Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Reason I Should not be Allowed to Have Kids - #1,385,491

This video.  I will remember it, and if the opportunity arises, I shall recreate it.




Coda

Thanks for Reading,
Your ever-lovin' Blue Eyed Blogger,
Pip

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wedding Ring

Here is my wedding ring.




Not only do I love it, and my Wife loves it, but I get complimented on it at lest once a week.  The ring is made out of Tungsten Carbide, which gives it that dark chrome feel to it.  One of the things I like, is that when a customer at work comments on, they often know what it is made of.  I work for an industrial supply wholesaler, so my customers are typically the blue collar type.  That makes it better, because they aren't used to commenting upon jewelry, never mind another guy's jewelry. 

It is much heavier than a typical wedding band, and I like that.  It was also a last minute desperation driven purchase made on a limited budget.  This adds to the emotionl value for me because it feels nice ending up stuck with something that you really like.  Something you did not spend much money on, and something that gets noticed.


With the job I have, my ring gets dirty and banged around quite a bit, so the pragmatic value is also very high.


My wife has looked around for replacement rings made of Tungsten, but with the Irish Wedding Band engravings.  Our original plan was matching Irish Wedding bands in Platinum.    She's found some good candidates, more than we found in platinum!  But I am not sure if I want to replace my ring.  I love it and it has a great story to it.  But I am married so if she really wants it replaced she will win eventually.  It may just take a decade or two.


Thanks for reading,
Your Ol' Pal,
Pip

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mahna Mahna

This week's song to get stuck in your co-worker's heads is a personal favorite, but I warn you, I am not being nice, at all.  In fact even Dick Chenney would clasify the use of this song while interrogating terrorists, as torture and a violation of the Geneva Convention.

Mahna Mahna:

 


Did you know this song has it's own Wikipedia page?  Really.  Apparently it's one of those nonsese wordless sung songs like the Russian Rickroll.


There is a story to this for me as well.  While working overnights during my first Christmas at KBToys back in '98, this song saved my life.  We were at the shift change.  Me and the the two guys I worked with were at work, but the clsoing crew had not finished yet so there were a good 10-12 people in the store working.  The manager was done coutning the money so I was free to go into the office to plug my CD player into the stores sound system so that we could play obnoxious music at loud volumes so the security guards at the other end of the mall knew we were there, and so the Mall Walkers would be too scared to show up before 6 am.  Someone came up with a great idea of locking me in the office by piling up full boxes of merch in front of the door.  This worked great because there was just enough room in the stockroom to open the office door.  The boxes were wedged from door to opposite wall with ease.  I was not getting out until I was let out.  I got bored and decided I wanted out.  So I pulled out my loudest most obnoxious cd, This Is Boston, Not LA! and turned the volume on my cd player and the store's sound system all the way up.  Three to four soungs in and I knew this wasn't working.  I changed tactics, drastically, and put in my Muppets cd.  I found the most annoying song on there, Manamana and I was freed 45 seconds into the song.  No one that christmas at that KB worked harder or faster at any task, than did the two people who let me out of the office. 


Thanks for reading,
Your favorite Blogger,
Pip

Monday, July 12, 2010

Kars for Kids

Oh yes, I am doing this to you.  This week's song to get stuck in your co-worker's heads is the worst, most obnoxious commercial jingle ever.  I believe this is an ad that is local to Boston, but even as such it is ever present.  You cannot escape it's wrath.  Enjoy, or watch your sanity break into a million pieces.




There is also a Techno Re-mix.  I share it because of the word swap in the intro, "Donate your kids today."




As a note, I'd like to point out that this is a perfect example of the power of Jingles. If you are a company looking to make an ad, have a jingle.  It is far cheaper and more effective than ruining a pop song that people like.



Thank you for reading,
Yer Ol' Pal,
Pip

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ruby Soho

I am going to be nice again, and by that I mean I'm shoving one of my favorite bands down your throat.  And no we aren't at the Pixies yet.  This weeks song to get stuck in your co-workers head is Rancid's Ruby Soho.






True story: I went some co-workers to see Rancid in 2002.  I was working at the mall so the co-workers in question were 2 wise ass college freshman that thought Rancid was a one hit wonder.  The one hit being Ruby Soho.

Rancid was/is/ALWAYS WILL BE one of my favorite bands and had been since '94.  Outside the show was this guy in his 50's wearing a Rancid hoodie.  He was obviously just some old guy who did odd jobs for the club, who was given  hoodie because he said he was cold.  The 2 co-workers looked at him and said, "Hey look, there's Pip in 30 years!"  They were mocking me, but it felt like a compliment.

Rancid did not play Ruby Soho that night, so the joke was on them.

Thanks for reading,
Your everlovin' blue eyed
Pip

PS- Destination unknown, Ruby Ruby Ruby-Ruby Soho!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Charlie Card + Phone = Jealous!

A couple things before we get into details:
1) Acetone is dangerous.  The acetone she used was not nail polish kids, so don't try this at home.  Have an ADULT who knows what they are doing take that first destructive step.  This is only partially a DIY project.
2) Yes losing your phone is now double-suck.  But if you lose your phone, are you really going to be that concerned with the $25 on your Charlie Card?  And think of it this way, when the a-hole phone thieves off the _____ stop of the subway take your phone, they'll have no idea it's got that extra value.  You'll be screwing them when they sell it!

HOLY CRAP SOMEONE MELTED DOWN THEIR CHARLIE CARD AND MADE IT PART OF THEIR PHONE!



This is really cool, but something I'll never do.  Because I'm lazy, hardly every ride the T anymore, and because I have a clear case on my phone so it would look dumb.  At least with the skin, it just looks like you put the skin on poorly.

coda

Thanks for Reading!
Your favorite Blogger,
Pip