Posts Tagged ‘hobbies’

The Tupperware List

May 12, 2011

We’re all familiar with a bucket list.  That list of things you need to do before you die.  It’s a very morbid concept if you think about it for a minute.  “Before my imminent death, I must do these things to know what it really means to live.”  It’s depressing, really.

A bucket list is usually comprised of very lofty goals and there’s nothing wrong with having such a list, it’s just that they shouldn’t be crossed off spontaneously or as a last minute act of defiance against death.

Run with the bulls!  Fly a plane!  Visit the pyramids!  Swim with sharks!

I’m only 30.  I still have plenty of time and opportunity to knock out the big crazy adventures.  At this point in life my list of undone personal achievements just isn’t that urgent or dramatic.  It’s not a Bucket List of things to do before I die.  It’s more like a Tupperware List of things to do whenever I get around to them.  And, as the name implies, no real loss if I have to throw them out.

J’s Tupperware List

  • Go to an Ikea
  • Bake a pie from scratch
  • Lose 10 pounds
  • Complete all my unfinished video games (there’s about 15, going all the way back to the Game Cube)
  • Go to a circus
  • Watch Arrested Development
  • Finish the Harry Potter books
  • Get better at bowling
  • Have a pet in the city
  • Learn video editing
  • Learn a second language
  • Buy a harmonica
  • Learn to play harmonica
  • Apologize to Roomie for playing harmonica
  • Give up harmonica
  • Pick up drums instead
  • Find new roommate

I’ll be sure to cross these off if any of them happen.  And feel free to share your Tupperware Lists too!

– J

Weekend Music

January 15, 2010

Hi there!

Couple of good musical opportunities for your 3 day weekend if you’re in NYC. 

First up, Sunday night Jason Webley is doing a show at Parkside Lounge.  This will be my 4th time seeing him live and I’ve never left dissapointed.

And then on Monday night Walking Upright plays The Bitter End.  These guys are a lot of fun.  They’re debuting a new album so I’m looking forward to a some new songs and some special guests.

I do so enjoy good live music.

– J

Joe Perry Project

November 1, 2009

And now I have added General Admission tickets to The Joe Perry Project to the remainder of my 2009 live musical list.

For those that don’t rock know, Joe Perry is the lead guitarist for Aerosmith.  In his down time he plays gigs with his band, The Joe Perry Project.  Getting within 10 feet of any member of Aerosmith is kind of an ongoing dream of mine, so this is what some might refer to as A Big Deal.

If you reside in the New York, Tri-State area and wish to see your local J squealing like a little girl during every solo, tickets are 40 bucks if you buy now.  I’ll be the guy down front having a conniption fit during Mercy.

– J


October 27, 2009

October has been pretty crazy (hence the lack of posting), but we are officially in the homestretch of Countdown.  That being the case, let’s talk about something else!

I had a very musical weekend.  Friday night, I saw my friend Jessica play an unplugged set with her band Walking Upright at Waltz, a hip little coffee shop in my neighborhood.  They put on a great show, as always.  They play regularly all over NYC, so check them out if you get a chance.

Saturday night I saw Zac Brown Band at Terminal 5.  It’s a great venue and we were right on the rail about 10 feet from the stage.  They’re touring with 3 other artists and I gained a lot of respect ZBB because they played with their opening acts, really supporting their music.  One of the them was from Tyler, Tx where I lived for a few years.  The show was about 3 1/2 hours and one of the best I’ve seen in a while. 

And on Sunday, I went to Video Games Live at the Beacon Theatre with the one and only Jon Decker.  VGL is kind of like Trans-Siberian Orchestra, only they play music from video games instead of classical music.  Aside from the full orchestra, the show also featured Youtube favorites Martin Leung (I’m pretty sure he’s a robot) and Flute Link

It made for a full weekend, but it was all great.  Music has always been very important to me and seeing it live just blows my mind.  Coming up in the next 2 months is Metallica, Luke Bryan and Cross Canadian Ragweed.  When no one was looking, country artists started playing in NYC!!  Woot!

We now return you to your semi-regular, not quite bi-weekly posting schedule.

– J


September 28, 2009

About a month ago Sony announced the long awaited price drop on the Playstation 3.  Along with the price drop on the original model, they also released the PS3 Slim which is smaller, just as fast and 120G.  A vast improvement over the bulkier 80G.  So, once again, I did my part to help stimulate the economy by purchasing expensive electronics.  Seriously, the things I do for my country.  I deserve a medal or something.

From the perspective of someone who’s only been playing the Wii for the last few years, this machine is amazing.  Aside from playing games and Blu-Ray movies, you can download older PS games similar to the Wii’s Virtual Console.  The PS3 takes it a step farther and also allows you to download movies, TV shows and music.

I started playing Resident Evil 5 the same day I got the system.  Two weeks ago Batman: Arkham Asylum came out.  This game was one of the main reasons I got the PS3 when I did.  I traded my PS2, controller, DVD remote and a few games toward the purchase of Batman.  To give an idea about trade in rates these days, the console and all still only covered about half the price of the game.

I won’t bore you with more details, but I’m having a blast.  It’s a totally different gaming experience from the Wii.  It’s a more hardcore system, best suited for immersive, one player games as opposed to the Wii which is geared more toward groups and families.

Well, y’all take care.  I’ve got zombies to kill.

– J

Enough is Too Much!!

August 28, 2009

While searching for the other video, I came across two other classics.  Enjoy!


The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics

I Love to Singa

Why I Haven’t Blogged in a Week

July 8, 2009

Well, first there’s this:


which was fun, but then there’s this during the day…


Yep, that’s seven inches of dead trees which comprise the work that has come to me since Monday.

Now, according to a recent statistic I made up, 92% of my blog entries are posted at work in the morning before I get started.  So just for fun (and in the interest of productivity) I’m going to start “home blogging”.

The theory here is that at home my attitude will be different and thus affect my writing.  The other theory is that when I’m not at work and if I’m not out doing other things, I’m probably in my papasan chair watching stand-up and not really inclined to move (much less create coherent sentences).  So making a habit of this may require a slight adjustment in my blogational fortitude. 

Come to think of it, my list of personal adjustments I want to make in life makes that pile of paper up there look like one of the players in the picture above it.  I need to get to the gym more often, I need to bring lunch instead of buying it, I need to put more in savings, I need to keep up with friends, and the list goes on.  It’s an aggravating list and I bet we all have one.  I guess I’m just a basics kind of guy.  Because I’ve got those covered – food, shelter, clothes.  After that, everything else sort of congeals into some kind of adult bachelor meets 6 year old existence.  “I’ll pass on laundry tonight because there’s a new episode of House.  Or perhaps I could go jogging. Oh wait, I could play Guitar Hero.  Let’s see…  Jogging = running and sweating.  Guitar Hero = standing still and feeling like a rock star.”  Not a tough decision, really.

Anywho, life is what it is and I’m enjoying most of it.  I live in the greatest city in the world, I have amazing friends and family and, overall, God has been entirely too good to me.

Have a good’n,

– J

Thank You, Apple Care

July 2, 2009

I’ve had my Macbook Pro a year and one month (to the day).  In that time I’ve had zero issues with its general operation.  It’s a great machine that runs really well. 

This past Thursday I was watching a DVD on it and decided to move to the DVD player on the television.  The disk ejected with no problems.  After the movie was over, I went back to my laptop to check my email only to find the computer had frozen.  This has never happened, and the only option I had was to turn it off and reboot.  I was only able to complete half of this process though, because it wouldn’t turn back on.



February 13, 2009

The idea last week was to post something cool done with “technology” in the form of my new writing tablet and some digital photos. 

Unfortunately for me (and perhaps you) technology and I get along like, well, things that don’t get along very well.  Actually it might be better to say I get along with technology like men and women.  We like each other well enough and may even enjoy each other’s company, but we rarely understand one another.  

But I digress.  The big news right now is that the next session of life groups have started at church!  I co-lead a group last time around and now I’m leading a group with a delightful young lady from church.  Our first meeting was this past Wednesday and it couldn’t have gone much better.  We have a pretty large group as far as these things go – somewhere around 15 or 16.  Everyone got along great and seemed excited about the book we’re reading.  We’ll be working through “Hearing God” by Dallas Willard.  It’s about opening up conversation between us and God.  Should be interesting. I’m also about finished with “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan which goes into depth about God’s “crazy, relentless, all-powerful love”.  Good, challenging stuff.  And, of course, I’m working on a Terry Pratchett novel on the side.

The not so big news is I’m taking a 4 day weekend starting tomorrow (er, today) because I have a few leftover vacation days from last year I have to use up by March 31st.  It’s a terrible inconvenience being forced to take time off work *snicker*.  

It’s past my bedtime.   Sorry for the lame late post.  More soon!

– J


January 21, 2009

Bull riding is like tubing at the lake.  You hang on for dear life while matching stride with what you’re riding and try not to get thrown off.  Except you ride a bull on dirt instead of water.  And it’s an angry 3,000 pound animal and not an soft inflatable tube.  And most of the time, a tube won’t try to mow you down and gore you in the back once you get bounced off.  So I guess what I’m saying is, Bull riding is nothing like tubing.  At all.

It is however, a wonderful spectator sport.  I went to see the PBR at Madison Square Garden a few weeks ago and will do so again every chance I get.  I know there are countless jokes to be made at the expense of a sport where men willingly strap themselves to angry bulls and possibly endure unspeakable trauma for money.  I also know it’s not for everyone (especially in NYC) and I don’t fault people for not enjoying it.  But I am annoyed by those that feel the need to make smart ass remarks to me because I do.  An age of tolerance?  Only if it’s popular…

But I digress.  It was a great show and I’m really glad I went.  I’d like to point out that they still publicly pray before the event begins.  I believe they are among the last official sports that still do this.  Not to mention the 20 minute celebration of how awesome America is.  They even had a flaming U.S.A. in the dirt to drive the point home. 

Pro rodeo is different than your average local or state rodeo in that there is no calf roping, barrel racing, etc.  They get straight to the point.  It’s about 2 1/2 hours of almost uninterrupted bull riding.  Soon as one ride is over, the next gate flies open a minute or two later.  Thankfully, nobody was seriously hurt.  In fact, the cowboy who was in the worst wreck we saw (and it was a doozy) actually came back to take second overall.  Any man that gets hung up in a rope, slung around and stomped on only to come back and make a 90 point ride 45 minutes later gets my respect. 

Check it out if you get a chance.  Either on TV or in person, I think you’ll enjoy it more than you might expect.

Y’all be good,

– J

Entertaining Juxtaposition

January 7, 2009

A while back I mentioned seeing Jason Webley perform.  Last night me, Roomie and Mrs. Roomie got a chance to see him again at The Zipper Factory.  Such a great show.  Check him out if you get a chance.  I’ve really begun to appreciate the underground music (and comedy) scene here in the city.  The performers aren’t so polluted by money and fame like they tend to be in mainstream. 

Also befitting this blog’s tag line, I’ll be heading to the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) at Madison Square Garden this Sunday for the third and final day of the Built Ford Tough Series.  In my combined three and a half years in NYC I haven’t seen anything at MSG yet, and I think it’s just all too ironic that my first will be a rodeo.  I’ll try to get some pictures and provide a recap for you.

Have a good’n!

– J (lover of all things bohemian and bovine)

City Spots

December 17, 2008

I’m very fond of Central Park.  This is relatively common knowledge.  I know it well, particularly the southern half below the Reservoir.

Across the Bow Bridge (go to Bethesda Fountain and head Northwest) is an area known as “The Ramble“.  It’s appropriately named as it’s nothing but winding paths through hilly woods.  For months about half of it has been closed off while some kind of work was being done.  Much to my excitement this past Saturday, I found it was open again. 

If you have a chance, go check it out.  They’ve added new paths that go along the edge of the lake that give an amazing view of the city skyline as it interacts with the parks natural beauty.  I went around 4:00, just before sunset this time of year.  I recommend you do the same.  It was beautiful.  You’ll know the new sections by the fresh cement and black hand rails.

– “Rambling” J

Music, Mets and More

September 23, 2008

On a whim, last night I went along with some friends to see a little known (to me, at least) solo performer by the name of Jason Webley.  Not exactly life changing or anything, but a lot of fun and I’m really glad I got to see his show and meet him afterward.  He’s all over YouTube and has apparently been at this for quite some time.  He’s worth checking out.  Remember, accordions are just as scared of you as you are of them.

Tonight I’ll be going the Mets/Cubs game in this the last week of Shea Stadium.  This season I’ve started following baseball a little closer and it turns out I really enjoy going to games.  So much in fact, that I’ve gone in with a group of wonderful Mets fans for season tickets next year at the new Citi Field Stadium.  If anyone ever wants to go catch a game next year, well now you “know someone”.  Ever seen Fever Pitch?  Yeah, it’s a lot like that (only I doubt I’ll be going with Drew Barrymore).

And last but not least, a shameless plug.  Forefront Church life groups start next week!  I’m co-leading a Wednesday night meeting in Astoria with the fantasmazing newlyweds, Tristan and Melissa.  We’ll be reading and discussing Celebration of Discipline by Richard J Foster.  We still have space available and if you’re interested in great food and inspiring conversation in an honest and welcoming environment, then we’d love to have you.  This is a great chance to meet new people and develop some wonderful friendships.  And if all that’s not enough, there’s also a cute little dog to torment play with.  Sign up info is here.  We’re group #12.  If Astoria’s not your vibe, then check out some of the other locations and times still available.

Have a good’n,

Can I quote you on that?

September 18, 2007
 I love quotes.  Everyone loves quotes.  Quotable movies, songs and even comic strips.  While other kids were reading “See Spot Run” I was reading The Far Side comic strips and they are still a regular point of reference in my family.  Anyway, I have quite a large collection of quotations collected through the years.  It’s a very lengthy word document of them (excluding The Notebooks of Lazarus Long which is separate).
As I scanned through them yesterday, I noticed a sad truth.  Nearly all of the quotes I have are from people I have never met and probably never will.  A couple from family members and one or two from friends, but I want more!!  So here’s the request:  Everyone (yes, that means you), even if you don’t know who the heck I am, hit me with YOUR best quotes.  Give me one or twenty-one; the more the merrier.  And if you have no originality at the moment, your favorite quote from someone else is more than welcome too.
Thanks for playing along!

Eye of the Housecat

May 17, 2007

Because I’m not a tiger just yet.

Dear Blogosphere,

As of this morning I weigh 147lbs as naked as God sent me.  I ran 1.75 miles in 20 minutes and I don’t even want to get into details about weight lifting.

To the more stately in stature,  this may sound laughable.  Others may suggest I shut up and quit complaining for weighing in as a featherweight boxer because they wish they could be so lucky.  A ten minute mile might be a dream come true for some, and the worst timed run of the week for other more capable runners.

Well this is me.  This is where I’m starting and this is what I have to work with.  I have learned a few things in the last week or two after beginning a regular work out routine.  I’m starting to see the number one key to any success with this will be the removal of pride.   If I’m going to spend the time and money every month to work out, I need to get the full benefit of it.  If that means swallowing a mouthful of humble pie every time I pick up a 15lb dumbbell to do arm curls instead of a more respectable 30, then so be it.  There’s no point in holding up appearances because nobody should go to the gym to be impressed by anyone but themselves.  My problem is I had hoped I was in better shape than I really am.  No worries.  At this stage in the game, that just provides me a constant goal to work toward.  And as long as I’m never satisfied with my progress (and I am never satisfied with myself), then that only leaves room for improvement.

Maybe this is God’s little way of telling me it’s okay to have limitations.  Every day of my life since Jr. High school I have fought with knee problems.   Most of my friends know this, but for those that don’t – I’ve had two patella (kneecap) realignments. One on each knee.  A pretty intense reconstructive surgery.  It’s not as easy to explain as a torn ACL, but basically  my muscles grew awkwardly and in time pulled my kneecaps out of alignment and began to wear down cartilage.  In the back of my mind I know I’m staring down the barrel of knee replacement in 30 years, but I’ll hobble that bridge when I get there.  I’m not in constant pain or anything, but it does give me problems now and again.  Very key point to figuring out J – I HATE being unable to do something.  Be it the inability to figure out a complex problem at work or the inability to perform with the rest of my cardio class because they can hop on their floor steps on one leg with little effort and I have to stand there like a dunce.  I guess limitations will always either stop you or push you forward and the choice is up to you.

So there it is.  Occasionally I’ll chime in here with progress or struggles regarding this new hobby.  I’m looking forward to some much needed self improvement, both mentally and physically.

Y’all be good,