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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another Year...

Top Film of 2009

(500) Days of Summer
The story of a hopeless romantic, who loves crybaby music, that works for a greeting card company gets his heart broken but eventually figures out this true path. Sounds like the story of my life right? Nope, just Tom Hansen, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in easily my favorite movie of the year. Everything about this movie spoke to me, and had an unfair advantage over the rest. Even after watching it, I said "that's definitely my favorite movie this year" (or something similar). Besides the fact that it's the story of my life, it also stars the beautiful Zooey Deschanel, has an amazing soundtrack, and a great sense of humor about it. Marc Webb, for your first movie effort, this was a home run for me. Keep up the good work.

Top Album of 2009

The Dangerous Summer - Reach for the Sun
The first time I heard the single off of this ablum, it was acoustic, and it filled me with boyish glee. And ever since that point, I've been in love. I can't say this band is don't anything exceptionally "original" or "groundbreaking", but that's exactly what i liked about them. The CD came around about the same time i was just looking to hear some good ol' fashion pop-punk. And there they were. No keyboards, no forced falsetto, no accents. I had to stick with my gut on this pick, because in other peoples eyes this band might not be so special. But to me, they have a place at the top of my list.

Thanks.

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I Miss You More Than Most

Top Albums of 2009
(2nd thru 10th)

Since last year, not much has changed, unfortunately for me. The 80's comeback has really put a damper on music for me. As we pass into 2010, somehow people thing we need all of our music to be made with computers. I'm really fucking sick of the "BEEP-BOOP" music. Reviewers are eating it up though. Bands are trading in their guitars for keyboards and iMacs and everyone seems to be OK with it. I can buy into some of it, but as you will find in my "best of" i have chosen bands that most people haven't put on their own lists. On that note, let me tell you what album i thought sucked:

Most Overrated Album: Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

I'm sick of everyone telling me how great this CD is. It's number one on all the popular lists this year. Is there a hidden message in the tracks? Because all I hear is bad lyrics and looping.

With that said, I know the world is going to hate this list (2nd thru 10th):

2nd
Japandroids - Post-Nothing

These guys remind me of high school – driving around in the back of my buddy Cole's big white van (without any seats), blaring Fugazi through blown out speakers. And as unattractive as that may seem to some, it was likely most fun i will ever have. Japandroids has done all the work for you though. The album sounds like it was recorded by placing a mic in front of a bad Fender amp in someones basement. And then recorded the vocals like it was a bad 80's mix tape (you know the kind where you put the recorder up the radio?). None of this probably sounds appealing to you either, but it's so me... It's the most pure music I have heard in a while.

3rd
Tegan & Sara - Sainthood

I picked up this album really recently and rocked my world. I don't know, I kinda had low expectations going into it, but Tegan & Sara don't seem to disappoint. They have come a long way since their early days, but it's not through conformity, It's through refining their sound. They were one of the first indie bands that started to put keyboards as a focal instrument in their songs, but since then I think it really works. After going back and listening to a couple tracks from "The Con", it felt boring. This album was much more satisfying, driving, and more complete sounding.

4. Dethklok - Dethalbum II
(In some way better than their last effort, in some ways not)
5. Thrice - Beggers (Their best since "The Artist and the Ambulance", i think.)
6. Anamanaguchi - Dawn Metropolis (Nintendo-core, pure "beep-boop" music, but that's what makes it work.)
7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz! (Back on the scene, combining their old music with disco. Brilliant.)
8. Blakroc - Blakroc (Most entertaining rap i have heard in a long time)
9. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (I found their past efforts to be more rewarding, personally, but this is what pure fun sound like)
10. Brand New - Daisy (After going back and giving it one last listen, it squeaked it's way into the top 10. Really grew on me.)

Honorable Mentions:
Baroness - Blue Album
Say Anything - Say Anything
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Passion Pit - Manners


Other Mentionable Albums (in no particular order):
Mastodon - Crack the Skye
Band of Skulls - Baby Darling Doll Face Honey
the Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
New Found Glory - Not Without a Fight
Two Tongues - Two Tongues
The Swell Season - Strict Joy
Dashboard Confessional - Alter the Ending (Deluxe Edition)

Biggest Disappointment: Taking Back Sunday - New Again (what happened to you TBS?)

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Don't Speak His Name


Top Video Games of 2009:


1st - Batman Arkham Asylum | XBox 360
For the first time ever, I was able to know what it felt like to be Batman. It was beautifully crafted, a great story line, great graphics and gameplay. Maybe the best part was Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill (the original voices for Batman the Animated Series) were signed to reprise there rolls.









2nd - Brutal Legend | XBox 360
Jack Black does what he does best: Rocks hard, and kicks ass. Despite the fact that Tim Schafer had to cram every damn kind of game into one, he had a great story that involved one of my favorite things (other than zombies) METAL! Guest stars from Ozzy to Lemmy. Schafer has yet to disappoint me. Keep it that way.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Drowning The Inspired Generation


Top 10 Films of 2009 (2nd-10th)


As far as Oscar candidates go, I don't really feel I have seen a lot of those films this year. But I have seen a ton of entertaining movies. I pretty much went buckwild on the "advanced screening passes" since last December, and most were big budget action flicks. So, a new category this year: all of the movies I missed that had potential of upsetting the order of my top 10 are my "Game Changers":

Game Changers (had I seen them):
Up in the Air
The Hurt Locker
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Moon
The Road
Sherlock Holmes

Despite this, out of the movies I DID see this year, here is my list of favorites (from 2nd to 10th). The order changed dozens of times since I picked out my top 10 favorites, but i think this is pretty close to a correct order. Enjoy.


2nd
Zombieland

Ingredients for my favorite movies: Zombies, action, comedy, art. Done. This movies got it. When I first heard about the movie, the fact it was called Zombieland, intrigued me. And i got my expectation really high when i started seeing the viral videos online. They were actually really funny. So, when i got to the movie, i was afraid all of my high hopes would be dashed. But then, what really hooked me when I first started watching the movie, was the AfterEffects lettering in the scenes. It reminds you that "this is a movie", just have fun. The movie doesn't take itself to seriously and it kinda makes a big joke out of the zombie movie genre (yes, it's a whole genre to me). If this is the direction that zombie movies take in the future, i will be a happy man.
It's biggest flaw was the some of the one liners, flopped. "Nut up or shut up" is fucking stupid. No one likes it. Jesse Eisenberg, the new Michael Cera, was perfect, so was Woody, Emma Stone (hottie) and the girl from Little Miss Sunshine. Not to mention it was a directorial debut for Ruben Fleischer, so nice job. I can't wait for the sequel.


3rd
Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino has a certain type of movie... and the way I see it is, if you don't like that formula, you are going to hate everything he does. He gets a seriously bad wrap because his films are poorly advertised as action movies. Yes, you will get to see Nazi's murdered in droves, but this movie is much more than that. The characters are dynamic and lovable, even if they are the most despicable type of person. To achieve this, you have to have a TON of dialog. In this 2 and a half hour epic, you maybe have 45 minutes of pure action. There are some seriously intense scenes in this movie, opening up with one of the most intense. The humor is pitch black and the action is bloody. In the end, you get exactly what you want. Definitely not a movie for everyone... but it was a movie for me.


4th
Star Trek

When I think back to Middle School, I really didn't have many friends. One reason was because I was fat... The other, was because I was a nerd. And being a nerd meant picking between Star Wars and Star Trek. I picked Star Wars. This isn't to say i had no interest in it. I watched DS-9 and Voyager. But i never watched the original series, or Next Generation (or Enterprise) as did most Trekkies. But when I heard JJ Abrams (my hero) was going to do a Star Trek reboot, I was pretty faithful that he was going to make something I liked. And I wasn't disappointed. Most people were calling it the "Iron Man" of this summer: a nerdy, action flick, that actually had some wide appeal. It was a great movie all around to tell the truth. This may have something to do with the fact that JJ Ambrams admits to getting most of his inspiration for the movie from Star Wars. Who am I to say.


5th
The Brothers Bloom

I saw this movie really late in the year, and it came out really early. I hope it doesn't get lost in the Oscar race because it's spectacular. Mark Ruffalo and Adrian Brody are honestly some of the most talented actors in Hollywood right now. And it shows through on this movie. I am a sucker for a good con, so the story was tops. It kept me guessing the entire movie, even though I was sure I knew what was going on. This film made it to the top of my list solely based on the fact that it was well rounded. It has action, a very cute love story, and quirky comedy.



6th
The Hangover
This was a really hard cut from my top 5. I really don't have to tell you why i picked this movie though, because everyone I talk to loves this movie. Great original plot, funny as sin, and great performances all around.
7th: Up If it wasn't for the shear ridiculousness of the story it would have been higher.
8th: Where the Wild Things Are I think there is an indie kid clause staying that i must like this movie, but I didn't love it.
9th: District 9 FOOCKIN PRAWNS! Simply wasn't as good as 8 others (hard to knock down).
10th: Drag Me to Hell What can i say, I love Sam Rammi and campy horror.

Honorable Mentions:
Ninja Assassin
Avatar
Adventureland
Ponyo
I Love You, Man
Coraline

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Salty Catch

Top Movie of 2008

Slumdog Millionaire

This movie truly is a fairy tale. Most of the classic stories we grew up hearing actually had very tragic origins and didn't always end up as happy as you may think. Slumdog Millionaire is that in it's truest form. By one of my favorite directors, Danny Boyle, this move takes a love story and in my mind, makes it as classic as Romeo and Juliet, or Cinderella. Other than just being overwhelmingly cute, Slumdog was original. Convincing acting, a great soundtrack, and one of my favorite topics of discussion, destiny.





Top Album of 2008

Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust

Sigur Ros isn't for everyone. But i have realized that the people that love them are die hard fans. I can't really consider myself any different. This CD isn't a far departure from most of Sigur Ros' past, but with the addition of a big booming percussion section on some songs, guitars (especially acoustic) that stand out over the other instruments, and i swear i heard a song sung in English, you get the impression they are trying to keep it interesting. Sigur Ros is my most played artist on Last.fm solely because they make excellent background music.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

We're All Waiting On You

Top Albums of 2008

There has been a lot of chill music introduced to me this year. However, the newest craze is dance-core. Every musician is doing the same sort of sound whether it be a rapper, or a rocker. Maybe the sound of the future? Some of those bands still stand out, but mostly it just leaves me craving something i haven't heard yet (or in a while).
This is what I thought of this years music (just like last year, i couldn't just do a top 5. too hard):



2. Frightened Rabbits - The Midnight Organ Fight
It was hard for me not to put this as Number One because I have been having so much fun listening to this album lately. It's the folk music the way i like to hear it. Most gets too mellow and boring in my opinion. It's the kind of music i like to hear when i am interested in a nap; like Fleet Foxes (who i really like now, but they are kinda snooze music).




3. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
Death Cab has been one of my favorite bands for a long time. I don't know if it was the the long wait that made me crave new music, or the fact that this CD is legitimately amazing. It was a small departure from their passed CDs were it sounded as if they incorporated a little 90s grunge into their typical melodic tones. It seemed to be a perfect fit and it made for one damn good cd. Now, lets see a new Postal Service album.


4. Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends
5. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
6. Does It Offend You, Yeah? - You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into
7. Murder By Death - Red of Tooth and Claw
8. Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line
9. Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
10. The New Frontiers - Mending


Honorable Mentions
Less Than Jake - GNV FLA (An awesome comeback for LTJ. It was hard to cut them from the top 10)
Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak (Fabulous, just too chill)
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (Dreamy hymn like music. It just wasn't doing it for me)

Other Mentionable Albums (in no particular order):
Norma Jean - Anti-Mother
Lil Wayne - III
Gym Class Heroes - The Quilt
The Academy Is... - Fast Times at Barrington High
Unearth - The March
The Cure - 4:13 Dream
Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires
Copeland - You Are My Sunshine
The Killers - Day & Age

Biggest Disappointment:
Fall Out Boy - Folie à Deux

Albums I Missed Out On In '07:
Loney, Dear - Loney, Noir
Zolof The Rock and Roll Destroyer - Schematics
Chromeo - Fancy Footwork

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

I Would Travel the World For You (But You Are Always Close)

Top Albums of 2008 (2nd – 5th)

I saw a lot of movies this year. From my initial standpoint i wasn't really sure if there was enough movies to make a list this year, but after looking it over it was hard to only do a top 5. I realize that i am missing out on seeing other critically acclaimed movies such as "Synecdoche, New York", "Rachel Getting Married", and "Milk" but out of the list of movies i HAVE seen, these are my picks:




Tie for 2nd
A Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Everything was phenomenal about this movie. With shades of Forest Gump, this movie was easily a modern day fairy-tale cutting it's way through decades of our history. Benjamin Button seriously put Edward Cullen to shame with his charm and chivalry in this movie. While this was an extremely well rounded movie... (see below)








Tie for 2nd
The Dark Knight

...this is just the most kick-ass movie i have ever seen probably. I saw it 4 times in the theaters after all. Look for it rereleased this January. In all seriousness though, it's always a surprise when an action movie is not only really entertaining but has a good story arch and realistic acting.









3rd
Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Side spitting funny, with a good story about getting over lost loves. Some stories hit closer to home than others ;) I wasn't so sure how it was going to turn out, by i knew that no matter what Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis would be gorgeous.










4th
Iron Man

How do you take the super hero formula and make it awesome? I still don't know. But, somehow, Iron Man was REALLY, REALLY good. Jon Favreau makes great movies, and this is no exception. He just has the comedic timing a comic book movie needs. It has to be able to make fun of itself.








5th
Wall-E

Today, animated features tend to rely to heavily on their voice talent, and not enough on a good story. But this story was great, modern and original. AND it didn't need the voice talent to make a lovable character. I don't typically like movies that are preachy and spend their whole time on the soap box, however, Wall-E was subtle in trying to get it's point across.






Honorable Mentions
Burn After Reading (the Coens never disappoint, but it couldn't compare to "No Country")
Pineapple Express (hard to cut)
Be Kind Rewind (it was missing a little something, but otherwise right up there)
Sex Drive (funny, it was probably best suited for a younger audience)
Quantum of Solace (not as good as Casino Royal)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (hard to cut)
Choke (i think i needed to see this a second time)
Role Models (hilarious talent, but too formulaic)
Step Brothers (seriously awesome, but not quite top 5)

Biggest Surprise:
Twilight

Biggest Disappointment:
X-Files: I Want to Believe

Stay tuned for my top movie of '08, my list of music, and games.

list master, Josh

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Ebb and Flow

Ah. So, i'm back after a week away from the computer, and all i did today was veg out. All day I fought a nasty case of jetlag from our red-eye out of Seattle, but the trip was amazing. It was exactly what i needed. After cramming my days full of Illustrator, Photoshop and World of Warcraft for the past few weeks, it was nice to have the closest thing to a computer be my cellphone. Each day was full of genuine exercise, and none of that canned 1 hour at the gym crap. We went hiking, kayaking, on long walks, etc... Of course my body rejected my return to nature and my allergies were trying to kill me, but it was still worth it. Words can't describe the many sites i saw over the past few days, so there are plenty of pictures (of course none of them are from my camera because i forgot it. but trust me, there are plenty). I'll do my best to post them soon. In the mean time, those are a couple i took from my cellphone (i am shocked at the quality)

-Joshy

PS. There is something about Mad Men that is intoxicating.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Puget Sounds


I'm off to Puget Sound, Wa. for a week. I have been working like a mad man lately. I don't think i have worked anything less than 9 hours in the last few weeks of work (10 a day in the last week). But that's over. It looks like i am all packed and ready to go, but i guess it always looks that way until you are at your destination with only the underwear you have on. Either way, i am leaving in only moments. We have a rental convertible waiting for us, and plenty of plans.

Be jealous of the weather.
I just figured i would give an update to anyone who is still reading this. I am going to make a solid effort to blog more after i get back. Both here, and on my other blog.

love, Josh

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Alpha Male Vs The Push-Over

About a week ago my the license on my domain name and hosting expired. After a short debate, i decided to renew them both. This is why my blog and website were down for a couple days, and now, about $150 later, are back up and running. Now that i have spend the money, i am going to make damn certain that i update my website, and blog more often... at least when things cool down.

I have been up to my neck almost all aspects of life since i had last blogged. I went home to see my Dad get remarried, i saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull twice, I saw the Strangers tonight, kickball, a vacation to the Ozarks, keeping busy at work, cycling, and when I can, Worlds of Warcraft. Really, I am having an unbelievable time with life right now. I am finding out things about myself, gaining some self confidence (for now), and have so many things to do it makes my head spin.

and i leave you with this...


Weezer - Pork and Beans
This video is amazing.



The loving Push-Over,
Josh-wa

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Away From the Things of Man

There is plenty to blog about (and pictures) when it comes to my long weekend. but because of the late hour, i will update this post tomorrow. stay tuned.


Every so often, i feel we as people have to get away from our lives. At least i know i have to. So, taking a Monday off of work, for a long weekend away getting in touch with nature and ourselves, sounded like the perfect idea. A week in advance I reserved a site at Onodaga Caves Park. Unfortunately, due to the rain, the camp ground closed down a day before we were supposed to go. But Aaron found us The Fingerlicks the Finger Lakes, another campground closer by, in Columbia, Mo.

The nights were pretty cold, but toughing it out, like men, we managed to sleep in a tent for two nights (i, on the ground), wearing only hoodies, t-shirts, and jeans, and warming ourselves by fire. I don't want to say we were the only idiots out in this weather, but it was close at one point. Also, like the burly masculine spectacles we were, we also put off showering until we returned home on Monday. Needless to say our hair was greasy, our clothes were a mess, and our nethers were ripe. (sorry about that) Now i know what it must have been like to be in "Into the Wild". *cough* Doesn't seem too hard. I would like to say we completely roughed it, but being that there was a Bass Pro Shop 5 miles from the site, and a Cracker Barrel only 10 miles away, there wasn't much need...

Leo, Aaron, and I did our best to enjoy everything central Missouri had to offer. The Devil's Icebox, part of Rock Bridge State Park, was by far the coolest part. We spent our nights doing stuff you would only find three "artsy" kids, do while camping, singing around the fire (aka, a personal Aaron Hale concert each night), taking pictures of lights in the dark, and drawing with burnt wood. Dorks.







Over all, the weekend did what i wanted it to accomplish... and i had a great time.

-Josh

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Shades of Gold and Gray


In the past 72 hours i have been on the road at least 24 hours.
The Hale wedding is complete... It was probably one of the most fun wedding to be in, as well as to witness. From the Gospel Choir singing in the bride, to the cake catching at the reception. Or us weirdo Kansas City kids trying to get people on the dance floor by embarrassing ourselves to the iTunes playlist Aaron constructed. Nachos, Wheat, Beautiful Texans, lots of trucks, and sparklers...
Aaron's family was amazing, and their house was a taxidermy wonderland. I forgot my aliments for the weekend and bonded with a ton of nice people... i don't regret the drive at all.
Even love is better in Texas... Congratulations Heather and Aaron Hale. (Insert generic statement about how wonderful you are and how happy i am for you, because i have run out of words to describe.) Hurry back from that honeymoon.

Under the Honeymoon,
Josh

PS. Yes, i wore my dunks to the reception... they were a hit.

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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Making Scars

My trip is over. I am "home" safe and sound, well over 2000 miles later. I definitely learned some things while gone. I learned just how far away i am from my hometown, i know that people actually wanted to see me while i was home, and I learned some things about myself.

After the long drive friday, i just went to bed when i got home. Saturday I went on a quick run, talked to my mom about fiances, tried to fix their computer, and made a blog post. It felt like i was al grown up. At 5 I went over to the Walberts, then i picked up where i left off. It was like high school/college. We watched TV, played video games, and ate. It was a good time.

Next day:
Live Free, Die Hard - I saw it. If you didn't at least give it a try, you are a communist. Yeah, i said it. John McClain is the most American man out there. Not seeing this film is just plain unpatriotic. With that said, the movie was just was good as i hoped. The action scenes were a little over the top, but no more so than the previous movies of the trilogy. The story is basically this: A cop stuck in the past, is confronted by a new-aged problem over his head, and the only common language between them is ass-kicking. When an elite group of hackers, led by an ex-government employee, tries to run the world into the ground with computer viruses, John McClain, a rundown NYPD detective has to stop them. He gets wrapped up in this by accident (a little cliche), but it becomes personal. Action-packed from beginning until end, like every movie should be.

Then dinner with my Mom, Stan, my sister Kayla, her boyfriend Justin, Stan's daughter Jill, and her boyfriend Rich. It ended with Stan drunk, me feeling weird about everyone being racist and talking about murders.

Monday, was Pizza Hut Buffet, a little picking up chics*, and bowling. Tuesday, a bike ride, lots of sitting around, blogging, Kyle and I picked up Nick, then Wii with Mark and Erin. Nick stayed at my house the rest of the week. Wednesday, the 4th:

Transformers - Saw this too. Not as good as Die Hard, but this was also amazing. When you bring a childhood classic to life in a way that looks as good as this movie, you have awesomeness. It was a little cheesy at parts, but not enough to ruin the film for me. Really if you don't know what the Transformers are... you must have missed the 80's. But... Sam Witwiki (Shia), a kid who gets his first car ends up to be Bumblebee (my favorite Transformer), a classic Camaro. Sam has the key to the Autobots stopping Megatron and the evil Decepticons from getting "the cube," which is the means to Earths destruction. Megan Fox, who plays Sam's love interest, Mikaela also makes the movie even more entertaining. She is gorgeous! The battles are awesome, the cars are cool, and the girls are hot. A summer must see. I can't even think of anything to complain about at the moment.

We then played horse shoes, drank beer, and played the Transformers video game (lots of that on this trip obviously). Dinner on the Grill, fireworks in the front lawn, and watched Shooter is how the day ended. It was a success i felt. Thursday, I got my oil changed, then we picked up chics* in King of Prussia. My dad and I then went for Chinese and had a good talk. He and I are a lot alike in some ways. I hope i can grow up to be like him, but be able to fix the mistakes he made in his life. Friday, we watched Man vs Wild (Bear Grills is more man than anyone), I wooped up at mini-golf, and watched Smoking Aces. I went to bed at 2 in the morning, only to get up at 7:30 to drive 1080 miles home the next morning.

I brought back a 24 case of Yuengling Light, 4 half gallons of Turkey Hill iced tea, a crock-pot, a bed-frame, an acoustic guitar, the Die Hard Collection (for $9.99!), pictures, and a sunburn on my left arm only.

I feel as if now i am going to live life as if every decision was already made for me. Good or bad. Every event shapes me. I hope this will give me a little more confidence to talk to girls. I'm sure i will elaborate on this later.

out.

*picking up chics is pretty much just going to the mall while nick and kyle poke fun at me for being a wimp.

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Disassembled

i made it home, and in under 16 hours. I may have been going a little faster than the speed limit. I'll talk more about it later, right now i just want to relax.

I want to apologize to everyone who i didn't get to hang out with while i was home. i actually spent a great deal more time with family than i expected. Unfortunately, there was a long list of people to see, and i only touched the edge of that list. So, i'm really sorry. =(

Relax is a very general term. No sooner do i move everything into my apartment from my car, does something go down right outside. i still don't know what happened but the cops were outside after what sounded like arguing, squealing tires and possibly gunshots.

One thing i will post is i am trying to change my outlook on life which will hopefully give me more confidence among other things.

love, Josh

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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Free to Fire

There is a lot I missed out on here in Pennsylvania, but the short 8 days i was able to spend here is gone... and i return home (wow, home?) tomorrow.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Hello Stars, It's Been Too Long. (Bonus Post)


Kwik-E-Mart + 7 11= Genius Marketing Tactic. If you didn't catch that. 7-11 has transformed some of their stores into Kwik-E-Mart's from the Simpsons to promote the movie coming out July 27th. Let the movie be as good as this idea.

Tonight, the moon and the stars are just gorgeous. You just can't get the same view of the sky in Kansas City as you can in rural Pennsylvania. I have constructed an acoustic play list on my iTunes (which is surprisingly small to me), in which i feel suits the mood of the night. At 59 degrees, it's really the kind of night you should wrap yourself and another in a warm blanket and behold the glory of the sky. But, because i don't really have anyone to enjoy it with, my night will be spent inside at the computer. Somehow, i am starting to feel content with this. Hardening? Maybe. The fact is, that being home just feels so... normal. It's like when I'm home, Kansas City never happened, and i am right back to where i was last summer before i knew i had the job at Hallmark.

I can't believe Monday is already over.

When i get back to Missouri... i think things are going to be different.

I have just run out of gusto to finish this post, so enjoy the below; the first part of my story. I will post on what i did these last couple days later. i hope everything is great in the KC,Mo especially, but also in the other assorted states of my viewers.

Oh. Thank you for more calls to see if i was alive.

This Ruined Puzzle.

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The Adventure Without You.

5:30, I awoke up to darkness, put on the clothes i set out the night before, and threw the remaining luggage in my car. I filled up my tank for the first time, about $25? (the bank doesn't have record of it yet), and headed to McDonald's for some delicious fast-food breakfast. I drove out toward St Louis through hellish rain that lasted until the point where i reached the city. I stopped just before i got to the city to stretch, get some gas (another $20-25). I saw the Arch... misted by clouds, from a large distance. But I saw it. I sped through Illinois and on to Indiana. Both of which looked just like Missouri; flat, boring, and long. I drove through Indianapolis, where there was some construction going on and i feared for the simplicity of my route. It turned out that i was able to pass right through the problems and head to Ohio with little more then some crowded traffic. I did learn that people in Indianapolis drive like they are all on the speedway. I filled up right before i hit the city, so through Ohio i was hoping to be on the same tank. 25 or so more bucks, but at the cheapest price of $2.74/gallon. In Ohio i hit a snag. There was an accident where I-76 became two lines each direction. That took about 30 minutes to a half hour to clear up. It was long enough for everyone to shut off their engines and step out of their cars to stretch a bit. So, i did the same. I was able to get to West Virginia before i had to fill the tank again. Unfortunately, the gas there was almost $3, and i was getting nervous, so i wasted $10 to make it across the PA border and hope for cheaper gas. Crap. So i got stuck on the road that Cabelas must have been started on because the street and bridge there were named after it. And i thought the mid-west was bad. After in Pa, it started feeling more like home. Other then the hills that continued over from Ohio, Pa also had lots of rocks and farms close the the highway. I was pretty much home. As i got deeper into the state, i made a stop at a Sheetz. MMm... the taste of Pa. 25 more bones in gas, a turkey sub, and some Vault, and i was on the turn pike home. This was hell. Really long, dark, boring, tiring, nerve-racking. Just bad adjectives. But, there were tunnels. I love tunnels. The turn-pike broke 219 miles and $11.75 later. After that, i was only narrow Pa roads, full of tons of bugs, deer and other hazards. But i made it. 10:30 on my watch, 11:30 on the east.

All together, we'll say a little over $100 spent on gas. Much cheaper then a plane. Finishing with 358 songs listened to. i know there was stuff i wanted to say before but i have forgotten by now.

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Tall Can Vacation.

As I promised (maybe i didn't "promise"), just as if i was sitting at work, not doing "work", I am going to post.

The trip was long, obviously, but many good things came from it. I zoned in and out of random thoughts. So much so that i feel like i didn't really accomplish anything on the drive. Well, expect of course, the blatant "getting to Pennsylvania" objective.

Design stuff: i picked up this gem on the trip.
Ace Energy Drink
The link is a MySpace. They don't have a real web page yet, I just links you there. HAha. Wow. I picked it up for it's design. I bet someone had a fun time with this one. Sexy 50's style pin-up girls, a classic logo, and obviously WWII air fighter graphics. As for the product... it tastes like an energy drink; the robust flavor of cough medicine, toilet water, and sour (thats the juice flavoring! YEH!) AKA, very bad. Pumped full of sugar, vitamins and... energy? I really should have got a picture of the nutritional facts for you as well. It's $1.69 and 16 oz. is more than enough.

Today, while enjoying vacation i saw a Cold Stone commercial.
Classic, and beautiful. It makes me want to enjoy their delicious ice cream all the more. I suggest watching the other 2 that link after the video is finished. The little kid one might be the best, but this is the one i saw on TV.

I will more formally summarize the trip when i am able to post pictures... but right now i am having a memory problem on my computer. Stupid songs.

Also, on the PC, my blog is showing up as "centered". Is that what everyone else sees or is it just that shitty PC my parents have.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Running From the Sun

I made it. And in 18 hours no less. The directions were Josh proof (a straight line), so other than the 4 hours of rain in the morning, the trip went pretty smooth. Thank you to everyone who wished me luck, who was curious to how my trip was going, and especially to all the people who called (or texted) me while I was on the road. It was great distraction from an already long trip and my ever playing iPod on shuffle.

I will post more on this later, either when i have time on this vacation, or afterward when i wrap it all up. i also have plenty of pictures to share. but, i still haven't seen what any of them look like, so there is a possibility nothing came out.

My body is drained but i can't get myself to sleep. It's 10 minutes til 1 here on Eastern time, but my body is still set an hour behind.

g'night world.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Thursday is the New Friday

So, tomorrow the trip begins. I am psyched and scared at the same time. The weather looks like it's going to be OK.

I'm adding Sheetz to the list of things to do in Pennsylvania.

So i missed links this. So enjoy this for today and tomorrow.

Character Avatars!:
Simpsons
M&M's

That should keep you busy until i get to post again.

5am tomorrow... the adventure begins.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Journey-man, The Chariot, and The Supplies


My route. 17 hours, 5 minutes. I am going to do my best to make a a couple pit stop as i go through the major cities such as Indianapolis, and Columbus.

Gas Buddy. This little piece of technology is how i am going to keep track of my gas.

about 30 miles to the gallon, and a 12 gallon tank, that means i will make it 360 miles before i have to fill up again after Kansas City. Which means i should get to stop in St Louis quick too.

Things i need to bring with: camera, iPod, Wii and games, clothes, laptop, food for the trip (beef jerky), cash for tolls, nalgene.
Things to bring back: crock-pot, case of yuengling, turkey hill iced tea, transformers toys, ladies numbers.
Things to do in Pa: Watch the Transformers Movie, Watch Die Hard, play lots of video games, eat Dominos, Mini Golf, pick up chics, Shady Maple, run.

The lists will grow. please comment me on any suggestions. other then "you're crazy for driving" because i have heard that one already.

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