Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Happy Anniversary Blog

I started this dumb blog on this day back in 2007.

I don’t post nearly as much as I used to. I’ve thought about quitting more times than I can count. But for some reason I keep at it.

I still never really understand why people ever read it. But they do.

It has gotten me on guests lists for shows, music to review, some odd products to review and it is part of a UCLA study.

So I can’t promise it will be around for another 7 years, or even another year, but it will be around until it is just no fun to do at all.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Me and Brennan long long ago.

Movie Review


Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is an FBI agent who goes undercover as a white supremacist skinhead to infiltrate and take down suspected terrorists.

Boring. Odd director choices. The plot felt rushed and lazy.

Avoid at all costs.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Last Day Of Summer Vacation

Today is it for Jett.

Tomorrow he starts middle school. Time sure flies.

Luckily he had an amazing summer. He got to go see his cousins in Oklahoma. Spend some time with grandma. Had the best nanny in the world. And he and I took a boys trip to Mexico.

We will spend this last day pretty low key.

It was a great summer. But it was too short.

Friday, August 12, 2016

I know I'm getting old

Past couple days saw girls who I assumed were in high school. But they were wearing wedding rings.

Bad judge of age.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Jett is rad

It's our last day in Mexico. Jett and I started our day early.

After lunch we had no real plans. Jett had done the zip line again. And we spent time in the ocean and several pools.

So he wanted alone computer time. Do I got to go to the adults only pool. Met vacation friends. Since vacation Jeff is friendly.

Up next the steak restaurant.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

To My Smarter Friends

Ok I admit I am kinda dumb when it comes to this.

But as I was looking at the ballot for Missouri Governor,  Why is it there can be multiple Democratic and Republican candidates running?

Why does it not work the same way for the presidency?

Why even within the crappy two party system (At least what the media acknowledges) do we get only two choices?

Sunday, July 31, 2016

30 Years

My 30th high school reunion was last night. It was a very low key fun event. It was on the patio of a bar near a “lake”. It made me realize several things:

I’m old.
I have a terrible memory.
Some people might have sold their souls to not age.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

TV Review

Stranger Things-

It’s the new Netflix original show that has been getting a ton of buzz. It’s like if a Stephen King story was directed by Steven Spielberg.

The plot is simple;

The story takes place in 1983, a middle school boy disappears. His friends, some teenagers and some adults all look for him.

There are elements of X files, Let The Right One In, It Follows, The Goonies, ET and Close Encounters all in this.

I really liked that the characters spoke to each other. Far too often plots in other movies and shows are moved forward on nothing more than when strange things happen to a character they don’t say anything about it to anyone else.

This was an easy show to completely get sucked into and binge watch. The series is only 8 episodes.

It has a good soundtrack, not only the time period songs but the score is somewhere between John Carpenter, It Follows and a Nicolas Winding Refn movie.

There are a lot of nods to many 80s movies and books, especially those of King and Spielberg.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ruby the RabbitFoot - "Nicola La"

Layered summertime synth pop song.
Has a mesmerizing hook and a mesmerizing lo-fi video.

TV Show Review

Peaky Blinders-

It had been in my queue forever. Many friends told me how cool it was, but I still hadn't watched it. But my wife and I finally decided to start it. It's only 3 seasons thus far (only 6 episodes per season) so it wasn't too much to watch.

The look of the show, the acting, the casting, the music are all awesome.

There were times the plot (and accents) were hard to follow. At times the plans, double crosses, triple crosses were confusing, but overall it was extremely cool.

I liked the use of modern music over this period show.

If you like gangster movies and are in need of a series to watch, definitely check this out.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Reviews And The Weekend

Green Room-
I love the directors first movie Blue Ruin. It is tense as hell.

So I was excited that his next movie also involved punk rock. I was a little confused as to how the plot would play out from reading the synopsis.

I would say other than the basics of; Punk band plays a white power skinhead club, sees something they shouldn’t and is then not allowed to leave, don’t go into this knowing anything more.

Certainly not a movie for everyone, but I really liked it a lot.

The Cheap Trick, Joan Jett and Heart show last night was a lot of fun.

Shockingly Cheap Trick opened!

Maybe I’m biased but I certainly think they should be the closer.

They were amazing as always. Have a ton of energy for a bunch of old dudes.

Joan Jett sounded really good. But it was very obvious that her band doesn’t have the experience to work a stage that big at a venue like that. They should definitely play first.

I had never seen Heart before. They have several songs from the 70s that I think are awesome, but their 80s stuff was bad in the 80s and is worse now. The wilson sisters cane still play and sing great, but they should play second.

Buying Nancy’s new car (a Prius C) was a painless experience. A long experience, but painless. The salesman was nice. We got a good price. And Nancy is super thrilled with it.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Serious question

Are the lesbians at this concert to see Joan Jett or Heart?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Hey Instagram!

So yeah I made a new account. But what pisses me off is that I lost my preferred user name. It is my twitter handle, my email, my website. So to have it not be the same because my account was attempted to be hacked is really annoying. And I am not the only one this has happened to, below is exactly what happened to me:

When I tried to log in to Instagram, it said that it noticed unusual activity in my account and asked me to verify by email. When I received the verification email, I accidentally clicked the link to remove my email to my Instagram account, because I thought it's the link to verify account without copy & paste the security code manually. Now I still can't log in to my account. How can I link my email back to my account?

Why would Instagram send a code to fix it, and a link to ruin your account in one email?

More people who have had the problem here.

I have scoured through the instagram site, and it is no help and there is not a single way to contact any sort of customer service.

So I have sent them a message via twitter and facebook.

No response as of yet. But I will give them a day or so to respond before I really get on a soapbox to bitch about their lack of customer service.

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Watching snoop dogg and Martha Stewart on $100,000 pyramid. Bizarre.

Lost My Instagram Account

Because of an an attempted hack and Instagram's nonexistent customer service, my account has changed. So if you were following me and still want to you’ll have to re-follow me @1313Rif

Very very annoying.