Sunday, April 17, 2011


Let's see it's 6:46 pm. Uhhhhh I don't know. I just finished my Design Fundamentals project and now I'm supposed to work on a research paper for English Comp due Wednesday. But there's just something inside me that's not letting me do it. I sit here typing this blog entry in an attempt to be productive. I don't feel like watching TV or playin guitar or bass. It's sooooo nice out yet I don't feel like skating or enjoying the weather. I feel like all I wanna do is nothing. Have I hit a whole new level of laziness?

Look at my cat
Why can't I live like that?
All the animals except us
Do nothing else but eat and shit

Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 30


I will start something. And stick to it for a while. Then I get really lazy. It's not only happened with this, but with my NoFX song of the day! It's not NoFX anymore I've been switching it up but it started out as NoFX. Anyways yeah, I'll stick to something and get lazy. 30 Days ovah! PEACE!

Day 29

How does your style differ from five years ago?

Physically, I changed a little. Five years ago I was 13 in the 8th grade. I used to have a shaved head, still wore glasses, and had no mustache. I still wear my Zombie Repellent and Less Than Jake shirt. They are worn OUT!

Mentally I've matured (not by much, but it's still progress). I'm not as pissed off at the world as I used to be. I'm not Mr. Punk anymore. "Taking Back Sunday sucks! Blink 182 is not punk!" I'm definitely not as shy as I used to be. I mean I'm no longer the quiet kid in the corner. And ummm yeah that's basically all that I could think of.

Day 27

Random Act of Kindness

So my band OUTTASHAPE played a our first (and last) show at the Wuzzup Cafe in Bergenfield. We play blah blah blah we go home. A week after the show I'm playin with YoMAmA. I got tired and wanted to just play with my Johnson. These are not euphemisms I have a YAMAHA bass that I covered the first A with an O and the H with an M to make YOMAMA. And Johnson is the brand name of the other bass. ANYWAY! I'm looking for it and looking for it and looking for it and then I realized, "Oh crap! I left it at the venue!" I start freaking out, calm down, and call the dude who organized the event. He said he had the bass and didn't know whose it was. I explained to him it was mine and what happened. I was later reunited with my Johnson. If it were a douche bag who saw my bass, I definitely would've never seen it again.

Day 28

Marrying/ Kids in the Future?

Yup. I think it'd be cool to have a family somewhere down the road. I'd like to marry when I'm older, maybe after 30 when I know I'm not that young and have real responsibilities. If I were to have kids, I'd prefer 2 boys. I don't know how sisters work. And I wouldn't know how to take care of a girl.


I got lazy. Incoming posts.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Day 26

My Favorite Words and Why

Words I Use A Lot

A Lottle
- A lot
"Not a little but a lottle"

Captain ____
- Add type of person at the end to give name; ex: Captain Douche Bag, Captain Idiot, Captain Radical
1) "Captain Idiot over here forgot to feed the dog!"
2) "Captain Douche Bag ate the last taco!"

Come see me!

- Fight me; I will destroy you (when in reality I would be the one to receive the beatdown)
"I'm gonna kick your ass"
"Yo come see me!"

- An expression of pain or surprise; can be paired with crap
1) "I forgot to do my homework... Dah crap!"
2) [smack!]
"Dah! ...ow..."

Douche Bag
- Mean person; Asshole McJerkman
syn: Douche
"That prank was not cool. What a douche bag."

Douche Bagish
- Not cool
"That slap across the face was very douche bagish"

- To throw your body forward 90 degrees in a horizontal direction to kick someone with both feet. Although I say it doesn't mean I can do it.
"Stop man! I'll dropkick you!"

- Very; really
"This homework is friggin hard!"

Friggin Ay!
- To express anger or frustration
"It snowed again! Friggin Ay when will it stop?!?!"

- Awesome; really great; epic
"Flea is a gnarly bassist"

- Sucky, crappy, bad, etc.
"He sucks at guitar. Everything he played was so lame."

[punctuation... kinda]
- Usually said at the end of a sentence and sometimes before.
1) "Man that movie sucked!"
2) "You know what I mean man?"

- see Gnarly
"That jump off the ledge was radical!"

Whatevers man
- I don't care
"I got 43 points higher than you on the exam! And I got a 70!"
"Whatevers man."

- I don't know what to say or don't want to say it so I'm stalling
"Does this make me look fat?"
"Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhh no it looks fine."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day 25

Who do you look up to?

I look up to a lot of people. I look up to Ian Mackaye when I'm see people getting stupid drunk. I look up to Bas Rutten when I'm in a "fighting" spirit kind of mood (whatever the hell that means). I look up to Les Claypool and Flea when I play bass. I look up to Dave Raun when I play drums. But the one person I look up to most is my brother. I mean he's the biggest influence on me. He's the one that got me into most of the bands I listen to today. And we all know how much music has influenced me. I don't mean to, but I dress like him. We once walked out of our rooms and we were both wearing black shorts and a band t-shirt. "Well the band shirts were different" Kinda. I was wearing a Rancid shirt and he was wearing an Operation Ivy shirt. Both with guitarist/ vocalist Tim Armstrong and bassist Matt Freeman. He's my Kuya. I look up to him by natural law. I got my first girlfriend 2 months ago. I'm still learning how to be a boyfriend. So I'd ask my bro anything I'm unsure with. "What did you do with ____?" "Did you get a present for ____?" "Would ____ get mad if you did this?" And he'd tell me everytime. "____ and ____ are two different people. Different people respond to different things. Stop asking and learn." To which I'd respond with a very unsure "ok." And I'd come back the next day, "So did ____ ever get mad at you for doing this?" He could tell me robbing a bank would be a good idea and I'd probably do it. What can I say I look up him. I'm the younger brother. I watched him for 18 years I'm not gonna stop now.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 24

My Day in Pictures

I eat also. But I didn't feel like posting 5-8 pictures of food for each time I grab a bite.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 23

Write a Love Letter

Dear Fender Telecaster,

Please be mine. You're one of

Dear Taco Bell

Dear My Little Windmill,

A good friend of ours recommended me to spray paint your bass. I guess since I spray painted my bass, I was a good idea to ask to do the same with yours? I remember thinking, "The job I did on mine looks terrible. Friggin baaaad. And you want me to do yours? Cool I get to spray paint something!" We haven't really spoken to each other before. The only "thing"we really had was that we were friends on Facebook. So I went on your page and asked you about the job. And from there everything just fell into place. You started coming over every Friday, ending up in the band we're in now. We started talking. Every night. We'd send each other music we loved or our favorite bands. November 30, 2010 I sent you a video of my favorite Green Day song "Paper Lanterns". And that somehow led into one of my favorite moments in my life. It's only been 2 months but it's been the gnarliest 2 months of my life. I've never been happier.

Let's grow old together. It'll be fun.


Day 22

A Moment You Felt The Most Satisfied With Your Life

I can't really think of a specific moment where I was felt "the most satisfied" with my life. To be honest I haven't really done any "big" or prestigious accomplishments. I mean I graduated high school. But you're supposed to so that doesn't even come to mind when I have to think of accomplishments in my life. I think about the 1 lb burger and fries I devoured at Fudd Ruckers a couple times. Or the skateboard I made. But those aren't really "big" as to graduating college, or high school with honors. It doesn't match up to that or even writing a book. So there's no specific "moment" where I felt the most satisfied.

I can say that as of right now, I feel the most satisfied with my life. I've hit this point in my life where I realized life is good. I'm not tryin to sound like I hated life previously, it's just there's nothing (in my life at least) that I should be pissed off or upset about. It all started out my senior year of high school. Nothing was going wrong. My life was just ok. I mean I wasn't rich or anything crazy. I went to school, saw my awesome friends, went home to a great family, and played guitar. I thought man, "This is the life." I kinda just had this, this, epiphany if you will, that there's nothing to complain about. Things could be so bad but it's not. I wake up with a roof over my head in the morning. I come home to a meal on the table at night. Why would anybody complain about that? It's so stupid. What is there to be upset about?

Don't get me wrong, in the course since the beginning of my senior year (about a year and a half), there have been some hardships. My mom got laid off from her job. My dad had his 2nd... 3rd? stroke. My uncle is diagnosed with cancer. And my house goes under foreclosure. But things could've been worse. My dad or my uncle could've died. But no, they're alive and well. Instead of moving into the streets, I'm moving into my cousin's house in Clifton.

Truth is the world is gonna take giant shits on your life. Every friggin day. And you could take giant wiffs, and complain. "My life stinks!" Or you could mold it into something cool. "Yo I made a rocket-ship! ...haha i made a rocket-shit!" Can you see which one of them has more fun in life? And if you can't do anything with the crap in your life... flush it... It's shit,that's what we do with it in the bathroom after excreting it out of our bums.

I guess I'm just happy with my life. I may have strayed off topic. Let's see if I could tie it all together... By being happy and content with my life right now, I am the most satisfied I've been with my life. And every day I'll be even more satisfied learning and achieving more and all that good stuff.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 21

Favorite Movies and Why?

My Top 5 Favorite movies

Tommy Boy
This movie was a classic. Chris Farley was one of the greatest comedic actors that has ever lived. Him teamed up with David Spade worked out so well. If you wanna laugh, watch Tommy Boy.

The Big Lebowski
You gotta look up to The Dude. He's the man. He's the most zen person ever and I admire that. The greatest comeback ever was from this movie. "We're gonna fuck you up." And The Dude responds, "Yeah well, uh that's just like, your opinion man." Friggin genius.

I only saw this movie once, but it was one heck of a movie. The story was just crazy. I think out of all the movies I've seen, this is the movie I enjoyed the most.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Scott Pilgrim is a character I really relate to. Especially Scott Pilgrim in the books. I read all 6 after watching it and felt if I read before watching I would've been upset. But it was still a fun movie.

Shaun of the Dead
I love zombies. They're pretty far up there in things I love next to music and people. It was hilarious and entertaining. I think if I had one movie to call my favorite it's this one. I like this movie so much I sat someone special down to watch it. We watched it together on a big screen in my living room while we sat on the couch. It was one of my favorite nights of my life.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 20

Truth up front but gently? or Lied to spare your feelings?

Honesty is the way to go. I'd hate to be lied to. I'd rather someone tell me something horrible but true than lied to about it. But don't confuse being honest with being a dick. People seem to confuse them. "I was just being honest" No, you were being a complete Asshole McDouchebag.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day 19

Who/ What influences you?


I'll save that for day 25.



Most of my attitudes on things and philosophies were mostly molded by my music. Ska and Reggae music taught me not to hate. I don't care what religion, nationality or ethnicity you are. People are people. We're all human. Punk music taught me it's ok to be different. I was proud to be different from my peers in my high school (not that they were bad, I just don't like looking like someone else). Sublime taught me to love life. Minor Threat told me, "Yeah you don't drink or smoke? That's fine." NoFX taught me to keep the integrity of music. If I ever had a bad day I could look to my music to cheer me up. I'd watch band interviews and listen to them talk about this or that. I look up to some of these musicians. But I'll stop here and save that part for day 25.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day 18

My Deepest Fear(s)

I dislike spiders. A lot. Other than that I've never put too much thought into what I'm really afraid of. And I don't want to try to think about what I'm terrorified of (to avoid gaining another phobia).

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 17

What kind of person attracts you?

One word. Gnarly. The chick who doesn't need make-up to look good. The girl who is modest in the way she dresses instead of someone I could find in downtown Paterson. The woman who I could talk to for hours. Someone chill and easy to talk to. Yeah that's basically it. Everything else is pretty much a plus.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 16

My Life Soundtrack
These songs relate to events in my life and my personal philosophies. 15 songs, go!

1) "Story of My Life" by Social Distortion

Life goes by so fast
You only wanna do what you think is right
Close your eyes and it's passed
Story of My Life

And that is the story of my life. I'm only 18 but I feel like it was just yesterday when I was 4, chillin at home with my Grandma because I didn't go to pre-school. When I graduated high school it hit me in the face that I'm not a kid anymore. I'm not crying, "OH MY GOD I'M OLD!" It's more of, "crap dude where'd the time go? Yesterday I was eating Fruit by the Foot I pulled out of a brown paper bag for snacktime. Now today I'm eating a Fruit by the Foot in my college library waiting for class to start." As I bullet down the highway of life, I am gonna do what I think is right. Because before I know it, the chances will I look forward to will all be looked back on. And I don't want any regrets.

2) "Easy Life" by Goober Patrol

Let's make the most of the time and the place
Let's get together explore our space
Too much bureaucracy not enough TV
Do you think this could be right?

Turn up the music and turn down the phone and
Let's pretend that we're not at home
You look so uptight
How do I sleep at night?
Very well thank you good night

Turn up the music and turn down the phone now
Let's all pretend that we're not at home now
I'm just trying to live the easy life I don't understand you being so uptight

Fun's not pointless you're exploring for a reason
Everybody needs a reason to explore their dreams
Too much of everything not enough nothing
Do you think this could be right?

I'm just trying to live the easy life
Don't understand why you're so uptight
Too much worrying and not enough having fun
Do you think this could be right?

If I had to choose one song to represent me, I think this would be it. It shows my attitude on life and my personality in general.

3) "I'm Not A Punk" by The Descendents

I'm not a punk, how can I be?
Show me a way to conformity
Try to be different but it's always the same
End up playin someone else's game

I am not a punk and don't consider myself one (contrary to popular belief). I don't believe in "not conforming". I always here from hippies "BREAK THE NORMS! DON'T CONFORM!" By not conforming, you're conforming to counter-culture. Good job you just contradicted yourself. And this goes into "being free". My one hippy friend told me, something on the lines of, "Be free. Don't follow the society's norms". And I've heard that from a couple people. Following norms has nothing to do with being free. You're free when you could choose for yourself, not caring if it's a norm or not.

4) "What I Got" by Sublime

Life is too short so love the one you got
Cause you might get run over or you might get shot

True words. I love my life, when it's awesome, and even when it sucks. Don't take your life for granted.

5) "Song #1" by Fugazi

Life is what you want it to be so
Don't get tangled in trying to be free and
Don't care what the other people say

[see track 3]

6) "Angel and a Devil" by The Gadjits

So I'm gonna do my best
To kill em with kindness
So I can grow old to be good

People say spread the love but all people do is spread hate. I'm gonna live my life tryin to be the best person I could be.

7) "Start Today" by Gorilla Biscuits


I call this my theme song. I've always been like this but it really showed (for whatever reason) now in college.

8) "Know It All" by Lagwagon

It's supposed to serve as a means to expose new bands
Without prejudice, but it makes no sense
Safe harbor for the underground
'Til the alternative becomes the popular sound
The bands are good 'til they make enough cash
To eat food and get a pad
Then they're sold out and their music is cliché
Because talent's exclusive to bands without pay

This was me in high school. I was the douche bag who always put other people's music down for being "too corporate" and "sell outs". "I can't believe they went on MTV! What a bunch of sell outs!" I realize know how ridiculous that is. I still think most bands are in it for the fame and fortune and not for the music. But it's not bad (at all) to make money off of YOUR work. If you're that good, you deserve to be rewarded. These bands are musicians. They make a living from making music. I don't expect them to get a job at a McDonald's to put food on their plates. They could do that with their music.

9) "Out of Step" by Minor Threat

Don't smoke!
Don't drink!
Don't fuck!
At least I can fucking think!

Goin into high school I didn't wanna party like my peers. I didn't wanna brag about how I couldn't remember how much fun I had the other night. That actually sounds pretty friggin ironic to me. I didn't care how high someone got or how drunk or how many chicks Captain Douche Bag banged the other night. I found Minor Threat and thought, "this is me". That was my mentality at the time. I still find it annoying when people brag about that stuff. But I've cooled down from Mr. Elite about the subject. [read Day 3]

10) "I'm Like Yeah but She's All No" by Mr. T Experience

The title of the song says it all. This was basically the story of my life up until I met this gnarly chick. Which leads up to the next song.

11) "All The Small Things" by Blink 182

Keep your head still
I'll be your thrill
The night will go on
My little windmill

She's the best any man could ask for. And we'll play this song every Friday.

12) "Lazy" by NoFX

I wish I could go, so far away
Where time moves too slow, day after day
I'll wait and I'll sit and wait and watch the clouds as they go by
I have a sensation where laziness
Procrastination is what I do best

Story of my friggin life right there!

13) "Trenchtown Rock" by Bob Marley

One good thing about music
Is when it hits ya
Ya feel no pain

My life revolves around music. I play guitar, bass, and drums. I'm in bands. I'm constantly listening to music. When I'm down or worried about something, music is my medicine. It washes me from worry. Music is the reason I found that special someone. Music is what gives me most of my inspiration. I got my most of my philosophies and views on life from music. Without music I'd be a completely different person.

14) "Time Tough" by Toots and the Maytals

Can't blame the minister
and you can't blame the preacher
and you can't blame your brother
and you cannot blame your sister
Can't blame your friends
Cause today is judgement day
And that's why everyone have to pray

The narrator of song says how it's hard for him to live. Money is tight, he can't pay rent. I relate to this song in that it's a hard time for me right now. Money is tight. My house is for foreclosure. My parents are having trouble gettin a job. It's tough man. Time tough. You sings the lines above and those are true words. You can't blame people for stuff like that. Shit happens.

15) "Along the Way" by Bad Religion

Now we grow, as we show, that the morals we must know
Will be shapen and mistaken by the falls along the way
But don't forget, don't regret, to find love and happiness
Unless you're willing to be strong, when they're gone along the way

I think this song is for everyone. The whole song is about life in general. I'll see you all along the way.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

30 Day Challenge: On Hold

I've been pretty good til today (1/21/11) keeping up with the posts and what not. Today's challenge (Life Soundtrack) is gonna take a while. And it's the weekend so I don't feel like taking to time to finish typing it. I'll post that on Monday. Maybe sooner if I do find the time. Otherwise see ya Monday.

Day 15

Favorite Blogs

Favorite Websites


I don't really read up on blogs. Those are my favorite sites that I go on constantly. (Although I constantly go on facebook, I don't consider it a favorite site.)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 14

What are you most grateful for?

I'm grateful for everything in my life. I try not to take things for granted. But if there's one thing I am most grateful for, it's the people in my life. I have the best family a kid could be born into. My friends are the most loyal and best people ever. I have the gnarliest girlfriend a dude could ask for. If anything ever happens, I have my family and friends to fall on.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 13

Who are you compared to who you were three years ago? What made you change?

Three years ago I was a sophomore in High School. I was still kinda quiet and shy (I know!) Ummmm oh yeah I was Captain Straight Edge. "These guys are idiots!" I thought for every time I heard someone talk about smoking or drinking. I was Slack-King. My crown - a red mark on my forehead from falling asleep on my arm in class. I was Mr. Elite. "Punk music is the best! Taking Back Sunday is garbage!" I was very snobbish about my music. Yeah I guess that's it.

I'm not as shy I used to be. It's kinda, you don't need to be shy. If you're shy, things will be awkward. I don't want things to be awkward. I wanted to be more out there. I didn't wanna be the quiet kid who no one spoke to. I wanted to be the person who was easy to talk to.

I still don't drink or smoke. But I realized I didn't want to be one of those stereotypical douche bag straight edge kids who think they're better than everyone smackin drinks out of people's hands. That's not cool. Ian Mackaye would (is) upset about those kids. That's not what straight edge is about. It's "That's not my thing". It wasn't even purposely came up with. He made a song about not needing to get high or drunk and people just started callin themselves straight edge. If anything I'm old school straight edge. If you smoke or drink, cool man enjoy your beer and cigarette. I'll take a Pepsi.

I'm still a huge slacker. I thought that would've changed entering college. Nah man. "Well why don't you work on that?" Pfft. Cause it's easier not doing homework. Errrr.

I'm more open with my music. I could still be snobby about music. But I stopped bagging on other genres. Well ok, I make fun of country or "hardcore" screamo bands or anything with autotune, but that's only when I'm asked. Cause That's just my opinion. It doesn't mean anything at all. I will be open or willing to listen to something new. If I don't like it well at least I gave it a chance.

Yeah that's pretty much it.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 12

To Be "In Love"

This is really hard. Really really really friggin hard. I've been trying to write this blog for the past hour and a half and I came up with nothing. Everyone's got their own opinion or definition. You could mistaken yourself for being in love. I've seen it all the time. "I love him/ her." No you don't. You barely know each other. You don't even talk that much. "Fuck you, I know him/ her very well!" Yeah but do you know them personally? You could always hear about a person through other friends. You could always read about a celebrity online. But the only way to actually know a person is to talk to them. When you're in love, it's more than liking the significant others' personality or physical looks. It's not so much you "need" the significant other. But it's when the other person just makes everything in life so much better. Things could be complete utter shit in your life. But you smile, you think about the one you love and everything is just better. You imagine your significant other saying, "Everything's alright" and their words clean you from stress or worry as if you were covered in dirt in a shower. "Ya know what, I've got her/ him." And everything's alright because of that.

I don't know if I coherently or fully answered, "what it means to be in love". But that's my spiel.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Day 11

Where I'd Like To Be In 10 Years

10 years. That's a long time from now. Aight, so, I guess I'd like to be in a successful band. Not so much rich and on MTV. But playin shows, sellin records, stuff like that. And then when I'm not touring or playin shows, I'm workin for Pixar or Dreamworks (if I'm on schedule, I should've graduated college 6 years prior). I'll be helpin out create Starscream in Transformers 8 or something. 28 is young if you ask me. A lot of MMA fighters are still in their prime or kickin ass at age 32 or 35. Musicians are still rockin out even though they're dinosaurs. Maybe in 10 years I'll have my own place. That'd be pretty cool. Nothing too fancy though. I'm not a mansion type of person. Let's see what 10 years... My Lola (tagalog for grandma) will be 103! Ummmm yeah that sounds perfect for 10 years from now.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Day 10

Religious Beliefs

Jesus is up there.

I'm Catholic, but I have a lighter belief of him than most Catholics. Contrary to popular belief, I think God does have a sense of humor. If you tell a joke he will laugh. And he'll make jokes too! I mean c'mon why else was Justin Beiber born? I think of Jesus as a really cool dude. He's got the unbreakable zen.

There is an afterlife. Just because you don't believe, doesn't mean you're gonna go to hell. It's kinda like a student in class. He hates... HAAATES the teacher, doesn't agree with a word he says, constantly contradicts him, etc. But the student does all the homework and passes every test and quiz that is put in front of him. Does he pass the class? Yeah he does.

But this is just what I believe. Religion is a personal thing. You'll never find out my religion unless you ask. I believe religion should be kept to one's self. It's a personal enlightenment. I see people shove their beliefs down other people's throats and that's not cool. It's one thing to state your opinion but it's another to get annoying about it. And I'm not just talkin about better-than-everyone-else Christians. I'm talking about Atheists too. I understand these people are tryin to shove God down your throats but that does not give you the right to constantly ridicule other believers. Not all believers are annoying asso-lics or shit-stians. Not all Atheists are ass-thiest pricks. Learn to coexist guys.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Day 9

Favorite Books and Why

I don't really read much. In high school when I had to read a book I just went on Sparknotes. I would get amped up about a book. "Aw man this is gonna be sick! I heard this was crazy!" Then I'd read the first 100 pages and then would take a break. Permanently. But there are books that I have read! They're great books (I mean I actually read them - ME!) So here they are.

Scott Pilgrim Volumes 1 - 6 by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Scott Pilgrim is a 22 year old slacker who plays bass in a band. He finds this mysterious girl Ramona Flowers and goes out with her. But for Scott to be her boyfriend, he must defeat Ramona's 7 evil ex's... and break up with his current girlfriend. I love this series. It's constantly moving so you're never bored. There's a lot of action. It's good if you wanna laugh. I read the series because I loved the live action movie. But after reading the series, the movie seemed less awesome. I still liked it, but I think if I read before watching I wouldn't have let so much slide.

Lobotomy: Surviving The Ramones by Dee Dee Ramone
Lobotomy is not a Ramones band biography. It's the bass player Dee Dee Ramone's life story, written by the man himself. It starts out with him bein born in Germany. Then you'll read up to when he's explaining how he wrote the book in the Chelsea Hotel in NYC. It's an easy read (I mean Dee Dee Ramone wrote it - no offense man!) If you've seen him speak, he's ummm... he's great with words.

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks

I'm not gonna lie, I only read the guide. There are "Recorded Attacks" at the last third of the book but I only read the guide. And it was great! This is a fun read. People are all "I don't need a guide to tell me what to do in a zombie invasion". You don't. This is just a fun read. And it'll actually teach/ show you things that a lot of people would do that would fail or not work as well as you think it would. Ex: You have a chain gun or a bolt action rifle. What do you choose? You choose the bolt action. It shoots single shots forcing you to be careful and accurate with your shots. "Well with the chain gun I could just mow them down. I could aim at one angle and take out their heads." Not all people are the same height. And the ones that you knock down you gotta make sure they don't turn into crawlers that you would mistaken for a downed ghoul. The chain gun will make you trigger happy, wasting a lot of necessary ammo. And with it being louder, you'd attract more zombies from farther distances. It's a fun and easy read, I strongly recommend.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

This was a book I had to read for school. It was a short book, so I was able to finish it. I actually watched the film years prior because my brother had to read it in high school also. So I already knew what it was about. It was an interesting story about two friends, George and Lenny. They travel a lot looking for work, saving up for a farm of their own. I honestly don't know how to explain it without giving away some of the things that happen so I'm gonna stop there. It's not too long of a book, so it'll be a quick read. You'll laugh. You'll be all, "crap man that suuuuucks." It's a good book.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Day 8

Subject That Fascinates Me

Skinheads: portrayed as racist ignorant white people. They rock suspenders, short jeans, Doc Martens, army jackets, Ben Shermans, shaved heads, and tattoos such as Swastikas, 14/88, and other nazi related items. But they weren't always like that. These "people", these assholes, these ignorant bigots, they're not skinheads. They're "boneheads", a term original skinheads like to call them.

See, the skinhead was not always portrayed as annoying racist pricks you just want to curb stomp. It all came together in England. They were nice people. Some skinheads were black. They protected rude boys. Skinheads were heavily by ska and reggae. It was not about hate or a master race. It was about unity. They were apolitical. They were the working class. They knew how hard it was to live. But as time went on, the different gangs and groups of skinheads were influenced by different things, both negative and positive. Some skinheads joined forces with punks. Unfortunately other skinheads joined forces with the National Front or other white nationalist groups, and that's where we find the image of the skinhead being confused with boneheads.

One of my favorite movies is This is England. It's about a boy named Shaun who has no friends, gets picked on, kind of a loner, finds a group of people to hang out with. These people are original skinheads. They're not racist. One of them is black, a dude named Milky. The skinheads take him under their wing. An old member of their gang comes back from prison, but with a new attitude. It's a fun film, has great music, and shows influences that made the skinhead. Check it out!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day 7

Strengths and Weaknesses

- Inspiration and Dedication: if I'm inspired enough to be dedicated to something to be done, I will do it.
- DIY: Do It Yourself. I'm good at working alone. I'll take things into my own hands to get it done.
- But I still am a team player. Most of the time I serve as the middle man or negotiator compromising for everyone else in the group. I will give up my opinion to please the other members.
- High tolerance to annoying. Since I'm pretty good at annoying people, I can avoid getting annoyed with others. Or the things that annoy most people, won't affect me because I have this "skill" of ignoring something. Whatever the heck that means.

- I'm lazy. Really really really lazy. I don't get half the crap I'm supposed to do done cause I'd be too lazy to do it.
- Procrastination: I put the pro in procrastinate. I am the procrastinate king. In high school I would wait until the end of the marking period to hand in all the crap I was supposed to weeks prior. In college I do papers 6 hours before the due. It's pretty bad.
- Hunger: I get hungry really easily. I'm kind of a fat-ass. I'll just eat. If I'm hungry, I can't concentrate, and since I can't do some things when I am concentrating, when I'm not it's impossible.
- Distractions: As I said, I could barely do things when I am concentrating. When I get distracted it's all over.
- Incompetence: I can be very incompetent at times. sometimes. most times.
- Retarded: see incompetence.
- When I get discouraged, I tend to put it off until I think I can do it. Then I do come back and get discouraged again. This cycle repeats FOREVER.
- Confidence: I tend to fail things a lot which is why I lack confidence sometimes. A lot of times.
- Physicality: When things get physical I don't last very long. I get tired easily. I'm not exactly the most athletic person you'd see. When I lift, it's not bringing up 20 lb barbells to my chest. I'm lifting a 1 lb cheeseburger into my mouth.

Smile. Smile big. It's the biggest middle finger to bad. It shows that you're ok (even if you're dying inside). Because you did not show defeat. Never reveal your weakness. Don't show what pisses you off. Smile big.
- Jay

I just realized I gave away my weakness. But only 3 people are gonna read this so it's ok.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day 6

5 Girls Who Are Famous That I find Attractive

Girl Who Is Famous That I Find Attractive

She's in a couple bands. You might have seen her play live before. She's gnarly at piano, awesome at guitar and bass, has a sweet voice. Never heard?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day 5

Plans for the next 365 Days

Let's see it's January 10th. It's still the beginning of 2011. Plans for the next 365 days (in no specific order) stand as:

- Get my driver's license
- Go back to work during the summer
- Make a demo with at least one of my bands

That's all I'm putting. See, plan small things you know you can or will do so you can do all of them and then some. If you go beyond that you're happier. And you could apply that to a lot of things in life. Ex: grades: aim for a C so if you do better you're happier.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Mr. Multi-Instrumental

So I found a word, or no not really word, a phrase? A figure speech I guess, that pertains to me. I play multiple instruments; guitar, bass, and drums. I could somewhat play the piano and I know how to sing in key, but I'm bad... terrible... I suuuuuuck at it (and that's putting it nicely) so I don't normally mention vocals and piano in my arsenal. Anyways, when it comes to instruments, I am a Jack of All Trades, Master of None. It basically means I'm competent in the categories but not a master of any of it. I don't know why but I really like that title. I started out playin guitar. I was too slow so my uncle (who was teaching me) threw me on bass. "One note," he said. "Casi [tagalog for because] you're too slow in changing da chords. Bass ees mach easier por you." Which was true. And I ended up a bass player. But after a while I stopped progressing. I do the same crap over and over again cause I can't do anything crazier. So I ran back to guitar and got faster at changing chords. But I can't solo. I'm strictly a rhythm guitarist. I could do easy solos like "What Happened to You" by The Offspring or "Gangsters" by The Specials and other good stuffs. Ok so I'm not a terrible at soloing but I can't do any solos that are too crazy. I also play drums. I got a lot of beats I could do so that's cool. But don't give me 8th notes in a punk song (ex: The Ramones) I will tire out before the first chorus. So to basically wrap this all up I'm a Jack of All Trades, Master of None. I could do all of the above in a band, but don't ask me to do anything crazy!

Day 4

Favorite Quotes

"Life is too short so love the one you got
Cause you might get run over or you might get shot"
- "What I Got" by Sublime

I've followed this quote for the longest. It's pointless to walk through life all sad or pissed off about nothing. Truth is no matter how bad you think your life is, there is someone whose life is worse, whose life is actually bad. Don't take your life for granted.

"So I'm gonna do my best
to kill em with kindness
So I can grow up to be good"
- "Angel and A Devil"

I actually found this song or quote somewhat recently. Everyone hates each other nowadays. It's kinda depressing. How are we supposed to progress when we're all working against each other? We gotta help each other out. I can't go out saving people on the streets getting mugged. I can't get a homeless person food and a home to live in. I can't cure the person with cancer. But I can hold a door for someone walking into a place. If I can spare the change, I could donate a dollar to a charity or the dude playin his guitar out on the streets so he could buy his meal for the day. There's no need to be rude or mean to someone who you just met, that has never wronged you.

- Christopher Titus (and Ken Titus)

This quote has gotten me through a lot. Whenever I felt like I couldn't go any farther I'd say to myself "QUIT BEIN A WUSSY!" and I'd keep goin. Whenever I didn't have the balls to do something: "QUIT BEIN A WUSSY!" and I'd grow a pair. It's been pretty effective for me.

"Make do with what you have
Take what you could get"
- "Minor Threat" by Minor Threat

Sometimes you need to care not about what you don't have, but what you do have. Some people can't have half the crap that others have. Not everyone could afford a big screen TV. Some people can't afford a t-shirt to replace their dirty ripped up one on their back. Sometimes you just gotta be happy with what you already got. I don't think Ian meant what I said writing this. But this is the way I took it.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Day 3

Drugs and Alcohol

I went into high school with this "I don't wanna be like my peers" attitude. Every time I heard someone brag about gettin wasted the other night or talk about how high they got, I would think "I don't need that stuff to have fun". At the time I guess you could say it was my way of tryin to be "better" than them. But that's just nonsense to me now (to be "better" than someone). Unless he or she is Douche Bag McRapist Murderer, you're not better than anyone. Anyways (before I go into a completely other topic) I still stand as I don't need drugs or alcohol to have fun. But I don't consider myself as straight edge. I don't want to be labeled. And the meaning's changed. Although I would say, if anything, I'm original straight edge.
Drugs and alcohol are not bad. In moderation. Because everything is bad in excess if you think about it. Too many cheeseburgers you get high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Too much sugar gives you diabetes. Too much water you drown. See where I'm goin with this? If you have fun drinkin or gettin high, cool man. It's just not my thing. And a couple other reasons why I don't drink or smoke, is because A) everyone thinks I'm on something or drunk already. I don't feel like proving them right. B) Alcohol tastes nasty. It's a rancid drink, I don't see how people could just chug it down. and C) Imagine if I really was on something...

Friday, January 7, 2011

Day 2

Best Friend

This is kinda hard to write about. I don't like giving ranks to my friends. They're all pretty much my brothers and sisters to me. But I'll write about my closest. So I guess it won't be hard, but long (yes that's what she said). I'm not gonna use their names, because I haven't used any in other entries. So here we go. My best friends.

Best Friend A

I grew up with A. We met in kindergarten and we still talk now in college. So he's my oldest friend. We took guitar lessons together taught by my uncle. He turned into a sick guitarist, bustin out into solo and whatnot. His dad taught him drums before that so he could lay down some beats too. He's friggin smart. Really smart. He loves fishing and would drive anywhere if he wanted to. He's my oldest friend and I'm glad he's still there. In life you gotta accept the fact that some people aren't always gonna be there.

Best Friend B
B is actually a funny story. We met earlier in high school for a good 2 seconds. But me being Captain Oblivious didn't see anything of it. We started talking at the end of high school. Waaaaaay the heck towards the end. About 2 months before we graduated. Anyways we started talkin cause she worked in Rita's (an ice cream place). And me bein Captain Fatty always went to Rita's. I started seein her a lot so I ended up askin her out for some donuts after school. We ended up talkin a lot, went to prom (which we didn't even want to go to in the first place), hung out the whole summer and now she's one of my best friends. She doesn't give herself enough credit (I've told her this many times) but if you'd ask me or anyone else, she's really really really smart and works very hard. And that's actually something I admire because there's a lot of idiots out there nowadays. She's very creative and has talent that is gonna be put to good use (I mean she's goin to college for it). I could see her goin far in life.

Best Friend C
C is nuts. I don't know what I'd do without him. We actually met on facebook. We were talkin to this one girl and it turned out we both liked her (we actually just found this out recently). Anyways he adds me and sees that I skate and spray paint which is stuff that's he's into. I find out he drums. And now we jam almost every Friday. If it's nice out we'll skate. He's really good at skating. And drawing. If you're ever down C is definitely the dude to go to. He's an upbeat kid with an awesome sense of humor. We'll kick the crap out of each other or just pull stupid pranks on each other. It's always fun when he's around.

Best Friend D
D is really special to me. We were aware of each others' existence but never spoke to each other. Then one day our friend suggested me to spray paint her bass. And from there everything just fell into place. Now we talk every night. She's a full package. She's both beautiful and smart. She plays bass, guitar, piano, and she sings. That's just gnarly. She's a good pure person in general, which is hard to find today, so I'm glad to have her as a friend. And I'm lucky to be her man.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day 1

Introduction/ 15 Interesting Facts

30 days starts... now!

1) I'm physically there 100% of the time... mentally about 20%.
2) Growing up scares me. Growing old terrifies me.
3) I like to think of my life as a movie sometimes.
4) I could eat. and eat. and eat.
5) I could watch any zombie movie. good or bad. I love zombie movies.
6) I'm too stubborn accept help. If what I do sucks or is awesome, I like to have complete blame for it.
7) I am easily pleased. I was told I could eat anywhere I wanted for graduation. I picked Taco Bell.
8) I've never left the time zone. I've gone up to Toronto and down to Jacksonville, FL. Never left or right.
9) I don't drink or smoke. But I'm not straight edge.
10) I wanted to do engineering FOREVER. And then senior year I decided I wanted to do Visual Arts.
11) I've never broke a bone.
12) I'm a little Spanish. But I don't mention it because I don't think I have enough Spanish blood in me.
13) I only get full on meat. Yes that sounds bad. But I still feel hungry eating veges or pancakes or anything not dead animals.
14) If I'm dedicated or inspired enough, I will go for it.
15) I believe in the Titus Family Motto "Quit bein a wussy". Sometimes you just gotta stick it out.

The 30 Day Challenge

I'm playing Call of Duty and Millie says I should do the 30 day challenge. I said doh-kay.

1. Introduction/15 interesting facts about yourself
2. Tell us about your best friend.
3. Your views on drugs and alcohol.
4. Your favorite quotes
5. Plans for the next 365 days.
6. Give pictures of 5 girls who are famous who you find attractive.
7. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
8. Talk about a subject that fascinates you
9. Your favorite books and why
10. Your religious beliefs
11. Where you’d like to be in 10 years.
12. What do you think it means to be in love?
13. Who are you compared to who you were three years ago? What made you change?
14. What are you most grateful for?
15. Your favorite blogs
16. A list of 15 songs that represent your life's soundtrack
17. What kind of person attracts you?
18. Your deepest fear(s)
19. Who/what influences you?
20. Would you rather someone tell you the truth up front but gently, or be lied to to spare your feelings?
21. Your Favorite movies and why
22. A moment you felt the most satisfied with your life.
23. Write a love letter.
24. Use pictures to describe your day.
25. Who do/did you look up to?
26. Your Favorite words and why
27. Talk about a "random act of kindness" you encountered.
28. Do you see yourself marrying/having children in the future
29. How does your style now differ from your style five years ago?
30. Draw a conclusion about the past 30 days.