Sunday, July 27, 2008

Too funny not to share...

So, as I was perusing these here internets, I found this little gem:

count from sesame street

Holy haha.

Also, this is for Raisor:
Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @

That is all.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

All bang'd up.

So, I just got back from Lava Hot Springs. Camping is ridiculous amounts of fun. As is tubing down the river. Even when I fall off multiple times and get scrap'd, cut'd, bruis'd, and all around...well...bang'd up! I'm sore, starving, and tired as all get out, but I had a blast. phone started dieing on Thursday night, so I turned if off and kept it off until this afternoon on my way home. The plan for work was for Chad to work for me and I'd work his grave tonight for him. He forgot. In his defense, I didn't fill out the paperwork on it so the schedule was normal and he didn't have a reminder for it. Oh, well. So as I'm driving home (about an hour after my shift had started), I got a voice mail from Mason inquiring as to why I was not yet there. I called him and explained it. He stayed an extra 3 hours so I could hurry and drive home and get changed. Now I get to stay for him tomorrow night three hours into a grave to make up for it, which I don't mind.

So yeah. I'm tired. And effing hungry. That' all I've got...

That is all.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The top 2 people to stare death in the face (right before doing it's mom)

Ok, so we left off with those coal miner guys. Intense, eh? So here are the top 2.


#2 Brent Case Has Bear-Proof Skin

A surveyor working up in Canada, which is like the US, but with better beer and fewer guns.

Brent was minding his own business while working in the forests of British Columbia when Death came to visit in the form of a 900-pound adult grizzly bear.

Brent was carrying an ax at the time, but that probably doesn't help a lot against a bear unless it's the kind of ax that shoots shotgun shells. Brent, knowing better, decided to play dead.

Unfortunately the bear wasn't looking for a fair fight and started munching on Brent's skull. At one point he thought the bear was actually eating his brain. While this may not have been true, from the picture in the article you can't blame him for thinking this.

The bear took a few more chunks out of Brent, threw him into a bog and jumped on him WWE-style a few times before saying "Screw it" and walking off leaving Brent for dead.

It should be noted that playing dead still probably saved his life, as bears typically won't eat an already-dead victim (we're not sure why, but we think it's considered dishonorable according to the code all bears live by). Regardless, with his scalp hanging in huge flaps from his skull and bleeding heavily, Brent managed to get up and go for help. He got back to his car and drove 15 miles, covered in blood and bear bites. Death could only stand on the side of the road and shake its fist.

#1 Alexis Goggins, Invincible Girl

Just an ordinary first grader, attending classes, hanging with her friends.

She had to save her mom from some crazy dude. She did this by jumping in front of him and taking six bullets, point blank, including a couple to the head.

It started when some lowlife kidnapped Alexis and her mom (OK, the lowlife was the mom's boyfriend). The mother tried to stall the bad guy and managed to call 911, but the cops said they couldn't send anyone. Apparently they were all busy with more fucked up situations than a man holding a child hostage at gunpoint.

It was at this point that the gunman decided he should stamp his passport into hell and started shooting. Two bullets struck the mother before little Alexis dove between them, begging the shooter to stop. Without hesitation, he shot six times, little Alexis taking the bullets that would have killed her mother. By this time the cops arrived, as they figured things were getting really serious because now someone was actually shooting.

Alexis thought about dying for a second then decided she still had some shit to do. Death could only watch as she grabbed her stuff and headed back to the land of the living, despite some serious injuries that would have killed most of us twice and some of us three times.

This would be jaw-droppingly impressive for a 250-pound Marine combat vet, let alone a seven-year-old girl. And while we would like to cling to our original theory that she's actually an immortal Highlander, the truth is this seven-year-old girl is simply more man than we'll ever be.


SEVEN. YEARS. OLD!!! Holy crap. Good on ya, little girl.

So, the next time you think you're all hard because you got took a punch or even a baseball bat, think of these people and cradle those dangly things you call balls. Their's are of way more use. Yes, even the seven-year-old girl's.

That is all.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

7 people who cheated death (then told it to make them a sammich)

Ok, so I know I'm not considered 'tough'. I mean sure, I could hold my own against any three of the clients at work at one time. And I could take twenty-seven five-year-olds in a fight. But these people are just plain ballsy.


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#7 Vesna Vulovic 1, Mountain 0

Vesna Vulovic was a stewardess back in the '70s working on a Serbian airline.

Except for surviving countless ass gropings during her time as a stewardess there was really nothing special about this lady. Oh yeah, except for the fact that she fell 33,000 fucking feet and lived to tell the tale.

On January 26, 1972 our gal was working an extra shift due to a clerical error. She took the shift anyway to earn a little extra scratch, probably to supplement her bear-wrestling hobby or something. Anyway, some terrorists decided to blow up her plane and succeeded in doing so at the worst possible time, when the plane was really high up in the air.

Not only did she survive the explosion that blew the plane into pieces, but she was the only person to live after hitting the side of the mountain. Normally this would totally suck by itself, but it was winter so the mountain was also frozen which probably made it feel like she hit it after falling 33,000 and 10 feet.

Now because we're talking about reality and not a cartoon, she did in fact break a bunch of bones and fell into a coma, but when she woke up she looked around and asked for a cigarette. Apparently flipping Death the bird really gives you cravings.

Not convinced? Did we tell you she was left paralyzed ... but then regained her ability to walk through sheer force of will and balls-out effort? She also didn't suffer any of those New Age, sissy boy "psychological effects" either and continued to fly like nothing happened. As a bonus she collected a Guinness World Record for her troubles.

Want to see if you're as tough? No problem all you have to do is jump off the equivalent of 26 Empire State Buildings.

In case you're wondering, a fall like that takes about three minutes, which should be plenty of time to contemplate death (and every single bad decision you've made in your life) and after that, don't forget to live, break your back, fall into a coma, become paralyzed and then recover, which we figure is the hard part.

#6 Aron Ralston Hacks Off His Own Fucking Arm

A mechanical engineer at Intel. You know those engineers are renowned for being tough guys.


No biggie, all he did was take a hike in the woods and came out five days later, missing an arm, which he had to cut off himself.

Seems Aron was big on mountain climbing, which by itself is pretty manly, but not enough to get him on this list. Except during this particular hike a boulder fell on him, pinning his arm. For five days he worked to push the rock off and finally realized he would die unless he took drastic action.

Because the prospect of cutting off your arm may not impress some of you hardcore readers, we need to point out that he first had to break his arm by snapping it against the same rock pinning him down. Then came the hard part, cutting through the flesh.

Lucky for Aron he had a multi-use tool. Unluckily for Aron it was a piece of crap knock-off that he probably got from an aunt at Christmas. Plus saying that he was lucky to have the tool to cut through his arm is kind of like saying you're lucky to have Chapstick on your lips while your head is on fire.

Death wasn't about to give up easily though, and after cutting through the flesh, Aron had to use the pliers to cut through the tendons that the knife couldn't cut.

Finally he freed himself, gave Death one last manly smile and found some help. He ended up losing the arm but had it replaced by a bitching climbing ax, accomplishing in one step what we hope evolution does for the rest of us over the next few million years.

#5 Jim Thompson POW and Legendary Badass

Jim was just a store clerk, until he decided he could probably impress more girls by telling them he was a Green Beret, which he became.


During the Vietnam War, Jim was captured and held as a prisoner of war, at which time he was beaten and tortured. The time we're speaking of by the way was a period of nine years, giving him a pretty bittersweet record for being held as a POW.

His plane was shot down in 1964, with Jim taking a bullet and breaking his back in the process. Surviving that part would have been enough of a harrowing story for most people to tell for the rest of their lives. But it was a long way from over for Jim.

After being captured, Jim was held in a jungle camp and jammed into a wooden cage too small for him to sit up or fully stretch out. For months his captors wanted him to sign papers saying that he was treated well. Jim told them to fuck off and in return was beaten and tortured some more. At some point, probably because his voice was sore from telling them to fuck themselves, he finally signed.

As a reward, he was moved into solitary confinement for four years. He was finally moved into a prison with other prisoners which was great, except that the beatings and torture continued, which pretty much blew. At one point during his captivity, he became so weak that he suffered a heart seizure. Realizing he needed his heart to live, Jim survived that scare and even managed to escape five times.

The time took its toll on Jim though and it looked like Death would win this one. Another prisoner who saw Jim reported that he thought the enemy had placed a corpse in the cell next door. However, Death forgot the fact the Jim was a Green Beret and he held on until he was finally released in 1973. He weighed 90 pounds.

Thompson unfortunately succumbed to death shortly after his release. And by "shortly" we mean 30 years later, of natural causes, in Florida.

#4 Poon Lim, Cast Away

He was steward on a British ship during World War II, with an unfortunate first name, at least by Western standards.


The ship he was working on was blown up by the Germans. Being total assholes, the Germans did this while the ship was far away from land. Surviving the explosion was no biggie for Poon, but it forced him to climb into a life raft and hang out until he was rescued ... 133 fucking days later.

At first there was water in the raft and a few boxes of biscuits. But these ran out quickly and Poon had to get all MacGyver and make himself some fish hooks out of nails and tin cans to catch fish to survive.

Between doing awesome stuff like catching sharks and drinking the blood of birds he caught, he also had to deal with sunburn, seasickness and storms that wrecked his food and water supplies. Eventually he figured he needed to catch more food. For us that would mean more fish. For Poon it meant catching a fucking shark. For Death it meant Poon was not going down easy.

He could have been rescued sooner but another German U-boat that spotted him offered no help. It was at this point that Poon began to suspect that the Nazis were dicks.

He finally sailed near Brazil and was rescued by some fishermen, and these days the US Navy teaches his survival techniques to its sailors.

#3 The Meng Brothers Eat Coal For Breakfast

A coal miner working in China, which is basically like poking Death in the face on a regular basis for a living.


Meng Xianchen and Meng Xianyou were working hard in a coal mine when the tunnel they were working in collapsed, burying them alive. Generally coal mines anywhere are not safe places to work, but the Mengs were working in an illegal mine, which meant that the safety budget was probably spent on booze and bribes instead of things like oxygen or emergency training.

After the mines collapsed, a rescue team was sent in to try and dig Meng and his brother out, but then quickly gave up. Their fellow miners then gave it a try, and were promptly arrested for illegal mining, presumably on the basis they could accidentally dig up some coal along with the two human beings trapped under it.

So, trapped underground with no food or water and a system too retarded to save them, everyone gave up hope. The Mengs' relatives even conducted burial rites at the mine.

The brothers, however, were still alive. Realizing the rescue effort wasn't coming, the brothers started digging themselves out. Armed with only one pickaxe and their bare hands, they tunneled their way through 66 feet of coal.

In between making jokes about each other's wives and drinking their own urine, they also tried chomping on some coal to take the edge off their hunger. According to Meng, coal tastes great when you're starving to death. Otherwise it tastes like ass.

Once they pulled themselves to the surface, Meng Xianchen and Meng Xianyou gave Death the double bird salute and gave the officials who called off the rescue a hard stare. Then they went to the hospital, where Meng Xianchen said he crapped coal for a few days.


I'm off work now, but I'll put the other two up later. SUSPENSE!!!

Saturday, July 19, 2008 my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight...

Oh, back to school. After a five-year sabbatical, I'm finally getting a higher education. For those of you who don't know, I left the hell that is high school five years ago and haven't looked back. Now I've been talked into persuing some more knowledge. So I'm taking curling. Take THAT sukkah. Ok, so I'm also taking a psychology class with a lab, German, creative arts, and a social systems issues class...yeah. We'll see how this all works out. I can't declare a major yet because I only got accepted 'provisionally'. Apparently my grades in high school weren't up to their standards, but my ACT score rawked. So they let me in but I have to prove myself this first semester. That shouldn't be too difficult, right? I mean, I'm only trying to plan a wedding here...Oh, and that wedding is probably going to take a little chunk out of the semester as well. This should be interesting.

I'm pretty excited and stuff. Wedding, school, new job coming up...

Oh, yeah. If you're not aware already, I can't take the supervisor shift anymore. I just want a regular youth counselor shift, but can't take that much of a pay cut. So I've applied elsewhere. It's still a pay cut, but not as drastic and with a raise after six months.

Also, everyone should come to my house (or some park to be decided later) on the 29th. It's a Tuesday, so make sure you get it off work. And if you work with me, don't ask me to work for you on that day. Because I will stick a rusty spoon up your nose in response. Mike TV of Get Set Go is coming to Logan to play some songs. Chontel is also marrying Ally, and I'm performing the ceremony. As a black, midget Elvis. Oh, yeah. Come one, come all.

That is all.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Forgetting things sucks...

Like forgetting your keys. Or your wallet. I've done both of these. But I forgot something which lead to crappiness today. I forgot that I said I would take an open grave shift tonight.

Now, just so we're all on the same page, I also had drill this weekend. So I went to bed around 11:30 Friday night and probably got no more than 2 hours of sleep due to roommate watching Buffy way too late. When I got up at 5:30 on Saturday, he was STILL watching... I woke up at 5:30 this morning after getting to sleep around 12:30. Awesome. Then when I got home, I napped from about 4-6. After that, I went to thePatrick's for dinner. He got called in to work because one if the kids was being a douche-turd. I tagged along because...well...what else was I going to do? So we were on our way there and he asked, "Aren't you working grave tonight?" "Crap..." I had completely forgotten. So here I am. Sleep deprived for two days and I get to stay up 'til at least 8.

This game sucks.

That is all.

(for now...maybe I'll think of something cheerier later in the shift...)

Monday, July 7, 2008

Fourth of July, and Wedding Band-ness

So, apparently I'm the only person left who has not yet posted about their Fourth of July. So Here goes.

I don't like fireworks. For more on that, peruse my myspace blogs...July-ish of last year should be about right. This year, I spent the holiday with Catherine. We stayed in and watched The Great Escape. I'd never seen it before and have to say, it's awesome. Go rent it. It's flippin' sweet.

That's about it for the holiday.

So earlier today I got a text from Catherine saying "I just had the best! idea! ever! :)" She reminded me of how I dearly wanted a live band at our reception, but we just couldn't afford what I wanted. She then reminded me of who my best man and groomsmen were. Of course! thePatrick, Tomas, and Matticus! I've played with all three of them at some time or another. I reminded her that this would take me away from her for a while, but she insisted. She thinks it'll be cute to see me play :) So, I called thePatrick and Tomas, and they've both agreed. I left a message for Matticus, but as of this typing, he has yet to respond... Oh well.

So far for songs, I've decided on New Found Glory's cover of 'Kiss Me', originally by Sixpence None The Richer, our own cover version of "The Promise" by When In Rome, and an 80's power ballad, yet to be determined. If I can fanagle it, I'd also like to to 'I've Got A Crush On You', an old Frank Sinatra-type song, and 'In The Mood', an old jazzy swing song. Of course, these would be played Norte/thePatrick-style.

So, if you have any suggestions for wedding appropriate songs that you wouldn't mind seeing hashed by punk/electronica/slightly-metal influenced nerds, let me know. Comments should suffice nicely.

That is all.