Fun Music Friday

It’s been a tipsy turvy couple of weeks and I, for one, can’t wait to be able to sit back this weekend with Sunshine and have a relaxing weekend. Of course, in order to TRULY enjoy the weekend I think some music is in order.

The songs I picked this week are specifically chosen because they all remind me of summer for one reason or another.

First up is one of my favorite bands from the 80’s. They were a favorite primarily because nobody really knew who they were outside of the UK before this song came out, but I did…so it was almost a sense of “pride” when I saw them have a massive world-wide hit. Of course, that was their only world-wide hit…but whatever. I’m still a fan and this performance from last year shows that they’ve STILL got it!

I love it when my favorite band releases a new single and it doesn’t suck. This song is a fantastic cruisin’ song when you’re headed to the cottage or the beach. I love these guys!

This one isn’t a favorite of Sunshine’s, but it’s still in a weekly rotation on my iPod. It’s Canadian and it’s 80’s and it’s cheesy fun. What else do you want?

This song is by a band I’m not familiar with, but for whatever reason the song brings a smile to my face every time I listen to it. The video is kinda lame, though…but thankfully the energy in this live version more than makes up for it.

I was a huge fan of the 80’s new wave invasion, and one of the songs that sticks with me whenever it’s sunny outside is this classic from Nik Kershaw. Of course, it’s only classic if you’ve actually heard it before…

Alright…last song. This one might seem odd to some, but it’s from one of my all-time guilty pleasure movies: The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (a “so bad it’s good” movie starring Andrew “Dice” Clay from 1990). There was never any video for it and I’ve never seen it performed live, but this version of “Sea Cruise” by 50’s & 60’s singer Dion never fails to make me think of a fun summer day. Seriously…give it a chance if you’re in the mood for some pop music fun!

What songs are on your playlist when you think of summer? Whatever they are, I hope you take the time to listen to them this weekend and enjoy life for all it’s worth!

The World’s A Funny Place

It doesn’t take long to rebound from a bad day, especially if you have the world at your fingertips.

My son was a bit under the weather yesterday and so we spent the afternoon together. As he played some video games, I scanned the internet to see what was new in the world. What I stumbled upon brought quite the smile to my face…

1. Grandmas watch Kim Kardashian’s sex video. I’ve never been shy or quiet in my absolute disdain for all things Kardashian (and I’m certainly not alone). Why she and her equally untalented sisters are so bloody popular is a mystery to me. If Kim didn’t bang Ray J in that sex tape a few years ago, NOBODY would know who they were…nor would they care. She, along with the likes of Paris Hilton and ANY of the “Housewives of Wherever”, are talentless bimbos who are simply famous for being famous…some weird new trend that I hope ends soon.

Anyway…I stumbled upon this hilarious video of some ladies watching Kim’s sex video. Their reactions are priceless and totally helped to make my day.

Sigh. This guy pretty much said it all…

2. Cheerleaders in airports. Have you ever been in an airport waiting…and waiting…and waiting…and thought to yourself:

“Self…I wish there were some cheerleaders here to keep me entertained while I wait for my flight.”

Wait no more, kids! Who invented this amazing new innovative entertainment idea that’s bound to sweep the world? Well who else? Those wacky Chinese!

So the next time you’re stuck in Dalian International Airport due to fog, make sure you check out the local cheerleaders to help pass the time along. Sure…why the heck not?

3. Worst street performer ever. Listen, I totally realize that I’m not the most talented person in the world. I can carry a tune and perhaps I could act silly enough to entertain somebody for a minute…but that would pretty much end my attempts at being a street performer.

This guy is…well…he’s a bit different. And by different, I mean he totally sucks. I’m not sure who told him to never give up on his dreams, but on the off chance that nobody did then hopefully this video will help him change his mind.

Dude…my man…fella…NEVER do this again. EVER.

4. Woman with “GOD” tattooed on her forehead arrested. Y’know, I don’t even care what she was arrested for. The simple fact that she thought this tattoo was a good idea in any way, shape, or form is just mind-boggling to me. I’m certainly not going to trash her religious beliefs, but I’m totally going to trash her ability to make smart decisions with her life. What in the bloody hell…

5. Octomom is going to do porn now. Well duh…what else is she gonna do to make enough money to take care of her fourteen children?? Seriously…she could have made any number of other choices with her life and could take are of the kids better than what she’s doing now. She’s just so weird…and creepy…and stupid. And now her “I’ll never do porn” comment is coming to bite her in the ass because she has filed for bankruptcy and has no other choices for income (apparently).

I’m sorry…I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Good for you, Octomom. You make single parents everywhere noxious. Those poor kids.

6. Meet BRAD. This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen so far this year. This dude at Berkeley College wanted to pimp out his dorm room and make it uber-automated. Well, mission accomplished.  This is the Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm (B.R.A.D.) and I dare you to think back to your university days and wish this room couldn’t have been yours…

7. Too much time or too cool art? Finally, this video really grabbed my attention. It’s one of those videos that you can’t really describe…you just have to see for yourself. It’s worth watching if for no other reason than to see the result of over 200 takes to get it right. Intrigued? Good…check this out.

If you want to know how they made this video, just go here. VERY cool.

Vacation Videos: Know Us…Love Us!

After posting a couple of videos from this past week, I received some comments about how both Sunshine and I seem to let our personalities come out a bit and that it’s nice to see, considering that we’re always “out there” in photographs but never really in videos. And for all of our online blog/Twitter friends, they now feel just a bit closer to us.

So I figured that I’d post a few videos today. None of them are really particularly interesting and there really aren’t very many of them, but they all tell a story…at least to Sunshine and I.

Let’s start off with something simple, though the only person acting “simple” is me. Y’see, this was taken just minutes before the start of the first “game show” on the first night of the cruise. For those keeping score, this was where I won Ship-On-A-Stick number one…

So the premise is simple: music was playing in the background and both Sunshine and I were overly excited to be on a cruise to the Caribbean. I started acting a fool and Sunshine, ever encouraging me to act silly as much as possible, decided it would look great as a video…

Soon after proposing, an inside joke became the fact that we still couldn’t really believe that we were engaged. Honestly? It’s almost a month since I popped the question and I still can’t believe that it actually happened (but in a TOTALLY good way!!). Sometimes one of us would casually mention the fact that we were now “to be married” by saying as a way to bring a smile to the other person’s face. I happened to do this to Sunshine in a way that she found amusing, thus she wanted me to do it again for the camera. I honestly don’t think this is funny to anybody else but us, but what the heck…


Every evening when Sunshine and I would get ready, she’s put hairspray into her hair. No big deal, right? Well, every time she did she’d do the same thing when she finished, which you’ll see in the video. I told her that I’d eventually get it on video, and the final night of the cruise I did. Oh, and for those curious, this guy is David Suzuki


On one of the last nights of the cruise we were up on the Serenity Deck, which is an adults-only section of the ship. It was a calm night, the stars were out, and we seemed to be the only two enjoying the “serenity” of the area (it was around 10:15pm). We just wanted to document how awesome it was to be together in that particular moment…


Of course, it was so calm and beautiful and relaxing on this particular evening, I ended up falling asleep. Honestly, I could have slept the entire night up there. Sunshine, however, thought it would be funny to video me sleeping (i.e. snoring). You’ll notice that she starts off the video by being as quiet as possible so to not wake me up. Then she wakes me gently, I notice the camera, and then continue to fall back asleep. This was, quite frankly, one of my favorite moments on the cruise: just her and I under the stars. And I apologize in advance for the darkness of the video as we certainly don’t have any HD equipment (although we’ll take donations…lol)…


There was another moment, while in Mahogany Bay, where we took a video to simply document how incredibly happy and blessed we felt. We were sitting in a swing facing the Carnival Legend after spending some amazing time on the beach when I decided to whip out the video camera. You’ll notice at the end of the video, somebody recognizes us as the couple that got engaged on the ship (although they thought we were newlyweds…lol) and offer to take our picture. This is the picture they took:

And this is the video the preceded it…

Now comes the majority of our videos in the form of one inside joke.  It started after Sunshine watched an episode of “Live with Kelly” and Martin Short was on as a guest host. He was talking about how he had this “game” that he and his “actor friends” liked to play sometimes: how convincing they could be while saying a particular line. The line in question?

“That’s a good cup of coffee.”

Of course, just saying it to each other wasn’t enough.  No, we needed to document us saying it on video. Repeatedly. This makes Sunshine and I laugh, so these are posted solely for our enjoyment (i.e. don’t say that I didn’t warn you…lol):

Taken on Lido Deck after grabbing a bite to eat:


In Billie’s Piano Bar while enjoying a most delicious milkshake:


All alone near the Atlantis Lounge while Sunshine is off “freshening up”:


On Lido Deck…again:


Sunshine deciding to FINALLY get in on the action:

And that’s about it, kids. Hope you at least got SOME enjoyment out of them. I’ll be back tomorrow to recap our final day at sea…

The First Step

As I mentioned last week, I recently reached out to my employer’s assistance program in order to combat what may or may not be a clinical depression.

I had written my thoughts/concerns/fears/causes down in a lengthy email and sent it off. I received a reply yesterday morning that was detailed and full of encouragement and hope. Taking the time to respond properly, though, took a bit out of me last night.

It was strange…I was in a space I don’t think I had been before. I wasn’t sad, but felt completely drained when my email was completed. I had answered all of his questions and began to analyze myself…trying to figure out “what’s wrong”. I don’t know if it’s just one thing that is extending into everything else or if it’s just everything else that’s hitting me all at once.

I listened to music and became emotional, which is extremely odd for me. I mean, music normally elicits a response because of my love it…but I  don’t remember the last time a song brought tears to my eyes, especially if it was a song that I had heard a thousand times before. I watched a live performance of the song on YouTube and was so moved I had to just stop listening to music for a few minutes. I felt as though the song was speaking to me…that it was telling me I wasn’t alone and that there was hope to be found.

Some may view this and wonder just what in the hell is wrong with me. Others may “get it”. Either way, this was the performance that “did me in” (to the point that I may want to buy this concert dvd)…

The EAP assistance provided isn’t long-term, so there’s a lot that will need to be done in a short period of time. It’ll rely on me discussing the passing of my mother, the extremely fast courtship of my dad and his new fiance, my long-distance relationship, the relationships I currently have with my children, my self-destructive tendencies, and my self-loathing/self-esteem issues.

That’s a lot of stuff to analyze…believe me.

But I’m committed to trying. I mean, I don’t want this depression that I’m in to begin over-taking my life. It’s been doing that for over a year now and it’s time to stop. I’ve completed the first step and I’m ready to take more.

I’m willing to do whatever it takes in order to get wherever it is that I need to be.

Nerd weddings, hero dads, unnecessary censorship, & sexy CPR

I was looking after the Ankle Biter last night (his mom asked for the night off because she was sick) and after he went to sleep, I just couldn’t come up with something to write about for a post today.

So I just browsed the internet.  And browsed.  And browsed some more.  And I found some things that I just HAD to share with you…

1. Trainspotting.  I really don’t know what the fun is with taking pictures of trains as they speed on by, but is it really worth risking your life?  Just check out how close this man came to dying…just to take a picture of a train.  I mean…wow.

2. Nerd weddings?  You want NERD WEDDINGS?  Well…just take a look at some of these pics:


3. There has been a LOT of talk about this guy.  He is a father who took the full brunt of a car accident in order to save his child.  It’s absolutely incredible video. Apparently the driver of the car had a heart attack.  In the end, both father and baby are fine.  Wow.

4. I never knew horse racing could be so interesting. Then I went to this site and saw a TON of pictures and videos that I never thought I would see at a horse race.  I mean…I’ve been to heavy metal concerts that never became this crazy.

5. You can NEVER go wrong with Jimmy Kimmel’s “This Week in Unnecessary Censorship”.

6. You may have already seen this one: Worst Wedding DJ Ever:

7. This site has an incredible video of the Icelandic volcano. Apparently, this dude was just tired of seeing a lot of crappy video of the volcano and decided to take some footage himself.  This is absolutely awesome.

8. Don’t know CPR?  No worries! This site will help you in a way you never thought possible!

Heh…that’s all for today!  Have a good one!