Sunday, November 4, 2018

A message to U.S. government: DO NOT abolish ICE, it makes us feel more silly

There's been talk recently about the possibility of our government making a decision that would seriously damage this country and our quality of life. Some people, it seems, want to abolish ICE.

That would be a huge mistake. ICE makes us feel much more silly, and represents a refreshing way to conclude a week or even to watch football games on Sunday afternoon.

We will not stand for any misguided decision in Washington D.C. that affects our ability to pick up a six-pack of ICE tallboys at the convenience store. Anyone unfortunate enough to vote for the abolishment of ICE will certainly lose the next election and be forced to go home and get a real job or start a business.

I know what you're thinking. With all these strong ideas, why doesn't John get involved with politics? I don't get involved with politics for the same reason I don't purchase Kindergarten Cop on Blu-ray. It sucks. I won't involve myself in any pursuit, or any expenditure of time or money, that sucks. That's why I'm not afraid to spend $6.48 on ICE tallboys from time to time. ICE doesn't suck, and it makes us feel quite silly.

On another subject, I just wanted to let y'all know that the move to San Antonio has been a positive one for a number of reasons. Such a wonderful place with wonderful people. I'm completely alone here, but really, wasn't I completely alone over the last decade or so in Houston? There are great places for me to shop for elegant clothes to resell on the Internet, less traffic on the roads, and I feel happier here.

I've been waiting on this great weather to visit some of the usual San Antonio sites following my move here, so I finally visited the River Walk and the Alamo this weekend -- although I'd obviously seen those places previously.

I visited Numbers in Houston for Halloween, but now it is time to find places in San Antonio to hang out in. The Houston chapter of the story is now closed. The Princess, if by chance she was in the Houston area, has a door she will need to knock on in San Antonio for that continue. I won't hold my breath, but I will accept that everything in life that doesn't happen doesn't happen for a reason. Maybe I'm ugly or undesirable. Maybe I have nothing to offer. I'll take a good look in the mirror and try to figure all this out. Maybe I'm not meant to marry (and I'm finally okay with that). Whatever the reason is, I'm here now and gratefully so. I am staying in San Antonio.

Best wishes, mighty ICE warriors, and the best of luck to all of you.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

'Reputable' and 'objective' CNN organization sends confusing messages to viewers on transparency

As if we needed more reasons to question what we see everyday on CNN, an anchor this week seemed to send conflicting messages regarding when people should feel free to come forward and speak the truth.

During a string of what seemed like unending coverage on whether a California professor should come forward and testify about an event that occurred thirty years ago at a high school party (and she should), this "well-respected" and prominent "news" anchor seemed to communicate, again and again yesterday morning, that there are some things we just don't talk about. This happened twice, with two fellow reporters that appeared on air right after each other.

Honesty and integrity, and telling the entire story, is only good when it serves our purposes or our particular slant on the day's events, or so it seems.

Like Regan MacNeil pissing on expensive Georgetown carpet, these clowns keep pissing on the Constitution that gives them the right to share their horseshit everyday under the guise of doing us all a favor.

If you are a female who wants to discuss the high-school failings of a Supreme Court nominee we don't like, you should come forward and speak (and she should). If you have the gall to share the incredible bullshit going on behind the scenes at "The Most Trusted Name in News," you best keep your fucking mouth shut, apparently.

That's the height of hypocrisy, my friends.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Welcome to YesCity, Texas, where a Big, Fat Everything Burger includes avocado and bacon

I'm becoming more familiar with the area around my new residence here in San Antonio, or YesCity, Texas. I need to get out and assimilate in the community.

A tasty burger might even be on the agenda soon. This is the first city I've ever been in where you can purchase both a Whataburger and an In-N-Out Burger. Those are both delicious sandwiches that I should enjoy in moderation, because I've heard they contain plenty of wonderful calories. A big, fat everything burger here apparently includes avocado and bacon.

San Antonio has a minor league baseball team affiliated with the San Diego Padres I probably should visit soon for a good time. They call the team the San Antonio Missions. There are cool places along the River Walk to see and enjoy as well. They even have an NBA team called the San Antonio Spurs I probably should check out again. They've been pretty successful. It seems like they've won championships as often as the New England Patriots.

And don't worry. Unlike Kawhi Leonard, I'm an easy man to read. All you have to do is visit for everything you need to know. I'll keep you posted here. In a world literally shot-through with misinformation and hoaxes, it's nice that we can return here to the blog and my Twitter for some truth from time to time.

I noticed on a concert calendar that Gary Numan and The Crystal Method are both scheduled to visit the city in the coming months. I'm looking for opportunities to get out and about, so I'll keep my eyes open. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

My move to San Antonio complete, getting situated in a new home city

Greetings to you from my new home city of San Antonio, Texas. I'm happy to have things getting into a routine as I become situated here.

I'm not completely unfamiliar with San Antonio. As those of you who have followed me over the years know, I lived in an extended stay hotel here about five years ago for a number of months, working for a Houston-area electronics company that installed flat-screen televisions and home theater systems. I visited San Antonio homes every day and was impressed with not only the people here but all the city has to offer. This is a fantastic town, and I know I'll enjoy living here.

Without giving out too many details here about my specific location, I'm once again on the west side of town right off of Interstate 10 (very close to where I lived in San Antonio previously). I spent this past week driving around town to visit a number of locations, sourcing products for my home business. I look forward to continuing that here.

I wasn't aware that this city is now considered one of the 10 largest in the country, even bigger than Dallas by comparison of population. Only Houston is larger in the state of Texas.

Leaving Houston was a bittersweet decision, but it was the right decision. I was born there and will always love the place, but in the past decade or so it has felt like I was always waiting on an eventuality that never came to pass. In short, Houston has felt like NoCity, Texas. The disappointing thing is that the correct answer was always "yes," and I was always surrounded by "no" there. That gets old (and frustrating).

I'm close enough to drive over to Houston for a visit occasionally, but this is a permanent change of address.

Having said that, if the Princess is out there somewhere reading this you can come anytime for a visit. Park anywhere you can find a spot.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Their name is mud: Older men apparently having a difficult time managing tongues on CNN

How creepy are these people going to get? We've already established that the "news" organization CNN is more entertainment than anything else these days, but apparently finding a grown man who can keep his tongue in his mouth for comment on the network is as difficult as locating an apple in a 10-foot pile of bananas.

From now on, we're going to start calling these people "Mud" around here. Real creepy weirdos are showing up on the "news", friends and neighbors. I have no idea how parents are supposed to explain all this nuttiness to young people. Thankfully young people don't watch boring crap like this anyway, so it doesn't really matter.

But this is a very strange trend, guys. How about some mood music? Something to get you guys turned on.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Yesterday in Washington D.C., in photos

If you plan to visit Washington D.C. this week, don't forget your umbrella.

I didn't have one for the first hour or so walking around outside downtown yesterday morning, and I was quite wet. Thankfully a nice man approached me outside the National Archives with several he had on sale for $5. It was going to be a long day without that.

It turned out to be a long day, even with the umbrella, but I had a good time seeing the sights. The National Archives is a stop I recommend to anyone visiting here. The actual Constitution of the United States is on display inside that building. I was fascinated with all those historical documents. Two uniformed guards stand on either side of the Constitution in a dimly lit room (presumably to keep the documents from fading or discoloring over time). There's no photo here because photography inside the building is prohibited.

I've often disagreed with people over the years who say the U.S. Constitution is God-inspired or that the writers penned those words under the unction of a higher power, but there is undoubtedly something special and unique about that document. I really enjoyed that museum.

Here are some photos from today:

A really cool-looking building, but you have to stand in line behind what looks like a thousand school kids to get inside (in the rain). I decided to take a look at the exterior of the building and and walk to some of the other sites. Who knows, I may get another chance to go inside sometime in the future.

The Washington Monument is tall, but not quite as tall as the San Jacinto Monument in Deer Park, the birthplace of Texas. Unfortunately, this monument is under construction and I was unable to go inside and take an exciting ride in a glass elevator (like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). They need to fix this place because looking out from those windows on top would be fantastic. Just imagine how much you could see from up there!

The Lincoln Memorial is spectacular, and many people were there wanting to see him seated on that big chair. He did such a good job freeing the slaves and being an all-around fantastic president. Incidentally, the National Archives has the Emancipation Proclamation persevered there for you to view, hand-written by President Lincoln.

By the time I made it to the White House in the afternoon, I had walked many miles and was very wet. However, seeing the place in person after years of views on the television and books is quite awe-inspiring.

Two women stopped me by the monument and asked if I knew where the scene in Forrest Gump had been filmed. At first I didn't know what they were talking about, but I do seem to remember Forrest Gump standing here at one point. I stood here long enough to shoot this photo before venturing out to find the Jefferson and M.L.K. memorials, which I saw on a sign but never actually located during my walk.

I had planned on visiting this site on Friday (today), but because my phone battery died I didn't have GPS and was driving out of downtown Washington looking for a freeway sign. I ended up in Georgetown by accident, and pulled into an Exxon gas station to ask for directions. I looked up and there they were! I didn't have battery power to take a photo, so I'm borrowing someone else's picture. These iconic steps from The Exorcist actually end on M Street, practically in a gas station parking lot. Best spooky movie of all time? Quite possibly.

Tonight I'll visit Nationals Park to see the Dodgers and Nationals play for Baseball Night in America. If you are wondering whether Baseball America in America really exists, it does really exist. I saw it on my Twitter page.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The next journey begins: Several days in Washington D.C. start tomorrow morning

I'm looking forward to jumping on some airplanes early tomorrow that will take me from Houston Hobby to Love Field and then on to Reagan National for several days of fun in our nation's capitol.

There I'll see the sights, immerse myself in the history of this great nation, and shack up for several days near Andrews Air Force Base. I always enjoy hanging out in the vicinity of our nation's warriors.

The World Famous Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Washington Nationals Friday Night. I'll park my rear in the outfield for Baseball Night in America. Frank in La Puente, or "Big Bad Frank" as I affectionately like to call him, shipped me a brand new shirt for the event. I think I deposited nearly $11 in his Paypal account for that gorgeous shirt. A fantastic product shipped very fast. Thank you.

I haven't visited Washington D.C. since the early 2000s when I attended some meetings at the Smithsonian commemorating the completion of the human genome. I got around town a little bit back then, but this time I've made a list of places I'd enjoying seeing while in Washington.

Here's where you might have a chance to say "hello" between now and Saturday (other than the ballpark):

1) The White House - This is where President Donald Trump and his wife currently live. When I visited last time, there was a construction project underway that prohibited walking up to the fence line. I'll take a better look this time.

2) The Capitol Building - I have cable news on frequently during the day and there seem to be numerous important people who do interviews in that building, sometimes saying some pretty interesting things. I've also noticed statues that would probably be cool to take a look at if time permits. I'd love to walk into the room where the president gives the State of the Union address, but that looks like the sort of place that might only be open to visitors at specific times.

3) The National Mall - I took a long walk and saw all of that during my last visit, but it's definitely worth another lap around the pool. The statue of President Lincoln sitting on that huge chair is spectacular. I may wander over to see the new (or relatively new) M.L.K monument. That sure was nice of our nation's leaders to give him his own statue and memorial in D.C., but I would have voted to put a smile on his face. He doesn't look very happy.

4) National Archives Museum

5) Washington National Cathedral

6) National Gallery of Art

7) The concrete steps in Georgetown that Father Karras tumbles down at the end of The Exorcist, and the house the MacNeil's rented at 3600 Prospect. One of my favorite scary movies of all time, and one of the most iconic and memorable shooting locations in film history.

For the life of me, I can't remember the name of the place I saw President Obama and Vice President Biden have lunch near the White House years ago on the news. I made a mental note to eat at that location during a visit in the future, as they said the restaurant is a prominent fixture in the White House area. I may have to grab my Big, Fat Everything Burger somewhere else in the city, because I neglected to write down the name of the place and nothing I see online rings a bell. However, I imagine there are plenty of places to grab some tasty chow in that town.

Maybe I'll just bring a Papa John's pizza back to my swanky room and enjoy it with some of that garlic sauce. On second though, I really don't care for that garlic sauce much. Possibly a Big, Fat Everything Pizza without the garlic sauce will do just fine if I can't find the burger place.

I hope to see y'all around town.