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Munchies 4:20 Cafe, Outlet Malls, Baseball, Slurpees, “Enter The Dragon” and FLEA MARKETS~!

Movies, Sports, Television - by - July 24, 2010 - 13:49 UTC - 1 Comment

Very impressive 24 hour period, beginning with me getting out of work on Friday on a rainy day, the residual of Tropical Storm Bonnie:

-For those of you who have watched the best show on the Travel Channel, “Man Vs. Food”, you might remember when Adam went to Sarasota to check out a couple of their eclectic restaurants. But none was more eclectic than the most famous hole in the wall in town. “Munchies 4:20 Cafe” is a two-room restaurant that hosts some of the greatest junk food possibilities you could think of. While most will remember their “Fire in the Hole” challenge, where customers must eat 10 of their hottest wings doused in ghost chili extract sauce in 20 minutes, the big winner for myself, Andrew, Josh and Becca were the Fat Sandwiches.

The Fat Sandwiches are creations unlike any other: On a foot-long hoagie roll, these sandwiches are filled to the brim with some of the most tasty, yet unhealthy ingredients around. While Becca partook in their awesome BBQ cheeseburger, Josh went after the “Fat Josh”, I went after the “Fat Sandy” and Andrew went for the who shootin’ match with the Fat Daddy. The ingredients are as follows and can be found at their official website, www.munchies420cafe.com:

Fat Josh: two cheeseburgers, fries, bacon, cheddar cheese sauce, lettuce, tomato and mayo.

Fat Sandy: two cheeseburgers, fries, chicken fingers, onion rings, mozzarella sticks and macaroni and cheese.

Fat Daddy: cheeseburger, philly cheesesteak, chicken fingers, fries, mozzarella sticks, lettuce, tomato, mayo & ketchup.

And now, a photo of me devouring the Fat Sandy:

It was the most delicious thing ever. I’m on a diet, have lost 35 pounds, and are on my way to getting myself into the best shape ever, but man, oh man. That sandwich was the epitome of “Junk food.” I also bought a shirt and a sticker that now sits on the back of the Focus, right across from my “Sonoma Old School” sticker. Also, its hours of service? 4:20 p.m. until 4:20 a.m. The main reason is because the owners figured that since people go out to all the bars that are in the area of their restaurant that they would have place open to get food when they get those “drunk munchies.” Or, you know…the regular munchies.

-We were supposed to go to the Dunedin/Bradenton game that night, but rain fell a bit too hard and the game got washed out. Luckily, I recognized that the Ellenton Outlet Mall was on the way back from Sarasota, meaning we had a place to go to walk off all the junk we ate. Outlet malls are awesome, by design. It’s where you get the name-brand stuff at below market value, and the best sales of all are outlet mall sales. I bought a swank Oakley Totem Pole zip-up hoodie for $20. I’m not crazy enough to model it in the Florida heat, though. The Nike store was awesome, as were some other really odd stores that had a bunch of knickknacks you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Interesting stuff to say the least. Night ended with un “Coke de Mexico”, so that alone is worth it.

-Went up to New Port Richey to play a little pick up baseball with Andrew, Tony, Josh, Brice and some others. They took those fake wood wiffle bats you can buy and filled them up with newspaper to give them a bit of weight, and then we used tennis balls while playing on a Little League field. My swing was a bit out of whack (mainly because I can’t figure out my stance, if I want to kill the ball, line drives…you know, everything that goes in a baseball swing) but I did okay. Only struck out twice and made a good play or two (along with a bad play or two). The main problem with it all: It was approximately 354 degrees outside. We somehow played 16 innings, but all in all, it was nice to get out and play a little baseball. I think I did strain my left bicep, however.

-7-Eleven Slurpees are great. I guess it needed to be noted. I got the new WWE Summerslam cup for them. I’m hoping they’re reusable. We shall see. It has The Undertaker on it, the only one of the four I would want if I had to choose. Also, 7-Eleven is still promoting the FarmVille/Mafia Wars line of Facebook-based games. Needless to say, I stayed away from those cups. Oh, and it was cherry/orange float for the Slurpee combo. It was outstanding.

-After the trip to 7-Eleven, Andrew and I headed over to the Oldsmar Flea Market. If you have never been, you need to go to one. The Oldsmar one is monstrous. It’s basically 10 rows of storage space that people have turned into stores, offering basically anything you can ever want. There are stores devoted to cookware, fishing, golfing, art, smoking, wine, food, movies, video games…you name it, it’s there. However, there’s also zero air conditioning, and even though the fans cooled down the 354 degree temperatures somewhat, it’s still an outdoor adventure best done for a cool day.

But we did go for a purpose: I needed to buy me a cowboy hat! With basically the entire Blue Jays crew heading for The Round-Up in Oldsmar later that Saturday night, I figured I’d grab me a cowboy hat considering I’ve wanted one for the better part of two years. While I dug the felt ones I saw, I stuck with the straw hat. Fits perfectly, simple style, cheap…had to do it. There will be pictures later, for sure.

-After getting back to the house, I floated through the channels looking for something to occupy my time before “Enter the Dragon” came on. Now, I hadn’t watched this in a while, years even. It was the perfect timing for this movie to come on: A movie I hadn’t seen in a while that also was something I had been wanting to see, and since the only thing I was doing was writing this blog post and resting up for tonight, it made the movie that much better to me. It’s the best martial arts movie I’ve ever seen, and Bruce Lee is as badass as they come in movies. He mows down everyone in his path regardless of marital arts style and does it with EASE. The only thing that got him was Han and that damn room of mirrors, which is still the coolest setting for a fight in cinematic history. Also, BOLO YUENG was in the movie, his first major starring role before he became a cult icon in “Bloodsport” over a decade later. Gotta love Bolo.

I hope you guys are enjoying what we’ve been doing with the site. The podcasts have been going really well, and Pete and I are now set up for the long run with all the great stuff we can bring to “Los Livingston Brothers.” Remember, tell your friends, give us feedback on how to make the site better, and we will do all we can to make sure it’s the best entertainment venue possible!

Wednesday Night at 8 p.m. becomes…Must See TV?

Movies, Television - by - February 5, 2009 - 01:12 UTC - Be first to Comment!

So in my time here at the lovely Amberlee Motel in Downtown Dunedin, the only source of entertainment I’ve been able to have is via phone, whatever Internet connection I can find in one of two spots in my room (either in bed or in one of the reclining chairs by the door) and basic cable TV. With the addition of numerous other things to my computer, and a smidgen of DVDs at my disposal, I can find other means of entertainment, but suffice to say, the TV is what I go to as something that can keep me going.

Normally, Wednesday nights are slow for TV for me. Mondays, I have a great four hour block to choose from if I decide to stay in. Two hours of How I Met Your Mother reruns, a Big Bang Theory episode, and then another How I Met Your Mother. Then, Monday Night RAW until 11, which then begins an hour of Family Guy, whereas I can go between that and Letterman. Tuesdays, I can kinda go for a little while with reruns and/or sports, and then from there, ECW at 9, Nip/Tuck at 10, and then Family Guy/Letterman. Thursdays has the NBC Lineup, with TNA Impact! (If I decide to partake in a little bit of self-damaging behavior) and then Friday’s has SmackDown!…or, I go out and do something, if I have the money.

Wednesdays are usually bereft of ANYTHING worthwhile. It’s basically a night where you’re spinning the wheel and you hope you find something good. Well, what happens if you spin that wheel and you come upon not one, not two…but FIVE things that just say to you, “Watch this, already. Trust me. It’s worth it.” It’s even better when those five things are varied and awesome in their own ways. SO…without further ado, here’s what those five choices are! They will be ordered from low cable channel to high, and the final choices have been made and will be revealed at the end. Feel free to play along at home and try to figure out which one I picked!

1. Heat – Ion Network (Local Cable Channel 17)

Oh, boy. Heat, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Let’s forget about how long it takes Val Kilmer to get from the shootout to the getaway car for a second, and why DeNiro decides to go get Serrano at a Waffle House or something at 3 in the morning. (Did everyone get the Major League reference that’s going to get it? Good. I guess I can also accept “The First President from 24” as well) Let’s remember that this might be one of the greatest ensembles casts ever. That the sound effects in this movie are absolutely amazing, which stems from the fantastic shootout scene that is the best in movie history, perhaps save “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” and its three-way shootout. Oh, did I mention it was the first time that Pacino and DeNiro are in the same scene for the first time ever, and that the meeting is so tense and awesome that it basically makes the movie? It’s major drawback on a night like tonight is that it’s 4 hours on TV, meaning you have to invest a while, but boy, if you take on the investment, it’s worth it.

2. Animal Planet – Colossal Squids (Cable Channel 35)

This is probably the one where people kinda think to themselves, “Really? Colossal squids?” Okay, first off, look at the picture above. Those things are literally 25 feet long from the bottom of their largest tentacle to the top of their heads. They have been known to eat WHALES as food. They are found off the coast of Japan, and the first time it was ever captured on film, it nearly ate the camera. This isn’t your giant squid from “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” or anything, either. They are truly out there, and when it was found last year as opposed to just being documented, it suddenly became one of the biggest things in the history of the study of animals from the sea. Seriously, it’s fascinating stuff, but the other thing is that a show like that isn’t exactly entertaining. Informative, sure, but entertaining, maybe not. Still, GIANT SQUIDS!

3. Aladdin – Disney Channel (Local Cable Channel 40)

My favorite Disney movie of all time. I love Lilo and Stitch (Which is my 2nd favorite Disney movie of all time) but this movie is about as perfect a Disney movie you could find, as it somehow managed to follow up “Beauty and the Beast” and become this absolutely phenomenal movie that spawned two sequels, and two sequels that DIDN’T COMPLETELY SUCK. That’s rare when there are sequels out there like “Pocahontas II” and that “Beauty and the Beast” Christmas movie. Seriously, what’s that all about, Disney? You didn’t squeeze enough out of the last animated movie to get nominated for a Best Picture Oscar? C’mon, Disney. Really, c’mon.

It’s got great comedy (probably the one time other than his Broadway show where Robin Williams going crazy actually had its perks) a nice love story, great songs, and one of the best villains ever in Jafar. He was simply perfect for this role, as both he and Scar in “The Lion King” are very similar in their motives, but Jafar has this greasiness to him that just resonates with me a little bit better. Add in Jasmine’s unbelievable hotness for a hand-drawn cartoon character (seriously, you have to give me that one, at least) and you got a great Disney movie. The downside with this one is that with it being on Disney channel, you’re subjected to all those damn Disney commercials. None of us want that…

4. The Karate Kid – ABC Family (Local Cable Channel 52)

The definitive 80’s movie, and the movie on this list that made me realize I was basically almost writing a Bill Simmons article with this blog post. Seriously, do I have to describe this movie to you at this point? It’s a movie I’ve seen at least 50 times and even now, with it being ingrained in my head for so long, I still love so many scenes: The Halloween Dance, The “moment of realization” in Mr. Miyagi’s backyard, the tournament finals. It’s a movie that deserves the full attention of a viewer, but on this night, maybe it’s not for me. I don’t know…

5. First Blood – AMC (Local Cable Channel 64)

Stallone had made “Rocky” and “Rocky II” at this point, and now he was in a movie that was along the lines of the macho image that he had made for himself at this point. Remember this about the movie: Rambo never kills anybody on purpose. He merely tries to avoid the kill, and would rather incapacitate his enemies. It’s an extreme case about what war vets go through when they return home to the life of a civilian, but it’s still a great movie, no doubt about it. The movies get gorier and and more violent when you get to parts II and III, but this was the movie with the best story and had Brian Dennehy as
the small town cop who believed Rambo’s nature wasn’t welcome in his town. It’s probably the definitive macho movie. I’m a big fan.

So, what was the decision? Well, I decided to go with the approach of what I had available to me, and what I didn’t. Heat, Aladdin, and The Karate Kid, I all had on DVD. Giant squids…well, the entertainment value just wasn’t there, so, it went to First Blood, with commercial breaks being used up by flipping between The Karate Kid and Heat. This led to being able to see the realization scene in “Kid” and the Pacino/DeNiro stare down in Heat before the big heist. Phenomenal stuff on a Wednesday night, especially when you weren’t expecting much in the first place.

How to Lose a Basketball Game on Live TV (ESPN2)

Sports, Television - by - January 19, 2009 - 09:41 UTC - Be first to Comment!

You do everything we did against the UOP Bitchasses.

1. Don’t make any shots.
2. Leave every foreign, gelled hair styling, goatee wearing, white guy open behind the three point line. FYI they don’t tend to miss.
3. No dance team. What the fuck ladies?
4. Don’t play defense.
5. Don’t suit me up.
6. Scott Cutley doesn’t suit up.
7. You don’t rebound.
8. You stand around on offense.
9. Commit a lot of fouls.
10. Tim Tebow left you out of his prayers.

I think all of that and more happened. The result was horrible.

The Secret to Success For CSUF Basketball on Live TV?

Sports, Television - by - January 17, 2009 - 07:15 UTC - Be first to Comment!

I have come to the conclusion that in order for our basketball team to be successful we need to do something more than score more points than the other team. It is more complex than that. We need to do a multitude of things to pull out the win. My list thus far:

Keys to victory against UOP on a televised game (ESPN2):
1. Bob Burton wears a sweater vest.
2. The dance team is looking hot and actually shows up to this home game.
3. Ced Ceballos blesses the team in the looker room before tip off. BLINDFOLDED.
4. I suit up.
5. Josh plays good in BOTH halves of the game. Not just the second.
6. Gerard Anderson gets an alley-oop dunk and puts his nuts in somebodies face.
7. We don’t leave any foreign white guys open behind the 3-point line.
8. Scott Cutley suits up.
9. We make more signs to make people laugh.
10. You watch the game and see Daren and I getting nuts on live television.

11. Papa Guise continues to swat the shit out of anything within at 20 foot radius.

I’m pretty sure that Bob Burton is undefeated when wearing a sweater vest. The game against UC Davis he was wearing an uncharacteristic shit brown getup that made my ears bleed.

We are 0-2 at home…who fucking does that? UC Davis has never won at home against us. Anyway, this can’t continue. It ends against UOP. Bob rock the sweater vest and I guarantee a ‘W’.