World At War: Double XP Weekend!

Xbox 360 Fanboy reports that this weekend they are doing Double XP and introducing 2 new multiplayer modes on World At War!  I’m leaving for the Desert tonight (Going to Ocotillo with Kjo and the crew to ride) but when I get back on Sunday – you better believe I’ll be earning double XP and maybe a bit of Zombie mode all night!

War is hell… unless you’re getting twice the experience. This weekend, Call of Duty: World at War is once again rewarding players with double experience for all multiplayer modes. Not enough for you? World at War is also introducing two brand new game types into its playlist rotation: Team Tactical and Mercenary TDM. Team Tactical is a 4v4 playlist that pits two teams up against each other in random objective scenarios, while Mercenary TDM does not allow for parties in favor of random team match-ups.

New playlists have gone live today for both Xbox 360 and PS3 players. The Double-XP event will run from today, January 30, until February 1. Happy hunting.


A Couple of Great Reads

I’m working on a copy of Motley Crue: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band right now, and wow – this is insane.

I borrowed the Slash autobiography about Guns ‘N Roses from Cam a while back, and that was awesome too, but this MC one is written by all members of the band, so you get everyone’s side of the story.  With the Slash book, it was pretty one sided.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone – the intensity and insane level of partying that these guys experienced just blows my mind!

After reading these two awesome stories, I’m going to look around for some other memoirs of crazy rockers…they make for some great reading material!

Life in Pictures

Sometimes instead of writing a long post explaining about the shit I have been up to lately, i realized that I have a bunch of random pictures which show more about my life than the paragraph I could write to describe it.  Click on any of the thumbnails to launch it in a lightbox window:

sunset You can see how rough it has been having to deal
with these beautiful sunsets every night.  Took
this from the backyard the other night.
engine Worked out a deal building a new website for Kenyon
, a local machine shop in PB who is going to
be working on my car – fixing the brakes (just ordered
new drums for the front – $99 each from Kantor in NJ),
as well as redoing the front suspension and fixing the
oil and trans leaks.
kenyonmachinelogo The logo I designed for Kenyone Machine.  They have
been in business for over 50 years, but still don’t
really have a set logo for the company, so I was
playing around with this one using a rod and piston
to be the I and O in the name.  Pretty Cool? I think so.
dadkubar My dad hating on K State when we were over at the
Kansas City BBQ – didn’t know it had already reopened
after it burnt down 6 months ago.  Good news is they
managed to salvage the Top Gun piano!
chiefonracks My Chief up on the lift at Kenyon Machine.  He had
pulled off all the tires and drums to check out the brakes
turns out the front drums were worn way beyond
tolerance.  Any more wear and there would have been
an accident!  They had either been turned so many times
or just never checked or maintained.
dani Dani, taken on my phone.  The most beautiful girl in the
world.  My Girl.
pontiacwarehouse909 The warehouse in Upland where my ’56 had been sitting.
Right down the street from my parents house. What are
the chances the car I find in San Diego turns out to be
waiting for me right down the street from where I grew up!
hotrod An old hot rod roadster that is always parked in PB.  This
thing is sweet!  Love those scallops…you don’t see them
enough in my opinion.

I found this on Group Hug

I am compulsively attracted to miners. I hear it’s against the law to sleep with them, that there’s even a television show about catching predators who try to sleep with miners, but I can’t stop myself. I think about miners all day and night. When and if I see a miner, I have trouble holding myself back from saying something horrible that I shouldn’t. But why should I feel so guilty? I don’t understand why we must stay away from miners.

and couldn’t help but write the following response:

“If you ever read Group Hug – you know you see hilarious posts like this all the time. Why is this guy so attracted to Miners? Is it because of their hats with lights on them, or the fact that they work in caves? There is a show about catching predators who try to sleep with miners? I figured a miner would sleep with just about anybody – after being in a mine all day, they are probably looking for a good time. And why is he having to hold himself back from saying horrible things to miners? I’m pretty sure they use pretty vulgar language down in that mine…It would be hard to make a miner blush, or to see him blush with all the coal dust on his face.

I don’t necessarily think he should stay away from miners or feel guilty, but he may have a hard time trying to find a miner nowadays…I just don’t think there is that much mining going on.

Good Luck pal.”

Finally Rescheduled My Shoulder Surgery

Finally was able to get my surgery rescheduled for Thursday, Feb 5th.  This sucks because its the day before my birthday, and my birthday is on a Friday this year which was going to lead to some awesome partying.  Sucks how things work out sometimes, but at least it looks like both of my parents will be able to come down for it and hang out for the weekend, so at least I’ll be able to spend some time with them.  Drugged up, painful, sore time in a daze, but time nontheless.

My Dad is coming down weds night, and talking to my mom on the phone last night she asked if I cared if she made it down thursday for the surgery or on friday after work (shes a teacher).  I said its no big deal, just come whenever you can.  Then I told her sarcastically “Its no big deal, I was there for your cancer surgery, but now don’t worry about my shoulder”.  We had a good laugh, and I think its good that we can laugh about that stuff now, because the last year was pretty scary and stressful with her going through it.

On a tangent – now that my mom has gone through cancer, I kind of feel like I have been through the experience of dealing with it.  Not like I did anything, or was really affected by it, and I tried to be there as much as I could, but just that someone that was close to me had it and I tried my best to help them through it.  Now you meet all sorts of people who have had it, or know someone who had it, or their family member had it.  Its crazy, just something that you don’t bring up in conversation that often, but when you do you find that tons of people have gone through it or seen it in some way.  I was over at San Diego Rod and Custom, and starting talking to this guy Paul who had a ’59 Dodge Lancer (i think) at the shop getting it all kustomed out.  We were bullshitting and I find out he had this crazy neck lymph node cancer and was supposed to die, and got it when he was over in Iraq.  We talked about cancer and stuff for quite a while, like about an hour, and then he was telling me since he beat it and has been clear for about a year and half, he decided he wanted to build this custom car exactly like he had dreamed of.  It was a pretty cool story, and I think I have some pics of the car somewhere.

Anyway, back to the point:

I talked to Dani’s sister’s boyfriend, Dalton, who had just had the exact same surgery done last tuesday, and watched the video of it.  He said the first week is pretty rough, but he was just starting to be able to move his arm a bit, and drive (although his car is a manual too, and he said its kind of hard.  I have been practicing driving with just my right arm to prepare for this).  The surgery doesn’t sound too bad, you are pretty much just knocked out for the whole thing, wake up, and go home to be miserable.  Then a couple months of physical therapy, and supposedly you should be at 100% in around 3 months.  I’m hoping that is true because since I had to delay my surgery from its original date in November, 3 months our from feb will put me a the beginning of May before I can wakeboard again.  Looks like I’ll be spending a lot of time driving the boat for everyone 🙁  Hopefully I can get some wakesurfing in?

I’m really excited and a little scared to have this done, mainly because for the past year or so since my arm has really been destroyed, I am pretty much scared that anything I do will dislocate my arm.  I have disclocated it picking up cups of coffee, rolled over on it in my sleep and popped it out, and done it more times wakeboarding than I can count.  I know for a fact that the reason I’m hesitant to really stick my backrolls is because I’m scared of dislocating my shoulder on the landing.  I know that I can land it if I’m not scared about my shoulder, but the thing that really scares me is that what if I always have this reservation about my shoulder.  I kind of have the feeling that I will always be scared of dislocating it, even after the surgery, maybe even being more scared that after it’s fixed I will do it again and do even more damage, undoing everything the surgery fixed!  I hope I don’t think that way afterwards, but I guess time will tell.  Dalton said it felt good and tighter since the surgery, which is something I am looking forward to, because as long as I can remember this shoulder has always felt loose and sloppy.

Anyway, we’ll see what happens – I’ll keep you posted!

A Quote

The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour.  Now is the only time you own.  Live, love,  toil with a will.  Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.