Revisiting the Past

Well hello!  Welcome to post #2 of 2021! I’ve been crafting ideas and drafts of future posts for this blog, but I felt compelled to revisit past posts.  I’ve gone back and forth on whether I should archive (i.e. remove) some posts from public view if it doesn’t fit in with how I want to craft this blog for the future. For now, I’ve decided to leave things be. 

Below are posts that I especially enjoyed crafting. My fellow readers, if you have the time, I invite you to read (or re-read) some of the entries below.

Let me know if you’d like to see any of these topics revisited in 2021/2022. Also, don’t be shy about leaving comments in any of these older posts, especially if you haven’t read these until now!

Merging Two of My Favorite Things in One Post: Music and Football

CBS, Fox, NBC or the Mouse House: Who Has the Best NFL Theme Music?: Posted before the start of the NFL 2012/2013 regular season, I evaluate NFL theme music among the 4 broadcast networks. Potential for an update, as Carrie Underwood’s Sunday Night Theme could now be included, along with a new  poll.  Spoiler alert: I’d still choose Heavy Action as my favorite NFL theme song.

Thoughts on News Items I Read

Mailing Days are Temporarily Here Again: prompted by articles on the decline of physical mail, as well as declining interest in email and voicemail.  Posted 9(!) years ago, parts of it are still relevant yet I do think this one is a potential revisit for a future post.

How the CDC Can Help You Survive Your Zombie Wedding: posted in 2012 when the CDC was launching campaigns to raise awareness on emergency preparedness. Aw, simpler times.

Slices of Life

Abandoned Ideas: Name Proliferation Explaining how 15 y/o me thought I could become famous.

Peril on the 532: Recounting the day I was certain I would end up floating down a canal. Part of the Commuter Chronicles series I had created through this blog. I’ve long held an idea to craft a short novel detailing my experience as a public transportation commuter and this series was my way of testing the waters on this idea. This might be my muse should I decide to participate in NANOWRIMO this year.

Scenes from a Lunch Hour: Fun fact- I used this blog post as fodder for a sketch in a comedy writing class I took in 2013.  If I can find my work from that class (crossing my fingers I backed this up on Google Drive), I may share it here in future posts.

Fire Evacuation:  Glimpse into an eventful afternoon at work.

Photo Friday!

Shopping Cart Pirate Ship: I do believe this was my first Photo Friday. I started out with capturing quirky public art. This is what sparked an interest in photography for me.

Armed with just my cell phone camera, I found many interesting subjects for Photo Fridays. I then graduated to a Lumix digital point and shoot camera. That camera recently broke, so I upgraded to a Nikkon D5600 and will be taking classes in the coming weeks on how to use the darn thing. Bonus! I should have some fresh subject matter for Photo Fridays.

Dust Storm!: Alternate title for this could be Stupid Stuff I DId 10 Years Ago. I still can’t believe I sped ahead of this storm just to take photos.

Unstrung Magazine Summer Issue

Hi there!

Quick post today.  The Summer 2014 issue of Unstrung Magazine, published by the Arizona Consortium for the Arts, was published this weekend. I have a couple of poems in this issue. Below is the link if you care to check it out.

http://www.theblueguitarmagazine.org/resources/UNSTRUNG+summer+2014.pdf

Happy reading!

July Update

Hello! I know I’ve been away for awhile. What can I say, the first half of the year just seems so hectic that blogging takes a step to the side. I recently logged into WP and saw that my blog still shows signs of life, so I thought I should take a few minutes to post something and get up to date with my fellow bloggers. Continue reading

Year in Review 2013

I can’t believe 2013 is almost over!  This year truly seemed to whiz by like a…well I can’t think of a good analogy.  Anyhow, just as I did last year, I took some time this week to check out my stats on this site over the past year.  Now, I understand I wasn’t as prolific with my blog posts as I was in 2012, but I have to say I was surprised that my top viewed posts in 2013 were posts I wrote in 2012. Continue reading

And the Word of the Year Is…

While the minds at Oxford and Merriam Webster have already chosen selfie and science respectively as the 2013 words of the year, the word that stuck in my head this year was graupel. Just when I thought my local news stations were done replacing the simplistic descriptions of weather phenomena with more worldly terms, they pulled out this gem in February 2013. Continue reading

Two Cents Tuesday: Writing

For today’s blog post, I’ve picked up my inspiration from the Two Cents Tuesday challenge posted on Across the Bored. It is more than likely a new challenge will be posted today, but I subscribe to the “better late than never” philosophy and feel compelled to participate in the challenged that is now expiring.

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Snappy Answers to Several Tweets

I used to love reading Mad Magazine’s feature Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions as a teen.  With a shortage of humorous spam to mock, I came up with a variation on Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.  Its just one of those fun word games I’ve devised for myself to get myself into writing mode.

Below are recent tweets in my Twitter feed. Many times while browsing Twitter, I will get the urge to blurt out short answers to tweets, especially those posed as questions. I’ve never tweeted back my answers and most likely never will. Instead, I’ll share a batch here.

NFL

Ouch!

NYT

Just don’t go. 

Social

Not really. 

Atlantic

Rancid grapes.

Design Milk

Unnecessary.

Josh and Chuck

kale, food trend, even less enjoyable (okay I did tweet that one).

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Yeah for Fitzgerald!  And just to be clear, we’re not talking about the 60 Minutes Mike Wallace, are we?

My Two Cents on Toys

Just when I was ready to throw in the towel and leave this blog untouched for the rest of the week, Across the Bored posted a challenge I could easily fulfill.  This week’s topic selected for Two Cents Tuesday is Toys. Even though daylight stretches on a bit longer these days, I seem to have less time for certain endeavors (such as writing and blogging) as I’ve rediscovered a favorite toy of mine from my high school years.

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I received this back in 1997.  My grandfather bought it for $30 from a buddy of his that used to play it in a mariachi band. Even though the rosette around the sound hole was already chipping away and the case had seen better days, I was so ecstatic to own a guitar. I signed up for 2 semesters of guitar class my senior year of high school and happily strummed along as my guitar instructor taught us chords for tunes from the 50’s and 60’s, from groups such as the Beatles, Doors, Beach Boys and Kingston Trio to name a few.

My grandfather lived long enough to see me learn these songs.  To celebrate our year of learning guitar, my guitar instructor held a guitar concert on Cinco de Mayo.  The entire guitar class stood on stage and played many of the songs we’d perfected in class for all our friends and family in attendance. I’ll never forget how my grandfather stood proudly as we took our bow and clapped as loud as he could.

After high school, life happened.  Faced with adulthood and the reality of juggling work and school, many hobbies I enjoyed as a teen took a backseat.  About two months ago, I looked over at this guitar sitting in the back of my closet and wondered why in the world I am just letting this thing collect dust.

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I dug out my old guitar instruction books and have been sitting down each evening working through lessons as well as practicing some of the songs I already knew from high school. I never felt disciplined enough to really sit and work through all the lessons in the books when I was younger.

Revisiting this years later, I find that I’m comprehending the information much easier these days.  I also feel my coordination and dexterity has improved compared to my teenage years. 

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I know this because suddenly I’ve become picky about, well, picks. I’ve moved beyond mere chords to single note playing, riffs and 12 bar blues progressions.  Picks can’t magically make one’s playing sound better, but the right pick can make the musical journey that much more enjoyable for the player.

The clear pick sitting in the pick holder is satisfactory, but I definitely prefer the stiffness of the Dunlop Tortex picks (the green picks pictured lower right). However, I just discovered  the rough grip of the Dunlop Max Grip Jazz III Carbon Fiber picks (pictured below left).  Though smaller, the grip is steady and I’ve yet to accidentally drop it in the guitar. This pick could very well rival the Dunlop Tortex as my favorite pick.

Well, what else can I say?  These are the toys I rush home to play with these days.

$500 Coffee or $85 Beer?

Normally I don’t discuss news items on this blog, but I couldn’t resist this pair of articles I spotted over the weekend.

Recently I read an article on MSN.comin which the headline posed the question “$85 for a 6-pack?” A monastery in Belgium which creates the rare brew Westvleteren XII  put 15,000 commemorative 6-packs for sale in the United States.

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Is this worth $85?

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Scenes from a Lunch Hour

After walking by the TV station, I can now see that the giant plastic candy bar costumed characters roaming up and down the street are indeed handing out samples. I would like to receive a sample but for some reason do not say anything aloud to  my co-worker, who is walking alongside me. Continue reading

NMNPHX Year in Review

As we wind down the year, I’d like to take a moment and look at the highlights of 2012 on NMNPHX.

Although I created this blog back in June 2011, I only blogged for two months before I abandoned the blog.  In March 2012, I decided to give this blogging thing another chance.  Having made it clear to December, I’d like to take a moment and look at the posts that helped this blog continue on month after month in 2012.

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A De-Gift for You

One of my favorite holiday traditions is thinking of an unexpected prank gift to give to my younger cousins.  Prank gifts are tricky because you don’t want to spend a lot of money on something you know the recipient does not want to keep.

A few years ago, I came across a website called de-gifting.com.  This  website helps you  give the gift of nothing.  All you have to do is pick a few options from a menu of drop down lists, and de-gifting.com prepares a certificate that you can give to your intended recipient to explain why you did not buy them a real gift.

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