Is it time to stop owning your media?

For as long as I’ve had money and ears I’ve been purchasing music. I started with cassette tapes in the 80s and moved on the CDs in the late 80s.

Music

I have a disappearing collection of CDs as they have all been put in to apple audio or mp3 format. I rarely purchase a physical CD anymore unless I sign up for a KickStarter campaign and get the artist to sign it. I purchase soundtracks for my favorite movies and have the physical CD and the auto rip from Amazon. I’ve been tempted to subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited for some time. I don’t purchase as much music anymore, but I feel like the low monthly rate would allow me to enjoy music more often. And songs from CDs used to own

Books

I’m slowly removing all my physical books from my shelf and replacing them with their digital counterpart. I’ll keep a few on the shelf because I could never part with them. My Grandmother’s study bible and hymnal, and my personal bible collection, and a few Star Wars books. But other than that I have everything on my Kindle. Let’s hope Amazon doesn’t close it’s virtual doors anytime soon.

Movies

I still own many movies, I have VHS (but no VCR), DVDs (dwindling collection) and many Blu-rays. I also own the original non-special edition Star Wars films on Laser-disc (and a Laser-disc player). Blu-rays are superior in my opinion because they don’t buffer like streaming services. You get the highest quality picture and sound.

It’s a neat idea to have all you media in the cloud, it would put those time life CD infomercials out of business because you can dig in the virtual crates and find all your favorites, all for the easy payment of $9.99 a month.

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A Nashville Statement!

Shut the Cluck Up!

They should have made the Nashville Statement more about gluttony than human sexuality because there is plenty of sinful food in Nashville. I had several people recommend Hattie B’s so I had to try it. I’ve been a chili head since I was a teenager, so I had to go for the top rung of “Shut the Cluck up” Hot Chicken. I’ll admit it was very hot. My body had an instant reaction, I started to hiccup and my eyeballs turned red and began to leak capsicum. In hindsight I wish I would have taken a photo of the chicken  because it was jet black like the bag it came in. The piece of bread underneath was disintegrated into a pool of grease and fire juice. There were a few pickle chips as well, but at that point I couldn’t feel my face so my taste buds were dysfunctional.

The real “wake-up call” came the next day at 6am. I’m so glad I had the foreknowledge to pack some Cottonelle wipes, it literally saved my behind from the exit wounds. Doesn’t matter how much of a heat tolerance your upper orifice can handle, the lower one is never able to compensate.

Whole Foods vs Everywhere else

I don’t live in a nice enough part of town to shop at Whole Foods, so I have slum it and make do with what I have available. I typically only shop at three stores. Aldi, Walmart, and some sort of big box warehouse store. Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of Whole Foods, but don’t feel it warrants the price for the food. The human bodies digestion system it pretty amazing and I don’t think it matters how much the food costs. Organic doesn’t mean that much to me and if it only takes a few extra years away from my life, I’m OK with that.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get Whole Foods delivered to my door inside of a brown UPS box via Amazon Prime soon!

Binge watching is the new standard

I have all but quit watching TV shows when they air. I believe I stopped watching live TV shows when Friends went off the air, before DVRs were a thing. I don’t like commercials and with Netflix, Hulu and other knockoffs, you can watch an entire season rather quickly. Once the streaming services became available it made it too easy to watch what I wanted on my schedule. There are some shows that I like to keep up to date on so I will wait about a month until they get at least 4 shows in the books before I begin watching. Then there’s that awful period of waiting for them to get another 4 episodes in the queue.

I’ve never been nor ever will be a fan of Game of Thrones. I’ve heard enough people talk about it to know that I won’t like it. However, if I ever do watch it, I will wait until the series finale, then watch all the seasons in about a month.

I’ve caught the first 5 seasons of Last Man Standing and now have to wait for season 6 to come out to Hulu, since Netflix decided to drop the show. Which means, I have to subscribe to yet another service to see what I want. If it wasn’t for the Marvel shows on Netflix, I would drop them. I find that I search Netflix more than I watch. And now with Disney pulling all their content it will make the decision easier. Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve binge watched over the years ranked from Happy to Depraved.

  • Last Man Standing (Netflix)
  • Parks and Recreation (Netflix)
  • Justified (Amazon Prime)
  • The Sopranos (Amazon Prime)
  • Dexter (Netflix)

The last two I really didn’t like the last few seasons, I just wanted to complete them so I could be disappointed with the endings.

Making fun of President Trump


I’ve been voting for several elections now and I don’t recall so much hostility towards any president as much as our current one. I’ve never seen so many commercialized insults towards President Trump and now it seems that candy companies are throwing their hat in the ring. Just because you have freedom of speech doesn’t give you the freedom to be disrespectful towards your fellow humans. Well I guess it does.

But let’s remember that even if someone is “your enemy”then treating them with kindness is like dumping burning coals on them. Got that from some book, not sure which one. I think it’s the same one as the golden rule or something.

The best cereal of all time?

Great with Chocolate Milk!

I’ve never been a huge fan of cereal because and r been a fan of the sugary brands. Here are few of my favorites and why.

  • Kashi Go Lean Crunch – It’s like eating a wicker basket, and it cleans you out. Plus it gives you non stop gas to torment your family with. I try to eat a bowl before I go play golf so I can get a extra boost on the golf swing and distract the others from their game.
  • Frosted Mini Wheats – Fill a bowl with wheats and milk and let it sit for a few minutes. It turns the brillo pads into a nice soggy frosted pillow of tastiness.
  • Cracklin’ Oat Bran – not sure why I like this one, it was in the cabinet one morning when I was a kid.
  • Life – It’s simple, just like real life is. Glad there is no “Death” cereal, or maybe that’s what’s Marshmallow Madness is.
  • Fruity Pebbles – If I had to choose one super sugary cereal, it would be this one. It’s like eating bowl of candy and the milk wash after looks like the run off after a preschool is washing out the paint trays after they’ve finger painted mothers day cards, but more delicious.

Worst time you ever had to go pee?


There have been a few times when I felt like my bladder would stretch beyond capacity and burst inside my body. However there is one time that stands out more than most. The first anniversary of my marriage, my spouse and I decided to visit Orlando Florida for the first time together. Little did she know that it would soon become an obsession and I would want to go every year or maybe even move there.

During this time in my life I was very successful in losing weight with diet, exercise and a pill called Xenadrine which was a diuretic. I also drank a couple of 20 oz Diet Mountain Dews that morning as well. Needless to say, fluids would eventually need to exit my body. We were driving through South Carolina when the urge began to build. It’s one of those times when you say to yourself, “I can make it one more exit”. Well, the last time I said that, I must have missed the sign that said next rest area 1000 miles.

We finally made it to the Georgia welcome center and I must have urinated for 20 minutes. If you have kids, stop at every rest area, it’s good for you to stretch your legs and for them to empty their bladders. Otherwise they will need to go 20 minutes before you get home and there is nowhere to stop except that gas station that people are murdered in. Plus, you don’t want them to pee on the side of the road and end up in jail for public urination.