I just put my apple into my peach…

Ok, we werececily-strong watching SNL the other night, and we saw the Nuvabling commercial. So very hilarious. I was reminded of the many sketches over the years, and I thought I’d bring them back for you on video. You can see Annuale by SNL and MadTV’s iPad commercial (an instant classic when Apple released the iPad).

Oh, and I’d like to point out that SNL is awesome with @cecilybecily (Cecily Strong) as part of the cast. She is freaking hilarious. Was she in every sketch I saw last night where I was laughing? I think so!

Videos after the bump. Potentially NSFW if you have the volume too high.

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This is your road trip

elizabethtownRecently, I’ve had the great pleasure of catching up to some old movies I watched a billion times. Among them being The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Say Anything, and you know the rest. Basically romantic comedy necessities. I’ve been converting a lot of them to mp3 because of a project I started so long ago where I recorded all my favorite movies onto cassette tape. It all started out with Breakfast Club really. That movie is one where you can listen to it and just picture the scene easily. Other movies not so much. But I’m experimenting.

A recent one I just converted is Elizabethtown. I know, I know, not everyone liked this movie. I admit it was probably not one of Cameron Crowe’s better hits (Jerry Maguire, Say Anything, and Almost Famous being some of his greatest). But I enjoyed it. I liked the quirkiness and annoying character of Claire (who I imagine is exactly like Kirstin Dunst), the dark and broody Drew (who I can relate to the most in this film), and even Chuck and Cindy the marrying couple because they had the same exact pens we had as favors for my wedding, which consequently was on the same exact date. (June 25th, 2005)

Anyways, you’re probably wondering what in the world all this has to do with a road trip. Well if you did watch the movie, it’s all about love and comedy and death and failure and all that, but what I took away from all that is the road trip. The road trip is something I know quite a bit about. I’ve taken quite a few. I’ve driven from the shore in New Jersey to the desert of Southern California. I’ve lived in a few cities here and there and have seen quite a bit. Elizabethtown made me get quite nostalgic about all that time spent on the road, and the great memories.

With all road trips comes great music. You almost have to have a great mix tape playing while you’re driving, but it’s ok if you’re listening to the radio too. I remember so many songs I’ve never heard before which I loved and never remembering the name of the song or the artist. They were quite vague enough to never be played where I lived, but easily could be heard in some other part of the USA where I drove. Anyways, for anyone that enjoys road trips as much as I do, you will know the feeling of driving down the road just watching the scenery pass by, not really caring where it is except to note to go back there again someday.

Honestly, I don’t know what the original point of this post was. Sometimes I get so nostalgic I get caught up in the moment of that emotion. But there isn’t much better than the feeling of being on the road and listening to great tunes. Maybe having a beer while you do it, but let’s be responsible. You can’t drink and drive. That may be the only drawback of a road trip. You can’t be on it while you’re drinking.

The new year, unemployment, and anniversaries.

2014So the new year came, and I don’t think I really realized it. Funny how that works out. It’s kinda crazy, because it’s already March. When did we get to almost a quarter of the year already? I am still in 2013. I guess it’s true that when you get older, time goes by faster. I like how my Nephrologist (kidney doctor) explained it. Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it comes out. Funny how life works like that.  Anyways, my point was that it’s 2014 already, and I just about didn’t even realize it. If I wrote many checks, I’d have to void so many of them since I’d sign it the wrong year.

For those of you not in the know, I have been unemployed for almost six months now. Looking for a job nowadays is so different from when I was looking for a job over 10 years ago. Then there are the restrictions I have for medical reasons. I’ve been working from home for so long (10 years) I don’t even know what it’s like to “go to work”. It seems like when you say you need to Telecommute for work, people think it’s because I’m lazy and don’t want to go to work. But when you have medical limitations, no one even wants to hear it. All they hear are “work from home”. They never hear the accompaniment. Perhaps that’s why I never hear from anyone. Or when I do, it’s to say, so sorry, the job is now filled.

If anyone has any leads for any web developer jobs, let me know. If you want a copy of my resume, feel free to download it at ymelrose.com. Thanks in advance. I also want to point out that I really need a job before I officially become the loser husband who doesn’t have a job. I already don’t have a job. I don’t want to be a loser too. Once I find the job, then I can go back to being the loser husband that works from home. Hehe.

So. So it’s almost a year since my dad passed away. Talk about anniversaries. This is the sad kind. In Japan, they have words for occasions such as this, but I don’t even know what the english equivalent is. That’s OK though, because I really don’t mind if there is a word for it or not. Regardless, it’s been about a year since it happened.

I want to say that everything is normal, and everything is good and everything is back to how it was before, but it isn’t, and never will be. Anyone who has lost anyone in their lives will know what I’m talking about. Unfortunately, it’s nothing new to me since I’ve lost too many people in my life. But it’s a bit different when it’s a parental unit or sibling or definitely a child.

I think that losing my dad and my job last year was probably the hardest thing to happen to me. The only thing that is keeping my life together is Meesh and my eternal optimism. Oh the prozac helps too. Hehe.

But seriously, my attitude that “everything happens for a reason” and “good things come to those who wait” and “karma’s a bitch” seem to be helping a lot. Honestly though, I better have had a hell of a prior life to have all these crazily bad things happen.

On a different and good note, it will be my 4th anniversary this year of getting a kidney replacement thanks to my awesome sister. That’s a good thing. Because it’s such a good thing, I guess maybe things might even out. I doubt it though. Losing your dad is still a pretty big sonofabitch.

Well, since this is my first post from 2014, I guess I better stop it for now and concentrate on other things like trying to find a job. Or perhaps I should work for myself. I’ve been thinking about making a company and going into my own business.

When will this shutdown end?

United_States_Capitol_-_west_frontWhen will the government shutdown end? I won’t get into a big political rant because I hate politics, but I’m just talking about common sense here. Why are they doing this to us? Does the government hate the people this much that they would make the common people go through some kind of torture, not knowing if they are going to get paid or not, or get their next dose of medication, or their next meal? Do they hate us so much? They must be comfortable in their expensive houses and eating their lavish meals. Honestly. Some people are just trying to make the best of what they have, and living paycheck to paycheck and they are too busy pouting about something they already voted for. Enough is enough already. I think Wanda Sykes said it best on Ellen when she said she would just sit them all down and make them watch Schoolhouse Rock. I think they forgot. Talk amongst yourselves now.

The New Car

20131005_161545So we got a new mini this weekend. It’s a 2013 Mini Paceman. It’s pretty sweet if you ask me. No more stepping down into the car, it’s pretty much just about right to get into. Of course, the person driving this car will be Meesh, since it’s pretty much her car, but it’s a “family” car kinda. I still have my car of course, it’s the only thing I actually own, and being paid for, it’s pretty nice to have for emergencies.

The car is pretty sweet, all wheel drive, navigation (which has to be activated still!), and a bunch of other goodies. I really love the tires. They look pretty sweet. The top is black, which isn’t what Meesh wanted, but it still looks good I think. She wanted it all to be one color. It’s got the new bright ass lights, which is nice. They do well in this Washington night time driving. Pretty nice stuff! For those of you keeping track of the color, it’s Starlight Blue. Mini and their funky color names!

My life Supernatural

supernaturalI’ve found the CW show Supernatural to be quite good to watch. I like the show. Almost everything about it is what I would do if I came up with a TV show. I really have to applaud Eric Kripke for his genius in coming up with a great show. If you haven’t seen this TV show (unimaginable but possible), it’s basically starts out as a story about two brothers who reunite after a short time apart and go on the road looking for their father who might be missing. What follows is an amazing story of magic, mayhem and suspense. I love this show!

But at the core of the show is the incredible time spent driving from location to location. It’s like the eternal road trip. That might be one reason why I love this show. I’m a bit of a road trip junkie myself. Now I’m not comparing my life to the lives of the Winchesters. I’m not out there, hunting down Wendigos or tracking a shapeshifter. No, it just seems like my life has been one big road trip. I’ve driven/ridden to almost all of the continental states. I’ve been from coast to coast (quite literally!) twice. I just love road trips.

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The search for a copy of Final Fantasy XIV

xivlogoSo, tonight, we decided to go visit Best Buy and get a game for the PC. We were looking Final Fantasy XIV, because they decided to freeze the sales of the PC digital download version of the game since everyone was buying it and making them money. Oh, but the side effect was the servers weren’t up to snuff and they had to improve them. Which they did. Now, the game is still in a freeze and you now have to go get the physical copy. Hence the trip to Best Buy.

Now, the last time I went to Best Buy, I recall them having 2 aisles of video games for PC and 1 aisle for “Productivity” Software. When we finally found some games for the PC, it consisted of basically Blizzard games, Sims 3, and a handful of other games of which no one has probably heard of on the PC. I mean there must have been about 10 feet worth of games. That’s it. Now, I understand that this is the day and age of being able to download your software via Steam or Origin, but don’t they allow you to get a physical copy of a game anymore? That section was really sad. And it’s definitely not just Best Buy. We also stopped at GameStop and sure enough. their PC Section consisted of 1 end cap. It wasn’t even close to the size at Best Buy.

wowx4-artwork-00-fullSo I guess buying a physical version of a game is pretty much dead unless you’re the Sims or Blizzard. I have to admit I haven’t bought a physical version of a PC Game in a while, but I wasn’t expecting that. So when Square Enix said you can buy the physical game, but we’re suspending sales of PC downloads, they knew they weren’t selling anymore of the games. I just wonder, how much money are they losing by doing this? They’ve pretty much lost me as a customer I think. I offered my account to play the game to Meesh, but she declined. They might have already lost 2 potential customers. But they’ll still retain enough customers to keep the game going I’m sure. They’re the mighty Square Enix after all and I’m just 1 customer who doesn’t agree with the way they’re doing stuff. I did, however, pick up a 60 day World of Warcraft pass. I know I can play that at least.

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