STRONG OPINIONS.

STRONG OPINIONS.

So, that last post of mine was my 300th. (Most of those aren’t visible, since a good chunk of ’em are imported from my old LiveJournal, and who really needs to see my whining from when I was in my early 20s, anyway?) That’s a lot of brain vomit!

Writing out my feelings in that last post was hard. But there was something cathartic about it. I think that I’m going to do it again, except on items that aren’t of as great of import. So get ready for some HOT TAKES, everyone.

  • I prefer Sammy Hagar-era Van Halen to David Lee Roth-era Van Halen.
    • Yes, I know they didn’t rock as hard and went more commercial. No, I don’t care. Hagar is what I grew up with.
  • I think that Eric Carr was a better drummer than Peter Criss. (That one’s for you, BulldogNate.)
  • I think the Final Fantasy series (and MOST JRPGs, for that matter) are overrated as hell grindfests. The stories might be good, but the amount of time that you’ve got to take to get there isn’t worth it.
  • Modern fighting games confuse and infuriate me.
    • And I love myself some Street Fighter, but I’ve never been able to bust out more combos than simple two-in-ones. Also I get kinda pissed when I play against someone that mops the floor with me ’cause I can’t defend against them well.
  • It saddens me that so many video games rely on online components. Playing with other people is fun, but these games won’t ever be playable again once the servers go down. Someday, I will not be able to play Splatoon again. I don’t like knowing that.
  • Monopoly isn’t as bad of a game as hardcore board game people say. Puerto Rico (the game, not the US territory) isn’t as good as they say.
  • I think that Reagan wasn’t as good of a president as people think he was and Carter wasn’t as bad as everyone thinks he was.
  • Andrew Jackson. Hoo boy. Here goes.
    • He did horrible things. He was an asshole, by all accounts. I still think that he was a strong President and his actions prevented the Civil War from starting in the 1830s instead of when it did.
    • I’m fine with him being yanked off of the $20, though.
  • On that note, I think that ALL US currency needs a comprehensive redesign, including considering replacing the people on bills and/or coins periodically.
    • At least we’re better off than Commonwealth nations? QEII doesn’t need to be on EVERY coin…
    • AND GET RID OF THE STUPID PENNY!
  • I’d generally rather read average-written but entertaining books than Great Works that make you think Deep Thoughts.
    • This take comes courtesy of me attempting to slog through Catch-22, which makes my brain hurt every time I read it.
    • I can get into a Dickens mood sometimes, though.
  • I think that the “You can do anything you want to do if you put your mind to it!” message that was continually pressed into the heads of kids of my generation has done more harm than good.
    • And every 30-something going back to school for a second degree (or a first!) because their original degree doesn’t pay the bills will second this.
  • Social Media has absolutely done more harm than good.
    • Only seeing the positive aspects of people’s lives leads to unrealistic expectations for your own life.
  • I think that our generation (and by our generation, I really mean “me”) should have listened and acted more when our parents wanted us to help fix things/make things/et cetera.
    • I can fix a computer, but if my car dies and it’s something more difficult than the absolute basics, I’m boned.
    • And don’t even get me started on home improvement. Dad can fix anything in a house. I can do basic plumbing, change out a door knob, apply some spackle, slap some paint on things, and that’s about it.
  • Ironing your clothes is overrated. They’ll look all wrinkly sooner rather than later anyway!
    • This may be why my non-T-shirt wardrobe is 70% synthetic material fishing/outdoorsy shirts, mostly Columbia.
      • That 50 UPF sun protection though!
  • Having to wear a kilt to my friend Josh’s wedding makes me appreciate the need that skirt-wearers have to sit down VERY carefully. On the flip side, they’re comfortable as hell.
    • Also, when I rented that kilt, I had to sign a waiver saying I wouldn’t wear it “traditionally”. Heh.
    • No, I’m not going to become that guy who wears a Utilikilt everywhere.
    • Yes, Younger Me did price them out.
  • While I am a fan of many things, 75% of the time I don’t care for the majority of the OTHER fans of those things.
    • See: Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Pink Floyd, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit…
  • Much has been said of Millennials. I definitely believe that Baby Boomers have been the cause of many of their issues, but GOOD LORD do I agree with a lot of the opinions on them. So many self-absorbed little shits who want to be treated like Unique Individual Precious Snowflakes and throw fits when they don’t get their way.
    • Even though my DOB puts me at the very beginning of that group, I refuse to consider myself one. Bring back Gen Y!
  • Having to search through a physical card catalog at the library builds character!
    • Vintage card catalogs are too expensive, by the way. I still want one. I’d hand-type cards for ALL of our books.
      • And then regret that decision thirty books in.
  • Windows 8 wasn’t as bad as everyone says. The Start Screen could have used some tweaks but I liked the aesthetic- and you can always just search by typing once you’re at the screen. People are big babies.
    • Of course, I used Start8 when I was on Win8, so Pot: Kettle, Black.
  • I try hard to support small businesses, but Amazon sucks down most of my dollars because of the convenience factor.
    • The biggest exception is the comic book store.
    • I’d support local board game stores, but online discounts are TOO GOOD… plus I don’t like the vibe of a lot of supposedly “friendly local game stores”.
  • Plain ol’ corn flakes might be the best cold cereal, with Life and Chex tagging along right behind.
  • The Law of Diminishing Returns applies to steak. One of the best steaks I’ve ever had was at Roy’s and was $100+ (I didn’t pay for it), but I’ve made steaks that were damn near as good for $10.
  • Chef Boyardee ravioli, eaten cold straight from the can, isn’t half bad.
    • The same can’t be said for pork ‘n beans.
    • Young Me tried this with cream of chicken soup. Young me was dumb as hell. Bleah.
  • Aspartame and sucralose might kill me and may not help my body, but I’ll fucking cut you if you try to take away my Diet Dr. Pepper.
  • La Croix sparkling water is GARBAGE. YOU HEARD ME, KLYNNE, THAT STUFF IS TERRIBLE AND I CAN’T UNDERSTAND HOW YOU WILLINGLY DRINK IT.
  • The customer isn’t always right. Sometimes, it’s healthier for a company to “fire” problem customers rather than keep on dealing with their bullshit.
  • People channel their Real Hatred into Sports Team Hatred, and that’s not a bad thing.
    • Screw the Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, New York Yankees, Houston Rockets, BYU, Florida State, USC (the California one, not the South Carolina one), and Notre Dame.
    • Also the state of Wisconsin, even though they’re not a sports team. This can not be repeated enough.
  • I will never be able to understand what is and what is not pass interference. I still have trouble figuring out going offside in hockey.
  • Monkeys, particularly chimpanzees, are overrated and untrustworthy. Gorillas are awesome. RIP Harambe.
  • Regular bears are awesome. Panda bears are good too, but not as awesome as regular bears.
    • I make an exception for the bear at Zoo Atlanta that came out of his cave during KLynne and my wedding ceremony. That panda is a bro or ladybro.
  • Team Dogs.
  • Shakespeare was good but DAMN look at some other playwrights sometimes.
    • I think that Anti-Stratfordians are full of shit, though. Shakespeare wrote his own stuff.

That’s enough for one day, I think…

3 thoughts on “STRONG OPINIONS.

  1. Eric Singer is also a better drummer than Peter Criss. But Pete will always be The Catman.

    Van Hagar! ESPECIALLY for the commercial stuff. Deep -cut Roth era is great, but I could go the rest of my life without hearing radio-friendlies like Jamie’s Cryin’ or Dance the Night Away again. Cut me off from Best of Both Worlds though and I might hurt someone.

    Ditto on books. Tell me a good story and stay out of the way instead of trying to impress me with your vocabulary and mastery of the semicolon. I read a novella like this recently. After Googling about 20 words I decided I just didn’t need to know what the rest of them meant.

    I could go on, but I don’t want to be that guy who leaves a comment longer than the original post.

  2. I loathe Black Friday.
    I have zero temptation or inclination to eat popcorn, because, ew.
    Diet Dr. Pepper is my life blood, I don’t care what my doc says (and she has OPINIONS!).
    Have you heard/seen the play Blood Blood Andrew Jackson? Also, would it have been a bad thing to have the Civil War in the 1830’s? Would it have been over slavery? Would emancipation have won? I’m legit curious about this.

    xox

  3. I just realized that I never responded to your comment, Harriet.

    I have HEARD one song from Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson but haven’t seen it- I really want to, though. (Or at least listen to the soundtrack).

    As for the potential Civil War during the early 1830s, it was actually based on… tariffs. Basically, the North put insanely high tariffs on cotton, the South was economically crippled by it (sound familiar?) and tensions were high. It got bad enough that South Carolina drafted a resolution to secede from the Union. Andrew Jackson called their bluff. When a Carolinian asked Jackson if he wanted to pass any messages to the government, he responded (in his usual way): “Yes I have; please give my compliments to my friends in your State and say to them, that if a single drop of blood shall be shed there in opposition to the laws of the United States, I will hang the first man I can lay my hand on engaged in such treasonable conduct, upon the first tree I can reach.” By 1832, after lots of threats from both sides a new tariff was passed that South Carolina thought was better and the whole thing died down for the most part.

    Emancipation wouldn’t have played a part in an earlier Civil War, as the Abolitionist movement hadn’t really picked up a full head of steam by that point (The Liberator had just started publishing in 1831) and opinion toward slavery was more favorable in the North than it was later in the 1800s.

    It does lead to a lot of intriguing “What If” scenarios- the Treaty of New Echota hadn’t sent the Cherokee Nation out of Georgia and onto the Trail of Tears yet. The ink wasn’t yet dry on the Indian Removal Act. Would one of the two sides have offered sovereignty to the tribes if they fought on their side? Would the earlier weapon technology have proven more or less deadly? And Europe! We weren’t that far off from the War of 1812 and a fractured Union in the 1830s could have emboldened a European power of the time (Probably England, as France was fresh off of the July Revolution, and the French and Dutch had just finished fighting on opposing sides of the Belgian Civil War just a year before, but don’t count out Spain or Prussia) to attempt an attack on the Americas.

    If I was an alt-history writer, that seems like a pretty good setup for a book…

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