Sunday, February 28, 2016

Vegas Trip and Skydive

Hello. I wanted to put up some pictures from a trip to Las Vegas that my friend Charlie and I went on. We had a lot of fun there. Probably the most memorable thing we did was a skydive at Sin City Skydiving. Both of us had not done one before. It was pretty amazing and kind of hard to believe. We rode in a small plane up to 12,000 feet, jumped out for about a 40 second free fall at up to 120 miles per hour. We did a tandem skydive so a professional sky diver was strapped to our backs. After the free fall, the parachute ride down took about 5 minutes. Here are some pictures. 

Johnny Utah and Bodhi from Point Break

The plane was small and could fit a pilot and 4 people

See ya dudes, we're about to jump out

Here we go!

The first few seconds after jumping out was the craziest part. Whoa!

Now we are in position for the amazing and intense free fall

Enjoying the ride and kind of can't believe what's going on

After pulling the chute, we could see Charlie coming down and their chute was pulled

David did a trick with the parachute which spun us around

Coming in for the landing. Instead of landing on my feet, I did a slide landing, haha

We made it. David was a really nice guy and skilled skydiver.

Our first night in Vegas we explored the Stratosphere where we stayed. This is a view from the top of the tower.

The second night we got a bus pass and went down the Vegas strip checking out a bunch of the casinos and fun spots. We went into several casinos including the well decorated Caesar's Palace. We got this picture with some heroes outside.

The next night, our friend Portia that we met went with us to downtown or Freemont Street

There was a lot of fun stuff there. We joined a couple break dancers to get our groove on.



Charlie and Portia rode the zip line and I hung back to take pics

The next night, someone pointed out to me that Flavor Flav was a few spots over from where I was sitting at the Stratosphere. I walked over and he was nice and let me get a picture with him. He is in the famous rap group Public Enemy and has also been in a couple reality tv shows.

We had a lot of fun in Vegas. I would stay at the Stratosphere again, for sure.

Bonus: skydive video

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy New Year 2015

I enjoyed the new movie The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies.  The above picture is one of the key scenes in the movie. In this defining scene, ALF bravely rides a dragon into battle while wearing a Batman mask and Flavor Flav style necklace. He was a game changer in the movie and I liked it because I didn't see that twist coming. Seriously though, I did like the movie. The next time I am visiting the Elven outpost of Rivendale, I must give my Elf homies a high five. 

You might be wondering, what are my 10 favorite action movies?  I think this would be them. 

Terminator 2
Point Break
The Empire Strikes Back
Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers
The Dark Knight
The Road Warrior 
Road House
Big Trouble in Little China

Wait, it needs to be top 13 because Conan the Barbarian, Rambo 2, and Bloodsport need to be in there too. 

The Christmas night dream at Castle Wallace

After spending Christmas day hanging out with family, Sir Wallace of Maplewood invited a few friends over to hang out and play NHL Hockey 95 on Sega Genesis. We had a good time. When it got late, Sir Wallace offered me the guest room for the night and I slept there. Sometimes, if you sleep in a different place, you might have a dream that is funny or different than a typical dream you have. 

That was the case for me.  I had a dream about the hero He-Man and villain Skeletor. In the dream, He-Man had agreed to be the lead singer of a cover band. He arrived at the venue and the parking lot was very full. He had to park far away at another business' parking lot. That began to put him in a bad mood. When he arrived, a friend noticed he was wearing a green polka dot shirt. 

"You're not wearing that shirt, right?", asked He-Man's friend. "Yeah, why not? It's my new shirt.", said He-Man. His friend laughed and explained that the shirt was pretty tacky and he should change into a different shirt. He-Man was a little frustrated because he was parked pretty far away and the time was getting closer to start playing music. But, he figured he probably should change the shirt and headed back to his car. 

On the way back, he ran into his arch nemesis, Skeletor. Skeletor was up to no good, as usual. He was picking a fight, throwing punches and insulting He-Man and his new green shirt. He-Man tried to explain it wasn't a good time, but Skeletor landed a punch on He-Man's face which gave him a fat and bloody lip. At this point, He-Man grew really frustrated and walked away. He began to fly. (I guess in this story, He-Man could fly.) 

He-Man decided singing in the cover band wasn't going to happen tonight. He was flying around and wanted to find Skeletor's home, Snake Mountain. He finally found Snake Mountain and he decided to push the castle home off the mountain and into the near-by canyon. It was really cool and Skeletor's home was totally crashed and wrecked. He-Man had a hearty laugh and his bad mood was cured. Later that day, he saw Skeletor and said "I was over by your place today and it looked like the garage was coming loose from the side of the castle." Skeletor went to check it out and He-Man went into hiding for a while because he was tired of feuding with that sob. He-Man figured Skeletor would destroy his home, Castle Grayskull.  But, he didn't really care since he basically did the same thing. (End Story)

Happy New Year

Have a fun New Year. We need to listen to an epic ballad to prepare for 2015. This song will work nicely. You could also maybe do some push ups or flex muscles in front of someone you know. 

Danny Trejo says, "How is it that you have multiple Arnold and Swayze movies in the list and no Machete?"  Well, that's a good point.  Perhaps it is a top 15 list and Machete and Gladiator are in the list too. Gladiator or Above the Law with Steven Seagal?  That could be a heated debate. I like both movies. 

What will you do in 2015? I might go on a vacation. And, I might check out Spotify. I have the app but have yet to use it. Maybe the band Mac Sabbath is on Spotify? 

No one knows, it is a great mystery of Middle Earth and Rivendale. All the elves, dwarves, wizards, orcs, eagles and bears don't know the answer. They just recommend to rock out and have fun in the new year. ;-) 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

fall greetings

Hello. I went on a trip to the zoo. It was a good fall outing. All of the animals were cool. I think the rhino needed a rhino pal or two. If you know any, can you send along a heads up? I saw a female lion climb a tree while the male lion was passed out for a nap. They were working on a new polar bear habitat which I bet will be pretty cool when it is done. 

One orangutan was messing with another one, who took cover under a blanket. It was pretty funny.

Have fun this Friday on Halloween. Don't eat too much candy or let the kids eat too much. Sending positive greetings and closing shop for the day. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

have a fun holiday weekend

Have a fun Memorial Day Weekend. I'm heading out of town on Saturday and Sunday to watch my brother play baseball. Then, on Monday, some friends and I are having a bbq at a park here in town. That is the day that Proud and I celebrate our bdays a couple days early. If you want to high five come hang out. 

I enjoy a good pair of stone washed jeans. Actually, I don't own any. I did when I was in 4th grade. I remember that. I've always been a bit of a fashion guru. (Not really but kind of) It's the end of May so there's plenty of fun stuff to do. Have fun and see you at the Double Deuce. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

pictures from Wizard World

Hello. We went to the St. Louis Wizard World Comic Con again this year. It was a fun time. There was a lot of cool stuff to look at there like comic books, artistic prints, posters, tee shirts, and people in awesome costumes. The ticket price was a little steep but we had a good time, for sure. I was able to get a picture with Ralph Macchio, and that was very rad. We also went to the after party, which was fun. Rapper Tech N9ne performed there. Comic Con would be a good place to take a kid to, especially if they are fans of super heroes or cartoons. Here are some pictures. 

Mat and Nick had awesome He-Man and Skeletor costumes

picture with Tom Cook, He-Man animator

It was cool to meet Ralph Macchio. He was a really nice guy.

We went to Ralph's discussion panel. He told some good stories. One that I remember was when they were filming The Karate Kid, in the part where the boys dressed like skeletons were beating up on Daniel, the guy playing Johhny accidentally kicked Daniel in the jaw, causing filming to end early that day.

At the end of the day, two warriors cast a shadow on the wall. This was proof that they survived and were real.

Monday, October 21, 2013

visit to New York

Our visit to New York was a lot of fun. Some of the highlights were heavy metal karaoke, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and through Chinatown, going to see a comedy show at Comedy Cellar, and checking out Central Park. We got out each night and had good times. Here are some pictures. 

walking across Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan


We also walked to the fire station that they used for the movie Ghostbusters.

representin with Batman

let's get another one 

waiting to get into Comedy Cellar comedy club

surprise guest Steve-O. also saw Kurt Metzger who was funny and a few others.


checking out Central Park

falconer statue 

late moon in Brooklyn