Sending this one out to my former bicycle-flippin’, peg-jumpin’, hole-in-knee creatin’ little brother. And if you watch one bicycle-oriented YouTube video this year, this is the one. Make sure you follow it until the end. It is quite sweet. And BTW, if you don’t listen to Band of Horses, you should.

Published in: on April 30, 2009 at 5:03 am  Comments (3)  

Partytime…Italian style..


When is the last time you had a delicious, piping hot Totino’s Pizza straight outa yo oven? For me, it was less than 24 hours ago. And it was part of the food throwdown that always happens when it snows. Why? I’m not really sure. But even the mere mention of snow in the forecast sends us inexplicably to the grocery store where we quickly fill our carts up with bread and milk and soda and chips and high-sodium, nicely packaged, cheap frozen foods. I’m pretty sure it’s simply a basic survival instinct that’s been in our genes for thousands of years. We can’t fight it. So we join it.


So anyway, we went old school with our snow meal Monday night over at the brother’s house. We served up a veritable Totino’s buffet. Four adults consumed seven pizzas (whole thing actually only cost us $3, I think). And we were quite pleased with ourselves. Was it healthy? No. Was it recommended by the FDA? Absolutely not. Was it tasty? I’m not really sure. I don’t normally even chew my food. But it was quite good. Supreme is my favorite. But all the flavors really taste the same, anyway.

You see, Totino’s takes me back to my younger days. Totino’s means that all my boys are coming over to the house to play Sega or Atari 5200 and watch movies and spend the night and wrestle in the den (no jokes, please…it was quite innocent, thank you). And Nanny cooking up pizzas for us to drink with our Faygo sodas. People, it doesn’t get any better than that. And don’t even get me started on Pizza Rolls (I eat mine with mustard). That’s a whole different blog entry.


Published in: on March 4, 2009 at 4:52 am  Leave a Comment  

Derrick Brooks…my man.


Tampa Bay Bucs fans are shocked and saddened by yesterday’s announcement. And I am, too. Because the NFL career of one of the all-time greats could be over. Future Hall-of-Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks was released yesterday. On the way out, Coach Raheem Morris called him a “legend.”

Not only was I fortunate enough to attend Florida State University at the same time Derrick Brooks played, I actually had a couple of classes with him. I used to roll my eyes and make a commotion when he’d sit in front of me every once in a while. The guy’s neck was thicker than my quad! Huge! So with big Derrick in front of you, you couldn’t see anything. And the guy seemed to always have a smile on his face. Very big. Very dangerous-looking. And yet, Derrick seemed to always have a gentle spirit about him. Truly seemed like a good guy. Here’s what he said was his favorite Bible verse:

His favorite scripture verse is Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

No, I didn’t know him all that well personally. And there’s no way he’d ever remember me. But we were always proud of the way he played football for FSU…and even prouder of the way he handled himself off the field as well. Sure, we glorify football players way too much these days. But this guy was and is special. How many football players end up on the Board of Trustees for the university? Derrick did. He’s helped to start schools and made a huge difference in the lives of many Tampa kids over the last couple of years. Here’s what he had to say about FSU back in 2003:

“Florida State helped me grow from a boy into a man,” Brooks said. “It taught me the value of loyalty, friendship, family and winning. Success is contagious. We were the best and it was fun to show it. We worked hard to stay at the top. Now I can use my FSU lessons to be the best man I can. Representing the garnet and gold never, never gets old.”

You’ve represented us well, Derrick. Good luck to you in whatever life holds for you in 2009 and after your football career is over. And here’s hoping that there’s more “Derrick Brooks”-type players still to come for FSU.

Published in: on February 26, 2009 at 7:43 am  Leave a Comment  

Who’s your favorite muppet?


Mine’s Beaker. And I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the slight resemblance. If you like Beaker, you should definitely check this out. And if you like Coldplay AND Muppets, then the next YouTube video may possibly be the greatest thing you have ever seen.

Who’s your favorite?

Published in: on February 20, 2009 at 5:11 am  Comments (1)  

Pure, unadulterated badness.


To some of you guys, this might seem like an old, dorky car. But when I was a young man…there was nothing more I wanted (well, almost nothing) than a Lotus Espirit. I came across this great page from the site, Car Lust. And it breaks down the Lotus Espirit S1/S2 scientifically. If it’s familiar to you, you’ve probably seen this car in a James Bond movie. He drives this one in ‘For Your Eyes Only,’ the first James Bond movie I ever saw. And the most famous Lotus he drove was used in the seven-minute car chase in Sardinia from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ where it turned into a submersible vehicle. After the film’s release, demand was so high for that particular model that there was a three-year waiting list. You should also know that particular Lotus Esprit offered the following deluxe accessory package: periscope; convertible dashboard-control panel; oil release, harpoon and cement guns; retractable turning wheels; hydroplanes; protective louvres; television monitor; rudder and propulsion units; submarine activator; rocket missiles and missile firing control. Well worth the money, I say.

Published in: on February 16, 2009 at 5:59 am  Comments (1)  

Get your racetrack on.


How sweet is this? Restoration Hardware offers up this adult slot car racetrack. Featuring over 63 feet of track, the set comes with two intricately-detailed reproductions of the Shelby Daytona Coupes seen in the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans, each of which use high-conductivity phosphor bronze shoes and a 22-volt power pack deliver awesome speed. Also included are two controllers, a grandstand, and pit.

My parents bought a racetrack for us when we were kids and we LOVED it. Ours had glow strips that you taped on. And I remember getting the cars to go so fast they’d fly off into the air!

Published in: on February 4, 2009 at 6:24 am  Comments (4)  

A different sort of “Lost.”

I think that even as a very young child, I still remember thinking that this show was really cheesy. And this summer, it’s up for a re-do with Will Farrell and Danny McBride.


Published in: on December 30, 2008 at 7:50 am  Leave a Comment