Cardio is Hardio

The word "cardio” is one of the most feared words in the English dictionary. So many people spend many hours thinking of ways to avoid it. It’s a necessary evil in the world of fitness, however. You can get to the top of the strength train without it, but sometimes your muscles need a break.

When you can incorporate fun into your workouts, with whatever platform it may be, it makes them a little bit more bearable. Whether it’s loud fist bumping Motley Crue, Karen, Georgia and the F bomb murder show, My Favorite Murder, or even streaming Supernatural on Netflix while on the elliptical. Whatever makes the time go by, and makes you forget a little bit that your body hates you, not to mention, you want to die.

There is so much more at our fingertips than there has ever been before these days when it comes to making our workouts fun. We have group classes at gyms, YouTube, even beach body on demand. There are dance classes to make you feel foolish while burning those calories. You don’t have to be stuck on a treadmill going nowhere and feeling unfulfilled.

One of these super awesome new workout trends happen to be the hula-hoop. These things can mean some serious business. People get down and intense with these weighted big thick hoops. They can burn some serious calories, and be super fun. Tricking you into your workout. Funny how that happens, right?

Personally, I go through stages. I started off as a cardio snob. My weight loss journey all began on the elliptical. My sister talked me into running, and I found out I was decent at it. I was actually fast... ish. Fast for being someone who never ran before. I placed in a 5k, finished my first 5k in 31 minutes, and kept running after that. Trained for half marathons in the pouring down rain. Ran 10 miles on a Saturday. FOR FUN.

I’ve never had a cardio problem. For some, I know how boring it can be. Change it up. Do something different. Get out of that comfort zone. Pick up a hoop. Thanks to Abs Marie, we know where we can learn!

DQYD Top 5: Exercise and Heirlooms

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Abs Marie. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Abbi is a hoop instructor, and runs Hoops of a Feather, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based on exercise and heirloom-based themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 list of hosts!

 

Farrin's Top 5 Playground Activities

Pick 5:  Duck, Duck, Goose

 The classic Duck, Duck, Goose. Tap the heads of your friends (while avoiding head lice) and pick on your crushes. This game was surely at all playgrounds

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Pick 4: Tag

Tag you're it! Probably the original game played by all of child kind. Make sure you don't skin a knee while playing this one.

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Pick 3: Jump Rope

I was never good at this, but jumping rope was a hit on a number of play grounds. Could you double Dutch?

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Pick 2: Hopscotch

Hopscotch...not like scotch in a lowball glass...was quite the fun time for our uncoordinated legs back in the day. I dare you to try it at full speed today!

Pick 1: Four Square

Another popular game played by most: Four Square. I literally didn't play it until my freshman year of college in an extreme version with full body dives.

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Drew's Top 5 Hand-Me-Downs

Pick 5: Clothing

One of the biggest things that gets handed down to others. It's not uncommon to get second hand baby clothing, or, for those of us that aren't the oldest child, clothing that your older sibling has outgrown. 

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Pick 4: Toys

Much like clothing, these things get outgrown after a time. 

Pick 3: Photos

Photos are literally a window into the past. Typically, it's old family photos that have been passed down several generations where you won't even recognize half the people in them.

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Pick 2: Recipes

One of my personal favorites. Family recipes that have been refined a perfected over the course of many years. Not only do you know how to create a delicious meal, but there's often a strong sense of nostalgia attached to some of your childhood favorites that will take you back.

Pick 1: Jewelry

Arguably one of the most popular things that get handed down from generation to generation. Especially engagement rings and timepieces that hold a lot of sentimental value. 

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When the Lights Come On

“All the world’s a stage. And all the men and women merely players;”- William Shakespeare

In episode 81 of Don’t Quit Your Daydream Tamarea Kramer answered what her greatest strength as an actress was with “my ability to be.” I believe that ‘being’ or ‘the ability to be’ is the single greatest determiner of success in any enterprise you might undertake. It’s what separates the real from the fake, the authentic from the manipulative, it’s what makes or breaks pieces of art and entertainment, and it is in acting that we most clearly see the discrepancy in that ability. What do we say in response to an incredible performance? It was her ability to be vulnerable, her emotion, that she made it feel so real. But to be vulnerable there must be something to be uncovered, to show genuine emotion there must be genuine feelings, and it follows that to make a performance feel real, real in the gut, real in the heart of things, then it must be real to the person playing the part.

But how do you do that? How do you just be?

Tamarea’s full quote goes: “My ability to be. I like the way I approach things. A lot of people do the whole research thing, and that’s great, they should research, it’s very important. But a lot of people are caught up in the thinking of a character. It’s ‘why would my character do this,’ it’s ‘my character,’ it’s ‘why would the character.’ For me it’s not like that. It’s just me. -- Because it’s not you, and it shouldn’t be you every time. The character is a mould that you pour yourself into. You’re going to fill it differently every time, but the fundamental part of it is you so it has to be you.”

One of the most important things to note in this quote is the “a lot of people are caught up in the thinking of a character.” By thinking about what the character would do you begin rationalizing behaviour, emotional responses, and displays of those emotions, most of the time winding up in you developing concepts about what you think the character should be doing. And when you try and translate that should on stage, it comes across as inauthentic. Why? Because you cannot rationalize an emotional performance.

What happens when you begin rationalizing, or thinking too much (you should think some of course), is that you distance the character from yourself naturally through the analytic process. Say you’re in a show and in one scene your character’s mom dies. You start thinking, okay so in this scene I’m supposed to be sad, how can I be sad. You begin thinking about the character’s relationship to the mother, you begin thinking about what this means for the character, if you’re going really deep you think about the character’s reactions to their reaction to the mother’s death (ie: feeling guilty for not feeling sad enough, etc), and you continue this process until you have a sound understanding of what the character’s sadness should be. But in practice everyone keeps telling you it feels off, it feels forced or mechanical, and you feel it’s forced too because you can’t make the real tears come. You understand why the character should feel something, but there is no feeling in knowing why. I know why some people love Big Bang Theory, but in no way does that make me feel that love.

It’s this ‘should’ that interrupts and distorts the essential quality of being that is flow, that is instinct. Craig MacDonald said “The best acting is instinctive. It’s not intellectual, it’s not mechanical, it’s instinctive,” and “Stop explaining yourself. Shut up and act!” In explaining we rationalize, and we rationalize to justify. We use shoulds to protect ourselves because we lack the confidence to just be. The confidence to be vulnerable.

“If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable.” - Jack Lemmon

“Actors think more with their hearts than with their heads.” - William Esper

To think is to stop being. To think is to be self-conscious. To think is to distort and manipulate. To think is to be inauthentic. If there is one truth to being, it is that you can never think your way there. You do not think your way into vulnerability. But to give up thinking you must have confidence, and to develop confidence one must work.

“One of the things I like about acting is that, in a funny way, I come back to myself.” - Bill Murray.

“You have to break your own personal blocks. You have to be able to be vulnerable in front of anybody. You have to break the thing inside you that doesn’t want people to see. And when you get comfortable with that, when you let people see that, you get access to power you never thought you had.” - Will Smith

It’s in the process of doing that the truth is revealed. It is when one is acting that the gap between character and actor blur, when the lines blend. To be the character one must be in the moment, to be in the moment you must not indulge in your thoughts, to not indulge in thoughts you must believe that you will do the right thing without having to think about it, to believe that you can do that you must be confident, and to develop that confidence you just have to do it. Which means you have to try, again and again. Which means you have to be able to take criticism saying you are not there yet. You have to listen when the director tells you that you’re holding on too tightly when you thought there was nothing left to hold. You will have to fail until you no longer fear failure because it is the fear of failure that forces you to protect yourself, to clam up, to not allow yourself to do anything without first judging it to decide if it’s what you are supposed to be doing. But it’s this confidence that will also allow you to quiet the war raging inside your head for a moment, so that when the lights come on, you can just be.

“The first step to a better audition is to give up character and use yourself.”- Michael Shurtleff

“Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself there.” -Meryl Streep

I’m not insulated from the reality that it’s not always this mythical, pseudo spiritual incarnation of yourself as the character. That there is a real gap, and you do not literally become the character. Gary Oldman once said “Anyone who tells you that they have become the people they play, unless they’re clearly diagnosed as schizophrenic, is bullshitting you.” I am arguing only that creative greatness come from a spontaneity that rationality imprisons. That trying is not the same as being, and that most of your success in life will come from your ability to understand that difference.

I understand most of this can be construed as cliche, as drivel, as overwrought, as self-indulgent, as a ridiculous aggrandizing of artistry. I’m well aware that there are no words which can sufficiently explain the difference, and that when someone tells you to just be in the face of your best efforts, you can’t help but be enraged when told that you have to just do it. I can be told to write it instead of write about it all day, but still at times I fall in the same trap that I am preaching against. Another cliche, but: “The vapider the cliche, the sharper the canines of the real truth it covers,” - David Foster Wallace. And perhaps there is no more vapid, no more cliche cliche, then the everlasting ‘be yourself,’ whose real truth lies entirely in that first word, be.

So to close, let me ask this:

Who will you be when the lights come on?

Much love, and thank you!

Top 5: Theater & Acting

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Tamarea Kramer. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Tamarea is an actress, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based on theater and acting themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 list of hosts!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Eccentric Roles performed by Actresses

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Pick 5: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)

Shaving her head, losing almost a quarter of her weight and eating nothing but oatmeal for months, Anne proved to the acting community she'll do whatever she can to bring depression to the screen.

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Pick 4: Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Watching this movie was...conflicting for me. If you can get past the awful bedroom scene, you are awarded with a great revenge plot and a unique protagonist.

Pick 3: Kathy Bates (Misery)

Annie Wilkes breaking her captives ankles are the things nightmares are made out of. Much different then her "Waterboy" and "Titanic" roles, Kathy shows that she has no problem being absolutely wicked.

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Pick 2: Charlize Theron (Monster)

One of my first Hollywood crushes, Charlize Theron proved she was much more than a pretty face. One of the most drastic physical transformations caught on film, she is almost unrecognizable on stage.

Pick 1: Linda Blair (Exorcist)

This movie terrorized me as a child. Specifically due to Linda's crazy creepy, scary, tormented performance. I still worry as an adult, agnostic male that my loved ones may get possessed in their sleep.

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Farrin's Top 5 Femme Fatales

Pick 5: Alex Vause

Alex Vause from Orange is the New Black is a prime example of a Femme Fatale. She has seduced not only women in the popular show but men as well, and has brought them all down (sometimes with her)

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Pick 4: Ginger Knowles

Ginger Knowles (Halle Berry) in Swordfish is a total FF and could probably get anyone to do anything she wanted them to...

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Pick 3: Ripley

Ellen Louise Ripley from Alien most definitely has to make this list. She smartly and cooly handled Aliens fro crying out loud!

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Pick 2: Beatrix Kiddo

Beatrix Kiddo (The Bride) in Kill Bill is without a doubt a true Femme Fatale...I mean look at the sword! Everyone get out of the way when she walks in!

Pick 1: Selina Kyle

Probably my personal favorite, Selina Kyle (Cat Woman) is the definition of a Femme Fatale. A siren that's equal parts seductive and badass, even Batman can't resist her charms.

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Drew's Top 5 Theater Superstitions

Pick 5: Bad Dress. Good Opening

There are many in the theater world that subscribe to this one. The idea is that having a bad final dress rehearsal before the opening of a show leads to having a great opening night. 

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Pick 4: Whistling

Regardless of where you stand on superstitions, even the naysayers will have a hard time refuting this one, as it's roots are based on old theater practices. Before the invention of hand radios, theater technicians would communicate with whistles to call cues. Someone absentmindedly whistling could inadvertently call a cue before it was time. 

Pick 3: Ghost Light

This one is somewhat different, as it functions as a superstition and practicality. The superstition says the light is to be left on stage to help ward off spirits. In the practical sense, the light is left on so that someone entering a dark theater can see where they're going.

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Pick 2: Break a Leg!

Oddly enough, wishing someone "good luck" before a play is actually bad luck.

Pick 1: Macbeth

The title of the famous Scottish play is taboo to say in a theater. Most believe it will invoke the curse said to be set upon it due to Shakespeare's addition of spoken witchcraft.

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Hollywood, Iron Man, and 3D

I didn’t realize how much 3D printing was used in the movie Iron Man. Most of the suit was designed and made all by 3D printer after the amazing Jon Favreau figured out that they had the technology to do so. He wanted something realistic, something that he could put on Tony Stark, and something that was durable, but not ridiculously expensive. This was the answer.

As an audience member, we have no idea. With movie magic, they make it look like some super awesome durable steel suit.

Hollywood utilizes the crap out of 3D printing, and 3D in general. Over the last 10 years or so the 3D movie has really come back. With the IMAX running 3D movies, you can see bigger, better versions of movies. Only drawback? There are also bigger ticket prices. Going to see Transformers in 3D in Spokane, WA cost around 13 bucks a ticket for 3D, and that was years ago.

When it comes to entertainment, consumers are always looking for the next big thing. 3D printing is available to the Average Joe at home. You can print things for yourself. You can start an Etsy store. You can make the stuff we only imagined you could make. Making 3D thigs for entertainment all the way up to making 3D hands and feet. It’s basically an amazing thing for all of mankind as well as art.

What’s going to be the next big thing? Maybe it’s your hobby?

DQYD Top 5: 3D & Inventions

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Matt Koewler. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Matt is a 3D designer, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based on inventions and 3D technology themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 list of hosts!

 

Farrin's Top 5 Most Unique 3-D Prints

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Pick 5: Saxophone

Obviously I have to start off the list with one of my passions, the Saxophone! The sax is one of the more complicated wind instruments out there in terms of mechanics and this print captures not only the look, but also the sound of the soulful instrument. 

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Pick 4: Food

3D printing isn't limited to plastic, apparently food can be designed by these awesome machines. The Sugar Lab in LA used a 3D printer to create cake toppers, while Cornell University has been experimenting with candies. Make some in your own home!s

Pick 3: Buildings

Need a place to live? Well, China built the world's tallest 3D building and Mansion, check these bad boys out!

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Pick 2: Stem Cells

Scieeeeeeeence! IFLS! So far we've touched on music, food, and architecture, but what about the human body? Well, science now has a hold of 3D Printing and can create Stem Cells, say what?!?

Pick 1: Bald Eagle Beak

With all the crazies out there, sometimes we need to remember the awesome people in the world. Poachers decided to be the worst kind of dung and shot a Bald Eagle's Beak off. Well, a group of fantastic individuals remedied this situation by creating a 3D printed beak! This almost made me tear up in joy!

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Drew's Top 5 Popular Game Engines

Pick 5: RAGE Engine

If you've played most anything by Rockstar (Grand Theft Auto & Red Dead Redemption are some of my personal favorites) then you've seen this game engine in action.

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Pick 4: Source Engine

Ah, Valve. The list of hits that have been made using Valve's Source Engine is ongoing. If you've ever played Half-Life 2, Portal, or Titanfall, then you've seen the greatness this game engine possesses.

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Pick 3: Creation Engine

Let's face it, we've all played Skyrim, and we loved it. Bethesda's use of this engine lends itself to having beautiful worlds, and it is very open and easy for users to create mods and games themselves. 

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Pick 2: Unity

My first introduction to this game engine was through the game "Firewatch" (which you should absolutely check out, by the way). It's hailed as one of the most graphically impressive and controllable game engines on the market.

Pick 1: Unreal Engine

Indisputably the most widely-used game engine on the market today. Loads of AAA titles have been developed using this engine, such as Gears of War and Mass Effect, and I'm sure there are many more on the way.

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Nathan's Top 5 Inventions I Didn't Know I Needed

Pick 5: modobag

One of the worst parts of travel is lugging a big ol carry-on bag in between connecting flights. What better way to solve that dilemma than turning that piece of luggage into a motorized vehicle?

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Pick 4: Baby Mop Outfit

As soon as a baby starts crawling the moving never stops. Might as well as strap the little one in this outfit and get some cleaning done.

Pick 3: AB Enhancer

Going to the gym sucks so I'm for any device that helps bridge the gap to looking like Brad Pitt from "Fight Club".

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Pick 2: Gas Powered Roller Skates

Full disclosure: I never learned to roller skate. Maybe if I didn't have to do any of the actual work myself I could finally do it. That or I'd fall to my death. Who knows?

Pick 1: horn cannon

What if all war could be ended on who could be the most annoying? Okay the device is actually used to locate threats in the sky, however, one could dream...

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Historical Reenactments and Carlton Lassitor

Detective Carlton Lassitor, AKA Lassie, from the Santa Barbara Police Department lives a life of entertainment and confusion.

If you don’t have any idea who I’m talking about, take yourself back to the USA show ‘PSYCH’ Also known as the world’s greatest psychic detective show ever.

What I know about historical reenactments have come from a fictional TV show. There were talks about them in high school, but I’ve never seen one in person.

My dad is a big history guy. He loves watching anything on the history channel, and he always is watching some show about a war, or historical period. When I lived with him, which I did until I was almost 30 (don’t judge me) we would usually watch some TV together, when I wasn’t working, at the gym, or seeing friends before I left the state. We would watch these reenactments of war, and for me they would just be something to pass the time. For my dad, it was entertainment.

It was entertainment for me when my favorite show had reenactments as a story arc, and Psych Did It perfectly. Murder, fake psychic detectives, and a whole bunch of historical actors combined and you have a masterpiece.

This is one of my favorite episodes of the show for many reasons, which include Shawn “glamping” and Gus dressed up to look as if he’s running the marching band, but it’s mainly the passion and dedication that these actors have for their parts.

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Reenactments are a big production, everything must be as authentic as possible, and to do so they go without a lot. The time that it takes to set everything up alone must be insane. Gathering the things you need, making those you can’t find. It’s a huge, time consuming hobby. But a super interesting one.

If you have the time, I’d watch the episode Weekend Warriors of Psych, you won’t regret it. Also, give a shout out to the man himself, Brandon Vigliarolo and I’m sure he will let you know what’s up!

DQYD Top 5: History & Acting

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Brandon Vigliarolo. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Brandon is a historic reenactor at Locust Grove in Louisville, KY, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based on historic & acting themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 list of hosts!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Favorite Underdogs

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Pick 5: Daniel Bryan

I'm allowed to insert one pick that is insanely impacted by my love of professional wrestling. Daniel Bryan isn't even 5'9. He's not good looking. He's not particularly athletic. He scored a zero in motivation on a High School personality test. Yet with all of this he still pursued his dreams and became the most popular professional wrestler in well over a decade. 

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Pick 4: Scotland in "The Battle of Stirling Bridge"

Okay so this battle is "kind of" found in Braveheart. No William Wallace wasn't wearing a fake as hell looking wig, no the Scots weren't wearing sweet ass kilts but they were outnumbered 10,000 to 2,000 and did a hell of a job scrapping. Ultimately losing the fight, they successfully butchered 5,000 Englishmen and even made "underwear" out of some of their skin...yikes

Pick 3: Buster "Motherfucking" Douglas

Mike Tyson in the 90's was a whirlwind of KOs, tenacity and lispy threats. No one in their right mind would've predicted Buster was going to not only beat Tyson but knock him almost unconscious. 

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Pick 2: Theodore Roosevelt

As governor, police commissioner, vice president and eventually president he did everything in his power to tell the corrupt business world led by Rockefeller and JP Morgan to go fuck itself. Always against the side with money (and would be assassins), Teddy always managed to sneak out ahead.

Pick 1: Frida Kahlo

Polio and car accidents be damned! One of the essential artists of the 20th century, Frida overcame so many odds to pursue her passion. Her surrealist style is often intimidated even today.

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Farrin's Top 5 Character Actors

Pick 5: Mary Steenburgen

One of the greatest moms on TV, Mary Steenburgen dominates the screen as the quirky MILM (Mom I'd like to Meet, keep it clean guys!) that we all love. From Step-Brothers to 30 Rock, she nails the maternal image. 

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Pick 4: Michael K Williams

Oooomar! Man, when I discovered HBO's the Wire, I was blown away by the fear Michael K Williams spread to downtown B'More. Flash forward to the 2010's, and Chalky Whites coolness in Boardwalk Empire made me think, "This dude has got it!"

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Pick 3: Sam Elliot

The Stranger (no, not what you're thinking), the mustache, the Western gent with the 10 Gallon Hat, Sam Elliot oozes with the musk of the dusty Wild Wild West..."We're going straight, to, the Wild Wild West..."

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Pick 2: John Goodman

The man with the deep baritone pipes, John Goodman always plays the Big Man with a nice mixture of funny and fury i.e. Walter from Big Lebowski. "Do you see what happens, do you see what happens when you Find a stranger in the Alps?!?!" Thanks TBS "made for TV" edit...

Pick 1: Steve Buscemi

Well, after seeing my previous picks in the list, there's almost always one common denominator, the degree of Kevin Bacon that reaches Steve Buscemi! Quite frequently played as an odd ball side/main character, Steve has the skill to keep you interested in anything that he's in.

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Drew's Top 5 Movie/TV Period Settings

Pick 5: sPAce age

There's no shortage of movies and shows set in space. There's good and bad spread pretty evenly across the landscape, but the older iterations of these movies typically had the underlying question of "What's out there?" with some of the films going so far as to speculate/create beings and places. If you're looking for interesting theories, or just some good old man v puppet monster, this genre might be the thing for you.

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Pick 4: Old West

There's something about the movies and shows set in this time period that I just love. I don't know if it's the gritty feel of it, the over the top characters, or the sheer amount of violence that you can expect the hero to dole out on the local gangs that cross his path (and he will dole out copious amounts of violence),  but the culmination of it all is something that I will be glued to for the entire duration. 

Pick 3: ancient rome

Somewhat akin to the Middle Ages, the stories usually involve a lot of war and violence. The most iconic probably centering around the gladiator battles. I'll admit that I'm mostly partial to the gladiator-focused stories in these films and shows.

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Pick 2: Middle ages

There are a few distinct eras that most just lump all under one umbrella, but I'm not here to nitpick. It's the time of castles and kings. Brave knights and fair maidens. Easily one of the most romanticized time periods in entertainment, but also one of the most enjoyable. Epic battles for conquest, or journeys for justice or redemption... You can really find it all right here.

Pick 1: world war ii

Probably the most popular time period for any filmmakers or video games in the recent years. I feel like there's a new WWII movie every few years or so. Not saying that I dislike most of them, by any means. There are so many stories to be told from that time, I'm not sure we'll ever hear them all.

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Yes She Can

Amanda Bynes can play soccer, now. She had to learn the sort when she made her movie “She’s the Man”, an awesome teen rom-com about a girl who pretends to be her brother so she can play soccer on the college soccer team.

Keira Knightley also had some mad soccer skills, after having to play a soccer player in the awesome indie hit, “Bend it like Beckham”
Serious coaching and time went into training for these movies. These ladies had to be taught from almost no athletic background to be believable on screen athletes. That doesn’t happen overnight. Months of intense training camps, like those an everyday athlete goes through, on top of learning lines, rehearsals, remembering marks, etc. I can only imagine the amount of strain and pressure that goes onto an actor when you not only have to learn a role, but also a brand-new hobby going along with it.

I talk about the women in these roles because for me, as a woman, it is uplifting and inspiring to know that you can be a normal, every day lady and be turned into something different. Obviously, I’m not going to turn into a star soccer player, and nor do I want to, but the fact that for movie roles this is capability.

I’ve been dragged to soccer games for many years. Being the sister of an athletic trainer (Go Loggers!) I often would go when either the team was in town, or I was visiting so I could see my sister work, or hopefully not work. For those of you who don’t know, athletic trainers are the heroes on the sidelines. Someone gets hurt, the AT runs out to help. The tape ankles, get ice bags, give you water, they basically are your life line. I haven’t seen my sister “work” many times in the way of having to help someone who gets hurt. I will say that, it is nice to have my personal AT at all times.

Soccer will always be that sport that gets people amped, and one that hopefully keeps portraying super awesome kick ass women.

DQYD Top 5: Sports & Music

This week's "DQYD Top 5" is inspired by our guest, Kurt Johnson. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Kurt is a soccer fan/player and a musician, so we set out to make our top 5 lists of our favorite sports or music related items. 

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 list of wedding favorites!

 

Drew's Top 5 Sports Rituals & Superstitions

We've all heard of the habits that athletes and/or fans employ on game days. Some of them are... strange, to say the least, but hey, whatever helps you feel more confident. Without further ado, my top 5.

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Pick 5: Not Doing Laundry

This one is by far the grossest. However, there are plenty of athletes who insist on never washing their undershirt, socks, underwear, hat, etc. because they believe it will bring them good luck. 

I'm sure their significant others love this one.

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Pick 4: Playoff Beard

This one's something that we're probably all familiar with. During the playoff season, teams (and fans) stop shaving until their team has either been eliminated, or won.

While it may have originated in hockey, it quickly spread to other sports.

Pick 3: Lucky Charms

Some athletes carry trinkets, or good luck charms while playing. They take many forms (necklace, special shoe laces, or even the traditional 4 leaf clover) but the idea is all the same.

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Also avoid this, if possible...

Also avoid this, if possible...

Pick 2: Don't Mention the No-Hitter

When a pitcher is throwing a perfect game, the general rules are: 1. Don't you dare bring it up. 2. Stay the hell out of the pitcher's way. Do it sometime, and just see how people react.

Pick 1: Re-Creating

The superstitions don't just stop at the players themselves. We've all heard the jokes/stories of the person that swears that wearing the same jersey, drinking the same drink, eating the same snacks, or sitting in the same spot as when their favorite team won last will undoubtedly get their chosen team to victory again.

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Farrin's Top 5 Own Goals

Everyone loves scoring a goal. The feeling you get when the back of the net bulges and your teammates and supporters explode with glee, simply put, it's amazing! That is, of course, if it goes in the right goal. Embarrassment, deflation, ridicule...you'll probably experience that if you are the cause of the unfortunate Own Goal.

Here's my list of worst own goals:

Pick 5: Aston Villa's Horror Throw-In

According to FIFA's rules, you can't score with a throw in to your, or your opponents net, unless someone touches it first. Poor Peter Enckelman...

Pick 4: Inter Milan vs Chelsea Friendly

A few years ago I saw these two teams play in Indianapolis and it was an enjoyable match. Too bad I didn't see this years preseason match with this would-have-been-fantastic-goal-if-it-had-been-an-attacker-shooting blaster

Pick 3: U-17 Spain vs U-17 Portugal

Ah, the youth...so much energy, so much passion, so much desire...so much....embarrassment. After a 4-0 trouncing by the young Spanish team, Portugal's lasses have one last goal to give...

 

Pick 2: Minnesota vs Bournemout

I like the MLS...but guys...how does this even happen??? This friendly with the English side Bournemouth should have been an entertaining fixture, but who knew it would be a comedy? Just watch this one and be amazed

Pick 1: Adrien Gulfo Bicycle Kick

Ok, this one is just flat out spectacular! The skill it takes to score from a bicycle kick is an incredible feat, but to score an own goal, at this angle with one...Hot Top 10 and Not Top 10 on SportsCenter (at least I hope it was on both list)

 

Nathan's Top 5 Musician Athletes

Pick 5: Bernie Williams

Spending an entire career in the outfield can allow for a whole lot of time to think. Maybe that's why Bernie has come up with all kinds of smooth jazz licks.

Pick 4: Deion Sanders

Primetime encapsulates the 80's in a way very few can manage. Often known as a double threat with Baseball and Football it's no wonder people remember him for that and not his...talk singing.

Pick 3: Macho Man

Holy shit. The fact there is a whole album and not just a hastily made single of rap from Mr. Slim Jim himself is proof you can do anything with enough drive (and possibly cocaine). I may or may not have listened to this album all the way through more than once.

Pick 2: Manny Pacquiao

Manny sounds like if your drunken slightly musically inclined friend could afford auto-tune and a nice studio. With that said I would never tell that to him face to face.

Pick 1: Shaquille O'Neil

I mean come on. The dude did the entire soundtrack to Kazaam. I'm not convinced the movie actually wasn't a 90 minute music video. Either way, we all had a Shaq attack in the mid 90's.

 

Inviting Love In

Do you realize how expensive wedding invitations can be? It is ridiculous how the pennies can and up for some cardstock and design.

If you think about it, this is such an amazing business plan. People get married every day. There is a guarantee that weddings will happen. You will always have work to do.

As someone who is getting married next month, I have been really into wedding invitations as of late. I am one of those lucky people who has a super talented friend who made not only my save the dates (they were coasters, and glorious) but she is also doing my invites.

Caitlin was my best friend in high school and has been a huge part of my life in the 10 plus years since. We shared a love of Shia Lebeouf, Justin Timberlake, and all the Disney channel original movies. We instantly were BFFS with our love of pop music and boy crazy brains. She is one of the coolest people I know, and the most selfless. Not too get off on too much of a rant, but she is married to a pretty rad dude (they have a band, Feral Anthem, look them up) and he came with two boys. Somewhere along the lines, they ended up with a little girl as well. Caitlin did all of this with a smile on her face. Yes, she freaked out. She has had her step mom woes, and she has shed tears, but isn’t even tell you how strong this girl is.

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She offered to do my save the dates, and my invites because she wanted to. To say that my tastes are nontraditional is an understatement, and Caitlin gets that. She also can throw things my way, and 99% of the time I love them. That’s why this was so easy. My brewery wedding has brewery themed invitations and I cannot be happier.

The reason I broke into this whole story is because it’s not that easy for some women. Not everyone has super amazing talented friends who will do their invites for beer and pizza. ( I still owe you Caitlin, and don’t think I won’t pay)

When it comes to weddings in general, people spend tons of money for one day out of their lives to celebrate love. My dream wedding growing up? Getting married in a graveyard on Halloween, walking down the aisle to ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper” Since my mate isn’t as obsessed with Halloween as I am, that isn’t happening. October 31st is a Tuesday, so that wouldn’t work. We are getting married at a brewery, our first date was at a brewery, we finished the “Ale Trail” 12 breweries, in 3 days together, and I honestly just love beer.

I’m getting married, I’m scattered. Do you think I want to sweat the small stuff? No.

My advice for the next bride to be is this, don’t over think it, don’t go over your budget. If you don’t need it, don’t get it.

Also, the day is about you but also your other half, don’t forget about them. Yes, Drew, I’m talking about you.

DQYD Top 5: Weddings

Last week's initiation of "DQYD Top 5" was more fun to make than I think any of us anticipated, so we've decided to keep the trend going!

This week's "DQYD Top 5" is inspired by our guest, Bailey Rideout. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Bailey is a graphic designer/wedding stationary artist (see her website here), so we set out to make our top 5 lists of our favorite wedding related items. 

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 list of wedding favorites!

 

Farrin's Top 5 Bachelor/Bachelorette Party Do's & Don'ts

It's wedding season part 2 (look it up, fall is where it's at for weddings)! Before the pomp and flair of a couples Big Day, there's plenty of things that need to get done behind the scenes. During all of the planning, booking, tasting, and reserving, couples deserve a bit of a break. That's where my top 5 list takes us, Top 5 dos and don'ts for Bachelor and Bachelorette parties!

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Pick 5: Do something awesome with your friends!

Get together with your buds for some awesome times, be it a baseball game, a painting class, going to a concert, or just a board game night, your friends are going to take your mind off of the stress of planning a wedding.

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Pick 4: Don't hire "People of Ill Repute"

...keep it clean if you know what I mean. A hooker is probably not your best bet for a good time no matter what the graffiti on the bathroom stall says. For a good time, call an Uber or Lyft to your favorite place instead of the partially legible name on the stall door.

Pick 3: Do get the crew to treat the Boo

It's their day/night so make sure they don't have to spend a dime (unless...that's their wish or something?).

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Also avoid this, if possible...

Also avoid this, if possible...

Pick 2: Don't get injured...or injure someone.

We've seen the movies, The Hangover, Rough Night, Girls Trip. Sure, it makes for a great story, but maybe not a great photo on the wedding day. 

Pick 1: Do have the best time you can have in 12-72 hours!

That's it! All there is to say on the matter!

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Nathan's Top 5 Theme Weddings

Pick 5: Transformers

Nothing says “I love you” more than letting your soon to be life partner dress up like an 80’s cartoon character that turns into a semi on your big day. I feel like there could be some potential with a transforming cake or at the very least…having a cool car take you away at the end so you can have a good cry.

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Pick 4: Power Rangers

Combining with a friend to create something stronger than what you were before can be symbolic to what a marriage stands for…is what I would say if I was trying to convince my fiancé to let my best friends and I dress up like space ninjas on our wedding day.

Pick 3: Mortal Kombat

The first video game I ever played with my wife was Mortal Kombat and we have been trying to best each other in games ever since. Fighting will happen in every relationship so why not start the big day celebrating virtualy ripping each others head off?

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Pick 2: Game of Thrones

Soooo weddings may not be the show’s strong point, however you shouldn’t let that stop you from calling eachother “My moon and stars” for the day. Bonus points if you’re marrying your brother/sister/aunt/nephew!

Pick 1: Bioshock

There is something eerily romantic about the destroyed underwater city of Atlas. There’s smooth jazz, fine art, a serene background. Just remember to drop any potential slicers from the guest list. Also this may be your best chance to get your bride to be to call you “Big Daddy”!

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Drew's Top 5 Wedding Songs

With my wedding day fast approaching, and most of the hard stuff already taken care of, wedding songs have definitely been on my mind. So naturally, my list will reflect that.

Pick 5: Cake - Love You Madly

Traditional? Maybe not, but a good one nonetheless. Not to mention it's catchy. Or it may just be me... I can't speak for everyone, but Cake is a band that I've loved since the 90s, and this song will definitely be on my wedding playlist. (hint hint, Devon)

Pick 4: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough

If this song doesn't scream love, I don't know what does. 
A song about doing literally anything for your significant other. No obstacles will stand in your way. An oldie, and definitely a goodie.

Pick 3: Maroon 5 - Sugar

I mean... even the music video of the song has weddings in it. The lyrics " I don't wanna be needing your love" strike home with me especially, as (some of you may know already) the first few years of my relationship were spent long-distance. 
Long distance is hard, but it can work. Dev and I are living proof of that, if there ever was any.

Pick 2: Etta James - At Last

I'll be honest, this song was immediately in my head when I thought about making this list. 
Everyone's heard it, even if you don't notice it from the name alone. It's iconic. It's the epitome of  what a "wedding song" would be.

Pick 1: Ed Sheeran - Tenerife Sea

I know there may be "better" songs out there, but really, this one is for my bride-to-be, Devon. 
She is a huge fan of Ed Sheeran, and frankly, I like the guy too. It's a great first dance song for the big day.

 

Host With The Most

Have you ever wanted to host your own game show?

What about talk show?

Are you more an Oprah Winfrey or a Chuck Woolery?

Whether you are on TV, radio, YouTube, podcasts, or anything in between you are the face (or voice), and that is important.

Jimmy Fallon started his career as a cast mate on SNL. He quickly gained popularity and rose to the top. With his impressions, singing, and super adorable face he won the public over. No wonder they gave him a late-night talk show. Did you know that before he was on the tonight show he had a wonderfully awesome CD called ‘The Bathroom Wall” which was a combination of his standup, and some songs he wrote and performed including “idiot boyfriend”?

These days he is one of the most popular people on TV, from his late-night TV show to his friendship with Justin Timberlake, J Fallon can do no wrong. Except maybe paling around with Donald Trump that one time, but I digress.

Being a host can be intimidating. Even if it’s just of a party. You must entertain, talk, be present. Easy for the extrovert, not so much for the introvert.  It takes a super special person to put themselves out there, even if you can’t be seen.

I’ve talked about one of my most favorite people in the world before, Melissa Brooks. Or if you knew her from her 106.1 days, Melissa Awesome. She hosts at WKDQ, and she is seriously born to be a disc jockey. There is nothing else I can see, or hear her doing. She has the personality that makes you want to listen to her, she makes you laugh, and you feel like you know her even if you are a million miles away (or across the country, in my case) I am lucky to be real life friends with her, and if you are not, you should be. She’s even flying to Washington State next month to be in my wedding. Be jealous.

Whether you are big town, or small potatoes hosting Good Morning America, or Pig Races, you make an impact. People know and remember your name. Someone has thanked you today.

Let’s all step out of our comfort zone, and host. Dinners, games, podcasts.

Take a step.

DQYD Top 5: Hosts

This week, we're trying out something a little different. Don't worry, we're still going to have our article on Fridays, but we've also been kicking around making a "Top 5" list pertaining to the hobby or passion of our week's guest. 

Our first installation of "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by this week's guest, Gretchen Irons. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Gretchen is the host of “The Best Day Ever”, so we set out to make our top 5 lists of our favorite hosts from television (which was no small task).

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 list of hosts!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Game Show Hosts

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Pick 5: Summer Sanders

My first entry on the top five list should be a pretty good indicator on just how millennial my picks will be. Oh be still my heart. Former olympic gold medalist, Summer Sanders dove head first into the world of entertainment by hosting a show based on guessing hidden talents and covering people with green slime (Ive always been curious on how it tastes). Her bad self gets extra points for keeping a straight face while featuring things such as: "the kid with the longest rat tail". 

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Pick 4: Ben Stein

I remember initially being pissed when this show came on as it normally split up a block of South Park episodes however Ben Stein's dry wit quickly won me over. Now knowing better, I was convinced this poor dude was being forced to give his savings over to undeserving contestants. It's the only time I've watched a game show hoping the guests would get every question wrong.

Pick 3: Louie Anderson

I'll be the first to admit most of my love for Louie comes from his animated Fox show and stand up. Family Feud is the Cards of Humanity of game shows, not in vulgarity but in that the format itself soft balls in the joke for the participant. With that said, Louie was great and taking quick jabs and snide remarks that often. 

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Pick 2: Marc Summers

Fucking Marc Summers is the face to my childhood. Between "What would you Do?" and "Double Dare" he was the calm host that narrated it all. Now knowing he is an extreme neat freak and germophobe makes watching him avoid both slime and shaking children's hands even funnier.

Pick 1: Bob Barker

Bob Barker might as well have been my babysitter any time I stayed home sick from school. In my opinion he was the perfect host. Dressed well, looked the part and spoke so well even winning a coffee maker sounded exciting.

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Drew's Top 5 Food Show Hosts

Pick 5: Brothers Green

This one is kind of cheating, as it's a 2-in-1, but Josh and Mike Greenfield make up the Brothers Green. 
Having no official culinary training, the brothers grew to fall in love with cooking at a young age. It seemed to have paid off in the end, because these two know how to make some seriously good looking eats. 
Their approach on cooking isn't the most typical, but it's definitely practical, as they don't support following recipes to the letter, and constantly preach about stepping outside your comfort zone and experimenting with food. 

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Pick 4: Sean Evans

Another YouTube pick. My introduction to Sean Evans was through the series "Hot Ones", where Sean interviews celebrities while eating increasingly spicy chicken wings.

I will admit that YouTube's auto-play was the only reason I gave the show a chance, but I'm so glad I did. The interviews are typically very insightful and entertaining, and I can't recommend it enough.

Pick 3: Gordon Ramsay

Lets face it, if you don't know this man and his many television shows, you've been living under a rock for the past decade.

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Pick 2: Andrew Rea

This is where you truly see that I have a YouTube problem.
Andrew Rea started the show "Binging with Babish" on reddit, and it quickly spread. Being a fan of television and food, he took those two passions and created the weekly program where he takes food items from television and movies all the way from "Adventure Time" to "Game of Thrones", and recreates the dish in his apartment. 
The mix of interesting style of shooting the footage (you rarely see more than his torso), his dulcet tones, and dry sense of humor had me hooked since the day I stumbled across his videos. 
If you're a fan of tv and movies, and the foods they feature, check out his channel, and thank me later.

Pick 1: Alton Brown

"Good Eats" is probably the first non-cartoon television show that I actively looked forward to watching.

Alton consistently mixed cooking with interesting trivia revolving around the foods and cooking styles he was using in the dish, and typically served them up with a side of cringe-worthy sketches and dad jokes along the way. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to the 2017 sequel to the show.

He's also host of the more current show "Cutthroat Kitchen", where chefs/cooks go head to head in a kitchen where all of the competitors are trying to ruin the others, thanks to Alton offering up the ability to removing the ability to use utensils, or drastically cutting down an opponent's cooking time. The glee on Alton's face when he introduces particularly nasty sabotages really speaks to me on a personal level.

 

Farrin's Top 5 Location Based Hosts

I know this lists has an odd title, but you'll catch on once it gets going (think Travel/Food channel hosts). We'll start the list with perhaps a polarizing figure:

Pick 5: Guy Fieri

One part greasy, two parts loud, and another part over the top makes up the Face of the Food Network, the one and only Guy Fieri. The same words that describe Guy clue you in to what you'll get from watching Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, or visiting one of his many restaurants. But trust me, I've tried some grub from his restaurant in Louisville:

Pick 4: Adam Richman

So I know I'm encroaching on Drew's territory with another foodie pick, but Adam Richman introduced me to quite possibly my favorite sandwich on earth...Al's Italian Beef in Chicago. My eyes almost teared up just thinking about the tantalizing treat Al serves up, and I wouldn't have found it if I hadn't stumbled across Man Vs. Food. Richman gets bonus points for being an avid footy fan

Pick 3: Don WIldman

Moving away from food, we reach my 3rd pick, Don Wildman. Probably a lesser know host, but Mr. Wildman travels from coast to coast, country to county finding some of the most interesting mysteries the world has seen. Be it a night in the museum with Mysteries in the Museum or my particular bedtime favorite Monumental Mysteries, you'll probably learn something watching one of his shows. Also...that bomber jacket!

Pick 2: Anthony Bourdain

It would be silly not to include probably one of the most well known Travel TV personalities on my list, so I will duly oblige. Anthony "Silk Tongue" Bourdain (no one calls him that) makes Number 2 on my list and that's not an allusion to one of his favorite words on his TV shows. Anthony is also a chef, but I find that I'm far more interested in his choice of locations and immersing himself in the culture of the areas he visits. I might be wrong, but he might have the only show on the Travel Channel to have a TV-MA rating.

Pick 1: Mike Rowe

Bringing it all home, we'll find Mike Rowe is on the top of my list. The man gets dirty...literally in Dirty Jobs. The show pits Mike in lines of work that you most likely would not Day Dream of doing. From being a cow's rectal examiner to cleaning sewers, you're sure to be weirded out and entertained all at the same time. Fun fact, the European version of the show features one of my favorite Manchester United goalkeepers , Peter Schmeichel, as host!

 

The Motley Crew

Have you heard the one about the Buddy Holly Curse? And that Keith Richards wrote “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction?”

If you have, I think I have a podcast for you.

This week we were introduced to the Tall Tales in Music Mythology, a podcast about the different lore’s and myths surrounding our musical history.

It seems that one extremely popular way of obtaining entertainment these days is through podcasts. You can find your cup of tea, no matter the subject. It comes in handy on long road trips, in the cubicle, or if your office is your car.

My love for podcasts started from Drew, of DQYD. He has been an avid podcast listener since he drives an hour to and from work 5 days a week. He told me about Welcome to Nightvale a few years ago. I binged it on one of my many drives to Montana for work, and from then on kept looking for more things that peaked my interest. Another member of the DQYD family Alina, told me about My Favorite Murder and I’ve been obsessed ever since. We even went to the live show, sat in the front row and got VIP seats.

Podcasts are the radio shows of our generation, and they keep gaining in popularity. You are reading this article because of a podcast, and hopefully will come back to read more!

John and Big Randy are music loving, Evansville residents who have awesome lives as a musician, and a security guard who not only share their stories, but talk about mythologies and rumors that have happened in the music world. Things we may have known, and things we may not, these stories are nothing short of entertaining.

I found myself getting completely lost in this episode, to a point where I had to subscribe to their channel, and spend my gym session listening to the podcast. I found a new favorite.

This is the beauty of podcasts, one can bring you into another. They can spread the love, and open up doors you never expected to find.

Have a safe and happy labor day weekend!

Can You Hear Me?

Everyone wants to be heard.

The downside is that it can be hard to get your message out there and have people truly hear it. Be it taking a political stand, creating music, writing, painting, etc.; it can be difficult to stand out without just getting passed over. 

The thing is, getting noticed takes time, effort, and ingenuity. There’s definitely room in there for luck, but nothing beats actually putting the time in. Many of our guests know this, and are well on their way to getting their voices heard.

While we’re still somewhat small ourselves, this is the reason that we started this podcast. We wanted to give people who have a skill, hobby, job, or dream that they’re passionate about a platform to speak from that they typically wouldn’t have.  Our weekly conversations help shed light on things that we may not have known about.

It lets us into their world.

It lets us see what they're passionate about through their eyes.

It lets us walk the proverbial “mile in their shoes”.

If you have a skill or hobby that you’re passionate about, get in contact with us! 

We want to hear you.

Writer's Block

Writing is a lot harder than you think.

Pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, doesn’t matter. It is all difficult. Writing a book, comic, movie, newspaper article, even a blog post can be intimidating. Why do we do it? Well, why does one strive to do anything? They love it. We love it.

It’s hard to even consider yourself a writer at times, you never know if anyone is telling you the truth. You could be terrible at it. Nothing could make sense, and everything could just be a jumbled mess. Number one rule in writing: You will be rejected. Multiple times. Not everyone is going to like what you do and how you do it. You’ll get ten no’s before you get a yes. Thick skin is a must. You can’t be shy. You are putting your heart on the line.

Don’t get me wrong, it is never easy to hear no. Constructive criticism is useful, and welcomed, but you can’t help feeling vulnerable. Little things like spelling errors go by the way side, you are focusing on big picture. Likeability.

Did you know that being a writer is expensive? Being a starving artist is one thing, but when it comes to self-publishing any of your work, you are looking at spending a pretty penny. The lucky ones are those who get to call this their full-time gig. I say lucky, but what I really mean, is passionate. One who puts everything they have into their writing. They deserve it. Really, we all do. 

Being a writer puts you in a class all your own. You are creative in one way or another, you have the gift of word, and you certainly aren’t afraid to put yourself out there. I’ve been a ‘writer’ for years, and I have feared rejection. I started a blog, and it wasn’t until I put an extremely personal piece on there I started to feel like a writer. Even though, I do have a degree that says so. Screenwriter to be exact.

This isn’t an easy path to take, so I want to take a minute to appreciate all of you writers. Ones that are struggling, and ones that are successful. You are dedicated to your craft, no matter what happens.

 That is passion.

Keep on keeping on, and maybe one day a podcast will ask you to write for their website.

For the Love of Cake

Have you ever noticed that certain foods can really turn your day around? You are having a shitty day, you eat some chocolate and you magically feel better. It is true, food is the way to the heart. For a lot of people, that food, or group of foods rather, is that of dessert. Something to satisfy the sweet tooth. Not only that, but certain types of desserts, cakes being a huge one, are really like pieces of art. Couples pay thousands of dollars for a cake to be at their wedding that their guests are going to eat. It’s not something that is going to last forever, it will last the day. Yes, sometimes the top will be saved and eaten on the first anniversary per tradition, but still. THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

As someone who grew up in a house where wedding cakes were baked, cake scraps and icing were never hard to come by. Those became better than the cake itself. I have an appreciation for those who take the time to make these creations. My mom, who passed away in 2010, would be one of those people with many talents. She was a pastor, had at least one master’s degree, and was on her way to her second, which also meant she was in school almost until she died. She was a counselor to battered women, a writer, a teacher, a mother, had the best dreams for her kids (She was the only parent I knew who wanted me, her daughter to be a Suicide Girl) and I mostly tell stories of her being a cook. This woman could cook anything. We rarely went out to eat, and we didn’t really want to. She made the best food, ever. She took wedding cake classes in the 60s or 70s, and was planning to do that as part of her many hats. She made many, and even told me that she would make my cake if that day would ever arrive.

After talking about my mom, and the wedding cakes that she would make, it totally makes sense that people would pay thousands of dollars for a cake, right? The best memories come from food.

One of the most attractive traits in a partner is if they can cook. We tend to surround ourselves in social events that involve food and drink. We want to share the best food with the best people. Says something about how important the two are together. The idea that food brings people together, and keeps people together is a definite true statement.

Wanna know the weird part of this whole thing? I normally don’t like cake. After the overabundance of it when I was a kid, and the taste of store bought frosting from grade school birthdays, I got burnt out. In the past, few years I realized that store bought cakes, you know, the ones in the case from the grocery stores, are not good. Except Costco, because that shit is delicious. Homemade cakes are where it’s at. Cupcakes are the best thing after sliced bread, and funfetti should be a food group.

Why am I telling you this, you may be asking? You don’t know me, other than the fact that I write these articles weekly, and I have opinions. Well, this week’s podcast brought up some feels for me. The seven years that I haven’t had my mom have been shitty. I’m not going to lie. I still cry, get angry, and I still occasionally wake up thinking she’s alive.  The topic was baking, and how awesome it was for Krista, and all I thought of the whole time was my mom.

This was a good thing. I thought of stories, funny times, jokes, weird things that she said, all because of one little topic. Baking.

As weird as it is, baking sparked this in me.

I ask you this question:  What is it that sparks that feeling in you?

More Beer? Oh Dear!

This week we meet Josh Pietrowski, the Master Brewer from Turoni's. Josh is the epitome of awesome. He brews beers for one of Evansville's most staple pizza and beer places, he does a podcast about food here in the 812 (Food 812) he loves cheeseburgers, and he is the teddy bear best friend type of guy. 

Creating beer is something that I personally would love to do one day. Beer is such a huge passion of mine, and it is my job so listening to guests like this always makes me a little more school girl than usual. The way Josh talks about the hard work that goes into brewing, the hours, the sweat, the labor really should make it sound less appealing. When he gets to the flavors, tasting his own creations, seeing people's reactions to his beers- it makes it all worth it. 

Beer really has a way of making friends. Think about it. We go out for beers with friends, anytime there is a hang, a BBQ, or a pool party, beer is a constant. It's a social lubricant as well as a party maker. This is why it is known to be one of the best things in the world. Well, to some of us. 

Honestly though, Evansville is such a community of super talented humans, who seem to know one another, and love to create together. Places such as Sauced, Mo's House, Peephole, and Haynie's Corner as a whole were mentioned during the episode. Really makes you stop and think why you aren't more aware and involved about what's in this community. 

Speaking of community!

This weekend, the Haynie's Corner Open- the first annual table tennis tournament is going down. Sunday, at Sauced from 1-5:30 with an after party at MO's. 

Can't wait to see what else brews in Evansville. 

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Alternative Thinking

Grinding Daisies

Not your typical publication.

This isn’t the wholesome magazine that you would expect to find here in the bible belt. This isn’t unicorns and sugar plums, this is real life.

With the new projects and publications that are being created here in Evansville, this one is a breath of fresh air. Grinding Daisies has an alternative way of looking at life, and that is something so refreshing, and something that honestly Evansville needs.

Stories from Religion, Abortion, sobriety, and even plugs for businesses fill the pages of this edgy 'zine. Hearing from like minds that we are all messed up, and have issues is something that is nice to hear. Knowing that you aren’t the only one in town dealing with a drug problem, is way more reassuring than one would think.

This publication is right on the line of what is acceptable to be published in this town, and they even push that envelope. With the website, they are also able to print stories that some may have trouble stomaching in the actual issue.
People have stories. People have weird shit that happen to them, day after day. Reading about it really can make you realize you are not alone. You want to learn more about the certain topic or the people who write about it.

To say that this is a community outreach project would be accurate. They are pulling authors, artists, musicians, and just about whomever to create the best product that they can, and I must say they are doing an excellent job.

Launch party for issue 2 is tonight at the PG, and the issue will be available on site. Pick up a copy, read it, and become one with the awesome community that these Evansville dudes are trying to create.