Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New Princess Podcast: A Secret Message for the Princess

Thumbs up, pretty smile!

A brand new Princess Podcast has been released and is available for you on YouTube below.

Entitled "A Secret Message for the Princess" and recorded in Houston, Texas, on 12/21/15, this podcast not only addresses the diverse living arrangement I currently find myself in, but also tackles the upcoming presidential elections in America.

Additionally, I have the distinct honor of saying "hello" to the most beautiful Princess in the history of mankind!

Don't miss this podcast!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Have you seen the legendary heart yet?

A view from the balcony outside my apartment door in Houston, Texas, displays the legendary heart.

I wish you could all come see it. You can, actually, because the gate is only closed some of the time.

If the gate is closed when you come by just give me a call on my cell phone, and I'll make sure you get inside for a visit.

No one else has fallen from the balcony since the last time I posted here, thankfully. We now concentrate on love. The legendary heart can only mean one thing: Princess thoughts. And love. Why think about death, hell and the grave when we have clear evidence of the legendary heart just outside the front door?

I just keep mulling over fantastic thoughts about love and the Princess' pretty face and pretty hair. And her pretty bottom.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Yo soy Juan, and other stuff

I finished emptying my storage unit on Thursday. This one was located in Baytown, Texas.

I hope the nice people of Baytown won't interpret my spat with Herb Man and Nazi Warrior as an indication of my feelings for them in general. I actually enjoyed my day-to-day contact with them while I was there, but it was time to move on.

In a way, they've done me a favor.

They forced me to take a look at what I needed to do, even though doing it at the time was uncomfortable. Moving forward is uncomfortable at times, and it requires us to take steps to reach outside our comfort zone. I imagine if you look back at your own life you'll see that those times of growth were often accompanied by inconvenience or discomfort.

Now all I have to look forward to is big hope, big life, big money and a big future. All of this because I've strived to do the right thing and remain honorable in my everyday affairs. I love how life rewards you for doing good.

I moved the remainder of those boxes from Baytown today to my apartment in Houston. Things have been relatively quiet since my last post, although I visited the rental office the other day to find that someone again mistook the gas pedal for the brake pedal and had driven into a support pole just outside the office door. I just want to be a good neighbor while I'm here and do my part by always stopping at the approprite spot. I'll do my best.

I realize that I sent out a tweet recently promising a new podcast, and I want to do that for ya'll soon. Y'all deserve fresh content. The princess deserves to hear from me. While I write this, I'm downloading a copy of Audacity (the program I use to record and mix my podcast) to this computer. You should hear from me soon. What do you want me to talk about? Email me at john@pinnaclecreative.net with anything you'd like me to address at this time.

I've been surprised. There hasn't been a lot of waving goodbye at my new apartment complex. Maybe others sense that I'm right where I'm supposed to be at this time. I think I probably am right where I'm supposed to be. There are lots of taco trucks everywhere, the convenience store right down the street sells Busch Ice, and I can continue to produce highly effective professional communications on the Internet without too many people messing with me. I think I'll start calling this place the Shangri-La of Southwest Houston.

What do you guys think of the new Stryper song? (Click image to listen.) I told a Facebook friend from my high school days that in my opinion this is the Stryper record fans have wanted for 20+ years.

We don't want something that sounds like a rock record from 2015.

We want something that sounds like it could have been released on Soldiers Under Command or To Hell With the Devil.

That's what this is. We're looking forward to the tour.

Thanks as always for reading. Keep your heads up, Warriors of Truth, and I'll talk to you again soon.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The trend of waving goodbye should probably end now, since I've signed a year-long lease

How do you know you're right where you're supposed to be at any particular time of your life? Well, when you sign a one-year lease, you're probably not going anywhere for a while.

That's how I look at my recent one-year commitment to a rental property in Houston, Texas. No matter how many people wave goodbye in Houston (or elsewhere), the chances of me actually going anywhere else are quite slim right now.

I wonder what causes people to wave goodbye so much. Are they going somewhere? Do they think I should go somewhere? If it's the latter, I wonder where they think I should go and what I should do when I get there.

I see everyone waving goodbye in my life. In stores. In places of business. The newscasters on television even wave goodbye now. Why do they do that?

Simply put, waving goodbye is often very confusing. Of all the non-verbal communication I encounter each day, waving goodbye is easily the most convoluted and most prone to misinterpretation.

People probably shouldn't wave goodbye so often, unless they plan on going somewhere themselves.

On second thought, maybe we're all in the wrong place and waving goodbye is completely appropriate.

It's my first week in a brand new apartment complex, and what a first week it's been. In just my first few days, someone drove their automobile through one of the gates, sending piles of broken concrete and twisted metal all over the place. Someone else (or maybe the same person, who knows) drove over the stop sign at the end of the street. Now the stop sign lays flat on the grass where it once stood.

I've now discovered that someone tumbled from a third-story walkway near my apartment to the rock-hard courtyard below. I'm not sure at this point how that happened or the condition of the person who hit the pavement. Hopefully he survives.

Despite all this, I must be right where I'm supposed to be. Waving goodbye to me is futile.

Have you ever wondered if you're supposed to be somewhere else in life? There is one foolproof way to determine if you are or aren't. Let your ability to move at the present time be your guide. If moving isn't feasible right now, you can rest assured knowing you're right where you should be.

If anyone determines I'm supposed to be somewhere else in the next 12 months they can simply pay the remaining months I owe, because a lease is a legally binding document.

Sound like good deal? Excellent.

I'm confident, in time, we'll all end up where we should.

Right now I'm home in Houston for at least 51 more weeks, so please stop waving goodbye.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The rain has stopped, and the Houston Oilers are still number one

Houston media covers heavy rain (or the potential of heavy rain) like CNN covers plane crashes. Constantly.

We have transitioned from 24-hour-a-day rain coverage in Houston, and thank goodness for that. They have been so passionate in the last two days about making us all believe we're in the midst of another great flood that I thought game six of the NBA Finals would be preempted by newscasters in galoshes.

It barely rained where I was in Houston last night, and when it did it was basically moderate-to-light rain for short spurts.

Maybe we'll get a hurricane soon and give these people something interesting to talk about.

Meanwhile, we're still missing those Oilers, aren't we? Football season is coming soon enough, so soon we can have these folks tell you I'm going to work for the Texans again (for about the fifth or sixth straight season), with no phone call from the organization.

That's okay. I wouldn't return the phone call until they are in Columbia Blue with derricks on their helmets. So get it done.

The media are the most important people in our lives because they are so powerful and they always tell us the truth.

If they want the Oilers, we have to listen.

And the traffic chick looks pretty cool today.

If you all need some more Oilers stuff let me know. Click the picture for a hat that perfectly accessorizes with her gorgeous dress.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

In the beginning, I was a kindergartner in the town of Ardmore, Oklahoma

I found an old yearbook recently from years ago. In the beginning, I was a kindergartner at a K-12 school in the small town of Ardmore, Oklahoma.

We moved there from Texas in the mid-1970s for my stepfather’s work. Despite my young age, I have many memories of that time. I remember our apartment, and watching the cars go by on the freeway just behind it.

I remember a horrible accident that gave me the scar on my face (and on my leg) that people still occasionally ask me about today, when I ran into the sliding glass door leading out to our patio.

That was obviously a tough evening for me, but otherwise good childhood memories from our short time there. I actually have recollection of the day this photo was taken.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Strong warriors emerging on YouTube, the Dove Awards, the Grammys...basically everywhere

Warriors of Truth continue to pop up in the most surprising of places.

So, what is a Warrior of Truth?

Warriors of Truth tell the story I enjoy sharing here, as accurately as possible, by placing encouraging content on the Internet and elsewhere.

I give a big "thank you" and "thumbs up" to Warriors of Truth everywhere. "Thumbs up" and "thank you" to firemen and school teachers as well. It seems like everywhere you look these days you see signs that the Warrior of Truth are inundating our culture and making the world a better a place.

Without Warriors of Truth, what would we have? Uncontested devils. ISIS running amok. That kind of stuff. Let's ignore that manure and keep things heading in the right direction.

I've placed a live traffic feed on this blog so you can see, in real time, how we are reaching the world with truth and silliness. Watching the traffic roll into this blog is giving me a fantastic lesson in the flags of the world. Look now at the right-hand column and see what I mean.

Friends, that's called reaching the world with truth!

Here are two creative Warriors from Dallas pulling out of the Whataburger drive-thru.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A move to the southwest part of Houston showing positive signs so far

The area around Westheimer Road, outside of Loop 610, has been my stomping grounds of late. I like when businesses use wisdom. I reward wisdom with photographs on my blog. That's just the kind of guy I am. By the way, I hear the seared halibut is simply elegant at this Pappadeaux location!

Do I have any musicians reading this blog? Most likely. If you're ever driving down Westheimer between Fountain View and Winrock and need a vox, stop here. In fact, if you ever need anything music related, go ahead and stop here. Let's let them know they are appreciated for making good decisions with the sign.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Elegant Calvin Klein rock show jacket finally goes on auction block tonight

Even when a piece of clothing holds a great deal of nostalgic value, it eventually has to get listed on eBay.

That's the case with this elegant (or somewhat elegant) Calvin Klein Jeans jacket that will list tonight on eBay at 10 p.m. CST. You see, this is the jacket I wore to go meet my Princess. Or so I thought at the time.

I wore this jacket out one night only. On that night, Grammy award-winning rocker Rebecca St. James visited the Houston area on her "If I Had One Chance to Tell You Something" tour.

The jacket has hung on a clothes hanger for years, unworn, since that night. Now, I want you (or the man in your life) to wear it.

Don't miss out! Make sure to bid before next Sunday night at 10 p.m. CST, or use the "Buy It Now" button to end the auction and win outright. I'll send the jacket to you anywhere in the world.

Where else are you going to find a piece of clothing steeped in rock history like this for as low as $29.99? Ha! You better buy this jacket, or forever gloat while someone else wears it.

Once the auction goes live tonight, you will find it listed on my eBay account by clicking right here. Good luck bidding!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Let's continue 'Great memories' for a bit longer because it's still a good idea

The problem with stopping something that is unique and powerful simply because people with competing agendas don't like it is that your doubters should never dictate the direction of your life.

That sounds like good advice for youngsters.

Let's let the Princess continue to communicate through these incredible videos, shall we? Granted, only one Princess will emerge in the end. However, in the mean time, let's let these fabulous artists continue to tell the story for us in ways that only they can.

I realize that not every video I post will fit everyone's musical taste. I also realize that some of the content will not fit the G-rated standard to which some would like me to adhere. Some artists tell the story differently, or from a different perspective, than others. That doesn't make their contribution any more or less important.

What do y'all think about adding this one to the rotation?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Elegance, in photos

I thought you might enjoy some photographs of the cheap motel I'm currently staying in as I wait for my new adventure to begin. Don't let the low cost fool you. There is elegance here.

Here's the sign that greets travelers on Interstate 45 in Houston, Texas. Please drive carefully today, for the rain has made the roadways slick and potentially dangerous.

Guess which room I'm staying in. I have two words for you: clean and comfortable.

This wall is accented by soft lighting and free of lipstick or any other markings. A lone piece of artwork featuring a cactus in the desert is reminiscent of something travelers might commonly see on a journey through West Texas or New Mexico.

Surprisingly comfortable, and a fantastic place to lay your head. The plastic snowflake adds a touch of mystery to the room. Is it snowing in here?

Another touch of elegance. Pink flowers in a vase stir feelings of love and warmth. They stand firm and strong, despite the apparent snowfall across the room.

I imagine important conversations could take place here. Deals negotiated and finalized. Long-time friends reuniting and catching up on days gone by. Or just a comfy place to sit and throw back some beers.

I shower in this room. There really is nothing else I want to say about this photograph, because I go to the potty here.

Think of how many people have walked up and down these stairs over the years. This is the route I take some mornings to join the coffee pot in the lobby. The cups are small, but refills are free.

Colorful, but not really the most nutritious choices. A similar machine in the other building distributes Pop Tarts, which I've been known to break down and purchase occasionally during previous stays here.

There's a storm brewing outside today. This is a view from my balcony, looking north on Interstate 45 in Houston, Texas. Drive carefully.

I hope you've enjoyed taking a few minutes to visit me here on the blog today. I'll talk to you again soon.

Monday, April 6, 2015

It's Opening Day for baseball in Houston! Time to mislead the fans again

Orbit and hot chicks. A powerful deception tactic.
Opening Day for Major League Baseball remains one of the most exciting days of the year. There are few things in life more enjoyable than kicking back in a seat and relaxing, while surrounding yourself with thousands of like-minded folks watching America's past time.

I think it was former Houston Chronicle sports writer Richard Justice who once discussed the splendor of professional baseball by writing that watching a bad baseball game is always better than watching a good football game. Ever since we lost the Oilers around here, his words certainly ring true. Taking in a MLB game is still one of the best ways a human can spend three hours.

However, in these parts, the beginning of baseball season marks a time when the local ball club makes people believe I'm somehow affiliated with them. Every year, year after year, the same thing happens. They utilize the local media to make fans believe they are bringing me on board. And year after year, I receive no phone call from them and no tickets arrive in my mailbox.

Don't believe me? Watch the coverage on Houston's Fox affiliate this morning (all four hours). This is just one example, but I encourage you to roll back the coverage this morning from all the local TV news. This city is being mislead by this organization (and has been mislead for years).

The good fans in Houston aren't stupid, but they're sure treated like they are. They know darn well that I have protested this dishonesty by wearing Dodgers and Angels gear to the ballpark each time I visit in past years, including on Opening Day. I also wear Dodgers and Angels gear all over the Houston area. The Astros have been a strange organization. They demand loyalty, but don't give any in return.

I'm not being difficult here. I'm being mislead, and that disappoints me. Especially when that dishonesty originates from an organization that was one of the great loves of my childhood.

So while I won't join the sell-out crowd tonight at Minute Maid (unless the phone rings before 6 p.m. with the offer they are lying about), I will try to find the Dodgers game on TV or online.

I wish fans everywhere a great time at whichever ballpark you visit today. I look forward to keeping a promise I made on Twitter to Magic Johnson regarding my eventual return to the incomparable Dodger Stadium. (Because no wise sports fan ever breaks a promise to Magic Johnson and the incredible fans up on that hill.)

Here's the National Anthem. Now play ball!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Perth broadcasters wearing correct colors, prompting thoughts of an eventual return

By now you've had an opportunity to listen to a free version of To Perth and Back, available on YouTube. Why spend 99 pennies on something that's absolutely free? Listen now at no cost, and feel free to comment.

I visited the city in 2009 and recorded To Perth and Back shortly after returning to the States.

The newscasters in Perth are wearing the right colors (including the colors of the Greatest Football Team), and saying the right things. That's refreshing.

You'll love the coverage of the Giant diver and the Giant little girl walking around the streets of Perth. (Click here or the photograph to listen in.) The Internet is the coolest thing since sliced bread.

That trip was an extremely good investment of time and money, and I'd thoroughly enjoy spending time with the folks of Australia again sometime.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Finally free on YouTube: Princess Podcast details my 2009 trip to Perth

Now absolutely FREE! Save ninety nine pennies!

(Aug. 16, 2009) - A trip to Perth, Australia, turns unusual when the overseas flight begins with U.S. Customs agents removing two mystery men from my plane. Terrorists? Assholes? No one seems to know (or wants to say).

Hear about the Asian girl I met on the streets of Perth's Northbridge with instructions on how to receive a free gift.

For updates visit ThePrincessBlog.net.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What should we expect from Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show? More 'amazingness'

She's been a strong warrior for more years than I care to count right now. In fact, I've considered her an amazing addition to what I've been doing online since I was still working daily in the Texas Medical Center years ago. Back then, the world didn't even know her as Katy Perry yet.

In less than two weeks she will stand before roughly 120 million people on the biggest stage in the world, and she will amaze us. She will amaze me. And I'm very proud of her.

I've heard that the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots will play a football game that day, and I'm moderately excited about that. They're pretty good football teams. That should be a okay game. But nothing that happens during the actual ball game will ever become a great memory here. You'd need the Oilers for that.

What happens during halftime, however, we can surely look forward to with anticipation.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Navy Federal Credit Union's loving, protective princess an excellent addition to website

I'm excited to see that Navy Federal Credit Union has recently included a loving, protective princess to the artwork of the organization's website.

I've had an account with Navy Federal since the Okinawa days.

Loving, protective princesses can spruce up any website, and seeing this one really made my day.

I love the look on her face. Strong. Determined. She has a look in her eyes that is just firm enough to let you know she doesn't take too kindly to people messing with what's hers. Don't mess with my man and don't mess with my money, so to speak.

Another big win for Navy Federal as they continue to serve the nation's warriors around the globe.