Ten Most Played Songs on my iPhone

The Blood of the Cu Chulainn by Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna off A Celtic Romance

The first song on my top ten songs played on my iPhone is called The Blood of the Cu Chulainn by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna. While it’s on the album called A Celtic Romance, most would probably remember it as the theme song from Boondock Saints. This song has a sweeping melody that takes you to the rolling hills of Ireland and makes you yearn for the days of old. Or something.

Just Breathe by Pearl Jam off Backspacer

Just Breathe by Pearl Jam, off the recent album Backspacer, reminds me of Neil Diamond – but in a good way. Where most Pearl Jam songs tend to be gimmicky, this song fits nicely in it’s acoustic backdrop and wonderful lyrics. Unlike past Pearl Jam outings, this song doesn’t suck.

Flowers in December by Mazzy Star off Among My Swan

I’ve always had a soft spot for Mazzy Star. When lead singer Hope Sandoval released her solo albums I was all over it, because let’s face it, it’s still Mazzy Star. But going back to the early works of hers, Flowers in December has a melody that reminds me of Last Kiss, written by Wayne Cochran in 1961 but also well known by the cover version a few years back by Pearl Jam. Hope makes good use of her harmonica and sings the precious song as though she’s whispering it in your ear. Pretty much like every other song she does, but I digress. The album Among My Swan isn’t her best, but this song makes it a great addition.

Sing For Me (Acoustic) by Andreas Johnson off Mr. Johnson Your Room is on Fire

I’ve loved Andreas Johnson for many years now, but most people don’t know who he is. That’s mostly because he’s Swedish. Or something. From the album entitled Mr. Johnson, Your Room is on Fire, the acoustic version of Sing For Me is sweet and tender. It also uses a harmonica for parts of the melody, but Adreas’ voice is, as per usual, at center stage. He sounds like a mixture of Billy Corgan and Raine Maida (of Our Lady Peace) but he has much better control over the nasally aspect of his voice. I strongly prefer and suggest the album Liebling, but this one is just as fun.

Above the Bones by Mishka off Above the Bones

I normally don’t like reggae music at all, especially if it’s from a white dude. But this white dude, Mishka, who went to school in Canada when he wasn’t sailing with his family in the Caribbean, does a pretty good job. The song Above the Bones is at once happy and sad. One could imagine listening to it while happily going about their day, but could easily listen to the same song while in a funk. That’s not too bad of an accomplishment if you ask this white guy who couldn’t do reggae if his life depended on it. Just sayin’. 

Sister Golden Hair by America off America's Greatest Hits

Sister Golden Hair by America is the next song on the list. I honestly couldn’t tell you why I love this song so much. Maybe it’s the melody, maybe it’s the truthfulness of the lyrics… I just don’t know. But I do know that this song is fun to play on the guitar and it has a really great chord progression. The chorus sticks with you every time you listen to it and the drum beat is easily followed but just perfect for the feel of the song.

Damaged Goods by Glint off Glint - EP

The reason I love Damaged Goods by Glint so much is because it could have easily been on the Spawn movie soundtrack in the 90’s. But alas, the song was written released in 2009. It has a slight hint of Industrial music to it, as well as shades of techno and goth. But in a good way, not the “I’m gonna eat your pathetic soul because you wear clothing of color.” Or something. Damaged Goods easily sounds like it could have been co-written by Type-O-Negative. I first heard this song as the free download of iTunes and I’ve been hooked ever since. Great song to jam out to, especially if you’re feeling nostalgic for that 90’s indutrial goth type stuff.

Breaking to Touch by Jets Overhead off No Nations

When I first heard the album No Nations by Jets Overhead, the thing that stood out to me is that this is also an album that could have easily been released in the 1990’s and no one would be anymore the wiser. Breaking to Touch is by far my favorite song on the album because of it’s innocence and simplicity. It’s just a really nice song to listen to. Add that to the acoustic music and I’m hooked.

Stratherrick by Alasdair fraser off Dawn Dance

The next song is another celtic song, but unlike the previous one this one is haunting and dark. With its stoic melody, Stratherrick by Alasdair Fraser captures exactly what real Celtic/Irish music is like. This guy travels the world playing his music, and his whole album, Dawn Dance, is worth the time to listen to it. Everything from upbeat medlies to songs like Stratherrick and Theme for Scotland make this album a good listen no matter your mood.

Black Gives Way to Blue by Alice in Chains off Black Gives Way to Blue

And finally I come to the last song in the top ten songs played on my iPhone. Hardly anything in the music world hits me quite like Alice in Chains does. The titular song, Black Gives Way to Blue, is Jerry Cantrell’s last hoorah for their late lead singer, Layne Stayley, who died of an overdose in 2002. If you need a good cry over a lost friend or family member, give this song a listen. Though they hadn’t released an actual album in over a decade, Alice in Chains hired a new singer, William Duvall, to sing with them for their comeback album Black Gives Way to Blue. William may look like Lenny Kravitz, but his voice is somewhere in between the blues and Layne Stayley without sounding like he’s trying to mimick him. I. Love. This. Album. And I’ve been a strong AiC fan since their first album Facelift in the late 80’s.

So there you have it: the top ten songs listened to on my iPhone. There were a lot of other songs that came close behind these, so perhaps I’ll do a whole list at some point. Until then, suck it.


A Few of my Favorite Things

I decided that I want to write a series of posts about a few of my favorite things. I have a lot of stuff that I just like a lot, and most of it there are reasons behind why I do. Then again, there are some things that there’s not a reason at all why I like it.

The first one I would like to talk about is Dr Pepper.

I love Dr Pepper.

A lot.

I love it enough to know that there is no period after the Dr part because of an old ad campaign that the period made it look strange so they took it out. The font was italicized and it made the top portion of the “r” look wierd, and it came out looking like “Di: Pepper”.

And though the name suggests it, there is no pepper in Dr Pepper. (Coincidentally, there is also no amount of doctor in Dr Pepper. Just sayin’.) Also, contrary to popular belief there are no prunes in Dr Pepper, but one of the ingredients called Propylene Glycol is used in laxatives. Propylene Glycol is used in many things; like cosmetics, food, tooth paste, mouth wash, electronic cigarettes, and bread sticks. Yummy!

Growing up in Texas gave me access to as much Dr Pepper as I could want. Business trips from Dallas to Austin or San Antonio are always fun because I get to stop in at the Dr Pepper museum in Waco, and I always get a Dr Pepper float. Perhaps that explains the expanding waistline. Or perhaps it’s the laziness. Probably the latter.

The story of Dr Pepper is riddled with Shakespearian drama. OK, so not really. But here is the story, directly from the museum’s site.

Charles Alderton, a young pharmacist working at Morrison’s store, is believed to be the inventor of the now famous drink. Alderton spent most of his time mixing up medicine for the people of Waco, but in his spare time he liked to serve carbonated drinks at the soda fountain. He liked the way the drug store smelled, with all of the fruit syrup flavor smells mixing together in the air. He decided to create a drink that tasted like that smell. He kept a journal, and after numerous experiments he finally hit upon a mixture of fruit syrups that he liked.

Yep. It's true.

To test his new drink, he first offered it to store owner Morrison, who also found it to his liking. After repeated sample testing by the two, Alderton was ready to offer his new drink to some of the fountain customers. They liked it as well. Other patrons at Morrison’s soda fountain soon learned of Alderton’s new drink and began ordering it by asking him to shoot them a “Waco.”

Morrison is credited with naming the drink “Dr. Pepper” (the period was dropped in the 1950s). Unfortunately, the origin for the name is unclear. The Museum has collected over a dozen different stories on how the drink became known as Dr Pepper.

Dr Pepper gained such widespread consumer favor that other soda fountain operators in Waco began buying the syrup from Morrison and serving it. This soon presented a problem for Alderton and Morrison. They could no longer produce enough at their fountain to supply the demand.

Robert S. Lazenby, a young beverage chemist, had also tasted the new drink and he, too, was impressed. Alderton, the inventor, was primarily interested in pharmacy work and had no designs on the drink. He suggested that Morrison and Lazenby develop it further.

Morrison and Lazenby were impressed with the growth of Dr Pepper. In 1891, they formed a new firm, the Artesian Mfg. & Bottling Company, which later became Dr Pepper Company. Lazenby and his son-in-law, J.B. O’Hara moved the company from Waco to Dallas in 1923.

In 1904, Lazenby and O’Hara introduced Dr Pepper to almost 20 million people attending the 1904 World’s Fair Exposition in St. Louis. The exposition was the setting for more than one major product debut. Hamburgers and frankfurters were first served on buns at the exposition, and the ice cream cone was first served in large numbers.

From 1910 to 1914, Dr Pepper was identified with the slogan, “King of Beverages.” “Old Doc,” a typical country doctor character with monocle and top hat, became the Dr Pepper trademark character in the 1920s and 1930s. During that era, research was discovered proving that sugar provided energy and that the average person experiences a letdown during the normal day at 10:30a.m., 2:30p.m. and 4:30p.m. A contest was held for the creation of an ad using this new information. The winner of the ad campaign came up with the famous advertising slogan, “Drink a bite to eat at 10, 2, and 4.” Dr Pepper’s slogan in the 1950s was “the friendly Pepper-Upper,” which led the brand into the 1960s when it became associated with rock and roll music and on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand TV show.

With changing times came changing slogans. To broaden its appeal across the nation, Dr Pepper hailed itself as “the most misunderstood soft drink,” and then in the 1970s became “the most original soft drink ever in the whole wide world.” In 1977, Dr Pepper advertising was marked by the famous “Be a Pepper” campaign, followed by “Be You.” The newest slogan out today is “There’s just more to it,” which coordinates with the emphasis on the 23 fruit flavors that give Dr Pepper its unique taste.

That’s probably way more than anyone reading this ever cared to know, but there it is.

This is in my office at work.

My passion for the awesomeness has been a long endeavor. I was co-editor of my school’s yearbook one year and I secretly placed cut out pictures of Dr Pepper cans throughout the book, including one page which featured them heavily. This love affair with Dr Pepper has had its ups and downs, but the love remains. Kinda sounds a little creepy when I put it that way. But whatever; I love it.

So suck it.

I’d like to point out a few things about Dr Pepper that I think non Dr Pepper lovers don’t realize:

If I go to a restaurant and order my Dr Pepper and you don’t have it because you have Mr.Pibb; effen tell me because they ARE NOT THE SAME! I can tell! Mr. Pibb taste like it has been poured through a vat of sugar before leaving the fountain. It’s nasty.

A “Flaming Dr Pepper” actually taste more like RC Cola. For those who don’t know what a Flaming Dr Pepper is: it’s a shot of Amaretto topped with 151 rum. Then it’s set on fire. Then you drop it in half a pint of beer and chug it. It’s really good but it doesn’t taste like Dr Pepper. And I should know.

And lastly, here is an incomplete list of sodas that try to be like Dr Pepper, but inevitably fall short.

Mr. Pibb
Dr. Becker
Dr. Rocket
Doc Shasta
Dr. Smooth
Dr. Slice
Dr. Right
Dr. Fizz
Dr. Topper
Dr. Choice
Dr. Parker
Dr. Randall
Dr. Starr
Dr. Zeppa
Dr. A+
Dr. Chek
Mr. Aahh
Dr. B
Dr. Bold
Dr. Skipper
Dr. Thunder
Dr. Rush

So, as you can see there are a lot of imitators out there. Good for them, but I bet they all taste like… well… something nasty. I hope you learned something about yourself today, because I wasn’t going to teach it to you.

Handy HTML for WordPress.com Users

So it took me about an hour to figure out how to do something that I figured would have been easier than it turned out to be for me. I wanted to simply put a “Share on facebook” and “Share on Twitter” button at the end of a post, hoping that people will click them to spread my posts around the intertoobs.

Aparently it isn’t as easy as I thought it would be, but I finally got it worked out. While I was looking for a solution I noticed that I am by far not the only person trying to do this on wordpress.com. So I decided that I would share (see what I did there?) with the masses the easy way to get that done. It will require a little work on your end but it gets the job done. If there is an easier way to do this without having to have Fire Fox or something, please let me know.

You’ll need to visit a couple of sites. www.photobucket.com is one, and another is http://bit.ly/. Keep them open on separate tabs while you do this to make it easier.

Here is the code we will be using:

<a href=http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?
src=”[URL OF IMAGE TO CLICK]”></a> <a href=”http://twitter.com/home?status=%5BNAME OF BLOG POST + SHORTENED LINK]”><img

Copy the code above and paste it a couple lines after your post is finished.

First off, let’s deal with the images that people will see and click. You can easily find some on www.photobucket.com and use the direct link to the image. When you find an image you like then click on it and it will list different ways to share it. Copy the Direct Link line. I saved the facebook and Twitter images to my album there so I don’t have to worry about the images being deleted by the original owner. If that were to happen then the image would not display.

You will only be replacing the CAPS information, and you will also get rid of the brackets after replacing text. Starting from the top with the facebook sharing:

[URL YOU WANT TO SHARE] = the URL of your blog post. The URL of your post can be found below the title when you’re editing your post.
[URL OF IMAGE TO CLICK] = the direct link to the picture from photobucket being used to click on.

With the Twitter share:

[NAME OF BLOG POST + SHORTENED LINK] = The blog entry’s title followed by a space. Then shorten the URL to that entry (the same one as above in the facebook URL you want to share) by pasting the URL of it into a site like http://bit.ly/ and paste the new, shorter URL after the title. Be sure to put a space between your title and the new URL.
[URL OF IMAGE TO CLICK] = the direct link to the picture being used to click on.

Again, get rid of the [brackets] in the above info. Once you’ve done that people should see the Share on facebook or Twitter pictures and when they click it then it will take them to their respective sites to repost.

If this was helpful I humbly ask you to try out my Share buttons below to spread the word.

Business Ethics, Integrity, and Such

Hurry up and tell me where to meet for beers! I only have this much battery left on my phone!

Recently I had the pleasure of having discussions with a particular businessman from New York, and he reaffirmed my faith in business ethics, respect, integrity, and how to treat people. It’s not exactly rare, but it’s farther in between than, say, a decade ago. And I’m sure there are reasons for that.

If you think about where you were, business-wise, ten years ago and compare it to the technological advantages we have today then you will see how a paradox has been created: The closer we get through our smart phones and laptops, the further away we’ve drifted from each other in person. We now live in a world of me, me, me. Ugh.

Now, I know a lot of people and, frankly, I don’t care to see them all the time in person. Some of them just annoy me and others just smell like updog (Think on that for a moment…). I’m not suggesting that constant personal interaction is something that is 100% necessary; it’s just lacking.

That’s not, however, the point of this entry. My point is that because of the personal separation that technology creates we tend to treat people differently than we used to. At least that’s how it comes across to me. That treatment is all too important to some people, and I am one of them. I work in sales and I have certain expectations of myself when I deal with people, which is very often. I deal with peons and decision makers alike, but I treat them all the same: with respect.

When you come across a company that treats you like a human being then you remember them, don’t you? If you went into a clothing store and the counter person didn’t even look at you when you asked a question about their store, you might feel a little put out and might not go back there. Likewise, if that counter person came to you and asked you a question, like if you’re finding everything alright, then afford them the same courtesy you’d expect from them!

It really is that simple, folks.

I'm the most important person on the planet!

I used to work in the restaurant industry. I waited table, washed dishes, and managed a restaurant that was owned by an international company. I saw a lot of assholes in my time. I think that people who are assholes are drawn to restaurants- like it’s their Mecca or something. They need to go out and be a prick to as many people as they can. They feed on it. (see what I did there?) However, those experiences reinforced my belief that you take care of people and treat them with respect.

One day I was yelled at by a woman who I refused to serve alcohol to because she didn’t have her ID with her. I’m sorry, but that’s not my fault you’re too stupid to keep it in your damn wallet. If I were to be caught serving anyone without an ID then I would go to jail. Let see… serve you alcohol and possibly go to jail…. or don’t serve you alcohol and for sure don’t go to jail… tough call… . But that lady wasn’t having it from me. She yelled at me and belittled me. I returned the favor by smiling at her the whole time, which pissed her off even more. What was she going to tell my boss? That I smiled at her and she was offended? Bitch.

I have been on the flip side of that situation. I forgot my ID once and went out for a drink. The server refused to serve me and I told them that I appreciate their work ethic. Needless to say I got a strange look from them, as though they expected me to go off and put my head through a wall or something. Nope. Not this guy. Because having my ID is my responsibility and the server was just doing their job.

No, no. You need it more than me. Get rid of the leg warmers. It's 2010, lady, not 1991.

Let me explain something to you folks reading this. Be appreciative. When someone does something for you- I don’t care if it’s simply holding a door open for you- say thank you and smile. It doesn’t hurt. It won’t give you asshole cancer or anything. And if it does then I would bet it was a preexisting condition caused by being an asshole before. *asshole cancer, in itself,  is not funny*

Be courteous. Hold the door open for someone sometime. Get that grocery cart out of the stack for the old lady struggling with them. Simply smile and nod at a person as they walk past you. Be kind to your server when you go out to eat. Send thank you notes, emails, letters, or texts to those who are kind to you. Use your turn signal. Wave and smile  at a cop while driving down the street instead of slamming your breaks. Tell your significant other how beautiful they are and that you love them. Hug your kids twice as often.

It’s a bullshit world out there with a lot of bullshit people. That isn’t a free pass to join them, it is a reason to be different from them. If you work for a company that people talk about then look yourself up on the internet. Find out who’s talking about you and thank them for the compliments or use the insults as a learning experience. If you do that people will recognize your business ethics and start to tell other people about it.

And because of that, I will end this rant with a recommendation for ScanBizCards. Check out their website, and if you have an iPhone then look up their app. I wrote a full review of their app and they were kind enough to respond with kind words on my piddly little blog. Now that’s being appreciative, so I will return the respect with a lengthy and public thank you note to them.

Now, everyone go forth and be prosperous.

Ball Clubs vs. Teams

It’s been a while since I wrote about baseball, but instead of a play by play of a game I figured I’d talk a little about something that my girlfriend and I have noticed while watching the Texas Rangers play this season: The Texas Rangers are a team, while our opponents seem to be Ball Clubs. Two totally different things.

Now, I’ll be up front about the amount of baseball that I watch that has nothing to do with the Rangers- very little- but I do watch other teams play. The other day I watched a particularly depressing game between the Colorado Rockies and the Phillies. It’s kinda strange watching a National League game because I am used to American League teams, but it was interesting nonetheless.

Both teams have good players and not as good players, and they are comparable as far as records go. (Phillies are 53-46 and Rockies are 51-48 at the time of this writing) But it’s not so much about having good players or records, it is about a group of guys who genuinely seem to get on well with each other, and neither team looked like they were extremely happy to be on the field with the rest of their team. They were Ball Clubs.

The Texas Rangers have it down. Watch a Ranger game and take notice of when one gets a base hit or a double. You’ll then witness “The Claw,” a motion that hides its mysterious genesis from the media and fans alike. It looks like they are dunking a basketball and doing an “air high 5” at the dugout, but with their hand in a claw-like position.

Every time you see one of them do The Claw they smile at each other, proud that their team mates are going the distance. There are also varying degrees of The Claw, as explained by Tommy Hunter. Basically, the better the hit or RBI’s to go along with it, then the more enthusiastic the Claw motion.

Alongside The Claw is the also mysterious “Antlers.” You’ll see base runners who hustle their way around the bases or steal bases look to the dugout and give themselves antlers and smile. 

Hamilton signs for kids at a Ranger game against Houston

These kinds of antics, along with other signs and rituals, point to a group of guys who aren’t just out there for the paycheck. They’re out there together because they love the sport and the thrill of the crowd. You won’t see them shying away from young kids on the sidelines because they’re too good to sign autographs, rather you’ll see them by the first base line smiling and taking photos with kids and adults alike when they get a chance.

Now don’t take that the wrong way; I know that other teams out there are fun and exciting. I’m not suggesting that every other team in the MLB is a bunch of greedy, no good assholes who wouldn’t give a kid the time of day. I’m just saying that when you watch your favorite team, pay close attention to how well they get on with each other as team mates.

Do they high-five after winning and leave it at that?

Do they look bored?

Do they genuinely look like they’re having a good time with each other?

I think that’s one of the reason that, while the Rangers have never had a World Series, I still watch them and love them. They are not a Ball Club, they are a Team. They were that way when I was a kid. I remember going to countless games when Nolan Ryan pitched for them. Every game I’d get to shake his hand and get an autograph, something that costed $50 or so to stand in line at a convention and get from him. But he did it with a smile.

If your team is like that, I’d love to hear some stories from your ballpark. Don’t forget to share this article across the web so I can get feedback from all four corners of the great U.S. of A!

iPhone App Review – ScanBizCards

First, I would like to thank those of you who stopped by my relatively new blog for my 101 Reason to Love the 1990’s! I set new clicks records and I hope it entertained you, or at the very least, made you remember how incredibly awesome the 90’s really were.

Enough with the ass kissing, however, because it’s back to work. And today’s entry will be a review for an iPhone app that I came across and downloaded a few days ago based on curiousity (which didn’t kill my cat- yet) and intrigue.

The app I’m talking about is called ScanBizCards, which also comes in a handy Lite version for those not willing to spend the $6.99 (or 88.76 in pesos, for our amigos across the border) to have the full version that features more… well… features.

ScanBizCards is an app that will take a picture of a business card and scan it for information. Sounds simple enough, right? No. Then they complicate things up a little byletting you settle the score with any incorrect information. OK, that’s pretty cool. What else does it do?

I’mma tell ya.

After you’re done doing that it’s time to add that info into a new contact or existing contact to your iPhone address book. Sweet! Adding it really is as simple as a click of a button because it does all the work for you! Also, though a bit annoying, it will automatically make the contact person’s photo a picture of their business card. Kind of informal, but you can change that at a later time. Plus it beats meeting someone and asking to take their picture. Or worse yet, meeting a person and trying to snap a picture of them when you think they won’t notice, but then they do, and all hell breaks loose. OK, that last one was just me, but you live and you learn, right folks?

Moving right along, there are even more features to talk about. Next up is after you input that contact it will automatically ask if you’d like to send a follow up email right away, send to a friend, and in the paid version it will also ask if you’d like to find on LinkedIn. That’s all pretty cool stuff for those sales people out there that are always on the go.

Moving along still, we aren’t finished here!

After all of that there are still a couple things you can do from this app. If you hold the iPhone sideways it will go into a scroll menu of your scanned business cards, similar to the sideways flow of albums in iTunes. This is especially handy for people like me, who can’t remember anyone’s names to save their life. I can, however, remember business cards and faces, so this is a helpful thing for me.

After you find your business card you can view the picture of it and have the option to touch the card wherever it’s highlighted to perform whichever function is was that you touched. So if you touch the phone number it will ask if you wish to call that person from your phone, or email or visit their URL, etc.

ScanBizCards is a great tool for those of you who work Trade Shows and meet a lot of people, and for anyone else who tends to receive a lot of business cards. I can definitely see myself using this in my day job life, as I come across lots of people all the time.

The Lite version is handy for those who’d like to make sure that the app is what they’re looking for, but otherwise I’d actually suggest forking over the $6.99 for the full version. It’s rare that I’ll actually pay for an app, but after downloading about three other business card scanning apps I feel that this one is by far the best and has the most functionality. Not to mention it’s just cool. So suck it.

EDIT: I should point out that ScanBizCards works with iPhone 4 and 3GS. You CAN download it for your iPhone 3G, but you won’t be able to use it properly.

101 Reasons to Love the 1990′s (20-1)

So we’ve made it to the final portion of the 101 reasons to love the 1990’s! Again, this really isn’t in any particular order…

20. The Wonderbra was reintroduced in 1994, lying to every boy in junior and high school.

I'm tellin' you, Charlies are everywhere!

19. The Crow. Nuff said.

18. Meg Ryan was still human.

17. MTV still played music videos. In return, music videos didn’t cost millions upon millions of dollars to make. They were shit. And they were good.

16. Cell phones began to look like they couldn’t call in an airstrike.

15. Comet Shoemaker Levy hit Jupiter in 1994, giving a spectacle to astonomers all over the place. I only know that because I watched the science channel last week.


14. 10-10-220 commercials. If you don’t know what those are, be very, very thankful.

13. Korn’s first three albums dropped in the 1990’s, causing needless confusion between a vegetable and a gutteral rock band.

12. The Fifth Element was released in 1997. Leeloo’s full name? Leeloo Minai Lekarariba-Laminai-Tchai Ekbat De Sebat

11. Andy Dufresne taught us that if you’re going to be wrongfully imprisoned, ask Morgan Freeman for a Rita Hayworth poster.

10. Jacob Dylan proved that, while he could sing better than his dad, he couldn’t write more than two decent songs.

'Cause when a girl walks in...

9. Hip Hop took a turn for the silly in the early 90’s. Groups like Sir Mix-A-Lot and The Fresh Prince made hip hop not only fun, but anatomically educational.

8. Iconic shows in the 90’s ruled the world like Dinosaurs, Step by Step, Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Full House, News Radio, Just Shoot Me, The Kids in the Hall, MST3000, Married… With Children, Seinfeld, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Fresh Prince, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, Mad About You, Ellen, Saved by the Bell, and Roseanne. But no one can erase the memory of Blossom. So I aopologize for that show.

7. All someone had to do to become a famous rock star was grow their hair long, never wash it, and scream. Nowadays they make you put a little effort into your messy hair, but hey, talent isn’t a requirement.

Shaw, right. And monkey might fly out my butt.

6. Wayne’s World. Party on.

5. The reintroduction of the VW Beetle in the late 90’s, and it still looks dumb.

4. Counting down in 1999 everything that was going to be “the last time I __________ in this millenium.” (Followed by things like, “Man, I haven’t taken a dump since the last millenium!” Terrible.)

3. All of the movies of the 1990’s like PCU could beat up movies from the 2000’s like Van Wilder: Freshman Year any day. Except for House Party 2 and Godzilla.

2. Parachute pants: because you never know when you’ll be sucked out of an airplane without an actual parachute and you wanna live to see another horribly dressed day.

1. Rock music was actually good. After suffering through the 80’s glam crap that made everyone’s ears bleed, it was nice to have actual good music. Some of the best music to come from the rock genre were written during that time, but then, some of the worst music (I’m looking at you Bjork) also came out.

Well that’s it! Thanks for taking that trip down memory lane with me! Again, I’d love to hear some of your favorite, or worst, memories from the 1990’s. Feel free to repost on facebook or twitter…

Henry. Out.

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