played "Massive Nights", and my wife observed that during that song, as well as a few others, it was the first time she has ever heard me sing along with a band…hell yeah I was singing…we all were!
Here are some pix I took while there….
They have a great new CD out called "Teeth Dreams", and you can get more info on the band HERE.
This is yet another reason why Marshawn Lynch rules! Last night at the Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Sports Awards, the Seahawks were definitely stealing the show! Russell Wilson won "Best Newcomer" (props to Russell for giving a shout out to Seattle Children's Hospital in his acceptance speech), our fans – the 12's – won the "Smells Like Team Spirit" award, Earl Thomas was in a fun segment where he got "slimed"…but the highlight was #24! If you missed it…it's OK…I did too…hell, I don't even know what channel Nickelodeon is on…the Hawks posted a clip on their Facebook page. Check out Beast Mode making it happen…and getting "slimed"!
Why did Earl get "slimed"? Well he lost in a competition between Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals…and was dropped in a "slime tank". Earl posted some pix and video on his Instagram:
All of the guys above that I mentioned (Earl, Marshawn, Larry, Russell) will be at Richard Sherman's Celebrity Softball game on Sunday. Get info on the game HERE. I will be there to watch (sadly I was not drafted this season, but I'm working on my swing next year)…some of the other Hawks that will be there include: Richard Sherman (duh), Michael Bennett, Percy Harvin, Pete Carroll, Kam Chancellor, Sidney Rice, and non-Hawks like: Kobe Bryant, Macklemore, Shawn Kemp, and Gary Payton.
Speaking of Richard Sherman…big thanks to Beverly "Mama" Sherman for joining us this morning. Beverly is going to be at Lucky Strike in Bellevue tonight from 7 pm to 9:30 pm -- hosting an evening of family fun. The first 100 guest will receive collectible Campbell Soup Bowls!
Richard and his mom are the new face of the "Momma's Boy" campaign that Campbell's Soup does. The commercial should be out soon…check out this fun interview with Richard & Beverly…
I know David Letterman is close to calling it quits, but he needs to get this guy on the show for his "Stupid Human Tricks" segment! There's a YouTube video of a guy with a shaved head visiting a brewery in South Carolina, and he pours a beer with his HEAD. It's a cold can of beer that hasn't been opened, so he somehow gets the bottom suctioned to his forehead. Then he cracks it and pours it into a glass…it's either an illusion, or he got the beer to stick through a combination of condensation, and the sweat on his skull! Check it out:
Did you watch the ESPY's last night? The Seahawks won not 1 but 2 awards…this is the first time a Hawk has ever won an ESPY…the hits keep on coming for our team! Richard Sherman won Best Breakthrough Player, and the Seahawks won best team! It was awesome seeing all the fellas on stage…some of the outfits were rather interesting…gold shorts? Haha awesome!
The highlight of the night though had to be Stuart Scott's acceptance speech for the Jimmy V Award. Stuart received the award because of his battle with cancer…man it's a great speech…someone might start cutting onions as you watch this…just as a heads up!
Today is a good day…we got to interview a guy that is one of the people that helped shape my musical taste. I would have to say that my brother was my number one influence, as it was because of him that I fell in love with KISS and Black Sabbath, but right after my brother…it was Riki Rachtman.
Now I don't personally know Riki, but it was because of MTV's Headbangers Ball that I was introduced to music that helped me through my younger years. Sure, Headbangers Ball played some crap from time to time, but when they played something really good…I could hear it in Riki's voice. When he geeked out about something, I became a fan of that band. Just off the top of my head, here is a list of bands that I was introduced to…thanks to Riki, and "The Ball":
Guns N Roses
Faith No More
Circus Of Power
Also…Headbangers Ball introduced me to the "Seattle Sound"… I remember watching and seeing Mother Love Bone on there (and then in turn Pearl Jam), I remember the first time I saw "Loud Love" by Soundgarden, "We Die Young" by Alice In Chains.
I remember that moment Kurt Cobain & Krist Novoselic were guest and Kurt wore a gown because it was a "Ball" after all!
I always loved it when Riki would feature Seattle bands…it made me fall in love with a city that I hoped to live in. This was a fun one…when he hung with Soundgarden and went bowling with Chris Cornell…
Or the time he went to Action Park in NJ with Alice In Chains…
Now why did we have Riki on? Because he's doing something pretty cool…he decided to just get on his Harley and do a lap around the USA! He's doing it by himself, and having people tweet him places to go, etc. Well he's currently in Washington…he was in Tacoma and Seattle over the weekend, and is currently in the San Juan Islands area. On Saturday he will be at the Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma for the Harley Flat Truck Racing (Get info HERE). You can follow him with the hash tag: #RikisRide or follow him on Twitter or Instagram:
Thanks to everyone that came out for our Mariners "Guys Night Out" on Friday night. Man Safeco Field was rocking and it was a blast hanging with everyone from the show, as well as Miles & Ted from the Mens Room, Ryan Castle, and Sgt. Hairclub! Check me and Hairclub out…
One of the highlights was getting to be on the big Diamond Vision (or Jumbo Tron…whatever it's called)…here we are mugging it up for the camera…
Speaking of being on camera…this was hilarious…as they were showing fans in the crowd, the camera person was behind us taking video of some people…look at the guy in the middle. He posed like this for a good 45 seconds…he truly had the "Eye Of The Tiger"…
In case your vision isn't the best…here is a better view!
That guy rules!
Thanks to the Mariners for kicking out some KISW jams during the game as well..
I got to hang with one of my close buds as well…my bud Jay Mac…and that's my wife putting the fingers up behind my head!
On Saturday and Sunday I met up with former Hawk John Moffitt, as we are working on the Michael Bennett show. Part of the show will feature interviews with some cool local luminaries. We chatted with tattoo artist Damon Conklin, Hall Of Fame DJ Marco Collins, Johnathan Hillstrand from the Time Bandit (Deadliest Catch), and former Hawk Joey Hollenbeck. Here are some pix from the shoot…
Where we shot was so warm…so at one point, former Coug and NFL lineman Mkristo Bruce was walking around shirtless…much to our surprise…
Huge thanks to Sam and the entire crew from Mavericks Of Industry for being an awesome group of people to work with.
If you aren't familiar with what The Michael Bennett Show is about…it's in the early stages, but we hope to turn it into a fun variety show. Here is a leaked video from one of our shoots…
Tonight we hope to see you at the ballgame! BJ, Rev, Vicky, and I (I also hear that Thee Ted Smith will be attending, as well as our bud downstairs, GregR from The End) are heading to "The Safe" to watch the M's take on the A's…it's Guys Night Out…I'm so excited that I took a Mariners "Selfie":
Get tickets at Mariners.com …we will be hanging at The Pen at around 6pm, and then we are sitting in the Terrace Club (section 213). Go M's!
A baseball player in South Korea slid into third base during a game yesterday . . . and it was one of the UGLIEST slides you'll ever see! He went in headfirst, but didn't get his arms out in front, so his FACE hit first, then dragged across the ground for about five feet until his head slammed into the bag. Someone decided to make it into a slow-motion video of it…set to banjo music, which makes it even more AWESOME!
Some of you know that my favorite thing to do in my free time is to play hockey…I play with a great group of dude in Tacoma, as the goalie for your Tacoma Donkeys.
When people find out I play goalie…I tend to get this picture emailed to me often…probably because I shared how when I was a kid I was in a break dance group called…don't laugh…Voltron (OK, feel free to laugh, we were dorks).
This set up is one of the coolest set of gear I have ever seen. Sadly, the man rocking this set passed away this past year...but I am positive his gear will be shared on the net for years to come.
The guy that created the set is Scott Battram… his company is called Battram and he does fully customized gear…and he's all about making some creative & unique pads…check some of his work out:
Of all of his custom sets…this one might be my favorite…for all of you that work at Nintendo, you'll get a kick out of these!
For you Grinch / Dr. Suess fans...you are gonna LOVE these ones!
The best part (for us broke beer leaguers) is that his gear if totally affordable…In fact I am getting a set of his custom gear…granted the set I bought is not as crazy as the ones I shared above, but I am such a fan of the "retro" look on pads, and I always wanted to get a set that is reminiscent of the old Cooper style pads I wore back when I started playing between the pipes. Here's a sample of his retro style…
This is a mock up of the set I am getting…I am so pumped to get these!
As soon as I get them, I will be sure to post pictures! Check out more of Battram's work on his Facebook Group Page…click HERE, or search "Battram Custom Goalie Equipment" in FB. Also he has a website, www.Battram.com.
So ESPN has released their "Body Issue" – it's their issue where they get athletes to get naked or next to naked, and this year they are featuring a member of the Seahawks!
Marshawn Lynch is all about the action in it…check it out:
I think it would have been hilarious if they had members of the Offensive or Defensive line pose in this issue!
The highlight though…it has to be Hilary Knight from the US Women's Hockey team! Did you see her pic yet? Insert "Five Hole" joke here!
This is a fun thing to check out if you have Twitter… Enter your Twitter name and find out your tweet reading level here:
I hope everyone had a great 4th of July…I know I did. We have an annual tradition of taking our pup Lulu on a walk o the 4th…I mean we have done it for 3 straight years, so that makes it a tradition right? The last 2 years we have gone to Alki, but this time we flipped the script and went to Greenlake! First we stopped in Seattle and got a Yumm Bowl from Café' Yumm…get the Smokey Bowl…it's so damn good. No Mono Nick…it's a different kind of "Smokey bowl"! Greenlake is such a cool spot…
Lulu loved it, but after making a full trip around the lake…she was DONE!
Speaking of the 4th…have you seen this awesome video? Someone flew a Drone in the middle of a fireworks show and got some incredible footage…check it out!
While I was enjoying my 4th…this is what Hot Kyle was doing on the 4th…making awesome impressions of The Rev…
On Saturday we did something that I have never done ion the 17 plus years of living in the Pacific Northwest. I know what you are thinking…but no…I've been to the Vu' guys…we went to Mount Rainier!! After all these years of people saying I need to check it out, I finally did…and wow what an awesome spot! We hiked some of the trails, and just enjoyed the nice day outside…
Plus…how cool…or "cold" is this? Gotta love being able to stand on snow in shorts and a T-Shirt!
Lulu also enjoyed the snow at Mt. Rainier…
Finally…yesterday I accomplished something magical. I was inspired by my bud Cody…I pulled off a Panoramic Selfie!
Big thanks to @JaimsVanDerBeek on Twitter for hooking some of us up with some AWESOME sunglasses! Here is Ben, Thrill, and me rockin' them...
Yes, they are Macho Man Randy Savage inspired shades!
I will have to wear mine when I rock this shirt.
He got these shades from a company called Pro Wrestling Tee's (www.prowrestlingtees.com) – in fact he designed the Mick Foley / Fozzy Bear shirt on the site which is pretty cool, as "Jaims" is a huge fan of wrestling and Mick Foley. Check it out HERE.
If you wanted the shades I am rocking, they are HERE.