Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Breaking Bad is finished, and what a great finish it was.  I can't help but wondering what might happen to the characters now that the show is done...
  • Skyler - Skylar is irreparably damaged from the past few years with Walt.  She begins a string of tumultuous relationships with abusive men and is a less than stellar parent.  Her life spirals into a dark abyss of cigarettes, alcohol, and bad relationships.  She lives out a long depressed life doing very little of anything. 
  • Walter Jr/ Flynn - He realizes what his father did and gives most of the money to charity.  He then turns very dark, plays Grand Theft Auto 21 hours a day, starts a collection of automatic weapons, and becomes the next poster child for gun control. 
  • Holly - Her life is wrecked before it has really begun. As she gets older, she looks for significance in the wrong kinds of men.  She becomes an exotic dancer in her late teens.  Later in life she is a homeless prostitute meth head living on the streets of Albuquerque.  Ironically she dies of malnutrition stemming from her chronic meth habit. 
  • Jesse - Not knowing where else to turn, he goes to Marie's house.  They end up crying in each other's arms, finding mutual solace in each other's pain.  Jesse spends the night and just never leaves.  Eventually he converts the garage into a wood shop, takes up woodworking as a profession, and becomes well known as a master craftsman of fine wooden boxes which he sells on Etsy and Ebay.
  • Marie- (see Jesse above) - Marie gets a fat widow's pension from the DEA and is set for life.  She finds love with Jesse.  They both cry a lot, get married, and have four kids named Hank Jr, Jesse Jr, Flynn Jr, and Jesse Marie.
  • Saul - Starts a new life in some small Midwestern as a used car salesman by the name of Paul Goodman whose slogan is 'Better Call Paul.'
  • Badger and Skinny Pete - After using up the money Walt gave them for a two month drug fueled party, they end up broke.  Then, it's back to normal for these two.
  • Huell - No one ever comes to get him so he starves to death in the hotel room.
  • Hank and Gomez - After months being buried in the ground, they rise from the dead and hail the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.  Cue The Walking Dead prequel.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

5 Things I Love About Rednecks

I grew up in a small town in Georgia.  And many of the people I grew up around, family included, were rednecks.  Most of them still are rednecks, and they are dang proud of it too.  Rednecks,
Country Folk, Hillbillies, Bumpkins, whatever you want to call them, are often made fun of. Jeff Foxworthy made an entire career out of being a redneck. 

But being from redneck stock, I've recently realized that this much maligned portion of our population is a noble breed, set apart from the rest of the world. Here are five things I love about Rednecks:
  1. Rednecks are polite and respectful: They always know how how to treat women, how to treat guests, and how to properly address their elders
  2. Rednecks are friendly: They wave at passersby and say hello to people on the street.  Why?  They understand the simple importance of being friendly.  Because many rednecks live in smaller communities, they often know a lot of people.  And if they don't know the people they pass, they probably know someone who knows that person. So they are friendly because they belong to an interconnected web of people. 
  3. Rednecks are independent and value self-sufficiency: From growing their own food, to killing their own food, to working on their cars, rednecks have skills that most of America has already lost. But when the apocalypse comes, guess who's going to be sittin' perty (as they say)!  Rednecks!!
  4. Rednecks tolerate the government, but they don't love it: Rednecks proudly pledge allegiance to the our flag, serve our country, and love our country.  But they don't love the government.  And they especially do not love the politicians. 
  5. Rednecks are generous and help when there is a real need: If your car ever breaks down, if your dog gets sick, if you ever need help in any way, pray that there is a redneck nearby. They will help you is they can. And if you know someone in their family, well that's just a guarantee that they have to help you.
Rednecks are the backbone of our society.  They grow our food, make our cars, and send their sons and daughters off to war for the rest of us.  So today, I salute Rednecks.  Thank God I'm a country boy (at heart)!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saves the Day (am I old?)

Jo and I went to see one of my favorite bands, Saves the Day, last night.  They played right her in Chapel Hill (Carrboro actually, but the Cat's Cradle is just barely in Carrboro).  Throughout the evening, I had several thoughts that make be realize that I must be getting older:

Its too late - Its Friday night, I just worked all week.  Its already dark outside and its cold.  I would love to fall asleep here on the floor.  If it wasn't one my favorite bands and if the show was more than just a few minutes away, I might stay home.
Its too loud - Wow, it's loud.  Is it just me, or is it loud?  I think it would sound better if it weren't so stinking loud.  I mean, the vocals would be much better if it weren't so loud.  Who's running sound here?  Is it loud?
Its too crazy - I hope the mosh pit stays where it is.  I don't want to get kicked in the head.  I'm not 18 anymore.  18 year olds think its cool to get kicked in the head at a show, because they can brag to their buddies.  If I get kicked in the head, I might have to go the ER.

The show was killer.  And it was good to get out and see some live music, something I don't do nearly as much as I want to.  I don't really think I'm old, but I'm definitely not young as I used to be, and never will be.  Before I know it I'll be hitting to the 4:30 Shoney's buffet and going to bed after Jeopardy.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Here's my latest conversation with Adelle:

Adelle: Is it okay to kick a donkey?
Me: I don't know; I've never thought about it. 
Adelle: Do some people kick donkeys?
Me: I don't know, maybe somebody has.
Adelle: Why?
Me: I don't know.  Like I said, I've never thought about that before. 

Note: I'm not sure exactly why she asked this, but we had a conversation yesterday about the fact that donkeys have been know to kick people.  I guess she's been thinking about that.  Like I've said before, I don't make these things up. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

unfulfilled and fulfilled at the same time

I have a job I do not like.  It is not fulfilling and also frustrating.  But I get paid to do it.  I often think, 'wouldn't it be nice to get paid to do the things that I love to do?'   But that may never happen.  In reality however, I'm already doing the things I love and already giving my life to some pretty important things.  And no one's paying me to do them.  I don't get paid to be a father or a husband or to serve Greenleaf VIneyard or to make music with fellow Greenleafers or to care about people.  But those are the things I love and enjoy.  I may never get paid to do what I love, but that's fine; some things can never be measured on a monetary scale. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

the end of the world

I had this conversation about the end of the world yesterday with Adelle my five year old:

Adelle: How is the world going to end?
Me: Its going to explode or something like that.  Basically its going to stop working.  But Jesus will make it all new again. And it will last forever and no one will ever die again.
Adelle:  But what if somebody swords you in the throat?  Would that kill you?
Me: I never thought of that.

Notes: She didn't know how to say 'stab you in the throat with a sword', so she coined the phrase 'sword you in the throat.'  Honest to goodness.  That is what she said.  I can't make up stuff this funny.  I love my kids!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

2 new blogs

My friend Ryan put some ideas in my head about blogging.  So I started 2 new ones:
the deserts that our lives have become
Tasty Poblanos

I have several reasons for these new blogs:
To get things out of my head
To give myself a consistent creative outlet
To become a better write by writing consistently
And honestly, I want to see if blogging can be profitable

The first blog has things I've written, books reviews, etc.  The second has movie reviews and things related to movies.  Please visit them, bookmark them, add them to your feed,  whatever. One thing I can't tell you is to click on the ads.  If you did that, I would make money.  Thanks!