Hello folks and welcome to another episode of the JCast featuring the AudioVillains. This week we recorded a block of episodes just in case we were unable to make this week. Episode 3 contains good laughs, interesting stories and random notes. There are some pops and heavy breathing but once we get better mics for everyone, that will be the thing of the past. It’s actually rather minimal but you’ll be laughing at so much other stuff that you won’t even notice it. If you have any requests for topics or music or people we should interview, make sure to hit us up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a good one and make sure to listen and share!
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Good morning folks and happy Fourth of July! Today is a grand day. It is our Independence Day. Be proud to be part of this great country folks! We are definitely freer than most countries and I am personally grateful for that. I would like to thank our Fore Fathers, those in the military, and everyone who took part in making this day special. With that said I want to thank those in Ancient China who invented something that has been a staple of our Independence Day and every major holiday. This invention is also the cause of many headaches and neighbor disputes.
According to whoinventedit.net, “Fireworks are said to have originated in ancient China. The popular story goes that a cook mixed together saltpeter, charcoal and sulphur. The mix started burning. The cook went a step further and placed it in a bamboo tube. It exploded and the first fireworks came to be.” The use of fireworks has always been fun but recently they have been the cause of fires. Take for instance a fire that occurred this past Sunday in Kentwood, Mich. that destroyed a local church. WOOD TV8 spoke with the Kentwood police chief stating, “authorities have determined a blaze that devastated St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church was probably caused by fireworks.” Adding to the complaint of fireworks comes a new law that was recently passed in Michigan where the original was amended to expand the types of fireworks that may be sold. The explanation of the new law can be found at michigan.gov.
The law causes a major concern of ongoing firework use because of the heat wave that has smothered West Michigan. Dry conditions and firework sparks can be a lethal combination. Adding to this is a small part of the new law in reference to the use of fireworks and how it will be enforced. This portion of the law reads,
“MCL 28.457(2) allows local units of government to enact an ordinance regulating the ignition, discharge, and use of consumer fireworks; however, an ordinance enacted shall not regulate the use of consumer fireworks on the day before, the day of, or the day after a national holiday.
National holidays, as defined in 5 U.S.C. 6103, are:
- New Year’s Day, January 1.
- Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the third Monday in January.
- Washington’s Birthday, the third Monday in February.
- Memorial Day, the last Monday in May.
- Independence Day, July 4.
- Labor Day, the first Monday in September.
- Columbus Day, the second Monday in October.
- Veterans Day, November 11.
- Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November.
- Christmas Day, December 25.”
So what does this mean for tonight and tomorrow night? Well folks, it means that if people are setting off fireworks tonight into the wee hours or tomorrow, the police can’t do anything about it. Unless your property is in direct danger you will get to listen to pops and booms that come as close as we will ever get to living within a warzone. So happy Fourth of July and make sure to take your sleeping pills or drink some booze because it’s going to be a long night. Cheers!
Err…wait a minute. One last thing people. If you happen to call 9-1-1 for annoying fireworks and they tell you that nothing can be done, please don’t shoot the messenger. You might just end up talking to me and well…I’m just doing my job.Post Views: 282
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
As you all know, I’m a huge video game fan. If I could compare myself to any group it would be the characters of “The Big Bang Theory”. If I had to narrow it down, I’d be Leonard. That’s right, I’d be the gaming nerd who gets the hot girl. With that aside, I dig gaming so much that I sometimes think about what it would be like if gaming crossed over into reality. I guess it would almost be the equivalent of Toon Town from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It would be pretty crazy if this were possible. During my search for this edition of Tech Thursday I came across an article by Aled Lewis called, “Video Games vs. Real Life”. In this article, Aled provides some images that satisfy my thoughts on gaming crossing over into reality. The images are pretty awesome and I will provide a few and then add a link for the entire article. Enjoy folks!
Source: Video Games vs. Real LifePost Views: 330
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
How does one realize they have the ability to shrink down to a size small enough to crawl into hole? Well, unless you’re Alice and drinking or eating different things in Wonderland, there is only 1 true step to realize this ability. Now, in order for me to reveal this step I must give a scenario. About a week ago my son and I were headed to the store to get a few things for dinner. I had the radio on a Rock station and a Kid Rock song was on. Normally I would have changed it but every word appeared to be bleeped out…or so I thought.
“Um…dad, what was that?”
“What was what?”
“Well, I heard the guy singing and then I heard a bleep sound.”
“Oh…well he said a bad word so instead of hearing the bad word they put in a bleep sound.”
“Oh, ok then.
I thought I was in the clear until the next verse destroyed everything.
“I AM AMERICAN BAD@$$!”
*Gasp* “HE SAID ASS!”
I froze and began to sweat. I was shocked but it was my own fault. Given the singer and the song I should have known that something would have been left without a bleep.
“What did you say?”
“Ass, he said ass. That’s a bad word…right?”
I tried not to laugh. “Yes, you’re right, it is a bad word but you don’t ever repeat it again.”
“Okay, I won’t but someone needs to tell them that they forgot to bleep that out.”
I chuckled to myself but had that been in public I would have taken that 1 step to shrinking myself and crawling into a hole. This is what I want to talk about. Everyone has been there and some more than others but what can you do? Children are honest and they speak their mind. They haven’t learned about what’s frowned upon in public yet so they have us, the mighty adults and parents, to guide them the best we can. It’s all we can do really, but when they speak it can sometimes lead to some very embarrassing moments.
So let’s get started. Many years ago I attended a graduation ceremony with my family. I was about 10 years old which would have made my younger brother 5, and my younger twin sisters 4. The weather was beautiful and the graduation ceremony was like any other but at the end of it I’m sure my parents realized their ability to shrink. The ceremony had just finished up and we were making our way to the parking lot from the football field at Fennville High School. My parents held the hands of my younger sisters and people were walking in between them. They didn’t seem to mind until a teacher, Mr. Lugten, walked between them. If you’re from Fennville you know exactly what I’m getting at here. This man was very nice and was an excellent teacher but he was very very tall and to a 4 year old…well…it was rather embarrassing for my parents.
I remember seeing Mr. Lugten walking towards us and my sisters were rambling on about all the people. I could see my parents staring in front of them and I realized they were looking at Mr. Lugten. As he got closer I my dad looked down at my sisters and back in front of him. My parents stepped to the side as Mr. Lugten walked in between them. My sisters locked their sight onto him and yelled,
“WHOA, IT’S A GIANT!”
I heard my parents gasp and everyone turned and stared at us. My dad looked up, took a deep breath, and apologized.
“I’m really sorry about that.”
“It’s okay Richard, I get that a lot.”
Mr. Lugten laughed it off and continued walking but my sisters kept looking back at him. It was hilarious and although my parents took their step toward shrinking it wasn’t all that bad. My dad actually knew Mr. Lugten from their days playing softball for different leagues but the incident was embarrassing none the less. It’s funny to think back on my parents and their urge to crawl into a hole but the more I laugh the more I think about my own kids getting me with something like that. One incident I remember fondly was when my son and I were leaving the grocery store and walking back to our car. I noticed an elderly woman walking towards us and she was carrying an oxygen tank and wearing a mask. I immediately panicked because I knew Logan would say something. I took a deep breath to settle myself down and just let go. How bad could it be? He had not made eye contact so I figured I was in the clear and worrying for nothing. As she walked by us it happened,
“What’s wrong with her!?”
“Shhh! Hold on!”
I could hear the woman breathing heavily and I pulled Logan as he stared at her.
“Quit staring Logan.”
“I’m sorry but she sounds like Darth Vader.”
He had said it loud. Loud enough for her to hear and I quickly turned in order to apologize in case she was looking our way but she continued walking. My face was hot and I looked down at Logan.
“Dude, you shouldn’t say things like that. She needs that to breathe.”
“Well I didn’t know that. She does sound like Vader though…”
At that moment I wanted to crawl into a hole but I couldn’t. Luckily no one had heard the conversation but as a parent you feel like everyone heard it and you want to escape. Another embarrassing moment takes place many years ago. It was during Thanksgiving and my entire family was at my Aunt Mary’s house. We were all gathered around the table for prayer and during prayer someone yelled out in a mousey voice,
“Dad! Dad! I need you to wipe my butt!”
All of us kids began to laugh and even some of the adults but my Uncle Manuel continued praying. My father quickly walked off in embarrassment. It was hilarious for us but my dad was all bent out of shape. What made it even better was that all of this was recorded on tape. Ah, kids…you can never tell when they are going to say something to trigger your ability to shrink and hide. One final example comes from a time when my wife and son had gone to church and Logan began to sing something that was far from a choir hymn. Now, before this incident we had been playing a lot of Guitar Hero. Logan loved almost every song and one in particular was his cup of tea. So while sitting in church and right before someone began to pray out loud to the congregation, my boy Logan belted out his song.
“Shout! Shout! Shout! Shout at the Devil!”
Yep, “Shout at the Devil” by none other than Motley Crew. Hearing my wife tell the story is hilarious but at that moment in time all she could do was put her hand over his mouth and shoosh him. If it had been me, I might have pinched him and told him to stop, followed by smiling at everyone and possibly waving. Either way, it takes just one step and as I mentioned before, kids are honest in what they say. We’re the ones here to guide them but sometimes…sometimes, that guidance can backfire with the complete honesty of a child. So what embarrassing moments have you had? Let’s start up a discussion and share stories. What incident made you realize that it only takes one easy step to figure out ones ability to shrink and crawl into a hole?Post Views: 374